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Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

and the winners are...


Dark Currents (Agent of Hel 1) by Jacqueline Carey - Read the Interview and enter here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Would you like to vacation in a resort town with an out in the open eldritch community?

Dawn Prough who said...

I don't like to poke bears, so I don't know if I'd go to a supernatural town and look for them. Besides, as another commentor mentioned, they are living creatures and it is mean to go and stare at them like they are exhibits for your entertainment.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Revelation (The Seven Signs 1) by Erica Hayes - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels featuring Angels or Archangels?

books4me who said...

I can't recall the name of the exact series but it's by Felicity Heaton, I think...I haven't read too many angel series!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) by Jill Archer - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite stories featuring demons?

Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmm... I think that would have to be A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


3 copies of Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp - Read the Interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

bn100 who said...

I like Article 5.


Cindy who said...

I like the British comic Nemesis the Warlock.


Alyn who said...

I liked Battle Royale.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

Barbara E. who said...

I really enjoyed Already Dead by Charlie Huston - a hardboiled detective who's also a vampyre, it's a great story. My favorite urban fantasy series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) by Claire Ashgrove - Read the Guest Post here

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights(Templar or other)?

Leah Weller who said..

I have so many...... Tristan and Isolde, Timeline, Guinevere, Kingdom Of Heaven, King Arthur, First Knight, just to name a few. As for books, Immortal Hope was amazing. I can't wait to read about Farran! Congratulations on the release and thank you for the chance in the giveaway. :)



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall - Read the Interview here.  US ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite vampire novels?

rissatoo who said...

My first real vampire read will always be a favorite: Interview With The Vampire. But I've read SO many wonderful takes on vampires - from Stoker's scary Dracula, to Bartlett's light & frothy Glory StClair, and LKH's sensual Jean Claude - I just LOOOOOVE a good vampire world! :)

I'll keep my eye out for this one.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



ARC of Something Red by Douglas Nicholas - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012
ARC COVER IS DIFFERENT!
Question:  What is one of your favorite novels that is not set in the present day?

Stephanie who said...

The Great Gatsby!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner - Read the Interview here.  US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

Di who said...

I enjoy all the periods, but Medieval & Regency are the ones I keep going back to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards 1) by Roberta Trahan - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who is one of your favorite rulers (queen, king, etc.) from history or myth?

Carl who said...

Arthur, of course, must be one of nearly everyone's favorites. I also enjoy the villains, Richard III for example, but I don't think I would have liked to have known him very well.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

Tim who said...

I work well under pressure, but I think too much pressure makes for an inferior product.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The White Forest by Adam McOmber - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite time period settings for novels? Which?

erin who said...

Thanks for a great post and congrat to Adam on the new release! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this book it as already on my "want" list :) I truly don't have a fav time period. I'm pick up what sounds interesting to me and I figure, I'm a long for the ride and I'll go where ever and whenever an author wants to take me :) I'm just looking for a great story and characters I can connect to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Charming Blue, Wickedly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson - Read the Guest Blog here.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who would be your Prince or Princess Charming and why?(The Prince or Princess may be imaginary or real, of course.)

June M. who said...

I don't have a real Prince Charming in my life. Most of the heroes that I really like would not exactly be known as Prince Charming either, I tend to like the Alpha-Dominate bad-boys :) Some of my faves include Wraith from the Demonica series (along with Ares & Than from LoD), and I love the Masters in Cherise Sinclair & Kallypso Masters books.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Three copies of Fair Game (Guardian 3) by Taylor Keating - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite video games?

Debby who said...

Amazing excerpt. I would love to read more. I am not a big game player. I just like to play block games.


Rebe who said...

I'm not much of a gamer, to be honest. I think my favorite video game is Ms. PacMan (which soooo dates me, lol)!


Barb P who said...

I'm not really a gamer. Probably the last video game that I played was Star Wars Pod Racers or Space Invaders. I have read Game Over and loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Interview with Richard E. Gropp, author of Bad Glass, and Giveaway

Please welcome Richard E. Gropp to The Qwillery as part of 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Bad Glass was published on September 25, 2012.


Interview with Richard E. Gropp, author of Bad Glass, and Giveaway


Richard:  Thanks for welcoming me to your site! I really appreciate it.

TQ:  My pleasure!



TQ:  Writing quirks! What are some of yours?

Richard:  Hmmmm … I’m constantly reading aloud. Is that odd? I’ll read a sentence over and over again, listening to the rhythm of the syllables. I’ll change a word and read it again; I’ll read it in context, and then read through the whole chapter. Then again. Sometimes I’ll read it into a recorder and play it back. And if I’m being productive, I won’t call it a day until my voice is hoarse and my throat is raw. (Luckily, I seldom work at the local coffee shop.)


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

Richard:  That’s a pretty long and constantly-shifting list. Raymond Chandler, Samuel R. Delany, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, and William Gibson are all major influences. But the most recent writer I went all “fan boy” over would have to be Gail Carriger. I absolutely adore her Parasol Protectorate series, and I’ve been recommending it to everyone – it’s so much fun, and a type of writing I don’t think I could ever manage!


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Richard:  I guess I’m a mixture of the two. I can generally see the big things on the horizon – the action climax, the way a relationship is probably going to work out – but I usually don’t know how I’m going to get there. Most of the time, I’ll be able to see about two chapters into the future, and that’s it.

That can be scary at times – not knowing where you’re going – but I think it’s fun to dig yourself into a deep, dark hole and then try to dig your way back out. That’s when you stumble upon all of the most awesome and unexpected things.


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

Richard:  Probably working at a reasonable speed. I tend to obsess over sentences and words, rewriting and rewriting and rewriting until I’m absolutely happy. That means it can take me weeks or months to finish a single chapter. I’m hoping that my pace will pick up as I get more experience and confidence.


TQ:  Describe Bad Glass in 140 characters or less.

Richard:  An aspiring photographer sets out to document the unexplained horrors in a quarantined city. He faces the inexplicable & fights to survive.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Bad Glass?

Richard:  I’ve always been a fan of apocalyptic and “weird city” fiction (books like The Stand, or Swan Song, or Viriconium, or Gormenghast), but those things always seemed like such a huge undertaking to me – the world-building, the large cast of characters, the delicate mood. I think, when I sat down to write Bad Glass, I just felt like it was time for me to stop fooling around and start working on something I’d genuinely love. Even if it was big and scary and intimidating.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Bad Glass?

Richard:  Most of my research involved traveling to Spokane, WA (where the novel takes place) and walking the streets on a quiet October afternoon. The weather was gray and the streets were empty, and that’s when I came up with much of the mood and setting of Bad Glass. And really, mood and setting are a huge part of this novel. I also took a lot of photographs, and descriptions of some of those photos actually made it into the book.

I also boned up on computer networks, photography, psychology, and a little bit of physics.


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

Richard:  My main character, Dean, was pretty easy for me to write. He’s an aspiring, unpublished photographer looking desperately for his big break, and when I was writing Bad Glass I was an aspiring, unpublished writer looking desperately for my big break. So getting into his head and expressing his hopes and dreams and fears was a fairly easy task. I hope that those parts come across as truthful and deeply-felt, because I really think that that’s a snapshot of where I was just a couple of years ago.

The hardest character for me to write was probably Floyd. And not because he was difficult for me to relate to, but because I really liked him a great deal, and I felt like absolute crap for all of the horrible things I put him through. Really, he’s a nice, likable guy, and I do not treat him well.


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

Richard:  Probably Dean’s meeting with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Cob Gilles. It’s an interesting (and at times incoherent) exchange, and I think, in this venerable elder, Dean sees his dreams reflected and laid bare. And it gives him a lot to think about.


TQ:  What's next?

Richard:  I’m working on a new, unrelated novel. It’s still pretty early in the process, though, so I don’t want to reveal too much. I’m also hoping to work on some more short fiction soon.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Richard:  Thanks for having me! And thanks for including Bad Glass in your Debut Author Challenge!



About Bad Glass

Bad Glass
Del Rey, September 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages


Interview with Richard E. Gropp, author of Bad Glass, and Giveaway
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is—or should be—impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor—a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself—his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.




About Richard

Interview with Richard E. Gropp, author of Bad Glass, and Giveaway
Richard E. Gropp lives on a mountain outside of Seattle with his partner of fifteen years. It is a small mountain. He studied literature and psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has worked as a bookstore clerk, a forklift driver, and an accountant. He has a hard time spelling the word broccoli, and in his spare time he dabbles in photography and cooking.




Website : Twitter @rgropp : Facebook









The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Three commenters will each win a copy of Bad Glass from Random House! US/Canada ONLY

How:   Answer the following question: 

What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?
(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.


*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012


Happy last Monday in September!

This week The Qwillery will have Guest Blogs by or Interviews with Doyce Testerman (Hidden Things), Claire Ashgrove (Immortal Surrender), Chris F. Holm (The Wrong Goodbye), Richard E. Gropp (Bad Glass), Jill Archer (Dark Light of Day), and Lee Collins (The Dead of Winter).


There are many books both print and digital out this week. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF.



September 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Nebula Diane Dooley SFR


September 25, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Phobos (h2mm) Steve Alten SF - Domain 3
The Martian War Kevin J. Anderson SF
Dark Light of Day (D) Jill Archer PA - Noon Onyx 1
Dime Store Magic (ri) Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 3
Seduction's Shift A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 2
Immortal Surrender Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 2
A Star Shall Fall (tp2mm) Marie Brennan F - Onyx Court 3
The Knights of Breton Court Maurice Broaddus UF - Knights of Breton Court Omnibus
Helix Wars Eric Brown SF - Helix 2
Earth to Hell Kylie Chan F - Journey to Wudang 1
Seeds of Earth Michael Cobley SF - Humanity's Fire 1
Sacrifice the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 4
The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One Evan Currie SF
How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR
Into the Hinterlands (h2mm) David Drake
John Lambshead
SF
Shadows of Treachery Christian Dunn (ed)
Nick Kyme (ed)
SF Anthology - Horus Heresy 22
Treacheries of the Space Marines Christina Dunn (ed) SF Anthology - Warhammer 40,000
Ashes of a Black Frost (h2mm) Chris Evans F - Iron Elves 3
Dark Predator (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 22
Bad Glass (D) Richard E. Gropp DF
A Perfect Blood (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Starman Jones (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
The Wrong Goodbye Chris F. Holm UF- The Collector 2
Unleashed Crystal Jordan PER
Revan (h2mm) Drew Karpyshyn SF - Star Wars The Old Republic 3
Awakenings (h2mm) Edward Lazellari F - Guardians of Aandor 1
Red Eye James Lovegrove UF - Redlaw 2
The Undead In My Bed Katie MacAlister
Molly Harper
Jessica Sims
PNR
The Watcher (ri) Charles Maclean H
Something Witchy This Way Comes H. P. Mallory PNR - Jolie Wilkins 5
Brinkmanship Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Typhon Pact
Firebird (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Alex Benedict 6
Scholar L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 4
The Cold Commands (h2tp) Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 2
The Moon Maze Game (h2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 4
Boyfriend from Hell Jamie Quaid UF - Saturn's Daughter 1
Welcome Home/Go Away (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife companion novella
Unconquered John Shirley SF - Borderlands 2
Personal Demon Susan Sizemore UF - Laws of the Blood 6
Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane John Skipp (ed) H - Anthology
Blood Riders Michael P. Spradlin F/W/H
The Moonstone and Miss Jones Jillian Stone PNR - Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 2
Alchemystic Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicles 1
Blaze Joan Swan PNR - Phoenix Rising 2
Crown Thief David Tallerman F - Tales of Easie Damasco 2
Thirst Karen E. Taylor UF - Vampire Legacy Omnibus
Glasslands (tp2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Halo
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Wolf Among the Stars (h2mm) Steve White SF
The Dark at the End (h2mm) F. Paul Wilson M/Su -Repairman Jack 14
Count to a Trillion (h2mm) John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 1


September 27, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media Paul Di Filippo (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956-58 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-56 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Novels


September 30, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. Neal Barrett SF - Collection
Skullcrusher Robert E. Howard H - Selected Weird Fiction, Volume One
Dying of the Light George R. R. Martin SF
Baba Yaga's Daughter and Other Stories of the Old Races C. E. Murphy UF - Old Races Collection
We Are For the Dark Robert Silverberg SF - Collection



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


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for September 2012!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.
You have 13 novels to choose from in September!











































2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

There are 13 debuts for September.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The September debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

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



Dark Light of Day
AuthorJill Archer
Series: Noon Onyx
Publisher:  Ace, September 25, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Dystopian
ISBN:  9780425257159 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, the world from slipping back into chaos.

Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of and some will consider her an abomination.

Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.




Full Blooded
AuthorAmanda Carlson
Series:  Jessica McClain
Publisher:  Orbit, September 11, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $12.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316205207 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she's become a full-blooded werewolf -- claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don't exist.

When a mercenary killer comes looking for her, her Pack finds themselves caught in the middle of a war. They must rise up to protect her, but no one knows if she's means the end of their race-or just a new beginning.




In a Fix
Author:  Linda Grimes
Series: Ciel Halligan
Publisher:  Tom Doherty Associates / Tor Books, September 4, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765331809 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable...that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.




Bad Glass
AuthorRichard E. Gropp
Publisher:  Del Rey, September 25, 2012
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
Genre:  Dark Fantasy
ISBN:  9780345533937 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is—or should be—impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor—a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself—his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.




Clean
AuthorAlex Hughes
Series:  Mindspace Investigations
Publisher:  Roc, September 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  SciFi/Mystery
ISBN:  9780451464750 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
A RUTHLESS KILLER—
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.




The Vanishing Act
Author:  Mette Jakobsen
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, September 17, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages
Price:  $23.95 (print)
Genre:   Fantasy
ISBN:  9780393062922 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
On a small snow-covered island—so tiny that it can’t be found on any map—lives twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa (a descendent of Descartes), Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minou’s mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned.

One morning Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mother’s death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes’ philosophy. Over the course of her investigation Minou will discover the truth about loss and love, a truth that The Vanishing Act conveys in a voice that is uniquely enchanting.




Stormdancer
AuthorJay Kristoff
Series:  Lotus Wars
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781250001405 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.




Kiss of Steel
AuthorBec McMaster
Series:  London Steampunk
Publisher:  Sourcebooks, September 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Price:  $6.99 (print)
Genre:  Steampunk Romance
ISBN:  9781402270277 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
When Nowhere is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.




The White Forest
AuthorAdam McOmber
Publisher:  Touchstone / Simon & Schuster, September 11, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451664256 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.




Something Red
Author:  Douglas Nicholas
Publisher:  Emily Bestler Books / Atria Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451660074 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
From debut author Douglas Nicholas comes a haunting story of love, murder, and sorcery.

During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible. The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated—or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters— shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights—where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.




Janus
Author:  John Park
Publisher:  ChiZine Publications, September 15, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  9781927469101 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
In the near future, Jon Grebbel arrives on the colony world of Janus, and finds himself mysteriously without memory of his life on Earth. It seems that the journey has caused severe memory loss in many of Janus's colonists. While Grebbel wants to start his new life, he also wants his memory back, and starts treatments to restore his past. But they only leave him angry and disturbed and he begins to doubt the glimpses of the past the treatments reveal. Grebbel meets Elinda, an earlier arrival, whose lover, Barbara, vanished and then was found lying in the woods, apparently brain-damaged. Elinda has also lost her memories of Earth, but unlike him she has abandoned the effort to recover them. Now their meeting brings each of them a glimpse of an experience they shared back on Earth. Investigating Barbara's fate and their own, the two find their love and their search for justice turning toward bitter self-discovery and revenge, even as they begin to uncover the darkness at the heart of their world.




The City's Son
AuthorTom Pollock
Series:   The Skyscraper Throne
Publisher:  Flux, September 8, 2012 (US)
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $16.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780738734309 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

"Gritty, dynamic, and beautiful.
I can't wait for more."
TESSA GRATTON
author of Blood Magic

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.




The Well of Tears
AuthorRoberta Trahan
Series:  The Dream Stewards
Publisher:  47North, September 18, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 325 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781612183725 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.


2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012



Announcing the three newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - Linda Grimes, Richard E. Gropp and Bec McMaster. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.


Linda Grimes

In a Fix
Tom Doherty Associates / Tor Books, September 4, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable... that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years — both skilled adaptors — step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.



Richard E. Gropp

Bad Glass
Del Rey, September 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is—or should be—impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor—a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself—his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.



Bec McMaster

Kiss of Steel
London Steampunk 1
Sourcebooks, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 23, 2012
Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?

Ever since Vickers infected him with the craving, Blade has been quicker, stronger, almost immortal—and terrified of losing control of the monster within. Honoria could be his perfect revenge against the duke…or the salvation he never dared to dream of.
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