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Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014

Here are upcoming books for some of the authors who were featured in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

Benedict Jacka

Alex Verus 5
Ace, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends’ reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him—and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex’s own apprentice and Anne’s best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone.

Then Anne gets kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex and Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor, and they must find a way to rescue her.

But another shadow from the past has resurfaced—Alex’s former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is…

Steven John

Night Shade Books, September 2, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
The only people that can stop the high-tech terrorists who are stealing power are on horseback.

In the very near future, the United States’ energy needs are supplied by enormous solar farms the size of a small state. The panels generate an energy field that prevents ordinary machinery and electronics from functioning. The fields have to be guarded and tended by men on horseback: the Outriders.

New Las Vegas is ruled with an iron fist by Mayor Franklin Dreg and his quietly competent personal assistant, Timothy Hale. Crisis erupts when Hale discovers someone has been stealing energy—siphoning it out of the New Las Vegas grid under cover of darkness. As the Outriders investigate, the scale of the thieving becomes clear: these aren’t ordinary energy leechers. These are high-tech terrorists, or revolutionaries engaged in a mysterious and dangerous enterprise that could bring down the entire energy grid and the city it supports.

As pressures mount, fractures appear, both in the political leadership of New Las Vegas and among the tight-knit community of Outriders. As the pressure continues to grow, the mysterious goal of the “Drainers” finally comes into focus. Only then do the Outriders realize how dangerous the situation really

Ted Kosmatka

Divining Light
Henry Holt and Co., July 1, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
Brilliantly conceived and multilayered, Divining Light is a high-concept thriller that questions what it really means to be human

In Ted Kosmatka’s wildly original and genre-busting Divining Light, a groundbreaking new discovery changes the world forever
Out of a job and struggling with depression and alcohol abuse after a breakdown, the brilliant quantum physicist Eric Angus is given a second chance after he’s hired on a probationary basis by an old friend who runs Hansen, a prestigious Boston-area research lab. Unable to find inspiration for a project, Eric stumbles upon old equipment used for Feynman’s double-slit experiment and decides to re-create the test in order to see the results for himself.

Eric probes deeper into Feynman’s theory, with the help of fellow scientists Satish and Mi Chang. After extensive tests on frogs, dogs, chimps, working their way up every phylum, class, and order in the animal kingdom, Eric and his team establish a link between conscious observation and an evolutionary trait that is distinctly human: the soul. Mass chaos ensues after they publish the results of their experiment and Eric is bombarded by reporters angling for exclusive interviews and wanting to debate the varying implications. Questions arise when certain people appear to be “soulless,” and after Satish mysteriously disappears, Eric risks everything to answer them.

Daniel O'Malley

The Rook 2
Little, Brown and Company, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...

The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.

Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist).

Michael R. Underwood

Shield and Crocus
47North, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 416 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it.

The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants, all with their own agendas. Their infighting is nothing, though, compared to the mysterious “Spark-storms” that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people—a power that cost him the love of his life.

Now, with nothing left to lose, First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city’s overlords as they strive to free themselves from the clutches of evil. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other as well—that is, until the tyrants agree to a summit that will permanently divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal.

It’s one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it’s another thing to actually triumph.

In this stunning, original tale of magic and revolution, Michael R. Underwood creates a cityscape that rivals Ambergris and New Crobuzon in its depth and populates it with heroes and villains that will stay with you forever.

Also upcoming are:

Endsinger (Lotus War 3) by Jay Kristoff (Thomas Dunne Books, September 23, 2014)

Silverblind (Ironskin 3) by Tina Connolly (Tor Books, October 7, 2014)

Hunter's Trail (Scarlet Bernard 3) by Melissa F. Olson (47North, September 2, 2014)

More about these novels when I have can share the covers.

"What's so magical about books, anyway?" - Authors from the Bibliotheca Fantastica anthology answer - November 7, 2013

When we put together the fantasist anthology, Bibliotheca Fantastica, we asked ourselves, “What’s so magical about books, anyway?” Today, several authors from the anthology have answered that question for us.

David Sklar, author of “The Philosopher’s Nectar”:

“Were you saying things that you heard in your mind from just looking at that book?”
- Walter Tevis, Mockingbird

Other species use language. A prairie dog can tell prairie dogs what you look like. A crow can add “Watch out—that one’s trouble.” But humans leave words behind us for others to read. Some animals may leave a scent to say “I’m horny” or “Get off my lawn.” But we can write a treatise, a Constitution, or a cookbook. You can look at a stone tablet and learn ancient Babylonian laws. Or read a story or poem and feel what someone felt in the distant past.

That’s a part of why I write—the hope that something I wrote may touch someone after I’m gone. A reader might laugh at my thoughts about alien life or water on Mars, and still be touched by my words about love, loss, or sacrifice.

Or the other way around. Perhaps when our twenty-first century values and emotions are quaint and passé, my insights about sorcery might speak to a reader. Either way, a person from now and a person from then can be part of the same conversation, because someone put the words down in a book.

In other words—magic.

Gord Sellar, author of “The Rite”:

Magical? Books are virtually necromantic. They don't merely preserve ideas, but also voices, entrapping them on paper, vellum or papyrus as one might trap a sacrificial offering in amber, the breath of life still caught in its soft, vulnerable throat. Translations, especially, are harrowing necromantic rituals: Odysseus had to dig a cleft in the earth and pour blood straight from the slashed throat of an ewe, mingled with milk and honey, to hear the dead speak... but if we want to hear those faint voices, we just head to the library, and there they are, set out before us like jugs of blood-laced wine for the tasting. Those who steep themselves in this sort of magic--by spending time listening to the voices of the dead, or by practicing the entrapment their own voices in the shadowy lines of ink that stain page after page--are helpless to resist the changes wrought within them by these necromantic things that we today strew about without a second thought.

Michael J. DeLuca, author of “Other Palimpsests”:

Books are time travel. They're telepathy. They're the seance, the ansible, the summoning ritual, the oracle, the visionary dream. Reading makes another person's ideas our own, for better or worse, as different, far away or long ago as that other person might be. The connection isn't perfect--what magic is? But what's lost in the translation from one mind to the page and back into another's leaves room for the creativity that makes the next book possible, and the next. If only we could read them all.

A.C. Wise, author of “The Book of Her”:

Everything about books is magical - from the sound the pages make as they're turning, to the promise of a whole new world lying in wait between the covers. An unopened book is full of endless potential, and the best books, once you do open them, fulfill that whispered promise by taking you on a journey, introducing you to characters who end up feeling like friends, and making you see the world - at least briefly - in a completely new way

Garry Kilworth, author of ”The Secret Atlas”:

'Books are small boxes containing vast treasures.'

S.J. Hirons, author of “Pages Torn From “Eminent Phantasists: A New Edition”":

They remind us of places we've never been and times we haven't lived in.

Ray Vukcevich, author of “The Go-Between”:

We are matter that looks at and thinks about the universe and then tells stories. How that all works and why we should make up stories are deep mysteries, but that's what we do, and while it might not really be magic, it is wonderful. As we change in the coming ages, if we survive, the way we tell those stories might change, too. When we augment those most complicated of things, our brains, new art forms will probably arise. At some deep level, though, I think it will still be narrative, because that's who we are. We struggle to make sense of things and then we say stuff. Some of the most interesting things we say are collected in objects called "books."

Tina Connolly, author of “Paperheart”:

My favorite and most heartbreaking dreams are the ones where I'm in a library or old junk shop and I stumble on a book by a beloved author that I didn't know existed. I know where this comes from--when I was little I was obsessed with the Wizard of Oz. I thought there was only one book, but then in my Scholastic flyer from school I boggled as I saw an advertisement for #2. In our local bookstore sometime later I found 3, and eventually all the L. Frank Baum ones through 14. Several years later I was in the Topeka library and the same thrilling shock ran through me as I found the ones by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Each of these moments is incised in my memory. The books themselves were magical, but the unexpected discovery that you could, in fact, go back to Oz (or Narnia, or Green Gables, or or or) was always the real magic.

Andrew S. Fuller, author of “The Crimson Codex”:

Books are a beautiful chimeric species, similar in form and diverse in function. They are portents to other more exciting and more terrifying worlds, and adjust the lens through which we view our own. They introduce us to characters who shape us. They mutate our language. They can be escapes, journeys, companions, heartbreaks, archives, or exorcisms. Books are time capsules and historic records, though it often seems that fiction books contain more truth than those filed books in the 000-999 shelves of the library. But their most important power is to inspire. At their best, they move us to learn, question, and create.

I remember, many years ago, still living at home, working on my first novel project when my father came in. He stood beside my desk reading the dozens of sticky notes on the walls, jots of notes and quotes and fragments of chapters to be.

"This one by Kafka," he said, "The one about the axe and frozen sea. I don't agree."
"Hey, pal," I said, "This is my office. Yours is down the hall."


Bibliotheca Fantastica, edited by Don Pizarro and with a cover by Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara, is out now from Dagan Books. Order it online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Weightless Books, and direct from

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The View From Monday - October 14, 2013

Happy Columbus Day (observed) to those in the US. And a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada.

New York Comic Con ended yesterday and I'm still recovering from Friday and Saturday. I didn't go yesterday, Kids' Day, due to other commitments. Trinitytwo was with me on Friday and we'll have some pictures and goodies to share with you. Also during the week, I'll share with you many many press releases about comics and more. If you look just below this post you will see the first 3. Just click "Read more >>" if the press release title interests you.

The View From Monday - October 14, 2013

It's a fairly light release week with 1 debut:

How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman.

(Don't forget to vote in the October 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - here.)

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Obsidian Heart (Echoes of Empire 2) by Mark T. Barnes. I saw the novel at NYCC. It has a gorgeous cover by Stephan Martiniere. I'm enjoying the first novel - The Garden of Stones - and have preordered The Obsidian Heart;

Copperhead (Ironskin 2) by Tina Connolly;

First Bite (Dark Wolf 1) by Dani Harper;


Pushing Luck (Pax Arcana eNovella) by Elliott James.

If you are a fan of Steampunk you are in luck this week with:

His Lordship Possessed (Disenchanted & Co., Part 2) by Lynn Viehl;

The Osiris Curse (Tweed and Nightingale Adventures 2) by Paul Crilley;

Fiendish Schemes by K.W. Jeter;


Luminous Chaos (The Mysteries of New Venice 2) by Jean-Christophe Valtat

Both Anne Rice and Christopher Rice (Anne's son) have novels out on the 15th:

The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles 2) by Anne Rice; and

The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice, which is his first supernatural novel.  It's really, really good!

October 14, 2013
His Lordship Possessed (e) Lynn Viehl SP/M - Disenchanted & Co., Part 2

October 15, 2013
Red Country (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F
The Obsidian Heart Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 2
The n-Body Problem Tony Burgess Z/AP
Fury of Desire Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 4
How To Be a Good Wife (D US) Emma Chapman Meta/Ch
The Wasteland Saga: Three Novels: Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy, The Road is a River Nick Cole PA
Copperhead Tina Connolly HistF - Ironskin 2
The Osiris Curse Paul Crilley SP/M - Tweed and Nightingale Adventures 2
Tolkien: A Dictionary David Day F - Dictionary
The Entity Who Came for Christmas: A Holiday Novella (e) Cat Devon PNR - Entity
The Last Dark Stephen R. Donaldson F - The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 4
The Greatcoat: A Ghost Story Helen Dunmore Gh/H
Man in the Empty Suit (h2tp) Sean Ferrell SF/TT
Midnight's Promise: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Theodore Savage (ri) Cicely Hamilton SF - Radium Age SF Series
First Bite Dani Harper PNR - Dark Wolf 1
NOS4A2 (h2tp) Joe Hill Sup/Su
Pushing Luck (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana
The Cusanus Game Wolfgang Jeschke SF
Fiendish Schemes K. W. Jeter SP
The Wolves of Midwinter Anne Rice UF/H - Wolf Gift Chronicles 2
The Heavens Rise Christopher Rice SF/H
The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien Christopher Snyder LC
Luminous Chaos Jean-Christophe Valtat SP - Mysteries of New Venice 2
Come Back to the Sea: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jason Vanhee F

October 16, 2013
Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp = Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AP - Apocalyptic
Ch - Chiller
F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Suspense
Sup - Supernatural
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

The View From Monday - August 12, 2013

Happy Monday! August seems to be moving along at steady clip. I'm not getting in as much reading or writing as I'd like as I get my not so small humans ready for school. My youngest keeps growing so it's new clothes/shoes almost constantly. I've asked him to stop, but he says he can't. Kids!

I've started looking at September releases and my preliminary list has over 300 books/eBooks! The actual number should be lower as I confirm publication dates.

You may find a printable PDF of this week's genre releases here.

The View From Monday - August 12, 2013

There is one debut this week: The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez. Michael just announced that this in now Book 1 of the Daedalus series as he has signed for 2 more books: The Enceladus Crisis (Daedalus 2) will be out in Spring 2014 with a third novel to follow in late 2014.

Elliott James has an eNovella out this week: Charmed I'm Sure.  His debut Charmed (Pax Arcana 1) will be out in September.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Ironskin by Tina Connolly is out in Trade Paperback;

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans 3) by Suzanne Johnson;

No Love for the Wicked (Magnolia Kelch 2) by Megan Powell;

A Clockwork Heart (Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2) by Liesel Schwarz

Osiris (The Osiris Project 1) by E.J. Swift is out in Trade Paperback.

August 12, 2013
Midsummer Magick (e) Laura Navarre PHR - Magick Trilogy 2
Time Enough for Love (e) Morgan O'Neill TTR - Italian Time Travel 2
Her Ladyship's Curse (e) Lynn Viehl SP/AH - Disenchanted & Co. Part 1

August 13, 2013
Skies of Gold Zoe Archer SPR -  The Ether Chronicles 5
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H/Weird - Short Stories
The Raven Jeremy Bishop H - Jane Harper Horror 2
Kingmaker Christian Cantrell SF
Dark Horizons J.T. Colgan SF - Doctor Who
Ironskin (h2tp) Tina Connolly F/SPR - Ironskin 1
Winds of Salem Melissa de la Cruz F - Beauchamp Family 3
The Eternal Flame (h2tp) Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 2
Flesh (ri) Philip Jose Farmer SF
The Rise of Ransom City (h2tp) Felix Gilman F - Half-Made World 2
The Mark of Calth Laurie Goulding (ed) F - Horus Heresy Stories
Hunting with Gods M. K. Hume F - The Merlin Prophecy 3
The Broken Ones (h2tp) Stephen M. Irwin SuCrime
Elysian Fields Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The Daedalus Incident (D) Michael J Martinez SF/AH
The Steel Tsar (ri) Michael Moorcock SP - Nomad of the Time Streams 3
Blood of Tyrants Naomi Novik AH/F - Temeraire 8
The Constantine Affliction (h2tp) T. Aaron Payton SP
No Love for the Wicked Megan Powell F - Magnolia Kelch 2
The Last Kiss Goodbye Karen Robards UF - Dr. Charlotte Stone 2
A Clockwork Heart Liesel Schwarz SP/M - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2
Assault on Sunrise Michael Shea Dys/Th - Extra Trilogy 2
Alien Hunter Whitley Strieber SF
Niceville (h2tp) Carsten Stroud H
Osiris (h2tp) E.J. Swift SF/Dys - Osiris Project 1
Prepare to Die! (h2tp) Paul Tobin F/Superhero

August 14, 2013
Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure Kathryn Allan (ed) LC
Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages Steve Berman (ed) Z - Anthology

August 15, 2013
Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who Paul Booth (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Batman Liam Burke (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Bruce E. Drushel (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Mika Elovaara (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks Marisa C. Hayes (ed)
Franck Boulègue (ed)
History and Criticism
Charmed I'm Sure (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana Prequel
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains Claude Lalumière (ed) Anthology
Doctor Who and Race Lindy Orthia (ed) LC
The Treasury of the Fantastic (h2tp) David Sandner (ed)
Jacob Weisman (ed)
The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (ri) Vandana Singh SF - Collection
Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jennifer K. Stuller (ed) History and Criticism

August 16, 2013
The Demon's Wife Rick Hautala H/R
William Gibson Gary Westfahl Biography/LC

e - eBook
D - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the eleventh 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 12 here.

Myke Cole

Breach Zone
Shadow Ops 3
Ace, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…

Tina Connolly

Ironskin 2
Tor Books, October 15, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Set in an alternate version of early 1900s England, Copperhead is the sequel to Tina Connolly's stunning historical fantasy debut.

Helen Huntingdon is beautiful—so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask.

Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face—and now has to cover her face with iron so she won’t be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.

Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing—and is implicated in a murder.

Meanwhile, Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead—whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra—is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.

Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband—and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary—she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor...and her heart.

Elspeth Cooper

The Raven's Shadow
The Wild Hunt 3
Tor Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.

Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.

Alexa Egan

Unleash the Curse
An Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Pocket Star, September 2, 2013
eNovella, 100 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Only available as an enovella, the prequel to the second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy about shapeshifters in Regency-era England.

Neither actress Sarah Hayes nor London’s most eligible bachelor Sebastian Commin, Earl of Deane, has ever forgotten their one and only scandalous night of white hot passion or the differences in their social positions that make a future together impossible. So when they discover that they’ll be fellow guests at a house party, they vow to keep each other at arm’s length. A vow broken when they find themselves caught up in a mystery involving a brutal attack on an Imnada shape-shifter and an unexplained entity known as the Naxos.

Each clue they uncover reveals more about the ancient Imnada enemy—monstrous soul-feeders with the power to devour worlds. Each fiery encounter between the aristocrat and the entertainer underscores the raw desire that crackles the very air between them until Sebastian is convinced to make Sarah his wife, no matter the cost to his reputation. He just needs to convince Sarah, who cares for him too much to allow his future to be ruined by marrying a low-born actress. It’s only when the sinister Naxos strike again and Sebastian’s life is threatened that Sarah realizes she’s willing to risk a little scandal in order to save the world…and the man she loves.

Look for Vanquish the Curse (An Imnada Brotherhood eNovella) and Warrior's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood 3) in 2014.

Rhiannon Held

Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
Falling in love in a werewolf pack leads to some very bad choices in this new novel from the author of Silver

Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.

Tes Hilaire

Prince of Shadows
Paladin Warriors 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
It’s forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark…

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But maybe he was never all that Light to begin with

When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watches Gabriella’s need for vengeance threaten to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…

On The Qwillery's radar: 

From Delilah S. DawsonThe Damsel and the Daggerman (Blud eNovella) and Wicked After Midnight (Blud 3) both out in 2014.

From Sharon Lynn FisherThe Ophelia Prophecy coming February 18, 2014.

Guest Blog by Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin - Thoughts On My Book Tour

Please welcome Tina Connolly to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Ironskin, Tina's debut, was published on October 2, 2012. You may read an interview with Tina here.

Thoughts On My Book Tour

Thanks so much to The Qwillery for having me on the blog! When Sally asked me several months ago, I floated the idea of doing my blog post for the month *after* Ironskin came out. Why? Because October was dedicated to book tour, and I thought it would be fun to share thoughts on that.

So I got to go to a couple stops in my home state of Kansas (the Oak Park Barnes & Noble in KC, and The Raven in Lawrence), the Cedar Hills Powell's in Portland, the University Bookstore in Seattle, and Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach (L.A. area.)

First? It was awesome. I know authors sometimes say that touring isn't all it's cracked up to be, and I'm sure that this can be totally true. I was lucky enough to not have any disasters befall me. So I had an incredibly wonderful time.

What did I learn?

1. Invite your friends!

I posted about the events everywhere I could think of, including Facebook, Goodreads, my blog, Twitter, etc, etc. I additionally invited many of my friends directly. So the majority of folks that
came were friends and acquaintances. In Lawrence I got to see my third grade teacher, in Seattle I saw several former Clarion West classmates, and in L.A. I saw a couple friends from high school! It
was like a traveling reunion! I was thrilled that everyone came out to support me. And then additionally, every stop had people I did not know, and I was so very happy to meet the potential-fans and already-fans that came out for my reading. The tour turned out to be really great, but it would have been smaller crowds if I hadn't done the legwork.

2. Think like an actor.

I'm different than many writers in that I happen to love getting up in front of a crowd and reading from my book and answering questions. My mom said that probably my (extensive) theatre (geek) background was helpful. And that is totally true! I've got a handle on basic speaking skills. So, here's a couple tips for those reading your work in public for the first time:

- Your main goal is to make the audience comfortable. (Your story selection can make them uncomfortable, but you and your delivery should not!) So avoid self-denigrating remarks ("this isn't very good, but..." "this is the first time I've read this, so...") and always choose a selection you feel comfortable reading. You don't have to read the section with the histrionic fight, or the hardcore intimacy. Play to your strengths. Let the audience know they're in good hands.

- Make sure your story is printed out and easy to read. If you read off of a laptop, we'll be more concerned that you're about to drop it (see: making the audience comfortable). Additionally you'll have to worry about power issues. Peter Honigstock at Powell's told me that they lost power during a YA event a few months ago, and had to finish it up in the dark.

I actually have a flash fiction podcast called Toasted Cake ( and starting with episode 41, I've been sharing little story narration tips after every story. So if you want some more thoughts on pacing, funny voices, and not looking nervous, check out those recent episodes!

3. Think like a carnie.

I also work as a face painter. Which means that companies will hire me - say for a corporate picnic – to do free face painting for the kids. Which also means, subtextually – help us make our picnic a fun and comfortable place to be. So I found while at these book tour events I actually had an "event background" to draw on – that I had more experience than I expected making sure people were having fun. I would never have thought of myself as a party host type person (which can be a good model to follow) but then, I did have experience to draw from after all. YMMV here, but I like saying Hi to everyone before the event starts, and meeting as many of the folks I don't know as I can, and introducing people to each other, so we're starting to have a good time even before the reading begins. (Imagine here what your best friend would do—you know, the one that's so good at throwing parties. Pretend to be her.) Sometimes you might start to feel shy, but this is when the event planner mentality should kick in. If you feel overwhelmed because it's an event that's focused on you...stop
thinking of it that way. Think of it as a event all about the bookstore, and you're hired to help them have a fun time tonight. It's a funny mental trick, but it can be helpful!

Thanks so much to The Qwillery for having me today to talk about my book tour for Ironskin. Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to you, whether you're going on book tour, reading at open mic night, or even gearing up to do a presentation at work!

Oh, and PS - this didn't occur to me till my very last stop, but here's the other bonus about being a face painter – you can ask me to draw something random in your book, and I will totally do it. (A girl
in LA asked for a kitten with tentacles.) So come see me next time I'm in your town, and I will draw in your book, too!

About Ironskin
Tor, October 2, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation" -- a child born during the Great War -- Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life -- and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

About Tina

Photo by Caroline M. Yoachim
Tina Connolly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology Unplugged: Year’s Best Online SF 2008. Her debut fantasy novel IRONSKIN is forthcoming from Tor in October 2012, with a sequel in 2013. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and is narrating a 2012 flash podcasting venture called Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. Her website is

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2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October 2012

PLEASE NOTE: The votes have been completely restored! The results stand.

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for October 2012!

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun for you to choose a 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 2012 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.

You have 12 novels to choose from in October!

Interview with Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin - October 3, 2012

Please welcome Tina Connolly to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Ironskin, Tina's debut, was published on October 2, 2012!

Interview with Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin - October 3, 2012

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Tina:  Thanks so much for having me!

TQ:  Writing quirks! What are some of yours?

Tina:  For novels, I like to write a sort of book pitchy thing before I write the book (or at least, before I've written most of the book.) It keeps me focused, and it also lets me see if there are major structure problems. I started doing this after I wrote my 3rd novel (a quirky MG) and then tried to write up a query letter for it. I had the hardest time making the pitch sound logical...because the character who drove the plot was not the main character. Whoops!

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

Tina:  Oh, this is a long list. My favorite all time fantasy writer is Diana Wynne Jones. In the kickass fantasy heroines department, I also love Robin McKinley and Kristin Cashore. I also recently read Rae Carson's first book and tore through that. On the adult fantasy side, I love Dave Duncan for his detailed worldbuilding and complex magic systems. And Sharon Shinn for worldbuilding plus a good romance. And then, classics - my favorite all time writer ever is Jane Austen. But I obviously also love Charlotte Bronte (my favorite is actually Villette, which is amazing), Edith Wharton... Margaret Atwood for her deeply feminist (if sometimes depressing) books. Saki for his incisively funny short stories.... Take bits of all that and stir, I guess!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Tina:  I'm not sure if I'm really either! I come from short fiction, where I have a ridiculous process of jumping all around an idea, writing down random things and scenes I know. Eventually a story starts to emerge. This turned out to be fairly unworkable for novels (though I did, painfully, write one book this way (my possibly unfixable Great Experimental Lawrence Kansas Novel). So nowadays I'm more to the plotter side - I start with a very loose overarching idea, and then start going back and forth between writing and outlining.

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

Tina:  Before Ironskin, I'd written, I dunno, 6 novels and 70 short stories? During those years I had a full-time job, or a part-time job, or multiple part-time jobs... And then, a month after I sold Ironskin, I had a baby. And it turns out that finding time around a baby is a whole different kettle of fish. An adorable kettle of fish, but still. Writing the sequel to Ironskin while having a baby around was...challenging. (Not to mention that I still work seasonally as a face painter!)

TQ:  Describe Ironskin in 140 characters or less.

Tina:  Steampunk Jane Eyre with fairies! Of course it's not exactly steampunk, doesn't precisely follow the JE plot, and the fey aren't particularly tinkerbelly. But it's a good jumping off point.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Ironskin?

TinaIronskin actually started in 2007 as a novella written for a gothic anthology call. They didn't take it, but it was a finalist at Writers of the Future, which encouraged me to go back to it and develop it into a novel. That's the genesis of the plot, but as far as the driving impetus behind actually writing it, I'd say I tend to write a lot about beauty and feminism and power and the intersection of all those. The story structure I had gave me a lot of room to explore those themes.

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

TinaIronskin is not meant to be historical fantasy, but at the same time I wanted to give my world a good grounding. One of the more important worldbuilding points is that the book is set five years after a devasting human-fey war. So I ended up reading a lot of books about England post-WWI. My technology (among other things!) has gone at a different rate in Ironskin, but it was a good jumping-off point. One book I particularly liked was called "The Great War and Modern Memory", by Paul Fussell.

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

Tina:  Jane was tricky at the beginning, because in the original story, Jane's curse was closer to depression. I realized pretty quickly that was not going to give me a character who could drive an entire book. Once I got a handle on how rage would fit for Jane, she went much more smoothly. Easiest was perhaps Nina, who says the most awful things and is completely sure of herself. She was fun to write.

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

Tina:  Oh, a bunch, of course! But a non-spoilery one is I had fun writing the first ball sequence at Helen's house, particularly the point where the three old women (Pince-Nez, Shoes, and Handkerchief, as Jane internally dubs them), reminisce about the old days. There are also some fantastical books that pop up in the story and I always love making up those.

TQ:  What's next? /this is where you share anything you'd like/

Tina:  I'm currently working on the sequel, which is due out in October 2013! I've also had a couple stories appear recently - the SF generation ship story "Flash Bang Remember" in Lightspeed (with Caroline M. Yoachim), and a loose retelling of the Icelandic folk tale Kisa the Cat, "One Ear Back", in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (also podcast there by me!)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tina:  Thank you for having me!

About Ironskin

Tor, October 2, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin - October 3, 2012
Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation" -- a child born during the Great War -- Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life -- and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

About Tina

Interview with Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin - October 3, 2012
Tina Connolly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantasy, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology Unplugged: Year’s Best Online SF 2008. Her debut fantasy novel IRONSKIN is forthcoming from Tor in October 2012, with a sequel in 2013. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and is narrating a 2012 flash podcasting venture called Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. Her website is

Twitter : Google+ : Goodreads

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts

There are 12 debuts for October.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The October 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 October cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month. Please note that the cover for Dead Spots is not final.

Wild Girls 
Author: Mary Stuart Atwell
Publisher:  Scribner, October 16, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451683271 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original, Wild Girls is an exhilarating debut—part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she’ll be a frustrated townie forever or that she’ll turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown—and its dark history—and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Mary Stewart Atwell has written a novel that is at once funny and wise and stunningly inventive. Her wild girls are strange and fascinating creatures—a brilliant twist on the anger teenage girls can feel at their powerlessness—and a promise of the great things to come from this young writer.

Daughter of the Sword
Author:  Steve Bein
Series: Fated Blades
Publisher:  Roc, October 2, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN9780451464774 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.

Only Superhuman

Author: Christopher L. Bennett
Publisher:  Tor, October 16, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765332295 (print)
(First Original Novel)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It’s a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system.

Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she’s joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you can’t tell the heroes from the villains?

Only Superhuman is a rollicking hard-SF adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.

The Dead of Winter
Author: Lee Collins
Publisher:  Angry Robot, October 30, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN978-0-85766-272-9 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Cora and her husband hunt things – things that shouldn’t exist.

When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible. But if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

A stunning supernatural novel that will be quickly joined by a very welcome sequel, She Returns From War, in February 2013.

File Under: Dark Fantasy [ Winter Chill | Small Town Blues | Dead Reckoning | Sharp Shooter ]

Author: Tina Connolly
Publisher:  Tor, October 2, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765330598 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation" -- a child born during the Great War -- Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life -- and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

Author: Rob DeBorde
Series: The Oregon WyldesOctober 16, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250006646 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Welcome to Portlandtown, where no secret is safe---not even those buried beneath six feet of Oregon mud.

Joseph Wylde isn’t afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law’s grave-digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping that a booming metropolis and two curious grandtwins will be enough to keep the former marshal out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man’s past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee deep in floodwaters. As the dead mysteriously begin to rise, the Wyldes must find the truth before an unspeakable evil can spread across the West and beyond.

Ghost Planet
Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher
Publisher:  Tor, October 30, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765368973 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy—creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone—oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love—Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.

Three Parts Dead
Author: Max Gladstone
Publisher:  Tor, October 2, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765333100 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall
Author:  Jill Koenigsdorf
Publisher:  MacAdam/Cage, October 26, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 380 pages
Price:  $24.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781596923836 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Phoebe is an artist making very little money designing wine labels for a winery in Sonoma. Her house is in foreclosure, she’s divorced, turning forty, and beleaguered on every front. Enter Marc Chagall’s ghost, visible only to her, who appears to help her retrieve one of his own paintings that Phoebe’s father found during the liberation of France. Meant for Phoebe and her mother, the painting never made it into their hands. In this debut comic novel, Phoebe and Chagall hunt down the painting in the South of France with help from a cast of characters including two sisters who are witches, a San Francisco Art dealer, and a misguided French innkeeper. Their snooping also leads Chagall to a few out of the hundred paintings that went missing during his lifetime. With skill and tension this book pits characters who appreciate art for its beauty against black market art dealers, evil collectors, and the mysterious German pawn hired to deliver the goods.

The Witch of Babylon
Author: D.J. McIntosh
Series: Mesopotamian Trilogy
Publisher:  Forge, 2012
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780765333667 (print)
US Debut

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Out of the searing heat and sandstorms of the infamous summer of 2003 in Baghdad comes The Witch of Babylon, a gripping story rooted in ancient Assyrian lore and its little-known but profound significance for the world.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer raised by his much older brother, Samuel, a mover and shaker in New York's art world. Caught between his brother's obsession with saving a priceless relic looted from Iraq's National Museum and a deadly game of revenge staged by his childhood friend, John must solve a puzzle to find the link between a modern-day witch and an ancient one.

Aided by Tomas, an archaeologist, and Ari, an Iraqi photojournalist—two men with their own secrets to hide—John races against time to decipher a biblical prophecy that leads to the dark history behind the science of alchemy. Kidnapped by villainous fortune hunters, John is returned to Iraq, where a fabulous treasure trove awaits discovery—if he can stay alive long enough to find it.

International thriller-writing sensation D. J. McIntosh makes her American debut with The Witch of Babylon.

Dead Spots
Author: Melissa Olson
Series: Scarlett Bernard
Publisher:  47North, October 30, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1612185590 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.

Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead
Author:  Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon
Publisher:  Chronicle Books, October 3, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 222 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN: 9781452108032 (print)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - October 2012 Debuts
Imagine being trapped aboard the doomed Titanic on an icy Atlantic. . . with the walking dead. This fast-paced thriller reimagines the historical events of the fateful Titanic voyage through the lens of zombie mayhem. Captain Edward Smith and his inner circle desperately try to contain a weaponized zombie virus smuggled on board with the 2,200 passengers sailing to New York. Faced with an exploding population of lumbering, flesh-hungry undead, Smith’s team is forced into bloody hand-to-hand combat down the narrow halls of the huge steamer. In its few short days at sea, the majestic Titanic turns into a Victorian bloodbath, steaming at top speed toward a cold, blue iceberg. A creepy, tense pageturner, Deck Z will thrill zombie fans and Titanic buffs alike.

The View From Monday - October 1, 2012

The View From Monday - October 1, 2012

Happy first Monday in October. 30 days until Halloween!

This week at The Qwillery - Interviews with or Guest Blogs by Tina Connolly (Ironskin), Steve Bein (Daughter of the Sword), Sharon Lynn Fisher (Ghost Planet), Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead) and Jacqueline Carey (Dark Currents).

There are many books both print and digital out this week. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF.

October 1, 2012
The Culture Boxed SetIain M. BanksSF
His Vampyrrhic BrideSimon ClarkH
More Than MidnightBrian James FreemanH
Moon (ri)James HerbertH
Sepulchre (ri)James HerbertH
The Shadowy Horses (ri)Susanna KearsleyHist/PN
Zombie, IllinoisScott KenemoreH
After the Fall (e) (ri)Morgan O'NeillPNR/TT - Roman Time Travel 2
Her Vampire Lover (e)Caridad PineiroPNR
A Jaguar's Kiss (e)Katie ReusPNR
The Gospel of UsOwen SheersH
Savage HungerTerry SpearPNR - Shifter 1
The Wildside Book of Fantasy: 20 Great Tales of Fantasy (e)Gene Wolfe, et al.F - Anthology

October 2, 2012
Firestorm Taylor AndersonSF - Destroyermen 6
Mate ClaimedJennifer AshleyPNR - Shifters Unbound 4
Wicked WhispersNina BangsPNR - Castle of Dark Dreams 6
Daughter of the Sword (D)Steve BeinUF - Fated Blades 1
Deadly PatternsMelissa BourbonPCM - A Dressmaker's Mystery 3
Between Two FiresChristopher BuehlmanF
Tarnished KnightJack CampbellSF - Lost Stars 1
Dark CurrentsJacqueline CareyUF - Agent of Hel 1
Fury's KissKaren ChanceUF - Dorina Basarab 3
Ironskin (D)Tina ConnollyF/G
Ember's KissDeborah CookePNR - Dragonfire 8 
The Mysterious Madam Morpho (e)Delilah S. DawsonPNR - Blud Novella
Wild Hearts in Atlantis (e)Alyssa DayPNR - Warriors of Poseidon Novella
Pirate CinemaCory DoctorowSF
Night & DemonsDavid DrakeH
The Fallen BoysAaron DriesH
The Greatcoat: A Ghost StoryHelen DunmoreGS
Phantom ShadowsDianne DuvallPNR - Immortal Guardians 3
SkarletThomas EmsonH - Vampire Trinity 1
CatalystBrian EvensonH/SF - Dead Space 2
NightwhereJohn EversonH
Daniel Ironstone and the Legend of EraLeonRoderick FarmerF
Dark StormChristine FeehanPNR - Dark 23
1635: Papal StakesEric FlintAH - Ring of Fire 15
Edge of OblivionJ.T. GeissingerPNR - Night Prowler 2
Three Parts Dead (D)Max GladstoneUF
After the King (ri)Martin H. Greenberg
Jane Yolen (eds)
F - Anthology
Peaches for Father FrancisJoanne Harris FR
RevelationErica HayesPNR - Seven Signs 1
Ghosts of MemoriesBarb HendeeUF - Vampire Memories 5
The Essential Reader's Companion: Star WarsPablo HidalgoSF - Star Wars
Death's RivalFaith HunterUF - Jane Yellowrock 5
Sand Witches in the HamptonsCelia JeromeUF - Willow Tate 5
Shifting Plains (ri)Jean JohnsonFR - Sons of Destiny Prequel
The Book of Cthulhu 2Ross Lockhart (ed)H - Anthology
The Brain Eater's Bible: Sound Advice for the Newly Reanimated ZombieJ.D. McGhoul with
Pat Kilbane
Changes (h2mm)Mercedes LackeyF - Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles 3
Redoubt: BookMercedes LackeyF - Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles 4
London EyeTIm LebbonF/PA - Toxic City 1
Daughter of EvilNile J. LimbaughH
Little Star: A NovelJohn Ajvide LindqvistH
Kissed by DarknessShéa MacLeodPNR - Sunwalker Saga 1
Out of Oz (ri)Gregory MaguireF - Wicked Years 4
Voices From The Other SideBrandon Massey (ed)H - Anthology
Warrior's Last Gift (e)Melissa MayhuePNR
Hitchers (h2tp)Will McIntoshH
The Ninth Circle (h2mm)R. M. MeluchSF - Tour of the Merrimack 5
Merge / DiscipleWalter MosleySF - Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion
Songs of Love and Darkness (e)Mary Jo Putney
Carrie Vaughn
Yasmine Galenorn
M.L.N. Hanover
Lisa Tuttle
The Tainted CityCourtney SchaferF - The Shattered Sigil 2
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreRobin SloanF
PassengerAndrew SmithH/F
Mixed SignalsJane TeshM/PE - Grace Street Mystery 2
Werewolf in DenverVicki Lewis ThompsonPNR - Wild About You 4
The Fall (ri)Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - Strain Trilogy 2
HALO: The Thursday WarKaren TravissSF
Building a Better MonsterChristopher TreagusH
The Complete Tolkien CompanionJ. E. A. TylerF - Guide
Star Trek: Vanguard: In Tempest's Wake (e)Dayton WardSF - Star Trek
Lover Reborn (h2mm)J.R. WardPNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 10
Darkness RisingLis Wiehl with
Pete Nelson
PM - East Salem Trilogy 2
Mortal TiesEileen WilksUF - Lupi 9
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude Don't Touch ItDavid WongH

October 3, 2012
Royal BloodSarah MarquesF - Vampire Musketeers 2
Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead (D)Chris Pauls
Matt Solomon

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
G - Gothic
GS - Ghost Story
H - Horror
Hist- Historical
Hu - Humor
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranornal Elements
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PN  - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
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