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The View From Monday - July 27, 2020


It is the last Monday in July!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline;

Gray Matters by John Gastil;

and

Crossings by Alex Landragin.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Reaping Willow (Grim Reality 4) by Boone Brux;

William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth (William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9) by Ian Doescher;

A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by John Hornor Jacobs is out in Trade Paperback;

Tyger Burning by T. C. McCarthy is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Chaos Vector (Protectorate 2) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

Demon in White (Sun Eater 3) by Christopher Ruocchio;

Automatic Reload by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

The Worst of All Possible Worlds (Salvagers 3) by Alex White.

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



The View From Monday - July 27, 2020



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

July 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of the Rising Sun Richard Cox SF/AP/PA
The Best of Greg Egan: 20 Stories of Hard Science Fiction Greg Egan SF/HSF



July 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Technician (tp2mm) Neal Asher SF/SO - Polity 4
The Butterfly Lampshade Aimee Bender LF/MR/FL
Afterland Lauren Beukes Sus/Dys
The Baron of Magister Valley Steven Brust F - Dragaera 4
Reaping Willow (e) Boone Brux UF - Grim Reality 4
Lies of Descent (h2mm) Troy Carrol Bucher F/DF - Fallen Gods' War 1
My Enemy's Enemy (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF
Kushiel's Chosen (ri) Jacqueline Carey RF/F - Kushiel's Legacy 2
The Perfect Wife (h2tp) JP Delaney Sus/Psy/GenEng
Empire of Wild (D - US) Cherie Dimaline Native American & Aboriginal/STR/SupTh
William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth Ian Doescher SF/SO - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9
The Imago Stage Karoline Georges
Rhonda Mullins (Tr)
LF/Dys/FL
Spells for the Dead Faith Hunter UF - Soulwood 5
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror (h2tp) John Hornor Jacobs H
Flyaway Kathleen Jennings CF/DF/Gothic
At Death's Door (hmm) Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/FR/PNR - Deadman's Cross 3
Cold Storage (h2mm) David Koepp Sus
Kinsman's Oath (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - The Kinsman  2
Prince of Shadows (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 3
The Forest Lord (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Fane 1
Star-Crossed (e)(ri) Susan Krinard SF
Prince of Dreams (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 2
Prince of Wolves (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 1
Twice a Hero (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Body & Soul (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Crossings (D) Alex Landragin LF/MR
Sabella (ri) Tanith Lee SF/SO
Bound by Shadows (ri) Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild  1
The Dawn of a Nazi Moon Douglas MacKinnon SF - Dawn of the Nazi Moon 1
Tyger Burning (tp2mm) T. C. McCarthy SF
The Five Books of (Robert) Moses Arthur Nersesian AH/LF/AB/Sagas
Chaos Vector Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng- Protectorate 2
The Memory Police (h2tp) Yoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder (Tr)
LF/SF/Dys
River of Night (h2mm) John Ringo
Mike Massa
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 8
Deal with the Devil Kit Rocha SF/SFR - Mercenary Librarians 1
Demon in White Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/HSF/AC - Sun Eater 3
Relentless: A Drizzt Novel R. A. Salvatore F - Generations  3
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson SF - Collection
Automatic Reload Ferrett Steinmetz SF/CyP/HSF
Privateer (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 2
The Worst of All Possible Worlds Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - Salvagers 3
Master of the World (tp2mm) Edward Willett F - Worldshapers 2



July 31, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gray Matters (D) John Webster Gastil SF/CyP/Medical/PolTh
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 William Schafer (Ed) DF - Anthology



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
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
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)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - June 10, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are two debuts this week:

The Outside by Ada Hoffmann;

and

The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy 2) by Ruthanna Emrys is out in Trade Paperback;

God of Broken Things (The Age of Tyranny 2) by Cameron Johnston;

Velocity Weapon (Protectorate1) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

Black Harvest (World of Prime 5) by M.C. Planck;

Strange Company & Others by Peter Rawlik;

and

The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz.

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



The View From Monday - June 10, 2019



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

June 11, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pass of Fire Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 14
Bunny Mona Awad LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/BH
God's Demon (ri) Wayne Barlowe DF/F
Above the Ether Eric Barnes Dys
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg LF/SF - Short Stories
The Hive Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF/SO - Second Formic War 2
Reentry Peter Cawdron SF/SE
The Faded Sun Trilogy Omnibus (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/HSF/AC - Alliance-Union Universe
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/HSF/SO
Recursion Blake Crouch TechTh/Sus/SF
Deep Roots (h2tp) Ruthanna Emrys DF/HistF - Innsmouth Legacy 2
Song for the Unraveling of the World Brian Evenson SS/LF/H/SF - Collection
Alphabet Squadron Alexander Freed SF/SO - Star Wars
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book Neil Gaiman PerfArts
Green Valley Louis Greenberg TechTh/H/SF
Titandeath Guy Haley SF/SE - Horus Heresy 53
The Outside (D) Ada Hoffmann SF/SO/HSF/SE
God of Broken Things Cameron Johnston F/DF - The Age of Tyranny 2
The Grand Dark Richard Kadrey DF
The Last Supper Before Ragnarok Cassandra Khaw F
Warhammer Chronicles: Gotrek & Felix: The Third Omnibus William King
Nathan Long
F - Warhammer Chronicles
The History of Soul 2065 Barbara Krasnoff F/SS - Collection
Old Earth (ri) Nick Kyme SF - Horus Heresy 47
Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Roselle Lim CW/MR
Air Logic Laurie J. Marks F - Elemental Logic 4
Angron: Slave of Nuceria Ian St. Martin SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs 11
Velocity Weapon Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng - Protectorate 1
Shield of the Emperor Steve Parker SF/SE
Black Harvest M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 5
The Golden Key (ri) Melanie Rawn
Jennifer Roberson
Kate Elliott
F/DF
A Sword Named Truth Sherwood Smith F/DF/HistF - Rise of the Alliance 1
The Sol Majestic Ferrett Steinmetz SF/SO
The Hungry Ghost (D) Dalena Storm GH/Occ/Sup
The Fall Tracy Townsend F - Thieves of Fate 2
Three Laws Lethal David Walton HSF/Th
Broken Veil Jeff Wheeler F/HistF - Harbinger 5
The History of Living Forever Jake Wolff LF



June 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Book of Disappearance Ibtisam Azem Timberlake
Sinan Anton (Tr)
MR/LF



June 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strange Company and Others Peter Rawlik H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Edward Lazellari (2011)

Blood of Ten Kings
Guardians of Aandor 3
Tor Books, December 4, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Blood of Ten Kings is the action-packed finale of Edward Lazellari's epic fantasy Aandor trilogy.

The Guardians return to their reality, ill-equipped to fend off Farrenheil's invading soldiers, which have saturated the kingdom. Daniel and Seth must vanquish ancient ghosts to claim the powers of their birthrights even as Cat MacDonnell fights to retain her husband against a kingdom that would rather see Callum wed to Chryslantha Godwynn.

Their fellowship broken, Seth, Catherine, Callum, and Daniel must deftly navigate the dangers of Aandor or face oblivion at the hands of their enemies.

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






Samantha Shannon (2013)

The Priory of the Orange Tree
Bloomsbury Publishing, February 26, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 848 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons--and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.


The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction--but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.





Ferrett Steinmetz (2015)

The Sol Majestic
Tor Books, June 11, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The Sol Majestic is a big-hearted intergalactic adventure for fans of Becky Chambers and The Good Place

"A feast of a book.” —Hugo Award-winning author Seanan McGuire

Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents' ambition to advise the celestial elite.

Everything changes when Kenna wins a free dinner at The Sol Majestic, the galaxy's most renown restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos's one-percent. His dream is jeopardized, however, when he learns his highly-publicized "free meal" risks putting The Sol Majestic into financial ruin. Kenna and a motley gang of newfound friends — including a teleporting celebrity chef, a trust-fund adrenaline junkie, an inept apprentice, and a brilliant mistress of disguise — must concoct an extravagant scheme to save everything they cherish. In doing so, Kenna may sacrifice his ideals — or learn even greater lessons about wisdom, friendship, and love.

Utterly charming and out of this world, The Sol Majestic will satisfy the appetites of sci-fi aficionados and newcomers alike.

The View From Monday - September 4, 2017

Happy 1st Monday in September!

I'm including books from September 1st in this Monday's post since they were not included in last Monday's post.

There are 6 debuts:

Clade by James Bradley;

Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey;

Song of Edmon ( The Fracture Worlds 1) by Adam Burch;

Beforelife: A Likely Story by Randal Graham;

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones;

and

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker.

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



And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Dragon 1) by Isabel Cooper;

Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson;

Ruin of Angels (A Craft Sequence Novel) by Max Gladstone;

Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles 2)  by Jay Kristoff;

Making Amends (Bookburners Season 3 #8) by Mur Lafferty;

MJ-12: Shadows (Majestic-12 #2) by Michael J. Martinez;

The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

Cloudbound by Fran Wilde 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 - September 4, 2017


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

September 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daughter of Eden Chris Beckett SF - The Eden Trilogy 3
Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories Venita Blackburn SS - Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction
Song of Edmon (D) Adam Burch SF - The Fracture Worlds 1
Phasma Delilah S. Dawson SF/SO - Star Wars
The Death of All Things (e) Laura Anne Gilman  (Ed)
Kat Richardson (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology
One Night with the Valkyrie (e) Jane Godman PNR
Charmed by the Wolf (e) Kristal Hollis PNR
Servant of the Forest (e) Shona Husk PNR/FairyT
The Master of Time David Wingrove SF/TT - Roads to Moscow 3



September 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Rogue Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor 3
Ashes Reborn Keri Arthur UF - Souls of Fire 4
The Bronze Skies Catherine Asaro SF - Skolian Empire 8
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy (h2tp) Jay Bonansinga H - The Walking Dead 7
Clade (D) James Bradley SF/AP/PA
Skyfarer (D - Solo) Joseph Brassey F/SF/SO
Sea of Rust C. Robert Cargill SF/AP/PA
Highland Dragon Warrior Isabel Cooper Hist/PNR - Dawn of the Highland Dragon 1
The Gates to Futures Past (h2mm) Julie E. Czerneda SF - Reunification Series 2
The Last to See Me M Dressler Hist/LF/GH
Eye of Ezekiel C Z Dunn SF - Space Marine Battles Series
The Devil You Know (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F
Dark Legacy Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 31
Iron Angels Eric Flint
Alistair Kimble
UF
Ruin of Angels Max Gladstone F/UF/CF - A Craft Sequence Novel
Time Travel: A History (h2tp) James Gleick Hist/PopCul/Sc
One Night with the Valkyrie Jane Godman PNR
Beforelife: A Likely Story (D) Randal Graham F/SF/HU
Doctor Who: Paper Dolls Simon Guerrier
Christel Dee
SF - Doctor Who
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America 
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1 Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 2 Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America
Five Ways to Forgiveness (e) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America E-Book Classics 
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" and Other Nautical Adventures William Hodgson F  - Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson Vol. 1
Charmed by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
Battlefield Earth (ri) L. Ron Hubbard SF
Acadie Dave Hutchinson SF/GenEng
The Salt Line (D - SpecFic) Holly Goddard Jones LF/SF/AP/AP
Godsgrave Jay Kristoff F/SP/HistF - The Nevernight Chronicle 2
Who's Afraid? Maria Lewis FR - Tommi Grayson 1
Death's End (h2tp) Cixin Liu
Ken Liu (Tr)
SF - Remembrance of Earth's Past 3
Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows (h2tp) James Lovegrove M/PI - Cthulhu Casebooks 1
MJ-12: Shadows Michael J. Martinez SF/Th - Majestic-12 #2
The Brightest Fell Seanan McGuire UF - October Daye 11
The Legend of Sigmar Graham McNeill F - Warhammer Chronicles
Fever Deon Meyer Dys/LF/Th
Gloriana: Or, The Unfulfill'd Queen (h2tp) Michael Moorcock HistF
A Secret History of Witches Louisa Morgan MR
Circle's End Lisanne Norman SF/SO/AC - Sholan Alliance 9
Norma Sofi Oksanen CW/F/Sleuths
Star Trek The Next Generation: The Art of Juan Ortiz Juan Oritz PopCul/Art - Star Trek
Immortal Architects Paige Orwin SF/AP/PA/SH/F/UF - Interminables 2
The Two of Swords: Part Sixteen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
The Family Plot (h2tp) Cherie Priest UF/Occ/Sup/Gothic/GH
The Devil's Rosary Seabury Quinn F/H/DF/P - The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin 2
Star Wars: The Blueprints J.W. Rinzler Film
Secrets in Death J.D. Robb In Death 45
White Trash Zombie Unchained Diana Rowland P/UF/CF - White Trash Zombie  6
The Golden House Salman Rushdie LF/Satire
Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World Brandy Schillace History
Frankenstein Dreams Michael Sims (Ed) SF - Anthology
Sourdough Robin Sloan LF/UF/F
The Uploaded Ferrett Steinmetz SF/CyP
Her Dark Half Paige Tyler PRS - X-Ops 7
The End of the World Running Club (D) Adrian J. Walker Dys
Cloudbound (h2tp) Fran Wilde F - Bone Universe 2
Forged in Blood Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold Anthology



September 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Angel of the Blockade: A Tor.com Original Alex Acks SF
Making Amends (e) Mur Lafferty UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #8



September 7, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Dark: Tales of Terror by E. Nesbit (e) Hugh Lamb (Ed) GH - HarperCollins Chillers



September 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (e) Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SF - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction 2



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Ferrett Steinmetz (2015)

The Uploaded
Angry Robot, September 5, 2017
Mass Market and eBook, 448 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The world is run from the afterlife, by the minds of those uploaded at the point of death. Living is just waiting to die… and maintaining the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life of servitude. Turns out he’s not the only one who wants to change the world…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Silver Surfers | Eternal Service | Calculated Murder | Hit the Reset ]





Deborah A. Wolf (2017)

Split Feather
Daughter of the Midnight Sun 1
Titan Books, September 12, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Siggy Aleksov sees demons and talks with creatures she knows aren’t really there. Taken from her family as a child, she is dogged by memories of abandonment, abuse, and mental health issues. Siggy suffers from a hot temper, cluster headaches, caffeine addiction, and terminal foul language.

She complicates her life even more when she saves the life of a talented assassin sent to kill her. Deciding to get the hell out of Dodge, Siggy travels to the Alaska bush to find out who she really is. The answer is more fantastic that she could have imagined—and she can imagine a lot.





Joe Zieja (2016)

Communication Failure
Epic Failure Trilogy 2
Saga Press, November 7, 2017
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In this sequel to Mechanical Failure, Captain Rogers, despite his best attempts to do otherwise, has become the acting admiral of the 331st Meridan fleet. His first task: worrying. A lot.

The rival Thelicosan fleet, under the influence of bad intelligence, a forbidden romance, and a communication officer with an eardrum injury, is about to break a two-hundred-year-old nonaggression pact. They have offered a vague, easily misinterpreted message: “We’re invading.” Rogers isn’t sure, but he thinks that’s probably bad.

War is hell, especially when you’ve forgotten how to fight one.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49


This is the forty-ninth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

This Update includes covers that have recently been revealed (by the author or publisher) for books already mentioned in a previous update and/or new books.



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Ilana C. Myer (2015)

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic in Ilana C. Myer's Last Song Before Night.

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

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

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





Adam Rakunas (2015)

Like A Boss
Angry Robot Books, June 7, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback (US), 384 pages
Angry Robot Books, June 2, 2016
   Paperback (UK) and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
In this breathless and hilarious followup to Windswept, former labor organiser Padma’s worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement.

After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she’d heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricated a new religion, positioning himself as its holy leader. He’s telling his congregation to go on strike, to fight the system. And unfortunately, they’re listening to him.

Now Padma’s summoned by the Union president to help stop this strike from happening. The problem is, she’s out of practice. And, the more she digs, the more she realises this whole strike business is more complicated than the Union president let on…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Fraud Almighty / City on Fire / Let’s Be Reasonable Please / All Outta Bubble Gum ]





Ferrett Steinmetz (2015)

Fix
'Mancer 3
Angry Robot Books, September 1, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback (US) and eBook, 384 pages
Angry Robot Books, September 6, 2016
   Paperback (UK)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
America’s long sent its best SMASH agents overseas to deal with the European crisis. As of today, they decided dismantling your operation was more important than containing the Bastogne Broach. Now you’re dealing with the real professionals.

Paul Tsabo: Bureaucromancer. Political activist. Loving father. His efforts to decriminalize magic have made him the government’s #1 enemy – and his fugitive existence has robbed his daughter of a normal life.

Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson: Videogamemancer. Gifted unearthly powers by a terrorist’s magic. Raised by a family of magicians, she’s the world’s loneliest teenager – because her powers might kill anyone she befriends.

The Unimancers: Brain-burned zombies. Former ‘mancers, tortured into becoming agents of the government’s anti-‘mancer squad. An unstoppable hive-mind.

When Paul accidentally opens up the first unsealed dimensional broach on American soil, the Unimancers lead his family in a cat-and-mouse pursuit all the way to the demon-haunted ruins of Europe – where Aliyah is slowly corrupted by the siren call of the Unimancers…

File Under: Urban Fantasy





Auralee Wallace (2014)

Pumpkin Picking with Murder
An Otter Lake Mystery 2
St. Martin's Paperbacks, August 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
When murder strikes in the Tunnel of Love, Erica Bloom has to rock the boat to catch a killer…

For a small town like Otter Lake, New Hampshire, the annual Fall Festival is a big deal: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, caramel apples, and pumpkin pies—even a Tunnel of Love. Back in her hometown, Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself, which includes getting better acquainted with Sheriff Grady Forrester. But when a swan boat sails out of the heart-shaped exit of the tunnel with a dead man slumped over a wing, her own romance will have to take a backseat.

PUMPKIN PICKING WITH MURDER

Speaking of love affairs, the other passenger in the boat—and only witness to the elderly Mr. Masterson’s swan song—is not his wife. It’s Erica’s beloved and feisty “aunt,” Tweety, who quickly becomes the prime suspect. Vowing to clear Tweety, Erica teams up with her sassy BFF and self-appointed security expert Freddie Ng to solve the murder—despite the objections of Grady, who’s convinced the amateurs are going overboard in their investigation. And he just may be right. But as Erica and Freddie start to dredge up long-kept small-town secrets, will they heading straight into troubled waters?

Pumpkin Picking with Murder is the second book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series!





Max Wirestone (2015)

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
Redhook, September 20, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, October 20, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 49
The perfect mystery for anyone who has ever geeked out about something and for fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars.
Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. She is unemployed, broke, and on her last bowl of ramen. But that's all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she's offered a job. A job that she's woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37


This is the thirty-seventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Ferrett Steinmetz (2015)

The Flux
'Mancer 2
Angry Robot, October 6, 2015
     (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Angry Robot, October 1, 2015 (UK Print)
Cover art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
Love something enough, and your obsession will punch holes through the laws of physics. That devotion creates unique magics: videogamemancers. Origamimancers. Culinomancers.

But when ‘mancers battle, cities tremble…

ALIYAH TSABO-DAWSON: The world’s most dangerous eight-year-old girl. Burned by a terrorist’s magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure. She’s furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother – and her temper tantrums can kill.

PAUL TSABO: Bureaucromancer. Magical drug-dealer. Desperate father. He’s gone toe-to-toe with the government’s conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he’ll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands – whether Aliyah likes it or not.

THE KING OF NEW YORK: The mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them. A man packing a private army of illegal ‘mancers.

Paul’s family is the key to keep the King’s crumbling empire afloat. But offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah’s deadly rebellious streak…

File Under: Urban Fantasy


Fix
('Mancer 3)
Angry Robot, September 1, 2016
     (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Angry Robot, September 6, 2016 (UK Print)

[cover not yet available]
America’s long sent its best SMASH agents overseas to deal with the European crisis. As of today, they decided dismantling your operation was more important than containing the Bastogne Broach. Now you’re dealing with the real professionals.

Paul Tsabo: Bureaucromancer. Political activist. Loving father. His efforts to decriminalize magic have made him the government’s #1 enemy – and his fugitive existence has robbed his daughter of a normal life.

Aliyah Tsabo-Dawson: Videogamemancer. Gifted unearthly powers by a terrorist’s magic. Raised by a family of magicians, she’s the world’s loneliest teenager – because her powers might kill anyone she befriends.

The Unimancers: Brain-burned zombies. Former ‘mancers, tortured into becoming agents of the government’s anti-‘mancer squad. An unstoppable hive-mind.

When Paul accidentally opens up the first unsealed dimensional broach on American soil, the Unimancers lead his family in a cat-and-mouse pursuit all the way to the demon-haunted ruins of Europe – where Aliyah is slowly corrupted by the siren call of the Unimancers…

File Under: Urban Fantasy




Paul Tassi (2015)

The Exiled Earthborn
The Earthborn Trilogy Book 2
Talos Press, November 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 420 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
In this thrilling second book of the Earthborn trilogy, Lucas and Asha have survived the decimation of Earth at the hands of the invading Xalans and seek safe haven with their enemy’s true foes, the Sorans. They find a lush planet inhabited by a civilization far more advanced than their own, waging a seemingly endless war against a constantly evolving enemy.

The Sorans call the pair of them the “Earthborn” and they’re welcomed as heroes, almost as gods. To an audience of billions, they swear an oath to avenge their fallen planet by aiding the Sorans in their war against Xala. But soon Lucas and Asha find Sora just as dangerous as apocalyptic Earth when they’re targeted by the Fourth Order, a rebel collective who decries them as false prophets and harbingers of further bloodshed.

Their friend and turncoat Xalan scientist Alpha believes he’s located someone who can help them turn the tide of the war for good, stranded on a conquered colony planet. But landing on the new world, Lucas and Asha find themselves hunted by a violent, mysterious beast, known only as the Desecrator, let loose by the Xalans.

Escaping Earth was only the beginning. As Lucas and Asha quickly learn, the universe has worlds and creatures far more dangerous than anything their home planet could have offered, and their continued survival hinges on gaining new allies they never could have imagined.


The Sons of Sora
The Earthborn Trilogy Book 3
Talos Press, January 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
Set sixteen years after the events of The Exiled Earthborn, this explosive conclusion of the Earthborn trilogy tells the story of two brothers, the sons of Lucas and Asha, tasked with surviving the Xalan war to ensure the continued existence of the human race.

Noah, an orphan from Earth’s last days who, as a child, was smuggled to safety across the stars, is now nearly a man and a leader to the young enclave of Earthborn who reside on Sora. When the tranquility of their settlement is shattered by a shocking assassination attempt, Noah turns to his combative younger brother Erik, Lucas and Asha’s only child by blood, for aid. Their journey takes them to the remnants of a dead planet, an outlaw-infested space station, and back to Sora, whose inhabitants are bracing for a final showdown with the bloodthirsty Xalans.

They find themselves facing a new evil: the omnipotent Archon, who is somehow controlling the whole of the Xalan horde, and his bloodthirsty lieutenant, the Black Corsair, who has an unmatched taste for brutality. The Archon, so-called God of the Shadows, has unearthed knowledge that could wipe both Sorans and humans alike from the face of existence. The descendants of the Earthborn must uncover the true nature of the Archon and the Xalans before he burns everything they know and love to ashes.




Patrick S. Tomlinson (2015)

Trident's Forge
Children of a Dead Earth Book Two
Angry Robot, April 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Cover Art: Larry Rostant, Artist Partners

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
They’ve made it this far. If only that increased humanity’s chances on this new planet…

Against all odds, the Ark and her thirty-thousand survivors have reached Tau Ceti G to begin the long, arduous task of rebuilding human civilization. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Tau Ceti G’s natives, the G’tel, are coming to grips with the sudden appearance of what many believe are their long-lost Gods.

But first contact between humans and g’tel goes catastrophically wrong, visiting death on both sides. Rumors swirl that the massacre was no accident. The Ark’s greatest hero, Bryan Benson, takes on the mystery.

Partnered with native ‘truth-digger’ Kexx, against both of their better judgment, Benson is thrust into the heart of an alien culture with no idea how to tell who wants to worship him from who wants him dead.

Together, Benson and Kexx will have to find enough common ground and trust to uncover a plot that threatens to plunge both of their peoples into an apocalyptic war that neither side can afford to fight.

File Under: Science Fiction




Tom Toner (2015)

The Promise of the Child
Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum
Night Shade Books, July 5, 2016, Ship Date: June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 22, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
It is the 147th century.

In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man.

In the barbarous hominid kingdoms of the Prism Investiture, where life is short, cheap, and dangerous, an invention is born that will become the Firmament’s most closely kept secret.

Lycaste, a lovesick recluse outcast for an unspeakable crime, must journey through the Provinces, braving the grotesques of an ancient, decadent world to find his salvation.

Sotiris, grieving the loss of his sister and awaiting the madness of old age, must relive his twelve thousand years of life to stop the man determined to become Emperor.

Ghaldezuel, knight of the stars, must plunder the rarest treasure in the Firmament—the object the Pretender will stop at nothing to obtain.

From medieval Prague to a lonely Mediterranean cove, and eventually far into the strange vastness of distant worlds, The Promise of the Child is a debut novel of gripping action and astounding ambition unfolding over hundreds of thousands of years, marking the arrival of a brilliant new talent in science fiction.




Marc Turner (2015)

When the Heavens Fall
The Chronicles of the Exile, Book One
Tor Fantasy, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 736 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 19, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37
Marc Turner's When the Heavens Fall is an emerging new voice in epic fantasy, now in mass market

If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.


Dragon Hunters
The Chronicle of the Exile, Book Two
Tor Books, February 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 37

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Red Tide (The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three) is slated for publication in September 2016. (Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound)



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


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Interview with Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex - March 5, 2015


Please welcome Ferrett Steinmetz to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Flex was published on March 3rd by Angry Robot Books.



Interview with Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex - March 5, 2015




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Ferrett:  I wrote my first poem when I was in seventh grade. The first line was “In a time / when people live with the spider of hunger in their bellies,” and my anthropology teacher was so amazed at my burgeoning talent she asked to take the poem home with her.

Years later I realized it was my anthropology teacher who was impressed, not my English teacher, and that in fact my poetry was more dreadful than Vogons. But it was too late! I’d written too much! I was committed.

So my advice to all new writers is to find a fan straight away, and don’t question their qualifications too closely.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Ferrett:  Every novel I write involves the same process:
  1.  Come up with an interesting first scene.
  2.  Write the first half of the book.
  3.  Write about 15,000 words of the second half of the book.
  4.  Realize that those 15,000 words are totally wrong – they don’t answer the questions I raised in the first half of the story, I have the wrong antagonist, and by the way the characters are all wrong.
  5.  Spend three days defending to anyone who will listen that NO, these 15,000 words are great, I spent three weeks writing them, there’s certainly no need to chuck them out and devise a far better idea.
  6.  Chuck them out.
  7.  Drink an entire gallon of vodka.
  8.  Weep vodka tears.
  9.  Come up with a better idea.
  10.  Woozily stumble my way to the end of the book.
So as you can clearly see, I’m a die-hard plotter.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Ferrett:  Drinking a gallon of vodka. But I am committed to the process.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Ferrett:  Okay, let’s get serious. I have a ton of influences, but the influences that ring most truly here are probably an odd combination of 1980s authors – David Eddings in the Belgarion, Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series (one of the lead characters, Valentine DiGriz, is named after the Rat in a direct homage), Spider Robinson’s Callahan series, Stephen King’s The Stand. You see, what I love most about fiction is that sense of a band of brothers coming together, that sense that you are not just seeing a friendship but being there as the affection forms - and so Flex is largely about a couple of very different people making a home together in a world that hates ‘mancers.

But I also go a little darker, because my other influences are more modern – yes, there’s the keen edge of that old sourpuss Harlan Ellison lurking around in there, but I also love the rough-tinged violence of China Mieville, the biological imperatives of Peter Watts, the unflinching psychology of Kij Johnston, Suzanne Collins’ sharp-eyed take on class boundaries.

So basically, I wind up with a lot of friendship simmering in a stew of dark prose and psychological destruction.



TQ:  Describe Flex in 140 characters or less.

Ferrett:  A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.



TQ:  Tell us something about Flex that is not in the book description.

Ferrett:  The thing people seem to really like is how magic works in the world of Flex. It all comes down to obsession. If you’re a Crazy Cat Lady, and really love those kitties, then eventually you might cross the event horizon and start doing Crazy Cat Magic. You’ll become a felimancer. But by then, the only thing you’ll care about is protecting your rampant horde of kittens, which explains why ‘mancers haven’t exactly taken over the world.

The lead character, Paul, is a bureaucromancer, and he believes firmly in the power of the DMV – for him, keeping good records is literally what holds civilization together, so he can cast some very odd spells. The woman who teaches him how to brew drugs? She’s a videogamemancer, and she can go Grand Theft Auto on people at a moment’s notice. And there’s all sorts of other ‘mancers – but most of them don’t live for too long.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Flex? What appealed to you about writing an Urban Fantasy novel?

Ferrett:  It started as a thought experiment – someone joked about brewing magical drugs when I was roleplaying, and I thought, “Well, how would magic drugs be different?” And so I thought of how magic drugs would work (it’s kind of a distorted, backlashy version of Harry Potter’s Felix Felicis potion), and what sort of limitations mages would have to encounter in making them to make it nice and dangerous for my lead characters, and pretty soon I had envisioned a guy who was totally unsuited to be selling drugs.

So of course he became my lead. So it goes.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Flex?

Ferrett:  Paul, the lead character, is an amputee – his right ankle was crushed in a battle with an illustromancer. So I did several days’ research on what happened when you lost your foot, how you got around, what sorts of psychological effects it tended to have. I even know precisely what model his artificial leg is.

Beyond that, not much. I write fantasy because it’s far easier to make things up.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Ferrett:  The easiest character was Valentine, a sexy overweight goth videogamemancer who I’ve done my damndest to make her both into an interesting character and unapologetically unashamed of her body type. She’s snarky as all heck, which is pretty much the role I play at any party, so her dialogue pretty much consisted of finding the most awkward thing it was possible to say and transcribing it.

The hardest character was the terrorist ‘mancer who serves as the antagonist of the book. When I outlined my writing process earlier, I’m not kidding – originally, the book had an entirely different villain! But as I slowly discovered who Paul was, I realized I needed an enemy who was diametrically opposed to all the things that Paul believes in. Paul is a person who believes in saving people, in fairness, in pushing back the power of kings and corporations to make life easier for the little guy – and I needed someone who stood against all of that.

The villain is, of course, a ‘mancer. But exactly what type of ‘mancer she is remains a mystery to Paul for much of the book.



TQ:  Which question about your novel do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Ferrett:  “Say, Ferrett, who would you cast in the roles of your lead characters Paul and Valentine?”

And the answer is that I don’t know. It’s odd, because Paul is a scrawny amputee who is, frankly, a little colorless – he loves sharp suits, but isn’t particularly handsome. And Valentine is about fifty pounds overweight and totally sexy. Neither of them are classic Hollywood types, and despite the fact that I love Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy, they’re too whacky for the role. I wish there were more slots in Hollywood for dramatic BBW beauties, but you won’t find them, and you won’t find a lot of short-and-scrawny thirtysomething dudes either.

So basically, I wish there were enough roles in Hollywood to cast it!



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Flex.

Ferrett:

     “I’ve fucked up a lot of things in my life, Paul. Pretty much all of them, in fact. But ’mancy?” Valentine flexed her fingers, unleashing a smile sharp enough to draw blood. “One skill can redeem a life splintered with flaws. But only if you’re very, very good at it.”



TQ:  What's next?

Ferrett:  I’m putting the finishing touches on the sequel to Flex, Flux, wherein even cooler things happen, and am also working on sort-of sequel to my Nebula-nominated novella Sauerkraut Station, wherein a boy takes an apprenticeship in the finest and strangest restaurant in all the stars. (Yes, yes, get your Douglas Adams jokes in now.)



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Ferrett:  Thank you! What an awesome challenge you have here. I’m rooting for all y’all.

TQ:  Thank you!





Flex
Flex 1
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback (US/Canada) and eBook,
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

Interview with Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex - March 5, 2015
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill • Firestarter • Bureaucramancy • The Flex & the Flux ]





About Ferrett

Interview with Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex - March 5, 2015
Ferrett Steinmetz is a graduate of both the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and Viable Paradise, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, for which he remains stoked.

Ferrett has a moderately popular blog, The Watchtower of Destruction, wherein he talks about bad puns, relationships, politics, videogames, and more bad puns. He’s written four computer books, including the still-popular-after-two-years Wicked Cool PHP.

He lives in Cleveland with his wife, who he couldn’t imagine living without.


Website ~ Twitter @ferretthimself

Review: Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz


Flex
Author:  Ferrett Steinmetz
Series:  Flex 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857664600 (print)
Cover ArtSteven Meyer-Rassow
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review:  Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill • Firestarter • Bureaucramancy • The Flex & the Flux ]


Melanie's Thoughts:

Paul Tsabo has a life of regrets. He regrets what happened to his marriage, regrets killing the 'mancer (magic user) who caused him to lose his foot but most of all he regrets every starting to use mancy. Of course, he thinks he is different, he isn't a Flex addict and that he is using his magic for good. The former cop believes he is helping people in his dead-end job working for an insurance company by using his magic to help the needy get the money owed to them. Everything changes when Paul's daughter is horrifically burnt in a fire started by someone using Flex.

Paul is on a mission to find anyone or anything that can help him heal his daughter. Mancy seems to be the cause and solution of all his problems. He ends up joining forces with the videomancer Valentine who uses her magic to turn life into one big Mario Brothers game. Valentine is everything Paul isn't but together they go toe to toe with some of the scariest villains in town. Steinmetz takes both Paul and the reader on a wild, high octane ride. I started out quite liking this book. I thought that Steinmetz was incredibly innovative in his world building. The Flex, the Flux and the mancy all combined with Paul's quest for a way to heal his daughter all made for a great read. However, Steinmetz made critical mistake that caused me to lose interest halfway through. The pace of the story turned too frenetic, too many terrible things happened to Paul and Valentine and more importantly, Paul came through it almost completely unscathed. Needless to say Paul is injured by the continual onslaught of action grew tiresome.

In what I think was an attempt to have Paul go through some metamorphosis from innocent to ruthless Steinmetz introduces both Paul and the reader to the drug lord Gunza. I couldn't figure out what the point of this character was other than to add a bit more horror to the plot. The Gunza subplot lasted several chapters and I found myself rushing through them in the hopes of relief. Even by the ending I couldn't figure out exactly why this character had so many chapters dedicated to him. Steinmetz could have easily have trimmed the plot and stuck to the main villain Anathema rather than focusing so many pages on Gunza and his brother Oscar. Overall, this is an innovative and interesting debut but I hope that Steinmetz keeps the plot a bit tighter in future books. Although I was disappointed with aspects of the plot I think that Steinmetz was very clever in his world building. The Flex, Flux and different types of mancers kept me reading when I might have put the book down. Beware as Flex is not for someone who can't stomach copious amounts of swearing, violence and poor personal hygiene. Fantastic cover, if not a bit creepy.

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