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Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Genevieve Cogman (2016)

The Mortal Word
An Invisible Library Novel 5
Ace, November 27, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Time-travelling Librarian spy Irene and detective Vale head to 1890s Paris to find the murderer of a dragon at a peace conference in the fifth adventure in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Lost Plot.

When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Vienna, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, but that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris.

Once they arrive, it seems that the murder victim had uncovered evidence suggesting that he may have found proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are already hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder – but was it dragon, Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?”


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
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Book Three
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Tom Pollock (2012)

This Story is a Lie
Soho Teen, August 7, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
A YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John le Carré, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a math genius. He also suffers from devastating panic attacks.

Pete gets through each day with the help of his mother—a famous scientist—and his beloved twin sister, Bel. But when his mom is nearly assassinated in front of his eyes and Bel disappears, Pete finds himself on the run. Dragged into a world where state and family secrets intertwine, Pete must use his extraordinary analytical skills to find his missing sister and track down the people who attacked his mother. But his greatest battle will be with the enemy he’s fought his entire life: the constant terror that threatens to overwhelm him.

Weaving back and forth between Pete’s past and present, the novel is a testimony from a protagonist who is brilliant, broken and trying to be brave.





Paul Tassi (2015)

Herokiller
Talos, August 7, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 500 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Ready Player One meets Gladiator in this high-octane thriller that mixes fight-to-the-death UFC-style cage matches and black-ops espionage.

In the near future, the line between entertainment and brutality has blurred. Mysterious billionaire and entertainment magnate Cameron Crayton is a household name from his questionably legal televised spectacles where death-row inmates fight to the death. But his old shows pale in comparison to the recently announced and eagerly anticipated global event, The Crucible. A gladiatorial tournament open to the general public to enter, the show’s winner is promised unimaginable wealth and fame if they’re able to survive a series of globally-broadcast, fight-to-the-death cage matches.

Former black-ops operative Mark Wei wants nothing more than to be left alone with his drink after sacrificing everything—including his family—in America's covert war against China, a war won largely because of Mark. But there are rumors that Cameron's background and business dealings involve shady connections to foreign powers, and soon Mark is reluctantly convinced to dust off his training and enter the tournament as an undercover agent. It's the most dangerous assignment he's ever been given—racing to expose The Crucible founder's secrets while navigating the pitfalls of fame from a viral phenomenon where the stakes are literally life and death.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28


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



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M.C. Plank (2013)

Judgment at Verdant Court
World of Prime 3
Pyr, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 343 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
The continuing adventures of Christopher Sinclair, mechanical engineer turned priest of war.

Our hero faces evil on two fronts: a friend turned murderer by the power of magic, and an entire nation of murderous wolf-men. One he has to save from the vengeful clutches of the Druids, and the other from the mercenary greed of the king. But the true enemy is despair: the shame of a man who has done terrible things, and the madness of a man who is doing terrible violence. Can Christopher pick a path through broken and bloody bodies that still leaves room for goodness?




Daniel Polansky (2011)

A City Dreaming
Regan Arts., October 4, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
A powerful magician returns to New York City and reluctantly finds himself in the middle of a war between the city’s two most powerful witches.

“It would help if you did not think of it as magic. M certainly had long ceased to do so.”

M is an ageless drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and the ability to bend reality to his will, ever so slightly. He’s come back to New York City after a long absence, and though he’d much rather spend his days drinking artisanal beer in his favorite local bar, his old friends—and his enemies—have other plans for him. One night M might find himself squaring off against the pirates who cruise the Gowanus Canal; another night sees him at a fashionable uptown charity auction where the waitstaff are all zombies. A subway ride through the inner circles of hell? In M’s world, that’s practically a pleasant diversion.

Before too long, M realizes he’s landed in the middle of a power struggle between Celise, the elegant White Queen of Manhattan, and Abilene, Brooklyn’s hip, free-spirited Red Queen, a rivalry that threatens to make New York go the way of Atlantis. To stop it, M will have to call in every favor, waste every charm, and blow every spell he’s ever acquired—he might even have to get out of bed before noon.

Enter a world of Wall Street wolves, slumming scenesters, desperate artists, drug-induced divinities, pocket steampunk universes, and demonic coffee shops. M’s New York, the infinite nexus of the universe, really is a city that never sleeps—but is always dreaming.


meat+drink
A Tor.com Original
Tor Book, October 26, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Baltimore isn't safe. Not even for the predatory meat that stalks its nights. Searching for victims who won't be missed, meat doesn't feel regret or pain—only thirst. But the meat remembers something more... doesn't it? is there more to eternal life than finding another drink?





Tom Pollock (2012)

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Jo Fletcher Books, April 5, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Jo Fletcher Books, November 5, 2013
     eBook, 465 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Tom Pollock's debut novel and the first volume of the Skyscraper Throne series, The City's Son is an imaginative tale of adventure set in a city that is quite literally alive.

Beneath the streets of London lies a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

Following a devastating betrayal, Beth Bradley, a sixteen-year-old graffiti artist, is suspended from school. Running from a home that she shares with her father who has never recovered after Beth's mother's death, Beth stumbles into the hidden city and meets Filius Viae, London's asphalt-hued crown prince. And her timing couldn't have been more perfect. An ancient enemy is stirring under St. Paul's Cathedral, determined to stoke the flames of a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fin find themselves drawn into the depths of the mysterious urban wonderland, hoping to prevent the destruction of the city they both know and love.


The Glass Republic
The Skyscraper Throne 2
Jo Fletcher Books, October 4, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Pen Khan is burdened by a life of secrets, the biggest of which is written across her face. Following a devastatingly close encounter with a living coil of barbed wire called the Wire Mistress that almost killed her and her best friend Beth, Pen's face is strangely disfigured by dozens of crisscrossing scars, making her an outcast among her peers. The only person who understands her-and the trauma she's experienced-is her mirror sister, Parva, a twin confined to the world of London-Under-Glass.

Following Parva's abduction, Pen strikes a terrible bargain with the unforgiving Chemical Synod in exchange for the means to track her down, and she ventures into the unknown. In London-Under-Glass, appearance is everything, and Pen's peculiar scars make her a valuable ally. But some in the reflected city are doing everything they can to prevent Pen from learning the truth about the disappearance of a girl who shares her face.


Our Lady of the Streets
The Skyscraper Throne 3
Jo Fletcher Book, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

[Cover not yet revealed]
Ever since Beth Bradley found her way into a hidden London, the presence of its ruthless goddess, Mater Viae, has lurked in the background. Now Mater Viae has returned with deadly consequences.

Streets are wrecked by convulsions as muscles of wire and pipe go into spasm, bunching the city into a crippled new geography; pavements flare to thousand-degree fevers, incinerating pedestrians; and towers fall, their foundations decayed.

As the city sickens, so does Beth--her essence now part of this secret London. But when it is revealed that Mater Viae's plans for dominion stretch far beyond the borders of the city, Beth must make a choice: flee, or sacrifice her city in order to save it.





Stephen S. Power (2016)

The Dragon Round
Simon & Schuster, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 19, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
The Count of Monte Cristo with a dragon: a dark literary fantasy in which “Power paints his scenes with vivid and meticulous detail, and takes his tale of revenge in unexpected and refreshing directions” (Marie Brennan, author of the Natural History of Dragons series).

Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for more than a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.

Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won’t be waiting for him. In order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.

From a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and short story writer, The Dragon Round combines a rich world, desperate characters, and tightly coiled prose into a complex and compelling tale of revenge, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, and Scott Lynch.





Cat Rambo (2015)

Altered America: Steampunk Stories
Plunkett Press, June 12, 2016
eBook, 143 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Steampunk fans will rejoice in the appearance of Altered America: Steampunk Stories, collecting Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated author Cat Rambo’s steampunk fantasies, including “Clockwork Fairies,” “Snakes on a A Train,” and “Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart,” into a single book. Rambo’s wry humor, precise and evocative descriptions, and ability to create a world with a few deft touches are showcased in these ten tales.

Rambo has a gift for immersing her reader into a vivid universe full of adventure, sensuality, wit, and poignant observation. -Jody Lynn Nye

“Cat Rambo is endlessly innovative, ingenious, and just plain entertaining. Read her stories.” -Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed “The Wild, Wild West” and other steampunk stories. -Galaxy’s Edge Magazine

"A sparkling collection from one of the brightest talents in the field.” -Ursula Vernon

"Each one of Cat Rambo's steampunk stories stands solidly on its own, but as a collection, these stories click together like cogs to depict a complicated, curious alternate Earth filled with magic, technology, and mayhem.” -Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

Includes “Clockwork Fairies,” “Rare Pears and Greengages,” “Laurel Finch, Laurel Finch, Where Do You Wander?”, Darrell Award nominated “Memphis BBQ,” “Rappacini’s Crow,” “Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart,” “Snakes On a Train,” “Web of Blood and Iron,” “Ticktock Girl” and “Seven Clockwork Angels."

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12


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


Part 1 herePart 11 here
Part 2 here
Part 3 here
Part 4 here
Part 5 here
Part 6 here
Part 7 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here




Melissa F. Olson (2012)

Malediction
An Old World Story
Westmarch Publishing, June 16, 2015
Kindle eBook, 64 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Ask Jesse Cruz how I died.

In life, Samantha Wheaton often got the last word—and not much has changed after her death. To find out what really happened to her sister, boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther will travel to Los Angeles to talk to Cruz, the former LAPD detective who investigated the murder. When Jesse proves reluctant to talk, however, Lex must find more of the people connected to the Henry Remus case –including a young woman with a very ugly dog and very familiar powers.

As she searches for answers, Lex finds herself venturing deeper down a rabbit hole—one that may lead her to a big bad wolf.

Note: This story is set between Boundary Crossed and Boundary Lines.


Boundary Lines
Boundary Magic 2

47North, October 13, 2015
Paperback and Kindle eBook, 292 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.

Was it murder…or mutiny?

The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.




Daniel O'Malley (2012)

Stiletto
The Rook Files 2
Little, Brown and Company, June 14, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 624 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...

The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.

Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist).




Tom Pollock (2012)

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy 1
Jo Fletcher Books, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 376 pages
eBook (Jo Fletcher Books, November 5, 2013)

[cover not yet revealed]
Tom Pollock's debut novel and the first volume of the Skyscraper Throne series, The City's Son is an imaginative tale of adventure set in a city that is quite literally alive.

Beneath the streets of London lies a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

Following a devastating betrayal, Beth Bradley, a sixteen-year-old graffiti artist, is suspended from school. Running from a home that she shares with her father who has never recovered after Beth's mother's death, Beth stumbles into the hidden city and meets Filius Viae, London's asphalt-hued crown prince. And her timing couldn't have been more perfect. An ancient enemy is stirring under St. Paul's Cathedral, determined to stoke the flames of a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fin find themselves drawn into the depths of the mysterious urban wonderland, hoping to prevent the destruction of the city they both know and love.




Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. (2013)

Romulus Buckle & the Luminiferous Aether
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 3
December 22, 2015
Kindle eBook, 283 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Earth is an icy wasteland, devastated by an alien invasion hundreds of years before. Left with only steam power, the human survivors have formed into steampunk clans. And now these clans are at war.

Reeling from a Founders clan invasion, Captain Romulus Buckle of the Pneumatic Zeppelin faces a desperate decision. Does he return home to bolster the Grand Alliance or attempt to rescue his sister, Elizabeth, who is prophesied to be the key to winning the war? With only an ancient automaton and the words of a madman to guide him, Buckle leads an expedition to the mysterious underwater city of Atlantis, where mythical monsters and human treachery make every move perilous.




Cecy Robson (2012)

The Shattered Past Series 3-Book Bundle: Once Perfect, Once Loved, Once Pure
Loveswept, October 20, 2015
eBook, 737 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Hailed as “sexy and heartbreaking” by Monica Murphy and “pure reading bliss” by Sawyer Bennett, Cecy Robson’s Shattered Past series has everything: blistering passion, college-age angst, and mouth-watering MMA studs. And it all revolves around one irresistible family with a troubled history. Now all three novels—Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure—are together in one steamy eBook bundle.

ONCE PERFECT

Struggling to pay her college tuition in the wake of tragedy, Evelyn Preston is waitressing at a nightclub where she has more in common with the preppy clientele than her new co-workers. Still, she can’t deny her attraction to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and ex-army MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Mateo wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for Evelyn. And he’s determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

ONCE LOVED

Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar. College offers a fresh start . . . until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship, Lety is determined to stay in school, and she intends to do it without any help from Brody Quaid: lacrosse star, 4.0 student—and Lety’s ex-boyfriend. Their relationship crashed and burned because Brody couldn’t break through her walls, but with Lety hurting more than ever, he’s desperate to win her back. And that will mean trusting someone more than he’s ever dared.

ONCE PURE

Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behavior and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she’s ready to rebuild, and she keeps coming back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien. When she agrees to work at his gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to train her in his hard-hitting MMA techniques. But as Sofia grows stronger, she challenges everything he believes, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.



Once Kissed
O'Brien Family 1
Loveswept, November 3, 2015
eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family series debut—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.

Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.

Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.

Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.


Of Flame and Promise
Weird Girls Novel
Loveswept, January 12, 2016
eBook, 181 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Perfect for fans of Keri Arthur and Bella Forrest, this short novel kicks off a sizzling new series in the award-winning Weird Girls saga as Celia’s sister Taran fights to have it all: independence, hot romance, and enough firepower to torch an army of blood-thirsty supernaturals.

“One of my favorite books series.”—Jessie Potts, USA Today

Cursed by a spell meant to destroy them, Taran Wird and her sisters instead developed unique magical talents. With the power of fire and lightning literally at her fingertips, Taran doesn’t fear much. Demons, vamps, whatever—bring ’em on! Only one thing terrifies her: commitment.

Taran is crazy about her boyfriend, Gemini, a sexy were with the incredible ability to split into two separate wolves. But after watching her sister go through heartbreak with the pack’s Alpha, Taran knows not to count on happily ever after—despite Gemini’s desire to claim her as his mate. Reluctantly, she agrees to meet his very traditional and conservative parents. Taran’s a badass with a mouth to match, and Gemini loves her for it. She’s just not positive these attributes will please Mom and Dad.

Unsurprisingly, every attempt by Taran to bond with Gemini’s folks proves disastrous. But in the end, Taran finds that winning them over means unleashing her powers . . . and proving that this foul-mouthed fire-starter is a force to be reckoned with.


2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for September 2012!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.
You have 13 novels to choose from in September!











































Interview with Tom Pollock, author of The City's Son - September 6, 2012

Please welcome Tom Pollock to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Tom's debut, The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne 1) will be published on September 8, 2012 in the US. You may read Tom's Guest Blog - Three Stories You Probably Never Knew Were Urban Fantasy - here.


There will be a live online launch event for The City's Son with Tom today, September 6, 2012, from 3-4 PM Central Standard Time. To participate go to:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/flux-author-chat


Interview with Tom Pollock, author of The City's Son - September 6, 2012


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

Tom:  You mean as product or process? If the former, my relentless urge to mythologise everything I can get my hands on. If the latter, probably the way I speak every line aloud to myself under my breath while I'm writing. For interesting there, read intensely annoying for those around me, obviously.


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

Tom:  Oh gosh, way too many to count. I think The City's Son lists Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Patrick Ness, Alan Garner, and David Almond as direct influences. The Glass Republic will certainly add Ursula Le Guin to that list. On top of them, I love John Le Carre, Frances Hardinge and Jon Courtenay Grimwood, though you might not be able to see it so much in the work. To be honest I'm kind of a sponge, I'm influenced by pretty much anything I read.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Tom:  The most disorganized and effort-intensive mix of both. I start out plotting, get over excited and then start writing before I'm done. Coast for a bit. Get stuck. Cry, rage, eat junk food. Whine that it should be easier and then go back to plotting. No one should ever try and learn from me.


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

Tom:  Ha! The remorseless availability of sugar as a distraction mechanism. No, seriously. I have to write outside the house. Otherwise my fridge and my page are both empty at the end of the day.


TQ:  Describe The City's Son in 140 characters or less.

Tom:  Teenage graffiti artist & homeless crown prince of London wage secret war on crane-fingered god of demolition. With monsters, many monsters.

(I tested it on twitter. 140 exact.)


TQ:  What inspired you to write The City's Son?

Tom:  This is kind of post-facto rationalization, but looking back I was trying to build a mythology for the modern city. Something that would do for the urban what dryads and nyads did for the pastoral in greek myth. So I put glass skinned spirits in the streetlamps and animated the trains with lightning heeled Railwraiths, stuff like that.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The City's Son?

Tom:  For the bulk of the story, the only research I needed was a spot of ambling around the city, squinting at electricity pylons, statues and cranes with a speculative eye. One of the joys of setting something in your own backyard, saves on wikipedia cruising.


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

Tom:  The easiest character to write, hands down, was Victor. He's a homeless Russian dude who enters the story about half way through with dozens of tall stories about madcap capers in the Soviet Union, to listen to him, he was in the army, the kgb, the politburo and the diplomatic corps, and held a pivotal role in pretty much every major turning point in the cold war. The thing is, he rather unnervingly keeps displaying skills that indicate all his tall tales are true. The hardest to write was probably Electra, she's a Sodiumite, a streetlamp spirit. The Sodiumites are mute and communicate in semphores of light, they use electromagnetic fields like telekinesis, they dance to silent rhythmic pulses of light and have dances they wield as weapons. I wanted a sense of a very different, strange culture and writing from inside that POV was interesting, but tough.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The City's Son?

Tom:  Ooh, tough one. There's a scene where my two female leads, Beth and Pen, are running out across the night time city, tagging it with graffiti and scrawled poetry. It's a reaffirmation of their friendship, a ritual and a shared adventure and I'm really pleased with it. That, and the scene where the giant scaffolding wolves attack, of course.


TQ:  What's next?

Tom:  Next is the sequel, The Glass Republic - It's about beauty, and the sinister uses it can be put to, scars and revolution. Pen's the lead character. I like to think that The City's Son gives you a broad spectrum intro to the world of the Skyscraper Throne, Glass Republic is a deep dive.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tom:  Thank you!



The City's Son

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Flux, September 8, 2012 (US)
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

Interview with Tom Pollock, author of The City's Son - September 6, 2012

"Gritty, dynamic, and beautiful.
I can't wait for more."
TESSA GRATTON
author of Blood Magic

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.
PreOrder



The UK Cover
(Published August 2, 2012 by Jo Fletcher Books)

Interview with Tom Pollock, author of The City's Son - September 6, 2012



About Tom

Interview with Tom Pollock, author of The City's Son - September 6, 2012
© Mia Whitmore Photography
Inventor of monsters, hugger of bears, shameless prevaricator (i.e. fiction writer) Tom writes about strange creatures and unlikely friendships in the hidden corners of the city, and his first novel The City's Son, is released on 2nd August in the UK and 4th of September in the US. You can grab him on Twitter at @tomhpollock. Fair warning, he may pun at you. He's deplorable that way.

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The View From Monday - September 3, 2012

The View From Monday - September 3, 2012

Happy first Monday in September! This week at The Qwillery mostly will be devoted to the 2012 Debut Author Challenge with Guest Blogs or Interviews with Steve Bein, Linda Grimes, Alex Hughes, Tom Pollock, and Max Gladstone. There will also be visits by J.R. Turner and Taylor Keating.

There are many books both print and digital out this week. I've also included September 1st releases. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF. The list can be made into paper airplanes when you are done shopping!


September 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wicked Embers Candace Bowen Early PER
Tatsania's Gift (e) Kim Falconer F
A Lady and Her Magic Tammy Falkner PHR
Charming Blue Kristine Grayson PNR - Fates 8
Retribution (e) Cameron Haley UF - Underworld Cycle Novella
Reawakened Passions (e) Megan Hart PNR
Domain (ri) James Herbert H - Rats 3
Where There's a Will Karen Kelley PNR - Good Girl 2
Kiss of Steel (D) Bec McMaster SPR - London Steampunk 1
Hill of Bones The Medieval Murderers HistSuM
Legacy of the Witch (e) Maggie Shayne PNR - The Portal prequel
Incubus Wolf (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Ancients


September 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How to Date a Henchman (e) Mari Fee FR
The Reluctant Amazon (e) Sandy James PNR - Alliance of the Amazons
Zoo James Patterson
Michael Ledwidge
Th/SF


September 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy G. A. Aiken PNR - Dragon Kin 6
Only A Shadow (e) Steve Bein F - A Story of the Fated Blades
Must Love Vampires (tp2mm) Heidi Betts PNR
Shadowbane: Eye of Justice Erik Scott De Bie F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms
Riveted Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas 3
Those Across the River (h2tp) Christopher Buehlman H
Accidentally Dead (tp2mm) Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentally 2
Accidental Magic P. C. Cast PNR - Omnibus
The Lost Night Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 1
Monster Hunter Legion Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 4
Head Rush Carolyn Crane UF - Disillusionists Trilogy 3
Supernatural Born Killers Casey Daniels PCM - Pepper Martin Mystery 9
The Rapture of the Nerds Cory Doctorow
Charlie Stross
SF/Humor
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - An Asylum Tales Short Story
Ravenous V.K. Forrest PNR - Clare Point Vampire 4
Beneath A Blood Red Moon Heather Graham PNR
The Kingmakers Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
H - Vampire Empire 3
In a Fix (D) Linda Grimes UF - Ciel Halligan 1
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris
Toni P. Kellner
F - Anthology
Pet Shop Boys (e) Kim Harrison UF - Short Story
Two Ravens and One Crow (e) Kevin Hearne UF - An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella
Falling Angel (ri) William Hjortsberg SuM
Ye Gods! (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Wish You Were Here (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Who's Afraid of Beowulf? (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Paint Your Dragon (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Overtime (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Open Sesame (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Odds and Gods (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
My Hero (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Here Comes the Sun (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Grailblazers (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Faust Among Equals (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Expecting Someone Taller (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Flying Dutch (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Djinn Rummy (e) Tom Holt F/ Humor
Highland Hunger (tp2mm) Hannah Howell
Michele Sinclair
Jackie Ivie
PNR
Clean (D) Alex Hughes SF/M - Mindspace Investigations 1
Have Stakes Will Travel: Stories From the World of Jane Yellowrock (e) Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock
The Beautiful Being (tp2mm) Jessica Inclan PNR - Being 3
Dance with the Devil (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 3
The House of Thunder (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Death in Breslau Marek Krajewski M/O - Eberhard Mock Investigation 1
The Spirit Well Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 3
Dragon Ship Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 15
Lifestyles of the Rich and Undead (e) Katie MacAlister PNR
A Tale of Two Vampires Katie MacAlister PNR - Dark Ones 10
The Narrows Ronald Malfi H
Blood Forever Mari Mancusi PNR - Blood Coven Vampire 8
Dragon's Moon Lucy Monroe PNR - Children of the Moon 4
Shadows in the Mist Brian Moreland H
Breed Chase Novak H
Line of Fire Rachel Ann Nunes M/PNR - Autumn Rain Mystery 4
The Map of the Sky Félix J. Palma F - Map of Time 2
At the Edge of Waking Holly Phillips F- short stories
Primal Possession Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 2
The Nightcrawler Mick Ridgewell H
Evil Eternal Hunter Shea H
Entice Jessica Shirvington UF - Embrace 2
Majipoor Chronicles Robert Silverberg SF -  Maipoor Cycle 2
Archangel's Storm Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 5
Blood Spirits (h2mm) Sherwood Smith F - Dobrenica2
Lord of Mountains S. M. Stirling SF - Change 6
The Skybound Sea Sam Sykes F - The Aeons' Gate 3
Candle Bay (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Haunted (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Moonfall (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Slow Apocalypse John Varley SF
Inhuman (e) Eileen Wilks PNR - World of the Lupi Novella
Every Breath She Takes Norah Wilson PNR


September 5, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings Paula Guran (ed) F/H - Anthology
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top Ekaterina Sedia (e) F - Anthology


September 6, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Necromancer's Grimoire Annmarie Banks HistF - Elysium Texts 2


September 8, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The City's Son (D) Tom Pollock UF/YA - The Skyscraper Throne 1


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


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

There are 13 debuts for September.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

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



Dark Light of Day
AuthorJill Archer
Series: Noon Onyx
Publisher:  Ace, September 25, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Dystopian
ISBN:  9780425257159 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, the world from slipping back into chaos.

Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of and some will consider her an abomination.

Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.




Full Blooded
AuthorAmanda Carlson
Series:  Jessica McClain
Publisher:  Orbit, September 11, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $12.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316205207 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she's become a full-blooded werewolf -- claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don't exist.

When a mercenary killer comes looking for her, her Pack finds themselves caught in the middle of a war. They must rise up to protect her, but no one knows if she's means the end of their race-or just a new beginning.




In a Fix
Author:  Linda Grimes
Series: Ciel Halligan
Publisher:  Tom Doherty Associates / Tor Books, September 4, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765331809 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she's able to take on her clients' appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don't want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable...that is, until Ciel's island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client's about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client's intended.

Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.




Bad Glass
AuthorRichard E. Gropp
Publisher:  Del Rey, September 25, 2012
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
Genre:  Dark Fantasy
ISBN:  9780345533937 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
One of the most hauntingly original dark fantasy debuts in years—perfect for fans of Lost and Mark Danielewski’s cult classic, House of Leaves.

Something has happened in Spokane. The military has evacuated the city and locked it down. Even so, disturbing rumors and images seep out, finding their way onto the Internet, spreading curiosity, skepticism, and panic. For what they show is—or should be—impossible: strange creatures that cannot exist, sudden disappearances that violate the laws of physics, human bodies fused with inanimate objects, trapped yet still half alive. . . .

Dean Walker, an aspiring photographer, sneaks into the quarantined city in search of fame. What he finds will change him in unimaginable ways. Hooking up with a group of outcasts led by a beautiful young woman named Taylor, Dean embarks on a journey into the heart of a mystery whose philosophical implications are as terrifying as its physical manifestations. Even as he falls in love with Taylor—a woman as damaged and seductive as the city itself—his already tenuous hold on reality starts to come loose. Or perhaps it is Spokane’s grip on the world that is coming undone.

Now, caught up in a web of interlacing secrets and betrayals, Dean, Taylor, and their friends must make their way through this ever-shifting maze of a city, a city that is actively hunting them down, herding them toward a shocking destiny.




Clean
AuthorAlex Hughes
Series:  Mindspace Investigations
Publisher:  Roc, September 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
Genre:  SciFi/Mystery
ISBN:  9780451464750 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
A RUTHLESS KILLER—
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.




The Vanishing Act
Author:  Mette Jakobsen
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, September 17, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages
Price:  $23.95 (print)
Genre:   Fantasy
ISBN:  9780393062922 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
On a small snow-covered island—so tiny that it can’t be found on any map—lives twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa (a descendent of Descartes), Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minou’s mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned.

One morning Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mother’s death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes’ philosophy. Over the course of her investigation Minou will discover the truth about loss and love, a truth that The Vanishing Act conveys in a voice that is uniquely enchanting.




Stormdancer
AuthorJay Kristoff
Series:  Lotus Wars
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781250001405 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan.

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A HIDDEN GIFT
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.




Kiss of Steel
AuthorBec McMaster
Series:  London Steampunk
Publisher:  Sourcebooks, September 4, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Price:  $6.99 (print)
Genre:  Steampunk Romance
ISBN:  9781402270277 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
When Nowhere is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.




The White Forest
AuthorAdam McOmber
Publisher:  Touchstone / Simon & Schuster, September 11, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451664256 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.




Something Red
Author:  Douglas Nicholas
Publisher:  Emily Bestler Books / Atria Books, September 18, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781451660074 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
From debut author Douglas Nicholas comes a haunting story of love, murder, and sorcery.

During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible. The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated—or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters— shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights—where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.




Janus
Author:  John Park
Publisher:  ChiZine Publications, September 15, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  9781927469101 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
In the near future, Jon Grebbel arrives on the colony world of Janus, and finds himself mysteriously without memory of his life on Earth. It seems that the journey has caused severe memory loss in many of Janus's colonists. While Grebbel wants to start his new life, he also wants his memory back, and starts treatments to restore his past. But they only leave him angry and disturbed and he begins to doubt the glimpses of the past the treatments reveal. Grebbel meets Elinda, an earlier arrival, whose lover, Barbara, vanished and then was found lying in the woods, apparently brain-damaged. Elinda has also lost her memories of Earth, but unlike him she has abandoned the effort to recover them. Now their meeting brings each of them a glimpse of an experience they shared back on Earth. Investigating Barbara's fate and their own, the two find their love and their search for justice turning toward bitter self-discovery and revenge, even as they begin to uncover the darkness at the heart of their world.




The City's Son
AuthorTom Pollock
Series:   The Skyscraper Throne
Publisher:  Flux, September 8, 2012 (US)
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $16.99 (print)
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780738734309 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts

"Gritty, dynamic, and beautiful.
I can't wait for more."
TESSA GRATTON
author of Blood Magic

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.




The Well of Tears
AuthorRoberta Trahan
Series:  The Dream Stewards
Publisher:  47North, September 18, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 325 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781612183725 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - September 2012 Debuts
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.


Guest Blog by Tom Pollock - Three Stories You Probably Never Knew Were Urban Fantasy

Please welcome Tom Pollock to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Tom's debut, The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne 1) will be published on September 8, 2012 in the US.


Guest Blog by Tom Pollock - Three Stories You Probably Never Knew Were Urban Fantasy


Three Stories You Probably Never Knew 
Were Urban Fantasy

When I tell people I’m an Urban Fantasy writer, I’m often met with sceptical looks. It’s as if people have a mental picture of what UF stories ought to be, and the kinds of people who are supposed to write them, and despite The City’s Son featuring streetlamp spirits, run-away train ghosts and giant scaffolding wolves, I don’t match it.

Urban Fantasy is a strange category. Everyone kind of knows what it means, but it tends to get reduced to either Paranormal Romance or Paranormal detective fiction, Now, as much as I admire and like both of those kinds of stories, Urban Fantasy’s more than that, it’s the intersection of the mythic and the modern, magic and the mundane. It’s any story which brings the fantastical to our doorstep, or promises that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our year 10 physics textbooks.

So in the spirit of working with farther horizons, here are three stories you probably never knew were Urban Fantasy.


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Before you all email me pointing it out, yes, I know Narnia’s a secondary world, but unlike middle earth, say, it’s a secondary world accessible from this one, and that makes all the difference. It’s delightfully bathetic third element in the title, the dusty bit of furniture in the spare room in the Professor’s house that makes The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Urban Fantasy, but it’s not getting in on a technicality. Fundamental to the appeal of the book is the implicit promise it makes, ‘Find the right heirloom in your attic, and you too can be a King or Queen of Narnia’

If that wasn’t enough, Lewis continues to jumble up bits and pieces of the modern world in with his fantasy universe, even when the wardrobe’s been left behind. Sometimes this is consolatory (as in, don’t worry guys, you may be in an analogue medieval world, but the faun will still make you crumpets and tea.) but at other times it’s genuinely estranging, cutting the familiar thing loose from its real world anchors and making it weird. The single lamppost sitting in the middle of the snow-bound forest still gives me the shivers.


The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner.

This one’s probably not as familiar to those of you Stateside, but it’s a foundational text for thousands of Brits. In it, a brother and sister go to stay in the countryside for a summer, only to find the hills under their feet riddled with goblin tunnels, and witches and warlocks are hunting for them because an old family heirloom (again) is really the key to preventing the end of the world.

Weirdstone’s built up like a game of make believe, everything stands for something darker and more sinister: a local lake is really the lair of a dark magician, a rutted track is a charmed elf-road. As with the displaced streetlamp in Narnia, this is a way of escaping the mundane world by estranging it, making it more thrilling, more frightening and just plain more. Garner writes with such blistering conviction that every single ordinary thing his protagonists meet is heavy with a delicious sense of threat.


The Fire Eaters by David Almond.

With his father suddenly fallen ill, his new school a cruel and authoritarian place and the Cuban Missile crisis looming over the world, The Fire Eaters narrator Bobby Burns needs more than escapism, he needs a miracle. David Almond’s period story is probably the toughest case to make as urban fantasy, since there’s nothing overtly supernatural in it. Instead it trades in the feel of magic, of ritual, of midnight bonfires on the beach and in the ordinary, breathtaking magic that exists between best friends. All of these things combine to transport Bobby, and the reader. Using a magic-realism style honed on the more literally fantastical Skellig, Almond achieves the affect of an urban fantasy while skirting the edge of anything that would upset a nuclear physicist.


Hopefully that’s widened your UF horizons a little, are there any other titles, which, on reflection, you think I ought to have put it?



The City's Son

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Flux, September 8, 2012 (US)
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

Guest Blog by Tom Pollock - Three Stories You Probably Never Knew Were Urban Fantasy

"Gritty, dynamic, and beautiful.
I can't wait for more."
TESSA GRATTON
author of Blood Magic

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.
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Guest Blog by Tom Pollock - Three Stories You Probably Never Knew Were Urban Fantasy



About Tom

Guest Blog by Tom Pollock - Three Stories You Probably Never Knew Were Urban Fantasy
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Inventor of monsters, hugger of bears, shameless prevaricator (i.e. fiction writer) Tom writes about strange creatures and unlikely friendships in the hidden corners of the city, and his first novel The City's Son, is released on 2nd August in the UK and 4th of September in the US. You can grab him on Twitter at @tomhpollock. Fair warning, he may pun at you. He's deplorable that way.

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There will be a live online launch event for The City's Son with Tom on September 6, 2012, from 3-4 PM Central Standard Time. To participate on the 6th go to:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/flux-author-chat

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012



I have not posted a 2012 Debut Author Challenge Update in a while. I'd like to share some of the newest authors who will be featured in the Challenge as well as share some covers. You can keep up to date with all the 2012 Debut Author Challenge information here.



G. T. Almasi

Blades of Winter
Shadowstorm 1
Del Rey, August 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.



Steve Bein

Daughter of the Sword
Fated Blades 1
Roc, October 2, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
May not be final cover
ANCIENT POWER

Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield herself could turn against her.



Leigh Evans

The Trouble With Fate
Mystwalker 1
St. Martin's Paperbacks, December 26, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
The Back Cover copy from Leigh Evans website.
I HAVE TWO WORDS FOR WEREWOLVES:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

BITE ME.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

First in the incredible new Mystwalker series!



Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead
Tor, October 2, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.



Alex Hughes

Clean
Mindspace Investigations 1
Roc, September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Adam used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked him out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely his fault. Now he works for the cops, helping put killers behind bars. His ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes him the best interrogator in the department. But the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust Adam, a serial killer is stalking the city—and Adam is aching for a fix. But he needs to solve this case. Adam’s just had a vision of the future: he’s the next to die. [may not be final blurb]



Hanna Martine

Liquid Lies
The Elementals 1
Berkley, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Magic is corporate America's best-kept secret, and Gwen Carroway is the best at selling it...

With her ability to pick up any language in an instant, Gwen Carroway is taking her family business global. As dutiful future leader of water elementals, she'll do anything to protect her people's secrets and bloodlines--including enter an arranged marriage. Inside, however, she yearns for the forbidden.

Reed is a mercenary addicted to the money and adrenaline rush of his work. After he inadvertently saves Gwen's life, he ignites her taboo desire for men without magic--and with bodies of gods. Just as things heat up, Reed discovers that Gwen is exactly who he's been hired to kidnap. He resolves to put work before lust, yet her luscious beauty and fiery spirit unravel him...

But there is a terrible truth behind Gwen's family business--and now, caught between the kinsmen she no longer trusts and an enemy bent on vengeance, the only ally she has is her abductor...



Tom Pollock

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Flux, September 9, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Filius, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Filius opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen—where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Filius’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Filius raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.



Michael Poore

Up Jumps the Devil
Ecco, July 3, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
John Scratch, the Devil himself, is the protagonist in this stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and tender novel, as he tricks, teases, and prods America to greatness in the hope of luring his lost love back down to Earth from Heaven. Up Pops the Devil is fiction with humor and heart, the kind of hilarious, off-beat, and original reading experience that fans of Chris Moore, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jim Shepard would sell their souls for—a brilliant blending of the occult and the outrageous starring the anti-hero of anti-heroes, the one and only Prince of Darkness.



Megan Powell

No Peace for the Damned
Damned 1
47th North, July 10, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
“In that last moment of consciousness I had to chastise myself. I was not supposed to live in this world without violence and pain. And I was an idiot to have ever let myself think otherwise.”

After a lifetime of painful imprisonment, Magnolia Kelch has finally escaped her family’s estate. Unfortunately, the outside world holds its own dangers and freedom can be a precarious thing. When a collision inadvertently pulls Magnolia into The Network – an underground organization fighting against supernatural terrorists the world over – she has to decide just how many new experiences she can handle and just how far she’s willing to go to protect her freedom.



Roberta Trahan

The Well of Tears
The Dream Stewards 1
47North, September 18, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.



Michael R. Underwood

Geekomancy
Pocket Star, July 10, 2012
eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - June 5, 2012
Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer in this original urban fantasy eBook about Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture.

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comicshop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter.

When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?
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