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The View From Monday - April 27, 2020


It is the last Monday in April!

There are no debuts this week.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Veil of Spears (Song of Shattered Sands 3) by Bradley B. Beaulieu is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Ghost Monday (Eric Carter 5) by Stephen Blackmoore;

Starbreaker (Nightchaser 2) by Amanda Bouchet;

The Perfect Assassin (Chronicles of Ghadid 1) by K.A. Doore is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Human Son by Adrian J. Walker.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



The View From Monday - April 27, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pass of Fire (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 14
A Veil of Spears (tp2mm) Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - Song of Shattered Sands 3
Ghost Money Stephen Blackmoore UF/DF/CF - Eric Carter 5
Starbreaker Amanda Bouchet PNR/SFR - Nightchaser 2
Triumphant (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 3
Of Honey and Wildfires (Ke) Sarah Chorn DF/F
The Hive (h2mm) Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF/SO - Second Formic War 2
The Perfect Assassin (tp2mm) K. A. Doore F - Chronicles of Ghadid 1
The Horusian Wars: Divination John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Empire City Matt Gallagher LF/AH
By Demons Possessed (tp2mm) P. C. Hodgell F - Kencyrath 6
Critical Point S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 3
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set IV: Books 10-12 (Crossroads of Twilight, Knife of Dreams, The Gathering Storm) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
Crossroads of Twilight (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 10
The Gathering Storm (ri) Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson
F - Wheel of Time 12
Knife of Dreams (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 11
Eye Spy (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: Family Spies 2
The Gate of Ivory Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F - Anthology
The Revenant Express (h2tp) George Mann SP/Cr/M/PI - Newbury & Hobbes Investigation 5
Sons of the Selenar Graham McNeill SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra
The Master's Apprentice Oliver Pötzsch
Lisa Reinhardt (Tr)
HistF - Faust 1
Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua Rose Pressey PCM - A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery 2
A Witch in Time  Wm. Mark Simmons F/HU - Halflife Chronicles 5
Age of Legend (h2mm) Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - Legends of the First Empire 4
The Human Son Adrian J. Walker SF
The Gordian Protocol (h2mm) David Weber
Jacob Holo
SF/TT
Texas Hold'em (h2tp) Wild Cards Trust
George R.R. Martin (Ed)
SF/SH - Wild Cards 21
Mrs. Morris and the Witch Traci Wilton PCM - A Salem B&B Mystery 2



April 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anything Resembling Love: A Tor.com Original (e) S. Qiouyi Lu F



April 30, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Unexpected Stories Octavia E. Butler SF - Collection
The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus Michael Swanwick F - Darger and Surplus
Jack Connie Willis SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator(s)
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Interview with Stephen Blackmoore


Please welcome Stephen Blackmoore to The Qwillery. Fire Season, the 4th Eric Carter novel, was published on April 16, 2019 by DAW. 

I adore Eric Carter - he's snarky, reckless, a bit crazy, and my favorite anti-hero. I don't expect him to be the good guy though he often ends up that way by accident. He's really conflicted and flawed, which makes him more emotionally believable. Fire Season is the most intricate of the Eric Carter novels (so far). More is revealed about Eric's family and there are plenty of surprises. Blackmoore once again delivers a high-octane thrill ride of mayhem, magic and murder and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I highly recommend Fire Season and the Eric Carter series!



Interview with Stephen Blackmoore




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, Fire Season (Eric Carter 4), was published in April. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote City of the Lost (2012) to Fire Season?

Stephen:  I think so. It's gotten, I can't think of another word for it, sloppier. CITY OF THE LOST felt like I just threw it together. In fact I did just throw it together. I had no idea how it was going to go. Pantsed the whole thing.

But with DEAD THINGS I outlined. Not one or two pages, or notes in a whiteboard. No, I made a 30 page outline and whenever I shifted a direction, I would go back and shift the outline to see if the change was going to break the story.

Then I wrote a three pager for BROKEN SOULS and that was enough.

HUNGRY GHOSTS was a Notepad file with sentence fragments and a white board with half a dozen bullet points.

FIRE SEASON I didn't even have that much. I had a couple of ideas, a few bits of scenes and lines of dialog, kind of the direction I knew it was going to go, and that there was going to be a lot of fire in it.

The one I turned in a few months ago and the one I'm working on now are pretty much the same way, only less organized.



TQWhich character in the Eric Carter series (so far) surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Stephen:  For both of those questions, it's Santa Muerte. In HUNGRY GHOSTS Eric tries to kill the folk saint Santa Muerte, who's also the Aztec goddess of the dead, Mictecacihuatl, who he's had problems with since book one. He's doing this while trying to protect her avatar, a woman named Tabitha Cheung who he's come to have complicated feelings about.

Well, he fucks that up. And though Santa Muerte is destroyed, Tabitha goes along with her in a way that (SPOILER ALERT BUT MAYBE NOT REALLY) something new is created in her stead. It's an amalgam of Santa Muerte and Tabitha, which makes things even more complicated for Eric. The thing he despises and the person that maybe he has a thing for, and he really doesn't know what to do with it.

And honestly, neither does she.



TQDescribe Fire Season using only 5 words.

Stephen:  Angry gods necromancy big fire.



TQTell us something about Fire Season that is not in the book description.

Stephen:  I kill a lot more people in the book than I thought I was going to. Like a lot more. I really crank up the death count and the Holy Shit Did That Horrible Thing Just Happen up to eleven.



TQPlease tell us about Quetzalcoatl who appears to be after Eric Carter in Fire Season.

Stephen:  He's an asshole. He's betrayed the other Aztec gods (no one's quite sure why - but there's a bit of a resolution on that in FIRE SEASON) and helped the Spanish kill all but two of them, and in that final fight he was almost destroyed. He's weak, but he's still a god. He's driven, single-minded, and like everyone else has a hidden agenda.



TQWhich question about Fire Season do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Stephen:  "Can I give you a truckload of money to make this into a TV series?" The answer is, of course, "Yes."



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Fire Season.

Stephen

"I tried idealism once. Gave me a rash."

"That's the problem with coke. It makes everything sound like a great idea. If at all possible, never make plans on coke."



TQWhat's next?

Stephen:  The next book in the series, GHOST MONEY, comes out in January. After that is BOTTLE DEMON, which I'm working on now. Besides that I've got another couple of things I'm working toward that may or may not pan out, so we'll see.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Stephen:  Thanks for the opportunity to talk about the book!





Fire Season
Eric Carter 4
DAW, April 16, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Stephen Blackmoore
The fourth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Los Angeles is burning.

During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages with fires that burn when they shouldn’t, that don’t stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people.

To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him, after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren’t adding up, and Carter knows there’s more going on.

If he doesn’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it fast, Quetzalcoatl won’t just kill him, he’ll burn the whole damn city down with him.





Previously

Dead Things
Eric Carter 1
DAW, February 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 256 pages

Interview with Stephen Blackmoore
Stephen Blackmoore’s dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it’s a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter’s going to find out who did it, and he’s going to make them pay.

As long as they don’t kill him first.



Broken Souls
Eric Carter 2
DAW, August 5, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

Interview with Stephen Blackmoore
Stephen Blackmoore’s dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. Necromancer Eric Carter’s return to Los Angeles hasn’t gone well, and it’s about to get even worse.

His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he’s not sure how far it will go. He’s starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he’s losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis.

While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte’s hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone’s form, powers, and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but this guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere.

Now Carter has to change the game — go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row bruja and a ghost who’s either his dead friend Alex or the manifestation of Carter’s own guilt-fueled psychotic break.

Everything is trying to kill him. Nothing is as it seems. If all his plans go perfectly, he might survive the week.

He’s hoping that’s a good thing.



Hungry Ghosts
Eric Carter 3
DAW, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Stephen Blackmoore
Stephen Blackmoore’s dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Necromancer Eric Carter’s problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he’s the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back — and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone.

To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can’t trust either one. Carter’s solution? Kill them both.

If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact, he’ll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.





About Stephen

Interview with Stephen Blackmoore
Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to no renown who once thought lighting things on fire was one of the best things a kid could do with his time. Until he discovered that eyebrows don't grow back very quickly. He is the author of the urban fantasy novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS, BROKEN SOULS, HUNGRY GHOSTS, and FIRE SEASON. His short stories and poetry have appeared in Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, Demolition, Clean Sheets , Flashing In The Gutters and a couple of anthologies with authors far better than he is. You can even stalk him on Twitter (@sblackmoore) or check out his website at http://stephenblackmoore.com.




The View From Monday - April 15, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Binding by Bridget Collins.

The View From Monday - April 15, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Fire Season (Eric Carter 4) by Stephen Blackmoore;

Amnesty (Amberlough Dossier 3) by Lara Elena Donnelly;

No Country for Old Gnomes (Tales of Pell 2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne;

Atlas Alone (Planetfall 4) by Emma Newman.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - April 15, 2019



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Bonds (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 21
Dreamtime: First Fantastic Collection (e) Mark Le Dain SF/NF - Completely Fractured Fiction 1
Succulent Prey (ri) Wrath James White H
Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer LC/HC/PopCul/SF - Forerunners: Ideas First Series



April 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
NoBODY: A Novella (e) Susan Wittig Albert M/Occ - Crystal Cave 1
Ruinstorm David Annandale SF - Horus Heresy 46
Upon a Burning Throne Ashok K. Banker F
Dawnthief James Barclay F - Chronicles of the Raven 1
Fire Season Stephen Blackmoore UF/DF/CF - Eric Carter 4
Winds of Marque Bennett R. Coles SF - Blackwood & Virtue 1
The Binding (D) Bridget Collins LF/Hist
Amnesty Lara Elena Donnelly HistF/Th/Esp/Pol - Amberlough Dossier 3
The Complete Wayfarer Redemption Series: Wayfarer Redemption, Enchanter, Starman, Sinner, Pilgrim, Crusader (e) Sara Douglass F - Wayfarer Redemption
Perihelion Summer Greg Egan SF/HSF/AP/PA
Master & Apprentice Claudia Gray SF/MTI - Star Wars
A Time of Blood John Gwynne F/HistF - Of Blood & Bone 2
Warlords of Karak Eight Peaks Guy Haley
David Guymer
F - Warhammer Chronicles
No Country for Old Gnomes Kevin Hearne
Delilah S. Dawson
F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Tales of Pell 2
Myths and Mortals Charlie N. Holmberg F - Numina 2
Big Cat: And Other Stories Gwyneth Jones SF - Collection
Nest of the Monarch Kay Kenyon HistF - Dark Talents 3
Yesterday's Kin Trilogy: Tomorrow's Kin, If Tomorrow Comes, Terran Tomorrow (e) Nancy Kress SF/HSF/GenEng/AC - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy
The One (h2tp) John Marrs LF/SF/GenEng/Dys
Atlas Alone Emma Newman SF/HSF - Planetfall 4
Dark Constellations Pola Oloixarac
Roy Kesey (Tr)
LF/VisM/MR
All My Colors David Quantick DF/BH/Th/Cr
The Master of Dreams Mike Resnick F/DF - The Dreamscape Trilogy 1
Princess Bari Hwang Sok-yong
Sora Kim-Russell (Tr)
FairyT/FolkT/LM/GH/Fiction
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Thirteen Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Knight Timothy Zahn SF/SO/AC - Sibyl's War 2



April 19, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Unicorn Anthology Peter S. Beagle (Ed)
Jacob Weisman (Ed)
F - Anthology


D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary & Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Stephen Blackmoore (2012)

Fire Season
Eric Carter 4
DAW, April 16, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The fourth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Los Angeles is burning.

During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages with fires that burn when they shouldn’t, that don’t stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people.

To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him, after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren’t adding up, and Carter knows there’s more going on.

If he doesn’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it fast, Quetzalcoatl won’t just kill him, he’ll burn the whole damn city down with him.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 3





Kameron Hurley (2011)

Meet Me in the Future: Stories
Tachyon Publications, August 20, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
“Kameron Hurley’s writing is the most exciting thing I’ve seen on the genre page.” —Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

When renegade author Kameron Hurley (The Light BrigadeThe Stars Are Legion) takes you to the future—be prepared for the unexpected. Yes, it will be dangerous, frequently brutal, and often devastating. But it’s also savagely funny, deliriously strange, and absolutely brimming with adventure.

In these edgy, unexpected tales, a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, and an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship. Fighters ally to power a reality-bending engine, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.

So come meet Kameron Hurley in the future. The version she’s created here is weirder—and far more hopeful—than you could ever imagine.





Joe Zieja (2016)

System Failure
Epic Failure Trilogy 3
Saga Press, August 27, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
War is spreading through the galaxy—and it’s becoming abundantly clear that there’s an outside force at play in this explosive and hilarious new installment of the Epic Failure series that reads like Catch-22 meets David Weber.

With the galaxy thrown into chaos by mutual breaches of the Two Hundred Years’ peace, what seemed like an isolated incident on the Thelicosa/Merida border has become an epidemic. In the midst of this chaos, the Thelicosan and Meridan fleets on their respective borders have come to a sort of tense peace after the events in Book II but now it’s clear: somebody wants war. And it’s not the Free Systems of the galaxy.

No. It’s a mom-and-pop convenience store gone galactic. It’s the purveyors of balloons and nachos and supplies for bowling lanes. It’s the company that made the droids and a large part of the technology that all of the Free Systems are using in their militaries.

It’s Snaggardirs. And they want to snag it all.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 2

Review: Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore - and Giveaway


Hungry Ghosts
Eric Carter 3
DAW, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Review: Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore - and Giveaway
Stephen Blackmoore’s dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts • “Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative.” RT Reviews

Necromancer Eric Carter’s problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he’s the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back — and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone.

To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can’t trust either one. Carter’s solution? Kill them both.

If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact, he’ll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.



Qwill's Thoughts

Hungry Ghosts is the third novel in the Eric Carter series by Stephen Blackmoore. Married to Santa Muerte, necromancer Carter is out to kill her and Mictlantecuhtli - the Aztec King of the Dead and Santa Muerte's ex-husband. Carter has a particular need to dispatch Mictlantecuhtli - they are swapping places with Carter becoming a more and more a jade statue when he uses the god's power and Mictlantecuhtli becoming flesh again. To achieve his ends, Carter goes on a hunt for Santa Muerte's avatar in the real world and then to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead. On top of all this at least one other Aztec god has issues with Carter which is part of an ancient feud between those gods. Carter is juggling a lot in Hungry Ghosts and the opportunities for him to die are more numerous than ever.

Carter's approach to trouble is generally to take down whatever is in his way. It's worked for him so far more or less so why change? Carter is snarky, a bit crazy, and spends most of his time in a very dark place mentally. He's also extremely resourceful. He's been responsible for a lot of death and destruction to those close to him and many others. In Hungry Ghosts he becomes less sure of his burn it all down approach and for the first time in the series is facing up to events in his life with a bit of introspection. Trying to stay alive, fighting monsters (human and otherwise) does not leave a lot of time for this, but Carter's journey through Mictlan is both real and metaphorical.

Blackmoore brings Mictlan vividly to life and provides fascinating information about Aztec mythology and history. This is all vital to the events unfolding in Hungry Ghosts and serves to deepen the story. In order to stay alive Carter needs to understand what is going on in Mictlan and with the gods.

Hungry Ghosts is a dark, action-packed thrill ride and is Blackmoore's best writing so far. It's full of rich detail and exceptional character development wrapped in a great story. I'm truly looking forward to the next three Eric Carter novels.





The Giveaway

Review: Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore - and Giveaway

What:  Mass Market Paperback copies of Dead Things, Broken Souls and Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore. US / Canada Only

How:
  • Send an email to theqwillery . contests @ gmail.com [remove the spaces]
  • In the subject line, enter “Eric Carter Novels“
  • In the body of the email, please provide your name and full mailing address. The winning address is used only to mail the prize and is provided to the publisher and/or The Qwillery only for that purpose. All other address information will be deleted once the giveaway ends.

Who:  The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address.

When:  The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on February 14, 2017. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change without any notice.*





Previously

Dead Things
Eric Carter 1
DAW, February 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 256 pages

Review: Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore - and Giveaway
The first book in Stephen Blackmoore’s dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts • “Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative.” RT Reviews

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it’s a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter’s going to find out who did it, and he’s going to make them pay.

As long as they don’t kill him first.



Broken Souls
Eric Carter 2
DAW, August 5, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

Review: Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore - and Giveaway
The second book in Stephen Blackmoore’s dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts • “Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative.” RT Reviews

Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. Necromancer Eric Carter’s return to Los Angeles hasn’t gone well, and it’s about to get even worse.

His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he’s not sure how far it will go. He’s starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he’s losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis.

While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte’s hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone’s form, powers, and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but this guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere.

Now Carter has to change the game — go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row bruja and a ghost who’s either his dead friend Alex or the manifestation of Carter’s own guilt-fueled psychotic break.

Everything is trying to kill him. Nothing is as it seems. If all his plans go perfectly, he might survive the week.

He’s hoping that’s a good thing.

The View From Monday - February 6, 2017


Happy first Monday in February!

There are 6 debuts this week:

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly;

Dr. Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl;

Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek;

The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgia De Maria;

All Our Wrongs Today by Elan Mastai;

and

Zodiac by Sam Wilson.

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And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn;

With Blood Upon the Sand (Song of Shattered Sands 2) ny Bradley P. Beaulieu;

Hungry Ghosts (Eric Carter 3) by Stephen Blackmoore;

Magic of Blood and Sea: The Assassin's Curse; The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley;

Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic 1) by Melissa F. Olson;

and

The Damned (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1) by Tarn Richardson is out in Trade Paperback.


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Debut novels are highlighted in green. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in blue.


February 7, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil Crept In Ania Ahlborn H
Elisha Mancer E.C. Ambrose HistF/DF/F - Dark Apostle Series 4
With Blood Upon the Sand Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF/SF - Song of Shattered Sands 2
Marked In Flesh (h2mm) Anne Bishop DF/CF/R/FR -A Novel of the Others 4
Hungry Ghosts Stephen Blackmoore UF/DF/P - Eric Carter 3
Crown of Doom and Light (e) Jayde Brooks CF - Daughter of Gods and Shadows 3
The Clairvoyants Karen Brown Gothic/Th/SupTh/Psy/LF
The Stolen Child Lisa Carey LF
Lucidity David Carnoy Th/Cr
Imprudence (h2tp) Gail Carriger SP - Custard Protocol 2
Magic of Blood and Sea: The Assassin's Curse; The Pirate's Wish Cassandra Rose Clarke F - Omnibus
Space Wolves Ben Counter
Rob Sanders
Steve Lyons
C L Werner
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 5
The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades Mark Z. Danielewski LF/SF/F/UF - Familiar 4
Universal Harvester John Darnielle LF/H
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology Ellen Datlow GB - Anthology
Super City Cops - Secret Identities (e) Keith R. A. DeCandido F/SH - S.C.P.D. 3
The Seer Collection: The Choosing / The Calling / The Returning (e) Rachelle Dekker Dys/SFR - Seer
In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969 Samuel R. Delany Kenneth R. James (Ed) L - The Journals of Samuel R. Delany
Amberlough (D) Lara Elena Donnelly HistF
The Pilgrims (tp2mm) Will Elliott CF - The Pendulum Trilogy 1
Sudden Death (h2tp) Alvaro Enrigue
Natasha Wimmer
LF/Hist/AH
Retribution Shana Figueroa PNR - Valentine Shepherd 2
Dr. Potter's Medicine Show (D) Eric Scott Fischl F/HistF/SF/SP
The Nightwalker (D- America) Sebastian Fitzek PsyTh
Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman FairyT/FolkT/LM
Caine's Mutiny Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 4
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death Kim Harrison UF - The Hollows Prequel
Revisionary (h2mm) Jim C. Hines UF/P/HU - Magic Ex Libris 4
The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley SF/SO
Celestial Empire: The Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction Nathaniel Isaacson LC/SF/F - Early Classics of Science Fiction Series
Infernal Devices (ri) K.W. Jeter SP
The Perdition Score (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 8
Calgar's Siege Paul Kearney SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Born of Vengeance Sherrilyn Kenyon SFR/F/CF/SF - The League: Nemesis Rising 10
Born of Legend (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon SFR/F/CF/SF - The League: Nemesis Rising 9
The Macharian Crusade Omnibus William King SF - The Macharian Crusade
King of the Grey Richard A. Knaak SF/AP/PA - City of Shadows 1
Twilight Crossing Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 7
The Execution Channel Ken MacLeod SF/AP/PA/Th
The Twenty Days of Turin (D - English Language) Giorgio De Maria
Ramon Glazov (Tr)
LF
The Burning World Isaac Marion LF/Z - Warm Bodies 2
All Our Wrong Todays (D) Elan Mastai SF/TT/LF/FL
Fleet Renegade Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 2
Rebecca (ri) Daphne Du Maurier LF/Gothic/R - Everyman's Library
The Lonely Hearts Hotel Heather O'Neill HistF/MR/LF
Midnight Curse Melissa F. Olson UF - Disrupted Magic 1
The Damned (h2tp) Tarn Richardson DF - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
Grave Michelle Sagara UF/DF/P - Queen of the Dead 3
Archmage (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming 1
Saturn Run (h2mm) John Sandford
Ctein
SF/Sus/Th
A Perfect Machine Brett Savory SF
Frankenstein Mary Shelley SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 115
The One Inside (D) Sam Shepard LF/VisMeta
Autumn Ali Smith LF.VisMeta/CW
The Beauty of Destruction Gavin G. Smith SF
Desperation Road Michael Farris Smith Gothic
Lotus Blue (e) Cat Sparks SF/AP/PA/GenEng
The Black Wolves of Boston Wen Spencer CF
The People's Police Norman Spinrad CF/Occ/Sup
Winter Be My Shield Jo Spurrier F - Children of the Black Sun 1
Kill Before Dying Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 5
NK3 Michael Tolkin LF.SF/AP/PA/Satire
Infinite Chaos (e) William Vitka Occ/Sup/M - Madness Reports 2
Idle Ingredients Matt Wallace UF/HU - A Sin du Jour Affair 4
Hard to Handle: A Beauty and Beast Novel Christine Warren PNR/P/Gothic - Gargoyles Series 5
The Great Martian War: Breakthrough Scott Washburn SP - Great Martian Invasion 2
Zodiac (D) Sam Wilson Th



February 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Old Dispensation: A Tor.com Original Lavie Tidhar SF/SO



February 9, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bear and the Serpent (e) Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Echoes of the Fall 2



February 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire. Elizabeth Hand Outspoken Authors - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindly only eBook
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4


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



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



Christopher L. Bennett (2012)

Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Pocket Books/Star Trek, September 2016
eBook, 112 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
An all new Star Trek e-novella from the world of Deep Space Nine, featuring the fan-favorite Federation bureau the Department of Temporal Investigations!

The dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations have their work cut out for them protecting the course of history from the dangers of time travel. But the galaxy is littered with artifacts that, in the wrong hands, could threaten reality. One of the DTI's most crucial jobs is to track down these objects and lock them safely away in the Federation’s most secret and secure facility. As it happens, Agent Gariff Lucsly and his supervisor, DTI director Laarin Andos, are charged with handling a mysterious space-time portal device discovered by Starfleet. But this device turns out to be a Trojan horse, linking to a pocket dimension and a dangerous group of raiders determined to steal some of the most powerful temporal artifacts ever known...


The Face of the Unknown
Star Trek: The Original Series
Pocket Books/Star Trek, December 27, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

[cover not yet available]
Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!





Stephen Blackmoore (2012)

Hungry Ghosts
Eric Carter 3
DAW, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
Necromancer Eric Carter’s problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he’s the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back — and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone. To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can’t trust either one. Carter’s solution? Kill them both.

If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact he’ll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.





Elizabeth Bonesteel (2016)

Remnants of Trust
A Central Corps Novel 2
Harper Voyager, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
In this follow-up to the acclaimed military science fiction thriller The Cold Between, a young soldier finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a deadly conspiracy in deep space.

Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector.

But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead.

An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own "accidents," it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power . . . and deep into Shaw’s past.





Ezekiel Boone (2016)

The Hatching
The Hatching Series 1
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, February 14, 2017
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 5, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march in this “apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism" (Publishers Weekly).

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.


Skitter
The Hatching Series 2
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, May 9, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
Ezekiel Boone follows up his terrifying “apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism” (Publishers Weekly) The Hatching with Skitter, the horrifying sequel in which the carnivorous spiders are running rampant—but for what’s left of humanity, the worst is yet to come.

Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.





M.H. Boroson (2015)

The Girl With Ghost Eyes
Talos, October 11, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 3, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
"A brilliant tale of magic, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898" —Publishers Weekly, starred review

It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.

With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.

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


This is the fortieth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

This Update includes covers that have recently been revealed (by the author or publisher) for books already mentioned in a previous update and/or new books.



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 herePart 32 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 herePart 33 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 herePart 34 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 herePart 35 here
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Stephen Blackmoore (2012)

Dirty Deeds
Heroes Reborn - Book 3
Bastei Entertainment, November 20, 2015
eBook, 76 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
When a veteran Federal agent begins investigating the involvement of a ruthless Los Angeles Police Department detective in the death of an Evolved Human, she gets close to uncovering a dangerous truth that could cost him everything: his job, his freedom, maybe even his life.

The third in the "Heroes Reborn" event series of six short thrillers based on the fascinating characters and rich mythology of NBC's world-wide hit TV series "Heroes", and the highly anticipated "Heroes Reborn". The new season picks up five years after the finale of the original series and finds those with special powers in a precarious and dangerous world where they are feared, persecuted and attacked.

Stephen Blackmoore is the author of the urban fantasy thriller, "City of The Lost," as well as the Eric Carter "Necromancer" series. He is also the author of a "Wasteland" video game tie-in novella, a "Gods & Monsters" tie-in novel, and "Khan of Mars."


Heroes Reborn: Collection One
David Bishop, Timothy Zahn, Stephen Blackmoore
Titan Books, March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
“BRAVE NEW WORLD” BY DAVID BISHOP

A year after the fateful events of the Odessa Summit, the world is a very different place. It’s certainly no longer friendly for Evolved Humans—or “Evos”—who are held responsible for what happened. If the government doesn’t find you, there are some tenacious and merciless Evo-hunters out there who will.

Based on Tim Kring’s original drafts of the script for the season premiere of Heroes Reborn and includes content not seen in the TV show.

“A MATTER OF TRUST” BY TIMOTHY ZAHN

As the number of Evolved Humans increases, so does the pressure from the governments and people of the world. Father Mauricio begins searching for a way to help all Evos after befriending a troubled teenager who possesses a devastating secret. As a priest, it is Father Mauricio’s calling to protect the innocent and this includes the Evos who, by no fault of their own, find their lives and freedom being threatened.

“DIRTY DEEDS” BY STEPHEN BLACKMOORE

A veteran Federal agent begins investigating the involvement of ruthless Los Angeles Police Department detective James Dearing in the death of an Evolved Human. But when she gets close to uncovering a dangerous truth, it could cost him everything: his job, his freedom, maybe even his life.

THREE BRAND-NEW NOVELLAS BASED ON NBC’S WORLD-WIDE HIT TV SERIES HEROES, AND THE EPIC EVENT SERIES HEROES REBORN.




Deborah Blake (2014)

Dangerously Charming
A Broken Riders Novel 1
Berkley, October 4, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas…

The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning…

Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts…




Tina Connolly (2012)

Seriously Shifted
Tor Teen, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
A sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked

Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?




T. Frohock (2011)

The Second Death
Los Nefilim: Part Three
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
Save the world, or save his family…

For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable:

Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.

And while Diago grows more comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo’s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.

In a frantic race to save the future of humanity, Diago is forced to rely on his daimonic nature to deceive an angel. In doing so, he discovers the birth of a modern god—one that will bring about a new world order from which no one can escape.

The Second Death is the final chapter in T. Frohock’s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim trilogy, which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called “a joy to read.”




Emmi Itäranta (2014)

The Weaver
Harper Voyager, May 24, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
The author of the critically acclaimed Memory of Water returns with this literary ecological tale in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin and Sheri S. Tepper, in which an innocent young woman becomes entangled in a web of ancient secrets and deadly lies that lie at the dark center of her prosperous island world.

Eliana is a model citizen of the island, a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs. She also harbors a dangerous secret—she can dream, an ability forbidden by the island’s elusive council of elders. No one talks about the dreamers, the undesirables ostracized from society.

But the web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house. Robbed of speech by her attackers, the only clue to her identity is one word tattooed in invisible ink across her palm: Eliana. Why does this mysterious girl bear her name? What links her to the weaver—and could she hold Eliana’s fate in her hand?

As Eliana finds herself growing closer to this injured girl she is bound to in ways she doesn’t understand, the enchanting lies of the island begin to crumble, revealing a deep and ancient corruption. Joining a band of brave rebels determined to expose the island’s dark secrets, Eliana becomes a target of ruthless forces determined to destroy her. To save herself and those she loves, she must call on the power within her she thought was her greatest weakness: her dreams.

The View From Monday - August 4, 2014


A very Happy first Monday in August to all. I hope everyone is finding time to read. It seems that things are more hectic in the summer - at least for me! I did manage to find time to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday. It is an extremely fun movie. We'll be seeing it again soon.



The View From Monday - August 4, 2014



There are 2 debuts this week:

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia. You may read a terrific interview with Jacopo here.

and

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Shadow Hunter (Execution Underground .5) by Kait Ballenger;

Guarded (Tidewater 2) by Mary Behre;

Broken Souls (Eric Carter 2) by Stephen Blackmoore;

The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo is out in Trade Paperback;

Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency 6) by Hannah Jayne;

and

The Stolen (An American Fairie Tale 1) by Bishop O'Connell is out in print.



August 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow Hunter (e) Kait Ballenger PNR - Execution Underground .5
Rings of Anubis: A Folley & Mallory Adventure E. Catherine Tobler SPR - Rings of Anubis 1 and 2



August 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Widow's House Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 4
Crave the Night Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 12
Hilldiggers Neal Asher SF - Polity
Shadow Born James Axler SF - Outlanders 70
Guarded Mary Behre UF - Tidewater 2
Dust and Light Carol Berg F - Sanctuary 1
Broken Souls Stephen Blackmoore UF - Eric Carter 2
Shadows E. C. Blake F - Masks of Aygrima 2
The Ghost Bride (h2tp) Yangsze Choo HistF/Gh
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade: A Tor.Com Original John Chu SF
Dark Skye Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
The Arrows of Time Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 3
Assail Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire  6
Dark Wolf (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 24
Slow Train to Arcturus
(h2tp) (ri)
Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF
Trial by Fire Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 2
Kissed by the Wave Serena Gilley PNR - Forbidden Realm 1
Severed Souls Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
Severed Souls - Leather Bound Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
The Magician's Land Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy 3
The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris (ed)
Toni L.P. Kelner (ed)
P - Anthology
Codex Born (h2mm) Jim C. Hines F - Magic Ex Libris 2
Beauty Bites Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 6
The Gist Hunter & Other Stories (ri) Matthew Hughes F - Archonate -  Collection
Under The Final Moon Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detective Agency 6
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit Graham Joyce Sus/Magic
The Guild of Assassins Anna Kashina F - Majat Code 2
Extra Sensory Deception Allison Kingsley PCM - Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery 4
The House of the Four Winds Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - One Dozen Daughters 1
The God Hunter (e) Tim Lees SF - Field Ops
Blood Games Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 10
The Stolen Bishop O'Connell FT/UF - An American Faerie Tale 1
The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy (D) Jacopo della Quercia HistTh/Hu/SF/SP
The Wandering Dragon Irene Radford F - Children of the Dragon Nimbus Trilogy 3
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
Revenant Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 9
Islands of Rage and Hope John Ringo SF - Black Tide Rising 3
Proud Parents Kristopher Rufty H
The Well of Ascension: A Mistborn Novel Brandon Sanderson UF - Mistborn 2
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (D) David Shafer TechnoTh
If Catfish Had Nine Lives Paige Shelton PCM - Country Cooking School Mystery 4
A Plague of Echoes Maynard Sims H - Department 18 #4
Walking In the Midst of Fire (h2tp) Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 6
Hero of a Highland Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 14
Alien Hunter: Underworld Whitley Strieber SF - Alien Hunter 2
A Beautiful Madness (K-e) Lee Thompson H/Noir
Downfall Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 9
Anarchy (h2tp) James Treadwell F - Advent 2
Dark Lightning John Varley SF - Thunder and Lightning 4
Throne of Stars David Weber
John Ringo
SF - Empire of Man 2



August 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Sight of Akresa: A Tor.Com Original (e) Ray Wood FR



August 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Night of the Triffids Simon Clark SF



August 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Kingdom of Shadow Richard A. Knaak F - Diablo 3


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K-e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
Hu - Humor
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


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