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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27


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



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Lauren Oliver (2014)

Rooms
Ecco, September 15, 2015
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 23, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.




Carol J. Perry (2014)

Look Both Ways
A Witch City Mystery 3
Kensington, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secrets everywhere—even in the furniture…

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner’s unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer—before the next one to be shut up is her…




Jacopo della Quercia (2014)

License to Quill
St. Martin's Griffin, December 15, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
License to Quill is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth. You won't want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling!




Sarah Remy (2014)

Across the Long Sea
Harper Voyager Impulse, August 18, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
The gripping follow-up to Stonehill Downs

As the most valuable asset in the kingdom of Wilhaiim, Malachi Doyle has many responsibilities—protector, assassin, detective, and King Renault's right-hand man. And until he met Avani in the cursed village of Stonehill Downs, he believed he was the last of his kind: a magus who can communicate with the dead.

But Wilhaiim is left vulnerable when Mal and his page, Liam, are kidnapped and ferried across the Long Sea to a warring kingdom in search of its own magus. To make matters worse, a springtime plague is rapidly spreading, and beneath the earth the sidhe are preparing for war. With Mal missing and presumed dead, Avani reluctantly takes his place as Wilhaiim's magus. But her powers are unreliable and untested, her many allies are treacherous, and she is certain Mal is alive. Will she be able to keep Wilhaiim—and herself—safe?




Martin Rose (2014)

My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart: A Horror Novel
Talos, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 27
"This emotionally charged genre-buster serves up more than a few good punches and won’t disappoint fans of dark fantasy laced with pitch-black humor." —Publishers Weekly

Vitus Adamson has a second chance at life now that he’s no longer a zombie. But after killing his brother Jamie, Vitus lands in prison on murder charges. Jamie’s death exposes secret government projects so deep in the black they cannot be seen—without Vitus, that is.

Sprung from jail, the government hires Vitus to clean up Jamie’s messes, but tracking down his brother’s homemade monsters gone rogue is easier said than done. The first of them is a convicted killer assumed to be safely behind bars. However, it appears he is still committing murder through his victim’s dreams. High on Atroxipine—the drug that once kept him functioning among the living—and lapsing into addiction, Vitus’s grip on reality takes a nasty turn when his own dreams begin slipping sideways.

Vitus’s problems multiply as he deals with his failed friendship with wheelchair-bound officer Geoff Lafferty, his wrecked romance with the town mortician Niko, government agents working for his father, sinister figures lurking in the shadows, and, least of all, the complications of learning how to be human again.

Secret agents, conspiracy theories, broken hearts and lonely souls, the siren song of prescription drugs . . . in My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart, readers are invited to discover life after undeath, where there are no happy endings.

The View From Monday - December 14, 2015


Happy Monday! This is a fairly light release week.

There are two novels out from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

License to Quill by Jacopo della Quercia;

and

Cruel Summer (The Shattered Ones 2) by Minerva Zimmerman.



The View From Monday - December 14, 2015



December 14, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
At Blade's Edge (e) Lauren Dane UF - Goddess with a Blade 4
Twilight Prophecy (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 17
Bloodline (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 16



December 15, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The House of the Spirits (ri) Isabel Allende LF
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (ri) Jane Austen
Seth Grahame-Smith
H/MU - Movie Tie-In
Silver Skulls: Portents S P Cawkwell SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines
Fred Chappell: Masters of the Weird Tale Fred Chappell
S.T. Joshi (ed)
H - Collection
Daemon World Ben Counter SF - Warhammer 40,000
Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations Philip K. Dick
David Streitfeld (ed)
Biography
Light Fantastique Cecilia Dominic PNR - Aether Psychics 2
Smoldering Hunger: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Warlords and Wastrels Julia Knight F - The Duelists 3
No Reprieve (e) Gail Z. Martin F - Ascendant Kingdoms Saga
Hell's Half-Acre Nicholas Nicastro HistTh
The Two of Swords: Part 11 (e) K. J. Parker F
License to Quill Jacopo della Quercia Hist/AH
Julia Peter Straub H - Signed, Slipcased, Limited Edition
The Bastard King (e)(ri) Harry Turtledove F- Scepter of Mercy 1
The Chernagor Pirates (e)(ri) Harry Turtledove F - Scepter of Mercy 2
The Scepter's Return (e)(ri) Harry Turtledove F - Scepter of Mercy 3
The Bestiary Ann VanderMeer (ed) F - Anthology
Cruel Summer (e) Minerva Zimmerman UF - The Shattered Ones 2



December 18, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Force Awakens (e) Alan Dean Foster SF - Star Wars



e - eBook
ed - Editor
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
MU - Mash Up
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts


It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2014!


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 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 2014 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.

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 seethe 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 August 24, 2014.


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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Cover Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Cover Illustration by Michael Koelsch




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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Jacket Art by Victor Mosquera



The View From Monday - August 4, 2014


A very Happy first Monday in August to all. I hope everyone is finding time to read. It seems that things are more hectic in the summer - at least for me! I did manage to find time to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday. It is an extremely fun movie. We'll be seeing it again soon.



The View From Monday - August 4, 2014



There are 2 debuts this week:

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia. You may read a terrific interview with Jacopo here.

and

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Shadow Hunter (Execution Underground .5) by Kait Ballenger;

Guarded (Tidewater 2) by Mary Behre;

Broken Souls (Eric Carter 2) by Stephen Blackmoore;

The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo is out in Trade Paperback;

Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency 6) by Hannah Jayne;

and

The Stolen (An American Fairie Tale 1) by Bishop O'Connell is out in print.



August 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow Hunter (e) Kait Ballenger PNR - Execution Underground .5
Rings of Anubis: A Folley & Mallory Adventure E. Catherine Tobler SPR - Rings of Anubis 1 and 2



August 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Widow's House Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 4
Crave the Night Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 12
Hilldiggers Neal Asher SF - Polity
Shadow Born James Axler SF - Outlanders 70
Guarded Mary Behre UF - Tidewater 2
Dust and Light Carol Berg F - Sanctuary 1
Broken Souls Stephen Blackmoore UF - Eric Carter 2
Shadows E. C. Blake F - Masks of Aygrima 2
The Ghost Bride (h2tp) Yangsze Choo HistF/Gh
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade: A Tor.Com Original John Chu SF
Dark Skye Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
The Arrows of Time Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 3
Assail Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire  6
Dark Wolf (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 24
Slow Train to Arcturus
(h2tp) (ri)
Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF
Trial by Fire Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 2
Kissed by the Wave Serena Gilley PNR - Forbidden Realm 1
Severed Souls Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
Severed Souls - Leather Bound Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
The Magician's Land Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy 3
The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris (ed)
Toni L.P. Kelner (ed)
P - Anthology
Codex Born (h2mm) Jim C. Hines F - Magic Ex Libris 2
Beauty Bites Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 6
The Gist Hunter & Other Stories (ri) Matthew Hughes F - Archonate -  Collection
Under The Final Moon Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detective Agency 6
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit Graham Joyce Sus/Magic
The Guild of Assassins Anna Kashina F - Majat Code 2
Extra Sensory Deception Allison Kingsley PCM - Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery 4
The House of the Four Winds Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - One Dozen Daughters 1
The God Hunter (e) Tim Lees SF - Field Ops
Blood Games Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 10
The Stolen Bishop O'Connell FT/UF - An American Faerie Tale 1
The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy (D) Jacopo della Quercia HistTh/Hu/SF/SP
The Wandering Dragon Irene Radford F - Children of the Dragon Nimbus Trilogy 3
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
Revenant Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 9
Islands of Rage and Hope John Ringo SF - Black Tide Rising 3
Proud Parents Kristopher Rufty H
The Well of Ascension: A Mistborn Novel Brandon Sanderson UF - Mistborn 2
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (D) David Shafer TechnoTh
If Catfish Had Nine Lives Paige Shelton PCM - Country Cooking School Mystery 4
A Plague of Echoes Maynard Sims H - Department 18 #4
Walking In the Midst of Fire (h2tp) Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 6
Hero of a Highland Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 14
Alien Hunter: Underworld Whitley Strieber SF - Alien Hunter 2
A Beautiful Madness (K-e) Lee Thompson H/Noir
Downfall Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 9
Anarchy (h2tp) James Treadwell F - Advent 2
Dark Lightning John Varley SF - Thunder and Lightning 4
Throne of Stars David Weber
John Ringo
SF - Empire of Man 2



August 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Sight of Akresa: A Tor.Com Original (e) Ray Wood FR



August 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Night of the Triffids Simon Clark SF



August 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Kingdom of Shadow Richard A. Knaak F - Diablo 3


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K-e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
Hu - Humor
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


Interview with Jacopo della Quercia, author of The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy - August 1, 2014


Please welcome Jacopo della Quercia to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy will be published on August 5, 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin.



Interview with Jacopo della Quercia, author of The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy - August 1, 2014




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

Jacopo:  Thanks for having me! I guess my first foray into fiction started with some of the outlandish explanations I offered for historical events in my earliest Cracked articles. In one article in particular, I joked that the reason the Library of Alexandria was destroyed was "to prevent Greece from using time-travel against the Roman Empire again." Although this was an aside, I enjoyed the fanciful scenario it illustrated for my readers. Once I was given the opportunity to expand such hilarious scenarios into full novels, I immediately fell in love with narrative writing.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jacopo:  Just a moment. I need to Google "pantser." [moments later] Now that I know what a pantser is, I guess I'm a bit of both. While I have a rough idea how my stories will begin and end during the pitch process, the finer points hinge entirely on what I find during my research. I try to base my writing as much as possible on real events, so the more I research my subjects, the richer and more interwoven the plot becomes.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? How has being an educator and history writer influenced the writing of The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy?

Jacopo:  The most challenging thing for me is knowing when to stop editing. I have wasted months obsessing over individual paragraphs when I should have simply ventured forward. In my experience, all the sweat and stress that comes with micromanaging your own work is ultimately unnecessary, especially since your publishers will be reviewing it anyway.

As for how my teaching and history writing influenced The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy, let me put it this way: I specifically wrote the book to be used as a handy tool in the classroom. It's a device for making history more engaging and exciting for readers of all backgrounds, and my pages are filled with footnotes, historic documents, and recommended texts to aide those interested in learning more for themselves. Interestingly, this makes all the existing history from the period serve as an "expanded universe" of sorts, and several of my reviewers even read my book with Google and Wikipedia open on their computers.



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

Jacopo:  I love high adventure, so I am immensely indebted to Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and the ancient poets Homer and Virgil. Naturally, this appreciation extends just as much to the minds, writers, and artists behind some of my favorite movies and video games as a child, such as The Princess Bride, the original Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, King's Quest V, and The Dagger of Amon Ra. In terms of my writing style, I'd say Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Herman Melville, and Lewis Carroll all influenced me in various ways ranching from visual detail to humor. However, I think the poet Dante is ultimately my biggest influence. His detailed Commedia and frequent use of symbolism compelled me to create worlds so richly populated and intricate that nobody could read my book the same way twice.



TQ:  Describe The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy in 140 characters or less.

Jacopo:  "A Jules Verne action-adventure starring President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War." If you omit the period and quotation marks, that should be exactly 140 characters!



TQ:  Tell us something about The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy that is not in the book description.

Jacopo:  The entire book was written using historically-accurate vocabulary; even the narration! I didn't want anybody using words that didn't exist at the time. I also worked with several engineers to make sure that the science featured in the book was faithful to the methods, material, and technologies available at the time the story is set.



TQThe Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a genre bending and blending (alternate) historical thriller whose main characters are President William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln. What attracted you to President Taft as a character? And to Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln's first child?

Jacopo:  Honestly, I picked President Taft because I knew next to nothing about him when I started my research! This was my first novel, and I wanted to challenge the hell out of myself. Fortunately, Taft turned out to be such a fascinating character in real life, and tailor-made for a steampunk adventure. By the time I finished researching him, I was convinced he was one of the most underrated presidents in US history.

As for Robert Todd Lincoln, I was always drawn to the allure he exuded as being the closest thing to Abraham Lincoln following his father's assassination. Robert could have been president, but for whatever reason, he chose not to. He was such a mysterious figure, and when coupled with his appreciation for the sciences, he was the perfect ingénieur for the story.



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

Jacopo:  I think the easiest character to write was Nikola Tesla. I knew precisely what role he had to play in the story and already had a good impression of how he spoke. As for the hardest character, I have to go with Abraham Lincoln. So many people already have their own versions of Lincoln in their heads based on his countless appearances in movies, books, cartoons, etc., never mind his letters and speeches. He's such a universally known figure that I had to go to greater lengths to make his dialogue sound both true to history and compatible with the Lincoln in the public imagination.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy.

Jacopo:

"Taft wasn’t a president; he was a puzzlewit. A flubdub. A fathead with brains of about three-guinea-pig power."



TQ:  What's next?

Jacopo:  In addition to promoting my book, I'm already hard at work on my next novel for St. Martin's Press. It's called License to Quill, and it's a Ian Fleming-esque spy/thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during the Gunpowder Plot. It's written in the same style as The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and set in the same universe, so I hope it will be the second of many adventures I take you and your readers on through time and space!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jacopo:  Thank you kindly! It is a delight to be a part of your Challenge.





The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Jacopo della Quercia, author of The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy - August 1, 2014
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.





About Jacopo

Interview with Jacopo della Quercia, author of The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy - August 1, 2014
Jacopo della Quercia is an educator and history writer perhaps best known for his more than 100 articles on the comedy website Cracked.com. His work has been featured on BBC America, CNN Money, The Huffington Post, Slate, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, CBS’s Man Cave Daily, and academic resources offered by Brigham Young University, George Mason University, and Georgetown University professor John Brown's Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review.

As a writer, Jacopo strives to present otherwise obscure scholarly subjects in a manner more easily accessible and enjoyable for all audiences: a practice he honed in the classroom throughout his career.

In print, Jacopo can be found alongside his fellow Cracked writers in the New York Times best-seller You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News and its follow-up The De-Textbook. He was also featured in the May 2011 "Best of America" global special issue of Reader's Digest and his article translated into more than twenty languages, including Braille.

As an academic, Jacopo has taught classes on Medieval and Renaissance history, literature, and art since 2006. He has delivered lectures on Machiavellian political psychology at institutions such as Rowan University and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. Most recently, Jacopo had an article on the works of Dante and J. R. R. Tolkien featured in the Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, a scholarly publication offered by Princeton University.

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is Jacopo's debut novel, and it is dedicated to students and teachers of history everywhere.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @Jacopo_della_Q


2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


There are 6 debuts for August. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The August 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 August cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15th.

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). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2014 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for July.



Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enhancements
Doubleday, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
(Debut Novel - English Language)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A mesmerizing novel...what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze – and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.




Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.




Jacopo della Quercia

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.




Kate Horsley

The Monster's Wife
Barbican Press, August 2014
Trade Paperback (8/28) and eBook (North America - 8/21),

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
To a tiny island in Orkney, peopled by a devout community of thirty, comes Victor Frankenstein, driven there by a Devil’s bargain: to make a wife for the Creature who is stalking him across Europe. In this darkly-wrought answer to Frankenstein, we hear the untold tale of the monster’s wife through the perspective of the doctor’s housemaid. Oona works below stairs with her best friend May, washing the doctor’s linens and keeping the fires lit at the Big House. An orphan whose only legacy is the illness that killed her mother, Oona knows she is doomed.But she is also thirsty for knowledge, determined to know life fully before it slips away. As tensions heighten between Victor and the islanders, Oona becomes the doctor’s trusted accomplice, aiding in secret experiments and seeing horrors she sometimes wishes to forget. When May disappears, Oona must face up to growing suspicions about the enigmatic employer to whom she has grown close – but the truth is darker than anything she could imagine.





David Shafer

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Mulholland Books, August 5, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.




Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.


Jacopo della Quercia

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.


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