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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts

2016 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 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Illustration by Galen Dara

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Art by Jack Kaiser

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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Design by Laura Klynstra

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Design by Olga Grlic

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover art by Pascal Blanchet

The View From Monday - October 3, 2016

Happy 1st Monday in October! There is one debut this week:

Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History by Jonathan Crown.

The View From Monday - October 3, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Dangerously Charming (A Broken Riders Novel 1) by Deborah Blake;

The Rise of Io (Io 1) by Wesley Chu;

How to Save the World (Superheroes Anonymous 3) by Lexie Dunne is out in digital format;

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty 2) by Ken Liu

Break the Chains (Scorched Continent 2) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky;

Viscera by Gabriel Squailia;


The Failed Fellowship (Genrenauts Episode 5 & 6) by Michael R. Underwood.

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

The View From Monday - October 3, 2016

October 4, 2016
Savant Nik Abnett SF
All Your Wishes Cat Adams UF - The Blood Singer Novels 7
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Box Set: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (e) Douglas Adams SF/M
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories Robert Aickman GH/Occ/H - Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Otherworld Chills Kelley Armstrong CF - An Otherworld Anthology
Beatlebone (h2tp) Kevin Barry LF/Psy/AH
Level Grind: Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies; Hunting Season Annie Bellet UF - The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Omnibus 1
Dangerously Charming Deborah Blake PNR - A Broken Riders Novel 1
The Witch and the Dead Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 7
The Tau Empire Braden Campbell
Peter Fehervari
Phill Kelly
Joe Parrino
Andy Smillie
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium Anthology
The Rise of Io Wesley Chu SF - Io 1
Camelot Rising Michael Clary SF/TT - The Camelot Wars 2
Our Lives Became Unmanageable Jackie Craven F/SF - The Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize
Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History (D) Jonathan Crown LF
Undead and Done MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 15
Into the Guns William C. Dietz AH/PA/SF - America Rising 1
The Motion of Puppets Keith Donohue H
Air and Darkness (h2mm) David Drake HistF - The Books of the Elements 4
How to Save the World (e) Lexie Dunne UF - Superheroes Anonymous 3
The Devil You Know Erin M. Evans F - Brimstone Angels 6
Castaway Odyssey Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 5
The Rift Uprising Amy S. Foster SF - The Rift Uprising Trilogy 1
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 Karen Fowler (Ed)
John Joseph Adams (Series Ed)
SF - Anthology
This Shared Dream Kathleen Ann Goonan AH - Dance Family 2
Feedback Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh 4
The Apartment S. L. Grey H/GH/Th
Ascendant's Rite David Hair F - The Moontide Quartet 4
Ghost Times Two Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 4
Ghost to the Rescue (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 3
The Color of Evil (ri) David G. Hartwell (Ed) H - Dark Descent 1 Anthology
An Ancient Peace (h2mm) Tanya Huff SF - Peacekeeper 1
This Is How You Die David Jester H
Paws and Effect Sofie Kelly PCM - Magical Cats 8
A Hard Day's Night Searcher (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - A Dark-Hunter Story
Ashley Bell (h2mm) Dean Koontz Sus/LF/F
The White Spell Lynn Kurland FR/F - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 10
Closer to the Chest Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 3
Closer to the Heart (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 2
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck (ri) Alexander Laing Occ/Sup - Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Wild Eve Langlais
Kate Douglas
A.C. Arthur
PNR  - Stories
The Wall of Storms Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 2
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (h2tp) Ken Liu SF - Collection
License to Shift Kathy Lyons FR - Grizzlies Gone Wild 2
Stranded Bracken MacLeod SupTh
Tower of Thorns (h2mm) Juliet Marillier HistF - Blacthorn & Grim 2
The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine John Matthews
Caitlin Matthews
Fleet Inquisitor Susan R. Matthews SF/SO - Under Jurisdiction Omnibus
Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future Jamie Metzl Th
Solar Express (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt, Jr. SF
Angels of Music Kim Newman F
Break the Chains Megan E. O'Keefe F - Scorched Continent 2
A City Dreaming Daniel Polansky CF
Book of the Night: The Black Musketeers Oliver Pötzsch HistF
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
Legacy of the Demon Diana Rowland CF/UF - Demon Novels/Kara Gillian 8
Shadows of Self (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 5
A Feast of Sorrows: Stories Angela Slatter F - Collection
A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Jaguar 5
Viscera Gabriel Squailia F
The Great Game Lavie Tidhar SP
Cursed (e) Sue Tingey CF - The Soulseer Chronicles 2
The Failed Fellowship Michael R. Underwood SF/F - Genrenauts Ep 5 & 6
Eye of Terra Various SF - The Horus Heresy Anthology
Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels Kurt Vonnegut
Siney Offit (Ed)
Gold Fame Citrus (h2tp) Claire Vaye Watkins Dys/Political/LF
Impersonations Walter Jon Williams SF - A Story of the Praxis
Crosstalk Connie Willis SF/GenEng/R
Yesternight Cat Winters Hist/Occ
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (h2tp) David Wong SF
Forever After (e)(ri) Roger Zelazny (Ed) SF - Anthology

October 7, 2016
Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them Carl Abbott LC/SF/F
Swift to Chase Laird Barron H - Collection

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

AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts

There are 9 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 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on October 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for October 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.

Barbara Barnett

The Apothecary's Curse
Pyr, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 340 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.

When modern-day pharmaceutical company Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?

Mike Bockoven

Skyhorse Publishing, October 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where “Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?

Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?

FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.

Mike Brooks

The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner
Cosmic Egg Books, October 28, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Mike Brooks’ debut novel is an adventure story set in a dystopian future in which our taste for branding, consumerism and artificial reality is boundless. In /The Machine Society/, he weaves together psychological insight, philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry to give us a novel that is both a deep satire on modern life and a rich metaphor for our longing to find inner peace.

Dean Rogers lives in the Perimeter of New London, holding down a soul-destroying job, surrounded by people who have lost the will to communicate. He is afraid his debts will spiral out of control, resulting in him being cast out of the city, outside of the Security Wall. Meanwhile, in the Better Life Complex, New London’s rich elite live in plastic luxury, unaware of the sinister secrets that underpin their world.

The Machine Society is an original and intelligent sci-fi thriller, and a heartfelt rally cry for the soul’s liberation.

Jonathan Crown

Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History
Scribner, October 4, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
A highly original, tragicomic novel as seen through Sirius, an extraordinary dog who helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California, becomes a Hollywood star, and ultimately contributes to Hitler’s downfall.

Levi, a fox terrier, lives with his family in a grand townhouse in Berlin. Each day he enjoys a walk through the neighborhood, where people greet him by name. But the year is 1938, and Berlin is no longer safe for Levi or the Liliencrons, his Jewish owners. They rename him Sirius, after the constellation, to protect him.

One night, Nazi troops storm the city and begin to search houses. Sirius alerts the family, and they manage to flee to California. In his new home, Carl Liliencron becomes a chauffeur and Sirius befriends everyone from Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant to Rita Hayworth and Jack Warner. He is renamed Hercules and becomes a canine movie star. Little does Sirius know that he’ll soon have to perform his most difficult acting role yet, when through a series of exceptional events as World War II unfolds, he winds up at the right hand of Hitler himself. Can Sirius help the German resistance, derail the Führer, and reunite with his family? Or is the cost of peace too high?

With charisma, heart, and delightfully spry prose, Sirius is an enchanting fairy tale about love and humanity and a roving exploration of a momentous historical moment. Like My Dog Skip and The Artist, this feel-good novel will make you stand up and cheer.

Stephanie Gangi

The Next
St. Martin's Press, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
"Love and loss, revenge and redemption, this debut novel will stick with you for a long time." —Emily Giffin

"I love The Next...elegantly written, thoughtfully sharp, surprisingly touching." —Cathleen Schine

Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time.

Joanna falls from her life, from the love of her daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right—makes Ned pay—so she can truly move on.

From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.

Timothy Johnson 

Permuted Platinum, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 322 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
An alien infection turns its hosts into violent, insane murderers, threatening to overrun the space carrier Atlas.

With Earth's resources on the verge of exhaustion and worldwide civil war imminent, the stars were looked to for answers. Beneath the surface of lifeless planets were found all the resources that could ever be consumed.

Stellan Lund is chief security officer aboard the carrier Atlas. Life on a carrier is peaceful—as long as the crew does its job, the New Earth Council leaves them alone. The only risk is an occasional case of black madness, a mental-break condition that turns its hosts into violent, insane murderers—but it's a small chance to take for some freedom.

Then the Atlas is ordered to a dying planet where an unknown material awaits. When an accident exposes some of the crew to the alien substance, reports of black madness escalate—but something about these cases is different.

And if the ship's crew can’t eradicate the infection no one will make it home.

Helen Sedgwick

The Comet Seekers
Harper, October 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
A magical, intoxicating debut novel, both intimate and epic, that intertwines the past, present, and future of two lovers bound by the passing of great comets overhead and a coterie of remarkable ancestors.

Róisín and François are immediately drawn to each other when they meet at a remote research base on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica. At first glance, the pair could not be more different. Older by a few years, Róisín, a daughter of Ireland and a peripatetic astronomer, joins the science team to observe the fracturing of a comet overhead. François, the base’s chef, has just left his birthplace in Bayeux, France, for only the second time in his life. Yet devastating tragedy and the longing for a fresh start, which they share, as well as an indelible but unknown bond that stretches back centuries, connect them to each other.

Helen Sedgwick carefully unfolds their surprisingly intertwined paths, moving forward and back through time to reveal how these lovers’ destinies have long been tied to each other by the skies—the arrival of comets great and small. In telling Róisín and François’s story, Sedgwick illuminates the lives of their ancestors, showing how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and how the way we choose to see the world can be as desolate or as beautiful as the comets themselves.

A mesmerizing, skillfully crafted, and emotionally perceptive novel that explores the choices we make, the connections we miss, and the ties that inextricably join our fates, The Comet Seekers reflects how the shifting cosmos unite us all through life, beyond death, and across the whole of time.

Bradford Tatum 

Only the Dead Know Burbank
Harper Perennial, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
With Lon Cheney and Boris Karloff among its characters, this sweeping and stylish love letter to the golden age of horror cinema tells the wonderful, tragic story of Maddy Ulm. It takes readers through her rise from the complicated shadows of Berlin’s first experiments with expressionist cinema to the glamorous deserts of Hollywood. For Maddy has a secret. A secret that has given her incredible insight into the soul of horror. A secret that has a terrible price as well.

A young girl awakens in a hastily dug grave—vague memories of blood and fever, her mother performing a mysterious ceremony before the world went away. Germany has lost the first great war and Europe has lost millions more to the Spanish Flu epidemic. But Maddy has not only survived, she has changed. No longer does she eat, sleep, or age. No longer can she die. After taking up with a pair of street performers, she shocks and fascinates the crowds with her ability to survive outrageous traumas. But at a studio in Berlin, Maddy discovers her true calling: film.

With her intimate knowledge of fear, death, and realms beyond the living, she practically invents the modern horror genre on the spot. Before long, she travels to California and insinuates herself in Hollywood as the genius secretly behind The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, and Frankenstein. And yet she must remain in the shadows—a chilling apparition suspended eternally between worlds.

Clever, tragic, and thoroughly entertaining, Only the Dead Know Burbank introduces readers to one of the most unique, unforgettable characters in fiction.

Alex White

Every Mountain Made Low
Solaris, October 25, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Loxley Fiddleback can see the dead, but the problem is... the dead can see her.

Ghosts have always been cruel to Loxley Fiddleback - but none more than the spirit of her only friend, alive only hours earlier. Loxley isn’t equipped to solve a murder: she lives near the bottom of a cutthroat, strip-mined metropolis known as “The Hole,” suffers from crippling anxiety and can't cope with strangers. Worse still, she’s haunted.

She inherited her ability to see spirits from the women of her family, but the dead see her, too. Ghosts are drawn to her, and their lightest touch leaves her with painful wounds.

Loxley swears to take blood for blood and find her friend’s killer. In doing so, she uncovers a conspiracy that rises all the way to the top of The Hole. As her enemies grow wise to her existence, she becomes the quarry, hunted by a brutal enforcer named Hiram McClintock. In sore need of confederates, Loxley must descend into the strangest depths of the city in order to have the revenge she seeks and, ultimately, her own salvation.

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