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The View From Monday - July 9, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a nice weekend. This week at The Qwillery is busy as usual.


Monday - ParaCozyMysMo with Sarah Zettel. Let Them Eat Stake (A Vampire Chef Mystery 2) was published in April.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Megan Powell. No Peace for the Damned (The Damned 1) will be published on July 10, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael R. UnderwoodGeekomancy will be published on July 10, 2012.

Thursday - ParaCozyMysMo with Mary Stanton, author of The Beaufort & Company Mysteries.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael Poore. Up Jumps the Devil was published on July 3, 2012

Saturday - ParaCozyMysMo with Sofie Kelly, author of the Magical Cats Mysteries.

Sunday - Interview with Kylie Griffin. Alliance Forged (A Novel of the Light Blade 2) was published on July 3, 2012.


It's a relatively light book release week.


July 9, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (e)
The View From Monday - July 9, 2012
Terry Brooks F - Short Story



July 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Albert of Adelaide (d)
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Howard Anderson F
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
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Stephen L. Carter AH
The Investigation
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Philippe Claudel Satire/Dystopian
The White Devil (h2tp)
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Justin Evans Th/P/H
Lord Tyger (ri)
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Philip Jose Farmer F
Shadow of Night
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Deborah Harkness UF - All Souls Trilogy 2
The Mysterious Wu Fang: The Case of the Suicide Tomb (ri)
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Robert J. Hogan H
Some Kind of Fairy Tale
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Graham Joyce SF
West of Want
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Laura Kaye PNR - Hearts of the Anemoi 2
A Once Crowded Sky (d)
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Tom King F
Blood of the Demon (ri)
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Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 1
Tempting the Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee Volume 1
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Tanith Lee F - Collection
V Wars
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Jonathan Maberry (ed) F
Fever Moon
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Karen Marie Moning UF - Graphic Novel
House of Shadows
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Rachel Neumeier F
The Prankster: A Novella
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James Polster SF/Humor
No Peace for the Damned (d)
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Megan Powell UF - Damned 1
Year Zero (fiction d)
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Rob Reid SF/Humor
Geekomancy (d) (e)
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Michael R Underwood UF
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists (h2tp)
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Ann VanderMeer (ed)
Jeff VanderMeer (ed)
F/SP/SF - Anthology
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
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Sam Weller (ed)
Mort Castle (ed)
SF/F - Anthology
Zone One (h2tp)
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Colson Whitehead H
The Last Policeman
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Ben Winters F/M
The Prisoner of Heaven
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon M/Su/G - Cemetery of Forgotten Books 3



July 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction
The View From Monday - July 9, 2012
Samuel R. Delany Literary Criticism



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

AH - Alternate History
F- Fantasy
G - Gothic
H - Horror
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
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

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
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

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
"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

2012 Debut Author Challenge - July 2012 Debuts
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?

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012



I have not posted a 2012 Debut Author Challenge Update in a while. I'd like to share some of the newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge as well as share some covers. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.



G. T. Almasi

Blades of Winter
Shadowstorm 1
Del Rey, August 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.



Steve Bein

Daughter of the Sword
Fated Blades 1
Roc, October 2, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
May not be final cover
ANCIENT POWER

Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield herself could turn against her.



Leigh Evans

The Trouble With Fate
Mystwalker 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, December 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
The Back Cover copy from Leigh Evans website.
I HAVE TWO WORDS FOR WEREWOLVES:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

BITE ME.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

First in the incredible new Mystwalker series!



Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead
Tor, October 2, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.



Alex Hughes

Clean
Mindspace Investigations 1
Roc, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Adam used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked him out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely his fault. Now he works for the cops, helping put killers behind bars. His ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes him the best interrogator in the department. But the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust Adam, a serial killer is stalking the city—and Adam is aching for a fix. But he needs to solve this case. Adam’s just had a vision of the future: he’s the next to die. [may not be final blurb]



Hanna Martine

Liquid Lies
The Elementals 1
Berkley, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
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...



Tom Pollock

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Flux, September 9, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.



Michael Poore

Up Jumps the Devil
Ecco, July 3, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
John Scratch, the Devil himself, is the protagonist in this stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and tender novel, as he tricks, teases, and prods America to greatness in the hope of luring his lost love back down to Earth from Heaven. Up Pops the Devil is fiction with humor and heart, the kind of hilarious, off-beat, and original reading experience that fans of Chris Moore, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jim Shepard would sell their souls for—a brilliant blending of the occult and the outrageous starring the anti-hero of anti-heroes, the one and only Prince of Darkness.



Megan Powell

No Peace for the Damned
Damned 1
47th North, July 10, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
“In that last moment of consciousness I had to chastise myself. I was not supposed to live in this world without violence and pain. And I was an idiot to have ever let myself think otherwise.”

After a lifetime of painful imprisonment, Magnolia Kelch has finally escaped her family’s estate. Unfortunately, the outside world holds its own dangers and freedom can be a precarious thing. When a collision inadvertently pulls Magnolia into The Network – an underground organization fighting against supernatural terrorists the world over – she has to decide just how many new experiences she can handle and just how far she’s willing to go to protect her freedom.



Roberta Trahan

The Well of Tears
The Dream Stewards 1
47North, September 18, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.



Michael R. Underwood

Geekomancy
Pocket Star, July 10, 2012
eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
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?

Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood - Geekomancy’s Official Unofficial Soundtrack

Please welcome Michael R. Underwood to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.  Geekomancy, Michael's debut, will be published on July 10, 2012 by Pocket Star.



Geekomancy’s Official Unofficial Soundtrack

I make soundtracks for pretty much every story I write, be it a flash piece, a short story, screenplay or novel. The practice started years ago, when I was writing my first novel (which now lives in a digital trunk, only to be looked upon to steal ideas away and put to use with better prose). I tend toward instrumental pieces, since the lyrics can sometimes get in the way. However, songs that I’ve heard more than 50 times stop distracting me with their lyrics, because I know them well enough that they can just be background noise in my mind.

Geekomancy wouldn’t be the book it is without Florence + the Machine. You’d think that for a comedic geeky urban fantasy, I’d be listening to They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, maybe even MC Frontalot. But it was the British fiery faerie ringleader Florence Welch and her band that served as my musical fast-track to the part of my brain that is labeled Geekomancy.

I started writing Geekomancy in November of 2010, and at that time, I was deep in my compulsive listening to Florence + the Machine’s album Lungs. Like many, I was blown away by the strength of Florence Welch’s voice, the haunting quality of the lyrics, and the awesomeness of having a harp in a pop/rock band.


I immediately connected with “Dog Days Are Over,” but as I started thinking through the plot for the novel, I latched onto “Rabbit Heart,” due to the emotional punch of some of the lyrics.

This is a gift, it comes with a price // Who is the lamb and who is the knife? // Midas is king and he holds me so tight // And turns me to gold in the sunlight (“Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” Florence Welch and Paul Epworth

Without giving away spoilers, those lines hit home for me in terms of the main characters and the action of the middle and end of the novel as I had them outlined in my head. The lyrics don’t directly line up with the plot and the characters, but the emotions that the song evoked for me were fantastic fuel for my mind as I channeled geekiness and tried to figuratively bleed all over the page.

When I got into the middle of the novel, I wanted to find some music to convey another feel, something solidly distinct from the Florence + the Machine of Ree’s normal world. I decided on Daft Punk’s wonderful score for Tron: Legacy, since I drew on some Tron imagery for that section of the novel and because I knew from personal experience that techno makes my brain happy in action sequences.

I had to take a break in writing the first draft during the summer of 2011, since summer is one of my busy seasons. So by the time I came back to the novel, Ceremonials, Florence + the Machine’s second studio album, was coming out. And it’s good that I waited, because I would have been lost on how to create the novel’s grace notes in the epilogue without “Shake it Out.”

“Shake it Out,” for me, is a song for a grown woman, with girlhood in her rear-view mirror. It’s a song for a woman who has gone through the Bad Times, found herself, and emerged stronger. When Welch holds the note leading into the last set of chorus repeats, I feel the energy of a defiant survivor, someone who knows themselves better and is ready to face the world. That’s the kind of feel I wanted to give the epilogue, and I hope it shows through for the readers.

Florence + the Machine features strongly in the soundtrack for the sequel to Geekomancy (tentatively titled Celebromancy), but I’ve added some other artists for variation, to make them feel different in my mind as I’m working. But when I hear “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”, “Shake It Out,” or nearly any song from Lungs, I will always think of Rhiannon Anna Maria Reyes, aka Ree, and the joy of taking the journey of Geekomancy with her.


About Geekomancy

Geekomancy
Pocket Star, July 10, 2012
eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood - Geekomancy’s Official Unofficial Soundtrack
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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About Michael

Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood - Geekomancy’s Official Unofficial Soundtrack
Michael R. Underwood grew up devouring stories in all forms: movies, comics, TV, video games, and novels. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and East Asian Studies from Indiana University and an M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon, which have been great preparation for writing speculative fiction. Michael went straight from his M.A. to the Clarion West Writers Workshop and then landed in Bloomington, Indiana, where he remains. When not writing or selling books across the Midwest as an independent book representative, Michael dances Argentine Tango and studies renaissance martial arts.

You can find him at http://MichaelRUnderwood.com or @MikeRUnderwood on Twitter. Geekomancy is coming July 10th from Pocket Star.

The View From Monday - May 28, 2012

I can't believe that this is the last Monday in May. We're rapidly heading into the 6th month of the year.  And it's another busy week at The Qwillery:

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Michael R. Underwood. Geekomancy will be published on July 10, 2012.

Tuesday - Guest Blog by Jess Haines as part of The STALKING THE OTHERS Blog Tour Stalking the Others (H&W Investigation 4) will be published on July 3, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. The Janus Affair (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Thursday - Interview with Barbara Ashford. Spellcrossed (Crossroads Theater 2) will be published on June 5, 2012.

Friday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Kelly Meding. Changeling (MetaWars 2) will be published on June 26, 2012.

Saturday - Interview with Nancy Gideon. Seeker of Shadows (Moonlight 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.

Sunday - Interview with Jaime Rush. Darkness Becomes Her (Offspring 6) will be published on May 29, 2012.


There are a lot of books out this week! Wow!  A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


May 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Closed Horizon
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter Lantos SF



May 29, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kevin J. Anderson (ed) H - Anthology
Flandry's Legacy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Poul Anderson SF - The Technic Civilization Omnibus
The White-Luck Warrior (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
R. Scott Bakker F - Aspect-Emperor 2
The Janus Affair
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pip Ballantine F/SP - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2
Bleeding Out
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jes Battis UF - OSI 5
The Science of Avatar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Stephen Baxter Science/SF
When Passion Lies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
J.K. Beck PNR - Shadow Keepers 4
Harmony
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Keith Brooke SF
The Devil's Nebula
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 1
Charmed By His Love
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 2
Year's Best SF 17
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer
SF - Anthology
The Emperor's Gift
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Grey Knights
The Primarchs
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer : Horus Heresy 20
Casket of Souls
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 6
The Scottish Prisoner (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Diana Gabaldon HF - Lord John Grey 3
Seeker of Shadows
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nancy Gideon PNR - Moonlight 6
The Magician King (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lev Grossman F - Magician 2
Hit List (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
The Nano Flower (h2tp)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Peter F. Hamilton SF/M - The Mandel Files. Vol. 2
Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Cursed
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 2
Night's Engines
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Trent Jamieson F - Nightbound Land 2
Deceived (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars: The Old Republic 2
Wolfheart (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
By the Light of the Moon (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
The Darkest Evening of the Year (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
From the Corner of His Eye (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Life Expectancy (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
One Door Away from Heaven (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dean Koontz H/Th
Bloodsworn
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nathan Long F - Ulrika the Vampire 3
Devilishly Sexy
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kathy Love PNR - Devilishly 2
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Marshall H
Dragon's Time (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anne McCaffrey and Tom McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
Going Interstellar
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Les Johnson
Jack McDevitt
SF - Anthology
A Blood Seduction
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Pamela Palmer PNR - Vamp City 1
Toxicity
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Andy Remic SF - Books of the Anarchy 2
A Brief Guide to Star Trek
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Brian J. Robb
Darkness Becomes Her
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring 6
All Spell Breaks Loose
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 6
The Road to Bedlam (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 2
Sixty-One Nails (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 1
Strangeness and Charm
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 3
Tangle of Need
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changelings 11
Threshold (h2mm)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 2
The Watchers
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Jon Steele ST
No Going Back
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon and Lobo 5



May 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Damnation for Beginners
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Alan Campbell F
Crawling Chaos Volume One: Selected Weird Fiction 1917-1927
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
H.P. Lovecraft H
The Providence Rider
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Robert McCammon ST - Matthew Corbett 4
The Dragon Griaule
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Lucius Shepard F - Short Stories



June 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Graveyard (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Anonymous ST - 3
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Damien Broderick Literary Criticism
Lord of the Black Isle
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Elaine Coffman PNR - Mackinnon-Douglas 3
Thoroughly Kissed (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Kristine Grayson PNR
Fluke (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
James Herbert H
Chase Me
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Tamara Hogan PNR - Underbelly Chronicles 2
Seduced by the Vampire King (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
G.J. Koch SF
The Frenzy War
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gregory Lamberson H/M -  Frenzy Cycle 2
The Secret Queen
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Mark Miller F - Empyrical Tales 3
Night of the Cougar (e)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Caridad Pineiro PNR
The Islanders
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Christopher Priest SF
Must Be Magic (ri)
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 2
Veteran
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Gavin Smith SF - Veteran 1
Classic Black Magic from Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter, Gateway to Hell
The View From Monday - May 28, 2012
Dennis Wheatley H - Omnibus



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


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
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