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The View From Monday - December 10, 2012

Happy Monday. It's a light release week for novels. If you'd like to see which comics are out on the 12th, check out the New Releases at PREVIEWSworld. This week The Qwillery will have interviews with or guest blogs by M.C. Planck, Gareth L. Powell, Sean Pidgeon, and Leigh Evans. Also this week, voting will start on the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for December. Additionally, I've asked a few of my blogger friends to recommend a book to give for the holidays and I'm looking forward to sharing that with you.




December 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Trying Rebecca Gale SF
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (mm2tp) Molly Harper PNR - Naked Werewolf 2
The Eye of Luvelles Phillip E. Jones F - Worlds of the Crystal Moon 2
Pirates (ri) Linda Lael Miller PNR/TT
Collision Course William Shatner SF - Star Trek: Academy




December 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fortune's Hero Jenna Bennett SFR - Soldiers of Fortune 1
Kiss of the Betrayer Boone Brux PNR - A Bringer and the Bane Novel 2
The Lady of Secrets Susan Carroll HistF - Dark Queen 6
Zombies vs Robots: Women on War! Jeff Conner (ed) SF - Anthology
Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov Martin H. Greenberg (ed) SF - Anthology
Ash James Herbert H
Buffy: The Making of a Slayer Nancy Holder TV Show Restrospective
The Bones of the Old Ones Howard Andrew Jones F - Dabir and Asim 2
The Rise of Nagash Mike Lee F - Time of Legends: Nagash Omnibus
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem Melissa Lemon FT
Nightstalkers Bob Mayer SF - Area 51
Nested Scrolls: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (h2tp) Rudy Rucker Autobiography
Children of the Night (ri) Dan Simmons H
Peace (ri) Gene Wolfe F
The Tribe (ri) Bari Wood H




December 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s Andrew M. Butler Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies Series
The Abolition of Species Dietmar Dath SF
Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal (h2tp) Sherryl Vint Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies Series


mm2tp - Mass Market to Trade Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
TT - Time Travel

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts

There are 5 debuts for December.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The December 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 December cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





Demon's Curse
Author:  Alexa Egan
Series:  Imnada Brotherhood
Publisher:  Pocket Books, December 26, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781451672909

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts
She holds the key . . .

One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse. As the result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, he and the men he served with are forced to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspects. Now one of them has been murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada may finally have been discovered. His only link to unearthing the truth—Bianca Parrino, the beautiful actress whom every man desires.

. . . to his forbidden desires

Forging a new life for herself after escaping the clutches of her abusive husband, Bianca is again drawn into violence when a dear friend is brutally murdered and she becomes a suspect. Forced to place her trust and her life in Mac’s hands as they flee a determined killer, Bianca cannot deny she is falling for the mysterious soldier. But will his dark secrets tear them asunder? Or will love be the key to breaking even the cruelest of spells?





The Trouble with Fate
Author:  Leigh Evans
Series:  Mystwalker
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press, December 24, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9781250006400

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…





The Spear of Destiny
Black Sun Reich (Part 1 of 3)
Author:  Trey Garrison
Series:  Far Ranger Adventure
Publisher:  HarperVoyager, December 18, 2012
Format:  eBook, 100 pages
Price:  $0.99
Genre:  Alternate History/Horror/Adventure
ISBN:  9780062261250

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts
Black Sun Reich: Part One of three in The Spear of Destiny, the first novel in a new steampunk, horror, alternate history, action-adventure series set in a 1920s where the Nazis have begun their subjugation of the world using the occult, advanced science, and a holy relic with awesome powers.

And don't miss the other parts of this serialized novel—Part Two: Death's Head Legion and Part Three: Shadows Will Fall.

Trey Garrison recaptures the unapologetic adventure, wonder, and excitement of the classic pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, blending elements of steampunk with deeply researched historical fiction and a good dose of humor. The novel also explores major philosophical and moral issues relevant to our contemporary world: the trade-off between security and liberty, the morality of preemptive war, and what fundamentally separates good from evil.

The North American continent is made up of several rival nations, and a Cold War is building among them. The Nazis rose to power a decade ago. People travel by airship, and powerful organizations calculate with Babbage's Difference Engine. The Nazis have hatched a plot to raise a legion of undead soldiers.

Enter Sean Fox Rucker and Jesus D'Anconia Lago, two Great War veterans and freelance pilots who are pulled into the quest. They are joined by a brash Greek merchant, a brilliant Jewish cowboy, and the woman who once broke Rucker's heart. This ragtag band of reluctant, bickering, swashbuckling heroes is soon locked in a globe-spanning race against Nazi occultists, clockwork assassins, and a darkly charismatic commando. In a world where science and the supernatural coexist, and the monsters of legend are as real as the necromancers who summon them from murky realms, our heroes alone stand before the rising shadows. But all their efforts may not be enough.





Nexus
Author:  Ramez Naam 
Publisher:  Angry Robot, December 18, 2012 (USA/Canada)
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  9780857662934

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts
Mankind gets an upgrade

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link human together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it.

When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he’s thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage – for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Humanity 2.0 | Mind Matters | Hive | This Will Happen ]





Sealed with a Curse
Author:  Cecy Robson
Series:  Weird Girls
Publisher:  Signet Eclipse, December 31, 2012 
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Urban Fantasy Romance
ISBN9780451416735

2012 Debut Author Challenge - December 2012 Debuts
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.






2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012



I have not posted a 2012 Debut Author Challenge Update in a while. I'd like to share some of the newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge as well as share some covers. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.



G. T. Almasi

Blades of Winter
Shadowstorm 1
Del Rey, August 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
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.



Steve Bein

Daughter of the Sword
Fated Blades 1
Roc, October 2, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
May not be final cover
ANCIENT POWER

Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield herself could turn against her.



Leigh Evans

The Trouble With Fate
Mystwalker 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, December 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
The Back Cover copy from Leigh Evans website.
I HAVE TWO WORDS FOR WEREWOLVES:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

BITE ME.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

First in the incredible new Mystwalker series!



Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead
Tor, October 2, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.



Alex Hughes

Clean
Mindspace Investigations 1
Roc, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Adam used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked him out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely his fault. Now he works for the cops, helping put killers behind bars. His ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes him the best interrogator in the department. But the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust Adam, a serial killer is stalking the city—and Adam is aching for a fix. But he needs to solve this case. Adam’s just had a vision of the future: he’s the next to die. [may not be final blurb]



Hanna Martine

Liquid Lies
The Elementals 1
Berkley, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Magic is corporate America's best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is the best at selling it...

With her ability to pick up any language in an instant, Gwen Carroway is taking her family business global. As dutiful future leader of water elementals, she'll do anything to protect her people's secrets and bloodlines--including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for the forbidden.

Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen's life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic--and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he's been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him...

But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen's family business--and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor...



Tom Pollock

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Flux, September 9, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.



Michael Poore

Up Jumps the Devil
Ecco, July 3, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
John Scratch, the Devil himself, is the protagonist in this stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and tender novel, as he tricks, teases, and prods America to greatness in the hope of luring his lost love back down to Earth from Heaven. Up Pops the Devil is fiction with humor and heart, the kind of hilarious, off-beat, and original reading experience that fans of Chris Moore, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jim Shepard would sell their souls for—a brilliant blending of the occult and the outrageous starring the anti-hero of anti-heroes, the one and only Prince of Darkness.



Megan Powell

No Peace for the Damned
Damned 1
47th North, July 10, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
“In that last moment of consciousness I had to chastise myself. I was not supposed to live in this world without violence and pain. And I was an idiot to have ever let myself think otherwise.”

After a lifetime of painful imprisonment, Magnolia Kelch has finally escaped her family’s estate. Unfortunately, the outside world holds its own dangers and freedom can be a precarious thing. When a collision inadvertently pulls Magnolia into The Network – an underground organization fighting against supernatural terrorists the world over – she has to decide just how many new experiences she can handle and just how far she’s willing to go to protect her freedom.



Roberta Trahan

The Well of Tears
The Dream Stewards 1
47North, September 18, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.



Michael R. Underwood

Geekomancy
Pocket Star, July 10, 2012
eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?
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