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The View From Monday - June 4, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in June!

There are 6 debuts this week:

Treeborne by Caleb Johnson;

The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston;

The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge;

Free Chocolate (The Chocoverse 1) by Amber Royer;

The Book of M by Pend Shepherd;

and

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal.

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




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Adrift by Rob Boffard;

The Visitors by Catherine Burns is out in Trade Paperback;

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller;

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard is out in Trade Paperback;

Chaos Queen - Blood Requiem (Chaos Queen 3) by Christopher Husberg;

Refugees (Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 8) by Malka Older;

Outbreak (Nightshades 3) by Melissa F. Olson;

After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley by Rob Reid is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria 2) by Anthony Ryan is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - June 4, 2018



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

June 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Darkness Transformed (e) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin Strike Team 1



June 5, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 4 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Year's Best Military & Adventure Science 4
Devil's Due (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 12
The Wisdom of Madness C.J. Archer HistF - Ministry Of Curiosities 10
Adrift Rob Boffard SF
Brothers in Arms (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF/SO - Vorkosigan Saga 9
The Visitors (h2tp) Catherine Burns PsyTh
Brief Cases Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Collection
Grantville Gazette VIII Eric Flint (Ed)
Walt Boyes (Ed)
SF/TT - The Ring of Fire 8
Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars Warren Hammond
Joshua Viola
SF/CyP - Denver Moon
Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Jason Heller SocSci/PopCul/LC/SF/F
An Unkindness of Magicians (h2tp) Kat Howard DF
A Peace Divided (h2tp) Tanya Huff SF/AC - Peacekeeper 2
Chaos Queen - Blood Requiem Christopher Husberg F/DF - Chaos Queen 3
Treeborne (D) Caleb Johnson LF/FL
The Traitor God (D) Cameron Johnston F/DF/UF
The Mist (ri) Stephen King Th
Carrie (ri) Stephen King H
The Hills Have Spies Mercedes Lackey F/FR - Valdemar: Family Spies 1
The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War (D) Jane Rosenberg LaForge FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR/LF
A Panicked Premonition (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PM/Occ/Sup - Psychic Eye Mystery 15
Companions on the Road (ri) Tanith Lee F
Sparrow Hill Road (ri) Seanan McGuire P/UF/CF - Ghost Roads 1
Outbreak Melissa F. Olson P/UF - Nightshades 3
Expiration Date Tim Powers CF
After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley (h2tp) Rob Reid Satire/TechTh/SF/HU
2312 (h2mm) Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO/Dys
Aurora (ri) Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO/HSF
Plum Rains Andromeda Romano-Lax SF/AP/PA/Hist/Med
Free Chocolate (D) Amber Royer SF/SO - The Chocoverse 1
The Golden House (h2tp) Salman Rushdie LF/Satire/Political
The Legion of Flame (h2tp) Anthony Ryan F/DF - The Draconis Memoria 2
Koko Uncaged Kieran Shea SF
The Book of M (D) Peng Shepherd LF/NF
The Sea Peoples (h2mm) S. M. Stirling SF/AP/PA/AH/F - A Novel of the Change 14
The Delirium Brief (h2tp) Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 8
The Shimmer Carsten Stroud Th/SupTh/PsyTh
Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself James Swallow SF - Star Trek: Discovery 3
Her Beautiful Monster (h2tp) Adi Tantimedh M - Ravi PI 2
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (e) Sarena Ulibarri (Ed) SF/HSF/Tech - Anthology
A People's History of the Vampire Uprising (D) Raymond A. Villareal CulH/H/Pol/SupTh
Finding the Texas Wolf Karen Whiddon PNR
The Maw Taylor Zajonc Sus/SF



June 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Meat And Salt And Sparks: A Tor.com Original (e) Rich Larson SF/M
Refugees (e) Malka Older F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 8



June 7, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghost Stories (ri) M. R. James GH - The Penguin English Library
At the Mountains of Madness (ri) H. P. Lovecraft SF - The Penguin English Library
The Last Children of Tokyo Yoko Tawada Dys/LF



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
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LegalTh - Legal Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
Rel - Religious
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SocSci - Social Science
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

Interview with Catherine Burns, author of The Visitors


Please welcome Catherine Burns to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Visitors was published on September 26th by Gallery Books/Scout Press.



Interview with Catherine Burns, author of The Visitors




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

Catherine:  I got laid off from my university teaching job so I had a lot of time on my hands.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Catherine:  I had a rough idea of the structure of The Visitors before I started writing but it certainly changed a lot by the end. I think if you stick to a too rigid outline you risk limiting yourself. Having said that I might try plotting a bit more the next time. I suppose that means I’m a hybrid?



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Catherine:  Self-discipline is difficult when working from home. Keeping off the internet and Netflix long enough to get something done.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Catherine:  I haven’t had any formal training but I thought that Stephen King book on writing was pretty good. Also just the stuff I read, Shirley Jackson, Chekhov short stories, an author called Barbara Pym (not sure if she’s very well known in the US).



TQDescribe The Visitors in 140 characters or less.

Catherine:  Marion lives in a creepy mansion. Brother John spends all his time in the cellar. She hears screams from below, should she tell the police?



TQTell us something about The Visitors that is not found in the book description.

Catherine:  Marion has some self-esteem issues. Her nickname at school was Manatee.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Visitors?

Catherine:  A few real life cases where people had protected loved ones who committed horrible crimes. I was trying to understand why someone would do something like that and I wanted the reader to ask themselves what they would do if the person they loved most in the world did something terrible.



TQIs the "crumbling mansion" and seaside resort where Marion and John Zetland live based on a real building/place?

Catherine:  The crumbling mansion isn’t real but the house I grew up in had a cellar and I was always a bit spooked by it. The town of Northport is fictional but it’s based on a number of real life northern British seaside towns, particularly Southport(!) and Blackpool. I always felt these places were a little on the gothic side with their creaky fairground attractions and kiosks selling smutty postcards alongside candy for children. I suppose Coney Island in the US has a similar vibe.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Visitors?

Catherine:  I don’t want to give away any spoilers but there is some internet ‘Catfishing’ going on in the book. I actually created fake social media profiles to see if the plotline was realistic. I got quite a lot of positive responses!



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Visitors?

Catherine:  Just want to say I think the US cover is delightful, you can’t tell from pictures but the paper is textured so you can feel the ridges in the wood and even the back of the wallpaper feels different from the front! Amazing! I suppose on the most literal sense it evokes decaying grandeur of a rather stuffy, middle-class variety. I didn’t have anything to do with the cover however, and I don’t know if my interpretations are what the designer intended, but it reminds me of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and there is certainly a lot of female repression in the book. I also get a slight Georgia O’Keefe vibe but maybe that’s just my grubby mind.



TQIn The Visitors who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Catherine:  I find Mrs Morrison the housekeeper comical so I think she was the most fun and therefore easiest to write. Marion was the hardest of course, because a lot of her choices are rather difficult to empathise with but if I had made her too unlikeable the reader would have just given up on her and the book.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Visitors?

Catherine:  I touched somewhat obliquely on the issue of immigration but I don’t want to say too much as this would give important plot points away!



TQWhich question about The Visitors do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Catherine:  Are Marion and John’s parent to blame? I honestly don’t know, maybe if you say yes to that question you could equally blame their parents, i.e. Marion and John’s grandparents, where does the evil originate?



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Visitors.

Catherine:

‘Like a white bird, the scream flew up from the depths of the cellar, then became trapped inside Marion’s head.’


‘You are the kind of evil that comes from nothing, from neglect and loneliness. You are like mold that grows in damp dark places, black dirt gathered in corners, a fatal infection that begins with a speck of dirt in an unwashed wound.’



TQWhat's next?

Catherine:  Just finished another manuscript but so far I’ve only shown it to close friends. About to start a third. I really enjoy writing in the gothic/thriller genre, might veer towards more conventional horror next!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Catherine:  Thank you for your consideration.





The Visitors
Gallery Books/Scout Press, September 26, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Catherine Burns, author of The Visitors
“Once you start Catherine Burns's dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it's hard to stop. The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable.” —Iain Reid, internationally bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, Catherine Burns’s debut novel explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and turning a blind eye to the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For years, she’s buried the signs of John’s devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side....





About Catherine

Interview with Catherine Burns, author of The Visitors
Mark Frith Photography
Born in Manchester, Catherine Burns is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She worked as a bond trader in London before studying at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and teaching film theory at the University of Salford. The Visitors is her debut novel.


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The View From Monday - September 25, 2017

Happy Last Monday in September!

There are 2 debuts this week:

The Visitors by Catherine Burns;

and

Leech Girl Lives by Rick Claypool.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

War and Craft (America Craft 3) by Tom Doyle;

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard;

Provenance by Ann Leckie;

Of Flame and Fate (A Weird Girls Novel 8) by Cecy Robson;

The Eternity War: Pariah (The Eternity War 1) by Jamie Sawyer;

Everfair by Nisi Shawl is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Horizon (Bone Universe 3) by Fran Wilde.

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



The View From Monday - September 25, 2017



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

September 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warlord Wants Forever (e)(ri) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals after Dark
Forsaken by Night (e) Larissa Ione PNR - Moonbound Clan Vampires 3
Lazy Son Eve Langlais PNR - Hell's Son 1
Dark Swan (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Alien Huntress 3



September 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sound of Seas (h2tp) Gillian Anderson
Jeff Rovin
SF - The EarthEnd Saga 3
Lost Gods (h2tp) Brom DF
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 17
The Visitors (D) Catherine Burns PsyTh
Ender's Game Gift Edition Orson Scott Card SF - The Ender Quintet
Leech Girl Lives (D) Rick Claypool SF/HU
Paradox Bound Peter Clines SF/H/TT
Wolf Unbound (ri) Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 4
Blade Runner (ri) Philip K. Dick MTI/SF
War and Craft Tom Doyle CF/SF - American Craft 3
Planet of the Apes Omnibus 3 George Alec Effinger MTI/SF - Planet of the Apes
Castaway Odyssey (h2mm) Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 5
Alien: Covenant Origins - The Official Prequel to the Blockbuster Film Alan Dean Foster MTI/SF - Alien
Kane (e)(ri) Jacquelyn Frank PNR - Nightwalkers 1.5
Neverwhere Illustrated Edition Neil Gaiman SF
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse James Goss TV/SF
An Angel's Touch (h2mm) Heather Graham R/F/FR
Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel Edward Gross
Mark A. Altman
TV/HC
The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy: A Universe of Unique Cocktails from the Celebrated Doctor Who Bar Andy Heidel Beverages/SF
An Unkindness of Magicians Kat Howard DF
Original Sin David R. George III SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Sleeping Beauties Stephen King
Owen King
Th/Sus
Provenance Ann Leckie SF
Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours David Mack SF - Star Trek: Discovery 1
The Corporation Wars: Emergence Ken MacLeod SF/SO - Second Law Trilogy 3
When the Floods Came Clare Morrall LF
The Hunt Chloe Neill UF/PA - A Devil's Isle Novel 3
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School (tp2mm) Kim Newman F/P/H/AH
The Two of Swords: Part Nineteen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
Death (e) Madhuri Pavamani FR - Keeper Series 3
Of Flame and Fate (e) Cecy Robson PNR - A Weird Girls Novel 8
Immortally Yours Lynsay Sands PNR - An Argeneau Novel 23
Savage Woods Mary SanGiovanni H
The Eternity War: Pariah Jamie Sawyer SF - The Eternity War 1
Everfair (h2tp) Nisi Shawl SP/HistF/AH
Archangel's Viper Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 10
Oceans: The Anthology (e) David Smith (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
Extinction End Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/PA/AP - The Extinction Cycle 5
Ghost in the Shell: The Official Movie Novelization James Swallow MTI/SF
The Lilitu, Primordial, The Cain Prophecy Toby Tate SF - The Lilitu Trilogy
Your Brother's Blood (h2tp) David Towsey SF - The Walkin' Trilogy 1
The Chosen (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 15
Horizon Fran Wilde F - Bone Universe 3
The Emperor's Legion Chris Wraight SF - Watchers of the Throne 1
The Black Tides of Heaven JY Yang F - The Tensorate Series Novella
The Red Threads of Fortune JY Yang F - The Tensorate Series Novella



September 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Crossing Over (e) Margaret Dunlap UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #11



September 28, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Belador Cosaint (e) Dianna Love PNR - Belador 9
The Wind Jay Caselberg Sus/H - NewCon Press Novellas Set 2 4



September 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Visionary Tongue Storm Constatine (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology



September 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
River's Edge James P. Blaylock SupTh
University Bentley Little H
The Collection Bentley Little H
The Policy Bentley Little H
The Summoning Bentley Little H
The Emperor and the Maula Robert Silverberg SF/AC



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2017 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on September 30, 2017.

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Cover design by Will Staehle




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Cover design by Adam Laszczuk




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2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


There are 11 debut novels for September.

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

The September 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 September cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on September 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for September 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Brad Abraham

Magicians Impossible
Thomas Dunne Books, September 12, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
     Contemporary Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Magicians Impossible is a mind-bending page-turner! A brilliant and unique mash-up of spells, myth and mayhem, once it got its claws in me I couldn't put it down. Like a veteran stage magician, Brad Abraham has created a hip thriller that turns convention on its ear with misdirection and mayhem. A must read for enthusiasts of edgy and extreme fiction.” —Don Coscarelli, director of John Dies At The End

Twenty-something bartender Jason Bishop’s world is shattered when his estranged father commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand; an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war. Now the Golden Dawn—the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bishop’s murder, and the death of Jason’s mother years beforehave Jason in their sights. His survival will depend on mastering his own dormant magic abilities; provided he makes it through the training.

From New York, to Paris, to worlds between worlds, Jason's journey through the realm of magic will be fraught with peril. But with enemies and allies on both sides of this war, whom can he trust? The Invisible Hand, who’ve been more of a family than his own family ever was? The Golden Dawn, who may know the secrets behind his mysterious lineage? For Jason Bishop, only one thing is for certain; the magic he has slowly been mastering is telling him not to trust anybody.





James Bradley

Clade
Titan Books, September 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
     Science Fiction \ Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
On a beach in Antarctica, scientist Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Ellie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment.

That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England, Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.





Joseph Brassey

Skyfarer
Angry Robot, September 5, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
     Epic Fantasy/ Science Fiction
     (Solo Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
An apprentice sorceress is dragged into a vicious quest across an endless sky in this Star Wars-inspired space fantasy

The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic, with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought for it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to find the gem, on the skyship Elysium. Opposing them are the infamous magic-wielding knights of the Eternal Order and their ruthless commander, Lord Azrael, who will destroy everything in their path…

File UnderFantasy [ Diamond in the Sky | Quest for Truth | Knights Magical | Eternity & Beyond ]





Adam Burch

Song of Edmon
The Fracture Worlds 1
47North, September 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 444 pages
     Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
In Adam Burch’s thrilling series debut, a young man must choose between violence and peace in a distant world divided between those who thrive in endless sunlight and those who survive in eternal darkness.

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat.

Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao’s split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother’s people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.

Edmon’s defiance will cost him everything…and spark a revolution that will shake the foundations of Tao. His choice—to embrace the light or surrender to the darkness—will shape his own fate and that of his divided world.





Catherine Burns

The Visitors
Gallery/Scout Press, September 26, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
     Psychological Thriller

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
“Once you start Catherine Burns's dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it's hard to stop. The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable.” —Iain Reid, internationally bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things

With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, Catherine Burns’s debut novel explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and turning a blind eye to the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For years, she’s buried the signs of John’s devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side....





Rick Claypool

Leech Girl Lives
Spaceboy Books LLC, September 26, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 322 pages
     Post-Apocalyptic / Humorous

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
“I used to live in the future. Giant leeches ate my arms and then replaced them. Under the circumstances, this was actually a good thing. Anyway now I’m here and I’m looking for someone else from the future.” 

Inspector Margo Chicago is the smartest, surliest art safety inspector in the Bublinaplex, and things aren’t going her way. The guy she thinks she’s in love with has been banished. Her boss has been poisoned. Her cyborg has a limp.

Oh, and her arms have been devoured and replaced by a pair of enormous leeches. As if that isn’t enough, it’s now up to Margo to save the Bublinaplex from art terrorists whose newest installation could drive humanity to extinction.

But things in the Bublinaplex are not as they seem. And when Margo uncovers the city’s murderous secrets, she must face a choice: Should she save the Bublinaplex? Or should she join the revolution dedicated to destroying it?





Randal Graham

Beforelife: A Likely Story
ECW Press, September 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 536 pages
     Fantasy / Science Fiction / Humorous

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It’s okay if you don’t believe in the afterlife. The people who live there don’t believe in you, either.

What if you went to heaven and no one there believed in Earth? This is the question at the heart of Beforelife, a satirical novel that follows the post-mortem adventures of widower Ian Brown, a man who dies on the book’s first page and finds himself in an afterlife where no one else believes in “pre-incarnation.” The other residents of the afterlife have mysteriously forgotten their pre-mortem lives and think that anyone who remembers a mortal life is suffering from a mental disorder called the “Beforelife Delusion.”

None of that really matters to Ian. All he wants to do is reunite with Penelope, his wife. Scouring the afterlife for any sign of her, Ian accidentally winds up on a quest to prove that the beforelife is real. This puts him squarely into the crosshairs of some of history’s greatest heroes and villains, all of whom seem unhealthily obsessed with erasing Ian’s memories and preventing him from reminding anyone of their pre-mortem lives. Only by staying a step ahead of his enemies can Ian hope to keep his much-needed marbles, find Penelope, and restore the public’s memories of the beforelife.





Holly Goddard Jones

The Salt Life
G.P. Putnam's Sons, September 5, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
     Literary / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic
     (SpecFic Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump “the Salt Line.”

How far will they go for their freedom—once they decide what freedom really means?

In an unspecified future, the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line—a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what’s left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife.

Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks—and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line.





Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male
Harper Voyager, September 12, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
     Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
From debut author Maggie Shen King, An Excess Male is the chilling dystopian tale of politics, inequality, marriage, love, and rebellion, set in a near-future China, that further explores the themes of the classics The Handmaid's Tale and When She Woke.

Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son.

Now 40 million of them can't find wives.

China’s One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man’s quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.

Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband—the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family—one harboring an illegal spouse—shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything—walls, streetlights, garbage cans—are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.

In Maggie Shen King’s startling and beautiful debut, An Excess Male looks to explore the intersection of marriage, family, gender, and state in an all-too-plausible future.





Annalee Newitz

Autonomous
Tor Books, September 19, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
     Science Fiction / Hard Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
When anything can be owned, how can we be free

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?





Adrian J. Walker

The End of the World Running Club
Sourcebooks Landmark, September 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
     Dystopian

2017 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
#1 International Bestseller

"A fresh and frighteningly real take on what "the end" might be…quite an exciting and nerve-wracking 'run', with characters you believe in and feel for."—New York Times bestselling author Robert McCammon

Perfect for fans of The Martian, this powerful post-apocalyptic thriller pits reluctant father Edgar Hill in a race against time to get back to his wife and children. When the sky begins to fall and he finds himself alone, his best hope is to run – or risk losing what he loves forever.

When the world ends and you find yourself forsaken, every second counts.

No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. Stranded on the other side of the country from his wife and children, Ed must push himself across a devastated wasteland to get back to them. With the clock ticking and hundreds of miles between them, his best hope is to run — or risk losing what he loves forever.

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