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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 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 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on August 31, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover design by Larry Rostant

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover art by Micaela Dawn

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover design by Francesca Corsini

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Jacket design and illustration by Jarrod Taylor

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Jacket art by Ryan Pancoast
Jacket design by Katie Anderson

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover art by Gemma Sheldrake

The View From Monday - August 5, 2019

Happy first Monday in August!

There are two debuts this week:

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton;


Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra 1) by Brian Naslund.

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

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Magebane (Age of Dread 3 ) by Stephen Aryan;

The Great Faerie Strike by Spencer Ellsworth;

The Dragon Republic (Poppy War 2) by R. F. Kuang;


The Darwin Strain (An R. J. MacCready Novel 3) by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch.

The View From Monday - August 5, 2019The View From Monday - August 5, 2019
The View From Monday - August 5, 2019The View From Monday - August 5, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

The View From Monday - August 5, 2019

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

August 5, 2019
The Marked Prince (e) M.A. Grant DF - The Darkest Court 2
The Desert Raven (e) Peggy A. Wheeler PM

August 6, 2019
Magebane Stephen Aryan F - Age of Dread 3
Xeelee: Redemption Stephen Baxter SF/SO/AC
Vallista (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Vlad 15
Witchy Kingdom D.J. Butler HistF
Hollow Kingdom (D) Kira Jane Buxton Animals/LF/F/HU/SF/AP/PA
The New Achilles Christian Cameron Hist - Commander
Reticence Gail Carriger Gaslamp/HistF/RF/P - Custard Protocol 4
Monster Hunter Guardian Larry Correia
Sarah A. Hoyt
UF - Monster Hunter 7
The Gossamer Mage Julie E. Czerneda F/DF
Cry Pilot Joel Dane SF - Cry Pilot 1
Hour of the Horde (ri) Gordon R. Dickson SF
Bone Driven Hailey Edwards UF - Foundling 2
The Great Faerie Strike Spencer Ellsworth FairyT/SP/F
Dark Sentinel (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 32
Bursts of Fire Susan Forest F - Addicted to Heaven 1
The Horus Heresy: The Burden of Loyalty Laurie Goulding (Ed) SF - Horus Heresy 48
Serpentine (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton P/UF/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 26
Raging Storm Markus Heitz F
The Orion Trilogy Darius Hinks F - Warhammer Chronicles
The Man Who Wouldn't Die A. B. Jewell M/Neo-Noir
Clash of Empires Ben Kane Hist - Clash of Empires 2
Terra Nova: The Wars of Liberation Tom Kratman (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Dragon Republic R. F. Kuang HistF - Poppy War 2
Sing Your Sadness Deep Laura Mauro DF/SS
Blood of an Exile (D) Brian Naslund F - Dragons of Terra 1
The Spirit Thomas Page Occ/UF - Paperbacks from Hell
The Shattered Trident Richard Phillips F - Endarian Prophecy 4
First Cosmic Velocity Zach Powers LF/Hist/AH
The Hotel Neversink Adam O'Fallon Price FL/Jewish
The Darwin Strain Bill Schutt
J. R. Finch
Th - An R. J. MacCready Novel 3
Kingmaker Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F/SP - The Dragon Corsairs 3
Worldshaper (tp2mm) Edward Willett F - Worldshapers 1
The Ember Blade (h2tp) Chris Wooding F - The Darkwater Legacy 1

August 8, 2019
Tolkien's Library: An Annotated Checklist Oronzo Cilli HC

August 9, 2019
Monkey Farm (e) S.A. Check Occ/GenEng/H

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

AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
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 & Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HL - Hispanic and Latino
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
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Westerns

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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

There are 9 debut novels for August.

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

The August 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 August cover for the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15, 2019.

Eugen Bacon

Claiming T-Mo
Meerkat Press, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this lush interplanetary tale, Novic is an immortal Sayneth priest who flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. This act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe. Named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy’s lifetime — from his early years with his mother Silhouette on planet Grovea to his travels to Earth where he meets and marries Salem, and together they bear a hybrid named Myra. The story unfolds through the eyes of these three distinctive women: Silhouette, Salem and Myra. As they confront their fears and navigate the treacherous paths to love and accept T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus urges them to unbearable choices that threaten their very existence.

Troy Carrol Bucher

Lies of Descent
Fallen God's War 1
DAW, August 20, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this compelling fantasy from a debut author, two young people must unite two warring cultures to banish the gods who destroyed their homeland.

The Fallen Gods’ War drove the remnants of a victorious army across the ocean in search of a new homeland. A thousand years later, the lifeless continent of Draegora is largely forgotten, a symbol for the regiments that remain. Demons to some. Protectors to others. The power of their god-touched blades has forged a nation, though many resent their absolute control.

Riam and Nola are unknowing descendants of the old world. When it’s discovered they carry enough Draegoran blood to serve in the regiments, they are dragged away from their families to begin training. If they survive, they will be expected to enforce the laws of the covenant, to fight the Esharii tribesmen who raid along the border, and to be judge, jury, and executioners for those accused of crimes.

For Riam, who welcomes his escape from an abusive father, the power to protect those who cannot defend themselves is alluring. For Nola, who wishes to return home, it is a betrayal by all she holds dear.

Neither is given a choice…and neither may ever get the chance to serve.

Lies of Descent begins an epic trilogy of fallen gods, betrayal, and magic—where dark motives often dwell within the true and just, and where the things most feared sometimes lead to salvation.

Kira Jane Buxton

Hollow Kingdom
Grand Central Publishing, August 6, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.

Sarah Davis-Goff

Last Ones Left Alive
Flatiron Books, August 27, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
“Combines the spare poetry of The Road with the dizzying pace of 28 Days Later.Jennie Melamed, author Gather the Daughters

“A riveting novel.” Eowyn Ivey, bestselling author of The Snow Child
Remember your just-in-cases. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.

Raised in isolation by her mother and Maeve on a small island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around training to fight a threat she’s never seen. More and more she feels the call of the mainland, and the prospect of finding other survivors.

But that is where danger lies, too, in the form of the flesh-eating menace known as the skrake.

Then disaster strikes. Alone, pushing an unconscious Maeve in a wheelbarrow, Orpen decides her last hope is abandoning the safety of the island and journeying across the country to reach the legendary banshees, the rumored all-female fighting force that battles the skrake.

But the skrake are not the only threat…

Sarah Davis-Goff's Last Ones Left Alive is a brilliantly original imagining of a young woman's journey to discover her true identity.

Zach Fehst

American Magic: A Thriller
Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment, August 20, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this fast-paced, international thriller, chaos erupts after a shadowy figure with ties to an elite and ancient society posts incantations on the dark web that allow people to perform real magic.

When an enigmatic message uploaded to the dark web turns out to contain an ancient secret giving regular people the power to do impossible things, like levitate cars or make themselves invisible, American government officials panic. They know the demo videos on YouTube and instructions for incantations could turn from fantastical amusement to dangerous weapon at the drop of the hat, and they scramble to keep the information out of the wrong hands.

They tap Ben Zolstra, an ex-CIA field operative whose history with the Agency is conflicted at best, to lead the team that’s racing to contain the dangerous knowledge—and track down the mysterious figure behind the leak who threatens that even more dangerous spells will be released one by one until the world as we know it no longer exists.

This sweeping, globe-spanning thriller explores the dark consequences of a question mankind has been asking for centuries: What if magic were real?

Keren Landsman

The Heart of the Circle
Angry Robot, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love, in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman.

Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolised and now exploited for their powers. In Israel, the Sons of Simeon, a group of religious extremists, persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye. After a march for equal rights ends in brutal murder, empath, moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target. While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers, Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love. As the battle for survival grows ever more personal, can Reed protect himself and his friends as the Sons of Simeon close in around them?

File Under: Fantasy [ Love Squared | Stuck in the Margins | Emotional Injection | Fight the Power ]

Brian Naslund

Blood of an Exile
Dragons of Terra 1
Tor Books, August 6, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
First in the Dragons of Terra series, Brian Naslund's Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy

Bershad was supposed to die...

When he was caught trying to assassinate a fellow noble, Flawless Bershad was given a death sentence. Fight monsters so that he would die serving the kingdom. But Bershad can’t die.

He’s never lost a fight, the most successful dragon slayer in history but marked as a doomed man, Bershad stands apart from the world. But that is about to change.

The man who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an out. Kill a king and walk free forever. But Bershad could not care less about the fates of kings and kingdoms, until, that is, he discovers he is the only person able to save an innocent child and, possibly, the life of every creature in Terra.

Temi Oh

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Gallery / Saga Press, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook,544 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
When an Earth-like planet is discovered, a team of six teens, along with three veteran astronauts, embark on a twenty-year trip to set up a planet for human colonization—but find that space is more deadly than they ever could have imagined.

Have you ever hoped you could leave everything behind?
Have you ever dreamt of a better world?
Can a dream sustain a lifetime?

A century ago, an astronomer discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star. She predicted that one day humans would travel there to build a utopia. Today, ten astronauts are leaving everything behind to find it. Four are veterans of the twentieth century’s space-race.

And six are teenagers who’ve trained for this mission most of their lives.

It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years locked in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong.

And something always goes wrong.

Andrew Skinner

Steel Frame
Solaris, August 27 , 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Epic tale of giant-robot battles, built around a personal story of redemption and healing.

Rook is a jockey, a soldier trained and modified to fly ‘shells,’ huge robots that fight for the outer regions of settled space. When her shell is destroyed and her squad killed, Rook is imprisoned, left stranded, scarred and broken. Hollow and helpless without her steel frame, she’s ready to call it quits.

When her cohort of prisoners are sold into indenture to NorCol, a vast frontier corporation, Rook’s given another shell – a near-decrepit Juno, as broken as she is and decades older – and sent to a rusting bucket of a ship on the end of known space to patrol something called “the Eye,” a strange, unnerving permanent storm in space.

Where something is stirring...
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