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The View From Monday - April 24, 2017


Happy Monday! Again!


There are 4 debuts this week:

Jericho's Razor (Jericho Sands 1) by Casey Doran;

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell;

The Shadow Crucible (The Blind God 1 ) by T. M. Lakomy;

and

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan, Yuri Machkasov (Translator).

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Night of the Animals by Bill Broun is out in Trade Paperback;

The Mirror Cracked (The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, Season 2, Episode 10) by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

and

Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) by Brian Staveley.

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



The View From Monday - April 24, 2017



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

April 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Fire in the Blood Amanda Ashley PNR
The Broken Hours: A Novel of H.P. Lovecraft (h2tp) Jacqueline Baker H/GH/Psy
Within the Sanctuary of Wings Marie Brennan F - The Lady Trent Memoirs 5
Buffalo Soldier Maurice Broaddus SP/F/HistF
Night of the Animals (h2tp) Bill Broun LF
HALO: Envoy Tobias S. Buckell SF - HALO
Shadow's Blade (h2mm) David B. Coe CF/P - Case Files of Justis Fearsson 3
Wicked Abyss Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 17
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase Greg Cox CF - The Librarians 2
Second Variety and Other Classic Stories Phillip K. Dick SF - Collection
Walkaway Cory Doctorow SF
Jericho's Razor (D) Casey Doran H/Sus/PsyTh - Jericho Sands 1
Dark Mind Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 7
The Queen of Blood (h2mm) Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 1
Snared Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 16
Killfile (h2mm) Christopher Farnsworth Th
Dark Screams: Volume Six (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed)
Richard Chizmar (Ed)
H - Anthology
Pharos (tp2mm) Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy 34
The Ship (D) Antonia Honeywell CoA/GB
Planet of the Apes Omnibus 2 John Jakes
David Gerrold
William T. Quick
SF
Eternal Reign Melody Johnson PNR - Night Blood 3
Four Past Midnight: Stories Stephen King Sus - Collection
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Stephen King Sus
The Shadow Crucible (D) T. M. Lakomy DF - The Blind God 1
Dogs of War: A Joe Ledger Novel Jonathan Maberry Th/H - Joe Ledger 9
The Utopia Chronicles Matthew Mather TT/MetaVis/TechnoTh - Atopia 3
Blade Bound Chloe Neill UF/PNR - Chicagoland Vampires 13
Grunt Hero Weston Ochse SF - Task Force Ombra 3
The Gray House (D-US) Mariam Petrosyan
Yuri Machkasov (Tr)
CoA/F
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book Terry Pratchett Coloring Book
Skullsworn Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
Unforgettable (tp2mm) Eric James Stone SF
Fur Fox's Sake Milly Taiden PNR - Shifters Undercover 2
Borne Jeff VanderMeer LF/Dys/F
The Edge of Worlds Martha Wells F/CF - Raksura 4
Imperative (tp2mm) Steve White
Charles E Gannon
SF - Starfire 7



April 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mirror Cracked (e) Cassandra Rose Clarke HistF/Espionage - The Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #10
The Awakening of Insects: A Tor.com Original (e) Bobby Sun SF
The Dustpan Cometh (e) Josh Vogt UF - The Cleaners 3



April 28, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ion Raider (e) Ian Whates SH/SF - The Dark Angels 2



April 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Final Girls Mira Grant 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 6


This is the sixth 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



Bill Broun (2016)

Night of the Animals
Ecco, April 25, 2017
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 5, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
In this imaginative debut, the tale of Noah’s Ark is brilliantly recast as a story of fate and family, set in a near-future London.

Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert’s grandmother had told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world—a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother’s death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request.

Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world’s animals along with themselves.

Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother. Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult’s members flood the city’s streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos—and sealed these innocent animals’ fates?

Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.





Boone Brux (2011)

Random Acts of Marriage
Wedding Favors 2
Lovestruck, August 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 180 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
A wedding. A playboy. And a week he’ll make sure she never forgets.

Kinni Corbet is the perfect bridesmaid. She’s efficient and has a to-do list for every occasion. When the bride-to-be adds “relax and have some fun” to Kinni’s schedule, Price Lyons seems to tick all the right boxes. He’s guaranteed fun, and it’s only for one week—what can it hurt?

Playboy hotel owner Price Lyons has wanted to break down Kinni’s walls for years. Her plan to relax for a whole week is the perfect opportunity to get to the one person he’s never been able to charm. And this time, she seems…receptive to his advances. Unexpected, but he’ll take it.

There’s just one problem. Kinni’s allergic to spontaneity, and the only thing predictable about Price is his unpredictably. There’s no way they’ll last beyond the week, and Kinni’s going to make sure of it…


Dead Spooky
A Grim Reality Novella
Boone Brux, October 31, 2016
eBook, 92 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Halloween wouldn't be complete without a good haunting, or without some wayward spirit messing up my plans. My name is Lisa, and because I'm a grim reaper, I'll be spending All Hallows Eve trying to capture the ghost of a serial killer instead doing normal things like trick-or-treating with my kids, or drinking wine while I pass out candy.

Yep, that about sums up my life.

The only good things I have going for me tonight are the gigantic sack of Halloween candy stuffed in my purse, and the fact that Nate isn't too bad to look at. No doubt, the evening will be a night to remember...if I make it out alive.





Monica Byrne (2014)

Traumphysik
A Tor.Com Original
Tor Books, June 29, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
A brilliant young physicist, alone on a Pacific atoll during World War II, begins to chronicle the laws of motion that govern her dreams.





Kristen Callihan (2012)

Idol
A VIP Novel 1
Plain Jane, June 7, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 307 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
Libby

I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse —and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.





Rachel Cantor (2014)

Good on Paper
Melville House, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 6
The highly anticipated second novel from a writer Emily St. John Mandel calls “sharp, witty, and immensely entertaining”

Is a new life possible? Because Shira Greene’s life hasn’t quite turned out as planned. She’s a single mom living with her daughter and her gay friend Ahmad. Her PhD on Dante’s Vita Nuova hasn’t gotten her a job, and her career as a translator hasn’t exactly taken off either.

But then she gets a call from a Nobel Prize–winning Italian poet who insists she’s the only one who can translate his newest book.

Stunned, Shira realizes that—just like that—her life can change. She sees a new beginning beckoning: academic glory, demand for her translations, and even love (her good luck has made her feel more open to the entreaties of the owner of the neighborhood indie bookstore).

There’s only one problem: It all hinges on the tranlsation, and as Shira starts working on the exquisitely intricate passages of the poet’s book, she realizes that it may in fact be, well . . . untranslatable.

Deft, funny, and big-hearted, Good on Paper is a grand novel of second chances, family, friendship, and possibility.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts


2016 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 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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Interview with Bill Broun, author of Night of the Animals


Please welcome Bill Broun to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Night of the Animals is published on July 5th by Ecco. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Bill a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Bill Broun, author of Night of the Animals




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

Bill:  I began writing fiction seriously around age 19 or 20. I was always also very interested in indie music and song-writing, and even had a little regional success with a band in the Midwest – long ago! But the indie music industry is harsh and unforgiving. I felt drawn to fiction- and poetry-writing because I could do it myself, and the challenges of writing seemed both intense and enduring.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Bill:  Plotter. Fiction is a craft and it never once has come easy for me and been something I could do offhandedly. That’s just me. I admire writers for whom novels magically appear in months, but then again, I often don’t like those novels.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Bill:  That it imposes my selfish pursuit on loved ones. It takes a lot of time, for me at least, and time in this life is never cheap.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Bill:  The list is long! I was especially influenced by the prose of Vladmir Nabokov, Mary Gaitskill, JM Coetzee, and Toni Morrison. My wife, Annmarie Drury, is a poet and translator of Swahili poetry from east and central Africa, and that whole world she introduced me to – especially, ordinary people from Tanzania, and Tanzania’s animals, and Tanzanian and Kenyan poets such as Euphrase Kezilahabi and Abdulatif Abdullah and some of the beautiful people who quietly preserve and archive East African literature – all were a big influence as I drafted the novel. The stories of my father, William Broun, from old Worcestershire. The poetry of Sylvia Plath, Medbh McGuckian, Ted Hughes. Henry Williamson’s book, Tarka the Otter.



TQDescribe Night of the Animals in 140 characters or less.

Bill:  Cute old man releases animals from London Zoo in future era of tyrannical monarchy. Surprises ensue. #prayforusstcuthbert



TQTell us something about Night of the Animals that is not found in the book description.

Bill:  It’s both deeply Anglophobic and deeply Anglophilic.



TQWhat inspired you to write Night of the Animals? What appeals to you about the story of Noah's Ark?

Bill:  My confused and painful love affair with England. That’s one big part of what drove me.

I didn’t consciously think much of the story of the ark as wrote until later in the drafting process. I did think constantly of the post-flood covenant between God and humanity, as depicted in Genesis 9:13: “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” This line promises that God will protect the animals of earth, but as humans, we must be God’s stewards.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Night of the Animals?

Bill:  Trips to loads of zoos, libraries, along with a zillion overseas phone calls all over the world, and deep immersion in English culture. I went to places most Americans – and indeed, most Brits – don’t think of when they think of experiencing Britain.



TQIn Night of the Animals who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Bill:  I don’t mean to sound coy, but none of them and no one came easy. It was all very hard for me. I don’t think of myself as very talented or intellectually brilliant. Perhaps a more brainy writer would have had an easier time?



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Night of the Animals?

Bill:  I never thought of including “social issues,” per se. I doubt I’m very unique in this as a writer. Instead, it’s more that I fall in love with characters who happen to dramatize social issues.



TQWhich question about Night of the Animals do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Bill:  Why do you portray the lovely, tourism-driving British monarchy as such a menace in the future?

I’m an Anglo-American republican -- with a small “r” – and I think the vestigial monarchy should be kindly abolished and the Windsor family given a pension. Having kings and queens running about is dangerous to democracy.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Night of the Animals.

Bill:  Since today we just learned that the UK is leaving the EU, I’ll opt for a spot where my novel predicts the end of the EU: “For so many years, from the last days of the era of the powerful prime ministers and the European Union, up through the Great Reclamation and the Property Revolts and the slow rise of the various suicide cults of the 2020s, and on through the Second Restoration to the new king in 2028, the ramshackle Cuthbert had somehow survived.”



TQWhat's next?

Bill:  My next novel is set in Ohio, although I haven’t ruled out taking on King Harry again.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Night of the Animals
Ecco, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

Interview with Bill Broun, author of Night of the Animals
An imaginative debut that brilliantly recasts the tale of Noah’s Ark as a story of fate and family set in the near future in London

Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert’s grandmother told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world—a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother’s death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request.

Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world’s animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother.

Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult’s members flood the city’s streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos—and sealed these innocent animals’ fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.





About Bill

Interview with Bill Broun, author of Night of the Animals
BILL BROUN has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist in both the US and the UK. He was appointed a resident fellow at Yale University in 2002, where he lectured in English and journalism, and currently serves as Associate Professor of English at East Stroudsburg University. Born in Los Angeles to an English father and an American mother, he now lives in Hellertown, Pennsylvania.





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The View From Monday - July 4, 2016


Happy Monday and Happy Independence Day to the USA!

There are 5 Debuts this week - from Horror to a Psychological Thriller in an postapocalyptic setting. There is Fantasy - Dark and Contemporary - and literary Speculative Fiction. Something for everyone!

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone;

Night of the Animals by Bill Broun;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis;

The Interminables by Paige Orwin;

and

The Copper Promise (Copper Cat 1) by Jen Williams.


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



And from previously featured DAC Authors:

Take the Monkey and Run (A Call of the Wilde Mysery 4) by Laura Morrigan;

and

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria 1) by Anthony Ryan.

In new formats:

Unbreakable (Chronicles of Promise Paen 1) by W.C. Bauers is out in Trade Paperback;

The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 3) by Michael J. Martinez is out in Mass Market Paperback;


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



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July 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flameout Keri Arthur UF - A Souls of Fire Novel 3
Unbreakable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF - Chronicles of Promise Paen 1
Killing Titan (h2tp) Greg Bear SF/SO - War Dogs 2
A Toxic Trousseau Juliet Blackwell PM - A Witchcraft Mystery 8
Faces (h2mm) E. C. Blake F/DF - The Masks of Aygrima 3
The Hatching (D) Ezekiel Boone H - The Hatching Series 1
The Best of Bova: Volume 2 Ben Bova SF - Collection
Night of the Animals (D) Bill Broun LF/SpecFic
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass (h2mm) Jim Butcher F/SP - The Cinder Spires 1
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (h2tp) Becky Chambers SF - Wayfarers 1
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (ri) D. G. Compton SF/GenEng/TechTh/Noir
The Dragon Hammer Tony Daniel F - Wulf's Saga 1
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties Neil Gaiman GN
Roaring Dawn: Macey Book 3 (e) Colleen Gleason PNR- The Gardella Vampire Hunters 10
The Traveler David Golemon Th/SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (h2tp) David A. Goodman SF
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition Paula Guran (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
The Black Fox (e)(ri) H. F. Heard GO/M
The Great Fog: And Other Weird Tales (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
The Lost Cavern: And Other Stories of the Fantastic (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
Doppelgangers (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/M
Murder by Reflection (e)(ri) H. F. Heard PsyTh/H
A Taste for Honey (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 1
Reply Paid (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 2
The Notched Hairpin (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 3
The Conclave of Shadow Alyc Helms UF - Missy Masters 2
Satan's Lambs (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M/Occ - The Lena Padget Mysteries 1
Fortunes of the Dead (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 2
When Secrets Die (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 3
In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus Stephen Jone (Ed) H - Anthology
Until Death We Do Part (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark Hunter Novella
Heroine Complex Sarah Kuhn UF/HU/P - Heroine Complex 1
The Harrows of Spring James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - A World Made by Hand Novel 4
Lammas Night (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz Sup/Hist/Occ
The Legacy of Lehr (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz SF/M
St. Patrick's Gargoyle (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F
The Temple and the Crown (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 2
The Temple and the Stone (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 1
Song Of The Shiver Barrens Glenda Larke F - Mirage Makers 3
Syndicate's Pawns (e) Davila LeBlanc SF/SO- A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 2
Alliance of Equals Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 19
The Wolf Road (D) Beth Lewis PsyTh/PA/AP/Sus
After Alice (h2tp) Gregory Maguire LF
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity A. Lee Martinez F - Constance Verity 1
The Venusian Gambit (tp2mm) Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 3
The Dinosaur Knights Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Burning City Megan Morgan UF - Siren Song 3
Take the Monkey and Run Laura Morrigan PM - A Call of the Wilde Mystery 4
The Interminables (D) Paige Orwin CF/SH/UF
Threading the Needle Joshua Palmatier F - The Ley 2
The Nethers: Frontiers of Hinterland M.E. Parker SF/AP/PA/Dys - Hinterland 2
Departure (h2tp) A. G. Riddle SF/TT
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 1
The Transference Engine Julia Verne St. John SP/HistF/F
A Death in the House: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 7
Earth for Inspiration: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 9
Good Night, Mr. James: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 8
The High Ground Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials 1
Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 1
Half Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Oath of the Vayuputras Amish Tripathi F - Shiva 3
The Devil's Evidence Simon Kurt Unsworth M/Cr/H - Devil 2
Wolf in his Heart N.J. Walters PNR - Salvation Pack 7
Flag in Exile - Signed Leatherbound Limited Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 5
Tempting the Dragon Karen Whiddon PNR
The Copper Promise (D) Jen Williams F/DF - Copper Cat 1
Panacea F. Paul Wilson Th
Underground Airlines Ben Winters Th
The Prisoner of Hell Gate Dana I. Wolff SupTh/H
The Memory Painter (h2tp) Gwendolyn Womack Th
The Cobra War Trilogy Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra Omnibus



July 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sic Semper, Sic Semper, Sic Semper: A Tor.Com Original (e) Douglas F. Warrick SF/TT



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts



There are 15 debut novels for July including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, and more.

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

The June 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 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on July 15, 2016.

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




Nina Allan

The Race
Titan Books, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A child is kidnapped with consequences that extend across worlds… A writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder… Far away a young woman prepares for her mysterious future…

In a future scarred by fracking and ecological collapse, Jenna Hoolman’s world is dominated by illegal smartdog racing: greyhounds genetically modified with human DNA. When her young niece goes missing that world implodes... Christy’s life is dominated by fear of her brother, a man she knows capable of monstrous acts and suspects of hiding even darker ones. Desperate to learn the truth she contacts Alex, who has his own demons to fight… And Maree, a young woman undertaking a journey that will change her world forever.




Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching
The Hatching Series 1
Atria/Emily Bestler Book, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“An apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism…addictive.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s been too long since someone reminded us that spiders are not just to be feared, but also may well spell doom for mankind. Fortunately, Ezekiel Boone has upped the ante on arachnophobia. This is a fresh take on classic horror, thoroughly enjoyable and guaranteed to leave your skin crawling.” —Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead

An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march.

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.




Bill Broun

Night of the Animals
Ecco, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
An imaginative debut that brilliantly recasts the tale of Noah’s Ark as a story of fate and family set in the near future in London

Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert’s grandmother told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world—a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother’s death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request.

Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world’s animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother.

Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult’s members flood the city’s streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos—and sealed these innocent animals’ fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.




Indra Das

The Devourers
Del Rey, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 360 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
For readers of Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and David Mitchell comes a striking debut novel by a storyteller of keen insight and captivating imagination.

On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.

From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.

Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.




Jennifer David Hesse

Midsummer Night's Mischief
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1
Kensington, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .

Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .

But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..




David D. Levine

Arabella of Mars
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Arabella of Mars, the debut novel by Hugo-winning author David D. Levine offers adventure, romance, political intrigue, and Napoleon in space!




Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road
Crown, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.

But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.

The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.




Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything
St. Martin's Press, July 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.




K.S. Merbeth

Bite
Orbit, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Kid is trying to survive in a world gone mad.

Hungry, thirsty and alone in a desert wasteland, she's picked up on the side of the road by Wolf, Dolly, Tank and Pretty Boy - outlaws with big reputations and even bigger guns.

But as they journey across the wild together, Kid learns that her newfound crew may not be the heroes she was hoping for. And in a world that's lost its humanity, everyone has a bit of monster within them...




Alexandra Oliva

The Last One
Ballantine Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.




Paige Orwin

The Interminables
Angry Robot, July 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
It’s 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard’s cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace.

Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan — the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost — have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusetts.

Turns out the mission’s more complicated than it seemed. They discover a shadow war that’s been waged since the world ended, and, even worse, they find out that their own friendship has always been more complicated than they thought. To get out of this alive, they’ll need to get over their feelings, their memories, and the threat of a monstrous foe who’s getting ready to commit mass murder…

File Under: Fantasy [ After the Cataclysm / Thief and Surgeon / Your Best Nightmare / Haunting the Ghost ]




Stephen S. Power

The Dragon Round
Simon 451 / Simon & Schuster, July 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik—when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation…and his revenge.

He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.

Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.

Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won't be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.

From a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and speculative short story writer, The Dragon Round combines a rich world, desperate characters, and gorgeous, literary fiction into a timeless tale of revenge. 




Michelle Pretorius

The Monster's Daughter
Melville House, July 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Somewhere on the South African veld, 1901: At the height of the Boer War, a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin and a girl named Tessa . . .

One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable is reassigned to the sleepy South African town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a young woman, burned beyond recognition.

The crime soon leads her into her country’s violent past—a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official under the apartheid regime, and the children left behind in that long-ago concentration camp.

Michelle Pretorius’s epic debut weaves present and past together into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller. With an explosive conclusion, The Monster’s Daughter marks the emergence of a thrilling new writer.




Hayley Stone

Machinations
Machinations 1
Hydra, July 26, 2016
eBook, 374 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.

The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.

A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.

Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.




Jen Williams

The Copper Promise
Copper Cat 1
Angry Robot, July 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods.

Wydrin of Crosshaven has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumours.
But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure … if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over.

These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes a story can save your life.

File Under: Fantasy


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Night of the Animals by Bill Broun


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update -  Night of the Animals by Bill Broun


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Bill Broun

Night of the Animals
Ecco, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update -  Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
An imaginative debut that brilliantly recasts the tale of Noah’s Ark as a story of fate and family set in the near future in London

Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert’s grandmother told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world—a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother’s death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals . . . if he fulfills this curious request.

Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil, as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world’s animals along with themselves. Meanwhile, Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures, while pressing the animals for information about his brother.

Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult’s members flood the city’s streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos—and sealed these innocent animals’ fates? Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.

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