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The View From Monday - January 6, 2020


Happy 1st Monday in January and 1st Monday in 2020.

There are 5 debuts this week:

The Heap by Sean Adams;

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (English Language Debut);

The Schrödinger Girl by Laurel Brett;

Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (English Language Debut);

and

Creatures by Crissy Van Meter.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land 3) by Callie Bates is out in Trade Paperback;

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo is out in Trade Paperback;

The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library 6) by Genevieve Cogman;

No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell 2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne is out in Trade Paperback;

The Shadow Saint (The Black Iron Legacy 2) by Gareth Hanrahan;

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vengeful (Villains 2) by V. E. Schwab 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 - January 6, 2020



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

January 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Witch's Oath Terry Goodkind F - The Children of D'Hara 4



January 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Heap (D) Sean Adams LF
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (D - English) Shokoofeh Azar
Adrien Kijek (Tr)
LF/Sagas/FL/MR
The Soul of Power (h2tp) Callie Bates F - The Waking Land 3
The Schrödinger Girl (D) Laurel Brett LF/CL/SF/Psy
Penric's Progress Lois McMaster Bujold F - Omnibus
Wyntertide Andrew Caldecott HistF/P - Rotherweird 2
Resurgence C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO/SE - Foreigner 20
Frozen Orbit Patrick Chiles SF
The Night Tiger (h2tp) Yangsze Choo Hist/LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Ice House Tim Clare F/LF
Gloomspite Andy Clark F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Voices in the Snow Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - Black Winter 1
The Secret Chapter Genevieve Cogman SF/TT/HistF - The Invisible Library 6
No Country for Old Gnomes (h2tp)
Delilah S. Dawson
Kevin Hearne
F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Tales of Pell 2
Kipper's Game (ri) Barbara Ehrenreich LF/SF/Amateur Sleuth
48 Hours (h2tp) William R. Forstchen TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Lady Hotspur Tessa Gratton HistF
Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics Sean Guynes (Ed)
Martin Lund (Ed)
LC - New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality
The Shadow Saint Gareth Hanrahan F - The Black Iron Legacy 2
Pandora: Resistance Eric L. Harry SF/PA - A Pandora Thriller 3
The Light Brigade (h2tp) Kameron Hurley SF/TT
Europe In Autumn Dave Hutchinson SF
Rising Stephen Jones (Creator) H - The Lovecraft Squad 4
Qualityland (D - English) Marc-Uwe Kling
Jamie Lee Searle (Tr)
SF/CyP/HU/Dys/Satire/LF
The Vanishing Jayne Ann Krentz RS - Fogg Lake 1
Hammer of the Emperor Steve Lyons
Steve Parker
SF - Warhammer 40,000
A Rush of Blood David Mark PsyTh
Come Tumbling Down Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children 5
Creatures (D) Crissy Van Meter LF/FL/CoA
Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters Sarena Ulibarri (Ed) SF/HSF - Anthology
Miraculum (h2tp) Steph Post Occ/Sup/Hist/HistM/MR
Gunpowder & Embers John Ringo
Kacey Ezell
Christopher L. Smith
SF/AP/PA - Last Judgement's Fire 1
Vengeful (h2tp) V. E. Schwab SH/P - Villains 2
Mouthful of Birds: Stories (h2tp) Samanta Schweblin LF/SS/MR
The God Game Danny Tobey TechTh/SF/CyP/CoA
A Nest of Nightmares Lisa Tuttle H/SS - Paperbacks from Hell
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe (h2tp) Heather Webber CW/MR



January 9, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shades Geoff Cooper
Brian Keene
H



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Polular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
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 Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!



It's time to vote for the 2019 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 12 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a" or "an", etc.).

Vote for your favorite from the monthly 2019 Winners! Note that there was only 1 debut for December 2019 so it is automatically the December 2019 winner.

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

Voting will end sometime on January 30, 2020 unless voting is extended.


Vote for your favorite 2019 Debut Cover!
 
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November

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover illustration by Luis Toledo at Dutch Uncle
Cover copyright © 2019 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.





July

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Illustration by Kathleen Jennings
Cover design by Christine Foltzer





February

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover art by Chris Thornley





September

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover art by Tommy Arnold
Cover design by Jamie Stafford-Hill





January

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover art by Richard Anderson





June

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover design by Najla Qamber





August

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Jacket art by Ryan Pancoast
Jacket design by Katie Anderson





March

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover Art by Jaime Jones





December

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Book design by archiefergusondesign.com





October

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover design by Micaela Alcaino





April

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Cover art by Victor Mosquera





May

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR!
Jacket design by Owen Corrigan
Jacket photograph © Utro_na_more/iStock/Getty Images (glove);
From the New York Public Library (map)

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner


The winner of the January 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan from Orbit with 63% of the votes. The cover art is by Richard Anderson.


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

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner
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.





The Results

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner





The January 2019 Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner

Interview with Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer


Please welcome Gareth Hanrahan to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Gutter Prayer is published on January 22, 2019 by Orbit.



Interview with Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer




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

Gareth:  Oh wow. Um. I’m pretty sure I got into trouble writing Voltron fanfic in primary school, in Third Class (Third Grade).



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Gareth:  Hmm. When it comes to worldbuilding, pretty much a pantser – years and years of working on roleplaying games means that I’m pretty good at coming up with context and ramifications for whatever weird ideas I want to play with. For narrative, I try to plot more, although I find I need to revisit the plan every few chapters and adjust it based on how the characters are developing.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Gareth:  Unlearning some of the habits I picked up writing tabletop games (in an rpg adventure, you want to avoid dictating what the main characters do or feel, as that’s up to the players). Also, the usual challenge of finding time and energy.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Gareth:  Is it absurd if I say everything? I’ve found the oddest things linger, and become weirdly influential. I randomly picked up a book on Victorian engineering many years ago, for example, and that was a huge influence not only on The Gutter Prayer, but on four or five other projects. You can get wonderful results by paying attention to the most mundane things – old street signs, or animals in rock pools, or whatever – and assuming there’s a magical significance to them.

Major literary influences – Tim Powers, Robert Holdstock, China Mieville, Lovecraft, Tolkien.



TQDescribe The Gutter Prayer using only 5 words.

Gareth:  I’m tempted to use a quote from the book – “fucking fuckers fucked us” – but it’s only four words. “Vengeful rogues amid architecture & stabbings”?



TQTell us something about The Gutter Prayer that is not found in the book description.

Gareth:  Guerdon’s patrolled by creatures called the Tallowmen – wax monsters created by the alchemists’ guild. Imagine a person made of wax, only their spine’s replaced by a magical wick, and their mind is the burning candle-flame inside their skull. They make the Tallowmen from condemned criminals, and then send them out to enforce the law. Tallowmen burn down over time, they’ve got to be renewed every so often – so the creatures are forced to obey the alchemists in order to win another chance at their horrid existence.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Gutter Prayer? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Gareth:  I don’t think there was any single moment of inspiration – more a sort of critical mass of ideas. I wrote the first 20,000 words or so for nanowrimo one year without any real clue of where the story was going or what it was for – I rarely find time to write for myself – and came back to it the following year and finished it.

Fantasy – fantasy’s a wonderful set of tools. It lets you exaggerate and concretise elements of the story (the villain can be a literal dark lord on a dark throne), it lets you focus the action on a small number of people (three thieves in a city, or a few Hobbits in a fellowship, can save the world), giving you human action on an epic scale.

Also, you get to make up monsters all day long.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Gutter Prayer?

Gareth:  None for the book itself. But I’d done research for other projects on alchemy, or architecture, or crime in the 19th century, or how secret societies work, so I was able to draw on all that. If you drew a Venn diagram of “non-fiction books Gar has read in the last twenty years”, the Gutter Prayer would be somewhere near the centre.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Gutter Prayer.

Gareth:  The cover’s a wonderfully atmospheric piece by Richard Anderson, depicting the city and the three thieves, Cari, Spar and Rat. I love the sense of scale it gives – you’ve got these buildings and spires towering over the thieves.

I’ve heard, over and over, from people who say the cover sold them on the book before they ever picked it up. I’m really happy with the cover.



TQIn The Gutter Prayer who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Gareth:  Carillon wasn’t necessarily the easiest to write, but she was the most necessary. As I said earlier, my background is in writing tabletop games, where you want to leave space for the players to provide the protagonists. So, I’m really used to coming up with interesting situations, with compelling supporting characters, with villains – but not protagonists who actually do stuff. Carillon’s impulsive and incapable of sitting still or walking away. And once she was in motion, everyone else could react to her, and that made it possible for me to write the book.

The hardest – I had to restrain myself with writing Professor Ongent. He’s in the Giles-from-Buffy role of providing backstory and exposition, and I could write that stuff for years.



TQDoes The Gutter Prayer touch on any social issues?

Gareth:  A little. There’s a lot about power dynamics in there, about the gap between high-minded ideals and practical solutions. Several of the people the main characters think of as villains are genuinely – according to their own beliefs – trying to make the world a better place, and have judged the costs worth it. They’re not the only people paying the cost, of course, but that does that make them entirely misguided?



TQWhich question about The Gutter Prayer do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Gareth:  Let’s go for “Why did you pick the present tense for the story, instead of the more usual past tense?”

A lot of the story is about delving into the history of Guerdon, into events and secrets that have been buried over the centuries. I wanted the past to feel distant and weighty. Also, the three main characters are, in their ways, very much creatures of the immediate moment. Cari acts on impulse, Rat on instinct, and Spar’s very much aware that his future’s measured in months, not years.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Gutter Prayer.

Gareth:
          Aleena sheathes her knife, puts away the gun. “The Keepers sent me,” she begins.
          The elder ghoul snarls, angry at the lack of respect. Beyond it, other elders stir from their reverie. Sorcery hisses through the air like mustard gas, stinging Rat’s eyes and nose. He wants to run.
          “Buggering monks with their shitty scrolls. Er. I had all this written down,” mutters Aleena, and she tries to recite the correct greeting from memory. The words aren’t meant for human tongues, and she stumbles over them, like she’s trying to gargle with finger bones in her mouth.
          The orange-eyed elder unfolds, one obscenely long hoof-footed leg extending down to the cave floor, then another, crushing skulls to powder as it stands up and towers above them. Its jaws open much too wide as it yawns and roars. The elders may be the protectors and priests and gods of their race, but they think nothing of swatting an individual ghoul. Rat cringes in anticipation of the killing swipe.
          “Fuck this.”
          Aleena blazes with sudden light. Angelic, transfigured, her physical body is a stained-glass case for the burning lamp within. Her voice like choirs of angels.
          “I DROPPED THE BLOODY SCROLL, ALL RIGHT? I CAN’T SODDING MAKE NICE.” Every word a resounding trumpet. “BUT NOTHING’S CHANGED. THE BARGAINS YOUR KIND MADE WITH MINE STILL HOLD. I’M NOT YOUR FUCKING ENEMY.” She cocks her head.
          “YOU DON’T WANT ME AS YOUR ENEMY.”



TQWhat's next?

Gareth:  I’m frantically working on edits for the second book in the series, entitled either THE SHADOW SAINT or THE DIVINE MACHINE, as well as a bunch of tabletop roleplaying projects ranging from spies-vs-Cthulhu adventures in the 1960s for Fall of Delta Green to Middle-earth material for The One Ring game.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





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

Interview with Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer
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.





About Gareth

Interview with Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer
Photo by Edel Ryder-Hanrahan
Gareth Hanrahan's three-month break from computer programming to concentrate on writing has now lasted fifteen years and counting. He's written more gaming books than he can readily recall, by virtue of the alchemical transmutation of tea and guilt into words. He lives in Ireland with his wife and twin sons. Follow him on Twitter @mytholder.









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The View From Monday - January 21, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy 1) by Gareth Hanrahan.

The View From Monday - January 21, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (The Risen Kingdoms 2) by Curtis Craddock;

The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 3) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vultures (Miriam Black 6) by Chuck Wendig.

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The View From Monday - January 21, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - January 21, 2019



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

January 22, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hod King Josiah Bancroft F/HistF - The Books of Babel 3
The Kingdom of Copper S. A Chakraborty F - The Daevabad Trilogy 2
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 2
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #1: A Selection of Novellas (e) Carl Engle-Laird (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Gutter Prayer (D) Gareth Hanrahan F - The Black Iron Legacy 1
Pandora: Contagion Eric L. Harry SF/Th - Pandora Thriller 2
Callis and Toll: The Silver Shard Nick Horth F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Mississippi Roll (h2tp) George R. R. Martin
Wild Cards Trust
SF - Wild Cards 17
The Will to Battle (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction Sunyoung Park (Ed)
Sang Joon Park (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Miraculum Steph Post Occ/Sup/Cr/HistM
Crucible James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force Series 13
Blood Angels - The Complete Rafen Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000
All Systems Red (Hardcover Edition) Martha Wells SF - The Murderbot Diaries 1
Vultures Chuck Wendig SupTh - Miriam Black 6
Warriors of the Chaos Wastes C L Werner SF - Warhammer Chronicles
Golden State Ben H. Winters Cr/PolTh/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
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 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.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on January 31, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite January 2019 Debut Cover!
 
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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Richard Anderson





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Emmanuel Polanco





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover design by Lex Maudlin
Cover photographs © VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS/Getty Images;
© Tithi Luadthong/Shutterstock (city)





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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Jacket design by Michael J. Windsor
Jacket photograph © Johanna Negowski

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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
“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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