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The View From Monday - August 17, 2015


Happy Monday! I spent most of the weekend at ComiConn which, after this weekend, has been renamed TerrifiCon.  Overall I was really impressed with this Con. I'll write more about this later this week, but here is a picture of Groot and friends:

The View From Monday - August 17, 2015


This a big week for Pathfinder Tales fans as the first 26 novels in the series are out in digital format from Tor Books.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Nightwise by R.S. Belcher;

Zero World by Jason M. Hough;

Across the Long Sea (Malachi and Avani 2) by Sarah Remy;

and

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig.



The View From Monday - August 17, 2015



August 17, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Darkness Torn Asunder (e) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin Novella
Twilight Hunger (e) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 5



August 18, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sabbat Crusade Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts 14
Tangling with the Tiger Vivi Andrews PNR - Lone Pine Pride 5
The Death of Antagonis David Annandale SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Deceptions Kelley Armstrong CF - Cainsville 3
Nightwise R. S. Belcher UF - Nightwise 1
The House of Shattered Wings Aliette de Bodard F/PA
Called to Darkness (e) Richard Lee Byers F - Pathfinder Tales 12
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (e) Becky Chambers SF/SO
Forbidden Cathy Clamp UF/Th
Forged by Love Lynne Connolly PHR - Even Gods Fall in Love 4
Winter Witch (e) Elaine Cunningham F - Pathfinder Tales 2
Irona 700 Dave Duncan HistF
Architect of Fate Christian Dunn (ed) SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
The Paradox Charlie Fletcher HistF - Oversight Trilogy 2
The Wizard's Mask (e) Ed Greenwood F - Pathfinder Tales 15
King of Chaos (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 16
Master of Devils (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 5
Prince of Wolves (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 1
Queen of Thorns (e) Dave Gross F - Pathfinder Tales 11
From Russia With Claws Molly Harper writing as Gia Corona and Jacey Conrad PNR
The Hunt for Voldorius Andy Hoare SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Zero World Jason M. Hough SF
Pirate's Honor (e) Chris A. Jackson F - Pathfinder Tales 14
Pirate's Promise (e) Chris A. Jackson F - Pathfinder Tales 24
Plague of Shadows (e) Howard Andrew Jones F - Pathfinder Tales 3
Stalking the Beast (e) Howard Andrew Jones F - Pathfinder Tales 17
The Lady In Pink (e) J.A. Kazimer PM - Deadly Ever After 2
Shade of Pale (e)(ri) Greg Kihn M/F
Firesoul (e) Gary Kloster F - Pathfinder Tales 25
Blood of the City (e) Robin D. Laws F - Pathfinder Tales 10
The Worldwound Gambit (e) Robin D. Laws F - Pathfinder Tales 4
Hallow Point Ari Marmell UF - Mick Oberon Job 2
Song of the Serpent (e) Hugh Matthews F - Pathfinder Tales 7
Blood and Water and Other Stories (ri) Patrick McGrath GO - Collection
Nightblade (e) Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 23
Nightglass (e) Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 9
The Trials Linda Nagata SF - Red Trilogy 2
The Two of Swords: Part Seven (e) K.J. Parker HistF - The Two of Swords
City of the Fallen Sky (e) Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 8
Liar's Blade (e) Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 13
Reign of Stars (e) Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 22
Across the Long Sea (e) Sarah Remy F - Malachi and Avani 2
Damage Report (e) Mandy M. Roth PNR - Immortal Outcasts 2
An Alpha's Choice (e) Carrie Ann Ryan PNR - Talon Pack 2
The Crusader Road (e) Michael A. Stackpole F - Pathfinder Tales 21
Death's Heretic (e) James L. Sutter F - Pathfinder Tales 6
The Redemption Engine (e) James L. Sutter F - Pathfinder Tales 20
Blood Angels: The Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000: Blood Angels
Blood Angels: The Second Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000: Blood Angels
Forge of Ashes (e) Josh Vogt F - Pathfinder Tales 26
Skinwalkers (e) Wendy N. Wagner F - Pathfinder Tales 19
The Broken Eye (h2tp) Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 3
Zer0es Chuck Wendig SF/Tech
The Banished of Muirwood Jeff Wheeler F - Covenant of Muirwood 1
Human Nature Eileen Wilks UF - Novella of the Lupi 1
The Dagger of Trust (e) Chris Willrich F - Pathfinder Tales 18



August 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wolf Alma Alexander UF - Were Chronicles 2


e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

F - Fantasy
GO - Gothic
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Space Opera
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9 will cover 2013 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here






Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Site
Scandels with Bite 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...

Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.





Clifford Beal

Not Final Cover
The Guns of Ivrea
Valdur 1
Solaris, July 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

An incredible new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now a reluctant monk in the Great Temple at Livorna, uncovers a terrible secret, one that could topple the Holy Church. A secret that could get him killed.
Pirate princeling Nico Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but threaten their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the island kingdom, through duchies and republics riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...







R. S. Belcher

Nightwise
Tor Books, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages





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The Trade Paperback of the The Shotgun Arcana will be published by Tor Books in October 2015. It was previously published in Hardcover and eBook in October 2014.




M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension
Generation V #4
Roc, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….






J. Kathleen Cheney

The Shores of Spain
Novel of the Golden City 3
Roc Trade, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.




The Seat of Magic
Novel of the Golden City 2
Roc, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, July 2014

The Golden City series continues, and humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill…

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic





Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Tor Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.




The Rebirths of Tao
Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction





Ian Doescher
[covers not yet available]

William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace : Star Wars Part the First
Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

O THREEPIO, THREEPIO, WHEREFORE ART THOU, THREEPIO?

Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!




William Shakespeare's Alack! Of the Clones : Star Wars Part the Second
Quirk Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

In time so long ago begins our play,

In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.




William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge : Star Wars Part the Third
Quirk Books, September 8, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 168 pages

TO THINE OWN SITH BE TRUE!

Lend us your ears and comlinks, good folk, as we share a tale of tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance. Within this Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars: Episode 3, galactic treachery abounds. A once-heroic knight is transformed into the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF CORSUCANT!

Don’t miss this final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, presented Shakespeare-style with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. It’s a perfect melding of classic literature and epic pop culture!





Betsy Dornbusch

Emissary
Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover, 360 pages
eBook available April 7, 2015

Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.





Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?




Radiant State
Wolfhound Century 3
Orbit, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages





[description not yet available]











The View From Monday - October 6, 2014


Happy 1st Monday in October! Only 25 days until Halloween! I'm heading off to New York Comic Con this weekend so look for posts about that. The kitchen renovation (for those of you keeping track) is nearing the pause point - countertops will be measured for this week and then I wait for them to be ready (2 to 3 weeks). After the countertops are in, the finishing touches are completed and I have a kitchen again. I can't wait.


The View From Monday - October 6, 2014


This week is full of debuts (6 of the 9 out this month):

Heraclix and Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey by Forrest Aguirre;

The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander;

Liesmith (Wyrd 1) by Alis Franklin;

Lemongrass Hope by Amy Impellizzeri;

Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna;

and

The Undying: An Apocalyptic Thriller by Ethan Reid.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher;

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman;

Silverblind (Ironskin 3) by Tina Connolly;

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch 2) by Ann Leckie;

and

Knife Sworn (Tower and Knife Trilogy 2) by Mazarkis Williams is out in Trade Paperback.



October 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mine Tomorrow (e) Jackie Braun PNR
Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television Pauline Greenhill
Jill Terry Rudy
LC/F
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q are Cordially Uninvited... (e) Rudy Josephs SF - Star Trek
Reap & Redeem (e) Lisa Medley UF - Reaper 3
In the Void (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 2
Helmut Goes Abroad (e) Matt Sheehan UF/AH - Helmut Haase 2



October 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (ri) Douglas Adams SF
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (ri) Douglas Adams SF
Heraclix and Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey (D) Forrest Aguirre HistF
The Secrets of Life and Death (D - US) Rebecca Alexander HistF
The Night Garden: A Novel Lisa Van Allen R/Magic
Unseaming Mike Allen H/DF - Collection
A Vision of Fire Gillian Anderson
Jeff Rovin
SF
The Shotgun Arcana R. S. Belcher WW
One Potion in the Grave Heather Blake PM - A Magic Potion Mystery 2
Hawk Steven Brust F - Vlad Taltos14
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman H
The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Stars 3
Ship of the Dead John L. Campbell H - Omega Days 2
Autumn Bones (h2mm) Jacqueline Carey UF - Agent of Hel 2
Poison Fruit Jacqueline Carey UF - Agent of Hel 3
Silverblind Tina Connolly HistF - Ironskin 3
Nightmare Carnival Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Undead and Unwary MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Undead/Queen Betsy 13
The Baen Big Book of Monsters Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
The Sentinel (h2tp) Troy Denning F - D&D: The Sundering
The Protectors (e) Trey Dowell SH
Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug (h2tp) Raymond E. Feist
Stephen Abrams
F - Art
Liesmith (D) Alis Franklin UF - Wyrd 1
The Tess Noncoiré Chronicles: Volume I P. R. Frost F - Omnibus
Parasite (h2tp) Mira Grant SF - Parasitology 1
Gotrek & Felix: Kinslayer David Guymer F - Gotrek & Felix 16
Scarlet Tides David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 2
Reckoning S.J. Harper UF - Fallen Siren 2
Ghost Gone Wild (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 4
Ghost Wanted Carolyn Hart PM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 5
Spark: A Novel John Twelve Hawks Th
Beyond This Horizon (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Blood Debt (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood Books 5
Witch Lights (e) Michael M. Hughes H - Blackwater Lights Trilogy 2
Broken Soul Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 8
To Love a King Shona Husk PNR - Court of Annwyn 3
The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology S.T. Joshi (ed) H - Anthology
A Midwinter's Tail Sofie Kelly PM - Magical Cats 6
Falling Sky (D) Rajan Khanna SF/Ap/PA
Bastion (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Collegium Chronicles 5 / Valdemar
Closer to Home Mercedes Lackey F - Herald Spy 1
Ghost Phoenix (e) Corrina Lawson PNR - The Phoenix Institute 3
Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie SF - Imperial Radch 2
The Last Man Standing (h2tp) Davide Longo Dys
Princess Mononoke: The First Story Hayao Miyazaki F - Princess Mononoke
Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets : An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space David Thomas Moore (ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Dark Defiles Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 3
Above (h2tp) Isla Morley Sus/H
The Wolves of London: The Obsidian Heart Mark Morris F - Obsidian Heart 1
Citadel (h2tp) Kate Mosse Th - Languedoc Trilogy 3
Valhalla Robert J. Mrazek Th
Brood Chase Novak Gothic
Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones David J. Peterson F - Game of Thrones
The Undying (D) Ethan Reid Ap/Th
Orbs II: Stranded: A Science Fiction Thriller Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th - Orbs 2
White Sands: An Orbs Prequel Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF - Orbs
We Are Not Good People Jeff Somers F - Ustari Cycle 2
Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy Jonathan Strahan (ed) F - Anthology
The Chaplain's War Brad R Torgersen SF - Chaplain's War 1
The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams Jeff VanderMeer
Desirina Boskovich
SP
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures Sean Wallace (ed) SP
Immorta1 J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 6
A Call to Duty David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF - Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant 1
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel Brent Weeks
Ivan Brandon
Andy MacDonald
F/GN - Night Angel Trilogy 1
Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural Rick Wilber F - Anthology
Unbinding Eileen Wilks UF - World of the Lupi 11
Knife Sworn (h2tp) Mazarkis Williams F - Tower and Knife Trilogy 2



October 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lemongrass Hope (D) Amy Impellizzeri R/TT/MR
Lost Under a Ladder Linda O. Johnston PCM - A Superstition Mystery 1



October 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Timebomb (e) Scott K. Andrews TT - Timebomb Trilogy 1



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


AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
MR - Magical Realism
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Interview with R. S. Belcher - October 3, 2014


Please welcome R. S. Belcher to The Qwillery. The Shotgun Arcana, the sequel to the The Six-Gun Tarot, is out on October 7th from Tor Books.



Interview with R. S. Belcher - October 3, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. How has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote your first published novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, to The Shotgun Arcana?

RSB:  Hi! Thank you so much for having me back! Shotgun Arcana is my third published novel, the sequel to my first, The Six-Gun Tarot. I think my process as a writer has increased in speed. I wrote Shotgun in the same year that I wrote my second written (and third published) novel, Nightwise. The demands of deadlines, means you have to buckle down and produce material you are proud of on a much quicker schedule. I wrote Six-Gun on and off over a few years and now I'm trying to average two novels a year. I must say though that the more you write and the more you enjoy that process, the quicker you get by nature. You get excited to tell your stories and you simply write more. I'm happier with my writing process now than I was the last time we chatted.



TQ:  In a January 2013 interview you described The Six-Gun Tarot as "...a genre-bending fantasy set in the wild west of 1869. It has horror, steampunk and black humor. It’s been likened to “Buffy meets Deadwood”. How would you describe The Shotgun Arcana?

RSBThe Shotgun Arcana is a sequel to The Six-Gun Tarot and it has all those elements of horror, steampunk (more so than Six-Gun, in my opinion), and gallows humor that readers enjoyed in Six-Gun, with, I think, even more action and character development than its predecessor. It's a story I'm very proud of.



TQ:  Please tell us something about The Shotgun Arcana that we won't find in the book description.

RSBShotgun Arcana has a a lot more historical characters in it than Six-Gun did. I think history buffs will have fun picking out the little Easter eggs I tried to drop for them in the novel. Also readers get to see an amazing map of the town in this book that I think will blow them away. I was so impressed by the artist's rendering of Golgotha and I think fans of the series will be as well.


TQ:  Which character in The Shotgun Arcana surprised you the most?

RSB:  This time around, I think it was the character of Auggie Shultz. Auggie's story arc is very surprising and very human. I also like the journey that Malachi Bick makes in this story. This story has a lot to do with Bick and his growth as a character.



TQ:  What's the interest in Tarot cards? Do you have a deck or decks?

RSB:  I own several and collect decks where I admire the artwork. I think Tarot touches on so many aspects of the human experience—psychology, sociology, Jungian archetypes, mythology and the collective unconsciousness.



TQ:  Why do you believe that the Western genre blends so well with other genres / subgenres?

RSB:  The western speaks to a part of us that yearns for the frontier, for freedom, and exploration, to make our own way and to command our own destiny. Those ideas are so essential to being human, in my opinion, and they work so well cloaked in so many different forms- be it Star Wars and Firefly, or Star Trek, or Blood Meridian or No Country for Old Men, to name just a few. The western embodies the human desire for boundless exploration and freedom.



TQ:  Please give us one or two of your favorite lines from The Shotgun Arcana.

RSB:  I'm my own worst critic, so here area few that have popped up while talking to folks and on Goodreads:

        “It's a shame really. So many genuine villains out west these days, real hard cases, and a shave-tail like you come along with a fine Idea like robbing trains. Irony.”

        “...What things do you think the Almighty was whispering in my ear all those countless eons? Words of endearment? Of joy and peace and love? No. He dipped his tongue in the blackest blood and he whispered to me of slaughter, of death of torture and atrocity. That is your creator, Biqa. He built this entire lovely, lovely playground so that he could tear it apart, abuse and neglect his toys and listen to the terrified screams of the monkeys as they tried to understand...”

        “Where did payback end exactly? Charlie Upton had murdered Jim's Pa. Jim killed Charlie. One day Jim might get shot or hanged for what he did to Charlie and someone like Mutt or Jon Highfather might seek revenge in his name. How far back did the blood flow? When was it enough? Could anything ever get square?”



TQ:  What's next?

RSBThe Shotgun Arcana releases October 7. Then I have my occult noir novel, Nightwise release in August of 2015. I'm currently working on a novel— first in a series for Tor—called The Brotherhood of the Wheel. It's about truckers, outlaw bikers, the occult mysteries of the U.S. interstate highway system, secret societies, serial killers and urban myths. Brotherhood is supposed to release in 2016.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

RSB:  Thank you, Sally! It's always a pleasure to talk with you. I hope we can do it again very soon.





The Shotgun Arcana
Tor Book, October 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with R. S. Belcher - October 3, 2014
R. S. Belcher’s debut novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets.

1870. A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party…and the dawn of humanity.

Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness.  But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day’s time, the town and its people will be tested as never before—and some of them will never be the same.

The Shotgun Arcana is even more spectacularly ambitious and imaginative than The Six-Gun Tarot, and confirms R. S. Belcher’s status as a rising star.




The Six-Gun Tarot
Tor Fantasy, March 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
Published in Hardcover, January 22, 2013

Interview with R. S. Belcher - October 3, 2014
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.

R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is “an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)





About R. S. Belcher

Interview with R. S. Belcher - October 3, 2014
R. S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters work in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly.

The Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest, Rod's short story “Orphans” was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 published by Simon and Schuster in 2006.

Rod’s first novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was published by Tor Books in 2013. The sequel, The Shotgun Arcana, is scheduled for release by Tor on October 7th 2014. His novels, Nightwise, and The Brotherhood of the Wheel are to be released in 2015 and 2016, also by Tor Books.

He lives in Roanoke Virginia with his children, Jonathan and Emily.

Website   ~  Facebook  ~  The Six-Gun Tarot Facebook ~ Twitter @AuthorRSBelcher


The View From Monday - March 24, 2014


Happy penultimate Monday in March!  Spring is here finally, but the weather still thinks it's Winter.


The View From Monday - March 24, 2014


There are quite a few books out by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett;

The Burning Dark (Spider Wars 1) by Adam Christopher;

Truth and Fear (Wolfhound Century 2) by Peter Higgins;

The Wicked (Something Red 2) by Douglas Nicholas;

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag is out in Trade Paperback.




March 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sex and the Single Vamp (e) Robin Covington PNR
Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense (e) A.D. Marrow PNR - Cosmic Nonsense 1
Granny Yaga Vitali Vitaliev FT/F



March 25, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (h2tp) Nancy Atherton PCM - Aunt Dimity 18
Dawn's Early Light Philippa Ballantine
Tee Morris
SP/M - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 3
The Six-Gun Tarot (h2mm) R. S. Belcher HistF/WW
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Last God Standing Michael Boatman UF
The Midnight Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Path of the Archon Andy Chambers SF - Warhammer 40,000: Dark Eldar Path 3
The Burning Dark Adam Christopher SF - Spider Wars 1
Wrath of Lions David Dalglish
Robert J. Duperre
F - Breaking World 2
Sovereign (tp2mm) Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
F - Books of Mortals 3
The Heretic (h2mm) Tony Daniel
David Drake
SF - The General / Raj Whitehall 9
Talus and the Frozen King Graham Edwards F
The Dead Don't Dance John Enright Th/P - Jungle Beat 3
Dark Lycan (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 23
Carpathian (h2mm) David L. Golemon Th/P - Event Group Thriller 8
Waking the Dead Heather Graham Sus/P - Caffery and Quinn
Dead Ever After (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF/M - Sookie Stackhouse 13
Truth and Fear Peter Higgins F/M - Wolfhound Century 2
Winter's Heart (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 9
Styxx (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 23
Under the Dome: Part 2 (h2mm) Stephen King H
Call of the Siren Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum
Bite Me Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 9
Age of Shiva James Lovegrove SF - Age Of... / Pantheon Triptych 6
Code Zero Jonathan Maberry Th/H - Joe Ledger 6
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure - Episode 2
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure - Episode 3
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure Omnibus
Antiagon Fire (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Image Portfolio 7
The Remaining: Trust: A Novella (e) D.J. Molles UF - The Remaining
The Wicked Douglas Nicholas HistF/H/Myth - Something Red 2
The Barsoom Project (tp2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 2
Children of the Gates Andre Norton SF - Omnibus
Vampires Need Not...Apply? (tp2mm) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 4
The House at the End of Hope Street (h2tp) Menna van Praag F
The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth Terry Pratchett
Jacqueline Simpson
F - Discworld
The River of No Return (h2tp) Bee Ridgway TT/R
Sunstone Freya Robertson F - Elemental Wars 2
Red Planet Blues (h2mm) Robert J. Sawyer SF/Noir
Lockstep Karl Schroeder SF
The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies Clark Ashton Smith Su - Collection
DarkFuse #1 (Kindle e) Shane Staley (ed) H - Anthology
Shadow People (h2mm) James Swain Th/P - Peter Warlock
Shadowbound Dianne Sylvan UF - Shadow World 5



March 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anyway: Angie: A Tor.com Original (e) Daniel Jose OlderUF



March 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Copper Falcon (e) W. Michael Gear
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
F - A Tale of North America's Forgotten Past



March 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wanderer's Tale (ri) David Bilsborough F - Annals of Lindormyn 1


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

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H- Horror
HisfF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su- Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western

Interview with R.S. Belcher, author of The Six-Gun Tarot - January 21, 2013

Please welcome R.S. Belcher to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Six-Gun Tarot will be published tomorrow, January 22nd. You may vote for the cover by Raymond Swanland in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for January here



Interview with R.S. Belcher, author of The Six-Gun Tarot - January 21, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

RB:  Thank you; I love what you've done with the place.


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

RB:  When I was a kid, I would have to go to work with my mom and she would buy me a pad of paper. I'd spend the day writing and drawing comic stories. I'd fasten them together with a wire twist-tie from a loaf of bread and sell them for a quarter to her customers. So I guess I've been a paid writer since I was about 9 years old.

I started writing short fiction when I was 12 or 13. It was God-awful stuff, mostly rip-offs of Moorcock and Zelazny and these supernatural noir detective stories. I took a creative writing class in 6th grade and the teacher, who had been a literature major poo-poo’ed, my stuff as weird, scary trash full of monsters and guys with magic swords. Apparently I was supposed to be writing about my feelings and snowflakes and such. I was so down I stopped writing for a few years. My mom, bless her heart, bought me a Sears’s electric typewriter with auto-correct (no more liquid paper!!!) and I took off writing again.

Writing has been a big part of my life since I was able to write.


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

RB:  I am king of the one sentence paragraph and I am a fragment fiend.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

RB:  Yes. I do both. With Six-Gun I found it was very helpful to do a rough summary of the chapter just before writing it. It helped keep me on topic. However often the chapter didn’t end up exactly the same way I had outlined it. With short fiction, I am so a pantser.


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

RB:  I love weird, obscure, byzantine stuff and it is sometimes hard for me to narrow my focus and not throw too much stuff at my reader at once.


TQ:  Describe The Six-Gun Tarot in 140 characters or less.

RBThe Six-Gun Tarot is a genre-bending fantasy set in the wild west of 1869. It has horror, steampunk and black humor. It’s been likened to “Buffy meets Deadwood”.


TQ:  What inspired you to write The Six-Gun Tarot?

RB:   I got the germ of an idea back in the late 90’s. I had this idea of a little western town in the middle of nowhere where everyone had a weird, dark secret. I tinkered with it wrote a few draft chapters, but nothing came of it until about 2007 when I started writing it in earnest.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Six-Gun Tarot?

RB:  It was a great excuse to watch lots of great westerns and some cheesy ones too. Read some books: Larry McMurtry’s western epics- very poetic and powerful and beautiful; reread some Tony Hillerman- great books! Jon Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” gave a less mainstream view of Mormonism, and Marc McCutcheon’s Everyday Life in the 1800’s was a treasure trove of slang, tidbits about life and the folks living it in the era.


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

RB:  This is a hard question, because I really try to make my characters as real as I can and I end of liking all of them. It bothers me to do the awful things to them I do! I actually felt very sorry for the character of Holly. I didn’t want her to suffer the fate she did, and she didn’t deserve it. I am a bastard (ha ha ha). I also hope I was able to give Harry and Ringo a fair shake in regards to their relationship. I wanted to make it feel real and not forced or token. I tried to just let the love come through and hope it seemed authentic.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Six-Gun Tarot?

RB:  I think the chapter called “The Lovers” is pivotal to the readers getting to know more about the cast of characters. I love writing action sequences. I like to try to make people reading them feel the way I felt the first time I read the dueling scene in Goldman’s “The Princess Bride”. So I like Mutt and Jon’s first encounter with Ambrose and I am very proud of the resolution. I am also very happy with all the Maude parts. Maude’s role was expanded a lot in the editing process and Greg Cox, my editor, was both patient and kind in helping me with that.


TQ:  What's next?

RB:   I’m at work on a Dark Urban fantasy, with a working title of “The Greenway”. It’s set in the present and I’m describing it as Raymond Chandler, John D. McDonald and Jim Butcher mashed up with “The Story of O” and “Pulp Fiction”. It’s dark-ity-dark-dark, and chock-full-o weird fun.

I’m also at work on a Six-Gun follow-up that I’m very excited to be writing. I crossing my fingers there is some demand for it when Six-Gun comes out (ha ha ha). But I’ll write it either way- I still have a lot of stories to tell in Golgotha and I’m writing them.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

RB:  Thank you so much for inviting me. It’s a privilege.





About The Six-Gun Tarot

The Six-Gun Tarot
Tor Books, January 22, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with R.S. Belcher, author of The Six-Gun Tarot - January 21, 2013
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.





About R.S. Belcher

Interview with R.S. Belcher, author of The Six-Gun Tarot - January 21, 2013
R.S. (Rod) Belcher has been an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. He has been a freelance writer for over a decade. He has written for local, state and international publications.

In 2006, he won the grand prize in the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds contest. His story, “Orphans” was published in Strange New Worlds 9, by Simon and Schuster.

His first novel, “The Six-Gun Tarot” is being published by Tor Books in January of 2013. It is a weird western that has been described as “High Noon meets H.P. Lovecraft”.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book and game store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has done Masters work on a degree in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, as well as worked on the Occult Crime taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly’s State Crime Commission.

He lives in Roanoke Virginia with his children, Jonathan, Emily and Stephanie, as well as two dogs and three casts.

Author Facebook : The Six-Gun Tarot Facebook Page



The View From Monday - January 21, 2013

Happy Monday!  Again a small number of books, etc. are out this week. There is one debut out on the 22nd: The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher, which I am enjoying very much. There is an interview with R.S. Belcher today.


The View From Monday - January 21, 2013



January 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nobody's Angel (e) Stacy Gail PNR - Earth Angels 1
Claws Bared (e) Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blood of the Pride 2
Threads of Desire Eleri Stone PNR - Spellcraft 1



January 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Six-Gun Tarot (D) R. S. Belcher F/WW
The Red Knight Miles Cameron F - Traitor Son Cycle 1
The Old Man and the Wasteland: Updated Edition (e) Nick Cole PA
Moonlight Masquerade Jude Deveraux PNR - Moonlight 3
Seconds David Ely SF
Shadows Will Fall: The Spear of Destiny (e) Trey Garrison AH - Far Ranger Adventures 3
Ever After Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 11
The Khitomer Accords Saga (e) David R. George III
Una McCormack
SF - Star Trek: Typhon Pact
The Reckoning (h2tp) Alma Katsu SuTh - The Taker Trilogy 2
Imager's Battalion L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 6
Zero Hour (ri) S.D. Perry SF - Resident Evil
Haunted Sanctuary (e) Moira Rogers PNR - Green Pines 1
Jill Kismet: The Complete Series Lilith Saintcrow UF - Jill Kismet
Walk the Plank (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 2
Blood of the Sorceress Maggie Shayne PNR - Portal 3
The Sixth Station Linda Stasi Th/GB
The Dark Hunger Joelle Sterling H - Eternal Dead 2


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

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF- Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western

The View From Monday - January 14, 2013

Happy Monday! The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars has ended with a tie between the covers for Dead Harvest and Blackbirds. Astounding! You may see the results here. We'll be starting the 2013 Cover Wars soon.

I finished reading my first two debuts for 2013 - The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck and Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg. I enjoyed both of them. I'm now reading The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher.  Reviews will be posted soon.  If you are participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge don't forget to let The Qwillery know what you are reading. See the 2013 Debut Author Challenge page for how to do that! (Just send an email.)


It's a light release week!


January 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Birthright (e) Peter David SF - After Earth: Ghost Stories
The Impetuous Amazon (e) Sandy James FR - Alliance of the Amazons 2



January 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Aylesford Skull James P. Blaylock SP - Langdon St. Ives
A Trip to the Stars Nicholas Christopher F/M
Wide Open (h2tp) Deborah Coates UF
Hadon of Ancient Opar (ri) Philip Jose Farmer F - Khokarsa Series 1 - Wold Newton Prehistory
Seven Kings John R. Fultz F - Shaper 2
Impulse Steven Gould SF - Jumper 3
Glamour in Glass (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Shades of Milk and Honey 2
The Warlord of the Air (ri) Micheal Moorcock AH - Nomad of the Time Streams 1
The B-Team (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 1
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (h2tp) John Scalzi SF
The Age of Miracles (h2tp) Karen Thompson Walker SF/Dys
The Blight of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 2
The Scourge of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 3
The Wretched of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 1



January 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mad Gods and Englishmen: A Fantasy Ian Armer F
Future Games Paula Guran (ed) SF - Anthology



January 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Number 87 (ri) Harrington Hext SF
Lud-in-the-Mist (ri) Hope Mirrlees F




e - eBook
ht2p - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue



AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M -  Mystery
SF -  Science Fiction
SP -  Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


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

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





The Six-Gun Tarot
AuthorR.S. Belcher
Publisher:  Tor Books. January 22, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)
Genre:  Fantasy / Weird West
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2932-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.





The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher:   Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Can)
                     February 7, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook
Price: $14.99 (Trade Paperback)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-85766-265-1
(Adult Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]





Finding Camlann: A Novel 
AuthorSean Pidgeon Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price: $26.95 (Hardcover)
Genre: Historical/Mythology/Romance
ISBN:  978-0-393-07329-4

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Not since A. S. Byatt’s Possession has there been a novel so perfectly attuned to readers who love the history and mythology of the British Isles.

A dramatic find at Stonehenge and another, quieter discovery in the Bodleian Library set in motion a riveting scholarly detective story and a romance, unfolding across a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside.

Archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that King Arthur ever existed. And yet medieval tales of this legendary warrior must have found their inspiration somewhere, and Donald is determined to discover their true source. A chance encounter with the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, sets them both on the trail of elusive clues embedded in an old Welsh battle poem. Their quest will intersect in unforeseen ways with their own troubled lives and will lead them at last to a deeper understanding of the origins of Arthur.





The Kassa Gambit
AuthorM.C. Planck

Publisher:  Tor Books, January 8, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price: $24.99 (Hardcover)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3092-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.





Between
AuthorKerry Schafer
Series:  The Books of the Between
Publisher:  Ace, January 29, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price: $7.99 (MMP)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…





Grave Intentions
AuthorLori Sjoberg
Publisher:  eKensington, January 3, 2013
Format:  eBook, 96,100 words
Price: $5.99
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.


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