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Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Delilah S. Dawson (2012)
Kevin Hearne (2011)

No Country for Old Gnomes
The Tales of Pell 2
Del Rey, January 7, 2020
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 16, 2019

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Go big or go gnome. The New York Times bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy welcome you to the world of Pell, the irreverent fantasy universe that recalls Monty Python and Terry Pratchett.

War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell.

On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty.

On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else.

It takes only one halfling bomb and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down—or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts—from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than with his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses—all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there’s nothing more heroic than being yourself.

In No Country for Old Gnomes, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy and fairy tales. Here you’ll find goofy jokes and whimsical puns, but you’ll also find a diverse, feminist, and lighthearted approach to fantasy that will bring a smile to your face and many fine cheeses to your plate.

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The Tales of Pell 1
Trade Paperback
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The Tales of Pell 3
Hardcover





Kevin Hearne (2011)

A Blight of Blackwings
The Seven Kennings 2
Del Rey, February 4, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From the New York Times bestselling creator of the Iron Druid Chronicles comes the story of a world-breaking war—an invasion of giant warriors—that inspires a movement to fight back.

SOLDIER AND AVENGER
Daryck is from a city that was devastated by the war with the Bone Giants, and now he and a band of warriors seek revenge against the giants for the loved ones they’ve lost. But will vengeance be enough to salve their grief?

DREAMER AND LEADER
Hanima is part of a new generation with extraordinary magical talents: She can speak to fantastical animals. But when this gift becomes a threat to the powers-that-be, Hanima becomes the leader of a movement to use this magic to bring power to the people.

SISTER AND SEEKER
Koesha is the captain of an all-female crew on a perilous voyage to explore unknown waters. Though her crew is seeking a path around the globe, Koesha is also looking for her sister, lost at sea two years ago. But what lies beyond the edges of the map is far more dangerous than storms and sea monsters. . . .

In this sequel to A Plague of Giants, these characters and more will become the voices of a new generation bringing hope and revolution to a war-torn world.

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The Seven Kennings 1
Mass Market Paperback





Elle Katharine White (2017)

Flamebringer
A Heartstone Novel 3
Harper Voyager, November 12, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Monsters, manners, and magic combine in this exciting final volume in the Heartstone Trilogy—an exhilarating blend of epic fantasy and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—in which a fearless healer and her dragon-riding husband must stop a reawakened evil from destroying their world.

“The summons comes for the House of Edan Daired. Debts must be paid.”

Tristan Wydrick, sworn enemy of House Daired, is back from the dead. Possessed by a ghast and sharing its shadowy unlife, he commands not only the soul-sucked ghastradi, but also the monstrous Tekari forces bent on Arle’s destruction. As their enemies begin amassing, desperate Arleans look to their greatest defenders. But Aliza and Alastair Daired, along with their dragon Akarra, are far from home, trapped in the icy northern wastes by Wydrick’s treachery.

Fighting their way through blizzards, haunted forests, and their own growing fears, the Daireds find a new battle awaiting them in the capital, for the Tekari and ghastradi are not the only forces converging on the heart of the kingdom. Another moves toward Arle, riding the winds from the south: an ambassador from the Silent King of Els.

Unknown enemy? Or unexpected ally? Plunged into the dangerous world of royal intrigue and ancient grudges, Aliza and Alastair soon realize it will take more than steel and dragonfire to save their kingdom, for the silence of Els hides a secret that could shake House Daired to its foundations.

And silence, it seems, is about to be broken.

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Heartstone Novel 1
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Heartstone Novel 2

The View From Monday - November 11, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm 1) by Kacen Callender (Adult Debut);

The View From Monday - November 11, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Killing Light (Sacred Throne 3) by Myke Cole;

The Impossible Contract (Chronicles of Ghadid 2) by K. A. Doore;

Revolution (A Cold War Magic Novel 2) by W. L. Goodwater;

Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times 3) by Mark Lawrence (Kindle eBook);

Talk Like a Man (Outspoken Authors ) by Nisi Shawl;

and

Flamebringer (Heartstone 3) by Elle Katharine White.

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



The View From Monday - November 11, 2019



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

November 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Zen of R2-D2: Ancient Wisdom from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Matthew Bortolin Philosophy/Buddhist
The World's Favorite Ghost Stories: 13 Creepy Tales from Around the Globe Tony Brueski GH/P/SupTh
Queen of the Conquered (D-Adult) Kacen Callender F/CoA/HistF - Islands of Blood and Storm 1
Alliance Rising C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher
SF/HSF/SO - The Hinder Stars 1
The Killing Light Myke Cole F - Sacred Throne 3
The Best of Glen Cook Glen Cook F/DF
The Andromeda Evolution Michael Crichton Daniel H. Wilson SF
The Impossible Contract K. A. Doore F - Chronicles of Ghadid 2
X-Men: The Mutant Empire Omnibus Christopher Golden MTI/SH
Revolution W.L. Goodwater HistF/AH/Espionage - A Cold War Magic Novel 2
The Reckoning Kris Greene CF - Dark Storm 3
A Sanctuary of Spirits Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/GH - A Spectral City Novel 2
Starship Alchemon Christopher Hinz SF/SO/SE
To The Blight: The Eye of the World, Part II Robert Jordan Wheel of Time
1922 Stephen King H
The Langoliers Stephen King H
Told Again: Old Tales Told Again (ri) Walter de la Mare FairyT/FolkT/LM - Oddly Modern Fairy Tales 8
Dangerous Women 1 (ri) George R. R. Martin  (Ed)
Gardner Dozois (Ed)
F - Anthology
I Am Legend (ri) Richard Matheson H/SF/AP/PA
The Menace from Farside Ian McDonald SF/SE/HSF/SO
The Pursuit of William Abbey Claire North SupTh/Occ/Sup/Sus
Dead Sky Weston Ochse SF
The Last Wish (ri) Andrzej Sapkowski F - Witcher
Realm of Ash Tasha Suri F/FR/HistF - Books of Ambha 2
Earth and Ember (e) John F.D. Taff SupTh/PSus/H - The Fearing 4
Tooth and Claw (ri) Jo Walton F
Into Bones like Oil Kaaron Warren H/GH
Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays Peter Watts SF - Collection
War of the Spark: Forsaken Greg Weisman F - Magic: The Gathering 2
Castle of Blood C L Werner H - Warhammer Horror
Flamebringer Elle Katharine White F - Heartstone 3
Queen of All the Nightbirds Craig Wolf H/P/DF/GH



November 13, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Butterfly Kid Chester Anderson SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy 1
The Unicorn Girl Michael Kurland SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy2
The New Voices of Science Fiction Hannu Rajaniemi (Ed)
Jacon Weisman (Ed)
SF/HSF/GenEng/AP/PA - Anthology
Carlucci's Heart Richard Paul Russo CyP/SF - : The Carlucci Trilogy 3
The Probability Pad T.A. Waters SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy3



November 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dispel Illusion (Ke) Mark Lawrence SF/TT - Impossible Times 3
Mistletoe Alison Littlewood UF/GH
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed Toby Widdicombe SF/HC - Guides for the Perplexed



November 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Talk Like a Man Nisi Shawl SF/AH - Outspoken Authors



November 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise Kim Lakin-Smith Dys/SF



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
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 - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MD - Mystery and Detective
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 20, 2018


Happy Tuesday! Wishing everyone who is celebrating a Happy Thanksgiving!


There is one debut this week:

City of Broken Magic (Chronicles of Amicae 1) by Mirah Bolender.

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 20, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London 7) by Ben Aaronovitch;

and

Dragonshadow (Heartstone 2) by Elle Katharine White.

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



The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 20, 2018



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

November 20, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lies Sleeping Ben Aaronovitch UF/CF/PP - Rivers of London 7
Cursed Keri Arthur F - A Kingdoms of Earth & Air Novel 2
The Tangled Lands (h2tp) Paolo Bacigalupi Tobias S. Buckell F
Doctor Who: Official Annual 2019 BBC SF - Doctor Who
City of Broken Magic (D) Mirah Bolender F - Chronicles of Amicae 1
Alita: Battle Angel - Iron City Pat Cadigan MTI/SF/CyP
Doctor Who:The Women Who Lived True Tales of: Brilliant Women from across Time & Space Christel Dee
Simon Guerrier
SF - Doctor Who
The Plague Diaries (h2tp) Ronlyn Domingue F - The Keeper of Tales Trilogy 3
The Search for Spark Steven Erikson SF/SO/Satire - Willful Child 3
Firefly - Big Damn Hero Nancy Holder MTS/SF/SO - Firefly
The Grave Thief (ri) Tom Lloyd F - Twilight Reign 3
Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) George R. R. Martin F - A Song of Ice and Fire 1
Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good Joanne Merriam (Ed) F/W
Gunsmoke & Glamour Hillary Monahan MTI/SF/CyP
V for Vendetta 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Alan Moore GN/Dys/SF
Dragonshadow Elle Katharine White F - Heartstone 2



November 22, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Combat Magicks (e) Steve Cole SF - Doctor Who



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Il - Illustrator
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
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
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 upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


TJ Berry (2018)

Five Unicorn Flush
The Reason 2
Angry Robot, May 7, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Only one woman with a magical parasite can unite the galaxy, in the mind-blowing SF sequel to Space Unicorn Blues

The Bala, magical creatures, have hidden themselves from cruel and destructive humanity, leaving the galaxy in shambles. Without unicorn-powered faster-than-light travel, mankind is scattered, starving and isolated across the stars. Cowboy Jim has the sole surviving FTL drive, and he and his Reason soldiers are determined to track down and re-enslave the Bala. But on their new planet, the Bala are on the brink of civil war: should they accept Unicorn rule, or follow necromancer Bao Zhi and exact revenge on their human oppressors? Only Captain Jenny, with her new elfin parasite, can return peace to the galaxy.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Elves on the Brain | Lust for Magic | Best Served Hot | FTL Hell ]





Zen Cho (2015)

The True Queen
A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel 2
Ace, March 12, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In the follow-up to the “delightful” Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae.

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.





Elle Katharine White (2017)

Dragonshadow
A Heartstone Novel 2
Harper Voyager, November 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.

And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste. And soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning.

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White


Heartstone
Author:  Elle Katharine White
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, January 17, 2017
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
List Price:  US$15.99  (print); US$9.99 (eBook)
ISBN: 9780062451941 (print); 9780062451958 (eBook)

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.



Melanie's Thoughts

Elle Katharine White's debut novel, Heartstone, can only be described as an homage to Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. In place of Elizabeth Bennett Aliza Bentaine fulfills the role of the forthright and adventurous heroine. Initially excited about the dragon Riders arriving in Merybourne to slay a horde of gryphons that murdered her young sister Aliza isn't best pleased to spend time in the company of the haughty dragonrider Alastair Daired. In true Pride and Prejudice fashion Alastair sticks his upper crust nose up at the much lower class Aliza. His obvious disdain for her lack of 'connections' is short lived however, when a evil force threatens not just Aliza but the kingdom as well. Will true love prevail?

I am a huge fan of Jane Austin and have read all of her books. I especially love the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with the well cast Colin Firth in the role of Mr. Darcy. I have to admit I am always a bit dubious about novels that try to re-tell this classic. I liked but did not love White's version in the form of Heartstone. Rather than adapting Austin's original in a fantasy setting complete with dragons and hobgoblins White rather slavishly followed the plot and merely modified the names (i.e. Aliza instead of Lizzie). This shouldn't be considered criticism but rather 'critique'. I thought that Heartstone was a welcome relief from the news and some of the other options on my TBR. I will be interested to see whether White can follow this debut with a truly original tale. For fans of Austin and dragons then please give this a read.

Interview with Elle Katharine White, author of Heartstone


Please welcome Elle Katharine White to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Heartstone is published on January 17th by Harper Voyager. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Elle a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Elle Katharine White, author of Heartstone




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

EKW:  Glad to be here! When I was in middle and high school I had terrible insomnia. Since staring at a dark ceiling gets old after the first hour, I began to make up stories to keep myself occupied. Pretty soon my stories got so big and complicated I couldn’t keep them in my head anymore, so I started to write them down. Bedtime stories turned to short stories, short stories into novels. I haven’t struggled with insomnia since.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

EKW:  Hybrid. I write like Dug in the movie Up; I’ll start as a plotter with a scene-by-scene outline, but as I get into it I’ll—SQUIRREL!—find new story threads within the larger plot that insist on pulling me through to the end. Sometimes those adventures make it to the finished work, sometimes not.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

EKW:  Finding time to write while working a full time job. It kind of makes me miss the insomnia. If I could have any one superpower, it would be the ability to function on one hour of sleep a night. I’d get so much done!



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

EKW:  My mom read to my brother and me every night when we were growing up—everything from the Hardy Boys to The Chronicles of Narnia. That was my first introduction to fantasy literature and I found I couldn’t get enough of it. My favorite books were anthologies of myths and legends from around the world. Reading those made me want to enter those beautiful, dangerous, magical worlds, first just as a reader, but eventually as a storyteller myself, making myths of my own.



TQDescribe Heartstone in 140 characters or less.

EKW:  Epic fantasy reimagining of Pride & Prejudice with a dragon-riding, monster-hunting Mr. Darcy and an Elizabeth too nosy for her own good.



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

EKW:  A bit of book mythology: A heartstone is the last drop of blood drawn from the heart of a living creature. It takes the form of a gem, usually about the size of a cherry or peach pit, and varies in color depending on the creature.



TQWhat inspired you to write Heartstone? What appealed to you about using Pride and Prejudice as the foundation for Heartstone?

EKWPride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I’ve loved fantasy since I was a kid, so somewhere in the back of my mind there’s always been the seed of the idea to combine the two, but it only sprouted after my housemate put on the movie How to Train Your Dragon while I was rereading P&P. I remember the exact scene when inspiration struck: as Hiccup is making his equipment, I had the sudden image of Mr. Darcy riding a dragon and my inner fangirl just about died of happiness. I couldn’t sleep until I’d outlined a world where that could happen.



TQIn your opinion, why do Austen's works lend themselves so well to retellings?

EKW:  Austen understood people. Regency England might’ve been her stage, but her characters transcend time. The young woman struggling to survive and stay true to herself in a society that does not default in her favor—the privileged man learning what it means to engage humbly with people outside his social sphere—the mother fighting for the wellbeing of her family regardless of what it costs her reputation . . . we’ve all met Lizzies and Darcys and Mrs. Bennets. And because we recognize them, because they are anchors to the world we understand, we love meeting these characters in new settings, whether it’s in an English parlor or New York City boardroom or a zombie-infested Hertfordshire or a fantasy kingdom inhabited by dragons and monsters.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Heartstone?

EKW:  I had to look up a fair bit about medieval armor and weaponry, which began with binge-watching YouTube videos on the correct way to hold a dagger, and ended in borrowing a friend’s longsword for a few months. The latter may or may not have resulted in some irresponsible wielding in close quarters and the disemboweling of a couch cushion. Maybe.



TQPlease tell us about Heartstone's cover.

EKW:  Larry Rostant and Lex Maudlin did a fantastic job on the cover. They captured the colors, the ferocity, the scenery, everything. While it’s not a direct scene from the book, it’s almost exactly how I pictured Akarra and Aliza.



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

EKW:  Tobble the lovable, mischievous hobgoblin is one of my favorite characters, probably because he was so easy to write. He’s a combination of every small child I’ve ever babysat plus all the getting-out-of-trouble skills I learned as the youngest sibling. Charis Brysney, my reimagined Caroline Bingley, was the hardest. I never liked Caroline in P&P, and that made translating the spirit of her character a challenge. Finding a balance for Charis between harsh, haughty, and endearing was the most difficult part.



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

EKW

      Q:  Did you come up with the name Burrumburrem by imagining the sound a snoring cat would make if it took a nap on a kettle drum?

      A:  Yes. Yes I did.



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

EKW:

      Aliza: “Give me earth and growing things; you can keep the wind.”

      Aliza, as she wonders why Daired keeps staring at her: “You have a dragon, and she’s dancing. Get your priorities sorted.”



TQWhat's next?

EKW:  What I’m working on right now: a cyberpunk heist novel full of scary new technology, sibling rivalries, and GIRL POWER.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

EKW:  Thanks for having me!





Heartstone
Harper Voyager, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Elle Katharine White, author of Heartstone
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.





About the Author

Interview with Elle Katharine White, author of Heartstone
Light in the Dark Photography by Kira Spencer
Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think).

When she's not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets.

Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with the 140-character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes.

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The View From Monday - January 16, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Terminal Regression by Mallory Hill;

Indelible by Adelia Saunders;

and

Heartstone by Elle Katherine White.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic 2) by V. E. Schwab is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Snakewood by Adrian Selby is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus by Zachary Jernigan is out in eBook.

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


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



The View From Monday - January 16, 2017



January 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Champion Scott Sigler SF - Galactic Football League 5



January 16, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Calabria (e) Peter S. Beagle F
Curse the Dark (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 2
Staying Dead (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 1
Beauty and the Werewolf (e)(ri) Mercedes Lackey Gothic/R/FairyT



January 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
War Factory (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Transformation 2
Galactic Empires Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Returning Rachelle Dekker Dys/SFR - A Seer Novel 3
The Poison Eater Shanna Germain F/SF/GenEng
The Rising Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus/SF
Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free (h2tp) Randy Henderson F/HU - The Familia Arcana 2
Terminal Regression (D) Mallory Hill SF/AP/PA
Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus (e) Zachary Jernigan SF - Jeroun Omnibus
Steal the Lightning (e) Tim Lees UF - Field Ops 3
Only the Stones Survive (h2tp) Morgan Llywelyn HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
A Blade of Black Steel (h2tp) Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 2
The Fortress at the End of Time Joe M. McDermott SF
Summon the Queen Jodi McIsaac HistF - The Revolutionary Series 2
Feversong Karen Marie Moning PNR/F/P - Fever 9
Phantom Kiss (e) Chloe Neill PNR/P/UF - Chicagoland Vampires Novella
Ways to Disappear (h2tp) Idra Novey LF
Indelible (D) Adelia Saunders LF/MR
A Gathering of Shadows (h2tp) V. E. Schwab HistF - Shades of Magic 2
Snakewood (h2tp) Adrian Selby F
Empire Games Charles Stross SF/Th -  Empire Games 1
Martians Abroad Carrie Vaughn SF/CoA
Heartstone (D) Elle Katharine White F



January 18, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Worlds of the Imperium (ri) Keith Laumer SF - Brainship 1
The Ship Who Sang (e) Anne McCaffrey SF
Decision at Doona (e) Anne McCaffrey SF - Doona 1
Half Life: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (e) Scott Nicholson PA/Th
Scientific Romance: An International Anthology of Pioneering Science Fiction Brian Stableford (Ed) SF - Anthology



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2017 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator 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 January 24, 2017 (unless extended).



Vote for your favorite January 2017 Debut Cover!
 
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Cover Art by Marc Simonetti




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover Illustration by Patrick Arrasmith
Cover design by Nicole Sommer-Lecht
Cover © Prometheus Books




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover Illustration by Larry Rostant
Cover Design by Lex Maudlin
Dragon art © VSForever/Shutterstock, Inc.




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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover Design by Barbara Aronica-Buck




2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover by C.S. Richardson

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Heartstone by Elle Katharine White


2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Heartstone by Elle Katharine White


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge.



Elle Katharine White

Heartstone
Harper Voyager, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2017 Debut Author Challenge Update - Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


There are 10 debut novels for January.

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

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

Updated to include Dreadnought by April Daniels, a YA novel with strong Adult crossover appeal.



Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale
Del Rey, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Fantasy, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.





Paul Crilley

Department Zero
Pyr, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 301 pages
Contemporary Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk
(Adult Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Atticus Graves just wants to make sure his ex-wife doesn’t take away his visitation rights.

But when Graves stumbles through a portal, he finds himself in a world full of monsters and angels. There are thousands of these doors, thousands of different worlds. And now that he’s seen them, Graves is recruited to Department Zero. Graves and his crew clean up any and all supernatural crime scenes.

A secret society of Nazis from another reality, the Cult of Azathoth, have come to our world looking for the Spear of Destiny to bring back Azathoth and the Great Old Ones—among them Cthulhu Himself—from their prison in a timeless dimension.

Graves and Department Zero must travel between realities to a Britain where it’s always 1899, where Queen Victoria has ruled for 101 years. Here they will fight Nazi cultists with royal connections, demon-spawn mafia beneath the sewers of New York, and infiltrate the infamous Wewelsburg Castle in Germany.

All in time to say goodnight to his daughter.





April Daniels

Dreadnought
Nemesis 1
Diversion Books, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Superheroes, LGBT

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
An action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick.

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.





Thoraiya Dyer

Crossroads of Canopy
Titan's Forest 1
Tor Books, January 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook,336 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

“I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!”—Tamora Pierce





Mallory Hill

Terminal Regression
Story Plant, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 282 pages
Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
WINNER OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AUTHORSFIRST NOVEL CONTEST

Laura Baily's life is meaningless. In a world where purpose and passion are everything, Laura feels as though she has no place and no business even existing. Her life is forfeit, and it would be better for everyone if she simply ended it, if she simply got a ticket for a train to oblivion and faded from memory.

But what awaits her at the end of the line isn't death but Terminal B – a community of people more like her than she considered possible, including the beautiful, tormented Will Noble. Though Laura still thinks little of her own life, the lives of others begin to fascinate her as never before. And when those lives become imperiled, Laura discovers the last thing she ever expected to find on her way out of the world: a mission and a reason to live.

Compelling on both a human and global scale, TERMINAL REGRESSION is a novel of rare power and humanity. It is the story of a tomorrow that teeters on the edge of utopia and dystopia and a resigned outsider who might just change it forever.





Jay Hosking

Three Years with the Rat
Thomas Dunne Books, January 24, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Tracel

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Three Years with the Rat is a mind-warping thriller that will make you question reality as you conceive of it. One of the most assured and haunting debuts I’ve read in recent memory.” —Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter

After several years of drifting between school and go-nowhere jobs, a young man is drawn back into the big city of his youth. The magnet is his beloved older sister, Grace: always smart and charismatic even when she was rebelling, and always his hero. Now she is a promising graduate student in psychophysics and the center of a group of friends who take “Little Brother” into their fold, where he finds camaraderie, romance, and even a decent job.

But it soon becomes clear that things are not well with Grace. Always acerbic, she now veers into sudden rages that are increasingly directed at her adoring boyfriend, John, who is also her fellow researcher. When Grace disappears, and John shortly thereafter, the narrator makes an astonishing discovery in their apartment: a box big enough to crawl inside, a lab rat, and a note that says This is the only way back for us. Soon he embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a pursuit that forces him to question time and space itself, and ultimately toward a perilous confrontation at the very limits of imagination.

This kinetic novel catapults the classic noir plot of a woman gone missing into the twenty-first-century city, where so-called reality crashes into speculative science in a novel reminiscent of Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Jay Hosking's Three Years with the Rat is simultaneously a mind-twisting mystery that plays with the very nature of time and the story of a young man who must face the dangerously destructive forces we all carry within ourselves.





Pola Oloixarac

Savage Theories
     Translated by Roy Kesey
Soho Press, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook 304 pages
Literary Fiction, Satire, Visionary and Metaphysical
(English Language Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Rosa Ostreech, a pseudonym for the novel’s beautiful but self-conscious narrator, carries around a trilingual edition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, struggles with her thesis on violence and culture, sleeps with a bourgeois former guerrilla, and pursues her elderly professor with a highly charged blend of eroticism and desperation. Elsewhere on campus, Pabst and Kamtchowsky tour the underground scene of Buenos Aires, dabbling in ketamine, group sex, video games, and hacking. And in Africa in 1917, a Dutch anthropologist named Johan van Vliet begins work on a theory that explains human consciousness and civilization by reference to our early primate ancestors—animals, who, in the process of becoming human, spent thousands of years as prey.

Savage Theories wryly explores fear and violence, war and sex, eroticism and philosophy. Its complex and flawed characters grapple with a mess of impossible, visionary theories, searching for their place in our fragmented digital world.





Adelia Saunders

Indelible
Bloomsbury USA, January 17, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction, Magical Realism

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A masterful, enthralling debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell.

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin--names, dates, details both banal and profound--and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He's in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage to the coast of Spain, where the body of Saint Jacques is said to have washed ashore, covered in scallop shells. Magdalena, desperate to make things right after her best friend dies--a tragedy she might have prevented--embarks on her own pilgrimage, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent, and aura of heartbreak.

Neil's father, Richard, is also in Paris, searching for the truth about his late mother, a famous expatriate American novelist who abandoned him at birth. All his life Richard has clung to a single memory of his mother--her red shoes--which her biographers agree he never could have seen.

In Adelia Saunders' arresting debut, secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the old archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania. By chance, or perhaps by fate, the novel's unforgettable characters converge, and Magdalena's uncanny ability may be the key to their happiness.





Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream
     Translated by Megan McDowell
Riverhead Books, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 192 pages
Literary Fiction, Psychological, Horror
(English Language Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
“A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate. Fever Dream is a triumph of Schweblin’s outlandish imagination.”
–Juan Gábriel Vasquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.      

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.
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Elle Katharine White

Heartstone
Harper Voyager, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Historical Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

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