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The View From Monday - March 25, 2013

Happy Monday!  It's the last Monday in March. Spring has arrived astronomically but not meteorologically - in other words, supposed to be Spring, still snowing.  If I've missed thanking anyone please accept my thank you for the birthday messages yesterday!



The View From Monday - March 25, 2013



The 2013 Debut Author Challenge featured authors with novels out this week:

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. You may read Peter's Guest Blog - Russian-ness - here.

The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri. You may read Suzanne's Guest Blog - Finding Magic..... - here.

and

Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry. You may read Joshua's Guest Blog - Pink Girl in a Cruel World - here and the Interview here.


Two former Debut Author Challenge featured authors have new novels out this week:

The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby, which is the second novel in Lee's Marius dos Hellespont series.

The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher.  The Age Atomic is the sequel to Empire State.


Don't forget to vote in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for March!


And here are the releases for this week:


March 25, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pooka in My Pantry (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 2



March 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Good, the Bad and the Infernal Guy Adams SP/WW
Demon's Daughter Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 1
Passion's Prey A.C. Arthur UF - The Shadow Shifters 3
Immortal Trust Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 3
The Marching Dead Lee Battersby F - Marius dos Hellespont 2
Galactic Courier (tp2mm) A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 3
The Age Atomic Adam Christopher SF - Empire State 2
The Weight of Worlds Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Rebel Kristina Douglas PNR - The Fallen 4
Deadly Sting Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 8
Fire Caste Peter Fehervari SF - Warhammer: 40,0000
1636: The Kremlin Games (ri) Eric Flint SF - Ring of Fire 14
The Wreck of the River of Stars (ri) Michael Flynn SF - Firestar 5
Dog and Dragon (tp2mm) Dave Freer F - Dragon Ring 2
Twice Tempted Jeaniene Frost PNR - Night Prince 2
Ripper (h2mm) David L. Golemon AH/SF/Th - Event Group Thriller 7
Let the Dead Sleep Heather Graham PM
Play with Fire & Midnight at the Oasis Justin Gustainis UF - Morris and Chastain Investigation
Deadlocked (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF/M - Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire 12
Hellhole Awakening Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Hellhole 2
Wolfhound Century (D) Peter Higgins F
Kiss of Temptation Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 3
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (h2mm) Darynda Jones Su/M - Charley Davidson 4
Time Untime (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hnuter 16
Black Feathers Joseph D'Lacey F - Black Dawn 1
Wolf with Benefits Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 8
Aftertime (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield PA - Aftertime 1
Gotrek & Felix: The Fourth Omnibus Nathan Long F - Warhammer
Extinction Machine Jonathan Maberry SF - Joe Ledger 5
The Scrivener's Tale Fiona McIntosh F
Princeps (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 5
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin (h2mm) Walter Mosley SF - Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion
The Witch of Little Italy (D) Suzanne Palmieri F
Virus Thirteen (D) Joshua Alan Parry SF/Th
Red Planet Blues Robert J. Sawyer SF
Triggers (h2mm) (ri) Robert J. Sawyer SF
A Problem of Proportion John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 11
Of Shadow Born Dianne Sylvan F - Shadow World 4
The Slab (h2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War
Angelopolis Danielle Trussoni UF - Angelology 2
Lover At Last J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 11
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction Ian Whates (ed) SF - Anthology
Kitty Rocks the House Carrie Vaughn UF - Kitty Norville 11
Rage of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 3


March 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Best of Joe Haldeman Joe Haldeman SF
Necroscope: The Mobius Murders Brian Lumley SF - Necroscope
Magic Highways: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Three Jack Vance SF



e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western



What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013?  This is the fifth is a series of posts.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.


Jill Archer

Fiery Edge of Steel
Noon Onyx 2
Ace, May 28, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…




Lee Battersby

The Marching Dead
Marius don Hellepsont 2
Angry Robot, March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
Find the dead a King, save himself, win the love of his life, live happily ever after. No wonder Marius dos Helles is bored. But now something has stopped the dead from, well, dying.

It’s up to Marius, Gerd, and Gerd’s not-dead-enough Granny to journey across the continent and put the dead back in the afterlife where they belong.

File Under: Fantasy [ Dead Reckoning | Strange Problems | By Royal Decree | Still Running ]




Kira Brady

Hearts of Shadow
The Deadlglass Trilogy 2
Kensington Zebra, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
In this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman’s quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame–and unexpected desire…

Grace Mercer’s unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there’s no way she’ll allow the new regent of Seattle’s most powerful dragon shifter clan to “protect” her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets–and keep her from the freedom she’s risked everything to earn. Leif’s science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon’s sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls…or consume all in a storm of destruction.




Amanda Carlson

Hot Blooded
Jessica McClain 2
Orbit, April 23, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she's the only female werewolf in town...it comes with its own set of rules...and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day's work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...




Lee Collins

She Returns from War
Cora Oglesby 2
Angry Robot, January 29, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
Four years after the horrific events in Leadville, a young woman from England, Victoria Dawes, sets into motion a series of events that will lead Cora and herself out into the New Mexico desert in pursuit of Anaba, a Navajo witch bent on taking revenge for the atrocities committed against her people.

File Under: Dark Fantasy [ The Wilder West | Unseen Forces | A Conspiracy | Fight For Life ]




Leigh Evans

That Thing About Weres
Mystwalker 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks, July 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…

I AM WERE, HEAR ME ROAR.

To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

and the winners are...


Dark Currents (Agent of Hel 1) by Jacqueline Carey - Read the Interview and enter here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Would you like to vacation in a resort town with an out in the open eldritch community?

Dawn Prough who said...

I don't like to poke bears, so I don't know if I'd go to a supernatural town and look for them. Besides, as another commentor mentioned, they are living creatures and it is mean to go and stare at them like they are exhibits for your entertainment.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Revelation (The Seven Signs 1) by Erica Hayes - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels featuring Angels or Archangels?

books4me who said...

I can't recall the name of the exact series but it's by Felicity Heaton, I think...I haven't read too many angel series!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) by Jill Archer - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite stories featuring demons?

Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmm... I think that would have to be A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


3 copies of Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp - Read the Interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

bn100 who said...

I like Article 5.


Cindy who said...

I like the British comic Nemesis the Warlock.


Alyn who said...

I liked Battle Royale.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

Barbara E. who said...

I really enjoyed Already Dead by Charlie Huston - a hardboiled detective who's also a vampyre, it's a great story. My favorite urban fantasy series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) by Claire Ashgrove - Read the Guest Post here

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights(Templar or other)?

Leah Weller who said..

I have so many...... Tristan and Isolde, Timeline, Guinevere, Kingdom Of Heaven, King Arthur, First Knight, just to name a few. As for books, Immortal Hope was amazing. I can't wait to read about Farran! Congratulations on the release and thank you for the chance in the giveaway. :)



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall - Read the Interview here.  US ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite vampire novels?

rissatoo who said...

My first real vampire read will always be a favorite: Interview With The Vampire. But I've read SO many wonderful takes on vampires - from Stoker's scary Dracula, to Bartlett's light & frothy Glory StClair, and LKH's sensual Jean Claude - I just LOOOOOVE a good vampire world! :)

I'll keep my eye out for this one.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



ARC of Something Red by Douglas Nicholas - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012
ARC COVER IS DIFFERENT!
Question:  What is one of your favorite novels that is not set in the present day?

Stephanie who said...

The Great Gatsby!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner - Read the Interview here.  US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

Di who said...

I enjoy all the periods, but Medieval & Regency are the ones I keep going back to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards 1) by Roberta Trahan - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who is one of your favorite rulers (queen, king, etc.) from history or myth?

Carl who said...

Arthur, of course, must be one of nearly everyone's favorites. I also enjoy the villains, Richard III for example, but I don't think I would have liked to have known him very well.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

Tim who said...

I work well under pressure, but I think too much pressure makes for an inferior product.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The White Forest by Adam McOmber - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite time period settings for novels? Which?

erin who said...

Thanks for a great post and congrat to Adam on the new release! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this book it as already on my "want" list :) I truly don't have a fav time period. I'm pick up what sounds interesting to me and I figure, I'm a long for the ride and I'll go where ever and whenever an author wants to take me :) I'm just looking for a great story and characters I can connect to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Charming Blue, Wickedly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson - Read the Guest Blog here.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who would be your Prince or Princess Charming and why?(The Prince or Princess may be imaginary or real, of course.)

June M. who said...

I don't have a real Prince Charming in my life. Most of the heroes that I really like would not exactly be known as Prince Charming either, I tend to like the Alpha-Dominate bad-boys :) Some of my faves include Wraith from the Demonica series (along with Ares & Than from LoD), and I love the Masters in Cherise Sinclair & Kallypso Masters books.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Three copies of Fair Game (Guardian 3) by Taylor Keating - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite video games?

Debby who said...

Amazing excerpt. I would love to read more. I am not a big game player. I just like to play block games.


Rebe who said...

I'm not much of a gamer, to be honest. I think my favorite video game is Ms. PacMan (which soooo dates me, lol)!


Barb P who said...

I'm not really a gamer. Probably the last video game that I played was Star Wars Pod Racers or Space Invaders. I have read Game Over and loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Interview with Lee Battersby and Giveaway - September 13, 2012

Please welcome Lee Battersby to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Corpse-Rat King, Lee's debut, was published on August 28, 2012 in the US/Canada and September 6, 2012 in the UK/RoW.  You may read Lee's Guest Blog here.


Interview with Lee Battersby and Giveaway - September 13, 2012


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Lee:  My wife tells me that I’m the writing equivalent of a crisis person— I’m at my most creative with the panic of an imminent deadline looming over me, she says, so I slack off until the deadline does its looming thing and then crash through the work in the shortest possible time relying on a sense of desperation to bring out my creativity. Which is undoubtedly a filthy, rotten truth…


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Lee:  As a reader I‘m drawn to writers who tiptoe along the edges of a genre rather than throwing their plots at the centre: people like Jonathan Lethem, Howard Waldrop, James Ellroy, Walter Moseley, Spike Milligan or Chuck Palahniuk, whose work you can approach from a number of angles and still be satisfied. Interstitial writers, you could call them, I guess. Even when I’m reading ‘pure’ genre I find myself drawn to writers who subvert and twist the tropes rather than those who reinforce them: the likes of Mieville, VanderMeer, Wolfe, or Bester. But I’m pretty voracious as a reader. My wife and I have a reasonably large library and we read across a pretty wide spectrum, so I’m willing to give almost anything at least one shot.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Lee:  Pantser, totally. I usually start off with an opening image or sequence, a rough idea of where I want the story to go, and a fairly good idea of the main characters, and that’s about it. I free wheel to the first problem point and then have to solve it myself before the story can continue. I find I get to about 55 or 60 thousand words into a novel that way before I have to start jumping about and writing key scenes out of order to massage the plot towards the ending. So the writing process tends to have two distinct phases: hell for leather for the first half and careful management of the back half. It’s an odd way of writing, I think, but I dislike plotting—my story loses all its vitality if I know all the solutions beforehand, and half the fun for me is in trying to work my way out of problem points I hadn’t foreseen.


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Lee:  Boringly, my biggest challenge is simply one of time management. I work full time as the Arts Co-ordinator for a Local Government Authority, a job which regularly stretches into weekends and evenings as I diligently help everybody else in the City fulfil their arts practice, plus I have a wife and three kids at home with whom I want to spend as much time as possible doing cool things: my job makes me feel like a bad husband and father at times, especially when I have to absent myself from a family occasion because of work, so when we’re together I really want to give my family something memorable, which means we spend a lot of time out and about and away from computers. And apparently the degree of difficulty just isn’t enough in an Olympic year, so we’re currently trying to get our house ready to sell which means spending a significant number of hours each week patching holes, painting, putting up new curtains, gardening, moving furniture…

Luckily, I had the good sense to marry a fellow writer, so my wife Lyn understands the need to call writing time and spend an evening crashing the keyboard. She works a full-time job herself and is an external Uni student, so she’s pretty damn time-poor as well, so we do try and search out ways to incorporate writing time into our week wherever we can. But it occasionally gets mad—I am, for example, working on this interview at 4am on a Sunday morning having missed out on a family 20th wedding anniversary yesterday because I was co-ordinating a writing workshop by a visiting author for the writers in my City. So, currently, my writing career is as much about making every desperately-won writing moment count as much as it is about swanning about being a famous writah-dahlink. The yachts and supermodels come later, right?


TQ:  Describe The Corpse-Rat King in 140 characters or less.

Lee:  The book you didn’t know would make your life complete: a cynical post-dead fantasy romp with no fourth wall and characters who say fuck too much.


TQ:  What inspired you to write The Corpse-Rat King?

Lee:  My friends and colleagues often accuse me of being a fantasy-hater because I have a tendency to get ranty about just how lazy and formulaic the genre can be—all those soft-focus faux medieval stories where nobody ever gets rickets or scurvy and shampoo seems to have been invented five hundred years early. I wanted to write something with a bit of grit under its fingernails. Once I started the story took over, and went in directions I couldn’t have anticipated, so on the gritty-realism scale it ended up being rather more ‘Time Bandits’ than ‘Jabberwocky’, but hopefully it’s still a hell of a lot of fun.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Corpse-Rat King?

Lee:  I’m a passive research junkie. Which means I’m addicted to documentaries and have a deep and abiding love for odd non-fiction books that other people don’t buy so I can pick them up cheap from bargain bins—pirate dictionaries, secret histories, biographies of minor figures, that sort of thing. I don’t so much research stories as have a bunch of strange fascinations that, sooner or later, ooze out while I’m writing something. This is why characters in my stories tend to die by being turned into globsters or something rather than just being shot. I’d love to write a ‘straight’ story but my mind won’t let me :)

So there’s a tendency, rather than actively researching a sequence in a novel because I’ve planned to write about it all along, I get to that sequence and a documentary I watched 2 years ago will bubble back to the surface of my consciousness to fill the gap. Everything after that is just fact-checking.


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

Lee:  Marius dos Hellespont, the nominal hero of the tale, was probably the easiest character to write. Everything is parsed through his point of view, so he became the filter for my perception of the whole world around him. The more headspace and time you devote to this imaginary world you’re creating the easier it becomes to write about, so the more immersed I became in the world of Scorby—the country in which ‘The Corpse-Rat King’ is set, the more I got to grips with Marius’ character. Conversely, because he set the tone for every facet of the novel he was probably the hardest to write as well—there was simply no wiggle room in his character arc because the whole world of the novel relied on his point of view. Even his inconsistencies had to remain consistent!


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favourite scene(s) in The Corpse-Rat King?

Lee:  The novel is a big, roaring, wide-angled romp, and a lot of the feedback I’ve had focuses on those big Hollywood set-piece moments: there’s a fight with a shark, and a sunken galleon, and an escape along the outside of a castle and so on. But one of my favourite moments is a very quiet one, just the two main characters sitting in a cave and being quietly, brutally honest with each other. It sets the tone for much of their remaining interactions and is the first quiet, serious note in a story that’s been all hi-jinks and madness up to that point. It’s just such a nice counterpoint to everything around it, and from a craft point of view I was really pleased to pull it off.


TQ:  What's next?

Lee:  I’m just finishing off the second book of the series, ‘Marching Dead’, and Angry Robot have an option for a third so I’m hoping the books do well enough to trigger that option. In the meantime, I’ll be returning to a novel I began whilst I was waiting for ‘The Corpse-Rat King’ to go through the angry Robot Open month process; ‘Father Muerte and the Divine’ features a character I’ve used in four short stories and won a couple of awards with in the past, and I’ve 52 thousand words under my belt and a very firm idea of how the novel finishes, so I’ll be picking it back up with a view to signing off on a first draft by the end of the year. Then I’ve a post-apocalyptic revenger’s tragedy I’m itching to begin, so I’ve probably got my writing time sorted until the end of next year, assuming all the dominoes fall in the right order. Then it’ll be yachts and supermodels, right?


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Lee:  It’s my absolute pleasure. Thanks for the opportunity to come by and chat.




About The Corpse-Rat King

The Corpse-Rat King
The Corpse-Rat King 1
Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
September 6, 2012 (UK/RoW)

Interview with Lee Battersby and Giveaway - September 13, 2012
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy




About Lee

Interview with Lee Battersby and Giveaway - September 13, 2012
Lee Battersby is the author of the novels “The Corpse-Rat King” (2012) and “Marching Dead” (2013) from Angry Robot Books, and the collection “Through Soft Air” (2006) as well as appearances in markets as “Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror”, “Year’s Best Australian SF & F”, and “Writers of the Future”. He’s taught at Clarion South and developed and delivered a six-week “Writing the SF Short Story” course for the Australian Writers Marketplace. His work has been praised for its consistent attention to voice and narrative muscle, and has resulted in a number of awards including the Aurealis, Australia Shadows and Australia SF ‘Ditmar’ gongs.

He lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, with his wife, writer Lyn Battersby and an increasingly weird mob of kids. He is sadly obsessed with Lego, Nottingham Forest football club, dinosaurs and Daleks. He’s been a stand-up comic, tennis coach, cartoonist, poet, and tax officer in previous times, and he currently works as Arts Officer for a local council, where he gets to play with artists all day. All in all, life is pretty good.

Website : Twitter 




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Corpse-Rat King from The Qwillery.

How:   Answer the following questions:

Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.


*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - September 10, 2012

Monday again. Fall is the air. Time to start thinking about Halloween decorations!

It will be another busy week at The Qwillery with guest blogs from or interviews with Kristine Grayson, Adam McOmber, Lee Battersby, Bec McMaster, and John Park.

It's a light release week:

September 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Broken Promises (e) J.K. Coi SPR - Seasons of Invention 2
Sky Riders (e) Fae Sutherland SFER - Crux Ansata 1


September 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Full Blooded (D) Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 1
Under the Moon (ri) Natalie J. Damschroder PNR - Goddess Rising 1
Fire Dance Delle Jacobs FR
Loki's Daughters Delle Jacobs FR
Captured Heart Heather McCollum PHR - Highland Hearts
The White Forest (D) Adam McOmber F/G
Delusion in Death J. D. Robb UF - In Death 35
Turn to Darkness (e) Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring Novella
Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire Mitzi Szereto (ed) EF - Anthology
The Blinding Knife Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer2


September 12, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Between Page and Screen: Remaking Literature Through Cinema and Cyberspace Kiene Brillenburg Wurth Criticism


September 13, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hobbitus Ille: The Latin Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien F


September 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound Mark Leslie (ed) SF - Anthology
An Evolutionary Definition of Magical Realism: A Study in Literary Style Kenneth S. Reeds Literary Criticism
Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal Sherryl Vint SF


September 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Painted Alphabet: A Mythical Story of Bali Diana Darling F - Mythology/Fairy Tales



D - Debut
e - eBook
ri - reissue or reprint

EF - Erotic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
G - Gothic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFER - Science Fiction Erotic Romance
SPR -  Steampunk Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

And the winners are...


Darkness Devours (Dark Angels 3 by Keri Arthur - Ended August 3, 2012 - See the post here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Which of the 4 Dark Angels' covers is your favorite?

Barb P who said...

Most definitely Darkness Hunts! I love the awesome colors. +1 Comment, +1 Follower



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Choice of an eBook of The Fallen Queen or The Midnight Court by Jane Kindred. [Note if you chose The Midnight Court you will not receive your eBook until on or after the August 30, 2012 publication date.] - Ended August 11, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog  here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite traditions?

Caitlin Rahm who said...

I have a clam bake every year in October with my family which I love. Thanks for the giveaway!



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville 10) by Carrie Vaughn - Ended August 11, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  If paranormal and/or supernatural being exist, should they reveal themselves to the world?

rissatoo who said...

Great question, Q! :)
I'm selfish: I'd want to know if the paranormal/supernatural creatures existed in the world, but I wouldn't want them to be "out". Too many people hate &/or fear the different as it is. We don't need to introduce more into the world.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi 2) eBook by Laura Kaye and West of Want T-Shirt (L or XL) - Ended August 12, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question: Can you get a feel for how this song reflects this story?
What does it make you feel? And, if you’ve read the book, I’d be really curious to know if you think they fit together!


Alison Rush who said...

Looking forward to reading the book... I think they together from reading the song and excerpts. Going to have to download the song ... Would love a e copy and shirt click to sleep in. .... Alison  Thankyou



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Blooded (Jessica McClain 1) by Amanda Carlson - Ended August 13, 2012 - Read the Interview here.   Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels, movies, comic, etc. that features a werewolf ?

Lona who said...

Bowen from Wicked Deed's on a Winter's Night by Kresley cole. Book sounds fantastic, Love the cover.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass Trilogy 1) by Kira Brady - Ended August 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Have you ever been or felt you have been someplace haunted?

Linda who said...

My grandmother's old house was in a really old part of the town - this was years ago when I was a young kid & before she moved in with us. That house was creepy! It was really dark & had very few windows & all the floor boards creaked. You'd never have caught me upstairs alone.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Clean (Mindspace Investigations 1) by Alex Hughes - Ended August 15, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.  Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Cross Genre novels - love them or leave them?

sonsofcorax who said...

Cross-genre usually makes for fun reading, and I like reading what I come across. Adam Christopher's Empire State is a great example - noir, superheroes, time travel, pocket dimensions.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



A Wolf at the Door (Jesse James Dawson 3) by K.A. Stewart - Ended August 15, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Leave a comment.

Bethany C. who said...

I think it's great you do a lot of research; I don't think a book, no matter if it's fantasy, benefits from being 100% made-up.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Three commenters will each win an eBook from Covet (Entangled Publishing)!  One commenter will win Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.  One commenter will win Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.  One commenter will win Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens. - Ended August 18, 2012 - Read the character interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  From novels, TV, movies - which fictional character would you go out on a date with?

Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.

June M. who said...

I do love the bad boys too. I would love to go out with one of the guys for Larissa Ione's Demonica & Lords of Deliverance series. Especially either Wraith, Ares, or Than.

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Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.

Maria pronounced Mariah who said...

As much as I love all the paranormal bad boys I think I would have to pick Roark for an actual "date" that man knows how to take care of a woman!

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Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens.

books4me who said...

I would want to go out with a bad boy...something new for me so I would choose Eric from True Blood or Wraith from Demonica series (Larissa Ione) or Gregory from Dark series (Christine Feehan).



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King (The Corpse-Rat King 1) by Lee Battersby - Ended August 21, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after the publication date.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Leave a comment.

booklover0226 who said...

The Corpse-Rat King sounds like an exciting read. I have added it to my must have list. I'm heading to Lee Battersby's site to learn more about him.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Magic Gone Wild (Bottled Magic 3) by Judi Fennell - Ended August 22, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/CANADA ONLY


Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Which real town/city/village should be the basis for setting in a Paranormal Romance novel?

June M. who said...

I think that large cities would be best for paranormal series generally, especially for vampires, demons, witches, etc. Cities like NY, LA, NOLA. This way they can blend in, not have too many people too interested in them like in smaller towns.

But for shifters, I would think that areas with less people, more open space would be best (Alaska, desert areas, places with lots of woodlands, etc) so that they can shift and hunt but not have a lot of witnesses.




Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 1, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Guest Blog by Lee Battersby & Giveaway - August 14, 2012

Please welcome Lee Battersby to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Corpse-Rat King, Lee's debut, will be published on August 28, 2012 in the US/ Canada and September 6, 2012 in the UK/RoW.


Guest Blog by Lee Battersby & Giveaway - August 14, 2012



I’m not the most coherent person on Earth. It helps.

My day job requires me to be organised, on top of things, alert and in charge: I’m the Arts co-ordinator for a city of more than 100 000, responsible for public art, cultural events, large scale exhibitions and the like. Fuck up and we all look stupid, so I’m wired up and focussed and generally busier than Henry VIII’s bridal registry. And then I’ve got three kids at home between the ages of 19 and 7 who have different demands and with whom I want spend time and be a good dad, and my wife is lovely and I want to spend time with her and encourage her in all her pursuits, and we’re trying to sell our house right now so I’m patching and painting and weeding and hanging curtains and moving furniture about……

Yesterday I edited 15 pages of my upcoming novel in a food court.

Actually, that wasn’t a bad thing to do: frankly, there’s no greater motivation for putting my head down over my work and not ever looking up than the sight of a whole bunch of strangers eating around me. Seriously, people: if my seven year old knows not to eat with his mouth open or talk with it full, maybe you and your wife and your kids could think about it? That cheap-arse potato curry didn’t look that good when it was still in the bain-marie. Your masticating hasn’t improved it. I’m already tipping over into misanthropy. Don’t push me into outright whole-scale revulsion. I hate guns and I don’t want to be remembered as the guy who went mad in a food court and tried to choke a whole bunch of people with napkins. “It was awful! We were just eating our lunch and the next thing we know this fat guy is jumping on our table screaming something about Emily Post….”

Not until I need the publicity, anyway.

But it’s the mental space I live in, at least, when it comes to my writing. I’m time-poor, like my-available-time-lives-in-a-double-wide-and-thinks-NASCAR-and-Garth-Crooks-are-the-shit-maaaaan poor. So I fill it in whenever I can, in the most productive way I can. Which is why the whole “Where do you get your ideas?” newbie thang makes me giggle. Because I can’t afford to go traipsing through fields of daffodils looking at shapes in the sky and waiting for my muse to float down and gift me with golden droplets of shiny wisdom. (Rambling; pareidolia; Calliope, I guess, though the way I write it’d probably be Thalia. Played by Kate Bush. In a bikini; golden showers. Eww.) See, I have to know this stuff. I have to absorb it. I don’t have time to plough through endless tomes looking for the one inscrutable minor reference that will thrill and delight the six other people on the planet who might get it (Thomas Pynchon). When it comes to creation I freewheel like crazy, drawing in influences I’ve absorbed from over thirty years of obsessive geekiness—started in earnest when I was nine, do the math—and whenever I have the chance to watch TV or read a book or absorb some sort of popular culture it behoves me to use it to expand my weird nobody-cares knowledge base because sooner or later I’m going to be halfway through a story idea and something I read three years ago will bubble to the surface and bang! Instant connection.

I couldn’t point out an X-Factor winner in a line-up of two. But ask me something about the establishment of the magnificent seven cemeteries. Ask me about the Mary Rose. Ask me about the physics of unicorn horns, rhino horns, triceratops horns... I have a head full of this stuff. I have to, because when it comes time for action I have to be ready from the git-go. It’s why I tend to be a pantser, rather than a plotter. I can’t legislate for what my unconscious might throw up, and if I had umpteen months to plot something out I might as well use the time to actually write, because the results are far more feverish and fun and the laundry needs painting.

I’m hardly the only one, of course, who has to harness a swirl of mental chaos in order to create. Hell, I’m hardly the only one in the room. But as long as the world is filled with open-mouthed chewers and game shows for the mediocre, I’ll always have corners in which I can lurk, clutching a biography of John Dee while I watch a documentary on death art of the Andes, waiting for them to merge with something I saw about seal skins and zeppelins a few years back. So thanks, slobs of the world. You make it easier.



About The Corpse-Rat King

The Corpse-Rat King
The Corpse-Rat King 1
Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
September 6, 2012 (UK/RoW)

Guest Blog by Lee Battersby & Giveaway - August 14, 2012
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy
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About Lee

Guest Blog by Lee Battersby & Giveaway - August 14, 2012
Lee Battersby is the author of the novels “The Corpse-Rat King” (2012) and “Marching Dead” (2013) from Angry Robot Books, and the collection “Through Soft Air” (2006) as well as appearances in markets as “Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror”, “Year’s Best Australian SF & F”, and “Writers of the Future”. He’s taught at Clarion South and developed and delivered a six-week “Writing the SF Short Story” course for the Australian Writers Marketplace. His work has been praised for its consistent attention to voice and narrative muscle, and has resulted in a number of awards including the Aurealis, Australia Shadows and Australia SF ‘Ditmar’ gongs.

He lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, with his wife, writer Lyn Battersby and an increasingly weird mob of kids. He is sadly obsessed with Lego, Nottingham Forest football club, dinosaurs and Daleks. He’s been a stand-up comic, tennis coach, cartoonist, poet, and tax officer in previous times, and he currently works as Arts Officer for a local council, where he gets to play with artists all day. All in all, life is pretty good.

Website : Twitter 



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Corpse-Rat King  from The Qwillery. Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after the publication date.

How:  Leave a comment.

Please remember - if you don't leave a comment your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2012!


As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 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.



































January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.

June 2012 Winner - Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift. Cover art by sparth.

July 2012 Winner - No Peace for the Damned (The Damned 1) by Megan Powell. Cover art by Cyanotype Design.

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

There are 8 debuts for August.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The August debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.



Blades of Winter
Author:  G.T. Almasi
Series:  Shadowstomr
Publisher:  Del Rey,  August 28, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $9.99
Genre:  Science Fiction/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-440-42354-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.


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The Corpse-Rat King
Author:  Lee Battersby
Series:  The Corpse-Rat King
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-85766-287-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy


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Hearts of Darkness
Author:   Kira Brady
Series:  Deadglass
Publisher:  Zebra, August 7, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-4201-2456-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.


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The Dog Stars
Author:   Peter Heller
Publisher:  Knopf, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Price:  $24.95
Genre:  Post-Apocalyptic 
ISBN:  978-0-307-95994-2
(fiction debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.


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The Constantine Affliction
Author:  T. Aaron Payton

Has been removed.  T. Aaron Payton is author Tim Pratt.  This was revealed on August 9th. You can read the reveal post at The Night Bazaar.



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Romeo Spikes
Author:  Joanne Reay
Series:  Lo'Life Trilogy
Publisher:  Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Thriller
ISBN:  978-1-4516-7444-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.


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The Black Isles
Author:   Sandi Tan 
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 480 pages
Price:  $24.99
Genre:  Ghost Story
ISBN:  978-0-446-56392-5

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.


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Hidden Things
Author:  Doyce Testerman
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-06-210811-1

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .
The View From Monday - March 25, 2013What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 5Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012Interview with Lee Battersby and Giveaway - September 13, 2012Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012Guest Blog by Lee Battersby & Giveaway - August 14, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August  20122012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

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