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The View From Monday - March 3, 2014


Happy first Monday in March. Only 17 days until Spring here. I can't wait.

This is a very full release week with 8 of this month's 16 debuts. 
  • Spirited (Tidewater 1) by Mary Behre;
  • The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell;
  • Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun;
  • The Emissary by Patricia Cori;
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld;
  • Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry;
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone;
  • The Barrow by Mark Smylie.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:
  • Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass Trilogy 3) by Kira Brady;
  • An eBundle of the Alex Verus Novels 1-4 by Benedict Jacka
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans (Shambling Guides 2) by Mur Lafferty
  • The Grim Company (Grim Company 1) by Luke Scull is out in Mass Market Paperback

You can find a PDF shopping list of this week's releases here.




March 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lord Dragon's Conquest (e) Sharon Ashwood PNR
Hungry Man - A Happy Endings Story Will Elliott F
Kindred of Darkness Barbara Hambly UF - James Asher Vampire 5
Pure Desire (e) Denise Tompkins PNR



March 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Runners Ann Kelley Dys
Embrace (e) T.D. Wilson SF - The Epherium Chronicles 1



March 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
River of Nightmares Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 47
Hanging Judge James Axler SF - Deathlands 115
Spirited (D) Mary Behre PNR - Tidewater 1
Murder of Crows Anne Bishop UF - Others 2
Written In Red (h2mm) Anne Bishop UF - Others 1
The Fall of Atlantis (ri) Marion Zimmer Bradley F
The Children of Kings Marion Zimmer Bradley
Deborah J. Ross
F - Darkover
Hearts of Chaos Kira Brady PNR - Deadglass Trilogy 3
The Tropic of Serpents Marie Brennan F - Memoir by Lady Trent 2
The Weirdness (D) Jeremy P. Bushnell UF
Willing Sacrifice Shannon K. Butcher PNR - Sentinel Wars 8
Black Moon (D) Kenneth Calhoun SF
Kissing with Fangs Ashlyn Chase PNR
Liberty 1784: The Second War for Independence Robert Conroy AH
Running with Wolves Cynthia Cooke PNR
The Emissary (D) Patricia Cori F/P
Dark Destiny Lexxie Couper PNR - Principatus
Nightcrawlers Tim Curran H
A Turn of Light (tp2mm) Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 1
Keeper of the Flame Bianca D'Arc FR - Dragon Knights 7
Grave Secret Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 5
The Enchanted (D) Rene Denfeld F
Flesh and Blood Daniel Dersch UF
Hope Rearmed David Drake
S.M. Stirling
SF - Raj Whitehall 3 and 4
A Monster and a Gentleman Lila DuBois PNR - Monsters in Hollywood 5
Dweller on the Threshold Rinda Elliott UF - Beri O'Dell 1
Songs for the Deaf: stories John Henry Fleming F/SF - Collection
Halfway Hexed (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 3
Wolf's Cut W. D. Gagliani H/Th - Nick Lupo 5
Healer of Carthage (D) Lynne Gentry TT
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse (D) Wayne Gladstone SF
Deadlocked (ri) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 12
The Alex Verus Novels, Books 1-4 (e) Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus
Dummy of a Ghost (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Novella
Dark Vengeance Russell James H
Psychomania: Killer Stories Stephen Jones (ed.) H/CF - Anthology
The Godborn (h2mm) Paul S. Kemp F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering 2
Shadowmaster Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 3
Ghost Train to New Orleans Mur Lafferty UF - Shambling Guides 2
Immortal Muse Stephen Leigh HistF
Dragon Heat 2-in-1 (e) Lolita Lopez PNR - Dragon Heat Novellas
The Essential Tolkien Trivia and Quiz Book: A Middle-earth Miscellany William MacKay F - Trivia
Spinning in Her Grave Molly MacRae PCM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery 3
Reaper's Vow Sarah McCarty PNR - Shadow Reapers 2
The Sylph Hunter L. J. McDonald PNR - Sylph 4
Half-Off Ragnarok Seanan McGuire UF - Incryptid 3
False Gods (ri) Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 2
Above Isla Morley Th/Dys
Some Girls Bite (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 1
Red Lily (ri) Nora Roberts R w/PE - In the Garden Trilogy 3
Seduction: A Novel of Suspense (h2tp) M. J. Rose Sus/Gh
The Way of Kings (h2tp) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 1
Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 2
The Grim Company (h2mm) Luke Scull F - Grim Company 1
The Barrow (D) Mark Smylie F
Silence of the Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 13
Shadow Hand Anne Elisabeth Stengl FR - Tales of Goldstone Wood 6
Werewolf in Las Vegas Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 6
Necessary Evil (h2tp) Ian Tregillis AH - Milkweed 3
Brown River Queen Frank Tuttle F - Markhat FIles 7
Cole's Redemption J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 5
Quintessence (h2tp) David Walton AH
Shadow of Freedom (h2tp) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 14
Blood of Asaheim (h2tp) Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves



March 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Memory of Sky Robert Reed SF - Great Ship Trilogy 1, 2 and 3



March 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth (Kindle e) Trudi Canavan SF - Doctor Who: Time Trips
The Seeker R B. Chesterton Th/P
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel Helen Oyeyemi FT


March 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Sings the Blues Jennifer Harlow PM - Midnight Magic Mystery 2



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Crime Fiction
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy





What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7


This is the seventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 8, covering more 2013 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 6 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7



Elliott James

Surreal Estate
Pax Arcana
Orbit, January 14, 2014
eBook, 25 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
This is the fourth in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, will be out in September 2013.

The line between reality and dream is never entirely clear under the best of circumstances...and when John Charming finds himself being hunted through a nightmare house, it is far from the best of circumstances.
















Dog-Gone
Pax Arcana
Orbit, February 18, 2014
eBook, 38 pages

This is the fifth in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, is available now.


Somewhere in Alaska a locked house full of ripped apart bodies and one teacup poodle covered in blood. Somewhere in Alaska, the voice of a dead woman speaks through a car radio. And somewhere in Alaska, the last surviving descendant of one of John Charming's only friends is being pursued by nightmare hounds. The dog days have begun.




Mur Lafferty

The Ghost Train to New Orleans
Shambling Guides 2
Orbit, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
COULD YOU FIND A MUSEUM FOR A MONSTER?
OR A JAZZ BAR FOR A JABBERWOCK?

Zoe Norris writes travel guides for the undead. And she's good at it too -- her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of The Sbambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel.

Work isn't all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy. The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rumored to live in the city's swamps, but Zoe's out of her element in the wilderness. With her supernatural colleagues waiting to see her fail, and rumors of a new threat hunting city talkers, can Zoe stay alive long enough to finish her next book?








Michael J. Martinez

The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books,  April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
May not be final cover
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.




Brian McClellan

The Crimson Campaign
Powder Mage Trilogy 2
Orbit, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
When invasion looms...
Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...
In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?
Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN is the epic sequel to Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood.



Promise of Blood
Powder Mage Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 8, 2014
Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, April 16, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.




Laura Morrigan

A Tiger's Tale
Call of the Wilde Mystery 2
Berkley, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem…

A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken…kidnapped.

The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for…




Jaime Lee Moyer

A Barricade in Hell
Delia's Shadow 2
Tor Books, June 3, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
In Jaime Lee Moyer's Barricade in Hell, Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it's 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.

That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.

As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?




Interview with Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City - May 30, 2013


Please welcome Mur Lafferty to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides 1) was published on May 28, 2013. You may read Mur's Guest Blog - Happy Accident - here.



Interview with Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City - May 30, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Mur:  Thanks very much for the invite!



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Mur:  I started writing when I was around 11 or 12, when I read some fantasy by Robin McKinley and Madeline L'Engle and wanted to write stories like that. My first fanfic was continuing Fred Saberhagen's Lost Swords books.



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

Mur:  Oh gosh. I have no idea. I guess I fear edits so very much because I am sure they're going to say THIS IS DRIVEL, START OVER. And they never do; they always suggest things to make the story better. And I tell myself, like I'm four or something, "Now you see, making the story better is a GOOD thing, so the next time you get edits, you should look forward to them, right?" And I never do.

I guess that's not a quirk though. I noticed in my last book that I wrote like Terry Pratchett, all thrown onto the page with no chapter breaks. It works for him, of course, for me it's laziness, and I was very angry with myself on edits that I had to do this extra work.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Mur:  Total pantser. Trying to get better about it, though, as more editors are asking me for outlines.



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

Finding confidence about my voice. I had an epiphany recently: I wrote an outline for an editor and thought it sucked, and then I realized that listening (metaphorically) to your own writing voice is like looking in the mirror every day. Even if you're gorgeous and you know it, you're not going to look at your face and gasp at your beauty, because it's the same damn face you see every day. I don't see my writing as anything special because it's the words that came out of my head, just like they always do. Of course I'm going to think my writing is plain and ordinary. So I cut myself some slack for the first time and waited for the editor's comments, and he said he loved the outline.



TQ:  Describe The Shambling Guide to New York City in 140 characters or less.

Mur:  HHGG meets Neverwhere. Or: human writes a NYC travel guide for monsters.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Shambling Guide to New York City?

Mur:  In 2005, I wrote a piece of RPG material to benefit the Red Cross after Katrina. I wrote about a zombie travel guide in New Orleans who wanted to keep doing her job, so she would show visiting monsters the city. The idea stayed with me and I wanted to take the idea to New York.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Shambling Guide to New York City?

Mur:  I visited the city, did a lot of reading, and perused a lot of travel guides. I also have friends in the city who could answer a variety of questions just in how to move around the city. (ie, length of a train ride from one area to another, the kind of detail that readers will crucify you for, second only to getting bullet information wrong when talking about guns.)



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

Mur:  Morgen the Water Sprite is the easiest. She is fun, bouncy, easy to get along with, and matter of fact enough to point out when Zoe, the hero, is being stupid. Phil, the vampire boss, was probably the hardest. I wanted to make a vampire as a person of power, but I specifically wanted him to not be chiseled and sexy and the obvious love interest. he was a slightly heavier 30-something when he died, and I wanted to strike a balance between easygoing dude and ruthless killer and not have it be a Jekyll and Hyde thing.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Shambling Guide to New York City?

Mur:  The climax. So I really can't give anything away. Sorry. :)



TQ:  What's next?

Mur:  I am working on a novella for the Torment video game, and then my thesis for my MFA this fall. I finished The Ghost Train to New Orleans (sequel to Shambling Guide) last month, and that should be out next March.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Mur:  Thanks for having me!





About The Shambling Guides

The Shambling Guide to New York City
Series:  The Shambling Guides
Publisher:  Orbit Books, May 28, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN: 9780316221177 (print)

Interview with Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City - May 30, 2013
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.

Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.



The cover for The Shambling Guides 2 - The Ghost Train to New Orleans

Interview with Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City - May 30, 2013





About Mur

Interview with Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City - May 30, 2013
Photo by JR Blackwell
2012 Nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Mur Lafferty is an author, podcaster, and editor. She lives in Durham, NC, with her husband and 10 year old daughter.

  • Podcasts: She has been podcasting since 2004 when she started her essay-focused show, Geek Fu Action Grip. Then she started the award-winning I Should Be Writing in 2005, which is still going today. In 2010 she took over as the editor of Escape Pod, and she also runs the Angry Robot Books podcast.
  • Books: Starting with podcast-only titles, Mur has written several books and novellas. Her first professionally published book, The Shambling Guide to New York City, will be out in May, 2013. She writes urban fantasy, superhero satire, afterlife mythology, and Christmas stories.
  • Nonfiction: Mur has written for several magazines including Knights of the Dinner Table, Anime Insider, and The Escapist.

Mur is studying for her MFA in Popular Fiction at the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine.




The View From Monday - May 27, 2013

Happy last Monday in May.  I hope everyone who has the long weekend is enjoying themselves.  This a huge release week. It more than makes up for all the light weeks during the rest of May.


The View From Monday - May 27, 2013


There is one debut this week - The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty.


Also out this week from former Debut Author Challenge authors are

Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx 2) by Jill Archer;

Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell 3) by Jenn Bennett;  and

The Blue Blazes (Mookie Pearl 1) by Chuck Wendig.



May 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wounded Angel (e) Stacy Gail PNR - The Earth Angels 3
Prince of Shadows (e) Nancy Gideon PNR - Shadows 4
Die on Your Feet (e) S.G. Wong AH/M/Noir



May 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fiery Edge of Steel Jill Archer F - Noon Onyx 2
Binding the Shadows Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 3
Moxyland (ri) Lauren Beukes SF
Darkness Bred Stella Cameron PNR - Chimney Rock 2
Ride the Star Winds (tp2mm) A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Sage 4
After Earth Peter David SF - Movie Tie-In
Undead and Unstable (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Betsy Taylor 11
Dalek Collectible Figurine and Illustrated Book Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
Light-Up Tardis Kit Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
Avenging Angel Cynthia Eden PNR/AH - Fallen 4
Leopard's Prey Christine Feehan PNR - Leopard People 6
Forever Jacquelyn Frank PNR - World of Nightwalkers 2
Flashpoint (h2mm) Christie Golden SF - Starcraft II
Midnight's Kiss: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Darkest Warriors
Kiss the Dead (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 21
Shadow of Night (h2tp) Deborah Harkness F - All Souls Trilogy 2
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses Molly Harper PNR - Half Moon Hollow 3
Darkness Avenged Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 11
South of Surrender Laura Kaye PNR - Hearts of the Anemoi 3
Deeply Odd Dean Koontz H - Odd Thomas 6
The Shambling Guide to New York City (D) Mur Lafferty UF - Shambling Guides 1
The Spirit Well (h2tp) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 3
The Shocks of Adversity William Leisner SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Horizon (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield Dys - Aftertime 3
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting John Lohman SF - Crafts
Sky Dragons (h2mm) Anne McCaffrey
Todd McCaffrey
F - Dragonriders of Pern: New Adventures
Antiagon Fire L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 7
Ghost Spin Chris Moriarty SF - Spin Trilogy 3
The Price of Peace Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 2
Any Other Name Emma Newman F - Split World 2
Tempest Reborn Nicole Peeler UF - Jane True 6
Damocles S. G. Redling SF
Blue Remembered Earth (h2mm) Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 1
Lady of the Forest (ri) Jennifer Roberson F - Robin Hood
The Eighth Court Mike Shevdon UF - Courts of the Feyre 4
Life on the Preservation Jack Skillingstead SF
Elfhome (h2mm) Wen Spencer F - Elfhome 3
Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy Jonathan Strahan (ed) F - Anthology
The Craving (tp2mm) Jason Starr UF - The Pack 2
Tangible (e) Jody Wallace UF - Dreamwalker 1
War Maid's Choice (h2mm) David Weber F - War God 4
The Blue Blazes Chuck Wendig UF - Mookie Pearl 1



May 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Elephant in the Room: A Tor.Com Original (e) Paul Cornell SF



May 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
I Travel by Night Robert McCammon H
The Gist Michael Marshall Smith F
War over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction Richard Toronto SF/Literary Criticism


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


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
N - Noir
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy




2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2013! And hopefully the poll will work this time. No, really it will.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your 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 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.


Vote For Your Favorite May 2013 Debut Novel Cover
  
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Voting will close on May 31, 2013.

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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by Stephan Martiniere





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by E.B. Hudspeth





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by Jamie McKelvie





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013



Guest Blog by Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guides - Happy Accident - May 2, 2013


Please welcome Mur Lafferty to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides 1) will be published on May 28, 2013.


Guest Blog by Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guides - Happy Accident - May 2, 2013




Happy Accident

I think I tripped and fell into urban fantasy.

Before The Shambling Guide to New York City, I wrote everything from superhero satire to humorous zombie audio drama to an epic 5 novella series about people traipsing around the afterlife and watching the world end. I didn't write epic sword and sorcery fantasy, and I didn't write hard SF. I didn't write terrifying or gory horror. I just wrote, you know, weird stuff. And that's essentially what I called it: weird stuff. Although "Weird' is now its own genre, so I had to stop using that word.

I wasn't even sure what urban fantasy was. Was it just sex with vampires, or did you have to have a private investigator? I remember looking at magazine submission guidelines over a decade ago and seeing that they did not want any more stories about dwarf/elf PIs. I didn't even know that was a thing, and already magazines were saying please stop.

I didn't sit down to say, "urban fantasy, here I come!" But I had a thought, if monsters live in cities like people, then they probably travel like people. And when people travel, they usually buy a travel guidebook. Who would write those guides for monsters? What kind of information would monsters need when they travel? Where to sleep, definitely. Where they can eat without getting caught, that too. And what is fun for a monster to do? Would vampires visit MOMA? Would demons be interested in the Statue of Liberty?

Amused by this idea, I wrote what I ended up calling "A cross between The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere." Essentially, there are a whole lot of monstrous secrets in the city, and some monsters are writing a guide to help you find them.

I'm not good at dark and tragic. Overly sexy makes me blush too hard. And I'm not very good with mysteries. So I figured urban fantasy wasn't my thing. But every story is a mystery, in essence, considering you are reading in order to answer a question. Who dun it? Will they win the big game? Will she marry her true love? And urban fantasy, by definition, doesn't have to include dark and sexy. Truly, what it needs is an urban setting with fantasy elements. Urban. Fantasy. So when I was done, I realized I accidentally wrote an urban fantasy story. This classification made it much easier to pitch to editors, for the record.

Despite my accidental step into a genre I wasn't familiar with, I do believe in reading the genre in which you want to write, so after I figured out what I was doing, I spent some time in the worlds of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series, Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie series, and Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries.

(Admittedly I like and am more familiar with True Blood more than the Sookie books, but I love Harris' worldbuilding and mythology.)

In studying this mysterious world I found myself in, I started collecting different ideas of what makes urban fantasy. The first thing I considered was the various levels of "monsters being out of the closet/coffin" that the stories offer. (Please note I haven't read the latest book in any of the longer series, so my comments are limited to the first several books in each series.)

  • Dresden Files: All paranormal stuff is hidden from humans. Only one human, Murphy, knows what is going on, and she's a Dana Scully level skeptic. "I don't know what those aliens are that keep biting me, but they're not aliens!"
  • Southern Vampire Mysteries: Vampires are "out" but the other paranormal entities -- shifters, fairies, werewolves -- are still hidden from the populace at large.
  • Kitty books: Werewolves and vampires are just coming "out" at the beginning of Kitty and the Midnight Hour, and Kitty the werewolf reveals the truth on her late night call-in radio show.
  • White Trash Zombie: Zombies are hidden from humans, but more humans know about zombies than you'd think, as the zombies must deal with morgues and the like to get brains.

In my series, I've chosen to have the monsters hidden, working hard to remain so even as they live and work among humans. Select humans know monsters exist, but not the world at large. But I did learn that politics inevitably come into play with the revelation of monsters. This is shown with The American Vampire League's efforts to get vampires rights in True Blood, and Kitty testifying in Washington D.C. about werewolves and vampires. I don't find straight political intrigue very interesting but I can't deny that if monsters did come out, they would affect everything from estate law to citizenship to social security. And in today's world, someone would have to be responsible for falsifying identification for monsters that work among humans - something that will have to come up in my books, I am aware.

Sexual politics are also different in urban fantasy.

  • Kitty is forced to rethink sexual politics when she joins a pack, where the alpha can mate with whomever he likes.
  • Harry Dresden has to issue a Boner Alert every time a fairy comes into his office.
  • The first Sookie Stackhouse book (and season 1 of True Blood) deals with the surprisingly serious topic of slut shaming, with the slaughter of women who not only sleep with more than one partner, but do so with vampires.
  • The White Trash Zombie books has Angel worried about what may happen during sex with her zombie lover, namely the horror of lost body parts.

In The Shambling Guide to New York City, my heroine, Zoe, realizes there is no such thing as sexual harassment laws in an office where succubi and incubi work, and struggles with her attraction to the very forward incubus in marketing.

I think what I love most about urban fantasy is it takes the world we understand and gives us elements that we don't understand. I don't have to worry about studying a map of Middle Earth or Westeros to figure out where characters are, and I don't have to wonder what the heroine's pet smeeerp looks like. I get New York. I understand cats. And when we put an overlay of vampires, or zombies, or wizards, on top of it, it's so much better.

So I call my stumble into urban fantasy a happy accident, not only because I eventually sold the book, but because it's exposed me to many other series I hadn't read yet, which is in turn making my writing better. The circle of life, yo. Or undeath. Something.





About The Shambling Guides

The Shambling Guide to New York City
Series:  The Shambling Guides
Publisher:  Orbit Books, May 28, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN: 9780316221177 (print)

Guest Blog by Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guides - Happy Accident - May 2, 2013
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.

Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.



The cover for The Shambling Guides 2 - The Ghost Train to New Orleans

Guest Blog by Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guides - Happy Accident - May 2, 2013






About Mur

Guest Blog by Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guides - Happy Accident - May 2, 2013
Photo by JR Blackwell
2012 Nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Mur Lafferty is an author, podcaster, and editor. She lives in Durham, NC, with her husband and 10 year old daughter.

  • Podcasts: She has been podcasting since 2004 when she started her essay-focused show, Geek Fu Action Grip. Then she started the award-winning I Should Be Writing in 2005, which is still going today. In 2010 she took over as the editor of Escape Pod, and she also runs the Angry Robot Books podcast.
  • Books: Starting with podcast-only titles, Mur has written several books and novellas. Her first professionally published book, The Shambling Guide to New York City, will be out in May, 2013. She writes urban fantasy, superhero satire, afterlife mythology, and Christmas stories.
  • Nonfiction: Mur has written for several magazines including Knights of the Dinner Table, Anime Insider, and The Escapist.

Mur is studying for her MFA in Popular Fiction at the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine.

Website  ~  Twitter @mightymur  ~  Facebook 


2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for May.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The May 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 May cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





The Garden of Stones
Author Mark T. Barnes
Series:  Echoes of Empire
Publisher:   47North, May 21, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 506 pages
Price:  $14.95
ISBN:   978-1611098938

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shrīan into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.

Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.





Generation V
Author M. L. Brennan
Publisher:  Roc, May 7, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN9780451418401 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…





The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
AuthorE.B. Hudspeth
Publisher:  Quirk Books, May 21, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781594746161  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.





The Shambling Guide to New York City
AuthorMur Lafferty
Series:  The Shambling Guides
Publisher:  Orbit Books, May 28, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN: 9780316221177 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.

Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.





Apocalypse Cow
AuthorMichael Logan
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin, May 21, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781250032867 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts

If you think you've seen it all -- WORLD WAR Z, THE WALKING DEAD-- you haven't seen anything like this. From the twisted brain of Michael Logan comes Apocalypse Cow, a story about three unlikely heroes who must save Britain . . . from a rampaging horde of ZOMBIE COWS!

Forget the cud. They want blood.

It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn't recognize a scoop if she tripped over one.

As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?

Three losers.
Overwhelming odds.
One outcome . . .

Yup, we're screwed.





Montaro Caine
Author:  Sidney Poitier
Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau, May 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-385-53111-5 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts

A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.

Montaro Caine, CEO of the Fitzer Corporation, is losing control of the company he built just as his teenage daughter is experiencing her own difficulties. At this moment of crisis, a man and woman appear at his office with a coin of unknown provenance, composed of a metal unknown on Earth. Montaro immediately recognizes it as the companion of a coin he analyzed as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT, which was later returned to its unidentified owner. The coin’s appearance draws the attention of scientists, collectors, financiers, and thieves, all of whom vie to get their hands on it, and Montaro himself hopes that the discovery of the coin will save his company. But the value of the coin lies not in its monetary worth but in its hold on the people who come into contact with it. These include the young woman who is not aware of the object that was found in her hand at birth; an old man who, as a boy, crafted a wooden compact as a gift for a young Montaro Caine; and the elusive healer Matthew Perch, who, from his hut on a small Caribbean island, knows precisely why these people have been brought together and what wisdom the coin imparts.

In his first novel, the beloved actor and director Sidney Poitier takes us on a wild and unexpected adventure—from New York to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. The novel offers Poitier’s heartfelt message about the potential each of us has within ourselves, and about being open to the possibility that there are mysteries in the universe, and here on Earth, far greater than we can imagine. An enthralling journey into the magic of existence, Montaro Caine is a radiant debut from an American legend.




2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 28, 2013


2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 28, 2013


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the 2 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.




Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guide to New York City
Series:  The Shambling Guides
Publisher: Orbit Books, May 28, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN: 9780316221177  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 28, 2013
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.

Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.






Anthony Ryan

Blood Song
Series: Raven's Shadow
Publisher: Ace Hardcover, July 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425267691 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - March 28, 2013
From “a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.


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