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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40


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



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




R.S. Belcher (2013)

The Queen of Swords
Golgotha 3
Tor Books, June 27, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate.

Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa—and the Father of All Monsters.

One of the most popular characters from The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana ventures beyond Golgotha on a boldly imaginative, globe-spanning adventure of her own!





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Grave Errors
A Witch City Mystery 5
Kensington, August 29, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 364 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
Whose funeral will be next?

For residents of Salem, Massachusetts, the day after Halloween brings empty candy wrappers, sagging pumpkins, and a community-wide identity crisis. That is, until Lee Barrett’s TV production class suggests extending the spooky season with the traditional Mexican celebration Dia de Los Muertos. But when the students discover not all of Salem’s dead are resting in peace, the post-October blues don’t seem so bad after all . . .

As if a series of haunting graveyard visits isn’t disturbing enough, Lee and her policeman boyfriend connect the crime to an unsolved missing person case. Driven by a series of chilling psychic visions, Lee calls on her cleverest allies—including her shrewd cat, O’Ryan—to go underground and dig up the evidence needed to put a lid on a cold case forever . . . before the latest headstone in town has her name on it!


NoteMurder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery 4) is coming out on January 31, 2017. Read about it here.





Rob Reid (2012)

Forever On
Del Rey, May 2, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, Forever On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author Rob Reid.

Meet Phluttr—a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, or about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers—and they don’t even know the tenth of it.

But what’s the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming “The UberX of Sex”? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?

Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it’s not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.

Forever On achieves the literary singularity—fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp-witted, ferociously believable, IMAX-wide view of our digital age.





Mark Tompkins (2016)

The Last Days of Magic
Penguin Books, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
“Fantastic . . . an honest, beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read.”
—DIANA GABALDON, THE WASHINGTON POST

“A fantastical treat.”
PEOPLE

“Simultaneously sweeping and intricate . . . Tompkins’s amazing debut novel conjures an epic battle for the soul of Ireland. Filled with papal machination and royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and queens, angels and goddesses, this is one wild and breathless ride.” 
—KAREN JOY FOWLER

“Plundering the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a fantasy adventure with the shifting perspectives of dreamscape. A novel rich and strange.”
—GERALDINE BROOKS

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

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

Interview with Rob Reid - August 23, 2012

Please welcome Rob Reid to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Year Zero, Rob's debut, was published on July 10, 2012.


Interview with Rob Reid - August 23, 2012


TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

Rob:  Thank you for having me.


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

Rob:  I love to edit, and spend far more time honing my prose than creating it (I’m sure I spend least 15 hours editing for each hour that I spend writing completely fresh prose). Although I’m a thoroughly digital person, my preferred mode of editing is with print-out’s and red pens.


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

Rob:  Stanislaw Lem has definitely been a huge influence on my writing. I have been a fan since I was very young and I enjoyed the satirical lunacy of his short stories.

And of course anyone who writes playful science fiction is influenced to some degree by Douglas Adams.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Rob:  I began Year Zero as a a carefree pantser, just enjoying the scenarios and characters. Then a friend who read an early draft of the book suggested that it would be better if it ... you know, had a plot. This is when I became a plotter. I already had all my characters and knew many of my scenes, but I spent about two months bending it all into a coherent storyline (and then I spent the next six months re-writing, re-re-writing, and re-re-re-writing it).


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

Rob:  I find it very easy to write, I’m not one of those writers who has to force themselves to sit down every day. What I find challenging is knowing when to stop for the day. I would write 15 hours a day if my wife didn’t put her foot down (and I am very grateful to her for doing so).


TQ:  Describe Year Zero in 140 characters or less.

Rob:  Enraged at by ruinous fines on their collections of pirated American music, aliens seek to destroy the earth. Only a lawyer can stop them.



TQ:   What inspired you to write Year Zero?

Rob:  I wanted to write a novel for many years, but life is busy and there always seemed like there was something else more urgent. Then I was stuck on an island off the coast of Colombia and had read everything I brought with me. I decided to start typing out an idea I had had for many years, and the descendant of what I wrote that day is actually the prologue (or Chapter Zero) of the book.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Year Zero?

RobYear Zero is a science fiction novel that includes aliens and all their associated technology. However I wanted to render our world, modern day New York, as realistically and faithfully as possible. This includes information about our music industry, our copyright laws, and even the basic geography of the city. All of these were heavily researched and re-checked to make sure everything was as accurate as possible.


TQ:  What is the oddest bit of information that you came across in your research?

Rob:  A rumored secret train station and attendant tracks beaneath Grand Central Station play a prominent role in the book. It turns out that they do in fact exist...


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

Rob:  There are hundreds (yes hundreds) of hidden musical references.


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

Rob:  The easiest character to write was Frampton. He is a charming likable dope who doesn’t suffer from an over-active inner life. The only problem came in his humor. He’s not smart enough to make jokes or engage in witty banter, so he had to be unintentionally funny.

The protagonist Nick Carter was difficult to get right. He is a copyright lawyer who is very cynical about copyright law. I didn’t want people to dislike him, lawyers ranking only under bankers and politicians as the least beloved members of our society. But I also needed him to be believable as a cynical & occasionally sneaky lawyer.


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

Rob:  I enjoy any scene where Manda and Pugwash are forced to interact.


TQ:  What is next?

Rob:  I'm going to Disneyland.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rob:  Thanks for having me!




About Year Zero

Year Zero
Del Rey, July 10, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Rob Reid - August 23, 2012
An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.
Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .

In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.

The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.

Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.

Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.



About Rob

Interview with Rob Reid - August 23, 2012
Rob Reid founded the company that created Rhapsody - the world’s largest seller of online music until it was eclipsed (rather badly, he’ll admit) by Apple’s iTunes service. He's the author of Year Zero - a novel about aliens who really, really, really like American pop music. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Morgan, and Ashby the Dog. His party trick is speaking Arabic with an incredibly thick Egyptian accent.

Website : Facebook : Twitter : Google+ : YouTube

The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Happy Monday! Good things are happening. My parent who has been so ill is recovering well finally. I hope to get back on track with reading and reviews soon since I will have more free time and be less stressed/exhausted. I'm also thrilled that I've been chosen as a Blogger for Authors After Dark 2013 which will be held in Savannah, Georgia from August 15 - 18, 2013. Can't wait!


This week at The Qwillery (subject to change):

Monday - 2012 Debt Author Challenge Guest Blog by E. J. Swift. Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) was published on June 5, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Bec McMaster. Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk 1) will be published on September 1, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Leanna Ellis. Forbidden (Plain Fear 2) was published on August 1, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Rob Reid. Year Zero was published on July 10, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael Boccacino. Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling was published on July 24, 2012.


There are not too many books out this week.

August 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Guardian of Bastet (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jacqueline M. Battisti PNR
Careful What You Kiss For (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jane Lynne Daniels PNR
Dynama (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Ruth Diaz R/Superheroes - Superheroes Union 1
Shattered Magic (e)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012

Rebecca York FR - Chronicles of Arandal 2


August 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Margaret Atwood Literary Criticism
The Immortality Factor (ri)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Ben Bova SF/Th
The Memory Thief
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Emily Colin Ghost Story
Vacation
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Matthew J. Costello H
Widow's Web
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 7
Fable: Edge of the World
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Christie Golden F - Xbox 360 Fable: The Journey prequel
In War Times (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Kathleen Ann Goonan SF
Black Bottle
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Anthony Huso F
Genocidal Organ
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Project Itoh SF
The Unincorporated Future
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated Man 4
Endurance (h2tp)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Jay Lake F - Green Universe 2
Shifter's Destiny
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Anna Leonard PNR
Ghost Key
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Trish J. MacGregor F/Ghost Story
Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, and Spectral Indians
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Matthew P. Mayo Ghost Stories/Supernatural
Savage Redemption
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Alexis Morgan PNR
Fate of Worlds
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Ringworld 5
Haunted Greenwich Village: Bohemian Banshees, Spooky Sites, and Gonzo Ghost Walks
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Tom Ogden H
The Shadow Queen (ri)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Bertrice Small PHR - World of Hetar 5
Hidden Things (d)
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
Doyce Testerman F


August 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Guile of Dragons
The View From Monday - August 20, 2012
James Enge F - Tournament of Shadows


d - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 16, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 16, 2012



Announcing the two newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge - Jill Archer and Rob Reid. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.



Jill Archer

Dark Light of Day
A Noon Onyx Novel 1
Ace, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 16, 2012
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.




Rob Reid

Year Zero
Del Rey, July 10, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 16, 2012
An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.
Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .

In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.

The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.

Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.

Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for July 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.

January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.

June 2012 Winner - Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift. Cover art by Sparth.


















































What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40The View From Monday - April 29, 2013Interview with Rob Reid - August 23, 2012The View From Monday - August 20, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 16, 20122012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2012

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