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The View From Monday - June 8, 2020


It is Monday. There are no debuts this week.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Jesus and John by Adam McOmber;

The Deathless (The Deathless Trilogy 1) by Peter Newman;

The Nobody People (The Resonant Duology 1) by Bob Proehl is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell.

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



The View From Monday - June 8, 2020



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

June 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The New Singapore Horror Collection S.J. Huang H - Collection
Jesus and John Adam McOmber HistF/H
The Last Server H.J. Pang SF/PA



June 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Claim the Dragon (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - The Legion 2



June 9, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Winds of Wrath Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 15
The Attic Tragedy J Ashley-Smith DF
Dragon Unleashed Grace Draven The RF/FR/PF - Fallen Empire 2
The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth John Garth LC/SF/F
China Dream (h2tp) Ma Jian
Flora Drew (Tr)
AH/BHU/Pol/Dys/China/LF
Spy, Spy Again Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar: Family Spies 3
Shadowborn Katie MacAlister RF - A Born Prophecy Novel 3
The One (tp2mm) John Marrs LF/GenEng/Dys
Eminent Domain Carl Neville SF/M
The Deathless Peter Newman F/DF - The Deathless Trilogy 1
The Nobody People (h2tp) Bob Proehl SF/LF/Dys - The Resonant Duology 1
The House of Whispers Laura Purcell Hist/Gothic/M
Alpha Night Nalini Singh PNR/SFR/PF - Psy-Changeling Trinity 4
The Glamourist Luanne G. Smith HistF/F/RF - Vine Witch 2
Ghosts of Sherwood Carrie Vaughn F/HistF
Agents of Influence Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Original Series



June 10, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rainbow Brigade J.A. Pitts CF - Sarah Beauhall 5
We're Here, We're Here: A Tor.com Original K.M. Szpara SF/GenEng



June 11, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Those Below The Tree House Matt Hayward H
What Hell May Come Rex Hurst Occ/H
Body Tourists (h2tp) Jane Rogers Dys/LF




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



AC - Alien Contact
AF - Afrofuturism
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel

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


Delilah S. Dawson (2012)

Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
STAR WARS
Del Rey, August 27, 2019
Hardcover and eBook,368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Walk the ancient streets, meet the colorful characters, and uncover the secret history of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming expansion to the Disney Parks experience!

After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.

To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.





Delilah S. Dawson (2012)
Kevin Hearne (2011)

The Princess Beard
The Tales of Pell 3
Del Rey, October 8, 2019
Hardcover and eBook 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Shave the princess? Inconceivable! The hilarious bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.

Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses.

When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails—which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise.

This is not a story about finding true love’s kiss—it’s a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.

But these are no ordinary pirates aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there’s Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes in response to stress. Then there’s Tempest, who’s determined to become the first dryad lawyer—preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They’re joined by Alobartalus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn’archivist who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you’ve got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!

In this new escapade set in the magical land of Pell, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewer the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

The Absinthe Earl
The Faery Rehistory 1
Blackstone Publishing, October 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin’s absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he’s the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada’s area of study, he invites her to accompany him.

Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward’s affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.

Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship—and slowly kindling passion—will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever.





Bob Proehl (2016)

The Nobody People
Del Rey, September 3, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution—or an apocalypse.

Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever.

Emmeline soon meets others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it’s her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her.

They are the nobody people—ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own—an angry young man seething with self-loathing—has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.

A timely saga of love and hope in the face of bigotry, The Nobody People is a powerful novel that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality. It is a story of family and community. It is a story of continuing to fight for one another, no matter the odds. It is the story of us.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR



It's time to vote for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 11 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a"). Note that for the first time in 6 years there is no debut for December.

Voter for your favorite from the monthly 2016 Winners!

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Voting will end sometime on January 10, 2016 - extended voting due to the end of year holidays.


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

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Art by Stephan Martiniere
Jacket Design by Peter Lutjen





Black Rabbit Hall
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
(US Debut)

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Tal Goretsky
Jacket images: (latticework) Danita Delimont / Getty Images;
(castle) Ray Hems / Getty Images





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

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Jack Kaiser





Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR






Dark Transmissions
A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover design: The last design of Jack Smyth – LBBG
Cover images copyright © Shutterstock





The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Artist Kelly Martin





The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Laura Klynstra
Jacket Photograph by Paul Knight / Trevillion Images





Steal the Sky
Scorched Continent 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Kim Sokol





Woodwalker
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 17, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14 , 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Emily B. Martin



Interview with Bob Proehl, author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds


Please welcome Bob Proehl to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. A Hundred Thousand Worlds was published on June 28th by Viking.



Interview with Bob Proehl, author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds




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

Bob:  Thanks very much. I’ve been writing since I was a kid. Fantasy stuff, when I was little. Sort of an outgrowth of narrative play. Action figures, that is to say. I grew out of it for a while, tried to be an academic for a while, came back to it. It’s always been the clearest form of thinking for me. It’s how my thoughts take shape. You can find a lot of writerly quotes that amount to the same thing, but my favorite is Flannery O’Connor’s: “I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.”



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Bob:  I had to google “pantser.”

I outline now, because I am a grown up, more or less. Those outlines end up getting tweaked heavily or abandoned as the book tells me where it wants to go. I have a natural tendency to sprawl if I don’t have at least some kind of plan. I’d end up writing 700 page books where the characters just have lovely emotional moments and nothing really happens. Which I’d be thrilled with and no one would ever read.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Bob:  Right now, it’s making time for it. We have a one-year old, and given my druthers I would spend every waking hour with her and never get any writing done. Once I sit down at the desk, staying locked in and focused is the hardest part. Shutting off the internet, leaving the phone in the next room. I write in my garage, so the only major distractions are squirrels and the occasional bird fly-in. Willing yourself to be selfish about it is hard.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Bob:  That’s a hard question to answer, because the most correct answer is that you bring everything to the desk with you when you sit down to write. For me at the moment, parenting and step-parenting are what I keep coming back to. Those are the things that keep snaking their way into my writing, along with the idea of the family you have vs. the family you choose for yourself.



TQDescribe A Hundred Thousand Worlds in 140 characters or less.

Bob:  The story of a mother and son, traveling cross-country visiting comic-cons, towards the revelation of a secret she's been keeping from him.



TQTell us something about A Hundred Thousand Worlds that is not found in the book description.

Bob:  All the comic book stuff, the cons, the fandom, they’re just backdrop. They’re the stage on which this story of a mother and her son plays out. It’s not a book that asks you to bring a lot of knowledge about these subcultures along with you. There are plenty of easter eggs in here for hard-core fans, but it’s a story that’s accessible to anyone.



TQWhat inspired you to write A Hundred Thousand Worlds? How many Cons have you attended and do you have one that stands out for you?

Bob:  There was a moment a couple years ago where I was heading to New York City Comic Con for the first time. You have to get off at Times Square and hike about a mile north to the convention center, which is also where BookExpo used to be. So I’d been to the convention center a bunch of times for work. But this time, as I got closer and closer to the convention center, the crowd got geekier and geekier. It was like someone was sifting New Yorkers and letting all the “norms” fall through. By the time I got to the convention center, it was this little world of people who had at least one thing in common with me, this enthusiasm for some kind of weird stories. I remember thinking right then that this was a world I wanted to write about.

Of course, that’s just setting. The story grew out of my experiences as a stepparent to a (then) eight year old. Seeing the way he interacted with stories, these two ideas clicked together and I had the start of the book.

I’ve been to a handful at this point, and each one has something great about it. I love seeing how the concept of a convention gets interpreted differently in different cities. As I’m writing this, I’m getting ready to go to Houston for a convention, and I’m really excited to see what a Texan comic book convention looks like.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for A Hundred Thousand Worlds?

Bob:  I went to conventions and chatted up writers and artists. I have a friend who was working at DC, and I’d fact check stuff with him every now and then. I read a couple books on the history of the comic book industry; Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story was both a lot of fun to read and a lot of help generating ideas. It’s great to write about something so close to your own interests, because you can basically claim stuff you’re already doing as research. Lying on the couch reading X-Men comics? Research. Going to see the new Avengers movie? Write that ticket off, that’s some research.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Bob:  Gail Pope was the easiest to write. She was supposed to be a bit part, she was only going to show up in one scene (see above re: best laid plans). But I kept having these scenes in my head and thinking, “Gee, you know Gail would be fun in that scene.” All of the sudden she was one of the point of view characters.

Weirdly enough, Brett was the toughest character to write. Writing this book in my early thirties, I had real problems empathizing with someone who was kind of an alternate universe version of myself in my mid-twenties. He had the least at stake, which I suppose is true of a lot of dudes in their mid-twenties. I had real problems finding his voice. At some point, I sat and thought about how a comic book penciller might think about the world, what the act of seeing would be like for him. I got this idea that he would think in panels, in singular moments and images. I started writing him with really short sentences, no progressive verbs, hardly any conjunctions. Once I had a style and voice for him, he really opened up, but it took a long time to get there.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in A Hundred Thousand Worlds?

Bob:  I know in the larger scope of things, the politics of fandom are pretty small, but you fight from where you stand. A lot of fan culture is in this big moment of change right now, and there are battles being fought over what these subcultures are going to look like. That’s what #GamerGate and the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies nonsense in sci-fi is about. They’re about staking a claim on what it means to be a geek, or a fan. There are these gatekeeping movements going on, and I have zero patience for it. There are no gates, it’s just sad dudes standing out front being petulant. And hateful, and occasionally violent. So with this book, I tried to paint a very real picture of fan culture, but it’s the fan culture I want to see. It’s me staking a claim on what fandom means, which is something big and inclusive, with creators and fans of every possible stripe telling new stories, building new worlds.



TQWhich question about A Hundred Thousand Worlds do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Bob:  “Hey, would you like to write actual comics about some of the made-up comic book characters in the book?” The answer would be a resounding yes.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from A Hundred Thousand Worlds.

Bob:

'Maybe if he were an ugly child, she wouldn't be in danger of losing him. It's not a charitable thought, but charity is for people with things to give away.'

'Everything changes, all the time. Even if you tried not to change, things would change around you till you'd have to. It's like you're a story, not a picture.'



TQWhat's next?

Bob:  Well, for the next couple weeks, everything is about this book. I’m doing a bit of touring, and I’m going to San Diego Comic-Con to sell some books. But after that, I’m finishing up the next book, which is completely different. It’s historical fiction. It’s set in Russian-occupied Warsaw at the end of the 19th century. It features a young Marie Curie. It’s been incredibly tough to work on, very research intensive, but I’m coming to the end of it and I’m really happy with how it’s come together.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Bob:  Thanks for having me!





A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Bob Proehl, author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds
“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry’s old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.





About Bob

Interview with Bob Proehl, author of A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Photo by Heather Aninsworth

BOB PROEHL grew up in Buffalo, New York, where his local comics shop was Queen City Bookstore. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He has written for the 33⅓ book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatters.com. Proehl currently lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife, stepson, and daughter.

Website  ~  Twitter @bobproehl


Check out Bob's Upcoming Events here.

The View From Monday - June 27, 2016


Happy last Monday in June!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl;

and

Hope and Red by Jon Skovron.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Tracer (Outer Earth 1) by Rob Boffard is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Traumphysik: A Tor.Com Original by Monica Byrne;

Forevermore (Darkest London 7) by Kristen Callihan;

The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10) by Darynda Jones;

Elixir (Changeling P.I. 1) by Ruth Vincent is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Anti-Hero (Arthur Wallace 3) by Jonathan Wood is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



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



The View From Monday - June 27, 2016



June 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Straight Silver Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 6
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF - Wastelands
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Two (Genocide, Alien Harvest) David Bischoff
Robert Sheckley
SF - Alien Omnibus
Descendant: The Complete Nikki Glass Series Jenna Black CF - Nikki Glass
Tracer Rob Boffard SF/SO - Outer Earth 1
Forevermore Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 7
Wolf's Empire: Gladiator Claudia Christian Morgan Grant Buchanan SF/SO
Forbidden Cathy Clamp UF - A Novel of the Sazi 1
Doctor Who: In The Blood Jenny T Colgan SF - Doctor Who
Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Angel Betrayed (ri) Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 2
The Devil in Disguise (e) Cynthia Eden PNR - Bad Things 1
The Eternal World (h2mm) Christopher Farnsworth Th
One Year After William R. Forstchen Th - John Matherson 2
Battlefront: Twilight Company (h2mm) Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (ri) Neil Gaiman CoA
When We Were Animals (h2tp) Joshua Gaylord CoA
The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Sword of Truth Prequel
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years Edward Gross
Mark A. Altman
TV/SF
Deadly Independents Ted Hill AP/PA - Independents 4
Ghostbusters Nancy Holder HU
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet Charlie N. Holmberg HistF
The Invasion of the Tearling (h2tp) Erika Johansen F - Queen of the Tearling, The 2
The Curse of Tenth Grave Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 10
The Perdition Score Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 8
The Bill Hodges Trilogy Boxed Set: Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch Stephen King Th/Sus - Bill Hodges Trilogy
The Dark Half (ri) Stephen King H
Lisey's Story (ri) Stephen King H
Collecting the Dead Spencer Kope M/PE
The Big Sheep Robert Kroese SF/Dys
Hot Lead, Cold Iron (tp2mm) Ari Marmell UF - Mick Oberon 1
Slade House (h2tp) David Mitchell LF/GH/Th
Haze and The Hammer of Darkness L. E. Modesitt SF
The Seascape Tattoo Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
F - Magic Goes Away
The Dark Side Anthony O'Neill SF/Noir
A Hundred Thousand Worlds (D) Bob Proehl LF/CoA
Elsewhens (tp2mm) Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Hiroshi Sekon DF/Dys - Attack on Tita
Hope and Red (D) Jon Skovron F - The Empire of Storms 1
The Nightmare Stacks Charles Stross CF - A Laundry Files Novel 7
The Annihilation Score (h2mm) Charles Stross CF - A Laundry Files Novel 6
Age of Myth Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 1
The Unnaturalists (ri) Tiffany Trent AH - Unnaturalists 1
Bombs Away (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH/SF - The Hot War 1
Icon Genevieve Valentine SF - The Persona Sequence 2
Elixir Ruth Vincent UF - Changeling P.I. 1
A Taste of Blood Wine (ri) Freda Warrington HistF/PNR - Blood 1
A Call to Duty (tp2mm) David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF - Manticore Ascendant 1
A Long Time Until Now (h2mm) Michael Z Williamson SF/TT - Temporal Displacement 1
The Binding Nicholas Wolff H
The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood LF/Dys/Psy
Anti-Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF/P - Arthur Wallace 3
The Swan Book Alexis Wright LF



June 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Traumphysik: A Tor.Com Original (e) Monica Byrne AH



June 30, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sleeper's Castle Barbara Erskine HistF
Ink in the Blood Stéphanie Hochet F/H - Dedalus Euro Shorts
The Poisoned Quarrel: The Arbalester Trilogy 3 (Complete Edition) (e) Duncan Lay F - The Arbalester Trilogy
Down and Out In Purgatory Tim Powers UF
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds Alastair Reynolds SF - Collection



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
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies


Note: Not all listed genres are represented in the above releases.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June Winner


The winner of the June 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl from Viking with 29% of all votes.


A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June Winner
“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry’s old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.




The Results

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June Winner




The June 2016 Debut Covers

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June Winner

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl


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


Bob Proehl

A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl
“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry’s old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.

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