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The View From Monday ... On Tuesday


 
Happy Tuesday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson;

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (Adult Debut);

The Mirror Man by Jane Gilmartin;

and

The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons.




From formerly featured DAC Authors: 

Ruby by Nina Allan;

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters by Emily Carpenter;

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee;

and

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James is out in Trade Paperback.




The View From Monday ... On Tuesday



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


October 20, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (ri) John Joseph Adams (Ed) MD - Anthology
Ruby Nina Allan SF/F/LF
Ninth House (h2tp) Leigh Bardugo SupTh/P/Occ/Sup
Machine Elizabeth Bear SF/SO - White Space 2
The Last Druid Terry Brooks F - Fall of Shannara 4
Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters Emily Carpenter Gothic/CW/Southern
Shadows of the Short Days (D - US) Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson CF/Pol/AB
Plain Bad Heroines (D-Adult) Emily M. Danforth Gothic
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Twelve Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Halo: Shadows of Reach: A Master Chief Story Troy Denning SF - Halo 27
Voodoo Heart John Everson H - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction Neil Gaiman SS
The Mirror Man (D) Jane Gilmartin SF/HSF/Sus/GenEng/Th
World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde & Lord of the Clans: The Illustrated Novels Christie Golden F
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume One Paula Guran (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
A Shadow on the Lens Sam Hurcom HistTh/Cr/Gothic
The Shirley Jackson Collection Shirley Jackson
Joyce Carol Oates (Ed)
Ruth Franklin (Ed)
LF/PsyTh/Classics
Shirley Jackson: Four Novels of the 1940s & 50s: The Road Through the Wall / Hangsaman / The Bird's Nest / The Sundial Shirley Jackson
Ruth Franklin (Ed)
Psy/PsyTh/Classics
The Portal Russell James H - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology Mur Lafferty (Ed)
S. B. Divya (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Greyfriars Reformatory Frazer Lee H - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
Phoenix Extravagant Yoon Ha Lee F
To Hold Up the Sky Cixin Liu SF - Collection
Knight of Stars Tom Lloyd F - God Fragments
The Night Will Find Us (D) Matthew Lyons H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Sabbath (h2tp) Nick Mamatas SupTh/DF
The Dark Library Cyrille Martinez
Joseph Patrick Stancil (Tr)
AB/MR/LF
Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children, Volumes 1-3: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children
After Sundown Mark Morris (Ed) H - Anthology - Fiction Without Frontiers 0
Don't Move James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
H
In the Forest (ri) Edna O'Brien LF
The Necessary Beggar (ri) Susan Palwick SF/HSF/PA/AP
Wild Fell: A Ghost Story (e)(ri) Michael Rowe H
October (e)(ri) Michael Rowe H
Enter, Night (e)(ri) Michael Rowe H
The Sun Down Motel (h2tp) Simone St. James SupTh/H/CW
An Argumentation of Historians Jodi Taylor HistF - Chronicles of St. Mary's 9
Unfinished Tales Illustrated Edition J.R.R. Tolkien F
Fourth Island Sarah Tolmie HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Boy Brent van Staalduinen LF/CoA/MR
Mean Machine Aleksandr Voinov Dys/Sports
The Ghost Stories Of Edith Wharton Edith Wharton Classics/GH/SS - VMC Designer Collection,Virago Modern Classics Series
The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street Karen White CW/GH - Tradd Street Series 6
Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction Joshua Whitehead (Ed) LGBT/Native American & Aboriginal/SF - Anthology
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (ri) Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 1




October 21, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat: A Tor.com Original (e) Usman T. Malik F



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

The View From Monday - April 30, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Pisces by Melissa Broder;

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang;

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan;

and

Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Baby's Bones by Rebecca Alexander;

Talon of Scorpio (Shadowstorm 3) by G.T. Almasi;

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter;

Tyrant's Throne (The Greatcoats 4) by Sebastien de Castell is out in Trade Paperback;

The Amiestrin Gambit (King's Daughter 1) by J. Kathleen Cheney;

The Glory of the Empress (Admiral 3) by Sean Danker;

The Summer Dragon (Evertide 1) by Todd Lockwood is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Only Human (The Themis Files 3) by Sylvain Neuvel;

and

D'Arc (War with No Name 2) by Robert Repino is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - April 30, 2018



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

April 30, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
At Blade's Edge (e)(ri) Lauren Dane PNR - Goddess with a Blade 4
Goddess with a Blade Collection Volume 1: Goddess with a Blade\Blade to the Keep\Blade on the Hunt\At Blade's Edge (e) Lauren Dane PNR - Goddess with a Blade
April in Atlantis (e) Alyssa Day PNR
Phoresis Greg Egan HSF
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
H
Ghost Night (e)(ri) Heather Graham Th/GH - Bone Island Trilogy 3
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Åke Lilja (Ed) H - Anthology
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land Connie Willis VisM/SF



May 1, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
S.T.A.R. Labs: Cisco Ramon's Journal Nick Aires MTI/CF
A Baby's Bones Rebecca Alexander Cr - Sage Westfield 1
Talon of Scorpio (e) G. T. Almasi SF/GenEng/Th - Shadowstorm 3
Uncharted Kevin J. Anderson
Sarah A. Hoyt
AH/HistF - Arcane America 1
The Military Science of Star Wars George Beahm SF/Performing Arts
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury SF/Dys
Dragon Road Joseph Brassey SciFan/SO - Drifting Lands
The Pisces (D) Melissa Broder LF/Psy/HU
Tiassa Steven Brust F - Vlad 13
Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction Bill Campbell (Ed)
Francesco Verso (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Every Single Secret Emily Carpenter Th/Sus
Tyrant's Throne (h2tp) Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats 4
The Amiestrin Gambit (e) J. Kathleen Cheney F - King's Daughter 1
Diary of a Drug Fiend and Other Works by Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Occ/Sup
Wolf Undaunted (e) Shannon Curtis PNR
Harlequin Nocturne May 2018 Box Set: Wolf Undaunted\Witch's Fury (e) Shannon Curtis
Deborah LeBlanc
PNR
The Glory of the Empress (e) Sean Danker SF/SO - Admiral 3
Medusa Uploaded Emily Devenport SF/GenEng/Th - The Medusa Cycle 1
Miss Subways David Duchovny LF/UF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Reborn Lance Erlick SF - Android Chronicles 1
Shotguns & Sorcery Omnibus Matt Forbeck F
The Story Peddler Lindsay A. Franklin F - The Weaver Trilogy 1
Dead But Once Auston Habershaw DF - Saga of the Redeemed 3
Pale Guardian: A Vampire Mystery (h2tp) Barbara Hambly H/M - A James Asher Vampire Novel 7
Dark Queen Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 12
Worlds Apart (e) Tracy St. John SF - Warriors of Risnar 2
Black Helicopters Caitlin R. Kiernan DF
The Poppy War (D) R. F Kuang HistF
Witch's Fury (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The Summer Dragon (tp2mm) Todd Lockwood F - Evertide 1
The Classic Horror Collection H.P. Lovecraft H
Science Fiction: A Literary History Roger Luckhurst (Ed) LC/SF/F
King Rat (ri) China Mieville UF/H
Civil War (ri) Stuart Moore MTI/SH - Marvel Universe 2
A Secret History of Witches (h2tp) Louisa Morgan MR
Men Without Women: Stories (h2tp) Haruki Murakami
Ted Goossen (Tr)
MR/LF - Collections
Only Human Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh - The Themis Files 3
Kim Newman's Video Dungeon (e) Kim Newman Performing Arts
The Dead House (D) Billy O'Callaghan SupTh
Reaping the Aurora (h2mm) Joshua Palmatier F - Ley 3
Song of Blood & Stone L. Penelope HistF/FR - Earthsinger 1
Bandwidth Eliot Peper TechTh - An Analog Novel 1
Exit Strategy (D) Charlton Pettus TechTh/Cr/LF
D'Arc (h2tp) Robert Repino F/SF/AP/PA - War with No Name 2
Wired Douglas E. Richards SFTh/NF - Wired 1
A Hymn Before Battle (mm2tp) John Ringo SF - Legacy of Aldenata 1
Moontide and Magic Rise Sean Russell F/DF - Moontide and Magic Rise Omnibus
Infinite Stars (h2tp) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF/SO - Anthology
All the Fabulous Beasts Priya Sharma Gothic - Collection
Kris Longknife: Commanding (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife
Fury From the Tomb SA Sidor F/Occ/Sup/HistF - Institute for Singular Antiquities 1
All's Fair in Love and Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 8
Avengers of the Moon (h2tp) Allen Steele SF/SO - Captain Future
A.L.F.A. Instincts Milly Taiden PNR - An A.L.F.A. Novel
An Argumentation of Historians Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF - The Chronicles of St. Mary's 9
Echoes of Honor Limited Leatherbound Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 8
Oblivion Steve White
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 8
The Witchwood Crown (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
Pawn (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/AC - A Chronicle of  the Sibyl's War 1



May 2, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Baby Shower (e) Cassandra Khaw F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 3
Crossroads of Darkover (e) Deborah J. Ross (Ed) F - Darkover Anthology 18
The Flight of Morpho Girl: A Tor.com Original (e) Caroline Spector
Bradley Denton
SF/SH - Wild Cards



May 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Midnight Gods Greg F. Gifune H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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.


Emily Carpenter (2016)

Every Single Secret
Lake Union Publishing, May 1, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

In this harrowing psychological thriller, a young couple must save their relationship by doing the unthinkable: sharing their darkest secrets…

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.





Jessica Leake (2014)

Beyond a Darkened Shore
Harper Teen, April 10, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Vikings meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy stand-alone from author Jessica Leake.

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.





Na'amen Gobert Tilahun (2016)

The Tree
Wrath & Athenaeum 2
Night Shade Books, January 23, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The sequel to The Root, a compelling urban fantasy series set between modern-day San Francisco and an alternate dimension filled with gods and worlds of dark magic.

In Corpiliu, an alternate dimension to our own, a darkness grows, devouring whole cities as it spreads. Robbed of her greatest power, separated from her siblings and thrown among people she does not trust, Lil, a ’dant from the city of Zebub, must find a way to turn everything around, to trust in a power she knows nothing about.

Erik travels from San Francisco to Zebub, haunted by the ghost of his ex, still coming to terms with his true identity as a descendant of gods, and unsure how to fight the darkness that seems to have no weakness. As he pushes back against traditions meant to keep the true history of Corpiliu secret, he gains many enemies and few allies, and strange visions begin to make him question his own mind and place in the world.

Between Earth and Corpiliu, a war is developing on two fronts, one that might well mean the end of both dimensions. In The Tree, the dynamic follow-up to the exciting fantasy debut The Root, long-held secrets will be revealed, and long-trusted loyalties will be put to the test.

The View From Monday - June 5, 2017


Happy first Monday in June!

There are five debuts this week:

In the Valley of the Sun by Any Davidson;

Blackout by Marc Elseberg;

Necessary Monsters by Richard A. Kirk;

The Rebellion's Last Traitor by Nik Korpon;

and

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

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




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black is out in Trade Paperback;

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter;

Tyrant's Throne (The Greatcoats 4) by Sebastien de Castell;

Crown of Stars (Night Song Trilogy 2) by Sophie Jaff;

MJ-12: Inception (A MAJESTIC-12 Thriller 1) by Michael J. Martinez is out in Mass Market Paperback;

All Good Things (The Split Worlds 5) by Emma Newman;

A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl is out in Trade Paperback;

The Himalayan Codex (R. J. MacCready 2) by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch;

and

Talen (Dark Protectors) by Rebecca Zanetti.

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



The View From Monday - June 5, 2017



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


June 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Grave Calling (e) Wendy Roberts PM/SupTh - Bodies of Evidence 1



June 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Boxed In (e) Rebecca York PRS - Decorah Security 16
Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Volume 3 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Year's Best Military & Adventure Science Series 3
Betrayals Kelley Armstrong F/Th - Cainsville 4
The DNA of Orphan Black Abbie Bernstein SF/MTI
The Day After Roswell (ri) William J. Birnes
Philip Corso
SocSci/CoT
Ninth City Burning (h2tp) J. Patrick Black SF
The Weight of Lies Emily Carpenter FL/Gothic
Tyrant's Throne Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats 4
Tyrant of the Hollow Worlds Mark Clapham SF - Space Marine Battles
The Day After Gettysburg Robert Conroy
J. R. Dunn
AH
Monster Hunter Alpha Signed Leatherbound Edition Larry Correia F - Monster Hunter International 3
In Valley of the Sun (D) Andy Davidson H/W/Occ/Sup
The Master of Mankind Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Horus Heresy 41
Starliner (ri) David Drake SF
Red Vengeance Brendan DuBois SF - Dark Victory 2
Blackout (D) Marc Elsberg TechTh
Slow Boat Hideo Furukawa
David Boyd (Tr)
LF - Japanese Novellas
Valley of the Moon (h2tp) Melanie Gideon CW/LF
Sovereign Silk ElizaBeth Gilligan F/FR/DF - Silken Magic 3
Moonbreaker Simon R. Green UF/CF - A Secret Histories Novel 11
Strangers of the Night Megan Hart PNR
Executed RR Haywood SF/TT/Dys - Extracted Trilogy 2
Wonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization Nancy Holder MTI
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
ME Tomoyuki Hoshino
Charles De Wolf (Tr)
Dys/LF/Psy
A Peace Divided Tanya Huff SF - Peacekeeper 2
Crown of Stars Sophie Jaff DF - Night Song Trilogy 2
Grim Expectations K.W. Jeter SP/AH/SF - George Dower 3
Protector Wolf Linda O. Johnston PNR - Alpha Force 11
Carnivalesque Neil Jordan LF/F
The Kill Society Richard Kadrey UF/Th - Sandman Slim 9
War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations Greg Keyes MTI/SF - War for the Planet of the Apes
Necessary Monsters (D) Richard A. Kirk HistF
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate (ri) Gini Koch SF/HU
The Rebellion's Last Traitor (D -SFF) Nik Korpon SF/AP/PA
A Study in Sable (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Elemental Masters 11
A Grave Prediction (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 14
Blood Wedding (h2tp) Pierre Lemaitre PsyTh
Dear Cyborgs Eugene Lim LF/Political/SH
Sherlock Holmes - The Labyrinth of Death James Lovegrove M/Detective/Cr
Dead West: Omnibus Two Tim Marquitz (Ed)
J.M. Martin
Kenny Soward
HistF - Dead West 2
MJ-12: Inception (h2mm) Michael J. Martinez HistF - A MAJESTIC-12 Thriller 1
Lot and Lot's Daughter (e)(ri) Ward Moore SF - Collection
All Good Things Emma Newman UF/HistF - The Split Worlds 5
Juma (e) Madhuri Pavamani FR - Keeper Series 2
The Essex Serpent (D) Sarah Perry Hist
A Hundred Thousand Worlds (h2tp) Bob Proehl FL/CoA/LF
The Secret Language of Stones (h2tp) M. J. Rose Hist - The Daughters of La Lune 2
Maestro (h2mm) R.A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 2
The Himalayan Codex Bill Schutt
J. R. Finch
Th - R. J. MacCready 2
Bound (e) Sue Tingey CF - Soulseer Chronicles 3
Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time Lords Steve Tribe SF - Doctor Who
Wolf Hunt Paige Tyler PRS - SWAT 6
The Refrigerator Monologues Catherynne M. Valente
Annie Wu (Illus)
CF
The End of Temperance Dare Wendy Webb Psy/Gothic
Nothing Left to Lose Dan Wells SupTh - John Cleaver 6
Bladestorm Matt Westbrook F - The Realmgate Wars 8
The Fortune Teller Gwendolyn Womack SupTh/RSus
Talen (e) Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors



June 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Soul of Fire (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman FR - Portals 2



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
tp - Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27


This is the twenty-seventh 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.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

With Blood Upon the Sand
The Song of Shattered Sands 2
DAW, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
[cover revealed at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog]

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27
With Blood Upon the Sand is the second book in the Song of Shattered Sands epic fantasy trilogy.

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find their chains unbreakable.

Çeda could become the champion they’ve been waiting for, but the need to tread carefully has never been greater. After their recent defeat at the hands of the rebel Moonless Host, the kings are hungry for blood, scouring the city in their ruthless quest for revenge. Çeda’s friend Emre and his new allies in the Moonless Host hope to take advantage of the unrest in Sharakhai, despite the danger of opposing the kings and their god-given powers, and the Maidens and their deadly ebon blades.

When Çeda and Emre are drawn into a plot of the blood mage Hamzakiir, they learn a devastating secret that may very well shatter the power of the hated kings. But it may all be undone if Çeda cannot learn to navigate the shifting tides of power in Sharakhai and control the growing anger of the asirim that threatens to overwhelm her…





Emily Carpenter (2016)

The Weight of Lies
Lake Union Publishing, June 6, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27
In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.





Carrie Patel (2015)

The Song of the Dead
Recoletta 3
Angry Robot, May 2, 2017
Mass-Market Paperback and eBook

[cover not yet revealed]
Finally, the lost histories of the Catastrophe will be revealed and with them the ultimate fate of the buried city of Recoletta in the dramatic conclusion to Carrie Patel’s trilogy.

With Ruthers dead and the Library Accord signed by Recoletta, its neighbours, and its farming communes, Inspector Malone and her partner Laundress Jane Lin are in limbo as the city leaders around them vie for power.

A desperate attempt to save Arnault from execution leads to Malone’s arrest and Jane’s escape. They must pursue each other across the sea to discover a civilization that has held together over the centuries. There they will finally learn the truths about the Catastrophe that drove their own civilization underground.

File Under: Fantasy





Chris Pauls (2012)
Matt Solomon (2012)

The Giant Smugglers
Feiwel & Friends, May 17, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27
Charlie Lawson's only summer excitement in small-town Wisconsin came from kicking butt in video games, where he's the undisputed Total Turbo champ. Now it's time to go back to middle school, where nine long months of boredom await.

But then Charlie stumbles onto something big happening inside the abandoned warehouse across the street from his house. Specifically, someone big. He befriends Bruce, a twenty-foot-tall teenage giant, who Charlie must keep a secret.

Charlie isn't the only one in town who knows what's hiding in the warehouse. Powerful, ruthless forces are closing in, and they'll stop at nothing to acquire a giant. But Charlie will do whatever it takes to protect the biggest and best friend he's ever had.





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Murder Go Round
A Witch City Mystery 4
Kensington, January 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 27

A killer takes a spin through Salem . . .

Lee Barrett has agreed to attend a storage auction with Aunt Ibby—even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. Her skepticism vanishes once the two win a bid on an overlooked locker and uncover a trove of beautiful curiosities, including a stunning wooden carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint. But just before Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop, the sight of a silver samovar awakens her psychic abilities and conjures visions of murder.

Lee prays the intrusive ESP episode was just a glimpse into the past—until her policeman boyfriend reports a dead man outside the repair shop. Apparently, the unknown victim had been hot on Lee’s trail since the auction. And with the horse found dismantled, it looks like he was up to no good. What’s the story behind the antique equine, and could a strange bubblegum-chewing woman with fiery hair have something to do with the crime? Guided by her gift and O’Ryan, her wise tabby cat, Lee’s set on catching the murderer . . . before she’s sent on the darkest ride of her life.

The View From Monday - April 25, 2016


Happy last Monday in April! There are 4 debuts this week:

Ghosts of Bergen County by Dana Cann;

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter;

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt;

and

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 1) by Sylvain Neuvel.

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From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Time Salvager (Time Salvager 1) by Wesley Chu is out in Trade Paperback;

The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu;

Last First Snow (Craft Sequence 4) by Max Gladstone is out in Trade Paperback;

In Shining Armor (Pax Arcana 4) by Elliott James;

Ecko Rising (Ecko 1) by Danie Ware is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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Note: Clicking on the novel cover will take you to the novel's Amazon page.



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April 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghosts of Bergen County (D) Dana Cann LF/GH
Lightning Sealed Lila Felix PNR - The Lucent Series 2
Heather Graham Krewe of Hunters Series Volume 4: The Cursed\The Hexed\The Betrayed (e) Heather Graham PNR/Sup - Krewe of Hunters



April 26, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sharp Ends Joe Abercrombie F - Stories from the World of First Law
The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories Joan Aiken F - Anthology
Undercity (tp2mm) Catherine Asaro SF - Skolian Empire 7
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (h2tp) Nancy Atherton PM - Aunt Dimity Mystery 20
Just Over the Horizon Greg Bear SF - The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear 1
Far Thoughts and Pale Gods Greg Bear SF - The Complete Short Fiction of Greg Bear 2
Beyond the Farthest Suns Greg Bear The Complete Short FSF - iction of Greg Bear 3
The Siren's Dance Amber Belldene PNR - Siren's Touch 2
Long Black Curl (h2tp) Alex Bledsoe CF - Tufa Novels 3
The Darkling Child (h2mm) Terry Brooks F - The Defenders of Shannara 2
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 11
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls (D) Emily Carpenter Occ/Sup
Final Flight (e) Beth Cato SP - A Clockwork Dagger Story
Time Salvager (h2tp) Wesley Chu SF/TT
A Thousand Yesteryears Mae Clair MR/SupTh - Point Pleasant 1
1882: Custer in Chains (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH
The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories By Philip K. Dick Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Fall of Light Steven Erikson F - The Kharkanas Trilogy 2
Fire Bound Christine Feehan PNR - A Sea Haven Novel 5
Los Nefilim (e) T. Frohock F/AH
Last First Snow (h2tp) Max Gladstone F - Craft Sequence 4
Dead Ice (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton CF - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 23
Emperor of the Eight Islands Lian Hearn F/LF - The Tale of Shikanoko series 1
HEX (D) Thomas Olde Heuvelt H
Strangely Beautiful Leanna Renee Hieber HistF
Jilo J.D. Horn HistF - Witching Savannah 4
Z Larissa Ione PNR - A Demonica Underworld Novella
In Shining Armor Elliott James CF - Pax Arcana 4
Night Mask (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
Cujo (ri) Stephen King H
Alien - Invasion: The Rage War 2 Tim Lebbon SF - Alien: Invasion
Kill Switch Jonathan Maberry Th - Joe Ledger 8
Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin SF - Doctor Who
Ladivine Marie NDiaye LF/MR
Sleeping Giants (D) Sylvain Neuvel SF - Themis Files 1
Wings of the Fallen Anthony Pryor SupTh/DF - The Shepherd 2
Wraith Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens Th
Aurora (h2mm) Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO
Red Knight Falling Craig Schaefer DF - Harmony Black Series 2
The Music Box Girl (e) K.A. Stewart SP
Heroes Reborn: Collection Two Duane Swierczynski Keith R. A DeCandido
Kevin J. Anderson
Peter J. Wacks
SF/SH - Heroes Reborn
Elusive Salvation Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Ecko Rising (tp2mm) Danie Ware SF/F - Ecko 1
Barren Cove Ariel S. Winter GB
Cobra Outlaw (tp2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra 2



April 27, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 13: "Company Time" Max Gladstone
Lindsay Smith
HistF
La beauté sans vertu: A Tor.Com Original (e) Genevieve Valentine SF



April 30, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Days of Tao Wesley Chu SF



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

Interview with Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


Please welcome Emily Carpenter to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Burying the Honeysuckle Girls will be published on April 26th by Lake Union Publishing.



Interview with Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls




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

Emily:  Thanks so much for having me. I’ve been writing all my life for fun, but I really started in earnest when I was in my mid-20s and living in New York. I was working for CBS Television, in their daytime programming department. Guiding Light and As the World Turns, their two venerated soaps (which have since been cancelled) were taped in the city. I’d always loved books and movies and television—story is my THING—and I started to imagine how much I wanted to write screenplays. I asked my boss if I could write a spec script for Guiding Light, just to see if I would be any good at it. (I wasn’t.) She was extremely encouraging, and even though the exercise never really came to anything, the experience really lit a fire under me. I spent the next several years teaching myself how to write screenplays, entering competitions, and placing in a few. Ultimately, it started to seem like an impossible feat to break into the movie business. So I considered writing a book. I was really intimidated though. A screenplay is 120 pages, but a book is triple that. But I figured if you did a little bit every day, you’d eventually cross the finish line. And I did.



TQAre you a plotter, pantser or a hybrid?

Emily:  I’m a hybrid of the two. I do need a fairly firm plot in place before I get started. I can’t just start typing away. After so many years writing screenplays, the three act structure really imprinted itself into my DNA, so before I start writing now, I need a few crucial elements in place. (Maybe written down on a piece of paper somewhere, but floating around in my head will do just fine.) I think of these elements as poles holding up the tent. They are the inciting incident, first turning point, mid-point, second turning point and climax. I need a general idea where, in terms of setting, I’m going to be in the first, second and third acts. Preferably a couple of interesting, spooky places with some cool set pieces thrown in that I’m really excited about exploring. Also in the mix, I need a really firm grasp on who my main characters are—what they look like, what they do, what they want most right when the book opens. Once I have all those elements in place, I commence to pantsing.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Emily:  Commas. No, really, I am not kidding, I am terrible at commas. Ask anybody—my agent, my critique partners, editors. Ugh, the worst. I think I was absent the day they taught those in elementary school. I either have no commas or an overabundance of them.

Another challenging thing for me about writing is the business side of things. I have a hard time remembering that my goal is to write for more than just myself, that I really, actually do want a great number of people other than myself to enjoy my books. Consequently, I have to kind of squelch my inner weirdo who wants to write about things that interest me intently but would result in a possibly unsellable book. Like, I’d love to write a crazy ghost story with romance and time travel and a haunted house and weird speculative scientific inventions and a bunch of bonkers unreliable narrators who tell the story out of chronological order, but that takes a writer with serious panache, and I am not sure I possess those things. Let’s just say, I am wildly ambitious without the necessary Stephen King mad-genius skills to pull it off. Not yet, anyway.



TQWho or what has influenced/influences your writing?

Emily:  The issues I care about always show up in my books one way or another: women, families, parents, mental illness and health, religion, God, the south, my home state of Alabama and its chequered past. I’m also influenced deeply by great books, movies, television I love. Books from my childhood that haunt me, like The Secret Garden, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird. Right now I’m thinking too about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, David Milch’s HBO series Deadwood and Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad. I stand in awe of these guys. M. Night Shamaylan is another one—a guy who has written and directed some of the best and worst movies, the most ambitious stories I’ve ever seen. I love how he swings away.



TQDescribe Burying the Honeysuckle Girls in 140 characters or less.

Emily:  29-year-old Althea Bell discovers her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother each mysteriously disappeared on their 30th birthdays.



TQPlease tell us something about Burying the Honeysuckle Girls that is not found in the book description.

Emily:  It’s a dual narrative—half of the story is about a woman named Jinn who lives in the mountains of north Alabama in 1937. Her story weaves in and out of Althea’s story until they collide at the end. Jinn’s a badass. I kind of adore her.



TQWhat inspired you to write Burying the Honeysuckle Girls?

Emily:  I had written two women’s fiction books, these sort of lighthearted romps with strong romance elements. Each book had a fatal flaw, and I was at a point where I just felt defeated. One night, while I was taking a bath, I started thinking about the kind of books I personally loved reading the most. Suspense books. Psychological thrillers. Mysteries with a touch of horror. I thought to myself, “Wonder if I could do that…write a spooky book? Now THAT would be fun.” It kind of got me energized and excited. Felt like a challenge. I came up with this crazy scenario…what if there was a significant birthday bearing down on you that had spelled death or madness for all the women before you in your family. What would that mean? What would you do? I sort of hooked myself. I got really excited, jumped out of the bathtub and pitched it to my husband. (I put on pajamas first.) He loved it. Then said, “But what happened to the women?” I was like, “I don’t know. I haven’t figured that part out yet.”



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Burying the Honeysuckle Girls?

Emily:  Several years before I started the book, I’d written a spec screenplay about the first National Forest ranger in the US who lived up in the north Georgia mountains, a guy who singlehandedly restored the Georgia forests decimated by lumber companies and brought back the deer population. I had already done a lot of research about that Appalachian foothills area back in the mid-1930s, so it was pretty easy to translate to Jinn’s story, which takes place in the Alabama mountains in 1937. Other than that, I did a good bit of research on the history of state-run mental institutions. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.



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

Emily:  Jinn was a joy to write. Her story seemed to flow really easily. She was just so heroic, but in this quiet, strong way. I’m not sure why she came to me so easily, but I hope something like that happens to me again. The hardest to write was Althea’s brother, Wynn. He’s so anxious to keep his sister quiet, to hide her difficulties from the world. To shut her down and shut her up. Even though he does some terrible things, I knew I couldn’t make him this mustache twirling villain. I had to find this part of him that was still a big brother, who had memories with his sister. It was difficult to find that balance sometimes.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Burying the Honeysuckle Girls?

Emily:  There is one issue that figures pretty prominently in the story, and although most people may not be aware of it, it means a lot to me. And that’s all I can say without moving into full-on spoiler territory!



TQWhich question about Burying the Honeysuckle Girls do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Emily:  “May we make your book into a feature film starring Jennifer Lawrence?” “Yes, please.”



TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Burying the Honeysuckle Girls.

Emily:  “Shy don’t set the world on fire.” Love that one.



TQWhat’s next?

Emily:  I’m working on another suspense / thriller. This one’s set on a small, barrier island off the coast of Georgia. Lots of moss-draped trees, ruins of a Spanish mission, and a snarky heroine with some seriously intense mother issues. Secrets, lies and maybe a murder or three. Or four.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Lake Union Publishing, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 310 pages

Interview with Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.





About Emily

Interview with Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
EMILY CARPENTER, a former actor, producer, screenwriter, and behind-the-scenes soap opera assistant, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in Georgia with her family. BURYING THE HONEYSUCKLE GIRLS is her first novel. You can visit Emily online at emilycarpenterauthor.com.




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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 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.

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2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts


There are 13 debut novels for April. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April 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 April cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 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 April 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Todd R. Baker

Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat
Aqueous Books, April 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 460 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of Los Angeles. Just when Luke can’t bear life’s pain anymore, he is remade—into a rich but brutal man. As Luke catapults through realms of fame and fortune, he is granted one last chance to seek redemption in a final showdown between honor and his own devastating power.




Dana Cann

Ghosts of Bergen County
Tin House Books, April 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Set in New York City and New Jersey on the cusp of the financial crisis, Ghosts of Bergen County is a literary mystery with supernatural elements.

Gil Ferko is a private-equity lieutenant who commutes to Manhattan from the New Jersey suburbs. His wife, Mary Beth, has become a shut-in since a hit-and-run accident killed their infant daughter. When Ferko reconnects with Jen Yoder, a former high school classmate, Jen introduces him to heroin. As his dependency on the drug grows, his downward spiral puts his life in danger and his career in jeopardy. Mary Beth has also found an escape―first in prescription drugs that numb her senses, then in the companionship of a mysterious girl who heightens them. A ghost? Mary Beth believes so. And Jen is also haunted. Years ago she witnessed a man she had just met fall from a rooftop. She walked away from the accident and has been haunted since by the question of why she did so. As her quest to rectify that mistake starts to collide with the mystery of the hit-and-run driver who killed Ferko and Mary Beth’s daughter, all of the characters are forced to face the fine line between fate and happenstance. Dana Cann’s debut novel is a tautly paced and intricately plotted story in which collective burdens manifest into hauntings.




Emily Carpenter

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Lake Union Publishing, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 310 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.




Matthew Franks

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

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.




Manuel Gonzales

The Regional Office is Under Attack!
Riverhead Books, April 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization—the Regional Office—and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack.

Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah—who may or may not have a mechanical arm—fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother’s sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose’s and Sarah’s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end.

Weaving in a brilliantly conceived mythology, fantastical magical powers, teenage crushes, and kinetic fight scenes, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is a seismically entertaining debut novel about revenge and allegiance and love.




Thomas Olde Heuvelt

HEX
Tor Books, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt--a Hugo and World Fantasy award nominated talent to watch

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.




Holly Jennings

Arena
An Arena Novel 1
Ace, April 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

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A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…




Jadah McCoy

Artificial
The Kepler Chronicles 1
Curiosity Quills Press, April 4, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 226 pages


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She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.




Julie McElwain

A Murder in Time
Pegasus, April 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

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When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.




David Means

Hystopia
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from Vietnam have their battlefield traumas “enfolded”--wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy--while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the Psych Corps and reenacting atrocities on civilians.

This destabilized, alternate version of American history is the vision of the twenty-two-year-old veteran Eugene Allen, who has returned from Vietnam to write the book at the center of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means. The critic James Wood has written that Means's language "offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality." In Hystopia, Means brings his full talent to bear on the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal. Outlandish and tender, funny and violent, timely and historical, Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome. The answers it offers are wildly inventive, deeply rooted in its characters, and wrung from the author’s own heart.




Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants
Del Rey, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

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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 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?




Steve Toutonghi

Join
Soho Press, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

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What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?




Benjamin Warner

Thirst
Bloomsbury USA, April 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

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On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something is very wrong.

When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air.

Thirst
takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster--the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Emily Carpenter

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Lake Union Publishing, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 310 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.

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