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The View From Monday - August 6, 2018


Happy First Monday in August.

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Short Film About Disappointment by Joshua Mattson

and

Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors

King of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom 3) by RJ Barker;

The Tao Novels by Wesley Chu are out in eBook Bundle;

The Point by John Dixon;

Temper by Nicky Drayden;

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts 2) by Vic James is out in Trade Paperback;

Friendly Fire (The Fifth Ward 2) by Dale Lucas;

Null States (The Centenal Cycle 2) by Malka Older is out in Trade Paperback;

The Recoletta Novels by Carrie Patel are out in eBook Bundle;

Legends of the Duskwalker by Jay Posey are out in eBook Bundle;

The Tower of Living and Dying (Empire of Dust 2) by Anna Smith Spark;

Herokiller by Paul Tassi;

and

The Tropic of Eternity (The Amaranthine Cycle 3) by Tom Toner.

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



The View From Monday - August 6, 2018



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

August 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Iron Bones (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Wild Hunt 3
City of Kings Rob J Hayes F



August 7, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Garrison Girl Rachel Aaron Dys/SF - Attack on Titan
Bad Man David Auerbach H/PsyTh/Sus
King of Assassins RJ Barker F - The Wounded Kingdom 3
The Divine Cities Trilogy: City of Stairs, City of Blades, and City of Miracles, with an excerpt from Foundryside (e) Robert Jackson Bennett F - The Divine Cities
The Third Hotel Laura van den Berg LF/Psy
The Tao Novels - Limited Edition (e) Wesley Chu SF/AP/PA
Knightsblade Andy Clark SF- Imperial Knights 2
The Outposter (ri) Gordon R. Dickson SF
The Point John Dixon SF/Th
Temper Nicky Drayden CF
Gift of Griffins V. M. Escalada F - Faraman Prophecy 2
Halls of Law (h2mm) V. M. Escalada F - Faraman Prophecy 1
Worlds 2 Eric Flint SF - Collection
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction (h2tp) Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF - Collection
The Burden of Loyalty Laurie Goulding (Ed) SF - The Horus Heresy 48
Dark Alpha's Hunger (e) Donna Grant PNR - Reapers 6
Serpentine Laurell K. Hamilton P/UF/H -Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 26
The Triumph of the Dwarves Markus Heitz F - The Dwarves
A Girl of White Winter Barb Hendee HistF/DF - Dark Glass 3
The Talented Ribkins (h2tp) Ladee Hubbard CF/FL
Tarnished City (h2tp) Vic James CF/Dys - Dark Gifts 2
Bellewether Susanna Kearsley MR/P/Hist/TTR/PNR
In a Time of Treason David Keck F - The Tales of Durand 2
Avalanche: The Secret World Chronicles Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
SF - Secret World Chronicle 5
Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (Ed)
Fabio Fernandes (Tr)
SF/HSF - Anthology
Friendly Fire Dale Lucas F - The Fifth Ward 2
In Truth and Claw Ari Marmell UF/DF/F - Mick Oberon Job 4
Wild Cards VIII: One-Eyed Jacks George R. R. Martin (Ed) SF/SH - Wild Cards 8
A Short Film About Disappointment (D) Joshua Mattson LF/Dys/Satire
Come Back to the Swamp Laura Morrison SupTh
Null States (h2tp) Malka Older SF/CyP/TechTh/PolTh - The Centenal Cycle 2
The Recoletta Novels - Limited Edition (e) Carrie Patel F
Legends of the Duskwalker - Limited Edition (e) Jay Posey SF/AP/PA/HSF
Alternate Routes Tim Powers CF
Lukas the Trickster Josh Reynolds SF - Lukas the Trickster 1
Haven Adam Roberts SF/AP/PA - The Aftermath 2
Before She Sleeps Bina Shah Dys
The Tower of Living and Dying Anna Smith Spark F - Empires of Dust 2
Herokiller Paul Tassi SF/Dys/Th
Implanted (D) Lauren C. Teffeau SF/CyP/AP/PA
The Tropic of Eternity Tom Toner SF/SO/AC - The Amaranthine Spectrum 3
The Seas of Distant Stars Francesca G. Varela SF
War for Armageddon: The Omnibus Various SF
The Double Star and Other Occult Fantasies Jane de La Vaudère
Brian Stableford (Tr)
H - Collection
An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000 Jo Walton LC/SF/F
Privateer Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 2
Rogue Protocol Martha Wells SF - The Murderbot Diaries 3
The Cityborn (h2mm) Edward Willett F/DF
Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 Jane Yolen (Ed) SF/F - Anthology



August 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Frankenstein and Its Classics: The Modern Prometheus from Antiquity to Science Fiction Jesse Weiner (Ed)
Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Ed)
Brett M. Rogers (Ed)
HC - Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception


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
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
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
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PI - Private Investigator
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PP - Police Procedural
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
Sagas - Sagas
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017
I'm back!! Sorry I haven't been around recently. I have been busy reading this book which would be really hard to review. There isn't much of a plot but some really delicious recipes. I highly recommend it if you are making a cake for either a wedding or other type of celebration. After lots of reading and lots of practicing (I am certain I gained about 10lbs from eating my practice runs)

In between reading this book and making the actual wedding cake I managed to read a couple of good books. The first one I would like to tell you I didn't actually read....I listened to it instead. If you remember from previous posts I am not the biggest fans of audio books as I get easily disappointed when the narrator doesn't sound what I have imagined the character to sound like. I have however, found a fantastic narrator and the perfect fit for an equally fantastic book. So what did I listen to?


Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017
None other than Star Trek's very own Wil Wheaton narrates Ernest Cline's sci fi thriller Ready Player One. Set in 2044 the world has gone to pot. The lack of fossil fuels has crippled the world, unemployment is sky high and poverty is the norm. The teenager and star of this story Wade Watts escapes the desperation that is his life in the OASIS, a virtual world where you can live out any fantasy your imagination can dream up. James Halliday, the creator of the OASIS, left the world the biggest puzzle when he died. He left his entire fortune and virtual keys to the OASIS to the individual who solves a set of riddles to find the hidden crystal easter egg within this massive video game. Wade, like millions of other gamers, spend years trying to find even the first clue while studying every aspect of Halliday's life. Wade's life is about to change when he solves the first quest of Halliday's epic game. It's tough at the top and it's not long before Wade realises that trying to win this game may mean he loses everything, including his life. Game on!

Ready Player One is an epic in every sense of the word with over fifteen hours of audio as Wheaton gives life to Wade. I loved Wade and thought that Wheaton did a fantastic job of making this character believable and a joy to spend time with. I was on the edge of my seat through most of the story and that was down to Cline's expertise at creating tension and a compelling adventure. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this audio book so much (Wheaton aside) was that it was told in the first person. Even if you aren't a big gamer there is something for everyone in Cline's story but if you happen to be one then this is a must read.


Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017
Book 2 was another excellent read - the final instalment of Carrie Patel's Recoletta series. The Song of the Dead starts immediately after the end of book 2, The Buried Life. There are new rulers in Recoletta who are no different than those who came before. Arnault is on the run with Jane in an attempt to destroy the Library...the very thing that brought about the Catastrophe. With Malone in pursuit Arnault and Jane make a daring and dangerous race across the ocean to try to save the world and to find the answers for what happened to theirs.

Patel does it again. This is another great story that takes us from the buried city of Recoletta, to the farming communes, onto a flotilla of ships across the ocean and the Continent where Arnault's big secret is revealed. I found the resolution of the plot arc very satisfying and Patel did a great job of tying up all the individual plot threads into one satisfying conclusion. It is hard to say much more without risking giving too much away. Suffice to say you will need to find out for yourself.


That is it for me but I hope to be back again next week with some equally good books to tell you about. Until then Happy Reading!





Ready Player One
Read by Wil Wheaton
Random House Audio, August 16, 2011
Audio CD and Audiobook Download

Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.  

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
– Bloomberg, Best Books of 2016



Ready Player One
Broadway Books, June 5, 2012
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 16, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, February 6, 2018

Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.





The Song of the Dead
Recoletta 3
Angry Robot, May 2, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - May 14, 2017
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 [ Day of Execution | Sky High | We are the Dead | Nature of the Catastrophe ]

Cover Revealed - The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel


Angry Robot has revealed the cover for The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel, the 3rd novel in the Recoletta series. John Coulthart created the cover.


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

Cover Revealed - The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel
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





Previously

The Buried Life
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Cover Revealed - The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]



Cities and Thrones
Recoletta 2
Angry Robot, July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Cover Revealed - The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel
In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recoletta, oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.

Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy.

File Under: Fantasy [ Buried Cities / Secrets & Lies / Revolutionary / Total War ]

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.



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



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.

Review: Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel


Cities and Thrones
Author:  Carrie Patel
Series:  Recoletta 2
Publisher:  Angry Robot, July 7, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print); $6.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780857665539 (print); 9780857665546 (eBook)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel
In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recoletta, oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.

Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy.

File Under: Fantasy [ Buried Cities / Secrets & Lies / Revolutionary / Total War ]



Melanie's Thoughts

Cities and Thrones starts not long after the dramatic events of book 1  - The Buried Life which finds Jane and Freddie above ground and far away from everything they know in their former home of Recoletta. Back in Recoletta the city has not fully recovered from the overthrow of the government. Liesl finds herself still chasing thieves and conspiracies through the now broken streets of the city wondering if Sato overthrowing Ruther's corrupt government has really made life any better for the city's inhabitants. Jane and Freddie end up in Madina along with a number of other refugees from Recoletta. Unexpectedly Jane lands herself a job in the Majlis which I took to believe was something similar to a civil court. Her role is to act as a liaison with between the city and the refugees from Recoletta which by its very nature brings her in contact with leaders of the city. She tries to keep her head down and do her job but fate draws her back into the world of watching, listening and uncovering secrets. Liesl however, wants nothing to do with secrets but when Sato sends her to the surface and to the farming communities who supply Recoletta with food it becomes apparent that she can't easily avoid being drawn into more secrets and lies. Conspiracies and mysteries abound in Cities and Thrones.  Still very central to the overall plot is the Library which holds the secrets of their past and which Ruthers didn't want anyone to know and Sato overthrew a government to find out. The various plot threads all come together in an action packed and exciting end at the Library that leaves the reader on a knife edge all the way through.

Patel continues to develop an interesting and rich environment for her characters to live. From the broken tunnels of Recoletta, to the rustic farmlands, to the opulence of Madina Patel paints a landscape that colourful and austere in equal measure. Patel describes Jane's new life in Madina so well that you can easily imagine her walking through the gilded labyrinth of the Maglis, taste the hot sweet tea she pretends to enjoy and feel the brush of her head scarf across her cheek. It does however, feel that Patel spent more time writing the chapters involving Jane and Madina than she did with Liesl, either in Recoletta or in the farming communities. These chapters weren't as descriptive or as engaging as those involving Jane.

I enjoyed this book, as much as I did book 1. However, I still don't believe that Patel has developed her characters as well as she has the setting or the plotline. I commented in my review of The Buried Life that the story was weak on characterisation and I feel this is still the case with book 2. We do get to learn a bit more about Jane's parents and how she came to be a laundress in Recoletta but this almost seemed a bit of a teaser rather than making Jane a fully rounded character. I still don't feel like I know much more about Liesl than I did during the first book which I find disappointing as there could be so much more to say about her.  If I had to do a comparison of the characterisation in this novel I would describe Patel's characters like a sketch where the artist hasn't finished colouring them in yet. Almost there but not quite.

Patel does excel at creating an engaging plot. I really had to keep on my toes to keep up with the various twists and turns and political machinations that are involved in the latter chapters of the book. It was clear that Jane and Liesl are just pawns in the very long game to get access to the Library. I was on the edge of my proverbial seat during the last few chapters.  Even with the lack of well rounded characters Cities and Thrones is a great book and I am really looking forward to finding out what is inside the Library and what part Liesl and Jane play in this discovery

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Art: John Coulthart



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Book Design: Elizabeth A. D. Eno



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Design: Brian Peterson






2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Design: Michael J. Windsor



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Art: Andrea Garcia; Cover Design: Jen Cain



Interview with Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life - March 11, 2015


Please welcome Carrie Patel to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Buried Life was published on March 3rd Angry Robot Books.



Interview with Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life - March 11, 2015




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Carrie:  I'd scribbled poetry in high school and college, but I was always drawn to longer fiction, particularly since that's what I spent most of my time reading. I probably wrote about half a dozen first pages at various points, but none of the concepts really stuck with me. It wasn't until a study trip to Argentina just before my junior year of college that I started thinking about a story that had enough character and plot momentum to keep me writing.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Carrie:  I am a creature of conflict and indecision, so I end up being a bit of both. However, even when I end up writing a progression of scenes in a more-or-less organic fashion, it only works when I have a pretty clear mental sketch of where it's all headed. With a project like The Buried Life (and its upcoming sequel), in which numerous characters and interests are set in motion, it's useful for me to have notes on the major players and their trajectories. It keeps my writing time focused, and it forces me to articulate motives and subplots that might otherwise get vague.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Carrie:  Worming my way into a character's head can be a huge challenge, but it's a worthwhile one because it makes such a difference in the quality and focus of the writing. Once I find my way there the first time, I can usually find my way back, but forging that initial trail can be a chore.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Carrie:  I love China Miéville, and I definitely see him as a major influence for The Buried Life. Perdido Street Station was a brilliant novel that bundled complex characters, a thrilling plot, and a unique setting. His world comes alive with sweat, soot, and steam, and even though it has a Victorian flavor, it's a totally unique creation. The characters shape and are shaped by their world, which is rife with corruption and political complexity, but the politics don't overtake the story.

I also thought of Mark Frost's The List of Seven and the Agent Pendergast series from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They're fast-paced thrillers featuring eccentric detectives and dark, unusual mysteries. The gaslight-and-shadows atmosphere of The List of Seven was something I particularly remember enjoying.



TQ:  Describe The Buried Life in 140 characters or less.

Carrie:  Two inspectors chase a murderer, dodge politicians, and unearth a conspiracy in an underground city.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Buried Life that is not in the book description.

Carrie:  It features old grudges, fancy manners, and salmon canapés.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Buried Life? Angry Robot describes the novel as Science Fantasy? What is Science Fantasy and why did you choose to write in that genre? Would you like to write in any other genres or sub-genres?

Carrie:  Visiting Argentina and the Recoleta Cemetary jump-started the process. From there, it was just a matter of teasing characters and a story out of a specific setting and atmosphere.

Science fantasy encompasses elements of both traditional science fiction and fantasy. In some cases, I think it also describes a work that falls through the cracks of both genres and doesn't land solidly on horror, New Weird, steampunk, or anything else.

It wasn't something I specifically set out to write--in fact, I was curious to see how Angry Robot would categorize The Buried Life--but it turned out to be a great fit. I tend to be a fairly omnivorous reader, and I enjoy writing across the spectrum of speculative fiction. My short story, "Here Be Monsters," is an alternate history with sea monsters, and I have another novel-in-progress that's near-future science fiction.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Buried Life?

Carrie:  The research was a mix of studying actual underground environments and researching random minutiae to flesh out the details of a technologically regressed setting: fabrics, firearms, modes of transportation, etc. I particularly remember reading about laundry methods of the 1800s to fill out an early scene with one of the protagonists. When you're inventing many of the details in a fictional world, having a few realistic reference points can add a layer of believability.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite character?

Carrie:  Roman Arnault was probably the easiest. He's not a perspective character, so I never had to get inside his head to write him--I generally wrote him from the vantage point of the two perspective characters, both of whom have strong (and opposing) reactions to him. In fact, most characters have a pretty strong reaction to him one way or the other, so they always have something colorful to say about him.

Inspector Liesl Malone, on the other hand, was pretty hard. She's deadpan, which can come across as bland, and she's a by-the-book badass, which can become a cliché. With a character like her, nuance is key. You have to show the brittleness that accompanies her rigidity, the sense of humor beneath her solemnity, and the hollowness that belies her sense of purpose.

My favorite character is definitely Roman. He's a troublemaker and a snarker, and he guarantees hijinks of some sort whenever he shows up. I think he's also the biggest puzzle for readers, and all of these aspects made him a ton of fun to write.



TQ:  Which question about The Buried Life do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Carrie:  People have asked me how long it took to write The Buried Life, where I got the idea for the stories, and what inspired the characters, but
no one has asked whether the novel features explosions. The answer is unequivocally yes.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Buried Life.

Carrie

"For whatever reason, a fugitive on the last leg of flight almost always made for the surface the way a wounded rabbit crawls to the bushes to die."



TQ:  What's next?

Carrie:  I've finished the sequel, Cities and Thrones, and am awaiting the edit letter! Cities and Thrones will be out later this year, and it will trace the aftershocks of events at the end of The Buried Life. Beyond that, I've returned to a near-future science fiction novel about Mars colonization and the "bare branches" problem. I'm also looking forward to the March 26 release of Pillars of Eternity, the RPG that I've been writing for over the past year!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Carrie:  Thanks so much for having me! It's been a pleasure, and I'm looking forward to the rest of your debut author features.





The Buried Life
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
        (North American and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life - March 11, 2015
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]





About Carrie

Interview with Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life - March 11, 2015
Carrie Patel was born and raised in Houston, Texas. An avid traveller, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University and worked in transfer pricing at Ernst & Young for two years.

She now works as a narrative designer at Obsidian Entertainment in Irvine, California, where the only season is Always Perfect.

You can find Carrie online at www.electronicinkblog.com and @Carrie_Patel on Twitter.

Review: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel


The Buried Life
Author:  Carrie Patel
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
        (North American and eBook)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857665218 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]



Melanie's Thoughts

Hats off to Carrie Patel for an ambitious debut with The Buried Life.  This is the first in her Buried Life series which features a murder mystery set in the steampunk/dystopian mash-up of Recoletta. The story starts with police inspector Leisel Malone chasing criminals through the streets of the underground city before she is called in and partnered with the rookie cop Rafe to investigate the murder of one of the city's upper class. Convinced that appearances are deceiving and as the death count rises Malone pushes against the authority of the Directorate of Preservation in order to uncover what is really going on.  On the other side of the tracks is the laundress Jane and her reporter friend Freddie who also becomes embroiled in the mystery. It's not until the very final chapters when these four characters come together as the mystery is solved and a new one begins.

Patel has created an very interesting world as seen through the eyes of her characters, mainly Jane and Leisel who tell the story. Patel's world experienced some catastrophic event which caused everyone to burrow underground. In doing so their civilisation became more structured, rigid and controlled.  It is reminiscent of Victorian London with its rigid class structure and gender specific roles. The Directorate of Preservation controls the flow of information and books are all but banned. It wasn't clear what the cause of the catastrophe was or exactly how the Directorate came to hold so much power but it was all powerful and ruled with an iron fist. Patel richly describes the world and society for the reader with the right balance between description and dialogue. I believe that world building is Patel's stronger skill rather characterisation as I feel her characters needed some fleshing out. The story is told from Leisel and Jane's point of view which really worked in order to see the different aspects of the society however, the characters themselves weren't balanced. I had assumed that as the story started with Leisel that she would be the lead character but the lowly laundress Jane soon took over. I was unclear who the main character was actually supposed to be. Leisel's physicality was well described but her circumstances, back story or character were not which was in contrast to Jane. As so little of Leisel's life was explained it was difficult to empathise with her and she was a bit one dimensional. Likewise the male characters Rafe and Freddie were so loosely described that they could have almost been left out if they weren't needed to advance the story through dialogue with the other characters.

Patel ends the story well and with a great lead into the next book of the series but she needs to work on her characterisation in order to keep me interested. This series could end up being one of my favourites if Patel makes a conscious decision as to which character will take the lead and develops that character fully. As I said at the start this is an ambitious story even for writers with a few books under their belt so well done to Patel. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next to these plucky heroines.

The View From Monday - March 2, 2015


Another snowstorm, another school delay, etc. I am really looking forward to Spring! The full March release list went up yesterday but here are this week's new releases, Debuts, etc.


There are 5 debuts this week:

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel;

The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards (this is his first adult own world novel);

Dead Boys by Gabriel Squailia;

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson is out in Mass Market Paperaback;

The Danger of Destiny by Leigh Evans;

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne;

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys;

and

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster.



The View From Monday - March 2, 2015



March 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cursed (e) Lisa Childs PNR
Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction Jason Haslam LC- Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Raintree: Oracle (e) Linda Winstead Jones PNR - Raintree 4
Harlequin Nocturne March 2015 Box Set: Raintree: Oracle\Cursed (e) Linda Winstead Jones
Lisa Childs
PNR



March 2, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Chaos Station (e) Jenn Burke
Kelly Jensen
SFR - Chaos Station 1
Phoenix in My Fortune (e) R.L. Naquin UF - A Monster Haven Story 6



March 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Operation Arcana John Joseph Adams (ed) F - Anthology
The Goblin Emperor (h2mm) Katherine Addison F
Elisha Magus (h2mm) E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 2
Magic Breaks (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 7
Bathed in Blood Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 53
Shifter Mates Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound Novellas
End Day James Axler SF - Deathlands 121
Shipstar (h2mm) Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF - Bowl of Heaven 2
Vision In Silver Anne Bishop CF - Others 3
Doctor Who: Amorality Tale: The History Collection David Bishop SF - Doctor Who
Wisp of a Thing (h2tp) Alex Bledsoe CF - Tufa 2
Mars, Inc. (h2tp) Ben Bova SF - Billionaire's Club 1
Transhuman (h2mm) Ben Bova SF
Dead Heat (h2mm) Patricia Briggs CF - Alpha and Omega 4
Rising Fire Terri Brisbin FR - Stone Circles 1
Skin Game (h2mm) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 15
Binding Ties Shannon K. Butcher PNR - The Sentinel Wars 9
The Burning Dark (h2tp) Adam Christopher SF - Spider Wars 1
Probably Monsters Ray Cluley H - Collection
A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark (Ke) Harry Connolly UF
Edge of Dark Brenda Cooper SF - Glittering Edge 1
Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection Paul Cornell SF - Doctor Who
Unwrapped Sky (h2mm) Rjurik Davidson SF - Caeli-Amur 1
Into the Maelstrom David Drake
John Lambshead
SF - Citizen 2
The Danger of Destiny Leigh Evans PNR - Mystwalker 4
Murder Ties the Knot Christy Fifield PM - Haunted Souvenir Shop 4
Dark Screams: Volume 2 (e) Brian James Freeman (ed)
Richard Chizmar (ed)
H - Anthology
Doctor Who: The Roundheads: The History Collection Mark Gatiss SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: The History Collection James Goss SF - Doctor Who
Wild Wood Posie Graeme-Evans Hist/FairyT
Apocalypse Happens (e) Lori Handeland UF - Phoenix Chronicles 3
:Dead Ever After (h2tp) Charlaine Harris CF - Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood 13
Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars Kevin Hearne SF - Star Wars
Vampires Never Cry Wolf Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 3
Jack Cloudie (h2tp) (ri) Stephen Hunt SP - Jackelian World 5
The Fall of the Governor: Part Two (tp2mm) Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H - The Walking Dead 4
The Buried Giant Kazuo Ishiguro LF
Phoenix Inheritance (e) Corrina Lawson PNR - Phoenix Institute 4
The Crow of Connemara Stephen Leigh CF
Immortal Muse (h2mm) Stephen Leigh HistF
Wicked Dark Dragon (e) Lolita Lopez PNR - Dragon Heat 3
Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection Steve Lyons SF - Doctor Who
The Joe Ledger Series, Books 1-3 (e) Jonathan Maberry Th/Z - Joe Ledger
Old Venus George R.R. Martin (ed)
Garner Dozois (ed)
SF - Anthology
Pocket Apocalypse Seanan McGuire F - InCryptid 4
Stolen Crown (h2mm) Dennis L. McKiernan F - Mithgar
Of Silk and Steam Bec McMaster SPR - London Steampunk 5
The Man with the Compound Eyes (h2tp) Wu Ming-Yi SF
Madness in Solidar L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - The Imager Portfolio 9
Infinity Bell Devon Monk UF - House Immortal 2
The Wicked City (e) Megan Morgan UF - Siren Song 1
Horse of a Different Killer Laura Morrigan PM - A Call of the Wilde Mystery 3
WolfCop Brad Munson UF
Nexus (tp2mm) Ramez Naam SF - Nexus 1
Dark Debt Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 11
The Usurper John Norman SF- Telnarian Histories 4
The Buried Life (D) Carrie Patel SF/A - The Buried Life 1
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose: The History Collection Jac Rayner SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Shadow In The Glass: The History Collection Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The Suicide Exhibition (D) Justin Richards SF - Never War 1
Doctor Who: The English Way of Death: The History Collection Gareth Roberts SF - Doctor Who
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex 3
Veil of the Deserters (h2tp) Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounders Arc 2
Archaon: Everchosen Rob Sanders F - Warhammer
Words of Radiance (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 2
Dead Boys (D) Gabriel Squailia F/P
Flex (D) Ferrett Steinmetz UF - Flex 1
Night Things (ri) Michael Talbot H
Cat Out of Hell Lynne Truss Hu/Go
The Devil's Detective (D) Simon Kurt Unsworth M/H
Doctor Who: Time Trips Various SF - Doctor Who Collection
Immortal (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 6
Any Witch Way She Can (e) Christine Warren PNR
The Fall of Altdorf Chris Wraight F - Warhammer: The End Times 2
Above Us Only Sky Michele Young-Stone LF



March 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Shape of My Name: A Tor.Com Original (e) Nino Cipri TT



March 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Jesse James Omnibus Craig Gallant
C.L. Werner
AH


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

A - Adventure
AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
TT - Time Travel
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 11 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March 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 March cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery  @  gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Little, Brown And Company, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY HIS FUTURE SELVES.

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.

In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.

The Lost Boys Symphony is a beautiful reminder of what it's like to be young, lost, and in and out of love for the very first time. By turns heartfelt and heartbreaking, Ferguson's debut novel boldly announces the arrival of a spellbinding new talent on the literary stage, in a master feat of empathy and multilayered storytelling that takes adventurous literary fiction to dizzying new heights.




Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon
The Fire Sermon 1
Gallery Books, March 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.




Ellie O'Neill

Reluctantly Charmed
Touchstone, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate.

And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend’s website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin’s rock-and-roll sweetheart—and Kate’s onetime fling—writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps—or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.




Carrie Patel

The Buried Life
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
        (North American and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]




Cat Rambo

Beasts of Tabat
The Tabat Quartet 1
Wordfire Press, March 27, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 325 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.

When his fate becomes woven with that of Tabat’s most famous gladiator, Bella Kanto, his existence becomes even more imperiled. Kanto’s magical battle determines the weather each year, and the wealthy merchants are tired of the long winters she’s brought. Can Teo and Bella save each other from the plots that are closing in on them from all sides?




Justin Richards

The Suicide Exhibition
The Never War 1
Thomas Dunne Books, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(1st own world adult novel)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The threat is not new. The aliens have been here before.

The German war machine has woken an ancient threat - the alien Vril and their Ubermensch have returned. With this new power, ultimate Victory in the war for Europe is now within the Nazis' grasp.Obsessed with the Occult, Hitler and other senior Nazis believed they were destined to inherit the Earth. To this end, they are determined to recover 'their' ancient artifacts -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Destiny. When Dunkirk veteran and Foreign Office trouble-shooter Major Guy Pentecross stumbles across a seemingly unbelievable conspiracy, he, together with pilot and American spy Sarah Diamond and SOE operative Leo Davenport, enter the shadow world of Section Z. All three have major roles to play as they uncover the Nazis' insidious plot to use the Vril's technology to win the war... at any cost.

Justin Richards has an extremely credible grasp of WWII history and has transformed it into a groundbreaking alternate reality thriller in The Suicide Exhibition.




Alan Smale

Clash of Eagles
Clash of Eagles Trilogy 1
Del Rey, March 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Perfect for fans of action-adventure and historical fiction—including novels by such authors as Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove—this stunning work of alternate history imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has not fallen and the North American continent has just been discovered. In the year 1218 AD, transported by Norse longboats, a Roman legion crosses the great ocean, enters an endless wilderness, and faces a cataclysmic clash of worlds, cultures, and warriors.  

Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined.

Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.




Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys
Talos, March 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A decade dead, Jacob Campbell is a preservationist, providing a kind of taxidermy to keep his clients looking lifelike for as long as the forces of entropy will allow. But in the Land of the Dead, where the currency is time itself and there is little for corpses to do but drink, thieve, and gamble eternity away, Jacob abandons his home and his fortune for an opportunity to meet the man who cheated the rules of life and death entirely.

According to legend, the Living Man is the only adventurer to ever cross into the underworld without dying first. It’s rumored he met his end somewhere in the labyrinth of pubs beneath Dead City’s streets, disappearing without a trace. Now Jacob’s vow to find the Living Man and follow him back to the land of the living sends him on a perilous journey through an underworld where the only certainty is decay.

Accompanying him are the boy Remington, an innocent with mysterious powers over the bones of the dead, and the hanged man Leopold l’Eclair, a flamboyant rogue whose criminal ambitions spark the undesired attention of the shadowy ruler known as the Magnate.

An ambitious debut that mingles the fantastic with the philosophical, Dead Boys twists the well-worn epic quest into a compelling, one-of-a-kind work of weird fiction that transcends genre, recalling the novels of China Miéville and Neil Gaiman.




Ferrett Steinmetz

Flex
Flex 1
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback (US/Canada) and eBook,
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill • Firestarter • Bureaucramancy • The Flex & the Flux ]




Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective
Doubleday, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

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Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell's standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.




T.A. Wardrope

Arcadian Gates
Blastgun Books, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 424 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Only ten years ago the entire nation was struck by a chemical weapon which destroyed most people’s memories. Akiry, a young woman who makes her way smuggling amongst the lower caste of the rebuilt country, is haunted by dreams of a daughter she otherwise does not remember.

As civil war erupts in the city around her, she takes the last chance she has to find the truth about her daughter and her past.

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