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Interview with Erik Hoel, author of The Revelations

Please welcome Erik Hoel to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Revelations is published on April 6, 2021 by The Overlook Press.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Erik a very Happy Book Birthday!








TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Erik:  A novella called Homecoming was probably the first good piece that I wrote, back in high school. It was filled with thinly veiled friends and acquaintances and quickly made the rounds, much to my chagrin.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Erik:  Hybrid. Individual scenes come out at least somewhat resembling their final form, but the ordering of scenes and the shifting around of things within scenes is constant. For every two steps forward in writing, I take one step back to edit everything else once again.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Erik:  Writing is easy, breaking into the publishing industry is hard. Especially if you don’t have an MFA. And I say that as someone who had a number of both fiction and nonfiction awards going in.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Erik:  All sorts of writers, like Bruno Schulz, Karen Russell, Dow Mossman, or Richard Powers. Far too many to name. A lot of classic authors as well. I read Moby-Dick five times during the writing of The Revelations, along with all Melville’s other works. What attracted me was how much nonfiction Melville put in his fiction: entire chapters just devoted to describing whaling, which is indeed a fascinating, almost metaphysical, enterprise. I was trying to do the same thing, but with how science works rather than how whaling works. And of course, the richness of Melville’s language. Obviously by modern standards Melville’s pacing is insanely slow, but some things he does are just pure magic that contemporary authors can only hope to partially replicate.



TQDescribe The Revelations using only 5 words.

Erik:  Brains investigating brains investigating brains.



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

Erik:  What’s not discussed is that this is very much a novel about New York City. The city is described in mind-like terms, as if the city has its own consciousness, which is evinced in its psychogeography. The subway system, as well the city’s homeless denizens, act as the city’s unconsciousness and show up at important plot points.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Revelations?

Erik:  This is a novel about science, but not futuristic technologies or theories like traditional science fiction. It’s about the process of science, about scientists as humans. Pretty much everything that is described: the brains in vats, monkeys with holes in their heads, animal research, how science itself progresses, are all based on real things, things I’ve witnessed. So it’s inspired from my own experience. Very originally it was simply an idea I had when I was young, an idea of wanting to write a novel about science. But back then it was pretty formless, and it took years for the actual mechanics of the book to assert itself.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Revelations?

Erik:  The book is all about the search for a scientific theory of consciousness. As I said, I’d had the idea for a novel that took place in the world of science since before college. Eventually I realized the most interesting aspects of science are when things are unknown, when there’s still work to be done. So I received my PhD in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, helping develop aspects of the leading scientific theory of consciousness, Integrated Information Theory. I went on to become a professor at Tufts University. Certainly in the back of my mind during my scientific career I was always researching the novel, so this is something based on more than ten years of research. And it is research of the most in-depth kind one could imagine, since I was living it.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Revelations.

Erik:  The team at Overlook Press and Abrams Books did an incredible job. It’s a gorgeous look that captures the chromatic nature of the novel itself. This is a novel that contains almost every genre within it: romance, murder mystery, science fiction. But at the same time, it constantly shifts and frustrates the more traditional aspects of those plots. The cover even kind of looks like the helix of DNA, but again, not quite.



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

Erik:  All major characters I found easy to write. The hardest to write for me are always the minor characters. There are a significant number of characters in The Revelations, as it centers around a program at NYU with eight young scientists, and that’s not counting the professors and students and staff, and of course other New Yorkers. Having a person not be a caricature while only appearing for just a moment or having a few minor lines is always difficult, since their bandwidth to express themselves is so low.



TQDoes The Revelations touch on any social issues?

Erik:  I’ll mention an issue relatively underexamined in literature, which is the plight of the graduate student and the difficulties of academia. Perhaps this seems specific or niche, but almost 15% of Americans now get a graduate degree. The sciences, and academia in general, are filled with complex and extremely hierarchical relationships. If you get on the wrong side of someone higher up in the hierarchy than you, like a professor when you’re a PhD student, they can make your life hell. Graduate programs can be great, but they also put a person in a position of powerlessness. This plays a big part in the novel.



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

Erik:  There’s a bunch of hidden references that I’m interested if readers get. Certainly, they don’t have to in order to enjoy the book! But it can be an extra little jolt of fun for a reader when they do get one. Every classic philosophical thought experiment shows up at some point, hidden in characters’ backstories. Some are more obvious ones: e.g., there is a character Carmen who faces a “mind-body problem.” Her character’s backstory is moving from the world of appearances to the world behind appearances when she starts to study consciousness and becomes a scientist. Others are more subtle, like references to Kierkegaard’s philosophy and life.



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

Erik:  Some of the most fun parts to write were excerpts of Kierk’s journal. Most of the book is traditional in its third-person narration, but on occasion the reader gets a glimpse into what he’s writing. The journal contains his frenetic musings about a scientific theory of consciousness, which is always something like:

“Yes, the history of the world has been, and ever will be, written in consciousness, and they are the only words that matter! Imagine then what that final theory will entail, what it will give us: a sensorium syntax as pristine as mathematics, a dialect of pure consciousness. Imagine what type of alien utterances it will allow, for to write in such a language, to speak in such a language… No poet has ever come close. Words blow away as empty signs next to the white-hot heat of it! There is something it is like to be!”



TQWhat's next?

Erik:  I have several ideas for future novels that I’ve been playing with. One is a mystery set at Burning Man, the other is a novel about my childhood that contains a lot of magical realism. But I don’t write books unless they feel necessary. The one thing I can’t stand is art that appears needless, like it’s a career exercise for the author and there’s nothing at stake. It’s just another book they’ve put out. In order for me to write I need everything to be at stake. And other people’s time is valuable, so if someone gives me a few hours I want to give them an experience that’s actually, you know, novel.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Erik:  Thanks for having me here, it’s been fun!





The Revelations
The Overlook Press, April 6, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
An edgy and ambitious debut about neuroscience, death, and the search for the theory of human consciousness, by a powerful new voice in contemporary literary fiction

Monday, Kierk wakes up. Once a rising star in neuroscience, Kierk Suren is now homeless, broken by his all-consuming quest to find a scientific theory of consciousness. But when he’s offered a spot in a prestigious postdoctoral program, he decides to rejoin society and vows not to self-destruct again. Instead of focusing on his work, however, Kierk becomes obsessed with another project—investigating the sudden and suspicious death of a colleague. As his search for truth brings him closer to Carmen Green, another postdoc, their list of suspects grows, along with the sense that something sinister may be happening all around them.

The Revelations, not unlike its main character, is ambitious and abrasive, challenging and disarming. Bursting with ideas, ranging from Greek mythology to the dark realities of animal testing, to some of the biggest unanswered questions facing scientists today, The Revelations is written in muscular, hypnotic prose, and its cyclically dreamlike structure pushes the boundaries of literary fiction. Erik Hoel has crafted a stunning debut of rare power—an intense look at cutting-edge science, consciousness, and human connection.
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About Erik

Erik Hoel received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a research assistant professor at Tufts University and was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the NeuroTechnology Center and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Hoel is a 2018 Forbes “30 Under 30” for his neuroscientific research on consciousness and a Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writer Fellow. The Revelations is his debut novel. He lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.


Website  Twitter @erikphoel

The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - April 6, 2021


Happy Tuesday!


There are 2 debuts this week:

The Revelations by Erik Hoel;

and

Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Instinct by Jason M. Hough;

The Memory of Souls (Chorus of Dragons 3) by Jenn Lyons is out in Trade Paperback;

Titan's Day (The Carter Archives 2) by Dan Stout is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Titan Song (The Carter Archives 3) by Dan Stout;

and

The Space Between Two Deaths by Jamie Yourdon.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - April 6, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 6, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Star Wars Skywalker A Family At WarKristin Baver PerfArts/SF/SO
I'm Waiting for You: And Other StoriesKim Bo-Young SF - Collection
Mirage (h2mm)
Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO/AC - Web Shifter's Library 2
ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport LinesSesshu Foster
Arturo Ernesto Romo
AB/DH
1636: Calabar's War Charles E. Gannon
Robert E. Waters
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 30
Cries from the Lost Island (h2mm)
Kathleen O'Neal Gear HistF/CF/P
The Best Thing You Can StealSimon R. Green SupTh - A Gideon Sable Novel 1
Bela Lugosi's DeadRobert Guffey GH
The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos AnthologyDavid Hambling (Ed)
Peter Rawlik (Ed)
H - Anthology
The Revelations (D)Erik Hoel LF/Psy
InstinctJason M. Hough Sus
Found in Translation: New People in Twentieth-Century Chinese Science FictionJing Jiang SF - Asia Shorts
Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie NovelizationGreg Keyes MTI/TechTh/SF
Doctor AphraSarah Kuhn SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars
The Science of Middle-earth: A New Understanding of Tolkien and His WorldRoland Lehoucq (Ed)
Loïc Mangin (Ed)
Jean-Sébastien Steyer (Ed)
Tina Kover (Tr)
HC/LC
The Memory of Souls (h2tp)
Jenn Lyons F - Chorus of Dragons 3
Rich Man's SkyWil McCarthy SF
Crowe's Requiem (ri)
Mike McCormack CoA/FL/MR
Getting It in the Head: StoriesMike McCormack SS/Psy/MR
The Drowning KindJennifer McMahon Noir
First Person Singular: Stories
Haruki Murakami
Philip Gabriel (Tr)
SS/MR/LF - Collection
A River Called TimeCourttia Newland SF/AP/PA/LF/Dis/Dys
PeacesHelen Oyeyemi LF/F/MR
Lord of OrderBrett Riley Dys/F/H
Gold Diggers (D)Sanjena Sathian LF/MR
The World of Dew and Other StoriesJulian Mortimer Smith SF/SS/F - Blue Light Books
And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges (h2tp)
Amber Sparks SS
Titan's Day (h2mm)
Dan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 2
Titan SongDan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 3
First, Become AshesK.M. Szpara CF
Why We Love The MatrixKim Taylor-Foster PerfArts/HC
Hummingbird SalamanderJeff VanderMeer TechTh/LF/Nature & Environment
Under the Lake (ri)
Stuart Woods Sus/PP/Horror
The Space Between Two DeathsJamie Yourdon MR/HistF



April 7, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Annie Without Crow: A Tor.com Original (e)Michael Swanwick F



April 8, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Apex: World of Dinosaurs AnthologyAlana Joli Abbott (Ed)
F - Anthology
Tool Tales: Microfiction Inspired By Antique ToolsKaaron Warren
Ellen Datlow (Photographer)
H/F - Collection



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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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



Jason M. Hough (2013)

Instinct
Gallery Books, April 6, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough dives headfirst into the world of thrillers with this explosive new tale!

Welcome to Silvertown, Washington. Population 602 (for now).

Despite its small size, the small mountain town is home to more conspiracy theories than any other place in America. Officer Mary Whittaker is slowly acclimating to the daily weirdness of life here, but when the chief of police takes a leave of absence, she is left alone to confront a series of abnormal incidents--strange even by Silvertown standards.

An “indoor kid” who abhors nature dies on a random midnight walkabout with no explanation.

A hiker is found dead on a trail, smiling serenely after being mauled by a bear.

A woman known for being a helicopter parent abandons her toddler twins without a second thought.

It’s almost as if the townsfolk are losing their survival instinct, one by one...

As Whittaker digs deeper into her investigation, she uncovers a larger conspiracy with more twists and turns than a mountain road, and danger around every corner. To save Silvertown, she must distinguish the truth from paranoia-fueled lies before she ends up losing her own instincts...and her life!
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Mark Lawrence (2011)

The Girl and the Mountain
The Book of Ice 2
Ace, April 13, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
The second novel in the thrilling and epic new fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Red Sister and Prince of Thorns.

On the planet Abeth there is only the ice. And the Black Rock.

For generations the priests of the Black Rock have reached out from their mountain to steer the fate of the ice tribes. With their Hidden God, their magic and their iron, the priests’ rule has never been questioned. But when ice triber Yaz challenged their authority, she was torn away from the only life she had ever known, and forced to find a new path for herself.

Yaz has lost her friends and found her enemies. She has a mountain to climb, and even if she can break the Hidden God’s power, her dream of a green world lies impossibly far to the south, across a vast emptiness of ice. Before the journey can even start, she has to find out what happened to the ones she loves and save those that can be saved.

Abeth holds its secrets close, but the stars shine brighter for Yaz and she means to unlock the truth.
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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo
Book One





Marina Lostetter (2017)

The Helm of Midnight
The Five Penalties 1
Tor Books, April 13, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Hannibal meets Mistborn in Marina Lostetter’s THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, the dark and stunning first novel in a new trilogy that combines the intricate worldbuilding and rigorous magic system of the best of epic fantasy with a dark and chilling thriller.

In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power—the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city.

Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.

It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his wake.
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2021 Debut Author Challenge - April 2021 Debuts



There are 10 debuts for April 2021.

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

The March 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 February cover for the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on or about April 15, 2021.




Elly Bangs

Unity
Tachyon Publications, April 13, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
“Imagine Neuromancer and Lilith’s Brood conceived a baby while listening to My Chemical Romance and then that baby was adopted by Ghost in the Shell and Blue Submarine no. 6. The baby’s name is Unity.” —Meredith Russo, author of If I Were Your Girl

Evoking the gritty cyberpunk of Mad Max and the fluid idealism of Sense8, Unity is a spectacular new re-envisioning of humanity. Breakout author Elly Bangs has created an expressive, philosophical, science-fiction thriller that expands upon consciousness itself.

Danae is not only herself. She is concealing a connection to a grieving collective inside of her body. But while she labors as a tech servant in the dangerous underwater enclave of Bloom City, her fractured self cannot mend.

In a desperate escape, Danae and her lover Naoto hire the enigmatic ex-mercenary Alexei to guide them out of the imploding city.

But for Danae to reunify, the three new fugitives will have to flee across the otherworldly beauty of the postapocalyptic Southwest. Meanwhile, Danae’s warlord enemy, the Duke, and a strange new foe, the Borrower, already seek them at any price.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
iBooks : Kobo





J. S. Dewes

The Last Watch
The Divide 1
Tor, April 20, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
The Expanse meets Game of Thrones in J. S. Dewes's fast-paced, sci-fi adventure The Last Watch, where a handful of soldiers stand between humanity and annihilation.

The Divide.

It’s the edge of the universe.

Now it’s collapsing—and taking everyone and everything with it.

The only ones who can stop it are the Sentinels—the recruits, exiles, and court-martialed dregs of the military.

At the Divide, Adequin Rake commands the Argus. She has no resources, no comms—nothing, except for the soldiers that no one wanted. Her ace in the hole could be Cavalon Mercer--genius, asshole, and exiled prince who nuked his grandfather's genetic facility for “reasons.”

She knows they’re humanity's last chance.
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Michelle Grierson

Becoming Leidah
Simon & Schuster, April 13, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
An utterly gripping love story set in nineteenth-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman.

The sky opens up... I hear them laugh.
They don’t feel the sadness in the air.
They don’t feel the danger coming, riding in on the wind.

In the hinterlands of old Norway, Leidah Pietersdatter is born blue-skinned, with webbed hands and feet. Upon every turn of season, her mother, Maeva, worries as her daughter’s peculiarities blossom—inside the root of the tiny child, a strange power is taking hold.

Maeva tries to hide the girl from the suspicious townsfolk of the austere village of Ørken, just as she conceals her own magical ancestry from her daughter. And Maeva’s adoring husband, Pieter, wants nothing more than for his new family to be accepted by all. But unlike Pieter, who is blinded by love, Maeva is aware that the villagers, who profess a rigid faith to the new God and claim to have abandoned the old ways, are watching for any sign of transgression—and are eager to pounce and punish.

Following both mother and daughter from the shadows and through time, an inquisitive shapeshifter waits for the Fates to spin their web, and for Maeva to finally reclaim who she once was. And as Maeva’s elusive past begins to beckon, she realizes that she must help her daughter navigate and control her own singular birthright if the child is to survive the human world.

But the protective love Pieter has for his family is threatening the secure life they have slowly built and increasingly becoming a tragic obstacle. Witnessing this, Maeva comes to a drastic conclusion: she must make Leidah promise to keep a secret from Pieter—a perilous one that may eventually free them all.
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Caroline Hardaker

Composite Creatures
Angry Robot, April 13, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook 400 pages
How close would you hold those you love, when the end comes? And what would you do for your own survival?

In a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Norah and Arthur are learning how to co-exist in domestic bliss. Though they hardly know each other, everything seems to be going perfectly – from the home they’re building together to the ring on Norah’s finger.

But survival in this world is a tricky thing, the air is thicker every day and illness creeps fast through the body. The earth is becoming increasingly hostile to live in.Fortunately, Easton Grove have the answer, a perfect little bundle of fur that Norah and Arthur can take home. All they have to do to live long, happy lives is keep it, or her, safe and close.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Teratoma for One | Nine Lives | Cell Patchwork | Till Death ]
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Doug Henderson

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club
University of Iowa Press, April 15,2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 252 pages
On Thursday nights, the players assemble in the back of Readmore Comix and Games. Celeste is the dungeon master; Valerie, who works at the store, was roped in by default; Mooneyham, the banker, likes to argue; and Ben, sensitive, unemployed, and living at home, is still recovering from an unrequited love. In the real world they go about their days falling in love, coming out at work, and dealing with their family lives all with varying degrees of success. But in the world of their fantasy game, they are heroes and wizards fighting to stop an evil cult from waking a sleeping god. The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club

But then a sexy new guy, Albert, joins the club, Ben’s character is killed, and Mooneyham’s boyfriend is accosted on the street. The connections and parallels between the real world and the fantasy one become stronger and more important than ever as Ben struggles to bring his character back to life and win Albert’s affection, and the group unites to organize a protest at a neighborhood bar. All the while the slighted and competing vampire role playing club, working secretly in the shadows, begins to make its move.
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University of Iowa Press





Erik Hoel

The Revelations
The Overlook Press, April 6, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
An edgy and ambitious debut about neuroscience, death, and the search for the theory of human consciousness, by a powerful new voice in contemporary literary fiction

Monday, Kierk wakes up. Once a rising star in neuroscience, Kierk Suren is now homeless, broken by his all-consuming quest to find a scientific theory of consciousness. But when he’s offered a spot in a prestigious postdoctoral program, he decides to rejoin society and vows not to self-destruct again. Instead of focusing on his work, however, Kierk becomes obsessed with another project—investigating the sudden and suspicious death of a colleague. As his search for truth brings him closer to Carmen Green, another postdoc, their list of suspects grows, along with the sense that something sinister may be happening all around them.

The Revelations, not unlike its main character, is ambitious and abrasive, challenging and disarming. Bursting with ideas, ranging from Greek mythology to the dark realities of animal testing, to some of the biggest unanswered questions facing scientists today, The Revelations is written in muscular, hypnotic prose, and its cyclically dreamlike structure pushes the boundaries of literary fiction. Erik Hoel has crafted a stunning debut of rare power—an intense look at cutting-edge science, consciousness, and human connection.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Sanjena Sathian

Gold Diggers
Penguin Press, April 6, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
“A dizzyingly original, fiercely funny, deeply wise novel about the seductive powers—and dangers—of borrowed ambition.” —Celeste Ng, #1 bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

Gold Diggers is so many things—truly funny, insightful, smart, and filled with wonderful characters. I loved reading this novel.” —Ann Napolitano, bestselling author of Dear Edward

How far would you go for a piece of the American dream?

A magical realist coming-of-age story, Gold Diggers skewers the model minority myth to tell a hilarious and moving story about immigrant identity, community, and the underside of ambition.

A floundering second-generation teenager growing up in the Bush-era Atlanta suburbs, Neil Narayan is funny and smart but struggles to bear the weight of expectations of his family and their Asian American enclave. He tries to want their version of success, but mostly, Neil just wants his neighbor across the cul-de-sac, Anita Dayal.

When he discovers that Anita is the beneficiary of an ancient, alchemical potion made from stolen gold—a “lemonade” that harnesses the ambition of the gold’s original owner—Neil sees his chance to get ahead. But events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart. Years later in the Bay Area, Neil still bristles against his community’s expectations—and finds he might need one more hit of that lemonade, no matter the cost.

Sanjena Sathian’s astonishing debut offers a fine-grained, profoundly intelligent, and bitingly funny investigation into what’s required to make it in America.
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Catriona Silvey

Meet Me in Another Life
William Morrow, April 27, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
“Inventive, bold and surprising . . . Cleverly constructed and highly entertaining.” — Charles Yu

A powerful and poignant speculative love story about a man and woman whose paths continue to cross in different lifetimes—a thrilling and imaginative exploration of what truly defines us and how our choices can change everything, perfect for fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life.

Two people. Infinite lifetimes. One impossible choice.

Thora and Santi are strangers in a foreign city when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.

But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again: as a teacher and brilliant student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. As blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.

By turns joyful, devastating, and quietly profound, Meet Me in Another Life is a spectacularly compelling page-turner filled with astonishing twists that affirms the power of love to connect us beyond time and space.

“Entirely surprising, thoroughly enjoyable . . . A truly captivating work with an ending that rocked my socks off.” — Erika Swyler, author of Light From Other Stars and The Book of Speculation
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Christina Sweeney-Baird

The End of Men
G. P. Putnam's Sons, April 27, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
The End of Men is a fiercely intelligent page-turner, an eerily prescient novel, at once thoughtful and highly emotive.” –Paula Hawkins, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: what would our world truly look like without men?

Only men carry the virus. Only women can save us all.

The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland–a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic–and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien–a women’s world.

What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus’s consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the “male plague”; intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal–the loss of husbands and sons–to the political–the changes in the workforce, fertility, and the meaning of family.

In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird turns the unimaginable into the unforgettable.
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Heather Walter

Malice
Malice Duology 1
Del Rey, April 13, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this “bewitching and fascinating” (Tamora Pierce) retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale.

“Walter’s spellbinding debut is for all the queer girls and women who’ve been told to keep their gifts hidden and for those yearning to defy gravity.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though a power like mine was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain.

Book One of the Malice Duology
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April 2021 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in April 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.


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

April 1, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Things We Say in the DarkKirsty Logan H/GH/SS - Collection
Slights (ri)
Kaaron Warren H/Psy



April 2, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Eyes in the Dust and Other StoriesDavid Peak Collection



April 6, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Star Wars Skywalker A Family At WarKristin Baver PerfArts/SF/SO
Mirage (h2tp)
Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO/AC - Web Shifter's Library 2
ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport LinesSesshu Foster
Arturo Ernesto Romo
AB/DH
1636: Calabar's War Charles E. Gannon
Robert E. Waters
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 30
Cries from the Lost Island (h2mm)
Kathleen O'Neal Gear HistF/CF/P
The Best Thing You Can StealSimon R. Green SupTh - A Gideon Sable Novel 1
Bela Lugosi's DeadRobert Guffey GH
My Name Is Monster (h2tp)Katie Hale LF/Dys
The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos AnthologyDavid Hambling (Ed)
Peter Rawlik (Ed)
H - Anthology
The Revelations (D)Erik Hoel LF/Psy
InstinctJason M. Hough Sus
Found in Translation: New People in Twentieth-Century Chinese Science FictionJing Jiang SF - Asia Shorts
Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie NovelizationGreg Keyes MTI/TechTh/SF
I'm Waiting for You: And Other StoriesBo-Young Kim SF - Collection
Doctor AphraSarah Kuhn SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars
The Science of Middle-earth: A New Understanding of Tolkien and His WorldRoland Lehoucq (Ed)
Loïc Mangin (Ed)
Jean-Sébastien Steyer (Ed)
Tina Kover (Tr)
HC/LC
The Memory of Souls (h2tp)
Jenn Lyons F - Chorus of Dragons 3
Rich Man's SkyWil McCarthy SF
Crowe's Requiem (ri)
Mike McCormack CoA/FL/MR
Getting It in the Head: StoriesMike McCormack SS/Psy/MR
The Drowning KindJennifer McMahon Noir
First Person Singular: Stories
Haruki Murakami
Philip Gabriel (Tr)
SS/MR/LF - Collection
A River Called TimeCourttia Newland SF/AP/PA/LF/Dis/Dys
PeacesHelen Oyeyemi LF/F/MR
Lord of OrderBrett Riley Dys/F/H
Gold Diggers (D)Sanjena Sathian LF/MR
The World of Dew and Other StoriesJulian Mortimer Smith SF/SS/F - Blue Light Books
And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges (h2tp)
Amber Sparks SS
Titan's Day (h2mm)
Dan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 2
Titan SongDan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 3
First, Become AshesK.M. Szpara CF
Why We Love The MatrixKim Taylor-Foster PerfArts/HC
Hummingbird SalamanderJeff VanderMeer TechTh/LF/Nature & Environment
Under the LakeStuart Woods Sus/PP/Horror
The Space Between Two DeathsJamie Yourdon MR/HistF



April 7, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Annie Without Crow: A Tor.com Original (e)Michael Swanwick F



April 8, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Apex: World of Dinosaurs AnthologyAlana Joli Abbott (Ed)
F - Anthology
Tool Tales: Microfiction Inspired By Antique ToolsKaaron Warren
Ellen Datlow (Photographer)
H/F - Collection



April 13, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Westside Saints (h2tp)
W.M. Akers HistM/GH - A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2
The Immortals of Tehran (h2tp)Ali Araghi LF
Gifting FireAlina Boyden F - Stealing Thunder 2
VicariousRhett C. Bruno SF
Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban FuturesPriya Sarukkai
Chabria Taiyo Fujii
hweta Taneja
SF/GenEng/PA - Anthology
Trial of the Wizard KingChad Corrie F - The Wizard King Trilogy 2
TrafikRikki Ducornet SF
MortisJohn French SF - Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra
Becoming Leidah (D)Michelle Grierson F
Composite Creatures (D)Caroline Hardaker SF
Near the BoneChristina Henry H
Savage GerryJohn Jantunen SF
Voices in the DarknessDavid Niall Wilson (Ed)
DF - Anthology
The Girl and the MountainMark Lawrence F - The Book of the Ice 2
The Night Library of Sternendach: A Vampire Opera in VerseJessica Lévai HistF
Breath by BreathMorgan Llywelyn SF - Step by Step 3
The Helm of MidnightMarina Lostetter F - The Five Penalties 1
Litany of DreamsAri Marmell F - Arkham Horror
NightbringerGraham McNeill SF - Black Library Masterworks
My Mother's House (h2tp)Francesca Momplaisir MR/CulH/LF
Vampire GenevieveKim Newman H - Warhammer Horror
Monstrous Affections: Stories (ri)
David Nickle H
Before the Devil Fell (h2tp)
Neil Olson LF/M/Occ/Sup/Th
The Anthill (h2tp)
Julianne Pachico LF/H
Space Marine Conquests: Masters of ShadowThomas Parrott
The Devil's PawnOliver Pötzsch
Lisa Reinhardt (Tr)
Medieval/HistF - Faust 2
Crooked River (h2mm)
Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
PP/Occ/Sup/Sus
The Light of the Midnight StarsRena Rossner FairyT/FolkT/LM/Jewish/HistF
StormlandJohn Shirley SF/CyP
The Book of Speculation (h2tp)Erika Swyler LF/F
Luther: First of the FallenGav Thorpe SF/SO - Horus Heresy
The Ancestor (h2tp)
Danielle Trussoni Gothic
Savage Legion (h2tp)
Matt Wallace F - Savage Rebellion 1
Malice (D)Heather Walter F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Lady of SorrowsC L Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Otherland: Mountain of Black GlassTad Williams SF/CyP/HSF - Otherland 3



April 15, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club (D)
Doug Henderson LBBTQ+/Fantasy/HU



April 20, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
A Dark Queen RisesAshok K. Banker F - The Burnt Empire 2
Fortress of MagiMirah Bolender F - Chronicles of Amicae 3
Master of Sorrows (h2tp)
Justin Travis Call F - Silent Gods 1
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (h2tp)
Becky Chambers SF/SO - Wayfarers 4
DefektNino Cipri SF/GenEng
Metropolitan Stories (h2tp)
Christine Coulson MR/City Life/LF
SpectrumJulie E. Czerneda SF/SO/HSF/AC - Web Shifter's Library 3
The Last Watch (D)J. S. Dewes SF/SO - The Divide 1
Anansi Boys (ri)
Neil Gaiman CF
Gods & Monsters Myths & Tales: Epic TalesLiz Gloyn (Foreword) FairyT/FolkT/LM/SS - Gothic Fantasy
RegenesisWilliam Huggins VisM/SF/SE/Nature & Environment/Dys
Vanishing Hour (h2tp)
Lisa King SF/AP/PA/GenEng/Dis
December Park (ri)
Ronald Malfi H
Floating Staircase (ri)
Ronald Malfi H
Aliens: InfiltratorWeston Ochse MTI/SF/AC
The Nirvana EffectBrian Pinkerton SF/AC - Fiction Without Frontiers
Every Sky a Grave (h2tp)Jay Posey SF/SO - The Ascendance 1
PopishoLeone Ross LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Excuse Me While I Disappear: StoriesJoanna Scott SS/LF/F - Collection
The Queen of IzmorozJon Skovron F - Goddess War 2
Age of Empyre (h2mm)
Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 6
Lover Unveiled J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 19
Repo Virtual (h2tp)
Corey J. White SF/CyP



April 21, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Unity (D)Elly Bangs SF/AP/PA/HSF/CyP



April 22, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Homemaking for the Apocalypse: Domesticating Horror in Atomic Age Literature & MediaJill E. Anderson LC - Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Alan Moore: A Critical GuideJackson Ayres LC - Bloomsbury Comics Studies



April 27, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Transhumanism and Posthumanism in Twenty-First Century NarrativeSonia Baelo-Allué (Ed)
Mónica Calvo-Pascual (Ed)
Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture
The Scent Keeper (h2tp)
Erica Bauermeister Women/FL/CoA/MR
Glorious: A Science Fiction Novel (h2tp)
Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF/HSF/AC - Bowl of Heaven 3
Alpharius: Head of the HydraMike Brooks SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs
Peace Talks (h2mm)
Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 16
Dawn (ri)
Octavia E. Butler SF/AP/PA/AC/Dys/GenEng - Lilith's Brood Series 1
The NightbornIsabel Cooper PNR/F/FR - Stormbringer 2
Tales of Yog-SothothMatthew Davenport
David Hambling
David Niall Wilson
C.R. Phipps
Occult - Anthology
SmithyAmanda Desiree H
Creatures of Another Age: Classic Visions of Prehistoric MonstersRichard Fallon (Ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Queen of Storms (h2mm)
Raymond E. Feist F - Firemane Saga 2
Eye of the Sh*t StormJackson Ford SF/CyP/GenEng/HU - Frost Files 3
Night Train to Murder (h2tp)
Simon R. Green SupTh - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 8
The Lost and the DamnedGuy Haley SF/SO
American Demon (h2mm)
Kim Harrison UF/P - Hollows 14
FolklornAngela Mi Young Hur MR/Asian American/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Storm's BetrayalCorry L. Lee F - The Bourshkanya Trilogy 2
(CON)sciencePJ Manney TechTh/SF/HSF - Phoenix Horizon 3
The Beautiful Ones (ri)Silvia Moreno-Garcia HistF/FR
The Recollection: Tenth Anniversary EditionGareth L Powell SF/SO
The Alien Stars: And Other NovellasTim Pratt SF/SO/HSF
Meant to Be ImmortalLynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau Vampire 32
Meet Me in Another Life (D)
Catriona Silvey SF
The Wolf Wore PlaidTerry Spear PNR - Highland Wolf 6
Robot Artists & Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza StoriesBruce SterlingHistF/CyP
The End of Men (D)Christina Sweeney-Baird Women/SF/AP/PA/Sus
To Drown in Dark WaterSteve Toase H - Collection
Fugitive TelemetryMartha Wells SF - Murderbot Diaries 6
Mapping Fairy-Tale Space: Pastiche and Metafiction in Borderless TalesChristy Williams LC/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (h2tp)
Timothy Zahn SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy 1



April 29, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
MachinesRaymond Henri F/SF - Tear of God 2



April 30, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Alias SpaceKelly Robson F/SF/H - Collection
The Dispatcher: Murder by Other MeansJohn Scalzi SF
The Best of Harry TurtledoveHarry Turtledove AH - Collection



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.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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



Alina Boydon (2020)

Gifting Fire
Stealing Thunder 2
Ace, April 13, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
The battle has been won, but the war is just beginning.

Although at long last Razia Khan has found peace with herself and love with her prince, Arjun, her trials are far from over. In order to save her prince and his city from certain destruction, Razia made a deal with the devil–her father, the Sultan of Nizam. Now the bill has come due.

Razia must secure the province of Zindh, a land surrounded by enemies, and loyal to a rebel queen who has survived her father’s purge. But when her old tormentor Prince Karim invades her new home and forces her into a marriage alliance, Razia finds herself trapped in the women’s quarters of a foreign palace, with her beloved Prince Arjun exiled from her side.

Now, in order to free herself, and her province, from Karim’s clutches, she must call upon all of her training as a royal princess, a cunning courtesan, and a daring thief to summon new allies and old friends for a battle that will decide her fate, and the fate of an empire.
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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo
Book 1
(5/12/2020)





Dan Stout (2019)

Titan Song
The Carter Archives 3
DAW, April 6, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
The third book in the acclaimed Carter Archives noir fantasy series returns to the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.

Forbidden magic, murder… and disco. Carter’s day keeps getting worse.

With the return of spring, new life floods into Titanshade. The sun climbs higher and stays longer, the economy is ascendant, and ever more newcomers arrive to be part of the city’s rebirth. Even pop culture has taken notice, with a high-profile concert only days away. When a band member’s murder threatens to delay the show, the diva star performer demands that the famous Detective Carter work the case. But Carter has secrets of his own, and his investigation unearths more victims and dark secrets, triggering a spiral of deceit, paranoia, and nightmarish magical transformations.

As conspiracies are exposed, Carter is sucked even deeper into the machinations of the rich, the powerful, and the venerated. Soon the very foundations of the city threaten to collapse and Carter’s own freedom is on the line as he navigates between old enemies and fragile new alliances while racing to learn the true cause of this horrific series of deaths.
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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo
Book 1
(1/28/2020)
Book 2
(4/6/2021)





Jamie Yourdon (2016)

The Space Between Two Deaths
Genz Publishing, April 6, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 276 pages
In ancient Sumeria, only a thin veil separates the living from the dead.

The lives of Ziz, her mother, Meshara, and her father, Temen, are disrupted when a mysterious crevasse rends the earth. Temen becomes obsessed with the mystery and, capturing a crow to guide him, he follows a path to the netherworld where he hopes to gain wisdom from his dead father. Yet he soon finds that ancestors don't always provide the answers we need.

In his absence, a grisly accident occurs on their farm -- Meshara and Ziz are forced to flee. Friendless and alone, they must find a way to survive despite the brutalities of their landlord and devotees of the religious nation-state. Will the women revel in their new companionship or seek to find freedom elsewhere?
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Kobo

2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 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. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

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Cover design by Christopher Lin and Kaitlin Kall
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Trees by Lysuna/Getty
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Cover design by Nicole Caputo





Cover art by Elizabeth Leggett





Book design by Natasha MacKenzie















Cover Design by Richard Yoo, 3D Model Art by Zi Won Wang










Cover by Glen Wilkins





Cover design by Lauren Panepinto
Cover illustration/photo by Tommy Arnold
Cover copyright © 2021 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Interview with C. L. Clark, author of The Unbroken


Please welcome C. L. Clark to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Unbroken is published on March 23, 2021 by Orbit.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing C. L. a very Happy Book Birthday!







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

C.L.:  Hi! Thanks for having me! First thing I really remember writing is a horror story in third or fourth grade in the vein of R.L. Stein. I think. I used to tell ‘ghost’ stories to my cousins on the hour long drives to church every Sunday. Ironically, I’m a scaredy cat now.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

C.L.:  At this point in the game, a plotter. My first draft of The Unbroken was largely pantsed with some ideas for where I wanted to go, but that ended up with so many full revision drafts, trying desperately to figure out how to make the story work. In the middle of that process, though, I read a lot of craft books trying to find a way to make that process easier. One of them was Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and overall, I jived pretty well with that process and though I’ve adapted it to my own style, it’s a pretty intuitive way to plot at least the first outline. What happens after I start drafting, though...heh.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

C.L.:  Mm. Writing politics. Which, as you can imagine, makes writing military/political-fantasy a very particular challenge...let’s just say I question my life choices on a regular basis.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

C.L.:  Everything. Maybe that’s a copout, but it’s true. Music, especially folk songs. History. History or historical societies inspire me a lot--The Unbroken came from several different historical ideas, like the European powers and their colonization of Africa, the conscription of soldiers from the colonies to use in world wars and their treatment (as well as treatment of Black soldiers in the US), and the forced separation and re-education of indigenous and colonized children across the world. I suppose historical isn’t necessarily accurate; all of this is ongoing in some way or another.



TQDescribe The Unbroken using only 5 words.

C.L.:  Mmm, I think it’s summed up pretty well with the tagline on the cover (thanks, Angeline!): “Every empire deserves a revolution.”



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

C.L.:  The mother-daughter relationship is key. I love it.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Unbroken? What appeals to you about writing fantasy?

C.L.:  History, as I mentioned above but specifically, this project came from three classes I was taking at the same time in university: post-colonial literary theory course, and Francophone African literature, as well as this independent research project I did on violent women in fantasy. The thing that appeals most to me is getting to do cool shit--but I’m also an academic, so I like being able to do cool shit like write about riding dragons while also grappling with the real world.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Unbroken?

C.L.:  Oh, man. A lot, though some of it was what I gathered incidentally from classes. In grad school, I added war literature to my post-colonial focus. More actively, I also took some intensive courses in Arabic in the US and Morocco and spent some time researching at l’Institut du Monde Arabe (the Institute of the Arab World) in Paris so that I better understood the colonial relationships past and present. Lots of primary and secondary sources in both places, as well as the friends I made in Morocco who talked about their experiences. This was already my area of academic focus, but traveling made things much more personal. There are a lot of commonalities in Black lives in the US and present/past colonized people all over the world.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Unbroken.

C.L.:  IT IS THE BEST!!! It’s a Tommy Arnold (you might know him from his Gideon and Harrow the Ninth covers), and was designed by Lauren Panepinto. We wanted play with the trope of the male protagonist on the front cover in power poses and thrones, but with a woman. So this is Touraine, standing amidst the pillars in the Grand Temple. I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled with how it turned out.



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

C.L.:  Touraine was the character whose voice was hardest to nail down, and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if I have yet. The Jackal, I think, was the easiest, though she didn’t show up until the last draft before querying. Once I did, though, everything about her was crystal clear--it unlocked a lot of the story.



TQDoes The Unbroken touch on any social issues?

C.L.:  Absolutely.



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

C.L.:  What are some books you think The Unbroken is in conversation with?

What I was directly thinking about while I was writing...The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson and The Thousand Names by Django Wexler and The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar. Baru, because I also wanted to think about what happens to the colonized kids raised within the system, and the Shadow Campaigns series by reversing the usual hero/villain role in conquest fantasies, and finally The Winged Histories because I wanted to show the different perspectives of women in war, those who choose violence, those who choose peace, those who choose poetry, those who heal (originally, Djasha was also a point of view character and I wanted the teacher, the politician, and the soldier).

Other (first in series) books to pair it with that came out recently: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine and Savage Legion by Matt Wallace.



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

C.L.:  Ohh...I think my favorite ones are all spoilery. Hm…oh, here’s a favorite:

“Balladaire was a land of gifts and punishment, honey and whips, devastating mercies.”



TQWhat's next?

C.L.:  Working on the second and third books of The Magic of the Lost trilogy mostly, but I’m also a guest editor for the upcoming We’re Here: Best of Queer Speculative Fiction 2020, which I’m editing with Charles Payseur. It’s coming from Neon Hemlock later this year. I’ll also have some short stories, essays, and a few virtual interviews over the next few months.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Unbroken
The Magic of the Lost 1
Orbit Books, March 23, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages
"A perfect military fantasy: brutal, complex, human and impossible to put down." – Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

In an epic fantasy unlike any other, two women clash in a world full of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.

Touraine is a soldier. Stolen as a child and raised to kill and die for the empire, her only loyalty is to her fellow conscripts. But now, her company has been sent back to her homeland to stop a rebellion, and the ties of blood may be stronger than she thought.

Luca needs a turncoat. Someone desperate enough to tiptoe the bayonet's edge between treason and orders. Someone who can sway the rebels toward peace, while Luca focuses on what really matters: getting her uncle off her throne.

Through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren't for sale.
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About C. L. Clark

C.L. Clark graduated from Indiana University's creative writing MFA. She's been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she's not writing or working, she's learning languages, doing P90something, or reading about war and [post-]colonial history. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, FIYAH, PodCastle and Uncanny. You can follow her on Twitter C_L_Clark.



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The View From Monday - March 22, 2021

Happy Monday and the 1st Monday in astronomical Spring!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost 1) by C.L. Clark;

Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen;

and

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan is out in Trade Paperback;

Floodpath (Outlaw Road 2) by Emily B. Martin;

Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer is out in Trade Paperback;

Steal the Sky (The Scorched Continent 1) by Megan E. O'Keefe is out in Trade Paperback;

Requiem Moon (Scarlet Odyssey 2) by C.T. Rwizi;

and

The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers.

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



The View From Monday - March 22, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

March 23, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Stand on Zanzibar (ri)
John Brunner SF/HSF/GenEng
The Fall of Koli M. R. Carey SF/AP/PA/Dys/LF - Rampart Trilogy 3
The Unbroken (D) C. L. Clark F - Magic of the Lost 1
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida (h2tp) Clarissa Goenawan Psy/MR
Dark Lullaby (D - Adult)
Polly Ho-Yen SF/Th/Dys
The Other Emily Dean Koontz Sus/PsyTh/Th
Elsewhere (h2tp)
Dean Koontz TechTh/SF
The Two-Faced Queen Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 2
Floodpath Emily B. Martin F - Outlaw Road 2
Brightfall (h2tp) Jaime Lee Moyer FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF
Steal the Sky (ri)
Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SP/F - The Scorched Continent 1
Requiem Moon C. T. Rwizi F/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Scarlet Odyssey 2
The Ladies of the Secret Circus Constance Sayers HistF/CW/Occ/Sup/HistR
The Lost Village (D) Camilla Sten
Alexandra Fleming (Tr)
Sus/H
The Glass Magician (h2tp)
Caroline Stevermer HistF/RF
Your Turn to Suffer Tim Waggoner H - Fiction Without Frontiers



March 24, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Masquerade Season: A Tor.com Original (e) 'Pemi Aguda 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.

The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - March 16, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

There are two debuts this week:

The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville;

and

Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walter.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaronovitch;

What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch;

and

A Pale Light in the Black by K. B. Wagers is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - March 16, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

March 16, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Wild Sign Patricia Briggs RF/PNR/UF - Alpha and Omega 6
The Fiends of Nightmaria Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen
American Gods (ri)
Neil Gaiman CF
Lakewood (h2tp) Megan Giddings
African American/CW
Bubblegum (h2tp)
Adam Levin LF/Dys/SF
Firefly - Life Signs James Lovegrove MTI/SF
Witness X SE Moorhead SF/Cr
The Memory Collectors (D) Kim Neville LF
Fabius Bile: Manflayer Josh Reynolds SF/GenEng - Fabius Bile 3
88 Names (h2tp)
Matt Ruff Sus
This Town Sleeps (h2tp) Dennis E. Staples MR/LF
Docile (h2tp) K.M. Szpara SF/HSF
Blue Mar Francesca G. Varela SF/AP/PA/SFR/SE/Disaster/CoA
A Pale Light in the Black (h2tp)
K. B. Wagers SF - NeoG 1
Body of Stars (D) Laura Maylene Walter LF/Feminist/Dys
Skyward Inn Aliya Whiteley SF
Creatures of Passage Morowa Yejidé LF/MR



March 18, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
What Abigail Did That Summer Ben Aaronovitch UF - Rivers of London Novella
Tales from the Folly Ben Aaronovitch UF/SS - Rivers of London



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.
Interview with Erik Hoel, author of The RevelationsThe View From Monday ... On Tuesday - April 6, 2021Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors2021 Debut Author Challenge - April 2021 DebutsApril 2021 ReleasesCovers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2021 DebutsInterview with C. L. Clark, author of The UnbrokenThe View From Monday - March 22, 2021The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - March 16, 2021

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