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2016 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!


The Qwillery is thrilled to announce the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover of the Year. The cover illustration was created by the author of the novel and won with 44% percent of the votes.

Congratulations to author and artist Emily B. Martin whose cover illustration for Woodwalker is the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover of the Year! Read about how Emily created the cover - "The Evolution of a Cover" - at her blog here.



Woodwalker
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 17, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14 , 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!
“What on earth would I gain from that?” I asked him. “Risk my own neck by violating my banishment just to leave you? The sentence placed on me if I return is execution. If I’m entering the mountains again, I’d damn well better get something out of it.”

Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne.

And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker—a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she’s hung from, she not only feels a duty to aide Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more.

A grand quest in the tradition of great epic fantasies, filled with adventure and the sharp wit—and tongue—of a unique hero, Woodwalker is the perfect novel to start your own journey into the realm of magical fiction.




The second novel in the series, illustration by Emily B. Martin:

Ashes to Fire
Woodwalker 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 31, 2017
eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!
“You are a country.”

Those words have been the guiding force behind Queen Mona’s every move since she was a little girl—the idea that all her actions and desires were, first and foremost, decided based on what was best for Lumen Lake. It had kept her alive after the Alcoran invasion, it had driven her to retake her country, and now it is the steely resolve she needs to finally confront the despotic Seventh King, Celeno.

But when her diplomatic mission finds herself on the run through the swamps of Cyprien—accompanied by the unlikeliest group of companions—Mona discovers that while she is her country, she is also someone who has been sheltered by principles and bound by past mistakes. Now she must struggle to reshape her view of the world and face intimate new truths—not only for the good of her country, but for herself, as well.

A desperate journey to secure peace, and an even greater journey to discover herself, Ashes to Fire is the captivating and adventurous follow-up to Emily B. Martin’s Woodwalker—once more with cover art by the author herself!





The Results

2016 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR



It's time to vote for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 11 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a"). Note that for the first time in 6 years there is no debut for December.

Voter for your favorite from the monthly 2016 Winners!

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page.

Voting will end sometime on January 10, 2016 - extended voting due to the end of year holidays.


Vote for your favorite 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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Arabella of Mars
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Art by Stephan Martiniere
Jacket Design by Peter Lutjen





Black Rabbit Hall
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
(US Debut)

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Tal Goretsky
Jacket images: (latticework) Danita Delimont / Getty Images;
(castle) Ray Hems / Getty Images





Carrier
Permuted Platinum, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 322 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Jack Kaiser





Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR






Dark Transmissions
A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover design: The last design of Jack Smyth – LBBG
Cover images copyright © Shutterstock





The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Artist Kelly Martin





The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Laura Klynstra
Jacket Photograph by Paul Knight / Trevillion Images





Steal the Sky
Scorched Continent 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Kim Sokol





Woodwalker
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 17, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14 , 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Emily B. Martin



2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner


The winner of the November 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Children of the Country by Abigail R. Shaffer from Outpost19 with 65% of all votes.



Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner
A debut coming of age story set in Southern woods filled with drugs, sex and violence--and a hidden tradition of voodoo-like magic. In a hard-scrabble town where family history defines destinies, a handful of teenagers bear witness to old traumas that still haunt adults working to keep food on the table. Modern pressures deepen old ruts, and in a circle of friends, each looks for their own path. A local drug ring offers high-speed comforts, and while some fall for easy choices, others find the strength to make their own place in the woods.





The Results

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner





The November 2016 Debuts

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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on November 30, 2016.


Vote for your favorite November 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover art © Alejandro Colucci




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Tal Goretsky
Cover Art, Face; Alexandre Cappellari/Arcangel;
Cityscape © The Francis Frith Collection




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Lauren Panepinto
Illustration by Dominick Saponaro

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner


The winner of the October 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Carrier by Timothy Johnson from Permuted Platinum with 45% of all votes. The cover art is by Jack Kaiser


Carrier
Permuted Platinum, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 322 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner
An alien infection turns its hosts into violent, insane murderers, threatening to overrun the space carrier Atlas.

With Earth's resources on the verge of exhaustion and worldwide civil war imminent, the stars were looked to for answers. Beneath the surface of lifeless planets were found all the resources that could ever be consumed.

Stellan Lund is chief security officer aboard the carrier Atlas. Life on a carrier is peaceful—as long as the crew does its job, the New Earth Council leaves them alone. The only risk is an occasional case of black madness, a mental-break condition that turns its hosts into violent, insane murderers—but it's a small chance to take for some freedom.

Then the Atlas is ordered to a dying planet where an unknown material awaits. When an accident exposes some of the crew to the alien substance, reports of black madness escalate—but something about these cases is different.

And if the ship's crew can’t eradicate the infection no one will make it home.





The Results

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner





The October 2016 Debut Covers

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on October 31, 2016.

Vote for your favorite October 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Illustration by Galen Dara




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Art by Jack Kaiser




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Design by Laura Klynstra




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Design by Olga Grlic




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover art by Pascal Blanchet



2016 DAC Cover Wars - September Winner


The winner of the September 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp from Orbit with 37% of all votes.



The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 DAC Cover Wars - September Winner
"Ingenious and funny . . . Magnificent." -- Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed -- until now.




The Results

2016 DAC Cover Wars - September Winner




The September 2016 Debut Covers

2016 DAC Cover Wars - September Winner

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on September 24, 2016.


Vote for your favorite September 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Cover by Victo Ngai




2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Cover design: The last design of Jack Smyth – LBBG
Cover images copyright © Shutterstock




2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Cover Illustration by Matthew Griffin
Cover Design by Adam Auerbach




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2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2016 DAC Cover Wars - August Winner


The winner of the August 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper from Algonquin Books with 38% of all votes.

The Jacket Design is by Laura Klynstra and the Jacket Photograph is by Paul Knight / Trevillion Images.


The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 DAC Cover Wars - August Winner
In the spirit of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers--and with a touch of the magical--The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a spellbinding debut about a wondrously gifted child and the family that she helps to heal.  

Sisters Rose and Lily Martin were inseparable when growing up on their family’s Kentucky flower farm yet became distant as adults when Lily found herself unable to deal with the demands of Rose’s unusual daughter. But when Rose becomes ill, Lily is forced to return to the farm and to confront the fears that had driven her away.

Rose’s daughter, ten-year-old Antoinette, has a form of autism that requires constant care and attention. She has never spoken a word, but she has a powerful gift that others would give anything to harness--she can heal with her touch. She brings wilted flowers back to life, makes a neighbor’s tremors disappear, and even changes the course of nature on the flower farm.

Antoinette’s gift, though, comes at a price, since each healing puts her own life in jeopardy. As Rose--the center of her daughter’s life--struggles with her own failing health and Lily confronts her anguished past, the sisters, and the men who love them, come to realize the sacrifices that must be made to keep this very special child safe.

Written with great heart and a deep understanding of what it feels like to be different, The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a novel about what it means to be family and about the lengths to which people will go to protect the ones they love.

“This is the kind of book that invites you home, sits you down at the kitchen table, and feeds you something delicious and homemade. You will want to stay in this world where new relationships bloom out of broken ones, sisters find one another again, and miracles really do occur.” —Tiffany Baker




The Results

2016 DAC Cover Wars - August Winner




The August 2016 Debut Covers

2016 DAC Cover Wars - August Winner

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 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. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on August 30, 2016.


Vote for your favorite August 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Design by Lauren Panepinto




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Design by Michael Wlos




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Art by Richard Anderson




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Art by Gigi Little




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Art by Thomas Walker




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Jacket Design by Laura Klynstra
Jacket Photograph by Paul Knight / Trevillion Images




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Art by Gene Mollica




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover Design by David Drummond


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