Saturday, April 22, 2017

The 2017 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists


The 2017 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced and you may vote here.


The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Wrath, John Gwynne (Tor)
  • Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
  • The Wheel of Osheim, Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • Warbeast, Gav Thorpe (Black Library)



The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
  • Infernal, Mark de Jager (Del Rey UK)
  • Duskfall, Christopher Husberg (Titan)
  • Steal the Sky, Megan E. O’Keefe (Angry Robot)
  • Snakewood, Adrian Selby (Orbit)
  • Hope and Red, Jon Skovron (Orbit)




The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art
  • Alessandro Baldaserroni for the cover of Black Rift by Josh Reynolds (Black Library)
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Sam Green for the cover of The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • Kerby Rosannes for the cover of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
  • Paul Young for the cover of Wrath by John Gwynne (Tor)



Voting is open until midnight on June 2, 2017 (GMT). The winners will be honored at a ceremony July 15, 2017 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK. See more at the Gemmell Awards website.

Thr 37th annual Los Angeles Time Book Prizes


The 37th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been awarded at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The ceremony recognized outstanding literary achievement in 11 categories, including the new Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose.

Novelist Thomas McGuane was honored with the 2016 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

Ruebén Martinez received the Innovator’s Award for his work honoring Latino writers and expanding the community of readers throughout Southern California.


2016 WINNERS and FINALISTS

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction

Winner
  • Nathan Hill, The Nix, Alfred A. Knopf
Runners Up
  • Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Mark Beauregard, The Whale: A Love Story, Viking
  • Idra Novey, Ways to Disappear, Little, Brown and Company
  • Rebecca Schiff, The Bed Moved, Alfred A. Knopf

Twitch Embraces Science Week with Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Marathon and Prominent Members of the Scientific Community

Press Release


Twitch Embraces Science Week with Cosmos: A Personal
Voyage Marathon and Prominent Members of the Scientific Community

All 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s classic program, live Q&A with co-creator Ann Druyan, and other personalities from science community, to appear on Twitch beginning April 24

SAN FRANCISCO--April 21, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Social video platform Twitch today announced it will be celebrating Science Week beginning with a 13-episode marathon of one of the world’s most beloved science series, the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, and conducting a series of interviews with notable personalities from the scientific community. Among those taking part in Twitch’s Science Week, which also honors Earth Day and the March for Science, are Ann Druyan (Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey), Ariane Cornell (Blue Origin), Matthew Buffington (NASA spokesperson), Scott Manley (astronomer and sci-fi gamer), Pamela Gay (CosmoQuest), Kishore Hari (Satellite City Coordinator, March for Science), Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy blog), Fraser Cain (Universe Today), and more to be announced.

Every episode of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, dating from the show’s 1980 premiere to the season finale, will air twice on Twitch, first on April 24-25 starting at 12:00 PDT, and again on April 27-28, beginning at 2:00pm PDT. Creators will also be able to co-stream the show, which enables them to add their own commentary over the video being broadcast or to quietly enjoy it with only their own community members in chat. The result is a more personalized, social experience for their communities.

Readership for Bestselling Fantasy ROSE blooms!

Press Release

BESTSELLING FANTASY
ROSE READERSHIP BLOOMS

PORTLAND, OR, 04/21/2017 — The bestselling fantasy series ROSE by Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, Little Mermaid) and Ig Guara (Batman: Arkham Knight, Blue Beetle, The Ravagers) is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

A classic fantasy tale about a girl trying to restore balance to a broken world. Rose must connect with her Khat—Thorne—to become the Guardian the world needs. But things aren’t easy for Rose and Thorne. The powerful sorcerous Drucilla has many demonic allies—all of them focused on stopping one scared little girl who’s desperately trying to stay alive and do what’s right.

ROSE #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

ROSE #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR178085), ROSE #2 Cover A Guara (Diamond Code MAR170774), Cover B Mendonca (Diamond Code MAR170775), Cover C SPAWN (Diamond Code FEB178670), and Cover D SPAWN B&W (Diamond Code MAR178016) will be available on Wednesday, May 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 24th.

Select praise for ROSE:

“It’s well written, it’s wonderfully drawn, and it’s something you should be reading.”
Comicosity

“Filled with magic, power, and hope; all the ingredients to make a great comic.”
All-Comic 

“Feels like it could be something big.” —Major Spoilers


GOD COUNTRY #4 Rushed Back to Print!

Press Release


GOD COUNTRY SERIES
BURNS THROUGH COPIES
“It’ll be the book that makes everyone say, ‘Whoa, where did this come
from?!’ ” —Nerdist

PORTLAND, OR, 04/21/2017 — The fourth issue of the bestselling series GOD COUNTRY by Donny Cates (REDNECK) and Geoff Shaw is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

In GOD COUNTRY, Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn't just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State...

GOD COUNTRY #1-4 remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

GOD COUNTRY #4, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR178109), GOD COUNTRY #5 Cover A by Shaw (Diamond Code MAR170751), Cover B by Zaffino (Diamond Code MAR170752), Cover C SPAWN (Diamond Code FEB178676), and Cover D SPAWN B&W (Diamond Code MAR178020) will be available on Wednesday, May 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 24th.




Final Six SPAWN Variants Revealed for Image Comics' 25th Anniversary

Press Release


FINAL SIX SPAWN VARIANTS REVEALED FOR
IMAGE COMICS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY

PORTLAND, OR, 04/21/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the final six variants planned for May’s 25th anniversary theme month—SPAWN. Image Comics’ creators bring their interpretation of the iconic antihero by Todd McFarlane to life all month long. Black and white versions of a selection of the covers will also be available.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants. The following covers are sure to get comic fans and collectors talking.

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 10th:
  • BLACK CLOUD #2 by Ivan Brandon and Jason Latour, cover by Greg Hinkle (Diamond Code FEB178673)
  • REGRESSION #1 by Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert, cover by Danny Luckert (Diamond Code FEB178672)
  • RENATO JONES: SEASON TWO #1 by Kaare Kyle Andrews, cover by Kaare Kyle Andrews (Diamond Code FEB178668)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 17th:
  • GOD COUNTRY #5 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, cover by Gerardo Zaffino (Diamond Code FEB178676)
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #1 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Jim Mahfood (Diamond Code FEB178669)
  • HORIZON #11 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon, Frank Martin, cover by Juan Gedeon and Mike Spicer (Diamond Code FEB178677)
  • INJECTION #13 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, cover by Declan Shalvey (Diamond Code FEB178678)
  • ROSE #2 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by David Finch (Diamond Code FEB178670)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spotlight on Neal Asher's Transformation


Infinity Engine, the 3rd novel in Neal Asher's Transformation trilogy was published on March 21st. No more waiting for the final novel! If you are a reader who waits for the last novel in a trilogy, it's time to pick up the series

“Asher completes his Transformation series with this powerful work that transcends the borders of morality, existence, and spacetime itself .”—Publishers Weekly (starred review), for Infinity Engine



Dark Intelligence
Transformation 1
Night Shade Books, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 412 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 3, 2015

One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed…

Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he’s been brought back from the dead. What’s more, he died in a human versus alien war that ended a century ago. Spear had been trapped on a world surrounded by hostile Prador forces, but Penny Royal, the AI inside the rescue ship sent to provide backup, turned rogue, annihilating friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction and killing Spear. One hundred years later the AI is still on the loose, and Spear vows for revenge at any cost.

Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate, but after competitors attacked she needed power and protection. Negotiating with Penny Royal, she got more than she bargained for: Turning part-AI herself gave Isobel frightening power, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret, and the dark AI triggered a transformation that has been turning her into something far from human . . .

Spear hires Isobel to track Penny Royal across worlds to its last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process and quickly finds himself in her crosshairs. As Isobel continues to evolve into a monstrous predator, it’s clear her rage will eventually win out over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt before he himself becomes the hunted?

Dark Intelligence is the explosive first novel in a brand-new trilogy from military SF master Neal Asher and a new chapter in his epic Polity universe.



War Factory
Transformation 2
Night Shade Books, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 476 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 3, 2016,

A berserk AI runs rampant across galaxies in this explosive, fast-paced follow-up to Dark Intelligence, a new Polity novel from UK space opera master Neal Asher.

Thorvald Spear, resurrected from his death over a hundred years earlier, continues to hunt Penny Royal, the rogue AI and dangerous war criminal on the run from Polity forces. Beyond the Graveyard, a lawless and deadly area in deep space, Spear follows the trail of several enemy Prador, the crab-like alien species with a violent history of conflict with humanity.

Sverl, a Prador genetically modified by Penny Royal and slowly becoming human, pursues Cvorn, a Prador harboring deep hatred for the Polity looking to use him and other hybrids to reignite the dormant war with mankind.

Blite, captain of a bounty hunting ship, hands over two prisoners and valuable memplants from Penny Royal to the Brockle, a dangerous forensics entity under strict confinement on a Polity spaceship that quickly takes a keen interest in the corrupted AI and its unclear motives.

Penny Royal meanwhile continues to pull all the strings in the background, keeping the Polity at bay and seizing control of an attack ship. It seeks Factory Station Room 101, a wartime manufacturing space station believed to be destroyed. What does it want with the factory? And will Spear find the rogue AI before it gets there?

War Factory, the second book in the Transformation trilogy, is signature space opera from Neal Asher: breakneck pacing, high-tech science, bizarre alien creatures, and gritty, dangerous far-future worlds.



Infinity Engine
Transformation 3
Night Shade Books, March 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 488 pages

The rogue AI Penny Royal makes a final stand in the explosive conclusion to Neal Asher’s hard-hitting and high-tech Polity space opera trilogy.

In the outskirts of space, and the far corners of the Polity, complex dealings are in play.
Several forces continue to pursue the deadly and enigmatic Penny Royal, none more dangerous than the Brockle, a psychopathic forensics AI and criminal who has escaped the Polity’s confinements and is upgrading itself in anticipation of a deadly showdown, becoming ever more powerful and intelligent.

Aboard Factory Station Room 101, the behemoth war factory that birthed Penny Royal, groups of humans, alien prador, and AI war drones grapple for control. The stability of the ship is complicated by the arrival of a gabbleduck known as the Weaver, the last living member of the ancient and powerful Atheter alien race.

What would an Atheter want with the complicated dealings of Penny Royal? Are the Polity and prador forces playing right into the dark AI’s hand, or is it the other way around? Set pieces align in the final book of Neal Asher’s action-packed Transformation trilogy, pointing to a showdown on the cusp of the Layden’s Sink black hole, inside of which lies a powerful secret, one that could destroy the entire Polity.

REDNECK Is Rushed Back to Print



REDNECK SINKS TEETH INTO MORE READERS

“I am just glad I gave the book a chance to win me over. So, go ahead,
crack open a frosty Bloodweiser.” —Comic Bastards

PORTLAND, OR, 04/20/2017 — The white-hot new Image/Skybound series REDNECK by Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY) and Lisandro Estherren is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

The Bowmans are vampires who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cows' blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear, and bad blood bubble to the surface—making it impossible to separate man from monster.

REDNECK serves up a tale of a different kind of family just trying to get by, deep in the heart of Texas.

REDNECK #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

RENECK #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR178087), REDNECK #2 (Diamond Code MAR170771) will be available on Wednesday, May 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st.


PLASTIC Rushed Back to Print



PLASTIC SERIES
BLOWS UP IN COMICS MARKET

“This is the weirdest sh*t I’ve ever read. I love it!” —Robert Kirkman

PORTLAND, OR, 04/20/2017 — Hit new twisted thriller series PLASTIC by Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll?

Perfect for fans of Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s NAILBITER and popular TV shows like Hannibal and Dexter, PLASTIC is the perfect series to scratch that dark, serial killer suspense genre itch.

PLASTIC #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

PLASTIC #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR178086), PLASTIC #2 Cover A Robinson (Diamond Code MAR170769), Cover B Hillyard & Martin (Diamond Code MAR170770), Cover C SPAWN (Diamond Code FEB178675), Cover D SPAWN (Diamond Code MAR178019) will be available on Wednesday, May 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Marvel Comics’ Chatbot Allows Fans to Converse with some of their Favorite Marvel Super Heroes...



Press Release

Marvel Comics’ Chatbot Allows Fans to Converse with some of their Favorite
Marvel Super Heroes and Become Part of the Story

Marvel’s chatbot offers quizzes, puzzles, first-looks, exclusive content,
and helps you find your local comic shop through Facebook Messenger and Twitter DM

New York, NY—April 20, 2017— Today, Marvel is excited to announce, an all-new way to interact directly with the Marvel Universe, with Marvel’s first chatbot. Timed with the release of Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE fans will have the ability to directly chat with some of their favorite Marvel Super Heroes and be a part of the Marvel Universe through Facebook Messenger and Twitter DM. Powered by Conversable, this new chatbot experience presents a bold and exciting new way for fans to interact with some of Marvel’s most popular heroes who are directly in the throes of Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE!

At launch, in support of Marvel Comics’ SECRET EMPIRE event, the Marvel chatbot will allow fans the ability to converse with everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall-crawler, Spider-Man! Fans will also be able to engage in fun quizzes & puzzles, receive exclusive first-looks, and find their local comic shops.

High-Stakes Paranormal Adventure RETCON Hits This September

Press Release


HIGH-STAKES PARANORMAL ADVENTURE
RETCON HITS THIS SEPTEMBER

PORTLAND, OR, 04/20/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that writer Matt Nixon (Wolverine) and Toby Cypress (RODD RACER, BLUE ESTATE) will team up for an all new time-hopping paranormal series—RETCON.

In RETCON, a group of paranormal adventurers faced with an impossible threat keep shutting down alternative timelines in order to prevent the ultimate destruction of the solar system. This is only to find themselves reinvented in a similar—albeit retconned situation—back in issue #1 on a parallel Earth, facing the same enemy.

“Artist Toby Cypress and I set out to make Retcon a 'craft' comic book,” said Nixon. “We took our time and made sure from layout to panel design to colors and letters—every piece fits, nothing was rushed. We made the best book that we could, and we believe it will find its audience.”

Cypress added, “Matt’s story is like David Lynch doing a few episodes of X-Files, it’s weird, over the top, and subtle all at once.”

RETCON #1 will hit stores this September 2017.



ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Now Available from Robot Entertainment

Press Release [Game Play Trailer and Screenshotes Below]


ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED NOW AVAILABLE

Release Includes Sabotage, a Brand New Competitive Party Game Mode

PLANO, Texas - April 19, 2017 -  Robot Entertainment today announced that their hilarious action tower defense game ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED is now commercially available! Players can download the game from Steam or directly from OrcsMustDie.com.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained takes the award-winning Orcs Must Die! action tower defense gameplay to a whole new level with 3-player team-based gameplay! But don't get cocky, because the stakes are higher, the traps are bloodier, and the invaders are even more ravenous. You'll need to bring your A-game and a couple of the biggest orc-haters you can find!

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is set in the familiar world of its hilarious fantasy predecessors, years after the finale Orcs Must Die! 2. With dozens of new rifts and worlds beyond them, heroes have come from far and wide to wage all-out war for control of these magical gateways. In the years since Orcs Must Die! 2, Maximillian and Gabriella have done their best to rebuild the once-mighty Order.

2016 BSFA Award Winners


The British Science Fiction Association has announced winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2016.

Best Novel

Europe in Winter
The Fractured Europe Sequence 3
Solaris Books, 03 Nov 2016

A Fractured Europe. A Parallel World. A Global Threat.

Union has come. The Community is now the largest nation in Europe; trains run there from as far afield as London and Prague. It is an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

So what is the reason for a huge terrorist outrage? Why do the Community and Europe meet in secret, exchanging hostages? And who are Les Coureurs des Bois?

Along with a motley crew of strays and mafiosi and sleeper agents, Rudi sets out to answer these questions – only to discover that the truth lies both closer to home and farther away than anyone could possibly imagine.



Best Short Fiction

From:

Now We Are Ten
NewCon Press, July 18, 2016

Sixteen original stories of science fiction and wonder from sixteen talented authors, written to celebrate the tenth birthday of NewCon Press

Contents:
1. Introduction by Ian Whates
2. The Final Path – Genevieve Cogman
3. Women’s Christmas – Ian McDonald
4. Pyramid – Nancy Kress
5. Liberty Bird – Jaine Fenn
6. Zanzara Island – Rachel Armstrong
7. Ten Sisters – Eric Brown
8. Licorice – Jack Skillingstead
9. The Time Travellers’ Ball – Rose Biggin
10. Dress Rehearsal – Adrian Tchaikovsky
11. The Tenth Man – Bryony Pearce
12. Rare As A Harpy’s Tear – Neil Williamson
13. How to Grow Silence from Seed – Tricia Sullivan
14. Utopia +10 – JA Christy
15. Ten Love Songs to Change the World – Peter F Hamilton
16. Ten Days – Nina Allan
17. Front Row Seat to the End of the World – EJ Swift






Best Artwork


Sarah Anne Langton's website.



You may see all of the works shortlisted for the BSFA Awards at The Qwillery's Awards page here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Barnes & Noble Hosts Gaming Events April 29

Press Release





Barnes & Noble Hosts Gaming Events April 29

Select Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide are Inviting Customers to Come Together and Socialize Around Tabletop Gaming with Special Demos, Giveaways and More

Featured Games 20% Off at Participating Stores, with an Additional 10% Off for Barnes & Noble Members

New York, New York – April 19, 2017 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Barnes & Noble will host Gaming gatherings at select stores nationwide on Saturday, April 29, starting at 6 p.m. This is part of an ongoing series of Gaming events that will take place at these stores. Fans of tabletop games are encouraged to visit their nearest, participating Barnes & Noble store to play featured games and browse the impressive selection of Strategy, Classic, Family, Party, and Mind Memory & Logic games. Customers should contact their local Barnes & Noble or visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator to see which of the over 200 stores nationwide will be hosting Gaming events.

Plus, at participating Barnes & Noble stores nationwide on April 29 and 30, featured games will be available at 20% off, with an additional 10% off for Barnes & Noble Members (in-store only). Featured games include Quartz, Kodama, Potion Explosion, You Gotta Be Kitten Me, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, and New York, 1901. Giveaways, available while supplies last, will include One Night Ultimate Werewolf Bonus Packs and Dark Kodama promo cards.

Interview with Deborah Blake


Please welcome Deborah Blake to The Qwillery.  Veiled Menace, the 2nd novel in the Veiled Magic series, was published on April 18th by InterMix.







TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your newest novel, Veiled Menace, was published on April 18th and is the second novel in the Veiled Magic series. Please tell us about the series.

Deborah:  It’s an urban fantasy set in a world much like ours, except there the Paranormal races are still in hiding, except for the Witches, who came out of the broom closet a few years back. The protagonist is a Witch-cop named Donata Santori, who specializes in speaking to the dead—specifically, the victims of crimes. In the first book, Veiled Magic, Donata stumbled across a long-lost secret relic of the war between the Paranormal races and the Catholic Church, and got involved with two very different men, Peter (a half-dragon forger) and Magnus (an Ulfhednar shapechanger from her past). She was threatened and chased by two different factions and in the end, they all barely escaped with their lives, and the mysterious Pentacle Pentimento was thought to be destroyed. Peter and Magnus left to deal with their own issues, and Donata went back to a life that was changed forever. What happened after that is the story of Veiled Menace, where nothing is exactly as it seems and Donata gets in ever further over her head.



TQDescribe Veiled Menace in 140 characters or less.

Deborah:  Donata discovers the identity of the lost sixth race and is again torn between two men; none of it goes well and everyone is keeping deadly secrets.



TQTell us something about Veiled Menace that is not found in the book description.

Deborah:  Since the first book, Donata’s boss, the Human police chief, has moved her up out of the basement and asked her to look into “unusual” cases that might involve Paranormal influences. She is practicing magic with her eccentric great-aunt in an effort to be able to deal with these new duties better. It isn’t going all that well, alas.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Veiled Menace?

Deborah:  Does nearly twenty years as a practicing witch count? I did a ton of research for the first book, Veiled Magic, including studying up on the Inquisition, an obscure painter, and Norse berserker shapechanger legends (because I didn’t want to use the typical paranormal vampires and werewolves). Most of Veiled Menace build on that initial research. I did have to read up on golems, but I can’t tell you why!



TQPlease tell us about Veiled Menace's cover?

Deborah:  I love the covers for the two books in this series. They picked a model who looked exactly the way Donata did in my head, and even managed to include her familiar, Grimalkin. The cover doesn’t show anything about the story in particular, but I think it captures the mystical and slightly threatening feeling well.



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

Deborah:  Donata was the easiest, because I already knew her well from the first book. Peter might have been the most difficult, because he turned out to be a little different than I thought he was going to (characters do these things to their authors sometimes), even though we’d met him in Veiled Magic, and he was a complicated, conflicted man.



TQ:  Why have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Veiled Menace?

Deborah:  I didn’t address specific social issues (I did more of that in my Baba Yaga series, also from Berkley), but I did touch on the difficulties that ensue when various sections of society believe that they are being oppressed or need to fight for what is theirs.



TQWhich question about Veiled Menace do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Deborah:  “Was it hard to write the second book in a continuing series?” “YES! The Baba Yaga series is a little different, because there are three main characters, each of whom gets her own book and her own happily ever after. It was tough to keep kicking poor Donata when she was down, and break her heart repeatedly, without making the reader feel cheated.”



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Veiled Menace.

Deborah:  Here’s one from the very beginning of the book!

Donata Santori looked down at the dead body lying at her feet and thought, Damn, that can’t be a good sign.

There was a choking sound from behind her and the Chief said, “No kidding, Santori. A dead body is never a good sign.” He crossed his arms over his bulky chest and looked impatient and a little bit cranky. Pretty much like usual.

Crap—had she said that out loud? No wonder he only let her work outside the precinct once in a blue moon.



TQYour Baba Yaga novels and the Broken Rider Novels are interconnected in that the Broken Riders protect the Baba Yaga witches. Is there any crossover to the Veiled Magic novels in any way?

Deborah:  Not at all. The books take place in different worlds, and even the witches are completely different. (The witches in the Veiled Magic series have more realistic limits to their magic, and are a separate race from humans. The witches in the Baba Yaga series have tremendous, although not unlimited, magical powers, and were born human and then became Baba Yagas.)



TQWhat's next?

Deborah:  I’m actually working on the third book in the series right now, tentatively titled Veiled Mysteries, although that could change. I’ve got another novella set in the Baba Yaga world coming out in September, and the second Broken Rider book, Dangerously Divine (Gregori’s story) comes out November 28th. Save the date!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Deborah:  Thank you for having me!





Veiled Menace
Veiled Magic 2
InterMix, April 18, 2017
eBook, 285 pages

From the author of Veiled Magic and the Baba Yaga novels comes an exciting new paranormal romance…

Since Witches came out of the broom closet in the early twenty-first century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.

But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Broken Rider novel, Dangerously Divine




Previously

Veiled Magic
Veiled Magic 1
InterMix, November 17, 2015
eBook, 281 pages

A spellbinding new novel from the author of the Baba Yaga novels.

Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on.

Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart…

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Baba Yaga novel, Wickedly Powerful.





About Deborah

Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), the Broken Rider Series, and the Veiled Magic books from Berkley, and has published nine books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide as well as a tarot deck. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

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The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will a prize pack that includes a notebook, broom pen, a $10 Amazon gift card, a cute stuffed dragon, some chocolate and some other miscellaneous things from Deborah Blake (see picture). INTERNATIONAL


How:
  • Send an email to theqwillery . contests @ gmail.com [remove the spaces]
  • In the subject line, enter “Veiled Menace“ with or without the quote marks.
  • In the body of the email, please provide your name and full mailing address. The winning address is used only to mail the novel(s) and is provided to the publisher and/or The Qwillery only for that purpose. All other address information will be deleted by The Qwillery once the giveaway ends.

Who:  The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address.

When:  The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on May 2, 2017. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.





Also by Deborah Blake

The Baba Yaga Series

Wickedly Magical
A Baba Yaga Novella
Berkley, August 5, 2014
eBook, 73 pages

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Barbara Yager loves being one of the most powerful witches in the world, but sometimes she’d rather kick back in her enchanted Airstream with a beer in her hand than work out how to grant the requests of the worthy few who seek her out.

But when a man appears with the token of a family debt of honor, Barbara must drop everything to satisfy the promise owed by her predecessor—and she isn’t above being a little wicked to make sure the debt is paid in full…



Wickedly Dangerous
A Baba Yaga Novel 1
Berkley, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart…



Wickedly Wonderful
A Baba Yaga Novel 2
Berkley, December 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life…



Wickedly Ever After
A Baba Yaga Novella
InterMix, January 19, 2016
eBook, 66 pages

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Having triumphed over a powerful enemy and ended up with both a wonderful guy—Sheriff Liam McClellan—and an adorable adopted daughter to raise as a Baba Yaga, Barbara Yager is ready to welcome her happily ever after.

But first she must bring Liam to the Otherworld and get the Queen’s permission to marry him. The Queen, however, is not so easily persuaded. She gives them three impossible tasks to complete in two weeks’ time—and if they fail Barbara will have to watch Liam slowly age and die like all humans, and kiss her happily ever after good-bye forever.

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Baba Yaga Novel, Wickedly Powerful



Wickedly Powerful
A Baba Yaga Novel 3
Berkley, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The author of Wickedly Wonderful returns to her “addicting”* world of Russian witches in the latest Baba Yaga novel.

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…



Wickedly Spirited
A Baba Yaga Novella
InterMix, September 19, 2017
eBook

[cover not yet revealed]

An all-new Baba Yaga novella from Deborah Blake!

Jazz, the powerfully magical teen first introduced in Wickedly Powerful, is now being trained as a Baba Yaga--and she's determined to free the Broken Riders herself.





The Broken Rider Novels

Dangerously Charming
A Broken Rider Novel 1
Berkley, October 4, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas…

The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning…

Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts…


Dangerously Divine
A Broken Rider Novel 2
Berkley, November 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders…

The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is not finished with them—and their new callings are even more powerful…

Though his physical wounds have healed, Gregori Sun, the eldest of the Riders, remains in spiritual turmoil. His search for his mother, the one person able to heal his soul and save his life, is failing—until he crosses paths with a beautiful and fascinating librarian who might be the key to his salvation…

Ciera Evans’s bookish ways are just a guise. The product of a difficult past, she has dedicated her life to saving lost teens—by any means necessary. She works alone, but when a dark, brooding stranger proposes they team up to solve both their problems, she is tempted—in more ways than one…