Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Paul Is Dead Coming in April 2020


NEW SPECULATIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL EXPLORES A WORLD ABSENT A DIFFERENT BEATLE IN PAUL IS DEAD, OUT THIS APRIL

PORTLAND, Ore. 12/10/2019 — Creators Paolo Baron and Ernesto Carbonetti team up for a speculative fiction graphic novel steeped in music history and Beatlemania in the forthcoming Paul Is Dead. It will be available from Image Comics this April.

Set in London, November 1966, this new graphic novel retells the most popular conspiracy theory in music history and, in a sense, showcases the very first “fake news” of the entertainment world.

John Lennon can’t speak, he can’t take his eyes off a photo of a car in flames with the body of Paul McCartney inside. His friend is no longer there, and that means the Beatles are no longer there, either. But John wants to know the truth, and with George and Ringo, he starts to re-examine the final hours in Paul’s life.

Set in the magical atmosphere of Abbey Road Studios during the writing sessions for Sgt. Pepper, the definitive version of the legend of the Paul McCartney’s death.

Paul Is Dead original graphic novel (ISBN: 978-1534316294) will be available on Wednesday, April 22 and in bookstores on Tuesday, April 28. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Paul Is Dead original graphic novel will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

The Stormlight Archive 4 Coming in November 2020



TOR BOOKS ANNOUNCES THE ON-SALE DATE FOR BESTSELLING AUTHOR BRANDON SANDERSON’S NEW BOOK IN 
THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE

Tor Books is thrilled to announce the on-sale date for #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson’s long-awaited new book in The Stormlight Archive. This exciting all-new novel in the beloved epic fantasy series will go on sale November 17, 2020, and is now available for pre-order.

Fans across the world have been eagerly awaiting the release of this next thrilling chapter in Sanderson’s saga that began with the bestselling The Way of Kings (recently named one of the Best Fantasy Novels of the 2010s by Paste), and continued with the #1 New York Times bestsellers Words of Radiance and Oathbringer.

Together, The Stormlight Archive books have sold 4 million copies in all formats, speaking to their wide-reaching appeal and Sanderson’s devoted legions of readers.

Sanderson has been widely praised for the world-building and magic system he has created in this epic fantasy series: welcome to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

Of this new entry in the saga, Sanderson says, “It has been almost twenty years since I first outlined The Stormlight Archive.  Back then, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in this crazy epic I’d devised--and it’s been so thrilling to see enthusiasm for it grow to such heights over the years.  Book four finally gets to one of the foundational scenes I conceived from the beginning. In fact, it might be the very first big scene I imagined, and my favorite in the entire series.  A part of me can’t believe people are finally going to be able to read it. Less than one year now! Life before death, Radiants.”

Visit https://read.macmillan.com/torforge/stormlight-archive-4-by-brandon-sanderson/ for exciting updates and news about The Stormlight Archive and Brandon Sanderson.

About Brandon Sanderson
BRANDON SANDERSON grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn trilogy and its sequels,The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; The Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer; and other novels, including The Rithmatist, and Steelheart. In 2013 he won the Hugo Award for The Emperor’s Soul, a novella set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time® sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all his books, visit brandonsanderson.com.

About Tor Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, is a New York-based publisher of bestselling and critically acclaimed fiction in all formats. Founded in 1980, Tor publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of award-winning science fiction and fantasy, with its books receiving every major award in the SF and Fantasy field. Tor has been named Best Publisher 30 years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

Friday, December 06, 2019

Outer Darkness / Chew Crossover Miniseries Coming in March 2020


THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING, MULTIPLE EISNER AWARD WINNING CREATORS BEHIND CHEW REUNITE FOR OUTER DARKNESS/CHEW CROSSOVER MINISERIES

PORTLAND, Ore. 12/05/2019 — The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning creative team behind Chew—John Layman and Rob Guillory (Farmhand)—reunite for a three-issue, crossover, miniseries with Image/Skybound Entertainment’s science fiction horror series Outer Darkness with regular series artist Afu Chan available this March.

“In the years since finishing the final issue of Chew, the urge to return to the world and its characters has been slowly but steadily growing within me. But I had no interest in returning to some generic ‘Untold Case Files of Tony Chu’ type of story. I wanted to return with a story that goes somewhere new, and says something new about the characters. This crossover will do this. And Outer Darkness, believe it or not, is the ideal vehicle to tell this story,” said Layman. “Outer Darkness and Chew are two of my favorite books I’ve ever done, maybe THE favorite books I’ve ever done, and probably the best too. Creatively, combining the two was a dream come true for me. This book is the peanut butter and chocolate of comic book crossovers.”

Tony Chu is a modern-day cop who gets psychic impressions from what he eats. Joshua Rigg is a 28th-century starship captain who flies through an outer space filled with demons, monsters, and ghosts. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a comic book crossover, don’t it? Join the fun with Outer Darkness/Chew #1.

Guillory added: "Returning to the Chew universe was always a no-brainer. I mean, after 60+ issues of Tony Chu’s adventures, how could we not? It’s something longtime fans have clamored for since Chew’s end, and this crossover is the perfect excuse to dive back into the insane world John and I created. It’s the perfect ode to Chew, while highlighting the amazing work John and the insanely talented Afu Chan have been doing on Outer Darkness. It’s two great books that just taste GREAT together."

Outer Darkness/Chew #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 4.

Outer Darkness/Chew #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in television, comics, film, digital content, interactive, gaming, and merchandise. The company is led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his longtime producing and business partner David Alpert.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Review: Kitty Peck and the Parliament of Shadows by Kate Griffin


Kitty Peck and the Parliament of Shadows
Author:  Kate Griffin
Series:  The Kitty Peck Mysteries 4
Publisher:  Faber & Faber, November 7, 2019
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 204 pages
List Price:  US$12.55 (print); US$7.49 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780571325603 (print); 9780571325610 (eBook)

Even though Paradise was riddled with rot, I reckoned I could make it a cleaner place for the poor types who came with the dirty trades. I could make them all love me, I thought.

I was wrong about that. I’ve been wrong about so much.

When Kitty Peck took over Paradise – her grandmother’s East End criminal empire – she thought she would be able to run it her own way. What Kitty didn’t know was that her grandmother had also left her violently entwined with the Barons of London. This coterie of fiends will stop at nothing to gain power, and they’ve already robbed Kitty of so much that she held dear.

Kitty is determined to do away with the dark underbelly of Paradise and to transform her music halls into the jewels of Limehouse. But as she begins her final assault on the Barons, a new threat appears in the form of an eerily charismatic preacher on a crusade against ‘wickedness and vice’. Can Kitty save Paradise from destruction, without losing any more of the people she loves?



Melanie's Thoughts

Kitty Peck and the Parliament of Shadows is the final instalment of Kate Griffin's Kitty Peck series. Poor Kitty has risen to great heights - both literally and metaphorically. She has flown high above the dance halls in a golden cage as a performer and now that she has inherited her grandmother's east end empire she wants to make changes. It's not as easy as she hoped especially when the Barons still have control of her fate. However, its not just the Barons that are causing a problem for Kitty's plans to clean up the rot in her new empire. An extremely charismatic preacher has come to town preaching against the sinful ways of the residents of the east end. He is whipping up the locals against the dance halls and everyone who earns a living from them...Kitty included. If the Barons and the preacher weren't enough certain members of Kitty's theatre family have ended up dead, in the most gruesome ways possible. Now she has a serial killer to contend with. Things are not looking up for the Limehouse Linnet.

This final instalment is action packed with a capital 'A' from the first chapter to the very last. I quite enjoyed it (not the gruesome parts, of course) as there was a real sense throughout that life was going to get better for Kitty. The previous books were quite harrowing and while the murders on her doorstep, the omnipresent guilt she feels for Dan's death and the fact she was the reason her love interest loses an eye it doesn't stop her striving to be someone better. I thought it was quite interesting how Griffin uses the preacher as the tool to resolve one of the story's main plot points. Without revealing too much it was quite clever how she wound a number of plot threads and characters around one another to resolve not just the preacher plotline but the mystery of Kitty's parentage as well.  Usually, I can guess what will happen but I was on the edge of my seat throughout the final chapters of the book as I had no clue what Giffin had in store for Kitty and friends.

I did enjoy this series as a whole and Griffin clearly had done a lot of research into the period so that Kitty's life was true to the period. The book is very visceral and you can really picture Kitty, her clothes, and her home. I felt very sorry for Kitty in previous books but she was like a phoenix who has risen from the ashes...or in her case from the opium smoke to take control and create her own future. If you want to find out for yourself then you need to start at book 1 - Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

2019 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts




There is 1 debut novel for December.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.



A. R. Moxon

The Revisionaries
Melville House, December 3, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

All is not boding well for Father Julius. . .

A street preacher decked out in denim robes and running shoes, a phony holy man for a misfit urban parish, Julius is a source of inspiration for a community that knows nothing of his scandalous origins.

But when a nearby mental hospital releases its patients to run amok in his neighborhood, his trusted if bedraggled flock turns expectantly to Julius to find out what’s going on. Amid the descending chaos, Julius encounters a hospital escapee who babbles prophecies of doom, and the growing palpable sense of impending danger intensifies. . . as does the feeling that everyone may be relying on a fake preacher just a little too much.

Still, fake or no, Julius decides he must confront the forces that threaten his congregation—including the peculiar followers of a religious cult, the mysterious men and women dressed all in red seen fleetingly amid the bedlam, and an enigmatic smoking figure who seems to know what’s going to happen just before it does.

The Revisionaries is, in the end, a wildly imaginative, masterfully rendered, and suspenseful tale of one man trying to differentiate between reality and fantasy in order to find the source of his faith. It will summon to mind the bold outlandishness stylishness of Thomas Pynchon, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Moore—while being unlike anything that’s come before.

December 2019 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2019. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

December 3, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Walk the Wild With Me (D) Rachel Atwood HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
Scornful Stars Richard Baker SF - Breaker of Empires 3
Ancestral Night (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear SF/SO - White Space 1
Target Rich Environment, Volume 2 Larry Correia F - Collection
A Dragon for William (e) Julie E. Czerneda FairyT/Folklore
Gremlins Go Home Gordon R. Dickson
Ben Bova
SF
The General Zapped an Angel: Stories Howard Fast SS - Art of the Story
Impolitic Corpses Paul Johnston Dys/Th - Quint Dalrymple Mystery 8
The Case of the Spellbound Child Mercedes Lackey HistF/Gaslamp - Elemental Masters Series 14
On Dark Horizons Anthony Laken SP - Infinity Machine 2
The Wall (h2tp) John Lanchester LF
Accepting the Lance Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 22
The Water Cure (h2tp) Sophie Mackintosh Psy/CoA/Dys
Blood of Empire Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 3
The Revisionaries (D) A. R. Moxon F/MR/Sagas
Wicked Hour Chloe Neill P/PNR/UF - An Heirs of Chicagoland Novel 2
Boundary Haunted Melissa F. Olson UF/CF/P - Boundary Magic 5
Verses for the Dead (h2mm) Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
PP/Occ/Sup/Sus - Special Agent Pendergast 18
The Camera Never Lies David Rawlings FL/MR
Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire Melinda Snodgrass
Wild Cards Trust
SH/SF - Wild Cards 10
Anyone Charles Soule SF
Dead Astronauts Jeff VanderMeer LF/F/Dys
Down Among the Dead K. B. Wagers SF/SO/AC/SE - Farian War 2
Where Gods Fear to Go Angus Watson F - West of West 3
Freehold: Resistance Michael Z. Williamson (Ed) SF - Freehold 9



December 10, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Dream Gatherer (h2tp) Kristen Britain F/RF - Green Rider
Bright Steel Miles Cameron F - Masters & Mages 3
Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction Bill Campbell (Ed) F/SF/H - Anthology
Crownbreaker Sebastien de Castell F/HU/CoA - Spellslinger 6
Soultaker Robert J. Duperre F/SF/AP/PA - Knights Eternal 1
Verse and Vengeance Amanda Flower PCM - A Magical Bookshop Mystery 4
The Rift Coda (h2tp) Amy S. Foster SF - Rift Uprising Trilogy 3
Invocations Lora Gray
Ray Cluey
Richard Strachan
David Annandale  & more
H/SS - Warhammer Horror
The Light of All That Falls James Islington F - Licanius Trilogy 3
Born of Flame Nick Kyme SF - Horus Heresy 50
Fog Island Mariette Lindstein H/CoA/PsyTh/PP - Fog Island Trilogy 1
Starborn Katie MacAlister F - A Born Prophecy Novel 2
Dark Harvest Josh Reynolds H - Warhammer Horror
The Dead Girls Club Damien Angelica Walters Sus/SupTh/CW



December 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dragonsbane (ri) Barbara Hambly F - Winterlands 1
Knight of the Demon Queen (ri) Barbara Hambly F - Winterlands 3
Dragonshadow (ri) Barbara Hambly F - Winterlands 2



December 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Various States of Decay: A Collection Matt Hayward H - SS
SNAFU: Last Stand: Foreword by Tim 'Deadpool' Miller Amanda J. Spedding (Ed)
Matthew Summers (Ed)
Geoff Brown (Ed)
SF - Anthology



December 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fates and Furies (e) Christine Lucas LM - Collection



December 17, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Man in the High Castle: Creating the Alt World Mike Avila PopCul/PerfArts
The Hanged Man K. D. Edwards UF - Tarot Sequence 2
Nowhereville: Weird Is Other People Scott Gable (Ed)
C. Dombrowski (Ed)
UF/H/SF - Anthology
Star Trek: Discovery: Dead Endless Dave Galanter SF - Star Trek Series 6
The Savage Deeps Timothy S. Johnston SF/AP/PA/HSF/TechTh - The Rise of Oceania 1
Sun and Serpent Jon Sprunk F - Book of the Black Earth 4



December 18, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Time Invariance of Snow: A Tor.com Original (e) E. Lily Yu SF



December 19, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Christmas (e) F. Paul Wilson SupTh - Repairman Jack 16



December 20, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker The Visual Dictionary Pablo Hidalgo PerfArts/SF
Genre Fiction of New India: Post-millennial receptions of "weird" narratives (h2tp) E Dawson Varughese HC - Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature



December 24, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Spear of the Emperor Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000



December 25, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Why is Nothing Ever Simple? (e) Jodi Taylor HistF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's
Horror For RAICES: A Charitable Anthology (e) Jennifer Wilson (Ed)
Robert S. Wilson (Ed)
H - Anthology



December 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times Diletta De Cristofaro HC - New Horizons in Contemporary Writing



December 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood and Blade Lauren Dane UF/RF - Goddess with a Blade 6



December 31, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Loki Ascending Asa Maria Bradley PNR - Viking Warriors
Arkad's World (h2mm) James L. Cambias SF
Splintegrate Deborah Teramis Christian SF/CyP/SO
Celtic Empire (h2tp) Clive Cussler
Dirk Cussler
Th - Dirk Pitt Adventure 25
Black Triumph (tp2mm) Brendan DuBois SF - Dark Victory 3
All the Plagues of Hell (h2mm) Eric Flint
Dave Freer
F - Heirs of Alexandria 6
Alphabet Squadron (h2mm) Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron 1
Crimson Sand, Crimson Snow Craig Gallant F
The Turning (Movie Tie-In): The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories Henry James MTI/GH/Gothic
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 13
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set II: Books 4-6 (The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
The Fires of Heaven (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 5
The Shadow Rising (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 4
Lord of Chaos (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 6
The Sky Done Ripped Joe R. Lansdale Th/H - Ned the Seal 3
Dispel Illusion Mark Lawrence SF/TT - Impossible Times 3
The Best of Uncanny Lynne M. Thomas (Ed) Michael Damian Thomas (Ed) F/SF - Anthology
Warlord Elizabeth Vaughan FR/PNR - Chronicles of the Warlands 3
Through Fiery Trials (h2mm) David Weber SF - Safehold 10



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Thursday, November 28, 2019

SPFBO 5 - The Qwillery's Finalist




First, thank you to all of the authors in our slush pile this year. We read some wonderful books. A big shout out to our 4 Semi-Finalists who have now been cut:

Oblivion by Andy Blinston;

Knight and Shadow by Flint Maxwell;

The Blackbird and the Ghost by Hûw Steer;

and

Lykaia by Sharon Van Orman.

Read their novels!

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



Second, after not too much debate The Qwillery has chosen its Finalist for SPFBO 5.

Congratulations to Virginia McClain with Blade's Edge!

We were impressed with the worldbuilding, setting, and the very strong characters. We are re-posting the Semi-Finalist review because Phil said it best. We give the novel a collective 9.


Blade's Edge
Chronicles of Gensokai 1
Artemis Dingo Productions, January 23, 2015
eBook, 314 pages
 Also available in Hardcover and Trade Paperback

Mishi and Taka live each day of their lives with the shadow of death lurking behind them. The struggle to hide the elemental powers that mark the two girls as Kisōshi separates them from the other orphans, yet forges a deep bond between them.

When Mishi is dragged from the orphanage at the age of eight, the girls are unsure if or when they will find each other again. While their powers grow with each season-cycle, the girls must come to terms with their true selves--Mishi as a warrior, Taka as a healer--as they forge separate paths which lead to the same horrifying discovery...

The Rōjū council’s dark secret is one that it has spent centuries killing to keep, and Mishi and Taka know too much. The two young women have overcome desperate odds in a society where their very existence is a crime, but now that they know the Rōjū’s secret they find themselves fighting for much more than their own survival.


Phil Parker's Review:

The success of this story comes from its originality and vivid portrayal of life for two orphan girls in medieval Japan – at least a fantastical version of that country. I quickly became fascinated with not just the plight of Taka and Mishi, but by the culture in which they lived. The world created by Virginia McClain is so utterly realistic. Beautiful. Violent. Unfair.

The author lived in Japan for some years and her love for the country and understanding of its distinctive culture is apparent in every aspect of the story. It’s so easy to assume that the challenges the girls face are no different to those of a few hundred years ago. The only difference is that in this story, magic exists. It’s what makes it such an original story. Magic operates in harmony with the natural world, derived from fire, water, air, and the earth.

And this is where the inherent tension is derived. Females are not allowed to possess magic. Discovery of their ‘kiso’ at birth leads to their death. Taka and Mishi survive only by the help of people desperate to eliminate this barbaric practice. The story follows the girls’ journey (both physical and allegorical) as they develop their distinctive kiso while growing up into women capable of fighting in this underground movement.

We quickly sympathise with the girls’ plights, we cheer those who support them and despise those who use violence to maintain the repressive and immoral Roju regime. World building is highly detailed. It takes time to familiarise yourself with so many terms for roles, clothes, weapons, rituals and the like but this is one of the features that makes the story so unique. Ms McClain sets her story on the imaginary island of Gensokai. This medieval land is vividly drawn, using language which is rich and vibrant, immersing you in its landscape, ecology, cultures and society.

And yes, there is even a dragon.

I really enjoyed this book. Read it within a few days. It’s not filled with battles and swordplay, there are no wizards and even the dragon is restricted in its involvement. It is a story of great subtlety. The two protagonists are not the inevitable ‘kick-ass’ type that pervade fantasy stories either. Their disciplined development is painful, harsh and mirrors the process of acquiring finesse in any martial art. It’s just that the finesse includes magical expertise too. These are real women, with flaws and doubts, but with the determination to fight inequality. In this respect this is a story which resonates with our own world and that makes this book an even stronger, more commercially viable, product as a result.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Interview with Colleen Winter, author of The Gatherer


Please welcome Colleen Winter to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Gatherer is published on November 26, 2019 by Rebel Base Books.







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first piece you remember writing?

Colleen:  The first piece I remember writing was a poem about our cat in grade seven. The teacher read it to the class and I can remember being mortified.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Colleen:  I am a pantser. Because I am an engineer I had originally thought I would be a plotter but it wasn't until I started NOT plotting that things really took off for me as a writer.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Colleen:  Time. It's a bit of a cliché for writers to want more time but I often wish I had more time to sit with the ideas and plot points rather than perpetually being on deadline.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Colleen:  My whole life feeds into my writing process and my ideas. I'm interested in how everything is interconnected so I am continually being bombarded with images and ideas that are part of the greater whole. I read voraciously, and nothing inspires me more than a story brilliantly told (except for the ones that are so brilliant they are intimidating.)



TQDescribe The Gatherer using only 5 words.

Colleen:  Miracle energy tech delivers plague



TQTell us something about The Gatherer that is not found in the book description.

Colleen:  There are two strong female characters in the book. Storm Freeman who creates the Gatherer and Maria Kowalski the soldier tasked with stopping her.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Gatherer? What appeals to you about writing Technothrillers?

Colleen:  My inspiration came from our conflicted relationship with energy. We often don't understand the choices we make when we choose to use a certain technology. As humans we rush to implement the latest tech without considering the consequences, and I am fascinated with exploring where that leads.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Gatherer?

Colleen:  I did extensive research for the book including on electromagnetic fields and how they affect the human body, electromagnetic sensitivity and its growing prevalence in modern times, acupuncture and how the energy fields in the body interact, and Nikola Tesla and his inventions.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Gatherer.

Colleen:  The cover is an amalgamation of the main characters in the book. It was designed by Cora Graphics who did a fantastic job.



TQIn The Gatherer who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Colleen:  Maria Kowalski was the easiest character to write since she is always moving and has a clear idea of what she needs to do and why. Storm Freeman was harder as she is more contemplative and has conflicting reactions to many of the events that occur. I love them both but Storm kept me on my toes.



TQDoes The Gatherer touch on any social issues?

Colleen:  The Gatherer deals partially with how we treat those that are sick and our refusal to recognize illnesses that are caused by things we don't understand. Being told 'It is all in your head' happens to many people suffering from illnesses that doctors can't diagnose or don't understand, in this case electromagnetic sensitivity.



TQWhich question about The Gatherer do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Colleen:  Are there situations in the Gatherer that are true? Or that you believe are not far in our future?

Absolutely. The number of technologies that send electromagnetic fields (EMFs) into our environment are increasing all the time. Cell towers, electric vehicles, battery storage, high voltage power lines...all of them emit EMFs and we don't have any real understanding of the damage they cause in people's bodies, which rely on electrical signals to operate. There is a reason electromagnetic sensitivity is on the rise yet no one seems to have it on their radar.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Gatherer.

Colleen:

"It says that we're dangerous."
Maria felt a strengthening in her core, that someone had recognized the damage that they could do if everything went right.
"We are dangerous."
Storm smiled suddenly, then laughed. A sound that did more for both of them than any food or water.
"I guess they better watch out then."



TQWhat's next?

Colleen:  The Gatherer is the first book in The Gatherer series. The second book is due out next year and I'm currently putting on the final touches. Once that is finished, I'll be starting on the third.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Gatherer
The Gatherer 1
Rebel Base Books, November 26, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 244 pages

It Was Meant To Save Humanity
Not Destroy It


Storm Freeman gave the world a miracle. She designed The Gatherer to draw electromagnetic energy from the air and disperse free and infinite electricity to rural and underprivileged communities. Her invention helped people but devalued power industries. Some revered Storm as a deity. Others saw her as an eco-terrorist.

Then the miracle became a curse. The Gatherer unleashed a plague that damaged the human electrical system, bringing pain, suffering—and eventual death—to anyone continually exposed to the technology. Stricken herself, Storm goes into exile, desperate to find a cure—and destroy her invention.

But there are people in the government and in the corporation that funded The Gatherer who refuse to publicly acknowledge the connection between the device and the spreading plague. And they will stop at nothing to find Storm and use her genius for military applications . . .





About Colleen

Colleen is a science-fiction junkie and uses her electrical engineering degree to create stories that walk the line between what is real and what is possible. In a previous life she worked as a journalist and now as a communications consultant in the Ontario electrical industry. She lives near Toronto, Canada and spends as much time as she can hiking the beautiful places of the world with her family and her dog.




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Monday, November 25, 2019

The View From Monday - November 25, 2019


Happy last Monday in November!

There are two debuts this week:

NVK by Temple Drake;

and

The Gatherer (The Gatherer 1) by Colleen Winter.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Arabella The Traitor of Mars (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 3) by David D Levine is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Dominion (Eternity War 3) by Jamie Sawyer.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fools (ri) Pat Cadigan SF/CyP/LF - Gateway Essentials
NVK (D) Temple Drake SupTh/P/Gothic
The Search for Spark (h2mm) Steven Erikson SF/HU/SO/Satire - Willful Child 3
Grantville Gazette VIII (h2mm) Eric Flint (Ed)
Walt Boyes (Ed)
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 8 Anthology
The Solar War (h2mm) John French SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra 1
The Old Nurse's Story Elizabeth Gaskell and Seth GH - Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
Abandoned (h2mm) W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/SO - Donovan 2
Myths & Revenants David Guymer
Andy Clark
et al.
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Great Devourer: The Leviathan Omnibus Guy Haley
Josh Reynolds
Nick Kyme
and more
SF - Warhammer 40,000
A Pillar of Fire by Night (h2mm) Tom Kratman SF - Carerra 7
Seasons: All-New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar 13 Anthology
A Rising Moon (tp2mm) Stephen Leigh HistF/F - Sunpath 2
Arabella The Traitor of Mars (h2mm) David D. Levine SF/SP - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 3
Age of Legends James Lovegrove SF - Pantheon 8
The Sundial R.H. Malden and Seth GH - Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
The Apple Tree Daphne du Maurier and Seth GH - Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
The Rise of Magicks Nora Roberts P/PNR/SupTh/Ap/PA/Dys - Chronicles of The One 3
Reckoning of Fallen Gods (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F/DF - The Coven 2
The Hero of Ages (ri) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 3
Dominion Jamie Sawyer SF/SO/AC.HSF - Eternity War 3
A Spell of Murder (h2tp) Clea Simon PCM - Witch Cats of Cambridge 1
Where Winter Finds You: A Caldwell Christmas J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood
Thanquol and Boneripper C L Werner F - Warhammer Chronicles
The Gatherer (D) Colleen Winter TechTh/Dys - The Gatherer 1



November 28, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sorcery Reborn Steve McHugh UF/CF/DF - Rebellion Chronicles 1



November 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
My Beautiful Life K. J. Parker UF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Friday, November 15, 2019

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November 2019




Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on November 30, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite November 2019 Debut Cover!
 
pollcode.com free polls





Cover illustration by Luis Toledo at Dutch Uncle
Cover copyright © 2019 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.





Cover design by Kimberly Glyder















Cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Cover images by Arcangel and Shutterstock
Cover copyright © 2019 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.





Cover art by Tomas Almeida
Cover design by Katie Anderson





Cover Design and Layout: Don Noble