Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Interview with Karina Cooper and Giveaway - May 31, 2011

Please welcome Karina Cooper to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.


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

Karina:  Well, let's lay this out: there's interesting annoying-quirk, and then there's interesting addict-quirk, and then there's interesting quirk-quirk. The former involves saying each line aloud as I type it. Really, no one can write in a room with me. Can you imagine reading every word aloud as you're clattering your keys? It helps me with dialects, accents and speech-patterns, but nowadays, it's mostly just because I can't get enough of the sound of my own voice. (This is a joke. Which means it's only partially true.) My interesting addict-quirk ties into the concept that every writer has a vice. Some involve booze by one's elbow, some involve cigarettes clenched tightly between two fingers as nicotine enhanced authors type with eight. Mine involves a hot drink: I absolutely must have a hot cup of something -- coffee or tea or chai or hot chocolate -- near at hand. I may not drink it right away (I have a hot plate just for mugs), but it has to be there, at my beck and call. You know, just in case I have this undeniable urge to quaff back some caffeine and replenish what brain cells I may have wrung dry.

And then lastly, there's my interesting quirk-quirk: I never read my sex scenes until I'm doing revisions. When I write them, I write it all in one go, never even so much as read up a line, and hurriedly move on to writing the next scenes. I have no idea how good or bad or muddled or hot or shameless my sex scenes are until I've completed my first draft and am now working on my edits. Sometimes, I'm pleasantly surprised. Sometimes, I find jaw-droppingly embarrassing errors. It's great fun. And I always blush.

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

Karina:  My two favorite writers in the whole world are, interestingly enough, British. Perhaps this says something about me. Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett both have influenced me as a writer, although I couldn't say either influenced my writing. I look up to both men with equal respect-slash-stalkery, and Mr. Gaiman has miraculously managed to shape who I want to become in this career, all without actually meeting. It's complicated. I'm a little bit ion love with the man, but only in that "far away" sort of way that insures a) his wife will not come after me with a flaming ukulele, and b) if I ever do meet him, he won't have a restraining order in hand.

Cherry Adair and Chuck Wendig are two more writers that I have so much respect for, and both have helped to influence me greatly as a person. I'm not sure I could point to anyone as to who helped influence my writing... I read so much -- so much, y'all -- that I can't think of anyone off hand who shaped my voice more or less than the others.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Karina:  I used to be a pantser! But here's my fun little secret that I'm oddly yet abashedly proud of: I have 138 unfinished projects in a folder I call "Grab Bag" but which should probably be called "Crap I'll Never Touch Again". ...Can I share that? (Dear Publishers: I finish books, I swear!) The thing is, until I learned how to plot in a way that actually worked with me (Virgo/Libra, folks, line up to pity the fool), I had the devil of a time completing anything. Within, literally, one day of learning how to plot from Cherry Adair's workshop, I had a full book plotted out. Within three months of that, that book was done, and is now on sale as Blood of the Wicked. Since learning to plot, I have never, ever looked back, and I'm in the process of teaching a friend how to do the same!

TQ:  Describe Blood of the Wicked (Dark Mission 1) in 140 characters or less.

Karina:  Is it bad I had to alt-tab over to Twitter to make sure I got the characters right? Okay, here we go: A hunter is forced to use a woman as bait to complete his mission. A secret witch, she'll do anything to save her brother from death.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Dark Mission series?

Karina:  Supervolcanoes. Seriously! I was watching the Discovery channel and they had a segment on the supervolcanoes of the world, and as I was watching, I started to feel the gears of creation winding up. Next thing I knew, I was researching subduction zones and mapping out a fictional city built on the ruins of the city we know now. It was eerie. I was also sick out of my mind, but I got over that bit.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the the Dark Mission novels?

Karina:  I became a geologist! Okay, not really. But I did have to do a lot of research into the various tectonic zones and volcanoes around the Pacific Northwest. I also did a lot of looking into what areas of the world are plagued by what disasters. You don't hear a lot about the rest of the world in the Dark Mission series -- that may or may not come later, ahem-hem -- but I did learn that even places we don't hear about a lot have these epic disasters once every few centuries or so. Did you know that the Pacific Northwest has a truly massive quake -- like the kind that hit Japan -- every 200 to 900 years? It's a pretty random spread of numbers, but look at it this way: The last one was in 1700... 300 years falls firmly between 200 and 900, doesn't it? Something to think about!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the Blood of the Wicked?

Karina:  Oh, my. My favorite scene of all in Blood of the Wicked is close-ish to the end. Silas has just learned something that Jessie deliberately didn't tell him and his reaction is so intense and visceral and raw that my stomach twisted up even while I was writing it. They share a kiss that is as vivid in my mind as if I was the one who experienced it (don't worry, my faithful Freud types, I didn't!), and as negative as the whole scene is, I love it to bits.

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

Karina:  The easiest character to write is Silas -- he's really not that complex. He's basically a giant teddy bear with fists of iron. All he really wants is to get the fuck out of the city (pardon my language, darlings, but this is Silas we're talking of) and go somewhere sunny and isolated and nurse his bum knee and fish for the rest of his life. He's tempered by his job as a witch hunter, so his inner squishiness is a little crusty around the edges, but he's still pretty matter-of-fact.

The hardest character to write was... Well. I'll say "the villain". That man is so ridiculously complex. He says up when he means down, can't be buggered to explain anything, and has the worst martyr complex I've ever in my life had to tolerate. Seriously, I loathe him. I mean, I love him, but really. I loathe him.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Dark Mission series?

Karina:  At the moment, there's three planned -- Blood of the Wicked (available May 31st), Lure of the Wicked (available June 28th, 2011) and then All Things Wicked (which will be available... um... sometime... ish). But the world is so ripe, and the characters so freaking busy sticking their noses into everyone else's business, that there could be more in the future. Who knows? Stay in touch, and I'll announce everything as it happens.

TQ:  What's next?

Karina:  As I mentioned, there's two more Dark Mission books coming out after Blood of the Wicked. However, I'll have another novella out later in the year. It's going to be a Dark Mission one, too, and it might just feature someone you didn't expect to see! I also tend towards a sickness in the head, which means I'm always working on something. Stay close. News is forever streaming through the glistening spam meat that is my Twitter feed!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Karina:  Thank you ever so much for having me! This was fun -- I hope to come back again, if you ever need a wall of text spam to occupy readers. I'm giving like that. ;)

TQ:  You're more than welcome to visit again!


About Karina's Books

Before the Witches
Dark Mission E-novella
(Avon Impulse, May 17, 2011)
In America, they didn't care about witches. But all that was about to change.

Katya Zhuvova fled a country that feared her gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at the mercy of a ruthless man. With no one left to turn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan. Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determined to bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the cost. In order to the get answers he needs, he attempts to win the trust of one of the prostitutes involved—but one look at the deceptively sultry Katya and the cool, objective cop disappears. Before either can put their plans into place, Mother Nature shrugs: a cataclysm rocks Seattle, and life is turned upside down.

Brought together by chance, Nigel and Katya are in the fight for their lives. Surrounded by death and fear, shattered by immeasurable loss, they have only a bond forged in fire to cling to as they struggle to survive in a world gone straight to hell.

 AmazonBarnes&Noble : Borders


Blood of the Wicked
Dark Mission 1
(Avon, May 31, 2011)
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn.

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind.

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.

Amazon : Barnes&Noble : Book Depository : Borders


Lure of the Wicked
Dark Mission 2
(Avon, June 28, 2011)
Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle's premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She's an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she's tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

Amazon : Barnes&Noble : Book Depository : Borders









About Karina

After weaving happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (kind of) and fell in love with writing. Imagine her surprise to find that it counts as A Real Job. One part romance fanatic, one part total dork, and all imagination, she can’t help but write paranormal romance and obsess over urban fantasy.

When she isn't writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, one rabbit, the fantasy of a dog and a passel of adopted gamer geeks. She adores hearing from readers, so visit www.karinacooper.com.

Karina's Links

Website
Twitter
Teatime Iniquity (blog)
Facebook
Photos (Flickr)


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Blood of the Wicked generously provided by Karina.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Whose side are you on, the Holy Order or the Witches?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Monday, May 30, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge Update - May 30, 2011

I'm thrilled to share with you the cover and back cover copy for The Whitefire Crossing by debut author Courtney Schafer. The Whitefire Crossing will be published on August 9, 2011 by Night Shade Books.


Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet Kiran isn't the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.
Look for a guest blog from Courtney near the end of June and a 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interview in August.

The View From Monday - May 30, 2011

Happy Monday! It's a busy week at The Qwillery. On Tuesday, May 31st there will be an interview with author Karina Cooper. Blood of the Wicked, Karina's debut, will be released on the 31st. On Thursday, June 2nd, there will be an interview with author, Stacey Jay. Dead on the Delta by Stacey also will be released on the 31st. On Friday, June 3rd, Erin Kellison will be interviewed. Erin's Shadow Touch, an e-novella, will be released on June 1st.

There will also be comics and more about Book Expo America this week.

Below are the release lists for this week, anthology covers, and book trailers. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Remember to set your printer to Landscape mode.

May 31, 2011

The Time Weaver****Shana AbeF - Drakon 5
Dead of VeridonTim AkersSF - Burn Cycle 2
Magic SlaysIlona AndrewsUF - Kate Daniels 5
StarcrossedJosephine AngeliniYA -Awakening 1
Infernal AffairsJes BattisUF - OSI Novels 4
X RestoredClaudia Mair BurneyYA - Exorsistah 3
Nightspell Leah CypessYA
Wicked LiesLisa Jackson &
Nancy Bush
ST - Wicked 2
Ambassador's Mission****Trudi CanavanF - Traitor Spy Trilogy1
The RogueTrudi CanavanF - Traitor Spy Trilogy 2
Humpty's BonesSimon ClarkH
Blood of the Wicked*Karina CooperPNR - Dark Mission 1
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 3Ellen Datlow (ed)H - Anthology
Immanuel's Veins**Ted DekkerHF
DemonKristina DouglasPNR - Fallen 2
Devil Without A CauseTerri GareyPNR - Devil's Bargain 1
Come Closer**Sara GranH
Bullet****Laurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake 19
Changeling MoonDani HarperPNR - Changeling 1
Year's Best SF 16David G. Hartwell &
Kathryn Cramer (eds.)
SF - Anthology
The Outlaw Viking**Sandra HillPNR - Viking Series I
MigrationJames P. HoganSF
Damned BustersMatthew HughesF - Hell & Back Trilogy 1
Dead of the DeltaStacey JayUF
My Dangerous PleasureCarolyn JewelPNR - My Immortal 4
Queen of the DeadStacey KadeYA - Ghost & Goth 2
TimecasterJoe KimballSF
The Skin Map****Stephen R. LawheadF - Bright Empires 1
The Sword & The Flame**Stephen R. LawheadYA - Dragon King 2
The Warlords of Nin**Stephen R. LawheadYA - Dragon King 3
In the Hall of the Dragon King**Stephen R. LawheadYA - Dragon King 1
The Sword of DarrowAlex & Hal MalchowYA
The Last Twilight**Marjorie M. LiuUF - Dirk & Steele 7
The Fly-By-NightsBrian LumleyH
Sinful MagicJennifer LyonPNR - Wing Slayer Hunter 4
DesdaemonaBen MacallanUF
The Darkness BeyondAlexis MorganPNR - Paladins of Darkness 8
Concrete SaviourYvonne NavarroUF - Dark Redemption 2
Deadly Dreams**Andre NortonSF
Mr. PyeMervyn PeakeF
The BreakingMarcus PelegrimasUF - Skinners 5
The Neon GraveyardVicki PetterssonUF - Sign of the Zodiac 6
Vampire WarlordsAndy RemicF - Clockwork Vampire 3
Terminal World****Alastair ReynoldsSF
The Reluctant VampireLynsay SandsPNR - Argeneau 15
Kiss of SnowNalini SinghPNR - Psy-Changelings 10
RevenantPhaedra WeldonUF - Zoe Martinique 4
The Midnight PalaceCarlos Ruiz ZafonYA


June 1, 2011

The Map of All Things**Kevin J. AndersonEF - Terra Incognita 2
Demons Prefers BlondesSidney AyersPNR -Demons Unleashed 1
CascadeLisa T. BergrenYA - River of Time 2
VirginCheryl BrooksSFER - Cat Star Chronicle 7
The Vampire StalkerAllison Van DiepanYA
Stone and ShadowsElizabeth EdmondsonF
Gift of the BoudaRichard FarnsworthH
The Circus of Dr. Lao**Charles G. FinneyF
The Lost HeiressCatherine FisherF - Relic Masters 2
The Eternal SeaAngie FrazierYA - Camille Rowan 2
By Rocket to the Moon**Otto Willi GailSF
DeadlineMira GrantSF - Newsflesh Trilogy 2
The Ghost and Miss DeMure**Melanie JacksonPNR
Embrace the NightCrystal JordanPER - Night 1
Shadow Touch***Erin KellisonPNR - Shadow Novella
Hidden by Blood***Laurie LondonPNR - Sweetblood Novella
Nina in UtopiaMiranda MillerTTR
Degrees of FreedomSimon MordenSF -Metrozone 3
The Song of the SilvercadesK.S. NikakisEF - Kira Chronicles 2
Wish I Might****Coleen Murtagh ParatoreYA - Willa 2
OrderaKirsi SalonenEF
Heart of the Highland WolfTerry SpearPNR - Werewolf 7
Empire of Fear**Brian StablefordH - Epic Vampir
Ashes, AshesJo TreggiariYA
Eternal HeartsJennifer TurnerPNR - Darkness Within 2
Perfect Shadow***Brent WeeksF - Night Angel Novella


June 2, 2011

Moondance of StonewyldeKit BerryYA - Stonewylde 2
Claire DeWitt and the City of the DeadSara GranM - Claire DeWitt 1
The Deadliest BiteJennifer RardinUF - Jaz Parks 8
City of the SnakesDarren ShanUF - City Trilogy 3


* 2011 Debut Author Challenge Novel
** Reprint or Reissue
*** E-book
**** Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback Release of Hardcover

EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFER - Science Fiction Erotic Romance
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

Anthology covers



Book Trailers

Starcrossed by Joseph Angelini




Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush




Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker




Demon by Kate Douglas




Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay




The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead (for hardcover release)




Vampire Warlords by Andy Remic




The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon




Demons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers




Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren




The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepan


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 - May 29, 2011

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Issue 3
IDW Publishing
(May 25, 2011)
Review copy: Purchased

Cover A - Art by Eric Powell

Cover B - Art by Jeff Zornow

Retailer Incentive Cover - Art by Mark Frank

Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus continue their devastation, and the worldwide media begins to chime in. As people around the globe suffer, celebrities band together to save the monsters from human counterattack, and the president is criticized for being "soft on monsters." Meanwhile... a mysterious giant egg washes ashore in France. And what's with those creepy little twin girls? IDW Publishing

Written by: Eric Powell and Tracy March
Pencils by: Phil Hester
Inks by: Bruce McCorkindale
Colors by: Ronda Pattinson
Lettering by: Chris Mowry


We've already encountered Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus in the series. Godzilla is in Asia. Rodan appeared in Russia. Anguirus appeared in Mexico and has moved into Texas.  Now France will be contending with yet another monster.  If you are a fan of the Godzilla movies, the twin girls may give you a hint about the next monster to appear in the comic... or not.

The story is moving in all sorts of interesting directions.The celebrity movement to protect the monsters is well written. The main celebrity is based on someone who should be very familiar to everyone. There are quite a bit of pop culture and political references in the comic, which make it accessible to readers who are not necessarily Toho monster fans. The references add to the story. The art work is exceptional as is the color.

I can't tell you how much I love the covers for this comic series. I'm really enjoying Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. I highly recommend Issue 3 and give it 5 out of 5 Qwills.

Photo Friday on Sunday - Splendid Iris - May 29, 2011

The last few days here have been very warm. This has resulted in many of my Tall Bearded Iris blooming. They smell wonderful and look even better. Enjoy!

















Saturday, May 28, 2011

June 2011 Book Releases

Here is my list of books coming out in June 2011. If there is something that I've missed, please leave a comment below. Also note that this list is always under revision. Please note that publication dates change. I try to keep this as accurate as possible. Any genre mistakes are mine. Leave a comment if  the genre is wrong. Anthology covers are below.


June 1, 2011

The Map of All Things**Kevin J. AndersonEF - Terra Incognita 2
Demons Prefers BlondesSidney AyersPNR -Demons Unleashed 1
CascadeLisa T. BergrenYA - River of Time 2
VirginCheryl BrooksSFER - Cat Star Chronicle 7
The Vampire StalkerAllison Van DiepanYA
Stone and ShadowsElizabeth EdmondsonF
Gift of the BoudaRichard FarnsworthH
The Circus of Dr. Lao**Charles G. FinneyF
The Lost HeiressCatherine FisherF - Relic Masters 2
The Eternal SeaAngie FrazierYA - Camille Rowan 2
By Rocket to the Moon**Otto Willi GailSF
DeadlineMira GrantSF - Newsflesh Trilogy 2
The Ghost and Miss DeMure**Melanie JacksonPNR
Embrace the NightCrystal JordanPER - Night 1
Shadow Touch***Erin KellisonPNR - Shadow Novella
Hidden by Blood***Laurie LondonPNR - Sweetblood Novella
Nina in UtopiaMiranda MillerTTR
Degrees of FreedomSimon MordenSF -Metrozone 3
The Song of the SilvercadesK.S. NikakisEF - Kira Chronicles 2
Wish I Might****Coleen Murtagh ParatoreYA - Willa 2
OrderaKirsi SalonenEF
Heart of the Highland WolfTerry SpearPNR - Werewolf 7
Empire of Fear**Brian StablefordH - Epic Vampir
Ashes, AshesJo TreggiariYA
Eternal HeartsJennifer TurnerPNR - Darkness Within 2
Perfect Shadow***Brent WeeksF - Night Angel Novella


June 2, 2011

Moondance of StonewyldeKit BerryYA - Stonewylde 2
Claire DeWitt and the City of the DeadSara GranM - Claire DeWitt 1
The Deadliest BiteJennifer RardinUF - Jaz Parks 8
City of the SnakesDarren ShanUF - City Trilogy 3


June 5, 2011

MigrationJames P. HoganSF
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 Rich Horton (ed)SF/F - Anthology


June 6, 2011

Siren****John EversonH
Sorceress, InterruptedA.J. MendenUF
The UnforgivenJoy NashPNR - Watchers 1


June 7, 2011

Three Sinful WishesR.G. AlexanderPER
Storm KissedJessica AndersenPNR - Nightkeeper 6
HexedIlona Andrews
Yasmine Galenorn
Allyson James
Jeanne C. Stein
PNR - Collection
FrostboundSharon AshwoodPNR - Dark Forgotten 4
Bear NecessitiesDana Marie BellPER - Halle Shifters 1
Hexes and HemlinesJuliet BlackwellPM - Witchcraft Mystery 3
My Name is Memory****Ann BrasharesF/TTR
The Nine Lives of Chloe KingLiz BraswellYA - Collection
Insatiable****Meg CabotPNR - Insatiable 1
The Morganville Vampires, Vol. 4Rachel CaineYA - Collection
Chicks Kick ButtRachel Caine (ed) &
Kerrie L. Hugues (ed)
F - Anthology
Nyx in the House of NightP.C. Cast (ed)YA - Nonfiction Anthology
V Is for Vampire: An Illustrated Alphabet of the UndeadAdam-Troy Castro
Hunt the MoonKaren ChanceUF - Cassandra Palmer 5
NightfallEllen ConnorPNR - Dark Age Dawning 1
Flying BlindDeborah CookeYA - Dragon Diaries 1
Undead and Unwed**MaryJanice DavidsonPNR - Queen Betsy 1
Lanceheim****Tim DavysF - Mollisan Town Quartet 2
Vampire in AtlantisAlyssa DayPNR - Warriors of Poseidon 7
Elixir****Hilary DuffYA - Elixir 1
From Hell With Love****Simon R. GreenUF - Secret Histories 4
For Heaven's Eyes OnlySimon R. GreenUF - Secret Histories 5
Hit ListLaurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
Worldshaker****Richard HarlandYA - Worldshaker 1
HexedKevin HearneUF - Iron Druid Chronicles 2
Farnham's Freehold**Robert A. HeinleinSF
Memories of Envy****Barb HendeeUF -Vampire Memories 3
Tiger's QuestColleen HouckYA - Tiger's Curse 2
HereafterTara HudsonYA
Shadow WalkerAllyson JamesPNR - Stormwalker 3
EverdarkElle JasperPNR/UF - Dark Ink Chronicles 2
PossessionElana JohnsonYA
Forgotten SeaVirginia KantraPNR - Children of the Sea 5
Shades of Milk and Honey****Mary Robinette KowalF
Unnatural IssueMercedes LackeyF - Elemental Masters 7
The Osiris Ritual****George MannSPM - Newbury & Hobbes 2
Dragongirl****Todd J. McCaffreyF -Dragonriders of Pern
EverlastingAlyson NoelYA -The Immortals 6
Tongues of Serpents****Naomi NovikF - Temeraire 6
Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk RomanceJean Rabe (ed)
Martin H. Greenberg (ed)
SPR - Anthology
Thistle DownIrene RadfordF
Spirits of the NohRandall ThomasYA - The Waking 2
The Golden KeyMelanie Rawn
Jennifer Roberson
Kate Elliott
F - Collection
Light My FireJodi RedfordPER
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenRansom RiggsYA
Ghost CatsMandy M. Roth
Michelle M Pillow
Jaycee Clark
PER - Collection
AncestorScott SiglerH
Lightborn****Alison SinclairF - Darkborn Trilogy 2
ShadowbornAlison SinclairF - Darkborn Trilogy 3
The PackJason StarrUF
HexAllen SteeleSF - Coyote 8
The Banshee's WalkFrank TuttlePM
Hunter's FallShiloh WalkerPNR - Hunters
Dust of DreamsRenee WildesPNR - Guardians of the Light 4
RobopocalypseDaniel H. WilsonSF


June 8, 2011


SirenzCharlotte Bennardo
Natalie Zaman
YA
What We Keep Is Not Always What Will StayAmanda CockrellYA
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien GirlfriendGary GhislainYA
The Quicksilver FaireGillian SummersYA - Scions of Shadow Trilogy 2


June 9, 2011


Fairy Bad DayAmanda AshbyYA
Dragon CastleJoseph BruhacYA
The Stranger's WoesMax FreiF - Labyrinths of Echo 2



June 13, 2011

The Noble Pirates*Rima L. JeanF/TT


June 14, 2011

From Bad to CursedKatie AlenderYA - Bad Girls Don't Die 2
Trial by FireJennifer Lynn BarnesYA - Raised by Wolves 2
The Good and the GhastlyJames BoiceSF
The Demon's SurrenderSarah Rees BrennanYA - Demon's Lexicon Trilogy 3
Nightshade****Andrea CremerYA - Nightshade 1
Perdition's GatewayTerrance S. DrakeSFT
The RevenantSonia GenslerYA
The Glass DemonHelen GrantSM
The DeadCharlie HigsonYA - Enemy 2
PassionLauren KateYA - Fallen 3
Torment****Lauren KateYA - Fallen 2
HourglassMyra McEntireYA
Still Sucks to be MeKimberly PauleyYA - Mina 2
The Afterblight Chronicles Omnibus: AmericaSimon Spurrier
Rebecca Levene
Al Ewing
SF- Omnibus
The Frozen Rabbi****Steve SternF/HF
Imaginary GirlsNova Ren SumaYA


June 15, 2011

Leviathan WakesJames S.A. CoreySF - Expanse 1
The Uncertain PlacesLisa GoldsteinF
Shambling With The Stars***Jesse PetersenUF - Living with the Dead Short Story


June 16, 2011

The Voodoo Moon TrilogyCheri ScotchH - Voodoo Moon
The God's WifeSuzan StillHF


June 21, 2011

The Book of DragonSteven BrustEF - Vlad Taltos 1-7
ShadowcryJenna BurtenshawYA - Secrets of Wintercraft 1
Witches of East EndMeilissa de la CruzF - The Beauchamp Family 1
The Darkest HeartThea DevineHF
The Cabinet of CuriositiesPaul DowswellYA - HF
The Plain ManSteve EnglehartF - Max August 2
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary EditionNeil GaimanF
Stories: All New Tales****Neil Gaiman (ed)
Al Sarrantonio (ed)
SF/F - Anthology
NightwalkerConnie HallPNR - Nightwalkers
Haunting VioletAlyxandra HarveyYA
Breath of AngelKaryn HenleyYA - Angelaeon Circle 1
Sword of Fire and SeaErin HoffmanF - The Chaos Knight 1
Pinion****Jay LakeSF - Clockwork Earth 3
Embraced by BloodLaurie LondonPNR - Sweetblood 2
Happily Ever AfterJohn Klima (ed)F - Anthology
Fort FreakGeorge R.R. MartinSF - Wild Cards
The Magic of RecluceL.E. Modesitt, Jr. EF - Recluce1
The Bones of AvalonPhil RickmanSM
Jim and the FlimsRudy RuckerSF
Dead RulesRandy RussellYA
Vacation with a Vampire and Other ImmortalsMaggie Shayne
Maureen Child
PNR
SpellboundCara Lynn ShultzYA - Spellbound 1
Shadow's LureJon SprunkF - Shadow 2
The Poison DiariesMaryrose WoodYA - Poison Diaires 1
A Need So BeautifulSuzanne YoungYA


June 22, 2011

The People of the Mist**H. Rider HaggardF


June 23, 2011

Hell's Horizon****Darren ShanUF - City Trilogy 2



June 28, 2011

Deeper Than MidnightLara AdrianPNR - Midnight Breed 9
SpectyrPhilippa BallantineF - Book of the Order 2
Kindling the Moon*Jenn BennettUF - Arcadia Bell 1
Brightly Woven****Alexandra BrackenYA
Mystical WarriorJanet ChapmanPNR - Midnight Bay 3
Fins Are ForeverTera Lynn ChildsYA - Fins 2
Forgive My Fins****Tera Lynn ChildsYA - Fins 1
Lure of the WickedKarina CooperPNR - Dark Mission 2
Taken by FireSydney CroftPNR - ACRO 6
Supernatural NoirEllen Datlow (ed)SN - Anthology
1635: The Tangled WebVirginia DeMarceAH - Ring of Fire 8
Feast: Harvest of DreamsMerrie DestefanoUF
Wolf Tales 12Kate DouglasPER
Burn the NightJocelynn DrakeUF - Dark Days 6
Never Cry WolfCynthia EdenPNR - Night Watch 4
The January Dancer****Michael FlynnSF
Zadayi Red****Caleb FoxSF
The Shadow MenChristopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
F - Hidden Cities 4
PrimevalDavid L. GolemonSF - Event Group 5
Heart of EvilHeather GrahamPM - Krewe of Hunters 2
Deep In The WoodsChris Marie GreenUF - Vampire Babylon 6
Raising Stony MayhallDaryl GregoryF
Crave The MoonLori HandelandPNR - Nightcreatures 11
Changeling DreamDani HarperPNR - Changeling 2
The Mammoth Book of Dracula**Stephen Jones (ed)H - Anthology
The Wild Road**Marjorie M. LiuPNR - Dirk & Steele 8
Esperanza****Trish J. MacGregorST
Green-Eyed EnvyKasey MackenzieUF - Shades of Fury 2
Vampire Academy**Richelle MeadYA - Vampire Academy 1
Imager's IntrigueL.E. Modesitt, Jr.EF - Imager Portfolio 3
Children No More****Mark L Van NameSF - Jon & Lobo 4
City of RuinMark Charan NewtonEF - Legends of the Red Sun 2
TornErica O'RourkeYA
The Map of TimeFélix J. PalmaHF
Black Heart LoaAdrian PhoenixUF - Hoodoo 2
Lord of ShadowsAlix RickloffPHR - Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 2
The Bear****R.A. SalvatoreEF - Saga of the First King 5
DiabolicalHank SchwaebleH - Jake Hatcher 2
Betrayal****Gillian ShieldsYA - Immortal 2
The Fuller Memorandum****Charles StrossSF -A Laundry Files 3
EternityHeather TerrellYA - Fallen Angel 2
The Fall****Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - Strain Trilogy 2
Kitty's Big TroubleCarrie VaughnUF - Kitty Norville 9
Dark WarTim WaggonerUF - Matt Richter 3
MistificationKaaron WarrenUF
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe****Charles YuSF


June 29, 2011

Naamah's BlessingJacqueline CareyEF - Kushiel's Legacy 9


June 30, 2011

The Affair of the Chalk CliffsJames P. BlaylockF - Langdon St. Ives
LuminousDawn MetcalfYA
The Sunday BooksMichael Moorcock
Mervyn Peake
F


* 2011 Debut Author Challenge Novel
** Reprint or Reissue
*** E-book
**** Paperback or Mass Market Paperback Release of Hardcover


AH - Alternative History
DF - Dark Fantasy
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FM - Fantasy Mystery
FR - Futuristic Romance
GT - Gothic Thriller
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
HT - Historical Thriller
M - Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PES - Parnormal Erotic Suspense
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SFER - Science Fiction Erotic Romance
SFT - Science Fiction Thriller
SM - Supernatural Mystery
SN - Supernatural Noir
SPR - Steampunk Romance
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult


Anthology Covers








Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge - Book 2 Covers - May 27, 2011

Here's a roundup of 2nd book covers, and sometimes 3rd book covers, for some of the 2011 Debut Authors. These books have not yet been published.

Anita Clenney
Embrace the Higland Warrior
(Sourcebooks, Novemeber 2011)

When the demon that left Amanda Logan for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution and the mysterious book he believes she stole. But he isn't the only one after it...

As a teen, Amanda fell in love with the boy next door, Cody MacBane. She didn't know that Cody was a Scottish warrior sent to protect her-or that she was descended from an ancient warrior clan. When Amanda learns the truth, she feels betrayed and her life unravels. But as danger lurks, Amanda is forced to return to her clan and the Scottish warrior who's the only man she's ever loved.

Karina Cooper
Lure of the Wicked
Dark Mission 2
(Avon, June 2011)
Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle's premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She's an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she's tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.

Virna DePaul
Chosen By Fate
Para-Ops 2
(Berkley, October 2011)



J.N. Duncan
The Vengeful Dead
Deadworld 2
(Kensington, October 2011)



Kevin Hearne
Hexed
Iron Druid Chronicles 2
(Del Rey, June 2011)

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

Kevin Hearne
Hammered
Iron Druid Chronicles 3
(Del Rey, July 2011)

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

Hannah Jayne
Under Attack
Underworld Detection Agency 2
(Kensington, November 2011)



Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left
Charley Davidson 2
(St. Martin's Press, August 2011)

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

Here is your signpost for the most hilarious read of the summer: Second Grave On The Left
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Laurie London
Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
(Harlequin, June 2011)

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.

Rebecca Zanetti
Claimed
Dark Protectors 2
(Kensington, November 2011)


While geneticist Emma Paulsen appreciates vampire king Dage Kayrs rescuing her from the creepy Kurjan leader who wanted to mate with her, she wouldn’t have needed rescuing had the vampires not gone to war. And while she’s willing to spend one night fulfilling her fantasies with Dage, no way does she plan to stick around. Whether the king happened to brand her flesh or not.

That is until her pregnant sister, Cara, contracts a Kurjan virus that will not only destroy the baby but strip Cara’s chromosomal pairs until she’s possibly less than human. A virus that can only be defeated by science and magic combined. And the only way to save her sister is to
suspend her disbelief and trust in Dage’s power and passion…