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The View From Monday - September 23, 2019


Happy Monday!


There are no debuts this week.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Bone Ships (Tide Child Trilogy 1) by RJ Barker;

The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone is out in Trade Paperback;

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade 2) by Seth Dickinson is out in Trade Paperback;

Fallen (Alex Verus 10) by Benedict Jacka;

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz;

Unearthed (A Death Seeker Novel 1) by Cecy Robson;

Grave Importance (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel 3) by Vivian Shaw;

A Savage Generation (ri) by David Tallerman;

and

Venom: Lethal Protector Prose Novel by James R. Tuck is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - September 23, 2019



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

September 23, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Fist or a Heart Kristín Eiríksdóttir
Larissa Kyer (Tr)
LF/CW/VisM
Maps of Utopia: H. G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture (ri) Simon J. James SF/HC



September 24, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Winter Vow (h2mmp) Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 3
Harpy Thyme (e) Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 17
Demons Don't Dream (e) Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 16
Geis of the Gargoyle (e) Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 18
The Bone Ships RJ Barker F - Tide Child Trilogy 1
The Mansion (h2tp) Ezekiel Boone H
The Kingdom of Copper (h2tp) S. A Chakraborty F - Daevabad Trilogy 2
The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates HistF/MR
Star Destroyers (tp2mm) Tony Daniel (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF/SO - Anthology
The Monster Baru Cormorant (h2tp) Seth Dickinson F - The Masquerade 2
Gift of Griffins (h2mm) V. M. Escalada F/DF - Faraman Prophecy 2
Toxic Game (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR/GenEng - GhostWalker 15
Shatter War (h2tp) Dana Fredsti
David Fitzgerald
SF/TT - Time Shards
The Monster of Elendhaven Jennifer Giesbrecht DF/H
Siege of Stone: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Nicci Chronicles 3
The Late Great Wizard (tp2mm) Sara Hanover F - Wayward Mages 1
Japanese Ghost Stories Lafcadio Hearn
Paul Murray (Ed)
Occ/Sup/H/SupTh
The Miracles of the Namiya General Store Keigo Higashino MR
The World That We Knew Alice Hoffman LF
Fallen Benedict Jacka UF/CF - Alex Versus 10
The Orchid Throne Jeffe Kennedy FR - Forgotten Empires 1
The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham Leslie S. Klinger (Ed) H/Classics
Heartsong TJ Klune PNR - Green Creek 3
Steel Crow Saga Paul Krueger F
The Bartered Brides (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF/Gaslamp - Elemental Masters 13
Past Master R. A. Lafferty SF/HU/TT
Bright Morning Star Simon Morden HSF/AC
The Future of Another Timeline Annalee Newitz SF/TT
Only Some Can Hear My Voice Brian O'Grady SF/AP/PA/UF/TechTh/PolTh/SupTh
The Warrior Moon K Arsenault Rivera F/HistF - Ascendant 3
Year One (h2mm) Nora Roberts F/PNR/SupTh/SF/AP/PA/Dys - Chronicles of The One 1
Unearthed (e) Cecy Robson UF/DF - Death Seeker 1
The Secret of Life (ri) Rudy Rucker SF/CyP
The Sex Sphere (ri) Rudy Rucker SF/CyP
Mistborn: The Final Empire (ri) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 1
Immortal Born Lynsay Sands PNR - An Argeneau Novel 30
The Consuming Fire (h2mm) John Scalzi SF/SO - Interdependency 2
The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr Susan Holloway Scott Hist/Bio/AH
The Fool and Other Moral Tales Anne Serre
Mark Hutchinson (Tr)
FairyT/FolkT/LM
Grave Importance Vivian Shaw CF/P/UF - A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel 3
Archangel's War Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 12
The Sky-Blue Wolves (h2mm) S.M. Stirling SF/AP/PA/AH -  Novel of the Change 15
The Riyria Revelations: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron Michael J. Sullivan F
Split Tooth (h2tp) Tanya Tagaq LF/MR
Violet Scott Thomas GH/Sus/H
Venom: Lethal Protector Prose Novel (h2mm) James R. Tuck SH/CF
The Savior (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 17
Uncompromising Honor (h2mm) David Weber SF/So - Honor Harrington 19
The Beauty (tp2mm) Aliya Whiteley SF/AP/PA
Sisters of the Fire (h2tp) Kim Wilkins F - Daughters of the Storm 2



September 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
One by One (ri) D.W. Gillespie H/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Guardian (ri) J.D. Moyer SF/AP/PA/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers
A Savage Generation (ri) David Tallerman H - Fiction Without Frontiers



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 - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biographical
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romane
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History & Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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 Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Stephen Aryan (2015)

Magebane
The Age of Dread 3
Orbit, June 25, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
When magic is feared, the mages must learn to fight for themselves in this powerful sequel to the standout epic fantasy Mageborn by Stephen Aryan.

A plague rages in the streets of Perizzi. City guards rally to deal with riots while the young magicians of the Tower pool their healing powers to find a cure.

Elsewhere, new alliances are formed to stem the rising darkness strengthening a deity who feeds on pestilence and decay. Gods, Sorcerers and Battlemages must set aside the past and their vendettas to work together or risk unleashing greater suffering than they can possibly imagine…


For more from Stephen Aryan, check out:

The Age of Dread
Mageborn
Magefall
Magebane

Age of Darkness
Battlemage
Bloodmage
Chaosmage


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
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Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





Benedict Jacka (2012)

Fallen
Alex Verus 10
Ace, September 24, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
For Mage Alex Verus, everything is on the line in the tenth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Marked.

Once Alex Verus was a diviner trying to live quietly under the radar.  Now he’s a member of the Light Council who’s found success, friends…and love. But it’s come with a price—the Council is investigating him, and if they find out the truth, he’ll lose everything.

Meanwhile, Alex’s old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Council, and he’s preparing a move that will bring Alex and the life mage, Anne, under his control.  Caught between Richard and the Council, Alex’s time is running out.  To protect those he cares for, Alex will have to become something different. Something darker…


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
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Book 2
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Book 3
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Book 4
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Book 5
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Book 6
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Book 7
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 8
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 9






Rowenna Miller (2018)

Fray
The Unraveled Kingdom 2
Orbit, June 4, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In this epic sequel to Torn, the magical seamstress Sophie Balstrade navigates a royal court and foreign alliances fraught with danger — and may well have to risk everything for love and for country.

Open revolt has been thwarted — for now — but unrest still simmers in the kingdom of Galitha. Sophie, despite having built a thriving business on her skill at both dressmaking and magic, has not escaped unscathed from her misadventures in the workers’ rebellion. Her dangerous foray into curse casting has rendered her powers unpredictable, and her increasingly visible romantic entanglement with the Crown Prince makes her a convenient target for threatened nobles and malcontented commoners alike.

With domestic political reform and international alliances — and her own life — at stake, Sophie must discern friend from foe… before her magic grows too dark for her to wield.

Rowenna Miller’s enchanting fantasy series, the Unraveled Kingdom, is perfect for fans of The Queen of the Tearling and Red Queen.


The Unraveled Kingdom
Torn
Fray


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1

Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017


I am going to start this post with a confession. I'm not really a size zero....just kidding! My confession is that I made some poor reading choices this week. Not that the books I read weren't good...rather that I read them too early. I received a few books from NetGalley and in my excitement to read them I didn't check the publication dates and I can't tell them you about them quite yet. I do have a couple of books to tell you about though so don't despair.


Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017
I received Patricia Brigg's 10th instalment of the Mercy Thompson series Silence Fallen via NetGalley a few months ago. This was another book I read too early, couldn't review immediately after I read it and then forgot I had. Sorry! I did a quick re-read in order to review it for you as soon as I remembered I had it!

This instalment starts quite dramatically with Mercy being abducted not far from her and Adam's home. She wakes up in Europe in the home of a ruthless and evil vampire. Mercy's link to Adam is cut off and she is on her own and it is going to take all her skill and luck of the coyote to survive this. While Mercy looks to escape Adam is forming an unlikely alliance with the vampire queen Marsilia and Stefan in order to rescue Mercy. Told from both Mercy and Adam's POV we travel across Europe as both the hunted and the hunter in search of answers and in search of mercy.

I thought it was interesting that Briggs decided to tell this story from multiple POVs and you can't beat Prague for an atmospheric setting. I really think that Brigg's needs to wrap up this series as the story lines are starting to feel forced. There are only so many times that Mercy can just miss dying. It feels like her 9 lives should have been used up already. It is difficult to see where else Briggs can go with these characters. Good book if you need a time filler but I wouldn't say it was essential reading in the series.


Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017
UK Cover
A number of people have recommended Benedict Jacka's Alex Versus series to me and it has taken me a while to decide to buy one of the books. That time arrived and I got my chance to see what everyone has been talking about by starting with Fated. Qwill reviewed this book back in 2012 so you can read what she thought about it here.

As not to repeat the synopsis of the book again I am just going to tell you what I thought. I liked Alex Versus and thought he was an engaging and conflicted character. I usually always enjoy books set in London and this was no exception. My friends who have recommended this series said it was really funny and while I didn't necessarily think it was a laugh a minute I did find Alex mildly amusing. I have also heard comparisons to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden but again, I couldn't really see the connection - both wizard/mages? That is about it other than they were both loners. I enjoyed Fated but I can't say I would stop reading other books to move onto book 2. Having said that the next time I am looking for a nice enjoyable read then I will check out the next instalment of this series.


That is it for me this week. Wishing you a productive week ahead in reading and remember - check the publication date! Until next week Happy Reading.





Silence Fallen
A Mercy Thompson Novel 10
Ace, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017
In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…




Fated
An Alex Verus Novel 1
Ace, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future–allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever’s inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none…

The View From Monday - April 3, 2017


Happy first Monday in April! Perhaps it will warm up in New England now... or not.

There are 5 Debuts this week:

American War by Omar El Akkad;

Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy 1) by Ruthanna Emrys;

Wanted and Wired (Tether 1) by Vivien Jackson;

Muddy Waters (Otherwhere 1) by Sara O. Thompson;

and

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp is out in Trade Paperback;

Among the Fallen (Godserfs 2) by N S Dolkart;

What's Gone, What's Left Behind (The Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #8) by Max Gladstone;

Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 2) by Lena Gregory;

The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick;

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is out in Trade Paperback;

Bound (An Alex Verus Novel 8) by Benedict Jacka;

Gauntlet (Arena 2) by Holly Jennings;

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 1) by Mark Lawrence;

A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2) by Julie McElwain;

Waking Gods (The Themas Files 2) by Sylvain Neuvel;

Inherit the Flame (Sands of Aransa 3) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

The Chimes by Anna Smaill is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi.

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



The View From Monday - April 3, 2017



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

April 2, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Kris Longknife's Bad Day: A short story (Ke) Mike Shepherd SF



April 3, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Seven Sins of Ruby Love (e) Erin Quinn PNR - Beyond 3
Jewel of Atlantis (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 2



April 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
American War (D) Omar El Akkad LF/WM/Dys
The Apothecary's Poison (e) C.J. Archer MR/HistF Glass and Steele 3
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah CulH/MR/LF
The Last Days of Jack Sparks (h2tp) Jason Arnopp PsyTh
The House of Binding Thorns Aliette de Bodard F/HistF - A Dominion of the Fallen Novel 2
Repo Madness (h2mm) W. Bruce Cameron HU/M - Ruddy McCann 2
Prentice Alvin and Alvin Journeyman Orson Scott Card F - Alvin Maker
Convergence C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO - Foreigner 18
Visitor (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO - Foreigner 17
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two Neil Clarke SF - Anthology
Myth of the Maker Bruce R. Cordell CF - The Strange 1
Monster Hunter Vendetta Signed Leatherbound Edition Larry Correia F - Monster Hunter 2
The Librarians and The Lost Lamp (tp2mm) Greg Cox CF - Librarians Series 1
Feral James DeMonaco
B. K. Evenson
H/Dys/Th
The Best of Gordon R. Dickson Volume 1 Gordon R Dickson
Hank Davis (Ed)
SF - Collection
Among the Fallen NS Dolkart F - Godserfs 2
Winter Tide (D) Ruthanna Emrys HistF/DF - Innsmouth Legacy 1
Writers of the Future Vol 33 David Farland (Ed) SF/F - L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 33
1636: Mission to the Mughals Eric Flint
Griffin Barber
AH - Ring of Fire 23
Occult and Battery Lena Gregory PCM - A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 2
Pathfinder Tales: Gears of Faith Gabrielle Harbowy F - Pathfinder Tales Series 38
The Forbidden Garden Ellen Herrick CW
Hex (h2tp) Thomas Olde Heuvelt H/F/DF/Th
The Immortal's Unrequited Bride Kelli Ireland PNR - Assassin's Arcanum 3
Bound Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 8
Wanted and Wired (D) Vivien Jackson PNR - Tether 1
Gauntlet Holly Jennings SF/Dys/R - Arena 2
Fiendish Schemes (ri) K. W. Jeter SP/HistM/M
Blades of Damocles Phil Kelly SF - Space Marine Battles
Dragonmark (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR/P/CF - Dark-Hunter / Dragons Rising 1
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Ever My Love Lynn Kurland TTR - An Enchanted Garden Mystery /McLeod Family 11
Red Sister Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 1
Redder Than Blood Tanith Lee FairyT/FolkT/LM/ DF/F
Delirium's Mistress (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF/Dys - Flat Earth 4
Blood Enemies Susan R. Matthews SF Under Jurisdiction 7
Lynchpin Shannon Mayer UF - A Rylee Adamson Epilogue 4
A Twist in Time Julie McElwain M/TT - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2
A Fever of the Blood Oscar de Muriel HistM/H
Waking Gods Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh/Th - The Themis Files 2
Inferno Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
F
The End of the Day Claire North Sus
Inherit the Flame (h2tp) Megan E. O'Keefe F - Sands of Aransa 3
1984 (ri) George Orwell Dys
Diary of a Succubus James Patterson
with Derek Nikitas
SupTh - BookShots
Dutch (e) Madhuri Pavamani UF/F/FR - The Keeper Series 1
Brimstone Cherie Priest DF/HistF/H
The Horror on the Links Seabury Quin M/Occ/Sup/F/P - The Complete Tales of Jules De Grandin 1
Fury of Gork Josh Reynolds F - Realmgate Wars 7
Saving Mercy Abbie Roads RSus - Fatal Truth 1
Shadow Spell (h2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy 2
The Chimes (h2tp) Anna Smaill Dys
Between a Wolf and a Hard Place Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 7
Occupy Me Tricia Sullivan Occ/Sup
The Passenger (h2tp) F. R. Tallis SupTh
Angel Unleashed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Muddy Waters (D) Sara O. Thompson Occ/Sup/P/UF - Otherwhere 1
Corax Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 40
Ghost in the Shell: Five New Short Stories Tow Ubukata
Toh
Enjoe
Gakuto Mikumo
Kafka Asagiri
SF/TechTh
The Chosen J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 15
Foxlowe (D) Eleanor Wasserberg LF/Th/PsyTh/Gothic
Pirate Freedom Gene Wolfe F/Sea Stories
Kokoro Keith Yatsuhasi SF/F



April 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
When Stars Are Scattered: A Tor.com Original Spencer Ellsworth SF/AC
What's Gone, What's Left Behind (e) Max Gladstone HistF/Espionage - Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #8



April 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Saboteurs (e) Ben Peek F
Special Purposes: First Strike Weapon (e) Gavin G. Smith SF/PA - Special Purposes 1
The Master of Time (Ke) David Wingrove TT - Roads to Moscow 3



April 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Just Like Hell: with the bonus novella Mr. Gray (e) Nate Southard H



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
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16


This is the sixteenth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Kameron Hurley (2011)

Empire Ascendant
Worldbreaker Saga 2
Angry Robot, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, October 6, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16
Loyalties are tested when worlds collide…

Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers. The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy.

Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful – but unpredictable –magic. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress’s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long-lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire’s undoing.

But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted?

In this devastating sequel to The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley transports us back to a land of blood mages and sentient plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds.

File Under: Fantasy


The Stars Are Legion
Saga Press, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16
Set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war-torn legion of worlds—and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.

On the outer rim of the universe, a galactic war has been waged for centuries upon hundreds of world-ships. But these worlds will continue to die through decay and constant war unless a desperate plan succeeds.

Anat, leader of the Katazyrna world-ship and the most fearsome raiding force on the Outer Rim, wants peace. To do so she offers the hand of her daughter, Jayd, to her rival. Jayd has dreamed about leading her mother’s armies to victory her whole life—but she has a unique ability, and that makes her leverage, not a leader. As Anat convinces her to spend the rest of her life wed to her family’s greatest enemy, it is up to Jayd’s sister Zan—with no stomach for war—to lead the cast off warriors she has banded together to victory and rescue Jayd. But the war does not go at all as planned…

In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about familial love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre’s most imaginative new writers.





Amy Impellizzeri (2014)

Secrets of Worry Dolls
Wyatt-MacKenzie, December 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 284 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16
According to Mayan tradition, if you whisper your troubles to the Worry Dolls, they will do the worrying instead of you—therefore, it follows that Worry Dolls are the keepers of a great many secrets . . .

On the eve of the end of the world—according to the Mayan calendar—Mari Guarez Roselli’s secrets are being unraveled by her daughter, Lu.

Lu’s worry dolls are at-capacity as she tries to outrun the ghosts from her past—including loved ones stolen on 9/11—by traveling through her mother’s homeland of Guatemala, to discover the painful reasons behind her own dysfunctional childhood, and why she must trust in the magic of the legend.





Emmi Itäranta (2014)

The Weaver
Harper Voyager, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16
The author of the critically acclaimed Memory of Water returns with this literary ecological tale in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin and Sheri S. Tepper, in which an innocent young woman becomes entangled in a web of ancient secrets and deadly lies that lie at the dark center of her prosperous island world.

Eliana is a model citizen of the island, a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs. She also harbors a dangerous secret—she can dream, an ability forbidden by the island’s elusive council of elders. No one talks about the dreamers, the undesirables ostracized from society.

But the web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house. Robbed of speech by her attackers, the only clue to her identity is one word tattooed in invisible ink across her palm: Eliana. Why does this mysterious girl bear her name? What links her to the weaver—and could she hold Eliana’s fate in her hand?

As Eliana finds herself growing closer to this injured girl she is bound to in ways she doesn’t understand, the enchanting lies of the island begin to crumble, revealing a deep and ancient corruption. Joining a band of brave rebels determined to expose the island’s dark secrets, Eliana becomes a target of ruthless forces determined to destroy her. To save herself and those she loves, she must call on the power within her she thought was her greatest weakness: her dreams.





Eowyn Ivey (2012)

To the Bright Edge of the World
Little, Brown and Company, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16
An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return--once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him.

The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives.

Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?

The truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives--and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they're gone--forever.





Benedict Jacka (2012)

Bound 
An Alex Verus Novel 8
Ace, April 4, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16
Mage Alex Verus is caught between a rock and a hard place in the eighth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Burned.

Right now I wasn’t seeing Richard as the teacher out of my nightmares, he was just another Dark mage, and I looked into the future to see what would happen if I turned that knife on him instead…

Alex Verus is still haunted by his time apprenticed to Richard Drakh. He’s been free of him for many years, but now the only way to keep his friends from being harmed is to again work for Richard and his deadly ally. Even worse, he’s forced to bring the Light mage Anne into this servitude as well.

After weeks of being hunted and finally cornered into what he thought was his last stand, Alex never thought his life would be spared—and never anticipated at what price. This time, the diviner can see no way out…

The View From Monday - April 4, 2016


Happy first Monday in April!  There are 2 debuts this week:

Arena (Arena 1) by Holly Jennings;

and

Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles 1) by Jadah McCoy.

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From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

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Jericho by Alex Gordon;

Spira Mirabilis (The Wave Trilogy 3) by Aidan Harte;

Burned (An Alex Verus Novel 7) by Benedict Jacka;

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James;

Trident's Forge (Children of a Dead Earth 2) by Patrick S. Tomlinson;

and

There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (Genrenauts) by Michael R. Underwood.



The View From Monday - April 4, 2016



April 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop (h2tp) Andrew Klavan Occ/Sup/Th
Artificial (D) Jadah McCoy CyberP/SFR - The Kepler Chronicles 1



April 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Breach of Crust Ellery Adams PM - A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 5
Asteroid Made of Dragons G. Derek Adams SF/Hu
The Plague Dogs (ri) Richard Adams LF
Clockwork Phoenix 5 Mike Allen (Ed) Anthology - F
Eva Luna (ri) Isabel Allende LF/MR
The Stories of Eva Luna Isabel Allende LF/MR
Surviving Home (tp2mm) A. American Dys - Survivalist 2
Blood of the Cosmos (h2mm) Kevin J. Anderson SF/SO -Saga of Shadows 2
White Tiger Jennifer Ashley Shifter's Unbound 8
Tales of the Time Scouts 2 Robert Asprin
Linda Evans
SF
The Water Knife (h2tp) Paolo Bacigalupi LF/AP/PA/Th/Tech
The Broken Hours: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft Jacqueline Baker SF
Ultima (h2mm) Stephen Baxter SF/AC - Proxima 2
Underwater Fistfight Matt Betts SF/H
In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent Marie Brennan F - A Natural History of Dragons 4
Blazing Earth Terri Brisbin FR - A Novel of the Stone Circles 3
Mirror Sight (tp2mm) Kristen Britain DF - Green Rider 5
Fellside M. R. Carey Th/Sup
I Dream of Dragons Ashlyn Chase PNR - Boston Dragons 1
Visitor C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 17
Tracker (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 16
Dominion John Connolly
Jennifer Ridyard
SF - The Chronicles of the Invaders 3
Timeless Desire (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Flirting with Forever (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Of Treasons Born J. L. Doty SF/SO - Treasons Cycle
An Unhappy Medium Dawn Eastman PM - A Family Fortune Mystery 4
Wicked Charms (h2mm) Janet Evanovich
Phoef Sutton
PM - A Lizzy and Diesel Novel 3
The Mountain (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF/Th - Event Group Thrillers 10
Jericho Alex Gordon CF
Smoke and Fire Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 9
Smoke and Fire: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Spira Mirabilis Aidan Harte F - The Wave Trilogy 3
Her Werewolf Hero Michele Hauf PNR
The Pitchfork of Destiny (e) Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/ LM - Charming Tales 2
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 10
Burned Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 7
Lost Among the Living Simone St. James Hist/GO/GH
Arena (D) Holly Jennings SF/Dys/SFR - Arena 1
Dragonbane (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR - Dark-Hunter Novels 19
Silence Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
SF/UF - Serrated Edge 9
Septimania Jonathan Levi MR
Replica (e) Shannon Mayer
Denise Grover Swank
H - Blood Borne 2
Down to Zero (e) Jon McGoran Th - Carrick & Watkins Short Story
Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire CF
Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 32
Blood Sacrifices Brian Moreland H - Collection
The War Against the Assholes (h2tp) Sam Munson CF
Trial of Intentions (h2mm) Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 2
Sever Brian Parker H/PA - Washington, Dead City 3
The Kasari Nexus Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 1
The Worm Returns J.R. Rain
Piers Anthony
F/W
Kharn: Eater of Worlds Anthony Reynolds SF - Space Marines
Zero State Cam Rogers SF - Quantum Break 1
Maestro R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 2
Total War: Lord of Chaos Rob Sanders F - Warhammer
Alight Scott Sigler SF - The Generations Trilogy 2
The Demonists Thomas E. Sniegoski UF/DF - Demonists 1
Shooting the Rift Alex Stewart SF/SO
Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller Whitley Strieber Th - Alien Hunter Series 3
Spiral Koji Suzuki H/SupTh - Ring Trilogy
Immortal Redeemed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Doom of the Elves: The Curse of Khaine / Deathblade Gav Thorpe
C L Werner
SF - The End Times 2
The Story of Kullervo J.R.R. Tolkien F
Trident's Forge Patrick S. Tomlinson SF/SO - Children of a Dead Earth 2
Almost Dark Letitia Trent UF
Persona (h2tp) Genevieve Valentine SF - Persona Sequence1
Wolf on a Mission N. J. Walters
The Beast J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 14
The Edge of Worlds Martha Wells F - A Novel of the Raksura 4
A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh M - Plague Times Trilogy 1
Dead Letters Anthology Conrad Williams (Ed) H - Anthology
Total War: The Emperor's Armies Chris Wraight F - Warhammer



April 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freedom is Space for the Spirit: A Tor.Com Original (e) Glen Hirshberg UF
There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (e) Michael R. Underwood SF/PA - Genrenauts



April 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements Rikke Schubart (Ed) HC


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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10


This is the tenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.
Part 9 here.




Linda Grimes (2012)

Pre-Fix
A Ciel Halligan Short Story
Tor Books, March 31, 2015
e-Book, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Meet Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, in this charming introduction to Linda Grimes' "sparkling series" (Publishers Weekly).

A genetic quirk means Ciel can take on the appearance of anyone she meets by projecting their aura. This startling ability presents endless possibilities, and she's one of a rare few who has it...so you'd think it'd be easier finding a day job that lets her put it to use. Actress? Model? Ethically dubious and possibly criminal activities, like her best friend Billy? Ciel's long-time crush and fellow aura adaptor, Mark, has found his calling as a CIA agent-a life of intrigue, danger, and the perfect utilization of their rather unique skill set. It seems like the obvious choice to Ciel: She could do good and spend time with her crush. What could be better?

"Seamlessly blending humor and action...This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read."-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick! on In a Fix


The Big Fix
Ciel Halligan 3
Tor Books, May 12, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Linda Grimes's sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.

Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients' problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There's only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that's the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn't part of his career plan.

Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn't particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price—which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn't count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder.

Ciel begins to suspect Jack's phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi—but if she goes to the police, she'll have to explain how she knows he wasn't really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.


All Fixed Up
Ciel Halligan 4
Tor Books, May 24, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients--as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She's hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program...when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he not only knows Ciel’s not who she's supposed to be, but means her harm.

When Ciel's elderly Aunt Helen—also an aura adaptor—is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated ... and it's starting to look like she's the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she's left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.

Staying alive, keeping control of her romantic life, and unraveling the mystery of why adaptors are being pursued becomes a harder balancing act than ever in this new Ciel Halligan adventure from Linda Grimes.




Rhiannon Held (2012)

Back a Winner
A Silver Universe Story
July 6, 2015
eBook, 12 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Pierce must soon give his alpha an answer whether he will accept a position of Seattle pack beta, but he can’t bring himself to decide. At the track, memories haunt him, throwing his fear into sharp relief.


Temper
A Silver Universe Story
July 6, 2015
eBook, 21 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Hoping for a relaxing vacation to roam and get over a bad break-up, Tom instead finds something incredibly dangerous for all werewolves: a cemetery with Were secrets engraved on the stones for any human to see. When a couple of young werewolves from the Billings pack interfere with his plans to take care of the problem, it gets hard for him to keep his anger in check.


Lady Ceremony
A Silver Universe Story
Aug 5, 2015
eBook, 16 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
School’s out for the summer, and Ginnie’s determined to visit her friends in the Boston pack, even if she has to defy her father and sneak out to do it. After all, it was her father the alphas exiled to the wilds of northern Quebec, not her. But she never counted on her first shift into wolf coming so soon, leaving her aching and frightened on a bus, surrounded by humans who can’t be allowed to see her other form.


Wolfsbane
Silver 4
Rhianon Held, August 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack.

What Tatiana doesn't realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them—because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.




Chris Holm (2012)

The Killing Kind
Mulholland Books, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback to be published September 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancée--and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living--but a great way to make himself a target.




Alex Hughes (2012)

How to Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer
July 2015
eBook, 68 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Lately I’ve been noticing a distressing excess of sanity in the creative and writing worlds. Why, new writers have even begun to challenge the Great Assertion that one must be poor and miserable to be any good! This Assertion, as you know, is the bedrock to creating meaningful Art.

Fear not. You are not at the mercy of the forces of Sanity and Productivity. For those distressed by the relentless forward drive of Efficiency, this book will provide a refreshing antidote.

Before you know it, through my simple and practical Assertions, you too will adopt the maddening and complex process that is True Writing, and embrace creative insanity as comfortably as a bat in a belfry!

How to Drive Yourself Crazy as a Writer is the satirical how-to writing book you never knew you needed, chock-full of practical advice and easy steps to fill your creative life with trauma, missteps and angst.

Take another look at the life of a writer, and immerse yourself in the hysterical chaos of the life of a miserable, starving-in-a-garret author… or, perhaps, laugh your way to the other side of writer’s block.


Fluid
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Book 4.5
October 27, 2015
Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Good Cop, Bad Cop

A prominent journalist has been found dead, a journalist investigating police corruption. I'm supposed to be working in my new P. I. firm, but the money's not enough so I'm back consulting for the police as a telepath. Turns out this case is a doozy--the journalist was an addict, even worse than I was before I cleaned up my act. But he saved some kids from a sweatshop years ago, and then there's this corruption thing he's been looking into, which makes all the cops sweat.

The police's Powers That Be would really, really like for the journalist's death be an accident--the physical evidence even points in that direction. In Mindspace, however, it's clearly murder. With increasing pressure on myself and Detective Freeman to drop this case, I'll have to fight my way through to find the killer. And worse? If it's one of the cops who did the killing, I don't know if they'll get justice, or I'll get paid.

Fluid and Temper are companion novellas, taking place at the same time.  Fluid follows Adam’s activities; Temper follows Cherabino’s.


The Three Words Project
Stories Inspired by Readers
November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 62 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Banana. Elephantine. Kendama. -- What kind of worlds can be created from just three words?

In the summer of 2014, I asked the readers of my email newsletter to send me just three words, which I would use to inspire flash fiction pieces I'd write on the spot. The project ended up a lot more popular than I expected, with dozens of word sets coming in both that summer and the following winter. The words ranged from fedora to susurrus, from explosion to widdershins, and I was inspired to write flash fiction stories just as diverse in content.

From a time traveler stuck on hold while being chased by a dinosaur, to family inheritance dispute, a magician's quarrel to a private investigator on New Mars, not to mention a haunted bone garden and a Viking coming of age story, these stories run the gamut of time and space in bite-sized pieces. Each comes labeled with the three words that inspired it, both as a tribute to the original reader and as a fun glimpse into the mind of a writer at play.


Temper
A Mindspace Investigations Novella
Book 4.7
Alexandra Hughes LLC, December 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 100 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Introducing Temper, the first Mindspace Investigations novella from ex-Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino's point of view...

Some Clients Test You More Than Others

Getting fired from the DeKalb County P.D. was hard, and starting up a private investigation firm has turned out to be even harder. The bills aren't getting paid, and it doesn't help that my partner the telepath keeps getting called away to work for the police department that dropped me like a bad habit. It makes me sad. And angry. A whole lot angry. But when a big-time steel mill mogul comes to Mindspace Investigations PI for help finding his blackmailer, I jump at the chance to get justice for someone again.

Unfortunately, there's a lot more to this case than meets the eye. Shady union dealings. Ties to the mob. Questionable motives. Lies and half-truths. But we need the money, and I can't afford to be picky about jobs right now. No matter how much I dislike the client.

My sensei used to tell me that picking a fight was a bad idea for anyone, but a particularly bad idea for me. But sometimes you don't get to pick your battles. I just hope this is a fight I can win without crossing too many lines.

Fluid and Temper are companion novellas, taking place at the same time.  Fluid follows Adam’s activities; Temper follows Cherabino’s.




Benedict Jacka (2012)

Burned
Alex Verus 7
Ace, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Mage Alex Verus is back in the seventh in the “gorgeously realized”* urban fantasy series from the national bestselling author of Veiled.

I’m used to people wanting me dead. But, this time, I’m not the only one on the hit list—and time is running out…

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex’s dependents—and there’s no way that he’ll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.

With only a week before he’s history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the Council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And, this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul…




Anne E. Johnson (2012)

Things from Other Worlds
October 8, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 82 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
"Enchanting!" -Ellie Ann, New York Times bestseller

Many strange things wait inside these pages. There's a fuzzy ball of kindness, camped out on a grumpy man's porch. A chewed piece of gum with a mind of its own. A smart Alec who actually stands in line twice when they're handing out brains. A girl who isn't afraid when all the plants in her neighborhood come to life.

This collection of science fiction and fantasy stories for kids by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson is perfect for ages 8-12, or anyone with a child's heart.


The Clay War
November 8, 2015
eBook, 16 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
One minute, Shelly is on her fire escape in Detroit. The next, she's in a strange world with two rival battalions of fairies flying toward her. Good thing she has some city-smarts to get her out of this alarming situation.

This short fantasy story by award-winning children's author Anne E. Johnson is intended for ages 8-12.

Amazon : Barnes and Noble : iBooks : Kobo


2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide     Multiple Authors including Anne E. Johnson
Dreaming Robot Press, November 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 402 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
The Universe keeps getting bigger! The adventure continues in this second collection of science fiction short stories for middle grade readers. From a future that could be right around the corner, to cultures that stretch what it means to be human, the common thread of our stories are the girls and boys who take action, solve problems, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Welcome Young Explorers!
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
iBooks : Kobo


The Orpheus Factor
December 15, 2015
ebook, 59 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Maybe the aliens are already here.
These six works of short science fiction by award-winning author Anne E. Johnson range from Earth-bound cyberpunk to a space-opera retelling of an ancient Greek myth. All-in-all, the collection will leave you ... unsettled.


The View From Monday - August 3, 2015


Happy first Monday in August. It's a very full release week with 4 debuts:

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt;

The Norma Gene by M.E. Roufa;

The Casualties by Nick Holdstock;

and

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks.

You can read more about these debuts here: 2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 2015 Debuts.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl (The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. 2) by Ishbelle Bee;

Dark Ascension (Generation V #4) by M.L. Brennan;

Devil's Pocket (Phoenix Island 2) by John Dixon;

Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous 2) by Lexie Dunne;

Veiled (Alex Verus 6) by Benedict Jacka;

Waterborne Exile (Waterborne Blade 2) by Susan Murray;

and

Dawnbreaker (Legends of the Duskwalker 3) by Jay Posey.



The View From Monday - August 3, 2015



August 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Daughters (D) Adrienne Celt LF
A Better Way to Die: The Collected Short Stories (Ke) Paul Cornell SF - Collection
The Returned, Part II (e) Peter David SF - Star Trek: New Frontier
The Law of Chaos: The Multiverse of Michael Moorcock Jeff Gardiner SF/H&C
The Norma Gene (D) M.E. Roufa SF/AH/Hu
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany Nisi Shawl (ed)
Bill Campbell (ed)
SF - Anthology
Legends 2: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (Ke) Ian Whates (ed) F/DF - Anthology



August 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Necropolis Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts 3
Murder in the Paperback Parlor Ellery Adams PM - A Book Retreat Mystery 2
The Barter (h2tp) Siobhan Adcock Psy/Th
Finches of Mars Brian W. Aldiss SF
Frozen in Amber Phyllis Ames UF/PNR
Magic Shifts Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 8
Primal Heat: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance A. C. Arthur PNR - The Shadow Shifters 6
Primal Heat Part 4: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance (e) A. C. Arthur PNR - The SHadow Shifters
Angel of Doom James Axler SF - Outlanders 74
Dark Screams: Volume Four (e) Brian James Freeman (ed)
Richard Chizmar (ed)
H
Ultima Stephen Baxter SF - Proxima 2
Proxima (h2mm) Stephen Baxter SF - Proxima 1
Crossways Jacey Bedford SF/SO - Psi-Tech 2
The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl Ishbelle Bee HistF - The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. 2
Energized Mary Behre PRS - Tidewater 3
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey Paula Brackston HistF
Dark Ascension M.L. Brennan UF - Generation V #4
Skin of the Wolf Sam Cabot AA -A Novel of Secrets 2
Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday Italo Calvino (ed) F - Anthology
Sweetness #9 (h2tp) Stephan Eirik Clark Dys
His Father's Eyes David B. Coe CF - Case Files of Justis Fearsson 2
Love, Lattes and Danger (e) Sarah Cox UF - Mutants 2
Devil's Pocket John Dixon AA/Th/SF - Phoenix Island 2
The Song of Synth Seb Doubinsky Dys
Supervillains Anonymous Lexie Dunne CF - Superheroes Anonymous 2
Fire in the Blood (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F - Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter: Brimstone Angels 3
The Eternal World Christopher Farnsworth Th/P
Edge of Darkness Christine Feehan
Maggie Shayne
Lori Herter
PNR - Anthology
The Mountain David L. Golemon AA - Event Group Thrillers 10
Exo (h2mm) Steven Gould SF - Jumper 4
Smoke on the Water Lori Handeland FR - Sisters of the Craft 3
Alice Christina Henry DF
Fable: Blood of Heroes Jim C. Hines F - Fable Tie-In
The Casualties (D) Nick Holdstock LF/PA
Sing the Four Quarters (e) (ri) Tanya Huff F - Quarters 1
The Storm Lord (e) M. K. Hume F - Twilight of the Celts 2
Veiled Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 6
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings Shirley Jackson
Laurence Hyman (ed)
Sarah Hyman DeWitt (ed)
Collection
Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court Marci Jefferson HistF
The Fifth Season N. K. Jemisin F - The Broken Earth 1
Dragonbane Sherrilyn Kenyon CF - Dark-Hunter Novels 19
The Complete Arrows Trilogy Mercedes Lackey F - The Arrows Trilogy
After the Saucers Landed Douglas Lain SF - Short Stories
Liaden Universe Constellation Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe Constellation 3
The Dragon Factory (ri) Jonathan Maberry Th/H - Joe Ledger 2
Starry Knight Nina Mason PNR - Knights of Avalon 1
The Twice and Future Caesar R. M. Meluch SF - Tour of the Merrimack 6
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville LF/F/CF - Collection
The Aftermath Michela Montgomery SF/AP/PA - Wind Cave 2
The Bull and the Spear Michael Moorcock F - Corum / The Eternal Champion 4
Creatures of the Storm (e) Brad Munson PA/SF - Rain Triptych 1
Wind/Pinball: Two novels Haruki Murakami MR
Waterborne Exile Susan Murray F - Waterborne Blade 2
The Veil Chloe Neill UF - Devil's Isle 2
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd (ri) Patrick Ness F/FairyT/FolkT/L&M
Dawnbreaker Jay Posey SF/AP/PA - Legends of the Duskwalker 3
Revenant (h2mm) Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 9
Your Face in Mine (h2tp) Jess Row LF/Dys
Blood Call Lilith Saintcrow Th/Sup
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex III
The Madagaskar Plan Guy Saville Th/AH
Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future (h2mm) John Scalzi SF
Twilight Vendetta (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night: Reborn 2
If Onions Could Spring Leeks Paige Shelton PM - Country Cooking School Mystery 5
Rage Ken Shufeldt Th
Mother of Demons Maynard Sims H - Department 18 #5
The Raven's Child Thomas E. Sniegoski GN/SF
The Edge of Dawn Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 3
The Doorway Alan Spencer H
The Way of Sorrows Jon Steele Sus/ Oc/Sup/Th - The Angelus Trilogy 3
The Moreau Quartet: Volume One S. Andrew Swann SF/CyP/R - The Moreau Quartet 1
Robin Hood - Mark of the Black Arrow Debbie Viguie
James R. Tuck
HistF/DF - Robin Hood: Demon Bane 1
Chase the Darkness J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 7
Wolf Trouble Paige Tyler PRS - SWAT 2
Kitty Saves the World Carrie Vaughn CF - Kitty Norville 14
The Sword of the South David Weber F - Sword of the South 1
Undying Hope Emma Weylin PNR - Undying Chronicles 1
Soldiers Out of Time Steve White SF/TT - Temporal Regulatory Authority 5
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster (D) Scott Wilbanks HistF




August 5, 2015
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The Night of the Salamander: A Tor.com Original (e) Michael Swanwick F




August 6, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015 Paula Guran (ed) SF/F - Anthology
A City Called Smoke Justin Woolley Dys - The Territory 2


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


AA - Action Adventure
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyP - Cyber Punk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT -Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
H&C - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
L&M - Legends and Myth
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
Oc - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19


This is the nineteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors as well as 2 additional DAC authors from 2012 and 2013. Look for an additional series of updates in late June/early July 2015.

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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19



Thomas Sweterlitsch

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19
Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Berkley, May 5, 2015
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Previously published in Hardcoer and eBook, July 2014

“A wild mash-up of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, and William S. Burroughs” (Stewart O’Nan, author of The Odds), the near-future thriller Tomorrow and Tomorrow is an insightful exploration of humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments and an accurate portrayal of how the technology that was developed to connect people inevitably isolates them…

Pittsburgh is John Dominic Blaxton’s home even though the city has been uninhabitable ruin and ash for the past decade. The Pittsburgh Dominic lives in is the Archive, an immersive virtual reconstruction of the city’s buildings, parks, and landmarks, as well as the people who once lived there. Including Dominic’s wife and unborn child.

When he’s not reliving every recorded moment with his wife in an endless cycle of desperation and despair, Dominic investigates mysterious deaths preserved in the Archive before Pittsburgh’s destruction. His latest cold case is the apparent murder of a woman whose every appearance is deliberately being deleted from the Archive.

Obsessed with uncovering this woman’s identity and what happened to her, Dominic follows a trail from the virtual world into reality. But finding the truth buried deep within an illusion means risking his sanity and his very existence…





Arianne 'Tex' Thompson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19
Medicine for the Dead
Children of the Drought 2
Solaris, March 31, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The story of Appaloosa Elim continues.
Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes.
Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him.
Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali'Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk.

Out in the wastes, one more corpse should hardly make a difference. But the blighted landscape has been ravaged by drought, twisted by violence, and warped by magic - and no-one is immune. Vuchak struggles to keep the party safe from monsters, marauders, and his own troubled mind. Weisei is being eaten alive by a strange illness. And fearful, guilt-wracked Elim hopes he's only imagining the sounds coming from Dulei's coffin.

As their supplies dwindle and tensions mount, the desert exacts a terrible price from its pilgrims - one that will be paid with the blood of the living, and the peace of the dead.





Angus Watson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19
Clash of Iron
Iron Age 2
Orbit, April 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

The second book in Angus Watson's epic Iron Age fantasy trilogy.

LEADERS ARE FORGED IN THE FIRES OF WAR

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other -- and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile, Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?





Ramona Wheeler

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19
Three Princes
Tor Books, January 20, 2015
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, February 2014

Lord Scott Oken, a prince of Albion, and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke live in a world where the sun never set on the Egyptian Empire. In the year 1877 of Our Lord Julius Caesar, Pharaoh Djoser-George governs a sprawling realm that spans Europe, Africa, and much of Asia. When the European terrorist Otto von Bismarck touches off an international conspiracy, Scott and Mik are charged with exposing the plot against the Empire.

Their adventure takes them from the sands of Memphis to a lush New World, home of the Incan Tawantinsuyu, a rival empire across the glittering Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing Quetzal airships, operas, blood sacrifice and high diplomacy, Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes is a richly imagined, cinematic vision of a modern Egyptian Empire.





Additional Updates

2012 Debut Author Challenge Author

Benedict Jacka

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19
Veiled
Alex Verus 6
Ace, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

National bestselling author Benedict Jacka returns to the world of Alex Verus…

I thought I’d escaped my past. But my old master is back and making a new play for power. And he’s not the only one targeting me…

Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get them—even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law.

Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.

Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are—especially when enemies are hiding on all sides…





2013 Debut Author Challenge Author

Samantha Shannon

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19
The Mime Order
The Bone Season 2
Bloomsbury USA, January 27, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.


Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014


Here are upcoming books for some of the authors who were featured in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

Benedict Jacka

Hidden
Alex Verus 5
Ace, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends’ reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him—and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex’s own apprentice and Anne’s best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone.

Then Anne gets kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex and Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor, and they must find a way to rescue her.

But another shadow from the past has resurfaced—Alex’s former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is…







Steven John

Outrider
Night Shade Books, September 2, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
The only people that can stop the high-tech terrorists who are stealing power are on horseback.

In the very near future, the United States’ energy needs are supplied by enormous solar farms the size of a small state. The panels generate an energy field that prevents ordinary machinery and electronics from functioning. The fields have to be guarded and tended by men on horseback: the Outriders.

New Las Vegas is ruled with an iron fist by Mayor Franklin Dreg and his quietly competent personal assistant, Timothy Hale. Crisis erupts when Hale discovers someone has been stealing energy—siphoning it out of the New Las Vegas grid under cover of darkness. As the Outriders investigate, the scale of the thieving becomes clear: these aren’t ordinary energy leechers. These are high-tech terrorists, or revolutionaries engaged in a mysterious and dangerous enterprise that could bring down the entire energy grid and the city it supports.

As pressures mount, fractures appear, both in the political leadership of New Las Vegas and among the tight-knit community of Outriders. As the pressure continues to grow, the mysterious goal of the “Drainers” finally comes into focus. Only then do the Outriders realize how dangerous the situation really





Ted Kosmatka

Divining Light
Henry Holt and Co., July 1, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
Brilliantly conceived and multilayered, Divining Light is a high-concept thriller that questions what it really means to be human

In Ted Kosmatka’s wildly original and genre-busting Divining Light, a groundbreaking new discovery changes the world forever
.
Out of a job and struggling with depression and alcohol abuse after a breakdown, the brilliant quantum physicist Eric Angus is given a second chance after he’s hired on a probationary basis by an old friend who runs Hansen, a prestigious Boston-area research lab. Unable to find inspiration for a project, Eric stumbles upon old equipment used for Feynman’s double-slit experiment and decides to re-create the test in order to see the results for himself.

Eric probes deeper into Feynman’s theory, with the help of fellow scientists Satish and Mi Chang. After extensive tests on frogs, dogs, chimps, working their way up every phylum, class, and order in the animal kingdom, Eric and his team establish a link between conscious observation and an evolutionary trait that is distinctly human: the soul. Mass chaos ensues after they publish the results of their experiment and Eric is bombarded by reporters angling for exclusive interviews and wanting to debate the varying implications. Questions arise when certain people appear to be “soulless,” and after Satish mysteriously disappears, Eric risks everything to answer them.





Daniel O'Malley

Stiletto
The Rook 2
Little, Brown and Company, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...

The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.

Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist).





Michael R. Underwood

Shield and Crocus
47North, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 416 pages

Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014
In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it.

The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants, all with their own agendas. Their infighting is nothing, though, compared to the mysterious “Spark-storms” that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people—a power that cost him the love of his life.

Now, with nothing left to lose, First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city’s overlords as they strive to free themselves from the clutches of evil. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other as well—that is, until the tyrants agree to a summit that will permanently divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal.

It’s one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it’s another thing to actually triumph.

In this stunning, original tale of magic and revolution, Michael R. Underwood creates a cityscape that rivals Ambergris and New Crobuzon in its depth and populates it with heroes and villains that will stay with you forever.





Also upcoming are:


Endsinger (Lotus War 3) by Jay Kristoff (Thomas Dunne Books, September 23, 2014)


Silverblind (Ironskin 3) by Tina Connolly (Tor Books, October 7, 2014)


Hunter's Trail (Scarlet Bernard 3) by Melissa F. Olson (47North, September 2, 2014)


More about these novels when I have can share the covers.


The View From Monday - September 23, 2019Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC AuthorsMelanie's Week in Review - April 23, 2017The View From Monday - April 3, 2017What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 16The View From Monday - April 4, 2016What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10The View From Monday - August 3, 2015What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 19Yet Another 2012 Debut Author Challennge Update - May 14, 2014

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