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2021 Hugo Awards Finalists


Finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult book, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer have been announced. The winners will be announced at DisCon III taking place from December 15 - 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. For more information about DisCon III please visit the website: https://discon3.org/





2021 Hugo Awards Finalists


Best Novel
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery / Saga Press)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books)


Best Novella
  • Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • Finna, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom)
  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)
  • Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey (Tordotcom)


Best Novelette
  • “Burn, or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super”, A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny Magazine, May/June 2020)
  • “Helicopter Story”, Isabel Fall (Clarkesworld, January 2020)
  • “The Inaccessibility of Heaven”, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny Magazine, July/August 2020)
  • “Monster”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2020)
  • “The Pill”, Meg Elison (from Big Girl, (PM Press))
  • “Two Truths and a Lie”, Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com)


Best Short Story
  • “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse”, Rae Carson (Uncanny Magazine, January/February 2020)
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, ed. Jonathan Strahan (Solaris))
  • “Little Free Library”, Naomi Kritzer (Tor.com)
  • “The Mermaid Astronaut”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, February 2020)
  • “Metal Like Blood in the Dark”, T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine, September/October 2020)
  • “Open House on Haunted Hill”, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots – 2020, ed. David Steffen)


Best Series
  • The Daevabad Trilogy, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • The Interdependency, John Scalzi (Tor Books)
  • The Lady Astronaut Universe, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books/Audible/Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
  • The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells (Tor.com)
  • October Daye, Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)


Best Related Work
  • Beowulf: A New Translation, Maria Dahvana Headley (FSG)
  • CoNZealand Fringe, Claire Rousseau, C, Cassie Hart, Adri Joy, Marguerite Kenner, Cheryl Morgan, Alasdair Stuart.
  • FIYAHCON, L.D. Lewis–Director, Brent Lambert–Senior Programming Coordinator, Iori Kusano–FIYAHCON Fringe Co-Director, Vida Cruz–FIYAHCON Fringe Co-Director, and the Incredible FIYAHCON team
  • “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)”, Natalie Luhrs (Pretty Terrible, August 2020)
  • A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, Lynell George (Angel City Press)
  • The Last Bronycon: a fandom autopsy, Jenny Nicholson (YouTube)


Best Graphic Story or Comic
  • DIE, Volume 2: Split the Party, written by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, letters by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • Ghost-Spider vol. 1: Dog Days Are Over, Author: Seanan McGuire,  Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa and Rosi Kämpe (Marvel)
  • Invisible Kingdom, vol 2: Edge of Everything, Author: G. Willow Wilson, Artist: Christian Ward (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Monstress, vol. 5: Warchild, Author: Marjorie Liu, Artist: Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • Once & Future vol. 1: The King Is Undead, written by Kieron Gillen, iIllustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Tamra Bonvillain, lettered by Ed Dukeshire (BOOM! Studios)
  • Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings (Harry N. Abrams)


Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), written by Christina Hodson, directed by Cathy Yan (Warner Bros.)
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, written by Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele, directed by David Dobkin (European Broadcasting Union/Netflix)
  • The Old Guard, written by Greg Rucka, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Netflix / Skydance Media)
  • Palm Springs, written by Andy Siara, directed by Max Barbakow (Limelight / Sun Entertainment Culture / The Lonely Island / Culmination Productions / Neon / Hulu / Amazon Prime)
  • Soul, screenplay by Pete Docter, Mike Jones and Kemp Powers, directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers, produced by Dana Murray (Pixar Animation Studios/ Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Tenet, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Bros./Syncopy)


Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon, written by Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall, directed by Nida Manzoor (BBC)
  • The Expanse: Gaugamela, written by Dan Nowak, directed by Nick Gomez (Alcon Entertainment / Alcon Television Group / Amazon Studios / Hivemind / Just So)
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Heart (parts 1 and 2), written by Josie Campbell and Noelle Stevenson, directed by Jen Bennett and Kiki Manrique (DreamWorks Animation Television / Netflix)
  • The Mandalorian: Chapter 13: The Jedi, written and directed by Dave Filoni (Golem Creations / Lucasfilm / Disney+)
  • The Mandalorian: Chapter 16: The Rescue, written by Jon Favreau, directed by Peyton Reed (Golem Creations / Lucasfilm / Disney+)
  • The Good Place: Whenever You’re Ready, written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group)


Best Editor, Short Form
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • C.C. Finlay
  • Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams


Best Editor, Long Form
  • Nivia Evans
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Sarah Guan
  • Brit Hvide
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Navah Wolfe


Best Professional Artist
  • Tommy Arnold
  • Rovina Cai
  • Galen Dara
  • Maurizio Manzieri
  • John Picacio
  • Alyssa Winans


Best Semiprozine
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edotor Scott H. Andrews
  • Escape Pod, editors Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya, assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney, hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart, audio producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht and the entire Escape Pod team.
  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, publisher Troy L. Wiggins, executive editor DaVaun Sanders, managing editor Eboni Dunbar, poetry editor Brandon O’Brien, reviews and social media Brent Lambert,  art director L. D. Lewis, and the FIYAH Team.
  • PodCastle, editors, C.L. Clark and Jen R. Albert, assistant editor and host, Setsu Uzumé, producer Peter Adrian Behravesh, and the entire PodCastle team.
  • Uncanny Magazine, editors in chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor: Chimedum Ohaegbu, non-fiction editor:  Elsa Sjunneson, podcast producers: Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky
  • Strange Horizons, Vanessa Aguirre, Joseph Aitken, Rachel Ayers, M H Ayinde, Tierney Bailey, Scott Beggs, Drew Matthew Beyer, Gautam Bhatia, S. K. Campbell, Zhui Ning Chang, Tania Chen, Joyce Chng, Liz Christman, Linda H. Codega, Kristian Wilson Colyard, Yelena Crane, Bruhad Dave, Sarah Davidson, Tahlia Day, Arinn Dembo, Nathaniel Eakman, Belen Edwards, George Tom Elavathingal, Rebecca Evans, Ciro Faienza, Courtney Floyd, Lila Garrott, Colette Grecco, Guananí Gómez-Van Cortright, Julia Gunnison, Dan Hartland, Sydney Hilton, Angela Hinck, Stephen Ira, Amanda Jean, Ai Jiang, Sean Joyce-Farley, Erika Kanda, Anna Krepinsky, Kat Kourbeti, Clayton Kroh, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Catherine Krahe, Natasha Leullier, A.Z. Louise, Dante Luiz, Gui Machiavelli, Cameron Mack, Samantha Manaktola, Marisa Manuel, Jean McConnell, Heather McDougal, Maria Morabe, Amelia Moriarty, Emory Noakes, Sarah Noakes, Aidan Oatway, AJ Odasso, Joel Oliver-Cormier, Kristina Palmer, Karintha Parker, Anjali Patel, Vanessa Rose Phin, Nicasio Reed, Belicia Rhea, Endria Richardson, Natalie Ritter, Abbey Schlanz, Clark Seanor, Elijah Rain Smith, Alyn Spector, Hebe Stanton, Melody Steiner, Romie Stott, Yejin Suh, Kwan-Ann Tan, Luke Tolvaj, Ben Tyrrell, Renee Van Siclen, Kathryn Weaver, Liza Wemakor, Aigner Loren Wilson, E.M. Wright, Vicki Xu, Fred G. Yost, staff members who prefer not to be named, and guest editor Libia Brenda with guest first reader Raquel González-Franco Alva for the Mexicanx special issue


Best Fanzine
  • The Full Lid, written by Alasdair Stuart, edited by Marguerite Kenner
  • Journey Planet, edited by Michael Carroll, John Coxon, Sara Felix, Ann Gry, Sarah Gulde, Alissa McKersie, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, Steven H Silver, Paul Trimble, Erin Underwood, James Bacon, and Chris Garcia.
  • Lady Business, editors. Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan.
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, ed. Adri Joy, Joe Sherry, The G, and Vance Kotrla
  • Quick Sip Reviews, editor, Charles Payseur
  • Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog, ed. Amanda Wakaruk and Olav Rokne


Best Fancast
  • Be The Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske and Jennifer Mace
  • Claire Rousseau’s YouTube channel, produced by Claire Rousseau
  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, producer
  • Kalanadi, produced and presented by Rachel
  • The Skiffy and Fanty show, produced by Shaun Duke and Jen Zink,  presented by Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Alex Acks, Paul Weimer, and David Annandale.
  • Worldbuilding for Masochists, presented by Rowenna Miller, Marshall Ryan Maresca and Cass Morris


Best Fan Writer
  • Cora Buhlert
  • Charles Payseur
  • Jason Sanford
  • Elsa Sjunneson
  • Alasdair Stuart
  • Paul Weimer


Best Fan Artist
  • Iain J. Clark
  • Cyan Daly
  • Sara Felix
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Maya Hahto
  • Laya Rose


Best Video Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Publisher and Developer: Nintendo)
  • Blaseball (Publisher and Developer: The Game Band)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Publisher Square Enix)
  • Hades (Publisher and Developer: Supergiant Games)
  • The Last of Us: Part II (Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog)
  • Spiritfarer (Publisher and Developer: Thunder Lotus)


Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas (Swoon Reads)
  • A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry/ Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet / Hot Key)
  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll Productions)


Astounding Award for Best New Writer
  • Lindsay Ellis (1st year of eligibility)
  • Simon Jimenez (1st year of eligibility)
  • Micaiah Johnson (1st year of eligibility)
  • A.K. Larkwood (1st year of eligibility)
  • Jenn Lyons (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Emily Tesh (2nd year of eligibility)

Interview with Caroline Hardaker, author of Composite Creatures

Please welcome Caroline Hardaker to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Composite Creatures is published on April 13, 2021 by Angry Robot.

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







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

Caroline:  When I was very young, maybe 6 or 7, I wrote a series of mystery stories involving a group of kids, solving crimes. The main character was named Lime, and looked strangely like me… It was all very Famous Five inspired – lots of caves, smugglers, and picnics in the woods.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Caroline:  Definitely a hybrid. I couldn’t just write without a rough idea of where I was going, a nd I couldn’t write creatively with a really strict structure of where I needed to get to! During the writing process unexpected things happen and new themes appear. So I tend to plan an outline but amend it as I write the first draft. Most often, the ending is completely different to how I planned it but I quite like that, it means the story has taken on a life of its own.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Caroline:  It’s knowing where to stop, and feeling at peace with a finished manuscript. I could easily copy edit and proofread until my eyeballs fall out, tweaking syntax and word choices. I suppose that’s the poet in me, I’m always trying to get the rhythm of a sentence ‘just so’. But there comes a point – especially when you’re working to a publisher’s deadlines – when you have to turn away and say “I think it’s done now.” I still find that hard. A part of me doesn’t even want to open the book now because I’ll still be searching for things to improve. At some point I’ll look, and hopefully I’ll be as at peace as I’d like to be.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Caroline:  Everything! Every book I read influences me in some way, from graphic novels through to the classics. Even when I haven’t really enjoyed a book there’s still something to learn from them, whether it’s plotting or even just some new vocabulary.

But I’m also very much inspired by films. I’m a very visual person, and imagine the story playing out like a film when I’m writing it, complete with camera angles and close up zooming shots of characters faces. I often make music playlists for different stories and play those on repeat while I write too, and they instantly get me into the right mood. It drives my husband mad though!



TQDescribe Composite Creatures using only 5 words.

Caroline:  Thoughtful. Haunting. Relatable. Speculative. Shocking.



TQTell us something about Composite Creatures that is not found in the book description.

Caroline:  In some ways, I think of the novel as a meditation on introspection and retrospection. The whole story is told by Norah, from an undisclosed time in her later life. She’s telling us things that happened a long time ago, and a reader should wonder WHY she’s even telling us at all.

I’m just so interested in the psychology of memory. How many of our memories are as we recall them to be? And why do we look backwards at all? Who are we trying to convince by replaying these scenes in our heads?



TQWhat inspired you to write Composite Creatures? What appeals to you about writing dystopian fiction?

Caroline:  No matter what I write, it often ends up having a dystopian twist. When I was younger, I wrote a lot of fantasy stories, but when I picked up prose again in recent years I realised that I was far more interested in stories that were based in reality but had a speculative twist. Stories that could be real, or you could imagine happening very soon. Those were the ones that haunted me the longest.

As for what inspired this novel, I was asked to write several science fiction poems for a magazine in Edinburgh and was desperately looking around my living room for ideas. The stories and poems that affect me the most are the ones that twist elements of reality just a little – so that they’re strange but familiar. So I wrote one poem based on my pot plant, one on a tax bill, and then my giant cat waddled in and inspired the poem that ended up becoming Composite Creatures.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Composite Creatures?

Caroline:  I read a lot about modern advances in genetic research and – to a degree – artificial intelligence. The novel takes place in a world poisoned by plastics, so I did a fair amount of online research into the future consequences of microplastic pollution and global warning. Quite a lot of bleak, doom-laden stuff!

Throughout drafting and redrafting, I kept up the research as the scientific landscape changes so quickly. And it’s a good job I did – as it started to look like the direction I was taking Composite Creatures in could almost be a possibility in the near future. But there’s a huge moral question there, and whether humanity goes down that road is still up for debate, thank goodness.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Composite Creatures.

Caroline:  Angry Robot was amazing at getting me involved with the cover design. From initially creating a Pinterest board together to choosing a concept for the cover – I became a real part of the process. Once we knew roughly what we wanted, the team sent me a selection of illustrators to choose from, and when I saw Rohan Eason’s sketchy, twisty, surrealist style I knew he was the one who could bring the cover to life.

The cover does depict something from the novel, yes. It’s more than a single scene, and the reader will recognise it immediately from only a few chapters into the book. It’s a very important place in the story, for sure.



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

Caroline:  The main protagonist and voice of the novel, Norah, was the easiest I’d say. She’s a very everyday woman – in her early thirties, has a relatively dull job, and is just trying to keep her head down and get on with life. She’s relatable. She also struggles with some elements of her past that keep coming back to haunt her, and even though she tries to shake them off, they still follow her wherever she goes.

I wouldn’t like to imagine that I’m anything like Norah, or that I’d make the morally dubious choices she makes, but everything she does is understandable to me. It was easy for me to find reasons for her to justify what she’s doing.

As for the most difficult characters, I didn’t find any of them particularly difficult, but writing about the doctors at the private healthcare organisation had their challenges. It would have been easy to make them seem like cartoon villains, but the truth is that they aren’t. They’re real people too, just like Norah, with families and hopes for the future. They believe what they’re a part of is changing the world for the better. So I had to think about their dual nature whilst interpreting their behaviour through Norah’s eyes.



TQDoes Composite Creatures touch on any social issues?

CarolineComposite Creatures definitely tackles environmental issues in society. The novel explores a future where microplastic pollution and chemical contamination are years ahead of where we are now. The sky is lilac, and the soil burns the soles of your boots. But it’s also a world that functions similarly to our world today, only tweaked to compensate for these things. Through Norah’s eyes, we see how society struggles to relate to nature that poisons us. Imagine – if you lived in a world where wildlife was mostly found stuffed in community museums, how would you think about life that wasn’t human? Would you see it as just as worthy as ours, or less so?



TQWhich question about Composite Creatures do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Caroline:  The irony is, I really wish they’d ask about the character ‘Nut’ but you’d have to read it first to understand the question, and unless you’ve read it, I can’t really answer it either due to spoilers! But the question would be, “What does Nut look like?” And I’ll have to leave that one there…



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Composite Creatures.

Caroline:  Here’s an extract from near the beginning of the story…

“Mum looked up to the sky for things I couldn’t understand, always through her old binoculars; heavy black things, held into shape by stitched skins. She liked to shock me with little facts, things like, “When I was little, the sky was full of diamonds that you could only see at night,” and “Me and your Gran used to lie on our backs and watch fluffy clouds go by. You could see shapes in them, and if you asked the sky a question, it sometimes told you the future.” The more stories she told, the less I believed her, and would gently push my hands in to her belly and say, “You’re fibbing, tell the truth.” But Mum would just shake her head so her red curls bounced over her face and promise that it was real, she’d seen it with her own eyes. One night, she even told me that, “the moon used to be as white as a pearl.” At the time, I didn’t know what a pearl was, which seemed to make her sadder. She pulled me to her side and pressed the binoculars to my face. “Keep looking, Norah. Up there in the dark. The birds – they might come back. They might.”



TQWhat's next?

Caroline:  My second poetry collection, Little Quakes Every Day, was published a few months ago, so I’m at the clean slate stage with regards to poetry. After recently watching the film ‘The Lighthouse’ I’ve been getting stirrings to write a collection based on stories from isolated lighthouses around the world. I recently suggested it on Twitter and people seemed very keen to read it, so at some point I’ll be starting on that. It’ll be quite the escapist venture!

I’m currently working on my next novel, which should hopefully be finished later this year. I can’t say too much about it, but it’s a little more surreal than Composite Creatures but is still a haunting piece. I have no idea what readers will think of it, but it’s going to be exciting to find out!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Caroline:  Thank you for having me!





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 wher 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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About Caroline

Caroline Hardaker is a poet and novelist from the northeast of England. She has published two collections of poetry, and her work has appeared worldwide in print and on BBC radio. She is Writer in Residence for Newcastle Puppetry Festival and is currently collaborating with the Royal Northern College of Music to produce a cycle of songs to be performed throughout the year. She lives and writes in Newcastle.








Website ~ Twitter @carolinehwrites

The View From Monday - April 12, 2021

Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson;

Composite Creatures by Caroline Hardaker;

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club by Doug Henderson;

and

Malice by Heather Walter.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Gifting Fire (Stealing Thunder 2) by Alina Boyden;

The Worldbreaker Saga Omnibus by Kameron Hurley;

The Girl and the Mountain (The Book of the Ice 2) by Mark Lawrence;

and

The Helm of Midnight (The Five Penalties 1) by Marina Lostetter.

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



The View From Monday - April 12, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

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
Love in ColorBolu Babalola FairyT/FolkT/LM/SS
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
The Worldbreaker Saga Omnibus (e)Kameron Hurley F - The Worldbreaker Saga
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



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

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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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 April 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 April 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.
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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.
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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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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





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.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
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.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
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?
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
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.

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 April 10th, 2021, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite March 2021 Debut Cover!
 
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Cover design by Christopher Lin and Kaitlin Kall
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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.
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