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Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Emily Carpenter (2016)

Every Single Secret
Lake Union Publishing, May 1, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

In this harrowing psychological thriller, a young couple must save their relationship by doing the unthinkable: sharing their darkest secrets…

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.





Jessica Leake (2014)

Beyond a Darkened Shore
Harper Teen, April 10, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Vikings meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy stand-alone from author Jessica Leake.

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.





Na'amen Gobert Tilahun (2016)

The Tree
Wrath & Athenaeum 2
Night Shade Books, January 23, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The sequel to The Root, a compelling urban fantasy series set between modern-day San Francisco and an alternate dimension filled with gods and worlds of dark magic.

In Corpiliu, an alternate dimension to our own, a darkness grows, devouring whole cities as it spreads. Robbed of her greatest power, separated from her siblings and thrown among people she does not trust, Lil, a ’dant from the city of Zebub, must find a way to turn everything around, to trust in a power she knows nothing about.

Erik travels from San Francisco to Zebub, haunted by the ghost of his ex, still coming to terms with his true identity as a descendant of gods, and unsure how to fight the darkness that seems to have no weakness. As he pushes back against traditions meant to keep the true history of Corpiliu secret, he gains many enemies and few allies, and strange visions begin to make him question his own mind and place in the world.

Between Earth and Corpiliu, a war is developing on two fronts, one that might well mean the end of both dimensions. In The Tree, the dynamic follow-up to the exciting fantasy debut The Root, long-held secrets will be revealed, and long-trusted loyalties will be put to the test.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20


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



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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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20
“Ridiculously entertaining…. Jaff’s woozy supernatural saga is effectively scary and great fun to read.”— New York Times Book Review

This electrifying debut—Book I of the Night Song Trilogy—spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of seduction and 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. 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 escalating hysteria, Katherine is trying to unknot her tangled heart. Two different men have entered her previously uneventful world and turned it upside down. She finds herself involved in a complicated triangle . . . but how well does she really know either of them?

As the body count rises, Katherine is haunted by harrowing visions that force her to question her sanity. 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.2011







Mark Lawrence (2011)

The Wheel of Osheim
The Red Queen's War 3
Ace, February 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 7, 2017

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20
From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the thrilling conclusion to the Red Queen’s War…

All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world.

Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate, however, has other plans, larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end, it’s win or die.


Red Sister
Book of the Ancestor 1
Ace, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook,  432 pages

[cover not yet revealed]
The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors…

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A bloodstained child of eight falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.

Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.





Jessica Leake (2014)

The Order of the Eternal Sun
A Novel of the Sylvani
Talos, August 23, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 308 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20
Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.





Stina Leicht (2011)

Cold Iron
The Malorum Gates 1
Saga Press, March 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, July 14, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20
In this epic fantasy debut, which NPR Books said, “it reminded me, pleasurably, of Robin Hobb’s Assassin Apprentice series,” fraternal twins Nels and Suvi move beyond their royal heritage into military and magical dominion.

Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only his twin sister, Suvi, supports him. But when Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does something a member of the ruling family should never do: he picks up a fallen sword and defends himself.

Disowned and dismissed to the military, Nels establishes himself as a leader as Eledore begins to shatter under the attack of the Acrasians, who the Kainen had previously dismissed as barbarians. But Nels knows differently, and with the aid of his sister, who has allied with pirates, he mounts a military offensive with sword, canon, and what little magic is left in the world.


Blackthorne (The Malorum Gates Book 2) will be published in June 2017 (Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Books-A-Million : Google Play : iBooks : Kobo)





David D. Levine (2016)

Arabella of Mars
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
Tor Science Fiction, May 30, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 12, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20
Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Arabella of Mars, the debut novel by Hugo-winning author David D. Levine offers adventure, romance, political intrigue, and Napoleon in space!


Arabella and the Battle of Venus
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2
Tor Book, July 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 20

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The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - August 23, 2016


Happy Tuesday! There are no debuts this week.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Breath of Earth by Beth Cato;

The Order of the Eternal Sun (A Novel of the Sylvani 1) by Jessica Leake;

and

The Returned (An American Faerie Tale 4) by Bishop O'Connell is out in Mass Market Paperback.


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



The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - August 23, 2016


Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



August 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Multiverse: Exploring the Worlds of Poul Anderson Greg Bear (Ed)
Gardner Doizos (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Kind Folk Ramsey Campbell H
Breath of Earth Beth Cato HistF
Spellbreaker Blake Charlton F - The Spellwright Trilogy 3
Things From Outer Space Hank Davis (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Thirteenth Man (e) J.L. Doty SF
All the Wounds in Shadow Anise Eden PNR/RSus - The Healing Edge 2
The Order of the Eternal SunJessica Leake HistF - A Novel of the Sylvani 1
Syndicate's Pawns (e2mm) Davila LeBlanc SF - A Tale of  the Jinxed Thirteenth 2
The Returned (e2mm) Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale 4
To the Sky Kingdom Tang Qi F
Mirror Image Michael Scott
Melanie Ruth Rose
H
Wild Embrace Nalini Singh PNR - A Psy/Changeling Collection
Deus Ex: Black Light James Swallow CyP - Deus Ex
The Beast Must Die Gav Thorpe F - The Beast Arises 8
Waking Up Dead Nigel Williams M



August 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ratspeak: A Tor.Com Original (e) Sarah Porter F
The World Raven A. J. Smith F - The Long War 4



August 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The War of the Worlds: From H. G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, Steven Spielberg and Beyond Peter J. Beck HC/SF



August 26, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Call of the Forbidden Way Robert Owings Occ/Sup/Meta



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2mm - eBook to Mass Market Paperback
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
Ed - Editor
Ke - Kindle only eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp - Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 25


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



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Rajan Khanna (2014)

Rising Tide
Falling Sky 2
Pyr, October 6, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath

Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.

Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that's not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements. To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he's ever known, is stolen. Ben must try to survive on the ground while trying to get his ship back.

This brings him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters-whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own.




Marko Kloos (2014)

Chains of Command
Frontlines 4
47North, April 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 384 pages

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens’ seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers—all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

Knowing Earth’s uneasy respite won’t last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades’ stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat—and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity’s future.




Snorri Kristjansson (2014)

Blood Will Follow
The Valhalla Saga 2
Jo Fletcher Books, December 1, 2015
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 6, 2015

Starburst magazine called Snorri Kristjansson's Swords of Good Men--the first volume in the Valhalla Saga--"A cracking yarn (one that would make a great movie), filled with enough to satisfy any fan of Vikings and their mythology." Now this raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway continues with Blood Will Follow, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.

Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson are battered, having barely survived the battle for Stenvik, waged between King Olav and the followers of the White Christ, and those whose allegiance remains to the gods of the Norse pantheon. Alas, the two Vikings' encounter with a mysterious witch just before escaping the town over the city's walls have left them without the one thing that made them human: their mortality.

While Ulfar heads home to Sweden, hoping to find a safe haven where he can come to grips with his newfound inability to die, Audun travels by foot to the south, searching for answers on the open road. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run from their destiny. King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following the advice of the scheming healer Valgard, to hunt for the source of the Vikings' power.

Soon, Ulfar and Audun will realize they have important roles to play in the battle for supremacy between those seeking to spread the gospel of the White Christ and those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki.


Path of Gods
The Valhalla Saga 3
Jo Fletcher Books, January 5, 2016
9781623656720, 1623656729
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

In this raucous fantasy epic set at during the era when the Vikings fearlessly sailed the world's seas, mead flowed freely, and Gods walked the earth, companions Audun Arngrimsson and Ulfar Thormodsson are reunited after separate journeys of self-discovery.

In Trondheim, King Olav, self-appointed champion of the White Christ, grows restless in the wake of a significant victory and finds his faith tested further as he struggles to maintain the peace. With his garrison decimated and his forces surrounded by deceitful, grasping local chieftains, the King contemplates how best and where to spread the word of his God.

Reunited after their quests to discover the contours of their newfound immortality, Audun and Ulfar have a new sense of purpose: to ensure that the North remains in the hands of those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki. To do so, they must take on a powerful adversary who will stop at nothing to put an end to age-old traditions in the name of the White Christ. Audun and Ulfar are about to do battle with the most powerful enemy they have ever faced, and if they are to have any chance of victory, they must find equally powerful allies.

Meanwhile in the North, touched by the trickster god, something old, malevolent, and very, very angry stirs . . .




Jessica Leake (2014)

Arcana : A Historical Fantasy
Talos, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 268 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 11, 2014

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?


The Order of the Eternal Sun
A Novel of the Sylvani
Talos, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

[cover not yet available]
Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.




Peter Liney (2014)

In Constant Fear
Detainee 3
Jo Fletcher Books, December 22, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Over a year has passed since "Big Guy" Clancy and the ragged band of survivors managed to escape from the hellish reality of the City. Pursued by the ruthless leader of Infinity-the corporation behind the systematic extermination of thousands of "lower class" citizens-they've been on the run ever since, constantly looking over their shoulders.

Despite this, they have forged a new life working the land on an abandoned smallholding on the other side of the mountains. Hidden there, they are as close to happy as they can be.

But peace is short-lived. Strange things start to happen in the valley: too many unlucky coincidences convince them that another power is rising against them, and there are many questions to be answered: what is the shadow maker? And who-or what-has begun to howl in the night?


Into The Fire
Detainee 2
Jo Fletcher Books, February 9, 2016
Mass Market Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, March 17, 2015

Having escaped the Island--a wasteland that housed those no longer able to contribute to society--Clancy thought his fight was over. But they have returned to the mainland to find that it is not the haven they anticipated. With the punishment satellites that kept them on the Island gone, hell has been unleashed. Clancy is about to discover that his work is far from over. The fires of hell don't burn much hotter than this.

The View From Monday - January 3, 2016


Happy first Monday in 2016! Many books are out this month including 12 debuts as well as reissues of many Stephen King books.


There are 5 debuts to start the year:

A Paper Son by Jason Buchholz;

Drake (Burned Man 1) by Peter McLean;

Terms of Use by Scott Alan Morrison;

Steal the Sky (The Scorched Continent 1) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

and

Unforgettable by Eric James Stone.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Starbound (Lightship Chronicles 2) by Dave Bara;

The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City 4) by Sara Humphreys;

Path of Gods (Valhalla Saga 3) by Snorri Kristjansson;

Arcana: A Historical Fantasy by Jessica Leake is out in Trade Paperback;

The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy 3) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;

Three Promises: An American Faerie Tale Collection by Bishop O'Connell is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Grave Attraction (Grave 4) by Lori Sjoberg.



The View From Monday - January 3, 2016


January 1, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Paper Son (D) Jason Buchholz LF
House of Shadows (e) Jen Christie PNR
Otherworld Protector (e) Jane Godman PNR
Captivating the Witch (e) Michele Hauf PNR
The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria Carlos Hernandez SF - Collection
The Gunslinger (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 1
The Drawing of the Three (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 2
The Waste Lands (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 3
Wizard and Glass Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 4
Christine Stephen King H
Cujo (e) Stephen King H
The Dark Half (e) Stephen King H
The Dead Zone (e) Stephen King H
Desperation (e) Stephen King H
Different Seasons (e) Stephen King Various - Collection
Dolores Claiborne (e) Stephen King H
Firestarter (e) Stephen King H
Four Past Midnight (e) Stephen King H - Collection
Gerald's Game (e) Stephen King H
Insomnia (e) Stephen King H
It Stephen King H/Th/Sus
The Long Walk (e) Stephen King H
Misery Stephen King H
Needful Things (e) Stephen King H
The Regulators (e) Stephen King H
Roadwork (e) Stephen King H
Rose Madder (e) Stephen King H
The Running Man (e) Stephen King H
Skeleton Crew (e) Stephen King H - Collection
Thinner (e) Stephen King H
The Tommyknockers (e) Stephen King H
Terms of Use (D) Scott Allan Morrison Th/Tech
Grave of Hummingbirds Jennifer Skutelsky LF
Damnificado JJ Amaworo Wilson MR



January 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Thinning the Herd (e) Adrian Phoenix UF
Paranormal Chaos (e) Joshua Roots UF - Shifter Chronicles 3



January 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Light Keri Arthur Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 1
Dark Intelligence (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Transformation 1
Starbound Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 2
The Last Dream Keeper Amber Benson CF - Echo Park Coven 2
Chains and Memory (e) Marie Brennan UF - Wilders 2
Convergence Point Liana Brooks SF - Time & Shadows Mystery 2
Barrayar (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 3
Daisies For Innocence Bailey Cattrell PCM - An Enchanted Garden Mystery 1
Whispering Hearts Cassandra Chandler PNR - Summer Park Psychics 2
House of Shadows Jen Christie PNR
Worst Contact Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
Dark Victory Brendan DuBois SF - Alien Resistance
It Only Comes Out At Night and Other Stories Dennis Etchison H - Collection
Death Do Us Part (e) JG Faherty H
1635: A Parcel of Rogues Eric Flint
Andrew Dennis
AH - The Ring of Fire 20
The Dream Beings (e) Aaron J. French H
Otherworld Protector Jane Godman PNR
Tales from the Nightside: A Nightside Book Simon R. Green CF -  Nightside Short Stories
Captivating the Witch Michele Hauf PNR
Bait Elena Hearty H
The Night Voice Barb Hendee
J.C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 11
First and Last Sorcerer (h2mm) Barb Hendee
J.C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 10
Finn Fancy Necromancy (h2tp) Randy Henderson F/Hu - The Arcana Familia 1
Unbound (h2mm) Jim C. Hines SF/CF/Hu - Magic Ex Libris 3
The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 4
Mr. Splitfoot Samantha Hunt LF/Gothic
The Buried Giant (h2tp) Kazuo Ishiguro LF/HistF
Shadow Touched Erin Kellison PNR
It (ri) Stephen King H/Th/Sus
Path of Gods Snorri Kristjansson F - Valhalla Saga 3
The Children's Home Charles Lambert LF/FairyT/NeoGo/H
Growl Eve Langlais
Kate Douglas
A.C. Arthur
PNR - Short Stories
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder Victoria Laurie PCM - Ghost Hunter Mystery
10
Arcana: A Historical Fantasy (h2tp) Jessica Leake HistF
Only the Stones Survive Morgan Llywelyn HistF
Merchant of Alyss (h2tp) Thomas Locke F - Legends of the Realm 2
The Last Weekend: A Novel of Zombies, Booze, and Power Tools Nick Mamatas H
Dark and Stormy Knight Nina Mason PNR - Knights of Avalon 2
The Autumn Republic (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
Drake (D) Peter McLean UF - Burned Man 1
Travelers Rest Keith Lee Morris Dys
House Rules (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 7
Three Promises: An American Faerie Tale Collection Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale
Steal the Sky (D) Megan E. O'Keefe F - The Scorched Continent 1
Midnight Taxi Tango Daniel José Older CF - A Bone Street Rumba Novel 2
Keep Mars Weird Neal Pollack SF
Fields of Wrath (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai 2
Desolation Kristopher Rufty H
Grave Attraction Lori Sjoberg PNR - Grave 4
Unforgettable (D) Eric James Stone SF
The Guard Peter Terrin Dys
Doom of the Dragon Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Pawn's Gambit: And Other Stratagems Timothy Zahn SF - Collection



January 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Glass Galago: A Tor.Com Original (e) A. M. Dellamonica F



January 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bloody Quarrel: Episode 5 (e) Duncan Lay F - Bloody Quarrel



January 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Coral Bones (e) Foz Meadows F - Monstrous Little Voices 1
The Masquerading Magician Gigi Pandian PM - An Accidental Alchemist Mystery 2



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
NeoGo - NeoGothic
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November 2014 Winner


The winner of the November 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Arcana by Jessica Leake  with 52% of all votes. Arcana is published by Talos.



2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November 2014 Winner





The Final Results

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November 2014 Winner





The November 2014 Debut Covers

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November 2014 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue with voting on the December Debut covers will start soon.


Interview with Jessica Leake, author of Arcana - November 18, 2014


Please welcome Jessica Leake to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Arcana was published on November 11th by Talos.



Interview with Jessica Leake, author of Arcana - November 18, 2014




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

Jessica:  Thank you! I really enjoy this blog, so it's surreal for me to be here. I was first asked this question by my agent, and when I sat down and thought about it, I had a memory of this yellow legal pad filled with an epic fantasy about a unicorn. I think I must have been about 10 or 11 at the time, so we can say that's when I started my love-affair with writing, though not in a professional sense by any means! As for why, I think the main reason is really rather simple: I would crave a certain type of story, and when I couldn't find it, I'd just write it myself.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jessica:  I will make a very loose outline of major plot points, but I predominantly fall into the pantser writing category.



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

Jessica:  Time! I know many have given that answer, but it's especially true for me with three little ones to take care of every day. But aside from making the time, there's also the challenge of using that time wisely. I usually write during my kids' nap time, but there are of course many other things I could be doing during that block of time (both productive and unproductive!), so I have to force myself to really be disciplined.



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

Jessica:  Oh, so many! As an early reader, I loved Roald Dahl, Walter Farley, Marguerite Henry, and as I got older, I read R.L. Stine, L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike. Throughout high school, I read any romance novel I could get my hands on, but I loved Julia Quinn, Judith McNaught, and Julie Garwood. I also loved Dean Koontz. Most recently, I'm into all things YA: Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, Kristin Cashore, Stephanie Perkins. My favorite authors change over time, but I have a few constants: JK Rowling, Jane Austin, Robin McKinley, and C.S. Lewis.



TQ:  Describe Arcana in 140 characters or less.

Jessica:  An Edwardian-era debutante must keep her powerful abilities hidden not only from society but a dangerous organization who seeks her kind.



Jessica:  TQ: Tell us something about Arcana that is not in the book description. The novel is described as "genre-bending." What genres does it bend?

One thing the book description fails to mention is just how family-centric the book is. A lot of Katherine's decisions are made because of, or for the good of, her siblings. It's been described as genre-bending because it is a mix of historical romance and fantasy, without truly falling into either category--those are my favorite genres, and I love books that blend them together!



TQ:  What inspired you to write Arcana? Why did you set the novel in Edwardian London?

Jessica:  I knew I wanted to write a historical--there's just something so romantic and beautiful about that setting, plus I knew throwing hidden abilities into such a rigid society would have some inherent conflict. I chose the Edwardian era because it's such an opulent and beautiful time--and I absolutely love Downton Abbey.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Arcana?

Jessica:  So much research! But it was all a lot of fun--everything from what people ate in the early 1900s (the aristocracy enjoyed decadent 10-course meals) to how they spent their time (London while Parliament was in session, and hunting and sporting in the country during the summer). It always surprised me to learn just how many technological advances they had: trains, cars, the subway in London, electricity.



TQ:  In Arcana who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Jessica:  Katherine and Lord Thornewood were both the easiest to write because they had such strong voices. Lord Blackburn probably gave me the most trouble just because he has some secrets to keep hidden.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoliery lines from Arcana.

Jessica:
A deep tug at the core of me, and my power unfurls, sliding over my skin like silk. The familiar smell of energy releasing washes over me, like the refreshing scent of the earth right after it rains.


TQ:  What's next?

Jessica:  This isn't official news yet, but there WILL be a second book set in the Arcana world--though Katherine and Lord Thornewood are present in the book, the focus will be on Lucy, Katherine's sister. It's tentatively slated to be released Spring of 2016.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jessica:  Thank you so much for having me!





Arcana
Talos, November 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Interview with Jessica Leake, author of Arcana - November 18, 2014
A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome-or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine's family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London's most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother's enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin-and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere-hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine's arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor-even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?





About Jessica

Interview with Jessica Leake, author of Arcana - November 18, 2014
Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, three painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs. She invites you to visit her at jessicaleake.com.


Website  ~  Twitter @JessLeake  ~  Facebook  ~  Google+  ~  Pinterest


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


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


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to 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 November 24, 2014.

You can see the previous months' winners on the 2014 DAC page - here.



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The View From Monday - November 3, 2014


Happy first Monday in November! Halloween was not good here - it rained - again! We did have a few trick or treaters before it started to pour though. I love seeing all the costumes and creativity!  We're going to have many treats for you this month - giveaways, videos and more!


The View From Monday - November 3, 2014


This is a pretty full release week with 4 debuts:

Arcana by Jessica Leake;

Chain of Events by Fredrik T. Olsson (US Debut);

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini;

and

One Red Thread by Ernie Wood.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Siren's Treasure (Dark Seas 2) by Debbie Herbert;

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Tainted Blood (Generation V #3) by M.L. Brennan.



November 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Secrets of the Dead: A novel of mummies and ancient curses Simon Clark H
Richard Cowper Richard Cowper SF - SF Gateway Omnibuses
Elite: Wanted (e) Gavin Deas SF - Elite - Game Tie-In
The Thousand Emperors Gary Gibson SF - Final Days 2
Redemption Jon Grahame Ap - Reaper 3
Siren's Treasure (e) Debbie Herbert PNR - Dark Seas 2
Horizon (e) Keith Stevenson SF
The Air War Adrian Tchaikovsky SF - Shadows of the Apt 8



November 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Circus of the Damned Cornelia Grey PNR - Deal with a Devil 2
Rustication (h2tp) Charles Palliser Go
One Red Thread (D) Ernie Wood TT



November 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Pretender's Gambit Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 51
Judgment Plague James Axler SF - Outlanders 71
Polestar Omega James Axler SF - Deathlands 119
Iron Winter (h2mm) Stephen Baxter F - Northland Trilogy 3
Proxima Stephen Baxter SF - Proxima 1
Empire of Dust Jacey Bedford SF - Psi-Tech 1
Too Many Fairy Princes Alex Beecroft PNR
While Beauty Slept (h2tp) Elizabeth Blackwell Go
Masks (h2mm) E. C. Blake F - The Masks of Aygrima 1
Tainted Blood M.L. Brennan UF - Generation V #3
The Kraken King Meljean Brook PNR/SP - Iron Seas 4
Reap the Wind Karen Chance UF - Cassie Palmer 7
Snow White Red-Handed Maia Chance PM -  Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery 1
A Play of Shadow Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 2
The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Horus Heresy
Hope Reformed David Drake
Eric Flint
S.M. Stirling
SF - General 7 and 8 - Omnibus
Axiomatic: Short Stories of Science Fiction Greg Egan SF - Collection
Willful Child Steven Erikson SF
1636: The Viennese Waltz Eric Flint
Paula Goodlett
Gorg Huff
SF/AH - The Ring of Fire 18
Another One Bites the Dust Chris Marie Green UF - Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire 2
Jala's Mask Mike Grinti
Rachel Grinti
F
Dead Ever After (tp) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood13
Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison SF - Biography/ Autobiography
The Baskerville Tales (e) Emma Jane Holloway PM - Baskerville
The Baskerville Affair Complete Series 3-Book Bundle: A Study in Silks, A Study in Darkness, A Study in Ashes (e) Emma Jane Holloway PM
The Glass Magician Charlie N. Holmberg F - Paper Magician 2
The Future Fallsm Tanya Huff UF - The Enchantment Emporium 3
Metrophage (ri) Richard Kadrey Dys/CyP
The Enduring Flame Trilogy (e) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - Enduring Flame Omnibus
Arcana (D) Jessica Leake HistF
Rule Breaker Lora Leigh PNR - Breed 13
Tarkin: Star Wars James Luceno SF - Star Wars
Plagued By Quilt Molly MacRae PM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery 4
The Dark Servant Matt Manochio H
Dreamer's Pool Juliet Marillier HistF - Blackthorn & Grim 1
Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel George R. R. Martin (ed)
Melinda Snodgrass (ed)
SF - Wild Cards 22
Coming Home Jack McDevitt SF - Alex Benedict 7
The Eternal Champion (ri) Michael Moorcock F - Eternal Champion Sequence 1
Scent of Valor (e) Annie Nicholas PNR - Chronicles of Eorthe 2
Chain of Events (D - US) Fredrik T. Olsson AA/Ap/PA/SF
Heart Fire Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta 13
Morgue Drawer: Do Not Enter! Jutta Profijt PM - Morgue Drawer 4
King of Assassins Jenna Rhodes F - The Elven Ways 3
The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure C. D. Rose Hu/Parody
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In Between (e) J.A. Saare UF - Rhiannon's Law 1
DemonWars: The First King: The Dame and The Bear R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King 2
Limit (h2tp) Frank Schatzing SF
Shattered Shields Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed)
Jennifer Brozak (ed)
F - Anthology
The Turning Season Sharon Shinn UF - Shifting Circle 3
Halo: Broken Circle John Shirley SF - Halo
In the Beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers (e) Michael Farris Smith Ap/PA
The Book of Heaven (h2tp) Patricia Storace LF/F
Fog Heart (e) Thomas Tessier H
Her Lone Wolf Paige Tyler PNR/Sus - X-Ops 2
The Heart Does Not Grow Back (D) Fred Venturini SH
The Short Victorious War Leather Bound Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 3
The Sword of Michael Marcus Wynne UF - Depossessionist 1



November 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz LC/SF/F
Where the Lost Things Are: A Tor.Com Original Rudy Rucker SF



November 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Olympus Confidential Robert B. Warren UF - Plato Jones 2



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

AA - Action and Adventure
AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
CyP - Cyberpunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sp - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


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

The November 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 November cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on November 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 2014 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for November. The list is correct as of the day posted.

Updated to include Homefront by Scott James Magner.



Lexie Dunne

Superheroes Anonymous
Superheroes Anonymous 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
(eBook available November 18, 2014)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Everybody in Chicago has a "superhero sighting" story. So when a villain attacks editorial assistant Gail Godwin and she's rescued by superhero Blaze, it's a great story, and nothing more. Until it happens again. And again. Now the media has dubbed her Hostage Girl, nobody remembers her real name, and people are convinced that Blaze is just her boyfriend, Jeremy, in disguise.

Gail's not so sure. All she knows is that when both Jeremy and Blaze leave town in the same week, she's probably doomed. Who will save her now?

Yet, miraculously, the villains lose interest. Gail is able to return to her life … until she wakes up strapped to a metal table by a mad scientist who hasn't read the news. After escaping—now more than human herself—she's drawn into a secret underground world of superheroes. She'll have to come to terms with her powers (and weaknesses) to make it in the new society, and it's not easy. After all, there's a new villain on the rise, and she has her sights set on the one and only Hostage Girl.





Jessica Leake

Arcana
Talos, November 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome-or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine's family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London's most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother's enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin-and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere-hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine's arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor-even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?




Scott James Magner

Homefront
Arche Press, November 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 392 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
In the 27th century, the Transgenic virus has redefined what it means to be human. The exiles of Earth’s Outer Colonies have evolved distinct genetic advantages over their ancestors, and are coming home to claim their birthright.

Commander Jantine leads an infiltration force of soldiers, scientists, and engineers on a mission to establish a new colony—a beachhead—on the planet that cast them forth so many years before.

Lieutenant Mira Harlan of the System Defense Force is part of a clandestine fleet stationed just outside Earth’s orbit. She doesn’t know it yet, but on board her ship is a priceless secret—a young girl whose genetic code might unlock the mysteries of the Transgenic virus.

When Jantine and the crew of Streamship Seven emerge from hyperspace, they reignite a centuries-old conflict that could tear the home system apart. Harlan and her captain must both defend themselves and protect their charge, or humanity’s next war may well be its last.




Fredrik T. Olsson

Chain of Events
Little, Brown and Company, November November 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
(US Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
A stunning debut thriller about a code that threatens humanity - and the only man can crack it.

William Sandberg, once a well-respected military cryptologist pursuing cutting-edge research, is a ruined man. His career is in shambles, his marriage is over, and he's succumbed to a dark depression.

But William's talents haven't gone unnoticed. A nameless, top-secret organization abducts him and tasks him with a daunting mission: decode a message that will reveal the disastrous prophecies hidden in our DNA before it is too late.

Meanwhile, William's ex-wife Christina is haunted by his absence and suspects there is more to his disappearance than just the reclusive impulse of a depressed man. Driven by her hunch, she sets out to find him and joins an eclectic cast of characters all drawn to a mysterious chateau in the Alps where the secret organization is plotting something-but is it revenge? Or a rescue mission? What is the organization hiding? What does the code have to do with the potent virus suddenly spreading around the world? And can William uncover the truth before it's too late?

A thrilling novel about humanity on the verge of crisis, taking readers from the streets of Berlin and Stockholm to a chateau in the Alps, Chain of Events explodes and then reconfigures the ties that bind us to one another: marriage, politics, and our DNA.




Fred Venturini

The Heart Does Not Grow Back
Picador, November 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
EVERY SUPERHERO NEEDS TO START SOMEWHERE...

Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.

When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that he must use his gift to save her from a violent husband and dismal future. His quest takes him to the glitz and greed of Hollywood, and into the crosshairs of shadowy forces bent on using and abusing his gift. Can Dale use his power to redeem himself and those he loves, or will the one thing that finally makes him special be his demise? The Heart Does Not Grow Back is a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale, introducing an exceptional new literary voice in Fred Venturini.




Ernie Wood

One Red Thread
Tyrus Books, November 3, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
(Fiction Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
When architect Eddy McBride, a fortysomething self-absorbed noticer of details and self-appointed seeker of truths, stumbles upon a way to visit, watch and ultimately participate in events from his family history, he finds answers to long-ago tragedies and mysteries. But each time Eddy returns to the present, he unleashes the unhappy consequences of exploring history on his family and friends. And as Eddy’s knowledge of the past grows, he turns from curious seeker of truths to frantic fixer of mistakes—present, past and by those from the present who would change the past—as he follows a devastating trail of hurt, disappearance and death.


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