Monday, 25 March 2013

Tour Wrap Up, Prize Winners, & The Debt Collector

It was hectic, tiring, fun, rewarding, and brought moments of both sheer panic and elation, but my book launch and blog tour has finally come to end. One thing is certain - I could not have done it without the support of all my friends. Thank you to everyone who tweeted, blogged, posted on Facebook, Goodreads, or Google+. You are all stars, and I cannot overstate how much it meant to have you by my side and supporting me during this process.

Prize Winners

As part of my Passing Time book launch and tour, readers had the chance to win one of two $25.00 Amazon vouchers or their name as a character in my upcoming science fiction short story collection, Taking Time. The winners are:

$25.00 Amazon voucher -Alexandra Lanc and Sheena-Kay Graham

Character name - Lisa Vooght

Congratulations. I will be in contact shortly.

Now on to something that has me super excited not just because it's from the author of the Mindjack Trilogy, but because it's being released in a format I'm also considering. Here to tell us more is Susan Kaye Quinn.

The Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn

From the author of the bestselling Mindjack series comes a new future-noir serial, The Debt Collector. The first episode, Delirium, launched on March 20th.

What’s your life worth on the open market?

A debt collector can tell you precisely. 

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He’s just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja’s sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane… until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn’t what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone—a dark pit he’s not sure he’ll be able to climb out of again. 

Contains mature content and themes. For YA-appropriate thrills, see Susan’s Mindjack series. 

Delirium is approximately 12,000 words or 48 pages and is one of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. You can find out more about the series at the Debt Collector website and facebook page. The Debt Collector newsletter is a special list just for episode releases. 

Early Praise
 “The street-smart science of LOOPER meets the cold, just-the-facts voice of DOUBLE INDEMNITY in this edgy, future-noir thriller that will have you holding your breath, looking over your shoulder, and begging for more.” —Leigh Talbert Moore, author of The Truth About Faking, The Truth About Letting Go, and Rouge
“Do you owe more than your life is worth? No worries. A more deserving person than you can benefit from that excess life—and someone else will get paid with it. Enter the Debt Collector.” —Dianne Salerni, author of We Hear the Dead, The Caged Graves, and The Eighth Day (HarperCollins 2014)
The first three episodes of Debt Collector will be released a week apart, starting Wednesday 3/20. The remaining episodes will release every two weeks. Delirium can be found on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Kobo. Or add it to your TBR on Goodreads.

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA SF Mindjack series. Debt Collector is her more grown-up SF. Her steampunk fantasy romance is temporarily on hold while she madly writes episodes to keep Lirium happy. Plus she needs to leave time to play on Facebook. Susan has a lot of degrees in engineering, which come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopias, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. Mostly she sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets make stuff up full-time. 

Thank you, Susan. I can't wait to start reading this exciting series.

Don't forget to call back on Wednesday when Young Adult and Middle Grade author PK Hrezo is this week's Speculative Fiction Writer.

Happy writing.


  1. I don't know how you did it, Ellie. But congratulations on writing an awesome book.

  2. Well done Ellie!!! Champagne and cake for you!!

    Take care

  3. Congratulations, Susan!
    And glad your tour was a success. You put together some really good posts and kept it interesting.

  4. Thanks so much for hosting the announcement for Debt Collector, Ellie!

    moments of both sheer panic and elation
    Sounds like a typical launch/tour/book release! It's amazing the roller coaster ride those books take us on, isn't it? Sounds like it was a great success, though! Congrats!

  5. I intend to buy SKQ's latest book. It sounds right up my alley.

  6. Congrats to Susan! And to you, Ellie! :)

  7. I'll bet you're ready for a break after such an exciting tour.

    And congrats to Susan on her latest release.

    BTW: I was reading Passing time today at the dentist office, and I got to the part in Luna Black where Victory Dead says "Wow, Tessa Darksky" and I about swallowed my tongue. Seriously, I had not read the story before I made my last RFW post about the former goth girl named Tessa that was plotting zombie revenge on Lily. It truly was a freaky coincidence.

    I'm half way through the stories and they are all super fantastic.


  8. Hi Ellie ... I'm getting there re buying it - so pleased you've finished and published .. congratulations.

    Then .. I can see the interest in Susan's take on her approach to publishing .. makes sense to me - and I love the sound of her book too ...

    By the sound of Donna's comment - I don't want to be sitting in the dentist's reading your stories ... I'll remember that - the train might not be a good idea either ..

    Cheers and Happy Easter - Hilary

  9. I'm late but...thank you, and congrats to the other winners! I feel honored to have a character named after me (and an awkward name it is, too) - but please, could you not kill me? :-) Happy Easter/holiday weekend!


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