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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33


This is the thirty-third in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



C.A. Higgins (2015)

Radiate
The Lightless Trilogy 3
Del Rey, May 23, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
In the follow-up to Lightless and Supernova, C. A. Higgins again fuses science fiction, suspense, and drama to tell the story of a most unlikely heroine: Ananke, once a military spacecraft, now a sentient artificial intelligence. Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators.

Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators. Now Ananke is on a quest to find companionship, understanding, and even love. She is accompanied by Althea, the engineer who created her, and whom she sees as her mother. And she is in search of her “father,” Matthew, the programmer whose code gave her the spark of life.

But Matthew is on a strange quest of his own, traveling the galaxy alongside Ivan, with whom he shares a deeply painful history. Ananke and her parents are racing toward an inevitable collision, with consequences as violent as the birth of the solar system itself—and as devastating as the discovery of love.





Lori Sjoberg (2013)

Burning Down the House
March 28, 2016
eBook, 48 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
Firefighter Bruce Cobretti has never gotten over Megan Woodward, the woman he loved and lost. Now seven years later, a not-so-routine house fire brings them together and reignites their passion. Can he convince her that they’re meant to be together, or will his plans go up in flames?

**This short story was originally part of the REAL MEN DO IT BETTER box set.**


Driven: Southern Alphas - Book One
April 10, 2016
eBook, 166 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
One man on a mission…
One hard-working woman…
One bet that’ll make sparks fly…

Mason Falco clawed his way to the top through hard work, killer instincts, and sheer determination. But time is money, and when the owner of a farm refuses to sell the land crucial to making his latest development a success, he’ll do what it takes to convince the sultry, stubborn woman to sign on the dotted line.

Kayla Phillips is holding on by a thread, on the verge of losing the farm she inherited from her grandfather. It’s only a matter of time before she’s forced into foreclosure, but there’s no way she’s selling to Falco. His good looks and sex appeal might work on some women—okay, it works on her too—but she’s not about to sell to a man intent on bulldozing her family’s legacy.

A war of words turns into a wager—and Kayla’s only chance to save the farm. All she has to do is prove to the billionaire that he can’t handle two weeks of living the life of a farmer. She never expected the burning desire she feels whenever Mason’s around. But are his feelings for her genuine, or just a ploy to get what he wants? With her heart and the family business on the line, will she risk it all for love?


Fractured: Southern Alphas - Book Two
April 14, 2016
eBook, 197 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
Carter Phillips has returned from multiple deployments, and he’s brought a few demons home with him. War has left him scarred, inside and out, and he’s counting on the peace and isolation of his family’s farm to keep his head screwed on straight. What he doesn’t bargain for is Amy Williams, the new horse trainer. She’s kinder than he deserves, tougher than he expects, with a hidden core of vulnerability that triggers his need to possess and protect her.

Amy has finally pieced her life back together, after being forced to give up everything and assume a new identity. Now she’s safe, no longer the target of accusations and death threats—but she’s also alone. The only danger to her secrets and her celibacy is Carter Phillips, smoking-hot former Marine—and her boss’s brother. With each passing day, she finds it harder to lie to him about who she is—and who she wants.

Neither of them wants to talk about the past, but the more time they spend together, the closer they become. When the truth comes out, will it set them free or tear them apart forever?


Devoted: Southern Alphas - Book Three
April 14, 2016
eBook, 199 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
Attorney Ethan Riggs is in love with a woman he can’t have, and it’s driving him out of his mind.

She’s his best friend’s secret crush and his adopted family’s adored baby sister, which locks her in the look-but-don’t-touch category. It was easy to deny his attraction while she was away at veterinary school. But now that she’s back, the temptation’s growing stronger, and a man can only resist for so long before he finally claims what he wants.

Doctor Louise Phillips doesn’t have time for a man. Between her work at the animal hospital and helping her sister on the family farm, she barely has time for sleep. But when a rare night out turns into an evening in the slammer, it’s Ethan she calls for help. He’s a great guy—and seriously hot—but he’s never shown any interest in her beyond friendship. But now that he’s agreed to help her beat the charges, working closely with him is giving her ideas. Sexy, sweaty ideas.

But Ethan has secrets buried deep in his past, and he hates the thought of Louise looking at him with pity—or worse, disappointment. Unfortunately, secrets have a nasty habit of coming out when they’re least expected. When Louise learns the truth, will she stand by her man or kick him to the curb?


Denied: Southern Alphas - Book Four
September 16, 2016
eBook, 195 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
Shane Falco has it all: looks, money, power, and more women than he knows what to do with. The last thing he wants is to settle down and start a family, so imagine his surprise when he meets a little girl with eyes that are just like his.

Larissa LeClaire is reminded of Shane every time she looks at her daughter. He’s the very last person she wants to see again, even though she can’t forget the way he totally rocked her world. He snuck out of her bed without so much as a goodbye, and she doesn’t have time in her busy life for a man she can’t count on.

Shane’s determined to be the kind of father he never had, even though the girl’s hot-blooded mother doesn’t want anything to do with him. Yet as they agree to a truce for the sake of their daughter, it’s hard to ignore the explosive chemistry between them. But when a figure from the past comes back to haunt them, will it tear them apart or bring them closer together?





Jon Skovron (2016)

Bane and Shadow
The Empire of Storms 2
Orbit, February 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 33
A killer adventure fantasy follow-up to HOPE AND RED, set in a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.

While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.

With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21


This is the twenty-first in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 herePart 11 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 herePart 18 here
Part 9 herePart 19 here
Part 10 herePart 20 here



Samantha Shannon (2013)

The Mime Order
The Bone Season 2
Bloomsbury USA, January 26, 2016
Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 27, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.




Lori Sjoberg (2013)

Grave Attraction
Grave 4
Lyrical Press, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 206 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21
He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first...

After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…

Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.




Menna van Praag (2013)

The Witches of Cambridge
Ballantine Books, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 302 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21
For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, The Witches of Cambridge reveals an astonishing world where the heart’s deepest secrets give way to the magic of life-changing love.
Be careful what you wish for. If you’re a witch, you might just get it.

Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It’s a secret she can share only with her friends—all professors, all witches—when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa’s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.

Noa’s not the only witch who’s in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone’s heart. Kat’s sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat’s crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.

As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, the witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting.




Danie Ware (2013)

Ecko Endgame
Ecko 3
Titan Books, November 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21
Winter has come to the Varchinde and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, the cities are falling and the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe.

Betrayed by his own forces, Rhan will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation.

As battle rages round him, Ecko realises that to save the Varchinde, he must face the greatest threat of all – the one that has come from his own world.


Ecko Rising
Ecko 1
Titan Books, April 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, June 11, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21
Ecko: Rising is a unique genre-bending fantasy-sci-fi epic following a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero. After awakening in a dimension-jumping inn to find himself immersed in his own sardonic fantasy world, Ecko strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world from extinction.




Rebecca Alexander (2014)

The Secrets of Blood and Bone
Secrets / Jackdaw Hammond 2
Broadway Books, September 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 Pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 21
In the stunning follow up to The Secrets of Life and Death, Rebecca Alexander has created a gripping supernatural thriller that bridges time, legend and the power of blood.

Following her showdown with Elizabeth Bathory, Jackdaw Hammond is running from her past, hiding from her future, and hoping to contain her newfound thirst for blood. Buying an overgrown home in the middle of nowhere seems like the perfect place to escape…at least until she finds herself in the sights of a murderous family with a terrible secret and a penchant for dark magic. Meanwhile, her old ally Felix Guichard has gone to New Orleans to conduct his own investigation into the nature of blood magic, but is soon sucked into the intrigues of the city’s occult underworld. But Jack will need Felix more than she knows, for the battle for her soul is set to begin.

Her only salvation may lie with the secrets of 16th century master occultist Edward Kelley, and a dangerous mission he undertook in Venice to confront the Inquisition, the darkest deeds of his own past, and the fearsome power of Elizabeth Bathory.

The View From Monday - January 3, 2016


Happy first Monday in 2016! Many books are out this month including 12 debuts as well as reissues of many Stephen King books.


There are 5 debuts to start the year:

A Paper Son by Jason Buchholz;

Drake (Burned Man 1) by Peter McLean;

Terms of Use by Scott Alan Morrison;

Steal the Sky (The Scorched Continent 1) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

and

Unforgettable by Eric James Stone.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Starbound (Lightship Chronicles 2) by Dave Bara;

The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City 4) by Sara Humphreys;

Path of Gods (Valhalla Saga 3) by Snorri Kristjansson;

Arcana: A Historical Fantasy by Jessica Leake is out in Trade Paperback;

The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy 3) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;

Three Promises: An American Faerie Tale Collection by Bishop O'Connell is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Grave Attraction (Grave 4) by Lori Sjoberg.



The View From Monday - January 3, 2016


January 1, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Paper Son (D) Jason Buchholz LF
House of Shadows (e) Jen Christie PNR
Otherworld Protector (e) Jane Godman PNR
Captivating the Witch (e) Michele Hauf PNR
The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria Carlos Hernandez SF - Collection
The Gunslinger (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 1
The Drawing of the Three (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 2
The Waste Lands (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 3
Wizard and Glass Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 4
Christine Stephen King H
Cujo (e) Stephen King H
The Dark Half (e) Stephen King H
The Dead Zone (e) Stephen King H
Desperation (e) Stephen King H
Different Seasons (e) Stephen King Various - Collection
Dolores Claiborne (e) Stephen King H
Firestarter (e) Stephen King H
Four Past Midnight (e) Stephen King H - Collection
Gerald's Game (e) Stephen King H
Insomnia (e) Stephen King H
It Stephen King H/Th/Sus
The Long Walk (e) Stephen King H
Misery Stephen King H
Needful Things (e) Stephen King H
The Regulators (e) Stephen King H
Roadwork (e) Stephen King H
Rose Madder (e) Stephen King H
The Running Man (e) Stephen King H
Skeleton Crew (e) Stephen King H - Collection
Thinner (e) Stephen King H
The Tommyknockers (e) Stephen King H
Terms of Use (D) Scott Allan Morrison Th/Tech
Grave of Hummingbirds Jennifer Skutelsky LF
Damnificado JJ Amaworo Wilson MR



January 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Thinning the Herd (e) Adrian Phoenix UF
Paranormal Chaos (e) Joshua Roots UF - Shifter Chronicles 3



January 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Light Keri Arthur Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 1
Dark Intelligence (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Transformation 1
Starbound Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 2
The Last Dream Keeper Amber Benson CF - Echo Park Coven 2
Chains and Memory (e) Marie Brennan UF - Wilders 2
Convergence Point Liana Brooks SF - Time & Shadows Mystery 2
Barrayar (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 3
Daisies For Innocence Bailey Cattrell PCM - An Enchanted Garden Mystery 1
Whispering Hearts Cassandra Chandler PNR - Summer Park Psychics 2
House of Shadows Jen Christie PNR
Worst Contact Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
Dark Victory Brendan DuBois SF - Alien Resistance
It Only Comes Out At Night and Other Stories Dennis Etchison H - Collection
Death Do Us Part (e) JG Faherty H
1635: A Parcel of Rogues Eric Flint
Andrew Dennis
AH - The Ring of Fire 20
The Dream Beings (e) Aaron J. French H
Otherworld Protector Jane Godman PNR
Tales from the Nightside: A Nightside Book Simon R. Green CF -  Nightside Short Stories
Captivating the Witch Michele Hauf PNR
Bait Elena Hearty H
The Night Voice Barb Hendee
J.C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 11
First and Last Sorcerer (h2mm) Barb Hendee
J.C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 10
Finn Fancy Necromancy (h2tp) Randy Henderson F/Hu - The Arcana Familia 1
Unbound (h2mm) Jim C. Hines SF/CF/Hu - Magic Ex Libris 3
The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 4
Mr. Splitfoot Samantha Hunt LF/Gothic
The Buried Giant (h2tp) Kazuo Ishiguro LF/HistF
Shadow Touched Erin Kellison PNR
It (ri) Stephen King H/Th/Sus
Path of Gods Snorri Kristjansson F - Valhalla Saga 3
The Children's Home Charles Lambert LF/FairyT/NeoGo/H
Growl Eve Langlais
Kate Douglas
A.C. Arthur
PNR - Short Stories
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder Victoria Laurie PCM - Ghost Hunter Mystery
10
Arcana: A Historical Fantasy (h2tp) Jessica Leake HistF
Only the Stones Survive Morgan Llywelyn HistF
Merchant of Alyss (h2tp) Thomas Locke F - Legends of the Realm 2
The Last Weekend: A Novel of Zombies, Booze, and Power Tools Nick Mamatas H
Dark and Stormy Knight Nina Mason PNR - Knights of Avalon 2
The Autumn Republic (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
Drake (D) Peter McLean UF - Burned Man 1
Travelers Rest Keith Lee Morris Dys
House Rules (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 7
Three Promises: An American Faerie Tale Collection Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale
Steal the Sky (D) Megan E. O'Keefe F - The Scorched Continent 1
Midnight Taxi Tango Daniel José Older CF - A Bone Street Rumba Novel 2
Keep Mars Weird Neal Pollack SF
Fields of Wrath (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai 2
Desolation Kristopher Rufty H
Grave Attraction Lori Sjoberg PNR - Grave 4
Unforgettable (D) Eric James Stone SF
The Guard Peter Terrin Dys
Doom of the Dragon Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Pawn's Gambit: And Other Stratagems Timothy Zahn SF - Collection



January 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Glass Galago: A Tor.Com Original (e) A. M. Dellamonica F



January 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bloody Quarrel: Episode 5 (e) Duncan Lay F - Bloody Quarrel



January 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Coral Bones (e) Foz Meadows F - Monstrous Little Voices 1
The Masquerading Magician Gigi Pandian PM - An Accidental Alchemist Mystery 2



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
NeoGo - NeoGothic
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11


This is the eleventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12 will cover 2014 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here
See Part 9 here
See Part 10 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11



Luke Scull

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Sword of the North
The Grim Company 2
Roc, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook 400 pages

In The Grim Company, Luke Scull introduced a formidable and forbidding band of anti-heroes battling against ruthless Magelords and monstrous terrors. The adventure continues as the company—now broken—face new dangers on personal quests…

As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady’s victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned—or exiled to darker regions—leaving the White Lady’s rule unchallenged and absolute. But the White Lady would be wiser not to spurn her former supporters: Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger.

Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own.

Because the Fade are coming…





Lori Sjoberg

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Grave Vengeance
Grave 3
Lyrical Press. Janaury 19, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 266 pages

Handsome and haunted, he's a reaper who prefers to work alone. But Fate has other plans for him and the sassy secret agent who shot him in another life—if their pasts don't catch up with them first.

Dmitri Stavitsky has never played well with others—a Soviet KGB spy in life turned reaper after death, his work of bringing souls to the other side is best done alone. But orders from the top soon place him alongside fellow reaper Gwen Peterson, the American counter intelligence agent who took his life so many years ago. Now, as a ghost from Gwen's past resurfaces with the power to steal reapers' souls, the two have no choice but to set aside their differences and apprehend the rogue together. But their cross-country mission soon ignites feelings Dmitri thought he was no longer capable of—for the woman who helped destroy him. With an ancient force and a small army against them, he'll have to let go of old grudges or risk his future with Gwen...as Fate hangs dangerously in the balance.





E. L. Tettensor

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Master of Plagues
Nicolas Lenoir 2
Roc, February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  368 pages

“A dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination.”—Fresh Fiction on Darkwalker

Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever…





Danie Ware

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Ecko Burning
Ecko 2
Titan Books, May 26, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, June 3, 2014

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.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
Ecko Endgame
Ecko 3
Titan Books, August 26, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

Winter has come to the Varchinde – and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, and the plains’ cities are falling to the loss of crops and trade.

Now, the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe. Overmatched, betrayed and abandoned by his own forces, Rhan takes the ultimate gamble – he will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation.

But the world’s memory is returning. And, as the battle rages round him, Ecko begins to realise that everything they have done has been for a purpose. If they can fit the pieces together, then they might just win the war.

Yet, even if they do defeat the Kas, the blight is still there. And to save both the Varchinde and himself, Ecko must face the worst fear of all – the one that has come from his own world.






Chris Willrich

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 11
The Chart of Tomorrows
Gaunt and Bone 3
Pyr, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 500 pages

The poet Persimmon Gaunt and the thief Imago Bone had sought only to retire from adventuring and start a family, but they never reckoned on their baby becoming the chosen vessel of the mystical energies of a distant Eastern land. With their son Innocence hunted by various factions hoping to use him as a tool, they kept him safe at the cost of trapping him in a pocket dimension of accelerated time.

Now free, the thirteen-year-old Innocence has rejected his parents and his "destiny" and has made dangerous friends in a barbaric Western land of dragon-prowed ships and rugged fjords. Desperately, Gaunt and Bone seek to track him down, along with their companion Snow Pine and her daughter A-Girl-Is-A-Joy, who was once trapped with Innocence too.

But as the nomadic Karvaks and their war-balloons strike west, and a troll-king spins his webs, and Joy is herself chosen by the spirit of the very land Innocence has fled to, Gaunt and Bone find themselves at the heart of a vast struggle-and their own son is emerging from that conflict as a force of evil. To save him and everything they know, they turn to a dangerous magical book, The Chart of Tomorrows, that reveals pathways through time. Upon the treacherous seas of history, Gaunt and Bone must face the darkness in each other's pasts, in order to rescue their future.



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

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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.







2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR




2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR


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Guest Blog by Lori Sjoberg - A Day in the Life of David Anderson - February 7, 2013

Please welcome Lori Sjoberg to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.  Grave Intentions was published on January 3, 2013. You may read an Interview with Lori here and my review of Grave Intentions here.



Guest Blog by Lori Sjoberg - A Day in the Life of David Anderson - February 7, 2013



A Day in the Life of David Anderson

Being a reaper is a tough job. The pay isn’t bad, but the hours are long and the benefits are pretty lousy. Just ask David Anderson, Grim Reaper and hero of Grave Intentions. As you can see, he’s a busy guy…

4:30 – There’s something inherently wrong with the alarm clock going off before the sun breaks over the horizon.

4:35 – Kick the armrest of the couch until my trainee, Adam, shows signs of life. Then I’m off to walk the mutt while the kid takes a shower.

4:55 – Stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for much needed coffee.

6:10 – First reap of the day alongside I-4 at the Orange Blossom Trail exit. Truck versus motorcycle. No helmet at a high rate of speed. Trust me when I say you don’t want to know the rest of the details.

7:00 – Breakfast. Well, breakfast for me. Adam doesn’t have much of an appetite at the moment.

8:00 – Drive Adam back to the apartment so he can catch some shut eye. Since we don’t have another termination scheduled until later in the afternoon, I’m off to hit the gym and run a few errands.

12:20 – Back home. Adam’s still passed out on the couch, so I take advantage of the quiet time to work on next week’s assignments. Looks like another busy week for everybody.

2:00 – Adam’s finally awake. And hungry. Good thing I went grocery shopping or he might have gnawed on the remote control.

2:45 – On the road again. This time we’re driving out to Daytona International Airport.

4:20 – Why people insist on not using safety equipment is beyond me. Especially when they’re working on large aircraft. It’s going to take a lot of Clorox to bleach those stains off the tarmac.

6:30 – The job at the airport made Adam green around the gills. Not that I blame the kid. One of these days, he’ll get used to the daily grind of death and dismemberment.

8:15 – After dinner, I leave Adam at the bar while I handle some issues with another reaper. Hopefully, the kid won’t be too buzzed when I get back.

10:00 – Shit, he’s wasted, which means he’s no use to me for the rest of the evening.

11:00 – Drive Adam to the apartment and pour him on the couch. The stupid mutt’s chewed the toilet paper off the roll again, so I’ll have to clean that up and take him for a walk before I leave for the final reap of the day.

11:10 – Time to head out. The brunette who lives across the hall left her blinds open again. I see her walk past her window as I start up my car. She’s pretty. Who am I kidding? She’s beautiful. Too bad I can’t afford those types of emotions. And yet I can’t turn my gaze away until she finally closes the blinds. Oh well. Better get to work…





About Grave Intentions

Grave Intentions
Grave Intentions 1
eKensington, January 3, 2013
eBook, 96,100 words

Guest Blog by Lori Sjoberg - A Day in the Life of David Anderson - February 7, 2013
He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.





About Lori

Guest Blog by Lori Sjoberg - A Day in the Life of David Anderson - February 7, 2013
Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Lori spent over a decade working in the fun-filled worlds of retail management, financial planning, and insurance. The writing bug bit a few years later. After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.

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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2013 Winner

The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for January is Lori Sjoberg's Grave Intentions  with 41% of the votes cast. Grave Intentions was published by eKensington on January 1, 2013. 


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Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the February 2013 Debut covers.

Review - Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg - January 24, 2013



Grave Intentions
Author:  Lori Sjoberg
Series:  Grave Intentions
Publisher: eKensington, January 3, 2013
Format: eBook, 260 pages
Price: $5.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-60183-006-7
Review Copy:  Provided by Publisher

Review - Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg - January 24, 2013
He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.




My thoughts:

Grave Intentions is Lori Sjoberg’s debut. It features, as main characters, a grim Reaper and a very skeptical Scientist – David and Sarah. Both are trying to do their jobs while facing difficulties. They are drawn together and face seemingly insurmountable odds of being together (as one expects in a Paranormal Romance). What makes Grave Intentions stand out is the Reapers' mythology and rules and the well done character building.

David and Sarah are both extremely likable. They don't experience instantaneous love at first sight. They actually spend time together and get to know each other. David and Sarah are just lovely as a couple. I had no idea how they would end up together. Ms. Sjoberg surprised me!

Throughout the story we learn about their jobs and meet some of the people that are in their lives.The other Reapers that work with David are interesting in their own right as well.

There are some heartbreaking and some downright creepy moments that, for me, enhanced the novel and helped bring the world of the Reapers to life. No hocus pocus here. The Reapers appear human and have to do their reaping without being caught, which is a change of pace from most stories that feature psychopomps of one sort or another.

On top of terrific character and myth building, the pacing of Grave Intentions is quite good. Grave Intentions is a really delightful and engaging read. I’m looking forward to more of Ms. Sjoberg’s novels.




You may read a 2013 Debut Author Challenge interview with Lori Sjoberg here.

The View From Monday - January 14, 2013

Happy Monday! The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars has ended with a tie between the covers for Dead Harvest and Blackbirds. Astounding! You may see the results here. We'll be starting the 2013 Cover Wars soon.

I finished reading my first two debuts for 2013 - The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck and Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg. I enjoyed both of them. I'm now reading The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher.  Reviews will be posted soon.  If you are participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge don't forget to let The Qwillery know what you are reading. See the 2013 Debut Author Challenge page for how to do that! (Just send an email.)


It's a light release week!


January 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Birthright (e) Peter David SF - After Earth: Ghost Stories
The Impetuous Amazon (e) Sandy James FR - Alliance of the Amazons 2



January 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Aylesford Skull James P. Blaylock SP - Langdon St. Ives
A Trip to the Stars Nicholas Christopher F/M
Wide Open (h2tp) Deborah Coates UF
Hadon of Ancient Opar (ri) Philip Jose Farmer F - Khokarsa Series 1 - Wold Newton Prehistory
Seven Kings John R. Fultz F - Shaper 2
Impulse Steven Gould SF - Jumper 3
Glamour in Glass (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Shades of Milk and Honey 2
The Warlord of the Air (ri) Micheal Moorcock AH - Nomad of the Time Streams 1
The B-Team (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 1
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (h2tp) John Scalzi SF
The Age of Miracles (h2tp) Karen Thompson Walker SF/Dys
The Blight of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 2
The Scourge of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 3
The Wretched of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 1



January 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mad Gods and Englishmen: A Fantasy Ian Armer F
Future Games Paula Guran (ed) SF - Anthology



January 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Number 87 (ri) Harrington Hext SF
Lud-in-the-Mist (ri) Hope Mirrlees F




e - eBook
ht2p - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue



AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M -  Mystery
SF -  Science Fiction
SP -  Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy
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