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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15


This is the fifteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.


Part 1 herePart 11 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 here
Part 6 here
Part 7 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Brooklyn Ann (2013)

Kissing Vicious
Hearts of Metal Book 1
Boroughs Publishing Group, August 20, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Aspiring guitarist Kinley Black is about to get her first big break—as a roadie for Viciöus, her favorite heavy metal band, and for the rock god she always dreamt might make her a woman.

THE ROADIE

At 15, aspiring guitarist Kinley Black wished she were a boy. At 16, after hearing Quinn Mayne sing, she wanted him to make her a woman. Now, at 22, her dreams have come true. Quinn’s band Viciöus needs someone to lug their amps around the country, to strive and sweat with the guys. She just has to act like one of them.

AND THE ROCK GOD

Quinn had to admit the new chick could pull her weight, but that didn’t mean his road manager made the right choice. Taking a hottie on a heavy metal music tour was like dangling meat in front of a pack of feral hounds—and Quinn could be part dog himself. But more surprising than her beautiful body are Kinley’s sweet licks, so that no man could help but demand a jam session. Quinn will soon do anything to possess her, and to put Kinley in the spotlight where she belongs. And to keep her safe and sound from the wolves.


Conjuring Destiny
Brides of Prophecy 3
Broken Angels, October 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
There’s more than a prophecy holding them together …

Famous rock star, Xochitl Leonine, has dreamt of a world with two moons where a black cloaked man beckons her. One Halloween night, she meets the mysterious stranger of her dreams… literally... and their shared dance becomes a rendezvous in a place of endless night.

Zareth Amotken has no idea how important Xochitl’s heavy metal band is to her. As an immortal sorcerer, he doesn’t care. He has one goal: to find the prophesied savior of his world. Her voice holds the power to bring back his world’s vanished sun.

Xochitl’s compassion urges her to help in any way she can. Yet learning the mysteries of her past causes conflict with her future in music. Her destiny in his world and her obligations to her band pull her in opposite directions. How can she long for one while the other is so dire?

As Zareth introduces her to his people and teaches her to control her powers, she aches for his enchanting kiss. Zareth tries to resist, for their passion will unleash serious consequences, both political and magical.

As the time to fulfill her destiny draws closer, she must choose between her heart, her duty, and her friends. The wrong choice could ruin everything.

But if Zareth’s evil half brother succeeds in taking control of her for his own ends, he will take away her choices… and destroy the world.




Kait Ballenger (2013)

Midnight Hunter
The Execution Underground Book 3
HQN Books, September 1, 2015
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Hunters of the supernatural, THE EXECUTION UNDERGROUND are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past — and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that’s terrorising their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer’s trap.




Clifford Beal (2013)

The Guns of IvreaTales of Valdur 1
Solaris, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.
 
Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence.

Their fates intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...




R.S. Belcher (2013)

The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Tor Books, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.




Matt Bell (2013)

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Boss Fight Books, June 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 79 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Upon its release in 2000, BioWare's PC role-playing epic Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn was hailed as a paragon of its genre and named "RPG of the Year" by IGN, Gamespy, and Gamespot. A game like Baldur's Gate II requires not just a master wordsmith but a dungeon master. Enter award-winning novelist Matt Bell, author of the surreal domestic novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods and co-author of the Dungeons & Dragons novel The Last Garrison.

Bell's book explores BG2's immersive narrative and complex mechanics, unpacks how RPG systems enable our emotional investment in characters, investigates the game's non-linear story, and relates his own struggle to reconcile being a "serious" adult with his love of D&D and video games. Dig in, geek out, and go for the eyes, Boo!


Scrapper
Soho Press, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback, August 23, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.

The second novel from the acclaimed author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, Scrapper is a devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we’ve committed to protect the people we love?



A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories is slated for publication in September 2016 by Soho Press.


Cover Reveal: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger


The Qwillery is thrilled to take part in the cover reveal for Midnight Hunter, the 3rd novel in The Execution Underground series by Kait Ballenger.



Midnight Hunter
The Execution Underground 3
HQN Books, September 1, 2015
eBook and limited Mass Market Paperback

Cover Reveal: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Hunters of the supernatural, THE EXECUTION UNDERGROUND are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can't take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He'll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past—and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can't make Shane trust her, they won't stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that's terrorizing their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer's trap.





About Kait

Cover Reveal: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Photo by Jon Ballenger
Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, a mom, a wife, and a professor. She has a BA in English from Stetson University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She lives in Central Florida with her screenwriter husband, her newborn son, and three sweet furry babies, all furry three of whom are named after fictional characters. Kait hopes that one day with hard work and dedication, people will name their pets after her characters, too.

Website  ~  Facebook
Twitter @kait_ballenger  ~  Goodreads






Previously

Shadow Hunter
The Execution Underground 0.5
Harlequin HQN, August 4, 2014
eNovella, 141 pages

Cover Reveal: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
See where it all began in this exciting prequel to The Execution Underground, Kait Ballenger’s sexy paranormal series about the men who hunt evil and the women who love them.

Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf, the line between good and evil blurs as they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.



Twilight Hunter
The Execution Underground 1
Harelquin HQN, August 27, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Reveal: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…



Immortal Hunter
The Execution Underground 2
Harlequin HQN, April 1, 2014
eBook, 384 pages

Cover Reveal: Midnight Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her
greatest temptation--and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own--and the future of humanity itself.

The View From Monday - August 4, 2014


A very Happy first Monday in August to all. I hope everyone is finding time to read. It seems that things are more hectic in the summer - at least for me! I did manage to find time to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday. It is an extremely fun movie. We'll be seeing it again soon.



The View From Monday - August 4, 2014



There are 2 debuts this week:

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia. You may read a terrific interview with Jacopo here.

and

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Shadow Hunter (Execution Underground .5) by Kait Ballenger;

Guarded (Tidewater 2) by Mary Behre;

Broken Souls (Eric Carter 2) by Stephen Blackmoore;

The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo is out in Trade Paperback;

Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency 6) by Hannah Jayne;

and

The Stolen (An American Fairie Tale 1) by Bishop O'Connell is out in print.



August 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow Hunter (e) Kait Ballenger PNR - Execution Underground .5
Rings of Anubis: A Folley & Mallory Adventure E. Catherine Tobler SPR - Rings of Anubis 1 and 2



August 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Widow's House Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 4
Crave the Night Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 12
Hilldiggers Neal Asher SF - Polity
Shadow Born James Axler SF - Outlanders 70
Guarded Mary Behre UF - Tidewater 2
Dust and Light Carol Berg F - Sanctuary 1
Broken Souls Stephen Blackmoore UF - Eric Carter 2
Shadows E. C. Blake F - Masks of Aygrima 2
The Ghost Bride (h2tp) Yangsze Choo HistF/Gh
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade: A Tor.Com Original John Chu SF
Dark Skye Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
The Arrows of Time Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 3
Assail Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire  6
Dark Wolf (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 24
Slow Train to Arcturus
(h2tp) (ri)
Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF
Trial by Fire Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 2
Kissed by the Wave Serena Gilley PNR - Forbidden Realm 1
Severed Souls Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
Severed Souls - Leather Bound Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
The Magician's Land Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy 3
The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris (ed)
Toni L.P. Kelner (ed)
P - Anthology
Codex Born (h2mm) Jim C. Hines F - Magic Ex Libris 2
Beauty Bites Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 6
The Gist Hunter & Other Stories (ri) Matthew Hughes F - Archonate -  Collection
Under The Final Moon Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detective Agency 6
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit Graham Joyce Sus/Magic
The Guild of Assassins Anna Kashina F - Majat Code 2
Extra Sensory Deception Allison Kingsley PCM - Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery 4
The House of the Four Winds Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - One Dozen Daughters 1
The God Hunter (e) Tim Lees SF - Field Ops
Blood Games Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 10
The Stolen Bishop O'Connell FT/UF - An American Faerie Tale 1
The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy (D) Jacopo della Quercia HistTh/Hu/SF/SP
The Wandering Dragon Irene Radford F - Children of the Dragon Nimbus Trilogy 3
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
Revenant Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 9
Islands of Rage and Hope John Ringo SF - Black Tide Rising 3
Proud Parents Kristopher Rufty H
The Well of Ascension: A Mistborn Novel Brandon Sanderson UF - Mistborn 2
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (D) David Shafer TechnoTh
If Catfish Had Nine Lives Paige Shelton PCM - Country Cooking School Mystery 4
A Plague of Echoes Maynard Sims H - Department 18 #4
Walking In the Midst of Fire (h2tp) Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 6
Hero of a Highland Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 14
Alien Hunter: Underworld Whitley Strieber SF - Alien Hunter 2
A Beautiful Madness (K-e) Lee Thompson H/Noir
Downfall Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 9
Anarchy (h2tp) James Treadwell F - Advent 2
Dark Lightning John Varley SF - Thunder and Lightning 4
Throne of Stars David Weber
John Ringo
SF - Empire of Man 2



August 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Sight of Akresa: A Tor.Com Original (e) Ray Wood FR



August 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Night of the Triffids Simon Clark SF



August 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Kingdom of Shadow Richard A. Knaak F - Diablo 3


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K-e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
Hu - Humor
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


Cover Revealed: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger


Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger is being released as a standalone eBook in August 2014. Shadow Hunter is the prequel novella to The Execution Underground series. It was previously published as part of After Dark: The Darkest Angel\Shadow Hunter by Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger (June 2013). Now you can have Shadow Hunter as a standalone for just $.99 cents and with a cover that matches the rest of the series!


Shadow Hunter
The Execution Underground 0.5
Harlequin HQN, August 4, 2014
eNovella

Cover Revealed: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Vampire hunter Damon Brock's first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn't the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs... and their newfound hearts.





About Kait

Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, former professional bellydancer, and soon-to-be-professor. She has a BA in English from Stetson University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She lives in Central Florida with her screenwriter husband and three sweet furry babies, all three of whom are named after fictional characters. Kait hopes that one day with hard work and dedication, she will be a bestselling author, and then, people will name their pets after her characters, too.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @kait_ballenger  ~  Google+





The Execution Underground

Immortal Hunter
The Execution Underground 2
Harlequin HQN, April 1, 2014
eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her
greatest temptation--and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own--and the future of humanity itself.


Twilight Hunter
The Execution Underground 1
Harelquin HQN, August 27, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed: Shadow Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…


Immortal Hunter Blog Tour - Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger


Immortal Hunter
Author:  Kait Ballenger
Series:  The Execution Underground 2
Publisher:  Harlequin HQN, April 1, 2014
Format:  eBook, 384 pages
List Price:  $4.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781460325391 (eBook)

Immortal Hunter Blog Tour - Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her
greatest temptation--and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own--and the future of humanity itself.



Qwills Thoughts

Kait Ballenger continues the Execution Underground series with book 2, Immortal Hunter. This is the story of Allsún and David. I honestly did not like either of them much at the beginning of the book, but as the story went on I came to see why they were acting the way the did.

David was a bit much to take at first and without his inner dialog I don't think I would have even given him a chance. He was outwardly kind of a jerk and inwardly hurt and actually a very nice guy. Allsún was keeping things to herself and running from David instead of trying to deal with issues that broke them apart 5 years earlier.

While trying to deal with their own issues (or trying to avoid them too), David and Allsún are dealing with a very real threat from the demons that David fights against as part of the Execution Underground. This part of the story is very grim and very dark with some terrible violence on the part of the demons. There is a lot of suspense and mystery as the Execution Underground tries to figure out what is going on and save Allsún.

By the end of the book I was hoping for Allsún and David's HEA even though I knew they would have one. However this romance was bittersweet and came with a lot of baggage and things to work out, which made it all the more realistic and all that more heartfelt. I got the feeling that David and Allsún would never take for granted what they have together.

The supporting cast of characters (mostly the rest of the local Execution Underground) were wonderful as usual. Immortal Hunter is a very well-balanced story with romance, mystery, action, and more than a touch of the dark and gritty.



About Kait

Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, professional bellydancer, and graduate student. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, their doggie-daughter Sookie (like Charlainne Harris' character), and two kittens, Elliot and Olivia (like the SVU characters). Kait believes anything is possible, and one day, she hopes people name their pets after her characters, too.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @kait_ballenger

The View From Monday - March 31, 2014


Happy last Monday in March! This is a very full release week including a tremendous number of books out on April 1st. No fooling!


The View From Monday - March 31, 2014


There are 2 debuts:

Irenicon (The Wave Trilogy 1) by Aidan Harte;

and

Deadroads by Robin Riopelle.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Cursed by Alexa Egan;

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn;

Immortal Hunter (Execution Underground 2) by Kait Ballenger;

Covenant (Books of Raziel 2) by Sabrina Benulis;

Turned (Belladonna Agency 1) by Virna DePaul;

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher;

Marked (Mindspace Investigations 3) by Alex Hughes;

Drowning in Fire (Elementals 3) by Hanna Martine;

Tomorrow, the Killing (Low Town 2) Daniel Polansky;

and  

Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James.



March 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wanderer's Tale (ri) David Bilsborough F - Annals of Lindormyn 1


March 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Small Doses of the Future: A Collection of Medical Science Fiction Stories Brad Aiken SF - Collection
Death's Daughter (e) Kathleen Collins PNR - Realm Walker 2
Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 Terry Dowling (ed)
Jonathan Strahan (ed)
SF/F - Collection
Cursed (e) Alexa Egan PNR - The Complete Imnada Brotherhood Novellas
Dangerous Angel (e) Stacy Gail PNR - Earth Angels 4
At Star's End (e) Anna Hackett SFR
The Compleat Crow Brian Lumley F - Titus Crow Stories



April 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison F
The Bird Eater Ania Ahlborn H
Circle of Desire Keri Arthur FR - Damask Circle 3
Wild Wolf Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound 6
Immortal Hunter (e) Kait Ballenger PNR - The Execution Underground 2
Lexicon (h2tp) Max Barry SF
Dark Eden Chris Beckett SF
Hecate's Own Dana Marie Bell PNR - Heart's Desire 2
Covenant Sabrina Benulis F/Go - Books of Raziel 2
What the Doctor Ordered Michael Blumlein H - Collection
The Days of the Deer Liliana Bodoc F - Saga of the Borderlands 1
A Killing Notion Melissa Bourbon PCM - Magical Dressmaking Mystery 3
Riveted (tp2mm) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas 3
The Devil's Eye (e) Dawn Brown GoR - Shivers 10
Blameless (ri) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 3
Changeless (ri) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 2
Soulless (ri) Gail Carriger SP - Parasol Protectorate 1
Upon a Sea of Stars A. Bertam Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 5
Peacemaker C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner 15
Savage Panet Stephen Coonts SF - Saucer 3
Quicksilver Soul Christine D'Abo PHR - Shadow Guild 2
The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti: A Tor.Com Original A.M. Dellamonica F
Turned Virna DePaul PNR - Belladonna Agency 1
The Ophelia Prophecy Sharon Lynn Fisher SFR
Shards of Time Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 7
Magical Misfire (e) Kimberly Frost PNR - A Southern Witch Novella
Severed Gary Fry H
Vampire's Hunger Cynthia Garner SFR - Awakening 1
The Revolutions Felix Gilman SF/R
Legacy of Darkness (e) Jane Godman GoR - Shivers 9
The Awakening (ri) Heather Graham
(Shannon Drake)
PNR - Alliance Vampires 5
Darkening Around Me (e) Barbara J. Hancock GoR - Shivers 1
Games Creatures Play Charlaine Harris (ed)
Toni L.P. Kelner (ed)
UF - Anthology
Empty Space: A Haunting (h2tp) M. John Harrison SF/H
Dream a Little Dream (e) Megan Hart PNR
Irenicon (D US) Aidan Harte F - Wave Trilogy 1
The Crimson Shield Nathan Hawke F - Gallow 1
Marked Alex Hughes SF - Mindspace Investigations 3
Ghost of a Gamble Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples 4
Tempting the Demon Elle James PNR
Enchanting the Beast Kathryne Kennedy PHR - Relics of Merlin 4
Wicked Games Angela Knight PNR - Collection
Appalachian Overthrow (h2mm) E.E. Knight SF - Vampire Earth 10
Baltic Gambit E.E. Knight SF - Vampire Earth 11
The Frangipani Hotel Violet Kupersmith Gh - Collection
When He Was Bad (ri) Shelly Laurenston
Cynthia Eden
PNR - Stories
The Fearful Gates Ross Lawhead F - An Ancient Earth 3
Into the Void: Star Wars Tim Lebbon SF - Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi
The Forever Knight (h2mm) John Marco F - Bronze Knight 1
Reign of Ash Gail Z. Martin F - Ascendant Kingdom 2
Drowning in Fire Hanna Martine PNR - Elementals 3
Step Back in Time Ali McNamara TTR
Like a Dead Man Walking William F. Nolan
Jason V. Brock (ed)
SF/H - Collection
Ghost Seer Robin D. Owens PNR - Ghost Seer 1
Tomorrow, the Killing Daniel Polansky DF - Low Town 2
Stoker's Manuscript (h2tp) Royce Prouty H
Prince's Fire Amy Raby FR - Hearts and Thrones 3
Fall Rod Rees SF/Dys -  Demi-Monde Saga 4
Evil Never Dies Mick Ridgewell H
Deadroads: A Novel of Supernatural Suspense (D) Robin Riopelle Su/Sus
Keith Roberts SF Gateway Omnibus Keith Roberts SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Shattered Moon Moira Rogers PNR - Bloodhounds
Black Rose (e) Jenna Ryan GoR - Shivers 3
Silence for the Dead Simone St. James Go
Bob Shaw SF Gateway Omnibus Bob Shaw SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Conversations with William Gibson Patrick A. Smith (ed) SF - Literary Conversations
Running Free Jorrie Spencer PNR - Northern Shifters 5
Angel City (h2mm) Jon Steele Su/P - Angelus Trilogy 2
The Homecoming (h2tp) Carsten Stroud Su/H - Niceville 2
From Civil War to World War Peter G. Tsouras AH - Britannia's Fist Trilogy1
The Seventh Child Erik Valeur Go
Circle of Blood Debbie Viguie F/P - Witch Hunt 3
The Way of All Flesh Tim Waggoner H
Mark of the Bear NJ Walters PNR - Hades' Carnival 2
The King J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 12
Gothic Science Fiction: 1980-2010 Sara Wasson (ed)
Emily Alder (ed)
LC/Go/SF



April 2, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil in America: A Tor.Com Original Kai Ashante Wilson F


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Gh - Ghosts
Go - Gothic
GoR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
LC - Literary Criticism
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6


This is the sixth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 7, covering more 2013 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6



Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter
The Execution Underground 2
Harelquin HQN, April 1, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved,

David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.




Mark T. Barnes

The Pillars of Sand
Echoes of Empire 3
47North, May 20, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 

The epic conclusion of the Echoes of Empire trilogy.

Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the Shrīanese Federation, even become its new Emperor—and sinister magic has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Though he has taken increasingly brutal measures to eliminate all obstacles in his path, the dark forces supporting him grow dangerously impatient. And the harder they press, the more drastic Corajidin’s actions become.

Soon, only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. Fate has torn them apart, forcing them into terrifying personal trials. But if Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally—and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the Shrīanese will begin.

This epic tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal, painted in the blood of allies and enemies by Mark T. Barnes, concludes the Echo of Empire trilogy that began with The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.




M. L. Brennan

Iron Night
Generation V 2
Roc, January 7, (2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Underemployed by day. Undead by night.

Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He's learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead body.

The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril.

Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks.




Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Wizard's Promise
Strange Chemistry, May 6, 2014 (US)
May 1, 2014 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook

Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.

In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy, and learns that Kolur has a deadly past, she soon realises that wishing for adventures is a dangerous game - because those wishes might come true.




Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's the Empire Striketh Back
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
Quirk Books, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!




William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 3
Quirk Books, July 1, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages




Ariel Djanikian

The Office of Mercy
Penguin, January 28, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, February 21 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
“A cool and compelling” (Flavorwire) debut of a new postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

On the screen and on the page, dystopian fantasies have captivated the public imagination. In The Office of Mercy, debut novelist Ariel Djanikian has conceived a chilling, post-apocalyptic page-turner that has earned her glowing comparisons to George Orwell and Suzanne Collins.

In America-Five, there is no suffering, hunger, or inequality. Its citizens inhabit a high-tech Utopia established after a global catastrophe known as the Storm radically altered the planet. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley works in the Office of Mercy, tasked with humanely terminating—or “sweeping”—the nomadic Storm survivors who live Outside. But after she joins a select team and ventures Outside for the first time, Natasha slowly unravels the mysteries surrounding the Storm—and the secretive elders who run America-Five.




K. M. Fawcett

Fearless
The  Survival Race 2
Forever Yours, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
TWO SOULS

Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader's heart and stop a brewing war. Myia's mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty . . . until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE

Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman's touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed . . . and aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can't seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia's love.




Peter Higgins

Wolfhound Century
Wolfhound Century 1
Orbit, February 4, 2014
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 26, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.

A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.









Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?











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