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The View From Monday - February 26, 2019


Happy last Monday in February.

There are no debuts this week. From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Death & Honey by Kevin Hearne, Lila Bowen, and Chuck Wendig;

Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell 1) by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson is out in Trade Paperback;

Sedona Sin (Sedona Pack 1) by Lisa Kessler;

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor 2) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie;

Lost Souls (Soul Charmer 3) by Chelsea Mueller;

Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery 8) by Carol J. Perry;

and

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

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



The View From Monday - February 26, 2019



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

February 25, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sedona Sin (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Sedona Pack 1
Lost Souls Chelsea Mueller UF - Soul Charmer 3



February 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Beast Arises: Volume 1 Dan Abnett
Rob Sanders
SF - Warhammer 40,000
Phoenix Falling Laura Bickle CF - Wildlands 5
The Skaar Invasion Terry Brooks F - The Fall of Shannara 2
Mike Hammer - The Goliath Bone Max Allan Collins Mickey Spillane PI/H
The Librarians and the Pot of Gold (h2mm) Greg Cox CF/MTI - The Librarians 3
The Dark Powers of Tolkien David Day F/DF
One of Us (h2tp) Craig DiLouie CF/F/LF/MR
The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year's Best Science Fiction Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Blackest Heart Brian Lee Durfee F - The Five Warrior Angels 2
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #2: A Selection of Novellas (e) Lee Harris (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Broken Sun, Broken Moon Brent Hayward F/DF/SF - Collection
Kill the Farm Boy (h2tp) Kevin Hearne
Delilah S. Dawson
F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Tales of Pell 1
The Darkest Lord (e) Jack Heckel F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Mysterium 3
Miss Violet and the Great War Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/SP - Strangely Beautiful 3
Skidding Into Oblivion Brian Hodge Occ/Sup/H/SS - Collection
Circle of the Moon Faith Hunter UF/CF/P - Soulwood 4
Mission to Methone (tp2mm) Les Johnson SF/HSF
Hole in the World Brian Keene DF - Lost Level Prequel
In the Land of the Everliving Stephen R. Lawhead F/HistF - Eirlandia 2
Grey Sister (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 2
The Folded Land (tp2mm) Tim Lebbon DF/CF/H - Relics 2
The Raven Tower Ann Leckie F/LF
No Way S. J. Morden SF/HSF/SE - One Way 2
Awakened (h2mm) James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
H - Awakened 1
Final Exam Carol J. Perry PCM - A Witch City Mystery 8
The Homecoming Andrew Pyper LF/PsyTh
Chaos, A Fable Rodrigo Rey Rosa
Jeffrey Gray (Tr)
LF
Contact (ri) Carl Sagan SF/AC
The Priory of the Orange Tree Samantha Shannon F/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Captain Marvel: Liberation Run Prose Novel Tess Sharpe SH
You Had Me at Jaguar Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Shifter 1
The Witchwood Crown (tp2mm) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
The Praxis (ri) Walter Jon Williams SF - Dread Empire's Fall 1
Thrawn: Alliances (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Star Wars: Thrawn 2
Cobra Traitor (tp2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra 10



February 28, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The American Superhero: Encyclopedia of Caped Crusaders in History Richard A. Hall HC
Death & Honey Kevin Hearne
Lila Bowen
Chuck Wendig
F/Sup/UF
More Walls Broken Tim Powers F/SF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biographical
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PI - Private Investigators
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Jennifer David Hesse (2016)

May Day Murder
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 5
Kensington Books, March 26, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Spring is in the air, but for Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni, murder is the only thing blooming. . .

Keli’s looking forward to Beltane, the time-honored Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple abundance. Still, she always has time for a friend. Erik, a Druid from a neighboring town, has had a run of bad luck he blames on a curse cast by his ex-girlfriend Denise, a practicing witch whose expertise in the dark arts can’t save her from her own deadly end.

When Keli finds herself a person of interest in the investigation, she begins to wonder if she herself might be cursed. With a little help from her friends, including her devoted boyfriend Wes, Keli aims to find out who poisoned Denise. What she uncovers is a witch’s brew of spells, hexes, and black magic that raises questions about her own Wiccan worldview. As the community gathers for the May Day festivities, it’s up to Keli to stop a killer from springing ahead to another murder . . .


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
 A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 3
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 4





Julie McElwain (2016)

Betrayal in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 4
Pegasus Books, July 2, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Kendra Donovan’s adventures in nineteenth-century England continue when she is called upon to investigate the murder of a spymaster.

February 1816: A race through the icy, twisting cobblestone streets of London ends inside an abandoned church—and a horrific discovery. Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly is called to investigate the grisly murder of Sir Giles Holbrooke, who was left naked and garroted, with his tongue cut out. Yet as perplexing as that crime is, it becomes even stranger when symbols that resemble crosses mysteriously begin to appear across the dead man’s flesh during autopsy. Is it a message from the killer?

Sam turns to the one person in the kingdom who he believes can answer that question and solve the bizarre murder—the Duke of Aldridge’s odd but brilliant ward, Kendra Donovan.

While Kendra has been trying to adapt to her new life in the early nineteenth century, she is eager to use her skills as a twenty-first century FBI agent again. And she will need all her investigative prowess, because Sir Giles was not an average citizen. He was one of England’s most clever spymasters, whose life had been filled with intrigue and subterfuge.

Kendra’s return to the gritty streets and glittering ballrooms of London takes her down increasingly dangerous paths. When more bodies are discovered, murdered in the same apparently ritualistic manner as Sir Giles, the American begins to realize that they are dealing with a killer with an agenda, whose mind has been twisted by rage and bitterness so that the price of a perceived betrayal is death.




Caught in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 3
Pegasus Books, July 9, 2019
Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 3, 2018

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.

October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office.

The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects.

As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Final Exam
A Witch City Mystery 8
Kensington Books, February 26, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.

When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . . .


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 3
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 4
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 5
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 6
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 7

The View From Monday - September 24, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green;

and

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner.

The View From Monday - September 24, 2018 The View From Monday - September 24, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Game of Luck (A Felicia Sevigny Novel 3) by Catherine Cerveny;

Dishonored - The Veiled Terror by Adam Christopher;

Bells, Spells, and Murders (A Witch City Mystery 7) by Carol J. Perry;

and

Vengeful (Villains 2) by V.E. Schwab.

The View From Monday - September 24, 2018 The View From Monday - September 24, 2018
The View From Monday - September 24, 2018 The View From Monday - September 24, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - September 24, 2018



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

September 24, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Iron Devils (Ke) Ari Marmell SF/Dys/DF
Tales of an Extraordinary Girl Complete Collection: Playing with Fire\Twice as Hot (e) Gena Showalter FR - Tales of an Extraordinary Girl 1



September 25, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Pagan Night (tp2mm) Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 1
Barren Peter V. Brett F - Demon Cycle
Children of the Fleet (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF/SO - Fleet School 1
The Game of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR/SO - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 3
Dishonored - The Veiled Terror Adam Christopher MTS/SF/SP
The Monster Hunter Files (h2tp) Larry Correia (Ed)
Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed)
CF - Monster Hunter Anthology
The Ghost and the Bogus Best Seller Cleo Coyle PCM/GH - A Haunted Bookshop Mystery 6
Phoenix Unbound Grace Draven FR/P - The Fallen Empire 1
The Killing Joke Christa Faust
Gary Phillips
MTI/SH/Cr - Batman
Challenger's Hope (ri) David Feintuch SF/AC - The Seafort Saga 2
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Deluxe Edition David Gaider F - Dragon Age
Beowulf (h2tp) Santiago Garcia
David Rubin (Artist)
F/GN
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (D) Hank Green CoA/SF/CF
The Gates of Tagmeth (tp2mm) P.C. Hodgell F - Kencyrath
Original Syn Beth Kander SF - Original/Syn 1
Downright Dead Pamela Kopfler PCM - A B&B Spirits Mystery 2
A Scandal in Battersea (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Elemental Masters 12
Cross Breed Lora Leigh PNR/SFR/GenEng - Breeds 32
A Glimmer of Hope (h2tp) Steve McHugh UF - The Avalon Chronicles 1
The Mongrel Mage (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 19
Burning Sky Weston Ochse SF/H
Bells, Spells, and Murders Carol J. Perry PCM - A Witch City Mystery 7
A Rival From the Grave Seabury Quinn F/Occ/Sup - The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin 4
Star Trek Shipyards Star Trek Starships: 2151-2293 The Encyclopedia of Starfleet Ships Ben Robinson
Marcus Reily
PerfArts/SF
The Sisters of the Winter Wood (D) Rena Rossner HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/CoA
Vengeful V. E. Schwab SH/P - Villains 2
Zero-G: Green Space (h2tp) William Shatner
Jeff Rovin
SF/HSF - The Samuel Lord Series 2
All Flesh Is Grass (ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Werewolf Principle (ri) Clifford D. Simak S
Time and Again (ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Electric State Simon Stålenhag SF/AP/PA
Split Tooth Tanya Tagaq Bio/MR
Deepest Blue Mindy Tarquini FairyT/Folkt/LM/MR
Zion's Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature Sheldon Teitelbaum (Ed)
Emanuel Lottem (Ed)
SpecFic - Anthology
Forged in Blood (h2mm) Michael Z. Williamson (Ed) SF - Freehold Anthology



September 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who:The Women Who Lived True Tales of: Brilliant Women from across Time & Space (e) Christel Dee
Simon Guerrier
SF - Doctor Who



September 28, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Babylon Terminal (e) Greg F. Gifune H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
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)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hist R - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - February 26, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

The Megarothke by Robert Ashcroft;

and

Echoes the Roger Arthur Smith.

The View From Monday - February 26, 2018The View From Monday - February 26, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Zero Day (The Hatching 3) by Ezekiel Boone;

The Hatching Ebook Box Set by Ezekiel Boone;

Starfire: Memory's Blade (The Starfire Trilogy 3) by Spencer Ellsworth;

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson 12) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 1) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

It Takes a Coven (A Witch City Mystery 6) by Carol J. Perry.

The View From Monday - February 26, 2018 The View From Monday - February 26, 2018
The View From Monday - February 26, 2018 The View From Monday - February 26, 2018
The View From Monday - February 26, 2018 The View From Monday - February 26, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - February 26, 2018



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

February 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories Michael Andreasen LF
Planet of the Apes Omnibus 4 William Arrow SF - Planet of the Apes
The Megarothke (D) Robert Ashcroft SF/AP/PA
Gridlinked (e) Neal Asher SF - Agent Cormac 1
The Skinner (e) Neal Asher SF - Spatterjay 1
Brass Man (e) Neal Asher SF - Agent Cormac 3
Hauntings of the Western Lunatic Asylum Steve E. Asher Sup
The Initiation Chris Babu Dys
The Tangled Lands Paolo Bacigalupi
Tobias S. Buckell
F
Witch Creek Laura Bickle UF - Wildlands 2
Zero Day Ezekiel Boone H - The Hatching 3
The Hatching Ebook Box Set: The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day (e) Ezekiel Boone H
The Black Elfstone: The Fall of Shannara (h2mm) Terry Brooks F - The Fall of Shannara 1
Witchy Eye D.J. Butler F
The King in Yellow, Deluxe Edition Robert W. Chambers H/Sup
Starfire: Memory's Blade Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 3
Praetorian of Dorn (tp2mm) John French SF - The Horus Heresy 39
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (h2tp) Theodora Goss F - The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club 1
Eternity Gate Traci Harding F - Time Keeper Trilogy 2
Hawkyn: A Demonica Underworld Novella Larissa Ione PNR
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 12
The Kill Society (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 9
Fire in the Ocean K.D. Keenan CF- Gods of the New World 2
Red Sister (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 1
Relics (tp2mm) Tim Lebbon DF
Deadland 2: Immortal Paul Mannering SF/AP/PA
The Listener Robert McCammon H
The Hyperspace Trap Christopher Nuttall SF/SO
The Dead Road Seth Patrick H - Reviver Trilogy 3
It Takes a Coven Carol J. Perry PCM - A Witch City Mystery 6
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson F
Echoes (D) Roger Arthur Smith H
Blade and Bone Jon Sprunk F - The Book of the Black Earth 3
Borne (h2tp) Jeff VanderMeer LF
The Strange Bird Jeff VanderMeer LF
Dark Masques J.N. Williamson (Ed) H - Anthology
Angeleyes (h2mm) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold 7



February 28, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hellraiser: The Toll Mark Alan Miller H
Penric's Fox Lois McMaster Bujold F
Widow's Point Richard Chizmar
Billy Chizmar
H



March 1, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Last Dragon Standing (Ke) Rachel Aaron CyP/UF Heartstrikers 3
Awakening the Shifter (e) Jane Godman PNR
Into the Thinnest of Air: A paranormal country house murder mystery Simon R. Green PM - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 5
An American Witch in Paris (e) Michele Hauf PNR
Harlequin Nocturne March 2018 Box Set: An American Witch in Paris\Awakening the Shifter (e) Michele Hauf
Jane Godman
PNR
H.P. Lovecraft: Selected Works, Critical Perspectives and Interviews on His Influence
H.P. Lovecraft
Leverett Butts (Ed)
H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
LitCol - Literary Collection
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NR - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Nicky Drayden (2017)

Temper
Harper Voyager, August 7, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook,
Cover by Thea Harvey

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
In a land similar to South Africa, twin brothers are beset by powerful forces beyond their understanding or control in this thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor—evocative of the works of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor—from the author of The Prey of Gods.

Two brothers.
Seven vices.
One demonic possession.
Can this relationship survive?

Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with—six to be exact—each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there’s no way he’ll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben’s spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what if he’s envious of his twin Kasim, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life, one that likely won’t involve Auben.

The twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side—encouraging him to perform evil deeds that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant. And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings. . . .

On the southern tip of an African continent that could have been, demons get up to no good during the time of year when temperatures dip and temptations rise. Auben needs to rid himself of these maddening voices before they cause him to lose track of time. To lose his mind. And to lose his . . .

TEMPER





Sylvain Neuvel (2016)

Waking Gods
The Themis Files 2
Del Rey, March 13, 2018
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 4, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as “a luminous conspiracy yarn . . . reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z,” Sylvain Neuvel’s innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.


Only Human
The Themis Files 3
Del Rey, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
World War Z meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants (“One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory”–NPR) and Waking Gods (“Pure, unadulterated literary escapism”–Kirkus Reviews).

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.



Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The Themis Files 1





Carol J. Perry (2014)

It Takes A Coven
A Witch City Mystery 6
Kensington, February 27, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
“A triumph of imagination with twists and turns to delight readers.” —New York Times bestseller Carolyn Hart

There’s a new witch-hunt in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree—one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community . . .

With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the proverbial broom closet, Lee’s best friend, River, fears she might have somehow unleashed a terrible curse on the city. Now, aided by Poe and her clairvoyant cat, Lee sets out to investigate. Are lives being claimed by vengeful supernatural forces—or by something more shocking? She soon discovers, casting light on the wicked truth can be one killer commitment . . .



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The View From Monday - January 30, 2017


Happy last Monday in January!

There is one debut this week:

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan's Forest 1) by Thoraiya Dyer.

The View From Monday - January 30, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London 6) by Ben Aaronovitch;

In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell;

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery;

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly is out in Trade Paperback;

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty;

Ashes to Fire by Emily B. Martin;

Murder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery 4) by Carol J. Perry;

Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome 3) by Rebecca Zanetti.

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



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

January 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovitch UF/DF - Rivers of London 6
Fire Touched (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 9
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and Other Classic Stories Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Crossroads of Canopy (D) Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 1
The Weird and the Eerie Mark Fisher LC/H/Sup
Bookburners Max Gladstone
Margaret Dunlap
Mur Lafferty
Brian Francis Slattery
UF - Bookburners
Rise: A Newsflesh Collection (h2mm) Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh Novellas
Bloodline (h2tp) Claudia Gray SF - Star Wars
A Criminal Magic (h2tp) Lee Kelly HistF
Pet Sematary (ri) Stephen King H
Six Wakes Mur Lafferty SF
The Undoing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR/PNR - Call Of Crows 2
God Save the Queen (h2mm) Kate Locke SP - The Immortal Empire 1
The Seer (tp2mm) Sonia Orin Lyris F
Ashes to Fire (e) Emily B. Martin F
Binti: Home Nnedi Okorafor SF/AC - Binti 2
Murder Go Round Carol J. Perry PCM - A Witch City Mystery 4
The Long Cosmos (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 5
The Islanders Christopher Priest AH/SF
2084: The End of the World Boualem Sansal LF/Pol/Dys
The Ghoul Vendetta Lisa Shearin UF -  SPI Files 4
The Machine James Smythe LF
Gotham: Dawn of Darkness Jason Starr Media Tie-In/Th/CF - Gotham
Age of Myth (h2mm) Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - The Legends of the First Empire 1
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Tim Waggoner Media Tie-In/H/SF - Resident Evil
Headlong Flight Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Sword of the South (tp2mm) David Weber F - War God  4
Justice Ascending Rebecca Zanetti SF/AP/PA/R - The Scorpius Syndrome 3



February 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Shadow of Lakecrest Elizabeth Blackwell Gothic
Plague of the Manitou (h2tp) Graham Masterton H - A 'Manitou' Horror Novel 7



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40


This is the fortieth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published or to be 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.



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R.S. Belcher (2013)

The Queen of Swords
Golgotha 3
Tor Books, June 27, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate.

Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa—and the Father of All Monsters.

One of the most popular characters from The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana ventures beyond Golgotha on a boldly imaginative, globe-spanning adventure of her own!





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Grave Errors
A Witch City Mystery 5
Kensington, August 29, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 364 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
Whose funeral will be next?

For residents of Salem, Massachusetts, the day after Halloween brings empty candy wrappers, sagging pumpkins, and a community-wide identity crisis. That is, until Lee Barrett’s TV production class suggests extending the spooky season with the traditional Mexican celebration Dia de Los Muertos. But when the students discover not all of Salem’s dead are resting in peace, the post-October blues don’t seem so bad after all . . .

As if a series of haunting graveyard visits isn’t disturbing enough, Lee and her policeman boyfriend connect the crime to an unsolved missing person case. Driven by a series of chilling psychic visions, Lee calls on her cleverest allies—including her shrewd cat, O’Ryan—to go underground and dig up the evidence needed to put a lid on a cold case forever . . . before the latest headstone in town has her name on it!


NoteMurder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery 4) is coming out on January 31, 2017. Read about it here.





Rob Reid (2012)

Forever On
Del Rey, May 2, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, Forever On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author Rob Reid.

Meet Phluttr—a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, or about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers—and they don’t even know the tenth of it.

But what’s the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming “The UberX of Sex”? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?

Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it’s not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.

Forever On achieves the literary singularity—fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp-witted, ferociously believable, IMAX-wide view of our digital age.





Mark Tompkins (2016)

The Last Days of Magic
Penguin Books, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
“Fantastic . . . an honest, beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read.”
—DIANA GABALDON, THE WASHINGTON POST

“A fantastical treat.”
PEOPLE

“Simultaneously sweeping and intricate . . . Tompkins’s amazing debut novel conjures an epic battle for the soul of Ireland. Filled with papal machination and royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and queens, angels and goddesses, this is one wild and breathless ride.” 
—KAREN JOY FOWLER

“Plundering the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a fantasy adventure with the shifting perspectives of dreamscape. A novel rich and strange.”
—GERALDINE BROOKS

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27


This is the twenty-seventh 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.



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Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

With Blood Upon the Sand
The Song of Shattered Sands 2
DAW, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
[cover revealed at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27
With Blood Upon the Sand is the second book in the Song of Shattered Sands epic fantasy trilogy.

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find their chains unbreakable.

Çeda could become the champion they’ve been waiting for, but the need to tread carefully has never been greater. After their recent defeat at the hands of the rebel Moonless Host, the kings are hungry for blood, scouring the city in their ruthless quest for revenge. Çeda’s friend Emre and his new allies in the Moonless Host hope to take advantage of the unrest in Sharakhai, despite the danger of opposing the kings and their god-given powers, and the Maidens and their deadly ebon blades.

When Çeda and Emre are drawn into a plot of the blood mage Hamzakiir, they learn a devastating secret that may very well shatter the power of the hated kings. But it may all be undone if Çeda cannot learn to navigate the shifting tides of power in Sharakhai and control the growing anger of the asirim that threatens to overwhelm her…





Emily Carpenter (2016)

The Weight of Lies
Lake Union Publishing, June 6, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27
In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.





Carrie Patel (2015)

The Song of the Dead
Recoletta 3
Angry Robot, May 2, 2017
Mass-Market Paperback and eBook

[cover not yet revealed]
Finally, the lost histories of the Catastrophe will be revealed and with them the ultimate fate of the buried city of Recoletta in the dramatic conclusion to Carrie Patel’s trilogy.

With Ruthers dead and the Library Accord signed by Recoletta, its neighbours, and its farming communes, Inspector Malone and her partner Laundress Jane Lin are in limbo as the city leaders around them vie for power.

A desperate attempt to save Arnault from execution leads to Malone’s arrest and Jane’s escape. They must pursue each other across the sea to discover a civilization that has held together over the centuries. There they will finally learn the truths about the Catastrophe that drove their own civilization underground.

File Under: Fantasy





Chris Pauls (2012)
Matt Solomon (2012)

The Giant Smugglers
Feiwel & Friends, May 17, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27
Charlie Lawson's only summer excitement in small-town Wisconsin came from kicking butt in video games, where he's the undisputed Total Turbo champ. Now it's time to go back to middle school, where nine long months of boredom await.

But then Charlie stumbles onto something big happening inside the abandoned warehouse across the street from his house. Specifically, someone big. He befriends Bruce, a twenty-foot-tall teenage giant, who Charlie must keep a secret.

Charlie isn't the only one in town who knows what's hiding in the warehouse. Powerful, ruthless forces are closing in, and they'll stop at nothing to acquire a giant. But Charlie will do whatever it takes to protect the biggest and best friend he's ever had.





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Murder Go Round
A Witch City Mystery 4
Kensington, January 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27

A killer takes a spin through Salem . . .

Lee Barrett has agreed to attend a storage auction with Aunt Ibby—even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. Her skepticism vanishes once the two win a bid on an overlooked locker and uncover a trove of beautiful curiosities, including a stunning wooden carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint. But just before Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop, the sight of a silver samovar awakens her psychic abilities and conjures visions of murder.

Lee prays the intrusive ESP episode was just a glimpse into the past—until her policeman boyfriend reports a dead man outside the repair shop. Apparently, the unknown victim had been hot on Lee’s trail since the auction. And with the horse found dismantled, it looks like he was up to no good. What’s the story behind the antique equine, and could a strange bubblegum-chewing woman with fiery hair have something to do with the crime? Guided by her gift and O’Ryan, her wise tabby cat, Lee’s set on catching the murderer . . . before she’s sent on the darkest ride of her life.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27


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



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Lauren Oliver (2014)

Rooms
Ecco, September 15, 2015
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 23, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.




Carol J. Perry (2014)

Look Both Ways
A Witch City Mystery 3
Kensington, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secrets everywhere—even in the furniture…

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner’s unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer—before the next one to be shut up is her…




Jacopo della Quercia (2014)

License to Quill
St. Martin's Griffin, December 15, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
License to Quill is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth. You won't want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling!




Sarah Remy (2014)

Across the Long Sea
Harper Voyager Impulse, August 18, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
The gripping follow-up to Stonehill Downs

As the most valuable asset in the kingdom of Wilhaiim, Malachi Doyle has many responsibilities—protector, assassin, detective, and King Renault's right-hand man. And until he met Avani in the cursed village of Stonehill Downs, he believed he was the last of his kind: a magus who can communicate with the dead.

But Wilhaiim is left vulnerable when Mal and his page, Liam, are kidnapped and ferried across the Long Sea to a warring kingdom in search of its own magus. To make matters worse, a springtime plague is rapidly spreading, and beneath the earth the sidhe are preparing for war. With Mal missing and presumed dead, Avani reluctantly takes his place as Wilhaiim's magus. But her powers are unreliable and untested, her many allies are treacherous, and she is certain Mal is alive. Will she be able to keep Wilhaiim—and herself—safe?




Martin Rose (2014)

My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart: A Horror Novel
Talos, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
"This emotionally charged genre-buster serves up more than a few good punches and won’t disappoint fans of dark fantasy laced with pitch-black humor." —Publishers Weekly

Vitus Adamson has a second chance at life now that he’s no longer a zombie. But after killing his brother Jamie, Vitus lands in prison on murder charges. Jamie’s death exposes secret government projects so deep in the black they cannot be seen—without Vitus, that is.

Sprung from jail, the government hires Vitus to clean up Jamie’s messes, but tracking down his brother’s homemade monsters gone rogue is easier said than done. The first of them is a convicted killer assumed to be safely behind bars. However, it appears he is still committing murder through his victim’s dreams. High on Atroxipine—the drug that once kept him functioning among the living—and lapsing into addiction, Vitus’s grip on reality takes a nasty turn when his own dreams begin slipping sideways.

Vitus’s problems multiply as he deals with his failed friendship with wheelchair-bound officer Geoff Lafferty, his wrecked romance with the town mortician Niko, government agents working for his father, sinister figures lurking in the shadows, and, least of all, the complications of learning how to be human again.

Secret agents, conspiracy theories, broken hearts and lonely souls, the siren song of prescription drugs . . . in My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart, readers are invited to discover life after undeath, where there are no happy endings.

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry


Tails, You Lose
Author:  Carol J. Perry
Series:  A Witch City Mystery 2
Publisher:  Kensington, March 31, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781617733710 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Author

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
Her instincts may be killer--but can she catch one this wicked?

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts--known as "The Tabby"--in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again.

The Tabby is housed in the long-vacant Trumbull's Department Store. As Lee and her intrepid students begin work on a documentary charting the store's history, they unravel a century of family secrets, deathbed whispers--and a mysterious labyrinth of tunnels hidden right below the streets of Salem. Even the witches in town are spooked, and when Lee begins seeing visions in the large black patent leather pump in her classroom, she's certain something evil is afoot. But ghosts in the store's attic are the least of her worries with a killer on the loose. . .


Qwill's Thoughts

Tails, You Lose is the second novel in the Witch City Mystery series by Carol J. Perry.  After her stint as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has volunteered to teach at The Tabby, a new arts academy, that is in a converted department store. The store has a history of hauntings and mysterious goings-on.

Lee is teaching 6 students. Each of them seems to have something to hide. Despite that Lee does teach them and they do start working on a documentary about Salem and The Tabby. Lee works hard while trying to avoid her own supernatural talent, clairvoyance, and solve an intertwined set of mysteries. I like Lee a lot. She's level-headed, usually does not take ridiculous risks, and cares about the people around her.

Lee is also dealing with the beginning of a romance with a local police detective that started in the first novel, Caught Dead Handed. Lee has lost her husband and is going slowly into this relationship. Detective Pete Mondello is a wonderful and warm character... when he is not in policeman mode. I really like how Perry is handling this relationship. It's absolutely lovely. It's a joy to read their interactions. In many ways they have already become a team.

Lee's Aunt Ibby is another standout character. She's portrayed beautifully. She's smart and often helps Lee with her research skills that she honed as a librarian. She's a great sounding board for Lee and a wonderful Aunt. There is so much warmth in the relationship between Lee and Aunt Ibby. They share a home (Aunt Ibby's home where Lee grew up) with a terrific cat, O'Ryan.

Perry mines the rich history of Salem for Tail's, You Lose. There really are tunnels under Salem and Perry uses them to great affect. I love when a novel teaches me something new! There are witches, ghosts and more.

Unlike the first novel in the series, I did not guess who did it or why. Even though I had figured it out I did read the entire first novel because I enjoy Perry's writing so much. In Tails, You Lose Perry's clues are much subtler. Additionally there are so many people with secrets and interesting back stories that I had no idea who the culprit was or what everyone really was up to. It makes for an exciting and engaging read.

Tails, You Lose is a fabulous cozy mystery, with wonderful writing, superb characters and intriguing mysteries. I am really, really looking forward to the next novel in the series, Look Both Ways.





Previously

Caught Dead Handed
A Witch City Mystery 1
Kensington, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.

Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming.

Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .




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Look Both Ways
A Witch City Mystery 3
Kensington, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Review: Tails, You Lose by Carol J. Perry
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secrets everywhere—even in the furniture…

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner’s unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer—before the next one to be shut up is her…




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