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2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR



It's time to vote for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 11 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a"). Note that for the first time in 6 years there is no debut for December.

Voter for your favorite from the monthly 2016 Winners!

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

Voting will end sometime on January 10, 2016 - extended voting due to the end of year holidays.


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Arabella of Mars
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Art by Stephan Martiniere
Jacket Design by Peter Lutjen





Black Rabbit Hall
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
(US Debut)

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Tal Goretsky
Jacket images: (latticework) Danita Delimont / Getty Images;
(castle) Ray Hems / Getty Images





Carrier
Permuted Platinum, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 322 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Jack Kaiser





Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR






Dark Transmissions
A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover design: The last design of Jack Smyth – LBBG
Cover images copyright © Shutterstock





The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Artist Kelly Martin





The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Laura Klynstra
Jacket Photograph by Paul Knight / Trevillion Images





Steal the Sky
Scorched Continent 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Kim Sokol





Woodwalker
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 17, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14 , 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Emily B. Martin



Interview with Davila LeBlanc, author of Dark Transmissions and Syndicate's Pawns


Please welcome Davila LeBlanc to The Qwillery. Syndicate's Pawns, the 2nd Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth, was published on July 5th in digital format by Harper Voyager Impulse.



Interview with Davila LeBlanc, author of Dark Transmissions and Syndicate's Pawns




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

DaV:  I've always loved reading and I can remember writing my first "book" when I was ten. I've been writing ever since. On a more practical sense of the of the word, I've been writing professionally for the past fifteen years. I have a very active imagination, and in my younger days I found myself hating on everything I read or watched. Nothing was ever good enough for me. It was then that I realized that it was time for me to either put up or shut up. If no one was writing the stories I liked, it was time for me write my own.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid? What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

DaV:  I am a hybrid of the two. I like to blueprint my stories and set up the main beats and plot points. I've worked in film and television for quite some time and I remember someone telling me once that any good work of writing would have been eighteen times better if it had been outlined beforehand. I really do take those words to heart and try to do the same when I'm plotting out my books. I don't cement it in stone though, because sometimes I'll have a flash of inspiration and wind up deviating from the outline. The biggest challenge I have with writing is getting started, and once that is going on, the hardest part becomes stopping.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing? How does writing for TV affect (or not) your novel writing?

DaV:  Oh the works of Tolkien, Herbert, Leguin, Stephen King, Steven Erikson to name but a few have profoundly affected me. If I had to pick one I would say that it was Stephen King's original "Gunslinger" which made me say: "One day I'm going to have to write something as good as this." My experience in television has really helped me as a novelist. The main thing I gained from television was a sense of pacing. I really like to keep things moving and that is really something I picked up during my time in television and cinema.



TQDescribe Syndicate's Pawns (A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth #2) in 140 characters or less.

DaV:  The mettle and wits of the Jinxed Thirteenth's crew will be seriously tested as they square off against an elite band of criminals.



TQTell us something about Syndicate's Pawns that is not found in the book description.

DaV:  It is a fun action packed book and what really makes this one different from the first are two things. One: Jessie Madison is more active a character in the book. Two: a great deal of the cast are women, and that includes the villains. Jessie Madison is going to grow in this new world she finds herself in, make friends and enemies along the way and become a hero in her own rights.



TQBoth Dark Transmissions and Syndicate's Pawns are novels in the Jinxed Thirteenth series. How do the books relate to each other?

DaV:  Well Syndicate's Pawns takes place in the aftermath of Dark Transmissions. What I wanted to do was answer the questions left un-answered at the end of the first book, reveal more of the inner-workings of the world I'd created, present an adventure to the readers and raise-up more questions for the readers, to be answered in a third book.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Syndicate's Pawns?

DaV:  I watched a lot of documentaries on the war on drugs in south America, at first it was just to come up with a bit of flavour for the Syndicate (the intergalactic criminal network). I wanted to give my criminals in a bit of real world edginess to them. From how they operated to how they punished betrayal. Truth be told nothing I came up with was as disturbing as reality.



TQIn the Jinxed Thirteenth series so far who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

DaV:  Morwyn Soltaine has been the easiest, I identify with him because he is man of principles and has a code of honour. Much like me. Jessie Madison is also an easy one, she is based on my wife Jessie Mathieson, she is my muse and inspiration and any time I need to come up with something compassionate I just have to ask myself what she would do. Domiant was the hardest character to write as, mainly because he is an incredible immoral character and well I'm just not an immoral person. I also have to skate a fine line between making a character evil yet still likeable. Chord, was the funnest one to write but was hard because I had to come up with ways to avoid using gender while describing a machine's perspective. If you read Dark Transmissions you'll notice that I never refer to Chord as a "him" or "her", THAT was really hard.



TQWhich question about Syndicate's Pawns or the Jinxed Thirteenth series do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

DaV:  How many books do you have planned for this and will it come to an end? I've got eight books planned and yes there is a definitive ending planned and Jessie Madison, Chord and Morwyn will have a role to play in it.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Syndicate's Pawns.

DaV:  "I have already died once Captain Morwyn. There is no other side, only darkness."

"The Infinite lies between you and me. And you of all people should know how far my reach is."



TQWhat's next?

DaV:  Well I am presently discussing with Harper Collins Voyager for more books in the Jinxed Thirteenth Series, like I said I've been outlining the series and would love to publish with them. This year my first screenplay: DEADSHACK is going into production and my creative partner in crime and myself are working on two more horror screenplays. I am going to be working on several television series concepts and will probably be getting back into children's animation. I took some time off television to work on my books.

Also I recently got married to my wife Jessie Mathieson, we are working on getting a visa so we can live together in Maine. Ultimately I'll be working on writing and improving myself as both a storyteller and author.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

DaV:  Thank you for having me. In love, light and laughter, be well.





Syndicate's Pawns
A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, July 5, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, August 23, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

Interview with Davila LeBlanc, author of Dark Transmissions and Syndicate's Pawns
A month has passed since the eclectic crew of the Covenant Patrol vessel Jinxed Thirteenth endured a harrowing mission on the abandoned space station of Moria 3 and rescued its sole surviving crew member. During the mission, Moria 3’s deranged AI all but crippled the Jinxed Thirteenth, and the skeletal crew is now desperately trying to get it repaired.

Waking from several millennia of cryo-sleep, Jessie Madison’s worst fears are confirmed. She is the last surviving member of the Human race. Surrounded by the descendants of mankind in a world she knows nothing about, not even the basic alphabet, Jessie finds herself only able to communicate with the ship’s medic, Marla Varsin, and its translator, Machina Chord.

When the merchant vessel Althena arrives on the scene, its captain, a shrewd trader named Domiant, offers to sell Captain Morwyn the parts he needs. As guards are lowered on the Jinxed Thirteenth and repairs get underway, it becomes evident that a cunning foe has managed to infiltrate the ship. A deadly game of deception begins to play out, with a sinister foe setting its sights set on capturing Jessie. Captain Morwyn Soltaine, the crew of the Jinxed Thirteenth, and Jessie Madison find their mettle tested as they are dragged into a desperate battle for survival.





Dark Transmissions
A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

Interview with Davila LeBlanc, author of Dark Transmissions and Syndicate's Pawns
It is the late 23rd century. For engineers Jessie Madison and her husband David, a routine maintenance contract on board the orbital mining station Moria 3 has become a nightmare. Upon awakening from cryo-stasis, they learn a horrifying truth: while they were asleep, machines rose up against humanity...and won.

Marooned and at the mercy of the station’s malicious artificial intelligence, OMEX, David and Jessie rig an emergency transmission to broadcast into the darkness, desperately hoping someone is still alive to hear it...

Navigating the fringes of explored space in the Covenant Patrol vessel the Jinxed Thirteenth, Captain Morwyn Soltaine picks up a distress signal from a space station. But it’s broadcasting in Ancient Humanity, a language that has been extinct for several millennia. Even more incredible: there are two survivors on board. Morwyn’s rag-tag crew of reformed criminals mount a rescue op, unaware of the dangerous foe awaiting them. As the past and future collide, a routine mission becomes a deadly game of wits.





About Davila

Davila LeBlanc spent his college years studying print journalism but quickly found himself working as a writer and performer in the comedy circuits of Montreal. During this time his goal became to break into the world of professional writing. He would get his first opportunity when he co-created and sold the hit animated television series: “The League of Super Evil.” This was his first foray into the world of production and an important first step on his road to becoming a writer.

After working on various television shows, in 2013 Davila decided to take a year off from children’s animation to focus on writing his first novel, Dark Transmissions. He is an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy and wants to add his own voice to the genre that inspired him. Davila currently resides in Ottawa where he is working on several other writing projects.

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The View From Monday - March 28, 2016


Happy last Monday in March. I hope that those celebrating had a wonderful Easter and everyone else enjoyed the weekend!

Davila LeBlanc's Dark Transmissions is the only debut out this week. It was published in digital format earlier this month. The cover also won March's Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars.


There are four books out for a few formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

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

Javelin Rain (Shadow Ops) by Myke Cole;

The Second Death (Los Nefilim Part 3) by T. Frohock;

and

Aftermath: Star Wars  by Chuck Wendig is out in Trade Paperback.



The View From Monday - March 28, 2016



March 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Heroes Reborn: Collection One David Bishop
Timothy Zahn
Stephen Blackmoore
SF/SH - Heroes Reborn
His Father's Eyes (h2mm) David B. Coe CF - Case Files of Justis Fearsson 2
Javelin Rain Myke Cole CF/MF - Shaodow Ops
The Doll Collection (h2tp) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Angel of Darkness (ri) Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 1
Grantville Gazette VII (h2mm) Eric Flint (Ed) AH - The Ring of Fire 7
The Second Death (e) T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 3
Smoke and Fire: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Day Shift (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF - A Novel of Midnight, Texas 2
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma (h2tp) Brian Herbert Dys
Rose Madder Stephen King H/Sus
Battlestorm Susan Krinard CF - Midgard 3
The Undoing Shelly Laurenston PNR - Call Of Crows 2
Dark Transmissions (D) (mm) Davila LeBlanc SF - Jinxed Thirteenth 1
The World Forgot (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 3
World of Water (print) James Lovegrove SF - Dev Harmer 2
Dragon Soul Katie MacAlister PNR - Dragon Fall 3
The Complete Independence Day Omnibus Stephen Molstad SF - Media Tie-In
The Stopped Heart Julie Myerson Th
Supernatural - Cold Fire John Passarella DF/P/Sup - Supernatual
She Who Watches Anthony Pryor H - The Shepherd 1
The Blood Red City Justin Richards SF
The Witch of Painted Sorrows (h2tp) M. J. Rose Hist/GO - The Daughters of La Lune 1
The Visitor Amanda Stevens Sus - The Graveyard Queen 5
The Mortal Tally Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 2
Trail of Evil (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 4
Lightbreaker (ri) Mark Teppo UF - Codex of Souls 1
Crazy Love You (tp2mm) Lisa Unger Sus
Aftermath: Star Wars (h2tp) Chuck Wendig SF - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 1



March 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Human Chord / The Centaur Algernon Blackwood DF
Downfall of the Gods K. J. Parker F
DJSturbia David J. Schow H - Collection



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
MF - Military Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Winner


The winner of the March 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Dark Transmissions by Davila LeBlanc from Harper Voyager Impulse with 39% of all votes.



Dark Transmissions
Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Winner
It is the late 23rd century. For engineers Jessie Madison and her husband David, a routine maintenance contract on board the orbital mining station Moria 3 has become a nightmare. Upon awakening from cryo-stasis, they learn a horrifying truth: while they were asleep, machines rose up against humanity...and won.

Marooned and at the mercy of the station’s malicious artificial intelligence, OMEX, David and Jessie rig an emergency transmission to broadcast into the darkness, desperately hoping someone is still alive to hear it...

Navigating the fringes of explored space in the Covenant Patrol vessel the Jinxed Thirteenth, Captain Morwyn Soltaine picks up a distress signal from a space station. But it’s broadcasting in Ancient Humanity, a language that has been extinct for several millennia. Even more incredible: there are two survivors on board. Morwyn’s rag-tag crew of reformed criminals mount a rescue op, unaware of the dangerous foe awaiting them. As the past and future collide, a routine mission becomes a deadly game of wits.




The Results

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Winner





The March 2016 Debuts

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Winner


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 24, 2016.


Vote for your favorite March 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket photograph of woman copyright © 2016 by Jill Wachter;
Jacket stock photography copyright © 2016 by Thinkstock




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover design by Richard L. Aquan
Cover illustration © Chris McGrath




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket art by Cliff Nielsen.
Jacket design by G-Force Design.




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover photo illustration: Sean Freeman




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover art by Sam Kenney




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket design by Lauren Panepinto
Jacket illustration by David Palumbo


2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 9 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15, 2016.

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 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Mishell Baker

Borderline
Book 1 of The Arcadia Project
Saga Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.

No pressure.




Stacey Berg

Dissension
An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 15, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 12, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.

When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.




Elizabeth Bonesteel

The Cold Between
Central Corps 1
Harper Voyager, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold.

When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

Retracing Danny’s last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets.

With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they’ll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined . . . a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy—and beyond.




Gerald Brandt

The Courier
A San Angeles Novel 1
DAW, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier.  A nobody.  Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border—a land where corporations make all the rules.  A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help. 

But a late day delivery changes everything when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. 

Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets.  Fleeing from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand.

Together Kris and Miller barely manage to stay one step ahead of the corporate killers, but it’s only a matter of time until Miller’s resources and their luck run out….




Davila LeBlanc

Dark Transmissions
Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
It is the late 23rd century. For engineers Jessie Madison and her husband David, a routine maintenance contract on board the orbital mining station Moria 3 has become a nightmare. Upon awakening from cryo-stasis, they learn a horrifying truth: while they were asleep, machines rose up against humanity...and won.

Marooned and at the mercy of the station’s malicious artificial intelligence, OMEX, David and Jessie rig an emergency transmission to broadcast into the darkness, desperately hoping someone is still alive to hear it...

Navigating the fringes of explored space in the Covenant Patrol vessel the Jinxed Thirteenth, Captain Morwyn Soltaine picks up a distress signal from a space station. But it’s broadcasting in Ancient Humanity, a language that has been extinct for several millennia. Even more incredible: there are two survivors on board. Morwyn’s rag-tag crew of reformed criminals mount a rescue op, unaware of the dangerous foe awaiting them. As the past and future collide, a routine mission becomes a deadly game of wits.




Sonia Orin Lyris

The Seer
Baen Books, March 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 656 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK! The debut of a stunning new talent. A poor, young woman rises to the heights of a crumbling empire, where she must speak hard truth to power in order to save a world from chaos.

Everybody Wants Answers. No One Wants the Truth.

The Arunkel empire has stood a thousand years, forged by wealth and conquest, but now rebellion is stirring on the borders and treachery brews in the palace halls. Elsewhere, in a remote mountain village, a young mother sells the prophesies of her sister, Amarta, in order to keep them and her infant child from starving. It's a dangerous game when such revelations draw suspicion and mistrust as often as they earn coin.

Yet Amarta's visions are true. And often not at all what the seeker wishes to hear.

Now in a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta has become the key to a ruler's ambitions. But is she nothing beyond a tool? As Amarta comes into her own as a seer, she realizes she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.




Tarn Richardson

The Damned
The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
The Overlook Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative World War I where unspeakable creatures roam and a ruthless Inquisition still holds sway

In this "sublime work of dark fiction" (Intravenous Magazine), set in an alternative World War I, unspeakable creatures roam the grisly trenches, and a ruthless Catholic Inquisition holds sway ― still powerful, but working in the shadows.

When a Father is brutally murdered int he French city of Arras, Poldeck Tacit―a determined and unhinged Inquisitor―arrives on the scene to investigate the crime. His mission: to protect the Church from those who would seek to destroy it, no matter what the cost.

As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British solider Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields―an enemy that answers to no human force and wreaks its havoc by the light of the moon.

Faced with impossible odds and struggling with his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil―and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims―to reach the heart of dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it even deeper into conflict.





Adrian Selby

Snakewood
Orbit, March 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A LIFETIME OF ENEMIES HAS ITS OWN PRICE

Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel.

Whoever met their price won.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated.

One by one.

A groundbreaking debut fantasy of betrayal, mystery, and bloody revenge. 




Mark Tompkins

The Last Days of Magic
Viking, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

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