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The View From Monday - November 16, 2015

Happy Monday! There are 2 debuts this week:

Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is out in Hardcover after the eBook release on November 8th;


Grudging (Birth of Saints 1) by Michelle Hauck (Mass Market Paperback to be published on December 22nd).

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake;

Ice Moon (Moon 5) by Lisa Kessler;

The Exiled Earthborn (Earthborn Trilogy 2) by Paul Tassi;


The Shootout Solution (Genrenauts Episode 1) by Michael R. Underwood.

The View From Monday - November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015
Bohemian Gospel (D)
(eBook - November 8th)
Dana Chamblee Carpenter HistF
Ice Moon (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Moon 5
Sinful Magic (e)(ri) Jennifer Lyon PNR - Wing Slayer Hunter 4
The Queen's Flight (e) Jamie K. Schmidt PNR - Emerging Queens 1

November 17, 2015
Beatlebone Kevin Barry LF/Psy/AH
Doctor Who: Heart of Stone Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who
Veiled Magic (e) Deborah Blake UF
Death Wave Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 1
War of the Worlds: The Anglo-Martian War of 1895 Mike Brunton SF - Dark 4
Angel of Storms Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 2
Skyborn David Dalglish F - Seraphim 1
It Only Comes Out At Night and Other Stories Dennis Etchison H - Collection
Warheart Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 4
Dark Alpha's Claim (e) Donna Grant PNR - Reaper 1
Grudging (D) (e)
(MMP - December 22nd)
Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 1
Deathfire Nick Kyme SF - The Horus Heresy 32
Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection (h2tp) Jay Lake SF - Collection
Resist Tracey Martin SF - RedZone 2
Blood of the Lost Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 10
Sword and Runestaff: The Sword of the Dawn and The Runestaff Michael Moorcock F - Hawkmoon
Doctor Who: Death Riders Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (h2tp) Patrick Rothfuss F - Kingkiller Chronicles Novella
The Winter Laird Nancy Scanlon TTR - Mists of Fate 1
The Beast of Barcroft (e) Bill Schweigart H/UF
Doctor Who: System Wipe Oli Smith SF - Doctor Who
Towers Fall Karina Sumner-Smith F/P - Towers Trilogy 3
The Exiled Earthborn Paul Tassi SF/AC - Earthborn Trilogy 2
The Shootout Solution Michael R. Underwood SF/AA - Genrenauts Episode 1

November 19, 2015
The Girl on the Liar's Throne (e) Den Patrick F

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

AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - April 28, 2014

Happy last Monday in April. Last week I read a terrific fantasy novel that is out much later in the year so I am not going to talk about it yet. I'm presently reading an SF The Forever Watch by David Ramirez, a debut that came out last week.  The next book on my list is a ZPoc caused by a virus (or that's what I think it is based on the description). I'll follow that with a thriller or maybe some steampunk.

The View From Monday - April 28, 2014

This is a fairly full release week with one debut:

The Blood of Alexander by Tom Wilde.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Warrior's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood 3) by Alexa Egan;

Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence 2) by Max Gladstone is out in Trade Paperback;

Night Child (Night 3) by Lisa Kessler;

Morningside Fall (Duskwalker Cycle 2) by Jay Posey;


Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold.

April 28, 2014
Vengeance of the Hunter (e) Angela Highland F - Rebels of Adalonia 1
Night Child (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Night 3
Star Trek: The Original Series: Seasons of Light and Darkness (e) Michael A. Martin SF - Star Trek
Ladder to the Red Star (e) Jael Wye FTR/SFR - Once Upon a Red World

April 29, 2014
Silver Mirrors A. A. Aguirre SP - Apparatus Infernum 2
Dragons Luck (tp2mm) Robert Asprin F  - Griffin McCandles 2
Little Knife: A Tor.Com Original (e) Leigh Bardugo F
The Kraken King Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox's Den (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet 9
Earth Afire (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - First Formic War 1
Dark Serpent Kylie Chan UF - Celestial Battle Trilogy 1
The Churn (e) James S.A. Corey SF - Expanse Novella
Once Bitten, Twice Burned Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire 2
Warrior's Curse Alexa Egan PHR - Imnada Brotherhood 3
Portal (ri) Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 3
Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization Alan Dean Foster SF
Forged Jacquelyn Frank PNR - World of the Nightwalkers 4
Dragon Age: Asunder (tp2mm) David Gaider F - Dragon Age 3
Ink Mage Victor Gischler F
Two Serpents Rise (h2tp) Max Gladstone F - Craft Sequence 2
Darkest Flame Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 1
Darkest Flame: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Tangled Bridge (tp2mm) Rhodi Hawk Th/P - Twisted Ladder 2
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (tp2mm) Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H - Walking Dead 4
Valour and Vanity Mary Robinette Kowal F - Glamourist Histories 4
Dreams of Lilacs Lynn Kurland PNR - De Piaget
Star Trek: The Original Series: Serpents in the Garden Jeff Mariotte SF - Star Trek
Drift (h2mm) Jon McGoran Th - Detective Doyle Carrick and Nola Watkins 1
The Greater Good (tp2mm) Sandy Mitchell F - Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain 9
Limits of Power (tp2mm) Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 4
Grunt Life Weston Ochse SF - Task Force Ombra 1
Fire of Stars and Dragons (e) Melissa Petreshock PNR
Peacemaker Marianne De Pierres SF - Peacemaker 1
Morningside Fall Jay Posey SF/Ap/PA - Duskwalker Cycle 2
Carpe Jugulum (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 23
The Fifth Elephant (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 24
Jingo (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 21
The Last Continent (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 22
Thornlost Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 3
XOM-B Jeremy Robinson Th
Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition) Hiroshi Sakurazaka SF - All You Need Is Kill 1
Shanghai Sparrow Gaie Sebold SP
Burning Dawn Gena Showalter PNR - Angels of the Dark 3
How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) Kerrelyn Sparks PNR - Love at Stake 15
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde (h2mm) Michael A. Stackpole F - World of Warcraft
The Redemption Engine James L. Sutter F - Pathfinder Tales
The Curse Breakers Denise Grover Swank UF - Curse Keepers 2
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion (tp2mm) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington
Chimera (h2mm) David Wellington Th - Jim Chapel Missions 1
The Blood of Alexander (D) Tom Wilde Th
Sibs (ri) F. Paul Wilson H

April 30, 2014
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds Greg Bear (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
SF - Anthology
Greg Egan Karen Burnham SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction
Elements Suzanne Church SF/F/H - Collection
The Book of Silverberg Gardner Dozois (ed)
William Schafer (ed)
SF - Anthology
Jack in the Green Charles de Lint F

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

Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
FTR - Fairy Tale Romance
H - Horror
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners - August 21, 2011

And the winners are....

Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil 1) ebook by Patricia Eimer

Winners - August 21, 2011

Lisa Richards/alterlisa who said...

I always go to the family reunions. We definitely have our share of crazies in our family but they are OUR crazies.


No Hero by Jonathan Wood (2 copies)

Winners - August 21, 2011

Spaz who said...

My favorite movie hero. That's a tough one. It's hard to argue with such characters as Indiana Jones or James Bond. But I think I'm going to have to agree with Barbara E. and pick Captain Malcolm Reynolds. He's a flawed man who tries very much to do the right thing. Even when including the TV series, he never really got the girl. He was unable to express his feelings to Inara and so lost her. At the same time, he was a great leader, often getting his crew out of trouble. What's not to love?


Krystal who said...

My favorite movie hero is Ryan to watch him on the big screen O.O


Downpour (Greywalker 6) by Kat Richardson 

Winners - August 21, 2011

Blissfulrains who said...

My favorite animal is the kangaroo!~ I find them amazingly adorable!


The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) by Courtney Schafer

Winners - August 21, 2011

Snip who said...

My ultimate adventure would involve exploring ancient ruins or an archeological dig.


Across the Veil (ebook short story) by Lisa Kessler and Night Walker romance trading cards 

Winners - August 21, 2011

loves to dive who said...

automatic, never learned to drive a straight shift and honey gave up trying to teach me after one day.

Winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on August 28, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery very randomly choose a new winner or winner.

Thank you to all participants.

Interview with Lisa Kessler & Giveaway - August 12, 2011

Please welcome Lisa Kessler to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Lisa's debut, Night Walker (Night 1), was published on August 2, 2011  by Entangled Publishing.

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

Lisa:  I like to chew sugarless gum while I write... Usually Trident Bubble gum flavor! By the time I'm deep into a book my desk is drowning in gum wrappers! LOL

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

Lisa:  Some of my favorites are: Stephen King, Anne Rice, Kelley Armstrong, Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jackie Kessler, the list goes on... LOL

Anne Rice definitely influenced me because she made me want to write vampires. And Ray Bradbury impacted my craft by challenging me to write a new short story every week for a year. I achieved that goal and my writing is much stronger! So glad I did it. :)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Lisa:  Panster.

TQ:  Describe Night Walker in 140 characters or less.

Lisa:  He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...

TQ:  What inspired you to write Night Walker?

Lisa:  I wanted to write a vampire romance, but I wanted the vampires to be different and from the Americas instead of Europe. I started researching and came up with shape shifting Night Walkers.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Night Walker?

Lisa:  I did some research online, but because Night Walker is set in San Diego, I was able to go to the Mission de Alcala lots of times to walk around and take photos. I also interviewed some of the Kumeyaay historians from the local tribes here. I really enjoyed researching!

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

Lisa:  Calisto was the easiest for me to write. I think I understood him and his motivations best from the very start of the book, so it was always easy when I was in his point of view. I think Betty was the toughest for me to write, because she's a tough as nails business woman and basically the opposite of me. I had to keep rewriting her tougher and colder each time I edited.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Lisa:  Tough not to give too much away... My favorite scene is when Calisto is forced to try to drive Kate's stick-shift car! I don't want to give too much away, but to see an all-powerful immortal stall a car definitely made him more human to me... :)

I love the scene at the middle of the book when Calisto plays Mozart for Kate. I can see the scene in my head, I can hear the song, and to me the scene is magic! LOL

TQ:  Who should play Calisto Terana and Kate Bradley if Night Walker is made into a movie?

Lisa:  Calisto would be younger Antonio Banderas from Mask of Zorro. (Remember that dance scene with Catherine Zeta-Jones??? Shew!) And Kate probably be someone like Katie Holmes.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Night series?

Lisa:  There are 3 novels and 1 novella planned at this point.

TQ:  What's next?

Lisa:  In December the second book in the series, Night Demon, will be released, followed by the novella, Night Thief in January. I'm going to be very busy! LOL

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Lisa:  Thanks so much for having me! It's been really fun!

About Night Walker

Night Walker
Night 1
(Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011)
Interview with Lisa Kessler & Giveaway - August 12, 2011
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.

They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.

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About Lisa

Interview with Lisa Kessler & Giveaway - August 12, 2011
Lisa's short stories have been featured in print anthologies, and her vampire story "Immortal Beloved" was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. She was also a finalist in RT Book Review magazine’s “Writing with the Stars” contest.

When she's not writing, Lisa is also a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in southern California. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two teens.

Lisa's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win an Across the Veil short story ebook and a set of Night Walker romance trading cards from Lisa.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Manual (stick-shift) or automatic car?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question 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.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please 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 Friday, August 19, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - August 8, 2011

Once again it is Monday. It's a light week for new releases. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There were so many releases last week, I need a week to catch up. While there might not be many books being released it's still a busy week at The Qwillery.

There are 4 interviews this week Patricia Eimer (August 9th), Kat Richardson (August 10th), Courtney Schafer (August 11th), and Lisa Kessler (August 12th). Patricia (Luck of the Devil), Courtney (The Whitefire Crossing), and Lisa (Night Walker) are debut authors!  Kat Richardson is the author of the Greywalker series, one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Downpour (Greywalker 5) was published on August 2, 2011.

A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Remember to set your printer to Landscape mode. Book trailers are below.

August 8, 2011

Shadow Bound (ri)Kellison, ErinPNR - Shadow 1
Gryphon Unleashed (ri)Nance, KathleenPNR - Earth Magic 3

August 9, 2011

The Magician KingGrossman, LevF - Magician 2
The LanternLawrenson, DeborahFR

August 10, 2011

A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel (e)Lee, Yoon HaSF

e - ebook
ri - reissue

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction

Book Trailers

Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison

Deborah Lawrenson discusses The Lantern

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors

August is an amazing month for debuts! Here are the August debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). 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.

Where Demons Fear to Tread
Author:  Stephanie Chong
Series:  Company of Angels
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher:  MIRA Books (August 30, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0-7783-1247-5

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Where angels fall from grace and demons fall…in love.

"Welcome to DEVIL's Paradise."

The arch demon’s voice was low and deep. His fingers caressed her through the fabric of her dress. “Your soul—or his, Serena. Choose.”

Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares to enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a  mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager.…

After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again.
Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.

Ready Player One
Author:  Ernest Cline
Format:  Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher:  Crown (August 16, 2011)
Price:  $24.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-307-88743-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.  

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Luck of the Devil
Author:  Patricia Eimer
Series:  Speak of the Devil
Format:  Trade Paperback, 273 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Comedy
ISBN: 978-1-937044-11-4

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Being the youngest daughter of the Devil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The days of teenage rebellion and vows of chastity made just to tick off her father are over, and now all Faith Bettincourt wants is a nice, quiet life. Unfortunately, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her demonically-downsized sister, a ditzy succubus roommate, and dear old Dad himself, Faith’s plans for a relaxing vacation spent watching reruns go up in flames.

Now it’s all Faith can do to keep the family reunion from Hell (literally) under wraps, and the angelically-inclined hottie across the hall from realizing there’s something weird about his neighbor. And, thankfully, it’s working. Until an angelic stalker shows up in a bid to steal her powers and take over the world.

Forget watching reruns. With the way things are going, Faith will need the luck of the Devil just to survive until Monday.

Out in Blue
Author:  Sarah Gilman
Series:  Return to Sanctuary
Format:  Trade Paperback, 251 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-937044-27-5

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.

Southern Gods
Author:  John Hornor Jacobs
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (August 1, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror
ISBN:  978-1-59780-285-7

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music--broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio station--is said to make living men insane and dead men rise.

Disturbed and enraged by the bootleg recording the DJ plays for him, Ingram follows Hastur's trail into the strange, uncivilized backwoods of Arkansas, where he hears rumors the musician has sold his soul to the Devil.

But as Ingram closes in on Hastur and those who have crossed his path, he'll learn there are forces much more malevolent than the Devil and reckonings more painful than Hell . . .

In a masterful debut of Lovecraftian horror and Southern gothic menace, John Hornor Jacobs reveals the fragility of free will, the dangerous power of sacrifice, and the insidious strength of blood.

The Noble Pirates
Author:  Rima L. Jean
Series:  Noble Pirates
Format:  Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Cogito Media Group (August 29, 2011)
Price:  $24.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy/Time Travel Romance
ISBN:  978-1-926893-40-2

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
A vacation in the Bahamas goes awry, and a woman from 2009 unexpectedly finds herself in 1718 – amidst pirates. Sabrina is so consumed with her present-day problems that the last thing she expects is to suddenly end up face to face with real pirates. The notorious bad boys of the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward England, Howel Davis, and “Black Bart” Roberts, become Sabrina’s means of survival in the past, and ultimately, her key to returning to the future.

The catch? Sabrina happens to be carrying a book about pirates when she is swept into the past, and that book contains biographies of the very men she meets. She forms relationships with them and learns that, contrary to what she previously thought, they are sailors, servants, and slaves who were pressed into service, victims of social and historical circumstances of the era.

When Sabrina finds herself falling in love with Howel Davis, a sailor who becomes a pirate out of desperation, she begins to wonder: Can she use her knowledge to change the past? Is her knowledge a blessing or a curse?

Night Walker
Author:  Lisa Kessler
Series:  The Night
Format: Trade Paperback,  266 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $15.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-937044-13-8

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.

They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.

Prince of Thorns
Author:  Mark Lawrence
Series:  The Broken Empire
Format:  Hardcover, 335 pages
Publisher:  Ace (August 2, 2011)
Price:  $25.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-441-02032-4

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
A stunning fantasy debut from a major new talent!

When he was nine, he watched his mother and brother killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king...

It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what's rightfully his. Since the day he was hung on the thorns of a briar patch and forced to watch Count Renar's men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him-and he has nothing left to lose.

But treachery awaits him in his father's castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce, can the will of one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?

Author:  Edward Lazellari
Series:  Guardians of Aandor
Format:  Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Tor (August 30, 2011)
Price:  $24..99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7653-2787-1

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal's and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men's past lives. But these creatures aren't here to help; they're intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they're being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

Author:  T.C. McCarthy
Series:  Subterrene War Trilogy
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Orbit (August 1, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-316-12818-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Some technologies can't be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.

Low Town (The Straight Razor Cure in UK)
Author:  Daniel Polansky
Format:  Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher:  Doubleday (August 16, 2011)
Price:  $25.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-385-53446-8

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Drug dealers, hustlers, brothels, dirty politics, corrupt cops . . . and sorcery. Welcome to Low Town.
In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted.

Daniel Polansky has crafted a thrilling novel steeped in noir sensibilities and relentless action, and set in an original world of stunning imagination, leading to a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable conclusion. Low Town is an attention-grabbing debut that will leave readers riveted . . . and hun­gry for more.

The Whitefire Crossing
Author:  Courtney Schafer
Series:  The Shattered Sigil
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (August 1, 2011)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy Adventure
ISBN:  978-1-59780-283-3

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel--where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark--into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution--and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other--or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.

The Armageddon Chord
Author:  Jeremy Wagner
Format:  Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher:  kNight Romance Publishing (August 22, 2011)
Price:  $17.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-9831297-7-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - August Debut Authors
Deep beneath the Egyptian sands, an ancient and evil song written in hieroglyphics is discovered in the long lost and buried pyramid of the demonic pharaoh, Aknaseth. It is written, that if this song is performed for the world to hear, it will unleash the Apocalypse upon the world of man…Satan will reign and grant immortality to the chosen.

With the help of abominable Egyptologist, Helmut Hartkopff, nihilistic multibillionaire, Festus Baustone the Third will do whatever it takes to bring the song to life at any cost- even if his only daughter is to be sacrificed.

Kirk Vaisto, dubbed the “God of Guitar” by his millions of fans, soon finds himself caught between the forces of divine good and monumental evil. Vaisto begins a musical journey that takes him from an unholy chapter in ancient Egyptian history to the very remains of the Holy Cross, to the concert stage, and beyond all this, to the very edge of Hell itself.

Will Kirk give the performance of a lifetime and either deliver our world from evil…or will he annihilate us all with the stroke of his hand?

What will happen when Kirk Vasito strikes The Armageddon Chord?

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 10, 2011

Here are the latest additions to the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. These authors will be stopping by The Qwillery for interviews and/or guest posts during 2011. (Authors listed in alphabetical order.)

Jo Anderton

Debris (cover art by Dominic Harman)
2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 10, 2011

Debris will be published by Angry Robot Books in October 2011.

Amanda Bonilla

Shaedes of Gray (Shaedes) is slated for publication in December 2011 from NAL.

For a century Darian has existed in a realm of darkness. Made and abandoned, she is a Shaede, virtually immortal with the ability to blend with the shadows once the sun sets. An assassin by trade, she spends her nights as a hired hand, meting out death for the highest bidder. She’s alone in the world, the last of her kind, merely existing—or so she thinks.

When her infatuated employer, Tyler, sends her out on a routine hit, Darian discovers that her new mark is not only another Shaede, but Alexander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation. Her not-so-chance meeting with Alexander takes her deep into the realm of who—and what—she really is. Only when she puts her life in his hands does the supernatural world unfold around her, revealing that she is not as alone as she once thought. Under the tutelage of Alexander’s fiercest warrior, she prepares to find and kill the man who set her adrift in the world of humans.

But with that quest comes danger. Not even Tyler, revealed as her unearthly protector, can save her once she crosses into their dark realm to face the truth. As her role in awakening an ancient evil is revealed, she must face who she was, who she is, and what she could become. From the author's website.

Douglas Hulick

Among Thieves (Tales of the Kin 1)
(April 5, 2011 US, ROC)
2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 10, 2011
Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.

Lisa Kessler

Night Walker (Night Walker Trilogy 1) is presently slated for release later this year and will be followed by Night Demon and Night Child. There will also be a novella titled Night Thief. The books will be published by Entangled Publishing.

Sandy Williams

The Shadow Reader will be published by ACE and is slated for November 2011.

As soon as there are covers and more information it will be posted in a 2011 Debut Author Challenge Update. You can also keep up to date on 2011 Debut Author Challenge happenings on the 2011 DAC page.
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