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The View From Monday - March 23, 2020


Happy Monday! I hope everyone is staying safe and well!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Lakewood by Megan Giddings;

The Return by Rachel Harrison;

and

The Last Human by Zack Jordan.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (The Risen Kingdoms 2) by Curtis Craddock is out in Trade Paperback;

The Poet King (The Harp and Ring Sequence 3) by Ilana C. Myer;

and

Of Flame and Fury (Weird Girls Flame 3) by Cecy Robson is out in eBook.

The View From Monday - March 23, 2020 The View From Monday - March 23, 2020
The View From Monday - March 23, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - March 23, 2020



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

March 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Upon a Burning Throne (h2tp) Ashok K. Banker F - The Burnt Empire 1
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (h2tp) Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 2
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (e)(ri) Ellen Datlow (Ed)
Terri Windling (Ed)
F - Mythic Anthologies
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (e)(ri) Ellen Datlow (Ed)
Terri Windling (Ed)
F - Mythic Anthologies
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU - Welcome to Night Vale 3
Lakewood (D) Megan Giddings CW/African American
The Return (D) Rachel Harrison H/Occ/Sup
The Pursuit of the Pankera Robert A. Heinlein SF/AC - A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes
The Number of the Beast (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF/AC - A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes
The City We Became N. K. Jemisin CF/F/MR/LF/CL - Great Cities Trilogy 1
The Last Human (D) Zack Jordan SF/SO
A Broken Queen Sarah Kozloff F/CoA - The Nine Realms 3
The Glass Hotel Emily St. John Mandel LF/Cr/Psy
The Amber Garden Cynthea Masson F - The Alchemists' Council 3
The Poet King Ilana C. Myer F - The Harp and Ring Sequence 3
Of Flame and Fury (e) Cecy Robson PNR - Weird Girls Flame 3
The Sinner J.R. Ward PNR - The Black Dagger Brotherhood 18
A Bond Undone: The Definitive Edition Jin Yong F/HistF - Legends of the Condor Heroes 2



March 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vulcan's Forge Robert Mitchell Evans SF/SO/SE - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Forever House Tim Waggoner DF/H - Fiction Without Frontiers


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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
NativeAm - Native American
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SmT - Small Town
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TerrTh - Terrorism Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - January 21, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy 1) by Gareth Hanrahan.

The View From Monday - January 21, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (The Risen Kingdoms 2) by Curtis Craddock;

The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 3) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vultures (Miriam Black 6) by Chuck Wendig.

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



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

January 22, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hod King Josiah Bancroft F/HistF - The Books of Babel 3
The Kingdom of Copper S. A Chakraborty F - The Daevabad Trilogy 2
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 2
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #1: A Selection of Novellas (e) Carl Engle-Laird (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Gutter Prayer (D) Gareth Hanrahan F - The Black Iron Legacy 1
Pandora: Contagion Eric L. Harry SF/Th - Pandora Thriller 2
Callis and Toll: The Silver Shard Nick Horth F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Mississippi Roll (h2tp) George R. R. Martin
Wild Cards Trust
SF - Wild Cards 17
The Will to Battle (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction Sunyoung Park (Ed)
Sang Joon Park (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Miraculum Steph Post Occ/Sup/Cr/HistM
Crucible James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force Series 13
Blood Angels - The Complete Rafen Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000
All Systems Red (Hardcover Edition) Martha Wells SF - The Murderbot Diaries 1
Vultures Chuck Wendig SupTh - Miriam Black 6
Warriors of the Chaos Wastes C L Werner SF - Warhammer Chronicles
Golden State Ben H. Winters Cr/PolTh/TechTh



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
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
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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


Curtis Craddock (2017)

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery
The Risen Kingdoms 2
Tor Books, January 22, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

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A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery is the masterful second novel in Curtis Craddock's critically-acclaimed high fantasy Risen Kingdoms series, continuing the engrossing tale of courtly intrigue and breathtaking magic, and starring our fiercely intelligent heroine Isabelle des Zephyrs with her loyal musketeer Jean-Claude.

Isabelle des Zephyrs has always been underestimated throughout her life, but after discovering the well of hidden magic within her, unveiling a centuries-long conspiracy, and stopping a war between rival nations, she has gained a newfound respect amongst the cutthroat court.

All that is quickly taken away when Isabelle is unfairly convicted of breaking the treaty she helped write and has her political rank and status taken away. Now bereft, she nevertheless finds herself drawn into mystery when her faithful musketeer Jean-Claude uncovers a series of gruesome murders by someone calling themselves the Harvest King.

As panic swells, the capital descends into chaos, when the emperor is usurped from the throne by a rival noble. Betrayed by their allies and hunted by assassins, Isabelle and Jean-Claude alone must thwart the coup, but not before it changes l’Empire forever.

“A gripping tale of a woman who refuses to be defined by her physical and magical limitations, thwarting both assassins and all who see her as a pawn. A great read!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, on An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

The Risen Kingdom series
#1 An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
#2 A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery


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Thoraiya Dyer (2017)

Tides of the Titans
Titan's Forest 3
Tor Books, January 29, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook,

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In the quest fantasy Tides of the Titans, part of Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer's extraordinary Titan's Forest series, trees loom large as skyscrapers, mortals can be reborn as gods, and a young man travels to the far reaches of the land and beyond to unlock the Forest's hidden secrets...

Courtier, explorer, thief: Leaper is a man of many skills, but none of his talents satisfy the yearning in his heart for the Queen of Airakland, the ruler of a thunder-clashed kingdom.

Their affair is cut too short, however, when she is murdered. But who was the assassin? A political rival? The jealous king? Or, perhaps, the god of thunder who oversees them all?

Distraught, Leaper vows revenge, but little does he realize that his mission will lead him away from his forest home, across the vast floodplains, and to the edges of time and myth itself.

Praise for Crossroads of Canopy

“I am majorly impressed. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world!”—Tamora Pierce

“Everything you expect from a great epic–quests, fearless warriors, gods born again.”—Brian Staveley, author of The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne

Titan's Forest
#1 Crossroads of Canopy
#2 Echoes of Understorey
#3 Tides of the Titans


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Darynda Jones (2011)

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave
Charley Davidson 13
St. Martin's Press, January 15, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 352 Pages

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series--Summoned to Thirteenth Grave.

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

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The View From Monday - June 18, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands 1) by Jonathan French;

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty;

Witchmark by C.L. Polk;

and

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger.

The View From Monday - June 18, 2018 The View From Monday - June 18, 2018
The View From Monday - June 18, 2018 The View From Monday - June 18, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms 1) by Curtis Craddock is out in Trade Paperback;

The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey;

Dance of the Heart (Muse Chronicles 6) by Lisa Kessler;

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle 2) by Jay Kristoff is out in Trade Paperback;

Arabella and the Battle of Venus (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2) by David D. Levine is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors 8) by Rebecca Zanetti.

The View From Monday - June 18, 2018 The View From Monday - June 18, 2018
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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - June 18, 2018



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

June 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Shift Jane O'Reilly SF/SO/AC/SFR - Second Species Trilogy 1



June 18, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Night Myst (e)(ri) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Indigo Court 1
Dance of the Heart (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 6
Hunter's Pride (e) Shiloh Walker PNR - Hunter's World



June 19, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Completionist Siobhan Adcock LF
The Skaar Invasion Terry Brooks F - The Fall of Shannara 2
Thicker Than Water Mike Carey SupTh/Occ/Sup/GH/Th - Felix Castor 4
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (h2tp) Curtis Craddock F/Gaslamp/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 1
It Will All Hurt Farel Dalrymple F
Curse of the Black Swan (e) Alyssa Day PNR - League of the Black Swan 2
The Grey Bastards (D) Jonathan French F/DF - The Lot Lands 1
Ghost Frequencies Gary Gibson SF/F - Newcon Press Novellas Set 4 1
The Synapse Sequence Daniel Godfrey SF
The Mermaid Christina Henry HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/CW
The Thousand Year Beach TOBI Hirotaka
Matt Treyvaud (Tr)
SF - The Thousand Year Beach
The Privilege of Peace Tanya Huff SF/HSF - Peacekeeper 3
The Reign of the Departed Greg Keyes CF/F - The High and Faraway 1
Godsgrave (h2tp) Jay Kristoff F - The Nevernight Chronicle 2
Arabella and the Battle of Venus (h2tp) David D. Levine SF/SP - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2
The Twilight Herald Tom Lloyd F - The Twilight Reign 2
The Stormcaller: Collector's Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition Tom Lloyd F - The Twilight Reign 1
Black Mad Wheel (h2tp) Josh Malerman Fict
The Robots of Gotham (D) Todd McAulty SF
Stray Magic (e) Kelly Meding PNR - Strays 1
Outcasts of Order L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 20
Witchmark (D) C. L. Polk F/Gaslamp/RF
The Anomaly (D) Michael Rutger Sus/PsyTh/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Best of British Science Fiction 2017 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology
Jurassic, Florida (e) Hunter Shea H - Hunter Shea: One Size Eats All 1
Storm Glass Jeff Wheeler F - The Harbinger Series 1
Tell the Machine Goodnight Katie Williams CoA/FL/LF
Embracing The Demon Beth Woodward DF/SupTh/P/H - Dale Highland 2
Vampire's Faith Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors 8



June 20, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shattered Blades (e) Marie Brennan F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 10



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
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
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.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Curtis Craddock (2017)

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
The Risen Kingdoms 1
Tor Books, June 19, 2018
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 29, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is Curtis Craddock's delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring a genius heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer, which Brandon Sanderson calls, "A great read!"

Born with a physical disability, no magical talent, and a precocious intellect, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs has lived her life being underestimated by her family and her kingdom. The only person who appreciates her true self is Jean-Claude, the fatherly musketeer who had guarded her since birth.

All shall change, however, when an unlikely marriage proposal is offered, to the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and asorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude plunge into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, Isabelle must unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.

“A setting fabulous and strange, heroes to cheer for, villains to detest, a twisty, tricky plot — I love this novel!” —Lawrence Watt Evans

“A thrilling adventure full of palace intrigue, mysterious ancient mechanisms, and aerial sailing ships!” —David D. Levine




Kevin Hearne (2011)

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles
Del Rey, March 27, 2018
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 11, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Irishman from Kevin Hearne’s New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles.

• In ancient Egypt, Atticus agrees to raid a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps, only to learn that on-site security includes two members of the Egyptian pantheon.
• At a Kansas carnival, fun and games turns to murder and mayhem, thanks to soul-snatching demons and flesh-craving ghouls luring visitors into an all-too-real house of horrors.
• Verily, in olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water with a trio of infamous witches.
• During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia. Atticus may have to fight fire with fire if he’s going to restore balance.

More, you say? Indeed there is—including bogeymen, vampire hordes, wrathful wraiths, and even a journey to the realm of the dead. Prepare to be besieged with nine tantalizing tales—not to be missed, never to be forgotten.

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Jon Hollins (Jonathan Wood) (2011)

The Dragon Lords: Bad Faith
The Dragon Lords 3
Orbit, August 14, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

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Guardians of the Galaxy meets the Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

Will and his comrades went to war to overthrow the reign of dragons, winning battle after battle, and acclaim as conquering heroes.

But now they’ve angered the gods, and may just need the dragons to help them this time…

“Jon Hollins is a one-of-a-kind storyteller, a master of epic fun and nonstop action.” – Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld


The Dragon Lords
The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold
The Dragon Lords: False Idols
The Dragon Lords: Bad Faith

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
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Interview with Curtis Craddock, author of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors


Please welcome Curtis Craddock to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors was published on August 29th by Tor Books.



Interview with Curtis Craddock, author of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors




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

Curtis:  Thanks for having me. I started writing with the intent to be published about 30 years ago. Back before email was a thing. I am nothing if not persistent.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Curtis:  My writing process is best described as a thousand spastic frogs on an electrified trampoline. I begin with a clever plan for a story that gets derailed by all the nifty ideas I have while I’m actually writing it. These inspirations carom off each other and occasionally form patterns that look intentional, which I do my best to capture.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Curtis:  “The waiting is the hardest part.”—Tom Petty. Writing is the project of my life. It’s not supposed to end until I die, or even then if I can manage to leave behind a pile of unfinished manuscripts for someone else to obsess over. That having been said, I want to see my books in the world. I want people to read and enjoy them. On a purely selfish level, I want to know if I’m good enough appear on the big stage.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Curtis:  Reading. The house I grew up in was essentially a library with beds in it. When I was young enough not to need sleep, stayed up late reading. Also my father is a great storyteller when you can get him going. I loved Star Trek and Star Wars back when it was okay to love something without deconstructing it. These days, I’m influenced a great deal by the way science, politics, and religion shape people’s minds and behaviors.



TQDescribe An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors in 140 characters or less.

Curtis:  A polymath princess and her faithful musketeer outwit assassins, conspirators, and an ancient madman to prevent a disastrous civil war.



TQTell us something about An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors that is not found in the book description.

Curtis:  What counts as magic depends on your frame of reference. On the world of Caelum sorcery is a heritable trait, but nobody ever calls sorcery “magic.” From their point of view sorcery is a gift from their god. The word magic is reserved for strange or inexplicable occurrences. That man with the silver eyes stepping through the surface of a mirror is just a Glasswalker sorcerer, but a cow that inexplicably gets sick and dies might be under a magic curse.



TQWhat inspired you to write An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors? What appeals to you about writing a genre bending novel?

Curtis:  The first scene of the book came into my head almost fully formed. It was inspired by the real life-practices of the Louis the XIV of France, which I will not spoil for you here. I knew I wanted to write a story about Isabelle and Jean-Claude, a princess and a musketeer, that would do them credit while turning the tropes on their ears. For example, there are many stories about a young noblewoman running away from an arranged marriage, or being dragged into one against her will. Isabelle embraces the idea and runs with it. She’s going on an adventure, she’s going to get married to a prince, and she’s going to do math and science along the way. Jean-Claude, on the other hand, is a Musketeer with the soul of a con-artist. He much prefers talking to fighting and could sell a man his own boots.

As for being genre bending, I set the story in a period analogous to the first stirring of the Enlightenment in our world. It’s a time of rapid a frequently wrenching change, when people actually look to the future for inspiration instead of the past.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors.

Curtis:  The cover is by Thom Tenery of Star Wars: Rogue One and Oblivion fame. It’s an absolutely gorgeous cover depicting Isabelle and Jean-Claude. No particular scene from the book is portrayed but it’s very atmospheric and gives a good impression of the soaring continents from which the world is composed.



TQIn An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Curtis:  Jean-Claude is by far the easiest to write, most days. He’s a stage manager in the theater of life and sees the world from behind the curtain. The hardest to write was Julio, because he’s on stage for a relatively short period of time. He’s much more opaque to me than the other characters.



TQWhich question about An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Curtis:  Q: So is this just another save the kingdom and restore the monarchy story, or do you have something else in mind?

A: Actually it’s specifically not a put-things-back-the-way-they-were story. If the Risen Kingdoms stories go on long enough, they’ll be about the transformation of kingdoms into nations, subjects into citizens. The changes are incremental and largely adaptive, but they have no end point.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors.

Curtis:

Jean- Claude said, “A word of advice, friend. The next time somebody offers you money to kill a King’s Own Musketeer, turn it down.”

“I serve l’Empire Céleste. In my youth, I served myself and thought that l’Empire did too, but that is foolish. A man must die, but an empire can go on forever.”



TQWhat's next?

Curtis:  I just turned book two of the Risen Kingdoms into my editor, and now I’m working on book three. After that I have Ideas for a weird Western and a Hard SF standalone. Of course, if people want more Risen Kingdoms I will oblige. The world of Caelum is big and old and strange.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Curtis:  Thank you for having me.





An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
The Risen Kingdoms 1
Tor Books, August 29, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Curtis Craddock, author of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
A delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring an intelligent heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer.

In a world of soaring continents and bottomless skies, where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships into the cloud-strewn heights, and ancient blood-borne sorceries cling to a fading glory, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of, the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

Born without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect, Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.





About Curtis

Interview with Curtis Craddock, author of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
Portrait Innovations
Curtis Craddock lives in Sterling, CO where he teaches English to inmates in a state penitentiary. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is his first book.












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Happy last Monday in August!

There are 3 Debuts this week:

SIP by Brian Allen Carr;

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms 1) by Curtis Craddock;

and

Séance Infernale by Jonathan Skariton.

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From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference (Star Trek: Enterprise) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Raising Fire (Ben Garston 2) by James Bennett;

The Dragon Lords: False Idols (Dragon Lords 2) by Jon Hollins;

and

Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3) by Chuck Wendig is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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

August 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eat Local Danny King H/MTI



August 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things Guy Adams TV
Bring the Heat G.A. Aiken PNR - Dragon Kin 9
Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Raising Fire James Bennett CF - A Ben Garston Novel 2
SIP (D) Brian Allen Carr SF/PA/AP/LF
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (D) Curtis Craddock F/Hist F - The Risen Kingdoms 1
Everything That's Underneath Kristi DeMeester H - Collection
HALO: Retribution Troy Denning SF - HALO
The Plague Diaries Ronlyn Domingue F - The Keeper of Tales Trilogy 3
The Forgetting Moon (h2tp) Brian Lee Durfee F - The Five Warrior Angels 1
Valley of Terror Zhou Haohui
Bonnie Huie (Tr)
PP
Navigators of Dune (h2mm) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF/SO - Dune 10
The Dragon Lords: False Idols Jon Hollins DF - The Dragon Lords 2
A Song for Quiet Cassandra Khaw DF/H - Persons Non Grata 2
Finders Keepers (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 2
End of Watch (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 3
Everlasting Bad Boys Shelly Laurenston
Cynthia Eden
Noelle Mack
PNR - Anthology
Alliance of Equals (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 19
Stranded (h2mm) Bracken MacLeod SupTh/H
The Society of Blood (tp2mm) Mark Morris DF/UF - Obsidian Heart 2
The Bloody Red Baron Kim Newman F/HistF/H/AH - Anno Dracula Novella
Star Born (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Pax/Astra 1
Voodoo Planet (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Solar Queen 3
Fearful Fathoms: Collected Tales of Aquatic Terror (Ke) Mark Parker (Ed) H - Anthology
Playing to the Gods Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 5
Invasion (tp2mm) Luke Rhinehart SF/AC/Hu
Stars of Fortune (tp2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 1
Séance Infernale (D) Jonathan Skariton PI/HistTh
Extinction Evolution Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 4
So I Married a Sorcerer Kerrelyn Sparks FR - The Embraced 2
On to the Asteroid (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor
Les Johnson
SF
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation Phoebe Wagner (Ed)
Brontë Christopher Wieland (Ed)
SolarPunk - Anthology
Empire's End: Aftermath (h2mm) Chuck Wendig SF - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3
The Path of Heaven (tp2mm) Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy 36



August 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wanderer's Tale (ri) David Bilsborough F - Annals of Lindormyn 1
Cracks in the World (e) Margaret Dunlap F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #7



August 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Crow's Dinner Jonathan Carroll Essay Collection
Golden Age and Other Stories Naomi Novik HistF - Temeraire Collection



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
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
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
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


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Design by Lauren Panepinto





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Cover design by Sandra Chui
Cover photo of the boy by Sean Gladwell/ Getty Images
Photo of the dog by Maya Karkalicheva/Getty Images





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Overall design by Owen Corrigan





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There are 15 debut novels for August.

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

The August debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 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 August 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Asa Avdic

The Dying Game
Penguin Books, August 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
     Dystopian, Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers
      Contemporary Women

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A masterly locked-room mystery set in a near-future Orwellian state—for fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Dave Eggers’ The Circle, and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

Do you live to play? Or play to live?

The year is 2037. The Soviet Union never fell, and much of Europe has been consolidated under the totalitarian Union of Friendship. On the tiny island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a forty-eight-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic bureaucrat with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment: to stage her own death and then to observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the six other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure? But then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins. . . .

Combining suspense, unexpected twists, psychological gamesmanship, and a sinister dystopian future, The Dying Game conjures a world in which one woman is forced to ask, “Can I save my life by staging my death?”




RJ Barker

Age of Assassins
The Wounded Kingdom 1
Orbit, August 1, 2017
Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
     Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
IT'S A GAME OF ASSASSIN VERSUS ASSASSIN

Girton Club-foot has no family, a crippled leg, and is apprenticed to the best assassin in the land.

He's learning the art of taking lives, but his latest mission tasks him with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder.

Age of Assassins is the first in an epic new trilogy set in a world ravaged by magic, featuring a cast of assassins, knights, ambitious noblemen, and fools.




Brian Allen Carr

Sip
Soho Press, August 29, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
     Science Fiction, Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic,
       Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival …

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad.

150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness—but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.




Curtis Craddock

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
The Risen Kingdoms 1
Tor Books, August 29, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
     Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring an intelligent heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer.

In a world of soaring continents and bottomless skies, where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships into the cloud-strewn heights, and ancient blood-borne sorceries cling to a fading glory, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of, the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

Born without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect, Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.




Alana Delacroix

Masked Possession
The Masked Arcana 1
Lyrical Press, August 8, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 258 pages

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A Man Who Can Wear Any Face

Caro Yeats doesn’t run from much. As a former investigative reporter now working PR for Toronto’s supernaturals, what she hasn’t seen mostly isn’t worth seeing. But the assignment to “rebrand” Eric Kelton’s out-of-control alter egos has her on edge from the start. Kelton is the heirarch of the Masquerada, beings able to change their face—their entire persona—on a whim. Eric’s charisma muddles her instincts. How can she trust a man who can become anybody?

A Woman Without A Past

Eric has never met anyone like Caro, with her lightning wit and uncanny insight. But desirable as she is, he’d be a fool to let her near. Struggling to hide the sudden loss of his powers, Eric can’t risk becoming entangled with a woman who scorns her supernatural side and claims not to play politics. The enemies on her trail are strong, clever, and vicious. And when they force Eric and Caro together, the fallout could shatter far more than two hearts . . .




Spencer Ellsworth

A Red Peace
The Starfire Trilogy 1
Tor.com, August 22, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages
     Science Fiction, Space Opera

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A Red Peace, first in Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

Half-breed human star navigator Jaqi, working the edges of human-settled space on contract to whoever will hire her, stumbles into possession of an artifact that the leader of the Rebellion wants desperately enough to send his personal guard after. An interstellar empire and the fate of the remnant of humanity hang in the balance.

Spencer Ellsworth has written a classic space opera, with space battles between giant bugs, sun-sized spiders, planets of cyborgs and a heroine with enough grit to bring down the galaxy's newest warlord.




Linnea Hartsuyker

The Half-Drowned King
Harper, August 1, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
     Sagas

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
"Lovers of epic rejoice! Hartsuyker illuminates these old stories with authority and visceral detail, bringing to life the adventure, bleak beauty, and human struggle that lie at their heart. A vivid and gripping read." —Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles

"Linnea Hartsuyker brings myth and legend roaring to life in this superbly good page-turning saga of Viking-era Norway. Hartsuyker is fearless as she navigates a harsh, exacting, and hair-raising world, with icy fjords and raiding seasons and ancient blood feuds. But the book’s fiercest magic shines in the characters of Ragnvald and Svanhild, as unforgettable a brother and sister duo as I can remember in recent literature. Linnea Hartsuyker is an exciting, original voice in historical fiction, and The Half-Drowned King is nothing short of mesmerizing."—Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun

An exhilarating saga of the Vikings that conjures a brutal, superstitious, and thrilling ninth-century world and the birth of a kingdom—the debut installment in a historical literary trilogy that combines the bold imagination and sweeping narrative power of Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Outlander.
Centuries ago, in a blood-soaked land ruled by legendary gods and warring men, a prophecy foretold of a high king who would come to reign over all of the north. . . .

Ragnvald Eysteinsson, the son and grandson of kings, grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father’s place as chief of his family’s lands. But, sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, the young warrior is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his greedy stepfather, Olaf. Rescued by a fisherman, Ragnvald is determined to have revenge for his stepfather’s betrayal, claim his birthright and the woman he loves, and rescue his beloved sister Svanhild. Opportunity may lie with Harald of Vestfold, the strong young Norse warrior rumored to be the prophesied king. Ragnvald pledges his sword to King Harald, a choice that will hold enormous consequence in the years to come.

While Ragnvald’s duty is to fight—and even die—for his honor, Svanhild must make an advantageous marriage, though her adventurous spirit yearns to see the world. Her stepfather, Olaf, has arranged a husband for her—a hard old man she neither loves nor desires. When the chance to escape Olaf’s cruelty comes at the hands of her brother’s arch rival, the shrewd young woman is forced to make a heartbreaking choice: family or freedom.

Set in a mystical and violent world defined by honor, loyalty, deceit, passion, and courage, The Half-Drowned King is an electrifying adventure that breathtakingly illuminates the Viking world and the birth of Scandinavia.




Ladee Hubbard

The Talented Ribkins
Melville House, August 8, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
      African American, Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Family Life

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn’t have such problems: He’s got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it’s curtains for Johnny.

What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with super powers that are rather sad, but superpowers nonetheless. For example, Johnny’s father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he’s been there or not.

In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves the Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last.

Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny’s on a race against the clock to dig up loot he’s stashed all over Florida.  His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother’s daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own.

Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’s famous essay “The Talented Tenth” and fuelled by Ladee Hubbard’s marvelously original imagination, The Talented Ribkins is a big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together.




Lucy Ives

Impossible Views of the World
Penguin Press, August 1, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
     Literary Fiction, Contemporary Women,
      Mystery and Detective, Amateur Sleuth

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A witty, urbane, and sometimes shocking debut novel, set in a hallowed New York museum, in which a co-worker’s disappearance and a mysterious map change a life forever

Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan’s renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with “a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist” is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt’s current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world’s water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that’s making the rounds, and her mother–the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro–wants to have lunch. It’s almost more than she can overanalyze.

But the appearance of a mysterious map, depicting a 19th-century utopian settlement, sends Stella–a dogged expert in American graphics and fluidomanie (don’t ask)–on an all-consuming research mission. As she teases out the links between a haunting poem, several unusual novels, a counterfeiting scheme, and one of the museum’s colorful early benefactors, she discovers the unbearable secret that Paul’s been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact.




Sophie Chen Keller

The Luster of Lost Things
G.P. Putnam's Sons, August 8, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
Coming Of Age, Family Life, Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this story for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man Called Ove, when all seems lost, he finds what matters most.

Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.

But he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders—his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing—except for his lost father.

So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.

Steeped in nostalgic wonder, The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal. A lyrical meditation on why we become lost and how we are found, from the bright, broken heart of a boy who knows where to look for everyone but himself.




Marina J. Lostetter

Noumenon
Harper Voyager, August 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
     Science Fiction, Space Opera

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series and the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, and echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes.

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He’s discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy— is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.

A mosaic novel of discovery, Noumenon—in a series of vignettes—examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the AI, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes—an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge and imagination.




Maja Lunde

The History of Bees
Touchstone, August 22, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
     Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.

United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.




Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done
Atlantic Monthly Press, August 1, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 324 pages
     Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
 Or did she?

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done—which is already gaining outstanding acclaim—Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.




Jonathan Skariton

Séance Infernale
Knopf, August 29, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
     Private Investigators, Thrillers, Historical Thrillers

2017 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
An extraordinary debut novel—dark, fast-paced, thrilling—set in contemporary and nineteenth-century Europe, the United States, and Scotland, involving the true inventor of moving pictures; his lost film made in Edinburgh in 1888; and a shocking series of crimes terrorizing the city in present time.

The time: 2002. The city: Los Angeles.

Alex Whitman, movie memorabilia dealer who can find anything, is hired by an eccentric film collector to locate what could be the first film ever made, Séance Infernale. Its creator, Augustin Sekuler, is considered by those who know about movies to be the true inventor of motion pictures—not the Lumiére brothers; nor Thomas Edison.

Sekuler was to present to the world in 1890 his greatest new invention, the first of its kind—a moving picture machine. He had boarded a train headed from Dijon to Paris, but never arrived at Gare de Lyons station. He and his moving picture machine vanished, never to be heard from again, his claim in history as the inventor of the moving image vanishing with him.

When Whitman tracks down what could be fragments of Sekuler’s famously lost film, questions are raised—about Sekuler, about what happened to him and to his invention, and about the film itself.

In this riveting story of suspense, the search for the answers lead to curious riddles that may (or may not) shed light on Sekuler’s darkest secret locked away for more than a century, riddles that set in motion a frantic hunt taking Whitman from Los Angeles and Paris, to Geneva, and finally to Sekuler’s ancient labyrinthine city of Edinburgh, where the stakes become ratcheted up as the film’s riddles lead to a darker, far more dangerous mystery.




Anna Smith Spark

The Court of Broken Knives
Empires of Dust 1
Orbit, August 15, 2017
Trade Paperback, 512 pages
eBook, June 27, 2017
     Epic Fantasy

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In this dark and gripping debut fantasy that Miles Cameron called "gritty and glorious!" the exiled son of the king must fight to reclaim his throne no matter the cost.

It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed. Governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The Yellow Empire is on the verge of invasion--and only one man can see it.

Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert to reach the capital city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Young, ambitious, and impossibly charming, something dark hides in Marith's past--and in his blood.

Dark and brilliant, dive into this new fantasy series for readers looking for epic battle scenes, gritty heroes, and blood-soaked revenge.

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The 7th year of the Debut Author Challenge commenced on January 1, 2017. Here are the 11 debuts being published in July and August 2017 that I most looking forward to reading.


Lee Markham

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

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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...




David Williams

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

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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.




Michael F. Haspil

Graveyard Shift
Tor Books, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Urban Fantasy, Thrillers, Police Procedural

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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




Leena Likitalo

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

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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.




Vivian Shaw

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

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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.




RJ Barker

Age of Assassins
The Wounded Kingdom 1
Orbit, August 1, 2017
Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Epic Fantasy

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IT'S A GAME OF ASSASSIN VERSUS ASSASSIN

Girton Club-foot has no family, a crippled leg, and is apprenticed to the best assassin in the land.

He's learning the art of taking lives, but his latest mission tasks him with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder.

Age of Assassins is the first in an epic new trilogy set in a world ravaged by magic, featuring a cast of assassins, knights, ambitious noblemen, and fools.




Marina J. Lostetter

Noumenon
Harper Voyager, August 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Science Fiction, Space Opera

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With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series and the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, and echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes.

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He’s discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy— is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.

A mosaic novel of discovery, Noumenon—in a series of vignettes—examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the AI, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes—an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge and imagination.




Ladee Hubbard

The Talented Ribkins
Melville House, August 8, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Contemporary Fantasy

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At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn’t have such problems: He’s got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it’s curtains for Johnny.

What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with super powers that are rather sad, but superpowers nonetheless. For example, Johnny’s father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he’s been there or not.

In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves the Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last.

Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny’s on a race against the clock to dig up loot he’s stashed all over Florida.  His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother’s daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own.

Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’s famous essay “The Talented Tenth” and fuelled by Ladee Hubbard’s marvelously original imagination, The Talented Ribkins is a big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together.




Spencer Ellsworth 

A Red Peace
The Starfire Trilogy 1
Tor.com, August 22, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages
Science Fiction, Space Opera, Military SF

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A Red Peace, first in Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

Half-breed human star navigator Jaqi, working the edges of human-settled space on contract to whoever will hire her, stumbles into possession of an artifact that the leader of the Rebellion wants desperately enough to send his personal guard after. An interstellar empire and the fate of the remnant of humanity hang in the balance.

Spencer Ellsworth has written a classic space opera, with space battles between giant bugs, sun-sized spiders, planets of cyborgs and a heroine with enough grit to bring down the galaxy's newest warlord.




Brian Allen Carr

SIP
Soho Press, August 29, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic

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A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival …

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad.

150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness—but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.




Curtis Craddock

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
The Risen Kingdoms 1
Tor Books, August 29, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

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A delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring an intelligent heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer.

In a world of soaring continents and bottomless skies, where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships into the cloud-strewn heights, and ancient blood-borne sorceries cling to a fading glory, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of, the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

Born without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect, Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.

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