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The View From Monday - July 27, 2020


It is the last Monday in July!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline;

Gray Matters by John Gastil;

and

Crossings by Alex Landragin.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Reaping Willow (Grim Reality 4) by Boone Brux;

William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth (William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9) by Ian Doescher;

A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by John Hornor Jacobs is out in Trade Paperback;

Tyger Burning by T. C. McCarthy is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Chaos Vector (Protectorate 2) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

Demon in White (Sun Eater 3) by Christopher Ruocchio;

Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

The Worst of All Possible Worlds (Salvagers 3) by Alex White.

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



The View From Monday - July 27, 2020



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

July 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of the Rising Sun Richard Cox SF/AP/PA
The Best of Greg Egan: 20 Stories of Hard Science Fiction Greg Egan SF/HSF



July 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Technician (tp2mm) Neal Asher SF/SO - Polity 4
The Butterfly Lampshade Aimee Bender LF/MR/FL
Afterland Lauren Beukes Sus/Dys
The Baron of Magister Valley Steven Brust F - Dragaera 4
Reaping Willow (e) Boone Brux UF - Grim Reality 4
Lies of Descent (h2mm) Troy Carrol Bucher F/DF - Fallen Gods' War 1
My Enemy's Enemy (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF
Kushiel's Chosen (ri) Jacqueline Carey RF/F - Kushiel's Legacy 2
The Perfect Wife (h2tp) JP Delaney Sus/Psy/GenEng
Empire of Wild (D - US) Cherie Dimaline Native American & Aboriginal/STR/SupTh
William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth Ian Doescher SF/SO - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9
The Imago Stage Karoline Georges
Rhonda Mullins (Tr)
LF/Dys/FL
Spells for the Dead Faith Hunter UF - Soulwood 5
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror (h2tp) John Hornor Jacobs H
Flyaway Kathleen Jennings CF/DF/Gothic
At Death's Door (hmm) Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/FR/PNR - Deadman's Cross 3
Cold Storage (h2mm) David Koepp Sus
Kinsman's Oath (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - The Kinsman  2
Prince of Shadows (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 3
The Forest Lord (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Fane 1
Star-Crossed (e)(ri) Susan Krinard SF
Prince of Dreams (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 2
Prince of Wolves (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 1
Twice a Hero (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Body & Soul (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Crossings (D) Alex Landragin LF/MR
Sabella (ri) Tanith Lee SF/SO
Bound by Shadows (ri) Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild  1
The Dawn of a Nazi Moon Douglas MacKinnon SF - Dawn of the Nazi Moon 1
Tyger Burning (tp2mm) T. C. McCarthy SF
The Five Books of (Robert) Moses Arthur Nersesian AH/LF/AB/Sagas
Chaos Vector Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng- Protectorate 2
The Memory Police (h2tp) Yoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder (Tr)
LF/SF/Dys
River of Night (h2mm) John Ringo
Mike Massa
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 8
Deal with the Devil Kit Rocha SF/SFR - Mercenary Librarians 1
Demon in White Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/HSF/AC - Sun Eater 3
Relentless: A Drizzt Novel R. A. Salvatore F - Generations  3
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson SF - Collection
Automatic Reload Ferrett Steinmetz SF/CyP/HSF
Privateer (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 2
The Worst of All Possible Worlds Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - Salvagers 3
Master of the World (tp2mm) Edward Willett F - Worldshapers 2



July 31, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gray Matters (D) John Webster Gastil SF/CyP/Medical/PolTh
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 William Schafer (Ed) DF - Anthology



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
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
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)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming July 2020 works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Ian Doescher (2013)

William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars Part the Ninth
Quirk Books, July 28, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

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Complete your collection of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars® series and experience the blockbuster finale to the Star Wars® saga in a brand-new way, here reimagined as though it had been penned by the Bard of Avon.

As our story opens, a sea of troubles threatens the valiant Resistance, who are pursued by the sound and fury of the vile First Order. Can Rey, Poe, Finn, Rose, BB-8, Chewbacca, and their allies overcome such toil and trouble? Shall Kylo Ren be proven fortune’s fool or master of his fate? What will become of the House of Skywalker? And is all well that ends well?

Authentic meter, stage directions, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs will entertain and impress fans of Star Wars® and Shakespeare alike. Every scene and character from the film appears in the book, along with twenty woodcut-style illustrations that depict an Elizabethan version of the Star Wars® galaxy.

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Michael R. Underwood (2012)

Annihilation Aria
The Space Operas 1
Parvus Press, July 21, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

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Max is cheery xeno-archeologist from Earth, stranded and trying to find a way home. Lahra is a stern warrior of a nearly extinct race searching for her people’s heir. Wheel is the couple’s cybernetic pilot running from her past and toward an unknown future.

On Wheel’s ship, the Kettle, the trio traverses the galaxy, dodging Imperial patrols and searching ancient ruins for anything they can sell. The crew of the Kettle are deeply in debt to their home base’s most powerful gangster, and she wants her money back.  

So when a dangerous, but promising job comes their way, Max, Lahra, and Wheel have little choice but to take it. However, the crew of the Kettle gets more than they bargained for when they find themselves in possession of a powerful artifact, one that puts them in the crosshairs of the Vsenk, the galaxy’s ruthless and oppressive imperial overlords. 

Max, Lahra, and Wheel are pulled into a web of galactic subterfuge, ancient alien weaponry, a secret resistance force, lost civilizations, and giant space turtles.  The Vsenk will stop at nothing to recover what the crew of the Kettle has found and Max’s brains, Lahra’s muscle, and Wheel’s skills may be all that stands between entire planets and annihilation.  

Can they evade space fascists, kick-start a rebellion, and save the galaxy all while they each try to find their own way home?





Alex White (2016)

The Worst of All Possible Worlds
The Salvagers 3
Orbit, July 28, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The rag-tag crew of the Capricious is hunting down rogue AI, ancient colony ships, and the biggest treasure the universe has ever seen in the final book of this pulse-pounding space adventure series for fans of Firefly and The Expanse.

The crew of the Capricious seems to leave a trail of devastation wherever they go. But with powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, there’s no time to worry about all that. Ensnared by the legend of Origin, humanity’s birthplace, and a long-dead form of magic, the Capricious takes off on a journey to find the first colony ship…and magic that could bring down gods.

Read the incredible space-fantasy series that V. E. Schwab calls “A total blast!”

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The View From Monday - December 10, 2018


Happy Monday!!

There is one debut this week:

The Malaise by David Turton.

The View From Monday - December 10, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Burning Ashes (A Ben Garston Novel 3) by James Bennett;

and

A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (The Salvagers 2) by Alex White.

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



The View From Monday - December 10, 2018



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

December 11, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies Dave Addey PerfArts/SF
Burning Ashes James Bennett CF/UF - A Ben Garston Novel 3
The Hostess With the Ghostess (h2tp) E. J. Copperman PCM - Haunted Guesthouse 9
Green Jay and Crow DJ Daniels SF
The Emperor's Gift Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000
Shattered Lands Alice Henderson SF/PA - Skyfire Saga 2
Firestarter (ri) Stephen King SF/GenEng
Born of Flame Nick Kyme SF - The Horus Heresy
The Corporation Wars Trilogy Ken MacLeod SF/SO - Corporation Wars
Death on the Pitch - A Blood Bowl Anthology Robbie MacNiven
Worley Alec
Guy Haley
F - Blood Bowl
Rattlesnake Wind Lilith Saintcrow UF
Children of Time (ri) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/AC/GenEng/HSF/SE/SO
A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - The Salvagers 2
Ashes and Entropy Robert S. Wilson (Ed) H



December 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Malaise (D) David Turton AP/PA/DF/H



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - June 25, 2018


Happy last Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley;

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse;

and

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg.

The View From Monday - June 25, 2018 The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Killing Is My Business (Ray Electromatic Mysteries 2) by Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker is out in Trade Paperback;

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson is out in Trade Paperback;

Gate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson;

All the Nations of the Sky (Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 11) by Michael R. Underwood;

and

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (The Salvagers 1) by Alex White.

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The View From Monday - June 25, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - June 25, 2018



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

June 25, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Entangled: The Homecoming (e) Barbara Bretton PNR - The Sugar Maple Chronicles 6



June 26, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Fall of Lucifer (ri) Wendy Alec F - Chronicles of Brothers, Time Before Time 1
The First Judgement (ri) Wendy Alec F - Chronicles of Brothers, Time Before Time 2
Iron and Magic (e) Ilona Andrews PNR - The Iron Covenant 1
Yarrick: The Omnibus David Annandale SF - Yarrick
The Girl in the Tower (h2tp) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF - Winternight Trilogy 2
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury (h2tp) Jay Bonansinga H/SupTh/MTI - The Walking Dead 8
The Hospital Ahmed Bouanani
Lara Vergnaud (Tr)
LF
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Six Diane Carey
John Shirley
MTI/SF/AC/H
Killing Is My Business (h2tp) Adam Christopher SF/PI/Noir - Ray Electromatic Mysteries 2
Paradox Bound (h2tp) Peter Clines SF/H/TT
The Day After Gettysburg (h2mm) Robert Conroy
J.R. Dunn
AH
Outside the Fire Boyd Craven SF/AP/PA - An Economic Collapse Story
The Master of Mankind (tp2mm) Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Horus Heresy 41
Dark Challenge (ri) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 5
The Darkest Time of Night (D) Jeremy Finley Sus/SF/AC
The Gods of Sagittarius Eric Flint
Mike Resnick
SF
HALO: Bad Blood Matt Forbeck SF - Halo
Red Waters Rising Laura Anne Gilman HistF - The Devil's West 3
The Map of Moments Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF/CF - Hidden Cities 2
Spoonbenders (h2tp) Daryl Gregory FL/SH/LF
The Half-Drowned King (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuyker Saga - The Golden Wolf Saga 1
A Plague of Giants (h2mm) Kevin Hearne F/P
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels (h2tp) Joe Hill H- Collection
The Rules of Magic (h2tp) Alice Hoffman LF - The Practical Magic Series 1
The Book of the Unwinding (h2tp) J.D. Horn CF - Witches of New Orleans 2
Gork, the Teenage Dragon (h2tp) Gabe Hudson LF/F/HU/SF
Devil Sharks Chris Jameson H/Sus
Damnation Valley William W. Johnstone
J.A. Johnstone
W/F/Hist - The Frontiersman 4
War of Secrets Phil Kelly SF - Space Marine Conquests 3
Jade City (h2tp) Fonda Lee F/Cr/Saga - The Green Bone Saga 1
Drop by Drop Morgan Llywelyn SF/AP/PA/TechTh - Step by Step 1
What Blooms from Dust James Markert Hist/Rel/MR/LF
The Dinosaur Princess (h2mm) Victor Milan F - The Dinosaur Lords 3
Awakened James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
H
Summerland Hannu Rajaniemi SF/AH
Trail of Lightning (D) Rebecca Roanhorse Dys - The Sixth World 1
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington Charles Rosenberg AH/HistTh/LegalTh
Confessions of the Fox (D) Jordy Rosenberg LF/Hist
The Round-Dance of Water Kuznetsov Sergey
Valeriya Yermishova (Tr)
LF/MU/MR - Russian Literature Series
The Darkest Warrior Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 14
Head Full of Joy Ognjen Spahic LF/Dys
Gate Crashers Patrick S. Tomlinson SF/AC
The Dark Blood of Poppies (ri) Freda Warrington F/DF/CF
The Risen Empire Scott Westerfeld SF/SO - Succession 1
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - The Salvagers 1
The Clockwork Dynasty (h2tp) Daniel H. Wilson SF/Th/AH



June 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All the Nations of the Sky (e) Michael Underwood F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 11



June 30, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rough Justice Kelley Armstrong F
Mira's Last Dance Lois McMaster Bujold F
Blood's a Rover Harlan Ellison SF
University Bentley Little H



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LegalTh - Legal Thriller
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
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
Rel - Religious
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SocSci - Social Science
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Margaret Fortune (2015)

Archangel
Spectre War 2
Mass Market Paperback, April 3, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, March 7, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Archangel is the second installment of the explosive, pulse-pounding Spectre War science fiction series.

An enemy you can’t kill. A soldier who can’t fight. An interstellar war that can’t be won . . . until now.

As a soldier of the Celestial Expanse, Guardian First Class Michael Sorenson knows better than anyone that when the Spectres invade, there are only two options. Run or die. However, his defensive war takes on a whole new spin when he’s recruited into Division 7, a Research & Development facility with the ultimate mission: to create a large-scale weapon that can kill Spectres en masse.

Here Michael joins a team of military elite who have the daring—and dangerous—task of taking new weapons prototypes out into the field for testing on enemy troops. Yet the closer they come to developing a working WMD, the more it becomes clear: There’s a saboteur in R&D.

With all signs pointing to a massive Spectre attack brewing on the horizon, the creation of a new weapons system yields an opportunity to end the threat once and for all. As the days count down toward its launch, Michael must hunt down the saboteur . . . before the saboteur hunts down him.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors





Emma Newman (2013)

Before Mars
A Planetfall Novel 3
Roc, April 17, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a standalone dark tale of a woman stationed on Mars who slowly starts to doubt her own memories and sanity.

After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth–and she’ll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team.

But in her new room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can’t remember writing. She unpacks her wedding ring, only to find it has been replaced by a fake.

Finding a footprint in a place the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that her assignment isn’t as simple as she was led to believe. Is she caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy, or is she actually losing her mind? Regardless of what horrors she might discover, or what they might do to her sanity, Anna has find the truth before her own mind destroys her.


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Alex White (2016)

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
The Salvagers 1
Orbit, June 26, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook,  432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to clearing their name and saving the universe.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she got something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.

Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses Mother murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah has only one lead: the killer also hunts Boots.

On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.

Interview with Alex White, author of Every Mountain Made Low


Please welcome Alex White to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Every Mountain Made Low was published on October 25th by Solaris.



Interview with Alex White, author of Every Mountain Made Low




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

Alex :  Glad to be here!

I started out writing movies. I've been a film geek since I was a teenager, and my friends used to tease me because I was such a little film snob. They started saying, "If you can't do better, we don't want to hear it." So one semester, I had a help desk job and too much time on my hands, so naturally I decided to start banging away at a screenplay. It was a romantic comedy, and needless to say, it was terrible. No one needs to take tips from a high schooler about love and sex. After that, I got a little more serious and wrote a feature-length blockbuster action in 2003, then finally finished my first novel in 2006. I've been writing novels ever since, and I'm about to finish my eighth.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Alex :  I'm meticulous about planning my characters' motivations. Every speaking character in my stories has a decent biography with all of the forces acting upon them. I use Aeon Timeline to map their life stories and determine specific ages for each event, questioning how certain events at certain times would alter their personalities. From there, I tend to naturally divide my books into three acts. I thoroughly plot the first two acts, but leave the third act blank, save for a basic idea. I think a spectacular ending needs to be discovered, and is a function of the character interactions over plot.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Alex :  I always want to write outside of my comfort zone. Each new book needs to be substantially different than anything I've ever produced. If it comes easy to me, I'm not interested. Emotional investment is also key--even my lighthearted comedy starred a character who was deeply flawed, anxious and suicidal. I don't appreciate characters who always maintain the moral high ground, because I'm not sure that's possible in life. I care about the screw-ups, not the sexy, wisecracking swashbucklers.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Alex :  I had a great high school education that focused on mid-century American lit, like CATCHER IN THE RYE, THE GREAT GATSBY and A FAREWELL TO ARMS. From there, I went on to read a lot of Flannery O'Connor, and fell in love with her clear, concise prose. In 2008, I read AND THE HIPPOS WERE BOILED IN THEIR TANKS, and learned that even total assholes can be compelling main characters. In addition to the literary influences, I love big, silly action flicks and stylish cinema. I'm always trying to capture both the literary and the cinematic: big visual ideas filtered through the clearest possible lens.



TQDescribe Every Mountain Made Low in 140 characters or less.

Alex :  An autistic woman living in a late-stage capitalist hellhole is confronted with the ghost of her best friend; seeks revenge for her murder.



TQTell us something about Every Mountain Made Low that is not found in the book description.

Alex :  There are two southern American myths in the story, one explicitly present and one referenced. Tailypo, an Appalachian folk horror classic, is one of the characters who aids Loxley on her path of revenge. He owns a bar, The Hound's Tail, in the darkest depths of the city. The other mythological character is Kate Baggs, otherwise known as the Bell Witch, operating out of Nashville. I like to think that tons of American mythological creatures exist in this setting, from the wendigo to Sasquatch, all hiding just out of sight of the cities.



TQWhat inspired you to write Every Mountain Made Low? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Alex :  My son has autism, and like any father, I wanted to research his condition and make his life easier. The more I learned about him, the more I discovered about myself, my anxieties and habitual behaviors. Like so many parents, I came to believe in the social model of disability--that our civilization creates disabilities through its failure to empathize and provide for people. Meanwhile, I became angrier and angrier with portrayals of autism in the media. I hated the savantism and blank character reduction so commonplace in television and books. I was sick of seeing them reduced to calculators. Autistic characters should be people, not plot devices.

Meanwhile, I had this idea for a book set in the mythical American South. It wasn't really taking shape. I knew I wanted to have a character based around the brown recluse, a highly-poisonous spider native to my area, but I didn't want it to be the "seductress spider" cliche that everyone runs with. I wanted to write a timid character who could be dangerous in unpredictable ways when cornered, but otherwise just wanted to live life alone. When that character became autistic, everything clicked into place, from the overarching narrative to the cutthroat setting.

I included fantastical elements because I can't help it. I love a big, sprawling setting with supernatural elements. To date, every book I've written has had ghosts or magic or ancient curses. It's just the way I do business.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Every Mountain Made Low?

Alex :  I wouldn't ever tackle a book like this without a significant amount of life experience. I focused on reading biographies by autistic people like THE REASON I JUMP, IDO IN AUTISMLAND, CARLY'S VOICE and Temple Grandin's THINKING IN PICTURES. I wanted to hear from people who were actually autistic and weave their experiences into my own. Anything less would be an incredible disservice to a thriving and diverse community of great individuals.



TQIn Every Mountain Made Low who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Alex :  The easiest character to write is Duke Wallace, the theocrat at the center of the conspiracy. Duke is a hyper-conservative evangelical Christian, and we have quite a few of those around here. I grew up in the church, and I was surrounded by some of the abusive beliefs Duke brings to bear on those around him. He thinks he's doing the right thing, but he gets there by not respecting peoples individuality and wishes. He's patronizing and self-aggrandizing, and I find writing him cathartic.

My main character, Loxley, is the hardest to write. I care about her so much, and I want to be respectful of the people with whom she shares her daily struggles. She's a constant balancing act. She has a difficult existence, being surrounded by such an uncaring society, but she isn't there to be pitied. She has trouble perceiving our fragile social nuances, but she's whip-smart and highly capable. People take advantage of her flaws, but she's not a fool. And I can't simply make her an angel. She grew up as part of a racist society, and some of her mother's prejudice has rubbed off on her.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Every Mountain Made Low?

Alex :  This isn't exactly a light read. The town where Loxley lives, the Hole, is an unchecked capitalist paradise. There's no such thing as antitrust, and a single large corporation, the Consortium, owns most of the land in the southeast. They own the roads, utilities and farms. They make most of the food and pharmaceuticals. They supply life itself, and the residents of the Hole are socially-stratified and poverty-stricken. The world is a manifestation of the wealth gap.

I set it in a near-dystopian city because I worry every day about what would happen to my son without me. I hope that people would step in and help him have a happy life, but the conservative politicians where I live defund every social program they can find. Special education often gets cut first, leading to disheartened teachers and disenfranchised students. I believe that, with the moralization of wealth, we create a destructive, uncaring society that actively harms those at the fringes. People with autism face the pervasive bigotry of neurotypical society, and I worked hard to include those constant micro-aggressions.

My story also contains a stream of "well-meaning" men who abuse their influence over others: policemen, employers, executives, landowners. Sometimes these men are subtle, sometimes not. In my town, you can't throw a rock without hitting patriarchal crap, so part of this book is me throwing rocks.



TQWhich question about Every Mountain Made Low do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Alex :  "The word 'autism' never appears in the novel. Why not?"

Thanks. Great question. :-D

Loxley lives in a world that doesn't care about her. There is no such thing as an autism diagnosis for her, since people either learn to survive, or they starve to death in the streets. America has a terrible set of mental health policies, and so it's no surprise that a large percentage of our homeless folks are walking around with un-diagnosed mental health issues. The Hole is America on its worst day.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Every Mountain Made Low.

Alex :

Jayla had her stand up, then helped her replace her smudged jacket. She slipped the mask over Loxley’s face, completing the stranger in the mirror. The violinist on the other side of the glass was beautiful and confident. Mysterious. Strong. A little wild. Her dull hair poked out around the mask at odd angles; she hadn’t tamed it after her bath.

Jayla seemed to notice the unkempt hair at the same time. She stroked it once. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

“I like my hair like this.”

“I could make it even better.”

Loxley shook her head, along with the violinist across from her. She thrilled to see this side of herself, and her voice came out easily and clearly. “No. This is perfect. This is the real me.”

----

“Over time, Vern taught me that some things were right, and some things were wrong. ‘Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.’ I was a flexible man, soft of character and will. I became a hard man, forged by the hand of God, and he made me inflexible."



TQWhat's next?

Alex :  Nothing I can share yet, but good things are always on the horizon!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Alex :  Thanks for having me!





Every Mountain Made Low
Solaris, October 25, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Alex White, author of Every Mountain Made Low
Loxley Fiddleback can see the dead, but the problem is... the dead can see her.

Ghosts have always been cruel to Loxley Fiddleback - but none more than the spirit of her only friend, alive only hours earlier. Loxley isn’t equipped to solve a murder: she lives near the bottom of a cutthroat, strip-mined metropolis known as “The Hole,” suffers from crippling anxiety and can't cope with strangers. Worse still, she’s haunted.

She inherited her ability to see spirits from the women of her family, but the dead see her, too. Ghosts are drawn to her, and their lightest touch leaves her with painful wounds.

Loxley swears to take blood for blood and find her friend’s killer. In doing so, she uncovers a conspiracy that rises all the way to the top of The Hole. As her enemies grow wise to her existence, she becomes the quarry, hunted by a brutal enforcer named Hiram McClintock. In sore need of confederates, Loxley must descend into the strangest depths of the city in order to have the revenge she seeks and, ultimately, her own salvation.





About Alex

Interview with Alex White, author of Every Mountain Made Low
Alex White was born and raised in the American south. He takes photos, writes music and spends hours on YouTube watching other people blacksmith. He values challenging and subversive writing, but he'll settle for a good time.

In the shadow of rockets in Huntsville, Alabama, Alex lives and works as an experience designer with his wife, son, two dogs and a cat named Grim. He takes his whiskey neat and his espresso black.

Every Mountain Made Low is his debut novel.




Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @alexrwhite


The View From Monday - October 24, 2016


Happy Monday! One week until Halloween!


There are 2 debuts this week:

The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner by Mike Brooks;

and

Every Mountain Made Low by Alex White.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Mortal Sins (A Shadowside Novella) by Michelle Belanger;

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Gospel 1) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is out in Trade Paperback;

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke is out in Trade Paperback;

The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven 1) by Michael Livingston is out in Trade Paperback;

Cloak of War (Empress Game Trilogy 2) by Rhonda Mason;

Faller by Will McIntosh;

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia;

and

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson.

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



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



The View From Monday - October 24, 2016



October 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar David Annandale SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 1
Mortal Sins (e) Michelle Belanger DF/UF - Shadowside Novella
Charlotte's Story (h2tp) Laura Benedict SupTh - Bliss House 2
The Terranauts T. C. Boyle Hist
Lost Gods Brom DF
The Last Days of Salton Academy Jennifer Brozek H
The Plague of Swords Miles Cameron F - The Traitor Son Cycle 4
Bohemian Gospel (h2tp) Dana Chamblee Carpenter Hist - Bohemian Gospel 1
2001: A Space Odyssey (ri) Arthur C. Clarke SF - Penguin Galaxy
Our Lady of the Ice (h2tp) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Goodnight Batcave Dave Croatto
Tom Richmond (Illus)
Hu/Comics/Parody
Doctor Who: Supreme Dalek and Illustrated Book: With Light and Sound Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
Altered Starscape Ian Douglas SF - Andromedan Dark 1
Dracula vs. Hitler Patrick Sheane Duncan HistF/SupTh
Angel in Chains Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 3
The Hanged Man (h2tp) P. N. Elrod SP
Anansi Boys (ri) Neil Gaiman Fict/F
Neuromancer (ri) William Gibson CyberP - Penguin Galaxy
The Devil Will Come Justin Gustainis H - Collection
Shadowsword Guy Haley SF - Astra Militarum
Stranger in a Strange Land (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF - Penguin Galaxy
Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Penguin Galaxy
Not on Fire, but Burning (h2tp) Greg Hrbek Dys/LF/SF/AP/PA
Cat's Eye (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries (tp2mm) Stephen Jones (Ed) F/DF/M - Anthology
Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
Amy Romanczuk
F - Wheel of Time
Black Ice Burning A. R. Kahler UF - Pale Queen Series 3
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Dark Tower 1
The Left Hand of Darkness (ri) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Penguin Galaxy
Coldbrook Tim Lebbon H/SF/AP/PA
The Shards of Heaven (h2tp) Michael Livingston HistF - The Shards of Heaven 1
Hallow Point (tp2mm) Ari Marmell UF/DF - A Mick Oberon Job 2
Cloak of War Rhonda Mason F/CF/SF/SO - Empress Game Trilogy 2
The Star of the Sea Una McCormack SF/SO - Weird Space 2
Faller Will McIntosh SF
Prey: Book Two: The Jackal's Trick John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek
Certain Dark Things Silvia Moreno-Garcia CF
Onward, Drake! (h2tp) Mark L. Van Name (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Famished Road (e)(ri) Ben Okri MR/LF
The Immortal's Guide S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 2
The Two Swords S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 3
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse: The Untold History of Space and Time Justin Richards
George Mann
TV - Doctor Who
Cast in Flight Michelle Sagara F/M - Chronicles of Elantra 12
Hero: Homecoming, Book III R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 3
DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient (e) R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King 1
Shadow of Ullanor Rob Sanders SF - The Beast Arises 11
The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets: Four Fairy Tales of Home and One Astral Pantomime Paul Scheerbart SF/LF
The British Lion (h2tp) Tony Schumacher AH/Th
Kris Longknife: Bold Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 14
A Vampire's Hunger Carla Susan Smith PNR - Vampire's Promise 4
The Blood Mirror Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 4
Every Mountain Made Low (D) Alex White F
The Once and Future King (ri) T. H. White F - Penguin Galaxy
A Taste of Honey Kai Ashante Wilson F
Dragon and Thief (ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 1



October 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner (D) Mike Brooks Dys


D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts


There are 9 debut novels for October.

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

The October 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 October cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on October 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for October 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Barbara Barnett

The Apothecary's Curse
Pyr, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 340 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.

When modern-day pharmaceutical company Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?




Mike Bockoven

FantasticLand
Skyhorse Publishing, October 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where “Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?

Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?

FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.




Mike Brooks

The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner
Cosmic Egg Books, October 28, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Mike Brooks’ debut novel is an adventure story set in a dystopian future in which our taste for branding, consumerism and artificial reality is boundless. In /The Machine Society/, he weaves together psychological insight, philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry to give us a novel that is both a deep satire on modern life and a rich metaphor for our longing to find inner peace.

Dean Rogers lives in the Perimeter of New London, holding down a soul-destroying job, surrounded by people who have lost the will to communicate. He is afraid his debts will spiral out of control, resulting in him being cast out of the city, outside of the Security Wall. Meanwhile, in the Better Life Complex, New London’s rich elite live in plastic luxury, unaware of the sinister secrets that underpin their world.

The Machine Society is an original and intelligent sci-fi thriller, and a heartfelt rally cry for the soul’s liberation.




Jonathan Crown

Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History
Scribner, October 4, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
A highly original, tragicomic novel as seen through Sirius, an extraordinary dog who helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California, becomes a Hollywood star, and ultimately contributes to Hitler’s downfall.

Levi, a fox terrier, lives with his family in a grand townhouse in Berlin. Each day he enjoys a walk through the neighborhood, where people greet him by name. But the year is 1938, and Berlin is no longer safe for Levi or the Liliencrons, his Jewish owners. They rename him Sirius, after the constellation, to protect him.

One night, Nazi troops storm the city and begin to search houses. Sirius alerts the family, and they manage to flee to California. In his new home, Carl Liliencron becomes a chauffeur and Sirius befriends everyone from Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant to Rita Hayworth and Jack Warner. He is renamed Hercules and becomes a canine movie star. Little does Sirius know that he’ll soon have to perform his most difficult acting role yet, when through a series of exceptional events as World War II unfolds, he winds up at the right hand of Hitler himself. Can Sirius help the German resistance, derail the Führer, and reunite with his family? Or is the cost of peace too high?

With charisma, heart, and delightfully spry prose, Sirius is an enchanting fairy tale about love and humanity and a roving exploration of a momentous historical moment. Like My Dog Skip and The Artist, this feel-good novel will make you stand up and cheer.




Stephanie Gangi

The Next
St. Martin's Press, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
"Love and loss, revenge and redemption, this debut novel will stick with you for a long time." —Emily Giffin

"I love The Next...elegantly written, thoughtfully sharp, surprisingly touching." —Cathleen Schine

Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time.

Joanna falls from her life, from the love of her daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right—makes Ned pay—so she can truly move on.

From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.




Timothy Johnson 

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

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

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

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

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

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




Helen Sedgwick

The Comet Seekers
Harper, October 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages


2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
A magical, intoxicating debut novel, both intimate and epic, that intertwines the past, present, and future of two lovers bound by the passing of great comets overhead and a coterie of remarkable ancestors.

Róisín and François are immediately drawn to each other when they meet at a remote research base on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica. At first glance, the pair could not be more different. Older by a few years, Róisín, a daughter of Ireland and a peripatetic astronomer, joins the science team to observe the fracturing of a comet overhead. François, the base’s chef, has just left his birthplace in Bayeux, France, for only the second time in his life. Yet devastating tragedy and the longing for a fresh start, which they share, as well as an indelible but unknown bond that stretches back centuries, connect them to each other.

Helen Sedgwick carefully unfolds their surprisingly intertwined paths, moving forward and back through time to reveal how these lovers’ destinies have long been tied to each other by the skies—the arrival of comets great and small. In telling Róisín and François’s story, Sedgwick illuminates the lives of their ancestors, showing how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and how the way we choose to see the world can be as desolate or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

A mesmerizing, skillfully crafted, and emotionally perceptive novel that explores the choices we make, the connections we miss, and the ties that inextricably join our fates, The Comet Seekers reflects how the shifting cosmos unite us all through life, beyond death, and across the whole of time.




Bradford Tatum 

Only the Dead Know Burbank
Harper Perennial, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
With Lon Cheney and Boris Karloff among its characters, this sweeping and stylish love letter to the golden age of horror cinema tells the wonderful, tragic story of Maddy Ulm. It takes readers through her rise from the complicated shadows of Berlin’s first experiments with expressionist cinema to the glamorous deserts of Hollywood. For Maddy has a secret. A secret that has given her incredible insight into the soul of horror. A secret that has a terrible price as well.

A young girl awakens in a hastily dug grave—vague memories of blood and fever, her mother performing a mysterious ceremony before the world went away. Germany has lost the first great war and Europe has lost millions more to the Spanish Flu epidemic. But Maddy has not only survived, she has changed. No longer does she eat, sleep, or age. No longer can she die. After taking up with a pair of street performers, she shocks and fascinates the crowds with her ability to survive outrageous traumas. But at a studio in Berlin, Maddy discovers her true calling: film.

With her intimate knowledge of fear, death, and realms beyond the living, she practically invents the modern horror genre on the spot. Before long, she travels to California and insinuates herself in Hollywood as the genius secretly behind The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, and Frankenstein. And yet she must remain in the shadows—a chilling apparition suspended eternally between worlds.

Clever, tragic, and thoroughly entertaining, Only the Dead Know Burbank introduces readers to one of the most unique, unforgettable characters in fiction.




Alex White

Every Mountain Made Low
Solaris, October 25, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Loxley Fiddleback can see the dead, but the problem is... the dead can see her.

Ghosts have always been cruel to Loxley Fiddleback - but none more than the spirit of her only friend, alive only hours earlier. Loxley isn’t equipped to solve a murder: she lives near the bottom of a cutthroat, strip-mined metropolis known as “The Hole,” suffers from crippling anxiety and can't cope with strangers. Worse still, she’s haunted.

She inherited her ability to see spirits from the women of her family, but the dead see her, too. Ghosts are drawn to her, and their lightest touch leaves her with painful wounds.

Loxley swears to take blood for blood and find her friend’s killer. In doing so, she uncovers a conspiracy that rises all the way to the top of The Hole. As her enemies grow wise to her existence, she becomes the quarry, hunted by a brutal enforcer named Hiram McClintock. In sore need of confederates, Loxley must descend into the strangest depths of the city in order to have the revenge she seeks and, ultimately, her own salvation.

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