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Interview with Sean Pidgeon, author of Finding Camlann - January 15, 2013

Please welcome Sean Pidgeon to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Finding Camlann, Sean's debut, was published on January 7, 2013.  You may read Sean's Guest Blog - How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem - here.



Interview with Sean Pidgeon, author of Finding Camlann - January 15, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Sean:  The first serious piece of fiction I remember writing was the tale of an adventurous cat named Sam, penned when I was about eight years old, and I suppose I have been creating long and rambling stories ever since. This has always felt like a natural activity for me.


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

Sean:  A headmaster at a school I attended in England once told me I was good at writing “rolling” sentences, by which he probably just meant they had too many words in them.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sean:  I suppose my natural inclination is toward the latter approach, and this is how the early drafts of my novel came into being. But I don’t think it worked very well for me. The version that became the final draft was plotted in intricate detail before I began writing it in earnest.


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

Sean:  I am never satisfied, and I find it very hard to let go of a particular passage and call it finished.


TQ:  Describe Finding Camlann in 140 characters or less.

Sean:  A literary and romantic Arthurian quest set in a landscape evoked by the secret places and powerful mythology of the British countryside.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Finding Camlann?

Sean:  The fragmentary evidence for the historical King Arthur found in scraps of ancient chronicle and verse has been a source of fascination to me for many years. I wanted to write a novel that would allow me the freedom to explore these themes and perhaps even to advance some of my own ideas, but above all I wanted to tell a good story.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Finding Camlann?

Sean:  Probably far too much. I found that I wanted to know everything there was to know about certain aspects of British history and mythology, which made the writing process both fascinating and slow.


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

Sean:  My male protagonist, the archaeologist Donald Gladstone, came the most easily. As to why, I couldn’t say for sure, but perhaps because he is a little bit like me? Julia Llewellyn, with her complex scholarly quirks and unusual mindset, was more of a challenge; but her scenes were not too hard to write once I had her character traits properly fixed in my mind.


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

Sean:  The opening scene in the pub, with a roaring fire and a game of Scrabble, would come near the top of the list. Also, I would say, Donald’s visits to his father, and Julia’s return to Dyffryn Farm.


TQ:  What's next?

Sean:  I’ve been mulling over some ideas for a second novel for a few years now.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





About Finding Camlann

Finding Camlann: A Novel
W.W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Sean Pidgeon, author of Finding Camlann - January 15, 2013
An ancient poem and a mysterious burial inspire an enthralling historical and literary quest.

Despite the wealth of scholarship that pretends to offer proof, archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that a real King Arthur ever existed. Still, the great popular tales spun by medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, and embroidered by Chrétien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and so many others, must have found their inspiration somewhere. A dramatic archaeological find at Stonehenge and the rediscovery of an old Welsh battle poem, buried among the manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, open up enticing—and misleading—new possibilities.

When the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a linguist working on the Oxford English Dictionary, joins Donald on the trail of clues, their fervent enthusiasms, unusual gifts, and unfulfilled yearnings prove a combustible mix. Their impassioned search for truths buried deep in the past, amid the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, must ultimately transform them—and all our understandings of the origins of Arthur.

An intellectual and emotional journey of myriad pleasures, Finding Camlann is at its heart a love story—not only of romantic love but also the love between parents and grown children; the intense feelings of professors and students; the love of language, place, and home; and the thrill of scholarly research and detective work. Throughout, Sean Pidgeon’s lyrical prose brings together history, myth, and dream, sweeping the reader into the mysteries of the past and the pure delight of storytelling.






About Sean

Interview with Sean Pidgeon, author of Finding Camlann - January 15, 2013
Sean Pidgeon is a reference publisher at John Wiley & Sons. Born and raised in the south of England, he now lives in New Jersey with his American wife and children. Finding Camlann is his first novel.






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The View From Monday - January 7, 2013


Happy First Monday of 2013! I hope everyone's New Year has started off with some excellent reading. There are a couple of debuts out this week - Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon and The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck. Both authors will be virtually visiting The Qwillery this week.



January 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Asher's Dilemma (e) Coleen Kwan SPR
Finding Camlann (D) Sean Pidgeon F/Hist/Myth



January 8, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blind God's Bluff Richard Lee Byers UF - Billy Fox 1
The Fat Years (h2tp) Koonchung Chan SF
Eve of Darkness (ri) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 1
Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings Stefan Ekman F - Criticism
The Uninvited Guests (h2tp) Sadie Jones Gh/Hist/M
A Memory of Light Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson
F - Wheel of Time 14
The Vanishers (h2tp) Heidi Julavits H
Dream Eyes Jayne Ann Krentz PNR - Dark Legacy 2
Gods Without Men (h2tp) Hari Kunzru Metaphysical
Ice Forged Gail Z. Martin F - Ascendant Kingdoms Saga 1
Power Under Pressure Andrew P. Mayer SP - The Society of Steam  3
The Host (ri) Stephenie Meyer SF - Movie Tie-In
The Book of Why Nicholas Montemarano Metaphysical
The Kassa Gambit (D) M.C. Planck SF
The Hedgewitch Queen (e2tp) Lilith Saintcrow F - Romances of the Arquitaine 1
The Bandit King (e2tp) Lilith Saintcrow F - Romances of the Arquitaine 2
Scourge of the Betrayer (h2tp) Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounder's Arc 1
Nocturnal (h2tp) Scott Sigler P/Th
Prince of Power Elisabeth Staab PNR - Chronicles of Yavn 2
Earth Thirst Mark Teppo F - Arcadian Conflict 1
Doctor Who: Companion Compendium (BBC) SF - Doctor Who



January 9, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Uninnocent: Stories (h2tp) Bradford Morrow F - Short Story Collection



January 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Best Served Cold (ri) (mm2tp) Joe Abercrombie F



January 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in Memorium Mary Salu Collection/Essays



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm2tp - Mass Market to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for January.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite January cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





The Six-Gun Tarot
AuthorR.S. Belcher
Publisher:  Tor Books. January 22, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)
Genre:  Fantasy / Weird West
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2932-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.





The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher:   Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Can)
                     February 7, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook
Price: $14.99 (Trade Paperback)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-85766-265-1
(Adult Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]





Finding Camlann: A Novel 
AuthorSean Pidgeon Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price: $26.95 (Hardcover)
Genre: Historical/Mythology/Romance
ISBN:  978-0-393-07329-4

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Not since A. S. Byatt’s Possession has there been a novel so perfectly attuned to readers who love the history and mythology of the British Isles.

A dramatic find at Stonehenge and another, quieter discovery in the Bodleian Library set in motion a riveting scholarly detective story and a romance, unfolding across a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside.

Archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that King Arthur ever existed. And yet medieval tales of this legendary warrior must have found their inspiration somewhere, and Donald is determined to discover their true source. A chance encounter with the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, sets them both on the trail of elusive clues embedded in an old Welsh battle poem. Their quest will intersect in unforeseen ways with their own troubled lives and will lead them at last to a deeper understanding of the origins of Arthur.





The Kassa Gambit
AuthorM.C. Planck

Publisher:  Tor Books, January 8, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price: $24.99 (Hardcover)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3092-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.





Between
AuthorKerry Schafer
Series:  The Books of the Between
Publisher:  Ace, January 29, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price: $7.99 (MMP)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…





Grave Intentions
AuthorLori Sjoberg
Publisher:  eKensington, January 3, 2013
Format:  eBook, 96,100 words
Price: $5.99
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.


Guest Blog by Sean Pidgeon - How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem - December 12, 2012

Please welcome Sean Pidgeon to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Finding Camlann, Sean's debut, will be published on January 7, 2013.



Guest Blog by Sean Pidgeon - How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem - December 12, 2012



How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem

“Just grab a bottle of scotch, hide yourself away somewhere for a couple of days, and write the bloody thing.” This was the sage advice dispensed by a friend of mine as we were discussing the practical challenges of composing ancient Celtic verse. At the time, I had been working on my debut novel for well over a decade—it had already been through numerous cycles of rewriting and revision—and I was ready to try a different approach. At the heart of my new concept for the novel was to be a poem called The Song of Lailoken, an imagined literary discovery on which crucial aspects of the narrative would turn. These verses were to tell the story of certain battles fought in a distant time by a hero known as Arthur. If I could not get them right, the novel would begin to feel hollow and implausible.

So, how does one write a poem that is to be ascribed, fictionally speaking, to an ancient Celtic bard? I turned first to Aneirin and Taliesin, the famous poets of dark-age Britain whose work has miraculously survived in certain rare Welsh manuscripts. I tried to channel some essence of the old British mythology through my brain. In my mind’s eye, “I flew north to Plynlimon Hill, where Cai and Bedwyr sat on a cairn in the strongest wind the world had ever seen.” I read and reread the bleak lines of Aneirin’s Y Gododdin, a series of elegies to the men of the Brythonic kingdom of Gododdin who died fighting the Angles of Deira and Bernicia at a place called Catraeth in or around the year 600 AD.

Men went to Catraeth, keen their war-band.
Pale mead their portion, it was poison.
Three hundred under orders to fight.
And after celebration, silence.

I went back still further than this, to the Irish epic called the Táin Bó Cúailnge, which tells of a war waged against the people of Ulster by Queen Medb of Connacht, opposed only by the teenage hero Cú Chulainn. I imagined my own poem, like the Táin, as a work transmitted over many generations through the Celtic oral tradition, and wondered how much of the bard’s original language might have been preserved. I spent some time with Homer, whose work was first captured in just such a fashion. I worried excessively over questions of meter and alliteration and rhyme. At one point, I tried an interdisciplinary approach, formulating the poem as a kind of inverse problem such as one finds frequently in physics and engineering. If we knew what impression my lost poem had made on later readers, what might we infer about its original content?

At this point, it was time to return to the whisky bottle. I recall that it was Lagavulin, or perhaps Ardbeg: something appropriately peaty, anyway, redolent of windswept western shores and the slow, earthy accretions of the years.





About Finding Camlann

Finding Camlann: A Novel
W.W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by Sean Pidgeon - How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem - December 12, 2012
An ancient poem and a mysterious burial inspire an enthralling historical and literary quest.

Despite the wealth of scholarship that pretends to offer proof, archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that a real King Arthur ever existed. Still, the great popular tales spun by medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, and embroidered by Chrétien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and so many others, must have found their inspiration somewhere. A dramatic archaeological find at Stonehenge and the rediscovery of an old Welsh battle poem, buried among the manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, open up enticing—and misleading—new possibilities.

When the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a linguist working on the Oxford English Dictionary, joins Donald on the trail of clues, their fervent enthusiasms, unusual gifts, and unfulfilled yearnings prove a combustible mix. Their impassioned search for truths buried deep in the past, amid the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, must ultimately transform them—and all our understandings of the origins of Arthur.

An intellectual and emotional journey of myriad pleasures, Finding Camlann is at its heart a love story—not only of romantic love but also the love between parents and grown children; the intense feelings of professors and students; the love of language, place, and home; and the thrill of scholarly research and detective work. Throughout, Sean Pidgeon’s lyrical prose brings together history, myth, and dream, sweeping the reader into the mysteries of the past and the pure delight of storytelling.






About Sean

Guest Blog by Sean Pidgeon - How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem - December 12, 2012
Sean Pidgeon is a reference publisher at John Wiley & Sons. Born and raised in the south of England, he now lives in New Jersey with his American wife and children. Finding Camlann is his first novel.






Website : TwitterFinding Camlann on Facebook







The View From Monday - December 10, 2012

Happy Monday. It's a light release week for novels. If you'd like to see which comics are out on the 12th, check out the New Releases at PREVIEWSworld. This week The Qwillery will have interviews with or guest blogs by M.C. Planck, Gareth L. Powell, Sean Pidgeon, and Leigh Evans. Also this week, voting will start on the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for December. Additionally, I've asked a few of my blogger friends to recommend a book to give for the holidays and I'm looking forward to sharing that with you.




December 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Trying Rebecca Gale SF
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (mm2tp) Molly Harper PNR - Naked Werewolf 2
The Eye of Luvelles Phillip E. Jones F - Worlds of the Crystal Moon 2
Pirates (ri) Linda Lael Miller PNR/TT
Collision Course William Shatner SF - Star Trek: Academy




December 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fortune's Hero Jenna Bennett SFR - Soldiers of Fortune 1
Kiss of the Betrayer Boone Brux PNR - A Bringer and the Bane Novel 2
The Lady of Secrets Susan Carroll HistF - Dark Queen 6
Zombies vs Robots: Women on War! Jeff Conner (ed) SF - Anthology
Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov Martin H. Greenberg (ed) SF - Anthology
Ash James Herbert H
Buffy: The Making of a Slayer Nancy Holder TV Show Restrospective
The Bones of the Old Ones Howard Andrew Jones F - Dabir and Asim 2
The Rise of Nagash Mike Lee F - Time of Legends: Nagash Omnibus
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem Melissa Lemon FT
Nightstalkers Bob Mayer SF - Area 51
Nested Scrolls: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (h2tp) Rudy Rucker Autobiography
Children of the Night (ri) Dan Simmons H
Peace (ri) Gene Wolfe F
The Tribe (ri) Bari Wood H




December 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s Andrew M. Butler Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies Series
The Abolition of Species Dietmar Dath SF
Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal (h2tp) Sherryl Vint Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies Series


mm2tp - Mass Market to Trade Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
TT - Time Travel

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts

The Qwillery recently announced the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

This is the first in a series of posts giving more information about the novels and authors being featured in the 2013 Challenge. In addition I'll include other debuts for that month, which may or may not become featured. Today we will focus on novels being published in January 2013.

You may read all the rules for the 2013 Challenge here. Remember that everyone who reads at least 12 debut novels (1 from each month) will have her/his name thrown into a drawing for a US$100 gift certificate to an online bookstore to be determined by The Qwillery. The debuts for each month will be listed on the first of each month throughout 2013.


The following authors will be featured in January 2013:

R.S. Belcher

The Six Gun Tarot
Tor Books. January 22, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.




Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Can)
February 7, 2013 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook
(Adult Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]




Sean Pidgeon

Finding Camlann: A Novel
W. W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts
Not since A. S. Byatt’s Possession has there been a novel so perfectly attuned to readers who love the history and mythology of the British Isles.

A dramatic find at Stonehenge and another, quieter discovery in the Bodleian Library set in motion a riveting scholarly detective story and a romance, unfolding across a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside.

Archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that King Arthur ever existed. And yet medieval tales of this legendary warrior must have found their inspiration somewhere, and Donald is determined to discover their true source. A chance encounter with the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, sets them both on the trail of elusive clues embedded in an old Welsh battle poem. Their quest will intersect in unforeseen ways with their own troubled lives and will lead them at last to a deeper understanding of the origins of Arthur.





M.C. Planck

The Kassa Gambit
Tor Books, January 8, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.




Kerry Schafer

Between
The Books of the Between 1
Ace, January 29, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…






Interview with Sean Pidgeon, author of Finding Camlann - January 15, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 DebutsGuest Blog by Sean Pidgeon - How to Write an Ancient Celtic Poem - December 12, 20122013 Debut Author Challenge Preview - January 2013 Debuts

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