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The View From Monday - April 3, 2017


Happy first Monday in April! Perhaps it will warm up in New England now... or not.

There are 5 Debuts this week:

American War by Omar El Akkad;

Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy 1) by Ruthanna Emrys;

Wanted and Wired (Tether 1) by Vivien Jackson;

Muddy Waters (Otherwhere 1) by Sara O. Thompson;

and

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp is out in Trade Paperback;

Among the Fallen (Godserfs 2) by N S Dolkart;

What's Gone, What's Left Behind (The Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #8) by Max Gladstone;

Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 2) by Lena Gregory;

The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick;

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is out in Trade Paperback;

Bound (An Alex Verus Novel 8) by Benedict Jacka;

Gauntlet (Arena 2) by Holly Jennings;

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 1) by Mark Lawrence;

A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2) by Julie McElwain;

Waking Gods (The Themas Files 2) by Sylvain Neuvel;

Inherit the Flame (Sands of Aransa 3) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

The Chimes by Anna Smaill is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi.

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



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

April 2, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Kris Longknife's Bad Day: A short story (Ke) Mike Shepherd SF



April 3, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Seven Sins of Ruby Love (e) Erin Quinn PNR - Beyond 3
Jewel of Atlantis (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 2



April 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
American War (D) Omar El Akkad LF/WM/Dys
The Apothecary's Poison (e) C.J. Archer MR/HistF Glass and Steele 3
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah CulH/MR/LF
The Last Days of Jack Sparks (h2tp) Jason Arnopp PsyTh
The House of Binding Thorns Aliette de Bodard F/HistF - A Dominion of the Fallen Novel 2
Repo Madness (h2mm) W. Bruce Cameron HU/M - Ruddy McCann 2
Prentice Alvin and Alvin Journeyman Orson Scott Card F - Alvin Maker
Convergence C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO - Foreigner 18
Visitor (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO - Foreigner 17
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two Neil Clarke SF - Anthology
Myth of the Maker Bruce R. Cordell CF - The Strange 1
Monster Hunter Vendetta Signed Leatherbound Edition Larry Correia F - Monster Hunter 2
The Librarians and The Lost Lamp (tp2mm) Greg Cox CF - Librarians Series 1
Feral James DeMonaco
B. K. Evenson
H/Dys/Th
The Best of Gordon R. Dickson Volume 1 Gordon R Dickson
Hank Davis (Ed)
SF - Collection
Among the Fallen NS Dolkart F - Godserfs 2
Winter Tide (D) Ruthanna Emrys HistF/DF - Innsmouth Legacy 1
Writers of the Future Vol 33 David Farland (Ed) SF/F - L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 33
1636: Mission to the Mughals Eric Flint
Griffin Barber
AH - Ring of Fire 23
Occult and Battery Lena Gregory PCM - A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 2
Pathfinder Tales: Gears of Faith Gabrielle Harbowy F - Pathfinder Tales Series 38
The Forbidden Garden Ellen Herrick CW
Hex (h2tp) Thomas Olde Heuvelt H/F/DF/Th
The Immortal's Unrequited Bride Kelli Ireland PNR - Assassin's Arcanum 3
Bound Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 8
Wanted and Wired (D) Vivien Jackson PNR - Tether 1
Gauntlet Holly Jennings SF/Dys/R - Arena 2
Fiendish Schemes (ri) K. W. Jeter SP/HistM/M
Blades of Damocles Phil Kelly SF - Space Marine Battles
Dragonmark (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR/P/CF - Dark-Hunter / Dragons Rising 1
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Ever My Love Lynn Kurland TTR - An Enchanted Garden Mystery /McLeod Family 11
Red Sister Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 1
Redder Than Blood Tanith Lee FairyT/FolkT/LM/ DF/F
Delirium's Mistress (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF/Dys - Flat Earth 4
Blood Enemies Susan R. Matthews SF Under Jurisdiction 7
Lynchpin Shannon Mayer UF - A Rylee Adamson Epilogue 4
A Twist in Time Julie McElwain M/TT - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2
A Fever of the Blood Oscar de Muriel HistM/H
Waking Gods Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh/Th - The Themis Files 2
Inferno Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
F
The End of the Day Claire North Sus
Inherit the Flame (h2tp) Megan E. O'Keefe F - Sands of Aransa 3
1984 (ri) George Orwell Dys
Diary of a Succubus James Patterson
with Derek Nikitas
SupTh - BookShots
Dutch (e) Madhuri Pavamani UF/F/FR - The Keeper Series 1
Brimstone Cherie Priest DF/HistF/H
The Horror on the Links Seabury Quin M/Occ/Sup/F/P - The Complete Tales of Jules De Grandin 1
Fury of Gork Josh Reynolds F - Realmgate Wars 7
Saving Mercy Abbie Roads RSus - Fatal Truth 1
Shadow Spell (h2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy 2
The Chimes (h2tp) Anna Smaill Dys
Between a Wolf and a Hard Place Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 7
Occupy Me Tricia Sullivan Occ/Sup
The Passenger (h2tp) F. R. Tallis SupTh
Angel Unleashed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Muddy Waters (D) Sara O. Thompson Occ/Sup/P/UF - Otherwhere 1
Corax Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 40
Ghost in the Shell: Five New Short Stories Tow Ubukata
Toh
Enjoe
Gakuto Mikumo
Kafka Asagiri
SF/TechTh
The Chosen J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 15
Foxlowe (D) Eleanor Wasserberg LF/Th/PsyTh/Gothic
Pirate Freedom Gene Wolfe F/Sea Stories
Kokoro Keith Yatsuhasi SF/F



April 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
When Stars Are Scattered: A Tor.com Original Spencer Ellsworth SF/AC
What's Gone, What's Left Behind (e) Max Gladstone HistF/Espionage - Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #8



April 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Saboteurs (e) Ben Peek F
Special Purposes: First Strike Weapon (e) Gavin G. Smith SF/PA - Special Purposes 1
The Master of Time (Ke) David Wingrove TT - Roads to Moscow 3



April 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Just Like Hell: with the bonus novella Mr. Gray (e) Nate Southard H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
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
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17


This is the seventeenth 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.



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Elliott James (2013)

In Shining Armor
Pax Arcana 4
Orbit, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
This fairy godmother's got claws.

When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it's bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it's even worse news. They're at each other's throats before they've even begun to look for baby Constance.

But whoever kidnapped Constance didn't count on one thing: she's also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragon slayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother...

IN SHINING ARMOR is the fourth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first three novels are Charming, Daring, & Fearless.


Legend Has It
Pax Arcana 5
Orbit, April 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
LEGEND HAS IT is the fifth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first four novels are Charming, Daring, Fearless & In Shining Armor.

Read more about this novel at Orbit's Cover Launch.





Hannah Jayne (2011)

Twisted
Sourcebooks Fire, July 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Guilty until proven innocent…

Bex has always been her daddy’s little girl. After her mother left, it was just the two of them. Sure he spoiled her with clothes and jewelry, but what father doesn’t dote on his daughter?

Except Bex’s dad is alleged to be a notorious serial killer. Dubbed "The Wife Collector" by the press, her father disappeared before he could stand trial. And Bex was left to deal with the taunts and rumors. Foster care is her one chance at starting over, starting fresh.

But Bex's old life isn't ready to let her go. When bodies start turning up in her new hometown, the police want to use her as bait to bring her father in for questioning. Is Bex trapping a serial killer or endangering an innocent man?





Holly Jennings (2016)

Arena
An Arena Novel 1
Ace, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 5, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Now in trade paperback, the “thrilling” (New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough) near-future science fiction debut about the action-packed world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a fight to the digital death. Every kill is broadcast to millions. Every player leads a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now she’s stuck trying to work with a hostile new teammate who’s far more distracting than he should be.

Between internal tensions and external pressures, Kali is on the brink of breaking. To change her life, she’ll need to change the game. And the only way to revolutionize an industry as shadowy as the VGL is to fight from the inside…


Gauntlet
An Arena Novel 2
Ace, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Plug back into the dangerous world of virtual gaming, in the next thrilling novel from the author of Arena.

Kali Ling has faced down death hundreds of times for the entertainment of millions. She knows fear—and she knows what’s truly terrifying…


There’s a new game in town. A brutal, winner-takes-all, international video game tournament showcasing the world’s most elite players, promising fame, prestige, and unbelievable fortune. But there’s a catch. The game uses new VR pods guaranteed to push digital warriors to their physical and psychological brink—adapting every time a gamer makes a move.

As the first female captain and youngest team owner in VGL history, Kali is used to defying the odds. But as the all-star tournament heats up, her determination begins to waver and the pressures of media, sponsors, and the game itself begin to put cracks in her hard-set convictions—and strain on her relationship with the one person who matters most.

If Kali and her teammates are to survive, they’ll have to find a way to be stronger than ever before. But battling the system may prove too difficult for even the most hardened of fighters…





Zachary Jernigan (2013)

Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus
Night Shade Books, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 536 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Collected in a single omnibus edition, both novels set in Zachary Jernigan’s critically-acclaimed, genre-bending world of fierce sensuality, dangerous alchemy, and awakening gods.

The Needle extends over the heads of all who live upon Jeroun. Composed of iron spheres massive enough to affect the tides, it is the god Adrash’s ultimatum to the people on the planet below:

Prove yourselves worthy, or be destroyed.

Vedas is a member of the Black Suits, an order of men and women who show their opposition to Adrash by staging battles in the streets. After witnessing the death of a child in his care, knowing himself to be responsible, he sets off on a journey to the decennial fighting tournament in Danoor.
Traveling with him across the continent are Churls, a mercenary haunted by the ghost of her daughter, and Berun, a constructed man possessed by the soul of his creator. Both come to understand that Vedas’s victory would start an all-out religious war.

Unbeknownst to these three travelers, the aristocratic outbound mage Ebn and her protégé Pol use powerful alchemy to travel into space. Their plan: engage Adrash in ways that threaten to bring the god’s wrath down upon the world.

Meanwhile, one of the world’s deepest secrets is gradually revealed. A madman, insisting he is the link to an ancient world, a pantheon of forgotten gods, offers the most tempting lie of all…

Hope.

Jeroun collects the two novels No Return and Shower of Stones in a single new omnibus edition. Together these works combine the mythic inventiveness of early Roger Zelazny and Samuel R. Delany, the dark weirdness of China Mieville, and the dramatic scope of George R. R. Martin, creating a literary science fiction epic that defies easy categorization, resulting in one of the most critically acclaimed narratives of recent years.





Suzanne Johnson (2012)

The Consort
A Fae Hunters Novella 1
Suzanne Johnson, July 29, 2016
eBook, 86 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Summoned to the Royal Palace of Faerie, Liandra arrives full of hope—only to learn that Florian, the Summer Prince, has purchased her as his annual consort. The price charged by her father? A horse.

Fleeing through the veil into the human world, Liandra knows she must not only escape the prince but also the fabled Fae Hunters, ruthless faery warriors whose job it was to track escaped members of the fae and return them to Faerie dead or alive.

Falconer, eldest son of Autumn, gave up his seat on the throne of the Autumn Court to become Captain of the Fae Hunters. Setting up his base in New Orleans, Faulkner—as he now calls himself—runs The Hunt Club, a fantasy nightclub that makes the most of the fae’s illusion magic and serves as a hangout for off-duty Hunters. All is going well…until Prince Florian stalks in, demanding the return of his lost consort.

Faulk takes the case, but soon finds his duty at odds with his heart when he’s ordered to capture Liandra, the grown-up version of a shy, awkward girl he remembers from his youth. Can Faulk turn Lia over to a certain death at the hands of the prince, or will he risk a war with Faerie in order to save her?

From the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy and Penton Legacy paranormal romance series comes the first in a new novella series, The Fae Hunters.


Belle Chasse
A Novel of The Sentinels of New Orleans 5
Tor Books, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
Suzanne Johnson's "strong and intriguing" (Publishers Weekly) urban fantasy series continues with Belle Chasse. The Sentinels of New Orleans series has earned starred reviews from Library Journal ("a resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity") and PW ("vivid...a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists").

With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.

With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.

It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.



Suzanne JohnsonWriting as Susannah Sandlin

Wild Man's Curse
Wilds of the Bayou 1
Montlake Romance, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 284 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.


Black Diamond
Wilds of the Bayou 2
Montlake Romance, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 266 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 17
For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.

The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the second book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 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 2016 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 information is provided when we have it.

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Cover design by Danielle Christopher





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Cover painting by Cynthia Reeser.
Cover design by Matthew Revert.





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Interview with Holly Jennings, author of Arena


Please welcome Holly Jennings to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Arena is published April 5th by Ace.



Interview with Holly Jennings, author of Arena




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

Holly:  I honestly don't remember this but my mother tells me that when I was a kid I used to say I was going to be an author one day. I know I was writing a lot as a teenager, mostly for fun, and finally started trying to do something with it in my late twenties. I really can't tell you why, it's just something I've always enjoyed. If I had to say, it would be because I love creating new worlds or futures and figuring out what kind of people would exist in them and what their stories would be. There's something very fulfilling about starting with a blank page and finishing with an entire universe that never existed before.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Holly:  I was a complete pantser a few years ago but I'm slowly transforming into a plotter. Pantsing is still fine when I'm writing a short story or a standalone book, but now that I'm getting into novel series, it's much smoother and less headache-y if I plan things out first.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Holly:  I think it's when I don't have anything to work on. I rarely take breaks from writing. Even when I decide I need a few days off, I'm usually back at it in less than twenty-four hours. So, when I finished one story and don't have an idea for another, it's extremely frustrating for me.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Holly:  I draw influence from a variety of sources, from books, movies, video games, graphic novels, and short stories to scientific articles, and even a little poetry. I enjoy writing things that read like "a movie in your mind" so I'm influenced most by fast-paced and very visual works of any medium. As for authors, Damian Angelica Walters has probably had the most impact on my style. I love her short stories. The way she writes is just so smooth and lyrical.



TQDescribe Arena in 140 characters or less.

Holly:  When her virtual teammate dies in reality, gamer Kali Ling fights to expose the venality of digital sports before its game over for all.



TQTell us something about Arena that is not found in the book description.

Holly:  One of my favorite things about Arena is that it's set in a future where gamers have become celebrity-athletes and hold a high status in society. Since the media usually portrays gamers as the opposite, I'm hoping it's an interesting twist on the trope.



TQWhat inspired you to write Arena? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction? Why a near-future setting?

Holly:  I had the inspiration for Arena when I was reading Neuromancer and came across a documentary about professional gaming in North America. I had heard of pro-gaming being popular in other parts of the world, but didn't know it was gaining traction in North America, too. Eventually, my mind started to blend these two concepts into a tech-heavy future where pro-gamers plug directly into the game and compete in tournaments in front of millions of people.

I've always loved science fiction because it forces us to explore other worlds or possible futures, and wonder "what if?" What if The Matrix was real? What if we could travel faster than light? I love how the only limitation is our imagination.

As for the near-future setting, it just went well with world dominated by VR technology and competitive gaming. I think it'll only be a few decades before we have full-immersion virtual reality, maybe even sooner.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Arena?

Holly:  All kinds! I love researching. The most amount of my time probably went into researching the evolution of VR technology, and predictions about the future of eSports. Next was the lives of celebrity-athletes and what it's really like behind all the glamor. The main character Kali also explores some basic concepts of Taoism in the book. I'd already been studying it myself on and off for a few years, so most of that was just brushing up on the subject and getting beta feedback from people who know a lot more than I do.



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

Holly:  The main character Kali was probably the most difficult because she changes quite a lot through the story. It was a challenge to pace her evolution in a believable way throughout the book. Her friend Hannah was by far the easiest. She's extremely easy-going and upbeat, and isn't afraid to joke around about anything. She's a blast to write.



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

Holly:  I wish someone would ask why I included several diverse characters in the novel, and the answer is that after playing games with people around the world, I've found that gamers are just as diverse of a group as any other and I wanted that diversity reflected in the story.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Arena.

Holly:  My favorite non-spoilery quote from Arena is: "Nothing like seeing your own insides to make you feel mortal. Nothing like coming back to life to make you feel like a god." I feel like so much of the novel is highlighted in those two sentences, from the book's themes of duality and virtual addiction, to the main character's tempestuous relationship with the digital world. It also hints at why gamers in this future tend to take the whole "invincible celebrity" thing to the next level. How can you believe anything bad will ever happen when you die and come back to life every day?



TQWhat are your top 3 favorite video games?

Holly:  It's always changing but my favourite of all time is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. As a teenager, Perfect Dark was pretty big for me and more recently, I've been enjoying Fallout 4.



TQWhat's next?

Holly:  Currently, I'm editing the sequel to Arena and dabbling with a few other series I'm interested in developing. I'm still deciding what will come after Arena and its sequel, but I'm very excited about a few projects I'm working on.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Holly:  Thank you so much for having me!





Arena
An Arena Novel 1
Ace, April 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Holly Jennings, author of Arena
A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…





About Holly

Interview with Holly Jennings, author of Arena
Photo by Timeless Photography & Design
Holly Jennings is a life-long gamer who has spent innumerable hours playing World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. Arena is her first novel. She lives in Canada, where she is working on the sequel.






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Twitter @HollyN_Jennings


The View From Monday - April 4, 2016


Happy first Monday in April!  There are 2 debuts this week:

Arena (Arena 1) by Holly Jennings;

and

Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles 1) by Jadah McCoy.

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From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

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Jericho by Alex Gordon;

Spira Mirabilis (The Wave Trilogy 3) by Aidan Harte;

Burned (An Alex Verus Novel 7) by Benedict Jacka;

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James;

Trident's Forge (Children of a Dead Earth 2) by Patrick S. Tomlinson;

and

There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (Genrenauts) by Michael R. Underwood.



The View From Monday - April 4, 2016



April 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop (h2tp) Andrew Klavan Occ/Sup/Th
Artificial (D) Jadah McCoy CyberP/SFR - The Kepler Chronicles 1



April 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Breach of Crust Ellery Adams PM - A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery 5
Asteroid Made of Dragons G. Derek Adams SF/Hu
The Plague Dogs (ri) Richard Adams LF
Clockwork Phoenix 5 Mike Allen (Ed) Anthology - F
Eva Luna (ri) Isabel Allende LF/MR
The Stories of Eva Luna Isabel Allende LF/MR
Surviving Home (tp2mm) A. American Dys - Survivalist 2
Blood of the Cosmos (h2mm) Kevin J. Anderson SF/SO -Saga of Shadows 2
White Tiger Jennifer Ashley Shifter's Unbound 8
Tales of the Time Scouts 2 Robert Asprin
Linda Evans
SF
The Water Knife (h2tp) Paolo Bacigalupi LF/AP/PA/Th/Tech
The Broken Hours: A Novel of H. P. Lovecraft Jacqueline Baker SF
Ultima (h2mm) Stephen Baxter SF/AC - Proxima 2
Underwater Fistfight Matt Betts SF/H
In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent Marie Brennan F - A Natural History of Dragons 4
Blazing Earth Terri Brisbin FR - A Novel of the Stone Circles 3
Mirror Sight (tp2mm) Kristen Britain DF - Green Rider 5
Fellside M. R. Carey Th/Sup
I Dream of Dragons Ashlyn Chase PNR - Boston Dragons 1
Visitor C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 17
Tracker (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/SO/AC - Foreigner 16
Dominion John Connolly
Jennifer Ridyard
SF - The Chronicles of the Invaders 3
Timeless Desire (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Flirting with Forever (ri) Gwyn Cready TTR
Of Treasons Born J. L. Doty SF/SO - Treasons Cycle
An Unhappy Medium Dawn Eastman PM - A Family Fortune Mystery 4
Wicked Charms (h2mm) Janet Evanovich
Phoef Sutton
PM - A Lizzy and Diesel Novel 3
The Mountain (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF/Th - Event Group Thrillers 10
Jericho Alex Gordon CF
Smoke and Fire Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 9
Smoke and Fire: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Spira Mirabilis Aidan Harte F - The Wave Trilogy 3
Her Werewolf Hero Michele Hauf PNR
The Pitchfork of Destiny (e) Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/ LM - Charming Tales 2
Shadow Rites Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 10
Burned Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 7
Lost Among the Living Simone St. James Hist/GO/GH
Arena (D) Holly Jennings SF/Dys/SFR - Arena 1
Dragonbane (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR - Dark-Hunter Novels 19
Silence Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
SF/UF - Serrated Edge 9
Septimania Jonathan Levi MR
Replica (e) Shannon Mayer
Denise Grover Swank
H - Blood Borne 2
Down to Zero (e) Jon McGoran Th - Carrick & Watkins Short Story
Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire CF
Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight Liane Merciel F - Pathfinder Tales 32
Blood Sacrifices Brian Moreland H - Collection
The War Against the Assholes (h2tp) Sam Munson CF
Trial of Intentions (h2mm) Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 2
Sever Brian Parker H/PA - Washington, Dead City 3
The Kasari Nexus Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 1
The Worm Returns J.R. Rain
Piers Anthony
F/W
Kharn: Eater of Worlds Anthony Reynolds SF - Space Marines
Zero State Cam Rogers SF - Quantum Break 1
Maestro R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 2
Total War: Lord of Chaos Rob Sanders F - Warhammer
Alight Scott Sigler SF - The Generations Trilogy 2
The Demonists Thomas E. Sniegoski UF/DF - Demonists 1
Shooting the Rift Alex Stewart SF/SO
Alien Hunter: The White House: A Flynn Carroll Thriller Whitley Strieber Th - Alien Hunter Series 3
Spiral Koji Suzuki H/SupTh - Ring Trilogy
Immortal Redeemed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Doom of the Elves: The Curse of Khaine / Deathblade Gav Thorpe
C L Werner
SF - The End Times 2
The Story of Kullervo J.R.R. Tolkien F
Trident's Forge Patrick S. Tomlinson SF/SO - Children of a Dead Earth 2
Almost Dark Letitia Trent UF
Persona (h2tp) Genevieve Valentine SF - Persona Sequence1
Wolf on a Mission N. J. Walters
The Beast J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 14
The Edge of Worlds Martha Wells F - A Novel of the Raksura 4
A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh M - Plague Times Trilogy 1
Dead Letters Anthology Conrad Williams (Ed) H - Anthology
Total War: The Emperor's Armies Chris Wraight F - Warhammer



April 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freedom is Space for the Spirit: A Tor.Com Original (e) Glen Hirshberg UF
There Will Always Be a Max: A Tor.com Original (e) Michael R. Underwood SF/PA - Genrenauts



April 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements Rikke Schubart (Ed) HC


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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western


2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts


There are 13 debut novels for April. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April 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 April cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for April 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Todd R. Baker

Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat
Aqueous Books, April 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 460 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of Los Angeles. Just when Luke can’t bear life’s pain anymore, he is remade—into a rich but brutal man. As Luke catapults through realms of fame and fortune, he is granted one last chance to seek redemption in a final showdown between honor and his own devastating power.




Dana Cann

Ghosts of Bergen County
Tin House Books, April 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Set in New York City and New Jersey on the cusp of the financial crisis, Ghosts of Bergen County is a literary mystery with supernatural elements.

Gil Ferko is a private-equity lieutenant who commutes to Manhattan from the New Jersey suburbs. His wife, Mary Beth, has become a shut-in since a hit-and-run accident killed their infant daughter. When Ferko reconnects with Jen Yoder, a former high school classmate, Jen introduces him to heroin. As his dependency on the drug grows, his downward spiral puts his life in danger and his career in jeopardy. Mary Beth has also found an escape―first in prescription drugs that numb her senses, then in the companionship of a mysterious girl who heightens them. A ghost? Mary Beth believes so. And Jen is also haunted. Years ago she witnessed a man she had just met fall from a rooftop. She walked away from the accident and has been haunted since by the question of why she did so. As her quest to rectify that mistake starts to collide with the mystery of the hit-and-run driver who killed Ferko and Mary Beth’s daughter, all of the characters are forced to face the fine line between fate and happenstance. Dana Cann’s debut novel is a tautly paced and intricately plotted story in which collective burdens manifest into hauntings.




Emily Carpenter

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Lake Union Publishing, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 310 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.




Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.




Manuel Gonzales

The Regional Office is Under Attack!
Riverhead Books, April 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization—the Regional Office—and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack.

Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah—who may or may not have a mechanical arm—fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother’s sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose’s and Sarah’s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end.

Weaving in a brilliantly conceived mythology, fantastical magical powers, teenage crushes, and kinetic fight scenes, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is a seismically entertaining debut novel about revenge and allegiance and love.




Thomas Olde Heuvelt

HEX
Tor Books, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt--a Hugo and World Fantasy award nominated talent to watch

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.




Holly Jennings

Arena
An Arena Novel 1
Ace, April 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…




Jadah McCoy

Artificial
The Kepler Chronicles 1
Curiosity Quills Press, April 4, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 226 pages


2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.




Julie McElwain

A Murder in Time
Pegasus, April 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.




David Means

Hystopia
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from Vietnam have their battlefield traumas “enfolded”--wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy--while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the Psych Corps and reenacting atrocities on civilians.

This destabilized, alternate version of American history is the vision of the twenty-two-year-old veteran Eugene Allen, who has returned from Vietnam to write the book at the center of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means. The critic James Wood has written that Means's language "offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality." In Hystopia, Means brings his full talent to bear on the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal. Outlandish and tender, funny and violent, timely and historical, Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome. The answers it offers are wildly inventive, deeply rooted in its characters, and wrung from the author’s own heart.




Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants
Del Rey, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?




Steve Toutonghi

Join
Soho Press, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?




Benjamin Warner

Thirst
Bloomsbury USA, April 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something is very wrong.

When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air.

Thirst
takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster--the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Arena by Holly Jennings


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Arena by Holly Jennings


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Holly Jennings

Arena
An Arena Novel 1
Ace, April 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Arena by Holly Jennings
A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…

The View From Monday - April 3, 2017What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 172016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April DebutsInterview with Holly Jennings, author of ArenaThe View From Monday - April 4, 20162016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Arena by Holly Jennings

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