Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cover Revealed: Among the Fallen by N.S. Dolkart


The cover for Among the Fallen, the 2nd novel in the Godserfs series, by N.S. Dolkart has been revealed.

Check out this stunning cover art by Andreas Rocha.


Among the Fallen
Godserfs 2
Angry Robot, April 4, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

The Gods are Drawing Battle Lines

In the wake of the battle of Silent Hall, the city of Ardis is reeling, its leaders frightened and disorganized. The remaining oracle of the god Ravennis has resurfaced there and is spreading a new gospel – one in which Ravennis is the new Lord of the Underworld. Narky is swept up in the promotion of his religion, even while the prevailing church of Magor tries to put down its upstart rivals.

In the meantime, Criton and Bandu discover a community of Dragon Touched that has survived in hiding, and with Criton’s leadership, they begin a campaign to retake their former territories with the power of God Most High at their backs.

Left to their own devices, Phaedra and Hunter go on a quest to rediscover the secrets of academic wizardry. But they soon discover that all five islanders are needed to prevent a true worldwide catastrophe. If only Criton and Narky weren’t already on opposing sides of a regional war…

File Under: Fantasy


Hard-Hitting Horror Series GLITTERBOMB Arrives in Paperback This March


Press Release



HARD-HITTING HORROR SERIES GLITTERBOMB ARRIVES IN PAPERBACK 
THIS MARCH
Collecting the first four issues, plus inside-Hollywood essays from Holly 
Raychelle Hughes


Fan-favorite writer Jim Zub (WAYWARD, SKULLKICKERS) and red-hot new artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (The Ultimates, All-New Wolverine) will release the first trade paperback collection of their explosive horror series GLITTERBOMB this March from Image Comics.

Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water: something ready to exact revenge on the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture that's led her astray.

"GLITTERBOMB is a very special project for Djibril and I,” said Zub. “Delving into the dark heart of celebrity with wonderful collaborators like K. Michael Russell, Marshall Dillon, and Holly Raychelle Hughes has been a thrill. We're excited for readers to read this opening salvo as we reload and take aim at new targets in the next story arc."

The entertainment industry feeds on our insecurities, desires, and fears. You can't toy with those kinds of primal emotions without them biting back...

GLITTERBOMB, VOLUME 1: RED CARPET (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0051-4) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 1st and bookstores Tuesday, March 7th. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code JAN170804 and is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.


Select praise for GLITTERBOMB:

“A gut-punch of glitz and blood and starf**ked culture. You want to read this.”
Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds)

“A dynamite debut.” IGN

“GLITTERBOMB is a scathing look at fame and our quest for it.” —Horror Talk

“Taut, human, creepy s**t. Finding a new angle on the Hollywood meat factory is hard as hell, but this is all kinds of neat.” —Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)

“The horror of GLITTERBOMB comes from a very real, very dark place.”
—Newsarama

“Sharply written and drawn, with deft insight into the trappings of celebrity culture, GLITTERBOMB just might be the ultimate Hollywood horror story.” —Karen Berger 
(Founder of DC’s Vertigo imprint)







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.

Kodansha Comics ramps up digital debuts with To Your Eternity


Press Release




Kodansha Comics ramps up digital debuts with To Your Eternity, new 
spiritual-fantasy series by A Silent Voice’s Yoshitoki Oima,
on January 24th

January digital debuts also include Haruko Kumota’s Descending Stories; 
Hiroaki Samura’s Wave, Listen to Me!; and Yoshinbou Yamada’s Deathtopia


San Francisco, Calif. (January 17, 2017)—Kodansha Comics kicks off 2017 with the digital debut on January 24th of Yoshitoki Oima’s newest manga serial, the spiritual fantasy To Your Eternity. Following the critically acclaimed A Silent Voice—which was nominated for an Eisner and named one of 2016’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the American Library Association—Oima goes in a completely new direction with this compelling tale of an abandoned native boy journeying alone in the frozen north with only a mysterious wolf for a companion.

The first 10 chapters of To Your Eternity will be available on January 24th as digital editions only on comiXology and Kindle. They are currently available for preorder. January 24th is the same day Chapter 10 appears in Japan; new chapters will follow every week in simultaneous timing thereafter. Chapters will be priced at 99 cents each.

To Your Eternity represents just part of an aggressive digital ramp-up from Kodansha Comics,” said Alvin Lu, General Manager of Kodansha Advanced Media. “We’ve got a diverse array of new manga series making their digital debuts in early 2017.”

Also going on sale January 24th is the new series by legendary manga artist Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal, Die Wergelder), Wave, Listen to Me! Something of a departure for the action-oriented Samura, Wave turns its attention to modern life in the big city, as a despondent young woman inadvertently finds herself the host of a hit talk-radio show.

Rounding out the trio of debuts on the 24th will be Deathtopia, the latest gonzo thriller from Cage of Eden’s Yoshinobu Yamada, about a young man who gains supernatural powers from an accident but then finds himself embroiled with a serial killer with a disturbing fondness for eyeballs and a band of intriguing beauties in hot pursuit.

January also saw the digital release of Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, the surprise-hit drama about the art of traditional Japanese storytelling, whose anime Season 2 is currently simulcast on Crunchyroll. The print edition of Descending Stories had been previously announced for May 2017, but digital readers can jump into Volume 1 right now.

Volume 1s of Wave, Listen to Me! and Deathtopia will be available January 24th across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

More information and previews of the aforementioned series can be found at kodanshacomics.com.


About Yoshitoki Oima

Yoshitoki Oima was born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 1989. Her pilot manga of A Silent Voice won the 80th Annual Shonen Magazine Newcomer Manga Award in 2008, and she made her debut as a manga artist a year later with an adaptation of the science-fiction novel Mardock Scramble by Tow Ubukata (available from Kodansha Comics). In 2013, she remade the Silent Voice pilot chapter for Weekly Shonen Magazine into a full serial. The English publication of A Silent Voice from Kodansha Comics was the surprise-hit manga of 2016: it was nominated for an Eisner Award and named one of 2016’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the American Library Association. A Silent Voice will be released as an anime theatrical film in September 2016.

About Kodansha

Founded in 1909, Kodansha Ltd. is Japan’s leading publishing house, based in Tokyo, Japan. Under the leadership of Yoshinobu Noma, company president since 2011, Kodansha continues to play a dominant role in the media world, producing books and magazines in a wide variety of genres including literature, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, business, lifestyle, art, manga, fashion, and journalism. Recently, the company has focused on creating and developing a wide range of digital businesses. Company profile can be viewed here.

Kodansha Comics is the manga-publishing imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP), established in New York in 2008. Kodansha Comics’s first works were Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Shirow Masamune’s The Ghost in the Shell. Kodansha Advanced Media is a digital-content distributor and producer established in San Francisco in 2015. More at http://www.kodanshacomics.com














Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interview with Elle Katharine White, author of Heartstone


Please welcome Elle Katharine White to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Heartstone is published on January 17th by Harper Voyager. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Elle a Happy Publication Day!







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

EKW:  Glad to be here! When I was in middle and high school I had terrible insomnia. Since staring at a dark ceiling gets old after the first hour, I began to make up stories to keep myself occupied. Pretty soon my stories got so big and complicated I couldn’t keep them in my head anymore, so I started to write them down. Bedtime stories turned to short stories, short stories into novels. I haven’t struggled with insomnia since.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

EKW:  Hybrid. I write like Dug in the movie Up; I’ll start as a plotter with a scene-by-scene outline, but as I get into it I’ll—SQUIRREL!—find new story threads within the larger plot that insist on pulling me through to the end. Sometimes those adventures make it to the finished work, sometimes not.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

EKW:  Finding time to write while working a full time job. It kind of makes me miss the insomnia. If I could have any one superpower, it would be the ability to function on one hour of sleep a night. I’d get so much done!



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

EKW:  My mom read to my brother and me every night when we were growing up—everything from the Hardy Boys to The Chronicles of Narnia. That was my first introduction to fantasy literature and I found I couldn’t get enough of it. My favorite books were anthologies of myths and legends from around the world. Reading those made me want to enter those beautiful, dangerous, magical worlds, first just as a reader, but eventually as a storyteller myself, making myths of my own.



TQDescribe Heartstone in 140 characters or less.

EKW:  Epic fantasy reimagining of Pride & Prejudice with a dragon-riding, monster-hunting Mr. Darcy and an Elizabeth too nosy for her own good.



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

EKW:  A bit of book mythology: A heartstone is the last drop of blood drawn from the heart of a living creature. It takes the form of a gem, usually about the size of a cherry or peach pit, and varies in color depending on the creature.



TQWhat inspired you to write Heartstone? What appealed to you about using Pride and Prejudice as the foundation for Heartstone?

EKWPride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I’ve loved fantasy since I was a kid, so somewhere in the back of my mind there’s always been the seed of the idea to combine the two, but it only sprouted after my housemate put on the movie How to Train Your Dragon while I was rereading P&P. I remember the exact scene when inspiration struck: as Hiccup is making his equipment, I had the sudden image of Mr. Darcy riding a dragon and my inner fangirl just about died of happiness. I couldn’t sleep until I’d outlined a world where that could happen.



TQIn your opinion, why do Austen's works lend themselves so well to retellings?

EKW:  Austen understood people. Regency England might’ve been her stage, but her characters transcend time. The young woman struggling to survive and stay true to herself in a society that does not default in her favor—the privileged man learning what it means to engage humbly with people outside his social sphere—the mother fighting for the wellbeing of her family regardless of what it costs her reputation . . . we’ve all met Lizzies and Darcys and Mrs. Bennets. And because we recognize them, because they are anchors to the world we understand, we love meeting these characters in new settings, whether it’s in an English parlor or New York City boardroom or a zombie-infested Hertfordshire or a fantasy kingdom inhabited by dragons and monsters.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Heartstone?

EKW:  I had to look up a fair bit about medieval armor and weaponry, which began with binge-watching YouTube videos on the correct way to hold a dagger, and ended in borrowing a friend’s longsword for a few months. The latter may or may not have resulted in some irresponsible wielding in close quarters and the disemboweling of a couch cushion. Maybe.



TQPlease tell us about Heartstone's cover.

EKW:  Larry Rostant and Lex Maudlin did a fantastic job on the cover. They captured the colors, the ferocity, the scenery, everything. While it’s not a direct scene from the book, it’s almost exactly how I pictured Akarra and Aliza.



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

EKW:  Tobble the lovable, mischievous hobgoblin is one of my favorite characters, probably because he was so easy to write. He’s a combination of every small child I’ve ever babysat plus all the getting-out-of-trouble skills I learned as the youngest sibling. Charis Brysney, my reimagined Caroline Bingley, was the hardest. I never liked Caroline in P&P, and that made translating the spirit of her character a challenge. Finding a balance for Charis between harsh, haughty, and endearing was the most difficult part.



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

EKW

      Q:  Did you come up with the name Burrumburrem by imagining the sound a snoring cat would make if it took a nap on a kettle drum?

      A:  Yes. Yes I did.



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

EKW:

      Aliza: “Give me earth and growing things; you can keep the wind.”

      Aliza, as she wonders why Daired keeps staring at her: “You have a dragon, and she’s dancing. Get your priorities sorted.”



TQWhat's next?

EKW:  What I’m working on right now: a cyberpunk heist novel full of scary new technology, sibling rivalries, and GIRL POWER.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

EKW:  Thanks for having me!





Heartstone
Harper Voyager, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.





About the Author

Light in the Dark Photography by Kira Spencer
Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think).

When she's not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets.

Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with the 140-character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes.

Website


Monday, January 16, 2017

The View From Monday - January 16, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Terminal Regression by Mallory Hill;

Indelible by Adelia Saunders;

and

Heartstone by Elle Katherine White.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic 2) by V. E. Schwab is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Snakewood by Adrian Selby is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus by Zachary Jernigan is out in eBook.

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


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






January 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Champion Scott Sigler SF - Galactic Football League 5



January 16, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Calabria (e) Peter S. Beagle F
Curse the Dark (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 2
Staying Dead (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 1
Beauty and the Werewolf (e)(ri) Mercedes Lackey Gothic/R/FairyT



January 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
War Factory (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Transformation 2
Galactic Empires Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Returning Rachelle Dekker Dys/SFR - A Seer Novel 3
The Poison Eater Shanna Germain F/SF/GenEng
The Rising Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus/SF
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free (h2tp) Randy Henderson F/HU - The Familia Arcana 2
Terminal Regression (D) Mallory Hill SF/AP/PA
Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus (e) Zachary Jernigan SF - Jeroun Omnibus
Steal the Lightning (e) Tim Lees UF - Field Ops 3
Only the Stones Survive (h2tp) Morgan Llywelyn HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
A Blade of Black Steel (h2tp) Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 2
The Fortress at the End of Time Joe M. McDermott SF
Summon the Queen Jodi McIsaac HistF - The Revolutionary Series 2
Feversong Karen Marie Moning PNR/F/P - Fever 9
Phantom Kiss (e) Chloe Neill PNR/P/UF - Chicagoland Vampires Novella
Ways to Disappear (h2tp) Idra Novey LF
Indelible (D) Adelia Saunders LF/MR
A Gathering of Shadows (h2tp) V. E. Schwab HistF - Shades of Magic 2
Snakewood (h2tp) Adrian Selby F
Empire Games Charles Stross SF/Th -  Empire Games 1
Martians Abroad Carrie Vaughn SF/CoA
Heartstone (D) Elle Katharine White F



January 18, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Worlds of the Imperium (ri) Keith Laumer SF - Brainship 1
The Ship Who Sang (e) Anne McCaffrey SF
Decision at Doona (e) Anne McCaffrey SF - Doona 1
Half Life: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (e) Scott Nicholson PA/Th
Scientific Romance: An International Anthology of Pioneering Science Fiction Brian Stableford (Ed) SF - Anthology



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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