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2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover Revealed - The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu - February 26, 2013

The cover has been revealed for The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu. It's out on April 30th (US/Can) in Mass Market Paperback and eBook from Angry Robot Books.  The cover art is by ARGH! Oxford.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover Revealed - The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu - February 26, 2013
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]
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I love the cover and the description makes me want to read the novel NOW!


Cover Revealed - Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. - February 24, 2013


Yesterday, Richard Preston Ellis, Jr. tweeted about the cover for his upcoming debut, Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders. This is the first novel in Richard's The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series. The cover art is by Eamon O'Donoghue.

I really like this cover. It has gorgeous Steampunk elements. I can also tell the novel is set in California by the Sunset Blvd street sign. Sunset Blvd is mostly in Los Angeles.

More about this author and novel in the future.



Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
47North, July 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook

Cover Revealed - Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. - February 24, 2013
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.
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Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013

Please welcome Clifford Beal to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Gideon's Angel will be published on February 26th in the US/Canada and February 28th in the UK.



Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013




Historical Fantasy: the pitfalls and pleasures of 
writing crossover fiction
Clifford Beal

A few months back I wrote on my own blog about what it was like writing historical fantasy. I came up with an analogy: that it was like renovating a building listed by the Historic Preservation society—but without planning approval. You keep the fabric of the structure and build on what’s there, but with some rather strange additions along the way.

I’ve published non-fiction history, and even worked on writing straight historical fiction, but until Gideon’s Angel, had never attempted historical fantasy before. Admittedly, it’s a strange, hybrid creature (like its cousin genre, alternative-history), slightly out of the mainstream of fiction. But, if one accepts the challenge of combining good, solid historical research with well-crafted fantasy plot elements, then the results can be as entertaining as any epic fantasy built from the ground up.

It pays though, to research the chosen period well. Many readers expect historical accuracy and they will drop a book fast if too many errors of fact or jarring anachronisms pop up. With “crossover” genres like this, you’re trying to please readers who know their favourite time period as well as fantastic literature. With a world-building fantasy novel, that particular pitfall is taken away so long as you remain consistent within the cosmos you’ve created. One particular bugbear of mine is bad sword-fighting, whether in film or books, and there’s a lot of it about. I worked particularly hard to get my fight scenes as accurate as possible. It helped that I had done a fair amount of medieval combat with the Society for Creative Anachronism since the mid-70s and later, some fairly realistic (and risky) rapier and dagger practice with groups in England. Those experiences inform my writing and my duelling scenes.

I actually had intended to write a conventional historical adventure when I was outlining what would become Gideon’s. The idea was to create a suspense thriller—sort of a 17th century “Day of the Jackal”—centring around a plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. But I had also been toying with ideas for a novel that was 100 per cent fantasy. None of my epic fantasy ideas were gelling for me and then I hit upon the notion of injecting some fantasy elements into the historical adventure novel I was fleshing out, specifically some supernatural plotlines.

One trope I’ve used is taking real life people from the pages of history and having them interact with fictional characters. Gideon’s has some significant roles for Cromwell, Cardinal Mazarin, Elias Ashmole, and most importantly, Charles deBatz-Castelmore—otherwise known as d’Artagnan. Outside of France, most people think he was a creation of Alexander Dumas. Actually, Dumas plucked him from the history books and fictionalised him. My d’Artagnan is closer to the real man than Dumas’s was. Soldier, diplomat, spy, he was the trusted servant of the said Cardinal, a real 17th century action man. The interaction of the fictionalised real-life and the purely fictional characters such as my protagonist Richard Treadwell, lends itself to building tension in the story. Some of the characters refuse to believe what is happening to them until they are thrust into a maelstrom of otherworldly horror. This is the thing Stephen King does so well, and before him, authors like HP Lovecraft. Taking mundane surroundings and ordinary people and dropping them into situations that stretch their understanding and comprehension—that is, converting a sceptical character into a believer of the supernatural.

I hope I’m not done with my very middle-aged, slightly broken-down and world-weary Cavalier, Richard Treadwell. And I hope readers would like to see him again. I’ve already penned a complete prequel (just how did he get so good at running into supernatural horrors?) and in my mind at least, Colonel Treadwell’s otherworldly adventures in the 17th century aren’t over yet.





About Gideon's Angel

Gideon's Angel
Solaris, February 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013
He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead. An amazing historical novel with a supernatural twist set after the English Civil War. This is the stunning debut from Clifford Beal.

He came back to kill a tyrant. He found the Devil instead.

1653: The long and bloody English Civil War is at an end. King Charles is dead and Oliver Cromwell rules the land as king in all but name. Richard Treadwell, an exiled royalist officer and soldier-for-hire to the King of France and his all-powerful advisor, the wily Cardinal Mazarin, burns with revenge for those who deprived him of his family and fortune. He decides upon a self-appointed mission to return to England in secret and assassinate the new Lord Protector. Once back on English soil however, he learns that his is not the only plot in motion.

A secret army run by a deluded Puritan is bent on the same quest, guided by the Devil’s hand. When demonic entities are summoned, Treadwell finds himself in a desperate turnaround: he must save Cromwell to save England from a literal descent into Hell. But first he has to contend with a wife he left in Devon who believes she’s a widow, and a furious Paris mistress who has trailed him to England, jeopardising everything. Treadwell needs allies fast. Can he convince the man sent to forcibly drag him back to Cardinal Mazarin? A young king’s musketeer named d’Artagnan.

Black dogs and demons; religion and magic; Freemasons and Ranters. It’s a dangerous new Republic for an old cavalier coming home again.




The very different UK Cover (out February 28th)

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013





About Clifford

Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013
Clifford Beal, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, worked for 20 years as an international journalist and is the former editor-in-chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly in London. He is the author of Quelch’s Gold (Praeger Books 2007), the true story of a little-known but remarkable early 18th century Anglo-American pirate. But he’s also been scribbling fiction from an early age: his seventh grade English teacher nicknamed him “Edgar Allen” undoubtedly due to the gothic subject matter of his extremely short stories. His debut novel, Gideon’s Angel, is published by Solaris Books in February 2013.

For recreation, Clifford used to don plate armour and bash the tar out of people in the Society for Creative Anachronism before moving to more civilised pursuits such as 17th century rapier and dagger fighting and motorcycling (though not simultaneously). Today, he is more likely to be found at the seaside or the Savile Club in London, sharing good wine and conversation in a place where the sparring is usually only verbal.

Website : Twitter




Cover Revealed - Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards - January 28, 2013

Jeff Salyards, an alumnus of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, has revealed (on his Facebook Page) the cover for the second novel in his Bloodsounder's Arc series, Veil of the Deserters. The cover art is by the very talented Michael C. Hayes. The novel will be published in the fall/winter of 2013.  Pretty spectacular, no?



Cover Revealed - Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards - January 28, 2013




And the first novel in the Bloodsounder's Arc series:

Scourge of the Betrayer
Bloodsounder's Arc 1
Night Shade Books, May 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Cover Revealed - Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards - January 28, 2013
A gritty new fantasy saga begins . . .

Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies--or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself.

Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe . . . and Arki might be next.

Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience!

A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire--and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul.


Cover Revealed - The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon

Here is the gorgeous cover for The Eighth Court (Courts of the Feyre 4) by Mike Shevdon. The cover art is by John Coulthart.


The Eighth Court
Courts of the Feyre 4
Angry Robot, May 28, 2013 (US/Can)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
June 6, 2013 (UK)

Cover Revealed - The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon
The Eighth Court has been established, but petty rivalries and old disputes threaten its stability. The mongrels that make up the court are not helping, and Blackbird enlists the help of the warders to keep the peace.

Has Blackbird bitten off more than she can chew, and can the uneasy peace between the courts continue under such tension and rivalry?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ A New Dawn | Uneasy Alliances | Eight Into One | End Of An Era ]
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The Prior Novels in the Courts of the Feyre


Strangeness and Charm
Courts of the Feyre 3
Angry Robot, May 29, 2012 (US/Can)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
June 7, 2012 (UK/RoW)

Cover Revealed - The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon
The Courts of the Feyre, Vol III

Alex has been saved from the fate that awaited her in Bedlam, but in freeing her, Niall has released others of their kind into the population. Now, as Warder, he must find them and persuade them to swap their new-found liberty for security in the courts – but is the price of sanctuary to swap one cage for another?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Folklore hero | Faerie Legend | Secret World | Magic London ]




The Road to Bedlam
The Courts of the Feyre 2
Angry Robot, October 26, 2010 (US/Can)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
(The edition with this new cover was published on May 29, 2012)

Cover Revealed - The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon
“There’s been an accident. It’s your daughter.” These are the words no parent ever wants to hear.

Learning to cope with the loss of a child is only the beginning of the new challenges facing Niall Petersen. An old enemy has returned and Niall already knows it’s not a social call.

As the new Warder of the Seven Courts he will be forced to choose between love and honour, duty and responsibility.

Those choices will lead him to discover dark secrets at the core of the realm, where the people in power have their own designs.

FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Undying Madness / Insane Magic / Secret Realities / Stolen Children ]




Sixty-One Nails
The Courts of the Feyre 1
Angry Robot, August 31, 2010 (US/Can)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
(The edition with this new cover was published on May 29, 2012)

Cover Revealed - The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon
There is a secret war raging beneath the streets of London.

A dark magic will be unleashed by the Untained… Unless a new hero can be found.

Neverwhere‘s faster, smarter brother has arrived.

The immense SIXTY-ONE NAILS follows Niall Petersen, from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The Untainted, the darkest of the Seven Courts, have made their play for power, and unless Niall can recreate the ritual of the Sixty-One Nails, their dark dominion will enslave all of the Feyre, and all of humankind too.

FILE UNDER: Urban Fantasy [ Hidden War / Ancient Legend / Secret History / Deadly Duel ]






2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan


2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan


The cover for The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan has been revealed!


The Curiosity
Publisher:  William Morrow, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-06-222106-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

[Description not yet available]

“I absolutely loved THE CURIOSITY. It’s as thought-provoking and powerful as FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON and the writing is breathtakingly beautiful. And that ending? Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect.”
— Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls

“Stephen Kiernan’s THE CURIOSITY is a true page-turner, mixing cutting edge science with an all-too-human love story, while simultaneously taking on the Big Questions. It’s one of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heart and start it again.”
— --Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage




Where to find Stephen:

Website : Facebook : Goodreads : Twitter


Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012

Gini Koch recently revealed the cover for Alien in the House (Alien 7). The cover is by the amazing Dan Dos Santos. I adore all the covers for this series, but this has immediately become my favorite!

You can enter to win the first 3 novels in the Alien series signed by both Gini and Dan at this post.


Alien in the House
Alien 7
DAW, May 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Cover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman. Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot. Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?

~Courtesy of Gini Koch
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Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway

The cover for The Big Reap, the 3rd novel in the outstanding The Collector series by Chris F. Holm, has been revealed!  How awesome is this cover?? I'll tell you. It's utterly awesome!  The folks at Amazing15 have done it again.  The first 2 books in the series (see below) would make an excellent holiday present for the Urban Fantasy reader on your shopping list.


The Big Reap
The Collector 3
Angry Robot (July 30, 2012 US/Canada; August 1, 2013 UK)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway
Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions.

However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren – a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell – is he still working on the side of right?

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Soul Solution | Secret Origins | Flaming Torches | Double Dealing ]
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Prior Books in The Collector Series:

The Wrong Goodbye
The Collector 2
Angry Robot (September 25, 2012 US/Canada; October 4, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
(Review copy provide by the publisher)

Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Missing | Soul Provider | Call Collect | Demon Child ]


My thoughts:

The second novel in The Collector series has everything I loved about Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) plus some. There's exciting action, a twisty plot, superb world-building, and a terrific cast of characters (returning and new).

Sam gets in trouble (I see a theme) when he's supposed to pick up a soul and it disappears. The powers that be in Sam's world are none too happy when a soul goes missing. Sam has to figure out who took the soul and why. Plus he must get the soul back or he's not going to like what happens to him. He has encounters that emphasize this point for him and were quite wonderfully creepy.

In The Wrong Goodbye, Mr. Holm further fleshes out Sam's  past and the world of Collectors. I love finding out more and more about Sam's world and its mythology. The pacing of the novel could not be better and again the mystery kept me guessing. The ending was exciting, unexpected and just right. 

The Wrong Goodbye is the ultimate road trip buddy story if one buddy happens to collect souls, the other buddy is dead, all sorts of odd supernatural stuff is going on, and there's a mystery to solve. A liberal dash of noir, a pinch or two of horror, and some remarkable characters round out this incredibly fun and engaging read.

(It's not necessary to read Dead Harvest to understand The Wrong Goodbye, but you should. It's also a terrific read.)



Dead Harvest
The Collector 1
Angry Robot (February 28, 2012 US/Canada; March 1, 2012 UK/RoW)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & Giveaway
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.

Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.

“No.”

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Souled Out | Damned If You Don't | Collector Mania | On The Run ]


My Thoughts (previously published here):

Dead Harvest is a noirish urban fantasy with a surprisingly different and likable main character - Sam Thornton. Sam is a Collector. He's part of the careful balance between Heaven and Hell. He gets his orders and off he goes to collect a damned soul and send it off to Hell. You might say he works for the bad guys, but it's not quite that simple. In Dead Harvest, Sam is assigned the job of collecting the soul of a young woman (Kate) who has brutally murdered her family. It should be an easy job. Find her, collect her soul, go on to next job. Unfortunately for Sam, things are not as they seem. He decides something is not right about this collection and decides to figure out what is going on.

Sam is an amazingly likable character despite what he does. Through a series of well placed flashbacks we learn how Sam became a Collector. He did not have an easy life. 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions' could probably be Sam's motto. Which is not to say that he did everything on the up and up when he was alive. Nonetheless, I was on his side. I wanted him to be right and to figure out what was really going on. I did not want him to have to collect Kate's soul.

In addition to Sam there is a well fleshed out supporting cast. Kate is terrific even though she's not sure what she did or didn't do. She may actually be guilty. In addition we meet some angels, demons, seemingly crazy people, and Sam's remarkably chilling co-worker, The Bishop, who is out to collect Kate's soul because Sam has not.

Dead Harvest does not feel like a debut. Chris F. Holm's writing is assured and the world building is outstanding. The story is fast-paced with several well-done action scenes. The mystery kept me guessing - did she or didn't she and if she didn't what is really going on? I completely enjoyed reading Dead Harvest with its unlikely anti-hero and world painted in shades of gray. The Collector series is on my must buy list.

File Under: Great writing | Excellent World Building | Intriguing Mystery | Terrific Characters

I give Dead Harvest 5 Qwills.




Read The Qwillery's interviews with Chris F. Holm here (March 1, 2012) and here (September 26, 2012).




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Cover Revealed - Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx 2) by Jill Archer

Jill Archer has revealed the cover for the second novel in her Noon Onyx series - Fiery Edge of Steel.  The cover artist is Jason Chan. The Art Director is Lesley Worrell.  What do you think?




Fiery Edge of Steel
Noon Onyx 2
Ace, May 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Cover Revealed - Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx 2) by Jill Archer
Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…
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Dark Light of Day
A Noon Onyx Novel 1
Ace, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx 2) by Jill Archer
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.




Read an interview with Jill here and a Guest Blog by Jill - A Post-Apocalyptic Novel without Zombies, Robots, Aliens, Dystopia, the Plague or Even a Recent War - here.




Cover Revealed - A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson - and Giveaway - February 27, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover Revealed - The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu - February 26, 2013Cover Revealed - Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. - February 24, 2013Guest Blog by Clifford Beal, author of Gideon's Angel - February 12, 2013Cover Revealed - Veil of the Deserters by Jeff Salyards - January 28, 2013Cover Revealed - The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - Cover - The Curiosity by Stephen P. KiernanCover Revealed - ALIEN IN THE HOUSE (Alien 7) by Gini Koch - December 19, 2012Cover Revealed - The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, Review of The Wrong Goodbye & GiveawayCover Revealed - Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx 2) by Jill Archer

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