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Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent or upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nathan Garrison (2015)

The Light That Binds
Sundered World Trilogy 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, October 3, 2017
eBook, 448 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In The Light That Binds, the final installment of the Sundered Worlds trilogy, Nathan Garrison concludes the story of Mevon, Jasside, and Draevenus—among many others—that he began with Veiled Empire and Shadow of the Void.

The Veil came down…but what did it let in?

In the wake of a treasonous plot that plunged the world into a vicious war, a new threat emerges: the Ruvak. It quickly becomes clear that the forces of man, mierothi, and valynkar are no match against this new foe. Not only do the Ruvak have a peculiar resistance to magic, their numbers are so vast, even the combined power of these unlikely allies have no way of matching them.

Still reeling from the betrayal that resulted in her coronation, and with the Ruvaki fleet inexorably pushing across the continent, Queen Arivana must now make hard decisionsbfor her people and for the world, including turning a blind eye to Vashodia’s machinations and sending agents Tassariel and Draevenus to infiltrate enemy territory.

With the help of powerful Jasside and thoughtful Gilshamed, though, all is not lost.

But each new battle moves the Ruvaki ever forward, and even the appearance of Mevon—who many thought dead—and his father’s armies might not be enough to prevent a new species from exterminating them all. It is the final battle for survival, and even the gods are powerless to stop it.





Jason LaPier (2015)

Under Shadows
The Dome Trilogy 3
Harper Voyager, July 13, 2017
eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The third instalment in the wondrous sci-fi Dome Trilogy by Jason LaPier

Once a dome operator, then a fugitive, Jax Jackson is now ready to go home. But he is stopped when, from out of the shadows his greatest nightmare ambushes him, and drags him back to a deep-space lair.

Now a public relations officer for the profitable Modern Policing and Peacekeeping, Stanford Runstom still thinks like the detective he longed to be during his years of service as a law enforcement officer. Violence between space gangs and ModPol is on the rise, and if Runstom is going to find out why, he will have to defy authority and enlist the unlikeliest allies.

Skilled assassin Dava was taught to survive by Space Waste boss Moses Down, so when he’s captured by ModPol, she goes on the warpath. Her trust issues are an asset when sniffing out traitors in her gang, but will she be able to control her rage and become the leader needed to stop the sabotage of an ark carrying a thousand sleeping Earthling refugees?
Book Depository (UK Print Edition)





Brian McClellan (2013)

The Mad Lancers
A Powder Mage Novella
September 6, 2017
eBook, 85 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In the colonial cities and towns of Fatrasta, peace has never been easy. Immigrants fight amongst themselves or turn on the native population, while the governing power of the Kez Army steps in only to enforce the will of apathetic local governors assigned by a distant crown.

Young war hero Ben Styke commands a colonial garrison in a sleepy frontier suburb. When the governor’s cruel brother stops for the night, rising continental tensions force Styke to protect the people of his town in a brutal escalation that threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—he has fought for.

Occurs twelve years before the events in Sins of Empire.

Additional links forthcoming. Check Brian McClellan's website here.



Sins of Empire
Gods of Blood and Powder 1
Orbit, November 28, 2017
Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 7, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A new epic fantasy series from acclaimed fantasy author, Brian McClellan, set in a world where magic and gunpowder meet.

A world on the cusp of a new age...
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place -- a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

Sedition is a dangerous word...
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

The past haunts us all...
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

The View From Monday - July 10, 2017

Happy Monday!

There are 10 debuts out this week! Yes, 10. This may be the week with the most debuts published for the year.

Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown;

The Null Prophecy by Michael Guillen

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson;

Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly;

The Magical World of Madame Métier by Daphne Rose Kingma;

The Fifth Ward: First Watch (The Fifth Ward 1) by Dale Lucas;

The Truants by Lee Markham;

Godblind by Anna Stephens;

When the English Fall by David Williams;

and

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer by Leslie Peter Wulff.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan;

Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound 2) by Jordanna Max Brodsky is out in Trade Paperback;

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne;

and

Under Shadows (The Dome Trilogy 3) by Jason LaPier is out in eBook.

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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.

July 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
First Fall: The Canoe Thief (e) Zaide Bishop SF/Dys
The Null Prophecy (D) Michael Guillen TechTh
Best of British Science Fiction 2016 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology



July 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Returned Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor 2
The Rift Nina Allan SF
Journeys Through Time & Space: 5 Classic Novels of Science Fiction and Fantasy (e) Greg Bear (Curator) SF/F
Winter of the Gods (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF - Olympus Bound 2
Dark Sky Mike Brooks SF - Keiko 2
Tropic of Kansas (D) Christopher Brown SF/AP/PA
Fury of Surrender Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 6
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero Occ/Sup/H/Satire
A Shadow of All Light (h2tp) Fred Chappell F
Little Heaven (h2tp) Nick Cutter H
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
A Handful of Men: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Handful of Men
The Seventh Sword: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - Seventh Sword
A Man of His Word: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Man of His Word
Soultaker Robert J. Duperre F - Knights Eternal
Dichronauts Greg Egan SF/GenEng
The Sunlight Pilgrims (h2tp) Jenni Fagan CoA/Psy/Dys
The Spellsinger Adventures Volume One: Spellsinger, The Hour of the Gate, and The Day of the Dissonance (e) Alan Dean Foster F - Spellsinger Adventures
Tall, Dark, Deadly Alpha Donna Grant PNR/GO - Reapers
The Ghost Line Andrew Neil Gray
J.S. Herbison
SF/AC
Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 4
Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles Kevin Hearne F - The Iron Druid Chronicles
My Best Friend's Exorcism (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/CoA
Sand Hugh Howey SF/PA
Gork, the Teenage Dragon (D) Gabe Hudson LF/F/HU/SF
Like a Fly on the Wall (D) Simone Kelly Sus/M
At the Table of Wolves Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 1
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (h2tp)(ri) Stephen King DF - The Dark Tower 1
The Magical World of Madame Métier (D) Daphne Rose Kingma CW/VisMeta/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Dragon Masters Richard A. Knaak F - The Turning War 1
Tomorrow's Kin Nancy Kress SF/AC/GenEng - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 1
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories Naomi Kritzer SF/F - Collection
The Harrows of Spring (h2tp) James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - World Made By Hand 4
House of Windows John Langan H/SupTh/GO
First Watch (D) Dale Lucas F - The Fifth Ward 1
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology Jonathan Maberry (Ed)
George A. Romero (Ed)
H/F - Anthology
A Kiss Before Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF - A Dru Jasper Novel 2
The Truants (D) Lee Markham Dys/H
Scourge Gail Z. Martin F - Darkhurst 1
The Witches of New York Ami McKay HistF
Mortarch of Night Josh Reynolds
David Guymer
F - Realmgate Wars 9
Telling the Map: Stories Christopher Rowe SF/F - Collection
The Devil's Colony (e) Bill Schweigart H/DF - Fatal Folklore Trilogy 3
Dark Exodus (e) Thomas E. Sniegoski DF - A Demonists Novel 2
Godblind (D) Anna Stephens F/DF
The Delirium Brief Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 8
Bannerless Carrie Vaughn SF/AP/PA - Bannerless Saga 1
Robur the Conqueror Jules Verne
Arthur B. Evans (Ed)
Alex Kirstukas (Tr)
SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction Series
Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire Dayton Ward SF - Hidden Universe
When the English Fall (D) David Williams SF/PA/AP/Dys
Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer (D) Leslie Peter Wulff DF/CF/UF



July 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Waiting on a Bright Moon: A Tor.com Original (e) JY Yang SF



July 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Under Shadows (e) Jason LaPier SF - The Dome Trilogy 3
Man with the Iron Heart Mat Nastos SF - The Donner Grimm Adventures



July 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Journal of Jeremy Todd (Ke) Jon Quick H
Time Travel Short Stories Flame Tree Studio TT - Anthology



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
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RPGs - Role Playing Games
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superhero(es)
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
Z - Zombies
Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - February 22, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Artefact (The Lazarus War 1) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

The Anthrax Protocol by James Thompson.


From formerly featured DAC authors:

Alliance (Linesman 2) by S. K. Dunstall;

Unclear Skies (Dome Trilogy 2) by Jason LaPier;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Mass Market Paperback;

A Gathering of Shadows (Darker Shade of Magic 2) bu V. E. Schwab;

The Absconded Ambassador (Genrenauts Episode 2) by Michael R. Underwood;

and

The Cormorant (Miriam Black 3) by Chuck Wendig.



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February 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Miasma (e) Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series Novella



February 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Shifts (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 8
The Power Jennifer L. Armentrout PNR - Titan 2
Vengeance Oscar Balderrama Lauren Certo CF - Arrow
She Weeps Each Time You're Born (h2tp) Quan Barry MR
Mars, Inc. (tp2mm) Ben Bova SF
Jani and the Great Pursuit Eric Brown SP - Jani 2
Chance on Love (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Kagan Wolves 0.5
Alliance S. K. Dunstall SF - A Linesman Novel 2
A Hold on Me Pat Esden PNR/UF - Dark Heart 1
Bitter Bite Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 14
Mr. Adam (ri) Pat Frank SF
Good Girls Glen Hirshberg H - Motherless Children Trilogy 2
The Unleashing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR - Call Of Crows 1
A Stranger Thing (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 2
The Grace of Kings (h2mm) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Version Control Dexter Palmer SF/TT
The Dead Lands (h2tp) Benjamin Percy LF/Th/PA
Runaway Vampire Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau Vampire 22
Artefact (D - US) Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 1
A Gathering of Shadows V. E. Schwab HistF - Darker Shade of Magic 2
Doctor Who Coloring Book Price Stern Sloan SF
By Tooth and Claw (tp2mm) S.M. Stirling
Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
Jody Lynn Nye
F - Change
The Latter Fire James Swallow SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Anthrax Protocol (D) James Thompson Th/SF/AP/PA/H
The Absconded Ambassador Michael R. Underwood SF - Genrenauts Episode 2
The Cormorant Chuck Wendig Th/Sup - Miriam Black 3



February 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Recalled to Service: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alter S. Reiss F
"The Golem" (e) Ian Tregillis F - The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 5



February 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Devotion (e) Lauren Dawes PNR - Dark 3
Unclear Skies Jason LaPier SF - Dome Trilogy 2
Blood and Frost (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) (e) Scott Nicholson
Joshua Simcox
PA - Zapheads 3



February 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bounty Joe R. Lansdale
John L Lansdale
H




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


AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 34


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



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 herePart 32 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 herePart 33 here
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Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
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Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 here



Mitchell Hogan (2015)

Blood of Innocents
Sorcery Ascendant 2
Harper Voyager, February 2, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 592 pages

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A novice sorcerer may hold the key to saving his world—or be the instrument of its destruction—in this second book in The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing saga of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.

Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen.

As orphaned, monk-raised Caldan and his companions flee the city, leaving behind their hopes for a new beginning, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in.

With Miranda’s mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan does the unthinkable to save her: he breaks the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors. But when the emperor’s warlocks arrive to capture him, Caldan realizes that his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing, and the enemies assailing the empire may be rivaled by more sinister forces within.

And soon, the blood of innocents may be on Caldan’s own hands.




Sophie Jaff (2015)

Love Is Red
The Nightsong Trilogy 1
Harper Paperbacks, May 10, 2016
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 12, 2015

[cover not yet available]
Redefining the thriller's tale of the hunter and the hunted, This electrifying, hypnotically beautiful debut spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of survival.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she doesn't know it yet. However, one man does: a killer stalking the women of New York City, a monster the media dubs the "Sickle Man" because of the weapon he uses to turn his victims' bodies into canvases for his twisted art. People think he's the next Son of Sam, but we know how he thinks and how he feels . . . and discover that he is driven by darker, much more dangerous desires than we can bear to imagine. He takes more than just his victims' lives, and each death brings him closer to the one woman he must possess at any cost.

Amid the city's escalating hysteria, Katherine is trying to unknot her tangled heart. Two very different men have entered her previously uneventful world—handsome and personable David, alluring yet aloof Sael—and turned it upside down. She finds herself involved in a complicated triangle . . . but how well does she really know either of them?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Sophie Jaff's intoxicating narrative will pull you in and hold you close. As the body count rises, Katherine is haunted by harrowing visions that force her to question her sanity. All she wants is to find love. He just wants to find her.

Ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility, Love Is Red is the first book in the Night Song trilogy. With this unforgettable novel—one that combines the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present—Katherine's moment of awakening is here. And her story is only just beginning.




Lee Kelly (2015)

City of Savages
Saga Press, February 2, 2016
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 3, 2015

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Red Dawn meets Escape from New York and The Hunger Games” (Booklist) in an action-packed dystopian fantasy filled with “prose [that] is gorgeous and brilliant” and “tells a satisfyingly dark tale through alternating the two sisters’ points of view” (VOYA, starred review).

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.


A Criminal Magic
Saga Press, February 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

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In Lee Kelly’s newest fantasy novel, two young sorcerers experiment with magic and mobsters in 1920s Prohibition when a new elixir is created that turns their lives upside down.

Washington, DC, 1926. Sorcery opponents have succeeded in passing the 18th Amendment, but the Prohibition of magic has only invigorated the city’s underworld. Smuggling rings carry magic contraband in from the coast. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Gangs have even established “magic havens,” secret venues where the public can lose themselves in immersive magic and consume a mind-bending, highly addictive elixir known as “the sorcerer’s shine.”

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from the backwoods of Norfolk County, accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, The Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws. When Joan meets Alex at the Shaws’ magic haven, she discovers a confidante in her fellow partner and he begins to fall under her spell. But when a new breed of the addictive sorcerer’s shine is created within the walls of the magic haven, Joan and Alex are forced to question their allegiances as they become pitted against one another in a dangerous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.




Jason LaPier (2015)

Unclear Skies
The Dome Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager (UK), February 25, 2016
eBook, 400 pages
Paperback, June 30, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 34
The second book in Jason LaPier’s thrilling sci-fi trilogy

Justice isn’t what it used to be

Rogue cop Stanford Runstom blew open a botched murder case and was given a promotion – of sorts. But doing PR work for ModPol, the security-firm-for-hire, is not the detective position Runstom had in mind, particularly when his orders become questionable.

Freedom always comes at a price

Despite being cleared of false murder charges, Jax is still a fugitive from justice. When ModPol catches up with him, keeping his freedom now means staying alive at any cost, even if that means joining Space Waste, the notorious criminal gang.

Security can be deadly

When ModPol and Space Waste go head to head, old friends Runstom and Jax find themselves caught between two bloodthirsty armies, and this time they might not escape with their lives.




Robert Levy (2015)

The Glittering World
Gallery Books, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 10, 2015

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AS A BOY, HE VANISHED INTO THE WOODS.
SOMETHING ELSE CAME BACK.

In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.

When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy, Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.

But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring coworker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind...
[description from Hardcover edition]

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The winner of the May 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Unexpected Rain by Jason LaPier with 29% of all votes.



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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts

Interview with Jason LaPier, author of Unexpected Rain - May 8, 2015


Please welcome Jason LaPier to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Unexpected Rain was published by on May 7th by Harper Voyager (UK).



Interview with Jason LaPier, author of Unexpected Rain - May 8, 2015




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

Jason:  Despite being a professional computer geek by trade, I've always sought a creative outlet. For a long time this was making music (first metal, then electronic), then it became game design. I'd dabbled with writing on and off but when I was writing quests for an RPG that I'd been developing in my spare time, I found I really enjoyed it. It was in 2005 that I started working on a couple of novels (neither of which ever got finished) and some short stories. I had the bug, and within a few years I was attending workshops and devouring books on writing and just getting more serious about it in general.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jason:  I used to do a kind of partial plot and then just start writing by the seat of my pants. This is what led to two dead-end, unfinished novels. I discovered that for me to be successful, I need to plot from beginning to end. Now, let me clarify: my outlines always have a beginning, middle, and end, but they usually have a _lot_ of wiggle room in between. I understand the value of pantsing, the freedom to allow the story to evolve on its own. Personally, I need a minimum amount of structure to keep my momentum going, but I appreciate a level of flexibility.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Jason:  Time, time, time, there's never enough time, especially with a demanding day job. Related to that is the challenge of staying focused: I have so many grand plans, so many projects I'd love to work on that sometimes I get sidetracked. And I think there's nothing wrong with that, but when you're strapped for time, you really need to be able to focus once in a while to take a single project to the next level.



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

Jason:  Douglas Adams is still probably my favorite all-time sci-fi author. I like to think I'm influenced by his humor a little here and there. Followed closely by Philip K. Dick, whose dark and mind-bending stories rock my world. I really love Margaret Atwood and her ability to make such a strong emotional connection to her characters come through. More directly related to Unexpected Rain, I think influence-wise there is definitely some Isaac Asimov, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.



TQ:  Describe Unexpected Rain in 140 characters or less.

Jason:  Mass murder in a dome on a distant planet. The case seems easy - too easy. A rogue cop teams up with a fugitive to seek the truth.



TQ:  Tell us something about Unexpected Rain that is not in the book description.

Jason:  Jax and Runstom are the two central characters, but a third point-of-view character is an assassin called Dava. She's a significant character, but her arc is tangential to the murder plot that drives the novel. As a child, she was "rescued" from the deteriorating Earth, only to find herself dropped into a dome on another planet and orphaned. As a teen, she was recruited by the criminal outfit known as Space Waste. Her role will increase dramatically in Unexpected Rain's sequel.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Unexpected Rain? How did you end up writing a genre bending "space age noir murder mystery"?

Jason:  I love all manner of sci-fi, including epic space opera stuff. However, I'm also the type who wants to know about the lives of the so-called ordinary people: the bartenders, the construction workers, the security guards, the administrators, the janitors, etc. Of course, I couldn't build a whole story around "day" jobs, but I could take one example and turn it upside down with a murder. And as a bonus, it allows me to flex my dark-side muscles, and get nice and gritty in the noir style.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Unexpected Rain?

The setting of Unexpected Rain is several hundred years into the future, and high-speed travel has allowed the human race to visit and populate star systems nearest to our solar system. I try to keep techno/science-babble under control in the narrative, but as this is sci-fi, it's in there. Most of the research I've done is around exoplanets (planets around stars outside of our solar system) and the properties of various moons, especially those in orbit around gas giants. In the last several years, real-world expeditions with space probes such as Galileo and Cassini have revealed all kinds of interesting discoveries about the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Additionally, I'm a software engineer by trade, and so a lot of my day-to-day observations inform some of the underpinnings of my future world. I love to play with the disconnect between the designs of engineers and the real-world usage of their efforts by consumers.



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

Jason:  I suppose Jax, the life-support operator accused of murder, was easiest to write. He's a bit lost in his late 20s, stuck in neutral, and not living up to his potential. He's always had a hard time following through on anything - jobs, relationships - and it takes a catastrophic event to spurn him into action. I've been there, and I've seen friends who've been there (fortunately it didn't take a murder investigation to snap us out of our funks).

If I'm going to be honest, Dava was the most challenging for me to write. She's a cold-blooded assassin on the surface, but underneath, she's denying herself her true feelings. Her Earth heritage is obvious by her skin color - which contrasts with the paling effect that dome technology has on most pigments - and she grew up an outcast. What she is really looking for is a family, a place to call home.



TQ:  Which question about Unexpected Rain do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Jason:

Q: What's with the title?

A: Thanks so much for asking, me! The title refers to an example of operator programming that Jax uses when he's trying to explain the systems inside a dome. In order to maintain the environment, the operators have to periodically create rain inside each dome, and since domers are sheltered folk and don't like getting wet, they get a warning when it happens. Jax comes to realize how much his example represents dome life in general, and how much he'd put up with getting all wet in exchange for the thrill of spontaneity and unpredictability. I talked about how I apply this same idea to the rocky ride to publication in this blog post: http://jasonwlapier.com/2014/12/2014-wrap-up-riding-the-unexpected/

Side note: it was years after I chose this title that I discovered there's a song called "An Unexpected Rain".



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Unexpected Rain.

Jason:

(this, from Dava's point of view, while combing the underground of the domes):
There was perfection above in neat little packages, but it seemed that no matter how perfect things were, it was impossible for the human race to avoid stepping in shit eventually. She watched the sad souls that sought refuge from the transcendence of dome life looking over their shoulders, skittering from vice to vice.

(when Jax meets his cellmate):
Johnny Eyeball winked again. It was a mildly angry wink.


TQ:  What's next?

Jason:  I'm currently working on the sequel to Unexpected Rain, which will be followed by the conclusion of the trilogy. Aside from that, I've been working on an unrelated book: a modern day private-eye thriller with some mind-bending sci-fi twists.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jason:  Thanks so much for having me!





Unexpected Rain
Harper Voyager (UK), May 7, 2015
eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Jason LaPier, author of Unexpected Rain - May 8, 2015
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard's Star, a recently hired maintenance man named Kane has just committed murder.

Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.

Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.

His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn’t commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead.





About Jason

Interview with Jason LaPier, author of Unexpected Rain - May 8, 2015
Born and raised in upstate New York, Jason LaPier lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and his dachshund. In past lives he has been a guitar player for a metal band, a drum-n-bass DJ, a record store owner, a game developer, and an IT consultant. These days he divides his time between writing fiction and developing software, and doing Oregonian things like gardening, hiking, and drinking microbrew.






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The View From Monday - May 4, 2015


Happy Monday! May the 4th be with you!


There are 6 debuts this week:
  • Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley
  • The Brass Giant (Chroniker City 1) by Brooke Johnson
  • Unexpected Rain by Jason LaPier
  • The Waterborne Blade (Waterborne 1) by Susan Murray
  • Revision by Andrea Phillips
  • Cash Crash Jubilee (Jubilee Cycle 1) by Eli K. P. William


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:
  • Corsair: A Science Fiction Novel by James L. Cambias
  • Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
  • Three Slices by Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne and Chuck Wendig  (Blud, Iron Druid, Miriam Black novellas)
  • Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson 7) Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback
  • The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 3) by Michael J. Martinez
  • Sword of the North (The Grim Company 2) by Luke Scull
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch is out in Trade Paperback
  • Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1), Mockingbird (Miriam Black 2) and The Cormorant (Miriam Black 3) by Chuck Wendig are re-released by their new publisher in digital format with new covers. Print editions will be available later this year.



The View From Monday - May 4, 2015



May 5, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The New World Chris Adrian LF
The Dark Between the Stars (h2mm) Kevin J. Anderson SF/SO- Saga of Shadows 1
Straits of Hell Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 10
Deadly Shores (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 9
Immunity Taylor Antrim LF/NF/Dys
Day of Atonement Alex Archer FairyT/FolkT/ L&M - Rogue Angel 54
Forbidden Trespass James Axler Dys - Deathlands 122
Hell's Maw James Axler SF - Outlanders 73
The Windup Girl (2nd Edition) Paolo Bacigalupi SF
The Boost (h2mm) Stephen Baker TechnoTh/NF
Grave Phantoms Jenn Bennett PNR - Roaring Twenties 3
Shadows (h2mm) E. C. Blake F - The Masks of Aygrima 2
Some Like It Witchy Heather Blake PM - Wishcraft Mystery 5
If There Were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty's Own Story of the Exorcist (e) William Peter Blatty Film
Mirror Sight (h2tp) Kristen Britain F - Green Rider 5
Corsair: A Science Fiction Novel James L. Cambias SF
Thief's Magic (h2tp) Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 1
Earth Awakens (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - The First Formic War 3
Gateway to Never A Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes 6
Seriously Wicked Tina Connolly F/YA
1882: Custer in Chains Robert Conroy AH
Cibola Burn (h2tp) James S.A. Corey SF - Expanse 4
Within (e) Keith Deininger H
Three Slices (Ke) Delilah Dawson
Kevin Hearne
Chuck Wendig
F - Novellas (Blud, Iron Druid, Miriam, Black)
Releasing the Shifter Summer Devon PNR - Solitary Shifters 3
Unseemly Science Rod Duncan HistF - The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire 2
The Waking Engine (h2mm) David Edison F
The Mystwalker Series, The Complete Collection (e) Leigh Evans PNR - Mystwalker
Winterwood (e) JG Faherty H - Childhood Fears
Hugo & Rose (D) Bridget Foley LF
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women Paula Guran (ed) F/P - Anthology
Day Shift Charlaine Harris UF - Midnight, Texas 2
The Gospel of Loki Joanne M. Harris F
Midnight's Kiss Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 8
The Merchant Emperor (h2mm) Elizabeth Haydon F - Symphony of Ages 7
Scarecrows Christine Hayton H - Childhood Fears
Witches with the Enemy Barb Hendee F - Mist-Torn Witches 3
Alias Hook (h2tp) Lisa Jensen HistF
The Brass Giant (D) (e) Brooke Johnson SP - Chroniker City 1
Seventh Grave and No Body (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 7
Revival (ri) Stephen King H/Sus
Alien Separation Gini Koch SF - Alien 11
Black Ice (tp2mm) Susan Krinard CF - Midgard 2
The Dhulyn and Parno Novels: Volume Two Violette Malan F - Dhulyn and Parno Omnibus
The Venusian Gambit Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 3
Ultimatum (e) Annmarie McKenna PNR - Graham Pack Mates 3
The Mirror (e)(ri) Marlys Millhiser M/TT
The Threshold (e)(ri) Marlys Millhiser M/TT
The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave J.H. Moncrieff H - Childhood Fears
Corum - The Knight of Swords: The Eternal Champion Michael Moorcock F - Eternal Champion
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami MR
The Waterborne Blade (D) Susan Murray F - Waterborne 1
The Book of Phoenix Nnedi Okorafor SF/Ap/PA - Who Fears Death prequel
Chasers of the Wind (h2mm) Alexey Pehov F - Cycle of Wind and Sparks 1
Revision (D) Andrea Phillips SF
The Guardians of Ascension Series, Books 1-3 (e) Caris Roane PNR - Guardians of Ascension
Gifts of Darkover (Ke) Deborah J. Ross F - Darkover 15
Binary Stephanie Saulter SF - Revolution 2
Gemsigns (h2tp) Stephanie Saulter SF - Revolution 1
Sword of the North Luke Scull F - The Grim Company 2
Nightmare in Greasepaint L.L. Soares H - Childhood Fears
Phoenix in Shadow Ryk E Spoor F - Balanced Sword 2
Tomorrow and Tomorrow (h2tp) Thomas Sweterlitsch NF/Th/Ap/PA
Her Wild Hero Paige Tyler PNR - X-Ops 3
Blackbirds (e)(ri) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 1
The Cormorant (e)(ri) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 3
Mockingbird (e)(ri) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 2
Oracle Michelle West F - House War 6
Cash Crash Jubilee (D) Eli K. P. William SF/Ap/PA - Jubilee Cycle 1
A Long Time Until Now Michael Z Williamson SF/TT - Temporal Displacement 1



May 6, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alex Bledsoe F
At the End of Babel: A Tor.Com Original (e) Michael Livingston F
Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: The Father of Science Fiction on Screen Brian Taves HC



May 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Fae (e) Pippa DaCosta UF/NA
Lord of Ashes (e) Richard Ford F - Steelhaven 3
Unexpected Rain (D) (e) Jason LaPier SF



May 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mermen Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Mermen Trilogy 1
MerMadmen Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Mermen Trilogy 2


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
L&M - Legend and Myth
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
NA - New Adult
NF - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

May 2015 Debuts


May 2015 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for May. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The May 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 May cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 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 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 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for May. The list is correct as of the day posted.




Catherine Chanter

The Well
Atria Books, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

May 2015 Debuts
From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well—the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.

Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.

Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child—all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.

Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.

A tour de force about ordinary people caught in the tide of an extraordinary situation, Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting, beautifully written, and utterly believable novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.




Rachelle Dekker

The Choosing
Seer 1
Tyndale House, May 19, 2015
Trade Paperback, 448 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.




Bridget Foley

Hugo & Rose
St. Martin's Press, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Rose is disappointed with her life, though she has no reason to be - she has a beautiful family and a perfectly nice house in the suburbs. But to Rose, this ordinary life feels overshadowed by her other life - the one she leads every night in her dreams.

After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man.

But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows. Is she willing to let go of everything she holds dear to understand their extraordinary connection? And will it lead her to discover who she truly wants to be?




Nathan Garrison

Veiled Empire
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 26, 2015
eBook

May 2015 Debuts
The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.

But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor's reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own.

Nathan Garrison's Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered. Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.




Sophie Jaff

Love is Red
The Night Song Trilogy 1
Harper, May 12, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Redefining the thriller's tale of the hunter and the hunted, This electrifying, hypnotically beautiful debut spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of survival.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she doesn't know it yet. However, one man does: a killer stalking the women of New York City, a monster the media dubs the "Sickle Man" because of the weapon he uses to turn his victims' bodies into canvases for his twisted art. People think he's the next Son of Sam, but we know how he thinks and how he feels . . . and discover that he is driven by darker, much more dangerous desires than we can bear to imagine. He takes more than just his victims' lives, and each death brings him closer to the one woman he must possess at any cost.

Amid the city's escalating hysteria, Katherine is trying to unknot her tangled heart. Two very different men have entered her previously uneventful world—handsome and personable David, alluring yet aloof Sael—and turned it upside down. She finds herself involved in a complicated triangle . . . but how well does she really know either of them?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Sophie Jaff's intoxicating narrative will pull you in and hold you close. As the body count rises, Katherine is haunted by harrowing visions that force her to question her sanity. All she wants is to find love. He just wants to find her.

Ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility, Love Is Red is the first book in the Night Song trilogy. With this unforgettable novel—one that combines the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present—Katherine's moment of awakening is here. And her story is only just beginning.




Brooke Johnson

The Brass Giant
A Chroniker City Story
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 5, 2015
eBook

May 2015 Debuts
Sometimes, even the most unlikely person can change the world

Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up and tinkers with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.

When Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she's been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate will await Petra.

Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council…and their automaton is just the beginning.




Aer-ki Jyr

Apex
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 12, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

May 2015 Debuts
A new dawn is coming.

It's been eons since Humans controlled the universe, after their defeat by a mysterious enemy. With their downfall came a virtual dark age in which culture and technology stagnated. But now trade is once again flourishing as Human artifacts resurface throughout the galaxy, resurrecting long-forgotten advancements.

And one such discovery may very well alter the course of the future forever.

An epic space adventure, Aer-ki Jyr's Apex is a breathless race to the ultimate prize, with the very fate of the stars hanging in the balance.




Renée Knight

Disclaimer
Harper, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

May 2015 Debuts
A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller— already an international sensation—about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day she became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.




Jason LaPier

Unexpected Rain
Harper Voyager (UK), May 7, 2015
eBook, 400 pages

May 2015 Debuts
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard's Star, a recently hired maintenance man named Kane has just committed murder.

Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.

Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.

His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn’t commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead.




Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers
Crown, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

May 2015 Debuts
For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by water

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.




K.M. McKinley

The Iron Ship
The Gates of the World 1
Solaris, May 26, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 672 pages

May 2015 Debuts
An incredible epic fantasy begins!

The order of the world is in turmoil. An age of industry is beginning, an age of machines fuelled by magic. Sprawling cities rise, strange devices stalk the land. New money brings new power. The balance between the Hundred Kingdoms is upset. For the first time in generations the threat of war looms.

In these turbulent days, fortunes can be won. Magic runs strong in the Kressind family. Six siblings strive – one to triumph in a world of men, one to survive murderous intrigue, one to master forbidden sorcery, one to wash away his sins, one to contain the terrible energies of his soul.

And one will do the impossible, by marrying the might of magic and iron in the heart of a great ship, to cross an ocean that cannot be crossed.




Susan Murray

The Waterborne Blade
Waterborne 1
Angry Robot Books, May 5, 2015
       (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Cover: Paul Young at Artist Partners

May 2015 Debuts
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

File Under: Fantasy




Andrea Phillips

Revision
Fireside Fiction Company, May 5, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 230 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he shows up at her place with an engagement ring. Chalk it up to coincidence, right?

Soon after, Benji’s long-vanished co-founder Chandra shows up asking for Mira’s help. She claims Verity can nudge unlikely events into really happening — even change someone’s mind. And Chandra insists that Verity — and Mira’s newly minted fiance — can’t be trusted.

Amazon print edition, Barnes and Noble ebook, and iTunes ebook will be available May 5th




Marguerite Reed

Archangel
Archangel 1Arche Press, May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 298 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Earth is dying, and we have begun the search for a new home. Our hopes are pinned on Ubastis, an untamed paradise at the edge of colonized space. But such an influx of people threatens the planet’s unstudied ecosystem–before these settlers arrive, a tenuous research colony must complete its essential and desperate analysis, lest humanity abandon one planet only to die on another.

The Ubasti colonists barely get by on their own. To acquire the tools and supplies they truly need, the colonists are relegated to selling whatever they can to outside investors. For xenobiologist Vashti Loren, this means bringing Offworlders on safari to hunt the specimens she and her fellow biologists so desperately need to study.

Haunted by the violent death of her husband, the heroic and celebrated Lasse Undset, Vashti must balance the needs of Ubastis against the swelling crush of would-be settlers. As she negotiates her grief, Vashti struggles in her role as one of the few colonists licensed to carry deadly weapons, just as she struggles with her history of using them. And when she discovers a genetically engineered soldier smuggled onto the surface, Vashti must face the nightmare of her husband’s murder all over again. Vashti must protect herself, her daughter, and all of Ubastis as she is forced to draw alliances with old enemies, re-evaluate old friends, and take planet-wide action against those who threaten her world. Vashti stands at the threshold of humanity’s greatest hope, and she alone understands the darkness of guarding paradise.




Marc Turner

When the Heavens Fall
The Chronicles of the Exile 1
Tor Books, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

May 2015 Debuts
If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.

The first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series, Marc Turner's When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.




Eli K. P. William

Cash Crash Jubilee
Jubilee Cycle 1
Talos Press, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 392 pages

May 2015 Debuts
A cyber-dystopian world unlike any other

In a near future Tokyo, every action from blinking to sexual intercourse is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of the metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.

Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. His job is to capture bankrupt citizens, remove their BodyBank, and banish them to BankDeath Camps where they are forever cut off from the action-transaction economy. Amon always plays by the rules and is steadily climbing the Liquidation Ministry ladder.

With his savings accumulating and another promotion just around the corner, everything seems to be going well, until he is asked to cash crash a charismatic politician and model citizen, and soon after is charged for an incredibly expensive action called "jubilee" that he is sure he never performed. To restore balance to his account, Amon must unravel the secret of jubilee, but quickly finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he's devoted his life, and the costly investigation only drags him closer and closer to the pit of bankruptcy.

In book one of the Jubilee Cycle, Cash Crash Jubilee, debut novelist Eli K. P. William wields the incisive power of speculative fiction to show how, in a world of corporate finance run amok, one man will do everything for the sake of truth and justice.

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