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The View From Monday - July 27, 2020


It is the last Monday in July!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline;

Gray Matters by John Gastil;

and

Crossings by Alex Landragin.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Reaping Willow (Grim Reality 4) by Boone Brux;

William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth (William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9) by Ian Doescher;

A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by John Hornor Jacobs is out in Trade Paperback;

Tyger Burning by T. C. McCarthy is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Chaos Vector (Protectorate 2) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

Demon in White (Sun Eater 3) by Christopher Ruocchio;

Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

The Worst of All Possible Worlds (Salvagers 3) by Alex White.

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



The View From Monday - July 27, 2020



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

July 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of the Rising Sun Richard Cox SF/AP/PA
The Best of Greg Egan: 20 Stories of Hard Science Fiction Greg Egan SF/HSF



July 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Technician (tp2mm) Neal Asher SF/SO - Polity 4
The Butterfly Lampshade Aimee Bender LF/MR/FL
Afterland Lauren Beukes Sus/Dys
The Baron of Magister Valley Steven Brust F - Dragaera 4
Reaping Willow (e) Boone Brux UF - Grim Reality 4
Lies of Descent (h2mm) Troy Carrol Bucher F/DF - Fallen Gods' War 1
My Enemy's Enemy (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF
Kushiel's Chosen (ri) Jacqueline Carey RF/F - Kushiel's Legacy 2
The Perfect Wife (h2tp) JP Delaney Sus/Psy/GenEng
Empire of Wild (D - US) Cherie Dimaline Native American & Aboriginal/STR/SupTh
William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth Ian Doescher SF/SO - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9
The Imago Stage Karoline Georges
Rhonda Mullins (Tr)
LF/Dys/FL
Spells for the Dead Faith Hunter UF - Soulwood 5
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror (h2tp) John Hornor Jacobs H
Flyaway Kathleen Jennings CF/DF/Gothic
At Death's Door (hmm) Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/FR/PNR - Deadman's Cross 3
Cold Storage (h2mm) David Koepp Sus
Kinsman's Oath (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - The Kinsman  2
Prince of Shadows (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 3
The Forest Lord (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Fane 1
Star-Crossed (e)(ri) Susan Krinard SF
Prince of Dreams (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 2
Prince of Wolves (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 1
Twice a Hero (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Body & Soul (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Crossings (D) Alex Landragin LF/MR
Sabella (ri) Tanith Lee SF/SO
Bound by Shadows (ri) Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild  1
The Dawn of a Nazi Moon Douglas MacKinnon SF - Dawn of the Nazi Moon 1
Tyger Burning (tp2mm) T. C. McCarthy SF
The Five Books of (Robert) Moses Arthur Nersesian AH/LF/AB/Sagas
Chaos Vector Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng- Protectorate 2
The Memory Police (h2tp) Yoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder (Tr)
LF/SF/Dys
River of Night (h2mm) John Ringo
Mike Massa
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 8
Deal with the Devil Kit Rocha SF/SFR - Mercenary Librarians 1
Demon in White Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/HSF/AC - Sun Eater 3
Relentless: A Drizzt Novel R. A. Salvatore F - Generations  3
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson SF - Collection
Automatic Reload Ferrett Steinmetz SF/CyP/HSF
Privateer (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 2
The Worst of All Possible Worlds Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - Salvagers 3
Master of the World (tp2mm) Edward Willett F - Worldshapers 2



July 31, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gray Matters (D) John Webster Gastil SF/CyP/Medical/PolTh
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 William Schafer (Ed) DF - Anthology



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 - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
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
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Apologies for not announcing some of these winners sooner. We had a family emergency and I was not around for the most of last week. Let's catch up! And the winners are...


Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm - Ended March 24, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite cross genre novels? or Are there any genres do you think should not be crossed?

marybelle who said...

I think I might baulk at reading the cross between Horror & Regency. The mind boggles.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski - Ended March 27, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  If you could time travel, which historical event or events would you like to witness? OR Write a limerick about a book you've read.

Anne who said...

Boy, it's hard to pick just one big event. It would have to be an event where I'd be safe, so no Salem witch trials or crusades. I was actually up for the first moon walk, but so young it didn't really mean anything to me. Maybe the first actual flight.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Devil's Luck (Disillusionists eNovella) by Carolyn Crane - Ended March 29, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:   On what device do you read your eBooks?

Filia Oktarina who said...

I read my ebooks on my Samsung Tablet with epub or PDF format. Just two format was enough for me:)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Exogene (The Subterrene War 2) by T.C. McCarthy - Ended March 30, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Favorite Military SciFi novel, movie, short story, or TV show?

rissatoo who said

Three of my favorite scifi series immediately popped to mind when I read the question... David Weber's Honor Harrington series. Orson Scott Card's Ender's series, and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. Love lots more, but these are top three. (Other scifi authors I love include Elizabeth Moon Robert A Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Frank Herbert, etc. I could go on. And on!)



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Three A.M. by Steven John - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite dystopian or noir novels?

molly.frenzel who said

Some of my faves are Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, and A Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Wicked as They Come (Blud 1) by Delilah S. Dawson - Ended April 3, 2012 - Read the review here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question:  What have you read recently that you loved?

Natalia J who said

I recently read The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. I loved it and can not wait for the next. Thanks for the giveaway.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Winner's Choice of one of the first 4 Jane True novels by Nicole Peeler - Ended April 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Which book series would you like to go on forever? OR Which book series do you think should end/should have ended already?

Stephanie who said...

I want the Hollows series to go on forever.



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



Deadworld (Deadworld 1), The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld 2) and The Lingering Dead (Deadworld 3) (signed) by J.N. Duncan - Ended April 7, 2012 - Read the guest blog here. US/CANADA ONLY

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: What do you expect to see over the course of a series, what pulls you in more, and even those things that make you end up bored and stop reading a series?

BookAttict who says...

I can't believe this series hasn't appeared on my radar until now.. Deadworld sounds like a fantastic series that I'd love to read!

I read. A lot. What do I look for in a series that keeps me reading? I absolutely LOVE UF and Fantasy, so it's the details and world-building that pull me in, as well as well-drawn characters (main AND secondary) that I want to know more about.

While I realize nobody's perfect (even authors) -- and not every book is going to be a perfect read for me -- what really will turn me off a series is lack of development in the characters. I've noticed this seems to happen quite a bit in well-established series (14-15) books in. The author finds a formula that works and the characters stay in this time-warp and never change, just regurgitate the same jokes, situations, etc. -- Time moves forward-- people change. This should be true of characters in a series as well.

The other thing will put me off a series is a forced story arc -- like the author forced the characters to go in a direction that, well, seems manufactured and awkward, to get them from where they are to where the author "needs" them to be (if that makes any sense...)

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) by Anne Lyle - Ended April 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012

Question: Leave a comment.

Lilian who said...

Thank you so much for the interview! The book sounds like a great hisotircal read...I haven't read one in awhile!



A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012



The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly chose a new winner or winners. Thank you!

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012

Please welcome T.C. McCarthy to The Qwillery. Exogene, the second novel in T.C.'s Subterrene War series, was published earlier this month.


TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

TCM:  Great to be back! I love the new drapes and couch - kind of a David Letterman thing going on here.

TQ:  :-)  What do you wish you'd known when your first novel, Germline, came out that you know now?

TCM:  How important a hardcover is. I still would have signed with Orbit (and thank the Lord they gave me an offer in the first place), but hard covers are just so cool and I really, really want one! Plus, no matter how many great authors publish/published as paperback originals, some reviewers still won't look at them. Meee-yaaarrrrghhhh!!!!

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

TCM:  Writing genre fiction. Shocker, right? For some reason, literary fiction has always been easier for me, and my first pro sale wasn't to Asimov's, Analog, or even more literary-ish SFF outlets like Clarkesworld. It was to a lit mag, Per Contra; so was my second major sale, to Story Quarterly. Also, I just finished my first literary novel and my agent is shopping it around and I have to say it was the easiest book I've ever written - much easier than Germline or Exogene.

TQ:  Please tell us about Exogene, the second novel in your Subterrene War series.

TCM:  Wow. It's a trip, but not in the same way Germline was. I wanted to explore some of the ramifications of cloning human beings, and it needed to be done through the eyes of a female genetically-engineered soldier. So not only did I have to write from the POV of a woman, but a non-human, neither of which came naturally. Exogene takes a look at where we might be headed as a society. It's a worst-case-scenario, for sure, where limited nuclear exchanges have destroyed much of East Asia, and where humanity is willing to divest itself of major moral responsibilities in the creation of genetic horrors. A likely future? No. A possible one? I think so.

TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in the Subterrene War series so far?

TCM:  Bridgette, from Germline. She's not a major character, but it was weird because I actually fell in love with her while writing and when she died it was awful.

TQ:  Which character in the series is most like you?

TCM:  I don't know. Seriously. I tried to answer this one and couldn't so here's a copout answer: I'm part Stan (from Chimera), part Catherine (from Exogene), and part Oscar (from Germline).

TQ:  The Subterrene War series is Military Science Fiction. Are there any other genres (or subgenres) in which you'd like to write?

TCM:  I want to write a space opera - and plan to in the future - but there are still tasks to be done on the Subterrene series and soon I hope to have news about my literary novel. So it will have to wait!

TQ:  What's next?

TCM:  A diet seven up and a handful of almonds for lunch, because I'm on a diet.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

TCM:  My pleasure.


About The Subterrene War

Exogene
The Subterrene War 2
Oribt, March 1, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012
Exogene (n.): factor or agent (as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system. Also: classified Russian program to merge proto-humanoids with powered armor systems (slang).

Catherine is a soldier. Fast, strong, lethal, she is the ultimate in military technology. She's a monster in the body of an eighteen year old girl. Bred by scientists, grown in vats, indoctrinated by the government, she and her sisters will win this war, no matter the cost.

And the costs are high. Their life span is short; as they age they become unstable and they undergo a process called the spoiling. On their eighteenth birthday they are discharged. Lined up and shot like cattle.

But the truth is, Catherine and her sisters may not be strictly human, but they're not animals. They can twist their genomes and indoctrinate them to follow the principles of Faith and Death, but they can't shut off the part of them that wants more than war. Catherine may have only known death, but she dreams of life and she will get it at any cost.


Germline
The Subterrene War 1
Orbit, August 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012
Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Some technologies can't be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.


Chimera
The Subterrene War 3
Orbit, July 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012
Escaped Germline soldiers need to be cleaned up, and Stan Resnick is the best man for the job. A job that takes him to every dark spot and every rat hole he can find.

Operatives from China and Unified Korea are gathering escaped or stolen Russian and American genetics, and there are reports of new biological nightmares: half-human things, bred to live their entire lives encased in powered armor suits.

Stan fights to keep himself alive and out of prison while he attempts to capture a genetic, one who will be able to tell them everything they need to know about this new threat, the one called "Project Sunshine."

Chimera is the third and final volume of The Subterrene War Trilogy which tells the story of a single war from the perspective of three different combatants. The first two volumes GERMLINE and EXOGENE are available now.


Orbit Short Fiction

A People's Army
Orbit, March 15, 2012
eBook

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012
In the distant future, on an ice-bound world, Choi Chung Ho is a loyal soldier in the Dear Leader's army. Stuck in a damaged tank with the American advance quickly approaching, he must find a way to survive. Survive the Americans, the blindly patriotic members of his own crew, and, most dangerous of all, the shifting politics of the North Korean military.


The Legionnaires
Orbit, April 18, 2011
eBook, 63 pages

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012
In this short story by T.C. McCarthy, one ordinary woman with nothing to lose joins the French Foreign Legion and finds herself, and her comrades, pinned down in a bunker surrounded by enemies. Thousands of the mantis-like creatures swarm towards them and with no communications and little ammo, survival is a desperate hope. She is a volunteer and a soldier, and to save herself, her squad, and the refugees they defend, she must remember the life she left behind.



About T.C. McCarthy

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012
T.C. McCarthy has two dogs, a family, and a job.  His house smells funny - old. Sometimes the antenna on that Toyota works, sometimes it doesn't, and there's a problem with his hair (it keeps falling out).

T.C. has lived in lots of places (the SF Bay Area, Australia, and places he'd rather not mention) but he always seem to wind up back in the south because it's just like the third-world - except with good barbecue. his first novel, Germline, was published in August 2011; his second, Exogene, will be available in March 2012.


T.C.'s Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Pharmacon (a blog)


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Exogene (The Subterrene War 2) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite Military SciFi novel, movie, short story, or TV show?

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.

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

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

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You must leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, March 30, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

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
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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
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Amy Kelley Hoitsma H/ Ghost Stories
The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili
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Natsuki Ikezawa F
And Blue Skies from Pain
The View From Monday - March 19, 2012
Stina Leicht UF - Fey and Fallen 2
Warrior Rising
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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

Winners x 15!!

And the winners are....

US Mass Market Paperback of Avenger's Angel (Lost Angels 1) by Heather Killough-Walden

Winners x 15!!

5 Winners:  booklover0226, ChrisbailsBrooklynn Gibbs,  
Debby, and The Happy Booker.

Winners x 15!!


Lady Caroline Necklace created by Cemetery Cat Jewelry

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Do you have any favorite covers or ones that didn’t work for you and why?

Sara M who said...
I will admit, covers are a big part of my reading experience. The reviews I write on my blog are split into four categories: plot, pace, characters, and cover. Because these are the make or break factors of a book for me.

The one book that I've picked up solely for the cover: Wither by Lauren DeStefano (which I ended up really enjoying even though it's outside of my genre preferences).

And some of my favorite covers are ones that include a lot of relevant details to the plot: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep and Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler.
Winners x 15!!


Germline (Subterrene War 1) by T.C. McCarthy

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Science Fiction or Science Fact?

J.K. Coi who said...
OMG this book looks fantastic! I love science fiction, it doesn't matter how much fact is thrown in, but I want even the non-factual science to sound plausible, you know?
Winners x 15!!


The Doomsday Vault (Clockwork Empire 1) by Steven Harper

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Do you have a favorite Steampunk novel or story?

Julie who said...
My favorite so far is Clockwork Angel, but I've got The Iron Duke and Soulless waiting on my bookshelf and I hear they're pretty good, too!
Winners x 15!!


The Hunter (Legend Chronicles 1) by Theresa Meyers

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance, or any kind of Romance?

Maegan Morin who said...
I like any kind of romance!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Winners x 15!!


Dead Mann Walking (Hessius Mann 1) by Stefan Petrucha (signed)

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Favorite novel, short story, movie, TV show with zombies?

Sariah said...

Right now I would have to say The Walking Dead. Love that show!!! Thanks for the chance.
Winners x 15!!


North of Need (e-book) by Laura Kaye (International) and North of Need Trading Cards (US/Canada)

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Which cover do you like better and why? How important are covers to you in making you consider and/or buy a book?

North of Need (e-book)

Denise Z who said...

I have a definite preference for the North of Need cover. It is lovely and mysterious. I want to hold it and look closer at what is not clear and try to figure out what it means. The other cover is lovely, but if I was in a bookstore I would definitely pick up North of Need to see what it was about:) Thank you for taking the time to share with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.



North of Need Trading Cards

donnas who said...

I really think both covers are awesome and Im not sure I can pick one between the two. As for importance in buying a book. The cover might make me pick it up and look at it, but unless it sounds good too I wont buy it based on cover alone.

Winners x 15!!


Seed by Rob Ziegler

Winners x 15!!

Question:  Which post-apocalyptic or dystopian novel would you recommend?

TheGirlOnFire who said...

I just finished The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch and really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it!
Winners x 15!!


Gift basket (US/Canada) and Hot Vampire Kiss / Hot Vampire Seduction (e-books) (International) from Lisa Renee Jones


Winners x 15!!

Winners x 15!!

Question:  If you wrote a novel, short story, novella, etc. what would be the name of your Main Chararcter?

Gift basket:

Rachel who said...

Actually, I've been creating background stuff for writing my own novel, and my main character is Evan.



Hot Vampire Kiss / Hot Vampire Seduction (e-books):

Gena R who said...

Oh wow, I've just added your books to my TBR list. They sound awesome!

I'd also use a combination of my son's names of Challan and Seth - Something like Chaleth perhaps. It's different, anyway!
Winners x 15!!


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, December 10, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you very much to everyone who reads The Qwillery.

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - November 9, 2011

Please welcome T.C. McCarthy to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Germline, his debut novel, was published in August 2011 by Orbit.

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

T.C.:  The fact that I believe promise and hope press 44-magnums to their own heads, every day.

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

T.C.:  Michael Herr told it like it was; he trotted through the world with the likes of Tim Page and Sean Flynn, and when you read his work he brings you into an alternate reality of 1960s dope and war, protest and shit-storms. There's no point in reading the lies. I want truth -- from people who know when and where to use "fuck," how to use it as a verb, noun, AND an adjective, the same kind of people who scream "PEACE!" into cameras while swinging clubs and whose veins run with cranberry sauce. Herr influenced me to write Germline. Now I don't know who influences me.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

T.C.:  A trainwreck.

TQ:  Describe Germline (Subterrene War 1).

T.C.Germline is the understandable reaction to a decade of war. It's the future foretold by T.C. McCarthy, who can't tell the difference between a terorrist state and having to worry about who's reading his facebook page -- and who thinks that anyone who can tell the difference is the enemy.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Germline?

T.C.:  My head was rotting. Rot wouldn't have mattered except that it put me in a place where all I saw were the mold and infections in the heads of my counterparts, their words falling apart at the edges -- right at that spot where the ink meets the page. Nothing matters to most people except war, money, and politics, a fact that forced me to read the ass-end of what people call genre (if I wanted to read science fiction) where it became impossible to stomach another still-born Heinlein; happy, happy...happy, happy... and then the hero manages to kill everthing in some sterile conflict that ensures the dominance of white or blue civilization, 71A-Epsilon, just a few wormholes away from Tao-Tao-Magnificus. I wanted to eat the yellow snow; then I wanted to show everyone my grin when I swallowed.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the Subterrene War world?

T.C.:  I had to ask myself if I wanted to expose a mental battleground -- one that would make some people sick, some people happy, and make some people feel like I'd been digging through their brain with a penlight and a broken shovel. I read and read, and drew from my experiences with studying foreign militaries, before finally deciding that only one thing mattered: depth. And that required stripping naked (metaphorically) to expose what it meant to be paranoid, terrified, and tired.

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

T.C.:  I love the opening scene, in which Oscar describes the antibacterial lube; you can't read something like that without thinking that you're in for some kind of ride. That's the moment where the safety bar slams down and there's no turning back unless you want to really embarrass yourself by screaming for the rollercoaster attendant and begging him to let you out. He won't. That's why it's so embarassing.

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

T.C.:  There's really only one character in Germline, and he was the easiest and hardest to write, both: Oscar Wendell. Oscar was easy to write because it's the one character I've created that came directly from my own experiences; he was difficult to write because he wouldn't let me tell lies, and forced me at gunpoint to tell it like it is, even when I wanted to flinch and gloss over.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

T.C.:  Three books. Germline is obviously out there and for sale worldwide at all the major retailers. The other two are in the pipeline and coming soon to an outlet near you.

TQ:  What's next?

T.C.:  Book II will come out in March 2012, and is called Exogene; look out for it! I also have a short story going into the hardcopy edition of Story Quarterly (volume 45): "A.I.P." And I think Orbit will be digitally publishing one of my short stories, "A People's Army," in the near future. I keep updates at my website: www.tcmccarthy.com.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

T.C.:  Stop staring.


About Germline

Germline
The Subterrene War 1
Orbit, August 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - November 9, 2011
Germline (n.) the genetic material contained in a cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation. Also: secret military program to develop genetically engineered super-soldiers (slang).

War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan.

But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics-the germline soldiers-are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Some technologies can't be put back in the box.

Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.


About T.C. McCarthy

Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - November 9, 2011
T.C. McCarthy has two dogs, a family, and a job.  His house smells funny - old. Sometimes the antenna on that Toyota works, sometimes it doesn't, and there's a problem with his hair (it keeps falling out).

T.C. has lived in lots of places (the SF Bay Area, Australia, and places he'd rather not mention) but he always seem to wind up back in the south because it's just like the third-world - except with good barbecue. And, he's a writer; his first novel is scheduled for publication in 2011.


T.C.'s Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Pharmacon (a blog)



The Giveaway

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The View From Monday - November 7, 2011

Happy 1st Monday in Novmeber! We finally were able to celebrate Halloween in my neighborhood this past Saturday. The children were happy and it was nice to reconnect with everyone after a week without power!

This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - A guest post from Heather Killough-Walden. Her latest book, Avenger's Angel (Lost Angels 1), was published on November 1, 2011.

Tuesday - A guest post from debut author E.S. Moore as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. To Walk the Night will be published in January 2012.

Wednesday - An interview with T.C. McCarthy as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. T.C.'s debut novel, Germline, was published on August 1, 2011.

Thursday - A guest post from Steven Harper whose latest book, The Doomsday Vault (Clockwork Empire 1) was published on November 1, 2011.

Friday - A guest post from Theresa Meyers. The Hunter (Legend Chronicles 1) was published on November 1, 2011.

This week's releases are below. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


November 7, 2011


TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
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Philip K. Dick
Pamela Jackson (ed)
Jonathan Lethem (ed)
SF



November 8, 2011


TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Fighting to Survive
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Rhiannon Frater H - As the World Dies 2
11/22/63: A Novel
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Stephen King SF / AH / TT
Scholar
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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 4
Them or Us
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David Moody H - Hater Trilogy 3
Fleet of Worlds (ri)
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Larry Niven SF - Known Space
Dawn of the Dead
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George Romero
Susanna Sparrow
H
The Alloy of Law
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Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 4
Seed (d)
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Robert Ziegler SF



d - debut
ri - reissue

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
TT - Time Travel
The View From Monday - July 27, 2020A lot of Winners! - April 10, 2012Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - March 23, 2012The View From Monday - March 19, 2012Winners x 15!!Interview with T.C. McCarthy and Giveaway - November 9, 2011The View From Monday - November 7, 2011

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