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2018 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!


The Qwillery is thrilled to announce the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover of the Year: The All Father Paradox by Ian Stuart Sharpe with 45% of the votes totaling 787 votes.

The cover illustration is by Jeremy D. Mohler.

For more about The All Father Paradox read an interview with Ian here.

Congratulations to Jeremy, Ian, and Outland Entertainment.


The All Father Paradox
Vikingverse 1
Outland Entertainment, October 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 414 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!
What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves?

Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the thousand-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself swept up in an ancient god’s quest to escape his destiny by reworking reality, putting history—and to Michaels’s dismay, Christianity itself—to the Viking sword. In this new Vikingverse, storied heroes of mankind emerge in new and brutal guises drawn from the sagas:

A young Norse prince plots to shatter empires and claim the heavens…
A scholar exiled to the frontier braves the dangers of the New World, only to find those “new worlds” are greater than he imagined…
A captured Jötunn plants the dreams of freedom during a worlds-spanning war…
A bold empress discovers there is a price for immortality, one her ancestors have come to collect…

With the timelines stretched to breaking point, it’s up to Churchwarden Michaels to save reality as we know it…





The Results

2018 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!





The 2018 DAC Cover Wars Monthly Winners

2018 Debut Author Challenge - COVER OF THE YEAR!

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!



2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!



It's time to vote for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 12 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a" or "an", etc.).

Vote for your favorite from the monthly 2018 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 15, 2019 unless voting is extended.

Vote for your favorite 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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October
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover illustration by Jeremy D. Mohler





March
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover design by Les Solot
Images: Depositphotos





July
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover art by Sam Weber





December
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover art by Shawn T. King - STK•Kreations





November
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover artwork by Amir Zand, amirzandartist.com
Cover design by Mona Lin





June
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover art by Mingchen Shen





April
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover by Tran Nguyen





August
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover Art by Argh! Nottingham





February
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!





January
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Jacket design and illustration by Michael Morris





September
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Cover design by Mona Lin
Cover illustration courtesy of Jeff Chapman





May
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Debut Cover of the Year!
Jacket design by Sarah Brody
Jacket illustration © MagdalenaWasiczek / Trevillion Images

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Winner


The winner of the December 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Endsville by Clay Sanger from Crossroad Press with 72% of the votes. The cover art is by Shawn T. King of STK•Kreations.


Endsville
Outlaw Arcana 1
Crossroad Press, December 25, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 458 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Winner
Welcome to Los Angeles—where the secret worlds of the criminal and supernatural collide. Crime and black magic pay. In the City of Angels, no one does it better than Gabriel St. John and the House of the Crow…

ENDSVILLE introduces readers to the House of the Crow. Led by their enigmatic street captain Gabriel, the Crows are a secret coven of high-rolling occult gangsters operating out of Los Angeles. A gangland king by the name of Dante Washington enlists their aid to recover 34 million dollars in cash—stolen from him by what appears to be a hostile sorcerer.

The Crows battle through a vicious cycle of betrayal, violence, and black magic while on the hunt for Mr. Washington’s missing money. In the end, allies prove to be enemies, and there are much greater things at stake than covering up a multi-million dollar gangland heist.





 The Results
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Winner





The December 2018 Debuts
2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Winner

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 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 2018 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/designer 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 December 31, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite December 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts
Cover design and illustration by Danny Schlitz





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner


The winner of the November 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The First Protectors by Victor Godinez from Talos Press with 47% of the votes. The Cover artwork is by Amir Zand, with cover design by Mona Lin.

The First Protectors just edged out Breach by W. L. Goodwater!


Victor Godinez

The First Protectors
Talos Press, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner
The last thing Ben Shepherd wanted was another war. But sometimes the universe won’t take no for an answer.

His body and spirit mangled by a lifetime of combat, Shepherd, a retired Navy SEAL, has retreated to the desolate desert of New Mexico to heal his wounds and dodge his demons. All he wants now is peace and quiet.

Both are shattered one starry night, when an alien ship crashes nearby. Out of the ship crawls the last, dying member of a conquered civilization. It’s been shot down by an extraterrestrial enemy, the vanguard of a ravenous force hunting for a new homeland. With its last gasp, the wounded alien injects Shepherd with a high-tech serum that gives him near superhuman powers.

Now, with a new body but a soul as fractured as ever, Shepherd becomes the reluctant leader of the human resistance against the coming invasion. With enemies on all sides, the man who couldn’t bear the guilt of seeing one more friend die in battle now finds himself charged with protecting the entire planet.





The Results

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner





The November 2018 Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2018 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 2018 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/designer 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, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite November 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Pete Garceau





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Lauren Panepinto
Cover images by Shutterstock





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover artwork by Amir Zand, amirzandartist.com
Cover design by Mona Lin





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner


The winner of the October 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The All Father Paradox by Ian Stuart Sharpe with 76% of the votes.


The All Father Paradox
Vikingverse 1
Outland Entertainment, October 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 414 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner
What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves?

Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the thousand-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself swept up in an ancient god’s quest to escape his destiny by reworking reality, putting history—and to Michaels’s dismay, Christianity itself—to the Viking sword. In this new Vikingverse, storied heroes of mankind emerge in new and brutal guises drawn from the sagas:

A young Norse prince plots to shatter empires and claim the heavens…
A scholar exiled to the frontier braves the dangers of the New World, only to find those “new worlds” are greater than he imagined…
A captured Jötunn plants the dreams of freedom during a worlds-spanning war…
A bold empress discovers there is a price for immortality, one her ancestors have come to collect…

With the timelines stretched to breaking point, it’s up to Churchwarden Michaels to save reality as we know it…





The Results

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner





The October 2018 Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


2018 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 2018 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/designer 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, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite October 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover illustration by Jeremy D. Mohler





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Book design by Nick Sciacca





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Jacket illustration copyright © 2018 by Marko Manev
Jacket design by Nicholas Sciacca





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover art by Justin Adams





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover design by Kyle G. Hunter
TV test pattern on cover © Donald Sawvel/Shutterstock.com
Silhouette images on cover © iStock.com/majvecka





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Skull illustration © Studio London





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover design by Mary Luna





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Winner


The winner of the September 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Walking Through Fire by Sherri Cook Woosley with 57% of the votes. The Cover Design is by Mona Lin. The Cover Illustration is courtesy of Jeff Chapman.



Walking Through Fire
A Misbegotten Novel 1
Talos, September 4, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Winner
For fans of American Gods, a dark, humorous, and richly written, dystopian fantasy about the unbreakable bonds of family and the undying strength of a mother's love.

The end of the world begins as literal fire rains down from the heavens. Ancient gods are released from their prison, eager to reestablish their long-lost power. But Rachel Deneuve has bigger, more contemporary concerns than a divine war.

Her son Adam is in the middle of a fight against leukemia, and Rachel is determined to keep focused on that battle. But when humans begin picking sides and the fighting escalates, their home in Baltimore becomes a war zone, one she can’t ignore.

Desperate to stay away from the carnage—as well as the germ-ridden refugee center—Rachel and Adam flee to their remote mountain cottage, only to find their refuge marred by mutated, grotesque plants and animals. Eventually, the cancerous cells in Adam's body begin evolving as well, threatening his life and forcing Rachel to venture back into the eye of the storm. Left with no other choice but to sacrifice her own freedom for her son's safety, she must become an unwilling warrior in a battle unlike anything seen in millennia, or lose everything she holds dear.





The Results

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Winner





The September 2018 Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Winner

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - 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 2018 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/designer 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 7, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite September 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover designed by Kaitlin Kall





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Jacket Design by Eileen Carey
Background Artwork by Stephen Mulcahey / Arcangel





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Jacket illustration and design © Suzanne Dean,
incorporates eighteenth-century textile and pattern details
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover by: Ashley Detmering





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Jacket design: Kimberly Glyder
Jacket art: Kula Moore





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover art by Rebecca Yanovskaya
Designed by Lauren Panepinto





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover by Ron Ackins





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover design by Grace West





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover design by Mona Lin
Cover illustration courtesy of Jeff Chapman
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