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The View From Monday - February 3, 2020


Happy 1st Monday in February. This month is chock full of debuts - 18 in total with 7 debuts this week!

The 7 debuts are:

Gravity's Heir by Sara Bond;

The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons;

Witness X by S E Moorhead;

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray;

The Town by Shaun Prescott;

The Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson;

and

Mazes of Power by Juliette Wade.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Initiate by James L. Cambias;

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey;

A Blight of Blackwings (Seven Kennings 2) by Kevin Hearne;

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd;

The Puzzler's War (Tarakan Chronicles 2) by Eyal Kless;

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift is reissued with a new cover;

and

The Firmament of Flame (The Universe After 3) by Drew Williams.

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



The View From Monday - February 3, 2020



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

February 4, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Out of the Attic V.C. Andrews Sagas - Dollanganger 10
Thieves' World Collection Volume One: Thieves' World, Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn, and Shadows of Sanctuary (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Ed)
F - Thieves' World®
Thieves' World© Collection Volume Two: Storm Season, The Face of Chaos, and Wings of Omen (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Editor)
F - Thieves' World®
Thieves' World (e) Joe Haldeman
John Brunner
F - Thieves' World® 1
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Ed)
F - Thieves' World® 2
Shadows of Sanctuary (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Ed)
F - Thieves' World® 3
Storm Season (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Ed)
F - Thieves' World® 4
The Face of Chaos (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Ed)
F - Thieves' World® 5
Wings of Omen (e) Robert Lynn Aspirin (Ed)
Lynn Abbey (Ed)
F - Thieves' World® 6
The Scent Keeper (h2tp) Erica Bauermeister CW
The Regrets (D) Amy Bonnaffons LF
Straight Outta Dodge City David Boop (Ed) F/WW/H - Anthology
Cry of the Raven Morgan L Busse F - The Ravenwood Saga 3
The Initiate James L. Cambias F
Reticence (h2tp) Gail Carriger F/Gaslamp - Custard Protocol 4
Space Marine Conquests: Fist of the Imperium Andy Clark F - Warhammer 40,000
Burn Cycle (e) Joel Dane SF - Cry Pilot 2
Our War (h2tp) Craig DiLouie Dys
The Deepest Blue (h2tp) Sarah Beth Durst F - Tales of Renthia
Death Knell Hailey Edwards UF - Foundling 3
Slaves to Darkness John French SF/SO - Horus Heresy
Upright Women Wanted Sarah Gailey SF
A Conjuring of Assassins Cate Glass F - Chimera 2
Moonbreaker (h2tp) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 11
Murder in the Dark (h2tp) Simon R. Green PM - Ishmael Jones Mystery 6
Wolfsbane Guy Haley SF/SE - Horus Heresy 49
Prisoner of Midnight (h2tp) Barbara Hambly UF - A James Asher Vampire Novel 8
A Blight of Blackwings Kevin Hearne F - Seven Kennings 2
The Resisters Gish Jen Dys
Things in Jars Jess Kidd LF
The Puzzler's War Eyal Kless SF/HSF - Tarakan Chronicles 2
Breaking Silence Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
CF - Serrated Edge 10
Firefly - Big Damn Hero (h2tp) James Lovegrove
Nancy Holder
MTI/SF
China Mountain Zhang Maureen F. McHugh SF/CyP
The Gnome Stories Ander Monson SS
The Last Day (D) Andrew Hunter Murray SF/AP/PA
The Legacy of Heorot (ri) Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
Steven Barnes
SF - Heorot 1
The Freedom Artist Ben Okri LF/Dys
The Town (D) Shaun Prescott LF
Bone Silence (e) Alastair Reynolds SF - Revenger Universe 3
Zombie Army: Fortress of the Dead Chris Roberson MTI
The Baudelaire Fractal (D) Lisa Robertson LF
Three Californias: The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge Kim Stanley Robinson SF/AP/PA - Three Californias Trilogy
Jeweled Fire (h2tp) Sharon Shinn F - An Elemental Blessings Novel 3
Bloodshot - The Official Movie Novelization Gavin G. Smith MTI
The Inhabited Island Arkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky
Andrew Bromfeld (Tr)
SF
Paris Adrift (ri) E.J. Swift SF
A Heart of Blood and Ashes Milla Vane FR - A Gathering of Dragons 1
Mazes of Power (D) Juliette Wade SF - The Broken Trust 1
Lent: A Novel of Many Returns (h2tp) Jo Walton HistF
The Infernal Battalion (h2tp) Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 5
The Guns of Empire (h2tp) Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 4
The Firmament of Flame Drew Williams SF/SOThe Universe After 3
Valdor: Birth of the Imperium Chris Wraight SF/SO - The Horus Heresy
Heroes of the Empire Chris Wraight F - Warhammer Chronicles
Vaults of Terra: The Hollow Mountain Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Michael Zapata Fiction/Hispanic and Latino



February 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gravity's Heir (D) Sara Bond SF
Witness X (D) SE Moorhead TechTh



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR- Fantasy Romance
GothicM - Gothic Mystery
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird 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 Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Sarah Gailey (2019)

Upright Women Wanted
Tor.com, February 4, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.

“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.

The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.
Praise for Upright Women Wanted

"A good old-fashioned horse opera for the 22nd century. Gunslinger librarians of the apocalypse are on a mission to spread public health, decency, and the revolution."—Charles Stross

"A dazzling neo-western adventure. . . . Gailey’s gorgeous writing and authentic characters make this slim volume a pure delight."—Publishers Weekly, starred review





Eyal Kless (2019)

The Puzzler's War
The Tarakan Chronicles 2
Harper Voyager, February 4, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The intriguing futuristic dystopian story begun with The Lost Puzzler continues in this expansive speculative science fiction adventure.

There is nothing out of the ordinary in waking up . . . unless you’re dead.

Sent on a dangerous mission with little hope of succeeding, the man known as “Twinkle Eyes” has beaten the odds and found the key that could save civilization: Rafik, a teenage boy with the power to unlock the invaluable Tarakan technology that can restart their world. But the world might not be ready for what is unleashed, and now Twinkle Eyes must find a needle in a haystack in order to save himself . . . and perhaps the world.

This time, though, he will not go it alone. And while his companions—from the fiery Vincha to the laconic Galinak—have their own motivations, each will be vital in solving the last grand puzzle. One that could bring prosperity and progress to the world or destroy humanity’s last hope for ascension.

Now, a lone assassin from another era, two old friends, a dead man, a ruthless rogue mercenary, and a vicious warlord are all hunting for the ultimate prize. But what will happen when the final secret is unlocked, and technology long since buried once again finds its way into the hands of mankind?

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1





Drew Williams (2018)

The Firmament of Flame
The Universe After 3
Tor Books, February 4, 2020
Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
For fans of Firefly and James S. A. Corey's Expanse novels, The Firmament of Flame is the third installment in Drew Williams' Universe After series.

For nearly a century, the Justified have been searching for gifted children to help prevent the return of the pulse. Until recently, they thought they were the only ones.

Jane Kamali and her telekinetic protégé Esa, now seventeen, barely managed to claim victory against a Cyn—a being of pure energy—hell bent on hunting down the gifted. Now they face an army.

The Cyn and their followers will stop at nothing to find Esa and the others. No one knows what they want, but Jane, Esa, and their allies in the Justified are determined to find out.

Even if they have to go to the ends of the known universe to do it.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2019 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 2019 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/designer information is provided when we have it.

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Cover design by Lex Maudlin
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Jacket design by Michael J. Windsor
Jacket photograph © Johanna Negowski

Interview with Eyal Kless, author of The Lost Puzzler


Please welcome Eyal Kless to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Lost Puzzler was published on January 8, 2019 by Harper Voyager.



Interview with Eyal Kless, author of The Lost Puzzler




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first piece of fiction you remember writing?

Eyal:  I was eight or nine years old. I read an Israeli children book called Hasamba. It was about a group of heroic young boys and girls who helped saving our young country from the machinations of its cruel enemies. It was barely diluted propaganda novels (and in its way, very naïve) but I became so excited reading about those kids, I immediately began writing more adventures for them. I believe it is called “fan literature” today.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Eyal:  I am definitely a plotter wannabe, but truth to be told, I am a classic pantser. I learned to trust my instinct and write scenes and introductory chapters before I even know what the plot would be. When things begin to get clear I let the plot take me places. I took almost four years out of writing The Lost Puzzler because I was lacking a satisfactory ending. It came to me one day, out of nowhere, as I was walking down the street and I began jumping up and down with excitement…



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Eyal:  Writing scenery and interior design. I pretty much hate it. maybe it is the vocabulary that I lack (I am not a native speaker), the fact I usually rush through those descriptions when I read books myself or a philosophical view that the readers should only have an outline of the picture and draw the picture themselves (probably options 1+2 are correct).



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing? How does music influence your writing?

Eyal:  That’s a big one. Almost everything and anything could influence on my writing. Film noire, an argument on the bus, a joke I overheard, I always think if I could use this material, mold it to my needs and add it to the novel.

As to music. The long answer could take me a thousand words and more. in short: I see a novel like a piece of music. Each story line and each of the characters is a “voice” in this symphony or opera. A lone voice might be beautiful by itself but dull. When adding more voices together, they create a harmony, and just like in music, their relationship, even if distinctly apart, is the essence of what we hear and read. The moments of discord should have a resolution and the timing of both discord and resolution is crucial to the overall pacing. I also feel that rhythm is important to me when writing words which are spoken by the characters and many times I click my fingers as I read aloud the dialogues.



TQDescribe The Lost Puzzler using only 5 words.

Eyal:  Dystopia. Technology. SuperTracks, Mutants. Mystery



TQTell us something about The Lost Puzzler that is not found in the book description.

Eyal:  I only found out about this when I was writing the sequel, Puzzler’s War, so even I was not aware that this was a “thing” in the Tarakan Chronicles: There is an undercurrent theme in The Lost Puzzler which is about love. Not romantic love between characters but love of a parent to his/her child. Usually we think about parental love as a good and pure thing, but it also might have a darker side. Ask any parent (or yourselves) what would they do for the safety of their child and the answer would most likely be “everything and anything”. This is a natural reaction of a loving parent, but it can also have bad consequences, as in the case of The Lost Puzzler.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Lost Puzzler? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Eyal:  The inspiration came from my mobile phone. It was old and “stupid” flip phone but I looked at it and realized that if I was stuck on a lonely island with my family and a flip phone, I could teach my kids to use the phone, and they could teach theirs too, but we would not be able to produce or even fix the phone ourselves. This made me think about our society and how much of the technology which surrounds us is now too sophisticated to create and maintain alone.

Science fiction is a true challenge to the imagination but also to logic. What would life be 200 years from now? What would be the challenges we, as a society, will still face? What would seem like “magic” to a 21st century person (think Star Trek’s teleportation device)? The challenge is to create empathy with characters and story lines based on foundations which are alien to the reader. For example: He might be part human part cyborg pilot of a sentient spaceship but he still farts in public like a juvenile college boy. That description created a reaction, positive or negative, and made the alien character relatable in 21st century terms.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Lost Puzzler?

Eyal:  Not really research in the classic sense of the word. I read a little about cloning and theories regarding mind copying. The rest I just invented.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Lost Puzzler.

Eyal:  I am so lucky to have two covers for The Lost Puzzler which portrays different elements of the novel. The US cover shows the desolation which is left after what is called “the Catastrophe”. Only the small silhouette of the City of Towers hints something was left after the devastation. When you look at it you might feel alone and lost in a lifeless environment. The UK cover depicts the mystery and fantastic elements of the The Lost Puzzler: A hooded figure dressed in dark clothes returns from a long voyage and is facing the swampy entrance of the City of Towers. The dissonance between the unkept vegetation and the modern looking, alien towers creates sublime tension. Something had happened and something is about to happen.

Before you ask: I love both covers and can never make up my mind which one I would have chosen if I had to pick only one.




TQIn The Lost Puzzler who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Eyal:  I love all my characters but Galinak is just ‘the guy’ for me. He is tough and simple in his ways, funny and just the right side of the line differentiating between the ‘good guys’ and the bullies. In short, I guess is the kind of a super hero I would have liked to be under these circumstances.

The hardest to write was Rafik. I had to describe the world from the point of view of growing boy just reaching adolescent, whose entire life comes crushing down on him in one of the worst ways possible. I had to describe carefully how this character sees and reacts to technology which he is unfamiliar with, which would be different than an adult. Many of the editorial notes I received began with “Rafik would not…”



TQDoes The Lost Puzzler touch on any social issues?

Eyal:  Absolutely. You cannot ignore what had happened to the world and how the survivors had reacted to the new world around them. Why is it that the more we progress as a race the worst our planet is? And on a more personal dilemma: If you had the only one bottle of water, would you share it with others, give it to your family, drink from it yourself? What if you were the person who was standing next to the man with the bottle of water. Would you haggle, beg, steal, kill? These types of questions are the core of The Lost Puzzler.



TQWhich question about The Lost Puzzler do you wish someone would ask?

Eyal:  “When would they make a movie out of The Lost Puzzler 😊”



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Lost Puzzler.

Eyal:

Galinak: “we could dance for a bit but I’ll only stop if you ask nicely”

Vincha: “I can cut your throat, or I can take out an eye”

And my personal favorite: “Perhaps the Catastrophe was meant to clean the slate and start humanity over, but we managed to screw up even our own destruction.”



TQWhat's next?

Eyal:  I am working on Puzzler’s War right now. It took me more than 20 years to finish The Lost Puzzler but the people in Harper Voyager told me they needed the sequel a little faster than that…

Hiding somewhere in my files is a novel even older than The Lost Puzzler. It is a story in a fantasy setting which deals with music and magic. It has been long forgotten but now I can hear it calling me back…

I am also toying with a fantasy adventure novel about a goblin private eye called Grooch, who ends up adventuring with a ninja Weresheep, a substance abuser imp, a feminist succubus and a pacifist fallen Paladin…



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Eyal:  It has been an absolute pleasure!





The Lost Puzzler
The Tarakan Chronicles 1
Harper Voyager, January 8, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

Interview with Eyal Kless, author of The Lost Puzzler
A brilliantly written, page-turning, post-dystopian debut from Eyal Kless, about a society hoping to salvage the technology of a lost generation, a mysterious missing boy who can open doors no one else can, and a scribe who must piece together the past to determine humanity’s future.

More than a hundred years have passed since the Catastrophe brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Those who survived are changed. The Wildeners have reverted to the old ways—but with new Gods—while others place their faith in the technology that once powered their lost civilization.

In the mysterious City of Towers, the center of the destroyed Tarakan empire, a lowly scribe of the Guild of Historians is charged with a dangerous assignment. He must venture into the wilds beyond the glass and steel towers to discover the fate of a child who mysteriously disappeared more than a decade before. Born of a rare breed of marked people, the child, Rafik—known as “The Key”—was one of a special few with the power to restore this lost civilization to glory once again.

In a world riven by fear and violence, where tattooed mutants, manic truckers, warring guilds and greedy mercenaries battle for survival, this one boy may have singlehandedly destroyed humanity’s only chance for salvation—unless the scribe can figure out what happened to him.





About Eyal

Interview with Eyal Kless, author of The Lost Puzzler
Eyal Kless is a classical violinist who enjoys an international career both as a performer and a teacher. Born in Israel, Eyal has travelled the world extensively, living several years in Dublin, London, Manchester, and Vienna, before returning to Tel Aviv. His first novel, Rocca's Violin, was published in Hebrew in 2008 by Korim Publishers. Eyal currently teaches violin in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and performs with the Israel Haydn String Quartet, which he founded.

Website  ~  Blog  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @eyalkless

The View From Monday - January 7, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless;

and

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

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



From formerly feature DAC Authors:

Lipstick Voodoo (Kincaid Strange 2) by Kristi Charish;

The Fall of Io (Io 2) by Wesley Chu;

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories by Kat Howard

Ninth Step Station (Episode 1) by Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, and Curtis Chen.

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Read about Ninth Step Station at Serial Box here.

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



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

January 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Game Changers of the Apocalypse (e) Mark Kirkbride PA/H
To Free a Captured Heart (e) R.L. Naquin FR - Djinn Haven 3



January 8, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Power (h2tp) Naomi Alderman SF/AP/PA/CoA/Dys/LF
The Coming Storm Mark Alpert TechTh/SF/AP/PA
The Winter of the Witch Katherine Arden F/MR/LF - Winternight Trilogy 3
Lipstick Voodoo Kristi Charish UF/P/M - Kincaid Strange 2
The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt and His Times Jerome Charyn MR
Emergence (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO/HSF - Foreigner 19
Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher
SF/HSF/SO - Alliance-Union Universe
Regenesis (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/GenEng/CyP - Alliance-Union : Cyteen 4
The Fall of Io Wesley Chu SF/AC - Io 2
Bones Behind the Wheel E. J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 10
The Outlaw and the Upstart King Rod Duncan SP/AH - Map of Unknown Things 2
It Devours! (h2tp) Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU - A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
48 Hours William R. Forstchen TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Inferno! #2 Guy Haley F - Tales from the Worlds of Warhammer
For the Winner: A Novel of Jason and the Argonauts (h2tp) Emily Hauser Hist
Mephiston: Revenant Crusade Darius Hinks SF - Mephiston 2
A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories Kat Howard F - Collection
Warrior of the World Jeffe Kennedy F - Chronicles of Dasnaria 3
Serpent in the Heather (h2tp) Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 2
The Lost Puzzler (D) Eyal Kless SF/HSF - Tarakan Chronicles 1
The Water Cure (D) Sophie Mackintosh Psy/CoA/Dys
Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Discovery 4
In an Absent Dream Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children 4
The Uriel Ventris Chronicles Graham McNeill SF
The Night Market (h2tp) Jonathan Moore PsyTh
The Outcasts of Time (h2tp) Ian Mortimer Hist
Mouthful of Birds: Stories Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell (Tr)
F/MR - Collection
Through Fiery Trials David Weber SF - Safehold 10
The Heart of What Was Lost (tpmm) Tad Williams F - A Novel of Osten Ard 1
War of the Flowers (ri) Tad Williams F/DF
The Void Protocol F. Paul Wilson MedTh/SupTh



January 9, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the El: A Tor.com Original (e) John Chu SF
Ninth Step Station Malka Older
Fran Wilde
Jacqueline Koyanagi
Curtis C. Chen
NF/M



January 10, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Junction Daniel M. Bensen SF/SE - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Haunting of Henderson Close Catherine Cavendish GH - Fiction Without Frontiers
Savage Species (ri) Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers



January 11, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sins of the Angels (e) Lydia M. Hawke UF - Grigori Legacy 1



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts



There are 5 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 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on January 15, 2019.



Mike Chen

Here and Now and Then
MIRA, January 29, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.





Gareth Hanrahan

The Gutter Prayer
The Black Iron Legacy 1
Orbit, January 22, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

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A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost, and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy.





Eyal Kless

The Lost Puzzler
The Tarakan Chronicles 1
Harper Voyager, January 8, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

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A brilliantly written, page-turning, post-dystopian debut from Eyal Kless, about a society hoping to salvage the technology of a lost generation, a mysterious missing boy who can open doors no one else can, and a scribe who must piece together the past to determine humanity’s future.

More than a hundred years have passed since the Catastrophe brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Those who survived are changed. The Wildeners have reverted to the old ways—but with new Gods—while others place their faith in the technology that once powered their lost civilization.

In the mysterious City of Towers, the center of the destroyed Tarakan empire, a lowly scribe of the Guild of Historians is charged with a dangerous assignment. He must venture into the wilds beyond the glass and steel towers to discover the fate of a child who mysteriously disappeared more than a decade before. Born of a rare breed of marked people, the child, Rafik—known as “The Key”—was one of a special few with the power to restore this lost civilization to glory once again.

In a world riven by fear and violence, where tattooed mutants, manic truckers, warring guilds and greedy mercenaries battle for survival, this one boy may have singlehandedly destroyed humanity’s only chance for salvation—unless the scribe can figure out what happened to him.





Sophie Mackintosh

The Water Cure
Doubleday, January 8, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

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“A gripping, sinister fable!”–Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE l The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.

But when their father, the only man they’ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?

A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.





Kevin A. Muñoz

The Post
Diversion Books, January 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 254 pages

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Zone One meets Station Eleven in this chilling, post-apocalyptic debut, perfect for fans of The Walking Dead and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Ten years after the world’s oil went sour and a pandemic killed most of the population, Sam Edison is the chief of police of The Little Five, a walled-in community near Atlanta, Georgia. Those who survived share the world with what are known as hollow-heads: creatures who are no longer fully human.

A man and a pregnant teenager arrive at the gate and are welcomed into the town. They begin to settle in when suddenly both are murdered by an unknown assailant. In the course of investigation, Chief Edison discovers that the girl was fleeing a life of sexual slavery, and that some members of the Atlanta community were complicit in the human trafficking network that had ensnared her.

In retaliation for Edison’s discoveries, agents of the network abduct the stepdaughter of the town’s mayor. Sam Edison and three companions track the kidnappers to Athens, Georgia, where they discover that the entire city is engaged in human trafficking. By the time Edison has recovered the kidnapped girl, the other three rescuers have been killed, leaving Edison alone to bring the mayor’s stepdaughter home. Further complicating their return is Sam’s realization that a prominent member of the community is in truth the ringleader of the slave-trading network. Against such great odds, will Sam ever make it to Little Five alive?
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