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The View From Monday (on Tuesday) - August 11, 2020


Happy Belated Monday! We have power and internet again after the tropical storm. I have friends who still don't have power after 1 week and a heat wave started yesterday! What a mess!


There are 2 debuts this week:

Bystander 27 by Rik Hoskin

and

We Are the Dead by Mike Shackle.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Machine Dynasty Omnibus by Madeline Ashby;

Failed State (Dystopian Lawyer 2) by Christopher Brown;

The Last Uncharted Sky (The Risen Kingdoms 3) by Curtis Craddock;

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade 3) by Seth Dickinson;

and

Dragon Heart by Peter Higgins.



The View From Monday (on Tuesday) - August 11, 2020



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

August 10, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Study (e) Maria V. Snyder RF - The Chronicles of Ixia 2



August 11, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Neverland's Library: A Library Anthology Alana Joli Abbott (Ed) F - Anthology
Triumff (ri) Dan Abnett HistF/HU
A Chorus of Fire Brian D. Anderson F/EF - The Sorcerer's Song 2
Jest Right Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 43
The Machine Dynasty Omnibus (e) Madeline Ashby SF/HSF
Tijaran Tales: The Complete Series Francesca T. Barbini SF
Stage Fright (ri) Garrett Boatman H - Paperbacks from Hell
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom John Boyne Hist/Sagas/LF
CTRL S Andy Briggs SF/AP/PA
Failed State Christopher Brown Dys - Dystopian Lawyer 2
Legacy of Vale (Ke) Rhett C. Bruno SF - The Circuit Saga 2
A Private Cathedral James Lee Burke Sus - Dave Robicheaux 23
Fantasy from Asia and the Asian Diaspora: A Tordotcom Novella Sampler (e) Zen Cho
Saad Z. Hossain
S. L. Huang
Nghi Vo
JY Neon Yang
F - Sampler Collection
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (ri) Susanna Clarke F
The Last Uncharted Sky Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 3
Mirage Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO/HSF/AC - Web Shifter's Library 2
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant Seth Dickinson EF - The Masquerade 3
The Invisible Seb Doubinsky Dys/Noir - City-States Cycle
Mums and Mayhem Amanda Flower PCM - Magic Garden Mystery 3
Flights of Marigold Susan Forest F - Addicted to Heaven 2
After Siege (e) Rhiannon Frater H/AP/PA - As The World Dies 4
Twenty After Midnight Daniel Galera
Julia Sanches (Tr)
LF/CoA/Dys
Dragon Heart Peter Higgins F/LF/AP/PA
Stoker's Wilde West Steven Hopstaken
Melissa Prusi
HistF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Bystander 27 (D) Rik Hoskin F/DF
The Eye of the World (ri) Robert Jordan EF - Wheel of Time 1
This Little Light: A Novel Lori Lansens F/Dys/CoA/Political
Knight of Stars Tom Lloyd EF - God Fragments
More Beautiful Than Death David Mack SF - Star Trek
The Shadow Commission David Mack HistF/Occ/Sup/DF - Dark Arts 3
Son of the Shadows (ri) Juliet Marillier HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Sevenwaters Trilogy 2
Luna: Moon Rising (h2tp) Ian McDonald SF/SE/HSF/SO - Luna 3
Sorcery of a Queen  Brian Naslund F/EF - Dragons of Terra 2
Debt of Loyalty Christopher G. Nuttall SF/M/SO - Embers of War 2
The Apocalypse Strain Jason Parent SF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Cry of Metal & Bone L. Penelope HistF/RF - Earthsinger Chronicles 3
From Divergent Suns Sam Peters SF/CrM - From Darkest Skies 3
Episodes Christopher Priest SF/LF
The Secret of Barnabas Collins Marylin Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 7
The Demon of Barnabas Collins Marylin Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 8
Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear Matthew Salesses LF/AB
We Are The Dead (D) Mike Shackle EF - Last War 1
Island Johanna Skibsrud VM/LF/Political
By Force Alone Lavie Tidhar F/Arthurian
The Burning White (h2tp) Brent Weeks EF/HistF - Lightbringer 5
The Wizard Knight (Tor Essentials) Gene Wolfe EF - The Wizard Knight



August 12, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Exile's End: A Tor.com Original (e) Carolyn Ives Gilman SF



August 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Driftwood Marie Brennan F - Driftwood 1



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - August 12, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are three debuts this week:

Claiming T-Mo by Eugen Bacon;

The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman;

and

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Rule of Capture by Christopher Brown;

The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust 3) by Anna Smith Spark;

and

Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas.

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



The View From Monday - August 12, 2019



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

August 13, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Claiming T-Mo (D) Eugen Bacon SF
Rebel Born Amy A. Bartol Dys/SF/SFR - Secondborn 3
Rule of Capture Christopher Brown Dys
The Antares Maelstrom Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original
The Echo Chamber Rhett J. Evans TechTh
The Blue Salt Road Joanne M Harris FairyT/FolkT/LM/FR/LF
Shrouded Loyalties Reese Hogan SF
The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday Saad Z. Hossain F/SF/SP/PA
How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories (h2tp) N. K. Jemisin F/SF/UF/AC/SS
The Mage-Fire War L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Recluce 21
The Heart of the Circle (D) Keren Landsman CF/UF/P
Knaves Over Queens George R.R. Martin (Ed) SF/SH/SF - Wild Cards 20
Savage City Sophia McDougall HistF/AH
Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays Jennifer Militello Memoir
Inland Téa Obreht FL/Hist/W
The Memory Police Yoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder (Tr)
LF/SF/Dys
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (D) Temi Oh SF/HSF
The Warning James Patterson
with Robison Wells
Sus/TechTh
Before She Sleeps (h2tp) Bina Shah Dys
The House of Sacrifice Anna Smith Spark F/HistF/DF - Empires of Dust 3
Dahlia Black Keith Thomas SF/AC
Flights (h2tp) Olga Tokarczuk
Jennifer Croft (Tr)
LF/SS/MR
Blood Truth J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 4
Queen of All the Nightbirds (e) Craig Wolf SF/H/GH
Pale Kings Micah Yongo F/DF



August 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction Francesca T. Barbini HC/LC



August 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Killer Lake David Benton
W.D. Gagliani
H



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History & Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HL - Hispanic and Latino
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Westerns

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Christopher Brown (2017)

Rule of Capture
Harper Voyager, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Better Call Saul meets Nineteen Eighty-Four in this first volume in an explosive legal thriller series set in the world of Tropic of Kansas—a finalist for the 2018 Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year.

Defeated in a devastating war with China, America is on the brink of a bloody civil war. Seizing power after a controversial election, the ruling regime has begun cracking down on dissidents fighting the nation’s slide toward dictatorship. For Donny Kimoe, chaos is good for business. He’s a lawyer who makes his living defending enemies of the state.

His newest client, young filmmaker Xelina Rocafuerte, witnessed the murder of an opposition leader and is now accused of terrorism. To save her from the only sentence worse than death, Donny has to extract justice from a system that has abandoned the rule of law. That means breaking the rules—and risking the same fate as his clients.

When Donny bungles Xelina’s initial hearing, he has only days to save the young woman from being transferred to a detention camp from which no one returns. His only chance of winning is to find the truth—a search that begins with the opposition leader’s death and leads to a dark conspiracy reaching the highest echelons of power.

Now, Donny isn’t just fighting for his client’s life—he’s battling for his own. But as the trial in the top secret court begins, Xelina’s friends set into motion a revolutionary response that could destroy the case. And when another case unexpectedly collides with Xelina’s, Donny uncovers even more devastating secrets, knowledge that will force him to choose between saving one client . . . or the future of the entire country.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors





Sebastien de Castell (2014)

Queenslayer
Spellslinger 5
Orbit, May 21, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A failed mage learns that just because he’s not the chosen one it doesn’t mean he can’t be a hero in the fifth book of an adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell.

Kellen Argos is an outlaw spellslinger with a bad reputation, a long list of enemies, and zero luck. When he accidently smears blood on the Daroman flag, he’s dragged before the queen to be executed for his act of treason.

Face-to-face with the young monarch, Kellen is offered a chance to save himself. If he can defeat the queen at a game of cards, he’ll walk free…if not, his life is forfeit. But what begins as a game reveals a conspiracy against the queen’s life. And now, Kellen is not only playing for his own freedom, but also for the future of an empire.

Spellslinger Series
Spellslinger
Shadowblack
Charmcaster
Soulbinder
Queenslayer

For more from Sebastien de Castell, check out:

The Greatcoats Quartet
Traitor’s Blade
Saint’s Blood
Knight’s Shadow
Tyrant’s Throne


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Spellslinger 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Spellslinger 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Spellslinger 3
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Spellslinger 4





Christopher Husberg (2016)

Fear the Stars
Chaos Queen Quintet 4
Titan Books, June 4, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The fourth book in the epic Chaos Queen series. "Perfect for fans of Daniel Abraham and Brandon Sanderson." (Library Journal on Duskfall)

All parties converge on the capital city, Triah - Cinzia and the Odenites to establish their new religion and appeal against a charge of heresy; Knot and Astrid to find answers in the vampire girl's past; and Winter has come to conquer the city, at the head of a tiellan army. But Winter is still struggling with her addictions and anger; Knot's efforts to be reunited with her can only lead to disappointment. Cinzia cannot free herself from a terrible bargain. And as the battle lines are drawn, the true nature of the goddess Canta, and the Odenites' final purpose, will soon be revealed...


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Chaos Queen 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Chaos Queen 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Chaos Queen 3

Interview with Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas


Please welcome Christopher Brown to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Tropic of Kansas was published on July 11th by Harper Voyager.



Interview with Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas




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


Christopher Brown:  Thank you for having me! I’ve been writing professionally since I was in college, but my early work was mostly journalism. It wasn’t until I moved to Austin and got involved in the Turkey City Writers Workshop run by Bruce Sterling that I started to seriously write sf. I write because I love language. And I love speculative fiction as a laboratory for exploring the world we have and the worlds we could make—a lab where none of the subjects get hurt because they are all imaginary.



TQ:  Are you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

CB:  I write the same way I explore—go way off the trail, see what discoveries you can make, and then find your way back. I usually have an ending in mind when I start—it was the first thing I wrote for Tropic of Kansas, and about the only thing that survived serial revision. But I get the best results when I send the characters out with that destination in mind but no maps for how to get there. The surprises that occur when you take that approach are the real engine of a character-driven novel, for me. I have friends that map out elaborate narratives in volumes of notebooks, but that doesn’t work for me. Too bad, since my approach takes a lot longer!



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

CB:  Language comes easily to me, but story is harder. I’m interested in writing a realist science fiction, one grounded in description of the observed world, and propelled by character more than plot, which tends to produce episodic, picaresque narratives more like real life. But I also love the satisfaction of building a compelling page-turner. So those things are at odds, and the process of letting character-driven lyricism find its way into plot takes a lot of time—two or three deep rewrites of the whole thing before what I want really emerges.



TQ:  What has influenced / influences your writing?

CB:  The work I dig all starts with a love of language, writing that paints with words. I like fiction that uses the power of brevity, economy as a design principle, versus the self-indulgent meanders of much contemporary literary fiction—with exceptions, of course. The writers I have learned the most from are probably Joan Didion, J.G. Ballard, William Gibson, Doris Lessing, Walker Percy, Renata Adler and Hunter S. Thompson. That’s an eclectic set, one that includes some writers better known for their journalism, which probably reveals much about how my science fiction wants to engage with the problems of the “allegedly real world.” I also have a background in law and politics, and I imagine the influences of those experiences shows. I’ve learned to be deeply suspicious of power—having worked as both its butler and adversary—and deeply sympathetic with people who have none.



TQ:  Describe Tropic of Kansas in 140 characters or less.

CB:  A dark road trip through an Americana-infused dystopia, as brother and sister seek sanctuary and redemption in a nation torn apart by revolutionary unrest.



TQ:  Tell us something about Tropic of Kansas that is not found in the book description.

CB:  It’s not really meant as a vision of the future, even though that’s how many people read it. While the book has no timestamp, I imagined it as a dark mirror of the present. It’s an effort at a realist dystopia, taking things I have witnessed in the real world and bringing out the emphasis, remixing the proportions. Turning the world upside down in fiction is not only a fun way to tell an engaging story—it’s also a great way to see real-world problems with fresh eyes.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Tropic of Kansas? What appealed to you about writing a post-apocalyptic novel?


CB:  I never really thought that was what I was doing—Tropic of Kansas just tries to report on the world I see around me, through the speculative prism of a repurposed adventure novel. If there’s an apocalypse in Tropic of Kansas, it’s the combined ecological, economic and social failures happening around us that we tend not to notice—maybe because we aren’t the ones most affected.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Tropic of Kansas?


CB:  I did a lot of travel on the back roads of middle America, from the Southwest borderzone to the upper Midwest. I explored a lot of edgelands on foot, including the place where I live in Austin, on a former brownfield lot between a row of factories and the urban woods they hide. I met people living in those woods, and learned about their lives. I saw how wild nature exists in the “empty lots” of the city, and how quickly it reasserts itself if we let it. I worked as a volunteer in my community, lawyering for people who often do not have access to legal services, serving on a grand jury, and learning how unevenly distributed justice often is. I read a ton of source material—American folklore, obscure cartographies of pioneer trails, scholarly studies of bandits and revolutions, and the invisible literature of the war on terror. I tried to pull together all this material from the fabric of the world we live in and remix it to show the worlds it could be—both the worse one, and the better one lurking on the horizon.



TQ:  In Tropic of Kansas who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

CB:  The character of Sig, whose journey really defines the book, was both the easiest and the hardest. He was easy in that he draws on a deeply familiar archetype—the backwoodsman who can be found at the edge of the American woods from Cooper’s Hawkeye to Conan, Rambo and even Katniss Everdeen. But an archetype is not a real character, and writing the true personality and point of view of someone who has spent their adolescence surviving off the land, who doesn’t even have the preoccupation with self that is the basic characteristic of almost all characters in the modern novel, was much harder than I anticipated. You have to learn to show feeling without interiority, vulnerability through toughness—a hard undertaking with a great payoff, I think.



TQ:  Why have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Tropic of Kansas?

CB:  I can’t seem to get on the subway without grabbing the third rail. When I set out to write Tropic of Kansas I really just wanted to write an entertaining adventure story with a contemporary setting—and ended up starting a revolution in dystopia. Oops! I think writing is inherently political, and you can’t report on the world without showing it as it is. I also think you can deal with tough issues and still tell an entertaining, fun and big-hearted story—and sf is a great way to achieve that.



TQ:  Which question about Tropic of Kansas do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

CB:     Q—Where is the Tropic of Kansas?

            A—It’s not a real place, but you can see it from here.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Tropic of Kansas.


CB:  The emerging consensus is that the best line in the book is the last one, and it’s not really a spoiler, but worth waiting for.

This passage is a pretty good encapsulation of the world of the book, from Tania’s pov:
“Back east they called it the ‘Tropic of Kansas.’ It wasn’t a specific place you could draw on a map, and Kansas wasn’t really even a part of it, but you knew when you were in it and you knew just what they meant. Which wasn’t a compliment. The parts of the Midwest that had somehow turned third world. They tried to return the Louisiana Purchase to the French, the joke went, but it was too damaged.”


TQ:  What's next?

CB:  I have three longer works in progress: a book of speculative nature writing, a story about a criminal defense lawyer in a dystopian society—think Better Call Saul meets 1984—and a novel about capitalists in space. As divergent as they sound, they are all concerned with similar issues—and both easier and harder to write than Tropic of Kansas (but just as fun). Thanks for asking!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Tropic of Kansas
Harper Voyager, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

Interview with Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas
“Futurist as provocateur! The world is sheer batshit genius . . . a truly hallucinatorily envisioned environment.”—William Gibson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author

“Timely, dark, and ultimately hopeful: it might not ‘make America great again,’ but then again, it just might.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Homeland

Acclaimed short story writer and editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominee Three Messages and a Warning eerily envisions an American society unraveling and our borders closed off—from the other side—in this haunting and provocative novel that combines Max Barry’s Jennifer Government, Philip K. Dick’s classic Man in the High Castle, and China Mieville’s The City & the City

The United States of America is no more. Broken into warring territories, its center has become a wasteland DMZ known as “the Tropic of Kansas.” Though this gaping geographic hole has no clear boundaries, everyone knows it's out there—that once-bountiful part of the heartland, broken by greed and exploitation, where neglect now breeds unrest. Two travelers appear in this arid American wilderness: Sig, the fugitive orphan of political dissidents, and his foster sister Tania, a government investigator whose search for Sig leads her into her own past—and towards an unexpected future.

Sig promised those he loves that he would make it to the revolutionary redoubt of occupied New Orleans. But first he must survive the wild edgelands of a barren mid-America policed by citizen militias and autonomous drones, where one wrong move can mean capture . . . or death. One step behind, undercover in the underground, is Tania. Her infiltration of clandestine networks made of old technology and new politics soon transforms her into the hunted one, and gives her a shot at being the agent of real change—if she is willing to give up the explosive government secrets she has sworn to protect.

As brother and sister traverse these vast and dangerous badlands, their paths will eventually intersect on the front lines of a revolution whose fuse they are about to light.





About Christopher

Interview with Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas
Christopher was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including MIT Technology Review’s “Twelve Tomorrows,” The Baffler, and Stories for Chip. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Aside from his writing, though, Brown has lived a varied life in which he has, among many other things, taken two companies public, restored a small prairie, worked on two Supreme Court confirmations, rehabilitated a brownfield, reported from Central American war zones, washed airplanes, co-hosted a punk rock radio show, built an eco-bunker, worked day labor, negotiated hundreds of technology deals, protected government whistleblowers, investigated fraud, raised venture capital, explored a lot of secret woodlands, raised an amazing kid, and trained a few dogs.

Website  ~  Twitter @NB_Chris  ~  Instagram  ~  Facebook

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 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.

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Jacket design by David J. High, Highdesign.com
Tree of Life Cut Paper Art by Mary Hart

The View From Monday - July 10, 2017

Happy Monday!

There are 10 debuts out this week! Yes, 10. This may be the week with the most debuts published for the year.

Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown;

The Null Prophecy by Michael Guillen

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson;

Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly;

The Magical World of Madame Métier by Daphne Rose Kingma;

The Fifth Ward: First Watch (The Fifth Ward 1) by Dale Lucas;

The Truants by Lee Markham;

Godblind by Anna Stephens;

When the English Fall by David Williams;

and

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer by Leslie Peter Wulff.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan;

Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound 2) by Jordanna Max Brodsky is out in Trade Paperback;

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne;

and

Under Shadows (The Dome Trilogy 3) by Jason LaPier is out in eBook.

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The View From Monday - July 10, 2017



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

July 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
First Fall: The Canoe Thief (e) Zaide Bishop SF/Dys
The Null Prophecy (D) Michael Guillen TechTh
Best of British Science Fiction 2016 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology



July 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Returned Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor 2
The Rift Nina Allan SF
Journeys Through Time & Space: 5 Classic Novels of Science Fiction and Fantasy (e) Greg Bear (Curator) SF/F
Winter of the Gods (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF - Olympus Bound 2
Dark Sky Mike Brooks SF - Keiko 2
Tropic of Kansas (D) Christopher Brown SF/AP/PA
Fury of Surrender Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 6
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero Occ/Sup/H/Satire
A Shadow of All Light (h2tp) Fred Chappell F
Little Heaven (h2tp) Nick Cutter H
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
A Handful of Men: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Handful of Men
The Seventh Sword: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - Seventh Sword
A Man of His Word: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Man of His Word
Soultaker Robert J. Duperre F - Knights Eternal
Dichronauts Greg Egan SF/GenEng
The Sunlight Pilgrims (h2tp) Jenni Fagan CoA/Psy/Dys
The Spellsinger Adventures Volume One: Spellsinger, The Hour of the Gate, and The Day of the Dissonance (e) Alan Dean Foster F - Spellsinger Adventures
Tall, Dark, Deadly Alpha Donna Grant PNR/GO - Reapers
The Ghost Line Andrew Neil Gray
J.S. Herbison
SF/AC
Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 4
Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles Kevin Hearne F - The Iron Druid Chronicles
My Best Friend's Exorcism (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/CoA
Sand Hugh Howey SF/PA
Gork, the Teenage Dragon (D) Gabe Hudson LF/F/HU/SF
Like a Fly on the Wall (D) Simone Kelly Sus/M
At the Table of Wolves Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 1
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (h2tp)(ri) Stephen King DF - The Dark Tower 1
The Magical World of Madame Métier (D) Daphne Rose Kingma CW/VisMeta/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Dragon Masters Richard A. Knaak F - The Turning War 1
Tomorrow's Kin Nancy Kress SF/AC/GenEng - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 1
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories Naomi Kritzer SF/F - Collection
The Harrows of Spring (h2tp) James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - World Made By Hand 4
House of Windows John Langan H/SupTh/GO
First Watch (D) Dale Lucas F - The Fifth Ward 1
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology Jonathan Maberry (Ed)
George A. Romero (Ed)
H/F - Anthology
A Kiss Before Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF - A Dru Jasper Novel 2
The Truants (D) Lee Markham Dys/H
Scourge Gail Z. Martin F - Darkhurst 1
The Witches of New York Ami McKay HistF
Mortarch of Night Josh Reynolds
David Guymer
F - Realmgate Wars 9
Telling the Map: Stories Christopher Rowe SF/F - Collection
The Devil's Colony (e) Bill Schweigart H/DF - Fatal Folklore Trilogy 3
Dark Exodus (e) Thomas E. Sniegoski DF - A Demonists Novel 2
Godblind (D) Anna Stephens F/DF
The Delirium Brief Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 8
Bannerless Carrie Vaughn SF/AP/PA - Bannerless Saga 1
Robur the Conqueror Jules Verne
Arthur B. Evans (Ed)
Alex Kirstukas (Tr)
SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction Series
Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire Dayton Ward SF - Hidden Universe
When the English Fall (D) David Williams SF/PA/AP/Dys
Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer (D) Leslie Peter Wulff DF/CF/UF



July 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Waiting on a Bright Moon: A Tor.com Original (e) JY Yang SF



July 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Under Shadows (e) Jason LaPier SF - The Dome Trilogy 3
Man with the Iron Heart Mat Nastos SF - The Donner Grimm Adventures



July 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Journal of Jeremy Todd (Ke) Jon Quick H
Time Travel Short Stories Flame Tree Studio TT - Anthology



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RPGs - Role Playing Games
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superhero(es)
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
Z - Zombies
Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts

There are 22 debut novels for July.

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

The July 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 July cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on July 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 July 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Christopher Brown

Tropic of Kansas
Harper Voyager, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
    Science Fiction, Apocalyptic,  Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“Futurist as provocateur! The world is sheer batshit genius . . . a truly hallucinatorily envisioned environment.”—William Gibson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author

“Timely, dark, and ultimately hopeful: it might not ‘make America great again,’ but then again, it just might.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Homeland

Acclaimed short story writer and editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominee Three Messages and a Warning eerily envisions an American society unraveling and our borders closed off—from the other side—in this haunting and provocative novel that combines Max Barry’s Jennifer Government, Philip K. Dick’s classic Man in the High Castle, and China Mieville’s The City & the City

The United States of America is no more. Broken into warring territories, its center has become a wasteland DMZ known as “the Tropic of Kansas.” Though this gaping geographic hole has no clear boundaries, everyone knows it's out there—that once-bountiful part of the heartland, broken by greed and exploitation, where neglect now breeds unrest. Two travelers appear in this arid American wilderness: Sig, the fugitive orphan of political dissidents, and his foster sister Tania, a government investigator whose search for Sig leads her into her own past—and towards an unexpected future.

Sig promised those he loves that he would make it to the revolutionary redoubt of occupied New Orleans. But first he must survive the wild edgelands of a barren mid-America policed by citizen militias and autonomous drones, where one wrong move can mean capture . . . or death. One step behind, undercover in the underground, is Tania. Her infiltration of clandestine networks made of old technology and new politics soon transforms her into the hunted one, and gives her a shot at being the agent of real change—if she is willing to give up the explosive government secrets she has sworn to protect.

As brother and sister traverse these vast and dangerous badlands, their paths will eventually intersect on the front lines of a revolution whose fuse they are about to light.




Jesús Carrasco
Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Out in the Open
Riverhead Books, July 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages
    Dystopian, Hispanic and Latino, Literary

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“A harrowing, humane, and very beautiful book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

A searing dystopian vision of a young boy’s flight through an unnamed, savaged country, searching for sanctuary and redemption—a debut novel from one of Europe’s bestselling literary stars.


A young boy has fled his home. He’s pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he’s fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine.

Out in the Open tells the story of this journey through a drought-stricken country ruled by violence. A world where names and dates don’t matter, where morals have drained away with the water. In this landscape the boy—not yet a lost cause—has the chance to choose hope and bravery, or to live forever mired in the cycle of violence in which he was raised. Carrasco has masterfully created a high stakes world, a dystopian tale of life and death, right and wrong, terror and salvation.




David Demchuk

The Bone Mother
ChiZine Publications, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
    Occult & Supernatural, Horror,
    Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
    Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Three neighboring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind—and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary—they tell their stories and confront their destinies.

Eerie and unsettling like the best fairy tales, these incisor-sharp portraits of ghosts, witches, sirens, and seers—and the mortals who live at their side and in their thrall—will chill your marrow and tear at your heart.




J. Danielle Dorn

Devil's Call
Inkshares, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook 275 pages
    Occult & Supernatural, Horror, Westerns

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The Revenant with witches.” ―James Demonaco, screenwriter and director of The Purge series

On a dark night in the summer of 1859, three men enter the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shoot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unbeknownst to them, Li Lian, his wife, hails from a long line of women gifted in ways that scare most folks―the witches of the MacPherson clan―and her need for vengeance is as vast and unforgiving as the Great Plains themselves.

Written to the child she carries, Devil’s Call traces Li Lian’s quest, from the Nebraska Territory, to Louisiana, to the frozen Badlands, to bring to justice the monster responsible for shooting her husband in the back. This long-rifled witch will stop at nothing​―​and risk everything​―​in her showdown with evil.




Sean Gandert

Lost in Arcadia
47North, July 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 412 pages
    Literary, Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
“This insightful study of a world in flux, framed by a dystopian future America and a disintegrating family, is disturbingly timely.” —Publishers Weekly

The America of 2037 is a country distracted by, infatuated with, and addicted to Arcadia. The brainchild of reclusive genius Juan Diego Reyes, Arcadia is a wickedly immersive, all-encompassing social-media platform and virtual-reality interface. Although Arcadia has made the Reyes family fabulously wealthy, it’s left them—and the rest of the country—impoverished of that rare currency: intimacy. When Juan Diego mysteriously vanishes, the consequences shatter the lives of the entire Reyes clan.

As matriarch Autumn struggles to hold the family together, siblings Gideon, Holly, and Devon wrestle with questions of purpose and meaning—seeking self-worth in a world where everything has been cheapened. Outside the artificial safety of Arcadia, America has crumbled into an unrecognizable nation where a fundamentalist ex-preacher occupies the Oval Office, megacorporations blithely exploit their full citizenship, and a twenty-foot-high Great Wall of Freedom plastered with lucrative advertising bestrides the US-Mexican border.

In a polarized society now cripplingly hooked on manufactured highs, the Reyes family must overcome the seduction of simulation to find the kind of authentic human connection that offers salvation for all.




David Burr Gerrard

The Epiphany Machine
G.P. Putnam's Sons, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
    Literary, Alternative History, Science Fiction
    (SpecFic Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too.

That’s the slogan. The product: a junky contraption that tattoos personalized revelations on its users’ forearms. It’s an old con, playing on the fear that we are obvious to everybody except ourselves. This particular one’s been circulating New York since the 1960s. The ad works. And, oddly enough, so might the device…

A small stream of city dwellers buy into this cult of the epiphany machine, including Venter Lowood’s parents. This stigma follows them when they move upstate, where Venter can’t avoid the whispers of teachers and neighbors any more than he can ignore the machine’s accurate predictions: his mother’s abandonment and his father’s disinterest. So when Venter’s grandmother finally asks him to confront the epiphany machine and inoculate himself against his family’s mistakes, he’s only too happy to oblige.

Like his parents before him, Venter is quick to fall under the spell of the device’s sweat-stained, profane, and surprisingly charming operator, Adam Lyons. But unlike them, Venter gets close enough to Adam to learn a dark secret. There’s an undeniable pattern between specific epiphanies and violent crimes. And Adam won’t jeopardize the privacy of his customers by alerting the police.

It may be a hoax, but that doesn’t mean what Adam is selling isn’t also spot-on. And in this sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America, the greater danger is that Adam Lyon’s apparatus may just be right about us all.




Michael Guillen

The Null Prophecy
Regnery Fiction, July 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
    Technological Thriller, Science Fiction
    Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The Future of the World Is at Stake! Scientists have spotted holes opening up in Earth’s magnetosphere, and now a massive, deadly eruption of solar radiation is hurtling toward the planet at one million miles per hour. With only three days before impact, the American president turns to two unlikely heroes: inventor Calder Sinclair and physicist-turned-news-correspondent Allie Armendariz. While racing the clock, Calder and Allie battle personal demons as well as each other, all the while inching closer to a staggering truth foretold in ancient literature that will dramatically impact the world’s future: The Null Prophecy.The Future of the World Is at Stake! Scientists have spotted holes opening up in Earth’s magnetosphere, and now a massive, deadly eruption of solar radiation is hurtling toward the planet at one million miles per hour. With only three days before impact, the American president turns to two unlikely heroes: inventor Calder Sinclair and physicist-turned-news-correspondent Allie Armendariz. While racing the clock, Calder and Allie battle personal demons as well as each other, all the while inching closer to a staggering truth foretold in ancient literature that will dramatically impact the world’s future: The Null Prophecy.




Michael F. Haspil

Graveyard Shift
Tor Books, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
    Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Supernatural Thriller,
    Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut by Michael F. Haspil in Graveyard Shift

Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, born in ancient Rome, are vice cops in a special Miami police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shape-shifters, bootleg blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes.

When poisoned artificial blood drives vampires to murder, the city threatens to tear itself apart. Only an unlikely alliance with former opponents can give Alex and Marcus a fighting chance against an ancient vampire conspiracy.

If they succeed, they'll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a race-war bloodier than any the world has ever seen.

“Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome!” —Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown




Gabe Hudson

Gork, the Teenage Dragon
Knopf, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
    Literary, Fantasy, Humorous, Science Fiction,
    Action & Adventure

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A wacky, exuberant, heartfelt debut novel: the unholy child of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Candles—and this time with dragons.

“No good human won’t love this dragon named Gork.” —Dave Eggers

“A one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story.” —Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.

Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But finally it is Gork’s biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.

A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.




Simone Kelly

Like a Fly on the Wall
William Morrow Paperbacks, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook 448 pages
    Suspense, Mystery

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
From talented debut author Simone Kelly comes this suspenseful novel that crackles with intrigue, sex, and plenty of surprises—perfect for fans of Eric Jerome Dickey and Carl Weber.
Meet Jacques Berradi. Moroccan-born and Manhattan-raised, his genuine, sexy-smooth allure goes hand in hand with a unique gift. Since Jacques was young, he has had the ability to read peoples’ energies, communicate with spirit guides, and even catch glimpses of people’s futures. Now a professional “intuitive counselor,” Jacques’s clients pay him handsomely for his insight. Unfortunately, Jacques’s psychic abilities don’t come with an off switch to tune out the world’s noise, nor do they always provide him with easy answers; recently Jacques has begun having dark, alarming dreams about his beloved father, a Moroccan immigrant who died when he was a boy.

Meet Kylie Collins, an adventurous, Miami twentysomething who is trying to find her footing after being laid off from a cushy music industry job. When a mishap brings them together, Kylie is instantly mesmerized by Jacques’s cool demeanor and intuitive abilities, and he’s captivated by her outgoing charm and breezy good looks. Seeking to learn more about her family history—including the identity of the father she’s never known—Kylie visits Jacques’s office to gain some insight about her future, and about her free-spirited and headstrong Jamaican mother, True.

But on the night that they meet, a rolling blackout cuts off power throughout Miami. Kylie and Jacques, and a few of his clients, head to the only place in the neighborhood with enough light to see: Like a Fly on the Wall Detective Agency. There, Kylie serendipitously lands herself the perfect new job as an apprentice private eye.

As partners, Jacques and Kylie are an unstoppable duo. Can Jacques’s intuition reveal the scandalous history of Kylie’s mother and father? Will Kylie’s newfound detective skills uncover evidence about the death of Jacques’s father? And will the chemistry that charges their friendship bubble over into something much, much hotter…?




Daphne Rose Kingma

The Magical World of Madame Métier: A Spiritual Fairy Tale
Skyhorse Publishing, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 296 pages
    Contemporary Women, Visionary & Metaphysical
    Magical Realism, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Reminiscent of the enchanted realism of Alice Hoffman’s bestselling novels, The Magical World of Madame Metier weaves together magic, romance, and a powerful bond of friendship in celebration of the female spirit.

Facing destitution after the untimely death of her husband, Madame Métier revisits a long-forgotten talent—the creation of healing botanical creams and lotions. Her rediscovery of this sacred practice marks the beginning of her spiritual odyssey of self-actualization and empowerment. Meanwhile, two eccentric friends of hers begin a passionate affair that ends their respective marriages. Invigorated by their relationship, Monsieur Sorbonne searches for his life’s passion while Mademoiselle Objet helps Madame Métier with her new business. While the couple explores the nuances of their romance, Madame Métier finds herself in a relationship with a mysterious being who redefines her understanding of human love. Just as things are looking up, Mme. Métier’s creams result in a customer’s death, and the three friends face an ordeal of profound doubt, spiritual crisis, and persecution that threatens to tear them apart.

Daphne Rose Kingma brings insights from her self-help books to a modern fairy tale that is both enlightening and entertaining. This is an extraordinary debut about the nature of love and relationships.




Tal M. Klein

The Punch Escrow
Geek & Sundry, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback, 300 pages
    Hard Science Fiction, Thrillers, Technological Thrillers,

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Dubbed the “next Ready, Player One,” by former Warner Brothers President Greg Silverman, and now in film development at Lionsgate.

“I read a lot of books but haven’t enjoyed one as much as The Punch Escrow in a long time. Klein creates a plausibly real future that sucks you in. He powers his story with action, twists, and a dash of humor.” ―Andy Lewis, Book Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport―the world’s most powerful corporation, in a world controlled by corporations.

Joel Byram spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. He’s pretty much an everyday twenty-second century guy with everyday problems―until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.




Leena Likitalo

The Five Daughters of the Moon
The Waning Moon Duology 1
Tor.com, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages
     Historical Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.

The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future.

Alina, six, fears Gagargi Prataslav and his Great Thinking Machine. The gagargi claims that the machine can predict the future, but at a cost that no one seems to want to know.

Merile, eleven, cares only for her dogs, but she smells that something is afoul with the gagargi. By chance, she learns that the machine devours human souls for fuel, and yet no one believes her claim.

Sibilia, fifteen, has fallen in love for the first time in her life. She couldn't care less about the unrests spreading through the countryside. Or the rumors about the gagargi and his machine.

Elise, sixteen, follows the captain of her heart to orphanages and workhouses. But soon she realizes that the unhappiness amongst her people runs much deeper that anyone could have ever predicted.

And Celestia, twenty-two, who will be the empress one day. Lately, she's been drawn to the gagargi. But which one of them was the first to mention the idea of a coup?

Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fuelled by evil magic.




Dale Lucas

The Fifth Ward: First Watch
The Fifth Ward 1
Orbit,  July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
    Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A watchman of the Yenara City guard has gone missing. The culprit could be any of the usual suspects: drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, or humans being typical humans.

It's up to two reluctant partners -- Rem, a hungover miscreant who joins the Watch to pay off his bail, and Torval, a maul-wielding dwarf who's highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem -- to uncover the truth and catch the murderer loose in their fair city.

"A brilliant premise, wonderfully told. A city that breathes, and heroes you can't help but root for." -- Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

"A glorious tour through fantasy's seamier side. A wilder ride than Middle Earth, and you'll love every minute of it!" -- Jon Hollins, author of the Dragon Lords series




Lee Markham

The Truants
The Overlook Press, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
     Horror, Dystopian

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A fresh twist on the vampire mythos, The Truants is a dystopian novel of startling intensity, narrated by immortal old-ones.

Contorting the conventional vampire narrative into a startling tale of immortality, blood lust, and rage contaminating London’s inner-city youth like a virus, The Truants tells the story of the last of the old-ones―creatures afflicted with a condition not unlike vampirism: ancient, bloodthirsty, and unable to withstand sunlight.

The last old-one has decided to end his life, but before he can act he is held up at knifepoint. His assailant disappears, the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. The knife trades hands, drawing blood again, and the old-one is resurrected through his victims’ consciousness and divided, spreading through the infected. With his horde of infected youth, the old-one must reclaim the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him...




Jennie Melamed

Gather the Daughters
Little, Brown and Company, July 25, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
    Literary

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
NEVER LET ME GO meets THE GIVER in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.
 

Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.

The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.

Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing.

GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic, compulsively readable, Melamed's novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.




John Leonard Pielmeier

Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself
Scribner, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
     Fiction, Action & Adventure

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

Like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, Hook’s Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets—including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy—lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect.




Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice
A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel 1
Orbit, July 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
     Contemporary Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead.

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies.

It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life, until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.




Wesley Snipes
Ray Norman

Talon of God
Harper Voyager, July 25, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
    Urban Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The acclaimed actor makes his fiction debut with this enthralling urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation.

Imagine that everyone you have ever known or loved was forced against their will into a state of demonic possession and spiritual slavery. Imagine an unholy cabal of the world’s richest and most powerful men directing this sinister plan in order to cement their unbridled control of the planet.

Imagine two heroes emerging from that darkness to do battle with the forces of evil.

Set in the mean streets of Chicago, Talon of God is the action-packed adventure centered around the Lauryn Jefferson, a beautiful young doctor who is dragged into a seemingly impossible battle against the invisible forces of Satan’s army and their human agents that are bent on enslaving humanity in a mission to establish the kingdom of hell on Earth.

But Lauryn is a skeptic, and it’s only as she sees a diabolical drug sweep her city and begins to train in the ways of a spirit warrior by the legendary man of God, Talon Hunter, that she discovers her true nature and inner strength. Facing dangerous trials and tests, it’s a true baptism by fire. And if they fail, millions could die. And rivers of blood would flow throughout the land.

Imagine such horror. Such pain. And imagine what it would take to fight against it. For only the strongest and most faithful will survive?

Get ready. Armageddon approaches quickly.




Anna Stephens

Godblind
Godblind Trilogy 1
Talos, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
    Epic Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
For fans of Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, and Mark Lawrence comes a brutal grimdark fantasy debut of dark gods and violent warriors.

The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.

Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.

Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red Gods and her shocking ties to the Mireces King, help Rilpor win the coming war?




David Williams

When the English Fall
Algonquin Books, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Hard Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and nonviolent community can survive when civilization falls apart.

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community.

Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?

David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold.




Leslie Peter Wulff

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer
Night Shade Books, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 256 pages
    Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Sixteen-year-old Walt thinks he’s left his problems behind him when he runs away from a broken home to live with his eccentric uncle. The simple, semi-rural, semi-anti-social lifestyle seems at first to be exactly what Walt wants, but he soon learns his new life isn’t just about ditching school and drinking beer with his friends.

Uncle Brucker is a Rat Killer; a tireless rat tracker, an expert in rat lore, a speaker of the rat language, and a decorated veteran of two bloody uprisings. His uncle begins to train Walt in the ways of rat killing, and explains to his nephew the ancient and bloody history of men and rats. Before the rise of men, he says, rats ruled the earth. They’ve been hiding in another dimension ever since they were kicked out by humanity, planning to retake the planet.

In the middle of Walt’s training, Uncle Brucker is called away by mysterious men from the government. When he fails to return from his mission, Walt discovers a portal to the rat dimension and realizes he must travel alone to Rat Land to save his uncle. Perhaps the most unusual dark fantasy debut of the year, Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer is a surreal exploration of honor, duty, and inter-dimensional genocide.

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