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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for September 2013!


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.


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Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013


Please welcome Peter Rawlik to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Reanimators was published on September 3, 2013. The eBook was published on June 4, 2013. You may read Peter's 2013 DAC Interview here.



Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013




I Never Meant To Write a Novel (I swear)

by Pete Rawlik


It’s funny how things turn out.

Looking back it seems inevitable that I would eventually write Lovecraftian fiction, the clues are all there, I just tried to ignore them for the longest time.

I’ve been writing a long time, since my pre-teens. I can remember a story about Hell being run as a business with corporate board meetings and annual reports. In my trunk there’s a handwritten sequel to Robert E. Howard’s Skull-Face that I did when I was thirteen or so. I have a few chapters of a King pastiche that I did when I was seventeen. In high school I published some poetry. In college I filled a box with notes on world-building: aliens and empires and the things that men could become. It’s a very Herbert and Niven kind of thing. I recall a story I wrote “Hot Peace”, please don’t let anybody find that. After college I started writing what we would now call flash fiction and book reviews for the local SF club. One piece I wrote got picked up by the Infamous IBID. I wrote a post-apocalyptic travelogue “On the Far Side of the Apocalypse” and sold that in 1997 to the esteemed Talebones, my first pro-sale.

Then I went silent.

I was still writing, but nothing was selling. Sophomore slump.

I retreated and locked myself away with my collection of weird fiction. I have always been an avid collector of Lovecraftian books, and this may stem from my father using The Dunwich Horror and The Rats in the Wall as bed time stories. Regardless, I have an immense collection, which includes a thin chapbook published by Necronomicon press. Published in 1995 Joan C. Stanley’s Ex Libris Miskatonici is an absolute gem of pseudo-scholarship documenting the contents of fictional Miskatonic University’s library, and it inspired me to do something similar. It took years of careful reading and note-taking and correlation, but I set myself the task of writing a history of Miskatonic Valley.

Part one of this work was completed and published in issue 104 of Crypt of Cthulhu, but further work on the project came to a screeching halt. I still have the notes, heaping stacks of 3x5 cards in cigar boxes, but the research showed me some things, wonderful things. Lovecraft’s stories did more than just share a setting; they overlapped in time as well. Characters in different stories were within miles of each other. It was too much fun not to take advantage of. So I set out to write a novel about Lovecraft’s characters meeting each other. I wrote some chapters, they are fun, but there was one character I really wanted to use, but I couldn’t, the timelines didn’t work. So I rummaged through Lovecraft found Dr. Hartwell hiding in The Dunwich Horror and plugged him into my crossover novel. He fizzled. He was such a minor character that he had no motivations, no background, and no life.

Easily rectified, write a story about him, fill in his gaps, and create his history. One story turned to another, and another and another, until finally I knew who Hartwell was. When people ask me how long it took to write Reanimators I tell them two years and two weeks. Half the book, about 50,000 words was written over the course of two years, the other 50,000 words were written in about two weeks in marathon sessions at a small café not far from my home that was willing to let me sit there for ten hours a day. Reanimators is an accidental novel. It’s not the novel I wanted, it’s the novel I needed to write, to educate myself for the next one, the one I want to write.

(Which I have by the way, don’t tell anybody. Oh and the third one is about 25% done as well. Did I mention I don’t sleep?)

It’s funny how things turn out.

When I was younger I devoured stories by Ramsey Campbell, Joseph Pulver, Thomas Ligotti, Joe Lansdale, and Wilum Pugmire. Today I find myself fortunate enough to share pages in anthologies and magazines with these literary icons. It’s not luck, its hard work, and I have a lot to learn, and a lot of ideas I want to try. I still go back to the trunk, look at the stuff I wrote before, the pages of alien biology, ecology, religion, technology, and I think maybe someday. And to be honest that’s a cool world in side those boxes, and I could probably have some fun with it. But they say that you should write what you know. Right now I really know Lovecraftian fiction, and I’m having fun writing it, filling in the gaps, building the connections, writing the stuff that I want to read. Joe Pulver likes to talk about the writer’s toolbox, and he’s right, there are lots of tricks. I’ve learned some of these, but I have a long way to go. I’m going to have fun doing it. Reanimators is just the beginning of a very wild ride. It may not be the ride either of us expected or wanted, but I promise you there are enough spills and chills and thrills for everyone (yes even you Dad).

Hang on to your hats, I’m going to try and change everything you ever thought about Lovecraftian fiction (or die trying).






Reanimators

Reanimators
Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
(The eBook was published on June 4, 2013)

Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013
Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.





About Peter

Guest Blog by Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - September 10, 2013
Pete Rawlik began collecting Lovecraftian fiction when he was still in elementary school. He has a B.S. in Biology from Florida Tech, and has extensively studied the ecology and issues impacting Florida’s Everglades. For twenty years he ran Dead Ink, specializing in rare and unusual books, but gave up the money and fame to pursue a career in writing. He lives in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, with his wife and three children. Reanimators is his first novel.






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The View From Monday - September 2, 2013


Happy first Monday in September and Happy Labor Day to those celebrating. I hope this week will be filled with reading and new books!

You can find a PDF printable shopping list of this week's releases here.



The View From Monday - September 2, 2013



There are 5 Debuts this week:

Cain's Blood by Geoffrey Girarad;

Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet 1) by David Hair (his adult Debut);

Mira Corpora by Jeff Jackson;

Reanimators by Peter Rawlik; and

The Grim Company (Grim Company 1) by Luke Scull.



From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Unleash the Curse (Imnada Brotherhood eNovella) by Alexa Egan; and

Daughter of the Sword (Fated Blades 1) by Steve Bein is out in Mass Market Paperback.




September 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bridge (ri) Iain Banks F
Synners (ri) Pat Cadigan CyP - SF Materworks
Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood, Revised Edition: Patterns & Instructions for Dragons, Wizards & Other Creatures of Myth Shawn Cipa Crafts
Dangerous Visions (ri) Harlan Ellison (ed) SF - Anthology SF Masterworks
Some Like It Wicked (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Tales of the Ghost Sword Hideyuki Kikuchi Gh - Anthology
Her Alpha Protector (e) Gwen Knight PNR
This Strange Way of Dying: Stories of Magic, Desire & the Fantastic Silvia Moreno-Garcia F/H/SF - Short Stories
Candlenight (ri) Phil Rickman SuTh
Frankenstein Mary Shelley SF - SF Masterworks
Crysis: Escalation Gavin Smith SF - Crysis (Game Tie-In)
She Walks in Darkness Evangeline Walton H/M
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells SF - SF Masterworks
Crystal Venom (e) Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 2
The Art of War David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 5
Ice and Fire (ri) David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 4



September 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Unleash the Curse (e) Alexa Egan PHR - Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Fairies in My Fireplace (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 3



September 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Releasing the Hunter Vivi Anna PNR
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF Mike Ashley (ed) SF - Anthology
MaddAddam Margaret Atwood Dys - MaddAddam 3
The Last President John Barnes PA/SF/Th - Daybreak 3
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H - Collection
Daughter of the Sword (tp2mm) Steve Bein HistF/UF - Fated Blades 1
Damaged Souls David Bernstein H
Between Two Fires (h2tp) Christopher Buehlman H
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (h2tp) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 14
Cold Days (h2mm) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden FIles 14
The Nameless (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
How to Date a Dragon Ashlyn Chase PNR - Flirting with Fangs 2
Daybreak (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PNR/PaR - Dark Age Dawning 3
Maiden Flight Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 1
The Angel Stone Juliet Dark UF - Fairwick Chronicles 3
Sex and the Single Princess Bonnie Dee
Marie Treanor
PNR - Fairytale Fantasies 4
Monsters of the Earth David Drake F
Have Monster, Will Travel Lila DuBois PNR - Monsters in Hollywood 4
Dark Lycan Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 24
Voracious (tp2mm) V.K. Forrest PNR - Clare Point 5
Would-Be Witch (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 1
The Shadow of Mist (e) Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld Novella
Cain's Blood: A Novel (D) Geoffrey Girard SF
Stories of Terror and the Supernatural Herman Graf H/Su - Anthology
Realm of Shadows (ri) Heather Graham PNR - Alliance Vampires 4
Ghouls, Ghosts, and Ninja Rats: Paranormal Crime Stories That Just Might Kill You Martin H. Greenberg (ed) PC/H - Anthology
Mage's Blood (D - Adult) David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 1
The Death of Integrity Guy Haley F - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles 13
Death's Lover Marie Hall PNR - Grim Reaper 1
Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein SF
Born to Bite (tp2mm) Hannah Howell
Diana Cosby
Erica Ridley
PNR - Anthology
Heaven Made SaraLynn Hoyt PNR
Mira Corpora (D) Jeff Jackson GB
Savage Species Jonathan Janz H
Soul Kissed Erin Kellison PNR - Shadow Kissed 2
Styxx Sherrilyn Kenyon UF - Dark Hunter 23
The Servants of Twilight (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes Gina Lamm PNR - Geek Girls 2
Dark in the Woods Rosemary Laurey PNR
The Shadow Lamp Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 4
The Art of Stealing Time Katie MacAlister FR - Time Thief 2
Chimes at Midnight Seanan McGuire UF - October Daye 7
The Savage Dead Joe McKinney SF/Z
Priests of Mars (h2tp) Graham McNeill F - Warhammer 40,000
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
Heroes Lost and Found Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blaze of Glory 3
McFall (Kindle e-serial) Scott Nicholson H
Vampires Need Not...Apply? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 4
A Skeleton in the Family Leigh Perry PCM - Family Skeleton Mystery 1
Half Blind Christine Price PNR - Freelance Magic 1
Reanimators (D) Peter Rawlik H
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
The Fabric of Sin (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins  9
The Remains of an Altar (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins 8
To Dream of the Dead (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins 10
Under a Graveyard Sky John Ringo PA
Shaman Kim Stanley Robinson F
The Last Threshold (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 4
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book I R. A. Salvatore F - Forgotten Realms: Legend of Drizzt Omnibus
The Eternal Highlander (ri) Lynsay Sands
Hannah Howell
PNR
The Grim Company (D) Luke Scull F - Grim Company 1
23 Years on Fire Joel Shepherd SF - : Cassandra Kresnov 4
Revenant Eve (h2mm) Sherwood Smith F - Dobrenica 3
The Given Sacrifice S. M. Stirling F - Change / Emberverse 10
Lord of Mountains (h2mm) S. M. Stirling F - Change / Emberverse 9
Bad Things (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Eternity (ri) Tamara Thorne H
The Forgotten (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Hunter's Heart J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 4
The Protected Shiloh Walker UF - FBI Psychics 4
Damek's Redemption N.J. Walters PNR - Legacy 6
Half a Crown (h2tp) Jo Walton AH/Noir - Small Change Trilogy 3
The Lost Wolf's Destiny Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack
Ritual Magic Eileen Wilks UF - World of the Lupi 10
Happy Hour In Hell Tad Williams UF/Noir - Bobby Dollar 2



September 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Business As Usual: A Tor.Com Original (e) David Barnett SP



September 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come Closer Jessica L. Jackson PNR - Look Behind You 1



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

AH - Alternate History
CyP - CyberPunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PaR - Post Apocalyptic Romance
PC - Paranormal Crime
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Interview with Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - August 7, 2013


Please welcome Peter Rawlik to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Reanimators will be published on September 3, 2013. The eBook was published on June 4, 2013.



Interview with Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - August 7, 2013




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thanks it is a true pleasure to be here, and I really do mean that. The internet and social media have been a significant boon to my budding career.



TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Peter:  I’ve always written stories. I can remember working on a story as a child and misspelling “condemned” as “condomed”, I think my mother choked on her drink. In high school I wrote one novella and started another (both of which I still have), and published some poetry. Through college I dabbled and entertained friends, but didn’t really get serious until the mid Nineties, when I started writing for the regional fanzine. In 1997 I made my first professional sale, but then for some reason, barring some non-fiction and reviews, didn’t really try to write anything else until 2010. Of course since then I can’t seem to stop. As for why, I don’t know. People, often times the same people come into my head and start talking, they say and do the strangest things. It seems only natural to write it down. Thankfully, they don’t seem to mind me doing so.



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

Peter:  When I started writing in the Nineties, I did so at a wonderful little coffee bar in downtown West Palm Beach, surrounded by people talking, bands playing, wait staff working. Now I can’t seem to work without a significant amount of background noise. I tend to write while watching television, British mystery series mostly such as Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, and The Last Detective.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Peter:  Neither, both. I do timelines, incredibly detailed timelines of world events, character histories, fictional events, and even histories for other people’s characters. Once I have these done I tend to layout some ideas, pick some critical events that I want to incorporate and then write those particular chapters, often in such a manner that they can function as stand-alone stories. Once these are done I write the linking chapters. Then I rewrite, making sure that the whole thing hangs together.



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

Peter:  Every so often I lose control of a character. In Reanimators one particular character was supposed to just walk on and then walk off, instead he took control and refused to leave for a significant portion of the book. He was such a powerful personality, and exerted such control over the other characters that both I and the protagonist decided that the only way to deal with him was to murder him. Since then I’ve written three more tales about this very difficult character, and will probably write several more.



TQ:  Describe Reanimators in 140 characters or less.

Peter:  The horrors attributed to Dr. Herbert West are well documented, but the true story, and his greatest rival, have remained secret, until now.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Reanimators?

PeterReanimators is an accidental novel. I had set out to write a completely different novel, one that featured several characters borrowed from the works of H. P. Lovecraft. One of them, Dr. Hartwell, was a very minor character in The Dunwich Horror, but he has almost no character development. When I went to write him, I realized I knew nothing about him, his personality or his motivations. So I set out to write a few stories about him, to flesh him out. A hundred thousand words later Reanimators was finished and I knew exactly who Dr. Hartwell was.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Reanimators?

Peter:  The novel starts in 1905 and ends in 1930. It is a period rich in history and drama including the Great War, the loss of the Titanic, and the Spanish Flu, I’ve put all of these to good use, but I’ve also taken advantage of other events both real and imagined. An earthquake in Messalina, a World Series that ends in a tie, Charlie Chan’s honeymoon, the death of Christine Daae, all weave together in a strange sort of secret history. In order to pull this off I had to track the lives, loves and lies of dozens of people and characters. This meant not only studying early twentieth century medicine, but also rereading The Phantom of the Opera, the works of Jules Verne, Dashiell Hammett, John Marquand, and even Rex Stout. Numerous characters from Lovecraft and other writers of the Cthulhu mythos also appear, and I think I’ve given them all a fair representation.



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

Peter:  Oddly, the answer to both questions is the same character, Pr.Nathaniel Peaslee. Through a strange turn of events this meek professor of economics undergoes a radical transformation into a ruthless, inhuman creature capable of nearly anything. This made him incredibly easy to write, because he could be used to do anything, and his motives need not be justified. However, this rather endearing ruthlessness, meant that nobody was safe, and all the characters that I needed to survive long enough to actual tell his tale had to be on their best behavior, or risk ending up liquidated.



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

Peter:  The one I never intended to write. My publisher provided some absolutely magnificent artwork for use on the cover, but the actual scene portrayed wasn’t in the original manuscript. But once I saw it, and realized who the characters in the scene were, and what they were doing, everything just sort of fell into place, and a scene that I had meant to be extremely anti-climactic suddenly became one of the most dramatic, and I think satisfying pieces of the novel.



TQ:  What's next?

Peter:  I have eighteen short stories accepted and awaiting publication, and I’m currently plugging away at the sequel to Reanimators tentatively entitled The Weird Company, which is the novel I had originally set out to write. Now that I know who Dr. Hartwell is, perhaps I can finally see his part in this little adventure, from the beginning, and to the end.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thanks for having me. It is a real honor to have been chosen, and honestly the whole thing has just been a thrill.







Reanimators

Reanimators
Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
(the eBook was published on June 4, 2013)

Interview with Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators - August 7, 2013
Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.





About Peter

Peter Rawlik was first exposed to H.P. Lovecraft when his father read him “The Rats in the Walls” as a bedtime story. He has been collecting Lovecraftian fiction ever since. For more than two decades he has run Dead Ink, selling rare and unusual books. He resides in South Florida.

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