Thursday, December 08, 2016

Press Release: SpongeBob Comics cartoonist launches kids series PIX at Image Comics


Press Release



SPONGEBOB COMICS CARTOONIST LAUNCHES
KIDS SERIES PIX AT IMAGE COMICS

Gregg Schigiel, formerly of Marvel Comics and Nickelodeon,
introduces creator-owned superhero

Image Comics is pleased to announce the middle-grade series PIX by Gregg Schigiel (writer and artist on SpongeBob Comics, writer of X-Babies: Stars Reborn), sure to enchant kids of all ages with a teen superhero who will fight her way into readers’ hearts.

Schigiel, once part of Marvel Comics editorial, is perhaps best known for his work in SpongeBob Comics, where he's told numerous wacky stories as well as introduced Mermaid Girl to SpongeBob's Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy pantheon. He brings the same humor and quirk, and more, to Pix’s story.

Pix brings together a lot of things I love—superheroes, fairy tales and mythology, talking animals, fun and funny banter—to make something awesome for kids,” said Schigiel. “I'm biased, but I'd have dug it when I was ten or 11 years old.”

Pix is a superhero—but she also believes herself to be a fairy and a princess to boot. And if that weren’t enough for one teen to juggle, in PIX, VOL. 1 she’s got attacking electronics, secret crushes, a magic 8-ball monster, cell service issues, a dragon war, a bad date, worried moms, a furtive frog, and a malevolent monkey, all jockeying for her attention.

Think Spider-Man meets Riverdale with PIX—a lively, energetic story that drops an action-packed super-character in a small-town setting.

PIX, VOL. 1: One Weirdest Weekend (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0140-5, Diamond Code DEC160764) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, February 22nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, January 30th.


Advance praise for PIX:

“A fabulously fun read in a classic comics style.” —Jimmy Gownley, Amelia Rules and
The Dumbest Idea Ever

“People say there are no superheroes for girls. What they really want is a famous girl 
superhero. Give Pix fifty years to establish herself and then jump on the bandwagon… 
or be one of the cool people who reads it now.” —Chris Giarrusso, G-Man

“I loved it! I love that [Pix] has friends and life stuff to deal with on top of the crazy things 
that happen! Dialogue seems real...loving the artwork.” —Franco Aureliani, AW 
YEAH! Comics, Tiny Titans, Dino-Mike

“A plucky girl superhero, an evil monster 8-ball, a bear-fighting talking monkey—PIX is 
the best kind of crazy fun.” —Jerzy Drozd, co-host of the Kids’ Comics Revolution 
podcast and Kids Read Comics festival co-founder

“Archie-style cast + Fantasy + great lead character = very fun book.” —Joe Kelly, I Kill 
Giants, co-creator of Ben 10 with Man of Action Studios

“What a great hero...I wish I had someone like that when I was a tweenager or
teenager!” —Flo Steinberg, Marvel Comics

“Highly recommended.” –Brad Guigar, Evil Inc.




ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound 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.

Cover Reveal: The Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca


The Qwillery is absolutely thrilled to reveal the cover for The Holver Alley Crew, the first novel in the Streets of Maradaine series by Marshall Ryan Maresca.

The Holver Alley Crew is set in the port city of Maradaine which is also the setting for his Maradaine novels and The Maradaine Constabulary novels.

The Holver Alley Crew will be published on March 7, 2017 by DAW.









The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax's service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery. They settled back in their old neighborhood in West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a simple, honest life. Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no home, no shop, and no honest income—and saddled with a looming debt—they fall back on their old skills and old friends.

With a crew of other fire victims, Asti and Verci plan a simple carriage heist, but the job spirals out of control as they learn that the fire was no accident. Lives in Holver Alley were destroyed out of a sadistic scheme to buy the land. Smoldering for revenge, burdened with Asti's crumbling sanity, the brothers and their crew of amateurs and washouts swear to take down those responsible for the fire, no matter the cost.

“Maresca bring the whole package, complete and well-constructed.” ―Bibliosanctum

“The blend of fantasy and noir works wonderfully…with thrills and spills within a unique and well imagined world.” ―Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews





About Marshall

Photo: © Kimberley Mead
Marshall Ryan Maresca grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State. He now lives Austin with his wife and son. His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef. His novels The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages each begin their own fantasy series, both set in the port city of Maradaine. For more information, visit Marshall’s website at www.mrmaresca.com.




Twitter @marshallmaresca







Also by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Thorn of Dentonhill
A Novel of Maradaine 1
DAW, February 3, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a struggling magic student at the University of Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down.

With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two magical artifacts meant for Fenmere’s clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle. Using these power-filled objects in his fight, he quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere’s side.

So much so that soon not only Fenmere, but powerful mages, assassins, and street gangs all want a piece of “The Thorn.” And with professors and prefects on the verge of discovering his secrets, Veranix’s double life might just fall apart. Unless, of course, Fenmere puts an end to it first.



See Doreen's review here.



A Murder of Mages
A novel of the Maradaine Constabulary 1
DAW, July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

A Murder of Mages marks the debut of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s novels of The Maradaine Constabulary, his second series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. A Murder of Mages introduces us to this spellbinding port city as seen through the eyes of the people who strive to maintain law and order, the hardworking men and women of the Maradaine Constabulary.

Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two, and wife to a Constabulary Inspector who lies on the edge of death, injured in the line of duty—has been forced to fake her way into the post of Constabulary Inspector to support her family.

Minox Welling is a brilliant, unorthodox Inspector and an Uncircled mage—almost a crime in itself. Nicknamed “the jinx” because of the misfortunes that seem to befall anyone around him, Minox has been partnered with Satrine because no one else will work with either of them.

Their first case together—the ritual murder of a Circled mage— sends Satrine back to the streets she grew up on and brings Minox face-to-face with mage politics he’s desperate to avoid. As the body count rises, Satrine and Minox must race to catch the killer before their own secrets are exposed and they, too, become targets.



See Doreen's review here.



The Alchemy of Chaos
A Novel of Maradaine 2
DAW, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Veranix Calbert is The Thorn—the street vigilante-turned-legend—and a danger to Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of Dentonhill. Veranix is determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang in his neighborhood. But Veranix is also a magic student at the University of Maradaine, and it’s exam week. With his academic career riding on his performance, there’s no time to go after Fenmere or the Red Rabbits. But when a series of pranks on campus grow deadly, it’s clear that someone has a vendetta against the university, and Veranix may be the only one who can stop them…




See Doreen's review here.



An Import of Intrigue
A novel of The Maradaine Constabulary 2
DAW, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly.



See Melanie's review here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016


Press Release


Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the best-selling book of 2016 overall and in the Kids &; Teens category

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also this year's Most Wished For and Most Gifted book

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 2016-- (NASDAQ:AMZN) - Amazon today announced its best-selling books of 2016, best-selling Kids & Teens books of 2016, as well as the Most Gifted and Most Wished For books of the year--just in time for holiday gifting. The best-selling book of the year is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany followed by When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also the best-selling book in the Kids & Teens category and Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney is number two. Rowling's bestseller also tops the lists for both the Most Gifted and Most Wished For book of the year, confirming that Harry Potter continues to be a favorite for readers across genres. The best-selling book lists are first editions published in 2016 comprising both print and Kindle purchases. To see the full top 100 list of Amazon's best-selling print and Kindle books of 2016, visit www.amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2016.

"This year's best-selling list showcases the variety of Amazon readers' tastes, from literary fiction to thrillers to memoirs," said Chris Schluep, Amazon Senior Book Editor. "The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can't get enough of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of the year, breaking pre-order records months before its release."

The top 20 best-selling books of 2016 overall are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham
  4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. 15th Affair (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
  15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
  17. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

More about Amazon's best-selling books of 2016:

  • A lot of adults are kids at heart. The number one best-selling book is the same in both the overall and kids categories: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is actually a script; this is the first time a play has made the top 20 best-sellers list
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalathini and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, both debut memoirs, are serious, eye-opening and a sign of our times
  • The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is the best-selling debut novel of 2016
  • Mysteries and thrillers reign supreme in 2016; nine of the of the top 20 are from that category (ten, if you count romantic suspense)

The top 20 best-selling Kids & Teens books of 2016 overall are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  3. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  6. The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
  8. The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
  9. Empire of Storms: Book 5 of Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Lady Midnight: Book 1 of The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
  11. Take Heart, My Child: A Mother's Dream by Ainsley Earhardt and Kathryn Cristaldi
  12. Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
  13. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  14. A Court of Mist and Fury: Book 2 of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti
  16. Calamity (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
  17. Give Please a Chance by Bill O'Reilly and James Patterson
  18. Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
  19. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
  20. Broken Prince: Book 2 of The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Fun Facts about Amazon's best-selling Kids & Teen Books of 2016:

  • Authors Jeff Kinney and Rick Riordan have made the 20 best-selling Kids & Teens list four years in a row
  • Over half of the top 20 best-sellers are part of a series
  • Three books based in the world of Harry Potter are featured on this list, 9 years since the final book in the series was released by J.K. Rowling
  • There are only two picture books in the top 20 and both are written by FOX news anchors

To learn more about the best-selling books of the year, visit www.amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2016.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 35


This is the thirty-fifth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
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Mark Lawrence (2011)

Red Sister
Book of the Ancestor 1
Ace, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Cover revealed at Fantasy Faction

The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors…

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A bloodstained child of eight falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.

Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.





Elisabeth Staab (2012)

At the Stars
Evergreen Grove 1
Elisabeth Staab, April 22, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 278 pages
Elisabeth Staab, May 5, 2015
     eBook, 280 pages

A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND

I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.

A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO

For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her...

At the Stars is a story of lost hope, new beginnings, and found love.


Acts of Creation
Evergreen Grove 2
Elisabeth Staab, August 30, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 284 pages
Elisabeth Staab, August 18, 2015
     eBook, 286 pages

He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.


By the Rules
Evergreen Grove 3
Elisabeth Staab, February 2, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Elisabeth Staab, January 19, 2016
     eBook, 305 pages

He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he's easy. I want AJ, because he's AJ.

No liars. No suits. Absolutely no straight guys...

AJ Fabin's list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents' home and a vicious attack by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he's not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.

Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can't connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden re-evaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can't stand the mouthy jerk--almost as much as he can't stop thinking about him--he has a lot more to change than his career.

To be together, they'll both have to break all of their rules.


In the Arms of the Enemy
Elisabeth Staab, May 29, 2016
eBook, 145 pages

Journal entry: 10.18.2668
I’m supposed to be leaving on the midnight transport. By the time it comes and they realize what I’ve done, God willing, I’ll be gone. I keep asking myself why I’m doing this, but deep down I know… I know I’m doing it for her.
It’s wrong to want a creature like Tatima, especially one under my guard. I can’t stop seeing her dark eyes or feeling the softness of her skin against mine. The moisture of her lips and tongue when I assuaged her hunger.
I’m a man. I’m human. This outpost is lonely. She’s as beautiful to me as she is frightening.
We trusted each other once. Maybe we could again.
Wanting her could mean so much disaster, but I can’t stop.

---
The United States has split. Supernatural creatures—lab experiments gone wrong—are being rounded up so their existence can be contained. One young man, bent on revenge, takes a job as a prison guard in order to kill the blood-sucker who murdered his father. A creature who used to be human. Someone he once thought he loved.
When Ronan gets close, he discovers the feelings he had for Tatima aren’t as dead as he’d believed. A web of lies surrounding his father’s death and the outpost where he works gets stickier the more he investigates.
The further Ronan goes, the less anything makes sense. Except the woman who can still bring him to life with a single touch. The one who makes him question everything.
The woman who’s supposed to be his enemy.


Piece by Piece
Evergreen Grove 4
Elisabeth Staab, September 19, 2016
     Trade Paperback and eBook, 264 pages
Elisabeth Staab, September 18, 2016
     eBook, 244 pages

ETHAN’S HIT A ROUGH SPOT
So I caught my dad in bed with my ex-girlfriend.
My best friend cancelled our plans to celebrate my birthday.
Decided to drink away the betrayal.
Made out with a cardboard cutout of a celebrity in front of my new roommates.
Got in a bar fight.
Hooked up with that pretty bartender whose sad smile I’ve secretly been painting pictures of since forever, but she shoved me out the door with hardly a word.
Did I mention the tattoo I don’t exactly remember getting?
And that’s only Saturday.
Now I need to pick up the pieces of my messed-up life.

LEEANNE’S HAD A TOUGH LIFE
What do you do when you’ve lived in the same small town your whole life and you feel as if you’ll always be stuck in the same rut, like a piece of busted wagon wheel? Well, maybe you start by hooking up with the first decent guy who walks into your bar.
Maybe once you do, it’s hard to get him out of your head even though you try. And maybe, just maybe, you find out he makes you laugh even more than he makes you want to shout his name.
If you’re me, you don’t even know what to do with a guy like him. A little piece of happiness…that feels downright dangerous.





Brian Staveley (2014)

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1 - 3
Tor Books, Dec 6, 2016
eBook Bundle

Includes: The Emperor's Blades, The Providence of Fire, The Last Mortal Bond, and an excerpt from the forthcoming Skullsworn

“An enchanting union of old and new, Staveley's debut will keep you turning pages late into the night.” Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising

The emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

The Emperor’s Blades — Three siblings: Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery. An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral. At the heart of the empire, Adare hunts those who murdered her father.

The Providence of Fire — Kaden infiltrates the Annurian capital, while Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion compels the rival forces to unite. Unknown to Adare, Valyn has allied with the invading nomads.

The Last Mortal Bond — The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; capricious gods walk the earth in human guise, but the imperial siblings at the heart of it all soon understand that there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
The Emperor's Blades
The Providence of Fire
The Last Mortal Bond

Other books in the world of the Unhewn Throne
Skullsworn (forthcoming)

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


The Last Mortal Bond
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3
Tor Books, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 15, 2016

The trilogy that began with The Emperor's Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion, as war engulfs the Annurian Empire in Brian Staveley's The Last Mortal Bond

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all--Valyn, Adare, and Kaden--come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.


Skullsworn
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne World
Tor Books, April 25, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess attempting to join the ranks of the God of Death.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer--she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one you love / who will not come again."

Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The Priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god.

Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother—in the hope of finding love...and ending it on the edge of her sword.

"A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets." —Library Journal, starred review, on The Emperor's Blades

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 34


This is the thirty-fourth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here




Anna Smaill (2016)

The Chimes
Quercus, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 3, 2016

[cover not yet revealed]
After the end of a brutal civil war, London is divided, with slums standing next to a walled city of elites. Monk-like masters are selected for special schooling and shut away for decades, learning to write beautiful compositions for the chimes, played citywide morning and night, to mute memory and keep the citizens trapped in ignorance.

A young orphan named Simon arrives in London with nothing but the vague sense of a half-forgotten promise, to locate someone. What he finds is a new family--a gang of scavengers that patrols the underbelly of the city looking for valuable metal to sell. Drawn in by an enigmatic and charismatic leader, a blind young man named Lucien with a gift for song, Simon forgets entirely what originally brought him to the place he has now made his home.

In this alternate London, the past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is considered "blasphony." But Simon has a unique gift--the gift of retaining memories--that will lead him to discover a great injustice and take him far beyond the meager life as a member of Lucien's gang. Before long he will be engaged in an epic struggle for justice, love, and freedom.

The Chimes is an impressive work of speculative fiction, an imaginative adventure elegantly told. The Chimes reveals the human capacity to create both beauty and terror, in art and in life.





Alan Smale (2015)

Eagle in Exile
The Clash of Eagles Trilogy Book II
Del Rey, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 22, 2016

Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove, Alan Smale’s gripping alternate history series imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has survived long enough to invade North America in 1218. Now the stunning story carries hero Gaius Marcellinus deeper into the culture of an extraordinary people—whose humanity, bravery, love, and ingenuity forever change his life and destiny.

In A.D. 1218, Praetor Gaius Marcellinus is ordered to conquer North America and turning it into a Roman province. But outside the walls of the great city of Cahokia, his legion is destroyed outright; Marcellinus is the only one spared. In the months and years that follow, Marcellinus comes to see North America as his home and the Cahokians as his kin. He vows to defend these proud people from any threat, Roman or native.

After successfully repelling an invasion by the fearsome Iroqua tribes, Marcellinus realizes that a weak and fractured North America won’t stand a chance against the returning Roman army. Worse, rival factions from within threaten to tear Cahokia apart just when it needs to be most united and strong. Marcellinus is determined to save the civilization that has come to mean more to him than the empire he once served. But to survive the swords of Roma, he first must avert another Iroqua attack and bring Cahokia together. Only with the hearts and souls of a nation at his back can Marcellinus hope to know triumph.



Eagle and Empire
The Clash of Eagles Trilogy Book III
Del Rey, May 16, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

The award-winning author of Clash of Eagles and Eagle in Exile concludes his masterly alternate-history saga of the Roman invasion of North America in this stunning novel.

Roman Praetor Gaius Marcellinus came to North America as a conqueror, but after meeting with defeat at the hands of the city-state of Cahokia, he has had to forge a new destiny in this strange land. In the decade since his arrival, he has managed to broker an unstable peace between the invading Romans and a loose affiliation of Native American tribes known as the League.

But invaders from the west will shatter that peace and plunge the continent into war: The Mongol Horde has arrived and they are taking no prisoners.

As the Mongol cavalry advances across the Great Plains leaving destruction in its path, Marcellinus and his Cahokian friends must summon allies both great and small in preparation for a final showdown. Alliances will shift, foes will rise, and friends will fall as Alan Smale brings us ever closer to the dramatic final battle for the future of the North American continent.





Matt Solomon (2012)
Chris Pauls (2012)

The Giant Smugglers
Feiwel & Friends, May 17, 2016
Hardcover, 288 pages

Charlie Lawson's only summer excitement in small-town Wisconsin came from kicking butt in video games, where he's the undisputed Total Turbo champ. Now it's time to go back to middle school, where nine long months of boredom await.

But then Charlie stumbles onto something big happening inside the abandoned warehouse across the street from his house. Specifically, someone big. He befriends Bruce, a twenty-foot-tall teenage giant, who Charlie must keep a secret.

Charlie isn't the only one in town who knows what's hiding in the warehouse. Powerful, ruthless forces are closing in, and they'll stop at nothing to acquire a giant. But Charlie will do whatever it takes to protect the biggest and best friend he's ever had.





Gabriel Squailia (2015)

Viscera
Talos, October 4, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The Gone-Away gods were real, once, and taller than towers.

But they’re long dead now, buried in the catacombs beneath the city of Eth, where their calcified organs radiate an eldritch power that calls out to anyone hardy enough to live in this cutthroat, war-torn land. Some survivors are human, while others are close enough, but all are struggling to carve out their lives in a world both unforgiving and wondrous.

Darkly comic and viciously original, Viscera is an unforgettable journey through swords-and-sorcery fantasy where strangeness gleams from every nook and cranny.