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The View From Monday - January 13, 2020


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Followers by Megan Angelo;

and

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen;

The Broken Heavens (The Worldbreaker Saga 3) by Kameron Hurley;

and

Bloodchild (The Godblind Trilogy 3) by Anna Stephens.

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



The View From Monday - January 13, 2020



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

January 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Red (e)(ri) Heather Graham PNR - Alliance Vampires 8
Chronicles of Elantra Vol 5 (e) Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra



January 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Followers (D) Megan Angelo LF/CW/Dys
The Wrong Heaven (h2tp) Amy Bonnaffons SS/HU/LF
The Great Concert of the Night Jonathan Buckley Psy/FL/LF
A Beginning at the End Mike Chen SF/AP/PA/FL/LF/SF
Just After the Wave Sandrine Collette
Alison Anderson (Tr)
LF/Dys/FL
Archangel Rising Evan Currie SF/SO - Archangel One
Hauntings Edouard Dujardin
Brian Stableford (Tr)
Occ
The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man Rod Duncan SF/Gaslamp Fantasy - The Map of Unknown Things 3
Hearts of Ice David Hair F/HistF - The Sunsurge Quartet  3
The New Improved Sorceress Sara Hanover F/Arthurian - The Wayward Mages 2
A Longer Fall Charlaine Harris P - Gunnie Rose 2
Null Set (h2tp) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh/HU - A Cas Russell Novel 2
Fabulous: Stories (e) Lucy Hughes-Hallett SS
Burn the Dark S. A. Hunt H/CF -Malus Domestica 1
The Broken Heavens Kameron Hurley F/DF/Sagas - The Worldbreaker Saga 3
The Vanished Birds (D) Simon Jimenez SF/SO/LF
Zed Joanna Kavenna Satire/LF/Dys
Nest of the Monarch (h2tp) Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 3
The End of the Ocean Maja Lunde
Diane Oatley (Tr)
LF
A Gathering of Ravens (h2tp) Scott Oden HistF - Grimnir 1
Night Theater Vikram Paralkar LF/Medical/Occ/Sup
Imaginary Museums: Stories Nicolette Polek SS/LF/AB/FairyT/FolkT/LM
All Hallows Horror (h2tp) John Llewellyn Probert
Stephen Jones (Creator)
H - The Lovecraft Squad 1
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks Eric Saward SF/MTI - Doctor Who
An Incantation of Cats Clea Simon PCM - A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery 2
Bloodchild Anna Stephens DF - The Godblind Trilogy 3
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Anna Wiener Autobiography/Science/Technology
Golden State (h2tp) Ben Winters PolTh/TechTh
John Dies at the End (ri) David Wong H/HU/Th



January 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Supervillain Reader Robert Moss Peaslee (Ed)
Robert G. Weiner (Ed)
LC/Comics/PopCul



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
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
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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


Tina LeCount Myers (2018)

Dreams of the Dark Sky
The Legacy of the Heavens 2
Night Shade Books, February 5, 2019
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook,

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In the aftermath of a devastating clash between gods and men, two unlikely allies—one immortal and one human—must band together to survive in the sequel to the epic fantasy debut The Song of All.

The war between men and immortals that raged across the frozen Northland of Davvieana has ended. For men, the balance of power between Believer and Brethren, between honoring the gods and honoring the sword, has shifted to favor priests over Hunters.

But it is the legacy of one man’s love for his son that shapes the lives of all who survived.
While Irjan, the once-legendary immortal hunter, has saved his son’s life, he cannot save Marnej from the men who will make him a killer, nor can he save the immortal girl he’d promised to protect from the secret of her birth.

Raised by Irjan among the immortals, Dárja has been trained to fight by a man who once hunted her kind. Prisoner among the humans, her hatred for them is challenged by the chance to give Irjan what he has always wanted—his son Marnej returned to him.

Together, Marnej and Dárja, human and immortal, must find a way to trust one another if they are to live long enough to learn the truth behind the secrets and lies that have forged their lives.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Book 1





V. E. Schwab (2013)

The Near Witch
Titan Books, March 12, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

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All-new deluxe edition of an out-of-print gem, containing in-universe short story “The Ash-Born Boy” and a never-before-seen introduction from V.E. Schwab.

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Note:  There is a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition which you may find here.





Anna Stephens (2017)

Darksoul
The Godblind Trilogy 2
Talos Press, January 2, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Evil gods walk the land as armies prepare for war in the thrilling grimdark sequel to the fantasy debut Godblind.

In the besieged city of Rilporin, Commander Durdil Koridam is crowned a reluctant king, and orders that the city’s people must fight to the last rather than surrender to the surrounding armies of the Mireces and their evil Red Gods.

Outside Rilporin, the uneasy truce between King Corvus’s Mireces and the traitorous Prince Rivil’s forces holds, but the two armies are growing desperate to force a breach of the walls before the city’s reinforcements arrive.

Meanwhile, prophet Dom Templeson reaches Rilporin: the Red Gods have tortured and broken his mind, and he ends up in Corvus’s hands, forced to tell all his secrets. And what he knows could win the war for the Mireces.

Elsewhere, in Yew Cove, only a few survivors remain from a Rank of thousands of Rilporian warriors. Dom foresees the important role one of those survivors, Crys Tailorson, will take on as the events to come unfold. As Crys grows into his position as a leader, that role becomes clearer—and far darker. Will he be willing to pay the price to fulfill his destiny?


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Book 1

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year


It's time to vote for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 12 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a" or "an", etc.).

Vote for your favorite from the monthly 2017 Winners!

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page.

Voting will end sometime on January 24, 2018.

Vote for your favorite 2017 Debut Cover!
 
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Amberlough
(February)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover Art by Victo Ngai




The Astonishing Thing
(October)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year




The Caledonian Gambit
(May)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover art by Sebastien Hue




Crossroads of Canopy
(January)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover Art by Marc Simonetti




An Excess Male
(September)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover design by Kapo Ng




Glass Town
(December)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year




Godblind
(July)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover design and title lettering by Dominic Forbes




Muddy Waters
(April)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover art by Eugene Teplitsky




Noumenon
(August)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover art by Steven Messing
Overall design by Owen Corrigan




Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
(November)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year




Space Tripping
(March)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover design by Edward Bettison




Wellside
(June)

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - Cover of the Year
Cover by Jenny Zemanek

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Winner


The winner of the July 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Godblind by Anna Stephens from Talos with 33% of the votes. The cover design and title lettering is by Dominic Forbes.


Godblind
Godblind Trilogy 1
Talos, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Winner
For fans of Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, and Mark Lawrence comes a brutal grimdark fantasy debut of dark gods and violent warriors.

The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.

Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.

Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?





The Results

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The July 2017 Debuts

 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Winner

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 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 2017 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 August 5, 2017.

Vote for your favorite July 2017 Debut Cover!
 
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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover art by Erik Mohr




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover by Sammy Yuen




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover art by Anna and Elena Balbusso
Cover design by Christine Foltzer




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover design and title lettering by Dominic Forbes




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover illustration by Matt Buck
Cover design by Peter Mendelsund




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover art by Stephen Youll




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover design by Shasti O'Leary Soudant




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover design by Erin Seaward-Hiatt




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover art and design by Will Staehle




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover design by Claudia Noble
Cover artwork by AJ Frena




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Jacket design by David J. High, Highdesign.com
Tree of Life Cut Paper Art by Mary Hart

Interview with Anna Stephens, author of Godblind


Please welcome Anna Stephens to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Godblind is published on July 11th by Talos.



Interview with Anna Stephens, author of Godblind




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

Anna:  Hello Qwillery, and thanks for having me!

I started writing … well, I’ve always written, ever since I was a child. Books and stories were hugely important to me from a very young age – from being told bedtime stories, to reading bedtime stories, to beginning to make up my own.

I was 14 when I told my best friend I was going to be a published author one day – and here I am!

As for the why, I write because I can’t not write. It’s very difficult to have any sort of life when characters are using your brain as a trampoline and the only way to get them out of your head is to put them on paper. And even when the deadlines are pressing, or the summer is in full swing and I want to be out in it, or I’ve been invited somewhere and can’t go, I love to write. I enjoy it far more than I don’t enjoy it, and that’s all anyone can ask for as a job, I think.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Anna:  I would say I’m a hybrid. Godblind has existed in one draft form or another for more than a decade, so it was definitely a pantser process to get it where it is today.

For the sequels, I have an in depth outline for them both, because of deadline constraints – apparently I can’t take a decade to write each sequel! – and while I’m sticking largely to that outline, there’s an element of organic growth in the plots as well. Nothing’s set in stone, no character is safe, so it’s interesting to see where my subconscious takes me.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Anna:  Reining in my inherent love of melodrama.

In first drafts, absolutely everything that can possibly go wrong for a character will go wrong! It’s amazing any of them survive with that I throw at them. Over subsequent rewrites I’ll thin out all of that and just keep the necessary points to further the plot or flesh out the character’s personality.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Anna:  I think influences can be found absolutely everywhere – TV, film, music, other books, real people, fictional people, the news, society.

Although I’m writing fantasy, I want the world and the society and culture and place I’ve created to feel as real and relatable as possible. Some people have said they don’t like an instance of sexual assault in the book, and one person said that they’d expected better, from me or the book I’m not sure – is it because I’m a woman writer? But the thing is, sexual assault is, sadly, all too prevalent in this world. If I’d written a happy utopia of complete gender parity and respect for all women, warriors or not, I’d probably be accused of writing Mary Sues and people would find it less believable, not more.

Maybe some women and men will find a couple of scenes uncomfortable. Maybe they don’t want to believe we live in a world where women can be accosted or have their arses slapped in public by total strangers, and that’s fine. There’s fiction out there that doesn’t address those issues and I wish them joy of reading those books. But although I’m writing fantasy, I’m also attempting to write reality.

By highlighting issues in fiction, I believe we can address them in our own culture. Perhaps a man reading one character’s creepy come-on will realise he did that once and it’s unpleasant for the female character, so maybe he shouldn’t do it in real life. For me that’s a win.



TQDescribe Godblind in 140 characters or less.

Anna:  A war between gods and cultures, unstoppable and yet which must be stopped, threatens Rilpor. Blood rises and the Red Gods rise with it.



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

Anna:  It’s a novel, ultimately, of hope. When all seems lost, when people are dying, the characters have faith in the end goal, and hope to reach it. They’re not so hard and bleak that they’re just trying to survive as long as possible in a world gone to hell, they’re actively trying to prevent it from getting worse. They’re striving for a better world. Even the ones on the ‘wrong’ side believe that, that the world they want to create will be better.



TQWhat inspired you to write Godblind? What appeals to you about writing grimdark fantasy?

Anna:  I didn’t know I was writing grimdark until I was told I was! To me, I was just writing the world I saw and believed in. I have read – and still read – high fantasy, with noble paladins and wise old women, and I thoroughly enjoy it, and for a long time I tried to make Godblind like that. But things kept happening that didn’t fit into that world and so in the end I just wrote it the way it wanted to be written.

As I’ve already mentioned, I want to write the most honest and real world I can, full of people making mistakes, messing up at critical moments, making fools of themselves. Full of good characters, evil characters and everything in between – which is most of us. We all have the opportunity to be bad or good multiple times a day, or thoughtless, ignorant, casually cruel. I just wanted to write a book that reflects the gamut of human interaction and experience – but with swords!

Many years ago, when I wrote the first, highly terrible, version of Godblind, I wanted to write about a woman who became a warrior. And she was what people would call a Mary Sue – she went from simpering, pampered princess to steely-eyed warrior with barely a blink. And I never liked her. I wanted to write about women in war, but I couldn’t get on with her.

So I changed everything about her except for her name and her desire to fight, and she became Rillirin, and once I made her real, everything else became real as well. I think she was probably my version of Paks from Elizabeth Moon’s excellent The Deed of Paksenarrion. And while I love that book, I can’t write that book. I can’t write that sort of world or that sort of high nobility, because I don’t see it in the world around me – which is sad.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Godblind?

Anna:  I did a lot of battle research. I made extensive use of a book called Infantry Warfare in the Fourteenth Century by DeVries in order to learn about battle formation, ambush, numbers, positioning of archers and cavalry etc. I read a fair amount of historical fiction as well, so I combined the two.

I researched medicinal plants and the time it takes to travel by foot, by horse, in a forced march etc, to try and make movement through the country of Rilpor as honest as possible.

I did some internet research into decomposition, speed of death, wounds, healing and medical procedures, but not too much as I was worried the internet police might raid me!



TQPlease tell us about Godblind's cover?

Anna:  The amazing artwork for Godblind was designed by Dom Forbes, who works in-house at Harper Voyager, my UK publisher. Dom read the book and then produced what he got from it, that’s really all I can say.

He actually produced three versions, but we all agreed we liked this one the most. The crow/eagle is more representative of the novel than something that actually happens, a symbol of many things depending on your point of view – the Red Gods rising, crows stalking a battlefield, hope overcoming all. It’s very interpretive, which I like a lot. I think people will individually get something different from it, and maybe they’ll view it differently after reading it compared with how they saw it before.



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

Anna:  Crys was the easiest character to write, I think. His voice and outlook are probably the most closely aligned to mine – the mischief, the gentle mockery of authority, the sense of humour. Do I find it strange the character most like me is male instead of female? Not really, it just happened that way. Of course, he’s also heroic and noble and self-sacrificing, so he’s not completely like me. I like to think I’d be those things in a tough situation, but I’m not sure I would and I’m definitely not claiming to own those qualities.

Hands down, the hardest character to write is Galtas, because Galtas is a bastard, through and through. I wanted Galtas to be every creep in a nightclub, every wolf-whistler on the street, and every condescending, arrogant misogynist I could think of. His interactions with women, which thankfully are few, made me physically uncomfortable to write, and I hope that comes through to readers. If people like Galtas, I’ve really messed it up!



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Godblind?

Anna:  Including allusions to LGBT and gender equality was extremely important for me, because I’m passionate about those things. The easy acceptance among the Watcher people of LGBT people, the absolute trust in women as warriors among the Wolves, was my little version of utopia, I suppose.

But then I wanted to highlight the opposite to act as a foil against it and to show how ridiculous those contrary beliefs are. Hence I included the laws against homosexuality, the treatment of Tara who is the only female soldier in the West Rank, and Galtas’s supposition she only made it to captain because she slept with the general.

All those teeth-grinding, maddening, misogynistic assumptions that continue to be vented in the real world are in Godblind, no doubt much to the surprise of some readers who see this as my opportunity to stamp out such themes. But believe me, I’m not writing them because I think they’re true, I’m writing them in order to highlight their pervasiveness and to tackle them within the novel, even if that’s just by showing how little sense they make.

Would any man, when he’s about to have his throat slit, be stupid enough to reject the help of a woman or a gay man? Well, yes, some probably would, but then they’d be dead and so would their particular brand of bigotry, so it’s not a total loss.



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

Anna:  Will you allow us to turn Godblind into a movie?

YES!



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

Anna:  This is one of my favourite quotes concerning Crys. I think it sums up a lot of things about him:
‘So, Captain Tailorson, it appears you have led a varied and interesting career in the last two years with the North Rank. Any particular reason for that?’ Commander Durdil Koridam eyed him from behind his desk.
        ‘No, sir.’
        ‘Demoted to lieutenant for brawling with common soldiers, a month in the cells for smuggling a family over the border into Rilpor, promotion back to captain for outstanding gallantry under fire . . . Outstanding?’
        ‘Major Bedras found himself surrounded by the Dead Legion. It seemed appropriate to save him.’
        ‘From the Dead Legion? Alone?’ Durdil’s grey eyebrows rose a fraction.
        ‘There were five of them, sir, youngsters on a blood hunt to prove their manhood.’
        ‘And how did they manage to surround the major?’
        ‘Couldn’t say, sir.’
        ‘No, though I note from General Tariq’s subsequent report that the major is no longer a major.’
        ‘As you say, sir.’
        ‘And the family you allowed into our country?’
        ‘A woman with three children, starving and filthy. Husband killed by the Dead, fleeing to save her children’s lives. It was . . . it was the right thing to do.’
        ‘You are a soldier, Tailorson. Right and wrong is for your superiors to decide.’
        Crys met his eyes. ‘Right and wrong is for every man to decide. Sir.’


TQWhat's next?

Anna:  Next is definitely the next two books in the series. I’m deep into drafting the sequel to Godblind at the moment, so that’s taking up most of my writing time. However, I’m also a member of Birmingham Writer’s Group in my home town, and I try and produce at least a few short stories every year to contribute to that. Hopefully, once I’ve delivered the manuscript for the sequel, I’ll be able to produce a few more.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Anna:  Thanks so much for letting me waffle on, it’s been an absolute pleasure.





Godblind
Godblind Trilogy 1
Talos, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Anna Stephens, author of Godblind
For fans of Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, and Mark Lawrence comes a brutal grimdark fantasy debut of dark gods and violent warriors.

The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.

Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.

Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?





About Anna

Anna Stephens is a member of the Birmingham Writers’ Group, a friendly bunch of geeks with a penchant for Doctor Who bordering on collective obsession. She has a second Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and is no stranger to being punched in the face, which is more help than you would expect when writing fight scenes.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @AnnaSmithWrites  ~  Instagram

The View From Monday - July 10, 2017

Happy Monday!

There are 10 debuts out this week! Yes, 10. This may be the week with the most debuts published for the year.

Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown;

The Null Prophecy by Michael Guillen

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson;

Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly;

The Magical World of Madame Métier by Daphne Rose Kingma;

The Fifth Ward: First Watch (The Fifth Ward 1) by Dale Lucas;

The Truants by Lee Markham;

Godblind by Anna Stephens;

When the English Fall by David Williams;

and

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer by Leslie Peter Wulff.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan;

Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound 2) by Jordanna Max Brodsky is out in Trade Paperback;

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne;

and

Under Shadows (The Dome Trilogy 3) by Jason LaPier is out in eBook.

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

July 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
First Fall: The Canoe Thief (e) Zaide Bishop SF/Dys
The Null Prophecy (D) Michael Guillen TechTh
Best of British Science Fiction 2016 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology



July 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Returned Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor 2
The Rift Nina Allan SF
Journeys Through Time & Space: 5 Classic Novels of Science Fiction and Fantasy (e) Greg Bear (Curator) SF/F
Winter of the Gods (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF - Olympus Bound 2
Dark Sky Mike Brooks SF - Keiko 2
Tropic of Kansas (D) Christopher Brown SF/AP/PA
Fury of Surrender Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 6
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero Occ/Sup/H/Satire
A Shadow of All Light (h2tp) Fred Chappell F
Little Heaven (h2tp) Nick Cutter H
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
A Handful of Men: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Handful of Men
The Seventh Sword: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - Seventh Sword
A Man of His Word: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Man of His Word
Soultaker Robert J. Duperre F - Knights Eternal
Dichronauts Greg Egan SF/GenEng
The Sunlight Pilgrims (h2tp) Jenni Fagan CoA/Psy/Dys
The Spellsinger Adventures Volume One: Spellsinger, The Hour of the Gate, and The Day of the Dissonance (e) Alan Dean Foster F - Spellsinger Adventures
Tall, Dark, Deadly Alpha Donna Grant PNR/GO - Reapers
The Ghost Line Andrew Neil Gray
J.S. Herbison
SF/AC
Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 4
Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles Kevin Hearne F - The Iron Druid Chronicles
My Best Friend's Exorcism (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/CoA
Sand Hugh Howey SF/PA
Gork, the Teenage Dragon (D) Gabe Hudson LF/F/HU/SF
Like a Fly on the Wall (D) Simone Kelly Sus/M
At the Table of Wolves Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 1
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (h2tp)(ri) Stephen King DF - The Dark Tower 1
The Magical World of Madame Métier (D) Daphne Rose Kingma CW/VisMeta/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Dragon Masters Richard A. Knaak F - The Turning War 1
Tomorrow's Kin Nancy Kress SF/AC/GenEng - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 1
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories Naomi Kritzer SF/F - Collection
The Harrows of Spring (h2tp) James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - World Made By Hand 4
House of Windows John Langan H/SupTh/GO
First Watch (D) Dale Lucas F - The Fifth Ward 1
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology Jonathan Maberry (Ed)
George A. Romero (Ed)
H/F - Anthology
A Kiss Before Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF - A Dru Jasper Novel 2
The Truants (D) Lee Markham Dys/H
Scourge Gail Z. Martin F - Darkhurst 1
The Witches of New York Ami McKay HistF
Mortarch of Night Josh Reynolds
David Guymer
F - Realmgate Wars 9
Telling the Map: Stories Christopher Rowe SF/F - Collection
The Devil's Colony (e) Bill Schweigart H/DF - Fatal Folklore Trilogy 3
Dark Exodus (e) Thomas E. Sniegoski DF - A Demonists Novel 2
Godblind (D) Anna Stephens F/DF
The Delirium Brief Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 8
Bannerless Carrie Vaughn SF/AP/PA - Bannerless Saga 1
Robur the Conqueror Jules Verne
Arthur B. Evans (Ed)
Alex Kirstukas (Tr)
SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction Series
Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire Dayton Ward SF - Hidden Universe
When the English Fall (D) David Williams SF/PA/AP/Dys
Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer (D) Leslie Peter Wulff DF/CF/UF



July 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Waiting on a Bright Moon: A Tor.com Original (e) JY Yang SF



July 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Under Shadows (e) Jason LaPier SF - The Dome Trilogy 3
Man with the Iron Heart Mat Nastos SF - The Donner Grimm Adventures



July 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Journal of Jeremy Todd (Ke) Jon Quick H
Time Travel Short Stories Flame Tree Studio TT - Anthology



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RPGs - Role Playing Games
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superhero(es)
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
Z - Zombies
Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts

There are 22 debut novels for July.

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

The July 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 July cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on July 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for July 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Christopher Brown

Tropic of Kansas
Harper Voyager, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
    Science Fiction, Apocalyptic,  Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“Futurist as provocateur! The world is sheer batshit genius . . . a truly hallucinatorily envisioned environment.”—William Gibson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author

“Timely, dark, and ultimately hopeful: it might not ‘make America great again,’ but then again, it just might.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Homeland

Acclaimed short story writer and editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominee Three Messages and a Warning eerily envisions an American society unraveling and our borders closed off—from the other side—in this haunting and provocative novel that combines Max Barry’s Jennifer Government, Philip K. Dick’s classic Man in the High Castle, and China Mieville’s The City & the City

The United States of America is no more. Broken into warring territories, its center has become a wasteland DMZ known as “the Tropic of Kansas.” Though this gaping geographic hole has no clear boundaries, everyone knows it's out there—that once-bountiful part of the heartland, broken by greed and exploitation, where neglect now breeds unrest. Two travelers appear in this arid American wilderness: Sig, the fugitive orphan of political dissidents, and his foster sister Tania, a government investigator whose search for Sig leads her into her own past—and towards an unexpected future.

Sig promised those he loves that he would make it to the revolutionary redoubt of occupied New Orleans. But first he must survive the wild edgelands of a barren mid-America policed by citizen militias and autonomous drones, where one wrong move can mean capture . . . or death. One step behind, undercover in the underground, is Tania. Her infiltration of clandestine networks made of old technology and new politics soon transforms her into the hunted one, and gives her a shot at being the agent of real change—if she is willing to give up the explosive government secrets she has sworn to protect.

As brother and sister traverse these vast and dangerous badlands, their paths will eventually intersect on the front lines of a revolution whose fuse they are about to light.




Jesús Carrasco
Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Out in the Open
Riverhead Books, July 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages
    Dystopian, Hispanic and Latino, Literary

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“A harrowing, humane, and very beautiful book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

A searing dystopian vision of a young boy’s flight through an unnamed, savaged country, searching for sanctuary and redemption—a debut novel from one of Europe’s bestselling literary stars.


A young boy has fled his home. He’s pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he’s fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine.

Out in the Open tells the story of this journey through a drought-stricken country ruled by violence. A world where names and dates don’t matter, where morals have drained away with the water. In this landscape the boy—not yet a lost cause—has the chance to choose hope and bravery, or to live forever mired in the cycle of violence in which he was raised. Carrasco has masterfully created a high stakes world, a dystopian tale of life and death, right and wrong, terror and salvation.




David Demchuk

The Bone Mother
ChiZine Publications, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
    Occult & Supernatural, Horror,
    Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
    Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Three neighboring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind—and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary—they tell their stories and confront their destinies.

Eerie and unsettling like the best fairy tales, these incisor-sharp portraits of ghosts, witches, sirens, and seers—and the mortals who live at their side and in their thrall—will chill your marrow and tear at your heart.




J. Danielle Dorn

Devil's Call
Inkshares, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook 275 pages
    Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Westerns

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The Revenant with witches.” ―James Demonaco, screenwriter and director of The Purge series

On a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks―the witches of the MacPherson clan―and her need for vengeance is as vast and unforgiving as the Great Plains themselves.

Written to the child she carries, Devil’s Call traces Li Lian’s quest, from the Nebraska Territory, to Louisiana, to the frozen Badlands, to bring to justice the monster responsible for shooting her husband in the back. This long-rifled witch will stop at nothing​―​and risk everything​―​in her showdown with evil.




Sean Gandert

Lost in Arcadia
47North, July 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 412 pages
    Literary, Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“This insightful study of a world in flux, framed by a dystopian future America and a disintegrating family, is disturbingly timely.” —Publishers Weekly

The America of 2037 is a country distracted by, infatuated with, and addicted to Arcadia. The brainchild of reclusive genius Juan Diego Reyes, Arcadia is a wickedly immersive, all-encompassing social-media platform and virtual-reality interface. Although Arcadia has made the Reyes family fabulously wealthy, it’s left them—and the rest of the country—impoverished of that rare currency: intimacy. When Juan Diego mysteriously vanishes, the consequences shatter the lives of the entire Reyes clan.

As matriarch Autumn struggles to hold the family together, siblings Gideon, Holly, and Devon wrestle with questions of purpose and meaning—seeking self-worth in a world where everything has been cheapened. Outside the artificial safety of Arcadia, America has crumbled into an unrecognizable nation where a fundamentalist ex-preacher occupies the Oval Office, megacorporations blithely exploit their full citizenship, and a twenty-foot-high Great Wall of Freedom plastered with lucrative advertising bestrides the US-Mexican border.

In a polarized society now cripplingly hooked on manufactured highs, the Reyes family must overcome the seduction of simulation to find the kind of authentic human connection that offers salvation for all.




David Burr Gerrard

The Epiphany Machine
G.P. Putnam's Sons, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
    Literary, Alternative History, Science Fiction
    (SpecFic Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too.

That’s the slogan. The product: a junky contraption that tattoos personalized revelations on its users’ forearms. It’s an old con, playing on the fear that we are obvious to everybody except ourselves. This particular one’s been circulating New York since the 1960s. The ad works. And, oddly enough, so might the device…

A small stream of city dwellers buy into this cult of the epiphany machine, including Venter Lowood’s parents. This stigma follows them when they move upstate, where Venter can’t avoid the whispers of teachers and neighbors any more than he can ignore the machine’s accurate predictions: his mother’s abandonment and his father’s disinterest. So when Venter’s grandmother finally asks him to confront the epiphany machine and inoculate himself against his family’s mistakes, he’s only too happy to oblige.

Like his parents before him, Venter is quick to fall under the spell of the device’s sweat-stained, profane, and surprisingly charming operator, Adam Lyons. But unlike them, Venter gets close enough to Adam to learn a dark secret. There’s an undeniable pattern between specific epiphanies and violent crimes. And Adam won’t jeopardize the privacy of his customers by alerting the police.

It may be a hoax, but that doesn’t mean what Adam is selling isn’t also spot-on. And in this sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America, the greater danger is that Adam Lyon’s apparatus may just be right about us all.




Michael Guillen

The Null Prophecy
Regnery Fiction, July 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
    Technological Thriller, Science Fiction
    Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The Future of the World Is at Stake! Scientists have spotted holes opening up in Earth’s magnetosphere, and now a massive, deadly eruption of solar radiation is hurtling toward the planet at one million miles per hour. With only three days before impact, the American president turns to two unlikely heroes: inventor Calder Sinclair and physicist-turned-news-correspondent Allie Armendariz. While racing the clock, Calder and Allie battle personal demons as well as each other, all the while inching closer to a staggering truth foretold in ancient literature that will dramatically impact the world’s future: The Null Prophecy.The Future of the World Is at Stake! Scientists have spotted holes opening up in Earth’s magnetosphere, and now a massive, deadly eruption of solar radiation is hurtling toward the planet at one million miles per hour. With only three days before impact, the American president turns to two unlikely heroes: inventor Calder Sinclair and physicist-turned-news-correspondent Allie Armendariz. While racing the clock, Calder and Allie battle personal demons as well as each other, all the while inching closer to a staggering truth foretold in ancient literature that will dramatically impact the world’s future: The Null Prophecy.




Michael F. Haspil

Graveyard Shift
Tor Books, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
    Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Supernatural Thriller,
    Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut by Michael F. Haspil in Graveyard Shift

Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes.

When poisoned artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance against an ancient vampire conspiracy.

If they succeed, they'll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race-war bloodier than any the world has ever seen.

“Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome!” —Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown




Gabe Hudson

Gork, the Teenage Dragon
Knopf, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
    Literary, Fantasy, Humorous, Science Fiction,
    Action & Adventure

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A wacky, exuberant, heartfelt debut novel: the unholy child of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Candles—and this time with dragons.

“No good human won’t love this dragon named Gork.” —Dave Eggers

“A one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story.” —Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.

Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But finally it is Gork’s biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.

A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.




Simone Kelly

Like a Fly on the Wall
William Morrow Paperbacks, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook 448 pages
    Suspense, Mystery

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
From talented debut author Simone Kelly comes this suspenseful novel that crackles with intrigue, sex, and plenty of surprises—perfect for fans of Eric Jerome Dickey and Carl Weber.
Meet Jacques Berradi. Moroccan-born and Manhattan-raised, his genuine, sexy-smooth allure goes hand in hand with a unique gift. Since Jacques was young, he has had the ability to read peoples’ energies, communicate with spirit guides, and even catch glimpses of people’s futures. Now a professional “intuitive counselor,” Jacques’s clients pay him handsomely for his insight. Unfortunately, Jacques’s psychic abilities don’t come with an off switch to tune out the world’s noise, nor do they always provide him with easy answers; recently Jacques has begun having dark, alarming dreams about his beloved father, a Moroccan immigrant who died when he was a boy.

Meet Kylie Collins, an adventurous, Miami twentysomething who is trying to find her footing after being laid off from a cushy music industry job. When a mishap brings them together, Kylie is instantly mesmerized by Jacques’s cool demeanor and intuitive abilities, and he’s captivated by her outgoing charm and breezy good looks. Seeking to learn more about her family history—including the identity of the father she’s never known—Kylie visits Jacques’s office to gain some insight about her future, and about her free-spirited and headstrong Jamaican mother, True.

But on the night that they meet, a rolling blackout cuts off power throughout Miami. Kylie and Jacques, and a few of his clients, head to the only place in the neighborhood with enough light to see: Like a Fly on the Wall Detective Agency. There, Kylie serendipitously lands herself the perfect new job as an apprentice private eye.

As partners, Jacques and Kylie are an unstoppable duo. Can Jacques’s intuition reveal the scandalous history of Kylie’s mother and father? Will Kylie’s newfound detective skills uncover evidence about the death of Jacques’s father? And will the chemistry that charges their friendship bubble over into something much, much hotter…?




Daphne Rose Kingma

The Magical World of Madame Métier: A Spiritual Fairy Tale
Skyhorse Publishing, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 296 pages
    Contemporary Women, Visionary & Metaphysical
    Magical Realism, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Reminiscent of the enchanted realism of Alice Hoffman’s bestselling novels, The Magical World of Madame Metier weaves together magic, romance, and a powerful bond of friendship in celebration of the female spirit.

Facing destitution after the untimely death of her husband, Madame Métier revisits a long-forgotten talent—the creation of healing botanical creams and lotions. Her rediscovery of this sacred practice marks the beginning of her spiritual odyssey of self-actualization and empowerment. Meanwhile, two eccentric friends of hers begin a passionate affair that ends their respective marriages. Invigorated by their relationship, Monsieur Sorbonne searches for his life’s passion while Mademoiselle Objet helps Madame Métier with her new business. While the couple explores the nuances of their romance, Madame Métier finds herself in a relationship with a mysterious being who redefines her understanding of human love. Just as things are looking up, Mme. Métier’s creams result in a customer’s death, and the three friends face an ordeal of profound doubt, spiritual crisis, and persecution that threatens to tear them apart.

Daphne Rose Kingma brings insights from her self-help books to a modern fairy tale that is both enlightening and entertaining. This is an extraordinary debut about the nature of love and relationships.




Tal M. Klein

The Punch Escrow
Geek & Sundry, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback, 300 pages
    Hard Science Fiction, Thrillers, Technological Thrillers,

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Dubbed the “next Ready, Player One,” by former Warner Brothers President Greg Silverman, and now in film development at Lionsgate.

“I read a lot of books but haven’t enjoyed one as much as The Punch Escrow in a long time. Klein creates a plausibly real future that sucks you in. He powers his story with action, twists, and a dash of humor.” ―Andy Lewis, Book Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport―the world’s most powerful corporation, in a world controlled by corporations.

Joel Byram spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He’s pretty much an everyday twenty-second century guy with everyday problems―until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.




Leena Likitalo

The Five Daughters of the Moon
The Waning Moon Duology 1
Tor.com, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages
     Historical Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.

The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future.

Alina, six, fears Gagargi Prataslav and his Great Thinking Machine. The gagargi claims that the machine can predict the future, but at a cost that no one seems to want to know.

Merile, eleven, cares only for her dogs, but she smells that something is afoul with the gagargi. By chance, she learns that the machine devours human souls for fuel, and yet no one believes her claim.

Sibilia, fifteen, has fallen in love for the first time in her life. She couldn't care less about the unrests spreading through the countryside. Or the rumors about the gagargi and his machine.

Elise, sixteen, follows the captain of her heart to orphanages and workhouses. But soon she realizes that the unhappiness amongst her people runs much deeper that anyone could have ever predicted.

And Celestia, twenty-two, who will be the empress one day. Lately, she's been drawn to the gagargi. But which one of them was the first to mention the idea of a coup?

Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fuelled by evil magic.




Dale Lucas

The Fifth Ward: First Watch
The Fifth Ward 1
Orbit,  July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
    Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A watchman of the Yenara City guard has gone missing. The culprit could be any of the usual suspects: drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, or humans being typical humans.

It's up to two reluctant partners -- Rem, a hungover miscreant who joins the Watch to pay off his bail, and Torval, a maul-wielding dwarf who's highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem -- to uncover the truth and catch the murderer loose in their fair city.

"A brilliant premise, wonderfully told. A city that breathes, and heroes you can't help but root for." -- Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

"A glorious tour through fantasy's seamier side. A wilder ride than Middle Earth, and you'll love every minute of it!" -- Jon Hollins, author of the Dragon Lords series




Lee Markham

The Truants
The Overlook Press, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
     Horror, Dystopian

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A fresh twist on the vampire mythos, The Truants is a dystopian novel of startling intensity, narrated by immortal old-ones.

Contorting the conventional vampire narrative into a startling tale of immortality, blood lust, and rage contaminating London’s inner-city youth like a virus, The Truants tells the story of the last of the old-ones―creatures afflicted with a condition not unlike vampirism: ancient, bloodthirsty, and unable to withstand sunlight.

The last old-one has decided to end his life, but before he can act he is held up at knifepoint. His assailant disappears, the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. The knife trades hands, drawing blood again, and the old-one is resurrected through his victims’ consciousness and divided, spreading through the infected. With his horde of infected youth, the old-one must reclaim the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him...




Jennie Melamed

Gather the Daughters
Little, Brown and Company, July 25, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
    Literary

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
NEVER LET ME GO meets THE GIVER in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.
 

Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.

The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.

Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing.

GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic, compulsively readable, Melamed's novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.




John Leonard Pielmeier

Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself
Scribner, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
     Fiction, Action & Adventure

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

Like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, Hook’s Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets—including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy—lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect.




Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice
A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel 1
Orbit, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
     Contemporary Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead.

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies.

It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life, until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.




Wesley Snipes
Ray Norman

Talon of God
Harper Voyager, July 25, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
    Urban Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The acclaimed actor makes his fiction debut with this enthralling urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation.

Imagine that everyone you have ever known or loved was forced against their will into a state of demonic possession and spiritual slavery. Imagine an unholy cabal of the world’s richest and most powerful men directing this sinister plan in order to cement their unbridled control of the planet.

Imagine two heroes emerging from that darkness to do battle with the forces of evil.

Set in the mean streets of Chicago, Talon of God is the action-packed adventure centered around the Lauryn Jefferson, a beautiful young doctor who is dragged into a seemingly impossible battle against the invisible forces of Satan’s army and their human agents that are bent on enslaving humanity in a mission to establish the kingdom of hell on Earth.

But Lauryn is a skeptic, and it’s only as she sees a diabolical drug sweep her city and begins to train in the ways of a spirit warrior by the legendary man of God, Talon Hunter, that she discovers her true nature and inner strength. Facing dangerous trials and tests, it’s a true baptism by fire. And if they fail, millions could die. And rivers of blood would flow throughout the land.

Imagine such horror. Such pain. And imagine what it would take to fight against it. For only the strongest and most faithful will survive?

Get ready. Armageddon approaches quickly.




Anna Stephens

Godblind
Godblind Trilogy 1
Talos, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
    Epic Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
For fans of Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, and Mark Lawrence comes a brutal grimdark fantasy debut of dark gods and violent warriors.

The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.

Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.

Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?




David Williams

When the English Fall
Algonquin Books, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Hard Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and nonviolent community can survive when civilization falls apart.

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community.

Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?

David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold.




Leslie Peter Wulff

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer
Night Shade Books, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 256 pages
    Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Sixteen-year-old Walt thinks he’s left his problems behind him when he runs away from a broken home to live with his eccentric uncle. The simple, semi-rural, semi-anti-social lifestyle seems at first to be exactly what Walt wants, but he soon learns his new life isn’t just about ditching school and drinking beer with his friends.

Uncle Brucker is a Rat Killer; a tireless rat tracker, an expert in rat lore, a speaker of the rat language, and a decorated veteran of two bloody uprisings. His uncle begins to train Walt in the ways of rat killing, and explains to his nephew the ancient and bloody history of men and rats. Before the rise of men, he says, rats ruled the earth. They’ve been hiding in another dimension ever since they were kicked out by humanity, planning to retake the planet.

In the middle of Walt’s training, Uncle Brucker is called away by mysterious men from the government. When he fails to return from his mission, Walt discovers a portal to the rat dimension and realizes he must travel alone to Rat Land to save his uncle. Perhaps the most unusual dark fantasy debut of the year, Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer is a surreal exploration of honor, duty, and inter-dimensional genocide.

The View From Monday - June 19, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

The View From Monday - June 19, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The End of Ordinary by Edward Ashton;

Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Kangaroo Too (Kangaroo 2) by Curtis C. Chen;

Empire of Time (New Pompeii 2) by Daniel Godfrey;

Dark Immolation (Chaos Queen 2) by Christopher Husberg;

Shattered Minds (Pacifica 2) by Laura Lam;

Run Program by Scott Meyer;

and

You Die When You Die (West of West 1) by Angus Watson.

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



The View From Monday - June 19, 2017



June 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Two Wizard Roulette (e) Joshua Bader UF - Modern Knights 2
Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods (e) Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine



June 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legacy of the Wulfen David Annandale
Robbie MacNiven
SF - Space Wolves
Lemartes David Annandale SF - Space Marine Legends 5
The End of Ordinary (e) Edward Ashton SF/GenEng
Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories Michael Bishop SF - Collection
Kangaroo Too Curtis C. Chen SF/Th - Kangaroo 2
The Parthenon Bomber Christos Chrissopoulos
John Cullen (Tr)
AH/LF
Seek and Destroy William C. Dietz SH/SF - America Rising 2
Power Game (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR/SupTh/GenEng - GhostWalkers 13
Calabash (e) Christopher Fowler F
Psychoville (e) Christopher Fowler H
Disturbia (e) Christopher Fowler H/Th
Spanky (e) Christopher Fowler H
Roofworld (e) Christopher Fowler H
Red Gloves, Volumes I & II (e) Christopher Fowler M/H/F - Collection
Empire of Time Daniel Godfrey SF/TT/AH - New Pompeii 2
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (D) Theodora Goss F
Transformation James Gunn SF/SO - The Transcendental Machine 3
Crimson Death (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton P/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 25
Perilous Prophecy Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/SP - Strangely Beautiful 2
The Management Style of the Supreme Beings Tom Holt F/HU
Dark Immolation Christopher Husberg F/DF - Chaos Queen 2
Warrior of Fire Shona Husk PNR - Blood and Silver 2
Mapping the Interior Stephen Graham Jones H
The Silent Corner Dean Koontz Sus/Psy
Shattered Minds Laura Lam SF/Th/GenEng/CyberP - Pacifica 2
Veiled Threat Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 7
Run Program Scott Meyer SF/HU
The Asylum of Dr. Caligari James Morrow Absurdist
The Last Good Man (e) Linda Nagata SF
A Gathering of Ravens Scott Oden HistF
Rig Jon Wallace SF/Th - Kenstibec
You Die When You Die Angus Watson DF - West of West 1
Dark Titan Journey: Finally Home Thomas A. Watson SF/AP/PA - Dark Titan 3



June 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The White-Throated Transmigrant: A Tor.Com Original E. Lily Yu DF
The Heresy Within (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 1
The Colour of Vengeance (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 2
The Price of Faith (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 3



June 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come to Dust Bracken MacLeod H



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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

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