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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8


This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9 will cover 2013 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 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






Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Site
Scandels with Bite 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...

Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.





Clifford Beal

Not Final Cover
The Guns of Ivrea
Valdur 1
Solaris, July 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

An incredible new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now a reluctant monk in the Great Temple at Livorna, uncovers a terrible secret, one that could topple the Holy Church. A secret that could get him killed.
Pirate princeling Nico Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but threaten their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the island kingdom, through duchies and republics riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...







R. S. Belcher

Nightwise
Tor Books, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages





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The Trade Paperback of the The Shotgun Arcana will be published by Tor Books in October 2015. It was previously published in Hardcover and eBook in October 2014.




M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension
Generation V #4
Roc, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….






J. Kathleen Cheney

The Shores of Spain
Novel of the Golden City 3
Roc Trade, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.




The Seat of Magic
Novel of the Golden City 2
Roc, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, July 2014

The Golden City series continues, and humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill…

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic





Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Tor Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.




The Rebirths of Tao
Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction





Ian Doescher
[covers not yet available]

William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace : Star Wars Part the First
Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

O THREEPIO, THREEPIO, WHEREFORE ART THOU, THREEPIO?

Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!




William Shakespeare's Alack! Of the Clones : Star Wars Part the Second
Quirk Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

In time so long ago begins our play,

In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.




William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge : Star Wars Part the Third
Quirk Books, September 8, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 168 pages

TO THINE OWN SITH BE TRUE!

Lend us your ears and comlinks, good folk, as we share a tale of tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance. Within this Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars: Episode 3, galactic treachery abounds. A once-heroic knight is transformed into the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF CORSUCANT!

Don’t miss this final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, presented Shakespeare-style with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. It’s a perfect melding of classic literature and epic pop culture!





Betsy Dornbusch

Emissary
Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover, 360 pages
eBook available April 7, 2015

Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.





Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?




Radiant State
Wolfhound Century 3
Orbit, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages





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Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu


The Lives of Tao
Author:  Wesley Chu
Series:  The Lives of Tao 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663290 (print)
Cover Art:  Argh! Oxford
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]



Brannigan's Review

The Lives of Tao is a realistic, action-based, science fiction story tailor-made for the modern-day video gamer. I don't think I'm the first person to read this book and think of a certain time-traveling video game franchise that just happens to land in the coolest eras. Wesley Chu excels at writing fast-paced action scenes that show an honest point of view in regards to how the characters react both physically and emotionally to the wounds and stress of battle. Chu used the fact that the main character was an everyman to wonderful effect for comedy, which helps lighten the mood. Chu should also be praised for the fact that he didn't make the beginner level of Roen annoying. I've seen this before and hate it when authors do an origin story and start off by making the hero a weak, annoying schmuck. Thankfully, Chu does not do this with Roen, while still showing him to be a normal guy, who's inexperienced with being a super spy or even basic healthy living--he is a likeable character.

One of the aspects of the novel I was worried about the most ended up being one of my favorite parts. Due to Tao's nature as as alien life form who has to live inside a human host to survive, I was wondering how I as a reader would be able to connect to the two main characters while they shared the same body, but Chu used the beginning of each chapter to great effect to allow Tao to shine and allow me to spend some quality time alone with Tao, and I have to say I enjoyed it so much I'm hoping for more time with Tao in future books.

Ever since I first heard about the Science Fiction sub-genre, Secret History, I've wanted to check it out and I'm glad Chu was my first adventure in Secret History fiction. It was handled perfectly, he followed the Goldilocks adage, and now I will use Chu as my measuring rod against all other authors who write in this sub-genre.

My only complaint of the book would be the fact that Roen becoming a super spy and going on missions and travels around the globe doesn't seem to raise any flags with his roommate/best friend or parents. Chu briefly explains all of this as being part of Roen's new “job,” but I felt Chu could have used the secondary characters to show more concern and even confusion at the 180 degree change in Roen's life, not to mention the battle wounds. I think it would have helped make Roen feel even more real and offer some humorous scenes, but there are two more books in the series, so maybe Chu's saved that for the next book.

The Lives of Tao gives you everything you ever wanted in an action adventure sci-fi book. You've got aliens, intense battles, humor and interesting questions posed. There is plenty of violence but not major issues with language or adult situations, so I would recommended it to young adults and adult readers. I'd also recommend it to anyone who likes earth-bound science fiction, secret history and video game enthusiasts who need to take a break from the consoles.






Also available

The Deaths of Tao
The Lives of Tao 2
Angry Robot Books, October 29, 2013 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Cover Art: Argh! Oxford

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity’s social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible.

The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the Genjix method will mean the destruction of the human race.

That’s a price they’re willing to pay.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Manning Up | A Long Journey | Bye-Bye Mankind | Personal Space ]



Upcoming

The Rebirths of Tao
Angry Robot Books, December 30, 2014 (US/Canada)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.
A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction

2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR




2013 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR


It's time to vote for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will  find the 12 mothhly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the")!

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The View from Monday - October 28, 2013


Happy last Monday in October! Halloween is only 3 days away. I live in New England and after the last 2 years (early Nor'easter and then Superstorm Sandy) I am hoping that we have a quiet Halloween with no unusual weather.

I did not get much reading done this week. I do a lot of behind the scenes stuff at The Qwillery that is much too dull to talk about. I have a huge TBR and too many books that I want to read all at once. I'm finishing up some reviews that need to be written.  I'm also working on New York Comic Con posts and more, including the November genre release list. By genre I mean speculative fiction, horror, PNR, etc. You actually know what I mean by 'genre fiction' if you've been reading the blog for a while.


The View from Monday - October 28, 2013

On Saturday, I took photos at the Halloween ComicFest at my local comic shop. Legends of Superheros. There were Free Comics (of course) and three guests - artist Dave Meikis, artist T.C. Ford, and author Alex Giannini.  I picked up a copy of Alex's book - Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World. It is beautifully illustrated by Abigail Larson. I also picked up Thomas who is a teddy bear featured in the book. I'll be interviewing Alex soon!

The View from Monday - October 28, 2013


And now on to this week's genre releases!


The View from Monday - October 28, 2013



There are two debuts this week:

The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh;

and

The Eidolon by Libby McGugan


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Deaths of Tao (Lives of Taw 2) by Wesley Chu;

Two Serpents Rise (Craft Sequence 2) by Max Gladstone;

and

The Prince of Lies (Night's Masque 3) by Anne Lyle.


October 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vampire Games (e) Tiffany Allee PNR - From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 4
Ghosts of Kinston Cottage (e) Libby Bishop PNR
Trancehack (e) Sonya Clark FR - Magic Born 1
Realm Walker (e) Kathleen Collins FR - Realm Walker 1
Ghosts of the Falls (e) Sarah Gilman PNR
Less Than Perfect (e) Kelly Jensen PaR
Bad Cop (e) Angela McAlister PNR
Four Weddings and a Werewolf (e) Kristin Miller PNR - Seattle Wolf Pack 2
Battle Scars (e) Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blood of the Pride 4
The Faceless One (D) (e) Mark Onspaugh H
Rusted Veins (e) Jaye Wells UF - Sabina Kane Novella



October 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth Stephen Jones (ed) H/W - Anthology
Kiss the Night Goodbye (ri) Keri Arthur PNR - Nikki and Michael 4
Dream London Tony Ballantyne UF
Allegiance Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 3
Katabasis Joseph Brassey
Cooper Moo
Mark Teppo
Angus Trim
F - Mongoliad Cycle 4
Dreams and Shadows (h2tp) C. Robert Cargill UF
After Moonrise (tp2mm) P.C. Cast
Gena Showalter
PNR - Possessed / Haunted
The Deaths of Tao Wesley Chu SF - Tao 2
Rising Sun (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH
Abyss Deep Ian Douglas SF - Star Corpsman 2
Two Serpents Rise Max Gladstone F - Craft Sequence 2
Midnight's Promise Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 8
Midnight's Promise: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Parasite Mira Grant Th/H/Z
After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire
Ever After (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 11
Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years Marcus Hearn SF - Doctor Who
Black Heart Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 6
A Study in Darkness Emma Jane Holloway SP/M - Baskerville Affair 2
Hellhound Nancy Holzner UF - Deadtown 5
Darkship Renegades (tp2mm) Sarah A. Hoyt SF - Darkship 2
Dead Set Richard Kadrey DF
Annihilation (h2mm) Drew Karpyshyn SF - Star Wars: The Old Republic
The Clone Assassin Steven L. Kent SF - Rogue Clone 9
Big Bad Beast (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride Stories 6
The Influence Bentley Little H
Devilishly Wicked Kathy Love PNR - Devilish 3
The Prince of Lies Anne Lyle F - Night's Masque 3
Star Trek: The Fall: A Ceremony of Losses David Mack SF - Start Trek
George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set George R.R. Martin F - Game of Thrones
Wild Cards II: Aces High (tp2mm) George R.R. Martin (ed) SF - Anthology
The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister George R.R. Martin F
The Cassandra Project (h2mm) Jack McDevitt
Mike Resnick
SF/Th
The Eidolon (D) Libby McGugan SF
Imager's Battalion (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 6
Accidentally In Love With...A God? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 1
Lords and Ladies (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 14
Men at Arms (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 15
Small Gods (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 13
Soul Music (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 16
Dark Witch Nora Roberts PNR - Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy 1
Heartwood Freya Robertson F - Heartwood 1
Defender Mike Shepherd F - Kris Longknife 11
Descending Son Scott Shepherd H
Archangel's Legion Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 6
The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life (h2tp) Noble Smith Humor
True Blood: Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires Gianna Sobol
Michael McMillian
UF - True Blood
Kiss of Revenge Debbie Viguie PNR - Kiss Trilogy 3
The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett Daniel Wallace
Ryder Windham
Jason Fry
SF - Star Wars



October 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Brimstone and Marmalade: A Tor.Com Original (e) Aaron Corwin UF



October 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Balfour and Meriwether in The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs Daniel Abraham F
Robinson Crusoe on Zombie Island Daniel Defoe
Ivan Fanti
Mu/Z
The Night Boat Robert McCammon H
The Monkey's Other Paw: Revived Classic Stories of Dread and the Dead Luis Ortiz (ed) H - Anthology



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

AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
M - Mystery
Mu - Mashup
PaR - Post Apocalyptic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy
Th - Thriller
W - Weird
Z - Zombies

Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)

As you know, Blogger polls apparently do not work. They don't record all votes, they delete counted votes, etc. In an attempt to find find something more reliable, I turned to both a Rafflecopter poll and a poll I created using Google Drive.  I find both okay and both inadequate. Neither poll shows real time voting results. On top of that you have to log in to the Rafflecopter to vote.  As far as I know presently it is not possible for polls with Rafflecopter or Google Drive to show real time voting results. I have to explore Google Drive more and see if it's possible to include real time voting results. In the meantime I will continue to search for a better poll. I've considered PollDaddy but it only allows 200 votes per poll. These Debut Author Challenge Polls sometimes go well over that number. PollCode may be a good alternative.


Now to the winner of the Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for April 2013:  The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu and cover art by Argh! Oxford.


Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)



The Results:

From the Rafflecopter Poll: 

The Lives of Tao                   11 votes
Promise of Blood                    3 votes
The Golem and the Jinni         1 vote
Assassin's Gambit                  1 vote


Google Drive Form results:
Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)
Bite Me, Your Grace
00%
The Lives of Tao
4253%
Promise of Blood
2937%
Assassin's Gambit
23%
The River of No Return
23%
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
00%
A Stranger in Olondria
00%
The House at the End of Hope Street
00%
The Golem and the Jinni
45%





April 2013 Debut Covers

Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 2013 Winner (Finally)



Thank you to everyone you voted and was so patient!


The View From Monday - April 29, 2013

We've reached the last Monday in April. Spring is sort of here. It's still a bit colder than normal. Despite this everything has started to bloom. See?

The View From Monday - April 29, 2013


Here are the remaining April genre releases.

There are two Debuts this week:   

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu;

and

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.


And from former Debut Author Challenge featured authors:

One for the Wicked (Dark Mission 5) by Karina Cooper;

Wicked as She Wants (Blud 2) by Delilah S. Dawson;

Silver by Rhiannon Held is available in Mass Market Paperback. It was published originally in Trade Paperback;

and

Year Zero by Rob Reid is available is Trade Paperback. It was published originally as a Hardcover.


There are quite a few books, etc. out this week so if you click here you can print a PDF to take shopping with you.



April 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Clockwork Mafia (e) Seleste deLaney SP/W/R
Club Monstrosity (e) Jesse Petersen UF




April 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gilead's Blood (ri) Dan Abnett
Nik Vincent
F - Warhammer
Bronze Gods A. A. Aguirre SP - Apparatus Infernum 1
Hair Raising Kevin J. Anderson UF - Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. 3
As Twilight Falls Amanda Ashley PNR
Rogue Descendant Jenna Black UF - Nikki Glass 3
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown SF
Invincible (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 3
Earth Unaware (h2mm) Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF - First Formic War 1
We Have Always Lived on Mars: A Tor.Com Original (e) Cecil Castellucci SF
The Lives of Tao (D) Wesley Chu SF
One for the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 5
Wicked as She Wants Delilah S. Dawson F - Blud 2
Deep Space Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 4
Dark Wolf Kate Douglas PNR - Spirit Wild 1
Blackmail Earth (h2mm) Bill Evans Th/SF
Siege (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater PA/Z - As the World Dies 3
The Stranger's Magic (h2tp) Max Frei UF - Labyrinths of Echo 3
A Perfect Beast Michael Jan Friedman
Robert Greenberger
Peter David
SF - After Earth Prequel
Tides of War (h2mm) Christie Golden F - World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore 2
Graveyard Child M.L.N. Hanover UF - Black Sun's Daughter 5
Silver (tp2mm) Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 1
NOS4A2 Joe Hill SuSu
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Roses in Moonlight Lynn Kurland PNR - De Piaget 15
World Divided (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
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The Bone Triangle B. V. Larson SF/SuM - Unspeakable Things 2
Rebirth (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield PA - Aftertime 2
Etruscans (ri) Morgan Llywelyn
Michael Scott
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The Folded World Jeff Mariotte SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Devil's Heart Cathy Maxwell HistR w/ PE - The Chattan Curse
Echoes of Betrayal (h2mm) Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy
Crucible of Gold (h2mm) Naomi Novik F - Temeraire 7
Accidentally...Evil? (e) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours
The Book of the Sword (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 1
The Book Of The Spear (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 2
The Book Of The Stone (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 4
The Book Of The Cauldron (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 3
The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! Angie Pedersen SF - Star Trek: Crafts
Guards! Guards! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 8
Pyramids (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 7
Sourcery (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 5
Wyrd Sisters (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 6
Year Zero (h2tp) Rob Reid SF
The Last Victim (h2mm) Karen Robards PRS - Charlotte Stone 1
A Stranger in Olondria (D) Sofia Samatar F
Five Autobiographies and a Fiction Lucius Shepard F - Collection
The Darkest Kiss (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 2
The Darkest Night (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 1
The Darkest Pleasure (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 3
The Darkest Whisper (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 4
Flashback (tp2mm) Dan Simmons SF
Dark Magic (h2mm) James Swain Th/F
Advent (h2tp) James Treadwell F
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis SF - The Milkweed Triptych 3
Dust (tp2mm) Joan Frances Turner H - Dust 1
Good-bye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories John Varley SF - Collection
Oath Bound Rachel Vincent UF - Unbound 3
Transgalactic (tp2mm) (ri) A.E. Van Vogt
Eric Flint (ed)
David Drake (ed)
SF - Collection
The Touch (ri) F. Paul Wilson SuTh/H - The Adversary Cycle 3
Judgment at Proteus (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 5



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


F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistR - Historical Romance
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
SuSu - Supernatural Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF -  Urban Fantasy
W - Western
Z - Zombies

Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013


Please welcome Wesley Chu to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs.  The Lives of Tao will be published in the US/Canada on April 30, 2013, in eBook everywhere on April 30, 2013, and in the UK on May 2, 2013.



Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013



Forebearers

Sally was kind enough to give me the podium (hah!) so I really should talk about my upcoming book, The Lives of Tao (April 30th, 2013), right? Actually, I’m going to switch gears. Instead, I’m going to talk about the first time I bought a book.

A little background; I came over from Taiwan to the United States when I was five years old. English has a whopping twenty-six letters so it took me oh about a month before I became fluent, though I did piss off my kindergarten teacher for weeks because the only word I spoke was “No!” Very emphatically I might add.

English is a very tricky and inexact language though. The Bynars would hate it (geek points if you got that reference). My English professor father wanted to expand my vocabulary and become more fluent with English’s many nuances and inflections, so he took me to a bookstore and told me that he would buy whatever book I wanted. Of course, he steered me toward the literary section before he made the offer.

Instead, I made a direct beeline to the books with the pretty pictures and picked out two. One had a red funny-looking lion with a monkey face, wings, and a scorpion tail. Another had this old dude playing with a floating, glowing sword, and this guy in a short dress was staring at him. Super geek points if you can guess these books. For those who can’t guess, the two books were A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony and The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans.

English Professor Dad was not happy with my selections and tried to convince me to pick again. I think he wanted me to choose Tom Sawyer or Beowulf or something. I was adamant though. I wanted the lion and the shiny flying sword, damn it! Eventually, after much crying and pouting, he relented; a promise is a promise after all. Who knows? Maybe if I had picked up Machiavelli’s The Prince or Sun Tzu’s Art of War, I’d be a politician or an admiral today. I coulda been a contenda! Well, I would’ve had really bad grammar too. I mean, have you read The Prince?

But no, I chose the funny looking lion with the goofy tail, and thus began my decades long love affair with science fiction and fantasy, and Lauralanthalasa Kanan (double jeopardy geek points if you get this). Now thirty years later, I’m publishing my first Sci-Fi novel—if you don’t buy the book, at least come to my book release party May 4th!— so what’s the moral of the story?
  1. Parents, don’t let your kids pick the books if you have ulterior motives.
  2. Kids, what you read early on can really influence you.
  3. Red lions with funny looking tails are frigging cool.
  4. So are magic flying swords.
But really, being a month away from my debut, it got me thinking. It’s been a long journey toward publication and this whole process has been magical and life changing. And while I’m very thankful to my parents for encouraging me to read, I won’t gush because I already dedicated the book to them.

So instead I’ll thank Lawrence Watt-Evans, Piers Anthony and all those thousands of other authors who paved the way before me. You guys kick major ass. Sometimes, you think you’re just writing stories, but really, you’re building another kid’s dreams. So to all you sirs and madams, I raise a glass to you and say thank you and rock on.





About The Lives of Tao

The Lives of Tao
Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Can)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]





About Wesley

Guest Blog by Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao - April 1, 2013
Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast.

Wesley is an avid gamer and a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A former stunt man and a member of the SAG, he can also be seen in film and television playing roles such as “Banzai Chef” in Fred Claus and putting out Oscar worthy performances as a bank teller in Chicago Blackhawks commercials.

Besides working as an Associate Vice President at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale Terrier, Eva.

You can catch up with Wesley online at his blog: www.chuforthought.com, or on Twitter: @wes_chu.



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