Showing posts with label E.S. Moore. Show all posts
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4


This is the fourth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 5, covering more 2012 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.






Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy
Tor Books, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters - the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax - strangers and enemies - find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource - information - viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.




Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

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.

















Alex Hughes

Marked
Mindspace Investigation 3
Roc, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…




Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise
Craft Sequence 2
Tor Books, April 29, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, October 29, 2013

In Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone, shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc—casual gambler and professional risk manager—to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, Crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father—the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists—has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply.

From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire...and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.



Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook


The author shared this draft cover here.




Hanna Martine

Drowning in Fire
Elementals 3
Berkley, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart…

In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. Instead, he found himself drawn into a forbidden affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended in a storm of fire and ice, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status.

Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. Despite how it ended between them, she wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name.

Despite her good intentions, members of the Senatus want her stopped—and Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?




E.S. Moore

Blood from a Silver Cross
Kat Redding 4
eKensington, February 6, 2014
eBook

Trust is a dangerous business.

Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.

But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…



Souls of the Damned
Kat Redding
eKensington, June 19, 2014
eBook

Innocence is relative, and evil is damned hard to kill. . .

Kat Redding would love to take a break from the gruesome, dangerous work of hunting down rogue vampires and werewolves, battling for innocent lives. But there's no peace for Lady Death. Until Kat's young charge, Sienna, appears on her doorstep, escaped from the shadow-paradise of Delai. Sienna is weak, confused, desperate--human in the utmost. If Kat is going to have any hope of breaking the hold of Delai, she'll have to infiltrate the walls around the false sanctuary. And the only way she can do that is to trade in her battle-hardened, bloodthirsty vampire's body--for Sienna's human form.

With no weapons but her wits, Kat has to trust a demon, defeat an angel, and wrestle with her own rebel soul--because with all the fear and death she's conquered, no one has ever offered her another day under a warm yellow sun. . .



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Interview with E.S. Moore, author of the Kat Redding series - October 25, 2012

Please welcome E.S. Moore to The Qwillery.  Tainted Night, Tainted Blood (Kat Redding 2) was published in July 2012. Blessed by a Demon's Mark (Kat Redding 3) will be published in December 2012.






TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

ESM:  Thank you! So glad to be back.


TQ:   Tainted Night, Tainted Blood (Kat Redding 2) was published in July. How has Kat changed from the first novel, To Walk the Night?

ESM:  In the first book, she was focused on one thing really. Now, she has more on her plate and she is succumbing more and more to the vampire part of her brain. It's messing with her, causing her to make mistakes and fly into a rage so much easier than before. While she might be growing more accepting of new people, she struggles with it as well. It's not easy having a part of you that wants to kill and eat everyone around you.


TQ:  The third novel in the series, Blessed by a Demon's Mark, will be published in late December. Tell us something about the novel that is not in the book description.

ESM:   This is the book where I wanted Kat to finally reorient herself. So much has gone so wrong and the vampire part of her has been driving her to the brink, making her do things that aren't smart, that she wouldn't do if she had a clear head. I want her to find a sort of peace with herself and her situation. It won't be complete, of course. Her life is too crazy for everything to fall into place, but as things crumble around her more than ever before, she will finally see what she is doing to those around her...and to herself.


TQ:  Now for a difficult request - describe each of the 3 novels in the Kat Redding series in 140 characters or less:

ESM:  Yikes! Difficult? More like impossible! But I'll give it a try...

To Walk the Night: A dark world. A tormented heroine. Put them together with a troubling development for action! This is Kat's discovery that there are more people out there than just those that need to die and those that need to be saved.

Tainted Night, Tainted Blood: Kat further falls into the traps of what she is and what she is becoming. She can't escape her past, can't escape who she is now, and struggles to cope with new feelings for those who could be her friends if she would simply let them in.

Blessed by a Demon's Mark: Kat's return to her life. She has to face up to what she's become and who she really does care for. She must make a choice. Could she walk away from it all or will she let those around her finally help her discover who she really is beneath the violent exterior.


TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in the Kat Redding series?

ESM:  I think Nathan is the most surprising for me. He was originally a throwaway character who was there in book one to offset Gregory. He's sort of grown into someone far more important and will continue to be important throughout.


TQ:  Barring paranormality, which character in the series is most like you?

ESM:  Ethan. I don't summon demons or craft weapons or anything, but I do tend to keep to myself and work alone a lot. We both have similar senses of humor, though his doesn't really get to shine through. We both rarely, if ever, curse. I kind of need a grounding character like that, one that is so familiar, he practically writes himself.


TQ:  What do you wish you'd known when the 1st book came out that you know now?

ESM:  Not to get too bogged down with sales numbers or reviews. It was my first book. I'll get better. I knew to keep writing, to keep focusing ahead, yet it was often hard, especially when someone would come out and tear me into tiny little bits. I knew not to take it too personally, but it isn't always easy. Now, I just let them pass right over me, but I do sometimes read reviews just to see if there is a common thread between them. I figure if everyone hates a certain aspect of the book, then maybe I really do need to improve that part of my writing for the next one.


TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to urban fantasy?

ESM:  Too many! Most of my short stories tend to be sci-fi with quite a few horror and fantasy stories thrown in. I'm am thinking of attempting an epic fantasy here soon if I can wrap my brain around the idea. And at some point in my career, I'd love to write a mystery or two to go along with the other genre stories. So...a little bit of everything, I think!


TQ:  What's next?

ESM:  Well, I am planning an e-book special called Little David Lost. It is a standalone YA horror that I really wanted to get out there because it is so different than what I've done before. Keep an eye out on my website for a release date!


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

ESM:  No problem! I hope you invite me back!

TQ:  Absolutely!




About Kat Redding

Blessed by a Demon's Mark
Kat Redding 3
Kensington, December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

In a job like this, there’s no retirement plan

Kat Redding’s life is dangerous enough when she’s hunting the rogue vampires who prey on Pureblood humans. But now that Kat is thinking of getting out of the killing business, she’s faced with a slew of new problems. Like the demon Beligral, who offers help at an escalating cost, and the werewolf cult with whom she’s entwined professionally and personally. And then there’s Countess Baset—the terrifying vampire who wants Kat to become her personal assassin.

It’s no wonder that Kat has been seeking refuge in the mysterious town known as Delai, a place where she can shed her Lady Death persona and live a life that’s as close to normal as she’s ever known. But even in this haven, something feels askew. Delai is a little too serene. And the more she discovers, the more Kat realizes that the only choice left to her is not whether to do battle, but which side she’ll risk her life to defend…
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Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
Kat Redding 2
Kensington, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

In the darkness, it’s easy to lose your way…

Kat Redding is a vampire with a job to do—wiping out the vamps and werewolves who prey on Pureblood humans. Someone has to do it…as long as that someone is her. But suddenly Kat, also known as Lady Death, has competition, and it’s causing problems. Vampire houses and werewolf clans alike are blaming her for a spate of gruesome murders, and Kat needs to figure out who’s really responsible before she becomes the next target…

On the hunt, she forms an uneasy alliance with both the Luna Cult and a powerful rogue werewolf. But the truths Kat’s uncovering—about her enemies and her few remaining confidantes—are far from comforting. And when the chance comes to leave her life of vengeance behind, Kat must decide whether her real motive lies in protecting the innocent, or sating her own fierce hungers…



To Walk the Night
Kat Redding 1
Kensington, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…





About E.S. Moore

From childhood, E.S. Moore wanted to be a writer. His first book, To Walk the Night, the first in the Kat Redding series, was released by Kensington in January 2012. The third book in the series - Blessed by a Demon’s Mark – will be released in January 2013. E.S. Moore is also a reader and video gamer. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife and son.

He is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.



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Sunday, October 07, 2012

What's Up for 2012 Debut Authors in 2012 and 2013 - Part 3

What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to now and in 2013?  This is the third is a series of posts.


See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.



Suzanne Johnson

River Road
Sentinels of New Orleans 2
Tor Books, November 13, 2012
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.




Ted Kosmatka

Prophet of Bones
Henry Holt and Co., April 2, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

A relentlessly suspenseful high-concept thriller set in a world where science has run amuck and the key to unlocking a terrifying secret lies in the hands of one man

Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned from his laboratory job to the remote Indonesian island of Flores to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species of tool user unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science, but before Paul can fully grapple with the implications of his find, the dig is violently shut down by paramilitaries.

Paul flees with two of his friends, but within days one has vanished and the other is murdered in an attack that costs Paul an eye, and very nearly his life. Apprehended by Indonesian authorities and deported back to America, Paul tries to resume the comfortable life he left behind, but he can't cast the questions raised by the skeletons on Flores from his mind. Searching for answers, Paul begins to piece together a puzzle which seems to threaten the very fabric of society, but the status quo, in the form of the world's governments and Martial Johnston, the eccentric billionaire who financed Paul's dig, will stop at nothing to silence him.


Anne Lyle

The Merchant of Dreams
Night's Masque 2
Angry Robot, December 18, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Exiled from the court of Queen Elizabeth for accusing a powerful nobleman of treason, swordsman-turned-spy Mal Catlyn has been living in France with his young valet Coby Hendricks for the past year.

But Mal harbours a darker secret: he and his twin brother share a soul that once belonged to a skrayling, one of the mystical creatures from the New World.

When Mal’s dream about a skrayling shipwreck in the Mediterranean proves reality, it sets him on a path to the beautiful, treacherous city of Venice – and a conflict of loyalties that will place him and his friends in greater danger than ever.

File Under: Fantasy [ Skrayling Dreams | Pound of Flesh | Venice in Peril | The Dark Lady ]




Shawntelle Madison

Kept
Coveted 2
Ballantine Books, November 27, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

A funny and sexy new paranormal romance, perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris and Patricia Briggs, Kept features the charmingly quirky werewolf, Natalya Stravinsky, as she navigates the minefields of love and war in the Garden State.

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected . . . or else risk losing everything.




Hanna Martine

A Taste of Ice
The Elementals 2
Berkley, December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet...

Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.

Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncanny level, and she channels this gift into beautiful painted waterscapes. Now, a gallery is debuting her work in Colorado—and it’ll reveal far more about her than she imagined.

The spark between Cat and Xavier is enough to throw both of them off balance. Every tantalizing moment sends them dangerously close to a rising flood of desire. Dangerous because Xavier comes to suspect that Cat is an Ofarian—his people’s enemy. But they’re both about to discover a far greater, more malicious power at play...




E.S. Moore

Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
Kat Redding 2
Kensington, July 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

In the darkness, it’s easy to lose your way…

Kat Redding is a vampire with a job to do—wiping out the vamps and werewolves who prey on Pureblood humans. Someone has to do it…as long as that someone is her. But suddenly Kat, also known as Lady Death, has competition, and it’s causing problems. Vampire houses and werewolf clans alike are blaming her for a spate of gruesome murders, and Kat needs to figure out who’s really responsible before she becomes the next target…

On the hunt, she forms an uneasy alliance with both the Luna Cult and a powerful rogue werewolf. But the truths Kat’s uncovering—about her enemies and her few remaining confidantes—are far from comforting. And when the chance comes to leave her life of vengeance behind, Kat must decide whether her real motive lies in protecting the innocent, or sating her own fierce hungers…


Blessed by a Demon's Mark
Kat Redding 3
Kensington, December 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

In a job like this, there’s no retirement plan

Kat Redding’s life is dangerous enough when she’s hunting the rogue vampires who prey on Pureblood humans. But now that Kat is thinking of getting out of the killing business, she’s faced with a slew of new problems. Like the demon Beligral, who offers help at an escalating cost, and the werewolf cult with whom she’s entwined professionally and personally. And then there’s Countess Baset—the terrifying vampire who wants Kat to become her personal assassin.

It’s no wonder that Kat has been seeking refuge in the mysterious town known as Delai, a place where she can shed her Lady Death persona and live a life that’s as close to normal as she’s ever known. But even in this haven, something feels askew. Delai is a little too serene. And the more she discovers, the more Kat realizes that the only choice left to her is not whether to do battle, but which side she’ll risk her life to defend…

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winners x 10 - January 21, 2012

And the winners are.....


Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum 3.5) by Rosalie Lario (ecopy) - Ended January 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.


Question:  If you could go on a date with one paranormal being, who or what would he/she/it be?

*yadkny* who said...

I'm all about panther shifters! The big cat shifters are what do it for me... just love hearing them purr:)




To Walk The Night (Kat Redding 1) by E.S. Moore - 2 copies - Ended January 10, 2012 - Read the interview here.


Question:  Who is your favorite vampire slayer from books or film?

Lexi who said...

Blade =) Love him. Can I also pick a vamp that kicks were butt? Selene in the Underworld movies! I can't wait for the next one to come out =)

Can't wait for this book!!!


and


Marg @ Clockwork Reverie who said...

I loved Buffy, but I also totally loved Faith. The two are probably my favorite vampire slayers.

Thanks for the giveaway! I have this book on my TBR list.




City of the Lost by Stephen Blackmoore - Ended January 13, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY.


Question:   Favorite book, movie, comic, or TV show with zombies?

Anne who said...

I liked My Life as a White Trash Zombie, probably cause it had a mystery element to it. I also liked the movie Zombieland.




Flashfire (Dragonfire 7) by Deborah Cooke - Ended January 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.


Question: What are some of your favorite stories with dragons or dragon shifters?

JoAnna who said...

I have several dragon shifter series in my TBR pile. The series that I have read that comes to mind is the Stormwalker series by Allyson James.




One book from Virna DePaul's backlist - Ended January 15, 2012 - Read the post here.


How: Leave a comment or ask Virna a question. 

Blowingfeather who said...

Good morning Virna!!! My question is while you are writing do you have conversations in your head with your characters like they are real people?

I hope you are doing well and congrats on the success of your books. I love them!!




Changeling Dawn (Changeling 3) by Dani Harper and Dani Harper Tote - Ended January 15, 2012 - Read the interview here. US / Canada Only.


Question:  Who is your favorite shapeshifter character from a book, movie or TV series?

Brenda Demko who said...

My favorite shapeshifter would be Mercy Thompson. I love the Macleod clan and the pack but I've known Mercy longer! Thank you for the chance to win Changeling Dawn, I love, love, love this series! Happy New Year to all!




Heir of Danger (Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 3) by Alix Rickloff - Ended January 18th, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada Only.


Question:  Is there something you want to do or somewhere you want to go before Dec. 31, 2012?

alainala who said...

hmm there are a ton of places and things i would LOVE to do.. but realistically.. im going to go home and stand in my best friends wedding and pray i dont look like a giant blueberry.. lol..
hopefully go somewhere warm with the BF too!!




Midnight Reckoning (signed) by Kendra Leigh Castle - Ended January 19, 2012 - Read the interview here.


Question:  Who or what is your favorite type of shifter? or Ask Kendra a question on 1/12/12.

Brandi who said...

I love shifters, period. Although I do love wolf shifters quite a bit.




Taft 2012 by Jason Heller - Ended January 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.


Question:  If you could time travel, when would you go?

Barbara E. who said...

If I could time travel I'd go 100 years in the future. Seeing the difference between 1912 and 2012, I'm sure there would be some amazing things to see.




The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, January 29, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you all for reading!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Interview with E.S. Moore and Giveaway - January 3, 2012

Please welcome E.S. Moore to The Qwillery as the first of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge interviews. To Walk the Night (Kat Redding 1) is published today.  Happy Release Day to E.S. Moore!

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

ESM:  Not sure it's interesting, but I'd have to say my biggest quirk would have to be my near obsessiveness when it comes to when and how I write. I follow nearly the same pattern every single day and if I veer from it in the slightest, the day is usually wasted. I literally have to get up, get ready for the day, eat breakfast, and then sit down to write right away or I struggle to get into it. And then I have to write at my desk, with my laptop, with no music or sound, with hazelnut coffee first, followed by a root beer, or I struggle. I can sometimes work at night, but it is rare because I want to follow my morning routine beforehand.

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

ESM:  Some of my favorites are: Stephen King, Brian Lumley, Kathy Reichs, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Simon R. Green, George R. R. Martin, and Brandon Sanderson. All of them have influenced my writing in some way. And there are so many other authors in so many different genres, it would be impossible to list them all here. I'd like to think that everything I read makes me a little better in my own writing. You can learn something from everyone.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

ESM:  Depends. I used to be a 100% pantser, but that slowly evolved over time. To Walk the Night is actually the first book I plotted beforehand. I still do a lot of writing without plotting, and even then, the plotting is usually no more than two or three lines per chapter of what I think should happen. I still like to let the story guide me more than trying to force it down a certain path just because I plotted it one way. There are still stories I am working on that have no pre-plotted elements and others where I plotted it out, wrote a first draft, and then totally changed everything in the second go round.

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

ESM:  Deciding what to work on! I have so many ideas, it will be impossible for me to ever write all the stories. While I love coming up with new ideas, it makes it hard to focus sometimes. I've had weeks where I've desperately wanted to work on book A, but book B kept demanding to be written. By the time I was ready for book B, book C and D were jumping up and down, waving their arms, asking for a little love. I sometimes have to force myself to stay focused because I want to get to them all!

TQ:  Describe To Walk the Night in 140 words or less.

ESMTo Walk the Night is a gritty urban fantasy novel where the vampires and werewolves rule the night. Kat Redding, a vampire herself, hunts the monsters, earning herself the nickname Lady Death. She reluctantly teams up with the Luna Cult, a group of werewolf worshipers, to take down a vampire House who is looking to increase their power. The story is dark with quite a bit of bloody action.

TQ:  What inspired you to write To Walk the Night?

ESM:  It was one of those freak idea flashes that came out of nowhere. I had a fleeting thought about what my next project should be, thinking it would be urban fantasy, but wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go. Then it just sort of came to me and I plotted it out in a day. Oddly, I never once thought of the movie Underworld when plotting or writing the book. It wasn't until after people started reading it and comparing them that I even thought about the movie.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for To Walk the Night?

ESM:  There were a few location things I researched, but I live near enough to Columbus, Ohio, I didn't have to look much up. Kat's motorcycle and gun were my biggest research problems. I knew absolutely nothing about either of those things. I did most of my research online because I can't stand to be around guns and would rather just get what information I could online or talking to some people rather than actually seeing them in action. Some day I'll probably need to get hands on experience, but for now, I'm happy with what I have.

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

ESM:  I think Ethan is the answer to both questions! I struggled early on to come up with his personality and even age and skill sets. In the first draft, he was completely different than he ended up by the time the book was ready to submit. His first incarnation didn't work with the rest of the story and only added to the dark tone, rather than add a little relief from it. Once I stopped trying to force him into something he obviously wasn't, it went so much better. He is a lot closer to me in his personality, which makes him easier to write. He's sort of my anchor when it comes to characters who are reserved and have clean mouths. I need him so I can get away from all the cursing!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in To Walk the Night?

ESM:  The scenes between Kat and Ethan are my favorites. I love their interactions. They can be intense, but also have a little comic relief that I think is important to any book that has a lot of bloody scenes. You've gotta sit back and breathe every now and again, right?

TQ:  What's next?

ESM:  Book 2, Tainted Night, Tainted Blood will be released July 3, 2012. I'm also putting the final touches on book 3, Blessed by a Demon's Mark, which will come out sometime later.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

ESM:  Thank you for having me!


About To Walk the Night

To Walk the Night
Kat Redding 1
Kensington, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…


About E.S. Moore

E.S. Moore is the author of the Kat Redding urban fantasy series, starting with To Walk the Night due January 3rd, 2012 and continuing with Tainted Night, Tainted Blood in July. He lives in Ohio with his wife and son. You can find him on the web at www.esmoore.net.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts




Here is the first list for 2012. I'm very excited about starting the Challenge again!

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author. 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.

I'm also including the December 27, 2011 Debuts because of how late they were released in 2011. They are listed below the January Debuts.

Happy Reading!


City of the Lost
Author:  Stephen Blackmoore
Series:  Joe Sunday
Format:  Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher:  DAW (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:   Urban Fantasy Noir
ISBN:  9780756407025

Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.
You can read Stephen's guest blog - Our Lady of the Shadows - here.



Nameless
Author:  Kyle Chais
Format:  Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing (January 10, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781439187258

In the in between are the Nameless; names are for masters and they have none. They live in the Nameless realm; between being saved and being destroyed. They are Fallen.

One Nameless spends his time watching humans in New York City and, in his endless eternity of boredom, becomes intrigued by a drunk named Aurick Pantera. One day Aurick, a reckless gambler, is about to be killed by a gang over his debts. Nameless feels sorry for him, and possesses his body to save his life. He then decides that he rather likes being in a human body; the chance to taste, smells, and touch. He uses Aurick’s body to fulfill all of his wildest dreams – become a rock star, have a successful psychiatric practice, and pursue star journalist Helena Way.

Until, three years after possessing Aurick, the other Fallen take notice of these random achievements and begin appearing to Aurick. They are tired of waiting in Nameless and are ready to start a war—their only chance to cease this painful eternity of waiting and either be saved or be released. Aurick is stuck in the middle. Join the ranks and finally be released to Null for atrocities against mankind, or can his love for Helena, his budding friendships, and his growing concern for all humans grant him salvation?


Control Point
Author:  Myke Cole
Series:  Shadow Ops
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher:  Ace (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781937007249

Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar's government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.
You can read Myke's guest blog - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - here.



Seven Princes
Author:  John R. Fultz
Series:  Books of the Shaper
Format:  Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher:  Orbit (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre: Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316187862

It is an Age of Legends.

Under the watchful eye of the Giants, the kingdoms of Men rose to power. Now, the Giant-King has slain the last of the Serpents and ushered in an era of untold peace and prosperity. Where a fire-blackened desert once stood, golden cities flourish in verdant fields.

It is an Age of Heroes.

But the realms of Man face a new threat-- an ancient sorcerer slaughters the rightful King of Yaskatha before the unbelieving eyes of his son, young Prince D'zan. With the Giant-King lost to a mysterious doom, it seems that no one has the power to stop the coming storm.

It is an Age of War.

The fugitive Prince seeks allies across the realms of Men and Giants to liberate his father's stolen kingdom. Six foreign Princes are tied to his fate. Only one thing is certain: War is coming.

SEVEN PRINCES.

Some will seek glory.

Some will seek vengeance.

All will be legends.


Taft 2012
Author: Jason Heller
Format  Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Quirk (January 17, 2012)
Price:  $14.95
Language:  English
Genre: Fantasy/Time Travel/Alternate History/Satire
ISBN: 978-1-59474-550-8

He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!
You can read Jason's guest blog - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting - here.



Faith
Author: John Love
Format  Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre: Space Opera/Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781597803908

Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love's debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself. But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth's ultimate warships. Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned without ceremony. One system away from earth, the Outsider ship Charles Manson makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants and sociopath, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able to do - to destroy Faith!


To Walk the Night
Author:  E.S. Moore
Series:  Kat Redding
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Kensington (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7582-6872-3

Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
You can read E.S. Moore's guest blog - Judging Covers - here.



The Rook
Author:  Daniel O'Malley
Format  Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher:  Little, Brown  and Company (January 11. 2012)
Price:  $25.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller
ISBN:  9780316098793

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.


Giant Thief
Author: David Tallerman
Series: Tales of Easie Damasco
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662118

Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick's City | Hang 'im High ]


December 27, 2011

Archon
Author:  Sabrina Benulis
Series:  The Books of Raziel
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Voyager (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $22.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780062069405

There are some things worse than death . . .

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skin, she is a blood head—a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy. Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in the Academy. Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than them all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel. And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will rule the supernatural universe.

Barely in control of her own life, Angela has no ambition to conquer an entire universe, not when she’s suddenly contending with a dangerous enemy who is determined to destroy her and a magnetic novitiate who wants to save her. But the choice might not be her own . . .

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, the young blood head must soon face the truth about herself and her world. It is she who holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

In Archon, Sabrina Benulis has created a dazzlingly imaginative tale set in a lush, vivid supernatural world filled with gargoyles and candlelight, magic and murder, in which humans, angels, demons, and those in between battle for supremacy—and survival.
You can read the 2011 DAC Interview with Sabrina here.



Empire State
Author:  Adam Christopher 
Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (December 27, 2011)
Price: $12.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction, Noir
ISBN:   9780857661937

The stunning superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.

When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

Adam Christopher’s stunning debut novel heralds the arrival of an amazing new talent.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ].
You can read Adam's guest blog - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - here.



Babylon Steel
Author:  Gaie Sebold
Series:  Babylon Steel
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Solaris (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781907992384

Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.
You can read Gaie's guest blog - Things I Didn't Know - here.