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2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2021 Debuts




Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the beginning of 2022 the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2021 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Coverartist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

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Cover design by Lena Yang and James A. Owen
Cover art and chapter illustrations by James A. Owen





Cover and internal design © 2021 Central Avenue Marketing Ltd
Cover Design: Michelle Halket





Cover design by Michael Morris. Cover photo © Getty Images
Cover copyright © 2021 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.










Cover at by Marc Simonetti; design by Katie Anderson





Cover art by Alan Dingman; design by Mumtaz Mustafa










Cover art and design by Julia Lloyd






Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming February 2021 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Nicky Drayden (2017)

Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis
Harper Voyager, February 23, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
The Compton Crook Award-winning author weaves her trademark blend of science fiction and dark humor in this dazzling story that continues the imaginative saga begun in Escaping Exodus, in which a society lives in the belly of a beast—and an entire civilization's survival depends on a pair of uneasy allies who must come together for one epic battle.

Nearly a thousand years removed from Earth, the remnants of humanity cling to existence inside giant, space faring creatures known as the Zenzee. Abused and exploited by humans for generations, these majestic animals nearly went extinct, but under the command of its newly minted ruler, Doka Kaleigh, life in the Parados I has flourished. Thanks to careful oversight and sacrifice by all of its crew, they are now on the brink of utopia, and yet Doka’s rivals feel threatened by that success.

The Senate allowed Doka to lead their people believing he’d fail spectacularly—a disaster that would cement the legitimacy of their long-standing matriarchy. Despite vocal opposition and blatant attacks on his authority, Doka has continued to handle his position with grace and intelligence; he knows a single misstep means disaster. When a cataclysmic event on another Zenzee world forces Doka and his people to accept thousands of refugees, a culture clash erupts, revealing secrets from the past that could endanger their future. For Doka, the stakes are bigger and more personal than ever before—and could cost him his reign and his heart.

He has fallen for the one woman he is forbidden to love: his wife, Seske.

Doka and Seske must work closely together to sway the other Zenzee worlds to stop their cycles of destruction. But when they stumble upon a discovery that can transform their world, they know they must prepare to fight a battle where there can be no winners, only survivors.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : BookShop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





T. Frohock (2011)

A Song With Teeth
A Los Nefilim Novel 3
Harper Voyager February 9, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
As the Allied forces battle to defeat the Nazis, a shadow war rages between angels and daimons fighting for the soul of humanity in this thrilling conclusion to the critically acclaimed Los Nefilim historical fantasy series.

The year is 1944, and the daimons are rising.

With the Inner Guard thrown into disarray by the German blitzkrieg, the daimon-born nefilim of the Scorpion Court gather in Paris, scheming to restore their rule over the mortal realm. Working as a double-agent, Diago Alvarez infiltrates his family’s daimonic court, but soon finds himself overwhelmed by his kin’s multiple deceits.

Meanwhile, Ysabel Ramírez hunts a Psalm that will assist Operation Overlord, the Allies’ invasion of Normandy. Her objective takes her to Paris—into the heart of territories controlled by Die Nephilim and her power-hungry uncle, Jordi Abelló, who seeks the same Psalm in his quest to wrest control of Los Nefilim from her father. When their paths cross, he abducts her and leaves her to the mercy of his Nazi followers.

But Ysabel is as cunning and bold as Jordi. She knows only one of them can survive to one day rule Los Nefilim, and she’s determined to be the one to succeed her father as queen.

Trapped in her uncle’s château hidden deep within the Fontainebleau forest, Ysabel discovers the truth behind her uncle’s lust for dominance: those that wear the signet of the Thrones are not blessed . . . they are cursed. And it may take a miracle to end this war once and for all.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : BookShop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Peter Newman (2015)

The Ruthless
The Deathless Trilogy 2
HarperVoyager, February 2, 2021
Trade Paperback, 448 pages
eBook, June 13, 2019
Return to a world of crystal armour, savage wilderness, and corrupt dynasties in book two of The Deathless series from Gemmell award-winning author Peter Newman.

THE REBEL For years, Vasin Sapphire has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Now, as other Deathless families come under constant assault from the monsters that roam the Wild, that time has come.

THE RUTHLESS In the floating castle of Rochant Sapphire, loyal subjects await the ceremony to return their ruler to his rightful place. But the child raised to give up his body to Lord Rochant is no ordinary servant. Strange and savage, he will stop at nothing to escape his gilded prison.

AND THE RETURNED… Far below, another child yearns to see the human world. Raised by a creature of the Wild, he knows their secrets better than any other. As he enters into the struggle between the Deathless houses, he may be the key to protecting their power or destroying it completely.

THE WILD HAS BEGUN TO RISE
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : BookShop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the January 2021 works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Kevin Hearne (2011)

A Question of Navigation
Subterranean Press, January 31, 2021
Hardcover, 144 pages
The only favor the aliens do for Clint Beecham when they abduct him is give him a shirt that says DO NOT EAT on it in their language. He’s told that as a physicist, he is to be reserved, along with five other scientists, for a mysterious purpose.

But fifty thousand other humans on board the interstellar scout ship are scheduled to be butchered and frozen, a food supply for the long journey to the alien homeworld. Clint and the other Reserves can’t stand by and let that happen.

Ayesha is a biologist and Deepali a geologist; Oscar is a meteorologist and Gregory specializes in robotics; Hanh is a researcher in marine biology. Together they’re humanity’s last unlikely hope. Because if they don’t find a way to stop the ravenous aliens from reporting that they’ve found a planet full of delicious creatures to eat, the fifty thousand humans on board will only be the first of billions: the entire earth will become an all-you-can-eat buffet.





Samantha Shannon (2013)

The Mask Falling
The Bone Season 4
Bloomsbury Publishing, January 26, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree, the stunning fourth novel set in the world of Scion.

Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war.

As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them . . .

The Mask Falling is a gripping, fantastical new addition to this “intoxicating urban-fantasy series” (NPR.org) that will leave readers begging for more.





Sandy Williams (2011)

Shades of Allegiance
An Anomaly Novel 3
January 26, 2021
eBook, 361 pages
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is going home--or rather, to the hellhole that is her home world. With vengeance driving her, she's intent on tracking down the criminal who can help her unravel the conspiracy that's threatening the Coalition. Unfortunately, old enemies are sabotaging her efforts, jeopardizing the lives of the few people she trusts. To accomplish her mission, she'll need to be cunning and ruthless, and that means scrapping her conscience and burying emotions are adversaries could exploit.

Of course, being cunning and ruthless would be easier if the Coalition hadn't sent "Rest in Peace" Rykus to retrieve her. Ash is the only person who can detect the telepaths who have infiltrated the government, and Rykus must keep her safe until they can escape the planet. But with secrets between them and Ash determined to contact the Known Universe's most feared crime lord, staying alive--and together--might be an insurmountable feat.

The View From Monday... on Tuesday - January 12, 2021


Happy Tuesday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth;

The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch Duology 1) by Greta Kelly;

and

The Unraveling by Benjamin Rosenbaum.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Threader Origins (Quantum Empirica 1) by Gerald Brandt;

We Lie With Death (Reborn Empire 2) by Devin Madson;

and

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner.

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



The View From Monday... on Tuesday - January 12, 2021



Debut novels are highlighted inblue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted ingreen.

January 12, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Threader Origins Gerald Brandt SF/AP/PA/TT - Quantum Empirica 1
The Brass Queen (D)
Elizabeth Chatsworth HistF/Gaslamp/RF/FR
The Ankh-Morpork City Watch Discworld Journal The Discworld Emporium F - Journal
The Charmed Wife Olga Grushin LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR
The Effort Claire Holroyde Disaster/SF/AP/PA
Europe at Midnight Dave Hutchinson SF - The Fractured Europe Sequence 2
The Resisters (h2tp) Gish Jen Dys/FL/Pol
The Last Exit Michael Kaufman PP/TechTh/Dys - A Jen Lu Mystery 1
The Frozen Crown (D) Greta Kelly F - Warrior Witch Duology 1
The Tool & the Butterflies Dmitry Lipskerov
Isaac Stakhouse Wheeler (Tr)
Reilly Costigan (Tr)
AB/LF/Satire/MR
We Lie with Death Devin Madson F/DF - Reborn Empire 2
Across the Green Grass Fields Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children 6
The Theory of Flight Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu MR/Pol/CulH/AH
To Cook a Bear Mikael Niemi Hist/FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
Doors of Sleep: Journals of Zaxony Delatree Tim Pratt SF/TT/AP/PA
The Unraveling (D) Benjamin Rosenbaum SF/GenEng/HSF/LF
Useless Miracle Barry Schechter HU/BHu
Bonds of Brass (h2tp) Emily Skrutskie SF/SO - The Bloodright Trilogy 1
The Conjurer Luanne G. Smith HistF/F/RF - Vine Witch 3
The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry C. M. Waggoner F/HistF/RF
Into the Light David Weber
Chris Kennedy
SF/SO/AC - Out of the Dark 2
Universal Love: Stories (h2tp) Alexander Weinstein SS/AB



January 13, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Branch Mike Resnick SF



January 17, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia: Abandoning Babylon Nathaniel Robert Walker LC/SF/F



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

Double Feature - David Sobolov and Ryan Colt Levy


Sobolov: Industry Legend

Written by Mitchell W. Maknis
Photo by Mitchell W. Maknis

 

 

 

Regarding acting: “Don’t do voices, tell a story. Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” -David Sobolov





As a kid growing up in Canada, renowned voice-actor David Sobolov spent his youth playing pinball and watching Happy Days (1974-1984). He never thought he’d set foot in California, let alone work with Happy Days actor Marion Ross during his tenure portraying Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) animated series. Sobolov has amassed an extensive list of character credits throughout his “unusually diverse career,” spanning through multiple fandoms, properties, and entertainment mediums. When asked how his career in voice-work started Sobolov replied “It found me.” He divulged that in the mid-90s he was touring, singing A cappella and playing the French-horn when an agent in Vancouver heard his voice and told him that he “should come do villains.”
David Sobolov: “Voice acting wasn’t something I ever thought of doing, but I didn’t want to keep hearing ‘Your voice is great. You should do voice acting.’ and not do anything about it. They kept encouraging me with paychecks, so I kept doing it.”
Sobolov started booking work fairly quickly, and over time he came to love the profession. He was cast on shows like Vortech: Undercover Conversion Squad (1996), Sabrina, the Animated Series (1999), and would go on to portray “an unusual version of RoboCop” in the animated series RoboCop: Alpha Commando (1998). He even ventured into ADR dubbing work on the anime title Key: The Metal Idol (1996). Sobolov’s first breakout character was Depthcharge in the acclaimed series Beast Wars: Transformers (1996).
David Sobolov: “For my audition in Beast Wars, the producers were so secretive about Depthcharge they took me into the corner of the room and showed me a drawing of the character from a sealed envelope for maybe ten seconds. Then I had an extremely long forty-five-minute audition; which never happens.”
During this time Sobolov also earned his earliest on camera performance for the motion picture Unforgettable (1996). He was background and “Ray Liotta gave [him] his line.” Sobolov recollects how in comparison to his voice work, this on-camera role with one line was “able to buy groceries and pay [his] rent for two months.” After a bountiful acting career in Vancouver based productions, Sobolov relocated to LA and started booking work mainly in video games such as Spawn: Armageddon (2003) and Rogue Galaxy (2005), among others. These parts led him to land the role of Lt. Vasquez in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) that would change his career.
David Sobolov: “Video games are a little more challenging vocally. In that particular show they gave us numbing lozenges so that we could finish the session. I lost my voice for six months and I thought my career was over. The whole upper range of my voice is gone forever, but I got enough of it back so that I could continue working.”
Sobolov admits that since that “videogame incident” he’s turned down audition opportunities because he felt his voice would no longer fit certain roles. Even with this career altering circumstance, Sobolov’s vocal prowess continues to be a fixture within the entertainment community. He’s personified multiple characters in various fandoms and fictive universe’s, including the DC, Marvel, Halo, and Star Wars franchises.
David Sobolov: “My voice hasn’t changed in conveying emotions in characters, but I think that it’s changed in how people will accept it. A much lower voice is usually only accepted for badass heroes or villains, there aren’t a lot of lighter characters that have my voice.”
Sobolov revealed how someone heard his voice in a casting office and asked him to read for the part of Gorilla Grodd for The CW’s The Flash (2014-). Sobolov went on to say, “how the role wasn’t widely auditioned for and what an opportunity it was to be cast.” He’s greatly enjoyed playing Grodd, expressing his affection for the character’s emotional depth and complex thoughts stating that “Something about Grodd is sad and quiet, until he screams.”

Sobolov divulged how some roles he’s played are given “a nice long journey,” while others, like The Arbiter in Halo Wars (2009) can be more challenging to play.
David Sobolov: “That [role] was funny because I was literally giggling after every take. He was so ridiculously evil and so far away from who I am, I didn’t relate to it, but I had to portray it.”
Over the course of his career, Sobolov has come to understand his own moral and ethical standards when approaching roles. He believes “There can’t be heroes without villains, but at a certain point it [can] perpetuate things in society that I don’t think we need to perpetuate.” Sobolov expanded this viewpoint, stemming from his experience working on the videogame 50 Cent: Bulletproof (2005). He explained how he was not given details regarding his role in the production until he arrived on set. To his dismay, Sobolov described the character he was slated to play as “a white man who was attacking black people.” It was a role he didn’t want to play or put into the world.
David Sobolov: “I made a decision that if the producers were people of color I would stay, but if the producers were white, I’d leave. One of the producers ended up being 50 Cent, and that’s what they wanted me to do. So, I stayed, but I didn’t like being that person and I regretted it.”
After that experience Sobolov has upheld his moral and ethical values when approaching jobs. He expanded on this philosophy by revealing how later in his career he was asked to participate in a role that would’ve “involved a rape scene.” Sobolov refused the part, stating that “it was violence towards women, and I didn’t want to be a part of that.”

Sobolov went onto return to the Transformers franchise characters as well as the iconic Shockwave in Transformers Prime (2010). He remembers how there was “no drama involved” when auditioning for the famed Decepticon. It was “a huge challenge” for him to remain emotionless for his characterization. He stated how Shockwave was only allowed real emotion in the episode when “Starscream (played by Steve Blum) got all up in his grill.” Sobolov relishes this kind of collaboration because he enjoys performing in an ensemble setting. He went onto say how disheartened he feels because even when the industry was able, many productions don’t record in a group fashion.
David Sobolov: “Most shows will keep the actors in the lobby and just pull [them] in one by one to record. Which I think is a missed opportunity, because it’s better acting and better chemistry if you’ve got everybody recording together.”
Personal preferences aside, Sobolov is grateful for his career, and spoke about how he’s been enjoying his ventures into film-work. He’s been cast in Hollywood produced pictures, notably as Blitzwing in Bumblebee (2018) and the Centurion in Elita: Battle Angel (2019). Sobolov explained that usually when he provides vocals in film-work it’s the postproduction supervisor who takes him through the lines. However, he’s “been getting parts that are important enough that the director of the film will direct [him.]” Such as notable directors Travis Knight and Robert Rodriguez, respectively.
David Sobolov: “Robert Rodriguez and Travis Knight were super nice and inclusive. It’s been great as a voiceover actor to have direct access to the person responsible for all the creative decisions in the entire production and to be able to collaborate with them on that level.”
While portraying Blitzwing, Sobolov revealed how he was given creative freedom during his recording sessions by Knight to act his lines in varying ways. He was happy to be able to collaborate with Knight on that level because he would have chosen the exact same takes that were put in the film’s final cut.
David Sobolov: “I think that voice acting is just as important as the on camera acting, but some people don’t think of it that way. Travis Knight wanted a lot of choices. It tells me that he cares about the film. If you give directors many interpretations to choose from, then they can go any way they want because they have it.”
With a laudable list of acting credits to his resume, Sobolov has recently found himself shifting towards the next stage of his career, the director’s chair. He’s directed the short films Faithful (2013) starring Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt as well as The Dendros (2015) featuring John Saxon. He elaborated how directing is something he’d like to pursue more in the future. Be on the lookout for his upcoming short film ALL IN (2020) written by Kurt Morgan, Talon Warburton, and starring Ryan Colt Levy.
Sobolov concludes “A general thing in life, aside from acting, is that things happen. You need to realize what you can change and what you can’t. If you don’t accept what you can’t change, you’re stuck.”
To learn more about the works of David Sobolov check out his website www.sobolov.com and be sure to follow him on Facebook and @Volobos on Twitter and Instagram.





Ryan Colt Levy: From New York to Los Angeles.
A Soul In Transit


Written By: Mitchell W. Maknis
 
 
 
 
 
“Acting or anything else is about telling a story and communicating an idea. I want to be able to express in a way that gives people some sense of peace, fun, or joy.”- Ryan Colt Levy






Ryan Colt Levy is an actor, musician, and storyteller who has quickly become a rising star within the voice-over community. He also is providing English dubbed performances for a variety of entertainment mediums. Levy breathes new life into characters by delivering his distinct vocals for live action and anime productions. In his colorful career Levy has portrayed such fan favorites as Squallo in JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure (2020), Jazz in Demon School Iruma Kun (2019), as well as providing additional voices in the acclaimed video game: Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020).

Levy was born into a family of art lovers. His parents were quick to expose him to the works of Charlie Chaplin and other motion pictures of the silent and modern era. Levy loved the realm of arts and culture and “became obsessed with performing and creating.” Later, he became influenced by videogames and cartoons. He spent his childhood drawing, writing, and filming his own “crazy movies” equipped with nothing more than his toys and a VHS camera. Realizing he could turn his favored pastime into a career, Levy followed in the footsteps of his mother by enrolling at the HB Studio in Manhattan. Although passionate about the performing arts, it became clear to Levy that he didn’t have the connections or resources to be able to continue acting as a practical career. This realization shifted Levy’s creative drive, and he fell sway to the lure of musical composition.
Ryan Colt Levy: “I became obsessed with music because it was so immediate; with music I could pick up a guitar, fumble through it and by the end of the day have a song. We had this cool community where everyone was jumping in each other’s bands, and even though we didn’t know what the hell we were doing, we created momentum for each other.”
Levy experimented with different musicians and musical styles. At fourteen, Levy, along with his colleagues, were financing their own records. After years of performing, He found his home by forming the musical group Braeves. They played together in New York for a couple of years, before Levy and his bandmates embarked on a new chapter. In 2015, they loaded their equipment into a van and moved their lives to Los Angeles. Levy accounted how the L.A. music scene was very welcoming, and Braeves was able to swiftly book shows and even garner some radio play. However, the band was faced with the bitter sea of reality: that although they were finding success as a musical group, they virtually had no money.
Ryan Colt Levy: “It can be so draining and exhausting to survive as a musician. We would do tours where we would drive around the country for two months and we wouldn’t get paid enough to make it to the next town on gas.”
To make ends meet, the members of Braeves found employment wherever they could. Levy worked part-time at a juice-bar where he’d cross paths with producers, who would often inquire if he was an actor. Levy, falling back on his “New York instinct,” didn’t take any of these encounters seriously. Even so, these serendipitous exchanges rekindled his love for the acting profession. Levy was working a full-time position at a stop motion animation studio, when he decided to put himself on acting websites to see if he could “find some student films to work on for fun.” Levy was surprised when he began to find himself cast in commercials and other acting projects. The universe began to course correct and Levy found himself part of a “massive layoff” at his full-time job and was suddenly unemployed. Soon after, Levy and his Braeves bandmates sat down together and “had the talk.” The group was feeling the fatigue of their musical vocation and after performing in LA for “a good three years” the members of Braeves decided to break up. In that moment Levy “had no job, no band, and to some degree, no identity.” Rather than turning to panic, in that surreal moment, Levy realized he was supposed to be acting.
Ryan Colt Levy: “It became evident that as much as we were struggling as a group to survive financially, individually we were all getting these opportunities for our lives to succeed in different ways.”
With his former passion rebirthed, Levy committed himself to recording and submitting auditions full-time. He understood that he was “investing a lot of time and money” into a business venture that he did not have guaranteed coming back. Even so, Levy persevered and while continuing his education in the acting field, He met and befriended fellow actor Talon Warburton. Warburton approached Levy for the opportunity to be cast in a short film that he had co-written with Kurt Morgan entitled ALL IN (2020). Levy was introduced to the film’s director, David Sobolov, and was subsequently cast in the independent picture. By the end of filming, Sobolov had been “championing [Levy] as a performer” and advocated him to pursue a career in voice acting. Levy took this advice to heart and after filming for ALL IN had officially wrapped, he enlisted Sobolov to aid in recording his voice demo.
Ryan Colt Levy: “Our working relationship together is really fluid, and I trust [Sobolov’s] judgement. I like his approach; he knows how to push and challenge me. I knew he would demand the highest quality.”
It wasn’t long after Levy finalized his improved voice demo with Sobolov that “the industry started to reach out and give [him] opportunities.” For Levy, recording studios have always been a home, so his return to the booth for his first ADR Dubbing session was akin to a homecoming.
Ryan Colt Levy: “I was oddly more prepared than I realized. I was lucky that I had a whole music career, so when I walked in the studio to record, I knew the room. The very first session worked so well that I walked out of the session thinking that they were either going to fire me because it ran too smoothly or that I had just found the greatest job ever.”
Levy provides vocal performances in distinctly different mediums; notably dubbing live-action roles for Encore Voices and recording for Bang Zoom Entertainment’s anime acquisitions.
Ryan Colt Levy: “For live action dubbing, it’s much more about nuance and being as realistic as possible to fit the body. Whereas, with anime and animation there is a freedom where you can take more ownership and use your voice to fill different gaps you wouldn’t normally do in a live action dub.”
His process for finding a touchstone for the vocal qualities of the characters he portrays is a collaboration. It reminds him of his improv/acting training; its part trusting your gut and part relying on the engineers and directors to give context. Levy’s ideology: “It’s almost like writing a song in a band, except the content is already written and now you just have to play it together.” One of his first roles at Encore Voices was playing the novice drug dealer Chino, in the live-action dub of the Netflix series, Drug Squad: Costa Del Sol (2019).
Ryan Colt Levy: “With Chino, I immediately felt connected to that actor. I understood what he was doing with his portrayal and I wanted it to be as much as an homage to his performance as possible.”
However, his characterization of the mischievous Jazz in the anime series Welcome to Demon-School, Iruma Kun (2019) for Bang Zoom Entertainment differs from the original version.
Ryan Colt Levy: “For Jazz, I don’t use the Japanese performance as a touchstone for how to approach the performance. I think I go in a different direction; I was so sure where it was coming from, that I already knew who Jazz was. When I imagine the misfit class in Demon School, I think of the Breakfast Club.”
Jazz reminds Levy of Jules, a character he dubbed for the live action Netflix series The Hookup Plan (2019). Levy holds The Hookup Plan in high regard for the fact that he got to “record in tandem” with his dubbing costar Alana Gospodnetich, who played his character’s love interest Elsa. Levy also confided: “It was so rewarding to be able to play off each other in the room together.”
Ryan Colt Levy: “To some degree Jules and Jazz are both close to me in personality. I really loved playing Jules because he’s a musician and a romantic at heart but has to put on a façade to survive. He is coming at it from this place of positivity and romance even if it’s in a saturated way.”
Levy considers every project he’s been a part of to be a gift and has enjoyed the obstacle course of playing a wide range of roles. For instance, recording the role of Squalo for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure which Levy describes as “so adult, bombastic, and violent” and then within the same couple of months, singing Baby Shark: Wash Your Hands for the PinkFong brand.
Ryan Colt Levy: “It’s been incredibly uplifting and inspiring how the industry and the voice-over community have been so welcoming and supportive, it’s reminded me of how it felt like as a kid growing up in a community of musicians.”
Although Levy’s focus is his career as a professional voice actor, he hasn’t limited his talents to this one artistic avenue. Levy, taking a page from the Beat Poetry movement, also creates outside of the recording booth. One noteworthy project is a collaboration with longtime friend and musician Bryan Cho. Levy has been enjoying the reception for the single 02, which he had ghostwritten with Cho and was purchased and recorded by singer SUHO (EXO). He paints his own brand of “crazy abstracts,” and is in the process of writing and producing his own independent comic books.
Ryan Colt Levy: “In the long run, I would love to direct and score a motion picture and just keep telling stories in different ways. But for now, I’m personally so green as a professional voice actor that this is where I need to keep my energy and attention so I can be the best I can.”
For Levy, there is a reason why his band’s website is still intact. Braeves may be on an “indefinite hiatus” but eventually the group will want to make music together again. Spanning from his early years as a struggling musician in New York through his journey to become a professional voice actor in Los Angeles, Levy has realized “there is time.”

To keep up with the life and works of Ryan Colt Levy follow him on his social media platforms @RyanColtLevy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to visit his website www.ryancoltlevy.com to see his extensive list of acting credits and artwork. Also be sure to check his music at www.braeves.com.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the January 2021 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Mike Chen (2019)

We Could Be Heroes
MIRA, January 26, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be.

Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.

Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.

When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.





Adrian Selby (2016)

Brother Red
Orbit, January 26, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
From one of the most exciting new voices in dark epic fantasy comes an intensely brutal and brilliantly cinematic novel: the story of a soldier torn between loyalty to her family and her quest to preserve a kingdom's future.

She was their hope, their martyr, their brother . . .

Driwna Marghoster, a soldier for the powerful merchant guild known as The Post, is defending her trade caravan from a vicious bandit attack when she discovers a dead body hidden in one of her wagons.

Born of the elusive Oskoro people, the body is a rare and priceless find, the center of a tragic tale and the key to a larger mystery.

But as Driwna investigates who the body was meant for, she finds herself on a trail of deceit and corruption . . . a trail that will lead her to an evil more powerful than she can possibly imagine.


Also by Adrian Selby:
Snakewood
The Winter Road





C. M. Waggoner (2019)

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry
Ace, January 12, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Sparks fly in this enchanting fantasy novel from the author of Unnatural Magic when a down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.

Dellaria Wells, petty con artist, occasional thief, and partly educated fire witch, is behind on her rent in the city of Leiscourt—again. Then she sees the “wanted” sign, seeking Female Persons, of Martial or Magical ability, to guard a Lady of some Importance, prior to the celebration of her Marriage. Delly fast-talks her way into the job and joins a team of highly peculiar women tasked with protecting their wealthy charge from unknown assassins.

Delly quickly sets her sights on one of her companions, the confident and well-bred Winn Cynallum. The job looks like nothing but romance and easy money until things take a deadly (and undead) turn. With the help of a bird-loving necromancer, a shapeshifting schoolgirl, and an ill-tempered reanimated mouse named Buttons, Delly and Winn are determined to get the best of an adversary who wields a twisted magic and has friends in the highest of places.

Covers Revealed - New and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the January 2021 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.

Happy Book Birthday to Dan Koboldt and Stina Leicht!



Gerald Brandt (2016)

Threader Origins
Quantum Empirica 1
DAW, January 12, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
This first book of a new sci-fi series introduces an alternate earth where powerful Threads have the power to alter reality as we know it.

Pulled from his world by an experiment gone wrong, Darwin Lloyd is one of the few that can see the Threads—quantum strings that can be manipulated to change or control reality. On an alternate Earth ravaged by war, Darwin is torn between the Qabal and SafeHaven, his only goal to find a way back home and stop the same fate from happening in his time line.

Threads—thought of as a gift from the machine he helped his father create—and Threaders are both loved and hated, treated as gods by some and as criminals by others. Out of his element, Darwin must learn how to control the Threads and possibly join the hated Qabal to find the path back to his dad.

But Thread use comes at a price. Follow the possibilities and probabilities too far and the human mind shatters, leaving the Threader a mindless, drooling husk. Yet the Thread’s pull is almost irresistible, and a constant battle for those that can see them.

In this strange new world, Darwin discovers what he could never find on his own: friends, family, love, a mother he lost years before, and a younger sister he never had.





Dan Koboldt (2016)

Domesticating Dragons
Baen, January 5, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP MEETS JURASSIC PARK WHEN A NEWLY GRADUATED GENETIC ENGINEER GOES TO WORK FOR A COMPANY THAT AIMS TO PRODUCE CUSTOM-MADE DRAGONS

Noah Parker, a newly minted Ph.D., is thrilled to land a dream job at Reptilian Corp., the hottest tech company in the American Southwest. He’s eager to put his genetic engineering expertise to use designing new lines of Reptilian’s feature product: living, breathing dragons.

Although highly specialized dragons have been used for industrial purposes for years, Reptilian is desperate to crack the general retail market. By creating a dragon that can be the perfect family pet, Reptilian hopes to put a dragon into every home.

While Noah’s research may help Reptilian create truly domesticated dragons, Noah has a secret goal. With his access to the company’s equipment and resources, Noah plans to slip changes into the dragons’ genetic code, bending the company’s products to another purpose entirely . . .





Stina Leicht (2011)

Persephone Station
Gallery / Saga Press, January 5, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages
Hugo award–nominated author Stina Leicht has created a take on space opera for fans of The Mandalorian and Cowboy Bebop in this high-stakes adventure.

Persephone Station, a seemingly backwater planet that has largely been ignored by the United Republic of Worlds becomes the focus for the Serrao-Orlov Corporation as the planet has a few secrets the corporation tenaciously wants to exploit.

Rosie—owner of Monk’s Bar, in the corporate town of West Brynner, caters to wannabe criminals and rich Earther tourists, of a sort, at the front bar. However, exactly two types of people drank at Monk’s back bar: members of a rather exclusive criminal class and those who sought to employ them.

Angel—ex-marine and head of a semi-organized band of beneficent criminals, wayward assassins, and washed up mercenaries with a penchant for doing the honorable thing is asked to perform a job for Rosie. What this job reveals will effect Persephone and put Angel and her squad up against an army. Despite the odds, they are rearing for a fight with the Serrao-Orlov Corporation. For Angel, she knows that once honor is lost, there is no regaining it. That doesn’t mean she can’t damned well try.

2021 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts




There are 9 debuts for January 2021.

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

The October debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite January cover for the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on or about January 15, 2021.



Srinath Adiga

Dead Money
Central Avenue Publishing, January 26, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
They said you can’t take your money with you when you die. What if they were wrong?

Hong Kong, 2002. A stock market trader desperate to pay off a gangster debt invents a scam: Afterlife Dollars. A product inspired by an ancient Chinese custom that allows people to buy their way into heaven.

It’s the beginning of a dizzying chain reaction that ripples in Mumbai, where one man does the unthinkable to secure his afterlife—while thousands of miles away in Amsterdam, another man races against time to stop an apocalypse. As the characters grapple with unprecedented moral dilemmas, their choices will affect the rest of humanity.

Profound, intense and plotted with unexpected twists and turns, Srinath Adiga’s debut novel is a timely and illuminating satire about religion, capitalism, and how the very things that make us human can ultimately lead to our demise.





Elizabeth Chatsworth

The Brass Queen
CamCat Books, January 12, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 48 pages
She knows a liar when she sees one. He knows a fraud when he meets one.

In a steam-powered world, Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogues. Selling firearms under her alias, the “Brass Queen,” she has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy J. F. Trusdale saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world as they know it will disappear before their eyes.

If you like the Parasol Protectorate or the Invisible Library series, you’ll love this gaslamp fantasy—a rambunctious romantic romp that will have you both laughing out loud and wishing you owned all of Miss Haltwhistle's armaments.





Helen Fisher

Faye, Faraway
Gallery Books, January 26, 2021
Hardcover and eBooks, 304 pages
A heartfelt, spellbinding, and irresistible debut novel for fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Outlander that movingly examines loss, faith, and love as it follows a grown woman who travels back in time to be reunited with the mother she lost when she was a child.

Faye is a thirty-seven-year-old happily married mother of two young daughters. Every night, before she puts them to bed, she whispers to them: “You are good, you are kind, you are clever, you are funny.” She’s determined that they never doubt for a minute that their mother loves them unconditionally. After all, her own mother Jeanie had died when she was only seven years old and Faye has never gotten over that intense pain of losing her.

But one day, her life is turned upside down when she finds herself in 1977, the year before her mother died. Suddenly, she has the chance to reconnect with her long-lost mother, and even meets her own younger self, a little girl she can barely remember. Jeanie doesn’t recognize Faye as her daughter, of course, even though there is something eerily familiar about her...

As the two women become close friends, they share many secrets—but Faye is terrified of revealing the truth about her identity. Will it prevent her from returning to her own time and her beloved husband and daughters? What if she’s doomed to remain in the past forever? Faye knows that eventually she will have to choose between those she loves in the past and those she loves in the here and now, and that knowledge presents her with an impossible choice.

Emotionally gripping and ineffably sweet Faye, Faraway is a brilliant exploration of the grief associated with unimaginable loss and the magic of being healed by love.this gaslamp fantasy—a rambunctious romantic romp that will have you both laughing out loud and wishing you owned all of Miss Haltwhistle's armaments.





Claire Holroyde

The Effort
Grand Central Publishing, January 12, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
For readers of Station Eleven and Good Morning, Midnight comes an electric, heart-pounding novel of love and sacrifice that follows people around the world as they unite to prevent a global catastrophe.

When dark comet UD3 was spotted near Jupiter’s orbit, its existence was largely ignored. But to individuals who knew better — scientists like Benjamin Schwartz, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies — the threat this eight-kilometer comet posed to the survival of the human race was unthinkable. The 150-million-year reign of the dinosaurs ended when an asteroid impact generated more than a billiontimes the energy of an atomic bomb.

What would happen to Earth’s seven billion inhabitants if a similar event were allowed to occur?

Ben and his indomitable girlfriend Amy Kowalski fly to South America to assemble an international counteraction team, whose notable recruits include Love Mwangi, a UN interpreter and nomad scholar, and Zhen Liu, an extraordinary engineer from China’s national space agency. At the same time, on board a polar icebreaker life continues under the looming shadow of comet UD3. Jack Campbell, a photographer for National Geographic, works to capture the beauty of the Arctic before it is gone forever. Gustavo Wayãpi, a Nobel Laureate poet from Brazil, struggles to accept the recent murder of his beloved twin brother. And Maya Gutiérrez, an impassioned marine biologist is — quite unexpectedly — falling in love for the first time.

Together, these men and women must fight to survive in an unknown future with no rules and nothing to be taken for granted. They have two choices: neutralize the greatest threat the world has ever seen (preferably before mass hysteria hits or world leaders declare World War III) or come to terms with the annihilation of humanity itself.

Their mission is codenamed The Effort.





Joshua Phillip Johnson

The Forever Sea
DAW, January 19, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
The first book in a new environmental epic fantasy series set in a world where ships kept afloat by magical hearthfires sail an endless grass sea.

On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother—The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper—has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.

But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.

To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.

Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything—ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun—to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.





Greta Kelly

The Frozen Crown
Harper Voyager, January 12, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
"Propulsive and intricate, Greta Kelly has constructed a world of twisting politics and thrilling magic following a heroine who is both clever and uncompromising, but ultimately, has heart. A stellar read that I thoroughly enjoyed." -- Emily Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save her country from ruthless invaders in this exciting debut fantasy, the first novel in a thrilling duology packed with heroism, treachery, magic, and war.

Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.

A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir's gates, but to those behind the palace walls.

And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities—knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice—and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.





H.M. Long

Hall of Smoke
Titan Books, January 19, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Epic fantasy featuring warrior priestesses and fickle gods at war, for readers of Brian Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne.

Hessa is an Eangi: a warrior priestess of the Goddess of War, with the power to turn an enemy’s bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her goddess’s command to murder a traveller, she prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside.

While she is gone, raiders raze her village and obliterate the Eangi priesthood. Grieving and alone, Hessa – the last Eangi – must find the traveller and atone for her weakness and secure her place with her loved ones in the High Halls. As clans from the north and legionaries from the south tear through her homeland, slaughtering everyone in their path Hessa strives to win back her goddess’ favour.

Beset by zealot soldiers, deceitful gods, and newly-awakened demons at every turn, Hessa burns her path towards redemption and revenge. But her journey reveals a harrowing truth: the gods are dying and the High Halls of the afterlife are fading. Soon Hessa’s trust in her goddess weakens with every unheeded prayer.

Thrust into a battle between the gods of the Old World and the New, Hessa realizes there is far more on the line than securing a life beyond her own death. Bigger, older powers slumber beneath the surface of her world. And they’re about to wake up.





Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

The Theory of Flight
Catalyst Press, January 12, 2021
Hardcover, 316 pages
As Imogen Zula Nyoni, aka Genie, lies in a coma at Mater Dei Hospital, her family and friends struggle to come to terms with her impending death. This is the story of Genie, who has gifts that transcend time and space. With the lightest of touches, and with an overlay of magical-realist beauty, this novel sketches, through the lives of a few families and the fate of a single patch of ground, decades of national history (a country in Southern Africa that is never named) – from colonial occupation through the freedom struggle, to the devastation wrought by the sojas, the HIV virus, and The Man Himself.

At turns mysterious and magical, but always honest, The Theory of Flight explores the many ways we lose those we love before they die. When it was published in South Africa, the novel was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.





Jael Richardson

Gutter Child
HarperAvenue, January 26, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
A fierce and illuminating debut from FOLD founder Jael Richardson about a young woman who must find the courage to determine her own future and secure her freedom

Set in an imagined world in which the most vulnerable are forced to buy their freedom by working off their debt to society, Gutter Child uncovers a nation divided into the privileged Mainland and the policed Gutter. In this world, Elimina Dubois is one of only 100 babies taken from the Gutter and raised in the land of opportunity as part of a social experiment led by the Mainland government.

But when her Mainland mother dies, Elimina finds herself all alone, a teenager forced into an unfamiliar life of servitude, unsure of who she is and where she belongs. Elimina is sent to an academy with new rules and expectations where she befriends Gutter children who are making their own way through the Gutter System in whatever ways they know how. When Elimina’s life takes another unexpected turn, she will discover that what she needs more than anything may not be the freedom she longs for after all.

Richardson’s Gutter Child reveals one young woman’s journey through a fractured world of heartbreaking disadvantages and shocking injustices. Elimina is a modern heroine in an altered but all too recognizable reality who must find the strength within herself to forge her future and defy a system that tries to shape her destiny.
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January 2021 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in January 2021. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.


January 2021 Releases
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.


January 1, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Wanderers on Earth Susan Plunket SF/AC/Occ/Sup/DF - Mission From Venus Trilogy 2



January 5, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Storm Front (ri)
Jim Butcher P/UF - Dresden Files 1
The Hearing Trumpet (ri)
Leonora Carrington F/HU/CW/AB
A Date with Death (ri)
Scott Colby UF/HU
Highfire (h2tp)
Eoin Colfer F/HU
The Fictional Man Al Ewing LF
The Macedonian Hazard Eric Flint
Paula Goodlett
Gorg Huff
SF/TT
Marshlands Andre Gide
Damion Searls (Tr)
Psy/Satire/LF
Lady Hotspur (h2tp)
Tessa Gratton HistF
The Whispering Trees Abubakar Adam Ibrahim SS/FL/MR - Cassava Shorts
Reconstruction: Stories Alaya Dawn Johnson F - Collection
Domesticating Dragons Dan Koboldt SF
Persephone Station Stina Leicht SF/SO
A Court of Thorns and Roses Box Set (h2tp)
Sarah J. Maas RF - Court of Thorns and Roses
Deuces Down: a Wild Cards novel George R. R. Martin SH/SF - Wild Cards 12
Outlawed Anna North CW/Westerns/AH
Follow Me to Ground (h2tp) Sue Rainsford LF
Lava Red Feather Blue Molly Ringle FairyT/FolkT/LM
Last Day (h2tp) Domenica Ruta LF/CoA/SF/AP/PA
Alpha Night (h2mm)
Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 4
Star Wars: Light of the Jedi Charles Soule SF/SO/MTI - The High Republic
The Dark Veil James Swallow SF/SO - Star Trek: Picard 2
The Apocalypse Troll David Weber
The Sword of Surtur C. L. Werner MTI - Marvel Legends of Asgard



January 6, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Let All the Children Boogie: A Tor.com Original (e) Sam J. Miller SF



January 8, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Blood Heir Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels World 1
Hollow Skulls and Other Stories Samuel Marzioli H



January 12, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Threader Origins Gerald Brandt SF/AP/PA/TT - Quantum Empirica 1
The Brass Queen (D)
Elizabeth Chatsworth HistF/Gaslamp/RF/FR
The Ankh-Morpork City Watch Discworld Journal The Discworld Emporium F - Journal
The Charmed Wife Olga Grushin LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR
The Effort (D) Claire Holroyde Disaster/SF/AP/PA
Europe at Midnight Dave Hutchinson SF - The Fractured Europe Sequence 2
The Resisters Gish Jen Dys/FL/Pol
The Last Exit Michael Kaufman PP/TechTh/Dys - A Jen Lu Mystery 1
The Frozen Crown (D) Greta Kelly F - Warrior Witch Duology 1
The Ender (e) Heather Kindt TTR - The Weaver Trilogy 3
The Tool & the Butterflies Dmitry Lipskerov
Isaac Stakhouse Wheeler (Tr)
Reilly Costigan (Tr)
AB/LF/Satire/MR
We Lie with Death Devin Madson F/DF - Reborn Empire 2
Across the Green Grass Fields Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children 6
The Theory of Flight (D - North America) Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu MR/Pol/CulH/AH
To Cook a Bear Mikael Niemi Hist/FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
Doors of Sleep: Journals of Zaxony Delatree Tim Pratt SF/TT/AP/PA
The Unraveling (D) Benjamin Rosenbaum SF/GenEng/HSF/LF
Useless Miracle Barry Schechter HU/BHu
Bonds of Brass Emily Skrutskie SF/SO - The Bloodright Trilogy 1
The Conjurer Luanne G. Smith HistF/F/RF - Vine Witch 3
The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry C. M. Waggoner F/HistF/RF
Into the Light David Weber
Chris Kennedy
SF/SO/AC - Out of the Dark 2
Universal Love: Stories Alexander Weinstein SS/AB



January 13, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Branch Mike Resnick SF



January 17, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia: Abandoning Babylon Nathaniel Robert Walker LC/SF/F



January 19, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Saturnine Dan Abnett SF/SO
Lord of the Dark Millennium: The Dan Abnett Collection Dan Abnett SF/SO
The Heap (h2tp) Sean Adams LF
Vengewar Kevin J. Anderson F - Wake the Dragon 2
Speculate: A Collection of Microlit Eugen Bacon
Dominique Hecq
SpecFic
Octavia E. Butler: Kindred, Fledgling, Collected Stories Octavia Butler
Gerry Canavan (Ed)
SF/TT/SS
The Mask of Mirrors M. A. Carrick F/DF - Rook & Rose 1
In Darkness, Shadows Breathe Catherine Cavendish P - Fiction Without Frontiers
Rise of the Red Hand Olivia Chadha P - The Mechanists 1
Last Ones Left Alive (h2tp)
Sarah Davis-Goff Dys/CoA/SF/AP/PA
Vita Nostra (h2tp)
Sergey and Marina Dyachenko DF
Astra Naomi Foyle F/Dys/CoA - Gaia Chronicles 1
Neverwhere (ri)
Neil Gaiman UF
The Forever Sea (D) Joshua Phillip Johnson F/DF
Hall of Smoke (D) H.M. Long F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
A House at the Bottom of a Lake Josh Malerman MR/CoA/H
The Kingdom of Liars (h2tp)
Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi Sandra Niemi Biography/PerfArts
Remote Control Nnedi Okorafor SF/AC
Proceed With Caution: Stories and a Novella Patricia Ratto
Andrea G. Labinger (Tr)
SS/MR
Shadow in the Empire of Light Jane Routley F
Munchausen and Clarissa: A Berlin Novel Paul Scheerbart LF/HistF
Goddess of Nod (e)
C. W. Snyder DF - The Balance 3
Doing Time (h2tp)
Jodi Taylor TT/F/HistF - Time Police  1
Soundrise Lynn Voedisch CF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/TechTh/MR/CyP
Red, White, and the Blues Rysa Walker SF/TT/AH - Chronos Origins 2
Blackthorn Winter Liz Williams UF
The Wood Wife (ri)
Terri Windling CF
The Lunar Trilogy Jerzy Zulawski
Elzbieta Morgan (Tr)
SF/SP



January 20, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
#Selfcare: A Tor.com Original (e) Annalee Newitz



January 26, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
False Value (h2mm)
Ben Aaronovitch UF - Rivers of London  8
Dead Money (D) Srinath Adiga Dys/Th
Stake (h2tp)
Kevin J. Anderson H
Dealbreaker L. X. Beckett SF/AC/CyP - The Bounceback 2
The Queen's Bargain (h2mm)
Anne Bishop DF/RF - Black Jewels 10
Straight Outta Dodge City (tp2mm)
David Boop (Ed)
DF - Anthology
The Science of Doctor Who: The Scientific Facts Behind the Time Warps and Space Travels of the Doctor Mark Brake Science - The Science of
Penric's Progress (h2mm)
Lois McMaster Bujold F
One Poison Pie Lynn Cahoon CM - Kitchen Witch Mysteries 1
The Swallowed Man Edward Carey FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR/Hist
We Could Be Heroes Mike Chen SH/SF/HU
Faye, Faraway (D) Helen Fisher CW/TT
The Spear of Malice
R.S. Ford F/DF - War of the Archons 3
Empire City Matt Gallagher LF
Agency (h2tp)
William Gibson TechTh/SF/LF - The Jackpot Trilogy 2
The New Improved Sorceress (tp2mm)
Sara Hanover F - Wayward Mages 2
Pawn's Gambit (e)
Rob J. Hayes F - Mortal Techniques  2
The Vanished Birds (h2tp) Simon Jimenez SF/SO/LF
The Only Good Indians (h2tp)
Stephen Graham Jones H
Breaking Silence (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
CF - Serrated Edge 10
The Unspoken Name (h2tp)
A. K. Larkwood F - Serpent Gates 1
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories (h2tp)
Ken Liu SF - Collection
The One (h2mm)
John Marrs LF/GenEng/Dys
Doctor Who: All Flesh is Grass: Time Lord Victorious Una McCormack SF - Doctor Who
A Tapestry of Treason Anne O'Brien His/LF/CW/AH
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians (h2tp)
H. G. Parry HistF/Occ/Sup/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Shadow Histories 1
The Mistress of Illusions (h2mm)
Mike Resnick F/DF - Dreamscape Trilogy 2
Gutter Child (D) Jael Richardson LF
Brother Red Adrian Selby DF
The Mask Falling Samantha Shannon Dys/CF/UF - Bone Season 4
A Cat on the Case Clea Simon PCM - Witch Cats of Cambridge 3
Expert System's Champion Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/GenEng - The Expert System's Brother 2
Mazes of Power (h2tp)
Juliette Wade SF/AP/PA - The Broken Trust 1
Knight's Ransom Jeff Wheeler F/HistF - First Argentines 1
Shades of Allegiance Sandy Williams SF/SO - Anomaly 3



January 27, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Shards: A Tor.com Original (e) Ian Rogers H



January 28, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Interpreting Star Wars: Reading a Modern Film Franchise Miles Booy HC/SF



January 31, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
A Question of Navigation Kevin Hearne SF
The Culture of 'The Culture': Utopian Processes in Iain M. Banks's Space Opera Series Joseph S. Norman LC - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

The View From Monday - December 21, 2020


Happy Monday! Happy Yule to those celebrating! A very Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

There are no books to report about this week.

I hope you are all doing well during these strange and difficult times. As I am sure you noticed, I've barely been posting. I reached peak Covid fatigue the last couple of months. I really can't go anywhere or do anything outside my house... for reasons.

Recently it has really gotten to me. I have not been able to read or write. I am worried about so much. I am a bit more hopeful now that the vaccines are being shipped. I don't know what the new normal will be, but I am looking forward to being able to be out in the world again. I hope.

My very sincere apologies to readers, writers, publicists for my lack of posts. I just have not been able to. I hope you understand.

Today is the Winter Solstice. Starting tomorrow each day will have about 2 more minutes of sunshine (until of course the Summer Solstice). I always feel a corner has been turned after the Winter Solstice. This year more than ever those 2 minutes more of light each day are important to me.

I am hopeful that everything will improve in 2021 in innumerable ways not only for me but for all of you.

Qwill


Echinacea from my garden.

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