This is the forty-third in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published or to be published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.
Michael R. Underwood
(2012)There Will Always Be a Max
A Genrenauts Story
Tor Books, April 6, 2016
eBook, 32 pages
A hero is missing. The post-apocalyptic wasteland is awash with violence and injustice, and the genrenaut's own King must step in and show precisely why There Will Always be a Max.
The Cupid Reconciliation
Genrenauts Episode 3
May 31, 2016
eBook, 101 pages
Happily Ever After or Bust!
Wounded Genrenaut Mallery York returns to active duty just in time for the team to be deployed to the Rom-Com region of the Romance world. There, everyone is beautiful, office workers can afford palatial midtown apartments, and hearts are won and broken on every corner.
But before they can fix the broken love story, they have to find it. Mallery takes the lead, bringing her expertise to bear and leading Leah to wonder whether there’s a space for her on the team now that Mallery is back.
The team scours dating sites, cocktail bars, and jogging paths looking for the right pair of lovers to reconnect before time runs out and the ripples from the story breach lay waste to romance back on Earth.
This third episode of Genrenauts is a great jumping-on point for new readers. If you like Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and The A-Team, pick up The Cupid Reconciliation today for an exciting romp through the worlds of story!
The Substitute Sleuth
Genrenauts Episode 4
July 26, 2016
eBook, 101 pages
She’s a Wacky Comedian. He’s a Gruff Detective. They Fight Crime!
It was supposed to be a simple training mission in the Police Procedural region of Crime World. But there’s always a twist – when the precinct’s favorite wacky private eye is shot, Leah and King must fill the shoes of Odd Couple Detectives to investigate a pair of nested mysteries.
Leah and King work against the clock to fix the breach before falling too deep into their respective roles and losing themselves to the story. And there's more going on here than a simple crime of passion...
The fourth episode the trope-twisting Genrenauts series. If you like Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and The A-Team, pick up The Substitute Sleuth for an energetic romp through the worlds of story!
The Failed Fellowship
Genrenauts Season 5 & 6
October 4, 2016
eBook, 181 pages
We’re Going to Need a New Chosen One…
The team travels to Traditional Fantasy-land where the prophesied hero has died just before his moment of triumph. The Genrenauts take on the roles of Wizard, Paladin, Fighter, Bard, and more to stop the Night-Lord before his arcane power brings about an eternal night of terror.
In Part 1, the heroes arrive in the story world and seek a weapon capable of defeating the Night-lord. In Part 2, they confront the Night-Lord and uncover a secret with implications that will ripple across the multiverse.
If you like Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and The A-Team, you'll love Genrenauts. pick up The Failed Fellowship to continue the adventure!
Genrenauts Season One
October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages
When Stories Break, You Send in the Genrenauts!
Struggling stand-up comic Leah Tang is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the Genrenauts, a secret organization of dimensional travelers. Leah learns that our world is just one of many, and every other world is the home of a story genre — Science Fiction or Romance, Fantasy or Western — populated by archetypal characters and constantly playing out familiar stories.
The Genrenauts’ mission: find and fix broken stories. If they fail, the ripples from the story worlds will cause havoc and devastation on their home world. Leah joins the team and dives head-first into the adventure. But the stories are breaking faster and worse than ever before. Will Leah rise to the occasion, or will she end up as just another broken story?
Collects all six episodes from the first season of the exciting science fiction novella series. If you like Leverage, Redshirts, or Quantum Leap, pick up Genrenauts to start a brand-new adventure!
Simon Kurt Unsworth
(2015)The Devil's Evidence
Vintage, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 05, 2016
[cover not yet revealed]
Thomas Fool is a detective from Hell–literally. Having survived the wrath of both angel and demon, and still without memory of his life on earth, Fool is currently spending his damnation as a bureaucrat heading up the Information Office of Hell. But when mysterious fires begin spooking higher-ups in the Bureaucracy–homicidal arson, it’s believed–and a series of unexplained murders plagues Heaven, Fool is dispatched north to investigate.
But Heaven is not what Fool imagines. In fact, it’s not so different from Hell. And friction between the two afterworlds is only beginning to mount as Fool conducts his investigation. The Devil’s Evidence is a thrilling ride through the spiritual realm, and a welcome return for the dead’s most endearing private eye.
A Changeling P.I. Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 3, 2016
eBook, 384 pages
Mabily "Mab" Jones is just a twenty-something, over-educated, under-employed New Yorker trying to survive as a private eye's unpaid intern . . . or is she? Once a powerful fairy, but tricked by the Fairy Queen into human form, Mab is forced to face her changeling past when investigating a missing person case at a modern speakeasy.
Obadiah Savage bootlegs fairy Elixir to human customers thirsting for a magical fix. But when Mab and Obadiah become joint suspects in a crime they didn't commit, the only way to prove their innocence is to travel back to the fairy realm. And when Mab confronts the Fairy Queen and learns the depth of her betrayal, she must decide if the fate of the fey world is worth destroying the lives of the humans she's come to love.
A Changeling P.I. Novel 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 6, 2016
eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 24, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Following the events of Elixir, Mabily “Mab” Jones’ life has returned to normal. Or as normal as life can be for a changeling, who also happens to be a private detective working her first independent case, and dating a half-fey.
But then a summons to return to the fairy world arrives in the form of a knife on her pillow. And in the process of investigating her case, Mab discovers the fairies are stealing joy-producing chemicals directly from the minds of humans in order to manufacture their magic Elixir, the dwindling source of their powers. Worst of all, Mab’s boyfriend Obadiah vows to abstain from Elixir, believing the benefits are not worth the cost in human suffering—even though he knows fairies can’t long survive without their magic.
Mab soon realizes she has no choice but to answer the summons and return to the Vale. But the deeper she is drawn into the machinations of the realm, the more she becomes ensnared by promises she made in the past. And in trying to do the right thing, Mab will face her most devastating betrayal yet, one that threatens everything and everyone she holds most dear.