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The View From Monday - May 20, 2013

Happy Monday!  It's another relatively light release week.

I got very little reading down this weekend, but did see Star Trek Into Darkness with my kids. I really enjoyed the movie. I managed to avoid any spoilers whatsoever so audibly gasped at one point. (You can confirm that with my kids.) It was a great surprise. Star Trek Into Darkness was fun, campy at times, full of action, and it had an interesting plot. I watched the original Star Trek when it was broadcast on TV (yes, I'm that old). I'm enjoying the reboot immensely.

I also watched the Series 7 finale of Doctor Who several times.  I'm not going to say much about it other than it ends on a huge cliffhanger. *shakes fist at Moffat* At least I don't believe that there will be a regeneration as it has been reported that Matt Smith will return for Series 8. But really, who knows?


Back to books...  there are 3 debuts out tomorrow! 

The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire 1) by Mark T. Barnes

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth

and

Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan (a US Debut).

Finally, from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, Rhiannon Held's second novel, Tarnished, is out tomorrow.



The View From Monday - May 20, 2013





May 20, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Drowned World (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
Hello America (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
The Unlimited Dream Company (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
Journey of Dominion Shawna Thomas SF - Triune Stones 2



May 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Garden of Stones (D) Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 1
Dark Flight Cassi Carver SFR - Shadow Slayers 3
Blood and Bone Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire 5
Wicked Business (h2tp) Janet Evanovich M w/ PE - Lizzy and Diesel 2
Star Trek Into Darkness Alan Dean Foster SF - Star Trek Movie Tie-In
Midnight's Kiss: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Asylum John Harwood Go/Th
Tarnished Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 2
The Clandestine Circle  (e) Mary H. Herbert F - Dragonlance: Crossroads
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black (D) E. B. Hudspeth F
Noble V: Greylancer Hideyuki Kikuchi H
Apocalypse Cow (US D) Michael Logan H
The War of Horus and Set David McIntee F - Myths and Legends
Samantha Moon Rising J.R. Rain UF - Vampire for Hire (Books 5, 6 and 7)
Drop Dead Beauty (e) Wendy Roberts PCM - Ghost Dusters Mystery 5
The Red Plague Affair Lilith Saintcrow SPM - Bannon and Claire Case 2


May 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Super Bass: A Tor.Com Original Kai Ashante Wilson F



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

F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SPM - Steampunk Mystery
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - April 29, 2013

We've reached the last Monday in April. Spring is sort of here. It's still a bit colder than normal. Despite this everything has started to bloom. See?

The View From Monday - April 29, 2013


Here are the remaining April genre releases.

There are two Debuts this week:   

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu;

and

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.


And from former Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

One for the Wicked (Dark Mission 5) by Karina Cooper;

Wicked as She Wants (Blud 2) by Delilah S. Dawson;

Silver by Rhiannon Held is available in Mass Market Paperback. It was published originally in Trade Paperback;

and

Year Zero by Rob Reid is available is Trade Paperback. It was published originally as a Hardcover.


There are quite a few books, etc. out this week so if you click here you can print a PDF to take shopping with you.



April 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Clockwork Mafia (e) Seleste deLaney SP/W/R
Club Monstrosity (e) Jesse Petersen UF




April 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gilead's Blood (ri) Dan Abnett
Nik Vincent
F - Warhammer
Bronze Gods A. A. Aguirre SP - Apparatus Infernum 1
Hair Raising Kevin J. Anderson UF - Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. 3
As Twilight Falls Amanda Ashley PNR
Rogue Descendant Jenna Black UF - Nikki Glass 3
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown SF
Invincible (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 3
Earth Unaware (h2mm) Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF - First Formic War 1
We Have Always Lived on Mars: A Tor.Com Original (e) Cecil Castellucci SF
The Lives of Tao (D) Wesley Chu SF
One for the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 5
Wicked as She Wants Delilah S. Dawson F - Blud 2
Deep Space Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 4
Dark Wolf Kate Douglas PNR - Spirit Wild 1
Blackmail Earth (h2mm) Bill Evans Th/SF
Siege (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater PA/Z - As the World Dies 3
The Stranger's Magic (h2tp) Max Frei UF - Labyrinths of Echo 3
A Perfect Beast Michael Jan Friedman
Robert Greenberger
Peter David
SF - After Earth Prequel
Tides of War (h2mm) Christie Golden F - World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore 2
Graveyard Child M.L.N. Hanover UF - Black Sun's Daughter 5
Silver (tp2mm) Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 1
NOS4A2 Joe Hill SuSu
Dark Days Caitlin Kittredge UF - Black London 6
Roses in Moonlight Lynn Kurland PNR - De Piaget 15
World Divided (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
SF - Secret World Chronicle 2
The Bone Triangle B. V. Larson SF/SuM - Unspeakable Things 2
Rebirth (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield PA - Aftertime 2
Etruscans (ri) Morgan Llywelyn
Michael Scott
F - Beloved of the Gods 1
The Folded World Jeff Mariotte SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Devil's Heart Cathy Maxwell HistR w/ PE - The Chattan Curse
Echoes of Betrayal (h2mm) Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy
Crucible of Gold (h2mm) Naomi Novik F - Temeraire 7
Accidentally...Evil? (e) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours
The Book of the Sword (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 1
The Book Of The Spear (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 2
The Book Of The Stone (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 4
The Book Of The Cauldron (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 3
The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! Angie Pedersen SF - Star Trek: Crafts
Guards! Guards! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 8
Pyramids (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 7
Sourcery (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 5
Wyrd Sisters (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 6
Year Zero (h2tp) Rob Reid SF
The Last Victim (h2mm) Karen Robards PRS - Charlotte Stone 1
A Stranger in Olondria (D) Sofia Samatar F
Five Autobiographies and a Fiction Lucius Shepard F - Collection
The Darkest Kiss (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 2
The Darkest Night (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 1
The Darkest Pleasure (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 3
The Darkest Whisper (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 4
Flashback (tp2mm) Dan Simmons SF
Dark Magic (h2mm) James Swain Th/F
Advent (h2tp) James Treadwell F
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis SF - The Milkweed Triptych 3
Dust (tp2mm) Joan Frances Turner H - Dust 1
Good-bye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories John Varley SF - Collection
Oath Bound Rachel Vincent UF - Unbound 3
Transgalactic (tp2mm) (ri) A.E. Van Vogt
Eric Flint (ed)
David Drake (ed)
SF - Collection
The Touch (ri) F. Paul Wilson SuTh/H - The Adversary Cycle 3
Judgment at Proteus (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 5



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


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistR - Historical Romance
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
SuSu - Supernatural Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF -  Urban Fantasy
W - Western
Z - Zombies

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6

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


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.


Linda Grimes

Quick Fix
Ciel Halligan 2
Tor, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
The second installment of the original urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them — as them — is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.

Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches — adaptors can only project human auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.

Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for NYC and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Cover and descritpion from the Author's site.




Rhiannon Held

Tarnished
Silver 2
Tor, May 21, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Experience the romance and danger of running with the werewolves in this urban fantasy.

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 this wonderful urban fantasy series plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us.




Alex Hughes

Sharp
Mindspace Investigations 2
Roc, April 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...




J.A. Kazimer

Froggy Style
F***ed-Up Fairytale 2
Kensington, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He's a prince. Handsome. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. But he also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Okay, fine. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him, but whatever. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he's a free man.

Trouble is, he's going to be 30 in ten days, and he's getting some seriously cold-blooded feet. He's pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. But his best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a smoking-hot lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. Oh, and he may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oopsie.




Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron
London Steampunk 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.




Carol Wolf

Binding
Wolf Moon Saga 2
Night Shade Books, April 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2013 - Part 6
What do you do after you’ve saved the world—and nobody believes you?
Amber is a teenage runaway, hiding out in Los Angeles, who is also a daughter of the wolf kind. And, not long ago, she had her own personal demon. Richard was her servant, her lover, and a hellish force bound to the earth against his will. Together they turned back the World Snake that threatened to destroy the city—and she had granted Richard his freedom.
Now Amber is alone, but nobody accepts that she has truly shed her demon. Many still fear the World Snake and seek to capture the demon’s power for their own purposes, unaware that Richard has already departed the mortal realm. Amber finds herself hunted, in both wolf and human forms, by cultists, illusionists, raisers of power, and even an evil veterinarian.
Saving the world was one thing. To save herself Amber may have to call back her fearsome demon lover, who is no longer bound to obey her. . . .



Interview with Rhiannon Held - June 5, 2012

Please welcome Rhiannon Held to The Qwillery. Rhiannon's debut novel, Silver, is published today. Happy Publication Day to Rhiannon!


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

Rhiannon:  Writers are quirky people, so it has a lot of competition for most interesting, but I like to listen to the same song on repeat for a whole writing session of two hours or more. That way, I only have to find one song with the right mood. I often queue it up manually, so every three or four minutes pressing replay gives me an excuse to glance away from the word processor window and shake some words loose because I’m not concentrating on them for a moment.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Rhiannon:  When it comes to my writing influences, I often feel like the child who’s described as a collection of body parts (your uncle’s nose, your mother’s eyes…). My love of beautiful imagery is influenced by authors like Jacqueline Carey and Patricia McKillip. I love Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series for its treatment of a very rigid, hierarchical society, and the depth and complexity of the character relationships. In urban fantasy, I love Patricia Briggs for how she grounds her stories in the setting and Jim Butcher for his humor. Finally, perhaps an especially eclectic choice, I love Dick Francis’ mysteries for how he creates male protagonists who are extremely honorable, and we feel deep in their heads even though they’re not overly emotional.

And while it’s a recent discovery rather than a formative influence, I want to mention Mary Robinette Kowal’s Regency series (starting with Shades of Milk and Honey) as one of my favorite of all time. Since I have a female protagonist, I had to think quite a lot about making her strong, and Mary Robinette Kowal does that wonderfully without making her heroine seem like some kind of weird time-traveling transplant to that society.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Rhiannon:  I’m a mixture of both, but I probably fall more on the plotter side of the spectrum. I never formally outline, but I always plan out in my head the broad sweep of the book’s structure. So when I start writing, I know the ending and the high points of the middle. As I go along, I fill in more detail in chunks of the story as I near them. I write best each day if I’ve imagined the scene(s) in my head beforehand. There’s a concept I’ve heard in director’s commentaries for TV shows called “breaking” the episode, where the writers sit down and plan out a episode’s story before writing it. I sit down and break a novel, and then break sections, and then break the scenes. Along the way, I keep what minimal notes I need to so I don’t forget anything.

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

Rhiannon:  My biggest challenge is always the thing I haven’t learned how to do yet. Some things throughout the process are always more difficult than others—for instance, I’m not a visual thinker, so I have to think harder about my setting description than I do about my dialogue—but the real challenges are the new things I’m not sure how to approach. At the moment, I’m still a little in the learning curve for promoting my book. I’d consider that part of the writing process, the same way submitting is, because if you don’t submit or promote what you’ve written, no one will read it. I got lots of help from my awesome publicist and great advice from writer friends, but once you have a big pile of advice, it can also be a challenge to sort through it all. It’s impossible for one person to do everything at once, and what plays to one writer’s talents might not play to yours. I’m sure by the time I feel like I have a handle on promotion, I’ll have discovered some new challenge I hadn’t expected, and be busy learning that.

TQ:   Describe Silver in 140 characters or less.

Rhiannon:  I originally wrote a plot summary, but you can read that yourself in full form, so here goes for the spirit of the novel:

Werewolf culture, politics, and religion clash when an atheist hiding from his past meets a woman who walks with Death.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Silver?

Rhiannon:  NaNoWriMo inspired me to start writing seriously for the first time, but after that novel, I worked on short stories exclusively during my formative years. When I attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop, I confessed to Jeanne Cavelos that I thought my style might work for novels, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on a project that big. She told me to wait to write a novel until I couldn’t imagine not writing one. Some years later, I had a period of turmoil in my life, so I decided that a novel was exactly the kind of project I wanted to throw myself into. That was Silver.

That’s what made me decide to write a novel, but that particular novel had further inspiration. The character of Silver had come to me a little before, and I’d played around with using her in short story that never quite worked. That short story turned out to be more of an exercise in finding her voice, and then when I decided to throw myself into a novel, the character was ready and waiting for me. The idea of a werewolf who had been injected with silver and had religious visions really grabbed my imagination, and it intrigued me to be able to make it absolutely ambiguous whether the religion was real or not.

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

Rhiannon:  I’ve branched into different areas for the later books, but for Silver, I think I spent the most time on making sure I got the setting as correct as possible for the parts of the book set on the East Coast. Maps helped me with an outline of the action—things like Google’s travel time estimates are lovely for calculating what time the next day characters should arrive at their destination and such things. Then I did a lot of talking to people who’ve lived in Virginia and the other locations for a local’s sense of where the best parks are, where the worst traffic is, that sort of thing.

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

Rhiannon:  This is a great question for me, because my novel has two POV characters. One came to me easily, and the other was much harder. Silver, as I mentioned above, had been in my head from the very beginning. She had such an unusual voice that writing her often flowed, and was a joy. Andrew, on the other hand, suffered at first from being just a foil for Silver. I realized early on that he needed his own story and goals, but I got quite a ways into the first draft before I figured out what they were. Once I figured out Andrew’s past and how that drove him, I still had some challenges in translating his voice onto the page. Initial readers found him too much of an asshole in one draft, and too weak in another. By that point, the character in my head wasn’t changing, but how I expressed that on the page had to be tweaked until people saw what I did in my head.

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

Rhiannon:  I think one of my favorite scenes is actually when we enter Silver’s POV for the first time. Having been injected with silver nitrate makes her see the world differently. She sees the spirit realm, or she hallucinates, depending on your point of view. As time goes on, Silver becomes a little more grounded, so that first scene is her perspective at its most beautiful, and dangerous. It was wonderful to write.

TQ:  What's next?

Rhiannon:  At the moment, I’m working on book 3 of the series. Book 2 has already been turned in. I’m hoping that the first three books will do so well that Tor will want to buy book 4 and onward. I’m still having a ton of fun with this world, and I have lots of different stories left that I want to tell. I plan to use different POV characters, rather than sticking with the same one or two for the whole series, which gives me a lot of breadth for exploring different characters. There’s also a whole world of different werewolf subcultures and religious sects out there to explore and clash against each other.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About Silver

Silver
Tom Doherty Associates/Tor Books, June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Rhiannon Held  - June 5, 2012
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 their passion for each other.

Silver  - Publisher Page

Read the first couple of chapters of Silver


About Rhiannon

Interview with Rhiannon Held  - June 5, 2012
Rhiannon Held lives in Seattle, where 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. SILVER is her first novel.

Rhiannon's Links

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The View From Monday - June 4, 2012

Happy first Monday in June! There is a lot happening at The Qwillery this week:


Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Michael Poore. Up Jumps the Devil will be published on .

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Rhiannon Held. Silver will be published on June 5, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Hanna Martine. Liquid Lies will be published on July 3, 2012.

Thursday -  Interview with G.J. Koch, the author of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate (Night Shade Books, June 5, 2012).

Friday - Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Seven Elements of Sexual Tension. Seduced by the Vampire King (Vampire Warrior Kings #2) was published on June 1, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with E.J. Swift. Osiris (Osiris Project 1) will be published on June 5, 2012.

Sunday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Virna DePaul.


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


June 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Postmodern Science Fiction and Temporal Imagination
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Elana Gomel Literary Criticism
Finding Magic (e)
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Stacia Kane UF - Downside Novella



June 5, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Spirit War
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Rachel Aaron F - Legend of Eli Monpress 4
Spellcrossed
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Barbara Ashford F - Crossroads Theater 2
Mother of Storms (ri)
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John Barnes SF
When Shadows Call (e)
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Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin Novellas
Fury of Ice
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Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 2
Accidentally Dead, Again
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Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentals 6
Ready Player One (h2tp)
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Ernest Cline SF
Chaos Burning
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Lauren Dane PNR Bound by Magick 2
Blood of Innocence
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Tami Dane UF - Sloan Skye 2
Undead and Unstable
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MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Undead / Queen Betsy 11
Fascinated
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Marissa Day PNR
A Caress of Wings (e)
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Sylvia Day PNR - Renegade Angels Novella
Mortal
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Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
SF/AH - Mortals 2
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection
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David F. Dufty SF/S
After Life (ri)
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Rhian Ellis S/M
Hex Appeal
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P. N. Elrod (ed) UF - Anthology
1636: The Kremlin Games
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Eric Flint SF - Ring of Fire 14
Beneath the Shadows (US d)
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Sara Foster GS
All That Falls
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Kimberly Frost PNR - Etherlin 2
For Heaven's Eyes Only (h2mm)
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Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 5
Live and Let Drood
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Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 6
Bury Elminster Deep (h2mm)
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Ed Greenwood F - Sage of Shadowdale 3
Kiss the Dead
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Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 21
KOP Killer
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Warren Hammond SF - Kop 3
Devil's Gate (e)
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Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella
Visions of Chains
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Regan Hastings PNR - Awakening 3
Silver (d)
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Rhiannon Held UF
The Last Four Things (h2tp)
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Paul Hoffman F - Left Hand of God 2
Sworn in Steel
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Douglas Hulick F - Tale of the Kin 2
The Mage (ri)
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Jean Johnson PNR - Sons of Destiny 8
The Great Hunt (ri)
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Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 2
The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions
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Paul Kepple Zombies / Tarot Cards
Messenger's Angel
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Heather Killough-Walden PNR - Lost Angels 2
Rise of The Governor (h2tp)
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Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H/Z - Walking Dead
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
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G.J. Koch SF
Cold Fire (ri)
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Dean Koontz H
Home From the Sea
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Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 8
Unnatural Issue (h2mm)
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Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 7
Genesis of Evil
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Nile J. Limbaugh H
The Girl Who Heard Dragons (ri)
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Anne McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
The Broken Universe
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Paul Melko SF - Walls of the Universe 2
Ghost Soldiers
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Keith Melton UF - The Nightfall Syndicate 2
Samantha Moon
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J.R. Rain PNR - Vampire for Hire 1 - 4
Disappearing Nightly (ri)
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Laura Resnick UF - Esther Diamond 1
Blue Remembered Earth
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Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 1
Vengeance Moon
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Lee Roland PNR - Earth Witches 2
Incarnate
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A. C. Ruttan PNR - Portal Keepers 1
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
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John Scalzi SF
Blood Kin
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M.J. Scott F - Half-Light City 2
B-Movie Reels
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Alan Spencer H
The Craving
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Jason Starr UF/H - Pack 2
Osiris (d)
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E.J. Swift SF - The Osiris Project 1
Prepare to Die!
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Paul Tobin F
Corpse in the Crystal Ball
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Kari Lee Townsend PCM - Fortune Teller 2
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
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Sean Wallace (ed) SP - Anthology
Amped
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Daniel H. Wilson SF
Moondogs (h2tp)
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Alexander Yates SF
Judgment at Proteus
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Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 5



June 6, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire
The View From Monday - June 4, 2012
Paula Guran (ed) F - Anthology
Dead as a Doornail (show tie-in)
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Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire 5
Worldsoul
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Liz Williams F - Worldsoul Trilogy  1



d - Debut
e - eBook
h2emm - Hardcover to Enhanced Mass Market Paperback
(larger than a Mass Market Paperback)
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
GS - Gothic Suspense
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Supernatural
Sc - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts


There are 5 debuts for June.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite June cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The June 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.


Beneath the Shadows
Author:  Sara Foster
Format:  Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher:  Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, June 5, 2012
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre: Gothic Suspense
ISBN:  978-0312643362
US Debut

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.

THE ANSWERS ARE HIDING BENEATH THE SHADOWS

When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits an isolated North Yorkshire cottage, they leave the bustle of London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam vanishes without a trace, leaving their baby daughter, Millie, in her stroller on the doorstep. The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village on the untamed heath. Everyone—the police, her parents, even her best friend and younger sister—is convinced that Adam left her. But Grace, unable to let go of her memories of their love and life together, cannot accept this explanation. She is desperate for answers, but the slumbering, deeply superstitious hamlet is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace hunts through forgotten corners of the cottage searching for clues, and digs deeper into the lives of the locals, strange dreams begin to haunt her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut her and Millie off from the rest of the world does Grace make a terrible discovery. She has been looking in the wrong place for answers all along, and she and her daughter will be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.


Silver
Author:  Rhiannon Held
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, June 5, 2012
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0765330376

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
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 their passion for each other.


Green Light Delivery
Author:  Anne E. Johnson
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher:  Candlemark & Gleam, June 19, 2012
Price: $19.95
Language: English
Genre: SciFi - Space Opera/Noir
ISBN:  9781936460281


2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.

Green Light Delivery is a fascinating, fresh take on sci-fi that pairs the nonstop action and intrigue of Raymond Chandler’s noir novels with a completely alien setting, spanning worlds and introducing us to creatures with a hundred ears, poisonous bones, or radial symmetry instead of bilateral. It’s full of adventure and humour, and will satisfy anyone looking for a space opera that’s a little out there.


Osiris
Author:  E.J. Swift
Series:   Osiris Project 1
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, June 5, 2012
Price:  $26.99
Language:  English
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  978-1-59780-417-2

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Nobody leaves Osiris. Osiris is a lost city. She has lost the world and world has lost her . . .

Rising high above the frigid waters, the ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth, while others cling to the idea that life still survives somewhere beyond the merciless seas. But for all its inhabitants, Citizens and refugees alike, Osiris is the entire world--and it is a world divided.

Adelaide is the black-sheep granddaughter of the city's Architect. A jaded socialite and family miscreant, she wants little to do with her powerful relatives--until her troubled twin brother disappears mysteriously. Convinced that he is still alive, she will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means uncovering long-buried secrets.

Vikram, a third-generation storm refugee quarantined with thousands of others in the city's impoverished western sector, sees his own people dying of cold and starvation while the elite of Osiris ignore their plight. Determined to change things, he hopes to use Adelaide to bring about much-needed reforms--but who is using who?

As another brutal winter brings Osiris closer to riot and revolution, two very different people, each with their own agendas, will attempt to bridge the gap dividing the city, only to find a future far more complicated than either of them ever imagined.

Osiris is the beginning of an ambitious new science fiction trilogy exploring a near-future world radically transformed by rising seas and melting poles.


The Age of Miracles 
Author:  Karen Thompson Walker
Format:  Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher:  Random House, June 26, 2012
Price:  $26.00
Language:  English
Genre: SciFi - Dystopia
ISBN978-0-8129-9297-7

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Guest Blog by Rhiannon Held - Reverses

Please welcome Rhiannon Held to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Silver, Rhiannon's debut, will be published in June.



Reverses

     As an urban fantasy author, I often deal with coworkers and the like who are unfamiliar with speculative fiction and who have trouble understanding the distinction between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Do I write books like that one author with the vampires that are just soft core porn?? (I am always tempted to respond: which one?) I’m squarely on the urban fantasy side of the sub-genre divide, but that’s sometimes hard to explain since my novel also has romantic elements. I’m always working on a better way to convey the differences.

     My personal definition of the distinction between urban fantasy and paranormal romance was originally a little like the old joke “do you want a little burger with that ketchup?” where either plot or sex is the ketchup, depending on who’s reading it. Which do you want as the dominant part of the meal, and which serves to flavor and enhance (but not overwhelm) the other? And that’s definitely the main difference, but in some cases there’s more to it than that, I think.

     Over the years, I’ve read a paranormal romance here and there, though urban fantasy is generally my taste for reading as well as writing. I wouldn’t want to generalize those books to the entire sub-genre, but I did notice something interesting about those in particular: their romantic arcs were full of reverses.

     What I mean by reverses is this: when everything seems doomed to failure, and then destined for success, and then doomed to failure, and then destined for success…I differentiate it from the kind of romantic arc one usually sees in urban fantasy, which doesn’t have the back and forth. Everything seems pretty damn difficult or even hopeless until the final obstacle is cleared, and success is achieved.

     For example. A romantic arc full of reverses might go something like this: Jane the protagonist has the hots for the Werebadger king, but his council forbids boinking humans. But maybe he doesn’t have the hots for her! But she finds out he does! But she sees him kissing another woman! But she finds out that woman was fey and ensorcelled him! But maybe ensorcelling doesn’t work without some attraction to begin with! But--!

     And that’s when my neck feels a little sore from whiplash.

     To some degree, I would expect that a romantic arc that’s the flavoring rather than the meal would be a little simpler—who has time for reverses when you’re desperately hunting down goblins, tracking them to their master, and closing his doom gate? But what interests me instead is comparing a dominant romantic arc to a dominant plot arc.

     Plot arcs seem to me to more often have setbacks, rather than reverses. The doom gate isn’t where our mystical calculations said it would be! Perhaps our heroes feel demoralized, but seeing as they’re heroes, they start looking for the doom gate somewhere else. In contrast, after a romantic reverse, it’s all about self-doubt. Maybe it’s better for the Werebadger king if Jane leaves him alone. Maybe he is only playing with her. The heroine has to fight to decide what her goal should even be (fight to keep him or forget him), not how to accomplish it or whether to give up. That’s why I call it a reverse instead of a setback.

     In thinking over the plots of the urban fantasy novels I’ve read lately, I can’t think of a single one that had more than one reverse, and most had none. There are cases of single reverses: the hero is betrayed by an ally, perhaps, so suddenly he or she has to change sides, and spend some time reevaluating their goal (fight for or against?). But the multiple reverses just aren’t there.

     I think the cause of this is partially what kind of obstacles are available in the environment around the characters. It’s easy to keep your characters from locking lips during their coffee date if the goblins burst up from the drains, whereas sans goblins, you’re left with something like making Jane hold back because she’s worrying how sincere the Werebadger king is.

     In a way, that’s a false cause, though. Authors build their novels’ environments, so if they want sewer goblins, they can put in sewer goblins. A fantasy romance novel I read with no reverses at all that I can remember got a lot of the tension by the heroine being kidnapped by an evil djinn. She didn’t need to see her lover kissing another woman when they were locked apart by the harem doors.

     So I think there’s a difference in kind as well as degree between urban fantasy romantic elements and a particular kind of romantic plot arc. It’s a matter of taste whether a reader enjoys and expects setbacks or multiple reverses, and I think they’re different enough that getting one when you want the other can be frustrating. But recognizing that it’s not the same even though it all has sex in it somewhere (and really, who doesn’t like sex?) can definitely be helpful.


About Silver

Silver
Tom Doherty Associates/Tor Books, June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Rhiannon Held - Reverses
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 their passion for each other.
Preorder

Silver  - Publisher Page

Read the first couple of chapters of Silver


About Rhiannon

Guest Blog by Rhiannon Held - Reverses
Rhiannon Held lives in Seattle, where 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. SILVER is her first novel.

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The View From Monday - April 16, 2012

Happy middle of April (more or less). This week at The Qwillery:

Monday -  Guest Blog by Rebecca Zanetti. Hunted (Dark Protector 3) will be published on April 24, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Alex Adams. White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Linda Poitevin. Sins of the Son (The Grigori Legacy 2) was published on March 27, 2012.

Thursday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Carol Wolf. Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga 1) was published on April 3, 2012.

Friday -  2012 Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Stacey Kennedy.

Saturday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog from Rhiannon Held. Silver, Rhiannon's debut, will be published on June 5, 2012.


April 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightingale
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Melissa Mickelsen F



April 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
White Horse (d)
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Alex Adams F/PA
A Wolf's Heart
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Vivi Anna PNR
The Adventures of Duncan & Mallory #1: The Beginning Robert Asprin F
The Witch Thief
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Lori Devoti PNR - Unbound 6
Counter-Clock World (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik: The Screenplay (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Acacia (ri)
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David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 1
The Sacred Band (ri)
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David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 2
Pax Omega
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Al Ewing SF - Pax Britannia
The Vampire Voss (tp2mm)
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Colleen Gleason PHR - Regency Draculia 1
The Twilight Lord (ri)
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Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 3
Deadfall Hotel
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Steve Rasnic Tem H
Robopocalypse: A Novel (h2tp)
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Daniel H. Wilson SF



d - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR  - Paranormal Historical Romance
SF - Science Fiction
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