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The View From Monday - February 25, 2013

Happy last Monday in February! There are many books out this week after a few light weeks. You may find a printable PDF shopping list for this week's releases here.

There are four debuts out this week:

Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal,

Dreams and Shadows by C. Richard Cargill (Fiction Debut),

Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 1) by Francis Knight,

and

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski.

Clifford Beal, Francis Knight and Rita Leganski are featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.


From the 2012 Debut Author Challenge featured authors - Winterblaze (Darkest London 3) by Kristen Callihan and Froggy Style (F***ed Up Fairy Tale 2) by J.A. Kazimer.


From the 2011 Debut Author Challenge featured authors - Devil May Care (Speak of the Devil 2) by Patricia Eimer




February 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Isis Collar (tp2mm) Cat Adams UF - Blood Singer 4
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond John Joseph Adams (ed)
Douglas Cohen (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Edge of Dawn Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11
The Death of Antagonis David Annandale SF - Warhammer: 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Gideon's Angel (D) Clifford Beal HistF
The Teleportation Accident Ned Beauman Hist/N/SF
The Golden Age of Death Amber Benson UF - Calliope Reaper-Jones 5
Angels of Vengeance (h2mm) John Birmingham AH/PA/Th - Without Warning 3
Existence (h2mm) David Brin SF
Wards of Faerie (h2mm) Terry Brooks F - The Dark Legacy of Shannara 1
The Lord of Castle Black (ri) Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 2
Winterblaze Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 3
Dreams and Shadows (Fiction D) C. Robert Cargill F
Path of the Incubus Andy Chambers F - Warhammer: Dark Eldar 2
The Third Gate (h2mm) Lincoln Child H/Th
The Savage Boy (e) Nick Cole SF
Van Horstmann Ben Counter F - Warhammer Heroes
Guardian of Night Tony Daniel MSF
Devil's Bargain Tony Daniel SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Eve of Chaos (ri) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 3
Mortal (tp2mm) Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
F - Book of the Mortals 2
How To Seduce an Angel in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR - 10 Days 3
The Road of Danger (h2mm) David Drake SF - Lt. Leary 9
Devil May Care Patricia Eimer PCom - Speak of the Devil 2
A Crown Imperiled (h2mm) Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 2
Immortally Embraced Angie Fox UF - Monster M*A*S*H 2
Heart of the Demon Cynthia Garner PNR - Warriors of the Rift 3
Black City Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 5
Hell to Pay Matthew Hughes UF - Hell and Back 3
Secrets of the Fire Sea (h2mm) Stephen Hunt F/SP - Jackelian 4
Froggy Style J.A. Kazimer F/FT/Hu - F***ed Up Fairy Tale 2
The Order (h2mm) Nate Kenyon F - Diablo III (game tie-in)
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King F - Dark Tower
Fade to Black (D) Francis Knight UF - Rojan Dizon 1
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow (D) Rita Leganski F
Age of Voodoo James Lovegrove SF - Age of 5
Warriors (h2tp)
George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Shadow on the Sun (ri) Richard Matheson H
First Casualty (e) (ri) Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 1
Mountain Echoes C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 8
Between Two Thorns Emma Newman UF - Split Worlds 1
Last Days Adam Nevill H
The Forerunner Factor (tp2mm) Andre Norton SF - Forerunner Omnibus
Shadow Blizzard (h2mm) Alexey Pehov F - Chronicles of Siala 3
The Last Jedi Michael Reaves
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
SF - Star Wars
Dead Letter Day Eileen Rendahl UF - Messenger 3
Immortal Ever After Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 18
The Dog King (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 7
Beauty Awakened Gena Showalter PNR - Angels of the Dark  2
Trickster Jeff Somers UF - Ustari Cycle 1
The Mongoliad Neal Stephenson et al. F - Mongoliad 3
Seer: A Foreworld Sidequest (Kindle e) Mark Teppo F - Foreworld Saga
Night Resurrected Joss Ware PNR - Envy Chronicles 6



February 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Superheroes Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology



February 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Monkey's Other Paw: Revived Classic Stories of Dread and the Dead Luis Ortiz (ed) H - Anthology
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince Robin Hobb F
The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg Barry N. Malzberg SF/F - Collection



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


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
MSF - Military Science Fiction
N - Noir
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCom - Paranormal Comedy
PNR - Parnormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Interview with Rita Leganski, author of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - February 20, 2013

Please welcome Rita Leganski to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, Rita's debut, will be published on February 26, 2013.


Interview with Rita Leganski, author of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - February 20, 2013


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Rita:  I woke up one morning about fifteen years ago convinced I had what it takes to write a novel. With both feet firmly planted in Ignorance is Bliss Land, I wrote one. It was terrible. However, I found that writing had a wonderful effect on me—sort of like the endorphins from running and the overall Zen from meditation.


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

Rita:  My writing space has to be uncluttered. I have one desk that I write at, and one off to the left with all the mess on it.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a planster?

Rita:   I’d say I’m a planster. I’ve learned the hard way that the best thing is to have a very general idea of plot—something simple that can be summed up in a few sentences and then filled in. One thing that always works for me is to write the ending and catch up to it.


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

Rita:   I get caught up in a concept, so I have to overcome a tendency to do too much telling and not enough showing. It helps to remember what Anton Chekov said: Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.


TQ:  Describe The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow in 140 characters or less.

Rita:  Mute little boy hears the universe, his dead father, and some locked-away family secrets. #New Orleans #mystical #voodoo #saints


TQ:  What inspired you to write The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow?

Rita:  Writing a short story was the very last assignment in my very last class in graduate school back in 2009. The professor pleaded with us to do something different, so I tried my hand at magical realism. I have no idea where the idea came from to write about a mute little boy with fantastical hearing; it just popped into my head. The original short story is a mere 13 pages long. In it, Bonaventure is nine years old, William was killed in Korea, and the only other characters are Dancy, Grandma Roman, William’s ghost, Brother Eacomb, and Trinidad Prefontaine. After grad school I occasionally went back into that story, adding characters and plot points. At about 75 pages, I began to think of it as a novel. Here’s an interesting tidbit: After THE SILENCE OF BONAVENTURE ARROW was acquired by HarperCollins, the first thing my editor said was that it needed more of a dramatic through-line, something suspenseful. Well……all I’d ever said about William’s death in the original version was that he’d been shot dead by a crazy man who’d gotten hold of a gun, so the crazy guy became The Wander, and he brought Eugenia Babbitt and Coleman Tate into the story with him.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow?

Rita:   I actually talk about my research in an essay titled “The Southern Side of My Heart” that is included in the P.S. section of the book. In it, I talk about walking the story. Here’s an excerpt:
I ate beignets at Café Du Monde and was charmed by Antoine’s Restaurant. I took in the elegance of the Hotel Monteleone and checked the time on its wonderful clock. I went to the Roosevelt to see for myself where Letice’s wedding reception would have been. I strolled past Saint Anthony’s Garden tucked there behind Saint Louis Cathedral, that most beautiful church on Jackson Square. I looked in the windows of Rubenstein’s. I found houses like those I had imagined for my characters—Consette’s on Esplanade Avenue in Faubourg Marigny, Suville’s on Dauphine Street in the Quarter, and William Arrow’s on Washington Avenue in the Garden District. I rode the St. Charles Streetcar. I saw where The Wanderer had gotten off the train. I went to cemeteries. I saw Angels made of stone.

New Orleans is fiercely and justifiably proud of its uniqueness. I was fortunate enough to meet some of the extraordinary people who take pains to preserve its history; they offered me not only Southern hospitality but incredible expertise. An extensive visit to the Williams Research Center on Chartres Street led me to archivists who provided access to The Historic New Orleans Collection, which yielded artifacts from the 1920s to the 1950s—train schedules, Mardi Gras tickets, menus, and hotel bills—all things my characters would have seen or even touched.
Finally, using peer-reviewed sources, I researched medical things such as fetal development, muteness, hearing, and Trinidad’s dextrocardia situs inversus. The background for David Gaudet (Suville’s father) required researching the Académie Impériale de Médecine on Rue Bonaparte in Paris, and its edict regarding the evaluation of natural medications. In developing that same story line I also read about ancient Greek practitioners of natural medicine such as Pliny the Elder and Dioscurides.


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

Rita:  Bonaventure was definitely the easiest. My own children are boys and, though they aren’t mute, I based his personality and characteristics on them. The hardest to write was Eugenia Babbitt, most likely because she doesn’t appear that often, yet she’s very complex. I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to convey her demeanor and mindset.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow?

Rita:   Without a doubt, it’s William in the epilogue.


TQ:  What's next?

Rita:  I’ve written three beginnings for three different stories. I’m hoping one of them will overpower the other two.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rita:  My pleasure!





About The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
Harper Paperbacks, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Rita Leganski, author of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - February 20, 2013
Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance—a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mère Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.






About Rita

Interview with Rita Leganski, author of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - February 20, 2013
Rita Leganski grew up in northern Wisconsin, and believes it was the long and magical winters of her childhood that cultivated her imagination and love of books, especially Southern literature. She holds a BA in Literary Studies and Creative Writing from DePaul University’s School for New Learning, where she won the Arthur Weinberg Memorial Prize, as well as a Masters in Writing and Publishing from DePaul. She currently teaches writing courses at The School for New Learning. She and her husband, Paul, live in the Chicago area with a Siamese cat named Tiramisu and an orange Tabby named Jeebz.

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2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - February 13, 2013

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - February 13, 2013


I'm pleased to announce the 2 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.




Rita Leganski

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks, February 26, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062113764 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - February 13, 2013
Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance—a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mère Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.





Menna van Praag

The House at the End of Hope Street
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin), April 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN9780670784639 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - February 13, 2013
A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for February 2013!




Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your 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 2013 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.

Please note that the poll has been reset due to my leaving out a novel. I did not catch a publication date change.



















Book Design by Paula Russell Szafranski
Images courtesy of Shutterstock © 2012





Cover Artist: David Seeley










Cover Art by John Stanko





Cover Illustration by Tim Byrne










Cover Art by Kekai Kotaki





Cover Artist: Steve Stone





2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts


There are 10 debuts for February.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

NB: Updated to include The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian, whose debut I found while working on the February release list.  Also updated to include Gideon's Angel by Clifford Beal.




Gideon's Angel
Author:  Clifford Beal
Publisher:  Solaris, February 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:   $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781781080849 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead. An amazing historical novel with a supernatural twist set after the English Civil War. This is the stunning debut from Clifford Beal.

He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead.

1653: The long and bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king in all but name. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides upon a self-appointed mission to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. Once back on English soil however, he learns that his is not the only plot in motion.

A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a literal descent into Hell. But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, and a furious Paris mistress who has trailed him to England, jeopardising everything. Treadwell needs allies fast. Can he convince the man sent to forcibly drag him back to Cardinal Mazarin? A young king’s musketeer named d’Artagnan.

Black dogs and demons; religion and magic; Freemasons and Ranters. It’s a dangerous new Republic for an old cavalier coming home again.





Yesterday's Sun 
AuthorAmanda Brooke
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks, February 12, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062131836 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
A suspenseful tale of free will versus fate—an extraordinary story of love and family, and the risks we take to break free from the past

Newlyweds Holly and Tom have just moved into their dream home, a charming English carriage house in the London suburbs. A rising television journalist, Tom can't wait to fill the house with children. Holly, a budding artist, isn't so sure. She fears that as a mother, she will repeat the terrible mistakes of her own neglectful parents. But Holly and Tom are young and deeply in love, and they have time to decide.

While renovating the house, Holly finds an unusual crystal orb—the missing top to the moondial in their garden. She soon discovers this is no ordinary timepiece. Under the full moon's brilliant light, it reveals the future—a future in which Tom cares for their baby daughter . . . alone.

Holly's new friend in the village, an elderly woman named Jocelyn, reveals the cursed secret of the moondial's power. Now Holly must choose between herself and her future child—a painful decision that will ultimately teach her about motherhood and sacrifice . . . and reveal how far she will go in the name of love.





Dreams and Shadows
AuthorC. Robert Cargill
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, February 26, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062190420 (print)
Fiction Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill—part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs—that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods

There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.

Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.





How Dark the World Becomes
AuthorFrank Chadwick 
Publisher:  Baen. February 5, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price: $14.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-4516-3870-7 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Sasha Naradnyo is a gangster. He's a gangster with heart, sure, but Sasha sticks his neck out for no man. That's how you stay alive in Crack City, a colony stuffed deep into the crust of the otherwise unlivable planet Peezgtaan. Alive only—because if you're human, you don't prosper, at least not for long. Sasha is a second generation City native. His parents came to this rock figuring to make it big, only to find that they'd been recruited as an indentured labor force for alien overlords known as the Varoki.

Now a pair of rich young Varoki under the care of a beautiful human nanny are fleeing Peezgtaan, and Sasha is recruited to help. He'd prefer to rather leave the little alien lordlings to their fate, but certain considerations—such as Sasha's own imminent demise if he remains—make it beneficial for him to take on the job.

Sasha discovers his simple choice has thrust him in the midst of a political battle that could remake the galactic balance of power and save humanity from slow death by servitude. Now all he has to do is survive and keep his charges alive on a hostile planet undergoing its own revolution.

But it's the galaxy that had better watch out. For now the toughest thug in Crack City has gotten his first taste of real freedom. He likes it, and he wants more. 





The Office of Mercy
Author: Ariel Djanikian
Publisher:  Viking Adult, February 21, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780670025862 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
A thrilling debut of a postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction.

Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley lives in America-Five—a high-tech, underground, utopian settlement where hunger and money do not exist, everyone has a job, and all basic needs are met. But when her mentor and colleague, Jeffrey, selects her to join a special team to venture Outside for the first time, Natasha’s allegiances to home, society, and above all to Jeffrey are tested. She is forced to make a choice that may put the people she loves most in grave danger and change the world as she knows it.

The Office of Mercy is speculative fiction at its best with a deeply imagined, lush world, high-stakes adventure, and romance that will thrill fans of Suzanne Collins, Margaret Atwood, Justin Cronin, and Kazuo Ishiguro.





Exile
Author: Betsy Dornbusch
Series:  Seven Eyes
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, February 5, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-59780-452-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when he is falsely condemned for the grisly murder of his beloved wife, he is banished from the kingdom and cast upon the distant shore of Akrasia, at the arse-end of the world.

Compared to civilized Monoea, Akrasia is a forbidding land of Moonlings, magic, and restless spirits. It is also a realm on the brink of a bloody revolution, as a sinister conspiracy plots against Akrasia’s embattled young queen–and malevolent banes possess the bodies of the living.

Consumed by grief, and branded a murderer, Draken lives only to clear his name and avenge his wife’s murder. But the fates may have bigger plans for him. Alone in a strange land, he soon finds himself sharing the bed of an enigmatic necromancer and a half-breed servant girl, while pressed into the service of a foreign queen whose life and land may well depend on the divided loyalties of an exiled warrior . . .

Exile is the beginning of an ambitious fantasy saga by an acclaimed new author.





Fade to Black
AuthorFrancis Knight
Series:  Rojan Dizon
Publisher:  Orbit, February 26, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780316217682  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
From the depths of a valley rises the city of Mahala

It's a city built upwards, not across - where streets are built upon streets, buildings upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the darkness of Under.

Rojan Dizon doesn't mind staying in the shadows, because he's got things to hide. Things like being a pain-mage, with the forbidden power to draw magic from pain. But he can't hide for ever.

Because when Rojan stumbles upon the secrets lurking in the depths of the Pit, the fate of Mahala will depend on him using his magic. And unlucky for Rojan - this is going to hurt.





The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
AuthorRita Leganski
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks, February 26, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062113764 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance—a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.

Bonaventure's remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mère Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.





Blood's Pride
AuthorEvie Manieri
Series:  Shattered Kingdoms
Publisher:  Tor Books, February 19, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765332349 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.

Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising—but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?

This thrilling new epic fantasy is set in a quasi-Medieval Mediterranean region, drawing together the warrior culture of Vikings, the wanderlust of desert nomads, and the oracles of ancient Greece. Evie Manieri's Blood's Pride is an intricate, lush fantasy novel full of taut action, gut-wrenching betrayal, and soaring romance.





Firebrand
AuthorGillian Philip
Series:  Rebel Angels
Publisher:  Tor Books, February 19, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780765333223 (print)
US Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - February 2013 Debuts
It is the last decade of the sixteenth century: a time of religious wars in the mortal world. But the Sithe are at peace, hidden behind the Veil that protects their world until their queen, Kate NicNiven, determines to destroy it.

Seth MacGregor is the half-feral son of a Sithe nobleman. When his father is assassinated and Seth is exiled with his brother Conal to the full-mortal world, they vow not only to survive, but to return to reclaim their fortress and save the Veil.

But even the Veil's power cannot protect the brothers when the brutal witch-hunts begin….

Brimming with intrigue and rebellion, Firebrand is the first book in the Rebel Angels series by Gillian Philip, the Carnegie Medal–nominated author of Crossing the Line and multi-award-nominated Bad Faith.




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