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The View From Monday - December 10, 2018


Happy Monday!!

There is one debut this week:

The Malaise by David Turton.

The View From Monday - December 10, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Burning Ashes (A Ben Garston Novel 3) by James Bennett;

and

A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (The Salvagers 2) by Alex White.

The View From Monday - December 10, 2018The View From Monday - December 10, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - December 10, 2018



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

December 11, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies Dave Addey PerfArts/SF
Burning Ashes James Bennett CF/UF - A Ben Garston Novel 3
The Hostess With the Ghostess (h2tp) E. J. Copperman PCM - Haunted Guesthouse 9
Green Jay and Crow DJ Daniels SF
The Emperor's Gift Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000
Shattered Lands Alice Henderson SF/PA - Skyfire Saga 2
Firestarter (ri) Stephen King SF/GenEng
Born of Flame Nick Kyme SF - The Horus Heresy
The Corporation Wars Trilogy Ken MacLeod SF/SO - Corporation Wars
Death on the Pitch - A Blood Bowl Anthology Robbie MacNiven
Worley Alec
Guy Haley
F - Blood Bowl
Rattlesnake Wind Lilith Saintcrow UF
Children of Time (ri) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/AC/GenEng/HSF/SE/SO
A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - The Salvagers 2
Ashes and Entropy Robert S. Wilson (Ed) H



December 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Malaise (D) David Turton AP/PA/DF/H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


James Bennett (2016)

Burning Ashes
Ben Garston 3
Orbit, December 11th 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
In the vein of Kevin Hearne, Burning Ashes is the third book in the Ben Garston series, a contemporary fantasy tale of dragons and ancient magic hidden within our own world.

The Lore is over. For Ben Garston, the fight is just beginning.

The uneasy truce between the human and the mythical world has shattered. Betrayed by his oldest friend, with a tragic death on his hands, there isn’t enough whiskey in England to wash away the taste of Ben’s guilt. But for a one-time guardian dragon, there’s no time to sit and sulk in the ruins.

Because the Long Sleep has come undone. Slowly but surely, Remnants are stirring under the earth, unleashing chaos and terror on an unsuspecting modern world. Worse still, the Fay are returning, travelling across the gulfs of the nether to bring a final reckoning to Remnants and humans alike.< A war is coming. A war to end all wars. And only Ben Garston stands in the way…

The Ben Garston novels
Chasing Embers
Raising Fire
Burning Ashes


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





James Islington (2016)

The Light of All That Falls
The Licanius Trilogy 3
Orbit, February 19, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
“Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series.” – B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

The Light of All that Falls concludes the epic adventure that began in The Shadow of What Was Lost, the acclaimed fantasy blockbuster from James Islington.

The Boundary is whole once again, but it may be too late.

Banes now stalk Andarra, while in Ilin Illan, the political machinations of a generation come to a head as Wirr’s newfound ability forces his family’s old enemies into action.

Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate as they work tirelessly to undo Asha’s sacrifice – even as he struggles with what he has learned about the friend he chose to set free.

Finally, Caeden is confronted with the reality of the plan he laid centuries ago – heartbroken at how it began, and devastated by how it must end.

“Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed.” – Publishers Weekly

“Ingeniously plotted… Islington’s natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace… A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer.” –Kirkus

The Licanius Trilogy
The Shadow of What Was Lost
An Echo of Things to Come
The Light of All That Falls


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





Rhonda Mason (2015)

Exile's Throne
The Empress Game Trilogy 3
Titan Book, August 14, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the women of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reunimon, a supreme fighter, is called to battle it out in the arena.

The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring, however. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2

The View From Monday - August 28, 2017


Happy last Monday in August!

There are 3 Debuts this week:

SIP by Brian Allen Carr;

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms 1) by Curtis Craddock;

and

Séance Infernale by Jonathan Skariton.

The View From Monday - August 28, 2017The View From Monday - August 28, 2017
The View From Monday - August 28, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference (Star Trek: Enterprise) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Raising Fire (Ben Garston 2) by James Bennett;

The Dragon Lords: False Idols (Dragon Lords 2) by Jon Hollins;

and

Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3) by Chuck Wendig is out in Mass Market Paperback.

The View From Monday - August 28, 2017 The View From Monday - August 28, 2017
The View From Monday - August 28, 2017 The View From Monday - August 28, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 28, 2017



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

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



August 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things Guy Adams TV
Bring the Heat G.A. Aiken PNR - Dragon Kin 9
Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Raising Fire James Bennett CF - A Ben Garston Novel 2
SIP (D) Brian Allen Carr SF/PA/AP/LF
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (D) Curtis Craddock F/Hist F - The Risen Kingdoms 1
Everything That's Underneath Kristi DeMeester H - Collection
HALO: Retribution Troy Denning SF - HALO
The Plague Diaries Ronlyn Domingue F - The Keeper of Tales Trilogy 3
The Forgetting Moon (h2tp) Brian Lee Durfee F - The Five Warrior Angels 1
Valley of Terror Zhou Haohui
Bonnie Huie (Tr)
PP
Navigators of Dune (h2mm) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF/SO - Dune 10
The Dragon Lords: False Idols Jon Hollins DF - The Dragon Lords 2
A Song for Quiet Cassandra Khaw DF/H - Persons Non Grata 2
Finders Keepers (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 2
End of Watch (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 3
Everlasting Bad Boys Shelly Laurenston
Cynthia Eden
Noelle Mack
PNR - Anthology
Alliance of Equals (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 19
Stranded (h2mm) Bracken MacLeod SupTh/H
The Society of Blood (tp2mm) Mark Morris DF/UF - Obsidian Heart 2
The Bloody Red Baron Kim Newman F/HistF/H/AH - Anno Dracula Novella
Star Born (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Pax/Astra 1
Voodoo Planet (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Solar Queen 3
Fearful Fathoms: Collected Tales of Aquatic Terror (Ke) Mark Parker (Ed) H - Anthology
Playing to the Gods Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 5
Invasion (tp2mm) Luke Rhinehart SF/AC/Hu
Stars of Fortune (tp2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 1
Séance Infernale (D) Jonathan Skariton PI/HistTh
Extinction Evolution Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 4
So I Married a Sorcerer Kerrelyn Sparks FR - The Embraced 2
On to the Asteroid (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor
Les Johnson
SF
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation Phoebe Wagner (Ed)
Brontë Christopher Wieland (Ed)
SolarPunk - Anthology
Empire's End: Aftermath (h2mm) Chuck Wendig SF - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3
The Path of Heaven (tp2mm) Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy 36



August 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wanderer's Tale (ri) David Bilsborough F - Annals of Lindormyn 1
Cracks in the World (e) Margaret Dunlap F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #7



August 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Crow's Dinner Jonathan Carroll Essay Collection
Golden Age and Other Stories Naomi Novik HistF - Temeraire Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39


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



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
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Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



James Bennett (2016)

Raising Fire
A Ben Garston Novel 2
Orbit, August 22, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
Ben Garston is back . . . and feeling less than fantastic.

To be fair, life isn't exactly treating him all that well. He's lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, he did at least escape being dragged into hell by a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So there is that.

Now Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can't. Not yet.

Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to wake the sleepers, and watch the realm of mythology come crashing into the modern day.

Only Ben can stop them. The world will burn if he fails - and that's the last thing he needs on his conscience.

"A thrilling fusion of myth and modernity, Chasing Embers will have you rooting for dragons over humans and loving every minute of it." -- Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of Hounded





Amanda Carlson (2012)

Blue Blooded
Jessica McClain Book 6
December 14, 2016
eBook, 306 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
Fight to win.

Jessica McClain is on the hunt for her destiny. She arrives in Baltimore to find that her quest has reached a dead end and only a note remains. Forced to do as it says, or die, Jessica and her crew must head overseas.

They arrive to discover Julian de Rossi, the Mediterranean Pack Alpha, is double dealing with a powerful goddess and Tally is still missing. With help from a divine source, they engage in an all out war—one that must end in a sacrifice. But is Jessica ready to pay the ultimate price?





Emily B. Martin (2016)

Ashes to Fire
Woodwalker 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 31, 2017
eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
“You are a country.”

Those words have been the guiding force behind Queen Mona’s every move since she was a little girl—the idea that all her actions and desires were, first and foremost, decided based on what was best for Lumen Lake. It had kept her alive after the Alcoran invasion, it had driven her to retake her country, and now it is the steely resolve she needs to finally confront the despotic Seventh King, Celeno.

But when her diplomatic mission finds herself on the run through the swamps of Cyprien—accompanied by the unlikeliest group of companions—Mona discovers that while she is her country, she is also someone who has been sheltered by principles and bound by past mistakes. Now she must struggle to reshape her view of the world and face intimate new truths—not only for the good of her country, but for herself, as well.

A desperate journey to secure peace, and an even greater journey to discover herself, Ashes to Fire is the captivating and adventurous follow-up to Emily B. Martin’s Woodwalker—once more with cover art by the author herself!





David Tallerman (2012)

The Sign in the Moonlight: And Other Stories
Digital Horror Fiction Author Collection
Digital Horror Fiction, January 22, 2016 (print) February 4, 2016 (eBook)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 234 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
Written by David Tallerman and Illustrated by Duncan Kay, The Sign in the Moonlight Includes the original novelette, The War of the Rats, and 13 other haunting tales.

A doomed mountaineering expedition attempts the slopes of Kanchenjunga, following in the footsteps of notorious occultist Aleister Crowley. A young soldier witnesses omens of another, vaster conflict in the ravaged trenches of the Somme. Two children find their innocence tested and their friendship contorted by the ancient barrow upon the hill. A ghost who can't remember ekes out an interminable existence amidst the ashes of events that can never be forgotten.

Contained within these pages are weird tales in the spirit of Lovecraft, Machen, Doyle and Wells, but shot through with a modern sensibility and a questioning of the old values. Here dwell ghosts and monsters, madmen and contortionists, lost souls and misunderstood geniuses. Collected for the first time are stories diverse and strange, spanning nearly a decade in the career of author David Tallerman (Giant Thief, Patchwerk) and including the never before seen novelette The War of the Rats.

"There are stories here that could come straight out of the pulp journals of the 30s, others that have the mannered feel of Victoriana ... but all are presented with the intensity and focus that characterises David’s short fiction."  -- Adrian Tchaikovsky


Black Horticulture
Digital Fantasy Fiction Short Story
Digital Fantasy Fiction, June 10, 2016
eBook, 19 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
Black Horticulture
by David Tallerman
Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com


Passive Resistance
Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Digital Science Fiction, August 26, 2016
eBook, 17 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
Passive Resistance
David Tallerman
Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com


The Black River Chronicles
     by David Tallerman and Michael Wills
Black River Academy 1
Digital Fantasy Fiction, September 28, 2016 (eBook); October 1, 2016 (print)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 294 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 39
You know these characters: The ranger, the fighter, the wizard, the rogue.

But haven’t you ever wondered how they learned to be those things?

Three months into his studies at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellcraft, Durren Flintrand is shocked by the news that from now on he’ll be assigned to a party, and that his only hope of progressing beyond the lowly rank of level one is to succeed with his new companions. However, Durren has a secret that may make that impossible, and his three partners have problems of their own. Wizard Areinelimus is terrified of her own magic. Rogue Tia has no patience at all with others. And warrior Hule is just an idiot. In fact, when a disembodied, floating eyeball is your most competent party member, you know you have serious problems.

To stand a chance of succeeding, they need to work together, and that means learning to tolerate each other, while surviving a world of angry rat people, murderous sorcerers and homicidal unicorns. But even if they can somehow find a way to get along, dark and ancient forces are stirring, ones no level one students should ever have to confront…

The Black River Chronicles is a new fantasy series from David Tallerman and Michael Wills. Set in an academy for young adventurers in training, the Black River Academy, our new dungeon crawlers set out to learn the ropes. Follow them in their adventures and misadventures and see if they save the day, or flunk out of school before earning their next level.


More of David's Short Fiction

The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories (Print and eBook, Digital Fiction Publishing, February 2016)

​Step Light (Print, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March 2016)

The Magpie of Souls (Online, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, March 2016)

Dancing in the Winter Rooms (eBook, Digital Science Fiction, March 2016)

Dancing in the Winter Rooms (Print and eBook, Ctrl Alt Delight anthology from Digital Science Fiction, April 2016)

Team Invasion (Online, Liminal Stories, May 2016)

Great, Black Wave (Online, Nightmare Magazine, June 2016)

Black Horticulture (eBook, Digital Fantasy Fiction, June 2016)

Black Horticulture (Print and eBook, Uncommon Senses anthology from Digital Fantasy Fiction, July 2016)

Golgotha (Print and eBook, Mysterion Anthology, August 2016)

Jenny's Sick (Mobile App, Great Jones Street, September 2016)

Great Black Wave  (Mobile App, Great Jones Street, September 2016)

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 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: The last design of Jack Smyth – LBBG
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2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Cover Illustration by Matthew Griffin
Cover Design by Adam Auerbach




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Interview with James Bennett and Review of Chasing Embers


Please welcome James Bennett to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Chasing Embers was published on September 6th by Orbit.



Interview with James Bennett and Review of Chasing Embers




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

James:  Thank you. I started out young, inspired by films like Star Wars, comics like Conan and books like The Wizard of Earthsea. I view these things as my cornerstones, if you like. I still think bits and pieces of these influences show up in my work today.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

James:  Oh, definitely a hybrid. I’ll sketch a loose plot, choose my themes and decide what the book is trying to say. Then when I sit down to write it, the book tends to decide those things for itself. The age old struggle. But flexibility is essential to a writer.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

James:  Exposition. I’ll come right out and say it. You’re always learning and for me, one of those lessons appears to be the fine art of avoiding info dumps. I love to write action pieces and dialogue. If it was up to me I’d include exposition in a little pamphlet at the back of the book for readers to refer to. I’m learning. I hope I’m getting better.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

James:  Too many to list. A wealth of fiction across genres, books, movies and comics. Life experiences. Travel. Somewhere in my teens my love of mythology met Stephen King and things kind of went boom. In terms of the Ben Garston novels, I wanted to take all these influences, from Tolkien to Le Guin to McCaffery to Barker et al and, well, punk them a little. I view Chasing Embers as mythpunk. Anything could end up in there. It’s a highly expansive theme.



TQDescribe Chasing Embers in 140 characters or less.

James:  I’ll give you my elevator pitch: James Bond with dragons.



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

James:  Ben Garston was (apparently) a real person. He’s listed as either a criminal or a nobleman in a 16th century Mordiford document. No one at the time really seemed sure. I liked that ambiguity. The myth of the Mordiford Dragon is old and obscure, of course, but it’s where Chasing Embers took root. You walk in the woods above Mordiford and wonder what these people would be doing now. I do, anyway.



TQWhat inspired you to write Chasing Embers? What appeals to you about writing Contemporary Fantasy?

James:  I have the greatest respect for secondary world-builders and it’s definitely something I’ll try one day. At the moment I’m interested in exploring this world and using monsters as a metaphor to reflect our modern issues, which of course you can do in a secondary world – and well – but I wanted to be up close and personal. I’ve read some reviews that pick up on the lack of humans in the novel, but to my mind, these are intensely human stories. That absence is deliberate.



TQWhy dragons?

James:  Who doesn’t love dragons? From Smaug the Magnificent to Toothless. Well, for one thing, I think a dragon comes at the top of the tree in the hierarchy of fabulous beasts. I felt an entirely humanoid character had been done brilliantly elsewhere (Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Benedict Jacka etc.) and I’m the kind of writer who will always look to do something new. Dragons in human form aren’t new, however. In fact, the mythological idea is very old, from Medieval European tales right back to Ancient China and creation myths. The more I thought about it, the more the idea intrigued me. Imagine a dragon living now, here among us in human form? What would he/she be like? You can have a lot of fun with that. And I write primarily to have fun.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Chasing Embers?

James:  I read a lot of history and a lot of mythology. I tracked down the remnants of the Mordiford story (see what I did there?) and embarked on a study of North African myths, which is where I stumbled on Punt. The idea of this once paradisiacal realm was quite affecting and when that led to the link with Ancient Egypt, a story began to take shape.



TQIn Chasing Embers who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

James:  Ben was the easiest. He’s perhaps the least like me, but the one I can most relate to.

Khadra and Ayan were the hardest. You’re looking out through eyes that you know you can’t ever really share and what they see is mostly painful. Hope is painful.



TQWhy have you chosen to include social issues in Chasing Embers?

James:  I grew up in South Africa and I’m aware of the vibrancy of African culture, which is every bit as rich and varied as western mythology. We’ve travelled in Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Also I’ve witnessed the hardships faced by so many over there that we simply don’t face in the west. I found the idea of contrasting these worlds fascinating, to offer a wider perspective for readers. I didn’t grow up in a straight white world and I think (hope) that my stories reflect that. I think we need a wider perspective in literature now. We need wider eyes. Isn’t that what wonder is all about? And what is Fantasy if not wonder?



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

James:  That’s a tough one. Oks a tough one. Ok, from some stuff I’ve read from readers I’d ask:

‘Will Rose McBriar be returning to this series?’

And answer: Maybe. But not in the next one. Just so no one hates me for it.



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

James:  “The thing with myths is they never really die.”



TQWhat's next?

James:  Well, I have some new short stories coming out from Fox Spirit Books later this year. There are actually already about 6 or 7 published spin-off stories from the Ben Garston series that I may flag up on my blog next week http://curia-draconis.blogspot.co.uk/ Then next year we have the follow up to ‘Chasing Embers’, which is a darker story, I think, although with several dollops of fiery action. Now we’ve established the Remnant world, I’m looking forward to the fun we can have in it. I’m looking forward to spending the winter somewhere quiet and remote and getting my head down with Book 3.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

James:  My pleasure. Thank you for having me.





Chasing Embers
A Ben Garston Novel 1
Orbit, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Interview with James Bennett and Review of Chasing Embers
Behind every myth, there's a spark of truth...

There's nothing special about Ben Garston. He's just a guy with an attitude in a beat-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows in a downtown bar. Or so he'd have you believe.

What Ben Garston can't let you know is that he was once known as Red Ben. That the world of myth and legend isn't just a fantasy, as we've been led to believe. And he certainly can't let you know the secret of what's hiding just beneath his skin...

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. A centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.



Qwill's Thoughts

Chasing Embers is the first novel in the Ben Garston series by James Bennett. Ben Garston is hard-drinking, difficult and the last of his kind on Earth (a dragon). The reasons for that are clearly explained in the novel and were put in place during the reign of King John (the Magna Carta King John). It's fascinating.

While Ben is the main character, there are quite a few really well-done supporting characters including Ben's love, Rose McBriar, some unpleasant witches and more. There are many mythological beings and objects of power introduced in the novel. Something has happened which shakes the foundations of Ben's world, threatens Rose, and may mean the ruination of Earth. If Ben could only figure out what is going on.

I enjoyed watching Ben piece things together. He's very introspective and we get to share in his thoughts. He understands his flaws for the most part. He struggles with his dragon nature - hoarding treasures, treating women as damsels, etc. Bennett makes it easy to feel Ben's love for Rose and all the worries he has about being different than she is (i.e., not human) as well as the weight he feels from the many years he's been alive. Bennett also lets the reader know how Rose feels about everything in no uncertain terms. She's a very strong woman.

Bennett beautifully entwines various mythologies (Egyptian, Puntian, British) and adds his own spin to create a complex and detailed background for Chasing Embers. The novel had me looking up various elements of these myths that are given as fact in the novel with variations because myths seldom get it right. I knew nothing about a the Land of Punt before Chasing Embers. I love when a novel has me looking up and learning new things.

There is a tremendous amount of action in Chasing Embers - some explosions, destruction of buildings, and more. There is also humor and quiet moments... and torture. There are heartbreaking scenes set in the area of Africa that was the Land of Punt and serve as a catalyst for much of what happens in the novel. The climatic scenes are stunning, frighting, and exciting. Bennett's writing flows gracefully throughout. The novel does not end on a cliffhanger but does leave you wondering about some things.

Chasing Embers is a compelling Contemporary Fantasy with a very rich mythology, a terrific story and engaging characters.





About James

Interview with James Bennett and Review of Chasing Embers
James Bennett is a debut fantasy author currently living in Wales. Born in England and raised in South Africa and Cornwall, his travels have furnished him with an abiding love of different cultures, history and mythology. He's had several short stories published internationally and draws inspiration from long walks, deep forests and old stones. Also the odd bottle of wine.








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2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


There are 8 debut novels for September.

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 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on September 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 September 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.

Update: Added Of the Abyss by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. This is her first adult fantasy novel.


Jason Arnopp

The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
"Ingenious and funny . . . Magnificent." -- Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed -- until now.




Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Of the Abyss
Mancer Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 27, 2016
eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
After decades of strife, peace has finally been achieved in Kavet—but at a dark cost.  Sorcery is outlawed, and anyone convicted of consorting with the beings of the other realms—the Abyssi and the Numini—is put to death. The only people who can even discuss such topics legally are the scholars of the Order of the Napthol, who give counsel when questions regarding the supernatural planes arise.

Hansa Viridian, a captain in the elite guard unit tasked with protecting Kavet from sorcery, has always led a respectable life. But when he is implicated in a sorcerer’s crimes, the only way to avoid execution is to turn to the Abyss for help—specifically, to a half-Abyssi man he’s sworn he hates, but whose physical attraction he cannot deny.     

Hansa is only the first victim in a plot that eventually drags him, a sorcerer named Xaz, and a Sister of the Napthol named Cadmia into the depths of the Abyss, where their only hope of escape is to complete an infernal task that might cost them their lives.




James Bennett

Chasing Embers
A Ben Garston Novel 1
Orbit, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Behind every myth, there's a spark of truth...

There's nothing special about Ben Garston. He's just a guy with an attitude in a beat-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows in a downtown bar. Or so he'd have you believe.

What Ben Garston can't let you know is that he was once known as Red Ben. That the world of myth and legend isn't just a fantasy, as we've been led to believe. And he certainly can't let you know the secret of what's hiding just beneath his skin...

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. A centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.




J. Patrick Black

Ninth City Burning
Ace, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth in this gripping, epic science fiction debut...

We never saw them coming.

Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.

Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.

But the enemy's tactics are changing, and Earth's defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.




Susan Bishop Crispell

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes
Thomas Dunne Books, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good.

Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.

As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.




Colin Gigl

The Ferryman Institute
Gallery Books, September 27, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the bestselling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life.

Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people—somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that’s as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie’s pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life—that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute—but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie’s not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it’s the first time he’s felt right in more than two hundred years.

When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie’s not about to lose the only living, breathing person he’s ever saved without a fight. He’s ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he’s willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it.

Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor.




Nisi Shawl

Everfair
Tor Books, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.




Kea Wilson

We Eat Our Own
Scribner, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon.

When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. He’s replacing another actor who quit after seeing the script—a script the director now claims doesn’t exist. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates.

But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. Entrepreneurial Americans, international drug traffickers, and M-19 guerillas are all fighting for South America’s future—and the groups aren’t as distinct as you might think. The actor thought this would be a role that would change his life. Now he’s worried if he’ll survive it.

Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

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