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The View from Monday on Tuesday! - May 31, 2016


Happy Tuesday! Here are today's releases. Look for the full June release list tomorrow.

Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green


There is one debut today - Devour by Kurt Anderson.

The View from Monday on Tuesday! - May 31, 2016


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The World Weavers (Desert Rising 3) by Kelley Grant;

Zero World (h2mm) by Jason M. Hough is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley;

The Dirt on the Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson 9) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback

The Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War 2) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Lazarus War: Legion (The Lazarus War 2) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig is out in Mass Market Paperback.


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May 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devour (D) Kurt Anderson Th
The Aftermath Ben Bova SF - Asteroid Wars 4
Penric's Demon Lois McMaster Bujold F - World of Five Gods 3.5
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (h2mm) W. Bruce Cameron Hu/M - Ruddy McCann 1
The Forgotten Room (h2mm) Lincoln Child SupTh/TechTh - Dr. Jeremy Logan 4
Virtues of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 1
Dancer's Lament Ian C. Esslemont F - Path to Ascendancy 1
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (ri) Diana Gabaldon HistF/TT/R - Outlander 8
The World Weavers Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 3
Extinction Biome: Invasion Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome
The Angel Wore Fangs Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 7
Beauty & the Beast: Fire at Sea Nancy Holder PNR /F - Beauty & the Beast 3
Zero World (h2mm) Jason M. Hough SF/Th
The Geek Feminist Revolution Kameron Hurley SocSci/Feminism
Blood Lust Alexandra Ivy PNR - The Sentinels 3
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 9
The Devouring God (e) James Kendley PTh - Tohru Takuda 2
Born of Betrayal (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR - The League: Nemesis Rising 8
Insomnia (ri) Stephen King SupTh
Christine (ri) Stephen King SupTh
Force and Motion Jeffrey Lang SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Shadow Of Tyr Glenda Larke F - Mirage Makers 2
The Liar's Key (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 2
Ghost Road Blues (ri) Jonathan Maberry H/Th - A Pine Deep Novel 1
The Joe Ledger Series, Thus Far (e) Jonathan Maberry H/Th - Joe Ledger
Freedom of the Mask Robert McCammon HistTh - Matthew Corbett 6
The Dinosaur Lords (h2tp) Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 1
Leviathan's Blood Ben Peek F - Children Trilogy 2
A Shadow in the Deep (e) Anthony Pryor DF - The Shepherd 3
Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek Manu Saadia SocSci/Economics
The Lazarus War: Legion Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 2
The End of All Things (h2mm) John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War 6
Vicky Peterwald: Rebel Mike Shepherd SF - A Vicky Peterwald Novel 3
The Darkest Torment Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 12
Zeroes (h2mm) Chuck Wendig SF/CyberP
The Thief's Daughter Jeff Wheeler HistF - The Kingfountain Series 2
The Iron Jackal (tp2mm) Chris Wooding SP - Tale of  Ketty Jay 3



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
GoR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
PTh - Paranormal Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
V - Visionary

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases. 

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising Trilogy


Please welcome Kelley Grant to The Qwillery. The World Weavers, the 3rd Desert Rising novel, was published on April 19th (digital) and will be published on May 31st (print) by Harper Voyager Impulse.



Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising Trilogy




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, The World Weavers (Desert Rising 3) was published on April 19th in digital format. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Desert Rising (Desert Rising 1) to now?

Kelley:  Desert Rising was my second novel and the first novel I wrote without Nanowrimo. I began writing without a clear idea of where it would go and had to discard five chapters and begin again with a new main character. With The Obsidian Temple and The World Weavers I learned to brainstorm and write ideas before beginning to write the story, to winnow down and focus my creativity. I learned that I love the challenge of writing to a deadline. The World Weavers was the first novel where I actually plotted by extensively mapping my chapters as I wrote them in order to keep everything moving toward the concluding battle.



TQWhat do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Desert Rising came out that you know now?

Kelley:  If you don’t feel like you are a real writer before your novel is published, having one novel, or even three novels, published will not change that. It will not make you love the person you see every day in the mirror. You have to believe in yourself as a writer and love yourself whether you ever see your book in print or not. The only person who can give you the validation you need is yourself.



TQWhich character in the Desert Rising Trilogy surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Kelley:  The character of Abram, the cousin of Kadar and Sulis, in the World Weavers came as a surprise. He was a minor character that I revised to be a point-of-view character. He ended up being one of my favorite characters with his wit and personality.

Ashraf was difficult for me because I wanted him to be more than just a love interest for Sulis – I wanted him to have his own interests and life. But he often was lost in the writing of the major characters and I rewrote and added several times to give him more life.



TQHow did you keep track of characters, plot lines, etc. in the Desert Rising Trilogy?

Kelley:  I am more of a pantser than a plotter, so it was difficult for me! My editor gave me a chapter spreadsheet for Desert Rising, to help keep track of the timeline. That became more important in The Obsidian Temple, and essential for The World Weavers. In each chapter I tracked which characters had POVs on what pages, what month it was, and what happened in each. Because of this outline I was able to seamlessly add the character of Abram while on a stiff deadline. Even a pantser will plot when the storyline becomes complicated enough! There were several times where I got my characters into situations I thought were impossible to overcome and had to write my way out of them.



TQPlease tell us about the deities in the Trilogy.

Kelley:  The Deities were created by the One-being when humans became too demanding, to rule over the humans and were created in the image of humans. Ivanha, the goddess of family and hearth and Voras, god of trade and war are allies, and Aryn, messenger/healer goddess, and Parasu, god of justice/luck ally with each other. Unfortunately they were too human and conceited and began warring with each other and against their creator, creating chaos. The One used the help of southern mages to limit their power in a great battle 500 years before Desert Rising begins. Now the deities want those powers back and join together to try to defeat the One, who created them. They can only channel through the humans pledged to them. They were inspired by the Greek gods I loved to read about as a kid.



TQPlease tell us something about The World Weavers that is not found in the book description.

Kelley:  Kadar grows into his powers in this novel. He has always been overshadowed by his twin, but we find a depth to him in the World Weavers, and a wry humor, that isn’t emphasized in the other two novels.



TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The World Weavers.

Kelley:  I like this one when Sulis meets a new teacher:
     “I am Amon, a Descendant of the Prophet!” the man declared, unfortunately in the Northern tongue, so none of the warriors of the One understood him. “The Descendants have risen and the second Great War has begun.”
     Silence followed this announcement as the warriors of the One looked at the Chosen for translation and the Chosen looked at one another.
     “Are we supposed to be impressed?” Sulis said into the silence.
Alannah snorted and Lasha hid a grin behind her hand. The man looked nonplussed.
     “I mean, it was good delivery,” Sulis continued. “Dramatic. But most of these people don’t understand your language. And those of us who do, well, we’re already Chosen by the One and have a prophecy of our own. We don’t really need a new one.”


TQWhat's next?

Kelley:  The World Weavers will release in paperback on May 31st. I am working on a new series, set in the jungles of a new world.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kelley:  It is always a pleasure to speak with you! I love The Qwillery.





The World Weavers
Desert Rising 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 19, 2016
     eBook, 288 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 31, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising Trilogy
It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.

But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis’s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.

In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind’s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged. In this spellbinding denouement to Desert Rising and The Obsidian Temple, Kelley Grant brings her epic trilogy to a thunderous and powerful conclusion.





Previously

Desert Rising
Desert Rising 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 21, 2015
     eBook, 288 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 26, 2015
     Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising Trilogy
"It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals. It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves."

The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One's four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective - one that just might be considered heresy...

Sulis's twin Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he's willing to risk anything to get her people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.

An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery.




The Obsidian Temple
Desert Rising 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, July 21, 2015
     eBook, 368 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 1, 2015
     Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising Trilogy
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.

Returning to Illian, Sulis's twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah's side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste's uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy's stunning conclusion.





About Kelley

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising Trilogy
Photo by Susan H. Grant
Kelley Grant grew up in the hills of Ohio’s Amish country. Her best friends were the books she read, stories she created and the forest and fields that inspired her. She first told stories to her cats, then other kids, then expanded her audience to professors at Otterbein college, where she got her degree in writing. She and her husband live on a wooded hilltop and are owned by five cats, a dog and numerous uninvited critters. Besides writing, Kelley teaches yoga and meditation, sings kirtan with her husband, and designs brochures and media.



Website  ~ Twitter @kgrantwrites
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The View From Monday - April 18, 2016


Happy Monday! The Qwillery is thrilled and excited to be one of the blogs for the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016 (SPFBO 2016 or SPFBO2)! You can read all about this at Mark Lawrence's site - here. Mark created the SPFBO last year and it was fascinating. Hopefully we'll find some real gems among the self-published novels we will be reading. I know, we don't usually read self-published novels but as part of the SPFBO2 we're willing to dive in!

Now moving along to this week's genre releases. There are 2 debut novels this week:

Hystopia by David Means;

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi.

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From formerly featured DAC authors:

The World Weavers (Desert Rising 3) by Kelley Grant;

Nettle King (Night and Nothing Novels 3) by Katherine Harbour;

and

Chains of Commend (Frontlines 4) by Marko Kloos.

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Note: Clicking on the novel covers will take you to the novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - April 18, 2016



April 19, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Alphas: Origins (e) Ilona Andrews SFR
The Last Wall David Annandale SF - The Beast Arises 4
The Silence of Ghosts (h2tp) Jonathan Aycliffe H
Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel Matt Carter SH
Nazi Moonbase Graeme Davis SF - Dark Osprey 10
Private Eye (e) Alyssa Day PM - A Tiger's Eye Mystery 2
Darkest Judgment Candice Gilmer PNR - Mythical Knights 3
The World Weavers (e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 3
The Emperor's Railroad Guy Haley SF/PA/AP - The Dreaming Cities 1
Nettle King Katherine Harbour F - Night and Nothing Novels 3
The Drafter (h2mm) Kim Harrison Th/F - The Peri Reed Chronicles 1
The Everything Box Richard Kadrey F
Grim Tidings Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 2
Chains of Command Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 4
The Fall of the Dagger Glenda Larke HistF - The Forsaken Lands 3
Winchester Undead: Winchester Over and Winchester Prey Dave Lund SF/AP/PA - Winchester Undead 1 and 2
Dust Up Jon McGoran TecnoTh - Carrick & Watkins 3
Hystopia (D) David Means LF
The English Assassin Michael Moorcock F - The Cornelius Quartet 3
Fault Line Deborah D. Moore PA - The Journal Series 5
Dune Time: A Tor.com Original (e) Jack Nicholls F
Where (h2tp) Kit Reed SF
Join (D) Steve Toutonghi SF
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball Harry Turtledove HistF
In a Dark, Dark Wood (h2tp) Ruth Ware Th



April 20, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Destroyer: A Tor.Com Original Tara Isabella Burton SF
Knight Life (ri) Peter David CF
Angry Candy (ri) Harlan Ellison F/SF - Collection



April 22, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark of Night - Flesh and Fire Jonathan Maberry Rachael Lavin H - Journalstone's Doubledown



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32


This is the thirty-second 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 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 here



S.K. Dunstall (2015)

Alliance
A Linesman Novel 2
Ace, February 23, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn’t understand—and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight…

The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space—before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean’s ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool—or weapon—to command.

Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything—her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.

Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover—and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them…




Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Back Bay Books, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 24, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
"Mesmerizing and dazzlingly original--a breakout novel."--Wally Lamb

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

Henry decides to run away. He leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.




Margaret Fortune

Nova
DAW, June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

[cover not yet available]
*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
[description from Hardcover]




Kelley Grant (2015)

The Obsidian Temple
Desert Rising 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
eBook, July 21, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.

Returning to Illian, Sulis's twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah's side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste's uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy's stunning conclusion.


The World Weavers
Desert Rising 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 19, 2016
eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.

But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis’s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.

In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind’s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged. In this spellbinding denouement to Desert Rising and The Obsidian Temple, Kelley Grant brings her epic trilogy to a thunderous and powerful conclusion.
[description provided by the Author]




Camille Griep (2015)

New Charity Blues
47North, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost.

But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt.

Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR


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The View From Monday - July 20, 2015


Happy Monday! No debuts out this week, but we have some releases from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Harmonized by (Tidewater eNovella) Mary Behre;

Stormbringer (Wyrd 2) by Alis Franklin:

Agents of the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 2) by Wayne Gladstone;

The Obsidian Temple ( Desert Rising 2) by Kelley Grant;

and

The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka.



The View From Monday - July 20, 2015



July 20, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Last Wolf Standing (e)(ri) Rhyannon Byrd PNR - Bloodrunners 1
Ether & Elephants (e) Cindy Spencer Pape SPR - Gaslight Chronicles 8
Twilight Illusions: Beyond Twilight (e) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 3



July 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Xenos Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000: Eisenhorn Trilogy 1
Primal Heat Part 2: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance A. C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 6
A Cure for Suicide Jesse Ball LF/Dys
Rewinder Brett Battles SF/TT - Rewinder 1
War Dogs (h2tp) Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 1
Harmonized (e) Mary Behre PNR - Tidewater Novella
Skinner (Ke) David Bernstein H/Oc
The Supernatural Enhancements (h2tp) Edgar Cantero LF/Gh
Messi@: A Novel (e)(ri) Andrei Codrescu SF
The Blood Countess (e)(ri) Andrei Codrescu H
Bridged by Love Nancy Corrigan PNR
Bound in Black Juliette Cross UF - Vessel Trilogy 3
Fallen Embers P.G. Forte PNR - Children of the Night 5
Stormbringer (e) Alis Franklin UF - Wyrd 2
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse Wayne Gladstone Dys/Satire - Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 2
The First Confessor Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan - Sword of Truth Prequel
The Obsidian Temple (e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 2
Dead Man's Reach D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 4
The Flicker Men Ted Kosmatka Th/SF
The Devil's Bag Man Adam Mansbach Th/H/Sup - Jess Galvan 2
The Wars of Atlantis Phil Masters F
The House of Small Shadows (h2tp) Adam Nevill H
Beautiful You (h2tp) Chuck Palahniuk Satire/AP
All Those Vanished Engines (h2tp) Paul Park SF
Way Station (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
City (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Out of Their Minds (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak CF
A Heritage of Stars (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Time Is the Simplest Thing  (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
All Flesh Is Grass (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Shakespeare's Planet (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Werewolf Principle (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Enchanted Pilgrimage (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Dark Arts of Blood Freda Warrington DF/PNR - Blood 4



July 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer Lykke Guanio-Uluru H&C
The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman: Excerpts from an EPIC Autobiography: A Tor.Com Original (e) Kelly McCullough SF



July 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Equilibrium (e) CS Sealey F



e - eBook
Ke - Kindle eBook only
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
H&C - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
Oc - Occult
PNR - Paranormal ROmance
SF - Science Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2015 Winner


The winner of the April 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Desert Rising by Kelley Grant with 36% of all votes.



 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2015 Winner





The Final Results

 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2015 Winner



The April 2015 Debut Covers

 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2015 Winner



Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue with voting on the May Debut covers starting on May 15, 2015.

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of Desert Rising - April 20, 2015


Please welcome Kelley Grant to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Desert Rising will be published on April 21st by Harper Voyager Impulse in digital format and on May 26th in print.



Interview with Kelley Grant, author of Desert Rising - April 20, 2015




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. What inspired you to write Desert Rising? What appealed to you about writing secondary-world fantasy?

Kelley:  I love the possibility and potential of new worlds. Anything can be, anything can happen. I love creating new cultures and myths the cultures live by. I know Tolkien loved languages – but I’m into the myths of a world and what it says about the history and culture of the people who live with those myths. My love of Greek mythology inspired the deities of Desert Rising, and allowed me to create my own mythological base to the great Temple, which is home to the giant temple felines who choose pledges.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Desert Rising?

Kelley:  I researched caste systems – how and why they came into being. I also brushed up on Greek mythology to help my deities become larger than life. And I studied trade routes and caravans of the Syrian Desert in pre-modern times to get a feel for what a merchant would need to caravan through a desert climate.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Kelley:  The Crone, who is the voice of the deity Ivanha for some reason was easiest, even though I don’t like anything Ivanha stands for. Perhaps because the Crone is wisely wicked and contemptuous of others and it can be fun to write such a tone. My second viewpoint character of Kadar was difficult because he is relatively ordinary and tends to be overshadowed by his more flamboyant twin sister, Sulis.



TQ:  Which question about Desert Rising do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!


Kelley:  Who was the great Temple feline, Djinn, based on? Djinn’s alter ego was Chester, a beloved little gray housecat with the heart of a great feli. Anyone who visited my home was stalked, observed, judged, and either selected or rejected by Chester. Those he selected were never forgotten by him. Those he judged unworthy, tended to bleed if they dared to approach him. Most of Djinn’s mannerisms come from Chester’s unique way of showing his love and ownership of me. He passed away at age 19 a few years ago, but through Desert Rising, his legend lives on.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Desert Rising.

Kelley:
Incense filled the air, and Djinn gave a giant sneeze, spraying Sulis. Unlike the other feli, who remained sitting tall, just barely touching their paired, he sprawled beside her and laid his big head in the lap she created with her crossed legs. When she didn’t immediately stroke him behind the ears, he reached out a long leg and touched her knee with his paw, claws barely sheathed. She sighed in irritation and caressed him, so he wouldn’t put a hole in her shift. His answering purr filled the meditation area, and the other pledges looked over at them in surprise. Lasha met her eyes, and Sulis rolled hers. Lasha looked away, hiding a smile.


TQ:   What's next? 

This is a wonderfully busy time! I’ll be in Chicago at C2E2 on an epic fantasy panel the end of April. Then Desert Rising’s sequel, The Obsidian Temple, will be released in July. In between you can find me teaching yoga classes, writing the third book of the series and editing other finished novels.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kelley:  Thank-you for having me! The Qwillery is my favorite source for new novels and it is an honor to be interviewed by you.





Desert Rising
Desert Rising 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 21, 2015
eBook, 288 pages
Mass Market Paperback, May 26, 2015

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of Desert Rising - April 20, 2015
"It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals. It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves."

The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One's four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective - one that just might be considered heresy...

Sulis's twin Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he's willing to risk anything to get her people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.

An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery.

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review





About Kelley

Interview with Kelley Grant, author of Desert Rising - April 20, 2015
Kelley Grant grew up in the hills of Ohio’s Amish country. Her best friends were the books she read, stories she created and the forest and fields that inspired her. She first told stories to her cats, then other kids, then expanded her audience to professors at Otterbein college, where she got her degree in writing. She and her husband live on a wooded hilltop and are owned by five cats, a dog and numerous uninvited critters. Besides writing, Kelley teaches yoga and meditation, sings kirtan with her husband, and designs brochures and media.




Website  ~ Twitter @kgrantwrites  ~  Facebook

The View From Monday - April 20, 2015


Happy Monday!

There are 4 Debuts out this week:

Residue (Project Sentinel 1) by Steve Diamond;

Desert Rising (Desert Rising 1) by Kelley Grant;

The Vagrant by Peter Newman;

and

The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn;

The Machine Awakes (Spider War 2) by Adam Christopher;

Pirate's Alley (Sentinels of New Orleans 4) by Suzanne Johnson;

and

Angles of Attack (Frontlines 3) by Marko Kloos.


The View From Monday - April 20, 2015


April 20, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Residue (D)(e) Steve Diamond DF - Project Sentinel 1



April 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Within These Walls Ania Ahlborn H
Letters from the Dead (e)(ri) Campbell Armstrong H/Sus
The Wanting (e)(ri) Campbell Armstrong H/Sus
The Silver Witch Paula Brackston Hist/F
The Machine Awakes Adam Christopher SF - Spider War 2
Dark Skye (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 15
Sealed in Sin Juliette Cross PNR - Vessel Trilogy 2
Temporary Human (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 3
When We Were Animals Joshua Gaylord F/CoA
Desert Rising (D)(e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 1
Pirate's Alley Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 4
Damocles Phil Kelly
Guy Haley
Ben Counter
Josh Reynolds
SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Angles of Attack Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 3
After Midnight (Ke) Allan Leverone H
War of Shadows Gail Z. Martin F - The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga 3
The Night Mayor (ri) Kim Newman SF
The Miracle Girl (D) Andrew Roe F/Psy
Dark Bride Jonathan Ryan H -  3 Gates of the Dead 2
Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas Kazuki Sakuraba F
The Blondes Emily Schultz Satire/Ap
The Edge of Reason Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 1
Emergence (e) William Vitka H - The Hroza Connection 2
Positive David Wellington H
Poisonwell Jeff Wheeler F - Whispers from Mirrowen 3
The Affinities Robert Charles Wilson SF
The Architect of Aeons John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 3



April 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn: A Tor.Com Original (e) Usman T. Malik F



April 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel (e) Duncan Lay F
Melancholy: Episode 2 (e) Charlotte McConaghy PNR - Melancholy
The Vagrant (D) Peter Newman F



April 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Scripture From the Past C. J. Gleave F - Alkoryn Chronicles 1
The Bones Would Do Lee Morgan Su - Christopher Penrose 2
After: Dying Light (Ke) Scott Nicholson PA/Th - After 6



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint


Ap - Apocalyptic
CF  - Contemporary Fiction
CoA - Coming of Age
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR -Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thirller
UF- Urban Fantasy


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on April 24, 2015.


Vote for your favorite April 2015 Debut Cover!
 
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts

The View from Monday on Tuesday! - May 31, 2016Interview with Kelley Grant, author of the Desert Rising TrilogyThe View From Monday - April 18, 2016What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 322015 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEARThe View From Monday - July 20, 2015 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2015 WinnerInterview with Kelley Grant, author of Desert Rising - April 20, 2015The View From Monday - April 20, 20152015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts

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