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The View From Monday - November 5, 2018


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

Breach (Cold War Magic 1) by W. L. Goodwater.

The View From Monday - November 5, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Lady' Children (Silver) by Rhiannon Held;

and

Terminus (The Unity 2) by Tristen Palmgren.

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



The View From Monday - November 5, 2018



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

November 5, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Antiquities Dealer (e) Ed Protzel Sus/Th/SF - A David Greenberg Mystery 1
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale Jane Yolen F - Collection



November 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Alehouse at the End of the World Stevan Allred F/MR/Hu/HistF
Hokas Pokas (ri) Poul Anderson
Gordon R. Dickson
SF/SO
Diamond Fire Ilona Andrews FR - Hidden Legacy Novella
The Subjugate Amanda Bridgeman SF/CyP/PP/GenEng
Someone Like Me M. R. Carey PsyTh/Occ/Sup/LF/SF/SupTh
A Black Fox Running (ri) Brian Carter Animals/F
Star Trek: Locutus of Borg Die-Cast Collectible Mask: With Light and Sound! Chip Carter Collectibles/PerfArts/PopCul
Armada (tp2mm) Ernest Cline SF/SO/Th
An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories Andy Duncan SF - Collection
Leopard's Run Christine Feehan PNR - A Leopard Novel 11
They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded James Alan Gardner SH/CF
Breach (D) W.L. Goodwater HistF - Cold War Magic 1
The Voice of Mars David Guymer SF - Warhammer 40,000
Hounded: The Graphic Novel Kevin Hearne
Cliff Richards (Artist)
GN/UF - Iron Druid Chronicles
Alice Payne Arrives Kate Heartfield TT/SF/SP
Lady's Children (e) Rhiannon Held UF - Silver Collection
Nothing to Devour Glen Hirshberg H/UF - Motherless Children Trilogy 3
Dining with Angels: Bits & Bites from the Demonica Universe Larissa Ione FR - Demonica
Stealing Life Antony Johnston SF
Visionary Wolf Linda O. Johnston PNR - Alpha Force
The Lovecraft Squad: Dreaming Stephen Jones (Creator) Occ/Sup - The Lovecraft Squad
Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights Travis Langley (Ed)
Wind Goodfriend (Ed)
Psychology - Popular Culture Psychology 9
Frankenstein and the Birth of Science: The Era of Ingenuity that Electrified Science and Fiction Joel Levy Sc/History
A Thunder of War (e) Steve McHugh UF - Avalon Chronicles 3
Deep Blue Jane O'Reilly SF/SO/AC/SFR - Second Species Trilogy 2
Terminus Tristan Palmgren SF/HSF/HistF/Rel - The Unity 2
The Skeleton Makes a Friend Leigh Perry SupTh/M - A Family Skeleton Mystery 5
City of Ash and Red Hye-young Pyun
Sora Kim-Russell (Tr)
Dys/PsyTh/LF/H
A Very Dragon Christmas (e) Katie Reus PNR - Darkness Novella
The Valley of Shadows John Ringo
Mike Massa
SF - Black Tide Rising 6
Season of Storms (h2tp) Andrzej Sapkowski
David A. French (Tr)
F - The Witcher 6
Time and Time Again: Sixteen Trips in Time Robert Silverberg SF/TT/SS
Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence Michael Marshall Smith CF
Hell Divers IV: Wolves Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 4
The Naked Woman Armoní­a Somer
Kit Maude (Tr)
Hispanic & Latino /MR.LF/Hist
Code Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun J.R.R. Tolkien
Verlyn Flieger (Ed)
F
Mass Effect: Annihilation Catherynne M. Valente SF/SO
Static Ruin Corey J. White SF/SO - The Voidwitch Saga 3
The Arrival of Missives Aliya Whiteley LF/SF/CW
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine: A Decade of Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, 2005-2015 Sheila Williams (Ed) SF/F - Anthology



November 8, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Molten Heart (e) Una McCormack SF - Doctor Who



November 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Still of Night Jonathan Maberry
Rachael Lavin
SupTh/H - Dead of Night 4



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

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

The View From Monday - May 14, 2018


Happy Monday! Our last SPFBO review will post this week, which will wrap up the latest SPFBO for us. It's always a learning experience. Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for founding and hosting SPFBO.

Look for the start of May's Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars tomorrow and vote in the poll.


There is one debut this week:

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (Kingdom of Grit 1) by Tyler Whitesides.

The View From Monday - May 14, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

By Fire Above (Signal Airship 2) by Robyn Bennis;

Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual (Warlock Holmes 3) by G.S. Denning;

Armistice (Amberlough Dossier 2) by Lara Elena Donnelly;

Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held is out in eBook;

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 2) by Brian McClellan;

The Crossing by Jason Mott;

and

The Forbidden City by Deborah A. Wolf.

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The View From Monday - May 14, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - May 14, 2018



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

May 13, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How To Marry A Werewolf (e) Gail Carriger SP - Claw & Courtship Novella 1



May 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghost Moon (e) Heather Graham Sus/GH/Sup - Bone Island Trilogy 3
Grayghost Tamara Grantham FR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/P - Fairy World MD 7
Lords of the Underworld Collection Volume 3: The Darkest Secret\The Darkest Surrender\The Darkest Seduction (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld Series 7
The Healer Series Complete Collection: Touch of Power\Scent of Magic\Taste of Darkness (e) Maria V. Snyder F - Healer
Tide of Stone (e) Kaaron Warren PsyTh



May 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Soldier Neal Asher SF/SO/AC - Rise of the Jain 1
By Fire Above Robyn Bennis SP - Signal Airship 2
Buying Time E.M. Brown SF
Ascendant Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 2
Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual G.S. Denning UF/Cr - Warlock Holmes 3
Armistice Lara Elena Donnelly HistF/Th -  Amberlough Dossier 2
The Queen of Sorrow Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 3
Harvest Song (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 20
Ghost Radio (ri) Leopoldo Gout SupTh
Mirror Bound (e) Rhiannon Held UF
Toroa (Ke) Erik Hofstatter H
The Plastic Magician Charlie N. Holmberg FR - A Paper Magician Novel 4
Meltdown GP James SF/PA
In Our Own Worlds: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas (e) Margaret Killjoy
Ellen Klages
Kai Ashante Wilson
JY Yang
F/SF
Salamanders: The Omnibus Nick Kyme SF - Salamanders
The Big Alpha in Town Eve Langlais
Milly Taiden
Kate Baxter
PNR - Anthology
Bearing His Sins (e) Eve Langlais PNR
In the Region of the Summer Stars Stephen R. Lawhead F/HistF - Eirlandia 1
Wrath of Empire Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 2
The Crossing Jason Mott LF/Dys
The Bedlam Stacks (h2tp) Natasha Pulley HistF
The Immortal Renshai Mickey Zucker Reichert FairyT/FolkT/LM/DF/F - Renshai Saga 3
Hell Divers III: Deliverance Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 3
Taste of Darkness (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - The Healer 3
Ghost Warrior Gav Thorpe SF - Rise of the Ynnari 1
Overlords of the Iron Dragon C L Werner F - Kharadron Overlords 1
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (D) Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 1
The Forbidden City Deborah A. Wolf F



May 16, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Grace's Family: A Tor.com Original (e) James Patrick Kelly SF
Trade Deal (e) Malka Older F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 5
The Best Science Fiction Stories of H. G. Wells H. G. Wells SF



May 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Extinct RR Haywood SF/TT/Dys - Extracted Trilogy 3



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
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
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - March 25, 2018


Happy Monday!

Please note for the next few months The Qwillery will generally have no posts on Saturday and possibly Sunday. I've started a new job that leaves me little time to read during the week. I need the weekends for reading!


There is one debut this week:

The Queens of Innis Lear which is Tessa Gratton's adult debut.

The View From Monday - March 25, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Return of Daud (Dishonered 2) by Adam Christopher;

Beseiged by Kevin Hearned in out in Mass Market Paperback;

Death- Touched (Silver 5) by Rhiannon Held is out in digital format;

Netherspace (Netherspace 1) by Andrew Lane and Nigel Foster is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Brass God (Gates of the World 3) by K.M. McKinley is out in digital format.

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The View From Monday - March 25, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - March 25, 2018



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

March 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Born of Darkness (e) Lara Adrian PNR - A Hunter Legacy Novel 1
Architects of Infinity Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
Vanguard (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 1
The Return of Daud Adam Christopher SF/SP/MTI - Dishonoured 2
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase Greg Cox CF/MTI - The Librarians 2
Forge of Darkness (tp2mm) Steven Erikson F - The Kharkanas Trilogy 1
The Span of Empire (h2mm) Eric Flint
David Carrico
HSF - Jao Empire 3
The Phoenix Project (e) Jacquelyn Frank PNR
Caine's Mutiny (tp2mm) Charles E. Gannon SF/SO - Caine Riordan 4
Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (h2mm) Christie Golden SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars 2
The Queens of Innis Lear (D - Adult) Tessa Gratton F/HistF
Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles (h2mm) Kevin Hearne CF - The Iron Druid Chronicles
Death-Touched (e) Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 5
Pacific Rim Uprising - Official Movie Novelization Alex Irvine MTI/SF/AC
Deadmen Walking (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/PNR/FR - Deadman's Cross 1
Bash Bash Revolution SDouglas Lain SF/CyP
Netherspace (tp2mm) Andrew Lane
Nigel Foster
SF - Netherspace 1
Glimpse Jonathan Maberry SupTh/H
Doctor Who: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (e) George Mann
Justin Richards
TV/SF - Doctor Who
The Brass God (e) K. M. McKinley F - Gates of the World 3
Guardian's Bond Rhenna Morgan PNR - Ancient Ink 1
The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit Diana Palmer SFR - The Morcai Battalion 5
Twice Bitten Lynsay Sands PNR - An Argeneau Novel 24
Off Rock (tp2mm) Kieran Shea SF
The Darkest Promise Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 13
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon Kerrelyn Sparks FR/PNR - The Embraced 3
North Star Guide Me Home Jo Spurrier F - Children of the Black Sun 3
Void Black Shadow Corey J. White SF/SO - The Voidwitch Saga 2
Dragon and Slave (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 3
Angelmass (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF
Dragon and Thief (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 1
The Dragonback Series Books 4-6: Dragon and Herdsman, Dragon and Judge, Dragon and Liberator (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 4-6
Dragon and Soldier (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 2



March 31, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Tea Master and the Detective Aliette de Bodard SF
DJStories David J. Schow H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
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
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PoliSci - Political Science
Psy - Psychological
Rel - Religious
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

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


This is the thirteenth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Michelle Hauck (2015)

Faithful
Birth of Saints 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 15, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.





Kevin Hearne (2011)

The Purloined Poodle
Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 1
Subterranean Press, September 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 112 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.

But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.

At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?

The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.


Staked
The Iron Druid Chronicles 8
Del Rey, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire’s heart.

When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.





Rhiannon Held (2012)

Hound and Key
Rhiannon Held, August 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Key has lived her entire life in captivity, forced to use her magic to kill the enemies of Ariadne, an ageless woman with powerful magic of her own. Key knows she and Ariadne are both members of the Hand of the Gods, five souls reborn through the ages, but Key remembers none of her past lives. She chafes against Ariadne's control, and longs to escape to lead a life of her own.

Eric has worked for Ariadne for years in ignorance of her secrets, but now coincidences and bad luck are piling up. When he talks his way into the compound that houses Key and the other members of the Hand, he learns the truth about Ariadne's magic—and the murders she's committed with it. Together, Eric and Key escape and set out to find Lantern, the one member of the Hand Ariadne has never managed to capture—and who may know how to stop her for good.





Jason Heller (2012)

Cyber World – Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
Jason Heller and Joshua Viola, Editors
Hex Publishers, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Cybernetics. Neuroscience. Nanotechnology. Genetic engineering. Hacktivism. Transhumanism. The world of tomorrow is already here, and the technological changes we all face have inspired a new wave of stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires as Homo sapiens evolve—or not—into their next incarnation. Cyber World presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow, as told by some of today’s most gripping science fiction visionaries.

Edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller and Joshua Viola.

[For more information and a TOC see this post at Amazing Stories.]





Patrick Hemstreet (2016)

The God Wave
Harper Voyager, January 3, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 17, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.

These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10


This is the tenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.
Part 9 here.




Linda Grimes (2012)

Pre-Fix
A Ciel Halligan Short Story
Tor Books, March 31, 2015
e-Book, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Meet Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, in this charming introduction to Linda Grimes' "sparkling series" (Publishers Weekly).

A genetic quirk means Ciel can take on the appearance of anyone she meets by projecting their aura. This startling ability presents endless possibilities, and she's one of a rare few who has it...so you'd think it'd be easier finding a day job that lets her put it to use. Actress? Model? Ethically dubious and possibly criminal activities, like her best friend Billy? Ciel's long-time crush and fellow aura adaptor, Mark, has found his calling as a CIA agent-a life of intrigue, danger, and the perfect utilization of their rather unique skill set. It seems like the obvious choice to Ciel: She could do good and spend time with her crush. What could be better?

"Seamlessly blending humor and action...This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read."-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on In a Fix


The Big Fix
Ciel Halligan 3
Tor Books, May 12, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Linda Grimes's sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.

Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients' problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There's only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that's the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn't part of his career plan.

Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn't particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price—which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn't count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder.

Ciel begins to suspect Jack's phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi—but if she goes to the police, she'll have to explain how she knows he wasn't really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.


All Fixed Up
Ciel Halligan 4
Tor Books, May 24, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program...when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he not only knows Ciel’s not who she's supposed to be, but means her harm.

When Ciel's elderly Aunt Helen—also an aura adaptor—is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated ... and it's starting to look like she's the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she's left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.

Staying alive, keeping control of her romantic life, and unraveling the mystery of why adaptors are being pursued becomes a harder balancing act than ever in this new Ciel Halligan adventure from Linda Grimes.




Rhiannon Held (2012)

Back a Winner
A Silver Universe Story
July 6, 2015
eBook, 12 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Pierce must soon give his alpha an answer whether he will accept a position of Seattle pack beta, but he can’t bring himself to decide. At the track, memories haunt him, throwing his fear into sharp relief.


Temper
A Silver Universe Story
July 6, 2015
eBook, 21 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Hoping for a relaxing vacation to roam and get over a bad break-up, Tom instead finds something incredibly dangerous for all werewolves: a cemetery with Were secrets engraved on the stones for any human to see. When a couple of young werewolves from the Billings pack interfere with his plans to take care of the problem, it gets hard for him to keep his anger in check.


Lady Ceremony
A Silver Universe Story
Aug 5, 2015
eBook, 16 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
School’s out for the summer, and Ginnie’s determined to visit her friends in the Boston pack, even if she has to defy her father and sneak out to do it. After all, it was her father the alphas exiled to the wilds of northern Quebec, not her. But she never counted on her first shift into wolf coming so soon, leaving her aching and frightened on a bus, surrounded by humans who can’t be allowed to see her other form.


Wolfsbane
Silver 4
Rhianon Held, August 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack.

What Tatiana doesn't realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them—because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.




Chris Holm (2012)

The Killing Kind
Mulholland Books, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback to be published September 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancée--and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living--but a great way to make himself a target.




Alex Hughes (2012)

How to Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer
July 2015
eBook, 68 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Lately I’ve been noticing a distressing excess of sanity in the creative and writing worlds. Why, new writers have even begun to challenge the Great Assertion that one must be poor and miserable to be any good! This Assertion, as you know, is the bedrock to creating meaningful Art.

Fear not. You are not at the mercy of the forces of Sanity and Productivity. For those distressed by the relentless forward drive of Efficiency, this book will provide a refreshing antidote.

Before you know it, through my simple and practical Assertions, you too will adopt the maddening and complex process that is True Writing, and embrace creative insanity as comfortably as a bat in a belfry!

How to Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer is the satirical how-to writing book you never knew you needed, chock-full of practical advice and easy steps to fill your creative life with trauma, missteps and angst.

Take another look at the life of a writer, and immerse yourself in the hysterical chaos of the life of a miserable, starving-in-a-garret author… or, perhaps, laugh your way to the other side of writer’s block.


Fluid
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Book 4.5
October 27, 2015
Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Good Cop, Bad Cop

A prominent journalist has been found dead, a journalist investigating police corruption. I'm supposed to be working in my new P. I. firm, but the money's not enough so I'm back consulting for the police as a telepath. Turns out this case is a doozy--the journalist was an addict, even worse than I was before I cleaned up my act. But he saved some kids from a sweatshop years ago, and then there's this corruption thing he's been looking into, which makes all the cops sweat.

The police's Powers That Be would really, really like for the journalist's death be an accident--the physical evidence even points in that direction. In Mindspace, however, it's clearly murder. With increasing pressure on myself and Detective Freeman to drop this case, I'll have to fight my way through to find the killer. And worse? If it's one of the cops who did the killing, I don't know if they'll get justice, or I'll get paid.

Fluid and Temper are companion novellas, taking place at the same time.  Fluid follows Adam’s activities; Temper follows Cherabino’s.


The Three Words Project
Stories Inspired by Readers
November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 62 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Banana. Elephantine. Kendama. -- What kind of worlds can be created from just three words?

In the summer of 2014, I asked the readers of my email newsletter to send me just three words, which I would use to inspire flash fiction pieces I'd write on the spot. The project ended up a lot more popular than I expected, with dozens of word sets coming in both that summer and the following winter. The words ranged from fedora to susurrus, from explosion to widdershins, and I was inspired to write flash fiction stories just as diverse in content.

From a time traveler stuck on hold while being chased by a dinosaur, to family inheritance dispute, a magician's quarrel to a private investigator on New Mars, not to mention a haunted bone garden and a Viking coming of age story, these stories run the gamut of time and space in bite-sized pieces. Each comes labeled with the three words that inspired it, both as a tribute to the original reader and as a fun glimpse into the mind of a writer at play.


Temper
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Book 4.7
Alexandra Hughes LLC, December 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 100 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Introducing Temper, the first Mindspace Investigations novella from ex-Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino's point of view...

Some Clients Test You More Than Others

Getting fired from the DeKalb County P.D. was hard, and starting up a private investigation firm has turned out to be even harder. The bills aren't getting paid, and it doesn't help that my partner the telepath keeps getting called away to work for the police department that dropped me like a bad habit. It makes me sad. And angry. A whole lot angry. But when a big-time steel mill mogul comes to Mindspace Investigations PI for help finding his blackmailer, I jump at the chance to get justice for someone again.

Unfortunately, there's a lot more to this case than meets the eye. Shady union dealings. Ties to the mob. Questionable motives. Lies and half-truths. But we need the money, and I can't afford to be picky about jobs right now. No matter how much I dislike the client.

My sensei used to tell me that picking a fight was a bad idea for anyone, but a particularly bad idea for me. But sometimes you don't get to pick your battles. I just hope this is a fight I can win without crossing too many lines.

Fluid and Temper are companion novellas, taking place at the same time.  Fluid follows Adam’s activities; Temper follows Cherabino’s.




Benedict Jacka (2012)

Burned
Alex Verus 7
Ace, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Mage Alex Verus is back in the seventh in the “gorgeously realized”* urban fantasy series from the national bestselling author of Veiled.

I’m used to people wanting me dead. But, this time, I’m not the only one on the hit list—and time is running out…

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex’s dependents—and there’s no way that he’ll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.

With only a week before he’s history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the Council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And, this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul…




Anne E. Johnson (2012)

Things from Other Worlds
October 8, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 82 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
"Enchanting!" -Ellie Ann, New York Times bestseller

Many strange things wait inside these pages. There's a fuzzy ball of kindness, camped out on a grumpy man's porch. A chewed piece of gum with a mind of its own. A smart Alec who actually stands in line twice when they're handing out brains. A girl who isn't afraid when all the plants in her neighborhood come to life.

This collection of science fiction and fantasy stories for kids by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson is perfect for ages 8-12, or anyone with a child's heart.


The Clay War
November 8, 2015
eBook, 16 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
One minute, Shelly is on her fire escape in Detroit. The next, she's in a strange world with two rival battalions of fairies flying toward her. Good thing she has some city-smarts to get her out of this alarming situation.

This short fantasy story by award-winning children's author Anne E. Johnson is intended for ages 8-12.

Amazon : Barnes and Noble : iBooks : Kobo


2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide     Multiple Authors including Anne E. Johnson
Dreaming Robot Press, November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 402 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
The Universe keeps getting bigger! The adventure continues in this second collection of science fiction short stories for middle grade readers. From a future that could be right around the corner, to cultures that stretch what it means to be human, the common thread of our stories are the girls and boys who take action, solve problems, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Welcome Young Explorers!
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
iBooks : Kobo


The Orpheus Factor
December 15, 2015
ebook, 59 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Maybe the aliens are already here.
These six works of short science fiction by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson range from Earth-bound cyberpunk to a space-opera retelling of an ancient Greek myth. All-in-all, the collection will leave you ... unsettled.


Interview with Rhiannon Held, author of the Silver series - February 18, 2014


Please welcome Rhiannon Held to The Qwillery. Rhiannon is the author of the Silver Urban Fantasy series: Silver, Tarnished and Reflected, which is out today. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Rhiannon a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Rhiannon Held, author of the Silver series - February 18, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. Reflected, the 3rd novel is your Silver series, is out today. How has becoming an author changed your life? Is there any advice that you'd give debut authors?

Rhiannon:  My life hasn’t changed in any way that would be obvious externally. I’m still at my same old day job, still write in the evenings when I come home from work, and still meet once a week with friends to critique our writing. I’ve had to learn a lot of new skills, though, related to publicity. As an introvert, it takes confidence to approach a bookstore about doing a signing or schmooze with industry folks at a convention party. I can’t say I like any of those kind of things now, but I’m pretty comfortable with my competency with them. That’s the life-changing part, because those skills can be applied anywhere, not just to book publicity.

There’s plenty of advice I’ve given at various times, but I think the most over-arching piece is to be smart about picking your advice sources. There’s a lot out there for authors on the internet, and a lot of it’s good, but it’s easy to sink into the flood and not differentiate among sources. The most useful thing I’ve discovered is to look for an advice source who used to be in your situation with the problem in question. It seems obvious, but I’ve seen introverts looking like they’re about to cry at conventions when they ask an extrovert how to network and the extrovert tells them to “just switch on.” In my writing dialogue comes naturally to me, scene-setting I had to sweat blood to learn. If your dialogue sucks, disregard anything I say about how I write mine. That’s not to say that writers can’t empathize and offer advice on problems not their own, but someone who sweated through the process of learning something has a higher probability of being able to articulate it well than someone who understands the struggle only intellectually from watching others. Look for writing tips “for” whatever you are, like networking for introverts.



TQ:  Has your writing process changed from Silver (Book 1) to Reflected (Book 3)?

Rhiannon:  My process is actually fairly similar, if a bit more refined now. I draft steadily, with small wordcounts day after day, rather than impressive large-wordcount bursts. I draft too short (to my eternal frustration) and add material in revision on balance, rather than subtracting it. I’ve learned to consciously “buffer” the scenes I plan to write in a day, by running them in my head while driving or walking. Before, I did that unconsciously, and sometimes had unproductive writing sessions because I hadn’t buffered anything.

Before I finished writing Book 4, I would have said that my revision process has become streamlined, but Book 4 has proved that a dirty lie. What has happened, in fact, is the heavy-lifting of my revisions has moved. A lot from my first drafts makes it into the final book, but I often add scenes and character moments to better highlight the emotional arcs. As I’ve gone along, I’ve bitten off more and more complex character arcs, so I find that I have the same number of revisions but they’re revising different things. In Book 1, I had multiple revisions in which I substantially changed where the book started, and where the action in the book occurred. In Book 3, I had multiple revisions in which I clarified the characters’ motives, and added scenes to drive them later, but the first scene and major plot events remained essentially identical. In Book 4, I apparently had a temporary bout of insanity, because rather picking a major character change I wanted and crafting a climax event to create it, I picked a climax event and tried to figure out how the characters would change following it. As far as my process goes, it was a very “jump and build your wings on the way down” sort of experience that made for extremely hair-tearing critique sessions when I found out—again—it wasn’t working yet.

But I got there eventually! And I think the more complex emotional arcs are totally worth it.



TQ:  What do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Silver came out that you know now.

Rhiannon:  I wish I knew about The Question before people started asking it of me. As an archaeologist, I’m fairly used to questions from friends and family and well-meaning strangers that are awkward to answer because they have nothing to do with my actual experience. Have I ever been to Egypt? Do I wear a fedora? You get a lot of those kinds of questions as an author. Did you get to pick your cover? Do you know the model in the picture on the cover? Did you get to write the cover blurb? Do you know the demographics of your readers? (For the curious: the answer to all of those in my case is “no.”)

But then there’s The Question: “How’s your latest book doing?” In some cases, it’s asked in the same spirit as “How are you?” from one coworker to another. They want to express polite interest, but they don’t actually want messy or uncomfortable details. “Pretty good, I think,” is an acceptable answer in that case. But some people actually want to know. How is my book doing? How many have I sold?

Let me tell you about sales numbers. My publisher sends me a statement twice a year. It takes about five months to arrive. That means at this moment, February 2014, I received my most recent statement in November 2013, and it included all my sales up to June 30, 2013. So I could tell you how my book was selling eight months ago—except that I can’t. Because bookstore orders are included in my sales numbers, so if they fail to sell them and return them, my total sales can actually tick down. Amazon offers authors Bookscan data, but Bookscan only includes certain sales (only US, no ebooks, not certain distributors). When compared to my statement numbers from a six-month period, Bookscan has been 30% of my real total—approximately. Say I multiply it out, using 30% to get a rough estimate. I have a number! Compared to…what? A few people do publish their sales numbers, but many of them are self-published, and others are more established than me or in other sub-genres. My number is lower than a science fiction author with a decade in the business and six novels behind them. Um, okay?

So the literal answer to “How’s your book doing?” is “I have no effing clue.” I don’t actually say that. I could have used a chance, before I was published, to figure out how answer The Question politely. Because it is, after all, asked by people who are actually friends with good intentions.



TQ:  Tell us something about Reflected that is not in the book description.

Rhiannon:  I’ve worked hard over the course of the whole series to create the werewolf culture and religion. It’s intended to mostly end up in the background, but I enjoy explaining the gears turning behind the scenes when people ask. Reflected has a neat little aspect of culture based on weddings of Travellers living in Britain. As it was explained in the documentary I saw, Travellers often marry quite young, but also are very controlling of their young girls, so there’s not much chance for young people to meet and find marriage partners. An exception to this can be other people’s weddings. Everyone is invited, not just close friends and family, and standards of behavior for the attending young people are relaxed somewhat.

In Reflected, one of the protagonists, Andrew, tells his daughter, Felicia, that she has to go to school, get a job, or go roaming. Roaming is my Were cultural answer to the problem of inbreeding. Were packs aren’t large, maybe twenty people or so, so people need to find mates outside of their birth pack. So culturally, North American teens are encouraged to ignore pack territory boundaries in a way adults aren’t allowed to, and wander around the continent visiting other packs until they find a place to settle down. In Europe, the packs are much more aggressive toward each other, so that would never work. That’s where the Travellers come in. It’s not mentioned in the book, but European packs throw huge parties to celebrate the first shifts of all their children. At those parties, European teens can fall into bed and get hustled off to a new pack when their parents find out, and inbreeding is avoided there too.



TQ:  Which character in the Silver series has surprised you the most?

Rhiannon:  Tom. For those not familiar with the series, Tom is an easy-going, puppyish Were in his early twenties by the time of Reflected. I wrote him into the beginning of Book 1 to perform a simple purpose, to humanize (heh) Andrew. Andrew had a pretty bad reputation with the majority of other characters because of past mistakes. I wanted to illustrate how someone who hadn’t heard about his past, in the person of Tom, would actually like him. And all my beta readers loved Tom! I purposely brought him back in Book 2 because he was so much fun to write, and that’s when I finally realized what people were reacting to. In a plot full of emotional tension and drama, it’s nice to have a mellow character who isn’t bothered. It’s a way of winking at the reader and saying “Yeah, they’ll get through this.”

He’d make a terrible protagonist, of course, because protagonists who don’t get upset encourage the readers not to react and get bored. But in Reflected, he’s graduated to an even more important role, being there for Felicia, who is a POV character, to bounce off of. When you have characters with a temper, a mellow character can be a perfect foil. So Tom, after being created for a single scene, is now one of the most important supporting characters in the series, and I had no idea it was going to happen.



TQ:  In the series so far who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite good 'guy', bad 'guy' or ethically ambiguous character?

Rhiannon:  The simplest answer is the easiest to write is any character who had a POV in a previous book. The hardest is any character that hasn’t had a POV yet. I write in close third, so getting deep into the thoughts of even a character that’s been upgraded from a bit part in a previous book is more of a quantum change than one might expect. It’s not that I have trouble getting characters’ voices into my head, or finding first draft words to put on the page, but I’ve discovered through experience that the voice I construct in my head needs translation before it comes through properly to first readers. I have trouble both directions—sometimes the nuances of the character in my mind don’t make it to the page, leaving them flat or boring to the readers. Sometimes I’m so concerned about making sure a particular personality trait comes through, I overplay it on the page. Either way, in the second draft the character in my head doesn’t change much, but the way I word that character on the page does. It’s tremendously frustrating when what you think you’re saying isn’t what people actually hear! But I’ve learned to trust it will get fixed in revision.

My favorite antagonist is a spoiler for Book 4, so I think I’ll go with my favorite bad guy instead. I’ve really enjoyed getting to write Raul, as someone who is manipulative by personality, rather than being violent or aggressive. Not that one kind of villain is necessarily more exciting than another for readers, but plotting out twisty manipulations is fun! I’ve also enjoyed showing him through Felicia’s eyes, because she grew up with him, so she saw his positive side: protective of his people, and trying to teach Felicia manipulation to protect herself.



TQ:  Why do you think makes werewolves so appealing? Which parts of werewolf mythology have you adopted and which have you changed?

Rhiannon:  It’s probably not the whole story, but I think part of what appeals about werewolves is how they mix qualities we culturally see as being in opposition. Nature vs. humans, control vs. wild urges. Their struggle is a metaphor for our struggle with those qualities. They appeal because it’s a struggle that can loom large in our lives. Personally, I decided to use werewolves as a different metaphor, since werewolves representing animal urges has been well covered by other authors. I’ve tried to make my werewolves represent the struggle between staying true to a minority culture or sub-culture and assimilating into the dominant culture.

To set that up, I did make a few changes to the common mythology. My Were are as science-based as I can make them. They are a separate species, so no human can be turned into one. They shift into full wolves, not a wolf-human hybrid monster. They don’t shift involuntarily, though shifting gets easier with the full moon. Their male-female ratio is roughly even, so as to have a breeding population. They also have their own culture and religion, and history going back thousands of years. They try to keep these secret while living among humans, allowing the metaphor I was talking about above.



TQ:  What's next?

Rhiannon:  The fourth book in the Silver series, as mentioned above, is all written, but my publisher is waiting to see how the third book sells before they decide whether to continue the series. So if you want to see more from these characters, recommend the first three to other folks! I have up to at least book six planned with the same set of characters, and probably more with a secondary character stepping up to carry the series. I have a few ideas for urban fantasy series in completely different universes percolating at the back of my mind, so we’ll see if people are interested in those when the time comes.

At this very moment I’m working on a project to please myself. It’s set in the same universe as the Silver series, with werewolves getting up to shenanigans in an 1870s mill town on the Puget Sound.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery!

Rhiannon:  It’s been so wonderful to get another chance to talk with you!





Silver

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Rhiannon Held, author of the Silver series - February 18, 2014
Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.



Tarnished
Silver 2
Tor Books, May 21, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Tor Fantasy, December 31, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Rhiannon Held, author of the Silver series - February 18, 2014
Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage—his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And then there’s Silver—the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster’s assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.

The second book in Rhiannon Held's wonderful urban fantasy series, Tarnished plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us.



Silver
Silver 1
Tor Books, June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Tor Fantasy, April 30, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Rhiannon Held, author of the Silver series - February 18, 2014
Urban fantasy takes a walk on the wild side with Rhiannon Held's remarkable debut.

Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more. The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent. Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power…and passion for each other.





About Rhiannon

Interview with Rhiannon Held, author of the Silver series - February 18, 2014
Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series, an urban fantasy series from Tor. In her day job she works as a professional archaeologist. Unfortunately, given that it’s real rather than fictional archaeology, fedoras, bullwhips, aliens, and dinosaurs are in short supply. Most of her work is done on the computer, using databases to organize data, and graphics programs to illustrate it.


Website  ~   Facebook  ~  Twitter @RhiannonHeld








The View From Monday - February 17, 2014


Happy Monday! We've had a lot of snow lately. I'd say too much snow actually and more on the way tomorrow. Being snowed in does not mean more reading. It means shoveling! I'm ready for winter to be over. Hope that if you've had bad weather lately that you are staying safe and warm.



The View From Monday - February 17, 2014



It's a light release week with 2 debuts.

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell;

and

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:


Reflected (Silver 3) by Rhiannon Held;

and

Dog-Gone (Pax Arcana eNovella) by Elliott James.



February 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Demon by My Side (e) Victoria Davies PNR



February 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Horus Rising (ri) Dan Abnett F - Horus Heresy 1
The Unremembered Empire Dan Abnett F -Horus Heresy 27
Halo: Silentium (h2tp) Greg Bear SF
Reflected Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 3
Dog-Gone (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana Novella
True to the Highlander Barbara Longley TTR - Loch Moigh 1
Twilight Watch Sergei Lukyanenko UF - Night Watch 3
With Silent Screams Steve McHugh F - Hellequin Chronicles 3
The Chopping Block John Passarella UF - Grimm 2
DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King Omnibus
Vampire Most Wanted Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 20
The Book of Heaven Patricia Storace LF/F
The Gates of Babylon Michael Wallace Ap - Righteous 6
Like a Mighty Army David Weber SF - Safehold 7



February 19, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Price of Doing Business: A Tor.Com Original (e) D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles
Résumé with Monsters William Browning Spencer H/Satire



February 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
While Beauty Slept (D) Elizabeth Blackwell F
Moth and Spark (D) Anne Leonard F
Confluence - The Trilogy: Child of the River, Ancients of Days, Shrine of Stars Paul McAuley SF - Confluence
Influx Daniel Suarez SF/Th



February 21, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction TV J. P. Telotte HC - Routledge Television Guidebook



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp -
ri - Reissue or Reprint

Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HC - History and Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4


This is the fourth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 5, covering more 2012 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4




Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy
Tor Books, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters - the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax - strangers and enemies - find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource - information - viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.




Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.

















Alex Hughes

Marked
Mindspace Investigation 3
Roc, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…




Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise
Craft Sequence 2
Tor Books, April 29, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, October 29, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
In Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone, shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc—casual gambler and professional risk manager—to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, Crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father—the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists—has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply.

From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire...and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.



Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4

The author shared this draft cover here.




Hanna Martine

Drowning in Fire
Elementals 3
Berkley, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart…

In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. Instead, he found himself drawn into a forbidden affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended in a storm of fire and ice, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status.

Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. Despite how it ended between them, she wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name.

Despite her good intentions, members of the Senatus want her stopped—and Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?




E.S. Moore

Blood from a Silver Cross
Kat Redding 4
eKensington, February 6, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Trust is a dangerous business.

Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.

But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…



Souls of the Damned
Kat Redding
eKensington, June 19, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Innocence is relative, and evil is damned hard to kill. . .

Kat Redding would love to take a break from the gruesome, dangerous work of hunting down rogue vampires and werewolves, battling for innocent lives. But there's no peace for Lady Death. Until Kat's young charge, Sienna, appears on her doorstep, escaped from the shadow-paradise of Delai. Sienna is weak, confused, desperate--human in the utmost. If Kat is going to have any hope of breaking the hold of Delai, she'll have to infiltrate the walls around the false sanctuary. And the only way she can do that is to trade in her battle-hardened, bloodthirsty vampire's body--for Sienna's human form.

With no weapons but her wits, Kat has to trust a demon, defeat an angel, and wrestle with her own rebel soul--because with all the fear and death she's conquered, no one has ever offered her another day under a warm yellow sun. . .



2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11


What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the eleventh in a series of posts.



See Part 1 here.
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See Part 10 here.
See Part 12 here.




Myke Cole

Breach Zone
Shadow Ops 3
Ace, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…





Tina Connolly

Copperhead
Ironskin 2
Tor Books, October 15, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Set in an alternate version of early 1900s England, Copperhead is the sequel to Tina Connolly's stunning historical fantasy debut.

Helen Huntingdon is beautiful—so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask.

Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face—and now has to cover her face with iron so she won’t be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.

Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing—and is implicated in a murder.

Meanwhile, Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead—whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra—is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.

Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband—and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary—she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor...and her heart.





Elspeth Cooper

The Raven's Shadow
The Wild Hunt 3
Tor Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.

Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.





Alexa Egan

Unleash the Curse
An Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Pocket Star, September 2, 2013
eNovella, 100 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Only available as an enovella, the prequel to the second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy about shapeshifters in Regency-era England.

Neither actress Sarah Hayes nor London’s most eligible bachelor Sebastian Commin, Earl of Deane, has ever forgotten their one and only scandalous night of white hot passion or the differences in their social positions that make a future together impossible. So when they discover that they’ll be fellow guests at a house party, they vow to keep each other at arm’s length. A vow broken when they find themselves caught up in a mystery involving a brutal attack on an Imnada shape-shifter and an unexplained entity known as the Naxos.

Each clue they uncover reveals more about the ancient Imnada enemy—monstrous soul-feeders with the power to devour worlds. Each fiery encounter between the aristocrat and the entertainer underscores the raw desire that crackles the very air between them until Sebastian is convinced to make Sarah his wife, no matter the cost to his reputation. He just needs to convince Sarah, who cares for him too much to allow his future to be ruined by marrying a low-born actress. It’s only when the sinister Naxos strike again and Sebastian’s life is threatened that Sarah realizes she’s willing to risk a little scandal in order to save the world…and the man she loves.


Look for Vanquish the Curse (An Imnada Brotherhood eNovella) and Warrior's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood 3) in 2014.





Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
Falling in love in a werewolf pack leads to some very bad choices in this new novel from the author of Silver

Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.





Tes Hilaire

Prince of Shadows
Paladin Warriors 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
It’s forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark…

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But maybe he was never all that Light to begin with

When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watches Gabriella’s need for vengeance threaten to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…




On The Qwillery's radar: 


From Delilah S. DawsonThe Damsel and the Daggerman (Blud eNovella) and Wicked After Midnight (Blud 3) both out in 2014.


From Sharon Lynn FisherThe Ophelia Prophecy coming February 18, 2014.



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