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Interview with Michael R. Underwood


Please welcome Michael R. Underwood to The Qwillery. Michael is the author of the Rey Reyes series, Shield and Crocus, The Younger Gods, and the Genrenauts series.

I'm a huge fan of Michael's writing and there is a Kickstarter running right now for Genrenauts Complete Season One: http://kck.st/1WVHXc1.  If you are so inclined take a look. Note: I'm a backer of course!




The QwilleryWelcome back to The Qwillery! Your new series, Genrenauts, kicked off with The Shootout Solution (Episode 1), followed by The Absconded Ambassador (Episode 2). Most recently "There Will Always Be a Max" (a Genrenauts short story) was published. Who are Genrenauts and what do they do?

Michael R. Underwood:  The Genrenauts are a group of veteran storytellers that travel the multiverse. Each other world beyond our own is the home to a narrative universe (Fantasy, Western, Romance, Science Fiction, Mystery, etc.), which is constantly playing out stories with familiar plots and archetypal characters. But when a story breaks on those worlds, the Genrenauts cross dimensions to find and fix the problem before it can ripple over to cause chaos on Earth.



TQBoth the Genrenauts series as well as your Ree Reyes series pay homage to various genres and/or geekdoms. Why is this important to you?

MU:  I’ve been fascinated by genres and storytelling basically my whole life, so it was inevitable that I’d end up telling stories about stories. The Ree Reyes series was mostly about being a fan, being a geek, and comes directly out of my time working in a game store in college and my scholarly study of RPGing and geek culture. Genrenauts is more about stories and storytellers, and about the broader cultural use of stories. And for both, I’ve spent a huge part of my life participating in geek communities, in game stores, LARP troupes, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and my day job is in SF/F publishing. So in some ways, this is a version of ‘write what you know,’ or maybe more accurately, ‘write what fascinates you,’ People and the stories they tell, the reasons they tell them, continue to fascinate me, and so I’m trying to figure it out and process it through my own storytelling efforts.



TQThe Genrenauts stories are labelled as Episodes. Why Episodes?

MU:  When the Tor.com Publishing imprint was announced, the notion of writing more novellas jumped into the rock tumbler of ideas in my mind, which had already been looking at novella series (especially those by author-publishers such as Matt Wallace or J.C. Hutchins). And some of them were already using TV format terminology of episodes and seasons.

One major influence on Genrenauts is the TV series Leverage, which has its episodic heist of the week structure that informs the case of the week structure in Genrenauts. The episode and season structure also helps break the series up into readable chunks – six novellas equals one season, five seasons for the whole series. That’s much easier to keep track of than thirty individual novellas.



TQWhich genres can we expect to run into in the Genrenauts Episodes? Are there any Easter Eggs?

MU:  In Season One, the Genrenauts visit the worlds of Western, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Mystery, and Fantasy genres. On my wish list for later in the series are Horror, Historical Romance, Superheroes, and Cyberpunk, as well as others. The pop culture references and Easter Eggs are less frequent and less load-bearing than those in the Ree Reyes series. Leah Tang, the lead in Genrenauts, is a geek, but her story isn’t *about* being a geek like Ree’s is.



TQWhat do you have planned for Genrenauts?

MU:  The series is planned to run a total of five seasons for the main story, but I already have ideas for several different side series, and I have the first inklings of an idea for a board/card game. I’m really excited to work in this universe for a long time to come.

The big think for me right now is that from May 9th to June 9th, I’m Kickstarting a Genrenauts Season One collected edition, comprising all six novellas. Once it goes live, you can head to to michaelrunderwood.com/Kickstarter to back the campaign and help shape the future of Genrenauts. And a note for any writers reading this, the rewards include some levels that offer extensive fiction critiques and consultations, using my years of experience as an author and publishing professional, if you’re looking to take your manuscript and/or your submission materials up to the next level.



TQThank you for joining us again at The Qwillery!

MU:  Thanks so much for having me!





About Genrenauts

Introducing Genrenauts, a New Series from Michael R. Underwood!






The Shootout Solution
Genrenauts Episode 1
Tor.com, November 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 164 pages

Leverage meets Jasper Fforde in this new series from the fan-favorite author of Geekomancy.

When a story goes-off track, you send in the Genrenauts. This team of narrative specialists travels across dimensions to find, evaluate, and fix broken stories, lest the ripples manifest as violence and upheaval in our own world.

Genrenauts Episode 1: The Shootout Solution - Leah Tang just died on stage. Well, not literally. Not yet.

Leah's stand-up career isn't going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she's offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job!

Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it's up to Leah - and the Genrenauts team - to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth.

But the story's hero isn't interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance...




The Absconded Ambassador
Genrenauts Episode 2
Tor.com, February 23, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 176 pages

Fiction is more important than you think. When stories go wrong, the Genrenauts step in to prevent the consequences from rippling into our so-called real world.

When a breach is discovered in Science Fiction World, rookie genrenaut Leah Tang gets her first taste of space flight.

A peace treaty is about to be signed on space station Ahura-3, guaranteeing the end of hostilities between some of the galaxy's most ferocious races, but when the head architect of the treaty is unexpectedly kidnapped, it's up to Leah and her new colleagues to save the day.

At any cost.




There Will Always Be a Max
A Genrenauts Story
Tor Books, April 6, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

A hero is missing. The post-apocalyptic wasteland is awash with violence and injustice, and the genrenaut's own King must step in and show precisely why There Will Always be a Max.




Mike just revealed the cover for Episode Three - The Cupid Reconciliation (read more about the cover at Mike's site here).







About Michael

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Michael R. Underwood is the author of the Ree Reyes series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and Hexomancy), as well as Shield and CrocusThe Younger Gods, and Genrenauts, a series in novellas. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

In years past, when his life was not scheduled around novel deadlines, he danced Argentine Tango and was an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, studying historical martial arts. Mike has been a hobby game store cashwrap monkey, a student archivist, a webmaster, a web design teacher, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and more.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his wife and an ever-growing library. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the Hugo Award-Finalist The Skiffy and Fanty Show and Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans.

Website  ~  Twitter @MikeRUnderwood  ~  Facebook  ~  Google+

The View From Monday - April 4, 2016


Happy first Monday in April!  There are 2 debuts this week:

Arena (Arena 1) by Holly Jennings;

and

Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles 1) by Jadah McCoy.

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Click on each cover to go to Amazon.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

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Jericho by Alex Gordon;

Spira Mirabilis (The Wave Trilogy 3) by Aidan Harte;

Burned (An Alex Verus Novel 7) by Benedict Jacka;

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James;

Trident's Forge (Children of a Dead Earth 2) by Patrick S. Tomlinson;

and

There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (Genrenauts) by Michael R. Underwood.



The View From Monday - April 4, 2016



April 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop (h2tp) Andrew Klavan Occ/Sup/Th
Artificial (D) Jadah McCoy CyberP/SFR - The Kepler Chronicles 1



April 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Breach of Crust Ellery Adams PM - A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 5
Asteroid Made of Dragons G. Derek Adams SF/Hu
The Plague Dogs (ri) Richard Adams LF
Clockwork Phoenix 5 Mike Allen (Ed) Anthology - F
Eva Luna (ri) Isabel Allende LF/MR
The Stories of Eva Luna Isabel Allende LF/MR
Surviving Home (tp2mm) A. American Dys - Survivalist 2
Blood of the Cosmos (h2mm) Kevin J. Anderson SF/SO -Saga of Shadows 2
White Tiger Jennifer Ashley Shifter's Unbound 8
Tales of the Time Scouts 2 Robert Asprin
Linda Evans
SF
The Water Knife (h2tp) Paolo Bacigalupi LF/AP/PA/Th/Tech
The Broken Hours: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft Jacqueline Baker SF
Ultima (h2mm) Stephen Baxter SF/AC - Proxima 2
Underwater Fistfight Matt Betts SF/H
In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent Marie Brennan F - A Natural History of Dragons 4
Blazing Earth Terri Brisbin FR - A Novel of the Stone Circles 3
Mirror Sight (tp2mm) Kristen Britain DF - Green Rider 5
Fellside M. R. Carey Th/Sup
I Dream of Dragons Ashlyn Chase PNR - Boston Dragons 1
Visitor C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 17
Tracker (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 16
Dominion John Connolly
Jennifer Ridyard
SF - The Chronicles of the Invaders 3
Timeless Desire (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Flirting with Forever (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Of Treasons Born J. L. Doty SF/SO - Treasons Cycle
An Unhappy Medium Dawn Eastman PM - A Family Fortune Mystery 4
Wicked Charms (h2mm) Janet Evanovich
Phoef Sutton
PM - A Lizzy and Diesel Novel 3
The Mountain (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF/Th - Event Group Thrillers 10
Jericho Alex Gordon CF
Smoke and Fire Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 9
Smoke and Fire: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Spira Mirabilis Aidan Harte F - The Wave Trilogy 3
Her Werewolf Hero Michele Hauf PNR
The Pitchfork of Destiny (e) Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/ LM - Charming Tales 2
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 10
Burned Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 7
Lost Among the Living Simone St. James Hist/GO/GH
Arena (D) Holly Jennings SF/Dys/SFR - Arena 1
Dragonbane (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR - Dark-Hunter Novels 19
Silence Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
SF/UF - Serrated Edge 9
Septimania Jonathan Levi MR
Replica (e) Shannon Mayer
Denise Grover Swank
H - Blood Borne 2
Down to Zero (e) Jon McGoran Th - Carrick & Watkins Short Story
Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire CF
Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 32
Blood Sacrifices Brian Moreland H - Collection
The War Against the Assholes (h2tp) Sam Munson CF
Trial of Intentions (h2mm) Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 2
Sever Brian Parker H/PA - Washington, Dead City 3
The Kasari Nexus Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 1
The Worm Returns J.R. Rain
Piers Anthony
F/W
Kharn: Eater of Worlds Anthony Reynolds SF - Space Marines
Zero State Cam Rogers SF - Quantum Break 1
Maestro R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 2
Total War: Lord of Chaos Rob Sanders F - Warhammer
Alight Scott Sigler SF - The Generations Trilogy 2
The Demonists Thomas E. Sniegoski UF/DF - Demonists 1
Shooting the Rift Alex Stewart SF/SO
Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller Whitley Strieber Th - Alien Hunter Series 3
Spiral Koji Suzuki H/SupTh - Ring Trilogy
Immortal Redeemed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Doom of the Elves: The Curse of Khaine / Deathblade Gav Thorpe
C L Werner
SF - The End Times 2
The Story of Kullervo J.R.R. Tolkien F
Trident's Forge Patrick S. Tomlinson SF/SO - Children of a Dead Earth 2
Almost Dark Letitia Trent UF
Persona (h2tp) Genevieve Valentine SF - Persona Sequence1
Wolf on a Mission N. J. Walters
The Beast J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 14
The Edge of Worlds Martha Wells F - A Novel of the Raksura 4
A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh M - Plague Times Trilogy 1
Dead Letters Anthology Conrad Williams (Ed) H - Anthology
Total War: The Emperor's Armies Chris Wraight F - Warhammer



April 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freedom is Space for the Spirit: A Tor.Com Original (e) Glen Hirshberg UF
There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (e) Michael R. Underwood SF/PA - Genrenauts



April 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements Rikke Schubart (Ed) HC


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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western


The View From Monday - February 22, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Artefact (The Lazarus War 1) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

The Anthrax Protocol by James Thompson.


From formerly featured DAC authors:

Alliance (Linesman 2) by S. K. Dunstall;

Unclear Skies (Dome Trilogy 2) by Jason LaPier;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Mass Market Paperback;

A Gathering of Shadows (Darker Shade of Magic 2) bu V. E. Schwab;

The Absconded Ambassador (Genrenauts Episode 2) by Michael R. Underwood;

and

The Cormorant (Miriam Black 3) by Chuck Wendig.



The View From Monday - February 22, 2016



February 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Miasma (e) Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series Novella



February 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Shifts (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 8
The Power Jennifer L. Armentrout PNR - Titan 2
Vengeance Oscar Balderrama Lauren Certo CF - Arrow
She Weeps Each Time You're Born (h2tp) Quan Barry MR
Mars, Inc. (tp2mm) Ben Bova SF
Jani and the Great Pursuit Eric Brown SP - Jani 2
Chance on Love (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Kagan Wolves 0.5
Alliance S. K. Dunstall SF - A Linesman Novel 2
A Hold on Me Pat Esden PNR/UF - Dark Heart 1
Bitter Bite Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 14
Mr. Adam (ri) Pat Frank SF
Good Girls Glen Hirshberg H - Motherless Children Trilogy 2
The Unleashing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR - Call Of Crows 1
A Stranger Thing (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 2
The Grace of Kings (h2mm) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Version Control Dexter Palmer SF/TT
The Dead Lands (h2tp) Benjamin Percy LF/Th/PA
Runaway Vampire Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau Vampire 22
Artefact (D - US) Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 1
A Gathering of Shadows V. E. Schwab HistF - Darker Shade of Magic 2
Doctor Who Coloring Book Price Stern Sloan SF
By Tooth and Claw (tp2mm) S.M. Stirling
Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
Jody Lynn Nye
F - Change
The Latter Fire James Swallow SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Anthrax Protocol (D) James Thompson Th/SF/AP/PA/H
The Absconded Ambassador Michael R. Underwood SF - Genrenauts Episode 2
The Cormorant Chuck Wendig Th/Sup - Miriam Black 3



February 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Recalled to Service: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alter S. Reiss F
"The Golem" (e) Ian Tregillis F - The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 5



February 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Devotion (e) Lauren Dawes PNR - Dark 3
Unclear Skies Jason LaPier SF - Dome Trilogy 2
Blood and Frost (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) (e) Scott Nicholson
Joshua Simcox
PA - Zapheads 3



February 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bounty Joe R. Lansdale
John L Lansdale
H




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


AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13


This is the thirteenth 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 here
Part 4 here
Part 5 here
Part 6 here
Part 7 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Jeff Salyards (2012)

Chains of the Heretic
Bloodsounder's Arc 3
Night Shade Books, February 16, 2016
    eBook, February 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 524 pages

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
The third volume in Jeff Salyards’s gritty, clever, and inventive grimdark fantasy saga.

Emperor Cynead has usurped command of the Memoridons—Tower-controlled memory witches—and consolidated his reign over the Syldoonian Empire. After escaping the capital city of Sunwrack, Captain Braylar Killcoin and his Jackal company evade pursuit across Urglovia, tasked with reaching deposed emperor Thumarr and helping him recapture the throne. Braylar’s sister, Soffjian, rejoins the Jackals and reveals that Commander Darzaak promised her freedom if she agreed to aid them in breaking Cynead’s grip on the other Memoridons and ousting him.

Imperial forces attempt to intercept Braylar’s company before they can reach Thumarr. The Jackals fight through Cynead’s battalions but find themselves trapped along the Godveil. Outmaneuvered and outnumbered, Braylar gambles on some obscure passages that Arki has translated and uses his cursed flail, Bloodsounder, to part the Godveil, leading the Jackals to the other side. There, they encounter the ruins of human civilization, but they also learn that the Deserters who abandoned humanity a millennium ago and created the Veil in their wake are still very much alive. But are they gods? Demons? Monsters?

What Braylar, Soffjian, Arki, and the Jackals discover beyond the Godveil will shake an empire, reshape a map, and irrevocably alter the course of history.




Simone St. James (2012)

Lost Among the Living
NAL, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex’s wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…

All is not well at Wych Elm House. Dottie’s husband is distant, and her son was grievously injured in the war. Footsteps follow Jo down empty halls, and items in her bedroom are eerily rearranged. The locals say the family is cursed, and that a ghost in the woods has never rested. And when Jo discovers her husband’s darkest secrets, she wonders if she ever really knew him. Isolated in a place of deception and grief, she must find the truth or lose herself forever.

And then a familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House…




David Tallerman (2012)

Across the Terminator
Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Cosmic Hooey Book 3
Digital Science Fiction, September 18, 2015
eBook, 21 pages

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
The moon is a lonely place to be.

Commander Hank Schakowsky has spent the last two years cooped up in Blue Glacier, the under-equipped U.S. research base in the moon’s Shackelton Crater, with mad scientist Fasbender. A cold war between America and China is in full force back home. Earth has forgotten about them. But Crazy Bessie, the base’s robot, has unveiled a new discovery. Things are about to get interesting.

The Chinese base, Yang Liwei, faces Blue Glacier in a geopolitical staring contest. Hank’s only contact with the base has been through a video feed. Until now. The discovery means Hank must venture over and meet with Liang Lei, the charming Chinese commander.

The two bases soon discover what happens when opposing nations start working together. But are they traitors? Or are they pioneers of a new world?


The Painted City
Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Infinity Cluster Book 3
Digital Science Fiction, November 17, 2015
eBook, 20 pages

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Everything - the square, the street, the structures - was painted in a kaleidoscope of colour, in countless patches of incredible shades that ebbed and flowed around each other. It was like a massive, magnificent fractal, or a Rorschach test of the gods. It was astonishingly, painfully beautiful to look at. It brought hot tears to his eyes and hot thoughts into his mind.

Under his breath, Kafka said, “This is bad. This is the worst, most wonderful place we’ve ever found." Then out loud: "I think we should leave.”


Patchwerk
Tor.com, January 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook,

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Fleeing the city of New York on the TransContinental atmospheric transport vehicle, Dran Florrian is traveling with Palimpsest-the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing.

When a rogue organization attempts to steal the device, however, Dran takes drastic action.

But his invention threatens to destroy the very fabric of this and all other possible universes, unless Dran-or someone very much like him-can shut down the machine and reverse the process.


David has short fiction in

Sharkpunk  (Snowbooks, May 1, 2015);

Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 2 (Pantheon Magazine, August 13, 2015);

Second Contacts (Bundoran Press Publishing; September 3, 2015);

Coven: Masterful Tales of Fantasy (Purple Sun Press, September 29, 2015);

First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology (Digital Science Fiction, October 11, 2015);

The Glass Parachute (Villipede Publications, October 20, 2015);

Cosmic Hooey: Digital Science Fiction Anthology (Digital Science Fiction, October 29, 2015);

and

Infinity Cluster: Digital Science Fiction Anthology (Digital Science Fiction, December 17, 2015).

For a complete list of David's short and long fiction visit his website here.




Michael R. Underwood (2012)

Hexomancy
Ree Reyes 4
Pocket Star, September 14, 2015
eBook, 336 pages

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.


The Shootout Solution
Genrenauts Episode 1
Tor.com, November 17, 2015

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Leah Tang just died on stage. Well, not literally. Not yet.

Leah's stand-up career isn't going well. But she understands the power of fiction, and when she's offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job!

Her first assignment takes her to a Western world. When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it's up to Leah - and the Genrenauts team - to nudge the story back on track and prevent a catastrophe on Earth.

But the story's hero isn't interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance...


The Absconded Ambassador
Genrenauts Episode 2
Tor.com, February 23, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 176 pages

  What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Fiction is more important than you think. When stories go wrong, the Genrenauts step in to prevent the consequences from rippling into our so-called real world.

When a breach is discovered in Science Fiction World, rookie genrenaut Leah Tang gets her first taste of space flight.

A peace treaty is about to be signed on space station Ahura-3, guaranteeing the end of hostilities between some of the galaxy's most ferocious races, but when the head architect of the treaty is unexpectedly kidnapped, it's up to Leah and her new colleagues to save the day.

At any cost.


The View From Monday - November 16, 2015


Happy Monday! There are 2 debuts this week:

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

and

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


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake;

Ice Moon (Moon 5) by Lisa Kessler;

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

and

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



The View From Monday - November 16, 2015



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




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



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



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

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

Cover Reveal: HEXOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood


The Qwillery is absolutely thrilled to reveal the cover for HEXOMANCY, the 4th Ree Reyes novel by Michael R. Underwood. This is a fabulous and fun series that you should be reading and you have plenty of time to read the prior novels before HEXOMANCY is published on September 14th.







Previously

Geekomancy
Ree Reyes 1
Pocket Star, July 10, 2012
eBook, 400 pages

Cover Reveal: HEXOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood
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?




Celebromancy
Ree Reyes 2
Pocket Star, July 15, 2013
eBook, 400 pages

Cover Reveal: HEXOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood
Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former child-star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.




Attack the Geek
Ree Reyes 3
Pocket Star, April 7, 2014
eNovella, 160 pages

Cover Reveal: HEXOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood
A side-quest novella in the bestselling Geekomancy urban fantasy series—when D&D-style adventures go from the tabletop to real life, look out!

Ree Reyes, urban fantasista and Geekomancer extraordinaire, is working her regular drink-slinger shift at Grognard’s bar-and-gaming salon when everything goes wrong. The assorted magic wielders of the city’s underground have come to test their battle skills via RPGs like D&D, V:TES, White Wolf, and the like. All the usuals are there: her ex-mentor Eastwood, Drake (the man-out-of-time adventurer), and, of course, Grognard himself (her boss and a brewer of beer that act as magic potions). However, it’s the presence of these and other “usuals” that makes all the trouble. For, a nemesis from Eastwood and Ree’s past decides to finally take her revenge not just on those two, but on every self-styled “hero” in the city who happens to have crossed her at one point or another. When wave after wave of monsters besiege Grogrnard’s store, if Ree & Co. are going to survive, they’re going to have to work together. And avoid the minotaur. That’s always a good rule of thumb.

The View From Monday - October 13, 2014


Happy Monday! I had a great New York Comic Con and have so much to share with you - photos, video interviews and goodies. I also had a wooden pumpkin signed by many authors that will be given away on the blog soon. This is a pumpkin that you'd like to frame and hang on your wall. More on this during the week after I've made the chart showing who signed where. Trinitytwo spoke with many cosplayers and she'll be sharing those videos with you too. I met so many wonderful authors and said "hi" to those I've met before. As an added bonus, I met some of my Twitter friends, which was fabulous. This was a terrific NYCC. Best one yet for me.

Sometime during the long weekend, The Qwillery hit 1,000,000 pageviews. One Million! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I feel a celebration coming on (and that means a giveaway!).

Now on to this week's releases!



The View From Monday - October 13, 2014



There are two debuts this week:

Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox;

and

Fat Man and Little Boy by Mike Meginnis.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Shovel Ready (Spademan 1) by Adam Sternbergh is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Younger Gods (The Younger Gods 1) by Michael R. Underwood.




October 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Of Shadows and Ash (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Maggie's Grove 3
The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft Leslie S. Klinger (ed) H
The Younger Gods (e) Michael R. Underwood P/Th - Younger Gods 1



October 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Horus Heresy Box Set Volumes 1-12 Dan Abnett
Graham McNeill
Ben Counter
SF - The Horus Heresy
Touch of Evil C.T. Adams
Cathy Clamp
PNR - Thrall 1
Does Not Love (D) James Tadd Adcox LF/AH
Cover Him With Darkness: A Romance Janine Ashbless PNR - Book of Watchers 1
War Dogs Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 1
The Time Roads Beth Bernobich F - Eireann 2
Surrogate (K e) David Bernstein Chiller/H
Hello Devilfish! Ron Dakron Absurdist/Kaiju
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen Ellen Datlow (ed) F - Anthology
Demon's Fury: Part 1 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
Alpha Divided (e) Aileen Erin DF - Alpha Girls 3
Cipher (e) Aileen Erin SF/R - Shadow Ravens 1
Of Bone and Thunder: A Novel Chris Evans F
Fire in the Blood Erin M. Evans F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: Brimstone and Angels
The Long Spoon: A Tor.com Original Jonathan L. Howard H - Johannes Cabal
Knife of Dreams (h2tp) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 11
Dead Set (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF
The Grand Hotel: A Novel Scott Kenemore H
The Walking Dead: Descent Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H/Z - Governor 5
Fat Man and Little Boy (D) Mike Meginnis LF/MR
Tales from High Hallack, Volume Three: The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton Andre Norton SF - Tales from High Hallack 3
Reign of Evil: A SEAL Team 666 Novel Weston Ochse AA/Su - SEAL Team 666 #3
The Free Brian Ruckley F
A Stitch on Time Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 5
Shovel Ready: A Spademan Novel (h2tp) Adam Sternbergh M/PA - Spademan 1
Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance Mitzi Szereto (ed) R/Go/Erotica
The Doom of Dragonback Gav Thorpe F - Time of Legends
The Dark Blood of Poppies (ri) Freda Warrington F/P - Blood 3



October 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza: A Wild Cards Story: A Tor.Com Original Carrie Vaughn SF



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


AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Interview with Michael R. Underwood - June 13, 2014


Please welcome Michael R. Underwood to The Qwillery to discuss Shield and Crocus which was published on June 10, 2014 by 47North. Michael is also the author of the Ree Reyes series: Geekomancy, Celebromancy, and Attack the Geek.



Interview with Michael R. Underwood - June 13, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. Your most recent novel is Shield and Crocus, which you described in our last interview as a "fantasy adventure." What is a "fantasy adventure?"

Michael:  The thing I wanted to make clear from early on was that Shield and Crocus is an action story. It’s been described elsewhere as a summer blockbuster kind of book, and that description is fairly apt – it’s a story about escalating stakes, desperate heroism, and do-or-die missions.



TQ:  Please tell us something about Shield and Crocus that is not in the description.

Michael:  This novel has been a long time coming. It started as a short story at the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2007, and has gone through countless revisions and re-interpretations since I adapted that original story into a novel. More than any novel I’ve written before, Shield and Crocus’ publication is a testament to the power of revision and perseverance.



TQ:  First Sentinel and the Shields of Audec-Hal each have unique magical abilities (and in a different genre setting we'd call them superheroes). Please tell us about the magic system in Shield and Crocus.

Michael:  I drew upon the New Weird in the setting of Audec-Hal, and so there are numerous sources of what would be magic or supernatural power in our world. There is alchemy, sorcery, steam technology, ancient trains that have run for millennia, and a city goddess overlooking the people of Audec-Hal, controlling them as she is controlled by the tyrants.

The most common magical/supernatural elements we see are the birthrights of the Shields. I took superhero archetypes (the Bruiser, The Mentalist, The Speedster), and turned them into different fantasy races. This let me have extraordinary people who were super because they were heroes, not heroes because they were super.



TQ:  Which character in Shield and Crocus has surprised you the most?

Michael:  Sabreslate was probably the most surprising character. She started as the cynical doubter, the spoiler who poked holes in the Shields’ plans, and developed into a contrasting voice to that of First Sentinel, the main lead of the book. I’m very excited for her future in this world if/when I get to move on to later stories in Audec-Hal.


TQ:  Will there be any additional works set in the Shield and Crocus world?

Michael:  Jet City Comics, the sister imprint to 47North, is developing an original graphic novel set in Audec-Hal. I’ve made up the outline, but we’re waiting to finalize plans to make more announcements.

Other than that, I currently see this series as a trilogy of central novels, with lots of room for ancillary and interstitial material, as there’s tons of backstory for the city and the characters.



TQ:  What's next?

Michael:  I’m revising The Younger Gods, the start of a separate urban fantasy series, which I’ll be turning in later this month. We’re looking at a Q4 2014 release for that one, and it’s as much a departure from the Ree Reyes books as Shield and Crocus was, though it is also an urban fantasy.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michael:  Thanks for having me! It seems simultaneously like it’s been ages since I debuted in mid-2012, and that no time has passed at all.





Shield and Crocus
47North, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Michael R. Underwood - June 13, 2014
In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it.

The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants, all with their own agendas. Their infighting is nothing, though, compared to the mysterious “Spark-storms” that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people—a power that cost him the love of his life.

Now, with nothing left to lose, First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city’s overlords as they strive to free themselves from the clutches of evil. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other as well—that is, until the tyrants agree to a summit that will permanently divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal.

It’s one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it’s another thing to actually triumph.

In this stunning, original tale of magic and revolution, Michael R. Underwood creates a cityscape that rivals Ambergris and New Crobuzon in its depth and populates it with heroes and villains that will stay with you forever.





About Michael

Interview with Michael R. Underwood - June 13, 2014
Michael R. Underwood is the author of the Ree Reyes series (GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK), Fantasy superhero novel SHIELD AND CROCUS, and the forthcoming urban fantasy THE YOUNGER GODS. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines & stuffed animals. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show.


Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @MikeRUnderwood


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