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The View From Monday - July 25, 2016

Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Midsummer Night's Mischief (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1) by Jennifer David Hesse;

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel;

Bite by K.S. Merbeth;


Machinations (Machinations 1) by Hayley Stone.

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

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Indomitable (Chronicles of Promise Paen 2) W. C. Bauers;

Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence 5) by Max Gladstone;

Lightless (The Lightless Trilogy 1) by C.A. Higgins is out in Trade Paperback with a new cover!;

Supernova (The Lightless Trilogy 2) by C.A. Higgins;

Sparrow Falling (Sparrow 2) by Gaie Sebold;


The Substitute Sleuth (Genrenauts Episode 4) by Michael R. Underwood.

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

The View From Monday - July 25, 2016

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

July 26, 2016
Whitefern V.C. Andrews Saga/Psy - The Audrina Series 2
Indomitable W. C. Bauers SF - Chronicles of Promise Paen 2
Red Right Hand Levi Black DF
The Lightning Stones (h2mm) Jack Du Brul Th/SF - Philip Mercer 8
Bounty Michael Byrnes TechTh/SF
Illusion Town Jayne Castle PNR - An Illusion Town Novel 1
Spells and Scones Bailey Cates PM - A Magical Bakery Mystery 6
Cinema Alchemist: Designing Star Wars and Alien Roger Christian Biography
Dark Matter Blake Crouch TechTh/Sus/SF
Paycheck and Other Classic Stories By Philip K. Dick Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Dark Victory (tp2mm) Brendan DuBois SF/AP/PA
Pacific Fire (h2tp) Greg van Eekhout CF - Daniel Blackland 2
1636: The Cardinal Virtues (h2mm) Eric Flint
Walter H. Hunt
AH - The Ring of Fire 19
Wicked Joanne Fluke Sus/Cr/H
The Woman in Silk R.J. Gadney H
Valley of the Moon Melanie Gideon Saga/LF
Four Roads Cross Max Gladstone F - Craft Sequence 5
Deadly Fate Heather Graham Sus/Th/PNR/GH - Krewe of Hunters 19
Dragon Fever: A Dark Kings Novella Donna Grant PNR
Where the Wild Things Bite Molly Harper PNR - Half-Moon Hollow 5
Midsummer Night's Mischief (D) Jennifer David Hesse CM - A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1
Supernova C.A. Higgins SF/SO - The Lightless Trilogy 2
Lightless (h2tp) C.A. Higgins SF/SO - The Lightless Trilogy 1
Fool's Quest (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool 2
Apocalypse Now Now (tp2mm) Charlie Human F/P
Doctor Sleep (tp2mm) Stephen King H - Shining 2
The Breadwinner Trilogy Stevie Kopas SF/AP/PA - The Breadwinner Omnibus
A Grave Prediction Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 14
Best Defense David Mack SF - Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies 2
The Night Parade Ronald Malfi H/GH/Th/Sus
The Summer That Melted Everything (D) Tiffany McDaniel LF
Thunderbird (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Ancient Shores 2
City of Demons (e) Richelle Mead UF - Georgia Kincaid 2.5
Bite (D) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA
Urban Allies: Ten Brand-New Collaborative Stories Joseph Nassise UF - Anthology
Night Talk George Noory SupTh
City of Wolves Willow Palecek F/P
A Sterkarm Kiss (ri) Susan Price F/TT - Sterkarm 2
The Sterkarm Handshake (ri) Susan Price F/TT - Sterkarm 1
Copper Veins (e) Jennifer Allis Provost F - Copper Legacy 3
Wasteland King Lilith Saintcrow UF - Gallow and Ragged 3
Adeptus Mechanicus Rob Sanders SF - Warhammer 40,000
Sparrow Falling Gaie Sebold SP - Sparrow 2
Koko the Mighty (tp2mm) Kieran Shea SF - Koko 2
Doctor Who Travels in Time Coloring Book Price Stern Sloan SF
Machinations (D)(e) Hayley Stone SF - Machinations 1
The Dead of Haggard Hall Marie Treanor PNR - Darke of Night 1
The Tinker King (h2mm) Tiffany Trent F - Unnaturalists
The Substitute Sleuth Michael R. Underwood SF - Genrenauts Ep. 4
Supernatural - Mythmaker Tim Waggoner F/P - Supernatural
A Call to Arms (h2mm) David Weber
Timothy Zahn
Thomas Pope
SF - Manticore Ascendant 2
Soldiers Out of Time (tp2mm) Steve White SF/TT - Jason Thanou 5

July 28, 2016
SNAFU: Unnatural Selection (Ke) Michale McBride
Tim Lebbon
and more
H - Anthology

July 29, 2016
Limbus, Inc. - Book III Brett J. Talley (Ed) H/SF/F - Anthology

July 31, 2016
The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives James P. Blaylock SP - Collection
This Census-Taker China Miéville GB

D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle only eBook
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6

This is the sixth 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.
Part 5 here.

Linda Poitevin (2011)

Sins of the Warrior
The Grigori Legacy 4
Michem Publishing, September 18, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 341 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Heaven and Hell are at war

The clock is ticking

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis’s niece is missing. Her sister has descended into madness. And the human race is caught in a relentless spiral toward self-destruction that Alex is desperate to stop. Now Michael, the Archangel she holds responsible for Earth’s plight, has returned—and he’s demanding her help to track a missing god.

Heaven is losing

Fighting for the very survival of his own realm—and that of humanity—Michael’s only chance to defeat Hell lies in returning Heaven’s long-lost daughter to her throne before it’s too late. But first he’ll have to convince Alex to help him—and to keep her out of Seth’s clutches long enough for her to do so.

There can be no right choices

In order to save both their worlds, Alex and Michael must put aside their animosity and find a way to work together in the face of increasingly impossible decisions…and unimaginable sacrifices.

Daniel Polansky (2011)

The Builders, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

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A missing eye.

A broken wing.

A stolen country.

The last job didn't end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.

Courtney Schafer (2011)

Labyrinth of Flame
The Shattered Sigil 3
North Col, December 1, 2015
eBook, 614 pages
(Print edition forthcoming)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
The epic conclusion to the Shattered Sigil Trilogy--a tale of blood magic, spies, and wilderness adventure.

Dev's never been a man afraid of a challenge. Not only has he kept his vow to his dead mentor, rescuing a child in the face of impossible odds, but he's freed his mage friend Kiran from both the sadistic master who seeks to enslave him and the foreign Council that wants to kill him.

But Kiran's master Ruslan is planning a brutal revenge, one that will raze an entire country to blood and ashes. Kiran is the key to stopping Ruslan; yet Kiran is dying by inches, victim of the Alathian Council's attempt to chain him. Worse yet, Dev and Kiran have drawn the attention of demons from the darkest of ancient legends. Demons whose power Dev knows is all too real, and that he has every reason to fear.

A fear that grows, as he and Kiran struggle to outmaneuver Ruslan and uncover the secrets locked in Kiran's forgotten childhood. For the demons are playing their own deadly game--and the price of survival may be too terrible to bear.

M. J. Scott (2011)

The Shattered Court
Four Arts 1
Roc, April 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

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First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…

Gaie Seibold (2011)

Sparrow Falling
Sparrow 2
Solaris, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Master spy, former con-artist, Eveline Duchen returns in adventure set in a world of steam and magic.

Eveline Sparrow (formerly Duchen) hopes to put her past experiences as a thief and con-artist to more legitimate use; which is why some of the girls at her Sparrow School receive private lessons in burglary, fakery, and other such underhand practices.

But it’s hard to get honest work when few businesses will employ young ladies in the security professions.  The duns are at the doorstep, her friend Liu the half-fox-spirit is in some sort of trouble, and the rivalries of the Folk are in danger of overspilling into the mundane world and forcing the Empire into a bloody and horrifying war.  Can Eveline pull things out of the mire this time, or will the Sparrow’s wings be clipped once and for all?

The View From Monday - April 28, 2014

Happy last Monday in April. Last week I read a terrific fantasy novel that is out much later in the year so I am not going to talk about it yet. I'm presently reading an SF The Forever Watch by David Ramirez, a debut that came out last week.  The next book on my list is a ZPoc caused by a virus (or that's what I think it is based on the description). I'll follow that with a thriller or maybe some steampunk.

The View From Monday - April 28, 2014

This is a fairly full release week with one debut:

The Blood of Alexander by Tom Wilde.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Warrior's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood 3) by Alexa Egan;

Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence 2) by Max Gladstone is out in Trade Paperback;

Night Child (Night 3) by Lisa Kessler;

Morningside Fall (Duskwalker Cycle 2) by Jay Posey;


Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold.

April 28, 2014
Vengeance of the Hunter (e) Angela Highland F - Rebels of Adalonia 1
Night Child (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Night 3
Star Trek: The Original Series: Seasons of Light and Darkness (e) Michael A. Martin SF - Star Trek
Ladder to the Red Star (e) Jael Wye FTR/SFR - Once Upon a Red World

April 29, 2014
Silver Mirrors A. A. Aguirre SP - Apparatus Infernum 2
Dragons Luck (tp2mm) Robert Asprin F  - Griffin McCandles 2
Little Knife: A Tor.Com Original (e) Leigh Bardugo F
The Kraken King Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox's Den (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet 9
Earth Afire (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - First Formic War 1
Dark Serpent Kylie Chan UF - Celestial Battle Trilogy 1
The Churn (e) James S.A. Corey SF - Expanse Novella
Once Bitten, Twice Burned Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire 2
Warrior's Curse Alexa Egan PHR - Imnada Brotherhood 3
Portal (ri) Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 3
Aliens: The Official Movie Novelization Alan Dean Foster SF
Forged Jacquelyn Frank PNR - World of the Nightwalkers 4
Dragon Age: Asunder (tp2mm) David Gaider F - Dragon Age 3
Ink Mage Victor Gischler F
Two Serpents Rise (h2tp) Max Gladstone F - Craft Sequence 2
Darkest Flame Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 1
Darkest Flame: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Tangled Bridge (tp2mm) Rhodi Hawk Th/P - Twisted Ladder 2
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (tp2mm) Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H - Walking Dead 4
Valour and Vanity Mary Robinette Kowal F - Glamourist Histories 4
Dreams of Lilacs Lynn Kurland PNR - De Piaget
Star Trek: The Original Series: Serpents in the Garden Jeff Mariotte SF - Star Trek
Drift (h2mm) Jon McGoran Th - Detective Doyle Carrick and Nola Watkins 1
The Greater Good (tp2mm) Sandy Mitchell F - Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain 9
Limits of Power (tp2mm) Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 4
Grunt Life Weston Ochse SF - Task Force Ombra 1
Fire of Stars and Dragons (e) Melissa Petreshock PNR
Peacemaker Marianne De Pierres SF - Peacemaker 1
Morningside Fall Jay Posey SF/Ap/PA - Duskwalker Cycle 2
Carpe Jugulum (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 23
The Fifth Elephant (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 24
Jingo (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 21
The Last Continent (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 22
Thornlost Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 3
XOM-B Jeremy Robinson Th
Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition) Hiroshi Sakurazaka SF - All You Need Is Kill 1
Shanghai Sparrow Gaie Sebold SP
Burning Dawn Gena Showalter PNR - Angels of the Dark 3
How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) Kerrelyn Sparks PNR - Love at Stake 15
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde (h2mm) Michael A. Stackpole F - World of Warcraft
The Redemption Engine James L. Sutter F - Pathfinder Tales
The Curse Breakers Denise Grover Swank UF - Curse Keepers 2
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion (tp2mm) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington
Chimera (h2mm) David Wellington Th - Jim Chapel Missions 1
The Blood of Alexander (D) Tom Wilde Th
Sibs (ri) F. Paul Wilson H

April 30, 2014
Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds Greg Bear (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
SF - Anthology
Greg Egan Karen Burnham SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction
Elements Suzanne Church SF/F/H - Collection
The Book of Silverberg Gardner Dozois (ed)
William Schafer (ed)
SF - Anthology
Jack in the Green Charles de Lint F

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

Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
FTR - Fairy Tale Romance
H - Horror
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

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

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?

Dark Protectors 6.5
eKensington, May 15, 2014

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…

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the twelfth in a series of posts.

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

Anne Lyle

The Prince of Lies
Night's Masque 3
Angry Robot Books, October 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Elizabethan spy Mal Catlyn has everything he ever wanted – his twin brother Sandy restored to health, his family estate reclaimed and a son to inherit it – but his work is far from over. The renegade skraylings, the guisers, are still plotting – their leader, Jathekkil, has reincarnated as the young Prince Henry Tudor. But while he is still young, Mal has a slim chance of eliminating his enemies whilst they are at their weakest.

With Sandy’s help, Mal learns to harness his own magic in the fight against the guisers, but it may be too late to save England. Schemes set in motion decades ago are at last coming to fruition, and the barrier between the dreamlands and the waking world is wearing thin…

File Under: Fantasy [ Princes in the Tower | Revenger's Tragedy | Much Ado | Boys Will Be Boys ]

Megan Powell

No Love for the Wicked
Magnolia Kelch 2
47North, August 13, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 268 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
It’s taken six months, but supernaturally gifted Magnolia Kelch finally seems to have her surging powers under control. Then she arrives home to find a group of strangers in her beloved farmhouse, and that control is immediately put to the test. Magnolia quickly learns that her “guests” are actually part of the Network—not from the task force headed by her mentor, Thirteen, but a second group, led by British agent Colin St. Pierre.

Unfortunately, Theo, a Network agent who shares an intimate connection with Magnolia, doesn’t trust Colin as a new commander. When team missions collide, Magnolia finds herself in the middle of Network infighting, asking herself who among those closest to her truly has her best interests at heart.

But an even greater threat lies on the horizon. Intent on tracking down the source of Magnolia’s powers, a familiar enemy resurfaces with a plan—one that is far more sinister than the Network has ever seen.

Cecy Robson

A Cursed Moon
A Weird Girls eNovella
Signet, December 3, 2013

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Bren is a cocky, brash hound of a werewolf who loathes the idea of belonging to Aric’s pack—much less finding a mate. But Bren’s hotheaded behavior lands him in the doghouse when he defies Aric’s authority in front of his pack, bringing up a sore subject that’s bound to make the Alpha wolf’s blood boil…

Luckily for him, no one can stay mad at Bren and his wild charm for long. And when some frightening ghosts launch a hostile paranormal takeover, Bren will team up with Celia Wird to take down the evil ghouls before they hurt someone they both love…

Includes a preview of the upcoming Weird Girls novel Cursed by Destiny!

Cursed by Destiny
Weird Girls 3
Signet, January 7, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

Celia’s a girl in trouble. Her heart is bound to Aric, but he is a pureblood were who must deny her or risk condemning his species to extinction. And that’s just her love life. She’s also been called to take down a group of demon terrorists looking to overthrow the paranormal world. (No pressure.)

In order to bring them down, Celia must ally herself to Misha, the master vampire who has made no secret of his desire for her.

And if that weren’t enough misfortune for one girl, a clairvoyant’s prediction could destroy Celia and Aric’s love for good. The only way to protect the world from unbridled supernatural terrorism is for Celia to bind herself to her destined mate. And that doesn’t appear to be Aric…

Simone St. James

Silence for the Dead
NAL Trade, April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
“Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow....”

In 1919, Kitty Weekes, pretty, resourceful, and on the run, falsifies her background to obtain a nursing position at Portis House, a remote hospital for soldiers left shell-shocked by the horrors of the Great War. Hiding the shame of their mental instability in what was once a magnificent private estate, the patients suffer from nervous attacks and tormenting dreams. But something more is going on at Portis House—its plaster is crumbling, its plumbing makes eerie noises, and strange breaths of cold waft through the empty rooms. It’s known that the former occupants left abruptly, but where did they go? And why do the patients all seem to share the same nightmare, one so horrific that they dare not speak of it?

Kitty finds a dangerous ally in Jack Yates, an inmate who may be a war hero, a madman… or maybe both. But even as Kitty and Jack create a secret, intimate alliance to uncover the truth, disturbing revelations suggest the presence of powerful spectral forces. And when a medical catastrophe leaves them even more isolated, they must battle the menace on their own, caught in the heart of a mystery that could destroy them both.

Joan Swan

Phoenix Rising 4
Kensington Brava, December 31, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .

David Tallerman

Prince Thief
Tales of Easie Damasco 3
Angry Robot, September 24, 2013 (US/Canada) and eBook
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Altapasaeda, capital of the Castoval, is under siege by its own King.

Far to the north, rebels have set a bastard prince up as a figurehead.

Yet again, Easie Damasco finds himself roped into a desperate scheme to preserve the Castoval, And kidnapping the Prince seemed like such a good idea at the time…

Michael R. Underwood

Ree Reyes 2
Pocket Star, July 15, 2013
eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 12
Fame has a magic all its own in the no-gossip-barred follow-up to Geekomancy. Ree Reyes gets her big screenwriting break, only to discover just how broken Hollywood actually is.

Things are looking up for urban fantasista Ree Reyes. She’s using her love of pop culture to fight monsters and protect her hometown as a Geekomancer, and now a real-live production company is shooting her television pilot script.

But nothing is easy in show business. When an invisible figure attacks the leading lady of the show, former child-star-turned-current-hot-mess Jane Konrad, Ree begins a school-of-hard-knocks education in the power of Celebromancy.

Attempting to help Jane Geekomancy-style with Jedi mind tricks and X-Men infiltration techniques, Ree learns more about movie magic than she ever intended. She also learns that real life has the craziest plots: not only must she lift a Hollywood-strength curse, but she needs to save her pilot, negotiate a bizarre love rhombus, and fight monsters straight out of the silver screen. All this without anyone getting killed or, worse, banished to the D-List.

On The Qwillery's radar:

Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold out in April 2014


Cateveiro (The Osiris Project 2) by E.J. Swift out later this year.

Review: Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold - May 18, 2013

Dangerous Gifts
Author:  Gaie Sebold
Series:  Babylon Steel
Publisher:  Solaris, January 29, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Price:  $8.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781781080801 (print)
Review copy:  Provided by Publisher

Review: Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold - May 18, 2013
Babylon Steel, former avatar of the goddess of sex and war, currently owner of the Scarlet Lantern, the best brothel on Scalentine, city of portals, has been offered a job; as bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, the latest candidate for the Council of Incandress; and as spy for the Diplomatic Section, the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine.

She doesn’t want it. Incandress is on the verge of civil war. Enthemmerlee represents the hopes or fears of a large portion of its population and is a prime target for assassination. And on Scalentine racial tensions and economic stresses are boiling up, with Babylon’s lover, Chief Bitternut, trying to keep the lid on.

But circumstances conspire to send her to Incandress. There, what with attempting to turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a disciplined fighting force, dodging the Moral Statutes, the unwilling presence of a very annoyed member of the Diplomatic Section and the need to keep both herself and her client alive, things become rather too interesting. And that’s before Babylon realises that the situation is far worse than she thought, and is driven to a choice that will have far-reaching consequences…

Melanie's Thoughts:

Dangerous Gifts is the second book in the Babylon Steel series which takes our plucky heroine far away from her home and friends to Incandress in order to guard the new counselor Enthemmerlee. Tensions are mounting at home as humans create discord and shifters are being  killed. No matter how much she would like to Babylon, finds she is unable to refuse the job despite wanting to stay at home to protect her friends and be with her boyfriend 'The Chief'. Political intrigues, shoddy soldiers plus a ban on anything sexy are big challenges for the former avatar of a god and owner of the best brothel in town.

Babylon herself, is an interesting character as she has quite the colourful past and an even more colourful job as a part time body guard, prostitute and brothel owner. Her sexual proclivities are quite subtle and it’s almost as if Babylon pops into the office to type a few memos rather than going to ‘service’ a few clients. I liked this about Sebold’s writing style as the book could have veered towards erotica. Instead, sex was almost incidental to the story rather than the focus. I wasn't totally convinced with Sebold's portrayal of Babylon as a protector or body guard but like the sex in the story, action and violence played second fiddle to character interaction. Character development, especially of Babylon appeared to take priority for Sebold in this story although sometimes at the expense of the plot.

The plot was fairly typical with Babylon given the task of protecting Enthemmerlee and figuring out who would want to see her dead. I actually guessed who the ‘baddy’ was quite early on but still enjoyed seeing how the plot would play out. I didn't feel I was stretched either with the plot or with the characters as the story just seemed to glide along.

I hadn't read Babylon Steel, the aptly named first book of the series, when I started Dangerous Gifts. Normally, I always try to read all the books in the series. I however, made two incorrect assumptions: 1) that the Sebold would, as many authors do, recount large parts of the  plot of the previous book in the subsequent one  2) by reading reviews I could adequately get a picture of who the main characters were.  Instead I was too excited about having a new book with an interesting cover so I dug in and read it.  Even though I thought I had quite a good grasp of ‘who was who’ I still was a bit surprised at how much the plot of the first book played a part in the second. In retrospect, I should have put Dangerous Gifts down and and started from the first book. For the first few chapters I felt I was always reading in catch-up mode. There are many different races and species in Babylon’s world.  I often lost track who had scales or a tail or who sprouted fur every full moon. I would then go back and re-read a chapter or two in order to figure this out which meant that it took me slightly longer to read than it would have normally. Despite this, Dangerous Gifts was a pretty quick, easy read. I don't think I missed out that much about Babylon or the other main characters not having read book 1.

I liked Dangerous Gifts although I am not sure I liked it enough to continue the series. If you like a quirky character in a fantasy setting then I recommend starting at book 1 of the Babylon Steel series.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 5, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review - May 5, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review - May 5, 2013Welcome to my first ever week in review! I am new to The Qwillery and looking forward to sharing what I have been reading during the week. I am quite a voracious reader. This is partly due to my daily 2 hour commute on the London Underground. I can get through quite a few books with a minimum of 10 hours of dedicated reading. The downside of this is my perpetual hunt for something good to read. I have had so many great recommendations from The Qwillery and now it’s my turn to share what I have been reading.

I tried to finish a book I started last week The Scrivener's Tale by Fiona McIntosh, which is a mix of fantasy and modern day Paris. It is really engaging but as I started the chapter which had a big explanation of a complicated plot line I hit train delays and other irritants. This distracted me too much. I decided that I will hold off on finishing what is turning out to be an excellent story until I can concentrate properly. I then turned to Gaie Sebold’s Dangerous Gifts, which continues the adventures of the prostitute/gun-for-hire, Babylon Steel. I will be reviewing this book soon so keep your eyes out for it.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 5, 2013
I also had a little trawl through NetGalley. I practically shrieked when I found Lilith Saintcrow's The Red Plague Affair which is the second novel in the Bannon and Clare series. I liked The Iron Wyrm but didn't love it so I was looking forward to seeing whether Saintcrow could keep me reading the series. Look for my review this week to find out what I thought of The Red Plague Affair.

I was looking for something to read that wasn't fantasy or steampunk. I tried Earth Girl by Janet Edwards. I quite like YF/YA so thought it sounded like it would be a good read. While I love watching science fiction I don't always like reading it (yes, that is weird) so I was keeping my fingers crossed I was going to like a book that was YA/SciFi. Hmmmmmm I think it is a bit too YA for me and not sure I am going to be able to continue it. The lead character Jarra, is a bit self-obsessed (like some teenagers) . There is prolific use of the made up scifi word 'nardle' that I am finding extremely irritating. I am going to give it another go later this week so will let you know how I get along.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 5, 2013Finally, I turned to Kindle recommendations to find something else to read. Recommendations based on buying patterns can be quite hit and miss. Goodreads are almost totally miss but I have found some little gems on my Kindle. I came across Bloodfire by Helen Harper and was delightfully surprised. It is set in rural Cornwall and is about Mackenzie the only human living amongst a pack of shapeshifters. Her life is turned upside down when her pseudo father and alpha of the pack is brutally murdered. It was quite compelling and I stayed up later and got up early to continue reading it. I ended up buying book 2 so will hopefully tell you all about it next week.

Until then, Happy Reading!

The View From Monday - January 28, 2013

The View From Monday - January 28, 2013

Happy last Monday in January! This month ends with a lot of books after several light weeks of book releases. It's also a terrific week for present and former Debut Author Challenge featured authors.

There are two debuts out this week - The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke and Between by Kerry Schafer. Both authors are featured in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

Three of the featured authors from the 2012 Debut Author Challenge have their sophomore novels out this week: She Returns from War by Lee Collins, Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole and Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold. In addition Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth and Ted Kosmatka's The Games are out in Mass Market Paperback.

And finally, a featured author from the 2011 Debut Author Challenge has her third novel out this week: Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi George.

January 28, 2013
Caught in Amber (e) Cathy Pegau SFR

January 29, 2013
The Eldritch Conspiracy Cat Adams UF - Blood Song 5
Range of Ghosts (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Range of Ghosts 1
Scent of Darkness Margot Berwin H
The Winter Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Fair Game (ri) Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha & Omega 3
Shadows in Flight (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - Shadow 5
Immortal Craving Kendra Leigh Castle PNR - Dark Dynasties 3
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (D) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Fortress Frontier Myke Cole MF - Shadow Ops 2
She Returns From War Lee Collins F - Cora Oglesby 2
Songs of the Earth (h2mm) Elspeth Cooper F -The Wild Hunt 1
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Continuing Missions, Volume I (e) Greg Cox
Dayton Ward
Christopher L. Bennett
SF - Star Trek
Eve of Destruction (mm2tp) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 2
Apocalypse Troy Denning SF - Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi
Shattered Souls Delilah Devlin PRS - Caitlyn O'Connell 1
Fighting to Survive (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater H/PA- As the World Dies 2
Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Haunted Moon Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 13
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar Lexi George PNR - Demon Hunter 3
Out in Blue (ri) Sarah Gilman PNR - Return to Sanctuary
The Vision (ri) Heather Graham PTh
Sixth Column (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Frankly, My Dear (ri) Sandra Hill PNR
City of Dragons (ri) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 3
Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
'Til The World Ends:
Dawn of Eden
Thistle & Thorne
Sun Storm
Julie Kagawa
Ann Aguirre
Karen Duvall
Born of Silence (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon F - League 5
The Games (h2mm) Ted Kosmatka SF/H
Kalimpura Jay Lake F - Green 3
Tuf Voyaging (ri) George R.R. Martin SF
No Mercy Jenna McCormick SFR
The Last Ditch (h2mm)
Sandy Mitchell SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (tp2mm) Larry Niven SF - Stories
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Yoko Ogawa
H - Collection
The Color of Magic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 1
Equal Rites (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 3
The Light Fantastic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 2
Mort (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 4
Road of Skulls Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Gotrek & Felix
The Wolf Gift (h2tp) Anne Rice H
Shattered Circle Linda Robertson UF - Persephone Alcmedi 6
We Only Need the Heads (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 3
Between (D) Kerry Schafer UF - Between 1
Dangerous Gifts Gaie Sebold F - Babylon Steel 2
The Shape of Desire (h2mm) Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Colder than Hell (Kindle eBook) Anthony Neil Smith
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 16

January 30, 2013
John Brunner Jad Smith SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction

January 31, 2013
Crawling Chaos Volume 2: Selected Weird Fiction 1928-1935 H. P. Lovecraft H - Collection
Dead Brides: Vampiric Tales By Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe H - Collection

February 1, 2013
Mandala Road Masako Bando F
Seduced by the Darkling (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Tempting the Jaguar (e) Katie Reus PNR
The Apes of Wrath Rupert Wyatt Anthology

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

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
MF - Military Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

So many winnners!!

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - Ended January 21, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  If you worked for a secret governmental agency dealing with the supernatural, what would your job be?

rissatoo who said:

Fab interview! (And great review, too!) I really can hardly wait to read The Rook.

Now, as far as the question, my first inclination is to say something wild, like I'd be a handler - someone who interacts and directs with the 'agents'.. But if I'm honest, I'd probably be in some very mundane section, like accounting - and very likely a very small cog in the machine. :p

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold (5 copies) - Ended January 24, 2012 - Read the interview here. UK/US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which books or movies are you looking forward to in 2012?

1)  Lexi who said:

Can't wait to read about this city! Your book sounds great! A fun interview to read!

I am waiting to see the Huntsman, even though I am not a fan of the girl from Twilight I am a sucker for anything fairy tale.

2)  Stephanie who said:

I'm looking forward to A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.

3)  Barbara E. who said:

In books, I'm looking forward to Allison Pang's A Sliver of Shadow, Stacey Jay's Blood on the Bayou, Ann Aguirre's Devil's Punch, and Kevin Hearne's Tricked. In movies, I'm looking forward to The Avengers, Underworld: Awakening, John Carter, Men In Black III and Dark Shadows.

4)  kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews who said:

Definitely looking forward to Avengers, Brave and Raven. Also Gunmetal Magic and Sacrificial Magic in books.

5)  ML who said:

I'm looking forward to the new Underworld movie (guilty pleasure), One for the Money and Hunger Games. I think the book I'm most looking forward to is Iced by Karen Marie Moning.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Haunted Warrior by Allie Mackay (signed) - Ended January 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Kilts or jeans? Which should your Highlander be wearing?

kansassweet43 who said:

Well I would have to say both, a kilt and jeans. The kilt just for me (you know so I can run my hands here and there), and some tight fittin jeans, well what can you say about those. Some guys just look fine in a pair of jeans. :)

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Choice of signed ARC of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard 1) or The Seduction of Phaeton Black (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 1) by Jillian Stone - Ended January 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which Sherlock is your favorite?

Vivien who said:

I love the new Robert Downey version. Too funny!

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Deliver Me from Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1) by Tes Hilaire - Ended January 27, 2012 - Read the guest post here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite flawed alpha males or females?

traci16 who said:

First of all, your story sounds really intriguing. I think one of the most flawed characters I have read about was Louis in Interview with the Vampire. He just cant reconcile who and what he has become with what he has lost......

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 1) ecopy by Tiffany Allee - Ended January 30, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which paranormal being or beings do you think is/are most misunderstood?

bn100 who said:

I think demons are the most understood.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss - Ended January 31, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:   Which unresolved love story or stories would you like to see have a happy ending(s)?

Linda McDonald who said:

I would say Salander and Blomquist in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series. At the end of the series you really don't know where they seems to me like they are just friends, but I'd like to think that maybe they have a happier romantic ending. The books are not romances, but I am curious as to what the author (who sadly is deceased) felt about the ending to their story and if he thinks they were together or not.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter 1) by Katie Reus - Ended February 1, 2012 - Read the interview here. US ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite type of paranormal being? (shifter, vampire, etc.)

Victoria who said:

I'd have to go with my first love Vampires though Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter's demons run a close second.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Firelight (Darkest London 1) by Kristen Callihan - Ended February 3, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

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

LadyVampire2u who said:

Congrats on your upcoming release of Firelight! My favorite fairy tales are Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. I know that is a bunch but I love my fairy tales. Beauty and the beast is my top favorite though. :)

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars 1) by Claire Ashgrove - Ended February 4, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which historical person(s) would you like to have dinner with?

Leah Weller who said:

Claire, the book sounds right up my alley! History is a passion of mine also. I added this to the list of books to look for that seems to be rapidly growing, but I added a check beside it being as I felt drawn to it. I love finding new to me authors :)

If I could have dinner with someone from the past, who would it be? That's a hard question for me and I couldn't narrow it down to just one so I'm adding two. William the Conqueror and King Henry the ll. Gotta love those Plantagenents! I would have many questions for both but the most important one would be to ask what was the one thing that happened in their life that was THE defining moment that made them who they were.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, February 12, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Gaie Sebold and Giveaway - January 17, 2012

Please welcome Gaie Sebold to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Babylon Steel, Gaie's debut, was published on January 5, 2012 in the United Kingdom and Canada and on December 27, 2011 in the United States.

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

Gaie:  I’m not sure I have one! A tendency to write four or five hundred words in an hour then obsess about getting one word exactly right for twenty minutes? Is that a quirk? I also often wear fingerless gloves to work in, but that’s because my hands and feet turn to ice if I sit still for long. It’s not Reynaud’s or anything, I just have a really rubbish thermostat.

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

Gaie:  Terry Pratchett, definitely, on both counts. Not that I think I could be like him – only Sir Pterry is Sir Pterry, and besides I’d rather be me than a pale imitation of someone else – but I admire him immensely. Angela Carter, Stephen King, J R R Tolkien, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Mike Carey, Neil Gaiman, Nora Lofts, Georgette Heyer…I should stop now. It’s difficult to say who has had the most influence. I think everything I’ve read and loved has probably influenced me to a different degree, non-fiction as well as fiction. Films and graphic novels have definitely also contributed to the way I write, the characters I develop and the subjects I want to write about.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Gaie:  Mainly a panster, certainly when I start on a book. I seem to work best by starting with a character and a fairly basic idea or two, and letting things develop from there. About a third of the way in I have to start working out where everything’s going, at which point I stop and plot in much more detail. And then it all changes again, and then it all changes again in the rewrite. I write an awful lot of words that don’t end up in the final draft. One of the most important things I’ve had to learn is that you have to be prepared to waste stuff. I have heaven knows how many scenes and characters stuffed into various ‘cut’ files because I loved them to bits but they had no place in the story as it ended up, and I couldn’t quite bear to throw them away completely. The great thing about electronic memory is that I can do that without filling up cupboard space I can’t spare. But now, with deadlines and so forth, and working on a collaboration on a different project with someone who is very much a plotter, I am having to do a little more plotting up front.

TQ:  Describe Babylon Steel in 140 characters or less.

Gaie:  Agh, a Twitter blurb! Here goes…

Brothel-owning ex-avatar of sex and war faces death, taxes and her lethal past in a city of many portals. Includes girl on lizard action.

(That last bit is nicked from the 'tart cards' Solaris did for me, which look like the cards that working girls used to leave in phoneboxes. The phrase 'girl on lizard action' seems to make people sit up and take notice more than anything else, funny that...)

TQ:  What inspired you to write Babylon Steel?

Gaie:  That would be very hard to say. The idea of a brothel in a city with links to other dimensions or planes has been hovering for many years, and I already thought of the madam as someone tough, but basically decent, who cared about her customers and particularly about the people who worked for her. It took a long time to coalesce, though, and my own ideas about sex and sexuality and confidence in writing about those things had to develop a lot. That’s not all the book is about, but those turned out to be things that, rather to my own surprise, I wanted to talk about.

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

Gaie:  I’m very fond of the scenes describing the city and the portals, because I just let my imagination off the leash and all sorts of weird stuff came out, some of which I hope to have great fun with later in the series; and I admit I’m rather proud of the sex scenes. I was desperate to get those right, and I’d never written anything graphic before. From the responses so far, they seem to have ended up working the way I wanted them to.

TQ:   What sort of research did you do to create the world of Babylon Steel?

Gaie:  Not a lot specifically for this book; I’ve always done a lot of reading on all sorts of subjects, so I had some knowledge of sex work and swordfighting from that. I did do a class in longsword for a couple of years; the people who taught it really knew their stuff and you got a free lesson in historical fighting styles and the realities of fighting with every class, so that was very useful indeed!

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

Gaie:  I don’t think it was a single character that was particularly difficult; making all the secondary characters feel fully rounded was probably the hardest thing. It was pointed out to me during a critique that some of them were inconsistent, and some of them were simply rather flat. It’s not the first time I’ve had to realise that I had a clearer idea of my characters in my head than had turned up on the page.
The easiest was Babylon. She had a very strong voice as soon as I started writing, and she didn’t change much, even through a very thorough critique, rewrites, and several rounds of edits.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Gaie:  It’s not been planned out in that sort of detail at this stage. Somewhere between three and five, possibly, is the closest I’d like to get at this point.

TQ:  What's next?

Gaie:  Oh, I have several things in mind! I’m working on the sequel to Babylon Steel at the moment. Once that’s done I want to get back to a collaboration I’m working on with my partner, which is also fantasy but a very different style from Babylon, and I have at least one other project which is in more of a high-fantasy vein. A lot depends on time, to be honest. I have great admiration for writers who can produce several books a year; I’d like to get that fast, but at the moment I’m still coping with having deadlines for one book at a time. Also, of course, I do have a full time job!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Gaie:  Thank you very much for inviting me.

Read Gaie's guest blog - Things I Didn’t Know - by clicking here.

About Babylon Steel

Babylon Steel
Babylon Steel 1
Solaris, December 27, 2012 (US); January 5, 2012 (UK/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages

Interview with Gaie Sebold and Giveaway - January 17, 2012
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.

About Gaie

Interview with Gaie Sebold and Giveaway - January 17, 2012
Gaie Sebold was born in the US, lives in South East London, and works for a social change charity. She has had several short stories and a book of poetry published. Her debut novel Babylon Steel is due out from Solaris on 27 December (US). ("Ingenious, gripping, and full of pleasures on every level. Exceptional." Mike Carey.)

She began writing shortly after learning to read, and has produced a large number of words, many of them different. She has worked as a cleaner, secretary, till-monkey, stage-tour-manager, editor, and now works for a charity and runs occasional writing workshops.

She is an obsessive reader, enthusiastically inefficient gardener and has been known to run around in woods hitting people with latex swords and declaim poetry in public, though not usually at the same time. She is currently working on a sequel to Babylon Steel, another novel in collaboration with her partner, writer Dave Gullen, and a romance, with orcs. She likes orcs.

Gaie's Links

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The Giveaway


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