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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October 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 2017 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on October 31, 2017.

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Jacket illustration - Martin Deschambault
Jacket design - Greg Stadnyk





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover design - Adam Auerbach
Cover art - photograph of cloaked figure &copy: Malgorzata Maj/
Arcangel Images; photograph of raven courtesy of 
Shutterstock Images





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover illustration - Steve Stone
Cover design - Lex Maudlin










2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover illustrations - Crystal Ben, Arcangel
Cover design - Lisa Marie Pompilio





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover art - Jaime Jones
Cover design - Jaime Stafford-Hill





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover art and design - John Coulthart





2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts

Interview with Jeannette Ng, author of Under the Pendulum Sun


Please welcome Jeannette Ng to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Under the Pendulum Sun was published on October 3rd by Angry Robot.



Interview with Jeannette Ng, author of Under the Pendulum Sun




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

Jeannette:  I've been writing for as long as I remember writing and before that I was telling stories. First year of primary school, I would drag other children into the PE supplies closet and make them listen to me.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Jeannette:  Hybrid?

I'm probably a discovery writer (a pantser) at heart, but that way lies plots cul-de-sacs and unfinished books. And madness. Which is to say I need plotting and structure and direction to hold me together. I've never finished a novel that I didn't know the ending to, but the route towards it can change considerably as it gets written.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Jeannette:  My own anxieties can be very loud at times. Facing my writing can mean I need to face down my own fears and they can get very, very loud. It drowns out the voice inside me that is trying to tell a story and then I'm trying to make it all go quiet with distractions. It's all an incredibly unhelpful and typical cycle.

Erm, a more author-ly answer is time skips and information management. I find minutae interesting, so knowing how much to show and how much to summarise is something I find awkward. SHOW DON'T TELL has been drummed into my mind from my very early days and it's very counterintuitive then to me that I must now just skip all ten days of "boring" travel.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

JeannetteUnder the Pendulum Sun's most direct literary influences is almost certainly the Brontës, especially Charlotte's Jane Eyre. I borrow heavily from their structures and motifs. The rest of the gothic canon have made their mark, from Ann Radcliffe and Regina Maria Roche to V C Andrews.

In terms of writing half-real magic realist alt-histories, I'm heavily influenced by Jorge Luis Borges. I was so enamoured of him that I had his poems plastered all over my boarding school bedroom. He wrote reviews of nonexistent books and passed off original work as "translations". I simply adore that sort of literary forgery and that is a huge part of Under the Pendulum Sun.



TQDescribe Under the Pendulum Sun in 140 characters or less.

Jeannette:  "Gothic novel about Victorian missionaries going to Fairyland. Things go poorly for them."



TQTell us something about Under the Pendulum Sun that is not found in the book description.

Jeannette:  All the chapters start with fragments of literary forgery, which I really enjoyed writing. They are quotations from texts the characters within the book are reading. Partly to cut down on quotations within the text itself. A lot of incidental world building happens there, as well as foreshadowing of things to come. It's likely an affectation that will follow me into future projects.



TQWhat inspired you to write Under the Pendulum Sun? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Jeannette:  I found a Victorian missionary text in the university library one day and it all just went from there.

Magic is kinda just cool, but I love how that inherent coolness of magic (and dragons, etc) can be used to hook a reader into being interested in things they would otherwise overlook. I can use that interest to shine a light on things I find interesting, like biblical apocrycha, textile guild politics or medieval bookmaking methods. I'm uncomfortable with direct allegories but magic can also be used to amplify and intensify.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Under the Pendulum Sun?

Jeannette:  I already had a grounding in the Victorians from my degree, but I read a lot of Victorian texts (all out of copyright) on google books and assorted other online libraries of scanned books. I visited various museums up and down the country, but that's also just a normal weekend. I remember the goblin market idea came to me when in a room done up as a Victorian child's room. I also went to Birdforth, the village where Laon and Cathy Helstone grew up and paid a visit to its little Norman church.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Under the Pendulum Sun.

Jeannette:  John Coulthart did the cover and he's just amazing. He and I both wrote about the cover over at Fantasy Faction during the reveal and he offers a lot of cool insight into his design choices.

The cover depicts Mab, the Pale Queen of the Fae, as this terrifying collage of moths and other insects. It is she who terrorises the siblings who we see imprisoned in the elaborate gothic arches. The castle Gethsemane in which most of the book takes place can be seen ominously in the background.



TQIn Under the Pendulum Sun who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jeannette:  Mab was probably the most fun to write, since she's such a marvelously malevolent presence for so much of the book. I am perhaps too fond of describing her and every line of hers drips with double meaning.

Laon was awkward in various ways, since gothic heroes aren't always very likeable people and he's very much cut from that same tortured cloth. I am very fond of him as a character and he was himself the viewpoint protagonist in an earlier draft but that lacked bite. It drew the reader into his depressive narcissism, but of course now we see him through the eyes of his sister and he's not at all forthcoming at first about his reasons. There's this delicate balance of mystery and explaining that I'm still not sure I've gotten quite right.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Under the Pendulum Sun?

Jeannette:  I've included social issues in the sense that I consider them an inescapable part of the fabric of the world and the lives of the characters. There's quite a raw conversation in which one character confronts another about how they seem oblivious to their difference in privilege, for example. And it is inescapable that a book dealing with Victorian missionaries would touch on ideas of British imperialism and colonialism, after all. But I wouldn't call Under the Pendulum Sun an "issue" book. It all informs the action rather than is the action.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Under the Pendulum Sun.

Jeannette:  For maximum non-spoilery, here is a description of the titular Pendulum Sun:

If you would imagine a bright lantern hanging at the end of a long cord. Then imagine that it swings as a pendulum over a surface, bringing each part in turn into its light.
That surface is Arcadia and that lantern is their sun. Thus at the edges of the Faelands, the sun reaches the pinnacle of its upswing before falling back the way it came. The equilibrium position of the pendulum sun is near the centre of the Faelands, directly above the city of Pivot. There, it is almost never night, as the sun is always close enough to impart at least a hazy twilight of illumination.
I really like this exchange between Cathy and fae she meets:
"Pay him no heed." Kasdaye pulled my hand into hers. "Have you not wanted to speak to me all your life?"
"H-have I?"
"You're human. And humanity loves us." She was stroking my hand as though it were a lapdog. "So desperate are you to speak to us that you see us everywhere. You look across across your borders, your walls and instead of your neighbours, you see us. As your ships sail further and countries and continents discover each another, you see not each other. You see us. You want to see us."


TQWhat's next?

Jeannette:  The obvious next thing of mine out next is a short story titled "How the Wishing Tree Gained its Carapace of Plastic" in Not So Stories, which is out next year. It's the first thing of mine published that draws directly on Chinese folklore so I've very excited about that seeing light of day.

I'm working on a number of other novels, but I'm afraid they're all a bit Watch This Space. I'm at that skittish stage where I fear jinxing it all by talking about it.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jeannette:  Thank you for having me. :)





Under the Pendulum Sun
Angry Robot Books, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Jeannette Ng, author of Under the Pendulum Sun
Victorian missionaries travel into the heart of the newly discovered lands of the Fae, in a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.

File Under: Fantasy [ In Arcadia | Seek and Hide | The Queen of Moths | Lands of the Damned ]





About Jeannette

Interview with Jeannette Ng, author of Under the Pendulum Sun
Jeannette Ng is originally from Hong Kong but now lives in Durham, UK. Her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies fed into an interest in medieval and missionary theology, which in turn spawned her love for writing gothic fantasy with a theological twist. She runs live roleplay games and is active within the costuming community, running a popular blog.







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Twitter @jeannette_ng


The View From Monday - October 2, 2017

Happy 1st Monday in October!

There are 6 debuts this week:

The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives 1) by Ausma Zehanat Khan;

Blackwing (Raven's Mark 1) by Ed McDonald;

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng;

The Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendancy 1) by K Arsenault Rivera;

Orthogonal Procedures by Adam Rothstein;

and

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Mageborn (The Age of Dread 1) by Stephen Aryan;

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh by Ian Doescher;

The Trials of Solomon Parker by Eric Scott Fischl;

The Light That Binds (The Sundered World Trilogy 3) by Nathan Garrison;

The Imposters of Aventil (Maradaine 3) by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

The Seven (Vagrant Trilogy 3) by Peter Newman;

and

The Tower and Knife Trilogy (eBundle) by Mazarkis William.

The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
The View From Monday - October 2, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - October 2, 2017



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

October 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Haunted Blade J.C. Daniels DF - Colbana Files 6
Brimstone Prince (e) Barbara J. Hancock PNR
The Witch's Quest (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Decadent Dames 3
Harlequin Nocturne October 2017 Box Set: The Witch's Quest\Brimstone Prince (e) Michele Hauf
Barbara J. Hancock
PNR



October 2, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Her Vampire Husband (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Wicked Games 4
Tanith By Choice: The Best of Tanith Lee Tanith Lee DF/H
Blackwater: The Complete Saga Michael McDowell Gothic/Occ
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two James D. Jenkins (Ed)
Ryan Cagle (Ed)
H - Anthology



October 3, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
From a Certain Point of View Various SF/SO - Star Wars
Mermaids: The Myths, Legends, and Lore (e) Skye Alexander FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Complete Psychotechnic League, Vol. 1 Poul Anderson SF
Monster: The Early Life of Mary Shelley Mark Arnold Hist/SFR/Gothic/LF/Fem
Mageborn Stephen Aryan F - The Age of Dread 1
The Scarlet Gospels (tp2mm) Clive Barker H
Nimbus Jacey Bedford SF/SO - A Psi-Tech Novel 3
Star Trek Beyond - The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow Titan Books Film - Star Trek
Apes and Angels (h2mm) Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 2
The Core Peter V. Brett F - The Demon Cycle 5
The Baron in the Trees Italo Calvino
Ann Goldstein (Tr)
LF
Chain of Command Frank Chadwick SF
Virtues of War - March of War Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 3
Leviathan Wakes (Signed) James S. A. Corey SF - The Expanse 1
The Monster Hunter Files Larry Correia (Ed)
Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed)
CF - Monster Hunter Anthology
Haunted Nights Ellen Datlow (Ed)
Lisa Morton (Ed)
H/Occ/Sup - Anthology
Colonial Horrors: Sleepy Hollow and Beyond Graeme Davis (Ed) H - Anthology
William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh Ian Doescher SF - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 7
The Motion of Puppets (h2tp) Keith Donohue LF/CF/H
Catacombs of Terror! (h2tp) Stanley Donwood Noir/Gothic/H
The Trials of Solomon Parker Eric Scott Fischl F/HistF/Occ/Sup
The Light That Binds (e) Nathan Garrison DF - The Sundered World Trilogy 3
The Long Past and Other Stories Ginn Hale HistF
Brimstone Prince Barbara J. Hancock PNR
Ghost Times Two (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 7
The Witch's Quest Michele Hauf PNR - Decadent Dames 3
For the Winner: A Novel of Jason and the Argonauts Emily Hauser Hist
Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories Hugh Howey SF - Collection
In the Footsteps of Dracula: Tales of the Un-Dead Count Stephen Jones (Ed) H - Anthology
The Lovecraft Squad: Waiting Stephen Jones (Creator) Occ/Sup
Treachery's Tools (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - The Imager Portfolio 10
The Bloodprint ( D - SpecfFic) Ausma Zehanat Khan F - The Khorasan Archives 1
Closer to the Chest (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 3
Moonbath Yanick Lahens
Emily Gogolak (Tr)
LF/Hist/CW/MR
Picnic at Hanging Rock (ri) Joan Lindsay LF/Gothic/H
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Carmen Maria Machado SF - Collection
Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker Nick Mamatas (Ed)
Molly Tanzer (Ed)
Beverages - Anthology
The Imposters of Aventil Marshall Ryan Maresca UF/F - Maradaine 3
Den of Wolves (h2mm) Juliet Marillier HistF/FR - Blackthorn & Grim 3
Halloween Carnival Volume 1 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
Blackwing (D) Ed McDonald DF/F - Raven's Mark 1
The Seven Peter Newman F - Vagrant Trilogy 3
Under the Pendulum Sun (D) Jeannette Ng F/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Aftertaste Andrew Post UF/HU/H/P
The Tiger's Daughter (D) K Arsenault Rivera F/HistF - Their Bright Ascendency 1
The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Patrick Rothfuss CF/DF - Kingkiller Chronicle 1
Orthogonal Procedures (D) Adam Rothstein SF/TT
Hero R.A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 3
The Witcher Boxed Set: Blood of Elves, The Time of Contempt, Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski F - Witcher
Money Back Guarantee (e) Hunter Shea H - Mail Order Massacres 3
Alone (h2tp) Scott Sigler SF - The Generations Trilogy 3
An Unkindness of Ghosts (D) Rivers Solomon SF/SO/LF/PA/AP
Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas Terry Spear PNR - White Wolf 1
The Murders of Molly Southbourne Tade Thompson H/DF
Doctor Who: Time Trips (h2mm) Various SF - Anthology
The Genius Plague David Walton SF/Th
To Fall Among Vultures (e) Scott Warren SF - Union Earth Privateers 2
The Tower & Knife Trilogy (e) Mazarkis Williams F
Quillifer Walter Jon Williams F - Quillifer 1
What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror David Wong H/HU/Th - John Dies at the End 3
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 Charles Yu (Ed)
John Joseph Adams (Series Ed)
SF - Anthology



October 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Crispin's Model: A Tor.com Original (e) Max Gladstone H
Broken Vessels (e) Brian Francis Slattery UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #12



October 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wilderness Within John Claude Smith PsyTh/H



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
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts


There are 12 debut novels for October.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The October 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 October cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on October 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for October 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.

Updated to include Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng.
Updated to include Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith.



Melissa Caruso

The Tethered Mage
Swords and Fire 1
Orbit, October 24, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
     Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army.

Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

The Tethered Mage is the first novel in a spellbinding new fantasy series.




Mareth Griffith

Court of Twilight
Parvus Press LLC, October 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 342 pages
     Contemporary Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Explore the hidden world of ancient magic within modern Dublin.

Six months ago, Ivy stumbled into the deal of a lifetime – great rent in a posh Dublin neighborhood and a flatmate, Demi, who was only a little weird. It didn’t matter that their flat is packed with exotic plants or that her flatmate does all her shopping on-line but refuses to meet the delivery man at the door?

Now, though, Demi’s gone missing, there are strange men hiding in the flower boxes, and a lot of strangers have suddenly taken interest in the whereabouts of her peculiar flatmate. When the police won’t help, Ivy knows she’s going to have to solve this mystery on her own.

Ivy dives headfirst into a secret Dublin, hidden in plain sight, and discovers that the longer she stays in, the more she risks losing the world she always knew. Can she save Demi without losing herself?




Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Bloodprint
The Khorasan Archives
Harper Voyager, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
     Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
The author of the acclaimed mystery The Unquiet Dead delivers her first fantasy novel—the opening installment in a thrilling quartet—a tale of religion, oppression, and political intrigue that radiates with heroism, wonder, and hope.

A dark power called the Talisman, born of ignorance and persecution, has risen in the land. Led by a man known only as the One-Eyed Preacher, it is a cruel and terrifying movement bent on world domination—a superstitious patriarchy that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women. And it is growing.

But there are those who fight the Talisman’s spread, including the Companions of Hira, a diverse group of influential women whose power derives from the Claim—the magic inherent in the words of a sacred scripture. Foremost among them is Arian and her fellow warrior, Sinnia, skilled fighters who are knowledgeable in the Claim. This daring pair have long stalked Talisman slave-chains, searching for clues and weapons to help them battle their enemy’s oppressive ways. Now they may have discovered a miraculous symbol of hope that can destroy the One-Eyed Preacher and his fervid followers: the Bloodprint, a dangerous text the Talisman has tried to erase from the world.

Finding the Bloodprint promises to be their most perilous undertaking yet, an arduous journey that will lead them deep into Talisman territory. Though they will be helped by allies—a loyal boy they freed from slavery and a man that used to be both Arian’s confidant and sword master—Arian and Sinnia know that this mission may well be their last.




Martin MacInnes

Infinite Ground
Melville House, October 17, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
     Psychological, Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
On a sweltering summer night at a restaurant in an unnamed Latin American city, a man at a family dinner gets up from the table to go to the restroom . . . and never comes back. He was acting normal, say family members. None of the waiters or other customers saw him leave.

A semi-retired detective takes the case, but what should be a routine investigation becomes something strange, intangible, even sinister. The corporation for which the missing man worked seems to be a front for something else; the staff describes their colleague as having suffered alarming, shifting physical symptoms; a forensic scientist examining his office uncovers evidence of curious microorganisms.

As the detective relives and retraces the man’s footsteps, the trail leads him away from the city sprawl and deep into the country’s rainforest interior . . . where, amidst the overwhelming horrors and wonders of the natural world, a chilling police procedural explodes into a dislocating investigation into the nature of reality.




Ed McDonald

Blackwing
Raven's Mark 1
Ace, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook 368 pages
     Dark Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
“A remarkably assured fantasy debut that mixes of the inventiveness of China Miéville with the fast paced heroics of David Gemmell.”—Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Legion of Flame

Set on a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…


Hope, reason, humanity: the Misery breaks them all.

Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery’s border. Across the corrupted no-man’s-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting.

Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he’s ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault.

Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow’s grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled or the gods he’s supposed to serve…



Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun
Angry Robot Books, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
    Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
    Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
    Religious

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Victorian missionaries travel into the heart of the newly discovered lands of the Fae, in a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.

File Under: Fantasy [ In Arcadia | Seek and Hide | The Queen of Moths | Lands of the Damned ]




K Arsenault Rivera

The Tiger's Daughter
Their Bright Ascendency 1
Tor Books, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages
     Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
"Rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth...simply exquisite.” —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series

K Arsenault Rivera's debut, The Tiger's Daughter, the beginning of a new epic fantasy trilogy

Even gods can be slain

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

A crack in the wall heralds the end…two goddesses arm themselves…K Arsenault Rivera's The Tiger’s Daughter is an adventure for the ages.




Adam Rothstein

Orthogonal Procedures
Arche Press, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
     Science Fiction, Time Travel

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Everything you are about to read is true. Mostly.

After US Postmaster Theodore Roosevelt showed the Nazis who was boss in 1942, the Postal Bureau--part of the Department of Transportation--ushered in an era of scientific marvels: simulcast via satellite, sub-orbital transnational flights, dazzle pistols, and electromagnetic driverless cars. However, long-simmering feuds between the Shamans of Commerce and the Wizards of Technology were not forgotten, and it isn't until the age of Sputnik and the Space Race that the secret organizations buried deep within the US Weather Service and Census Bureau make their move against the Department of Transportation. To regain control of the Administration, they'll need to rely on older—more esoteric—technologies: astrology, blood rituals, and strange creatures long thought extinct.

It's up to G-man Fred Mackey of the Electromagnetic Bureau, Domestic Interference Engineering Section, to figure out how to science America back on track. With the assistance of the enigmatic Assistant Secretary for Innovation and the world's leading specialist in rocket science and all-around occultnik, Mackey tackles the byzantine bureaucracy of a vast government conspiracy that extends from deep space to deep beneath the earth.

Welcome to 1970. This is the history you were never taught . . .




Michael Shou-Yung Shum

Queen of Spades
Forest Avenue Press, October 10, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 256 pages
     Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, Suspense, Thrillers

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Queen of Spades revamps the classic Pushkin fable of the same name, transplanted to a mysterious Seattle-area casino populated by a pit boss with six months to live, a dealer obsessing over the mysterious methods of an elderly customer known as the Countess, and a recovering gambler who finds herself trapped in a cultish twelve-step program. With a breathtaking climax that rivals the best Hong Kong gambling movies, Michael Shou-Yung Shum’s debut novel delivers the thrilling highs and lows that come when we cede control of our futures to the roll of the dice and the turn of a card.




Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts
Akashic Books, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 340 9ages
     Science Fiction, Space Opera, Literary Fiction,
     African American, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She’s used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she’d be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot—if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.




R. E. Stearns

Barbary Station
Saga Press, October 31, 2017
Trade Paperback, Hardcover, and eBook, 448 pages
     Science Fiction, Space Opera

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Two engineers hijack a spaceship to join some space pirates—only to discover the pirates are hiding from a malevolent AI. Now they have to outwit the AI if they want to join the pirate crew—and survive long enough to enjoy it.

Adda and Iridian are newly minted engineers, but aren’t able to find any work in a solar system ruined by economic collapse after an interplanetary war. Desperate for employment, they hijack a colony ship and plan to join a famed pirate crew living in luxury at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive there, nothing is as expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury—they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents and shooting down any ship that attempts to leave—so there’s no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the AI met an untimely end, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds.

There’s a glorious future in piracy…if only they can survive long enough.




Sandi Ward

The Astonishing Thing
Kensington, October 31, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
     Family Life, Contemporary Women,
     Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
In her inventive, sometimes bittersweet, ultimately uplifting debut, Sandi Ward draws readers into one extraordinary cat’s quest to make sense of her world, illuminating the limits and mysterious depths of love . . .

Pet owners know that a cat’s loyalty is not easily earned. Boo, a resourceful young feline with a keen eye and inquiring mind, has nonetheless grown intensely devoted to her human companion, Carrie. Several days ago, Carrie—or Mother, as Boo calls her—suddenly went away, leaving her family, including Boo, in disarray. Carrie’s husband, Tommy, is distant and distracted even as he does his best to care for Boo’s human siblings, especially baby Finn.

Boo worries about who will fill her food dish, and provide a warm lap to nestle into. More pressing still, she’s trying to uncover the complicated truth about why Carrie left. Though frequently mystified by human behavior, Boo is sure that Carrie once cared passionately for Tommy and adores her children, even the non-feline ones. But she also sees it may not be enough to make things right. Perhaps only a cat—a wise, observant, very determined cat—can do that . . .

Wonderfully tender and insightful, The Astonishing Thing explores the intricacies of marriage and family through an unforgettable perspective at the center of it all.

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