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Guest Blog by Megan Powell - If I can’t be a magical, undercover, secret agent, at least my heroine can

Please welcome Megan Powell to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Megan's debut, No Peace for the Damned (Damned 1) will be published on July 10th.


If I can’t be a magical, undercover, secret agent, at least my heroine can.

In 2001, my husband and I saw the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We didn’t even make it out of the theater’s parking lot before I announced that I knew, without a doubt, that I was secretly a wizard whose supernatural powers hadn’t emerged yet. Of course, being in my twenties, I was too old to actually attend Hogwarts, but the abilities were still there–I could feel it.

A few months later, to my husband’s chagrin, The Bourne Identity arrived in theaters. My destiny was revealed. After all, what better career path for a latent wizard than that of a secret super spy/assassin?

Unfortunately, my English degree and Credit Manager work experience, didn’t immediately qualify me for what I was sure I was put on this earth to do. (Believe it or not, the CIA’s online application process doesn’t have a section where one can outline his or her undeveloped magical powers. At least it didn’t in 2002. I might have to check that again.) The point is, more than half a decade later, I found myself still chomping at the bit to fulfill my fate while simultaneously creating a life within the reality of mortgages and school PTA meetings.

Enter Magnolia Kelch.

The heroine of my debut novel, No Peace for the Damned, had been a voice in the back of my mind for years. She was powerful, sarcastic, damaged, and most of all, she was the keeper of all the supernatural secrets. She just needed some place where she could feel safe exploring the ‘real’ world. Someplace like, say, a super-secret spy organization that managed all the dangerous, mystical power around us.

The Network, in its inception, was a localized group of mercenaries, skilled in their intelligence and fighting prowess, and trained to fight against the paranormal dangers of our world. Their leader was the mysterious Thirteen, a stoic giant whose wisdom demanded loyalty and respect. They were a tight group of men and women, as wary of Magnolia’s powers as she was of their supposed loyalty. It would be an uncomfortable fit, at first–Magnolia and the Network–but one that would ultimately allow both to flourish.

But it wasn’t enough. In my mind, Magnolia needed more. She needed the local element to be a touchstone–an introduction to the wider world she had yet to see. To do her justice, I needed to take The Network global.

So I did.

As revisions moved Magnolia’s story forward, the Network grew. Thirteen, still the mysterious leader, became one of several Chiefs within an underground, multi-layered organization. The local group of mercenaries evolved into a specialized task force, embodied by conflicting personalities and private agendas. And Magnolia, leery to trust her new ‘teammates,’ found the exposure she needed to the real world while maintaining her closest supernatural secrets.

Just thinking about the created world of Magnolia and the Network makes me smile. Vicariously, my destiny has been fulfilled.



About No Peace for the Damned

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

Guest Blog by Megan Powell - If I can’t be a magical, undercover, secret agent, at least my heroine can
Magnolia Kelch is no stranger to pain. Beautiful and powerful, she’s spent her entire life at the mercy of her sadistic father and the rest of the Kelch clan, who have tortured her and tested the limits of her powers. After one particularly heinous night that leaves Magnolia nearly dead, she finally sees her chance for escape…

But this first taste of freedom is short-lived when she collides with Thirteen, head of the Network—a secret organization dedicated to fighting supernatural criminals—who recruits her into the group. Even as she’s coming to grips with this new life and the horrific memories that still haunt her, she’s conflicted by her growing attraction to fellow team member Theo and the emergence of new, untested abilities. After months of grueling training, her loyalty to the team is tested when she learns her target is the Network’s most wanted: the Kelch family.

Revenge may course through her veins, but so does the blood of the Kelches. And opposing her family may cost her the thing she treasures most. After all, Magnolia is still a Kelch. And the Kelch are damned.



About Megan

Guest Blog by Megan Powell - If I can’t be a magical, undercover, secret agent, at least my heroine can
Born and raised in the Midwest, Megan has cultivated a strange affinity for State Fairs and basketball humor. When not writing she is often found reading, frequently feeding her paranormal romance addiction. She loves cheap coffee with tons of sugar and can eat no-bake cookies by the dozen. While she doesn't necessarily consider exercising as a bad thing, she's certain that dieting is the work of the devil. No Peace for the Damned is the first title in her powerful debut series.

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The View From Monday - May 21, 2012

It's Monday again! This week at The Qwillery:

Monday - Guest Blog by Lisa Shearin author of the Raine Benares series. All Spell Breaks Loose, the final novel in the series, will be published on May 29, 2012.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Cassie Alexander. Cassie's debut, Nighshifted (Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1), will be published on May 22, 2012.

Wednesday - Interview with Lori Handeland. Zombie Island, the second novel in the Shakespeare Undead series, will be published on May 22, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by Megan Powell. No Peace for the Damned, Megan's debut, will be published on July 10, 2012.

Friday - Interview with Michael Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations series.

Saturday - Interview with Mike Shevdon. Strangeness and Charm (The Courts of Feyre 3) will be published on May 29, 2012.


May 20, 2012
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Talisman Of El
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Alecia Stone F



May 22, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The King's Blood
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Daniel Abraham F - Dagger and Coin 2
Nightshifted (d)
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Cassie Alexander UF - Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1
Dark Jenny (tp2mm)
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Alex Bledsoe F/M - Eddie Lactrosse Mystery 3
The Paths of the Dead (h2tp)
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Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 1
Destroyer of Worlds
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Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 3
Out of the Waters (h2mm)
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David Drake F - Books of the Elements 2
Orb Sceptre Throne (tp and h)
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Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire 4
A Tree of Bones
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Gemma Files F - Hexslinger 3
The Vampire Dimitri (tp2mm)
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Colleen Gleason PNR - Recency Draculia 2
Legacy (h2mm)
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David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 6
Midnight's Master
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Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 1
Zombie Island
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Lori Handeland F - Shakespeare Undead 2
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012
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James Patrick Kelly
John Kessel
SF - Anthology
Princeps
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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 5
Beauty and the Werewolf (h2mm)
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Mercedes Lackey GR - Five Hundred Kingdoms 6
The Walls of the Universe (h2mm)
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Paul Melko SF - Walls of the Universe 1
The Enemy's Kiss
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Zandria Munson PNR
Honeyed Words (h2mm)
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J. A. Pitts F - Sarah Beauhall 2
Further: Beyond the Threshold
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Chris Roberson SF
2312
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Kim Stanley Robinson SF
Dark Magic
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James Swain ST/O
Guardian of the Night
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Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR - Vampire Moons
Shadow Bound
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Rachel Vincent UF - Unbound 2
Dog Days
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Elsa Watson FR
Blue-Blooded Vamp
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Jaye Wells UF -Sabina Kane 5
Nightworld (ri)
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F. Paul Wilson H - Adversary Cycle 6



May 23, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ultramarines: The Second Omnibus
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Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Ultramarines



May 25, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of Doors (h2tp)
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Chez Brenchley H - Keys to D'Esperance 2



May 28, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Closed Horizon
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Peter Lantos SF



d - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
M - Mystery
O - Occult
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Supernatural
ST - Supernatural Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Guest Blog by Megan Powell - If I can’t be a magical, undercover, secret agent, at least my heroine canThe View From Monday - May 21, 2012

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