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The View From Monday - July 21, 2014


Happy Monday! This is the lightest release week of the month. I wonder if that has anything to do with Comic-Con International: San Diego (its real name) starting Thursday or is it just a coincidence? This is good for me because I have many emails to write and a few reviews to write and a kitchen to partially empty so that measurements can be made for renovations. The last is not fun.



The View From Monday - July 21, 2014


There is one debut out this week:

The Stolen (An American Faerie Tale 1) by Bishop O'Connell.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Brisk Money: A Tor.Com Original by Adam Christopher;

Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka will be out in Trade Paperback;

and

Prototype (Archetype 2)  by M.D. Waters.



July 21, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Starcraft: War Stories (e) Blizzard Entertainment SF



July 22, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shifter's Claim Part III (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters
Veiled Target (e) Robin Bielman PNR - Veilers 1
New Frontiers: A Collection of Tales About the Past, the Present, and the Future Ben Bova SF - Collection
Charlemagne and the Paladins Julia Cresswell Myths and Legends
The Troop (h2mm) Nick Cutter H
Poison Promise Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 11
Valor John Gwynne F - The Faithful and the Fallen 2
Fall of Macharius William King SF - Warhammer 40,000: The Macharian Crusade 3
Doghouse L. A. Kornetsky M - A Gin & Tonic Mystery 3
Prophet of Bones (h2tp) Ted Kosmatka Th/S
Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature David Mack SF - Star Trek
The Stolen (D) (e) Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale 1
The Bastion Wars Henry Zou SF - Warhammer 40,000: Bastion Wars Omnibus



July 23, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Brisk Money: A Tor.Com Original (e) Adam Christopher SF/Noir
The Queen of Faith (e) Mark Teppo F - The Court of Lies - Collection



July 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hamlet's Ghost: Shakespeare Sisters (Kindle e) Jane Tara UF
Prototype M. D. Waters SF - Archetype 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy



The View From Monday - May 12, 2014


Happy Monday! The weather is delightful here in the Northeast, but it's supposed to be 20 degrees colder tomorrow. All I can say is the weather has been odd.


The View From Monday - May 12, 2014



There is one Debut out this week: Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans 3) by Suzanne Johnson is out in Trade Paperback;

Defenders by Will McIntosh;

and

Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton by M. D. Waters



May 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Black (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 1
Sphinx: The Second Coming (e) James Thorton SF
Salvation (e) Stephanie Tyler PA/SFR - Defiance 3



May 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dead Man's Hand John Joseph Adams (ed) WW - Anthology
Clockwork Angels (ri) Kevin J. Anderson SP
Resurrection, Inc. Kevin J. Anderson SF - 25th Anniversary Edition
Obsidian Curse Barbra Annino PM - Stacey Justice Mystery 5
Part of Me (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts
The Kraken King Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Wonderfully Wicked (e) C. J. Burright PNR - Wicked 1
Queen of the Dark Things C. Robert Cargill UF - Dreams and Shadows 2
Honour Imperialis Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Rob Sanders
Steve Lyons
F - Warhammer 40,000: Omnibus
The White List (e) Nina D'Aleo UF
Fire Rising: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Assassin King Elizabeth Haydon F - Symphony of Ages 6
Journey into Nyx: Godsend, Part II (e) Jenna Helland F - Magic The Gathering
Motherless Child Glen Hirshberg H
Elysian Fields (h2tp) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology Stephen Graham Jones (ed) Neo-Noir - Anthology
The Goddess Chronicle (h2tp) Natsuo Kirino Myth
The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel Norman Lock F/TT/Mu
Hot Lead, Cold Iron Ari Marmell UF/M - Mick Oberon 1
Defenders Will McIntosh SF
House of the Rising Sun Kristen Painter UF - Crescent City 1
The Kraken Project Douglas Preston Th/SF
The Kill Switch James Rollins
Grant Blackwood
Th/SF - Tucker Wayne 1
The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time Cavan Scott
Mark wright
SF - Doctor Who
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton (e) M. D. Waters SF
The Wizard Lord Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 1
Point of Direction (D) Rachel Weaver Th
The Very Best of Tad Williams Tad Williams F - Collection



May 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Litany of Earth: A Tor.com Original (e) Ruthanna Emrys DF



May 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces Susan M. Bernardo (ed) LC - Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy



May 16, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues Jason Barr (ed)
Camille D. G. Mustachio (ed)
SF - Science Fiction Television



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


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MU - Mash-Up
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014


It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for February 2014!


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on February 24, 2014.



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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014
Cover art by Stephan Martiniere




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014
Illustration is by Patrick Arrasmith; Design by Allison Forner




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2014
Cover art by Raphael LaCoste



Interview with M.D. Waters, author of Archetype - February 6, 2014


Please welcome M.D. Waters to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Archetype is published today by Dutton. Please join The Qwillery in wishing M. D. a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with M.D. Waters, author of Archetype - February 6, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

M.D.:  Thanks for having me! I first got the itch when a teacher my senior year in high school asked us to write the prequel to Star Wars. I’d never attempted something like this and found the experience pretty liberating. I definitely wanted to do more. A year or so later, I came up with my first story idea and gave it a lame shot.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

M.D.:  I would say that, at this point, I’m a plotser. I didn’t plot Archetype, but only because I really felt I knew that story. It practically fell onto the page in five weeks, and by some miracle managed to make sense. Outside that, I’ve been plotting major plot points for a few years now on other projects, and just recently plotted down to individual scenes. That said, I give myself the freedom to stray. Some of my best ideas come from letting go.



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

M.D.:  That probably depends on the day. Lately it’s finding a large enough chunk of uninterrupted time. It doesn’t matter what’s going on, my family still gravitates to standing in front of my office to hold conversations or toss balls around or chase each other. I’m currently begging my husband for doors.

Outside that, I’m challenged by what I’ve always been challenged by: Dragging middles, and GMC’s, and scene & sequel, and showing vs. telling. I could go on. These things have gotten easier, sure, and I finally understand them, but that doesn’t make them any less a challenge.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

M.D.:  I didn’t read a huge variety of books growing up. I read a lot, but the only author I read until the pages fell out was VC Andrews. There was something about that forbidden love angle. Then in high school, my stepmother introduced me to a whole new world: fantasy. I read my first Anne Rice novel and binged on her for the next few years. I was in love with every single one of her books.

There had been several others after, but it wasn’t until I read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series that I gained an appreciation for world building. I’ve read that series more times than I can count. Then I came across Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and liked her so much that I read everything she’d written, which wasn’t much at the time. I loved how she made you fall in love with the hero and heroine, then ripped your heart out mid-way through the series without blinking. While those books were hard to read, I knew without a doubt she’d make it okay, and those happy endings were far more satisfying because of it.

More recently, I’ve fallen in love with Margaret Atwood, who I’d never dreamed of reading until the comparisons of Archetype to The Handmaids Tale. She has a way of constructing a sentence that takes my breath away.



TQ:  Describe Archetype in 140 characters or less.

M.D.:  What an evil challenge!

An amnesiac struggles between believing the secure life her husband claims is hers and the terrifying life her dreams say she left behind.



TQ:  Tell us something about Archetype that is not in the book description.

M.D.:  I guess this is mentioned in the description, but it isn’t very obvious. Emma has a voice in her head that she calls She or Her, who advises Emma to make certain decisions as the novel progresses. But Emma doesn’t trust Her and works against Her whenever possible. What I have loved about this from the beginning was that every fight Emma put up against the voice, she was unknowingly working her way back to who she really was before the accident: Independent.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Archetype?

M.D.:  I woke up at 1 or 2 in the morning with a rough version of the pitch running through my head. (In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .) I went right to my computer and knocked out a couple pages using those lines as my beginning. As I did that, I realized this was a story I’d made up a long time ago (and had since forgotten) to help me shut the brain down and sleep at night. I already knew so much of it, but unfortunately, not all of it was usable. I had to create motivations that weren’t there before.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Archetype?

M.D.:  Me? Research? LOL! Very little. I had to do the usual internet searches for things like the luckenbooth that’s branded to some of the women, and beginner paint supplies. The biggest headache was researching seagull migration patterns, which felt never-ending. I think I (and the Dutton team) was still working on details for it after the galleys went out. And all for a few paragraphs. Crazy!



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

M.D.:  I have a special place in my heart for Arthur Travista, Emma’s doctor. I loved writing the scenes with him because I could really see him in my head. I knew how he thought, and he almost always had a way of telling the truth, without giving a single thing away. He was, by far, the easiest to write.

The hardest character to write? Everyone else. They all knew a particular truth, and giving them believable motives to keep it from Emma wasn’t easy. Even Emma had to hold back at times.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from Archetype. Why did you choose to write Science Fiction/Adventure? Do you want to write in any other genres?

M.D.:  Favorite lines:

His grip is too firm. He holds on to me, but I am merely water sliding over stone and no matter how hard he tries to keep me, I will soon be gone. At least I feel this fleeting. Like glass blown to its thinnest point. Beautiful and shining and solid. Delicate.

Shatterable.


I didn’t “choose” science fiction. It may have chosen me. I say all the time that it was an accident, because in order to make the reveal work, I needed a future with fertility issues and high-tech gadgets. I took a lot of inspiration from scifi movies, because at the time, I’d only read a handful of YA scifi, and the few Bradbury stories I’d read in high school.

What I was writing was the same thing I always have: A heroine with a ton of internal and external conflict. She knows how to throw a punch, and she loves so deeply that it has the ability to shatter the hearts of everyone within range. I love putting a woman up against an entire world on the verge of massive change and watching her fight to survive. That’s all I thought I was writing. I just happened to leave the fantasy creatures out of it this time.

For the time being, I’m enjoying the futuristic aspect of my work, but one day I hope to return to some of my old urban and paranormal fantasy stories.



TQ:  What's next?

M.D.:  Next comes the conclusion to Emma’s story in Prototype, which releases in July this year. I’m very excited to show off the world outside the very limited one I allowed her in Archetype. It’s a year and a half later, and quite a few things have changed, good and bad, when her past charges in to upend everything she’s been working for.

After that, I’m anxious to explore this world with a character who hasn’t lost her memory. There’s so many details I couldn’t write into either of the novels without forcing them, so I’m excited to further blow out this world.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

M.D.:  Thanks for having me!





Archetype
Dutton Adult, February 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with M.D. Waters, author of Archetype - February 6, 2014
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her.



Prototype
Dutton Adult, July 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with M.D. Waters, author of Archetype - February 6, 2014
The stunning debut that began with Archetype— and has readers buzzing—concludes in Prototype, when a woman’s dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.

Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.

But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there’s nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he’s got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.

Emma returns to face what she’s done but finds that the past isn’t the problem. It’s the present—and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.

In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters’s spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She’s decided to play their game and prove she isn’t the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.





About M.D. Waters

Interview with M.D. Waters, author of Archetype - February 6, 2014
Photo by Crystal Bingham
M.D. Waters lives with her family in Maryland. Archetype is her first novel. Its sequel, Prototype, will be published in July 2014.

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The View From Monday - February 3, 2014


Happy first Monday in February. The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday and predicted 6 more weeks of winter here. I think he was right for once - schools are closed today due to snow! There are 2 more snowstorms predicted for this week.



The View From Monday - February 3, 2014



This is a very full release week with 3 debuts:

The Line (Witching Savannah 1) by J. D. Horn;

Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler;

and

Archetype by M. D. Waters.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Broken Homes (Rivers of London/Peter Grant 4) by  Ben Aaronovitch;

and

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins comes out in Trade Paperback.


February 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The First Last Unicorn and Other Beginnings Peter S Beagle F - Stories
Claimed by the Wolf (e) Saranna DeWylde PNR
The Line (D) J. D. Horn UF - Witching Savannah 1
A Hunter's Passion (e) Gwen Knight PNR
December Phil Rickman Oc /Su
Descending Son Scott Shepherd H
John Golden (e) Django Wexler Techno/F/Noir



February 2, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction (e) Charles L. Adler Science



February 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Broken Homes Ben Aaronovitch UF - Rivers of London 4
The Phantom Lover and Other Thrilling Tales of Thailand Jim Algie H - Stories
Night's Promise Amanda Ashley PNR - Children of the Night 6
Wings of Death James Axler
(Douglas P Wojtowicz)
SF - Outlanders 26
Tristano Nanni Balestrini Meta
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (h2tp) Marie Brennan F
The Reaver Richard Lee Byers F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering 4
A Draw of Kings Patrick W. Carr F - The Staff and the Sword 3
Fallout James K. Decker SF - Haan 2
Reave the Just and Other Tales Stephen R. Donaldson F - Short Stories
Scarlet Devices Delphine Dryden PNR - Steam and Seduction 2
By Blood We Live Glen Duncan H - Last Werewolf Trilogy 3
Lynx Destiny Doranna Durgin PNR - Sentinels 8
1632 (Leatherbound Edition) Eric Flint AH/TT - Ring of Fire 1
Now Comes the Night P. G. Forte PNR - Children of the Night 3
Dreamwalker C.S. Friedman F
Only the Good Die Young Chris Marie Green UF - Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire 1
Falling Light Thea Harrison PNR - Game of Shadows 2
Wolfhound Century (h2tp) Peter Higgins AH - Wolfhound Century 1
Soul Deep Anne Hope PNR - Dark Souls 4
Blood Lines (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood/Victoria Nelson 3
Dust Devils Jonathan Janz H
Storm of Light Nate Kenyon F - Diablo III
Red Delicious Caitlin R. Kiernan UF - Siobhan Quinn 2
Mark of Evil (h2tp) Tim LaHaye
Craig Parshall
PA - End 1
Carousel Sun Sharon Lee UF/Th - Carousel 2
Rule Breaker Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 29
The Best of All Possible Worlds (h2tp) Karen Lord SF/R
Stolen Crown Dennis L. McKiernan F - Mithgar 17
One Night with the Shifter Theresa Meyers PNR
The Tesla Gate John D. Mimms SF/P
Line and Orbit Sunny Moraine
Lisa Soem
SFR
Wild Things Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 9
Who Fears Death (ri) Nnedi Okorafor MR
Song of Ireland (ri) Juilene Osborne-McKnight HistF
The Flight of the Silvers Daniel Price SF/Adv
Avenger's Heat Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 6
Magic Man (ri) Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 6
To Sail a Darkling Sea John Ringo SF - Black Tide Rising 2
Sword-Bound (h2mm) Jennifer Roberson F - Tiger and Del 7
Black Rose (ri) Nora Roberts R - In the Garden Trilogy 2
The Companions (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - The Sundering 1
Go Kill Crazy! Bryan Smith H
V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History Allen Steele AH 
Shadows of Falling Night (h2mm) S. M. Stirling UF - Shadowspawn 3
The Collection: A Registry Novel Shannon Stoker Dys - Registry 2
Definitely Maybe Arkady and Boris Strugatsky SF
Strange Bodies Marcel Theroux F/Th
Path of the Eldar Omnibus Gav Thorpe F - Warhammer 40,000
Annihilation: A Novel Jeff VanderMeer SF - Southern Reach Trilogy 1
Lover Enshrined (ri) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 6
Empire of Man David Weber
John Ringo
SF - Eveness 3
Dryad-Born Jeff Wheeler F - Whispers from Mirrowen 2
Three Princes (D) Ramona Wheeler AH



February 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mad Maudlin: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marie Brennan F
No One Noticed the Cat (ri) Anne McCaffrey F



February 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Keeping Up with the Joneses (e) Nick Harkaway SF - Doctor Who
Archetype (D) M. D. Waters SF/Sus - Archetype 1



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


Adv - Adventure
AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Oc - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts


There are 11 debuts for February. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The February debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite February cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).



Elizabeth Blackwell

While Beauty Slept
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts

Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.



Janie Chang

Three Souls
William Morrow Paperbacks, February 25, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
An absorbing novel of romance and revolution, loyalty and family, sacrifice and undying love

We have three souls, or so I'd been told. But only in death could I confirm this....

So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.

As Leiyin delves back in time with the three souls to review her life, she sees the spoiled and privileged teenager she once was, a girl who is concerned with her own desires while China is fractured by civil war and social upheaval. At a party, she meets Hanchin, a captivating left-wing poet and translator, and instantly falls in love with him.

When Leiyin defies her father to pursue Hanchin, she learns the harsh truth—that she is powerless over her fate. Her punishment for disobedience leads to exile, an unwanted marriage, a pregnancy, and, ultimately, her death. And when she discovers what she must do to be released from limbo into the afterlife, Leiyin realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.

Suffused with history and literature, Three Souls is an epic tale of revenge and betrayal, forbidden love, and the price we are willing to pay for freedom.



David Edison

The Waking Engine
Tor Books, February 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die.

Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found.

Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker.

Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys . . . and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.

Richly imaginative, David Edison's The Waking Engine is a stunning debut by a major new talent.



Adrianne Harun

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain
Penguin, February 25, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
The seductive and chilling debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of The King of Limbo


In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is atmospheric and evocative of place and a group of people, much in the way that Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones conjures the South, or Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children provides a glimpse of the Las Vegas underworld: kids left to fend for themselves in a broken world—rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.



J.D. Horn

The Line
Witching Savannah 1
47North, February 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 296 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical…

To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.

Despite being powerless herself, of course.

Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J.D. Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flare.



Anne Leonard

Moth and Spark
Viking Adult, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen. Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.



D. L. McDermott

Cold Iron
Cold Iron Trilogy 1
Pocket Star, February 10, 2014
eBook, 381 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
For fans of Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole, this full-length novel is the first in D.L. McDermott’s fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance series—available exclusively in ebook!

The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.



Lauren M. Roy


Night Owls
Night Owls 1
Ace, February 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. She’s experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…



M . D. Waters

Archetype
Dutton Adult, February 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her.


Andy Weir

The Martian
Crown, February 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?



Ramona Wheeler

Three Princes
Tor Books, February 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - February 2014 Debuts
Lord Scott Oken, a prince of Albion, and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke live in a world where the sun never set on the Egyptian Empire. In the year 1877 of Our Lord Julius Caesar, Pharaoh Djoser-George governs a sprawling realm that spans Europe, Africa, and much of Asia. When the European terrorist Otto von Bismarck touches off an international conspiracy, Scott and Mik are charged with exposing the plot against the Empire.

Their adventure takes them from the sands of Memphis to a lush New World, home of the Incan Tawantinsuyu, a rival empire across the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing Quetzal airships, operas, blood sacrifice and high diplomacy, Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes is a richly imagined, cinematic vision of a modern Egyptian Empire.



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Archetype by M. D. Waters



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Archetype by M. D. Waters


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.



M . D. Waters

Archetype
Dutton Adult, February 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Archetype by M. D. Waters
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her.


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