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The View From Monday - September 17, 2018


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week

The 7 1½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

The View From Monday - September 17, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Charmcaster (Spellslinger 3) by Sebastien de Castell;

The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne 2) by Myke Cole;


The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne 1) by Myke Cole is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Memory (The Machine Trilogy 3) by Gerrard Cowan.

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



The View From Monday - September 17, 2018



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

September 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Casting Curses (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Bewitching Bedlam 5
Occasional Beasts: Tales (Ke) John Claude Smith H - Collection



September 18, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fleet of Stars (e)(ri) Poul Anderson SF - Harvest of Stars 4
Tau Zero (e)(ri) Poul Anderson SF
Operation Chaos and Operation Luna (e)(ri) Poul Anderson SF
The Boat of a Million Years (e)(ri) Poul Anderson SF
Brain Wave (e)(ri) Poul Anderson SF
Watch Keith Buckley MR/LF
Soulless Gail Carriger
Jensine Eckwall (Il)
Gaslamp/HistF/FR.P - The Parasol Protectorate 1
Charmcaster Sebastien de Castell F/HU/CoA - Spellslinger 3
The Queen of Crows Myke Cole F - The Sacred Throne 2
The Armored Saint (h2tp) Myke Cole F - The Sacred Throne 1
Shadow of the Tomb Raider The Official Art Book Paul Davies
Martin Dubeau
Art
A Fire Within Tom DeLonge
AJ Hartley
TechTh - Sekret Machines 2
The Land of Somewhere Safe Hal Duncan F - Newcon Press Novellas Set 4
The Predator: The Official Movie Novelization Christopher Golden
Mark Morris
MTI/SF/AC - Predator
Time's Convert Deborah Harkness Sus/PNR/FR
We Sold Our Souls Grady Hendrix H/Occ/Sup/SupTh
Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary New Edition Pablo Hidalgo
David Reynolds
PerArts/Dictionary/MTI
The Night Land and Other Perilous Romances William Hope Hodgson F/P/HistF/H - The Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson 4
The Future as Catastrophe: Imagining Disaster in the Modern Age Eva Horn
Valentine Parks (Tr)
PerArts/HC/LC/SF/F
The Demon's Den and Other Tales of Valdemar Tanya Huff F - Collection
The End We Start From (h2tp) Megan Hunter LF/Dys
The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories: Terrifying Tales Set on the Scariest Night of the Year! Stephen Jones (Ed) H/Gothic/Occ/Sup - Anthology
The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 5 Cristina Jurado (Ed) Lavie Tidhar (Series Ed) SF - Anthology
Sleeping Beauties (h2tp) Stephen King
Owen King
H
Masters of Steel and Stone Nick Kyme
Gav Thorpe
F - Warhammer Chronicles
Detox in Letters Cheryl Low P - Crowns & Ash 2
Outer Dark Robbie MacNiven SF - Carcharodons
Hallowdene George Mann M - Wychwood 2
The Night Crossing Robert Masello HistF
Saviour of the Imperium Sandy Mitchell SF - Ciaphas Cain Collection
New Fears II - Brand New Horror Stories by Masters of the Macabre Mark Morris (Ed) H/GH - Anthology
SINdrome (e) J.T. Nicholas SF - The New Lyons Sequence 3
Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds Mohamed A.F. Noor Sc/Biology
AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe Lance Parkin
Lars Pearson
PerfArts/SF - Ahistory 4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - Path of the Apocalypse S. D. Perry MTI/SF - Tomb Raider
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling Philip Pullman Essays/Storytelling/Personal Memoirs
Searching for the Fleet (e) Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Diving 7
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds Brandon Sanderson SF - Collection
Vampires Like It Hot Lynsay Sands PNR - An Argeneau Novel 28
My Pet Serial Killer Michael J. Seidlinger H/PsyTh/LF/Cr
Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market Robin Sloan LF/MR
Children of Time (e)(ri) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/GenEng/HSF/SE/SO
Rosewater Tade Thompson SF/AC/AP/PA - The Wormwood Trilogy 1
Mecha Samurai Empire Peter Tieryas AH/SF - A United States of Japan Novel 2
Your Servants and Your People David Towsey SF/Dys - The Walkin' 2
Through Darkest Europe Harry Turtledove SF/SH
The 7 1½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (D) Stuart Turton HistTh/LF/Occ/Sup
Worldshaper Edward Willett F/UF - Worldshapers 1
City of Crows Chris Womersley LF/Gothic/DF
The Labyrinth of the Spirits Carlos Ruiz Zafon LF - Cemetery of Forgotten Books 4



September 20, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Memory (e) Gerrard Cowan F - The Machinery Trilogy 3
Battlestar Suburbia Chris McCrudden SF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hist R - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Red Peace (The Starfire Trilogy 1) by Spencer Ellsworth;

and

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017The View From Monday - August 21, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Strategist (The Machinery Trilogy 2) by Gerrard Cowan;

Oracle Bones (Bookburners Season 3 #6) by Max Gladstone;

The God Peak (The God Wave Trilogy 2) by Patrick Hemstreet;

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy 2) by James Islington;

My House Gathers Desires by Adam McOmber;

and

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017The View From Monday - August 21, 2017
The View From Monday - August 21, 2017The View From Monday - August 21, 2017
The View From Monday - August 21, 2017 The View From Monday - August 21, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 21, 2017



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

August 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mirror of Legends Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/LM/FolkT - Collection
My House Gathers Desires (e) Adam McOmber F - Collection



August 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Iron Hound Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 2
The Book of Esther (h2tp) Emily Barton LF/AH
The Massacre of Mankind Stephen Baxter SF/AC/AH
The New Voices of Fantasy Peter S. Beagle (Ed)
Jacob Weisman (Ed)
F - Anthology
Dead Lines (e)(ri) Greg Bear TechTh/H
Rick and Morty Official Coloring Book Titan Books CB/F/SF
The Golden Apples of the Sun (e)(ri) Ray Bradbury SF
Kingsblade Andy Clark SF - Imperial Knights
Twice Bitten Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 7
Black Legion Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Black Legion 2
A Red Peace (D) Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 1
Swarm and Steel Michael R. Fletcher F/DF
Ashes of the Phoenix (e) Jess Haines UF
The God Peak Patrick Hemstreet TechTh - The God Wave Trilogy 2
An Echo of Things to Come James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 2
Throne of the Bastards Brian Keene
Steven L. Shrewsbury
F/H - King of Bastards 2
The History of Bees (D) Maja Lunde LF
Congregations of the Dead James A. Moore
Charles R. Rutledge
H - A Griffin and Price Novel 2
The End of the Day (h2tp) Claire North Sus
Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore CF/LF/FR
The Castle in Cassiopeia Mike Resnick SF/SO - Dead Enders 3
The Seventh Plague (h2mm) James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force11
Lawless and the House of Electricity William Sutton HistTh - Lawless 3
The Silent Shield Jeff Wheeler HistF - Kingfountain 5



August 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Library of Lost Things: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Bright F
Oracle Bones (e) Max Gladstone F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #6



August 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism David G. Robertson UFOs/ Sociology - Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
A Perfect Storm (e) Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story



August 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Strategist (e) Gerrard Cowan F - The Machinery Trilogy 2



August 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eat Local Danny King H/MTI



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
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)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
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
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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.


Amanda Carlson (2012)

Danger's Halo
Holly Danger Book 1
ACI Books, September 18, 2017
eBook, 196 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
153 years in the future, Earth doesn’t look much like it used to.

Holly Danger’s current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who’s about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn’t turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn’t saying much.

The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won’t take much time, even if he’s located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.

But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy’s guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don’t include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it’s a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It’s almost as deadly as she is…


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Danger's Vice (Holly Danger 2) coming October 23, 2017
Danger's Race (Holly Danger 3) coming December 4, 2017





Gerrard Cowan (2015)

The Strategist
The Machinery Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager, August 25, 2017
eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Ruin is coming.

For ten millennia, the Machinery Selected the greatest leaders of humanity, bringing glory to the Overland. But the Machinery came with a Prophecy: in the 10,000th year, it will break, and Ruin will come.

Now, the Prophecy is being fulfilled. The Machinery has Selected a terrible being to rule the Overland, an immortal who cares little for the humans she governs. Some call her the Strategist. Others call her the One. Everyone knows her as Mother.

Mother will do anything to find the Machinery and finally bring Ruin. But only one creature knows where the Machinery is – her ancient enemy, the Dust Queen.

And if Mother wants the Dust Queen’s help, she must ready herself for a game. A game from older times. A game of memory. A game in which mortals are nothing more than pawns.





Eric Scott Fischl (2017)

The Trials of Solomon Parker
Angry Robot, October 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The author of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show conjures up another marvellous mixture of fantasy and the spirits of the Old West

1916, Butte, Montana: City of the Copper Kings. Solomon Parker is old, broken and in debt to very bad people. He’s always managed to stay one step ahead of his last bad decision, but more than anything, he wishes life had turned out differently. Little does he know that for him and his young protégé, Billy Morgan, that wish is about to come true.

The Above Ones, the gods of the People, are bored. Their servant, Marked Face is coming, and he’s bringing his dice…

File Under: Fantasy [ Under the Headstocks | Meet Marked Face | Roll the Bones | Put Your Hands Up ]

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9


This is the ninth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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



Genevieve Cogman (2016)

The Masked City
The Invisible Library Novel 2
Roc, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this “dazzling”* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time…

Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear….


The Burning Page
The Invisible Library Novel 3
Roc, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another “tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure,” (A Fantastical Librarian) third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.

Never judge a book by its cover…

Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency of finding both Irene and her apprentice, Kai—a dragon prince—and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle…

Irene’s longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library—and make sure Irene goes down with it.

With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close—someone she never expected to betray her…





Tina Connolly (2012)

On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories
Fairwood Press, August 16, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 308 pages
  Cover art by Kazuhiko Nakamura

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
From the Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin comes Tina Connolly’s first full-length collection, with two dozen stories spanning a decade of writing. These inventive and compelling stories contain tales of transcending cyborgs, shapeshifting bears, sentient hands, rogue GPSs, superhero moms groups, zombie chipmunks, and a story told from the point of view of a paddle in Pong. Her stories have been described as original, charming, delightful, unexpected, poignant, mystifying, beautiful, horrific, intricate, darkly funny, imaginative, fascinating, and just plain weird. The 25 stories and 3 poems include her prequel story to her YA Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen, as well as one new story exclusive to the collection


Seriously Wicked
Tor Teen, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 5, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly.

Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch.

Savvy Cam has tons of practice thwarting the witch's crazy schemes. But when the witch summons a demon to control the city, he gets loose—and into the cute new boy in Tenth Grade. Now Cam's determined to stop the demon before he destroys the new boy's soul. Which means she might have to try a spell of her own. But if she's willing to work spells like the witch. . .will it mean she's wicked too? With the demon squashing pixies, girls becoming zombies, and the school one spell away from exploding in phoenix flame, Cam has to realize that wicked doesn't lie in your abilities, but in your choices.


Seriously Shifted
Tor Teen, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Tina Connolly's Seriously Shifted is a sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked.

Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?





Gerrard Cowan (2015)

The Strategist
The Machinery Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager, January 26, 2017
eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Ruin is coming.

For ten millennia, the Machinery Selected the greatest leaders of humanity, bringing glory to the Overland. But the Machinery came with a Prophecy: in the ten thousandth year, it will break, and Ruin will come.

Now, the Prophecy is being fulfilled. The Machinery has Selected a terrible being to rule the Overland, an immortal who cares little for the humans she governs. Some call her the Strategist, others call her the One, everyone knows her as Mother.

Mother will do anything to break the Machinery and finally bring Ruin. She will even make a deal with the oldest creature in creation – her ancient enemy, the Dust Queen.

But if Mother wants her help, first she must play a game. One in which humans are nothing more than pawns, and the world itself is at stake.
Book Depository (UK Print Edition)





Sean Danker (2016)

Free Space
Evagardian / An Admiral Novel 2
Ace, May 2, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
In the follow-up to Admiral, the intergalactic war has ended and hostilities between the Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth are officially over, but the admiral is far from safe. . . .

I’d impersonated a prince, temporarily stopped a war, escaped a deadly planet, and survived more assassination attempts than I could conveniently count. After all that, there shouldn’t have been anything simpler than a nice weekend with a charming Evagardian girl.

However, some corners of the galaxy aren’t as genteel as the Empire, and Evagardians aren’t universally loved, which is how I ended up kidnapped to be traded as a commodity.

Their timing couldn’t have been worse. I’m not at my best, but these people have no idea whom they’re dealing with: a highly trained, genetically engineered soldier in the Imperial Service who happens to be my date.





Sebastien de Castell (2014)

Saint's Blood
The Greatcoats 3
Jo Fletcher Books, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 7, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
How do you kill a Saint?

Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they've started with a friend.

The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors - a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he'll still have to face him in battle.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 31


This is the thirty-first 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.


Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 here



Catherine Chanter (2015)

The Well
Washington Square Press, March 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 19, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 31
Set in a modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to a shocking act of violence, The Well is “extraordinary...a mesmerizing read…combining a gripping mystery, nuanced psychological drama, and striking prose” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

When Ruth Ardingly and her family make that first long drive up from the city in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a farm that appears to offer everything they need: an opportunity for Ruth, an escape for her husband, and a home for their grandson. But when the drought begins, everything changes. Surrounded by thirty acres of lush greenery, the farm mysteriously thrives while the world outside crumbles under the longest dry spell in recorded history. No one, including the owners, understands why.

But The Well’s unique glory comes at a terrible price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, grandmother and child—all these forces lead to a shocking crime. Accusations of witchcraft, wrongdoing, and murder envelop the family until their paradise becomes a prison.

A beautifully written debut novel that “channels Margaret Atwood and Gillian Flynn, creating a story that’s speculative and suspenseful” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), The Well is an utterly haunting meditation on the fragile nature of our relationships with each other and the places we call home.




Kristi Charish (2015)

Owl and the City of Angels
Owl 2
Pocket Star, October 5, 2015
    eBook, 304 pages
Gallery Books, March 1, 2016
    Trade Paperback, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 31
The wild second adventure for unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish. For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like. The series also includes Owl and the Japanese Circus and Owl and the Electric Samurai.

Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl, international antiquities thief for hire, is settling into her new contract job for Vegas mogul Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon with a penchant for ancient, supernatural artifacts. And now he has his sights set on some treasures of the mysterious Syrian City of the Dead that are sitting in a recluse’s private collection.

There’s just one wrinkle. To stop the resurrection of an undead army that could wreak havoc on Los Angeles, Owl must break into a heavily guarded archaeological sight [sic] in one of the most volatile regions in the world. A detour through Libya and a run-in with Somali pirates sends the clock ticking hastily toward total paranormal disaster.

Meanwhile, Alexander and the Paris vampires have stopped stalking Owl’s apartment, but they have by no means forgotten their death grudge against her. To top everything off, Owl finds out the hard way that there is nothing heavenly about the City of Angels...


Owl and the Electric Samurai
Pocket Star, July 18, 2016
Owl 3
eBook, 416 pages

[cover not yet available]
The third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.

Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions.

All in all, just another great day on the job.




Zen Cho (2015)

Sorcerer to the Crown
A Sorcerer Royal Novel 1
Ace, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 1, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 31
Magic and mayhem clash with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers maintains the magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman as their Sorcerer Royal and allowing England’s stores of magic to bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up, an adventure that brings him in contact with Prunella Gentlewoman, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, and sets him on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…




Gerrard Cowan (2015)

The Strategist
The Machinery Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager (UK), May 5, 2016
eBook, 400 pages

[cover not yet available]
Ruin is coming.

The Strategist rules from the depths of See House, searching for the omnipotent Machinery that once chose the Overland’s rulers, to ensure it is broken beyond repair. Only then will the Prophecy be fulfilled. Only then will Ruin come for everyone.

But only the Dust Queen knows where the Machinery resides. She is the oldest creature in creation, and she bows to no one, especially not the Strategist. She has built an army of the dead, and she is heading north.

It was the Dust Queen who made the Prophecy, and she knows its true meaning. Before the Machinery is finally broken, the immortals will play their favourite game one last time. A game from darker days. A game in which mortals are nothing more than pawns.

And this time, the Dust Queen wants to play.




Seth Dickinson (2015)

Please Undo This Hurt
A Tor.com Origianl
Tor Books, September 16, 2015
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 31
Ever feel like you care too much? After a breakup, after the funeral...it feels like the way to win at life is to care the least.

That's not an option for Dominga, an EMT who cares too much, or her drinking buddy Nico, who just lost his poor cat. Life hurts. They drink. They talk:

Nico's tired of hurting people. He wants out. Not suicide, not that - he'd just hurt everyone who loves him. But what if he could erase his whole life? Undo the fact of his birth? Wouldn't Dominga be having a better night, right now, if she didn't have to take care of him?

And when Dominga finds a way to do just that, when she is gifted or armed with a terrible cosmic mercy, she still cares enough to say:

I am not letting him have this. I am not letting Nico go without a fight.


Note: The Traitor Baru Cormorant will be published in Trade Paperback in November 2016.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR


It's time to vote for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 12 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the").

Voter for your favorite from the monthly 2015 Winners!

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~ December ~
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~ July ~
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~ April ~
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~ August ~
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Cover design by Cherie Chapman, part of the design team at Harper Collins




~ September ~
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Cover artist - Ben Gardiner




~ January ~
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~ November ~
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Winner


The winner of the September 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Machinery by Gerrard Cowan from Harper Voyager UK with 76 votes equaling 39% of all votes. The cover artist is Ben Gardiner.  You may read a guest post by Gerrard about The beginning, middle and end of planning a trilogy here and an interview here.




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The Results

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The September 2015 Debut Covers

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Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue with voting on the October Debut covers starting on October 15, 2015.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 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 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover Artist: Ben Gardiner



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Cover Artist: Sam Weber



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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere



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Cover Artist: Jessica Smith



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover design by Paul Tassi



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover Artist: Patrick Knowles



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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere



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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts
Book design by Meighan Cavanaugh

Interview with Gerrard Cowan, author of The Machinery


Please welcome Gerrard Cowan to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Machinery will be published by Harper Voyager UK on September 10, 2015. You may read a guest post by Gerrard - The beginning, middle and end of planning a trilogy
- here.



Interview with Gerrard Cowan, author of The Machinery




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


Gerrard:  The ‘why’ is easy! I loved fantasy novels as a child, and spent much of my time dreaming up my own worlds and stories. I always knew it was something I wanted to have a crack at.

The ‘when’ is a bit harder. I made dozens of attempts at starting to write over the years, but I could never really get into a routine. I had the idea for The Machinery in 2008, but I would say it took me another two years to get into a proper rhythm. That was the real breakthrough for me.



TQAre you a plotter or a pantser?

Gerrard:  Both. I plot a novel out in broad brushstrokes, and by the time it’s done it bears a vague resemblance to what I had originally planned. I find that as I write, things tend to go off in unexpected directions. For example, a character you had originally intended to serve in a minor role may actually become more interesting, so you give them more time and space to develop. I need to have an idea of where I’m going, but I also need the plan to have flexibility.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Gerrard:  Pushing on even when you don’t feel like it. A writer friend told me years ago that you should look on writing as an athlete looks upon training: there is a certain period of time every day that you need to set aside for it, no matter how you feel. It took me a long time to get into that routine. These days, I will sit down and write, even for a short while, and even if it’s total drivel.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Gerrard:  I didn’t have anyone at the front of my mind when I wrote The Machinery. In fact, I think I was mainly reading non-fiction at the time. That being said, my favourite fantasy author is Mervyn Peake: I love the sense of weirdness in his novels, and I really hope The Machinery has a similarly surreal, gloomy feel.



TQDescribe The Machinery in 140 characters or less.

Gerrard:  The Machinery has Selected the leaders of the Overland for ten millennia, bringing glory. But the Machinery is breaking, and Ruin is coming.



TQTell us something about The Machinery that is not in the book description.

Gerrard:  It has (I hope) a creepy, surreal aesthetic. This is a world where immortal beings interfere in human affairs and shadowy, masked figures called Watchers haul Doubters off to a mysterious Prison, from which no one has ever returned.



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

Gerrard:  I actually started with just the central idea: what if a machine existed that could choose the best leaders of society? I developed the background over time, but it was always clear to me that it would be a fantasy, even though the central concept gives it a kind of sci-fi flavor. I loved the scope that fantasy could give me for the sense of weirdness I wanted to convey.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Machinery?

Gerrard:  The book is not intended to be a kind of alternate vision of a historical period, so I didn’t want to get too bogged down in technical details. That being said, I gave it a Renaissance-type setting, in which society is grappling with various technological advances like gunpowder and the printing press. I read a good deal about early-modern Italian city-states, as well as Ancient Rome, as I wanted the setting to convey a mixture of the two.



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

Gerrard:  The easiest was Annara Rangle, an old woman who has been chosen by the Machinery to serve as Tactician of the West. She has a sardonic outlook on the world that I enjoyed writing.

The hardest was Charls Brandione, who is General of the Overland’s armies. I think I found him difficult as he was one of the earliest I created, and I was still trying to find my way into the book.



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

Gerrard:

Question: Is there magic in the book?

Answer: It isn’t called magic as such, but all sorts of strange powers can be found within!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Machinery.

Gerrard:  More a paragraph than a line, just to set it in context. It’s the last line I like the most.

‘In return for this gift, the Operator asked only one thing; that the people must never question the Selections of the Machinery.’
‘And long may it continue,’ said Amile. ‘The Machinery knows.’
‘The Machinery knows,’ said Alexander. And I know the Machinery.



TQWhat's next?

Gerrard:  I am currently deep into Book 2, The Strategist, which is tentatively planned for release next May. Once that’s done I’ll dive straight into Book 3, and after that, who knows? Hopefully I will be able to convince someone to publish more books, either in the world of The Machinery or another.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Machinery
The Machinery Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager UK, September 10, 2015
eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Gerrard Cowan, author of The Machinery
For ten millennia, the leaders of the Overland have been Selected by the Machinery, an omnipotent machine gifted to their world in darker days.

The city has thrived in arts, science and war, crushing all enemies and expanding to encompass the entire Plateau.

But the Overland is not at ease, for the Machinery came with the Prophecy: it will break in the 10,000th year, Selecting just one leader who will bring Ruin to the world. And with the death of Strategist Kane, a Selection is set to occur…

For Apprentice Watcher Katrina Paprissi, the date has special significance. Life hasn’t been the same since she witnessed the kidnapping of her brother Alexander, the only person on the Plateau who knew the meaning of the Prophecy.

When the opportunity arises to find her brother, Katrina must travel into the depths of the Underland, the home of the Machinery, to confront the Operator himself and discover just what makes the world work…





About Gerrard

Interview with Gerrard Cowan, author of The Machinery
Gerrard Cowan is a writer and editor from Derry, in the North West of Ireland. His debut fantasy novel, The Machinery, will be published by HarperVoyager UK in September 2015. It is the first in a trilogy.

His first known work was a collection of poems on monsters, written for Halloween when he was eight; it is sadly lost to civilisation.









Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @gerrardcowan

The View From Monday - August 7, 2015


Happy first Monday in September!


There are 2 debuts out this week:

The Machinery (Machinery Trilogy 1) by Gerrard Cowan;

and

The Last Exodus (The Earthborn Trilogy 1) by Paul Tassi.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third by Ian Doescher.



The View From Monday - August 7, 2015



September 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming Her Wolf (e) Dee Carney PNR - Fire Creek Shifters 1
The Returned, Part III (e) Peter David SF - Star Trek: New Frontier
The Silent End Samuel Sattin H



September 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Blade Itself (ri) Joe Abercrombie F - First Law Trilogy 1
Last Argument of Kings (ri) Joe Abercrombie F - First Law Trilogy 3
Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie F - First Law Trilogy 2
Darken the Stars Amy A. Bartol SF -  Kricket 3
Doctor Who: Deep Time Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who
The Complete Cosmicomics (h2tp) Italo Calvino LF
Witches of Lychford Paul Cornell CF - Witches of Lychford
The Sleeping King Cindy Dees
Bill Flippin
F
William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third Ian Doescher SF/Hu - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 3
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk David A. Goodman SF - Star Trek
Unholy War David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 3
Fearie Tales (h2tp) Stephen Jones (ed) FairyT/FolkT/L&M - Anthology
The Age of Odin (ri) James Lovegrove SF
The Age of Ra (ri) James Lovegrove SF
The Harper Hall Trilogy: Dragonsong; Dragonsinger; Dragondrums (ri) Anne McCaffrey F - Harper Hall of Pern
Doctor Who: Royal Blood Una Mccormack SF - Doctor Who
Dead Sky, Black Sun Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines 3
The Unyielding Future Brian O'Grady Th/Sup
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Salman Rushdie MR
Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who
The End of the Story: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 1 Clark Ashton Smith F - Collection
The Last Exodus (D) Paul Tassi SF - The Earthborn Trilogy 1
Third Reich Victorious: Alternate Histories of World War II Peter G. Tsouras AH



September 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Machinery (D) Gerrard Cowan F - Machinery Trilogy 1


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FairyT -Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
H - Horror
Hu - Humor
L&M - Legends and Myth
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller


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