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The View From Monday - November 25, 2013

Happy last Monday in November!  There are only 5 Mondays left in 2013! I can not believe how quickly the year has gone by!

I did finish Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann. It surprised me and was quite well done.

The View From Monday - November 25, 2013

There are a lot of books, etc. out this week. If you have time off for Thanksgiving you'll have plenty to choose from!

No debuts, but from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Chain of Illusions (Bringer and the Bane 3) by Boone Brux;


Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon 3) by Francis Knight.

November 25, 2013
Operation Saving Daniel (e) Nina Croft PNR
Parts & Wreck (e) Mark Henry PNR
The Awakening: Britton (e) Abby Niles PNR
Through the Black Veil (e) Steve Vera F - Last of Shardyn 2

November 26, 2013
Edge of Dawn (h2mm) Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11
Black Widow Demon Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 2
Bowl of Heaven (h2mm) Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF - Bowl of Heaven 1
Bard's Oath (h2mm) Joanne Bertin F - Dragonlords 3
The Hum and the Shiver (tpmm) Alex Bledsoe UF - Tufa 1
Chain of Illusions Boone Brux PNR - Bringer and the Bane 3
MacRieve (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark
Goddess with a Blade Lauren Dane UF - Rowan Summerwaite 1
Dinosaur Thunder (h2mm) James F. David SF/Th
Andromeda's Fall (h2mm) William C. Dietz SF - Prequel Legion of the Damned 1
Night & Demons David Drake H/Weird - Collection
City of Lost Dreams Magnus Flyte UF/F - City of Dark Magic 2
Blood Red (ri) Heather Graham PNR/M
The Rising Dead (Kindle e) Stella Green
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 21
Alien Honor Vaughn Heppner SF
Ash (h2mm) James Herbert H
The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far)  (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 1-3 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 4-6 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 7-9 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 10-12 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 13-15 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 16-18 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
The Dark-Hunters, Books 19-21 (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunters
Last to Rise Francis F. Knight F - Rojan Dizon 3
Touch of the Angel (ri) Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 3
Warrior Untamed Melissa Mayhue PNR - Warrior 4
Robert Asprin's Myth-Quoted (tp2mm) Jody Lynn Nye F - Myth Adventures 8
The End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Fiction Jonathan Oliver (ed) Weird - Anthology
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide Brian Sibley F - Movie Tie-In
Heart of Obsidian (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 12
Star Trek: The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice James Swallow SF - Star Trek
Frail (tp2mm) Joan Frances Turner PA//Z - Dust 2
The Land Across Gene Wolfe F
Scoundrels: Star Wars (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Star Wars

November 27, 2013
House of Dreams: A Tor.Com Original (e) Michael Swanwick AH - Mongolian Wizard 4

November 28, 2013
Tall, Dark and Undead (e) Sandra Cox PNR
The Wizard of Oz Crochet Kristen Rask Crafts

November 29, 2013
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz History / Art / Pop Culture

November 30, 2013
The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs Daniel Abraham H - Balfour and Meriwether 1
The Ape's Wife and Other Stories Caitlin R. Kiernan Collection
Bleeding Shadows Joe R. Lansdale Collection
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below Patrick Rothfuss
Nate Taylor
F - The Adventures of Princess and Mr. Whiffle 2

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

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013

Please welcome Francis Knight to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Interviews. Fade to Black (Rojan Dizon 1) will be published on February 26, 2013 by Orbit.  You may read Francis' Guest Blog - Women in SFF and how they shaped my life - here.

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Francis:  Thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here

TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Francis:  I started briefly in 2003. I was struck down with ME and desperately bored of daytime TV, and couldn’t afford many books. So I tried my hand at writing down some of the stories in my head. Sadly, the ME got worse and I had to give up for 3 years, but came back to it in 2007 and decided to do it properly.

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

Francis:  I have to have everything set out before I start. Tea has to be there, definitely! I can write almost anywhere though, I don’t need silence, although if my husband is watching a film in the same room…Also, I don’t stop during drafting. Instead I insert notes such as XXthis pub needs a nameXX or XXresearch guns! Could he hit that from here?XX and go back, search for XX and fix those later. First, I just need to get the story out, or I get bogged down and don’t get anywhere.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Francis:  A pantser, definitely. I start with A Character in A Situation and go from there. I usually have an idea about tone or atmosphere, and perhaps a detail or two about the world. Everything else grows as I write it.

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

Francis:  Not procrastinating for sure! I’m fine once I sit down and get the first couple of sentences out, but getting to that point…my husband says he can tell when I’m at a tricky section of the book, because I start doing housework with more zeal than usual.

TQ:  Describe Fade to Black in 140 characters or less. 

Francis:  Fantasy noir – Bladerunner with mages instead of replicants. Dark and cynical, with a twisted kind of hope.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Fade to Black?

Francis:  Like most of my ideas, it wasn’t just one thing. A combo of wanting to write something different (for me anyway) – first person, male viewpoint. Add in a non fiction article I read, a random comment on a forum, various other influences and bang. It’s never just one inspiration for me – it’s when they all get together and mash up that it gets fun.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Fade to Black?

Francis:  Not much, to be fair, other than all the fiction I’d read previously – researching story if you will. I did a little into early guns and electricity, that’s about it.

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

Francis:  Rojan was the easiest. He just kind of fell out of me. It probably helps that we’re both cynical – me not so much as him, I’m glad to say! But it did mean I got to unleash my inner snark. Jake was perhaps the hardest. She’s a very self contained character, but underneath…she’s burning with injustice, not for her, but for the people she loves. At the same time, she’s desperate for approval from the Goddess she believes in utterly. She’s survived a lot, but what it’s left her is very messed up in the head.

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

Francis:  I think the scenes where Rojan meets Pasha and Jake, though any scene with Dendal in was hugely fun to write.

TQ:  What's next?

Francis:  Oh, I’ve got a couple of projects on the go, but nothing I can talk about yet! Possibly more stuff set in the same world…

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Francis:  Thank you!

About Fade to Black

Fade to Black
Rojan Dizon 1
Orbit, February 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013

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 cover for Before the Fall (Rojan Dizon 2), which will be out in June:

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013

Last to Rise (Rojan Dizon 3), the final novel in the trilogy, will be published in November 2013.

About Francis

Interview with Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black - February 25, 2013
Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.

Website : BlogTwitter @Knight_Francis

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