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Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors

Here are some of the recent or upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.

Yoon Ha Lee (2016)

Revenant Gun
Machineries of Empire 3
Solaris, June 12, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Machineries Of Empire, the most exciting science fiction trilogy of the decade, reaches its astonishing conclusion!

When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he's a seventeen-year-old cadet--but his body belongs to a man decades older. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf even though Jedao has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general. Surely a knack for video games doesn't qualify you to take charge of an army?

Soon Jedao learns the situation is even worse. The Kel soldiers under his command may be compelled to obey him, but they hate him thanks to a massacre he can't remember committing. Kujen's friendliness can't hide the fact that he's a tyrant. And what's worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself...

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2

Rochelle Staab (2011)

A Mind for Murder
A Mind for Murder Omnibus
JABberwocky Literary Agency, January 9, 2018
eBook, 670 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In author Rochelle Staab’s bestselling A Mind for Murder mystery series, classic Hollywood noir gets a modern, mystical twist. An L.A. psychologist who eschews all things supernatural matches wits with a handsome professor of the occult as they team up to solve Tinsel Town’s spookiest murders…

Divorced psychologist Liz Cooper doesn’t believe in fate, but it sure seems like an otherworldly force is bent on her working with occult professor, Nick Garfield. Whether Liz is tracking a tarot card killer, investigating a neighborhood witch, or clearing her own name in an unusual murder, the strange cases keep coming. And while Liz takes a practical approach to sleuthing, Nick explores the more alternative theories. But be it with practical evidence or preternatural clues, Liz and Nick won’t quit until the cases are solved.

Now, readers can enjoy all the suspenseful, fast-paced whodunits in the Anthony and Agatha nominated, Watson Award winning Mind for Murder series, collected for the first time in this omnibus, which includes Who Do, Voodoo?, Bruja Brouhaha, and Hex on the Ex. Packed with snappy banter, sizzling chemistry, and a supporting cast of characters as unique as L.A. itself, the Mind for Murder mysteries are a smart and sophisticated series that proves it’s far more fun when great minds don’t think alike…

Deborah A. Wolf (2017)

The Dragon's Legacy
The Dragon's Legacy 1
Titan Books, March 13, 2018
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 18, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Far below the desert, the Earth Dragon slumbers fitfully. From the darkness of her dreams come whispers of war… and death.

Sulema is a newly minted warrior and a true Ja’Akari—a daughter of the unforgiving desert. But her people are fading from the world. The warriors and wardens are hard-pressed to protect those who remain, and the vash’ai—great cats who have called the people kithren for as long as there have been stories—bond with fewer humans each year.

When a mysterious man appears in her home of Aish Kalumm, Sulema learns that the Dragon King is dying in distant Atualon. As he fades, so does the magic that sings the Earth Dragon to sleep. And, she soon finds, there are some who would have the dragon wake, so they might laugh as the world burns.

The Forbidden City
The Dragon’s Legacy 2
Titan Books, May 15, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In this book, Jian begins a brutal and bloody climb up the ranks of the Daechen as the Emperor’s long plans near fruition.

Sulema is likewise initiated into the ways of Atualon and the power of Atulfah, and finds that her father’s bright city is built on a foundation of dark and terrible secrets.

Hafsa Azeina begins a trek down paths stranger and more dangerous than even she could have imagined.

And the Zeeranim must face not only their traditional, external enemies, but treachery and betrayal from within.

The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Happy Monday. It's already the middle of July. Time flies when you have too much to read! It's another busy week at The Qwillery with many ParaCozyMysMo visits, a dash of 2012 Debut Author Challenge and a Seduced by Blood Blog Tour stop.

Monday - ParaCozyMysMo with Melissa Bourbon, author of the Magical Dressmaking Mysteries.  A Fitting End (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery 2) was published on February 7, 2012.

Tuesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Kari Lee Townsend, author of the Fortune Teller Mysteries. Corpse in the Crystal Ball (A Fortune Teller Mystery 2) was published on June 5, 2012.

Wednesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Alice Kimberly / Cleo Coyle author of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries and the Coffee House Mysteries.  The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (A Haunted Bookshop Mystey 5) was published in January 2009.  A Brew to a Kill (A Coffee Mystery 11) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Thursday - ParaCozyMysMo with Bailey Cates. author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery 1) was published on May 1, 2012.

Friday - ParaCozyMysMo with Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind for Murder Mysteries. Bruja Brouhaha (A Mind for Murder Mystery 2) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Saturday -  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour with Laurie London. Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4)  will be published on July 24, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog with Joanne Reay. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy 1) will be published on August 14, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Ania AhlbornSeed will be published on July 17, 2012.

It's another relatively light release week.

July 17, 2012
Seed (d)
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Ania Ahlborn H
Queen's Hunt
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 2
Earth Unaware
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnstone
SF - First Formic War 1
The Cosmic Puppets (ri)
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Philip K. Dick SF
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (ri)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Philip K. Dick SF
Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Kai-cheung Dung AH
21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Christopher Golden (ed) Z - Anthology
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David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 7
The Scream
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Laurent Graff SF
Third Grave Dead Ahead (h2tp)
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Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
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Edward M. Lerner SF
The Time Engine
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Sean McMullen SF - Moonworlds Saga 4
Them or Us (h2tp)
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David Moody H - Hater Trilogy 3
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K. J. Parker F
The Lost Angel (h2tp)
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Javier Sierra Ap/Th
The Coldest War
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Ian Tregillis F - Milkweed Triptych 2

July 19, 2012
Empty Space
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
M. John Harrison SF - Kefahuchi Trilogy 3

July 20, 2012
Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie: Creating Fantasy Creatures and Animals with Watercolor
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law Painting

d - debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

Ah - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

I'm a bit behind on announcing winners and getting out winnings. We had a family emergency (all is well now, I think) and then lost power for over a week in the great Autumn Nor'Easter that hit on October 29th. I'm behind, but I will catch up. So without further ado, excuses, or explanations... the winners are:

The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis 1) by Sandy Williams

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question: What is your favorite soda or other beverage?

Kristina who said...

Shadow Reader looks like it is going to be an awesome read! Definately going on my TBR list!

*my favorite soda is Coke...just like the refreshing taste and the fact that I can leave it out for a few hours and its not flat at all!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Dark Sins and Desert Sands (Mythica) by Stephanie Draven

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Do you have a favorite myth?

Scorpio1974 who said...

Well I love pretty much all things paranormal and supernatural so I like a lot of the myths surrounding those things like vampires, were-animals, zombies and such. I also like the greek and roman myths about the gods and goddesses.


Patsy who said...

My favorite myth is the City/Island of Atlantis. I am truely fascinated by it!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

A Novel Seduction by Gwyn Cready

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Hero in a tuxedo or hero in a kilt?

Jary who said...

What can be better than a man in a kilt? Especially if he is bare chested. YUM!!

The books looks great. You are a new author for me but definitely going on my TOB list.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Mirror Maze by Michaela Jordan

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Have you ever been in a maze and where? 

erin who said...

Thanks for a great interview! I hadn't encountered this book before and it sounds great!

I've only been in a maze once and it was a corn maze attached to a haunted house. Of course, we went at night and it seemed like it took us forever to find our way out. Don't know if I'd do it again, but it was scary!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons 1) by Jessica Sims

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who or What is your perfect paranormal date? 

Sheree who said...

Hm, it's either going to be a flying shifter of some sort or an angel. We might as well fly to our date destinations without dealing with airplanes.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) by J.N. Duncan and cover flat for The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3)

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Leave a comment about J.N. Duncan's post.

Bethany C. who said...

I like how you described your writing process. It sounds like how I would go about it if I were to ever start writing a book/series.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Swell by Corwin Ericson

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What is your favorite kind of whale?

msmjb65 who said...

The answer to the question is easy: the humpback whale. I have always been intrigued by this mammouth of the sea.It's just so amazing when you see one breach - that it can get itself out of the water like that is nature at its best.
I have yet to be in the right place at the right time to go whale watching, but one day I'll get to see one in person. Swell looks really interesting and different - I love different!
Congrats on the release..

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Mysteries 1) by Rochelle Staab

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Tarot Cards or Palm Reading?

samantha35 who said...

I love the idea of palm reading- seems more personal!
great giveaway

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Awaken the Highland Warrior and Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Who is your favorite writer and why?

Laura_darkelvengirl who said...

Who's my favorite writer?
Easy yet hard I have to say these people. Nalini Singh, Alexandra Ivy, and Kerrelyn Sparks. The reason I would say these are my favorite writers are that they deliver stories that leave me loving them, and wanting more.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

$5 gift certificate to the online book store of the winner's choice from Natalie J. Damschroder 

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  Which goddess or god would you be (if you could be a goddess or god)?

latishajean who said...

I would pick Persephone I love the story one of my favorites!

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Prize pack, including a signed copy of Under Attack (The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles 2) by Hannah Jayne

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

Question:  What job would you do if you could do anything?

Teril who said...

Well for starters if I could do anything, it would be find teleportation and make it free because I am tired of sitting in traffic. That and driving in the snow. So teleportation it is. That and becoming a shifter, since then I could be moody and hawt!

Under Wraps was an amazing novel I love the heroine and the setting! I cannot wait to read Under Attack. Thank you for the giveaway.

Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 21, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Rochelle Staab and Giveaway - November 1, 2011

Please welcome Rochelle Staab to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Rochelle's debut, Who Do, Voodoo? is published today!

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

Rochelle:  Patchouli incense and a lost sense of time. I have to have my patchouli incense or candle burning in the background, no music. And I can go through an entire week thinking every day is the day in the scene I’m writing. An overriding Sunday afternoon or Friday night frame of mind can mess with my actual Monday through Friday appointments. I use calendar alerts to shake me out of the world of the story and into the real world to keep my life in order.

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

Rochelle:  I’m an avid reader and discover new favorites all the time. Lesley Kagen has a brilliant, descriptive voice that pulls me into whatever time and place she chooses in her novels. My longtime favorite authors are Elizabeth Peters, Michael Connelly, Cleo Coyle, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and the classics by Hammett, Chandler, Poe, Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse (as you can see, I’m all over the genre and time map.) And I have to mention Carolyn Keene and Arthur Conan Doyle because my love for mystery originated with Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes. The writers who influence my writing are those who dare to show themselves. I applaud rule breakers. Cormac McCarthy may not be my genre cup of tea but he writes to please himself. I admire that.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Rochelle:  I create a plot with Post-its on a white board, write Character Profiles for the cast, and then I let the characters take me wherever they want to go. I’ll refer to my outline board if I slow down or get stuck, but the characters always come up with a better plan than mine. You could say I’m a plotter outvoted by pantser characters.

TQ:  Describe Who Do, Voodoo? in 140 characters or less.

Rochelle:  Mysterious tarot cards, a voodoo spell book, and a best friend falsely accused team psychologist Liz Cooper with professor Nick Garfield to hunt for a killer.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Who Do, Voodoo?

Rochelle:  The inspiration came after dinner with a friend in Hollywood. We stood talking outside the restaurant next door to an open but empty Psychic Reading shop, one of hundreds of psychic shops in the city. I wondered how ten-dollar psychic readings paid the rent on one of the busiest and most expensive streets in Los Angeles. Could be the owner had a real gift and loyal customers, but my imagination created charlatans and back room conspiracy theories. My curiosity that night grew into an idea for amateur sleuths investigating supernatural or occult based crimes in Los Angeles.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Who Do, Voodoo?

Rochelle:  A few of my excursions were bizarre and really fun. I signed up for tarot classes to write their definitions and symbolism accurately, took a voodoo tour of the New Orleans French Quarter for background and insight, spent hours with a LAPD homicide detective, and read a stack of books on the history of Vodoun. Chilling in parts, but so interesting. But there were so many times I wished I had married a detective or my brother had gone to law school. Murder and voodoo are a complicated subjects. I had so many questions!

TQ:  Why did you set the novel in Los Angeles?

Rochelle:  Los Angeles has a rich and fascinating culture, including a wide variety of alternative belief systems. The large geographical area and dense population makes it easy for subcultures to sprout and thrive unnoticed. One of my interviews for the novel included a Hollywood occult shop owner who happened to mention that she was invited to a local crucifixion. I was shocked but not surprised. I won’t ever forget that conversation. The downside of the L.A. setting is the amount of time my characters must spend in their cars. We count distance here in freeway time—rush hour versus non-rush hour.

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

Rochelle:  The easiest character was Liz’s mother, Vivian Gordon, who is outspoken and self-obsessed. Viv always steps to the forefront of my imagination when I need her. The hardest character was LAPD Detective Carla Pratt whose professional ambitions tended to mask her human qualities. It was tough finding a softer side to her.

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

Rochelle:  Not fair, they’re all my favorites! The most colorful and fun scenes to write were the séance and the voodoo ceremony. I’ve been to a few séances led by mystics with a sixth sense for hustle. The experience was good theater. The voodoo ceremony wrote itself, based on some New Orleans research and a lot of imagination. As I wrote the voodoo scenes, I kept looking up saying, “Fiction. Remember, this is just fiction.”

TQ:  Who should play Liz Cooper (psychologist) and Nick Garfield (occult expert) if Who Do, Voodoo? is made into a movie?

Rochelle:  So tough to choose because in my mind Liz is very much her own person. Nick always reminds me of young Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. I’ll answer two ways:
Classic: Myrna Loy as Liz, and young Harrison Ford as Nick.
Contemporary: A brunette Gwyneth Paltrow or Reese Witherspoon as Liz, and Simon Baker as Nick.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Mind for Murder mystery series?

Rochelle:  Right now three, including Who Do, Voodoo? But the more I write this cast of characters, the more fun I have with them.

TQ:  What's next?

RochelleBruja Brouhaha, the second novel coming next summer, is set near L.A.’s legendary MacArthur Park in a neighborhood swirling with Santeria superstitions and beliefs. But right now, today, I’m living the dream of having my first novel in bookstores. It’s an unbelievable rush, and I’m thrilled to share the day with your readers.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rochelle:  Thank you, so very much, for inviting me—I had a lot of fun!

About the Mind for Murder Mysteries

Who Do, Voodoo?
Mind for Murder Mysteries 1
Berkley, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Interview with Rochelle Staab and Giveaway - November 1, 2011
Clinical psychologist Liz Cooper doesn't believe in the supernatural. But when her best friend finds a tarot card tacked to her front door-and is then accused of murder-Liz will have to find a way to embrace the occult if she wants to outwit the real killer...

About Rochelle

Interview with Rochelle Staab and Giveaway - November 1, 2011
Rochelle Staab is an award-winning, former radio and music industry executive. Who Do, Voodoo? is the first novel in her Mind for Murder mystery series featuring Los Angeles psychologist Liz Cooper and religious philosophy professor Nick Garfield.

Rochelle's Links:


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Who Do, Voodoo? (A Mind for Murder Mystery 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Tarot Cards or Palm Reading?

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

You may receive additional entries by:

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3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - November Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - November Debut Authors

Here are the November debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). 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.

Who Do, Voodoo?
Author:  Rochelle Staab
Series:  Mind for Murder Mystery
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Berkley (November 1, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Supernatural Mystery
ISBN:  978-0425244593

2011 Debut Author Challenge - November Debut Authors
Clinical psychologist Liz Cooper doesn't believe in the supernatural. But when her best friend finds a tarot card tacked to her front door-and is then accused of murder-Liz will have to find a way to embrace the occult if she wants to outwit the real killer...

Author:  Rob Ziegler
Format: Trade Hardcover, 350 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (November 2011)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-1-59780-323-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - November Debut Authors
It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants--starving masses of nomads roaming across wastelands and encamped outside government seed distribution warehouses.

In this new world, there is a new power: Satori. More than just a corporation, Satori is an intelligent, living city risen from the ruins of the heartland. She manufactures climate-resistant seed to feed humanity, and bio-engineers her own perfected castes of post-humans Designers, Advocates and Laborers. What remains of the United States government now exists solely to distribute Satori product; a defeated American military doles out bar-coded, single-use seed to the nation's hungry citizens.

Secret Service Agent Sienna Doss has watched her world collapse. Once an Army Ranger fighting wars across the globe, she now spends her days protecting glorified warlords and gangsters. As her country slides further into chaos, Doss feels her own life slipping into ruin.

When a Satori Designer goes rogue, Doss is tasked with hunting down the scientist-savant--a chance to break Satori's stranglehold on seed production and undo its dominance. In a race against Satori's genetically honed assassins, Doss's best chance at success lies in an unlikely alliance with Brood--orphan, scavenger and small-time thief--scraping by on the fringes of the wasteland, whose young brother may possess the key to unlocking Satori's power.

As events spin out of control, Sienna Doss and Brood find themselves at the heart of Satori, where an explosive finale promises to reshape the future of the world.
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC AuthorsParaCozyMysMo - Interview with Liz Cooper from the Mind for Murder Mysteries by Rochelle Staab - July 30, 2013ParaCozyMysMo - Rochelle Staab -Mind for Murder MysteriesThe View From Monday - July 16, 2012Winners x 12 - November 14, 2011Interview with Rochelle Staab and Giveaway - November 1, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - November Debut Authors

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