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The View From Monday - October 27, 2014


Happy last Monday in October! Halloween is Friday and it may snow here on Saturday! That's a bit early for us though we did have a Halloween Nor'easter in 2011. That was not a nice trick! Hopefully we'll have a better Halloween this year. Do you celebrate? Hand out candy?

For Anne Rice fans - Prince Lestat is out tomorrow. This is the 11th novel in The Vampire Chronicles and a return to the this world after a decade away.

Caitlin Kittredge debuts a new series tomorrow with Black Dog. The first novel in Hellhound Chronicles.


There is one Debut this week:

Bring me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel by Martin Rose


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy 1) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster by Ian Doescher;

Sky Pirates (Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3) by Liesel Schwarz.



The View From Monday - October 27, 2014



October 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
'Til Dragons Do Us Part (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Never Deal with Dragons
Taste of Treason April Taylor HistF - Tudor Enigma 2



October 28, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Arrow - Heroes and Villains Nick Aires F
Burn for Me Ilona Andrews PNR - Hidden Legacy 1
Esrever Doom (h2mm) Piers Anthony F - Xanth 37
Otherworld Nights: An Anthology Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld
Penumbra Keri Arthur PNR - Spook Squad 3
Red Rising (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF - Red Rising Trilogy 1
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man W. Bruce Cameron Hu/F
Love Me to Death Marissa Clarke PNR - Underveil 1
The Wolf in Winter John Connolly Th - Charlie Parker 12
Deadly Pursuit Nina Croft PNR - Dark Desires 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster Ian Doescher MU - Star Wars / Shakespeare
Inner Demon: Part 3 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
The Book of Strange New Things Michel Faber SF
The Peripheral William Gibson SF
Black Spring Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 7
Blood of Dragons (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 4
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three (Wheel of Time Other) Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Other 3
Riding the Unicorn Paul Kearney F
Black Dog Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 1
Revolution (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey SF - Secret World Chronicle 3
Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed David Mack SF - Star Trek
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Slipcased Edition) Gabriel Garcia Marquez MR
Dangerous Women 2 George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Elio Garcia
Linda Antonsson
F - Games of Thrones
An Exchange of Gifts (ri) Anne McCaffrey F
Drawn Blades Kelly McCullough F - Fallen Blade 5
Starhawk (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Priscilla Hutchins 7
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul (tp2mm) Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork Terry Pratchett F - Discworld
Going Postal (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 33
Making Money (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 36
Raising Steam (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Thud! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 34
Unseen Academicals (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 37
Prince Lestat Anne Rice H - The Vampire Chronicles 11
Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel (D) Martin Rose H
The Slow Regard of Silent Things Patrick Rothfuss F - Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5
Infection and Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse Books 1 and 2 Sean Schubert H/Ap
Sky Pirates Liesel Schwarz HistF - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3
Kris Longknife: Tenacious Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 12
The Darkest Passion (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 6
Archangel's Shadows Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 7
Razor's Edge: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion) (h2mm) Martha Wells SF - Star Wars - Legends
Scars (tp2mm) Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy 28



October 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set Deborah Harkness F - All Souls Trilogy
The Mailman (ri) Bentley Little H



October 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Heroes (K e) Jonathan Maberry
Weston Ochse
James A Moore
Joseph Nassise
MilitaryH - Anthology
They Thirst (ri) Robert McCammon H
The Drawing of the Dark (ri) Tim Powers F
Fangoria Cover To Cover Anthony Timpone (ed) H


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


Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
MR - Magical Realism
MU - Mashup
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy










What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for update throughout 2014 as well! And remember, publication dates can change!


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 6 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.
Part 7 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.
Part 8 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9



Liesel Schwarz

Sky Pirates
The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3
Del Rey, July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

For romance and urban fantasy fans and readers of Gail Carriger’s Changeless and Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, this thrilling historical fantasy adventure features warlocks, fairies, and the unforgettable heroine—the daring dirigible pilot Elle Chance—who navigates the realms between the Light and Shadow.

With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive—the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle—the keeper of the barrier between the two Realms—to try to save what she loves most. As the dark forces of Shadow converge around her, Elle must find a way to breach the curse that binds Marsh. But once released, will Marsh return to her—or is their love destined to die so that he can live?




Luke Scull

Sword of the North
Grim Company 2
Roc, 2014
Hardcover and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9

Cover image from the author's website



Lori Sjoberg

Grave Destinations
Grave 2
eKensington, January 2, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9
She’s sexy-fierce, resourceful—and will do anything to protect victims as innocent as she once was. But this kick-ass reaper never bargained on meeting her not-quite-human match…or putting their very souls on the line.

A luxury Caribbean cruise is Ruby Dawson’s idea of hell even under the best circumstances. Too many bad memories bubble up—especially of the wrenching injustice that made her a reaper. It doesn’t help that Jack Deverell is making this routine soul-collecting job twice as difficult with his devilish good looks and not-so-innocent questions. Now, as several unscheduled, unexplainable deaths throw passengers and crew into a panic, Jack becomes the prime suspect. The only way Ruby can save him is to challenge the decades-old curse threatening his soul. And as a malevolent unstoppable force turns their immortality into a fatal weakness, Ruby and Jack must risk their fragile humanity to save Fate’s delicate balance and their own unexpected destiny…




Menna van Praag

The House at the End of Hope Street
Penguin, March 25, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, April 4, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9
A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen.




Dani Ware

Ecko Burning
Ecko 2
Titan Books, June 3, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9
Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using her forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who’s lost his best friend and wants only to do the right thing.

Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait.

Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted – if he will give up his soul.

When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.









Chris Willrich

The Silk Map
Gaunt and Bone 2
Pyr, May 6, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 450 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9
It's Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy adventure featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.

At the end of The Scroll of Years, the poet Persimmon Gaunt and her husband, the thief Imago Bone, had saved their child from evil forces at the price of trapping him within a pocket dimension. Now they will attempt what seems impossible; they will seek a way to recover their son. Allied with Snow Pine, a scrappy bandit who's also lost her child to the Scroll of Years, Gaunt and Bone awaken the Great Sage, a monkeylike demigod of the East, currently trapped by vaster powers beneath a mountain. The Sage knows of a way to reach the Scroll-but there is a price. The three must seek the world's greatest treasure and bring it back to him. They must find the worms of the alien Iron Moths, whose cocoons produce the wondrous material ironsilk.

And so the rogues join a grand contest waged along three thousand miles of dangerous and alluring trade routes between East and West. For many parties have simultaneously uncovered fragments of the Silk Map, a document pointing the way toward a nest of the Iron Moths. Our heroes tangle with Western treasure hunters, a blind mystic warrior and his homicidal magic carpet, a nomad princess determined to rebuild her father's empire, and a secret society obsessed with guarding the lost paradise where the Moths are found-even if paradise must be protected by murder.



The Dagger of Trust
Pathfinder Tales
Paizo Publishing, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 9
Gideon Gull leads a double life: one as a talented young bard at the Rhapsodic College, and the other as a student of the Shadow School, where Taldor’s infamous Lion Blades are trained to be master spies. When a magical fog starts turning ordinary people into murderous mobs along the border between Taldor and Andoran, it’s up to Gideon and a crew of his fellow performers to solve the mystery. But can a handful of entertainers really stop a brewing war?

From author Chris Willrich comes a new adventure of intrigue, espionage, and arcane mystery, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.







The View From Monday - August 12, 2013


Happy Monday! August seems to be moving along at steady clip. I'm not getting in as much reading or writing as I'd like as I get my not so small humans ready for school. My youngest keeps growing so it's new clothes/shoes almost constantly. I've asked him to stop, but he says he can't. Kids!

I've started looking at September releases and my preliminary list has over 300 books/eBooks! The actual number should be lower as I confirm publication dates.

You may find a printable PDF of this week's genre releases here.



The View From Monday - August 12, 2013



There is one debut this week: The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez. Michael just announced that this in now Book 1 of the Daedalus series as he has signed for 2 more books: The Enceladus Crisis (Daedalus 2) will be out in Spring 2014 with a third novel to follow in late 2014.

Elliott James has an eNovella out this week: Charmed I'm Sure.  His debut Charmed (Pax Arcana 1) will be out in September.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Ironskin by Tina Connolly is out in Trade Paperback;

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans 3) by Suzanne Johnson;

No Love for the Wicked (Magnolia Kelch 2) by Megan Powell;

A Clockwork Heart (Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2) by Liesel Schwarz

Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift is out in Trade Paperback.



August 12, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Midsummer Magick (e) Laura Navarre PHR - Magick Trilogy 2
Time Enough for Love (e) Morgan O'Neill TTR - Italian Time Travel 2
Her Ladyship's Curse (e) Lynn Viehl SP/AH - Disenchanted & Co. Part 1



August 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Skies of Gold Zoe Archer SPR -  The Ether Chronicles 5
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H/Weird - Short Stories
The Raven Jeremy Bishop H - Jane Harper Horror 2
Kingmaker Christian Cantrell SF
Dark Horizons J.T. Colgan SF - Doctor Who
Ironskin (h2tp) Tina Connolly F/SPR - Ironskin 1
Winds of Salem Melissa de la Cruz F - Beauchamp Family 3
The Eternal Flame (h2tp) Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 2
Flesh (ri) Philip Jose Farmer SF
The Rise of Ransom City (h2tp) Felix Gilman F - Half-Made World 2
The Mark of Calth Laurie Goulding (ed) F - Horus Heresy Stories
Hunting with Gods M. K. Hume F - The Merlin Prophecy 3
The Broken Ones (h2tp) Stephen M. Irwin SuCrime
Elysian Fields Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The Daedalus Incident (D) Michael J Martinez SF/AH
The Steel Tsar (ri) Michael Moorcock SP - Nomad of the Time Streams 3
Blood of Tyrants Naomi Novik AH/F - Temeraire 8
The Constantine Affliction (h2tp) T. Aaron Payton SP
No Love for the Wicked Megan Powell F - Magnolia Kelch 2
The Last Kiss Goodbye Karen Robards UF - Dr. Charlotte Stone 2
A Clockwork Heart Liesel Schwarz SP/M - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2
Assault on Sunrise Michael Shea Dys/Th - Extra Trilogy 2
Alien Hunter Whitley Strieber SF
Niceville (h2tp) Carsten Stroud H
Osiris (h2tp) E.J. Swift SF/Dys - Osiris Project 1
Prepare to Die! (h2tp) Paul Tobin F/Superhero



August 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure Kathryn Allan (ed) LC
Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages Steve Berman (ed) Z - Anthology



August 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who Paul Booth (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Batman Liam Burke (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Bruce E. Drushel (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Mika Elovaara (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks Marisa C. Hayes (ed)
Franck Boulègue (ed)
History and Criticism
Charmed I'm Sure (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana Prequel
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains Claude Lalumière (ed) Anthology
Doctor Who and Race Lindy Orthia (ed) LC
The Treasury of the Fantastic (h2tp) David Sandner (ed)
Jacob Weisman (ed)
Anthology
The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (ri) Vandana Singh SF - Collection
Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jennifer K. Stuller (ed) History and Criticism



August 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Demon's Wife Rick Hautala H/R
William Gibson Gary Westfahl Biography/LC



e - eBook
D - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies


The View From Monday - July 29, 2013


Happy last Monday in July. I can't believe that 1/2 the summer is gone. It's been productive on the home front, but not as productive reading-wise as I've hoped. I have been able to read a bit - The Big Reap (The Collector 3) by Chris F. Holm. Fantastic book! More about that later. I'm in the middle of The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough. Enjoying it immensely. It's the first novel in his Dire Earth Cycle.

I went to a small local Comic Con yesterday and will share some pictures from that this week. I'll also post the August monthly release list and the Debuts for August later this week.

There are a many books out this week. You'll find a printable PDF shopping list here.



The View From Monday - July 29, 2013


Debuts this week:

The Darwin Elevator (The Dire Earth Cycle 1) by Jason M. Hough; and 

Three (Legends of the Duskwalker 1) by Jay Posey.


From former DAC Featured Authors:

The Thing About Weres (Mystwalker 2) by Leigh Evans;

The Big Reap (The Collector 3) by Chris F. Holm;

King of Thorns (Broken Empire 2) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback; and

A Conspiracy of Alchemists (Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1) by Liesel Schwarz is out in Mass Market Paperback.




July 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Monsters in Your Neighborhood (e) Jesse Petersen UF - Monstrosity 2



July 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Rises Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 6
Dancing With the Devil (ri) Keri Arthur UF - Nikki and Michael Book 1
Night's Mistress Amanda Ashley PNR - Children of the Night 5
Harbinger Philippa Ballantine F - The Order 4
The Hunger and Other Stories (ri) Charles Beaumont Su/Weird - Collection
Satan's Reach Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 2
The Traitor Queen (h2mm) Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 3
The Great White Space (ri) Basil Copper H
The Twelve (h2mm) Justin Cronin Ap/Th - Passage Trilogy 2
Pile of Bones Bailey Cunningham UF - Parallel Parks 1
Fallen Masters (h2mm) John Edward Meta/Su
The Thing About Weres Leigh Evans UF - Mystwalker 2
The Scarletti Curse (ri) Christine Feehan PNR - Scarletti Dynasty 1
Plastic Christopher Fowler H/Th
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Deluxe Signed Edition: A Novel Neil Gaiman F
Heart of Briar Laura Anne Gilman PNR - Portals 1
Carpathian David L. Golemon Th/Su - Event Group 8
The Night Is Alive (h2mm) Heather Graham M/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 10
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons Paula Guran (ed) F/UF - Anthology
Assignment in Eternity (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF - Collection
The Big Reap Chris F. Holm UF - The Collector 3
The Darwin Elevator (D) Jason M. Hough SF - Dire Earth 1
The Old One (e serial) Jonathan Janz H - Savage Species Part 5
Phoenicia's Worlds Ben Jeapes SF
Hellfire Jean Johnson SF - Theirs Not to Reason Why 3
Kill City Blues Richard Kadrey UF/H - Sandman Slim 5
Rise of the Gryphon Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dianna Love
F - Belador 4
King of Thorns (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 2
Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish Morgan Llywelyn Myth/Hist
The Book of Truths Bob Mayer SF - Area 51: The Nightstalkers 2
Angel Exterminatus Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 23
Scent of Salvation (e) Annie Nicholas PNR - Chronicles of Eorthe 1
Ice and Shadow (tp2mm) Andre Norton SF - Ice Crown and Brother to Shadows
Last Blood Kristen Painter UF - House of Comarre 5
Blood Warrior Lindsey Piper PNR - Dragon Kings 2
Three (D) Jay Posey SF - Legends of the Duskwalker 1
Eric (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 9
Moving Pictures (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 10
Reaper Man (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 11
Witches Abroad (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 12
Queen of Wands (h2mm) John Ringo UF/Th - Special Circumstances 2
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (h2mm) Liesel Schwarz SP - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1
The Darkest Craving Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 10
Storm Glass (ri) (tp2mm) Maria V. Snyder PNR - Opal Cowan 1
Blood Red Dawn (ri) Karen E. Taylor UF - Vampire Legacy 7
The Master of the Macabre (ri) Russell Thorndike H - Collection
Kitty in the Underworld Carrie Vaughn UF - Kitty Norville 12
From History's Shadow Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Midst Toil and Tribulation (h2mm) David Weber SF - Safehold 5
I Don't Want to Kill You (h2mm) Dan Wells H/M - John Cleaver 3
Night Pilgrims Chelsea Quinn Yarbro HistF - Saint-Germain 26



July 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Dark Domain (ri) Stefan Grabinski H
Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Garth Nix F - Short Stories



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


Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Myth - Mythology
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


Interview with Liesel Schwarz, author of The Conspiracy of Alchemists - March 8, 2013

Please welcome Liesel Schwarz to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.  A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1) was published on March 5, 2013.




Interview with Liesel Schwarz, author of The Conspiracy of Alchemists - March 8, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Liesel:  Thank you for having me.


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Liesel:  From a very young age, I've always made up stories, but my first short story was published in a school newspaper when I was about seventeen. Unfortunately, I decided to get a 'real' job, so I became a lawyer and it was only after university that I felt the call to write formally.


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

Liesel:  Oh, I am rather eccentric generally, but I think my most interesting quirk is the fact that I am able to write any place, any time. As long as I have a pen and a piece of paper. I write on trains, busses, in coffee shops, in bed, while waiting in line - almost anywhere. This habit was borne of neccessity because I was forced to fit my writing in around my day-job.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panther?

Liesel:  I am a bit of both actually. I tend to write a rough outline and then I pants the details in afterwards. This allows me the benefit of structure and the freedom to be creative. Never underestimate the power of a solid outline. It will save you untold amounts of time and heartache in the long run.


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

Liesel:  Writing is an endurance game. You have to write when you are tired, sad, sick, fed-up and also when you want to watch TV or hang out with your friends. Sometimes, digging deep to do that can be very challenging. But the rewards are infinite and it's something I love doing, so it all balances out in the end.

I am also highly distractible… so it is a constant battle to not yield to the temptation of all the interesting things I seem to find to do when I should be writing.


TQ:  Describe A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1) in 140 characters or less.

Liesel:  A Steampunk Adventure story set in the Belle Epoch, featuring the intrepid Elle Chance, dirigible pilot. (is that 140?)  [TQ:  104 with spaces!]


TQ:  What inspired you to write A Conspiracy of Alchemists?

Liesel:  I was toying with the idea of writing a steampunk novel at the time. Then the characters came to me one afternoon while I was travelling home on the London Underground through Baker Street.

Elle and Marsh were having this massive row in my head and I thought I needed to write this down. The story exploded onto the pages from there.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for A Conspiracy of Alchemists?

Liesel:  I think historical research is very important when writing Steampunk. Without it, you cannot achieve the correct feel for the time. I am hugely fortunate in that I have access to the British Library, which is a veritable treasure trove of interesting information. I spent quite a bit of time in their patents section going through 19th century patents. I also reading up on myths and legends and the small details of life in 1903. It was fascinating and I loved every moment of it.


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

Liesel:  The absinthe fairy was easy to write. I also love writing the bad guys, because they are just so wicked.

I think the hardest character to write was Elle. My biggest challenge was taking the values and thought processes of a young woman in 1903 and making that accessible to the modern post-feminist reader.

A lot of the things women at that time did and thought would be deeply unattractive to the modern reader and finding that balance between historical authenticity and meeting the expectations of the modern reader was a major challenge. I wanted her to be strong and feisty, but at the same time I really wanted her to be as authentic as possible. I am hoping that readers will appreciate that some of the excruciatingly annoying things Elle does would have been the norm at the time.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Conspiracy of Alchemists?

Liesel:  There are so many to choose from! But I must admit that I have a rather large soft spot for the train.


TQ:  What's next?

Liesel:  Well, A Clockwork Heart, the sequel to A Conspiracy of Alchemists will be out in June/July 2013 and I am currently busy working on the third book in the series. I am very excited about these.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Liesel:  Thank you. It was a pleasure being here!





About The Chronicles of Light and Shadow

A Conspiracy of Alchemists
The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1
Del Rey, March 5, 2013
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

Interview with Liesel Schwarz, author of The Conspiracy of Alchemists - March 8, 2013
LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—the intrepid heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.

When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.





A Clockwork Heart
The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2
Del Rey, August 20, 2013
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

Interview with Liesel Schwarz, author of The Conspiracy of Alchemists - March 8, 2013
FOR BETTER OR CURSE. Eleanor “Elle” Chance—the high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure—returns in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.





About Liesel

Interview with Liesel Schwarz, author of The Conspiracy of Alchemists - March 8, 2013
Liesel Schwarz writes fiction. A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle, and the correct way to drink absinthe. She also likes Medieval stuff, pirates, zombies, space operas and all subjects in between.

Her debut – the first in a series of Edwardian Steampunk Novels – will be published in 2013. She is also currently busy with her doctorate in English and Creative Writing at Brunel University. She lives in London in the United Kingdom and is definitely a cat person.

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The View From Monday - March 4, 2013

Happy first Monday in March.


The View From Monday - March 4, 2013


Out this week from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1) by Liesel Schwaz.


New this week from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     Deep Down (Hallie Michaels 2) by Deborah Coates

     Payoff (eBook) (Mindspace Investigations Novella) by Alex Hughes


New this week from the 2011 Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

     Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin 3) by Amanda Bonilla

     Wicked Lies (eBook) (Dark Mission Novella) by Karina Cooper (print edition will be available on April 9th).


Update:  A printable PDF of this week's releases plus the March 1st releases may be found here.




March 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Prophecy (e) Vivi Anna FR - The League of Illusion 2



March 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Peach Pies and Alibis Ellery Adams PCM - Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 2
Agave Kiss Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomon
Real Vampires Know Hips Happen Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 9
Bridge of Dreams (h2mm) Anne Bishop F - Ephemera 3
Written In Red Anne Bishop UF - Others 1
Crave the Darkness Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin 3
Children of Kings Marion Zimmer Bradley
Deborah J. Ross
F - Darkover
Frost Burned Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 7
The Shape Stealer Lee Carroll UF - Black Swan Rising 3
The Wolf's Surrender Kendra Leigh Castle PNR
The Heart of a Hero Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 4
Intruder (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner 13
Deep Down Deborah Coates UF - Hallie Michaels 2
Garrett For Hire Glen Cook UF - Omnibus
Wicked Lies (e) Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission Novella
The Thief (h2mm) Clive Cussler Th/SF - Isaac Bell 5
A Turn of Light Julie E. Czerneda F
Undead and Underwater MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Collection
The Mapmaker's War: A Legend Ronlyn Domingue F
Hope Reborn S.M. Stirling
David Drake
SF - Raj Whitehall 1 and 2
The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire Abigail Gibbs UF
Dead Reckoning (ri) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stakchouse / Southern Vampire 11
Empty Space M. John Harrison SF - Light 3
Redemption Erica Hayes PNR - Seven Signs 2
Doughnut Tom Holt SF
A Few Good Men Sarah A. Hoyt SF - Darkship 3
Payoff (e) Alex Hughes SF - Mindspace Investigations Novella
The Silent Ghost (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
No Return (D) Zachary Jernigan F
Double Enchantment (ri) Kathryne Kennedy PNR - The Relics of Merlin
Gotrek & Felix : The Third Omnibus (ri) William King F - Warhammer
Unbound Angela Knight
Jennifer Ashley
Jean Johnson
Hanna Martine
PNR
The Funhouse (ri) Dean Koontz H
Keeper of the Moon Harley Jane Kozak PNR - The Keepers: L.A.
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl Gina Lamm PNR
Beast Behaving Badly (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 5
The Fall of Never Ronald Malfi H
Midnight Blue-Light Special Seanan McGuire UF - Incryptid 2
The Chosen Theresa Meyers SPR/WW - Legend Chonicles 3 
Her Knight's Quest Alexis Morgan F - Warriors of the Mist 2
The Accursed Joyce Carol Oates H
Strange Fates (e) Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 1
Liar's Blade Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales
The Demonologist: A Novel Andrew Pyper H
The Books of Barakhai Mickey Zucker Reichert F/SF
Mating Instinct Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 3
The Last Threshold R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 4
The Sound of Rebellion John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 8
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (D) Liesel Schwarz F - The Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1
Wild Invitation Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changling Anthology
The Late Night Horror Show Bryan Smith H
Hope Reborn S.M. Stirling
David Drake
SF - General Omnibus
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Slashback Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 8
Blood and Magick James R. Tuck UF- Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 3
The Last Grave Debbie Viguie P/Th - Witch Hunt 2
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Shadow of Freedom David Weber SF - Honor Farrington 14



March 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Necromancer's Grimoire Annmarie Banks F - The Elysium Texts 2
A Wolf from the Outlands Richard Taylor F - The Wolf's Quest 1
Terrain (e) Genevieve Valentine SP/W



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



F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for March.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March 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 March cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.




Wolfhound Century
Author:  Peter Higgins
Publisher:  Orbit Books, March 26, 2013
FormatHardcover and eBook, 380 pages
Price:  $25.99
ISBN:  9780316219679 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
Inspector Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown terrorism with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists. Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.





No Return
Author:  Zachary Jernigan
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, March 5, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597804561 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists–only what his intentions are.

Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon–a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle–warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor, on the far side of Jeroun’s only inhabitable continent.

From the Thirteenth Order of Black Suits comes Vedas, a young master of martial arts, laden with guilt over the death of one of his students. Traveling with him are Churls, a warrior woman and mercenary haunted by the ghost of her daughter, and Berun, a constructed man made of modular spheres possessed by the foul spirit of his creator. Together they must brave their own demons, as well as thieves, mages, beasts, dearth, and hardship on the perilous road to Danoor, and the bloody sectarian battle that is sure to follow.

On the other side of the world, unbeknownst to the travelers, Ebn and Pol of the Royal Outbound Mages (astronauts using Alchemical magic to achieve space flight) have formed a plan to appease Adrash and bring peace to the planet. But Ebn and Pol each have their own clandestine agendas–which may call down the wrath of the very god they hope to woo.

Who may know the mind of God? And who in their right mind would seek to defy him? Gritty, erotic, and fast-paced, author Zachary Jernigan takes you on a sensuous ride through a world at the knife-edge of salvation and destruction, in this first installment of one of the year’s most exciting fantasy epics.





The Witch of Little Italy
Author:  Suzanne Palmieri
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin, March 26, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:   $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250015518 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
In Suzanne Palmieri’s charming debut, The Witch of Little Italy, you will be bewitched by the Amore women. When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by “The Sight” they share now growing strong within her. She has only been back once before when she was ten years old during a wonder-filled summer of sun-drenched beaches, laughter and cartwheels. But everyone remembers that summer except her. Eleanor can’t remember anything from before she left the house on her last day there. With her past now coming back to her in flashes, she becomes obsessed with recapturing those memories. Aided by her childhood sweetheart, she learns the secrets still haunting her magical family, secrets buried so deep they no longer know how they began. And, in the process, unlocks a mystery over fifty years old—The Day the Amores Died—and reveals, once and for all, a truth that will either heal or shatter the Amore clan.





Virus Thirteen
Author:  Joshua Alan Parry
Publisher:  Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  978076536954 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
An irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.





A Conspiracy of Alchemists
Author:  Liesel Schwarz
Series:  The Chronicles of Light and Shadow
Publisher: Del Rey, March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-345-54507-7 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—the intrepid heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.

When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.





Goldenland Past Dark
Author:  Chandler Klang Smith
Publisher: ChiZine Publications, March
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $16.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1927469354 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
A hostile stranger is hunting Dr. Show’s ramshackle travelling circus across 1960s America. His target: the ringmaster himself. Struggling to elude the menace, Dr. Show scraps his ambitious itinerary; ticket sales plummet, and nothing but disaster looms. The troupe’s unravelling hopes fall on their latest and most promising recruit, Webern Bell, a sixteen-year- old hunchbacked midget devoted obsessively to perfecting the surreal clown performances that come to him in his dreams. But as they travel through a landscape of abandoned amusement parks and rural ghost towns, Webern’s bizarre past starts to pursue him, as well.

Along the way, we meet Nepenthe, the seductive Lizard Girl; Brunhilde, a shell-shocked bearded lady; Marzipan, a world-weary chimp; a cabal of drunken, backstabbing clowns; Webern’s uncanny sisters, witchy dogcatchers who speak only in rhymes; and his childhood friend, Wags, who may or may not be imaginary, and whose motives are far more sinister than they seem.






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