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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 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 May 31, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts
Cover by Will Staehle





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts
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 - May Debuts
Jacket design by Erin Seaward-Hiatt
Jacket photograph: iStockphoto





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts

Interview with Henry Thomas, author of The Window and the Mirror


Please welcome Henry Thomas to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Window and the Mirror is published on May 14, 2019 by Rare Bird Books.



Interview with Henry Thomas, author of The Window and the Mirror




The QwilleryWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece that you remember writing?

Henry Thomas:  When I was a boy I wrote a story about a kid who could fly by controlling the wind.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

HT:  I’m unsure what a pantser is, should I know this? I plot quite a bit, my ideas generally take time to gestate.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

HT:  Eating and sleeping.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

HT:  I always liked Cormac McCarthy’s writing. I like his dialogue a lot. I enjoy reading a lot of genres, but fantasy was always something that captured my imagination and as a boy I read many fantasy novels. Lloyd Alexander, Ursula Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, I read all of their books growing up.



TQDescribe The Window and the Mirror using only 5 words.

HT:  Off to see the Wizard.



TQTell us something about The Window and the Mirror that is not found in the book description.

HT:  There are giant rats and blue skinned reptilian creatures called Kuilbolts that prey upon humans in Oesteria.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Window and the Mirror? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

HT:  I am a fan of fantasy, and as a fan I wanted to write an archetypical high fantasy story with a few twists.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Window and the Mirror?

HT:  A misspent youth of AD&D, horses, Classical Fencing/Stage Combat, traveling as a member of a Medieval Bagpipe trio, a brief stint in a 15th century Burgundian reenactment company, more bagpipes, Jousting in full harness and skill at arms on horseback, four years as a student at a German Longsword and Medieval Martial Arts Academy, and four years as an instructor of the Longsword and a few other things at a Medieval Martial Arts non profit club called ‘Kron Martial Arts Los Angeles’ which I co-founded with three of my fellows.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Window and the Mirror.

HT:  The cover was created by the good folks at Rare Bird, and it cleverly depicts a view one of the characters has through a round window and in the case of the cover that window becomes an ‘O’ for Oesteria.



TQIn The Window and the Mirror who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

HT:  The easiest for me was the young soldier Joth. In many ways he is witnessing new things all the time so always keeping him in that perspective is fun as a writer because you can describe it precisely as you discover it.

The hardest character to write was Uhlmet, because it is hard to think like him for too long before one wishes to bathe and hear relaxing music.



TQDoes The Window and the Mirror touch on any social issues?

HT:  It touches on many social issues between the Dawn Tribe and Oesteria, and Norandia even. It also involves the Kuilbolts and the Guatha Flin. Similarities between our world and that of Oesteria would only present themselves in a satirical nature if at all.



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

HT:  Will we ever hear from Mage Alchemist Norden’s clerk? Yes, but not in this book.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Window and the Mirror.

HT:  “Stay atop your drinking, lads. Don’t none of you let your grief cloud your judgement.”



TQWhat's next?

HT:  I am recording the audiobook, and I am also working on the second book in the series to follow up The Window and the Mirror.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

HT:  Thank you for having me!





The Window and the Mirror
Oesteria and the War of Goblinkind 1
Rare Bird Books, May 14, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Henry Thomas, author of The Window and the Mirror
A captured soldier must escort a mysterious girl to a distant city to broker peace between two peoples poised on the brink of war. Left to die in a deep chasm, his commander stumbles on to a dark and powerful secret: how to harness the energy of men’s souls and bend them to his will. Is this the secret that Goblinkind has been hiding from the race of men? That all the shiny trinkets of the fabled Goblincrafters are powered by the trapped souls of humans? For Mage Imperator Rhael Lord Uhlmet, the lure of such power is irresistible, even if he must start a war to attain it.





About Henry

Interview with Henry Thomas, author of The Window and the Mirror
Henry Thomas grew up in Texas and has worked as an actor professionally for most of his life. He has also worked as a musician and a sword fighting instructor. This is his first novel.








The View From Monday - May 12, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Tears of the Trufflepig by Fernando A. Flores

The Obsoletes by Simeon Mills;

and

The Window and the Mirror (Oesteria and the War of Goblinkind 1) by Henry Thomas.

The View From Monday - May 12, 2019The View From Monday - May 12, 2019
The View From Monday - May 12, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - May 12, 2019


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

May 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mulgara: The Necromancer’s Will David Rose F/H/MR



May 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Noonshade (ri) James Barclay F - Chronicles of the Raven 2
Titan's Rise (e) Rhett C. Bruno SF - Children of Titan 3
Starless (h2tp) Jacqueline Carey F
The Prophet of the Termite God Clark Thomas Carlton F - Antasy 2
The Woman in the Woods (h2tp) John Connolly Th - Charlie Parker 16
The Laws of the Skies Grégoire Courtois
Rhonda Mullins (Tr)
LF/BH/H
Strange Highways Samwise Didier
Micky Neilson
DF
Who's a Good Boy? Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU - Welcome to Night Vale Episodes 4
The Buying of Lot 37 Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU - Welcome to Night Vale Episodes 3
Tears of the Trufflepig (D) Fernando A. Flores LF/AB/Hispanic and Latino
The Silver Mist (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - The Wild Hunt 6
Dragons Suck Benjamin Gamble F
Pariah W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/SO - Donovan 3
Mythic Journeys: Myths and Legends Retold Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
Blackstone Fortress Darius Hinks SF - Warhammer 40,000
A Brightness Long Ago Guy Gavriel Kay HistF/LF
Last Tango in Cyberspace Steven Kotler SF/CyP
Big Red Damien Larkin SF
Deep Past Eugene Linden TechTh
The Undefeated Una McCormack SF
The Obsoletes (D) Simeon Mills SF
Triangulum Masande Ntshanga LF/CoA/Occ/Sup/SF/AC
Breach Eliot Peper TechTh/SF/Dys - Analog Novel 3
Frankenstein: How A Monster Became an Icon: The Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley's Creation (h2tp) Sidney Perkowitz
Eddy von Mueller
SocSci/PopCul
Lanny Max Porter LF
Black Pyramid Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 2
Plum Rains (h2tp) Andromeda Romano-Lax SF/AP/PA/Hist/Med
This Is Midnight: Stories Bernard Taylor H - SS
Children of Ruin Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/AC/GenEng/HSF/ SE/SO - Children of Time 2
The Window and the Mirror (D) Henry Thomas F/DF - Oesteria and the War of Goblinkind 1
Knights of Caliban: Dark Angels Omnibus Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000
Alchemy's Air Stacey L. Tucker F/VM/FR - Equal Night Trilogy 2



May 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Exalting Dan Allen SF/SO/SE



May 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Smoke in the Glass (e) Chris Humphreys DF - Immortal's Blood 1



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 - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
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
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary & Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.
2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May DebutsInterview with Henry Thomas, author of The Window and the MirrorThe View From Monday - May 12, 2019

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