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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24


This is the twenty-fourth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2015)

Certain Dark Things
Thomas Dunne Books, October 25, 2016
Hardcover, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24
Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?





Sam Munson (2015)

The War Against the Assholes
Saga Press, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 16, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24
Contemporary fantasy meets true crime when schools of ancient sorcery go up against the art of the long con in this stunningly entertaining debut fantasy novel.

Mike Wood is satisfied just being a guy with broad shoulders at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan. But on the dirty streets of New York City he’s an everyman with a moral code who is unafraid of violence. And when Mike is unwittingly recruited into a secret cell of magicians by a fellow student, Mike’s role as a steadfast soldier begins. These magicians don’t use ritualized rote to work their magic, they use willpower in their clandestine war with the establishment: The Assholes.





Ilana C. Myer (2015)

Last Song Before Night
Tor Books, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 29, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24
A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic in Ilana C. Myer's Last Song Before Night.

Her name was Kimbralin Amaristoth: sister to a cruel brother, daughter of a hateful family. But that name she has forsworn, and now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings-a fugitive who must conceal her identity or risk imprisonment and even death.

On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned to the land of Eivar, a pandemic both deadly and unnatural. Its resurgence brings with it the memory of an apocalypse that transformed half a continent. Long ago, magic was everywhere, rising from artistic expression-from song, from verse, from stories. But in Eivar, where poets once wove enchantments from their words and harps, the power was lost. Forbidden experiments in blood divination unleashed the plague that is remembered as the Red Death, killing thousands before it was stopped, and Eivar's connection to the Otherworld from which all enchantment flowed, broken.

The Red Death's return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic. Now poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a challenge much greater: galvanized by Valanir Ocune, greatest Seer of the age, Lin and several others set out to reclaim their legacy and reopen the way to the Otherworld-a quest that will test their deepest desires, imperil their lives, and decide the future.





David Nabhan (2015)

Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology
Skyhorse Publishing, June 6, 2017
Hardcover, 160 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24
Each year the world faces thousands of earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater, resulting in devastating property destruction and tragic loss of life. To help avert these catastrophes, scientists have long searched for ways to predict when and where earthquakes will happen. The earth science establishment in the US says that earthquake prediction still lies outside the realm of possibility. But recent scientific developments across the globe suggest that seismic forecasting is on the horizon.

Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology examines the latest scientific clues in hopes of discovering seismic precursors which may shed light on real earthquake prediction in the future. It is destined to be nothing less than an epoch-changing work, addressing this ancient enigma by joining the parts of a scientific detective story that ranges from the steppes of Russia to the coast of Chile, bringing to light astounding breakthroughs by researchers in Italy, India and elsewhere.

Governments in countries such as China and Japan provide support for seismic forecasting, and it is time for our country to do the same. Earthquake Prediction makes the case, with an important message for the tens of millions of Americans on the US West Coast, the Mississippi River Valley, and other seismically active zones.





Sylvain Neuvel (2016)

Sleeping Giants
The Themis Files 1
Del Rey, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?


Waking Gods
The Themis Files 2
Del Rey, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 24
In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as “a luminous conspiracy yarn . . . reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z,” Sylvain Neuvel’s innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

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

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

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2015

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 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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Interview with David Nabhan, author of The Pilots of the Borealis


Please welcome David Nabhan to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Pilots of the Borealis is published on August 11th by Talos Press. Please join The Qwillery in wishing David a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with David Nabhan, author of The Pilots of the Borealis




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

David:  Twenty-five years ago, owing to a number of large temblors I experienced living in Los Angeles, a catalog of data regarding a possible pattern of higher probability windows for seismicity in Southern California was compiled. Over the next two decades those studies gave rise to three books I wrote on seismic forecasting and hundreds of major media interviews, articles and papers all over the world. Wrestling for all that time with any number of scientific conundrums—having to do with earthquake prediction and every other “impossible” art that now is quickly becoming science fact—was an excellent curriculum for the very plausible science fiction in Pilots of Borealis.



TQAre you a plotter or a pantser or a hybrid?

David:  I’m tempted to say “plotter,” because with science fiction especially there are real and absolute parameters around any story, due simply to physical laws. I’d be fibbing, however, were I to say that a few great ideas (and escapes from dead-ends!) didn’t owe their origin to the seat of the writer’s pants. It helps to have a great editor too, no doubt.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

David:  Getting everything right. I write both science and science fiction and that means that there are literally thousands of facts that not only have to be checked, but explained properly and in a way easily understood and satisfying to read.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

David:  Well, the description of Pilots of Borealis at Edelweiss is “Top Gun heads to outer space in this throwback to the classic science fiction of Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein.” Those are real giants and I’m more than honored to have my name uttered in the same sentence with them.



TQDescribe The Pilots of Borealis in 140 characters or less.

David:  A look into a future where everything is exponentially heightened and amplified, including the unbounded daring of the human race entering its adulthood.



TQTell us something about The Pilots of Borealis that is not found in the book description.

David:  There is a love story hidden within this book, but one like few others. It’s a very poignant one, between two very incongruous characters. Pilots of Borealis is a fast-moving, death-defying thrill ride in many ways, but still, what every reader will take from it at end, where the lasting impact will be made, will have nothing at all to do with the exploits of the most celebrated and deadly mercenary of his time. Any tears and sighs wrung from the reader will be pulled from a different emotional well.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Pilots of Borealis? What appealed to you about writing Science Fiction?

David:  I wanted to bring to life the protagonist of Pilots of Borealis, Clinton Rittener. He’s someone that is impossible to meet without making a deep impression. There aren't too many characters in literature—in science fiction or any other genre—like him, at all. Yet, science fiction is the only place where a Clinton Rittener could be crafted. He's an embodiment of the kind of human being that might be forged in the confluence of multiple and ferocious perfect storms, but the product of tempests that can only take place in the future. Only science fiction is wide enough for this most unlikely of candidates to be thrust into such a terrifying crucible. But he's very much at the same time a man of our century too, especially the young Rittener, with his superlative achievements in mathematics, linguistics, science and diplomacy. The tattered remnants of that same humanism is nonetheless the foundation for how the horrific challenges sculpt one of the most dangerous, stony, lethal mercenaries in existence five centuries in the future…and yet bizarrely, a most extremely likable and engaging one nonetheless. It’s a real test for the reader not only to forgive him his many outrageous solutions—he’s a “pilot,” after all, and they have their own code unlike other humans—but also to try to avoid pulling for him, harder and harder with every turn of the page.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Pilots of Borealis? Why did you focus on Helium-3?

David:  We’ve all been schooled to dread a future where resources will be supposedly running out. This, in my view, should turn out to be the exact opposite of what tomorrow holds. We live in a Solar System that has such staggering amounts of energy and materiel, sufficient to power humankind for a mind-boggling number of millennia. There is enough iron in just the Asteroid Belt alone to forge the girders to construct a building ten stories high—across the entire face of the Earth. And, as far as power is concerned, the statistics regarding the Sun—and a Dyson Shell orbiting it which may someday glean much of the energy that now just washes out into space—indicate that energy in the far future could be as commonplace and taken for granted as the dirt upon which we walk. Fusion reactors will be the next step; they’re really not that far off. There is a furious race going on at this moment, among a half-dozen countries, to get a working fusion reactor up and running. Helium-3 may turn out to be indispensable to those reactors, which could make the surface of the Moon the next great Klondike, its regolith infused with the stuff, just waiting to be mined and shipped to Earth.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

David:  Clinton Rittener, the protagonist, and his foil, Nerissa were both the most difficult and easiest—by far. For starters, they resemble no one, either alive or in fiction. They are the most arrogant, self-reliant, sure-footed, superbly trained, fearless human beings that can be imagined—or better—that really can’t. It’s certain that readers will be completely enthralled with individuals like them, which makes things very, very easy. The hard part is getting the reader to fall into love with them. Clinton Rittener, for example, is an ex-soldier who led forces which cut a swath of death and destruction across Asia not seen since the days of Tamerlane. It was a task to nudge one toward not only allowing Rittener his redemption, but to convince the reader by the end that he or she had wound up on Clinton’s side. That…was…hard.



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

David:  Question: Be honest. There have been so many sci-fi books written, taking place in space. We will have seen this before, right? There must be quite a few themes and motifs that will seem almost re-hashed and bordering on stale? Isn’t this at least partially a fair guess? Answer: No.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Pilots of Borealis.

David:  To set the stage, there is no city like Borealis. It is so incredibly rich, beautiful and visually stunning that visitors are warned to take it in by snippets; too much too soon can be almost physically daunting. Clinton Rittener is preparing to take part in his first “piloting” match there, where athletes actually fly around Borealis’s dome—the light gravity and artificial wings allow for that—propelled by their own muscle power. And these “pilots” are, well, they’re something else…..“For Rittener, a newcomer to Borealis, everything else now was as distant as the heliopause at the far edge of Sol’s reign. Indeed, he was displaying the endemic condition of all neophytes to the city. He was “drifting.” Even moments away from being thrust into a do or die crucible, no matter that every ounce of his determination should have been spent on preparing himself for the looming trial—he was drifting. The pilot next to him snapped a warning. ‘You’d better get the stars out of your eyes, Clinton. This may look like Heaven, but these angels around us here, they’re more like the kind that flew with Lucifer.’ ”



TQWhat's next?

David:  The sequel to “Pilots of Borealis” is already finished, so it’s just a matter of letting the market decide if it should see the light of publication. In the meanwhile, I’m very fortunate to have my opinions about seismic forecasting judged by the media as fully meriting the nation’s attention. I’m constantly writing op-ed commentary pieces for magazines and newspapers worldwide and invite your audience to access many dozens of the more recent ones, archived at www.earthquakepredictors.com



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

David:  It was my pleasure. Thank you so much for your interest; I’m very much obliged.





The Pilots of the Borealis
Talos Press, August 11, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 236 pages

Interview with David Nabhan, author of The Pilots of the Borealis
Top Gun heads to outer space in this throwback to the classic science fiction of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein.

Strapped in to artificial wings spanning twenty-five feet across, your arms push a tenth of your body weight with each pump as you propel yourself at frightening speeds through the air. Inside a pressurized dome on the Moon, subject to one-sixth Earth’s gravity, there are swarms of chiseled, fearless, superbly trained flyers all around you, jostling for air space like peregrine falcons racing for the prize. This was the sport of piloting, and after Helium-3, piloting was one of the first things that entered anyone’s mind when Borealis was mentioned.

It was Helium-3 that powered humanity’s far-flung civilization expansion, feeding fusion reactors from the Alliances on Earth to the Terran Ring, Mars, the Jovian colonies, and all the way out to distant Titan. The supply, taken from the surface of the Moon, had once seemed endless. But that was long ago. Borealis, the glittering, fabulously rich city stretched out across the lunar North Pole, had amassed centuries of unimaginable wealth harvesting it, and as such was the first to realize that its supplies were running out.

The distant memories of the horrific planetwide devastation spawned by the petroleum wars were not enough to quell the rising energy and political crises. A new war to rival no other appeared imminent, but the solar system’s competing powers would discover something more powerful than Helium-3: the indomitable spirit of an Earth-born, war-weary mercenary and pilot extraordinaire.





About David

Interview with David Nabhan, author of The Pilots of the Borealis
David Nabhan is a science and science fiction writer. “Pilots of Borealis” is his first book in the sci-fi genre (Skyhorse Publishing/Talos Press). He is very well-known, however, for his controversial books and papers in seismology; he’s the author of “Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Sight” (2013) and two other books on seismic forecasting. Mr. Nabhan has been featured in the media many hundreds of times (television, radio, newspapers, magazines). He is a retired teacher having spent two decades teaching public school in South Central Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Unified School District—fifteen of those years as an Earthquake Preparedness Coordinator.

Website  ~  Twitter @DaveNabhan  ~  Facebook

The View From Monday - August 10, 2015


Happy Monday!

It's a light release week with 2 debuts:

The Pilots of the Borealis by David Nabhan;

and

The Uninvited by Cat Winters.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Left-Hand Way (American Craftsmen 2) by Tom Doyle;

and

Fearless (Pax Arcana 3) by Elliott James.



The View From Monday - August 10, 2015



August 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Malleus (ri) Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000: Eisenhorn2
Mayhem (e) Angela Addams PNR - The Order of the Wolf 5
Power Surge Ben Bova SF
The Lightning Stones Jack Du Brul AA/Th/SF
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
The Left-Hand Way Tom Doyle CF - American Craftsmen 2
The Oldest Trick (e) Auston Habershaw F - Saga of the Redeemed 1
Fool's Quest Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 2
The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats Mark Hodder SP - Burton & Swinburne 6
Falling in Love with Hominids Nalo Hopkinson SF - Collection
Fearless Elliott James CF - Pax Arcana 3
The Dark Forest Cixin Liu SF
Indexing: Reflections (Kindle Serials) (Ke) Seanan McGuire CF - Indexing 2
The Pilots of Borealis (D) David Nabhan SF/SO
Fall of Night (e) Joseph Nassise DF - Templar Chronicles 6
Was: a novel (20th Anniversary Edition) Geoff Ryman F
Slab Selah Saterstrom MR
The End of All Things John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War 6
Chasing the Phoenix: A Science Fiction Novel Michael Swanwick SF/AP/PA - Darger and Surplus 2
Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars
The Uninvited (D - Adult) Cat Winters Hist/PsyTh/GO/GH



August 12, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Milagroso: A Tor.Com Original (e) Isabel Yap F



August 13, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Graynelore (e) Stephen Moore F



August 15, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Red Winter (h2tp) Dan Smith H



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


AA - Action Adventure
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts


There are 8 debuts 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 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15th.

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




Adrienne Celt

The Daughters
Liveright, August 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
In this virtuosic debut, a world-class soprano seeks to reclaim her voice from the curse that winds through her family tree.

Lulu can't sing. Since the traumatic birth of her daughter, the internationally renowned soprano hasn't dared utter a note. She's afraid that her body is too fragile and that she may have lost her talent to a long-dreaded curse afflicting all of the mothers in her family.

When Lulu was a child, her strong-willed grandmother Ada filled her head with fables of the family's enchanted history in the Polish countryside. A fantastical lore took hold—an incantatory mix of young love, desperate hope, and one sinister bargain that altered the family's history forever. Since that fateful pact, Ada tells Lulu, each mother in their family has been given a daughter, but each daughter has exacted an essential cost from her mother.

Ada was the first to recognize young Lulu's transcendent talent, spotting it early on in their cramped Chicago apartment, then watching her granddaughter ascend to dizzying heights in packed international concert halls. But as the curse predicted, Lulu's mother, a sultry and elusive jazz singer, disappeared into her bitterness in the face of Lulu's superior talent—before disappearing from her family's life altogether. Now, in the early days of her own daughter's life, Lulu now finds herself weighing her overwhelming love for her child against the burden of her family's past.

In incandescent prose, debut novelist Adrienne Celt skillfully intertwines the sensuous but precise physicality of both motherhood and music. She infuses The Daughters with the spirit of the rusalka, a bewitching figure of Polish mythology that inspired Dvořák's classic opera. The result is a tapestry of secrets, affairs, and unimaginable sacrifices, revealing a family legacy laced with brilliance, tragedy, and most mysterious and seductive of all—the resonant ancestral lore that binds each mother to the one that came before.




Nick Holdstock 

The Casualties
Thomas Dunne Books, August 4, 2015
Hardcover ane eBook, 288 pages
Debut - Fiction

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
In Nick Holdstock's The Casualties, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood before the apocalyptic event that only a few of the eccentric residents will survive.

Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going to scream into his and everyone's lives. It will be a great transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost.

Written by a rising literary star whose work has been published in notoriously selective publications such as n+1 and The Southern Review, The Casualties is an ambitious debut novel that explores how we see ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest question: How can we be saved?





Stephen Moore

Graynelore
Harper Voyager UK, August 13, 2015
eBook, 400 pages
(Debut - Adult)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
Rodrig Wishard is a killer, a thief and a liar. He’s a fighting man who prefers to solve his problems with his sword.

In a world without government or law, where a man’s only loyalty is to his family and faerie tales are strictly for children, Rodrig Wishard is not happy to discover that he’s carrying faerie blood. Something his family neglected to tell him. Not only that but he’s started to see faeries for real.

If he’s going to make any sense of it he’s going to have to go right to the source – the faeries themselves. But that’s easier said than done when the only information he has to go on is from bards and myth.




David Nabhan

The Pilots of the Borealis
Talos, August 11, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 236 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
Top Gun heads to outer space in this throwback to the classic science fiction of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein.

Strapped in to artificial wings spanning twenty-five feet across, your arms push a tenth of your body weight with each pump as you propel yourself at frightening speeds through the air. Inside a pressurized dome on the Moon, subject to one-sixth Earth’s gravity, there are swarms of chiseled, fearless, superbly trained flyers all around you, jostling for air space like peregrine falcons racing for the prize. This was the sport of piloting, and after Helium-3, piloting was one of the first things that entered anyone’s mind when Borealis was mentioned.

It was Helium-3 that powered humanity’s far-flung civilization expansion, feeding fusion reactors from the Alliances on Earth to the Terran Ring, Mars, the Jovian colonies, and all the way out to distant Titan. The supply, taken from the surface of the Moon, had once seemed endless. But that was long ago. Borealis, the glittering, fabulously rich city stretched out across the lunar North Pole, had amassed centuries of unimaginable wealth harvesting it, and as such was the first to realize that its supplies were running out.

The distant memories of the horrific planetwide devastation spawned by the petroleum wars were not enough to quell the rising energy and political crises. A new war to rival no other appeared imminent, but the solar system’s competing powers would discover something more powerful than Helium-3: the indomitable spirit of an Earth-born, war-weary mercenary and pilot extraordinaire.




Antoine Rouaud

The Path of Anger
The Book and the Sword 1
Thomas Dunne Books, August 25, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
Debut - US

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
There will be blood. There will be death. This is the path of anger...

Year 10 of the new Republic, in the remote port city of Masalia. Dun-Cadal, once the greatest general of the Empire, has been drinking his life away for years. Betrayed by his friends and grief-stricken at the loss of his apprentice, he's done with politics, with adventure, and with people. But people aren't finished with him - not yet.

Viola is a young historian looking for the last Emperor's sword, said to have been taken by Dun-Cadal during the Empire's final, chaotic hours. Her search not only leads her to the former general, but embroils them both in a series of assassinations. Dun-Cadal's turncoat friends are being murdered, one by one, in the unmistakable style of an Imperial assassin...

But as Dun-Cadal comes to realize, none of these developments - not even the surprise of meeting his supposedly deceased apprentice - has been the result of chance. An intrigue transcending the fates of the individual characters has been put into motion, and its secrets are revealed one by one as the story unfolds.

In this debut novel, Antoine Rouaud displays an astonishing virtuosity, sustaining a high level of suspense seldom seen in a work of Fantasy. Depicting mortal characters thrown into the maelstrom of History and who ultimately become figures of legend, The Path of Anger proves to be one of the most hotly anticipated fantasy debuts of this year.




M.E. Roufa

The Norma Gene
Bitingduck Press, August 3, 2015
Trade Paperback, 310 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
Abe Finkelstein is an illegal clone of Abraham Lincoln - not an easy thing to keep secret when your face is on money. Norma Greenberg, one of the world’s many Marilyn Monroe clones, is wrestling with identity issues of a different sort. It’s not easy living as a perfect copy of the beautiful Norma Jeane Baker! When Abe is kidnapped by government agents eager to discover the secrets of his illustrious ancestor, Norma could be Abe’s last hope of escape - or thanks to her barely suppressed kleptomania, his worst chance of recapture. With only their wits, a cigarette lighter, a bottle of perfume, and the disembodied arm of Richard Millhouse Nixon (don't ask), can Abe and Norma make it back to safety and anonymity? Set in Orlando, Florida, where artifice beats authenticity with one animatronic hand tied behind its back, The Norma Gene features a host of Abe Lincolns, a gaggle of Marilyns, a segway chase through the secret underground tunnels of the Magic Kingdom, and the answer to the age-old mystery about the dodo bird: what flavor was it?




Scott Wilbanks

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
Sourcebooks Landmark, August 4, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
Annabelle Aster doesn't bow to convention-not even that of space and time-which makes the 1890s Kansas wheat field that has appeared in her modern-day San Francisco garden easy to accept. Even more peculiar is Elsbeth, the truculent schoolmarm who sends Annie letters through the mysterious brass mailbox perched on the picket fence that now divides their two worlds.

Annie and Elsbeth's search for an explanation to the hiccup in the universe linking their homes leads to an unsettling discovery-and potential disaster for both of them. Together they must solve the mystery of what connects them before one of them is convicted of a murder that has yet to happen...and yet somehow already did.




Cat Winters

The Uninvited
William Morrow Paperbacks, August 11, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Debut - Adult

2015 Debut Author Challenge - August 2015 Debuts
From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains.  For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Pilots of the Borealis by David Nabhan


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Pilots of the Borealis by David Nabhan


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.


David Nabhan

The Pilots of the Borealis
Talos, August 11, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 236 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Pilots of the Borealis by David Nabhan
Top Gun heads to outer space in this throwback to the classic science fiction of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein.

Strapped in to artificial wings spanning twenty-five feet across, your arms push a tenth of your body weight with each pump as you propel yourself at frightening speeds through the air. Inside a pressurized dome on the Moon, subject to one-sixth Earth’s gravity, there are swarms of chiseled, fearless, superbly trained flyers all around you, jostling for air space like peregrine falcons racing for the prize. This was the sport of piloting, and after Helium-3, piloting was one of the first things that entered anyone’s mind when Borealis was mentioned.

It was Helium-3 that powered humanity’s far-flung civilization expansion, feeding fusion reactors from the Alliances on Earth to the Terran Ring, Mars, the Jovian colonies, and all the way out to distant Titan. The supply, taken from the surface of the Moon, had once seemed endless. But that was long ago. Borealis, the glittering, fabulously rich city stretched out across the lunar North Pole, had amassed centuries of unimaginable wealth harvesting it, and as such was the first to realize that its supplies were running out.

The distant memories of the horrific planetwide devastation spawned by the petroleum wars were not enough to quell the rising energy and political crises. A new war to rival no other appeared imminent, but the solar system’s competing powers would discover something more powerful than Helium-3: the indomitable spirit of an Earth-born, war-weary mercenary and pilot extraordinaire.

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