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Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012

Please welcome Simone St. James to The Qwillery! Simone is sharing some of the books that scare her! Happy Halloween!!


Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


Some of My Top Scary Reads

This is the time of year for a lot of things – pumpkin spice, the smell of leaves, and, apparently, major hurricane monster-storms – but mostly, for me, it’s the time of year for reading scary books.

In honor of the season, here are some of my top scary reads:

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. There is just no contest on this one – I have lost count of how many times I’ve read it, and it never fails to scare the absolute bejabbers out of me. A lean, tiny little novel, with nothing between the pages but pure scariness. Apparently Susan Hill’s assistant couldn’t be home alone while she was typing the manuscript, and I don’t blame her one bit. (Also: The movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe, was completely awesome.)

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


Bag of Bones by Stephen King. King is my favorite writer, so it’s impossible to choose a favorite. Still, he doesn’t often write pure ghost stories like this one. It’s creepy – the basement, the fridge magnets, oh my god – but it’s also sad, and there is an event near the end that, were I ever to meet Mr. King, would cause me to have words with him. None of that stops me from reading this book over and over. It’s an overlooked classic.

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


The Terror by Dan Simmons. Unlike the other books on this list, I admit that I have read this one only once, and have spent quite a bit of time ramping up the gumption to read it again. Simmons took the real history of the infamous Franklin expedition in the 1800’s – which vanished, scarily enough – and made it even more frightening. I’m not going to tell you how; I’ll just warn you that this is one terrifying book. It’s sitting on my shelf right now, staring at me, daring me to pick it up again.

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


Dracula by Bram Stoker. “The sight seemed to paralyse me, and the shovel turned in my hand and glanced from the face, merely making a deep gash above the forehead. The shovel fell from my hand across the box, and as I pulled it away the flange of the blade caught the edge of the lid, which fell over again, and hid the horrid thing from my sight. The last glimpse I had was of the bloated face, bloodstained and fixed with a grin of malice which would have held its own in the nethermost hell.”
Yeah, that’s why.

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


Special mentions – books I haven’t read:

It by Stephen King. I think this is the only King book I’ve never read, and I’m finally going to rectify this oversight. I plan to read it this winter.

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I’m not sure how this series slipped past me, but for some reason I’ve never read it. Also going to be rectified this winter.

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


The Farm by Emily McKay. Another YA, this one will be released on December 4 – about teens after the vampire apocalypse. YA is just a goldmine of good stories these days, and I can’t wait for this one.

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012


Your turn. What is your favorite scary read? What do you recommend I pick up – immediately?? I have a long, cold, dark season to fill up with great scary reads!




Novels by Simone St. James

The Haunting of Maddy Clare
NAL, March 6, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012
Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?


An Inquiry into Love and Death
NAL Trade, March 5, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012
In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…

Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.

Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.




About Simone

Guest Blog by Simone St. James - Some of my Top Scary Reads - October 31, 2012
Adam Hunter
Simone St. James wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school. Unaware that real people actually became writers, she pursued a career behind the scenes in the television business. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada, where she writes in her spare time and lives with her husband and three spoiled cats.

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THE GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Haunting of Maddy Clare and another commenter will win an ARC of An Inquiry into Love and Death from Simone! US/CANADA ONLY

How:   Answer Simone's questions:

What is your favorite scary read? What do you recommend I pick up – immediately??

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

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to now and in 2013?  This is the fourth is a series of posts.


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.




Simone St. James

An Inquiry into Love and Death
NAL Trade, March 5, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…

Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.

Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.





Elisabeth Staab

Prince of Power
Chronicles of Yavn 2
Sourcebooks, January 8, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
The second installment of Elisabeth Staab's paranormal romance series follows Tyra, a vampire soldier who is nearly killed on the battlefield while fighting the vicious wizard clan. When she awakes from her injuries, she discovers that the man who saved her life is none other than the Master Wizard's son, Anton. They are inexplicably drawn to each other, but Tyra knows this mysterious wizard is hiding a violent secret. She is unsure of whom to trust, who to believe, and where she belongs. Is Anton really in love with Tyra and out for revenge on his father? Or is he only pretending to love her so that he can kill her and steal her powers?





Jillian Stone

The Moonstone and Miss Jones
Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 2
Brava, September 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
A master of paranormal deduction—and paramour seduction—Phaeton Black has a knack for bumping into things that go bump in the night, from ghoulies and ghosties to long-leggedy beauties…

Mooning For The Moonstone

Barely escaping the clutches of a succulent succubus, Phaeton Balck returns to London only to get sucked into another unearthly scheme. Professor Lovecraft has been tinkering with the secrets of life and death, replacing body parts with the latest mechanical marvels. To succeed, he needs to tap the power of the fabled Moonstone—and he needs Phaeton’s help. Of course, Phaeton would prefer to investigate the more interesting body parts of Miss America Jones. Perhaps, bringing his lady friend along for the ride won’t be to too much trouble…

Shanghaied In Shanghai

The bewilderingly beautiful and bountifully gifted daughter of a Cajun witch, Miss Jones is always up for an adventure, especially with Mr. Black as her traveling companion. But when Phaeton is mysteriously shanghaied in Shanghai, America thinks he’s run out on her. Stranded in the Orient—and steaming mad—she’s prepared to look under every stone for the missing detective. The case has put them both in the most compromising positions, but this time, Miss Jones is on top and Mr. Black is at the bottom…of a truly infernal plot.





Joan Swan

Blaze
Phoenix Rising 2
Brava, Deptember 25, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…

Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…





David Tallerman

Crown Thief
Tales of Easie Damasco 2
Angry Robot. September 25, 2012 (US/Canada)
October 4, 2012 (UK)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
From the Tales of Easie Damasco…

Meet Easie Damasco: Thief, swindler and lately, reluctant hero.

But whatever good intentions Damasco may have are about to be tested to their limits, as the most valuable – and dangerous – object in the land comes within his light-fingered grasp.

Add in some suicidally stubborn giants, an old enemy with dreams of empire and the deadliest killers in two kingdoms on his heels, and Damasco’s chances of staying honest – or even just surviving – are getting slimmer by the hour.

File Under: Fantasy [ Run Easie Run | A Big Help | Not again! | Prince of Thieves ]





James R. Tuck

Spider's Lullaby
Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter Novella
Kensington, June 26, 2012
eBook, 79 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities take out any kind of unnatural threat. But between this bad-ass bounty hunter and rescuing the most helpless of victims stands the one evil he can’t defeat…

For Deacon Chalk, loyalty is worth dying for. And now that something has taken were-spider Charlotte’s un-hatched children and one of his closest friends, he’ll tear up the human and supernatural underworlds to find them. But with his allies stripped away by an invincible Yakuza hit man and time running out, Deacon must face down the most ancient of demonic entities. And his last hope means surrendering to the inner darkness waiting hungrily to consume him …



Blood and Silver
Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter 2
Kensington, August 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face…

Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer…until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who—or what—to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay…



Blood and Magick
Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter 3
Kensington, March 5, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 4
Taking out hellish creatures—not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything—except betrayal he never saw coming…

Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. Just another day at the office for your friendly neighborhood occult bounty hunter. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake—and his soul on the line…

Interview with Simone St. James - March 24, 2012

Please welcome Simone St. James to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Haunting of Maddy Clare, Simone's debut, was published on March 6, 2012.


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

Simone:  Probably that I do a lot of my first draft longhand in a spiral notebook. It's how I trick my writing brain into thinking I'm "not really writing" - I'm just making notes, see? Not really writing at all. Once I get a good handle on the story, I move to the computer and start typing.

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

Simone:  I have too many favorite writers to name! To start, I'll name Mary Stewart, Stephen King, Laura Kinsale, George R. R. Martin, Susanna Kearsley, Michael Connelly, Deanna Raybourn, and Harper Lee. How's that for diversity!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Simone:  I'm a pantser, but I'd like to learn to be a plotter for sure.

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

Simone:  Writing to a deadline has been a learning curve - as an unpublished writer, you can make as many excuses as you want. Making regular, productive time to write has been a challenge, and I work hard at it.

TQ:  Describe The Haunting of Maddy Clare in 140 characters or less.

Simone:  Temp girl gets assigned to be a ghost hunter's assistant - and stumbles on a mystery and a romance.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Haunting of Maddy Clare?

Simone:  My wish, as a reader, to find a creepy ghost story that also had a good romance in it. It's just really the book I want to read, and I couldn't find it, so I wrote it.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Haunting of Maddy Clare?

Simone:  I've always been a history buff, and the 1920's is one of my favorite eras, so I already knew a lot about it. I did buff up on the technology of the era, including Alistair's recording machine. I also read up in depth about World War I and its effect on soldiers.

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

Simone:  Sarah was the easiest, because as I wrote I just slipped into her shoes. I always knew her very well from page 1. The hardest was probably Matthew, because he's anything but an open book, and you only see him through Sarah's eyes.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Haunting of Maddy Clare?

Simone:  I do love the scene where Sarah first meets Matthew, when he bursts into the room. I also love the scene in which she sees his scars by mistake - that scene is almost exactly as I drafted it the first time, it wrote itself so perfectly.

TQ:  What's next?

Simone:  My next book, coming March 2013, is called An Inquiry Into Love and Death. It's another 1920s ghost story featuring a new set of characters. I can't wait for readers to get their hands on it!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Simone:  Thank you Sally!


About The Haunting of Maddy Clare

The Haunting of Maddy Clare
NAL, March 6, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Simone St. James - March 24, 2012
Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?


About Simone

Interview with Simone St. James - March 24, 2012
Adam Hunter
Simone St. James wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school. Unaware that real people actually became writers, she pursued a career behind the scenes in the television business. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada, where she writes in her spare time and lives with her husband and three spoiled cats.

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The View From Monday - March 19, 2012

Happy Monday! This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview with Eliza Gayle.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with David Kowalski. The Company of the Dead, David's debut, was published on March 13th by Titan Books.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Shawntelle Maidison. Coveted will be published on April 24, 2012 by Ballantine Books.

Thursday - Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview with Carolyn Crane. Carolyn is the author of The Disillusionists series. Devil's Luck, a Disillusionists eNovella was published on February 26th.

Friday - Interview with T.C. McCarthy, author of The Subterrene War series. Exogene (Subterrene War 2) was published on March 1st by Orbit.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Simone St. James. The Haunting of Maddy Clare was published on March 6th by NAL.

Sunday - Interview with Elena Hearty. Donor was published in December 2011 (eBook) by Samhain Publishing and is now available as a Trade Paperback.


Here are this week's book releases:



March 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Afterglow
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Cherry Adair PRS - Lodestone Trilogy 2
Born to Darkness
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Suzanne Brockmann PRS - Fighting Destiny
Death Sentences
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Kawamata Chiaki SF
Darkest Knight
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Karen Duvall UF - Kinght's Curse 2
The Werewolf's Wife
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Michele Hauf PNR
Spooky Campfire Stories, 2nd: Outdoor Myths and Tales for All Ages
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Amy Kelley Hoitsma H/ Ghost Stories
The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Natsuki Ikezawa F
And Blue Skies from Pain
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Stina Leicht UF - Fey and Fallen 2
Warrior Rising
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Pamela Palmer PNR - Esri 4





March 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse (h2tp)
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Steven C. Schlozman H



h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2012

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


For March you have 9 covers to choose from.





























2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

While reviewing the book list for this month, I found that I'd missed a March debut! I'm happy to announce that I will have an interview with Simone St. James later this month and her novel is included in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.


The Haunting of Maddy Clare
Author:  Simone St. James
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  NAL (March 6, 2012)
Price:  $14.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical/Ghost Story
ISBN:  9780451235688

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?


2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts post has also been updated.

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts


There are 9 debuts in March.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite March cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


Wide Open
Author:  Deborah Coates
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books (March 13, 2012)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0765328984

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
When Sergeant Hallie Michaels comes back to South Dakota from Afghanistan on ten days' compassionate leave, her sister Dell's ghost is waiting at the airport to greet her.

The sheriff says that Dell's death was suicide, but Hallie doesn't believe it. Something happened or Dell's ghost wouldn't still be hanging around. Friends and family, mourning Dell's loss, think Hallie's letting her grief interfere with her judgment.

The one person who seems willing to listen is the deputy sheriff, Boyd Davies, who shows up everywhere and helps when he doesn't have to.

As Hallie asks more questions, she attracts new ghosts, women who disappeared without a trace. Soon, someone's trying to beat her up, burn down her father's ranch, and stop her investigation.

Hallie's going to need Boyd, her friends, and all the ghosts she can find to defeat an enemy who has an unimaginable ancient power at his command.


Wicked as They Come
Author:  Delilah S. Dawon
Series:  Blud
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Pocket Books (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  9781451657883

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)

Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.

When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?


Three A.M.
Author:  Steven John
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Noir
ISBN:  9780765331168

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
Fifteen years of sunless gray.

Fifteen years of mist. So thick the streets fade off into nothing. So thick the past is hazy at best. The line between right and wrong has long been blurred, especially for Thomas Vale.

Long gone are the days when new beginnings seemed possible—when he was a new recruit, off to a new start fresh in the army. He had hoped to never look back. Not like there was much to see, anyway.

First came the sickness, followed by the orders: herd the healthy into the city, shoot the infected. The gates closed and the bridges came down… followed by the mist.

Fifteen miserable years of the darkest nights and angry, awful gray days.

Thomas Vale can hardly fathom why he keeps waking up in the morning. For a few more days spent stumbling along? Another night drinking alone? Another hour keeping the shadows at bay….

But when Rebecca Ayers walks into his life, the answers come fast. Too fast.


The Games
Author:  Ted Kosmatka
Format:  Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher:  Del Rey (March 13, 2012)
Price:  $25.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction Thriller
ISBN978-0-345-52661-8

2012 Debut Author Challenge - March 2012 Debuts
This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.

Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.

The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer’s cold logic.

Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most disquietingly—intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.


The Company of the Dead
Author:  David Kowalski 
Format:  Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher:  Titan Books (March 13, 2012)
Price:  $15.95
Language:  English
Genre: Alternate History
ISBN:  9780857686664

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A mysterious man appears aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship.

The result? A world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century.

In April 2012, Joseph Kennedy—nephew of John F. Kennedy—lives in an America occupied in the East by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can restore history to its rightful order—even though it would mean his death, and the deaths of everyone he loves.

A magnificent alternate history, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest maritime disasters of the 20th century.


The Alchemist of Souls
Author:  Anne Lyle
Series:  Night Masque 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662149

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When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods – and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?

Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally – and Mal Catlyn his soul.

File Under: Fantasy [ Midsummer Magic | Skraylings | Double Trouble | Comedy of Terrors ]


Hemlock Grove
Author:  Brian McGreevy
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  FSG Originals (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Gothic
ISBN:  9780374532918

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An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.


The Haunting of Maddy Clare
Author:  Simone St. James
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  NAL (March 6, 2012)
Price:  $14.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Historical/Ghost Story
ISBN:  9780451235688

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Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?


The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Author:  Jillian Stone
Format:  Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Brava (March 27, 2012)
Price:  $14.00
Language:  English
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery
ISBN:  978-0-7582-6896-9

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In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all…

He’s The Man With The Magic Touch

A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard’s secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he’s asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he’s ever known…

She’s The Devilish Miss Jones

Pressing a knife to his throat—and demanding he make love to her—Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he’s been staking out—but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation…or ultimate sacrifice.
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