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The View From Monday - June 10, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are two debuts this week:

The Outside by Ada Hoffmann;

and

The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy 2) by Ruthanna Emrys is out in Trade Paperback;

God of Broken Things (The Age of Tyranny 2) by Cameron Johnston;

Velocity Weapon (Protectorate1) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

Black Harvest (World of Prime 5) by M.C. Planck;

Strange Company & Others by Peter Rawlik;

and

The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - June 10, 2019



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

June 11, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pass of Fire Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 14
Bunny Mona Awad LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/BH
God's Demon (ri) Wayne Barlowe DF/F
Above the Ether Eric Barnes Dys
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg LF/SF - Short Stories
The Hive Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF/SO - Second Formic War 2
Reentry Peter Cawdron SF/SE
The Faded Sun Trilogy Omnibus (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/HSF/AC - Alliance-Union Universe
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/HSF/SO
Recursion Blake Crouch TechTh/Sus/SF
Deep Roots (h2tp) Ruthanna Emrys DF/HistF - Innsmouth Legacy 2
Song for the Unraveling of the World Brian Evenson SS/LF/H/SF - Collection
Alphabet Squadron Alexander Freed SF/SO - Star Wars
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book Neil Gaiman PerfArts
Green Valley Louis Greenberg TechTh/H/SF
Titandeath Guy Haley SF/SE - Horus Heresy 53
The Outside (D) Ada Hoffmann SF/SO/HSF/SE
God of Broken Things Cameron Johnston F/DF - The Age of Tyranny 2
The Grand Dark Richard Kadrey DF
The Last Supper Before Ragnarok Cassandra Khaw F
Warhammer Chronicles: Gotrek & Felix: The Third Omnibus William King
Nathan Long
F - Warhammer Chronicles
The History of Soul 2065 Barbara Krasnoff F/SS - Collection
Old Earth (ri) Nick Kyme SF - Horus Heresy 47
Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Roselle Lim CW/MR
Air Logic Laurie J. Marks F - Elemental Logic 4
Angron: Slave of Nuceria Ian St. Martin SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs 11
Velocity Weapon Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng - Protectorate 1
Shield of the Emperor Steve Parker SF/SE
Black Harvest M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 5
The Golden Key (ri) Melanie Rawn
Jennifer Roberson
Kate Elliott
F/DF
A Sword Named Truth Sherwood Smith F/DF/HistF - Rise of the Alliance 1
The Sol Majestic Ferrett Steinmetz SF/SO
The Hungry Ghost (D) Dalena Storm GH/Occ/Sup
The Fall Tracy Townsend F - Thieves of Fate 2
Three Laws Lethal David Walton HSF/Th
Broken Veil Jeff Wheeler F/HistF - Harbinger 5
The History of Living Forever Jake Wolff LF



June 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Book of Disappearance Ibtisam Azem Timberlake
Sinan Anton (Tr)
MR/LF



June 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strange Company and Others Peter Rawlik H - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013


Please welcome Peter Rawlik to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Reanimators was published on September 3, 2013. The eBook was published on June 4, 2013. You may read Peter's 2013 DAC Interview here.



Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013




I Never Meant To Write a Novel (I swear)

by Pete Rawlik


It’s funny how things turn out.

Looking back it seems inevitable that I would eventually write Lovecraftian fiction, the clues are all there, I just tried to ignore them for the longest time.

I’ve been writing a long time, since my pre-teens. I can remember a story about Hell being run as a business with corporate board meetings and annual reports. In my trunk there’s a handwritten sequel to Robert E. Howard’s Skull-Face that I did when I was thirteen or so. I have a few chapters of a King pastiche that I did when I was seventeen. In high school I published some poetry. In college I filled a box with notes on world-building: aliens and empires and the things that men could become. It’s a very Herbert and Niven kind of thing. I recall a story I wrote “Hot Peace”, please don’t let anybody find that. After college I started writing what we would now call flash fiction and book reviews for the local SF club. One piece I wrote got picked up by the Infamous IBID. I wrote a post-apocalyptic travelogue “On the Far Side of the Apocalypse” and sold that in 1997 to the esteemed Talebones, my first pro-sale.

Then I went silent.

I was still writing, but nothing was selling. Sophomore slump.

I retreated and locked myself away with my collection of weird fiction. I have always been an avid collector of Lovecraftian books, and this may stem from my father using The Dunwich Horror and The Rats in the Wall as bed time stories. Regardless, I have an immense collection, which includes a thin chapbook published by Necronomicon press. Published in 1995 Joan C. Stanley’s Ex Libris Miskatonici is an absolute gem of pseudo-scholarship documenting the contents of fictional Miskatonic University’s library, and it inspired me to do something similar. It took years of careful reading and note-taking and correlation, but I set myself the task of writing a history of Miskatonic Valley.

Part one of this work was completed and published in issue 104 of Crypt of Cthulhu, but further work on the project came to a screeching halt. I still have the notes, heaping stacks of 3x5 cards in cigar boxes, but the research showed me some things, wonderful things. Lovecraft’s stories did more than just share a setting; they overlapped in time as well. Characters in different stories were within miles of each other. It was too much fun not to take advantage of. So I set out to write a novel about Lovecraft’s characters meeting each other. I wrote some chapters, they are fun, but there was one character I really wanted to use, but I couldn’t, the timelines didn’t work. So I rummaged through Lovecraft found Dr. Hartwell hiding in The Dunwich Horror and plugged him into my crossover novel. He fizzled. He was such a minor character that he had no motivations, no background, and no life.

Easily rectified, write a story about him, fill in his gaps, and create his history. One story turned to another, and another and another, until finally I knew who Hartwell was. When people ask me how long it took to write Reanimators I tell them two years and two weeks. Half the book, about 50,000 words was written over the course of two years, the other 50,000 words were written in about two weeks in marathon sessions at a small café not far from my home that was willing to let me sit there for ten hours a day. Reanimators is an accidental novel. It’s not the novel I wanted, it’s the novel I needed to write, to educate myself for the next one, the one I want to write.

(Which I have by the way, don’t tell anybody. Oh and the third one is about 25% done as well. Did I mention I don’t sleep?)

It’s funny how things turn out.

When I was younger I devoured stories by Ramsey Campbell, Joseph Pulver, Thomas Ligotti, Joe Lansdale, and Wilum Pugmire. Today I find myself fortunate enough to share pages in anthologies and magazines with these literary icons. It’s not luck, its hard work, and I have a lot to learn, and a lot of ideas I want to try. I still go back to the trunk, look at the stuff I wrote before, the pages of alien biology, ecology, religion, technology, and I think maybe someday. And to be honest that’s a cool world in side those boxes, and I could probably have some fun with it. But they say that you should write what you know. Right now I really know Lovecraftian fiction, and I’m having fun writing it, filling in the gaps, building the connections, writing the stuff that I want to read. Joe Pulver likes to talk about the writer’s toolbox, and he’s right, there are lots of tricks. I’ve learned some of these, but I have a long way to go. I’m going to have fun doing it. Reanimators is just the beginning of a very wild ride. It may not be the ride either of us expected or wanted, but I promise you there are enough spills and chills and thrills for everyone (yes even you Dad).

Hang on to your hats, I’m going to try and change everything you ever thought about Lovecraftian fiction (or die trying).






Reanimators

Reanimators
Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
(The eBook was published on June 4, 2013)

Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013
Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.





About Peter

Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013
Pete Rawlik began collecting Lovecraftian fiction when he was still in elementary school. He has a B.S. in Biology from Florida Tech, and has extensively studied the ecology and issues impacting Florida’s Everglades. For twenty years he ran Dead Ink, specializing in rare and unusual books, but gave up the money and fame to pursue a career in writing. He lives in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife and three children. Reanimators is his first novel.






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The View From Monday - September 2, 2013


Happy first Monday in September and Happy Labor Day to those celebrating. I hope this week will be filled with reading and new books!

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



The View From Monday - September 2, 2013



There are 5 Debuts this week:

Cain's Blood by Geoffrey Girarad;

Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet 1) by David Hair (his adult Debut);

Mira Corpora by Jeff Jackson;

Reanimators by Peter Rawlik; and

The Grim Company (Grim Company 1) by Luke Scull.



From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Unleash the Curse (Imnada Brotherhood eNovella) by Alexa Egan; and

Daughter of the Sword (Fated Blades 1) by Steve Bein is out in Mass Market Paperback.




September 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bridge (ri) Iain Banks F
Synners (ri) Pat Cadigan CyP - SF Materworks
Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood, Revised Edition: Patterns & Instructions for Dragons, Wizards & Other Creatures of Myth Shawn Cipa Crafts
Dangerous Visions (ri) Harlan Ellison (ed) SF - Anthology SF Masterworks
Some Like It Wicked (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Tales of the Ghost Sword Hideyuki Kikuchi Gh - Anthology
Her Alpha Protector (e) Gwen Knight PNR
This Strange Way of Dying: Stories of Magic, Desire & the Fantastic Silvia Moreno-Garcia F/H/SF - Short Stories
Candlenight (ri) Phil Rickman SuTh
Frankenstein Mary Shelley SF - SF Masterworks
Crysis: Escalation Gavin Smith SF - Crysis (Game Tie-In)
She Walks in Darkness Evangeline Walton H/M
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells SF - SF Masterworks
Crystal Venom (e) Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 2
The Art of War David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 5
Ice and Fire (ri) David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 4



September 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Unleash the Curse (e) Alexa Egan PHR - Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Fairies in My Fireplace (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 3



September 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Releasing the Hunter Vivi Anna PNR
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF Mike Ashley (ed) SF - Anthology
MaddAddam Margaret Atwood Dys - MaddAddam 3
The Last President John Barnes PA/SF/Th - Daybreak 3
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H - Collection
Daughter of the Sword (tp2mm) Steve Bein HistF/UF - Fated Blades 1
Damaged Souls David Bernstein H
Between Two Fires (h2tp) Christopher Buehlman H
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (h2tp) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 14
Cold Days (h2mm) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden FIles 14
The Nameless (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
How to Date a Dragon Ashlyn Chase PNR - Flirting with Fangs 2
Daybreak (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PNR/PaR - Dark Age Dawning 3
Maiden Flight Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 1
The Angel Stone Juliet Dark UF - Fairwick Chronicles 3
Sex and the Single Princess Bonnie Dee
Marie Treanor
PNR - Fairytale Fantasies 4
Monsters of the Earth David Drake F
Have Monster, Will Travel Lila DuBois PNR - Monsters in Hollywood 4
Dark Lycan Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 24
Voracious (tp2mm) V.K. Forrest PNR - Clare Point 5
Would-Be Witch (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 1
The Shadow of Mist (e) Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld Novella
Cain's Blood: A Novel (D) Geoffrey Girard SF
Stories of Terror and the Supernatural Herman Graf H/Su - Anthology
Realm of Shadows (ri) Heather Graham PNR - Alliance Vampires 4
Ghouls, Ghosts, and Ninja Rats: Paranormal Crime Stories That Just Might Kill You Martin H. Greenberg (ed) PC/H - Anthology
Mage's Blood (D - Adult) David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 1
The Death of Integrity Guy Haley F - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles 13
Death's Lover Marie Hall PNR - Grim Reaper 1
Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein SF
Born to Bite (tp2mm) Hannah Howell
Diana Cosby
Erica Ridley
PNR - Anthology
Heaven Made SaraLynn Hoyt PNR
Mira Corpora (D) Jeff Jackson GB
Savage Species Jonathan Janz H
Soul Kissed Erin Kellison PNR - Shadow Kissed 2
Styxx Sherrilyn Kenyon UF - Dark Hunter 23
The Servants of Twilight (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes Gina Lamm PNR - Geek Girls 2
Dark in the Woods Rosemary Laurey PNR
The Shadow Lamp Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 4
The Art of Stealing Time Katie MacAlister FR - Time Thief 2
Chimes at Midnight Seanan McGuire UF - October Daye 7
The Savage Dead Joe McKinney SF/Z
Priests of Mars (h2tp) Graham McNeill F - Warhammer 40,000
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
Heroes Lost and Found Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blaze of Glory 3
McFall (Kindle e-serial) Scott Nicholson H
Vampires Need Not...Apply? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 4
A Skeleton in the Family Leigh Perry PCM - Family Skeleton Mystery 1
Half Blind Christine Price PNR - Freelance Magic 1
Reanimators (D) Peter Rawlik H
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
The Fabric of Sin (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins  9
The Remains of an Altar (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins 8
To Dream of the Dead (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins 10
Under a Graveyard Sky John Ringo PA
Shaman Kim Stanley Robinson F
The Last Threshold (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 4
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book I R. A. Salvatore F - Forgotten Realms: Legend of Drizzt Omnibus
The Eternal Highlander (ri) Lynsay Sands
Hannah Howell
PNR
The Grim Company (D) Luke Scull F - Grim Company 1
23 Years on Fire Joel Shepherd SF - : Cassandra Kresnov 4
Revenant Eve (h2mm) Sherwood Smith F - Dobrenica 3
The Given Sacrifice S. M. Stirling F - Change / Emberverse 10
Lord of Mountains (h2mm) S. M. Stirling F - Change / Emberverse 9
Bad Things (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Eternity (ri) Tamara Thorne H
The Forgotten (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Hunter's Heart J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 4
The Protected Shiloh Walker UF - FBI Psychics 4
Damek's Redemption N.J. Walters PNR - Legacy 6
Half a Crown (h2tp) Jo Walton AH/Noir - Small Change Trilogy 3
The Lost Wolf's Destiny Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack
Ritual Magic Eileen Wilks UF - World of the Lupi 10
Happy Hour In Hell Tad Williams UF/Noir - Bobby Dollar 2



September 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Business As Usual: A Tor.Com Original (e) David Barnett SP



September 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come Closer Jessica L. Jackson PNR - Look Behind You 1



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
CyP - CyberPunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PaR - Post Apocalyptic Romance
PC - Paranormal Crime
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


There are 16 debuts for September. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

Jan DeLima, Geoffrey Girard, Elliott James, K. B. Laugheed, Jaime Lee Moyer, Peter Rawlik, V. E. Schwab, Luke Scull, and Chris Willrich are 2013 Debut Author Challenge Featured Authors.

Updated to include the US Debut of Sleepless Knights by Mark H. Williams.



Jan DeLima

Celtic Moon
Series:  Celtic Wolves 1
Publisher:  Ace, September 24, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266205 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Like father, like son…

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father—a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him—an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…




Geoffrey Girard

Cain's Blood
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 3, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781476704043 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.

The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.




David Hair

Mage's Blood
Series:  The Moontide Quartet 1
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-014-8 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade.

The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest."

Now the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight…but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.




Jeff Jackson

Mira Corpora
Publisher:  Two Dollar Radio, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback, 182 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781937512132 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an inspired, dreamlike adventure by a distinctive new talent.

Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the journey of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar.

With astounding precision, Jackson weaves a moving tale of discovery and self-preservation across a startling, vibrant landscape.




Elliott James

Charming
Series:  Pax Arcana 1
Publisher:  Orbit, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780316253390 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is-- until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?




K.B. Laugheed

The Spirit Keeper
Publisher:  Plume, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780142180334 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
This is the account of Katie O Toole, late of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, removed from her family by savages on March the 2nd in the year of our Lord 1747

The thirteenth child conceived of miserable Irish exiles, Katie O Toole dreams of a different life. Little does she know that someone far away is dreaming of her.

In 1747, savages raid her family home, and seventeen-year-old Katie is taken captive. Syawa and Hector have been searching for her, guided by Syawa s dreams. A young Holyman, Syawa believes Katie is the subject of his Vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice, destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but faced with returning to her family, she agrees to join them. She soon discovers that in order to fulfill Syawa s Vision, she must first become his Spirit Keeper, embarking on an epic journey that will change her life and heart forever.




Alison Littlewood

A Cold Season
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 24, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-022-3 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing: After the battlefront death of her husband, a soldier, in the sands of the Middle East, a distraught Cass decides to move to the bucolic, picture-perfect village of Darnshaw with her teenaged son. Since Cass’s website design business can be run from anywhere with an internet connection and Ben could benefit from a change of scenery, a move to the highlands village seems like just the thing.

But the locals aren’t as friendly as she had hoped and the internet connection isn’t as reliable as her business requires. And when Ben begins to display a hostility that is completely unlike his usual gentle nature, Cass begins to despair. Finally, the blizzards thunder through and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow.

When things look their blackest, she finds one sympathetic ear in the person of her son’s substitute teacher. But his attentions can’t put to rest her growing anxiety about her son and her business. And soon, she finds herself pitted against dark forces she can barely comprehend. The cold season has begun.




Eric Lundgren

The Facades
Publisher:  Overlook, September 12, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781468306873 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Along the streets of the once-great Midwestern city of Trude, the ornate old buildings lie in ruin. Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia, Trude has become a place to "lose yourself," as one tourist brochure puts it: a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homes.

One night at Trude's opera house, the theater's most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife's disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown: rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. Faced with the loss of everything he loves, Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard, whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelation.

Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.




Kate Maruyama

Harrowgate
Publisher:  47North, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781477807651 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Michael should be overjoyed by the birth of his son, but his wife, Sarah, won?t let him touch the baby or allow anyone to visit.

Greta, an intrusive, sinister doula has wormed her way into their lives, driving a wedge between Michael and his family. Every time he leaves the Harrowgate, he returns to find his beloved wife and baby altered. He feels his family slipping away, and as a malevolent force begins to creep in, Michael does what any new father would do?he fights to keep his family together.

Kate Maruyama?s debut novel, Harrowgate, is a chilling, richly detailed story of love, loss, and the haunted place that lies between.




Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's Shadow
Publisher:  Tor, September 17, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765331823 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.




Peter Rawlik

Reanimators
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597804783 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Two Men. A Bitter Rivalry. And a Quarter-Century of Unspeakable Horrors.

Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.




V. E. Schwab

Vicious
Publisher:  Tor, September 24, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765335340 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.




Luke Scull

The Grim Company
Series:  Grim Company 1
Publisher:  Roc, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425264843 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands.

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.




Michael Farris Smith

Rivers
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster, September 10, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451699425 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border—has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down—and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.





Mark H. Williams

Sleepless Knights
Publisher:  Atomic Fez Publishing, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 418 pages
Price:  $15.00
ISBN:  978-1927609019
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It’s not easy being the man behind the myth.

Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table — the person who managed every quest from behind the scenes. He’s a man whose average working day involved defeating witches and banishing werewolves, while ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating ‘brewed’ from ‘stewed.’ What’s more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he’s still doing it — here in the modern world, right under our noses.

When King Arthur and six of his knights are exposed as living among us, Merlin is unleashed and a grim apocalypse unfolds, uncovering secrets from the past that King Arthur would rather stay buried. When Lucas is forced to confront his own peculiar destiny, will he choose to sacrifice his true love and lay down his life in the service of his master?

Sleepless Knights is a tale of high adventure and warm humour, with a spring in its step, a twinkle in its eye and, at its heart, the ultimate butler.





Chris Willrich

The Scroll of Years
Series:  Gaunt and Bone
Publisher:  Pyr, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 270 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-61614-813-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It's Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy debut featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.

Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure-complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western-is at hand.



Interview with Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - August 7, 2013


Please welcome Peter Rawlik to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Reanimators will be published on September 3, 2013. The eBook was published on June 4, 2013.



Interview with Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - August 7, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thanks it is a true pleasure to be here, and I really do mean that. The internet and social media have been a significant boon to my budding career.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Peter:  I’ve always written stories. I can remember working on a story as a child and misspelling “condemned” as “condomed”, I think my mother choked on her drink. In high school I wrote one novella and started another (both of which I still have), and published some poetry. Through college I dabbled and entertained friends, but didn’t really get serious until the mid Nineties, when I started writing for the regional fanzine. In 1997 I made my first professional sale, but then for some reason, barring some non-fiction and reviews, didn’t really try to write anything else until 2010. Of course since then I can’t seem to stop. As for why, I don’t know. People, often times the same people come into my head and start talking, they say and do the strangest things. It seems only natural to write it down. Thankfully, they don’t seem to mind me doing so.



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

Peter:  When I started writing in the Nineties, I did so at a wonderful little coffee bar in downtown West Palm Beach, surrounded by people talking, bands playing, wait staff working. Now I can’t seem to work without a significant amount of background noise. I tend to write while watching television, British mystery series mostly such as Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, and The Last Detective.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Peter:  Neither, both. I do timelines, incredibly detailed timelines of world events, character histories, fictional events, and even histories for other people’s characters. Once I have these done I tend to layout some ideas, pick some critical events that I want to incorporate and then write those particular chapters, often in such a manner that they can function as stand-alone stories. Once these are done I write the linking chapters. Then I rewrite, making sure that the whole thing hangs together.



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

Peter:  Every so often I lose control of a character. In Reanimators one particular character was supposed to just walk on and then walk off, instead he took control and refused to leave for a significant portion of the book. He was such a powerful personality, and exerted such control over the other characters that both I and the protagonist decided that the only way to deal with him was to murder him. Since then I’ve written three more tales about this very difficult character, and will probably write several more.



TQ:  Describe Reanimators in 140 characters or less.

Peter:  The horrors attributed to Dr. Herbert West are well documented, but the true story, and his greatest rival, have remained secret, until now.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Reanimators?

PeterReanimators is an accidental novel. I had set out to write a completely different novel, one that featured several characters borrowed from the works of H. P. Lovecraft. One of them, Dr. Hartwell, was a very minor character in The Dunwich Horror, but he has almost no character development. When I went to write him, I realized I knew nothing about him, his personality or his motivations. So I set out to write a few stories about him, to flesh him out. A hundred thousand words later Reanimators was finished and I knew exactly who Dr. Hartwell was.



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

Peter:  The novel starts in 1905 and ends in 1930. It is a period rich in history and drama including the Great War, the loss of the Titanic, and the Spanish Flu, I’ve put all of these to good use, but I’ve also taken advantage of other events both real and imagined. An earthquake in Messalina, a World Series that ends in a tie, Charlie Chan’s honeymoon, the death of Christine Daae, all weave together in a strange sort of secret history. In order to pull this off I had to track the lives, loves and lies of dozens of people and characters. This meant not only studying early twentieth century medicine, but also rereading The Phantom of the Opera, the works of Jules Verne, Dashiell Hammett, John Marquand, and even Rex Stout. Numerous characters from Lovecraft and other writers of the Cthulhu mythos also appear, and I think I’ve given them all a fair representation.



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

Peter:  Oddly, the answer to both questions is the same character, Pr.Nathaniel Peaslee. Through a strange turn of events this meek professor of economics undergoes a radical transformation into a ruthless, inhuman creature capable of nearly anything. This made him incredibly easy to write, because he could be used to do anything, and his motives need not be justified. However, this rather endearing ruthlessness, meant that nobody was safe, and all the characters that I needed to survive long enough to actual tell his tale had to be on their best behavior, or risk ending up liquidated.



TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Reanimators?

Peter:  The one I never intended to write. My publisher provided some absolutely magnificent artwork for use on the cover, but the actual scene portrayed wasn’t in the original manuscript. But once I saw it, and realized who the characters in the scene were, and what they were doing, everything just sort of fell into place, and a scene that I had meant to be extremely anti-climactic suddenly became one of the most dramatic, and I think satisfying pieces of the novel.



TQ:  What's next?

Peter:  I have eighteen short stories accepted and awaiting publication, and I’m currently plugging away at the sequel to Reanimators tentatively entitled The Weird Company, which is the novel I had originally set out to write. Now that I know who Dr. Hartwell is, perhaps I can finally see his part in this little adventure, from the beginning, and to the end.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thanks for having me. It is a real honor to have been chosen, and honestly the whole thing has just been a thrill.







Reanimators

Reanimators
Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
(the eBook was published on June 4, 2013)

Interview with Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - August 7, 2013
Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.





About Peter

Peter Rawlik was first exposed to H.P. Lovecraft when his father read him “The Rats in the Walls” as a bedtime story. He has been collecting Lovecraftian fiction ever since. For more than two decades he has run Dead Ink, selling rare and unusual books. He resides in South Florida.

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2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013


I'm exceedingly happy to announce the 6 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge (in alphabetical order by author).



Alan Averill

The Beautiful Land
Publisher:  Ace Trade, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-4767-0404-3 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
Takahiro O’Leary has a very special job…

…working for the Axon Corporation as an explorer of parallel timelines—as many and as varied as anyone could imagine. A great gig—until information he brought back gave Axon the means to maximize profits by changing the past, present, and future of this world.

If Axon succeeds, Tak will lose Samira Moheb, the woman he has loved since high school—because her future will cease to exist. A veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Samira can barely function in her everyday life, much less deal with Tak’s ravings of multiple realities. The only way to save her is for Tak to use the time travel device he “borrowed” to transport them both to an alternate timeline.

But what neither Tak nor Axon knows is that the actual inventor of the device is searching for a timeline called the Beautiful Land—and he intends to destroy every other possible present and future to find it.

The switch is thrown, and reality begins to warp—horribly. And Tak realizes that to save Sam, he must save the entire world…





Geoffrey Girard

Cain's Blood 
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-4767-0404-3 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
A terrifying debut novel about the evil in each of us: when clones of infamous serial killers escape from a secret government facility, it’s up to a former Army Ranger to stop them…with the help of a teenage killer clone.

Trying to develop a new breed of bio-weapons, the US Department of Defense has secretly cloned the world’s most notorious murderers, hoping to study their DNA and isolate a genetic predictor for evil. Now in Stage Three, the program contains dozens of young men who have no clue of their evil heritage—including Albert Fish, Ted Bundy, and David Berkowitz. Enacting a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, the scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator—escaping with three canisters of a mysterious chemical weapon that could destroy an entire city.

A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Shawn didn’t count on the quiet young boy he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country as unlikely allies on the trail of the rampaging teens’ increasing violence, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope.

More than just a serial killer novel, Cain’s Blood melds completely plausible science with terrifying horror, preying on our darkest fears of manipulation, secrecy, and murder.





Geoffrey Gudgion

Saxon's Bane 
Publisher:  Solaris, August 27, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-78108-137-2 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
In a supernatural novel with echoes of Alan Garner and Kate Mosse, Alan Gudgion chills the modern reader as the supernatural past invades the present.

Fergus Sheppard’s world changes for ever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love – and be targeted for human sacrifice. Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream find – the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior – is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered, and that the partial skeleton lying nearby is that of a young woman. And their tragic story is unfolding in her head every time she goes to sleep. Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation, and that the smiling and beautiful countryside harbours some very dark secrets. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare’s investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple’s bloody fate.





John Mantooth

The Year of the Storm
Publisher:  Berkley, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-425-26574-1 (print)

COVER FORTHCOMING
In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.

When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead. Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.

Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.

But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe…





Jason Mott

The Returned
Publisher:  MIRA, September 1, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $21.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-7783-1533-9 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013
"Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That's what all the Returned were."

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep-flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargraves find themselves at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.





Peter Rawlik

Reanimators
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-59780-478-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 9, 2013
Inspired by the eldritch horrors of H. P. Lovecraft . . .A saga of life, death, and the living dead.

Two Men. A Bitter Rivalry. And a Quarter-Century of Unspeakable Horrors.

Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.

Reanimators is an epic tale of historical horror . . . in the tradition of Anno Dracula and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.



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