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


Curtis Craddock (2017)

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
The Risen Kingdoms 1
Tor Books, June 19, 2018
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 29, 2017

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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is Curtis Craddock's delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring a genius heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer, which Brandon Sanderson calls, "A great read!"

Born with a physical disability, no magical talent, and a precocious intellect, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs has lived her life being underestimated by her family and her kingdom. The only person who appreciates her true self is Jean-Claude, the fatherly musketeer who had guarded her since birth.

All shall change, however, when an unlikely marriage proposal is offered, to the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and asorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude plunge into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, Isabelle must unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.

“A setting fabulous and strange, heroes to cheer for, villains to detest, a twisty, tricky plot — I love this novel!” —Lawrence Watt Evans

“A thrilling adventure full of palace intrigue, mysterious ancient mechanisms, and aerial sailing ships!” —David D. Levine




Kevin Hearne (2011)

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles
Del Rey, March 27, 2018
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 11, 2017

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The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Irishman from Kevin Hearne’s New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles.

• In ancient Egypt, Atticus agrees to raid a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps, only to learn that on-site security includes two members of the Egyptian pantheon.
• At a Kansas carnival, fun and games turns to murder and mayhem, thanks to soul-snatching demons and flesh-craving ghouls luring visitors into an all-too-real house of horrors.
• Verily, in olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water with a trio of infamous witches.
• During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia. Atticus may have to fight fire with fire if he’s going to restore balance.

More, you say? Indeed there is—including bogeymen, vampire hordes, wrathful wraiths, and even a journey to the realm of the dead. Prepare to be besieged with nine tantalizing tales—not to be missed, never to be forgotten.

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Jon Hollins (Jonathan Wood) (2011)

The Dragon Lords: Bad Faith
The Dragon Lords 3
Orbit, August 14, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Guardians of the Galaxy meets the Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

Will and his comrades went to war to overthrow the reign of dragons, winning battle after battle, and acclaim as conquering heroes.

But now they’ve angered the gods, and may just need the dragons to help them this time…

“Jon Hollins is a one-of-a-kind storyteller, a master of epic fun and nonstop action.” – Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld


The Dragon Lords
The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold
The Dragon Lords: False Idols
The Dragon Lords: Bad Faith

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



Lila Bowen (Delilah S. Dawson) (2012)

Conspiracy of Ravens
The Shadow 2
Orbit, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, October 11, 2016

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The sequel to Wake of Vultures and second novel in Lila Bowen's widely acclaimed Shadow series.

Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling.

A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.

When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?



Malice of Crows
The Shadow 3
Orbit, October 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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The sequel to Conspiracy of Ravens and third novel in Lila Bowen's widely-acclaimed Shadow series.

The Ranger known as Rhett has shut down a terrible enterprise running on the blood of magical folk, but failed to catch the dark alchemist behind it. And now the Shadow refuses to let him rest.

Rhett must make the ultimate transformation if he has any hope of stopping the alchemist or fulfilling his destiny; he must become the leader of a new Rangers outpost.

To save his friends, and the lives of countless others, he'll first have to lead them on a mission more dangerous than anything they've ever faced.





Beth Cato (2014)

Call of Fire
Breath of Earth 2
Harper Voyager, August 15, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 362 pages

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A resourceful young heroine must protect the world from her enemies—and her own power—in this thrilling sequel to the acclaimed Breath of Earth, an imaginative blend of alternative history, fantasy, science, magic, and adventure.

When an earthquake devastates San Francisco in an alternate 1906, the influx of geomantic energy nearly consumes Ingrid Carmichael. Bruised but alive, the young geomancer flees the city with her friends, Cy, Lee, and Fenris. She is desperate to escape Ambassador Blum, the cunning and dangerous bureaucrat who wants to use Ingrid’s formidable powers to help the Unified Pacific—the confederation of the United States and Japan—achieve world domination. To stop them, Ingrid must learn more about the god-like magic she inherited from her estranged father—the man who set off the quake that obliterated San Francisco.

When Lee and Fenris are kidnapped in Portland, Ingrid and Cy are forced to ally themselves with another ambassador from the Unified Pacific: the powerful and mysterious Theodore Roosevelt. But even TR’s influence may not be enough to save them when they reach Seattle, where the magnificent peak of Mount Rainier looms. Discovering more about herself and her abilities, Ingrid is all too aware that she may prove to be the fuse to light the long-dormant volcano . . . and a war that will sweep the world.



Red Dust and Dancing Horses and Other Stories
Fairwood Press, November 2017
Trade Paperback

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This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Beth Cato brings together works that span history and space, a showcase of vividly imagined speculative stories that range from introspective and intense to outright whimsical. Here you'll find the souls of horses bonded into war machines of earth and air, toilet gnomes on the rampage, magical pies, a mad scientist mother, a bitter old man who rages against giant extraterrestrial robots, and a sentient house that longs to be a home. The book features 28 stories and 6 poems, and includes Cato's acclaimed story "The Souls of Horses."

Table of Contents:

The Souls of Horses / What We Carry (poem) / Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel / Hunter (poem) / Headspace / The Death of the Horse (poem) / Red Dust and Dancing Horses / What Happened Among the Stars (poem) / Biding Time / Hat Trick / Blue Tag Sale / Nisei (poem) / Toilet Gnomes at War / Minor Hockey Gods of Barstow Station / An Echo in the Shell / 213 Myrtle Street / The Human is Late to Feed the Cat / The Sweetness of Bitter / Post-Apocalyptic Conversations with a Sidewalk / A Dance to End Our Final Day / A Lonesome Speck of Home / La Rosa Still in Bloom / A Recipe for Rain and Rainbows / Bread of Life / Stitched Wings / My Brother's Keeper / Deeper Than Pie (poem) / Maps / Overlap / Moon Skin / Cartography of Shattered Trees / Roots, Shallow and Deep / "Cartographer's Ink / The Quest You Have Chosen Defies Your Fate





Jon Hollins (Jonathan Wood) (2011)

The Dragon Lords: False Idols 
The Dragon Lords 2
Orbit, August 29, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 640 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure series. 

The Dragons who once ruled over the land are dead.

The motley crew that stumbled through that revolution are rich and praised as saviors.

Everyone gets to live happily ever after, right?

Right?

Well, it might have worked out that way if the dragons in Kondorra had been the only ones. If they hadn't been just the tip of the spear about to fall upon the whole world...

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15


This is the fifteenth 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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Mitchell Hogan (2011)

At the Sign of the Crow and Moon
A Sorcery Ascendant Prequel Novella
Mitchell Hogan, July 4, 2016
Kindle eBook, 81 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
A fast-paced fantasy adventure in the world of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, from Aurealis Award winning author Mitchell Hogan.

Ten years before A Crucible of Souls…

In the bustling capital city of the Mahruse Empire, Felicienne Shyrise spends her days as a talented investigator, taking on stolen goods and missing person cases, and the occasional murder the city guard are too incompetent, or too lazy, to resolve.

During nights, she hones her skills playing Dominion, a board game almost as complicated as life itself. She dreams of making a name for herself, and becoming the richest woman in the Empire.

But when she’s roped into a murky investigation by a First Adjudicator to the immortal Emperor himself, her life is thrown into disarray. Will this be the perfect opportunity to showcase her skills and make valuable connections, or will her future now be in the hands of political powers that can never be denied?

Working against her will, and afraid of the consequences of refusing the commission, she uncovers evidence that points to an attempt on the Emperor’s life. Felicienne rapidly finds herself a target, and must use her considerable wits to uncover the plot of an unseen enemy who always seems to be one step ahead of the game.

This is a standalone novella of 25,000 words. No prior knowledge of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence is required to enjoy it, which means it's a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Sorcery Ascendant veterans to spend a little more time with Felicienne Shyrise.


A Shattered Empire
Sorcery Ascendant Sequence 3
Harper Voyager, September 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 592 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires.

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall.

After young Caldan’s parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked, and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice.

Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic. But as he grows into his powers, the young sorcerer realizes that not all the monsters are on the other side.

And though traps and pitfalls lie ahead, and countless lives are at stake, one thing is certain: to save his life, his friends, and his world, Caldan must risk all to defeat a sorcerer of immense power.

Failure will doom the world.

Success will doom Caldan.





Jon Hollins (Jonathan Wood) (2011)

Fool's Gold
The Dragon Lords 1
Orbit, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure.

It's not easy to live in a world ruled by dragons. The taxes are high and their control is complete. But for one group of bold misfits, it's time to band together and steal back some of that wealth.

No one said they were smart.


False Idols
The Dragon Lords 2
Orbit, May 23, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

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Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hobbit in this rollicking fantasy adventure series.

The Dragons who once ruled over the land are dead.

The motley crew that stumbled through that revolution are rich and praised as saviors.

Everyone gets to live happily ever after, right?

Right?

Well, it might have worked out that way if the dragons in Kondorra had been the only ones. If they hadn't been just the tip of the spear about to fall upon the whole world...





Chris Holm (2012)

The Killing Kind
Mulholland Books, August 2, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 15, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

- Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
- Nominated for the Lefty Award for Best World Mystery Novel
- Nominated for the Best Thriller Barry Award
- Nominated for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancée--and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living--but a great way to make himself a target.


The Approach
Mulholland Books, August 9, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Hitman with a heart of gold Michael Hendricks is back in this digital-exclusive short story.

When a strip-club mogul puts out a hit on a dancer who won't give him off-the-clock attention, Hendricks takes a detour to Las Vegas to stop the job in its tracks. With tech genius Lester in his ear and a fake identity as cover, Hendricks has only one problem: he has no idea what the target looks like. Against the scorching heat of the city's desert outskirts, a case of mistaken identity nearly turns fatal, but our principled hitman has a few tricks of his own up his sleeve.


Red Right Hand
Mulholland Books, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
If the good guys can't save you, call a bad guy.

When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground.

FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson is determined to protect him, but her hands are tied; the FBI's sole priority is catching the terrorists before they strike again. So Charlie calls the only person on the planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks.

Once a covert operative for the US military, Hendricks makes his living hitting hitmen... or he did, until the very organization hunting Charlie's witness--the Council--caught wind and targeted the people he loves. Teaming up with a young but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job.

Of course, finding a man desperate to stay hidden is challenging enough without deadly competition, let alone when the competition's shadowy corporate backer is tangled in the terrorist conspiracy playing out around them. And now Hendricks is determined to take the Council down, even if that means wading into the center of a terror plot whose perpetrators are not what they seem.





Jason M. Hough (2013)

Zero World
Del Rey, May 31, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough’s first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth’s twin.

Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he’s unprepared for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.

Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator.


Injection Burn
The Dire Earth Duology 1
Del Rey, May 30, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 Pages

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Skyler Luiken, the daring hero of the Dire Earth Cycle, returns in the first book of a standalone action/sci-fi duology pitting a team of tenacious postapocalyptic survivalists against an incredible alien foe.


Escape Velocity
The Dire Earth Duology 2
Del Rey, June 27, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 Pages

[cover not yet revealed]
In the second book of the action/sci-fi duology that began with Injection Burn, Skyler Luiken’s elite team of space-faring adventurers must defeat a violent, technologically superior foe if they wish to ever return to Earth.





Sylvia Izzo Hunter (2014)

A Season of Spells
A Noctis Magicae Novel 3
Ace, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
In the latest novel from the author of Lady of Magick, Sophie and Gray Marshall must save the Kingdom of Britain from a tide of dark magic…

Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. Alas, sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance seems to be on shaky ground.

Sophie tries to spark a connection between Roland and Lucia by enlisting them both in her latest scheme: reopening the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. Though a vocal contingent believes that educating women spells ruin, Sophie and her friends dream of rebuilding the college for a new generation of women scholars.

But the future of the college—and of the kingdom—are imperiled when the men who tried to poison King Henry escape from prison and vanish without a trace. Sophie and Gray will need all their strength and ingenuity—and the help of friends both present and long past—to thwart the enemy at Britain’s gates.

The View From Monday - June 27, 2016


Happy last Monday in June!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl;

and

Hope and Red by Jon Skovron.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Tracer (Outer Earth 1) by Rob Boffard is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Traumphysik: A Tor.Com Original by Monica Byrne;

Forevermore (Darkest London 7) by Kristen Callihan;

The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10) by Darynda Jones;

Elixir (Changeling P.I. 1) by Ruth Vincent is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Anti-Hero (Arthur Wallace 3) by Jonathan Wood is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



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



The View From Monday - June 27, 2016



June 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Straight Silver Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 6
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF - Wastelands
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Two (Genocide, Alien Harvest) David Bischoff
Robert Sheckley
SF - Alien Omnibus
Descendant: The Complete Nikki Glass Series Jenna Black CF - Nikki Glass
Tracer Rob Boffard SF/SO - Outer Earth 1
Forevermore Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 7
Wolf's Empire: Gladiator Claudia Christian Morgan Grant Buchanan SF/SO
Forbidden Cathy Clamp UF - A Novel of the Sazi 1
Doctor Who: In The Blood Jenny T Colgan SF - Doctor Who
Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Angel Betrayed (ri) Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 2
The Devil in Disguise (e) Cynthia Eden PNR - Bad Things 1
The Eternal World (h2mm) Christopher Farnsworth Th
One Year After William R. Forstchen Th - John Matherson 2
Battlefront: Twilight Company (h2mm) Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (ri) Neil Gaiman CoA
When We Were Animals (h2tp) Joshua Gaylord CoA
The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Sword of Truth Prequel
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years Edward Gross
Mark A. Altman
TV/SF
Deadly Independents Ted Hill AP/PA - Independents 4
Ghostbusters Nancy Holder HU
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet Charlie N. Holmberg HistF
The Invasion of the Tearling (h2tp) Erika Johansen F - Queen of the Tearling, The 2
The Curse of Tenth Grave Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 10
The Perdition Score Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 8
The Bill Hodges Trilogy Boxed Set: Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch Stephen King Th/Sus - Bill Hodges Trilogy
The Dark Half (ri) Stephen King H
Lisey's Story (ri) Stephen King H
Collecting the Dead Spencer Kope M/PE
The Big Sheep Robert Kroese SF/Dys
Hot Lead, Cold Iron (tp2mm) Ari Marmell UF - Mick Oberon 1
Slade House (h2tp) David Mitchell LF/GH/Th
Haze and The Hammer of Darkness L. E. Modesitt SF
The Seascape Tattoo Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
F - Magic Goes Away
The Dark Side Anthony O'Neill SF/Noir
A Hundred Thousand Worlds (D) Bob Proehl LF/CoA
Elsewhens (tp2mm) Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Hiroshi Sekon DF/Dys - Attack on Tita
Hope and Red (D) Jon Skovron F - The Empire of Storms 1
The Nightmare Stacks Charles Stross CF - A Laundry Files Novel 7
The Annihilation Score (h2mm) Charles Stross CF - A Laundry Files Novel 6
Age of Myth Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 1
The Unnaturalists (ri) Tiffany Trent AH - Unnaturalists 1
Bombs Away (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH/SF - The Hot War 1
Icon Genevieve Valentine SF - The Persona Sequence 2
Elixir Ruth Vincent UF - Changeling P.I. 1
A Taste of Blood Wine (ri) Freda Warrington HistF/PNR - Blood 1
A Call to Duty (tp2mm) David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF - Manticore Ascendant 1
A Long Time Until Now (h2mm) Michael Z Williamson SF/TT - Temporal Displacement 1
The Binding Nicholas Wolff H
The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood LF/Dys/Psy
Anti-Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF/P - Arthur Wallace 3
The Swan Book Alexis Wright LF



June 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Traumphysik: A Tor.Com Original (e) Monica Byrne AH



June 30, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sleeper's Castle Barbara Erskine HistF
Ink in the Blood Stéphanie Hochet F/H - Dedalus Euro Shorts
The Poisoned Quarrel: The Arbalester Trilogy 3 (Complete Edition) (e) Duncan Lay F - The Arbalester Trilogy
Down and Out In Purgatory Tim Powers UF
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds Alastair Reynolds SF - Collection



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies


Note: Not all listed genres are represented in the above releases.

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series


Please welcome Jonathan Wood to The Qwillery. Broken Hero, the 4th Hero novel, is published today by Titan Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Jonathan a Happy Publication Day!



Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series




What I Learned Writing The Hero Series

So Broken Hero is out today. It’s the fourth book in the Hero series, and for the forseeable future the last one I’ll be writing. Which, actually isn’t something I’ve talked about anywhere else. (See, one thing I’ve learned is that having a web site doesn’t seem to help me much, so I’ve let that whole thing slide.) So yes, it’s looking like this is the last ride for Arthur Wallace and the crew at MI37. World exclusive. You read it here first.

But this post isn’t about that. Or… it isn’t yet. Because what Sally actually asked me to write about was what I learned while I writing the whole series. And the first lesson I wanted to impart is that writing, and being a published author is completely bonkers.

Completely.

Bonkers.

No Hero (the first book in the series) was a book I never meant to publish. It was supposed to be a practice novel. Except it got picked up for a 2-book series. Except then my publisher went belly up, with only one book out there. So then I self-published the second. Except that was only for a hot second, because my agent (through, I assume, black magic and human sacrifice) managed to sell both books plus a third to another publisher, Titan Books. And then they bought a fourth. Hence me being here, wittering on. And I’m pretty sure most of that shouldn’t have happened. And there’s possibly a lesson in there about plugging away at what you love, and keeping your head down and just writing, but.. bonkers. Utterly bonkers. That’s what I’m taking away.

Also - speaking of Titan Books, that’s something else I’ve learned. The people that work there are awesome. If you ever see them at a con, or at a reading, or as you stalk them across the moonlit streets of London, please feel free to remind them of this fact.

Speaking of awesome people, and bonkers things… fan mail. True story: the first two pieces of fan mail I got were actually angry tirades from people unable to get the books, for reasons utterly outside my control. And while it’s a little odd to be hit with such fiery invective, it’s also kind of awesome to know something I wrote inspired such a passion. Though, I have to say, my favorite fan mail has come in the form of letters from people who discovered the books during times of serious personal hardship and managed to gain some comfort from them. Considering the books consist largely of explosions and penis jokes, I’m kind of quietly amazed and terribly, terribly proud of that. Those letters, honestly have made the whole endeavor feel pretty worthwhile. So… I guess learning a little bit about why I’m writing in the first place was a decent lesson too.

And talking about fans, and audience, brings me back to the fact that this is the last book in the series. I swear I brought that up for a reason. So why am I stopping writing them? Honestly, it’s because I have other stories to tell. That’s something else I’ve come to learn. I’ve lived with Arthur, and Clyde, and Kayla, and Tabitha, and Felicity chatting away in my head for five years, and it’s time to give the other voices a turn.

So the good news (at least for the people who enjoy my writing) is that I also have another book coming out this year. This summer in fact. It’s an epic fantasy, and I am super excited about it. However, there is a twist. It’s coming out under a pseudonym, which… so as not to defeat the purpose of a pseudonym, I shall not be giving away. (That said, I’m also not terribly subtle, so if anyone follows me on facebook, I suspect figuring it out won’t be that hard.)

So, there’s that.

And now, I feel that this should all build to something. That there should the sort of grand lesson that comes at the end of a long journey. Some monomythic wisdom for me to share. But really, I think all I’ve got is the same thing my wife says to me, when I get phone calls from kind strangers trying to return to me all the things I manage to lose as I stumble through life (my keys and the flash drive containing the sole draft of my next novel, for example…) – I am the luckiest man alive.

I feel incredibly grateful, and privileged that the audience has allowed this series to go on this long, and that they’re still interested in finding out what idiotic thing Arthur is going to do next. And the reason I am such a tremendously lucky man is, really. because of the people who have bothered to read to the end of this post. It’s because of people like Sally who has been kind enough to host this blather, and to support the books all the way to the end. It’s because of you, reading right now. You are bloody brilliant, and I have learned—you have taught me—to be constantly grateful.

Thank you so much.





Broken Hero
Hero 4
Titan Books, January 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
How’s a secret agent meant to catch a break? If it’s not a demi-god going through puberty, it’s a renegade Nazi clockwork army going senile. Or a death cult in Nepal. Or a battery-chewing wizard’s relationship problems. Arthur Wallace, agent of MI37—Britain’s agency for dealing with the supernatural, the extraterrestrial, and the generally odd—has to pull everything together, and he has to do it before a magical bomb tears reality apart…





Previously

No Hero
Hero 1
Titan Books, March 11, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Previously published by Night Shade Books

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
"What would Kurt Russell do?" Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?


Review here.



Yesterday's Hero
Hero 2
Titan Books, November 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, September 9, 2014

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
Another day. Another zombie T-Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37—the government department devoted to battling threats magical, supernatural, extra-terrestrial, and generally odd. Except a zombie T-Rex is only the first of his problems... Before Arthur can say, “But didn’t I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his co-workers are threatening his sanity.


Review here.



Anti-Hero
Hero 3
Titan Books, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, March 10, 2015

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
When it rains it pours… monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone’s day. MI317—the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors—is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably—and oddly—assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don’t end there, not when there’s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world.


Review here.





About Jonathan

Guest Blog by Jonathan Wood - What I Learned Writing The Hero Series
Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. There’s a story in there involving falling in love and flunking out of med school, but in the end it all worked out all right, and, quite frankly, the medical community is far better off without him, so we won’t go into it here. His debut novel, No Hero was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a funny, dark, rip-roaring adventure with a lot of heart, highly recommended for urban fantasy and light science fiction readers alike.” Barnesandnoble.com listed it has one of the 20 best paranormal fantasies of the past decade, and Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels described it as, “so funny I laughed out loud.” His short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Chizine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, as well as anthologies such as The Book of Cthulhu 2 and The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year One.

Twitter @thexmedic  ~  Facebook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7


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



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.




Sandy Williams (2011)

Shades of Treason
Anomaly 1
Sandy Williams, July 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.

Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.


Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetics makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.

The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier... and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.

Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.

Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect...




Jonathan Wood (2011)

Yesterday's Hero
Arthur Wallace 2
Titan Books, November 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook,  September 9, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
Another day. Another zombie T-Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37—the government department devoted to battling threats magical, supernatural, extra-terrestrial, and generally odd. Except a zombie T-Rex is only the first of his problems... Before Arthur can say, “But didn’t I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his co-workers are threatening his sanity.




Broken Hero
Arthur Wallace 4
Titan Books, January 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
How’s a secret agent meant to catch a break? If it’s not a demi-god going through puberty, it’s a renegade Nazi clockwork army going senile. Or a death cult in Nepal. Or a battery-chewing wizard’s relationship problems. Arthur Wallace, agent of MI37—Britain’s agency for dealing with the supernatural, the extraterrestrial, and the generally odd—has to pull everything together, and he has to do it before a magical bomb tears reality apart…



Anti-Hero
Arthur Wallace 3
Titan Books, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, March 10, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
When it rains it pours… monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone’s day. MI317—the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors—is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably—and oddly—assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don’t end there, not when there’s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world.





Rebecca Zanetti (2011)

On the Hunt
   with Alexandra Ivy, Dianne Duvall and Hannah Jayne
Zebra, August 25, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
eBook, May 10, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...

On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti

With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ​But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...

Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Stake Out by Hannah Jayne

Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.



Take the Storm
Rising Storm: Episode 6
Evil Eye Concepts, October 29, 2015
eBook, 91 pages
Trade Paperback, November 26 , 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Marisol Moreno has spent her youth taking care of her younger siblings. Now, with her sister, Ginny, in crisis, and her brother in the throes of his first real relationship, she doesn’t have time for anything else. Especially not the overtures of the incredibly compelling Patrick Murphy.



Wicked Edge
Realm Enforcers 2
Lyrical Press, November 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 276 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on . . .

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off . . .



Teased
Dark Protectors 7.5
Evil Eye Concepts, December 8, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 132 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
The Hunter

For almost a century, the Realm's most deadly assassin, Chalton Reese, has left war and death in the past, turning instead to strategy, reason, and technology. His fingers, still stained with blood, now protect with a keyboard instead of a weapon. Until the vampire king sends him on one more mission; to hunt down a human female with the knowledge to destroy the Realm. A woman with eyes like emeralds, a brain to match his own, and a passion that might destroy them both - if the enemy on their heels doesn't do so first.

The Hunted

Olivia Roberts has foregone relationships with wimpy metro-sexuals in favor of pursuing a good story, bound and determined to uncover the truth, any truth. When her instincts start humming about missing proprietary information, she has no idea her search for a story will lead her to a ripped, sexy, and dangerous male beyond any human man. Setting aside the unbelievable fact that he's a vampire and she's his prey, she discovers that trusting him is the only chance they have to survive the danger stalking them both.



Tempted, Twisted, Tamed: The Dark Protectors Novellas
Lyrical Press, January 19, 2016
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
Tempted

The minute Max Petrovsky sees Sarah Pringle, something primal kicks in, turning everyday attraction into red-hot desire. As long as they're cooperating, why not mix some pleasure with business? Of course, Max should probably tell Sarah he's a vampire...

Twisted

In human form, Terrent Vilks is all male animal—dark, ripped, predatory. As wolf, he's unforgettably dangerous, unforgettably hot. Yet after losing parts of her memory, Maggie can't remember that she once agreed to mate him…

Tamed

Caleb Donovan was never meant to be a prophet. At heart he's a conqueror, his appetites far more carnal than spiritual. He's not inclined to repress his passions and surrender to fate. After all, that's what cost him Lily—three centuries ago. And now that he's forced into proximity with her again—all the old desires are roaring back to life. . .



Mercury Striking
The Scorpius Syndrome 1
Zebra, January 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…


Shadow Falling, The Scorpius Syndrome 2, will be published on August 30, 2016 by Zebra.



Wicked Burn
Realm Enforcers Book 3
Lyrical Press, June 7, 2016
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 7
Includes the brand new Dark Protectors novella, 'Talen'!

Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out—and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for . . .

The View From Monday - November 23, 2015


Happy Monday before Thanksgiving (in the US). Please note that The Qwillery will probably not post on the 25th and 26th so that all of us may also enjoy T-Day.


There is one debut this week: The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Yesterday's Hero (Arthur Wallace 2) by Jonathan Wood is also out in Mass Market Paperback.



The View From Monday - November 23, 2015



November 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Feel the Burn G.A. Aiken PNR - Dragonkin 8
A Vision of Fire (h2tp) Gillian Anderson
Jeff Rovin
SF - Earthend Saga 1
Black Heart Holly Black UF - Curse Workers 3
Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths Ryan Britt PopCul/LC/SF
Convergence Point (e) Liana Brooks SF - Time & Shadows Mystery 2
Child of Two Worlds Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Andromeda's War (h2mm) William C. Dietz SF/AA - Legion of the Damned
3
Dinosaurs and a Dirigible (tp2mm) David Drake SF/TT - Collection
Wild Cat Christine Feehan PNR - Leopard 7
1636: The Viennese Waltz (h2mm) Eric Flint
Gorg Huff
AH - The Ring of Fire 18
Bound in Darkness Jacquelyn Frank PNR - The Immortal Brothers 3
The Dead Play On (h2mm) Heather Graham Th/Sus/P - Cafferty & Quinn 3
Chimera Mira Grant H - Parasitology 3
The Magicians (TV Tie-In Edition) Lev Grossman F - Magician 1
Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars (h2mm) Kevin Hearne SF - Star Wars
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Five Robert Jordan F/GN - Wheel of Time
The Seventh Bride T. Kingfisher FairyT/FolkT/L&M
Stars in Your Eyes Lynn Kurland TTR - De Piaget 17
The King's Deryni (h2mm) (ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Deryni 3
The Shards of Heaven (D) Michael Livingston HistF - The Shards of Heaven 1
Dragon Storm Katie MacAlister PNR - Dragon Fall 2
Giving Up the Ghost Max McCoy PM - Ophelia Wylde Occult Mystery 3
The Golem of Solomon's Way Jon Messenger SP - Magic & Machinery 3
Burned (h2mm) Karen Marie Moning PNR - Fever 7
The Country of Ice Cream Star (h2tp) Sandra Newman LF/Dys
The Morcai Battalion: Invictus Diana Palmer SF - The Morcai Battalion 3
Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters (h2tp) Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Charmed: Let Gorgons Be Gorgons Part 2 (e) Paul Ruditis UF - Charmed
Charmed: Let Gorgons Be Gorgons Part 1 (e) Paul Ruditis UF - Charmed
Charmed: Let Gorgons Be Gorgons Part 4 (e) Paul Ruditis UF - Charmed
Charmed: Let Gorgons Be Gorgons Part 3 (e) Paul Ruditis UF - Charmed
Cast in Honor Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra 12
The Bite of Winter (e) Lauren Smith PNR - Love Bites 1
Positive (h2mm) David Wellington H
Double Contact (e)(ri) James White SF - Sector General 14
Yesterday's Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 2



November 26, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blurring the Line (e) Marty Young (ed)
Geoff Brown (ed)
H



November 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea Caitlin R. Kiernan SF/F/H - Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan 2


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

AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
GN -  Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
L&M - Legend and Myth
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood


Anti-Hero
Author:  Jonathan Wood
Series:  Arthur Wallace / No Hero 3
Publisher:  Titan Books, March 10, 2015
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
List Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781781168110 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Author

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
When it rains it pours… monster machines. That attack during a funeral and ruin everyone’s day. MI37—the government department devoted to defending Britain from cosmic horrors—is under siege, so Arthur Wallace and his team must travel to Area 51, ably—and oddly—assisted by Agent Gran. But their travels don’t end there, not when there’s an Arctic town populated entirely by spore zombies and the 2.0 version of Clyde has some funny ideas about how to save the world..



Qwill's Thoughts

Anyone who has read The Qwillery for a while knows that I am a fan of Jonathan Wood's Arthur Wallace/No Hero series, which starts with No Hero, continues with Yesterday's Hero and fortunately does not conclude with Anti-Hero. (Look for Broken Hero in October 2015).

Anti-Hero starts with the most unusual funeral I've read about in a novel ever. The MI37 team - Arthur, Felicity, Kayla, and Tabitha - are at the funeral for Clyde (well a version of Clyde) when all hell breaks lose. Someone is trying to kill them with extreme prejudice. The team survives the attempt and ends up heading to New York City to help the CIA battle another version of Clyde - a really despicable and evil version who wants to do something really despicable and evil. At the CIA MI37 primarily liaise with Agent Gran, who is very laid back for a CIA agent. The MI37 team and Agent Gran are led on a merry chase from New York to Mexico to a famous US National Monument to deep in the Arctic. The goal - save the world...again! The CIA has some absolutely cool tech that is deployed at various times throughout the novel. The science is often implausible but fun and entertaining. There is magic of course and combined with science it creates a terrible threat to survival of humanity.

In between the insanity that MI37 is dealing with Wood delves deep into the relationships of the MI37 members. There are heartbreaking emotional moments and relationships evolve and change. I was thrilled to see this evolution and changing dynamic among the team. These characters are not perfect - they are flawed, make mistakes, and continue to be believable. Wood puts the team through the wringer both emotionally and physically. There is a lot of soul-searching in Anti-Hero. What does it mean to be a hero is a central theme.

Anti-Hero (like the preceding novels) is absolutely an ensemble piece and is told from Arthur's point of view. Arthur is a very unlikely hero. When he gets in a really tight spot Arthur asks himself "What would Kurt Russell do?" He seems to be moving somewhat away from having to ask that. However, Arthur could not do what he does without the support of the rest of MI37 (all 4 of them). Conversely the team would be much, much less without Arthur. They are an oddball collection who fit together wonderfully - even when they think they don't like each other, when it matters most they pull together and get things done.

Wood has a knack for taking over the top scenarios and making them work beautifully. I would not expect anything less from an Arthur Wallace novel. The writing is crisp and the pacing breathtakingly fast. Tempering all the crazy, all the emotion, all the will they save the world again is just the right amount of humor. There are definitely laugh out loud moments.

Anti-Hero starts off with a bang and has its foot on the accelerator until the nail-biting and extremely satisfying conclusion. It's an action packed Urban Fantasy with more than a touch of weird and a great ensemble cast lead by the very capable Arthur Wallace. Anti-Hero is frightening, fun and fabulous!


Note: While you probably could read Anti-Hero without reading the prior two novels in the series, I suggest you do read them first.





Previously

No Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 1
Titan Books, March 11, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Previously published by Night Shade Books

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
"What would Kurt Russell do?" Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace asks himself that question a lot. Because Arthur is no hero. He's a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then, secretive government agency MI37 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny. But Arthur is NO HERO! Can an everyman stand against sanity-ripping cosmic horrors?


Review here.



Yesterday's Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 2
Titan Books, September 9, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
Another day. Another zombie T-Rex to put down. All part of the routine for Arthur Wallace and MI37—the British government department devoted to defending Britain from threats magical, supernatural, extraterrestrial, and generally odd.Except a zombie T-Rex is only the first of the problems about to trample, slavering and roaring, through Arthur’s life. Before he can say, “but didn’t I save the world yesterday?” a new co-director at MI37 is threatening his job, middle-aged Russian cyborg wizards are threatening his life, and his co-workers’ are threatening his sanity.

As Arthur struggles to unravel a plot to re-enact the Chernobyl disaster in England’s capital, he must not only battle foreign wizards but also struggle to keep the trust of his team. Events spiral out of control, friendships fray, and loyalties are tested to their breaking point.


Review here.




Upcoming

Broken Hero
Arthur Wallace / No Hero 4
Titan Books, January 2016

Review: Anti-Hero by Jonathan Wood
Arthur Wallace and the MI37 team confront their complex personal relationships as well as robots originally created to aid the Nazi’s invasion of Russia, leading to a trip for the team to the Himalayas, which takes them to a Nepalese death cult, then back to London for the final assault – amidst assorted relationship break-ups, hangovers and pregnancy scares…

The View From Monday - March 9, 2015


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon 1) by Francesca Haig.


From a formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Author:

Anti-Hero (Arthur Wallace / No Hero 3) by Jonathan Wood.



The View From Monday - March 9, 2015


March 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Chosen Thief Scarlett Dawn F - Forever Evermore 4
Witch Upon a Star Jennifer Harlow Th/R/P - A Midnight Magic Mystery 3
The Peyti Crisis Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Retrieval Artist



March 9, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Star Trek: The Original Series: Shadow of the Machine (e) Scott Harrison SF - Star Trek



March 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Exile C. T. Adams F/P - Book of the Fae 1
Defenders of Mankind (The Death of Antagonis; Death of Integrity) David Annandale
Guy Haley
SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines
The Fall of Fair Isle Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle Omnibus
Broken Vows (e) Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle 1
Dark Dreams (e) Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle 2
Desperate Alliances (e) Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle 3
The Doll Collection Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Night's Blaze: Part 1: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 5
The Fire Sermon (D) Francesca Haig SF - The Fire Sermon 1
Thorn Jack (h2tp) Katherine Harbour F/P - Night and Nothing Novels 1
Bones and Heart (e) Katherine Harbour F/P - Night and Nothing Novels Short Tale
No Man's World: Omnibus Pat Kelleher SF - No Man's World
Firesoul Gary Kloster F - Pathfinder Tales
Quicksand (h2tp) Gigi Pandian M - Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery 3
The Mechanical Ian Tregillis SP - The Alchemy Wars 1
Persona Genevieve Valentine SF
Anti-Hero Jonathan Wood SF - Arthur Wallace / No Hero 3



March 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Thyme Fiend: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jeffrey Ford DF



March 12, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 4 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel



March 15, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop Andrew Klavan Oc/Su



D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
Oc - Occult
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3



This is the third in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge authors.What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 4  will cover 2012 DAC authors.


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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3



Mark Lawrence

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
Prince of Fools
The Red Queen's War 1
Ace, May 26, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Originally published in Hardcover, June 3, 2014

First in a brand new series from the author of The Broken Empire Trilogy.

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him.

But he is wrong…




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
The Liar's Key
The Red Queen's War 2
Ace, June 2, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

Prince of Fools, The Red Queen’s War: Book One had all “the hallmarks of [Mark Lawrence’s] storytelling and writing style which made The Broken Empire trilogy such an incredibly addictive read” (Bibliosanctum.com). Now, The Liar’s Key continues the story of the unusual fellowship between a rogue prince and a weary warrior…

After harrowing adventure and near-death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki’s Key, an artefact capable of opening any door, and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire—including The Dead King.

Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.

And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death’s door, Jal’s grandmother, the Red Queen continues to manipulate kings and pawns towards an endgame of her own design…




Stina Leicht

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
Cold Iron
Saga Press, June 23, 2015
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 576 pages


Fraternal twins Nels and Suvi move beyond their royal heritage and into military and magical dominion in this flintlock epic fantasy debut from a two-time Campbell Award finalist.

Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: 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 Suvi, who has allied with pirates, he mounts a military offensive with sword, canon, and what little magic is left in the world.




M.J. Scott

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
The Shattered Court
Four Arts 1
Roc, April 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…




Mazarkis Williams

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
The Tower Broken
Tower and Knife Trilogy 3
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 330 pages
Previously published in Hardcover, June 3, 2014

The Cerani Empire reaches a tipping point in the thrilling conclusion to the Tower and Knife trilogy.

The world is at its breaking point. The nothing, a terrible darkness caused by the festering wounds of a god, bleeds out the very essence of all, of stone, silk—and souls. Emperor Sarmin thought he had stopped it, but it is spreading toward his city, Cerana—and he is powerless to halt the destruction.
Even as Cerana fills with refugees, the Yrkmen armies arrive with conquest in mind, but they offer to spare Sarmin’s people if they will convert to the Mogyrk faith.

Time is running out for Sarmin and his wife, Mesema. The Mage’s Tower is cracked; the last mage, sent to find a mysterious pattern-worker in the desert, has vanished; and Sarmin believes his kidnapped brother, Daveed, still has a part to play. The walls are crumbling around them . . .

As the Tower and Knife trilogy thunders to the finish line, author Mazarkis Williams expands his masterful world-building a final time, putting the pieces in place for an explosive finale.




Jonathan Wood

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
Anti-Hero
Arthur Wallace 3
Titan Books, March 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What do you do when your best friend becomes a supervillain? Agent Arthur Wallace is used to dealing with danger that is extraterrestrial, supernatural, or generally odd. But when a drone-strike interrupts his best friend’s funeral, it becomes clear that his next assignment is going to be stranger than usual. When it turns out that the drone was hijacked by a rogue, digital version of that friend… well then nothing is clear to Arthur any more.

Now the man Arthur counted on most is set on destroying humanity in a grand scheme to save the natural world. And the CIA is set on destroying that man. And Arthur can’t work out who the hero is any more. But he has to work out the all the answers fast, because now he’s staring into the bloody maw of the zombpocalypse itself.




Rebecca Zanetti

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
Blind Faith
Sin Brothers 3
Forever, January 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A betrayal he couldn't forget . . .

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.

A love she couldn't deny . . .

The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He's just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there's an edge to him now that's as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can't refuse. But she has secrets of her own--secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . . .




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 3
Total Surrender 
Sin Brothers 4
Forever, March 31, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?


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