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The View From Monday - February 13, 2012

Happy Monday! The Qwillery is busy again this week! There are 5 2012 Debut Author Challenge guest blogs. In addition, there are 2 Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews. Finally, voting will start this week in the February 2012 Debut Author Cover Wars. There are 15 covers to choose from for February!

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Anne Lyle. The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) will be published on March 27, 2012.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog Delilah S. DawsonWicked As They Come (Blud 1) will be published on March 27, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog from Suzanne Johnson. Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) will be published on April 10, 2012

Wednesday - Voting will start on the February 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Steven John.  Three A.M. will be published on March 27, 2012.

Friday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with P.J. Schnyder.

Saturday - Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Boone Brux.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by David Tallerman. Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) was published on January 31, 2012.


It's a fairly light release week. Please note that this list will updated if I've missed something.

February 13, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Fourth Wall
The View From Monday - February 13, 2012
Walter Jon Williams SF - Dagmar Shaw 3


February 14, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story
The View From Monday - February 13, 2012
Sarah M Glover PNR
Enormity
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W.G. Marshall SF
Other Kingdoms
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Richard Matheson F
The Ritual (US d)
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Adam Nevill H
Forerunner (ri)
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Andre Norton SF - Forerunner 3
The Wolf Gift
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Anne Rice H
Blood Ocean
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Weston Ochse F - Afterblight Chronicles
Ashes of Candesce
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Karl Schroeder SF - Virga 5
Deathless (h2tp)
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Catherynne M. Valente F


February 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Spirit's Oath (e)
The View From Monday - February 13, 2012
Rachel Aaron F - Legend of Eli Monpress Novella
Robots: The Recent A.I.
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Rich Horton (ed)
Sean Wallace (ed)
SF - Anthology
Mrs. God: A Novel
The View From Monday - February 13, 2012
Peter Straub H

Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012

And the winners are....


Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole and SOC Challenge Coin - Ended February 6, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012

Question:  What's your magical power?

booklover0226 who said:

My powers would be to "tele-port" from point A to point B in a blink of an eye.


Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012


Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) by David Tallerman - Ended February 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012

Question:  Who is (are) your favorite bad guy (or guys)?

Tore who said:

My favorite bad guy. I liked Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I always thought he was funny.


Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012


King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1) by Elisabeth Staab - Ended February 8, 2012 -Read the interview here.

Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012

Question:  What is/are your favorite vampire movie(s)?

Proserpine who said:

Hi!
I love the classic: Dracula : the one with Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves! I really like the Underworld movies and the Queen of the Damn too but my fav interview with a vampire: the ultimate vampire movie!


Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012


Deliver Me from Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1) by Tes Hilaire - Ends February 11, 2012 -  Read the interview here US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012


Question: What is/are your favorite HEA(s) (Happily Ever After) from 2011?

StacieD who said:

My favorite HEA was Adrian Brown's in Never Enough by Lauren Dane. Through the entire series he had to watch as his siblings and friends found their HEA. Adrian finding the woman he loves and the son he never knew was lovely.


Winners x 4 - February 13, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Monday, February 20, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Interview with David Tallerman and Giveaway - January 31, 2012

Please welcome David Tallerman to The Qwillery as  part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Giant Thief, David's debut novel, is out today in the US and Canada. Happy Release Day to David!


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

David:  I don't know if it's a quirk as such, but I don't seem able to stick to any one genre or medium. On top of the novels and short fiction, I've written comics, reviews, poetry and film scripts, and genre-wise I've covered sci-fi and fantasy, horror, crime and what I suppose you'd have to call literary fiction. I've got wide reading tastes, and whatever I like I seem to need to try my hand at.

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

David:  Favourite writers? Off the top of my head and in no particular order, H. G. Wells, Geoffrey Household, Lewis Carroll, Gene Wolfe, H P Lovecraft, Philip K Dick. Currently, I love Charlie Huston's crime fiction, and just about anything Mike Carey writes. Most recently, I picked up the first of Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt series as a small thank you for the fantastic blurb he gave me and now I'm hopelessly addicted.

How many of those writers have influenced me, though, I have no idea. I rarely go out of my way to be influenced, and most of the books people have suggested as being similar to Giant Thief - Leiber's Lankhmar stories, for instance - I hadn't actually read at the time. I know I liked the idea of writing a flight-and-chase novel, like Geoffrey Household's Rogue Male. Actually, I drew a lot more from films in the planning stages. Right at the start, I remember thinking a lot about eighties buddy movies, for example ... things like Beverley Hills Cop, where the fast-talking protagonist plays off against the by-the-book straight guy. A lot of that went into Giant Thief's DNA, and then Crown Thief's too, in different ways.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

David:  Both and either, depending on the circumstances. Giant Thief was written with a beginning, middle and end in mind, and everything else I ... er ... "pantsed." That's more or less how I tend to write short fiction, too. Whereas with Crown Thief, not only had I had a long time to think about where I wanted to take it, I knew I'd only have a year to finish the actual writing (compared with the three or so that Giant Thief took me). so I went in with a detailed chapter plan and more or less stuck to it. With comic scripts, I plan in even more detail than that. Pantsing is fun, but sometimes you just can't afford the blind alleys and days of figuring yourself out of plot holes that tend to come with it.

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

David:  At the moment, the lack of time that comes with trying to manage a professional writing career around a full time day job. Book deals are terrific, but if you're the kind of person that needs to occassionally take time out for luxuries like food and sleep, they should come with a health warning.

TQ:  Describe Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) in 140 characters or less.

David:  If Easie Damasco had stopped at stealing a giant, he might have got away with it. But he didn't - and now he has an entire army on his tail.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Giant Thief?

David:  I don't know that anything inspired me to write Giant Thief exactly. It was more that having concentrated on short stories for a couple of years, I reached a point where I felt I was ready to tackle a novel-length project, and when the core idea of Giant Thief came along one night I realised it might just work at that length.

After that, though, what really shaped its direction was a desire to write a fantasy novel that wasn't entirely like anything else I'd come across. I wasn't out to reinvent the wheel, but I thought long and hard about what I did and didn't like in Fantasy and what I liked in other genres - like Crime and Humour - that could be transplanted. On top of that, I'd read a piece by Ursula LeGuin about racial and sexual diversity in her work, and I realised I didn't want to write a fantasy novel that was basically a load of white guys running around a thinly-veiled version of medieval England. Those were the kinds of ideas and questions that inspired Giant Thief into its final shape.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Giant Thief?

David:  I hunted up a lot of photoreference material for myself from a number of different countries, to try and get a better grasp of things like geography, architecture, clothing and weapons ... mostly those first two, because I'm not very well travelled and unfortunately my research budget didn't stretch to a world cruise.

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

David:  My protagonist (definitely not hero!) big-mouthed, disaster-prone thief Easie Damasco was, all puns aside, the easiest. Once I had his voice down, he more or less wrote himself. The villain of the piece, Moaradrid, was trickier. My favourite bad guys are the ones who believe whole-heartedly that they're not bad guys at all, who are so sure they're right that even the reader starts to wonder. I very much wanted Moaradrid to be like that. He's borderline crazy, he has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get what he wants ... but he also believes beyond doubt that its both justified and necessary. What I eventually realised is that that kind of certainty means he doesn't often feel the need to justify himself. I stripped out more and more of his dialogue with each redraft. Whether it's setting villages on fire, torture or beheading, his actions are more than capable of doing the talking.

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

David:  My favourite scene is right near the end, so I don't think I can answer that one without giving anything away. Damasco is rarely anything other than obnoxious to his unfortunate companions, stoic, kindhearted giant Saltlick and mayor-turned-resistance-leader Marina Estrada. There's a point in chapter 22, though, halfway up a mountain, where we see - just briefly! - a different side to him. I'm very fond of that scene.

TQ:  What's next?

David:  Well, Crown Thief is next on the novel front. It's more or less finished now, and due out towards the end of the year, I believe. Meanwhile, I'll be starting book three, currently titled Prince Thief, and trying as best I can to keep the plates spinning on all my other projects. I've a couple of comic and film scripts out there that I'd really like to get moving in 2012. Then there's always short stories coming out, with a few already scheduled that I'm very excited about. It's going to be another busy one!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About Giant Thief

Giant Thief
Tales of Easie Damasco 1
Angry Robot Books
January 31, 2012 US/Canada, February 2, 2012 UK/RoW
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with David Tallerman and Giveaway  - January 31, 2012
Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick's City | Hang 'im High ]


About David
From David's website

Interview with David Tallerman and Giveaway  - January 31, 2012
David Tallerman is the author of around a hundred short stories, as well as comic scripts and poems, countless reviews and articles and at least two novels. Many of these are already available in print, online and in podcast. Others are due to appear over the next few months - including the first of those novels, Giant Thief, to be published through Angry Robot in early 2012 with two sequels following close on its heels.

Not liking to be pinned down, David's work ranges from gruesome horror to comic fantasy, from political science-fiction to tales about mechanically assisted grizzly bears battling Nazi dolphins on the moon.

He's been writing off and on since he was about six, drawing comparisons to Enid Blyton in those early days, but thankfully less so recently. And he's been writing pretty much flat out since around 2005, having realised he enjoys it a lot more than any of the other jobs he's tried his hand at.

Most of his remaining time is eaten up by his regular employment as an itinerant IT Technician, and whatever's left he spends reading books, watching films, hiking, drinking wine and failing miserably to grow bonsai trees.

The photograph was taken near Robin Hood's Bay, which is somewhere behind the camera- person. There are some seals basking off to the left. If you've never seen a seal up close then you should really try to, they're awesomely weird looking creatures.

David's Links:

Website
Blog


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is (are) your favorite bad guy (or guys)? 

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, February 7, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - January 30, 2012

It's the last Monday in January! January has been incredibly busy here and has flown by. February will be jam-packed as well. The Qwillery is ending January and will start February with a lot of 2012 Debut Author goodness!

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Myke Cole. Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) will be published on January 31, 2012. The Control Point cover by Michael Komarck is devastating the competition in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for January! Go vote.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with David Tallerman. Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1), David's debut, will be published on January 31, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Elisabeth Staab. Elisabeth's debut, King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1), will be published on February 7, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Eowyn Ivey. The Snow Child, Eowyn's debut, will be published on February 1, 2012.

Friday - Guest post by Laura Kaye. In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings 1), an e-novella,  will be published on February 1, 2012. North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi 1) was published in November 2011.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Tes Hilaire. Tes' debut, Deliver Me From Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1), will be published on February 7, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by David Constantine. The Pillars of Hercules, David's debut, will be published in March 2012.


Here's the book list for this week. There are a lot of books to choose from. And to help you shop, you can find a printable PDF of this week's book by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


January 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Faceless
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Simon Bestwick H
The Witch's Daughter (h2tp)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Paula Brackston F
River Marked (h2mm)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 6
Control Point (d)
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Myke Cole MSF - Shadow Ops 1
All Things Wicked
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 3
Deception
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
William C. Dietz SF - Mass Effect 4
The Sacred Band (h2mm)
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David Anthony Durham EF - Acacia Trilogy 3
The Plain Man (h2mm)
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Steve Englehart F - Max August 3
High Bloods
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John Farris UF
Lair of the Lion (ri)
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Christine Feehan PNR
The Crucible of Empire
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Eric Flint
K.D. Wentworth
SF - Jao 2
Undone Deeds
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Mark Del Franco UF - Connor Grey 6
A Devil Named Desire
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Terri Garey PNR - Devil's Bargain 2
Darkest Highlander
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Donna Grant PNR - Dark Sword 6
Third Grave Dead Ahead
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Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
Intensity (ri)
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Dean Koontz H
Shadows West
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Joe R. Lansdale
John L. Lansdale
H - Story Collection
Earthblood & Other Stories
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Keith Laumer
Rosel George Brown
Eric Flint (ed)
SF
Carousel Tides (ri)
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Sharon Lee UF
Burned
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J. F. Lewis UF - Void City 4
A Little Night Magic
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Lucy March PNR
His Dark Bond
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Anne Marsh PNR - Fallen Angel 2
Greatshadow
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James Maxey EF - Dragon Apocalypse 1
The Questing Road (h2mm)
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Lyn McConchie EF - Questing Road 1
When We Were Executioners
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J.M. McDermott F - Dogland Trilogy 2
Wrong Side of Dead
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Kelly Meding UF - Dreg City 4
Embassytown (h2tp)
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China Mieville SF
Kings of the North (h2mm)
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Elizabeth Moon EF - Paladin's Legacy 2
The Unremembered (h2mm)
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Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 1
The Quantum Thief (h2mm)
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Hannu Rajaniemi SF - Quantum Thief 1
Sadie Walker Is Stranded
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Madeleine Roux H
Heir of Novron
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Michael J. Sullivan EF - Riyria Revelations
(omnibus)
Giant Thief (d)
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David Tallerman EF - Tales of Easie Damasco 1
The Great Game
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Lavie Tidhar SPTh - Bookman Histories 3
After the Golden Age (h2mm)
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Carrie Vaughn UF
In Fire Forged
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David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 5



February 1, 2011
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dream Space
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Julie Armstrong F
Firelight (d)
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Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 1
Ember (e)
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Kristen Callihan PNR - Firelight Prequel
Zombiestan
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Mainak Dhar H
The Thing on the Shore
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Tom Fletcher H
Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention (ri)
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Paul Guinan
Anina Bennett
SP
The Snow Child (d)
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Eowyn Ivey F
In the Service of the King (e)
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Laura Kaye PER - Vampire Warrior Kings 1
Sun of Apollo
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Darab Lawyer
Clinton Libbey
SF - Revelation 911
Eyes Like Leaves
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Charles de Lint F
The Dread
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Gail Z. Martin EF - Fallen Kings Cycle 2
Nocturnal Whispers (e)
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Caridad Pineiro PER - novella



February 2, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Lost Goddess
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Tom Knox Th w/ PE



d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback


EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
MSF - Military Science Fiction
PE - Paranormal Elements
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPTh - Steampunk Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFN - Urban Fantasy Noir

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts



Here is the first list for 2012. I'm very excited about starting the Challenge again!

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author. Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

I'm also including the December 27, 2011 Debuts because of how late they were released in 2011. They are listed below the January Debuts.

Happy Reading!


City of the Lost
Author:  Stephen Blackmoore
Series:  Joe Sunday
Format:  Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher:  DAW (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:   Urban Fantasy Noir
ISBN:  9780756407025

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.
You can read Stephen's guest blog - Our Lady of the Shadows - here.



Nameless
Author:  Kyle Chais
Format:  Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing (January 10, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781439187258

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
In the in between are the Nameless; names are for masters and they have none. They live in the Nameless realm; between being saved and being destroyed. They are Fallen.

One Nameless spends his time watching humans in New York City and, in his endless eternity of boredom, becomes intrigued by a drunk named Aurick Pantera. One day Aurick, a reckless gambler, is about to be killed by a gang over his debts. Nameless feels sorry for him, and possesses his body to save his life. He then decides that he rather likes being in a human body; the chance to taste, smells, and touch. He uses Aurick’s body to fulfill all of his wildest dreams – become a rock star, have a successful psychiatric practice, and pursue star journalist Helena Way.

Until, three years after possessing Aurick, the other Fallen take notice of these random achievements and begin appearing to Aurick. They are tired of waiting in Nameless and are ready to start a war—their only chance to cease this painful eternity of waiting and either be saved or be released. Aurick is stuck in the middle. Join the ranks and finally be released to Null for atrocities against mankind, or can his love for Helena, his budding friendships, and his growing concern for all humans grant him salvation?


Control Point
Author:  Myke Cole
Series:  Shadow Ops
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher:  Ace (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781937007249

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar's government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.
You can read Myke's guest blog - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - here.



Seven Princes
Author:  John R. Fultz
Series:  Books of the Shaper
Format:  Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher:  Orbit (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre: Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316187862

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
It is an Age of Legends.

Under the watchful eye of the Giants, the kingdoms of Men rose to power. Now, the Giant-King has slain the last of the Serpents and ushered in an era of untold peace and prosperity. Where a fire-blackened desert once stood, golden cities flourish in verdant fields.

It is an Age of Heroes.

But the realms of Man face a new threat-- an ancient sorcerer slaughters the rightful King of Yaskatha before the unbelieving eyes of his son, young Prince D'zan. With the Giant-King lost to a mysterious doom, it seems that no one has the power to stop the coming storm.

It is an Age of War.

The fugitive Prince seeks allies across the realms of Men and Giants to liberate his father's stolen kingdom. Six foreign Princes are tied to his fate. Only one thing is certain: War is coming.

SEVEN PRINCES.

Some will seek glory.

Some will seek vengeance.

All will be legends.


Taft 2012
Author: Jason Heller
Format  Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Quirk (January 17, 2012)
Price:  $14.95
Language:  English
Genre: Fantasy/Time Travel/Alternate History/Satire
ISBN: 978-1-59474-550-8

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!
You can read Jason's guest blog - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting - here.



Faith
Author: John Love
Format  Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre: Space Opera/Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781597803908

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love's debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself. But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth's ultimate warships. Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned without ceremony. One system away from earth, the Outsider ship Charles Manson makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants and sociopath, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able to do - to destroy Faith!


To Walk the Night
Author:  E.S. Moore
Series:  Kat Redding
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Kensington (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7582-6872-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
You can read E.S. Moore's guest blog - Judging Covers - here.



The Rook
Author:  Daniel O'Malley
Format  Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher:  Little, Brown  and Company (January 11. 2012)
Price:  $25.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller
ISBN:  9780316098793

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.


Giant Thief
Author: David Tallerman
Series: Tales of Easie Damasco
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662118

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick's City | Hang 'im High ]


December 27, 2011

Archon
Author:  Sabrina Benulis
Series:  The Books of Raziel
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Voyager (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $22.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780062069405

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
There are some things worse than death . . .

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skin, she is a blood head—a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy. Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in the Academy. Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than them all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel. And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will rule the supernatural universe.

Barely in control of her own life, Angela has no ambition to conquer an entire universe, not when she’s suddenly contending with a dangerous enemy who is determined to destroy her and a magnetic novitiate who wants to save her. But the choice might not be her own . . .

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, the young blood head must soon face the truth about herself and her world. It is she who holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

In Archon, Sabrina Benulis has created a dazzlingly imaginative tale set in a lush, vivid supernatural world filled with gargoyles and candlelight, magic and murder, in which humans, angels, demons, and those in between battle for supremacy—and survival.
You can read the 2011 DAC Interview with Sabrina here.



Empire State
Author:  Adam Christopher 
Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (December 27, 2011)
Price: $12.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction, Noir
ISBN:   9780857661937

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
The stunning superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.

When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

Adam Christopher’s stunning debut novel heralds the arrival of an amazing new talent.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ].
You can read Adam's guest blog - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - here.



Babylon Steel
Author:  Gaie Sebold
Series:  Babylon Steel
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Solaris (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781907992384

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.
You can read Gaie's guest blog - Things I Didn't Know - here.
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