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Guest Blog by T. R. Williams, author of Journey into the Flame - February 17, 2014


Please welcome T. R. Williams to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Journey into the Flame (Rising World Trilogy 1) was published on January 7, 2014. You may read an interview with T.R. here.



Guest Blog by T. R. Williams, author of Journey into the Flame - February 17, 2014




2:00 am, when the big decisions are made

      When my wife and I decided to build our house, we had no idea how many decisions we’d have to make. We figured that our general contractor would take care of most everything and in a few short months we would be living happily ever after. Well, the happily-ever-after part came a year and a half later, only after what seemed like a million and one decisions. I had no idea that there’d be so many options when choosing a simple door. I also learned that the color white comes in 1,000 different shades – when did that happen? What is the difference between oxford white and white lace? I grew up thinking white was white and black was black.

      I found the same thing to be true when I wrote my first book, Journey Into the Flame – decisions, decisions, and more decisions. There were the big ones – what’s the story arc? who lives and who dies? who is going to do this or who is going to do that? Those were actually fairly straightforward and expected. The seemingly little ones were more tricky. The seemingly innocent decision of writing a fantasy set in the future, for instance? That created the added challenge of describing a world which hasn’t happened yet. And guess what? More decisions. Sure, people still drive cars and fly around in planes, but what type of fuel do they use? Do they still pump gas at Costco and get a discounted price because they have a membership card? Are there still security scanners at the airport? Do you have to still pay for your 2nd checked bag? What about medicine, how do people get treated for a migraine sixty years in the future? Is McDonald's still around? What about the famous McRib sandwich? And does a cup of coffee still cost a thousand dollars at Starbucks? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Oh, and then there are all the standard small choices. What color hair should this character have? what about their eyes? How tall is he? What type of clothes does she like to wear?

     Then, after getting all that figured out, comes the hardest challenge of them all: keeping track of everything. After I completed the draft of my first book, I think the main character Logan had three different hair styles. His backpack went from red to blue and then back to red, his eyes went from blue to green to brown. I know what you’re thinking – create a cheat sheet and write everything down. I did and I do. But when the words are flowing, searching through documents and notes to find particular details can be distracting. It’d be really cool if Microsoft Word came with an Auto-Correct-Fantasy-Novel-Fact-Checker. I’d definitely upgrade to that version.

     So what does all this have to do with 2:00am? Well that’s when most of my decisions, big and small, are made. Just about every night, around the same time at 2:00am, my eyes pop open with some element of the story-line bouncing around. I’d like to say I had just come out of a prophetic dream where the answer to some perplexing plot twist had been provided by ghost writers on the other side of the veil, but I can’t. My eyes pop open with the realization that a main character should be taller and that he should carry around a red backpack. Or a particular island in the South Pacific should not exist any longer because a large earthquake wiped it off the face of the earth.

     I’ve learned not to wait until I get to my desk later that morning to write that word, sentence, paragraph, page, or chapter; odds are that if I do, my logical mind will convince me that sinking an island is not such a good idea and it’ll be yet another plot point to have to keep track of.

     I know the witching hour is supposed to be filled with ghosts, goblins and spooks, but I have to say that when all is quiet and the world around is asleep, decisions seem easier to make. I wonder if building a house would have been better at 2:00am, I’m just not sure the neighbors would have liked that.





Journey into the Flame

Journey into the Flame
The Rising World Trilogy 1
Atria Books, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  448 pages

Guest Blog by T. R. Williams, author of Journey into the Flame - February 17, 2014
In 2027, the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis. Everything went dark. Humanity was on the verge of despair. Then a man named Camden Ford discovered a set of ancient books called the Chronicles of Satraya.

Thirty years later, the world is a different place. Thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, hope has been restored, cities rebuilt, technology advanced. The books also have a different owner: Logan Cutler, who inherited them when Camden mysteriously disappeared. But when Logan auctions off the books to pay his debts, they fall into the wrong hands. The Reges Hominum, a clandestine group that once ruled history from the shadows, is launching a worldwide conspiracy to regain control.

Soon Logan realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. With the help of special agent Valerie Perrot and the wisdom of the Chronicles as his guide, he embarks on an epic quest to get the books back before it’s too late.

Abounding with questions about humanity’s secret past and its unknown future, Journey into the Flame will not only take you to the start of an incredible new world, it will also take you deep into the greater mysteries of the self.





About T. R. Williams

T. R. Williams divides his time between Seattle and Chicago. He is a scholar of ancient texts and loves to ponder the mysteries of life.




Interview with T. R. Williams, author of Journey into the Flame - January 11, 2014


Please welcome T. R. Williams to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Journey into the Flame (Rising World Trilogy 1) was published on January 7, 2014.



Interview with T. R. Williams, author of Journey into the Flame - January 11, 2014




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

T.R.:  I started writing January 22nd 2010. It took a year of starts and stops to settle into what the story arc would be for my first book – Journey into the Flame.

I don’t think that I can put my finger on exactly why I started writing. I will say that storylines had always bounced around in my head. I would see a movie and say “Wouldn’t it be cool to write about this? Or what if the writer and director did that with that character?”. The ideas continued to flow, until one day I sat down and wrote my first sentence.
“In a moment, I found myself in a room which was an ancient library. Books of all kinds and from all time…. I have been here before…”
 That exact line didn’t make it into the final manuscript. But it was my first piece of writing and some of what it alludes to remains in the first book as it is on shelves.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

T.R.:  This is only my first book, but I would have to say that I am much more of a plotter than a pantser. Journey into the Flame, along with the other two books of The Rising World Trilogy, have a lot of moving parts and characters. I found that the links and threads that connect the various elements of the series needed to be mapped out first. Some storylines start and end within one book while others traverse all three. That takes a bit of planning.

That isn’t to say that things didn’t change as I wrote the actual chapters. Many new ideas for twists and turns emerged as the characters and conflicts did. A few changes even took place at the last minute, just before my editor took my pen away.

So, the short answer to the question is, I am 80% plotter and 20% pantser. At least for now.



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

T.R.:  The greatest challenge for me is character development. As in my real life, there are people that I connect with and have an affinity to. I found that writing about these types of characters was easy – I could get into their heads and understand the whats and whys about their life. Characters that weren’t represented by a real-life person in my world were harder for me to develop. I had to research real-life people that I thought closely represented each character.

Adding to that challenge was the practical fact that the book ideally needed to be a certain length, with only so many words. I’d created and written detailed backstories for most of the characters, but, in order to keep the flow of the mystery, I had to make choices as to what backstory elements would be included and which would be left out. This was a real challenge, because as is true in real life – it’s the small and subtle things that define the true character of people.

There is, lastly, the challenge, when writing a trilogy, of developing lead characters over the span of the series. I didn’t want the characters to be completely developed in the first book and then remain stagnant for the remaining two. So many story elements needed to be spread out across the trilogy. I know that leads to readers wanting to know more about a character in the moment – but there are still two more books to come.



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

T.R.:  Two of my favorite authors are JRR Tolkien and Charles Dickens.

I like Tolkien for creating a whole world, complete with its own history, culture and language. He was able to take the moral compass which guides our current lives and present it in a new and captivating way. My favorite character in Tolkien’s world was Tom Bombadil.

One of my other favorite novels is A Christmas Carol. I’m not sure I have a favorite character. I like them all. This was one story where none of the characters were bigger than the novel that Dickens wrote. I find that inspiring.



TQ:  Describe Journey into the Flame (Rising World Trilogy 1) in 140 characters or less.

T.R.:  In 2027, a series of cataclysmic events shake the world. A few years later, several mysterious books are found around the globe and provide earth’s remaining population the one thing they need: hope. Journey into the Flame moves the reader to the year 2069 where someone has uncovered the true power of those books.



TQ:  Tell us something about Journey into the Flame that is not in the book description.

T.R.:  One of the things that has always intrigued me is reading and learning about people who have done extraordinary things or have incredible gifts and capabilities—individuals who have healed themselves, who possess incredible musical talent at an early age, who can read another’s thoughts. The list goes on. I’ve always believed that all of humanity has these abilities in a latent way. We just haven’t tapped into them. What if all we needed was just the desire to uncover them? Journey into the Flame begins to tug on a singular thread of that tapestry.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Journey into the Flame? Why did you choose to write a genre bending dystopian novel?

T.R.:  The inspiration for the entire Rising World Trilogy is rooted in presenting a view of our world where things are more connected than we acknowledge. Science and religion have been battling for ages – what if there was a way to bridge some of their understandings? What if things that we see as separate and different can be overlaid to present a more complete picture?

I like that phrase--genre bending dystopian novel. One thing that moving a perspective forward to the future accomplishes is that you can change the atmosphere and variables that characters must face. While the moral struggles of the players might be similar to ones we face in the present day, the thought processes and ultimate resolutions to dilemmas can be new and different. So, of course, might the way we think about things in our own lives.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Journey into the Flame?

T.R.:  I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but most of the research for the book was spent in two areas: science and setting.

I spent a great deal of time studying the workings of the human brain and human DNA. There was a lot of refinement required in the manuscript, taking these core elements and presenting them in a way that the reader would not find boring and dry.

I also spent time researching the locations around the world where scenes of the story would take place. I attempted to choose places that I had been to, but in some cases that wasn’t possible. There was also the challenge of setting the story in the future. What would a certain country or city look like in forty years after it might have been destroyed?



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite good guy, bad guy or ethically ambiguous character?

T.R.:  The easiest character for me to write about is a man by the name of Simon Hitchlords. He’s just mean. He has one governing agenda in his life – he wants more power than anyone else. So when I write about him – it’s not difficult to project how he would react to various situations.

The hardest character for me to write about in Journey into the Flame was an elegant and aristocratic woman by the name of Andrea Montavon. She has a sinister streak in her, but she wasn’t always that way. She was difficult to construct because I don’t have people like that in my direct life.

My favorite good guy is Sebastian Quinn. His macro view of the world allows for some interesting insights. My favorite bad guy is Simon Hitchlords. As I said earlier, his decision making is easy – he’s just mean.

My favorite ethically ambiguous character in Journey into the Flame is Randolph Fenquist. But in the second book, there is another character I like even better in this regard. These characters are fun because they most mimic our own lives as we grapple with what is right and what is wrong.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from Journey into the Flame.

T.R.:  There is a moment where the main protagonist, Logan Cutler says “I can’t imagine a world where people can’t pray.”

I have more, but the question said only one. ☺



TQ:  What's next?

T.R.:  The immediate next thing is the completion of Book II and Book III. They have been plotted out, but I expect many pantser moments (I like that term, I hadn’t heard it before this interview).

After that, we will see. I have ideas for other novels. If I am fortunate, I will be granted the opportunity to write them and have them published.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

T.R.:  You are most welcome. Thanks for having me!





Journey into the Flame

Journey into the Flame
The Rising World Trilogy 1
Atria Books, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  448 pages

Interview with T. R. Williams, author of Journey into the Flame - January 11, 2014
In 2027, the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis. Everything went dark. Humanity was on the verge of despair. Then a man named Camden Ford discovered a set of ancient books called the Chronicles of Satraya.

Thirty years later, the world is a different place. Thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, hope has been restored, cities rebuilt, technology advanced. The books also have a different owner: Logan Cutler, who inherited them when Camden mysteriously disappeared. But when Logan auctions off the books to pay his debts, they fall into the wrong hands. The Reges Hominum, a clandestine group that once ruled history from the shadows, is launching a worldwide conspiracy to regain control.

Soon Logan realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. With the help of special agent Valerie Perrot and the wisdom of the Chronicles as his guide, he embarks on an epic quest to get the books back before it’s too late.

Abounding with questions about humanity’s secret past and its unknown future, Journey into the Flame will not only take you to the start of an incredible new world, it will also take you deep into the greater mysteries of the self.





About T. R. Williams

T. R. Williams divides his time between Seattle and Chicago. He is a scholar of ancient texts and loves to ponder the mysteries of life.



The View From Monday - January 6, 2014


Happy 1st Monday in January! We've got a new year of reading ahead of us! I've started the year out by reading The Ascendant by Drew Chapman. It's a debut thriller that is definitely thrilling. More on that later this week. I'm also at the beginning of Cursed by Destiny (Weird Girls 3) by Cecy Robson. I really like this series and can't wait to see what happens to Celia Wird and friends in this novel. I also plan to read a number of debuts this month!


The View From Monday - January 6, 2014


There are a lot of books out this week. You can find a printable PDF of this week's releases here.


There are 3 debuts out this week:

Phoenix Island by John Dixon;

Swords of Good Men (Valhalla Saga 1) by Snorri Kristjansson; and

Journey Into the Flame (Rising World Trilogy 1) by T. R. Williams.



From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Iron Night (Generation V 2) by M.L. Brennan;

The Damsel and the Daggerman (A BLUD eNovella) by Delilah S. Dawson;

Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties 1) by Jenn Bennett. This is the first in a new series.

Fearless (Survival Race 2) by K.M. Fawcett; and

Cursed by Destiny (Weird Sisters 3) by Cecy Robson.





January 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Quicksilver Dreams (e) Danube Adele PNR - Dreamwalkers 1
Broken Blade (e) J.C. Daniels UF - Colbana Files 3
The Damsel and the Daggerman (e) Delilah S. Dawson SPR - BLUD Novella
Ashes & Alchemy (e) Cindy Spencer Pape SPR - Gaslight Chronicles Novella



January 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pecan Pies and Homicides Ellery Adams PCM - Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 3
Treasure of Lima Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 26
Siren Song James Axler (Rik Hoskin) SF - Deathlands 114
Bitter Spirits Jenn Bennett PNR - Roaring Twenties 1
Iron Night M.L. Brennan UF - Generation V 2
Hunting Ground (mm2h) (ri) Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha And Omega 2
The Summer Job Adam Cesare H
The Forever Engine Frank Chadwick SP
Playing with Fire J. J. Cook PCM - Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery 2
1636: Seas of Fortune Iver P. Cooper AH - Ring of Fire
Malodrax Ben Counter SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles 14
Gilded Hearts Christine D'Abo SPR - Shadow Guild 1
Moon Rising Lori Devoti PNR
Phoenix Island (D) John Dixon SF
Eternal Hunter (tp2mm) Cynthia Eden PNR - Night Watch 1
The Magic Between Us Tammy Falkner PHR - Faerie 3
Fearless K.M. Fawcett SFR - Survival Race 2
Dark Wolf Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 25
Murder Sends a Postcard Christy Fifield PCM - Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery 3
Forsaken Jacquelyn Frank PNR - World of Nightwalkers 3
Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy Christopher Golden (ed) H/DF - Anthology
Doctor Who: The Doctor's Lives and Times James Goss
Steven Trine
SF - Doctor Who
Once In a Blue Moon Simon R. Green F - Forest Kingdom 4
Work Done for Hire Joe Haldeman SF
The Vampire Hunter Michele Hauf PNR - In the Company of Vampires
The Dog in the Dark (h2mm) Barb Hendee
J. C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 2
A Wind in the Night Barb Hendee
J. C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 3
The Mysterious Wu Fang: The Case of the Suicide Tomb Robert J. Hogan H/Adv
The End G. Michael Hopf PA - The New World 1
The Long Road G. Michael Hopf PA - The New World 2
Warrior of the West M. K. Hume HistF - King Arthur Trilogy 2
Black Arts Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 7
Lord of the Hunt Shona Husk PNR - Annwyn 2
The Gospel of Z Stephen Graham Jones H/Z
The Descent Alma Katsu Su/Th - Taker Trilogy 3
Swords of Good Men (D - US) Snorri Kristjansson F - Valhalla Saga 1
River of Dreams Lynn Kurland F - Nine Kingdoms 8
Revolution Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
F - Secret World Chronicle 3
The Ghoul Next Door Victoria Laurie PCM - Ghost Hunter Mystery 8
On Such a Full Sea Chang-rae Lee Dys
A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume Two Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - The First Liaden Universe  Collection 2
The Atopia Chronicles (ri) Matthew Mather Ap - Atopia 1
Rex Regis L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 8
Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour Garry Thomas Morse Dys - The Chaos! Quincunx
Howling For You (e) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires Novella
The Zombie Rule Book: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide Tony Newton Z
Accidentally...Cimil? (e) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - An Accidentally Yours Novella
The Magicians J.B. Priestley F - 60th Anniversary
The Broken Dragon Irene Radford F - Children of the Dragon Nimbus 2
His Untamed Desire (e) Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter Novella
Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventures by Douglas Adams (h2tp) Gareth Roberts SF - Doctor Who
Blue Dahlia (ri) Nora Roberts PNR - In the Garden Trilogy 3
Cursed By Destiny Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls 3
Haunted Sanctuary Moira Rogers PNR - Green Pines 1
Fury of the Demon Diana Rowland UF - Kara Gillian 6
Kindred of the Fallen Isis Rushdan PNR - Kindred Chronicles 1
Touch Michelle Sagara UF - Queen of the Dead 2
The Light and the Dark Mikhail Shishkin Meta
The Bloodline Feud (e) Charlies StrossSF - Merchant Princes Omnibus
The Revolution Trade (e) Charlies StrossSF - Merchant Princes Omnibus
The Traders' War (e) Charlies StrossSF - Merchant Princes Omnibus
Dreams of the Golden Age Carrie Vaughn UF/SH - Golden Age 2
Night of the Tiger NJ Walters PNR - Hades' Carnival 1
Battle (h2mm) Michelle West F - House War 5
God of Fyre Mountain Renee Wildes PNR - Guardians of Light 6
Journey Into the Flame (D) T. R. Williams PA/Th/Su/M - Rising World Trilogy 1
Dream Shadow (ri) Mary Wine PNR - Dream 1
Z 2135 David W. Wright Dys/Z - Z 2134 2



January 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dying to Know TJ O'Connor PM
The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging: A Tor.Com Original (e) Harry Turtledove F



January 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Rome Prophecy: A Thriller Sam Christer Th/Su
Caedmon's Curse: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance Novella (e) AJ Nuest FR - Golden Key Chronicles 3



e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm2h - Mass Market Paperback to Hardcover
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

Adv - Adventure
AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural

Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR -Urban Fantasy Romance
Z - Zombies

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts


There are  debuts 10 debuts for January. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

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




Pierce Brown

Red Rising
Red Rising Trilogy 1
Del Rey, January 28, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.



James L. Cambias

A Darkling Sea
Tor Books, January 28, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don’t disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they’re free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.



Rachel Cantor

A Highly Unlikely Scenario or, a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World
Melville House, January 14, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 256 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
In the not-too-distant future, competing giant fast food factions rule the world. Leonard works for Neetsa Pizza, the Pythagorean pizza chain, in a lonely but highly surveilled home office, answering calls on his complaints hotline. It’s a boring job, but he likes it—there’s a set answer for every scenario, and he never has to leave the house. Except then he starts getting calls from Marco, who claims to be a thirteenth-century explorer just returned from Cathay. And what do you say to a caller like that? Plus, Neetsa Pizza doesn’t like it when you go off script.

Meanwhile, Leonard’s sister keeps disappearing on secret missions with her “book club,” leaving him to take care of his nephew, which means Leonard has to go outside. And outside is where the trouble starts.

A dazzling debut novel wherein medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians skirmish for control over secret mystical knowledge, and one Neetsa Pizza employee discovers that you can’t save the world with pizza coupons.



John Dixon

Phoenix Island
Gallery Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be ma de for him.

A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.

A new life. . . .

A new body. A new brain.

Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become.

For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the beginning. . . .



Elisabeth Elo

North of Boston
Pamela Dorman Books, January 23, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions

Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky.

Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking—and Ned’s death—was no accident. It’s a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the navy reaches out to her to participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures.

With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell, Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself.

A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead.



Marko Kloos

Terms of Enlistment
47North, January 28, 2013
Trade Paperback, 346 pages
Previously published in Kindle eBook format, May 8, 2013

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you're restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day:
You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.

With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.

The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.



Snorri Kristjansson

Swords of Good Men
The Valhalla Saga 1
Jo Fletcher Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
Swords of Good Men, Snorri Kristjansson’s debut novel, incorporates the myths that fascinated him as a child with his passion for epic fantasy. Ulfar Thormodsson has spent two years travelling as envoy and bodyguard to his high-born cousin. They have one last stop – the walled port town of Stenvik – before they can finally go home.

Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.

The factions within Stenvik are about to come to blows, but a far bigger battle is approaching: a young King Olav is bringing the White Christ at point of sword and edge of blade. And on the horizon are the sails of another, more mysterious enemy. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere—outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.



Brian Staveley

The Emperor's Blades
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1
Tor Books, January 14, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it's too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor's final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.



Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready
Crown, January 14, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire.

Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self.

Now he’s a hitman.

In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His new job is not that different from his old one: waste disposal is waste disposal. He doesn’t ask questions, he works quickly, and he’s handy with a box cutter. But when his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, his unadorned life is upended: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has a sordid agenda far beyond a simple kill. Spademan must navigate between these two worlds—the wasteland reality and the slick fantasy—to finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.

Adam Sternbergh has written a dynamite debut: gritty, violent, funny, riveting, tender, and brilliant.



T. R. Williams

Journey into the Flame
Rising World Trilogy 1
Atria Books, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
In 2027, the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis. Everything went dark. Humanity was on the verge of despair. Then a man named Camden Ford discovered a set of ancient books called the Chronicles of Satraya.

Thirty years later, the world is a different place. Thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, hope has been restored, cities rebuilt, technology advanced. The books also have a different owner: Logan Cutler, who inherited them when Camden mysteriously disappeared. But when Logan auctions off the books to pay his debts, they fall into the wrong hands. The Reges Hominum, a clandestine group that once ruled history from the shadows, is launching a worldwide conspiracy to regain control.

Soon Logan realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. With the help of special agent Valerie Perrot and the wisdom of the Chronicles as his guide, he embarks on an epic quest to get the books back before it’s too late.

Abounding with questions about humanity’s secret past and its unknown future, Journey into the Flame will not only take you to the start of an incredible new world, it will also take you deep into the greater mysteries of the self.


Announcing the 2014 Debut Author Challenge!


I can't think of a better way to end 2013 than by announcing the the initial 14 authors featured in The Qwillery's 2014 Debut Author Challenge. To participate in the Challenge as a reader, please head to the 2014 Debut Author Challenge page for the rules.



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Mary Behre

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

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She’s running from who she is…

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

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

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



Pierce Brown

Red Rising
Red Rising Trilogy 1
Del Rey, January 28, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

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Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.



James L. Cambias

A Darkling Sea
Tor Books, January 28, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don’t disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they’re free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.



Rachel Cantor

A Highly Unlikely Scenario or, a Neesta Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World
Melville House, January 14, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 256 pages

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In the not-too-distant future, competing giant fast food factions rule the world. Leonard works for Neetsa Pizza, the Pythagorean pizza chain, in a lonely but highly surveilled home office, answering calls on his complaints hotline. It’s a boring job, but he likes it—there’s a set answer for every scenario, and he never has to leave the house. Except then he starts getting calls from Marco, who claims to be a thirteenth-century explorer just returned from Cathay. And what do you say to a caller like that? Plus, Neetsa Pizza doesn’t like it when you go off script.

Meanwhile, Leonard’s sister keeps disappearing on secret missions with her “book club,” leaving him to take care of his nephew, which means Leonard has to go outside. And outside is where the trouble starts.

A dazzling debut novel wherein medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians skirmish for control over secret mystical knowledge, and one Neetsa Pizza employee discovers that you can’t save the world with pizza coupons.



John Dixon

Phoenix Island
Gallery Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

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The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be ma de for him.

A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.

A new life. . . .

A new body. A new brain.

Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become.

For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the beginning. . . .



David Edison

The Waking Engine
Tor Books, February 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

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Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die.

Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found.

Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker.

Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys . . . and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.

Richly imaginative, David Edison's The Waking Engine is a stunning debut by a major new talent.



Adrianne Harun

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain
Penguin, February 25, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

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The seductive and chilling debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of The King of Limbo


In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is atmospheric and evocative of place and a group of people, much in the way that Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones conjures the South, or Charles Bock’s Beautiful Children provides a glimpse of the Las Vegas underworld: kids left to fend for themselves in a broken world—rendered with grit and poetry in equal measure.


Anne Leonard

Moth and Spark
Viking Adult, February 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

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A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.

Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen. Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.



Robin Riopelle

Deadroads
Night Shade Books, April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  320 pages

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Lutie always wanted a pet ghost-but the devil's in the details.

The Sarrazins have always stood apart from the rest of their Bayou-born neighbors. Almost as far as they prefer to stand from each other. Blessed-or cursed-with the uncanny ability to see beyond the spectral plane, Aurie has raised his children, Sol, Baz, and Lutie, in the tradition of the traiteur, finding wayward spirits and using his special gift to release them along Deadroads into the afterworld. The family, however, fractured by their clashing egos, drifted apart, scattered high and low across the continent.

But tragedy serves to bring them together. When Aurie, while investigating a series of ghastly (and ghostly) murders, is himself killed by a devil, Sol, EMT by day and traiteur by night, Baz, a traveling musician with a truly spiritual voice, and Lutie, combating her eerie visions with antipsychotics, are thrown headlong into a world of gory sprites, brilliant angels, and nefarious demons-small potatoes compared to reconciling their familial differences.

From the Louisiana swamps to the snowfields of the north and everywhere in between, Deadroads summons you onto a mysterious trail of paranormal proportions.



Lauren M. Roy

Night Owls
Night Owls 1
Ace, February 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

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Night Owls bookstore is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. She’s experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…



Mark Smylie

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

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

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

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

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



Brian Staveley

The Emperor's Blades
Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne 1
Tor Books, January 14, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

Announcing the 2014 Debut Author Challenge!
In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it's too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor's final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.



Ramona Wheeler

Three Princes
Tor Books, February 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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Lord Scott Oken, a prince of Albion, and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke live in a world where the sun never set on the Egyptian Empire. In the year 1877 of Our Lord Julius Caesar, Pharaoh Djoser-George governs a sprawling realm that spans Europe, Africa, and much of Asia. When the European terrorist Otto von Bismarck touches off an international conspiracy, Scott and Mik are charged with exposing the plot against the Empire.

Their adventure takes them from the sands of Memphis to a lush New World, home of the Incan Tawantinsuyu, a rival empire across the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing Quetzal airships, operas, blood sacrifice and high diplomacy, Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes is a richly imagined, cinematic vision of a modern Egyptian Empire.



T. R. Williams

Journey into the Flame
Rising World Trilogy 1
Atria Books, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Announcing the 2014 Debut Author Challenge!
In 2027, the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis. Everything went dark. Humanity was on the verge of despair. Then a man named Camden Ford discovered a set of ancient books called the Chronicles of Satraya.

Thirty years later, the world is a different place. Thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, hope has been restored, cities rebuilt, technology advanced. The books also have a different owner: Logan Cutler, who inherited them when Camden mysteriously disappeared. But when Logan auctions off the books to pay his debts, they fall into the wrong hands. The Reges Hominum, a clandestine group that once ruled history from the shadows, is launching a worldwide conspiracy to regain control.

Soon Logan realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. With the help of special agent Valerie Perrot and the wisdom of the Chronicles as his guide, he embarks on an epic quest to get the books back before it’s too late.

Abounding with questions about humanity’s secret past and its unknown future, Journey into the Flame will not only take you to the start of an incredible new world, it will also take you deep into the greater mysteries of the self.




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