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The View From Monday - September 15, 2014


Happy Monday! I'm incredibly behind on reading. Getting part of a house ready for renovations, especially when your family started living in the house in the late 1960s is a major, exhausting and liberating experience. My inner very tidy person is extremely happy, but it is an amazing amount of work. I should have a dumpster on standby at all times. Enough about that. Demolition starts Wednesday and I get to just sit back and watch (hopefully).


The View From Monday - September 15, 2014


There are 3 Debuts this week:

Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander;

The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin;

and

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

A Vault of Sins (Chaos Theory 2) by Sarah Harian;

and

Outrider by Steven John.



September 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mayor of the Universe: A Novel Lorna Landvik SF
Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire Dru Pagliassotti SP - Clockwork Trilogy 3
The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters Andrew McConnell Stott Biography



September 16, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mr. Wicker (D) Maria Alexander FT
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Margaret Atwood Collection
Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon David Barnett SP - Gideon Smith 2
Siren's Song (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Gray Court 5
The Anatomy of Dreams (D) Chloe Benjamin LF/Th
Broken Monsters Lauren Beukes Th
The Clockwork Dagger (D) Beth Cato SP
Ancestral Machines (e) Michael Cobley SF - Humanity's Fire 4
The Grey Knights Omnibus Ben Counter SF - Warhammer 40,000
Battle for the Blood (e) Lucienne Diver UF - Latter-Day Olympians 4
The Night Visitor (e) Dianne Emley P/Th
Forge of Darkness (h2tp) Steven Erikson F - Kharkanas Trilogy 1
The Darkwar Saga: Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, and Wrath of a Mad God (e) Raymond E. Feist F - Darkwar Saga
The Legends of the Riftwar: Honored Enemy, Murder in LaMut, and Jimmy the Hand (e) Raymond E. Feist F - Legends of the Riftwar
Brian Froud's Faeries' Tales Wendy Froud F
Burning Desire: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, From and About Japan Haikasoru (ed) F - Anthology
A Vault of Sins (e) Sarah Harian SF/R - Chaos Theory 2
Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (h2tp) Jonathan L. Howard H - Johannes Cabal 3
Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection (e) Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 6.3
The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane Alex Irvine F/TT - Sleepy Hollow
Outrider Steven John SF
The Golem of Hollywood Jonathan Kellerman
Jesse Kellerman
PM
Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection Jay Lake SF - Collection
The God Hunter Tim Lees UF - Field Ops
Conduits (K e) Jennifer Loring H
Once Haunted, Twice Shy H.P. Mallory PM - Peyton Clark 2
Gifts for the One Who Comes After Helen Marshall DF/ New Weird - Collection
Dragon Age: Last Flight Liane Merciel F - Dragon Age 5
Johnny Alucard (h2tp) Kim Newman H - Anno Dracula 4
The Signs of the Zodiac: The Scent of Shadows, The Taste of Night, and The Touch of Twilight (e) Vicki Pettersson UF - Signs of the Zodiac
They Do the Same Things Different There: The Best Weird Fantasy of Robert Shearman Robert Shearman WeirdF
Lords of the Underworld Collection 3: The Darkest Secret\The Darkest Surrender\The Darkest Seduction Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld
Starfish (e) Peter Watts SF - Rifters Trilogy 1
The Way Inn Will Wiles M/Speculative



September 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Selfies: A Tor.com Original (e) Lavie Tidhar H



September 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Entice Me at Twilight (ri) Shayla Black PNR
Altar of Bones (ri) Philip Carter Th
Doom 3: Maelstrom (ri) Matthew Costello SF
Amazon Queen (ri) Lori Devoti UF - Queen 2
The Better Part of Darkness (ri) Kelly Gay UF -  Charlie Madigan
Demon Possessed (ri) Stacia Kane UF - Megan Chase 3
Highborn (ri) Yvonne Navarro UF - Dark Redemption 1
Black Dust Mambo (ri) Adrian Phoenix UF - Hoodoo 1
Heir of Danger (ri) Alix Rickloff PNR - Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 3


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014


Well I can't crow too loudly this week about the number of books I have read. I am quite satisfied with both the number of and the books I read but won't be making any headlines this week. Sorry folks. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
I finished reading Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian. I have to say I am quite embarrassed that I didn't know before I started reading this book that it was a novella.  DOINK! I got to the last page and couldn't believe it was finished. I need to start paying attention. This short features Valerie who murders her sister's rapists and ends up in the Compass Room. This is the story of how she got there and the trials she faced while trapped with the other murdering teenagers that featured in book 1. I can't say I enjoyed it. Short stories aren't my favourite to begin with and then to add in the fact that Valerie wasn't very nice to any one and had an enormous chip on her shoulder made it rather a testing read. I was a bit ambivalent about book 1 and I really hope that Harian can find a way to make her young adults a bit more engaging and empathetic.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014Wanting to read something quick and easy I went back to my Amazon recommendations and found Annie Bellet's Justice Calling. This is the first in the Twenty Sided Sorceress series (I haven't yet figured out where the series name comes from) and I quite liked it. It was a super easy and fast read. It only took a few hours to get from cover to cover. This book introduces us to Jade Crow who is a powerful sorceress in hiding. She lives in a small town, owns a comic book store and tries to keep a low profile until 'the law' comes to town and accuses her of murdering shifters. Lucky for Jade 'the law' aka a Justice comes packaged in rippling muscles and a handsome face. Jade's secret is about to be exposed when she discovers shifters, including her friends, are being petrified (not the scared petrified...the frozen like a statue variety) by magic. She has to solve the mystery, save her friends and try not to get killed in the process.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
I liked Justice Calling. I thought that Bellet was able to pull off some witty writing and Jade was a likeable character. I read it so quickly that I went back to Amazon and bought book 2 - Murder of Crows. In this instalment Jade is dating the Justice, Alex from book 1, when her estranged father asks her help to find out who is murdering her former community. Duty bound Jane and Alex head out to save her family and try not to get caught by her evil ex-boyfriend who wants to each her heart and steal her magic. Again, Bellet doesn't waste time getting to the point and this was another 2-3 hour book. I enjoyed it but wonder if Bellet isn't skimming the surface a bit too much with her characters and her plot. I had to look back at my purchase history to remember that I had read this book. Not a good sign. I will still look forward to book 3 in the hopes it gains some depth.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
Back again to Amazon and this time it recommended Dire Straits by Helen Harper. For those of you who read my WIR will remember that I read Harper's Blood Destiny series. This time Harper tells the story of Bo Blackman - a private investigator who gets framed for the murder of her colleagues while saving a demon. In an attempt to find the real killers and to clear her name Bo joins one of the prominent vampire families, to rather disastrous results. I was a bit conflicted about this book. Bo reminded me a bit too much of Mack from the Blood Destiny series. She wasn't a powerful shifter like Mack was but their personalities were very similar. Bo was always getting into trouble and making completely unwise decisions.  You know a character is naive when even the other characters comment on it! I have still pre-ordered book 2 though so will let you know in a few weeks what I think of this series.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 14, 2014
The final book that I am going to tell you about (and that I finished) was also the final book of The Hollows series, The Witch with No Name. Rachel has a lot to do in this instalment - save Ivy, rescue the demons, fall more in love with Trent, save the ever after and try to find a way to get Al to stop hating her. A tall order for some but not for Rachel.

I really, really, really liked this book. It was the perfect ending to the series. I couldn't believe how much happened to Rachel and all her friends. I was completely surprised when I reached the 20% point as I couldn't think what else Harrison could do to turn her characters' lives upside down...but she did.... a whole lot more. The book almost made me want to go back and start the series again. I might just do that! This is a solid series with likeable characters, all sorts of supernatural creatures to tickle almost every fancy and some hilarious dialogue from its smallest character - Jenks the pixy.

That is all for me for another week. I am going to have a to try to keep my booking reading roll going. Wish me luck and until next week Happy Reading.


Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014



*** BUMPER WEEK IN REVIEW ***

Yes folks I have a bumper crop of books to tell you about. I finished 5 books and mid-way though a 6th. So no messing around. What did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014
Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014If you read my WIR last week you will remember that I read Evernight (Darkest London 5) by Kristen Callihan and was a tad ashamed to say I couldn't remember the series or the characters. I decided to go back and read a few of the books. I started back at the beginning with Firelight, moved quickly onto Moonglow and ended my re-read with Winterblaze. I have discussed these books before so I won't bore with the details again. The first time I read the books I had the biggest issue with Moonglow  and while I still thought the explanation of the GIM (Ghost in the Machine) was flawed there was something else that bothered me this time I read it. I thought I would explain this in the form of a quiz.

Imagine you are arriving back at your lycan lover's stately home and are involved in a serious case of heavy petting in the back of the carriage (tee hee...petting your werewolf boyfriend....tee hee) when your most beloved sister arrives to inform you that your brother-in-law has been mortally wounded in a werewolf attack.  Do you ....

a)  ignore your sister and continue with the hot and steamy with your furry honey;
b)  go with your sister to the bedside of your brother-in-law only to leave your shell-shocked sister alone to go back to your love interest's home for some 'tupping';
c)  pop down to the local pub for a nice lunch as all the excitement makes you hungry;

or

d)  all of the above.

Well which do you think the heroine of Moonglow chose to do? Please let me know! I decided not to bother with book 4, Shadow Dance, as everything had come back to me and I had other books to read.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014
I was quite excited to discover that not 1 but 2 books I had pre-ordered on Amazon had popped down onto my Kindle. I started with Knight's Honor by Thea Harrison which is the 7th in the Elder Races series. This book is a bit of a departure from the previous books and doesn't centre on Dragos, Pia or one of the Sentinels. This time it tells the story of the mousey, shy, computer geek Tess who finds herself as a human attendant in the dangerous vampire, Xavier. Tess is on the run and trying to hide from a revengeful Djinn. Tess has got everything and nothing to lose by working for the hunky vamp, except maybe her heart...of course (this is PNR after all).

I like the fact that Harrison chose to write a book in the Elder Races world but not about Dragos or Pia (or friends). I also like the fact it was set back at the same time as the Sentinel Wars so before book 6 - Kinked. However, I think the characters are a bit bland and far too goody good for my liking. Tess is quite dull which is disappointing as I think Harrison missed a trick by not exploiting her humanity and computer genius skills. Xavier is a former priest/assassin/spy who quotes poetry to his lady love and tries to teach her to waltz. Not very gritty. Even still it is a quick read and quite good on a long tube journey.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014Book number 5 on my reading list for the week was Forged by Desire* by Bec McMaster. This is the 4th book in the London Steampunk series and tells the love story of Captain Garrett Reed and his fellow Nighthawk Perry. Reed never noticed the mannish Perry until she displayed her assets in a lovely ball gown while in disguise in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace (a novella). Reed is suffering from the ill effects of the vampire disease and there is only a matter of time before he turns into a violent killer. In the meantime Perry is confronting a secret from her past while investigating the murder of two innocent girls. Can Perry and Garrett get together before her past comes back to haunt her or before Garrett succumbs to the disease?  Well I won't tell you. This is a gritty tale and Perry's past is a deep, dark secret indeed. Some of my favourite characters from the previous books appeared including Blade. You will be glad to know that Honoria still hasn't given him those elocution lessons!

Melanie's Week in Review - September 7, 2014
My final book for this week is Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian. This is a novella in the Chaos Theory series. I have only just started this so not much to tell. Well that is it for me. I am super impressed with my book reading accomplishments this week. Fingers crossed I don't revert back to my previous poor performance. Until next week Happy Reading.








* You may read an excerpt of Forged by Desire here and see a list of all the books and novellas in this series.


The View From Monday - August 18, 2014


Happy Monday. First Congratulations to the Hugo Award winners and the winner of the not-a-Hugo John W. Campbell Award. The list of winners is below (this week's releases) in case you missed the livestream from Loncon3 or my tweets or tweets by many other folks.

This is a fairly light release week. There are no debuts. We do have two works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Angelus Guns: A Tor.com Original by Max Gladstone;

and

Our Broken Sky (A Chaos Theory Novella) from Sarah Harian.


The View From Monday - August 18, 2014


August 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dangerous Calling AJ Larrieu UF - Shadowminds 2


August 19, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Visions Kelley Armstrong UF - Cainsville 2
Sweetness #9 Stephan Eirik Clark SF
Blackout (K e) Tim Curran H
Flight from Hell (e) Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld Novella
The Angelus Guns: A Tor.com Original (e) Max Gladstone F
Jumper: A Novel (ri) Steven Gould SF - Jumper 1
The Void Trilogy 3-Book Bundle: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void, The Evolutionary Void (e) Peter F. Hamilton SF - Void Trilogy
Our Broken Sky Sarah Harian UF - Chaos Theory Novella
Warriors of the Imperium Andy Hoare
Sarah Cawkwell
F - Warhammer 40,000
The Scorched Earth Drew Karpyshyn F - The Chaos Born 2
The Vampire's Wolf and The Resurrectionist Jenna Kernan
Sierra Woods
PNR
The Family Unit and Other Fantasies (e) Laurence Klavan F - Collection
The Godless Ben Peek F - Children 1
Once Dead Richard Phillips UF - Rho Agenda 1
The Quantum Thief (h2tp) Hannu Rajaniemi SF - Jean Le Flambeur 1
The Clockwork Sky, Volume Two Madeleine Rosca SP/Manga - Clockwork Sky 2
The Ripper Affair Lilith Saintcrow SPM - Bannon and Clare 3
Loyal Wolf and Immortal Obsession Linda O. Johnston
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
PNR
Bounty Hunter Code: From The Files of Boba Fett Daniel Wallace
Ryder Windham
Jason Fry
SF - Star Wars
Vampires: A Hunter's Guide Steve White
Mark McKenzie-Ray
H


August 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land: A Tor.Com Original Ruthanna Emrys F


e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPM - Steampunk Mystery
UF - Urban Fantasy





The Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award Winners

Best Novel

Best Novella
  • Equoid”, Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)

Best Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Related Work

Best Graphic Story
  • “Time”, Randall Munroe (XKCD)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • Gravity, written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere”, written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)

Best Editor, Short Form

Best Editor, Long Form
  • Ginjer Buchanan

Best Professional Artist

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

Best Fancast

Best Fan Writer

Best Fan Artist

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)
*2nd year of eligibility.



Interview with Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done - March 18, 2014


Please welcome Sarah Harian to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Wicked We Have Done is published today by InterMix. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Sarah a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done - March 18, 2014




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

Sarah:  I started writing at the age of eight. I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and wanted to write a mystery of my own. I still have the notebook somewhere.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sarah:  Pantser. Plotting is a waste of time—I never follow the outline.



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

Sarah:  Being satisfied with something enough to think it’s ready to be published. I’m a compulsive reviser. I’m going to be one of those authors who wants to take their book off the store shelf and mark it up with a pen.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Margaret Atwood, Lev Grossman, and Angela Carter off the top of my head. They all write in a way that terrifies me and astounds me all at once.



TQ:  Describe The Wicked We Have Done in 140 characters or less.

Sarah:  Girl commits heinous crime. Girl sentenced to prison that kills if she doesn't pass its simulation. Girl makes friends and fights for them.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Wicked We Have Done that is not in the book description.

Sarah:  The prison in The Wicked We Have Done is located in a closed off portion of experimental wilderness.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Wicked We Have Done? The novel is described as "New Adult". What is "New Adult"? The novel mixes the romance and SF (dystopian) genres. Why did you choose to write a dystopian novel? In your opinion does a romance have to have an HEA?

SarahThe Wicked We Have Done was inspired by me wanting to write a speculative book that was both scary and emotional. I also really wanted to write something in the point-of-view of someone who wasn’t your standard hero, which is where the criminal aspect came in.

New Adult is a new category that encompasses the college age range. Books within this category are commercial and read a lot like fast-paced Young Adult, but with content geared more toward people in their twenties. I like to think of them as adult books for people who love the style of YA.

In all honesty, I didn’t really mean to write a dystopian novel. I just needed a near-future setting where technology was advanced enough to establish the prison that you read about in The Wicked We Have Done. The world kind of painted itself!

I don’t think that romance needs a HEA. I know people believe that the hero and love interest must get together at the end, but just because they get together doesn’t make the story have a happy ending. I think romance can be more complicated than that.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Wicked We Have Done?

Sarah:  Oh God… so much “How to Kill Someone via [insert method]” research. The book is pretty morbid.



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

Sarah:  The easiest to write was a secondary character in the book, Valerie, who gets her own novella being released in August. Her voice flowed from me very naturally. The hardest was the villain that you meet in flashback, mostly because I have more of a difficult time fleshing out truly evil characters.

As for favorite… honestly, it changes every time I read through the book. I know I sound like a fair Mom, but I promise I’m being honest!



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite lines from The Wicked We Have Done.

SarahI drag across his skin three claws of blue sky. Reaching his scars, I’m desperate to read him like braille.



TQ:  What's next?

Sarah:  Two more Chaos Theory books are being released this year—a novella in the point-of-view of a secondary character, and A Vault of Sins, the sequel to The Wicked We Have Done. It’s a busy year!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Wicked We Have Done

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

Interview with Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done - March 18, 2014
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 





About Sarah

Interview with Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done - March 18, 2014
Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.








Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @sarahharian






Release Day Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian


The Wicked We Have Done
Author:  Sarah Harian
Series:  Chaos Theory 1
Publisher:  InterMix, March 18, 2014
Format:  eBook
List Price:  $3.99
eISBN9780698152175
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Release Day Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.





Melanie's Thoughts:

The Wicked We Have Done is a first in two respects - it is Sarah Harian's first novel and the first in her Chaos Theory series. This novel introduces us to Evalyn who has been incarcerated for killing her best friend and several other people in a massacre at her college. Evalyn has volunteered to take part in a pioneering experiment - The Compass Room which will judge her morality in a series of tests. The Compass Room or CR as it is referred to throughout the book will monitor each prisoner's brain waves while they are subjected to simulated events from their crime and judge whether they are morally corrupt. If their reactions tip them into the sociopathic, murderer range then they will be executed in any manner of horrific way. There is always the slim chance the CR will judge them to be guilt fee and they will be released and free from prison. Evalyn doesn't think she has anything to lose and along with several other teenage criminals she embarks on a month long test of to prove her innocence, even though she doesn't believe she is innocent. It doesn't take long for the horror to start or for Evalyn to suspect that the Compass Room isn't working properly and murdering the innocent, as well as, the guilty. Its only a matter or time before Evalyn's past comes to haunt her in a very real way and its a fight to the death for survival for both Evalyn and her fellow inmates.

This book reminded me a bit of a mash up of The Running Man and The Hunger Games with emphasis on the latter - teenagers fighting for survival in a simulated wilderness. However, in this novel the main characters have all been convicted of quite chilling crimes and are not the innocent victims in The Hunger Games. As the novel progresses and as Evalyn is tested in the Compass Room we get to find out the events preceding and following her arrest through POV chapters. We don't get the same level of detail with the other characters and only find out how they ended up in jail through their 'trigger' events in the Compass Room or from when they confess to Evalyn. I liked the fact that Harian didn't have completely innocent characters and the title of this book is really sums up the lead characters' stories. While they aren't innocent of murder there are circumstances that led them to kill which chips away at their public personas as heartless murderers.

There are several teenagers that join Evalyn in the Compass Room but the story focuses mainly on a core of four including Evalyn, Casey - her love interest, Valerie, and Jace.  Evalyn and Casey started out disliking each other but it didn't take long for the romance to bloom in amongst the killing and fleeing for their lives. This was a relatively short book (under 300 pages) so its only a few days between Casey hating Evalyn to Casey wanting to jump in Evalyn's pants. I thought the story would have been just as good (perhaps better) without having the romance or without it happening so early. I had a bit of a love/hate with Evalyn as a character. I don't think you can be a kindhearted killer.  I thought this story suffered a bit from similarities to other stories and I am at a loss to think of what Harian is going to do next with these characters. Having said that, I am still looking forward to finding out where Harian takes Evalyn next.


The View From Monday - March 17, 2014

The View From Monday - March 17, 2014


Happy Monday! Happy St. Patrick's Day to those celebrating.  This is a relatively light release week with 4 debuts:




The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory 1) by Sarah Harian;

Hyde by Daniel Levine;

Off to be the Wizard (Magic 2.0) by Scott Meyer;

and

The Rich and the Dead by Liv Spector.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare Trilogy 2) by Ian Doescher;

and

Storm Bound (Grim 2) by Dani Harper.




March 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dancing with Dragons (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Dragons Trilogy 2
The Thrust (e) Shoshanna Evers PNR/Dys - Pulse Trilogy 3
Lords of the Underworld Bundle 1: The Darkest Night\The Darkest Kiss\The Darkest Pleasure (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld



March 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Feral Heat (e) Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound 5.5
William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back Ian Doescher SF - William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
The Mapmaker's War (h2tp) Ronlyn Domingue F - Keeper of Tales Trilogy 1
The Pilgrims Will Elliott F - Pendulum Trilogy 1
The Wicked We Have Done (D) (e) Sarah Harian SFR - Chaos Theory 1
Storm Bound Dani Harper PNR - Grim 2
Without a Summer (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Glamourist Histories 3
The Lascar's Dagger Glenda Larke F - The Forsaken Lands 1
Hyde (D) Daniel Levine HistF
Get Katja Simon Logan UF
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure 2
Off to Be the Wizard (D) Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0 1
Citadel Kate Mosse Th/M/Su - Languedoc 3
Dead Americans and Other Stories Ben Peek F/W - Collection
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Elsewhens (h2tp) Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
Troy: Last War of the Heroic Age Si Sheppard F - Myths and Legends
Doppel: A Tor.com Original (e) Lindsay Smith F
The Rich and the Dead (D) Liv Spector TT/M
Red Cells (Kindle e) Jeffrey Thomas SF
The Time Traveler's Almanac Ann VanderMeer (ed.)
Jeff VanderMeer (ed.)
SF/TT - Anthology
The Writers Afterlife Richard Vetere F


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR- Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR  - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Weird


Melanie's Week in Review - March 16, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - March 16, 2014


I started to worry when I hit Wednesday and I hadn't finished a single book and therefore would have nothing to say to you in this Week in Review. I didn't even have a excuse like I was studying for a test but then it all came together towards the end of the week and I got two books read. I am returning to work next week after 2 months away so hoping that with the commute time that I am able to get back in the reading saddle and get through some books.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 16, 2014
I started and finished the week with The Kingmakers by Susan and Clay Griffiths. This was the final book of the Vampire Empire trilogy and wrapped up the story for the Queen Adele and her vampire consort Greyfriar/Gareth. This was another treat in my book care package that I received a few weeks ago.  I read the first two books - The Greyfriar and The Riftwaker back in 2012 and had been searching for the final book since then. I could only find it here in the UK in the very expensive hardcover version and didn't feel like parting with £15+. I was very lucky to receive a review copy.

I enjoyed Griffiths' alternate world where vampires ruled Britain, Ireland and parts of France with Persia, Egypt and the rest of the middle East as the civilised world in the domain of humanity. I thought both lead characters Adele (a human Queen) and Gareth (a vampire prince) were well developed throughout all three novels and Griffiths' steampunk world was rich in detail. The start of this story found the pair in the midst of the war which was slaughtering most of the Empire's army and civilians as well.  Back in Britain, Gareth's brother Cesare was making plans to place himself as the king of the vampire race after a little patricide. This part of the story was really engaging and I was a little surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did as I don't often like stories with military themes. The story seemed to almost slow down once the main battle was done and felt like it was dragging. The rest of the action including the culmination of at least 3 different plot lines all happened in the last 15-20 pages. It felt very rushed after drawing out the middle chapters. Overall, this is a good series, set in an interesting world.

I also finished The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian which is one of the debuts out next week and the first in the Chaos Theory series. I will be writing a full review of this book so be sure to check back on Tuesday to find out what I thought.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 16, 2014I only just started Dream London by Tony Ballantyne which has me really intrigued as I have no idea what  is going on! Sometimes, I like the feeling that a book is going to challenge me and get my brain working.  I hope to tell you more about this book next week when I will also hopefully figure out what it is all about.

I am keeping this WIR short and sweet as I have been taxing my typing skills and your reading skills over the last few weeks. Until next week Happy Reading.



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).



Mary Behre

Spirited
Tidewater 1
Berkley, March 4, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
She’s running from who she is…

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be…



Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Weirdness
Melville House, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
With the literary muscle of Victor LaValle’s Big Machine and the outlandish humor of Kevin Smith’s Dogma, this debut reveals the dark underbelly of the NY literary scene.

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation who has already brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? If you’re Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee.

“This is some kind of make-a-deal-with-the-Devil type shit,” he says. Lucifer explains that Billy must steal the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, before the most powerful warlock in the eastern United States can upset the balance of the universe. In exchange, Billy’s novel will be published for a five-figure advance.

Traffic may be in the way of Billy’s getaway car, he may lose his job at the Greek deli, his girlfriend may break up with him, and it’s likely he’ll have to battle his greatest literary rival with his fists… but one way or another, he is determined to become a published author and save the universe.

Along the way, Billy learns about courage, friendship, and love, while considering some important questions: Why do people have pets? Who would store seafood in a warehouse in Chelsea? And where do those bananas in bodegas come from, anyway?



Patricia Cori

The Emissary
North Atlantic Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.

Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.

As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.

One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.

The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?



Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted
Harper, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Fiction Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.



Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.



Lynne Gentry

Healer of Carthage
The Carthage Chronicles 1
Howard Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?



Wayne Gladstone

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
Thomas Dunne Books, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends---a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work---Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"



Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 



Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.



Daniel Levine

Hyde
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 18, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
What happens when a villain becomes a hero?

Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll’s surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life.

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“You may think you know Dr. Jekyll, but this Hyde is a different beast altogether."—Jon Clinch, author of Finn

"Prepare to be seduced by literary devilry! Go back to Victorian times to find a very postmodern whodunit. Visceral prose, atmosphere you could choke on, characters who seem to be at your very shoulder."—Ronald Frame, author of Havisham

"Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevenson’s classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. Devious and ingenious, it is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination."—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum



Peter Liney

The Detainee
Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts

Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Claire R. McDougall

Veil of Time
Gallery Books, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A compelling tale of two Scotlands—one modern, one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them.

The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart? 



Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.



Mark Smylie

The Barrow
Pyr, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages
Cover Illustration © Gene Mollica

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this DEBUT EPIC FANTASY novel for fans of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set in the world of the Eisner-nominated Artesia comic books.

To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map.

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.



Liv Spector

The Rich and the Dead
William Morrow Paperbacks, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
To solve the crime of the century, she'll have to go back in time....

Welcome to Star Island, where Miami's wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It's a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year's Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world were found murdered in the basement of a Star Island mansion.

The massacre shocked the nation and destroyed the life of investigator Lila Day. Her hunt for the Star Island killer consumed her. But the case went unsolved, resulting in her dismissal from the Miami PD.

Now, three years later, life hands Lila an unexpected second chance: reclusive billionaire Teddy Hawkins approaches Lila and asks her to solve the case. But how do you investigate a crime when all the leads have long ago gone cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to solve the case before it happens. He's going to send Lila back in time.

With nothing left to lose, an incredulous Lila travels back to 2014, determined to find the Star Island killer once and for all. But as she goes undercover among the members of Miami's high society, she finds herself caring for—and falling for—people who are destined to die that fateful night. Now she must either say good-bye or risk altering the future forever.



Will Storr

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Killian Lone comes from a long line of gifted cooks, stretching back to the seven­teenth century, and yearns to become a famous chef himself. When he starts an apprenticeship under Max Mann, the most famous chef in London, he looks set to continue the family tradition. But the reality of kitchen life is brutal. Even his fellow apprentice, Kathryn, who shows Killian uncharacteristic kindness, can’t stop his being sucked into the vicious, debauched world of 1980s fine dining, and gradually he is forced to surrender his dream.

Then he discovers a dark family secret—the legacy of an ancestor who was burnt as a witch for creating food so delicious it was said to turn all who tasted it mad. Killian knows he can use this secret to achieve his ambitions and maybe, finally, to win Kathryn’s affections. But is he willing to pay the price?

This is Killian’s confession—a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food . . .




2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.



Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 


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