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Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors



Here are some of the recent and upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Katherine Arden (2017)

The Bear and the Nightingale
Del Rey, June 27, 2017
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 10, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.



The Girl in the Tower
Del Rey, December 5, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.





Isabel Cooper (2011)

Highland Dragon Warrior
Dawn of the Highland Dragon 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 5, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
"Another incredible, unique romance from the ingenious Cooper. Smartly written, fast-paced and brimming over with magic and surprises, this is exactly what readers crave and what Cooper continues to deliver."-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars on Night of the Highland Dragon

Dragon shapeshifter Cathal MacAlasdair is on the brink of losing a dangerous power to his enemy when a whip-smart alchemist strikes a bargain...and lights a fire inside his heart.

Legend claims
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.

The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.

What he needs is Sophia.

Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws...

Dawn of the Highland Dragon Series:
Highland Dragon Warrior (Book 1)
Highland Dragon Rebel (Book 2)
Highland Dragon Unleashed (Book 3)



Highland Dragon Rebel
Dawn of the Highland Dragon 2
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight. When dragon shifter Moiread MacAlasdair returns from war, he knows she's the best woman for the job. Duty and political strength compel Moiread to agree, but when they cross into the otherworld and Madoc's life is threatened, Moiread jumps into protection mode-and will do whatever it takes to keep the man of her dreams alive.

Dawn of the Highland Dragon Series:
Highland Dragon Warrior (Book 1)
Highland Dragon Rebel (Book 2)
Highland Dragon Unleashed (Book3)





Emma Newman (2013)

Weaver's Lament
Industrial Magic 2
Tor.com, October 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 192 pages


Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Charlotte's magical adventures continue in Weaver's Lament, the sequel to Emma Newman's Brother's Ruin.

Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins.

Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment.

And if she can’t identify the culprits before it’s too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured…

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent or upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Tina Connolly (2012)

Seriously Hexed 
Seriously Wicked 3
Tor Teen, November 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Tina Connolly continues the hilarious adventures of teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, in this latest installment to the Andre Norton Award-nominated "Seriously Wicked" series.

Teen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of. She’s willing to do small things, like magically help her boyfriend Devon get over his ongoing stage fright. But tangling with other witches is not on her wishlist. Joining her mother’s wicked witch coven is right out.

New acquaintance Poppy Jones is a Type A, A+ Student of True Witchery. She’s got all the answers, and she’s delighted to tangle with a bunch of wicked witches. She doesn’t need any reluctant witch getting in her way, especially one who knows less than a dozen spells, and has zero plans for witch college.

Then a coven meeting goes drastically awry. A hex is taking down all thirteen members of the coven, one by one—putting both girls’ mothers in jeopardy. Now the two teens are going to have to learn to work together, while simultaneously juggling werewolf puppies, celebrity demons, thirteen nasty hexes, and even nastier witches. They may have to go through hell and high water to save their mothers—but they also might find a new friendship along the way.



Seriously Shifted
Seriously Wicked 2
Tor Teen, November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 1, 2016

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Tina Connolly's Seriously Shifted is a sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked.

Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?





Sebastien de Castell (2014)

Tyrant's Throne
The Greatcoats 4
Jo Fletcher Books, June 6, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
After years of struggle and sacrifice, Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, is on the brink of fulfilling his dead king's dream: Aline, the king's daughter, is about to take the throne and restore the rule of law once and for all.

But for the Greatcoats, nothing is ever that simple. In the neighboring country of Avares, an enigmatic new warlord is uniting the barbarian armies that have long plagued Tristia's borders--and even worse, he is rumored to have a new ally: Trin, who's twice tried to kill Aline to claim the throne of Tristia for herself. With the armies of Avares at her back, led by a bloodthirsty warrior, she'll be unstoppable.

Falcio, Kest, and Brasti race north to stop her, but in those cold and treacherous climes they discover something altogether different, and far more dangerous: a new player is planning to take the throne of Tristia, and with a sense of dread the three friends realize that the Greatcoats, for all their skill, may not be able to stop him.

As the nobles of Tristia and even the Greatcoats themselves fight over who should rule, the Warlord of Avares threatens to invade. With so many powerful contenders vying for power, it will fall to Falcio to render the one verdict he cannot bring himself to utter, much less enforce. Should he help crown the young woman he vowed to put on the throne, or uphold the laws he swore to serve?





April Daniels (2017)

Sovereign
Nemesis 2
Diversion Books, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 314 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The highly anticipated sequel to Dreadnought, featuring “the most exciting new superheroes in decades.” (Kirkus, starred review)

Only nine months after her debut as the superhero Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-sized job and she’s doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it’s only going to get worse.

When she crosses a newly discovered billionaire supervillain, Dreadnought comes under attack from all quarters. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there’s no lever too cruel for this villain to use against her.

She might be hard to kill, but there's more than one way to destroy a hero. Before the war is over, Dreadnought will be forced to confront parts of herself she never wanted to acknowledge.
And behind it all, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Jordanna Max Brodsky (2016)

Winter of the Gods
Olympus Bound 2
Orbit, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 14, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
"A lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life."--Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets, knowing that even if she doesn't look for trouble, it always finds her.

When a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street's iconic Charging Bull statue, it's up to Selene to hunt down the perpetrators. Her ancient skills make her the only one who can track a conspiracy that threatens the very existence of the gods, including Selene-once known as Artemis.

Winter of the Gods is the much-anticipated new novel from the author of The Immortals.



Olympus Bound
Olympus Bound 3
Orbit, February 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The Immortals is a lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life." --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself

Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene. She's lost her home and the man she loves.

A cult hungry for ancient power has kidnapped her father and targeted her friends. To save them, Selene must face the past she's been running from - a past that stretches back millennia, to when the faithful called her Huntress. Moon Goddess. Artemis.

With the pantheon at her side, Selene must journey back to the seat of her immortal power: from the streets of Rome and the temples of Athens -- to the heights of Mount Olympus itself.





Thoraiya Dyer (2017)

Crossroads of Canopy
Titan's Forest Trilogy 1
Tor Books, January 23, 2018
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 31, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
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The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

“I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!”—Tamora Pierce



Echoes of Understorey
Titan's Forest Trilogy 2
Tor Books, February 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Return to the mythical rainforest ruled by reincarnated gods in the quest fantasy Echoes of Understorey, the heart-pounding sequel to Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy.

Great deeds are expected of Imeris.

Raised by accomplished warriors and skilled healers, and being the sister to a goddess, Imeris always felt pressured to be the best fighter in Understorey. Yet during a mission to capture the body-snatching sorceress Kirrik, Imeris fails disastrously. With death on her conscience and in hiding from her peers, Imeris climbs up to the sun-kissed world of Canopy to learn new ways to defeat Kirrik. What she doesn’t expect is to be recruited in a Hunt for the Ages, against a terrifying divine monster that will take all of her skills to stop.

"I am majorly impressed. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world!”—Tamora Pierce





Stephanie Knipper (2016)

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 15, 2017
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 2, 2016

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
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





Interview with T. M. Lakomy, author of The Shadow Crucible


Please welcome T. M. Lakomy to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Shadow Crucible was published on April 25th by SelectBooks.



Interview with T. M. Lakomy, author of The Shadow Crucible




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

T. M.:  I started writing when I was 13, but I never took it seriously enough. I wrote little stories, and snippets of larger ones that I never finished. It was when I enrolled at university that I began to give it proper thought, especially after delving into fascinating topics such as shamanism and the Archaeology of the North (Viking Age).

I write because culturally, storytelling is an important piece of our heritage. Our morals, ethics and beliefs are woven through tales often dark and mysterious conveying the spiritual wisdom of our people and our collective memories. Since we didn’t really have much of a recorded history, oral traditions prevailed and were the backbone of our society. So, storytelling is in my blood and an important component of my identity.

There is much I would love to share with the world, and the best vehicle for my messages is fantasy, new ideas and stimulating thoughts are best spread through the conduit of storytelling and allegories. I have also a very different take on Fantasy that I believe would prove to be interesting to people.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

T. M.:  I would say I am a hybrid, it depends on the flow of the story and the themes I am exploring. At times, there is little need to plot, as the story flows naturally, chartering it’s own course, and at other times there is need for careful scheming as I wish to establish a certain trajectory in the story.

I suppose it is about the destination of the story and the best manner of achieving it, but there are set rules with me.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

T. M.:  The most difficult thing is the cultural context. Having grown up in North Africa as a tribal native, there is a dark and esoteric undertone to my writings. There is a psychological quest that I seek to assuage through discovering the darker aspects of our imagination and I am careful not to come across the wrong way with the audience. There are many social issues that I explore in my writing and because my part of the world isn’t really explored, there is much room for misinterpretation.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

T. M.:  My experiences as a child influenced my writing. I grew up between two worlds and felt part of both at times and yet neither. Folklore plays a role in my inspiration and my Slavic maternal grandmother was full of old myths of Eastern Europe, that I prized. The monsters, demons and spiritual warriors of the Amazigh culture also influenced my writing; I grew up believing in them and they fascinated me.

I am very much influenced by the darker aspects of the human experience; wars, disasters, poverty, sorrows but also hope. There is a yearning in my writing to find answers to the world and what lies beyond.



TQDescribe The Shadow Crucible in 140 characters or less.

T. M.:  The novel is about a Seer who discovers the ruler of the world is an evil deity, trading in human souls so she seeks to tear down the veil and escape the world.



TQTell us something about The Shadow Crucible that is not found in the book description.

T. M.:  The Shadow Crucible explores the theme of Apotheosis, basing it on genuine theories around the Threefold death. Many deities and humans that achieved a status of godhead (glance at religions) went through some form of death initiation, returning as a god. The shamanistic transformations in the novel are not fantasy but rather detailed accounts given by Siberian shamans as they were initiated. So, there is a mixture of gnostic texts and archaeology.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Shadow Crucible? What appeals to you about writing a Dark Fantasy?

T. M.:  The Characters in the novel have been germinating in my mind for years. I have always loved Dark Fantasy as it is somehow more raw and genuine, exploring the darker aspects of our imagination and nature thus making it more real and closer to our reality in some strange way.
My archaeological studies prompted my interests, then my fascination with apotheosis and Gnosticism. I have always been an avid explorer, desiring nothing more but to discover the origins our belief systems and mythology.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Shadow Crucible?

T. M.:  It was mostly re reading the banned gospels and ascertaining whether there is a salient thread connecting them all, I intend to be thought provoking so I leveraged many notions that are deemed controversial.



TQPlease tell us about The Shadow Crucible's cover.

T. M.:  I discussed what I wanted the cover to look like with my publisher. I dreamed about it one night, I saw what the cover was intended to look like. In the dream there was one of the character I had imagined, and he having a full blown discussion with me over it.

A crucible is where you mix and melt metals together, and on an alchemical level it’s about achieving something new through the mingling of numerous elements. I have mingled many different esoteric religious beliefs into my novel as well as pagan traditions and sheer fantasy; the combination achieves a fresher outlook on human spirituality and folklore.



TQIn The Shadow Crucible who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

T. M.:  The easiest character to write was the blind god Samael, I had a fixed idea about what he was and what he stood for, and exactly what he intended to do with the world. I based him on the Samael of the Nag Hammadi (Dead sea scrolls). He is the embodiment of evil, the true absence of light, the one who intends to dethrone the Goddess/God and continue enslaving humanity by creating false religions and waging war against one another.

The most difficult character to write was Estella; there are numerous facets to her personality and she is often confused as to where she stands on the chessboard of the gods. She is very human; loves life and its delights, not particularly interested in her gift or being part of the effort to stop Samael or Lucifer’s machinations. She is more interested in her people, those gifted by the older pagan gods, yet feels it is her duty to stand up to the Templar and the church because of her position. Her beliefs change a lot and her encounter with Lucifer furthers her confusion and fear of the world. She is a reluctant heroine, determined to do things on her own terms and refusing to “save the world” the way the Templar Mikhail wants.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Shadow Crucible?

T. M.:  I explore the topic of blind dogma a lot throughout the novel, the dogmatic aspect of people and religions claiming the monopoly on god and claiming to be his mouthpiece. And also, the validity of old religions and the similarities between all of them and their syncretism. I have explored social issues more in my second novel which I am polishing up.



TQWhich question about The Shadow Crucible do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

T. M.:

“Do you believe in any of the ideology that the main protagonist subscribes to?”

The answer is yes: I do believe a lot of Estella’s worldview, question remains what it exactly is she truly believes and whether it comes out clearly in the story.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Shadow Crucible.

T. M.:

1)  The wraiths clamoured and filled the king’s head with their ghastly whispers, and his will was threadbare and like a glass bauble, frail and liable to splinter into a million pieces. Alina was at his side with a smile that could curdle blood, pushing into a sharpened silver dagger into his hands. The king did not recoil from the beast’s touch this time.

“We own you, today and yesterday, tomorrow and for infinity, body and soul, blood and bone, mind and dreams” it hissed.

2)  “To the everlasting miracles!” he cried out softly, and his countenance darkened briefly like a passing storm. “You worship the god of lies, whether in churches or as heretics hidden in secret covens. And you war against each other, proclaiming the other one damned. But you are all lost, for the many houses of human religion are held by the string of the same master puppeteer.” His face held bleak judgement.



TQWhat's next?

T. M.:  What’s next is polishing up my second novel, it has more of a horror element in it, it deals more with magical religious cults and eugenics in magic, again I draw on real things and couch them in Fantasy.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

T. M.:  You are very welcome.





The Shadow Crucible
The Blind God 1
SelectBooks, April 25, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Interview with T. M. Lakomy, author of The Shadow Crucible
In a world where angels, demons, and gods fight over the possession of mortal souls, two conflicted pawns are ensnared in a cruel game. The enigmatic seer Estella finds herself thrown together with Count Mikhail, a dogmatic Templar dedicated to subjugating her kind. But when a corrupted cardinal and puppet king begin a systematic genocide of her people, the two become unlikely allies.

Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of the lucrative trade in human souls. All organized religions are shops orchestrated to consume mankind. Every deity, religion, and spiritual guide has been corrupted, and each claims to have the monopoly on truth and salvation.

In a perilous game where the truth is distorted and meddling ancient deities converge to partake of the unseen battle, Estella unwittingly finds herself hunted by Lucifer. Traversing the edge of hell’s precipice, Estella and Mikhail are reduced to mere instruments. Their only means to overcome is through courting the Threefold Death, the ancient ritual of apotheosis—of man becoming God.

The Shadow Crucible is a gripping epic set in medieval England where the struggle for redemption is crushed by the powers of evil. Tamara Lakomy is a new and compelling voice in the world of dark fantasy.





About T. M. Lakomy

Interview with T. M. Lakomy, author of The Shadow Crucible
Tamara Lakomy is British born but grew up in North Africa during troubled times. She resides in London.

She studied archaeology and became enamoured with the shamanistic practices of indigenous people.

She is an author and poet who seeks to challenge our notions of reality, and see life with a different perspective.

She works in East Africa with indigenous tribes studying the origins of mankind and the salient golden thread in the tapestry of humanity’s beliefs.


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2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.


Cat Sparks

Lotus Blue
Talos, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 388 pages
     Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Genetic Engineering

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks
Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks.

Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.

But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past—and the horror of her unfolding destiny—as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel.

Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity.

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Return by Joseph Helmreich


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Return by Joseph Helmreich


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



The Return
Thomas Dunne Books, March 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Return by Joseph Helmreich
During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see. Six years later, he turns up, wandering in a South American desert, denying ever having been abducted and disappearing from the public eye.

Meanwhile, he inspires legions of cultish devotees, including a young physics graduate student named Shawn Ferris who is obsessed with finding out what really happened to him. When Shawn finally tracks Leland down, he discovers that he’s been on the run for years, continuously hunted by a secret organization that has pursued him across multiple continents, determined to force him into revealing what he knows.

Shawn soon joins Leland on the run. Though Leland is at first reluctant to reveal anything, Shawn will soon learn the truth about his abduction, the real reason for his return, and will find himself caught up in a global conspiracy that puts more than just one planet in danger.

Equal parts science-fiction and globe-hopping thriller, Joseph Helmreich's The Return will appeal to fans of both, and to anyone who has ever wondered... what’s out there?

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Dreadnought by April Daniels


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Dreadnought by April Daniels


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



April Daniels

Dreadnought
Nemesis 1
Diversion Books, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Dreadnought by April Daniels
An action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick.

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



Thoraiya Dyer

Crossroads of Canopy
Titan's Forest Trilogy 1
Tor Books, January 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer
The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

“I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!”—Tamora Pierce

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Department Zero by Paul Crilley


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Department Zero by Paul Crilley


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



Paul Crilley

Department Zero
Pyr, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 301 pages
Contemporary Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk
(Adult Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Department Zero by Paul Crilley
Atticus Graves just wants to make sure his ex-wife doesn’t take away his visitation rights.

But when Graves stumbles through a portal, he finds himself in a world full of monsters and angels. There are thousands of these doors, thousands of different worlds. And now that he’s seen them, Graves is recruited to Department Zero. Graves and his crew clean up any and all supernatural crime scenes.

A secret society of Nazis from another reality, the Cult of Azathoth, have come to our world looking for the Spear of Destiny to bring back Azathoth and the Great Old Ones—among them Cthulhu Himself—from their prison in a timeless dimension.

Graves and Department Zero must travel between realities to a Britain where it’s always 1899, where Queen Victoria has ruled for 101 years. Here they will fight Nazi cultists with royal connections, demon-spawn mafia beneath the sewers of New York, and infiltrate the infamous Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.

All in time to say goodnight to his daughter.

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update: Indelible by Adelia Saunders


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update: Indelible by Adelia Saunders


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



Adelia Saunders

Indelible
Bloomsbury USA, January 17, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction, Magical Realism

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update: Indelible by Adelia Saunders
A masterful, enthralling debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell.

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin--names, dates, details both banal and profound--and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He's in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques is said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Magdalena, desperate to make things right after her best friend dies--a tragedy she might have prevented--embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Neil's father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single memory of his mother--her red shoes--which her biographers agree he never could have seen.

In Adelia Saunders' arresting debut, secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the old archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania. By chance, or perhaps by fate, the novel's unforgettable characters converge, and Magdalena's uncanny ability may be the key to their happiness.

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