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New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012, was the last day of New York Comic Con 2012. It was a lighter day for me mostly because my small humans joined me for Kids Day. In the past Kids Day has not been so crowded. I think that's a testament to how much bigger New York Comic Con has become that Sunday was as busy as Saturday!

We started off by attending the Geek Geek Revolution: The Sequel featuring Myke Cole, Anton Strout, Beth Revis, and Andrea Cremer. Colleen Lindsay, Geek Queen, asked the authors questions including questions submitted by the audience. Answering the questions correctly resulted in points being awarded. I believe that wrong answers resulted in the subtraction of points. The winner was awarded the title of Top Geek!

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
L to R: Myke Cole, Anton Strout, Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer, 
and Geek Queen Colleen Lindsay
 Myke writes the Shadow Ops series. The first novel, Control Point, was published in January 2012 and Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops 2) will be out in January 2013.

Anton is the author of the Simon Canderous series and the recently published Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles 1).

Beth writes the YA Across the Universe series. The third book, Shades of Earth, will be published  in January 2013.

Andrea is the author of the YA Nightshade series. Rise (Nightshade Prequel 2) will be published in January 2013.

It came down to a tie between Anton Strout and Andrea Cremer. On the second tie-breaker question Andrea prevailed. She won a Rock'em Sock'em Robot set! Myke Cole came in last and was awarded a cute baby Cthulhu. I hardly see how a cute baby Cthulhu is a booby prize.

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cthulhu hats may be the new fashion craze!



After Geek Geek Revolution: The Sequel the small humans and I wandered around...  a lot.



I had the pleasure of meeting Evie Manieri whose debut novel, Blood's Pride, will be published in the US on February 19, 2013. It's already out in the UK.

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Evie Manieri



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Steampunk at the Tor booth. It must be fun working for Tor!



Capcom was at NYCC. Nintendo was there with Wii U. We did preorder the Limited Edition of Assassin's Creed III by Ubisoft. Often when you preorder at NYCC some extra goodies are thrown in. In this case there was a gorgeous T-shirt. While you could preorder Assassin's Creed III, there was no gameplay.  I was surprised by the video gaming component this year. Some of the big companies had displays but no games to play.

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012



We found this poor fellow expiring in the hallway (not really, he was cosplaying!)

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012

The kids decided to put him out of his misery (not really, he asked them to pose with him.)

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012

New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
The teen (bottom photo) looked meaner while posing. You can draw your own conclusion!



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Jamal Peppers ad Ian Flynn signing at Archie Comics



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cosplay - Aperture Laboratories (from Portal)



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Michael Boccacino signing Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cosplay - The Power Rangers



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Cosplay - Zena, Warrior Princess, and my daughter



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
 The crowd and long walk to Artist Alley

Artist Alley was way down at the end. to the left and through a large passageway. Once you got to the end you turned left and then saw the sign. If you knew where it was it was easy to find. I think that there should have been a sign in this main area at the end with an arrow pointing to the left. This is the first year that Artist Alley was in its own area. Hopefully signage will be better next year. Having the Artists in a separate area was great though. Plus after the main exhibitor floor closed, you could spend some time at Artist Alley which was open later than the exhibitor floor.



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
More Cosplay



New York Comic Con, Part 3 - October 19, 2012
Peter Steigerwald, who does the colors for Lady Mechanika (my favorite comic!)




We visited a lot of vendors on Sunday as well. The small humans came home with some awesome books and goodies. We can't wait for NYCC 2013!

Trick or Treat? with Michael Boccacino - September 30, 2012




Trick or Treat? with Michael Boccacino - September 30, 2012


(Laurel Parker Wolfe is the author of book of fairy tales in Charlotte Markham and The House of Darkling.)



Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
William Morrow Paperbacks, July 24, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Trick or Treat? with Michael Boccacino - September 30, 2012
When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.

However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling—one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.



If you haven't yet read Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, it will be on sale after the Trick or Treat? voting ends!

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

And the winners are...


Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) by Bec McMaster - Ended August 28, 2012 -  Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: The upright hero just begging to have his hair mussed? The possessive alpha? Or even a self-made workaholic? What’s your favourite hero type – literary or otherwise - and why?

Victoria who said...

I like the sarcastic alpha male hero who has a very tortured past.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Forbidden (Plain Fear 2) by Leanna Ellis - Ended August 29, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Leave a comment OR ask Leanna a question.

Tore who said...

I loved the first book. It was really good. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds very good. How many books do you plan to have in this series? Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


The Trouble with Magic (Magic 3) by Patricia Rice - Ends August 30, 2012 - See the post here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question:  What is your magical power? OR What is one of your favorite paranormal historical romances?

lavendersbluegreen who said...

I know we only have to answer one... but since I cannot possibly narrow down fav paranormal historical romances... I would say my magical power is passion in the kitchen. I like to cook and feed people and it can be magical!


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino - Ended September 2, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite Gothic novels? or What is one of your favorite fairy tales?

DMS who said...

My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It has always fascinated me. I read the Grimm versions as a child and they have always stayed with me.

What a fabulous interview! This author is new to me- but like him, I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. This book sounds interesting (I love Jane Eyre). Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to win.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Immortally Yours (Monster MASH 1) and The Accidental Demon Slayer (signed), The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (signed) and A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox - Ended September 4, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: In a war between the gods, which god or goddess (or demi-god or demi-goddess) would you want on your side?

pamerd who said...

Hi

I would have to pick Ares as well - however reading many UF and PNR books there are many demons and gods created by wonderful authors that I would pick also.

I have read your Demon Slayer books and really enjoyed them and I am looking forward to this new series.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Hidden Things by Doyce Testerman - Ended September 5, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question: Are there 'hidden things' where you live?

Lexi H who said...

Hahaha, I love your story of how Calliope Jenkins was born. And I agree with your friends (having lived in Minnesota and South Dakota), nothing magical happens out here. All we ever get are cowboys and Indians. So yay!!! Thanks for finding some hidden things for us!

As for me, I scare myself into thinking I see hidden things all the time when I am out hiking with my husky.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm 1) by G. T. Almasi - Ended September 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012

Question:  If you were in charge of a team of Levels (superspies) what sorts of modifications would your Levels have?

April who said...

It is to be hoped that I am never put in charge of anything outside of a library or a dish of pastries. However, in the twisted world of the question writer, I am in charge of a team of Levels. I would like to have one with camoflage abilities, one with super hearing, one with extra special sight and one that is good at getting dishes of pastries to me without cost...


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


Ace/Roc 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Sampler from Jill Archer - Ended September 7, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Question:  Do you like post-apocalyptic stories? If so, which are your favorites? Why do you like to read it (or watch it)? What about stories that explore the nature of good and bad and right versus wrong? Do you enjoy stories where the line between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" is more muddied than it is in our world?

Jo who said...

I love reading post-apocolyptic and dystopic fiction, and my absolute favorite is the S.M. Stirling's Change novels.

and

Sorry - didn't get to finish! What I like about this genre is that people have to start from scratch and there is a lot of character development in leaving the current world behind and learning how to start again.


Winners x 8 - September 15, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 22, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Michael Boccacino & Giveaway - August 26, 2012

Please welcome Michael Boccacino to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling was published on July 24, 2012. You may read Michael's Guest Blog - A Good Start - here.


Interview with Michael Boccacino & Giveaway - August 26, 2012


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

Michael:  I tend to get almost all my ideas from dreams. I keep a note pad on my nightstand so I can write them down as I have them. So when I'm having trouble figuring out a plot point, I tend to literally "sleep on it" to find the solution.


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

Michael:  Neil Gaiman and Susannah Clarke are two that I draw the most inspiration from. They both have such an eloquent way of folding human elements into fantastic situations. They never lose sight of the emotional weight of the what their characters are experiencing.


TQ:   Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Michael:  I fall somewhere in between. I have a clear sense of where I want to go, but I'm often surprised by how I get there. It's like a half-planned road trip. Discovery is part of the fun.


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

Michael:  Finding the time, and a story you're passionate enough to live with for a number of years. It's like a sprint and a marathon at the same time. You have to be just slightly crazy to make it work!


TQ:  Describe Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling in 140 characters or less.

Michael:  2 cups Jane Eyre, 6 oz of Lovecraft, and a tbsp of Tim Burton. Serve with ice cream.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling?

Michael:  Charlotte Markham began life, quite literally, as a dream: an English governess stood on the side of a dirt road with her two young orphaned charges as they consulted a homemade map. They were debating whether or not to enter a forest up ahead and I knew, as dreamers often do, that something terrible awaited them in the woods. I remember waking up and being fascinated with where they were going. I felt the most lovely combination of dread and excitement, because I knew that their journey would be extraordinary, terrible, and wonderful, even if I remained uncertain about their final destination. The dream stayed with me, but didn't really crystallize until my mother died of cancer at the age of 44. I dreamt of her nearly every night afterwards, and though we both acknowledged in the dream that she was still dead, we continued to have a relationship. The idea fascinated me, and I quickly realized that the children from my previous dream were looking for a way to reconnect with their dead mother.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling?

Michael:  I reread a lot of the books that inspired me to write in the first place. For me it wasn't so much about recreating a specific time period, but tapping into the "tone" that runs through some of my favorite books, like Wuthering Heights, Coraline, Jonathan Strange, and others.


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

Michael:  James was the easiest, because deep down I'm not sure I ever stopped being an excitable five years old. The hardest was probably Duncan, since he had to convey a lot without really saying anything.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling?

Michael:  The fairytales were my favorite bits to write, but as a reader, the scenes with Duncan and the candle wax people.


TQ:  What's next?

Michael:  I'm working on my second novel, which is inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, and J. M. Barrie. It's a book about children placed into fantastic situations, but written for adults. I hope to be done with my first draft sometime early next year!


TQ:   Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michael:  My pleasure! Thank you so much for having me.



Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
William Morrow Paperbacks, July 24, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Michael Boccacino & Giveaway - August 26, 2012
When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.

However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling—one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.



About Michael

Interview with Michael Boccacino & Giveaway - August 26, 2012
Michael Boccacino's poetry has been published in the St. Petersburg Times. He currently lives in New York City. This is his first novel.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering one of the following questions:

What is one of your favorite Gothic novels?
or
What is one of your favorite fairy tales?

Please remember - if you don't answer one of  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.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST 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 Sunday, September 2, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Happy Monday! Good things are happening. My parent who has been so ill is recovering well finally. I hope to get back on track with reading and reviews soon since I will have more free time and be less stressed/exhausted. I'm also thrilled that I've been chosen as a Blogger for Authors After Dark 2013 which will be held in Savannah, Georgia from August 15 - 18, 2013. Can't wait!


This week at The Qwillery (subject to change):

Monday - 2012 Debt Author Challenge Guest Blog by E. J. Swift. Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) was published on June 5, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Bec McMaster. Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) will be published on September 1, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Leanna Ellis. Forbidden (Plain Fear 2) was published on August 1, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Rob Reid. Year Zero was published on July 10, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael Boccacino. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling was published on July 24, 2012.


There are not too many books out this week.

August 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Guardian of Bastet (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jacqueline M. Battisti PNR
Careful What You Kiss For (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jane Lynne Daniels PNR
Dynama (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Ruth Diaz R/Superheroes - Superheroes Union 1
Shattered Magic (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Rebecca York FR - Chronicles of Arandal 2


August 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Margaret Atwood Literary Criticism
The Immortality Factor (ri)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Ben Bova SF/Th
The Memory Thief
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Emily Colin Ghost Story
Vacation
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Matthew J. Costello H
Widow's Web
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 7
Fable: Edge of the World
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Christie Golden F - Xbox 360 Fable: The Journey prequel
In War Times (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Kathleen Ann Goonan SF
Black Bottle
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Anthony Huso F
Genocidal Organ
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Project Itoh SF
The Unincorporated Future
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated Man 4
Endurance (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jay Lake F - Green Universe 2
Shifter's Destiny
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Anna Leonard PNR
Ghost Key
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Trish J. MacGregor F/Ghost Story
Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, and Spectral Indians
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Matthew P. Mayo Ghost Stories/Supernatural
Savage Redemption
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Alexis Morgan PNR
Fate of Worlds
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Ringworld 5
Haunted Greenwich Village: Bohemian Banshees, Spooky Sites, and Gonzo Ghost Walks
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Tom Ogden H
The Shadow Queen (ri)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Bertrice Small PHR - World of Hetar 5
Hidden Things (d)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Doyce Testerman F


August 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Guile of Dragons
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
James Enge F - Tournament of Shadows


d - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Guest Blog by Michael Boccacino - A Good Start

Please welcome Michael Boccacino to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling was published on July 24, 2012.


Guest Blog by Michael Boccacino - A Good Start


A Good Start

I tend to have very particular dreams.

Last night, after celebrating the release of my first novel, Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, I dreamt that a book appeared mysteriously on my nightstand. It was bound in cracked black leather, and the letters of the title were embossed in faded white paint: How To Be a Successful Writer.

I’ve been in something of a panic leading up to my “release date”, and the term itself has come to mean more than just the sale date of the book as neuroses and anxieties I didn’t know I possessed have slowly started bleeding into every facet of my life. Have I done everything I could to get the word out? Is there anyone else I should have tweeted at? Is it weird that I’m Googling my book so often? Will people like it, and if not, DEAR LORD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM?!

In the dream, I picked up the book and began to flip through its pages. There was one section dedicated to blogger outreach strategies, and I distinctly remember a passage about how authoring a guest post on The Qwillery, would improve readership by 37%. Whether this detail was a result of the fact that I was terribly late on delivering the post you’re now reading, or a simple reminder that Sally was the first blogger to welcome me to the surreal and wonderful world of book promotion remains a question for my subconscious. Try as I might, I’ve been unable to recall any further specifics from the mystery book. It’s faded away, my nightstand is empty, and I remain as anxious as before, consumed by the question that the book articulated: how do I know if I’m doing this right?

It’s a strange thing to put your heart and soul into the writing of a novel for years on end, because the moment the book is released into the world it stops being the author’s. In many ways, the writer is losing something secret and special that no one else could ever understand as well as they do, until, that is, someone else reads it and the book becomes theirs. To truly share a piece of yourself, you have to be willing to lose it entirely, to let it become part of someone else’s life.

In the end, the only rule that matters is to let go. Not to stop caring, but to acknowledge that you did what you set out to do. The “secret” of the book may be gone, but that doesn’t make it any less real. The “success” of the book is that it happened at all, and for me, it’s sitting on the shelf at my local Barnes and Noble between Judy Blume and Boccaccio. For now, that’s a good start.



Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
William Morrow Paperbacks, July 24, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Michael Boccacino - A Good Start
When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.

However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling—one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.



About Michael

Guest Blog by Michael Boccacino - A Good Start
Michael Boccacino's poetry has been published in the St. Petersburg Times. He currently lives in New York City. This is his first novel.

Website
Twitter
Facebook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for July 2012!





As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 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.

January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.

June 2012 Winner - Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift. Cover art by Sparth.


















































2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts


There are 12 debuts for July.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.


The July debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite July cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.


Seed
Author:  Ania Ahlborn
Publisher:  47North
Pub Date:  July 17, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 250 pages 
Price:  $14.95
Genre:  Horror
ISBN:  978-1612183664

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.


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Albert of Adelaide
Author:  Howard Anderson
Publisher:  Twelve
Pub Date:  July 10, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 240 pages
Price: $24.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781455509621

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
ALBERT OF ADELAIDE follows the story of a duck-billed platypus who escapes from Australia's Adelaide Zoo and embarks on a journey through the outback in search of 'Old Australia,' a land of liberty, promise and peace. Encountering a motley assortment of characters--a pyromaniac wombat, a pair of invariably drunk (and vaguely gay) bandicoots, some dingoes, a group of kangaroos and a wrestling Tasmanian devil--this unlikely hero discovers a strength and skill for survival he could not have known he possessed. At once an old-fashioned-buddy-novel-shoot-em-up and a work of deliciously imagined fantasy, ALBERT OF ADELAIDE is a haunting story of a world where something has gone horribly awry.


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vN
Author:  Madeline Ashby
Series:  Machine Dynasty
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books
Pub Date:  July 31, 2012 US/Canada
                  August 2, 2012 UK/RoW
Format:  Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  9780857662620

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Von Neumann Sisters | Fail Safe Fail | The Squid & the Swarm | Robot Nation ]


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Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
Author:  Michael Boccacino
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Pub Date:  July 24, 2012 
Format:  Trade Paperback
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Gothic/Supernatural/Victorian
ISBN:  9780062122612

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.

However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling—one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.


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A Once Crowded Sky
Author:  Tom King
Publisher:  Touchstone
Pub Date:  July 10, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Price:  $26.00
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451652000

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A tour de force debut novel from a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, A Once Crowded Sky fuses the sensibility of bombastic, comic-book-style storytelling with modern literary fiction to bring to life a universe of super men stripped of their powers, newly mortal men forced to confront danger in a world without heroes.

The superheroes of Arcadia City fight a wonderful war and play a wonderful game, forever saving yet another day. However, after sacrificing both their powers and Ultimate, the greatest hero of them all, to defeat the latest apocalypse, these comic book characters are transformed from the marvelous into the mundane.

After too many battles won and too many friends lost, The Soldier of Freedom was fine letting all that glory go. But when a new threat blasts through his city, Soldier, as ever, accepts his duty and reenlists in this next war. Without his once amazing abilities, he's forced to seek the help of the one man who walked away, the sole hero who refused to make the sacrifice--PenUltimate, the sidekick of Ultimate, who through his own rejection of the game has become the most powerful man in the world, the only one left who might still, once again, save the day.


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Liquid Lies
Author:  Hanna Martine
Series: The Elementals
Publisher:  Berkley
Pub Date: July 3, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN9781101569009

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Magic is corporate America's best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is the best at selling it...

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

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

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


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Blood and Feathers
Author:  Lou Morgan
Series:  Blood and Feathers
Publisher:  Solaris
Pub Date:  July 31, 2012 (US and Canada)
                   August 2, 2012 (UK)
Format:  Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Price:  $9.99
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9781781080191

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"What's the first thing you think of when I say 'angel'?" asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. "I don't know... guns?"

Alice isn't having the best of days. She was late for work, she missed her bus, and now she's getting rained on. What she doesn't know is that her day's about to get worse: the epic, grand-scale kind of worse that comes from the arrival of two angels who claim everything about her life is a lie.

The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating; the age-old balance is tipping, and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. If the balance is to be restored, the angels must act - or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever.

That’s where Alice comes in. Hunted by the Fallen and guided by Mallory - a disgraced angel with a drinking problem and a whole load of secrets - Alice will learn the truth about her own history… and why the angels want to send her to hell.

What do the Fallen want from her? How does Mallory know so much about her past? What is it the angels are hiding - and can she trust either side?

Caught between the power plays of the angels and Lucifer himself, it isn't just hell's demons that Alice will have to defeat...


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Up Jumps the Devil
Author:  Michael Poore
Publisher:  Ecco
Pub Date:  July 3, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $13.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780062064417

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A stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and slyly tender novel featuring the Devil himself, John Scratch.

He's made of wood. He cooks an excellent gumbo. Cows love him. And he's the world's first love story . . . and the world's first broken heart. Meet the darkly handsome, charming John Scratch, aka the Devil. Ever since his true love, a fellow fallen angel named Arden, decided that Earth was a little too terrifying and violent, John Scratch has been trying to lure her back from the forgiving grace of Heaven. Though neither the wonders of Egypt nor the glories of Rome were enough to keep her on Earth, John Scratch believes he's found a new Eden: America.

John Scratch capitalizes on the bounty of this arcadia as he shapes it into his pet nation. Then, one dark night in the late 1960s, he meets three down-on-their-luck musicians and strikes a deal. In exchange for their souls, he'll grant them fame, wealth, and the chance to make the world a better place. Soon, the trio is helping the Devil push America to the height of civilization—or so he thinks. But there's a great deal about humans he still needs to learn, even after spending so many millennia among them.

Overflowing with imagination, insight, and humor, rippling with history and myth, Up Jumps the Devil is as madcap and charming as the Devil himself.


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No Peace for the Damned
Author:  Megan Powell
Series:  Damned
Publisher:  47North
Pub Date:   July 10, 2102
Format:  Trade Paperback
Price:  $14.95
Genre  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1612183602

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
Magnolia Kelch is no stranger to pain. Beautiful and powerful, she’s spent her entire life at the mercy of her sadistic father and the rest of the Kelch clan, who have tortured her and tested the limits of her powers. After one particularly heinous night that leaves Magnolia nearly dead, she finally sees her chance for escape…

But this first taste of freedom is short-lived when she collides with Thirteen, head of the Network—a secret organization dedicated to fighting supernatural criminals—who recruits her into the group. Even as she’s coming to grips with this new life and the horrific memories that still haunt her, she’s conflicted by her growing attraction to fellow team member Theo and the emergence of new, untested abilities. After months of grueling training, her loyalty to the team is tested when she learns her target is the Network’s most wanted: the Kelch family.

Revenge may course through her veins, but so does the blood of the Kelches. And opposing her family may cost her the thing she treasures most. After all, Magnolia is still a Kelch. And the Kelch are damned.


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Year Zero
Author:  Rob Reid
Publisher:  Del Rey
Pub Date:   July 10, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 384 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Science Fiction / Humor
ISBN978-0-345-53441-5
Fiction debut

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.
Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .

In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.

The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.

Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.

Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.


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Advent
Author:  James Treadwell
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Pub Date:   July 3, 2012
Format:  Hardcover,  464 pages
Price:  $26.00
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451661644


2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
A drowning, a magician’s curse, and a centuries-old secret.

1537. A man hurries through city streets in a gathering snowstorm, clutching a box in one hand. He is Johann Faust, the greatest magician of his age. The box he carries contains a mirror safeguarding a portion of his soul and a small ring containing all the magic in the world. Together, they comprise something unimaginably dangerous.

London, the present day. Fifteen-year-old Gavin Stokes is boarding a train to the countryside to live with his aunt. His school and his parents can’t cope with him and the things he sees, things they tell him don’t really exist. At Pendurra, Gavin finds people who are like him, who see things too. They all make the same strange claim: magic exists, it’s leaking back into our world, and it’s bringing something terrible with it.

First in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy, Advent describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a fifteen-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started—somewhere much bigger, stranger, and richer.


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Geekomancy
Author:  Michael R. Underwood
Publisher:  Pocket Star (Simon&Schuster)
Pub Date:  July 10, 2012
Format:  eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $1.99
Genre  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451698138

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

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

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

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