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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23


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



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



Will McIntosh (2011)

Faller
Tor Books, October 25, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
Faller is a new gripping standalone, science fiction thriller by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.

Day One: No one can remember anything—who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of an islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity—gone, except for what people can find, and they can't find much.

Faller's pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can't remember, a toy solider with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right.

He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him enough to take revenge for actions Faller can't even remember.



Burning Midnight
Ember, January 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave,this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.





K. M. McKinley  (2015)

The City of Ice
The Gates of the World 2
Solaris, December 27, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
An ancient city. A wondrous invention. A perilous journey.

The epic sequel to the incredible debut novel The Iron Ship.

Deep in the polar south stands a city like no other, a city built aeons ago by a civilisation mighty and wise.

The City of Ice promises the secrets of the ancients to whomever can reach it first. It may prove too little knowledge too late, for the closest approach of the Twin in 4000 years draws near, an event that has heralded terrible destruction in past ages.

As the Kressind siblings pursue their fortunes, the world stands upon the dawn of a new era, but it may yet be consumed by a darkness from the past.

Industry and magic, gods and steampower collide in the captivating sequel to The Iron Ship.





Peter McLean (2016)

Dominion
A Burned Man Novel 2
Angry Robot, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.

Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, drunken diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

When Don learns that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. The fiend is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and his ever-annoying patron the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ The Devil You Knew / Deeped & Down / Great Irresponsibility / London’s Burning ]


Damnation
A Burned Man Novel 3
Angry Robot, May 2, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
Don Drake is living rough in a sink estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh, doing cheap spells for even cheaper customers while fending off the local lowlifes. Six months ago, Don fled from London to Glasgow to track down his old girlfriend Debbie the alchemist.

With the Burned Man gradually driving him mad, Don meets with an ancient and mysterious tramp-slash-magician, with disastrous consequences. Now his old accomplices must step in to save Don from himself, before he damns himself for good this time.

File Under: Urban Fantasy





Bec McMaster (2012)

The Many Lives of Hadley Monroe
Lochaber Press, April 4, 2016
eBook, 52 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
When the clock stops ticking, and the storm rolls in, Hadley Monroe knows exactly what’s going on. Forty years ago her grandfather made a pact with Death, and now Death has come calling again.

Forced to make her own deal with the reaper, Hadley has only three weeks to answer his question, or he’ll take her grandmother too. The problem is, there’s no way to answer it, and three weeks is not long enough with the reaper who’s beginning to steal her heart…

Warning: This short story has been previously published in the Mammoth Book Of Southern Gothic Romance.


Shadowbound
The Dark Arts Trilogy, Book 1
Lochaber Press Pty Ltd, May 8, 2016
     eBook, 377 pages
Lochaber Press Pty Ltd, May 27, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 454 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
When a powerful relic goes missing from a secret society that dabbles in the occult, Miss Ianthe Martin is charged with finding it at all costs. She needs help, but all clues point to someone on the inside being the thief. The only sorcerer she knows that can't possibly be involved, is the very man she saw locked in Bedlam a year ago...

The mad, bad, dangerous Earl of Rathbourne.

When the seductive Miss Martin appears in his Bedlam cell, Rathbourne fears he's finally lost his mind. The devilish sorceress played a hand in his incarceration, and now she comes asking for help? Perhaps she should begin by begging for mercy...

But Ianthe's offer of freedom is one he can't refuse, although he has a clause of his own to add. She may bind him with her power–the only way to still the demons haunting him–but for every day spent under her command, the nights will be his... to wreak delicious revenge on her willing flesh.



Nobody's Hero
The Burned Lands 1
Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd, May 22, 2016
     eBook, 281 pages
Lochaber Press Pty Ltd, July 25, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 370 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
First rule of surviving the Wastelands: don't be caught out after the sun sets...

After her father was killed in a warg attack, Riley Kincaid was forced to stand on her own two feet in the brutal Wastelands she calls home. She knows how to survive, but when a lapse in judgment leaves her out after dark, Riley realizes she's in trouble. The sun has set, the monsters are out to play, and there's a band of reivers heading straight for her settlement. Riley needs to warn her people, but that's before she runs a handsome stranger down in her jeep. A stranger who might not be a man after all...

Kidnapping her was the worst mistake he ever made.

Dangerous outlaw, Lucius Wade, lives only for revenge. But when he kidnaps Riley in order to lure an old friend into a trap, suddenly the tables are turned. Riley has no intentions of being bait, and she tempts him in ways he hasn't felt for a long time. He's never played the hero, but suddenly a part of him wants to. Even as he knows there's no point.

When dangerous secrets are revealed, and Luc realizes an old enemy is on his trail, he's forced to change his plans. The hunter is suddenly the hunted, and the only allies he has... is a stubborn blonde who thinks there should be more to live for than revenge, and the ex-friend who shoved a knife in his back ten years ago.


Mission: Improper
London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy 1
Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd, August 11, 2016
     eBook, 360 pages
Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd, October 5, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
Three years ago, London society changed forever, with a revolution placing the widowed Queen firmly on the throne her blue blood husband tried to take from her. Humans, verwulfen and mechs are no longer considered the lesser classes, but not everybody is happy with the new order...

Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.

The problem? He's partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.

Soon they're chasing whispered rumours of a secret project gone wrong, and a monster that just might be more dangerous than either of them combined. The only way to find out more is to go undercover among the blue blood elite... But when their hunt uncovers a mysterious conspiracy, Byrnes and Ingrid must set aside their age-old rivalry if they have any chance at surviving a treacherous plot.


Hexbound
The Dark Arts 2
Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd, October 18, 2016
eBook, 356 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
It should have been an easy task…

Verity Hastings has a little trick: she can find anything, no matter where it’s hidden. It’s a skill that’s kept her safe and fed all the way from the orphanages and workhouses of her youth. But when she steals a mysterious item for a masked man, she knows the con is on her this time.

In order to protect herself from his associates, she can turn to only one person: Adrian Bishop, the sorcerer she stole the relic from.

Scarred recluse Adrian Bishop is rarely surprised anymore. But when a rather enticing little handful turns up on his doorstep, claiming to be his mysterious thief, he doesn’t know what to think. He needs the relic back, no matter the cost, and he’s not above using Verity to find it. But as Verity begins to sneak under his guard, for the first time in years there’s a ray of light in his dark world. He will do anything to protect her – anything – but can Verity ever love him once she learns the truth of his dark talents? And will he be able to protect her from the trap he sent her into himself?





Holly Messinger  (2015)

Curious Weather
A Jacob Tracy Novel 2
Thomas Dunne Books, November 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23
On the heels of her starred Publisher’s Weekly debut, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, Messinger delivers another remarkably original novel where she deftly recreates the tumultuous post-Civil war era and clashes the natural with the supernatural.

When Jacob Tracy—Civil War veteran, ex-seminarian, and reluctant psychic—agrees to move into Miss Fairweather’s St. Louis mansion and study magic with her, he has one purpose in mind: to hunt down and destroy the necromancer Mereck, a predatory madman who has twice tried to make a meal of Trace and trapped Trace’s partner Boz in a monstrous half-life.

Sabine Fairweather has her own grievance with Mereck, though Trace doesn’t know the details and doesn’t particularly want to. The woman may be a brilliant scientist and a powerful witch in her own right, but there is darkness in her and bitter secrets that threaten the tenuous faith Trace has in her.

With Mereck’s minions circling ever closer, and old allies posing unexpected threats, Trace knows he and Sabine have no choice but to trust each other. But for that to happen, he will have to lay bare all the deepest secrets of her soul…and quite possibly her heart.

The View From Monday - October 24, 2016


Happy Monday! One week until Halloween!


There are 2 debuts this week:

The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner by Mike Brooks;

and

Every Mountain Made Low by Alex White.

The View From Monday - October 24, 2016 The View From Monday - October 24, 2016

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Mortal Sins (A Shadowside Novella) by Michelle Belanger;

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Gospel 1) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is out in Trade Paperback;

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke is out in Trade Paperback;

The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven 1) by Michael Livingston is out in Trade Paperback;

Cloak of War (Empress Game Trilogy 2) by Rhonda Mason;

Faller by Will McIntosh;

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia;

and

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson.

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



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



The View From Monday - October 24, 2016



October 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar David Annandale SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 1
Mortal Sins (e) Michelle Belanger DF/UF - Shadowside Novella
Charlotte's Story (h2tp) Laura Benedict SupTh - Bliss House 2
The Terranauts T. C. Boyle Hist
Lost Gods Brom DF
The Last Days of Salton Academy Jennifer Brozek H
The Plague of Swords Miles Cameron F - The Traitor Son Cycle 4
Bohemian Gospel (h2tp) Dana Chamblee Carpenter Hist - Bohemian Gospel 1
2001: A Space Odyssey (ri) Arthur C. Clarke SF - Penguin Galaxy
Our Lady of the Ice (h2tp) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Goodnight Batcave Dave Croatto
Tom Richmond (Illus)
Hu/Comics/Parody
Doctor Who: Supreme Dalek and Illustrated Book: With Light and Sound Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
Altered Starscape Ian Douglas SF - Andromedan Dark 1
Dracula vs. Hitler Patrick Sheane Duncan HistF/SupTh
Angel in Chains Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 3
The Hanged Man (h2tp) P. N. Elrod SP
Anansi Boys (ri) Neil Gaiman Fict/F
Neuromancer (ri) William Gibson CyberP - Penguin Galaxy
The Devil Will Come Justin Gustainis H - Collection
Shadowsword Guy Haley SF - Astra Militarum
Stranger in a Strange Land (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF - Penguin Galaxy
Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Penguin Galaxy
Not on Fire, but Burning (h2tp) Greg Hrbek Dys/LF/SF/AP/PA
Cat's Eye (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries (tp2mm) Stephen Jones (Ed) F/DF/M - Anthology
Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
Amy Romanczuk
F - Wheel of Time
Black Ice Burning A. R. Kahler UF - Pale Queen Series 3
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Dark Tower 1
The Left Hand of Darkness (ri) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Penguin Galaxy
Coldbrook Tim Lebbon H/SF/AP/PA
The Shards of Heaven (h2tp) Michael Livingston HistF - The Shards of Heaven 1
Hallow Point (tp2mm) Ari Marmell UF/DF - A Mick Oberon Job 2
Cloak of War Rhonda Mason F/CF/SF/SO - Empress Game Trilogy 2
The Star of the Sea Una McCormack SF/SO - Weird Space 2
Faller Will McIntosh SF
Prey: Book Two: The Jackal's Trick John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek
Certain Dark Things Silvia Moreno-Garcia CF
Onward, Drake! (h2tp) Mark L. Van Name (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Famished Road (e)(ri) Ben Okri MR/LF
The Immortal's Guide S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 2
The Two Swords S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 3
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse: The Untold History of Space and Time Justin Richards
George Mann
TV - Doctor Who
Cast in Flight Michelle Sagara F/M - Chronicles of Elantra 12
Hero: Homecoming, Book III R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 3
DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient (e) R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King 1
Shadow of Ullanor Rob Sanders SF - The Beast Arises 11
The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets: Four Fairy Tales of Home and One Astral Pantomime Paul Scheerbart SF/LF
The British Lion (h2tp) Tony Schumacher AH/Th
Kris Longknife: Bold Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 14
A Vampire's Hunger Carla Susan Smith PNR - Vampire's Promise 4
The Blood Mirror Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 4
Every Mountain Made Low (D) Alex White F
The Once and Future King (ri) T. H. White F - Penguin Galaxy
A Taste of Honey Kai Ashante Wilson F
Dragon and Thief (ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 1



October 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner (D) Mike Brooks Dys


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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 41


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

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



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 herePart 32 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 herePart 33 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 herePart 34 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 herePart 35 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 herePart 36 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 herePart 37 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 herePart 38 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 herePart 39 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 herePart 40 here



Jay Kristoff (2012)

Nevernight
Thomas Dunne Books, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
[revealed at Tor.com]

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.




Michael J. Martinez (2013)

The  Daedalus Incident
Daedalus 1
Night Shade Books, February 23, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, August 13, 2013

Bizarre earthquakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents . . . and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!


The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books, May 3, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, April 15, 2014

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complication when she arrives aboard the survey ship, Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. Back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions, but there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard the HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.


The Venusian Gambit
Daedalus 3
Night Shade Books, July 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, April 14, 2015

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life-forms freed in the destruction of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are making their way toward Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn’t realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans: beaming critical data to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth, but for Venus . . .

In 1809—a Napoleonic era far different from our own—the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest Alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon presumed lost in the jungles of Venus.

Now Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland, or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance—forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.



Note: MJ-12: Inception (Majestic 12 #1) will be published in Fall 2016 by Night Shade Books. Read more about it at Michael J. Martinez's website.





Will McIntosh (2011)

Faller
Tor Books, October 25, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
[revealed at Tor.com]

Day One

No one can remember anything—who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity—gone, except for what people can find, and they can’t find much.

Faller’s pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can’t remember, a toy soldier with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right.

He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him enough to take revenge for actions Faller can’t even remember.
[catalog copy from Tor.com reveal]




Melissa F. Olson (2012)

Nightshades
Tor.com, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 176 pages
[revealed at Author's Facebook Page]

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations―the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.




Anthony Ryan (2013)

Queen of Fire
A Raven's Shadow Novel
Ace, June 7, 2016
Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 7, 2015

The thrilling conclusion to the “deftly and originally executed” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow trilogy from the author of Blood Song and Tower Lord.

After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. To accomplish her goals she must not only rally her loyal supporters, but also align herself with forces that possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark, and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep.

Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, Battle Lord of the Realm. However, the Volarians have a new weapon on their side that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail: a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to his servants. And defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible challenge, especially when Vaelin’s blood-song, the mystical power that has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent…

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5


This is the fifth 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 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.



Lisa Kessler (2011)

Harvest Moon
Moon 4
Entangled: Select Otherworld, September 24, 2015
eBook, 333 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Some wolves were never meant for a mate…

Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate…

In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can’t afford to be attracted to a doctor-especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable…and Kilani’s precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.

All it takes is one touch to send Jason’s wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can’t protect her from himself…


Ice Moon
Moon 5
Entangled: Select Otherworld, November 16 , 2015
eBook, 290 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
One touch and she is his…

Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he’s hired by the “Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe”. One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within…

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control- sometimes with dire consequences. With Jason, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion-and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.




Mark Lawrence (2011)

Road Brothers
The Broken Empire
December 14, 2015
eBook, 124 pages
Cover by Pen Astridge

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
10 short stories from the lives of Jorg and his Road Brothers. Contains spoilers for the Broken Empire trilogy. 5 of the stories have previously been published in anthologies, Contains the short story 'Sleeping Beauty' that is also sold separately. A total of 43,000 words or just over half the length of Prince of Thorns.


The Liar's Key
The Red Queen's War 2
Ace, May 31, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the Red Queen’s War continues…

After harrowing adventure and near death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki’s key, an artifact capable of opening any door and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire—including the Dead King.

Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.

And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death’s door, Jal’s grandmother, the Red Queen, continues to manipulate kings and pawns towards an endgame of her own design…


The Wheel of Osheim
The Red Queen's War 3
Ace, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

[cover not yet available]
From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the thrilling conclusion to the Red Queen’s War…

Mark Lawrence’s “epic fantasy” (The Washington Post) continues as a reluctant prince returns from the bowels of Hell to engage in his greatest battle yet—among the living and the dead.

All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world.

Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate however has other plans, larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it’s win or die.




Laurie London (2011)

Warrior's Heart
Iron Portal 3
LB Books, June 18, 2015
eBook, 211 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
The Iron Guild warriors are back! New York Times bestselling author Laurie London has captivated thousands of paranormal readers with her Iron Portal series. Enter her darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, good and evil clash, and true love is put to the ultimate test in WARRIOR'S HEART.

Imprisoned for years, he never forgot her...but now he's out for revenge.

Zara Kane is leading a double life. By day, she's a respected antiquities expert, working at a New Seattle library, but by night, she's a thief, stealing back artifacts that belong to her homeland. When she learns that a man she once loved--who abandoned her when she needed him the most--has been wrongly imprisoned, she must use her para-ability Talent to orchestrate a daring escape.

Vince Crawford is damaged man. After years of torture and suffering, the beautiful boy with the sparkling brown eyes is gone, replaced by a jaded ex-con hellbent on revenge. He isn't afraid of anything, but when the woman he's never stopped loving and the son he never knew he had are threatened by a ruthless enemy who knows they're his greatest weakness, Vince will stop at nothing to keep them safe. Even if it costs him his life.


Rebel's Desire
Iron Portal 4
LB Books, July 15, 2015
eBook, 127 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
New York Times bestselling author Laurie London presents REBEL'S DESIRE, the fourth book in the Iron Portal paranormal romance series. Enter a darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, band-of-brother heroes with special ability Talents fight evil together, and sworn enemies dare to become passionate lovers.

Tormented by a savage past and shattered by a bitter betrayal, Iron Guild warrior Toryn Flynn trusts no one and cares about nothing except the battle against their enemies. His target: a mobster who finances deadly missions into Cascadia.

Kicked out of the house by her puritanical father, Keely Weber and her sister run a bookstore and fortune-telling business in an underground district in New Seattle—until a powerful man who controls the area kidnaps Keely’s sister to sell her into the Talent sex-trade.

When a beautiful woman literally falls into his arms, Toryn realizes she holds the key to his success. Keely will do anything to rescue her sister…including taking risks with a dangerously sexy man who pushes all her buttons.

From the gritty streets of the city’s underbelly to a sexual-fantasy-themed island, passions ignite. But with evil surrounding them and time running out, Toryn must decide whether to sacrifice the woman he’s falling for or dare to trust his heart again.


Iron Portal Boxed Set
Iron Portal 1 - 3
LB Books, July 30, 2015
eBook, 530 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
New York Times bestselling author Laurie London presents the IRON PORTAL BOXED SET bundle. This collection contains the first three books of the Iron Portal paranormal romance series which has enthralled thousands of readers.

1. ASSASSIN'S TOUCH (Rickert and Neyla's story)

2. ROGUE'S PASSION (Asher and Olivia's story)

3. WARRIOR'S HEART (Vince and Zara's story)

Enter a darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, band-of-brother heroes with special ability Talents fight evil together, and sworn enemies dare to become passionate lovers.

ASSASSIN'S TOUCH

Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities. Now, the former fashion designer is the Pacifican army’s hottest commodity in their fight against the invaders.

When Cascadian assassin, Rickert D’Angelus, discovers a beautiful, unconscious soldier on a cold mountain ledge near the portal, he realizes she’s a Protection-Talent and cannot be killed. To prevent the army from using her skills again, he takes her as his prisoner instead.

But when he pulls her into his arms, a sexy and compelling vision appears, awakening something inside him. Something he can’t ignore.

ROGUE'S PASSION

For years, Olivia Crawford has kept a low profile in order to keep her para-ability secret. If the army finds out she’s a Healer-Talent, they’ll force her to work for them—just like her brother who was taken as a boy and never seen again.

But when a terrible explosion rocks New Seattle, she risks everything to save the injured, including a handsome stranger with secrets of his own.

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her…even as he struggles to stay away.

WARRIOR'S HEART

Zara Kane is leading a double life. By day, she’s a respected antiquities expert, working at a college library, but by night, she’s a thief, stealing back artifacts that belong to her homeland. When she learns that a man she once loved—who abandoned her when she needed him the most—has been wrongly imprisoned, she uses her para-ability Talent to orchestrate a daring escape.

Vince Crawford is damaged man. After years of torture and suffering, the beautiful boy with the sparkling brown eyes is gone, replaced by a jaded ex-con hellbent on revenge. He isn’t afraid of anything, but when the woman he’s never stopped loving and the son he never knew he had are threatened by a ruthless enemy who knows they’re his greatest weakness, Vince will stop at nothing to keep them safe…even if it costs him his life.




Andrew P. Mayer (2011)

The Lost Dragon: A New Adult Paranormal Fantasy Adventure
The FooL 3
Automaton Press, October 9, 2015
eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Betsey Weisz is about to learn that the worst shift doesn’t start at midnight…

Matt and Betsey aren’t having the best day. After barely escaping with their lives from the deadly diner in Jersey, they crash-land into an alternate universe where they’re caught in a war between humans and changelings: shifters who can become wolves, boars, and more.

The power hungry Witch Queen leads the humans, but her mad plan to transform herself into the mightiest changeling of them all: the dragon may take the whole world with her.
With a powerful boar, a chiseled skunk, and a cunning foxling by their side, Betsey and Matt may be the only people in this world who can keep the Witch Queen from completing her plan. But will Betsey master her powers and herself in time to prevail?

The Lost Dragon is the third installment in a paranormal adventure series that features a compelling plot, unpredictable adventure, creepy monsters, and hilarious dialogue. Continue Andrew P. Mayer’s wild ride into alternate realities with the latest installment of his mind-blowing series.




Will McIntosh (2011)

Futures Near and Far
November 21, 2015
Kindle eBook 152 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Seven futuristic stories from Hugo Award winning author Will McIntosh, including:

A Clown Escapes from Circus Town. Beaners the clown escapes the walls of Circus Town, and discovers what lies beyond Sex Town, Superhero Town, Medieval Town, and all the rest. "A Clown Escapes from Circus Town" first appeared in Interzone.

The Perimeter. An intelligent alien parasite attaches itself to a human colonist and forces her into the wilderness, where it shows her off to fellow parasites. "The Perimeter" was first published by Orbit Books.

Possible Monsters. Returning to his empty childhood home after giving up on his dream of playing major league baseball, Cooper discovers that a creature from another dimension has taken up residence in his living room. "Possible Monsters" first appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction.

Street Hero. As his town declines into the chaos of the soft apocalypse, Cortez resolves to use his martial arts skills to protect the innocent, but discovers being a hero is more complicated than he thought. "Street Hero" first appeared in Interzone.

A Flea Market Vendor Finds Love in a Time of Sleeplessness. When a virus renders everyone unable to sleep, at all, a flea market vendor falls in love with a woman, but can’t be sure if she’s real or a walking dream. "A Flea Market Vendor..." first appeared in NFG.

The Fantasy Jumper. At the 2116 World’s Fair you can pay to watch an android jump from a roof and plunge to her death. You can watch her jump a thousand times, if you want. But what does the android want? "The Fantasy Jumper" was first published in Black Static.

Incompatible. At a church pumpkin sale, Leia seeks solace from the dark affliction that has plagued her since childhood. There she meets a man who has a similar affliction. They’ll have to face their demons together, or live their lives apart.


Burning Midnight
Delacorte Press, February 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent.
No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.


City Living
Orbit, February 17, 2016
eBook, 39 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
A enchanting new short story from Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.
Enter a world of moving cities. The war is over and Hitler is dead, but rumors are flying that Chicago has just attacked Boston. That Moscow has crossed into the US and attacked Chicago. And New York is on the way to chase down the Windy City. Some cities are rumbling that they don't feel like part of the USA anymore.

But what form of energy is giving them the power of locomotion?

The View From Monday - May 12, 2014


Happy Monday! The weather is delightful here in the Northeast, but it's supposed to be 20 degrees colder tomorrow. All I can say is the weather has been odd.


The View From Monday - May 12, 2014



There is one Debut out this week: Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans 3) by Suzanne Johnson is out in Trade Paperback;

Defenders by Will McIntosh;

and

Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton by M. D. Waters



May 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Black (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 1
Sphinx: The Second Coming (e) James Thorton SF
Salvation (e) Stephanie Tyler PA/SFR - Defiance 3



May 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dead Man's Hand John Joseph Adams (ed) WW - Anthology
Clockwork Angels (ri) Kevin J. Anderson SP
Resurrection, Inc. Kevin J. Anderson SF - 25th Anniversary Edition
Obsidian Curse Barbra Annino PM - Stacey Justice Mystery 5
Part of Me (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts
The Kraken King Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Wonderfully Wicked (e) C. J. Burright PNR - Wicked 1
Queen of the Dark Things C. Robert Cargill UF - Dreams and Shadows 2
Honour Imperialis Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Rob Sanders
Steve Lyons
F - Warhammer 40,000: Omnibus
The White List (e) Nina D'Aleo UF
Fire Rising: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Assassin King Elizabeth Haydon F - Symphony of Ages 6
Journey into Nyx: Godsend, Part II (e) Jenna Helland F - Magic The Gathering
Motherless Child Glen Hirshberg H
Elysian Fields (h2tp) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology Stephen Graham Jones (ed) Neo-Noir - Anthology
The Goddess Chronicle (h2tp) Natsuo Kirino Myth
The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel Norman Lock F/TT/Mu
Hot Lead, Cold Iron Ari Marmell UF/M - Mick Oberon 1
Defenders Will McIntosh SF
House of the Rising Sun Kristen Painter UF - Crescent City 1
The Kraken Project Douglas Preston Th/SF
The Kill Switch James Rollins
Grant Blackwood
Th/SF - Tucker Wayne 1
The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time Cavan Scott
Mark wright
SF - Doctor Who
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton (e) M. D. Waters SF
The Wizard Lord Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 1
Point of Direction (D) Rachel Weaver Th
The Very Best of Tad Williams Tad Williams F - Collection



May 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Litany of Earth: A Tor.com Original (e) Ruthanna Emrys DF



May 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces Susan M. Bernardo (ed) LC - Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy



May 16, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues Jason Barr (ed)
Camille D. G. Mustachio (ed)
SF - Science Fiction Television



D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MU - Mash-Up
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2


This is the second in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 3 on The Qwillery later this week.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2



Kevin Hearne

Shattered
The Iron Druid Chronicles 7
Del Rey, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
Acclaimed author Kevin Hearne makes his hardcover debut with the new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O’Sullivan.

For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time . . . three’s a charm.





Douglas Hulick

Sworn in Steel
A Tale of the Kin 2
Roc, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
It’s been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and found himself unexpectedly elevated into the ranks of the criminal elite. As the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he’s not only gained friends, but also rivals—and some of them aren’t bothered by his newfound title. A prince’s blood, as the saying goes, flows just as red as a beggar’s.

So when another Gray Prince is murdered and all signs point to Drothe as the hand behind the knife, he knows it’s his blood that’s in danger of being spilled. As former allies turn their backs and dark rumors begin to circulate, Drothe is approached by a man who says he can make everything right again. All he wants in exchange is a single favor.

Now Drothe finds himself traveling to the Despotate of Djan, the empire’s long-standing enemy, to search for the friend he betrayed—and the only person who can get him out of this mess. But the grains of sand are running out fast, and even if Drothe can find his friend, he may not be able to persuade him to help in time...





John Hornor Jacobs

The Shibboleth
Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy 2
Carolrhoda Books, March 1, 2014
Hardcover, 408 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
"There are certain shibboleths to our condition."

At the end of the first book of The Twelve-Fingered Boy Trilogy, Jack and Shreve are incarcerado—physically locked up. Shreve's back in the custody of the state of Arkansas, and Jack's somewhere in the clutches of Mr. Quincrux—both problems Shreve aims to rectify.

Cages might hold Shreve's body, but the power that's been growing since his encounter with Quincrux has reached a pinnacle. Nothing can prevent his mind from scaling the etheric heights. Freed from his body, Shreve discovers the magnitude of the evil that's stirring in the east. The wave of insomnia that's paralyzed the nation is only the beginning.

To save Jack—and maybe all of the humanity he no longer feels part of—Shreve has no choice but to join Quincrux and the Society of Extranaturals.




The Incorruptibles is being published in the UK by Gollancz. No word on US publication. The cover is wonderful so I wanted to share it with you:

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2




Hannah Jayne

See Jane Run
Sourcebooks, January 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.











Darynda Jones

Sixth Grave on the Edge
Charley Davidson 6
St. Martin's Press, May 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.





Mark Lawrence

Prince of Fools
Red Queen's War 1
Ace, June 3, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
Hailed as “epic fantasy on a George R. R. Martin scale, but on speed” (Fixed on Fantasy), the Broken Empire trilogy introduced a bold new world of dark fantasy with the story of Jorg Ancrath’s devastating rise to power. Now, Mark Lawrence returns to the Broken Empire with the tale of a less ambitious prince…

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.





Will McIntosh

Defenders
Orbit, May 13, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

When Earth is invaded by telepathic aliens, humanity responds by creating the defenders. They are the perfect warriors--seventeen feet tall, knowing and loving nothing but war, their minds closed to the aliens. The question is, what do you do with millions of genetically-engineered warriors once the war is won?

A novel of power, alliances, violence, redemption, sacrifice, and yearning for connection, DEFENDERS presents a revolutionary story of invasion, occupation, and resistance.





M. J. Scott

Fire Kin
Half-Light City 4
Roc, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
[no official description yet]





Gaie Sebold

Shanghai Sparrow
Solaris, April 29, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
Shanghai Sparrow is a Far Eastern steampunk tale of espionage, distant empires and thrilling exploits, with a dynamic heroine.

The British Empire is at war, both within and without.

Eveline Duchen was once a country child, living a life of privilege, touched by the magic that still clings to the woods and fields of Victorian England. Now she is a street urchin in a London where brutal poverty and glittering new inventions exist side by side, living as a thief and con-artist under the wing of the formidable Ma Pether.

Caught in an act of deception, Eveline is faced with Mr Holmforth, a gentleman in the service of Her Majesty’s Government, who offers her a stark choice. Transportation, or an education – and utter commitment to Her Majesty’s Service - at Madam Cairngrim’s school for female spies. The school’s regime is harsh. Eveline has already learned harder lessons. She plans to take advantage of everything they can teach her, then go her own way.

But in the fury of the Opium Wars, the British Empire is about to make a devil’s bargain. Eveline’s choices will change the future of her world, and reveal the truth about the death of her sister Charlotte.

Shanghai Sparrow is set in an alternative England and China. It contains Formidable Devices, Fay, Etheric Science, Espionage, Opium, Murder and Bartitsu and may not be suitable for those of a delicate disposition.





Jonathan Wood

No Hero
Arthur Wallace 1
Titan, March 11, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
"What would Kurt Russell do?"

Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals.

But then, secretive government agency MI12 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny.

But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?













Rebecca Zanetti

Forgotten Sins
Sin Brothers 1
Forever, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
(previously released as eBook)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?



Blind Faith
Sin Brothers 3
Forever, May 6, 2013
eBook, 384 pages

A betrayal he couldn't forget . . .

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.

A love she couldn't deny . . .

The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He's just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there's an edge to him now that's as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can't refuse. But she has secrets of her own-secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . .



Sweet Revenge
Sin Brothers 2
Forever, June 24, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
(previously released as eBook)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
The One Man She Can't Have

Matt Dean was born to fight . . . and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he's gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho . . . and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.

The One Woman He Can't Resist

Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She's spent years running from her own past-the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt's strong arms offer her protection and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she's ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt's past and putting everything-and everyone-he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?



Tamed
Dark Protectors 6.5
eKensington, May 15, 2014
eNovella

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2
Caleb Donovan was never meant to be a prophet. At heart he’s a conqueror, his appetites far more carnal than spiritual. He’s not inclined to repress his passions and surrender to fate. After all, that’s what cost him Lily—three centuries ago. She married another, because it was ordained. Now that he’s in the same benighted calling—and forced into proximity with her—all the old desires are roaring back to life…

After widowhood and centuries of celibacy, Lily is eager to explore the wild side of life, except now she’s vulnerable to another forced relationship, with an enemy. But this time she’s determined to choose her own path. And if hot, furious Caleb comes charging to the rescue, it might just change both their destinies…

Love is about to start conquering…




The View From Monday - June 10, 2013


Happy Monday!  It's a light release week. We were really busy over the weekend at The Qwillery so if you missed something, here's a quick list:

1)  Giveaway of the paperback of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - here.

2)  An interview with K.M. Fawcett, author to Captive (The Survival Race 1) - here.

3)  Why I am backing the Kickstarter for the Blood Kiss movie - here. (Only 4 days left to pledge.)

4)  Melanie's review of The Eighth Court (Courts of the Feyre 4) by Mike Shevdon - here.

5)  Animal-ify a title for a chance to win Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan - here.

6)  2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June - Vote! - here.  Ten covers to choose from!

7)  Melanie's Week in Review - here.




The View From Monday - June 10, 2013




There are 3 debuts this week:

A Private Little War by Jason Sheehan.

Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) by Danie Ware (a US Debut).

and

Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty.



Also Will McIntosh (2011 DAC) has a new novel out this week - Love Minus Eighty.




June 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Destiny (e) Vivi Anna SFR - League of Illusion Trilogy 3
Throne of Oak (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Maggie's Grove 2



June 11, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Makes You Stronger Guy Adams UF/H - Deadbeat 1
The Burning: A Tale of The Dark Apostle (e) E.C. Ambrose HistF - prequel to Elisha Barber
Seekers of the Chalice (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 1
The Valley of Shadows (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 2
The Mad Goblin Philip Jose Farmer SF - Secrets of the Nine 3 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe
Midnight's Captive: Part 1 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Uninvited (h2tp) Liz Jensen Th/Dys
Exodus Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 2
The Immortal Circus: Act Two (Kindle e serial) A. R. Kahler UF - Immortal Circus
A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill: A Tor.Com Original (e) Elizabeth Knox F
Retrieval (e)(ri) Jeanie London PNR
A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel: Volume 2 George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
GN - A Game of Thrones
Kafka's Hat Patrice Martin Meta/Th
Love Minus Eighty Will McIntosh SF
Limits of Power Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 4
The Map of the Sky (h2tp) Felix J. Palma SF - Map of Time 1
Doctor Who: Who-ology Cavan Scott SF - Doctor Who - Official Miscellany
A Private Little War (D) Jason Sheehan SF
The Registry Shannon Stoker Dys
Shadow People James Swain SuTh - Peter Warlock 2
Ecko Rising (US D) Danie Ware SF/F - Ecko 1
The Stonehenge Gate (e)(ri) Jack Williamson SF



June 12, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom: A Tor.Com Original (e) Morrisette Micaela SF



June 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stoker's Manuscript (D) Royce Prouty SuSus



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Meta - Metaphysical
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


Winners x 10 - August 7, 2011

Lots of winners!

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011


Anassa who said...

I read about 4 books a month, and am developing a complex over being too busy to read more.

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Bride of the Wolf, Luck of the Wolf, and Code of the Wolf by Susan Krinard

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Saribonita who said...

I like Vampires, but LOVE werewolves! Always have, I guess maybe because of the shape-shifting mystique! :)

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Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Jack Provencher who said...

I like Spring, but I love Autumn. It can contain an Indian Summer, but it also can be cool & breezy. And for atmosphere, it can cause chills, and is a perfect time of year for gothic tales, as well as stories of horror.

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross and "Radioactive" Steampunk Necklace by Cemetery Cat Jewelry

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

RtB Admin who said...

I haven't read any steampunk. It's a genre I've kept meaning to try, but just haven't found the book to do it... perhaps this is the one. :)


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Soft Apocalypse (2 e-books) by Will McIntosh

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011


Tore who said...

Dystopia but I do like both. Please enter me in contest.


and

Vivien who said...

This really sounds fantastic!!!
Dystopia


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500 GFC Follower Giveaway: Ghost Story (Dresden Files 13) by Jim Butcher

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Annette said...

Congrats!

I'd love to enter the contest. I'm follower Annette.


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Signed copies of Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass (2 copies)

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011


Escape by Fiction who said...

I think all aspects of ancient mythology is cool - I'm really fond of Egyptian, Mayan and Greek.


and

Lee who said...

What is your favorite mythology? African? Egyption? Greek? Indian? Something else?Mine..Native American, east coast Cherokee, or southwestern Dine and just about all in between.. especially tales of coyote. But I also admit I like a Celtic tale or two about the Shide. But as Joseph Campbell says all mythos touch on each other.


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Signed copy of Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011

Bethany C. who said...

Hmmm, usually doesn't matter to me if the story's good, but I guess I would like to see some (more?) set in the DC metro area.





The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM United States Eastern Time on August 14, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner and winners.

Thank you to everyone who reads the blog!

Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 2011

Please welcome Will McIntosh to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Will's debut, Soft Apocalypse, was published in April 2011.


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

Will:  I write lying down. I’m stretched on either a couch or bed, propped with pillows. I can write sitting up, but I’m not comfortable that way.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Will:  More of a pantser. Until a few years ago, when I was writing short stories exclusively, I was a total pantser. I still have plenty of short stories that I’ve never finished because I got stuck at some point with no idea how to continue. With novels, I’m closer to the middle. Large sections of the story are complete blank spaces when I start writing, but I like to have some idea what the beginning, middle, and end will look like so I know I’m not going to work on it for six months then realize it’s not going to work. The stakes are so high with novels; to just jump in and have faith that I’ll figure out the story as I go is unnerving. The problem I struggle with is often I just can’t figure out what should happen until I’m actually writing. Often I have to be immersed in the story to see the characters clearly. I’m working on my third novel right now, and the entire last 1/3 is pretty much unknown at this point. I’m not thrilled about that, but it’s just not revealing itself yet.

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

Will:  Robert Reed, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Dan Simmons, Stephen King, Richard Russo, Pat Conroy, Nick Hornby, Michael Chabon, Johnathan Lethem. I think Stephen King has had a big influence on my writing, because I’ve been reading him since I was a kid, so his influence has permeated all the different periods of my life.

The most direct influence on my writing has been the writers who served as my teachers, first at Clarion, then at Taos Toolbox: James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Walter John Williams, Maureen McHugh, Nalo Hopkinson, Richard Paul Russo, Howard Waldrop. I’m so grateful to them for the guidance and insights they gave me.

TQ:  Describe Soft Apocalypse in 140 characters or less.

Will:  Civilization slowly collapses. People cling to the lives they used to live and try not to notice. Terrible things happen to them.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Soft Apocalypse?

Will:  Reading the news each day. There is such an astonishing disconnect between what scientists are saying about the dangers facing us, and our response to their warnings. I wondered how people who are totally unprepared for a true collapse, who have no skill with weapons, don’t know how to cure meats, and would go into a deep depression without television and the Internet (people like me) would respond.

For the core of the story, I wanted a character who is clinging to some aspect of our world that would seem out of place during the collapse of civilization, something that would underscore his denial of what was really happening. I made it a guy who’s worried about his love life--sort of if Rob Gordon from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity was working out his relationship issues while having to step over corpses.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the novel?

Will:  My father, a retired Brigadier General who also worked for the New York State Emergency Management Organization, helped me quite a bit with military and emergency response technical details. The collapse itself was based to some extent on James Howard Kunstler’s book, The Long Emergency, along with tons of articles I’ve read on overpopulation, peak oil, global warming in recent years.

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

Will:  Some of my favorite scenes are the ones that readers either love or hate. There’s the art gallery scene, where Jasper is swept up with innocent gallery-goers who are executed by Dada terrorists. When it’s his turn the terrorists see that he’s not from that upscale part of town and they let him go, but only after forcing him to do something horrifying and humiliating that haunts him throughout the rest of the novel.

The Wal-Mart scene is another of my favorites. Jasper’s date, Deirdre, incites a riot over price-hikes by throwing fruit at a manager. The riot escalates, and by the time it’s over, Savannah, Georgia’s Wal Mart is permanently closed.

TQ:  In Soft Apocalypse, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Will:  Deirdre, the personality-disordered singer was probably the most difficult. She was the most extreme character--angry, bitter, lacking a core sense of self--so I was often afraid I was letting her spin out of control into a cliché of the Bad Girl. (My wife, for example, thought there were too many instances where Deirdre exposes her breasts, so some of those had to go in the final draft).

The easiest character was Cortez, because I understood what made him tick. He was a tough but insecure guy, the only central character who pretty quickly grasped the new reality they were living in and figured out how to survive, even thrive, in it. When things get truly awful the other characters have to lean heavily on him because they don’t know what the hell to do, because they’ve been clinging to their cell phones and deodorant while he’s been learning how to make jerky out of squirrel meat.

TQ:  What's next?

Will:  My second novel, Hitchers, will be published by Night Shade in early 2012. It’s about a cartoonist who becomes possessed by his dead alcoholic Grandfather. He has plenty of company, because a half million others in his city have also become possessed, including an aging rock star and a woman who may be possessed by the cartoonists’ one true love. The cartoonist is in a race against time to figure out how to evict his grandfather before Grandpa manages to push him out of his own body and into the land of the dead.

I’m at work on my third novel, Faller, and I’m co-writing a Sci Fi thriller screenplay with Ted Kosmatka.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Will:  Thanks for having me!


About Soft Apocalypse

Soft Apocalypse
(Night Shade Books,  April 2011)
Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 2011
What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America's previously stable society apart, the "New Normal" is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang.

New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository
WebScription.Net (for e-books)



About Will

Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 2011
Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose short stories have appeared in such venues as Asimov’s (where he won the 2010 Reader's Award for short story), Strange Horizons, and Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year. His first novel, Soft Apocalypse, was released in April from Night Shade Books. It is based on his 2005 short story of the same name, which was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society awards. His story “Followed,” which was published in the anthology The Living Dead, has recently been produced as a short film. Will is a psychology professor at Georgia Southern University; in 2008 he became the father of twins.

Will's Website: http://willmcintosh.net/



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win an e-book of Soft Apocalypse generously provided by Night Shade Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Dystopias or Utopias?

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

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

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

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

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

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors


Here are the debut authors and their novels for April 2011. Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading.

Deadworld
Author: J. N. Duncan
Series: Deadworld 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (April 5, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5566-2
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut AuthorsShe’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup …

So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give—even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries—and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory…


Among Thieves
Author: Douglas Hulick
Series: A Tale of the Kin 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: ROC (April 5, 2011) (US Cover)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9780451463906
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain.















Demon Hunting in Dixie
Author: Lexi George
Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Brava (April 26, 2011)
Price: $14.00
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6309-4
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door…

Looking For Trouble

Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, ‘cause she’s not looking for a man. Mama’s wrong. Addy has looked. There’s just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from—well, not from around here, that’s for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he’s from another dimension.

Addy couldn’t care less where he’s from. He’s gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he’s a whack job. Says he’s come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quite streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what’s going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down…


Ascension
Author: Sable Grace
Series: Dark Breed 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 26, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9780061964404
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . . .

 
The following book has a March 29, 2011 release date at online booksellers, but an April 2011 release date at the publisher. I'm including it in April based on the publisher's release date.
 
Soft Apocalypse
Author: Will McIntosh
Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books (April 2011)
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-59780-276-5
2011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors
What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America's previously stable society apart, the "New Normal" is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang.

New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.




Look for an interview with J.N. Duncan on April 6, 2011, Lexi George on May 4, 2011, and Sable Grace on April 26, 2011.
What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 23The View From Monday - October 24, 2016What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 41What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5The View From Monday - May 12, 2014What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 2The View From Monday - June 10, 2013Winners x  10 - August 7, 2011Interview with Will McIntosh and Giveaway - July 26, 20112011 Debut Author Challenge - April Debut Authors

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