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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2015 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 2015 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.

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design and illustration by Gretchen Mergenthaler




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket illustrations by Sarah Jane Coleman
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Eileen Carey




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket design by Faceout Studio, Charles Brock
Cover image by Ivan Bliznetsov, Getty Images
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket art by Larry Rostant
Jacket design by Peter Lutjen




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Design by Gail Dubov and Amy Halperin




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Art by Alan Pollack




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket Photograph by Larry Rostant
Jacket Design by Peter Lutjen




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover art by Ben Baldwin




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Art by Torstein Nordstrand





2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by M.S. Corley




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover by Larry Rostant at Artist Partners


Interview with Joshua V. Scher, author of Here & There


Please welcome Joshua V. Scher to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Here & There was published on November 1st by 47North.


Interview with Joshua V. Scher, author of Here & There



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

Joshua:  Second grade, my buddy, Pando Eder, and I would sneak into his mom’s study to use her typewriter and write Snoopy fan fiction. Why… I guess because I had these nagging ideas about what the Peanuts gang was up to when it wasn’t Halloween or Christmas.



TQAre you a plotter, pantser or a hybrid?

Joshua:  I’m not quite sure what a pantser is (probably not what I’m imagining), but I’m definitely a plotter. At least in broad strokes. I like to know where I’m going. It can and often does change along the way, but I have a target in mind.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Joshua:  Overcoming that feeling every day that I’ve forgotten how to write. Also spelling. At one point, Microsoft Word actually issued an error message saying there were too many errors in Here & There and it could no longer continue spell checking.



TQYou are also a playwright. How has this affected (or not) your novel writing?

Joshua:  It made me keenly aware of dialogue, how it flows and sounds. As much as I like Faulkner, my characters don’t talk in 30 page monologues. Except to themselves. That’s been the fun part in delving into prose, being able to unshackle a characters chain of thoughts. On stage, you can only do that in very short bursts (see Hamlet).



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Joshua:  I think most writers probably have a two-column list for this, a long-term one and a more current one. Long term: Borges, Nabokov, Hammett, Faulkner, Chandler, Pynchon, Vonnegut. Current: Murakami, Atwood, Elroy, Danielewsky, Kundera, the Coen brothers (yes I consider them literary).



TQDescribe Here & There in 140 characters or less.

Joshua:  Love, loss, longing, and teleportation.



TQTell us something about Here & There that is not found in the book description.

Joshua:  It’s told through a series of journal entries, video transcripts, and government correspondences.



TQWhat inspired you to write Here & There? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Joshua:  I came up with the idea while reading Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Science fiction is a fantastic way to unpack our humanity with What if scenarios. It provides the freedom to explore big questions about the human condition without the constraints of the mundane. I mean, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep isn’t about Replicants, it’s about us. Who are we? What makes us human? What defines a soul?

AND with Sci-Fi we also get to sort of run probability scenarios about where we’re headed. Almost all Sci-Fi is less about some future and more about what’s going on in our society now and where it will take us.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Here & There?

Joshua:  Oh my god, so much. I had to really get into quantum physics and all the real, current, impressive work being done with teleportation on a subatomic level. Quantum cryptography and “normal” cryptography too. I also had to brush up on my singularity knowledge and even get a little into string theory. All the physics that made it past the redaction filters is real and accurate (at least to the best of my knowledge at the time of writing it).

I dug into a bunch of philosophy as well, Hume, Heidegger, Kierkegaard...



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Joshua:  Danny was the easiest. His wiseacre tone just kind of flowed. There’s a strong sarcasm gene in my family.

Eve was the hardest. She speaks French. I don’t.



TQWhich question about Here & There do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Joshua:  How close are we to achieving teleportation?

Well, just last week a bunch of physicists over at the National Institute of Standards and Technology destroyed the distance record for quantum teleportation, transferring quantum information over 100km.

But as shown in Here & There, they are still way behind Dr. Reidier’s achievements.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/09/23/scientists-just-smashed-the-distance-record-for-quantum-teleportation/



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Here & There.

Joshua:  In choosing between fact and fiction, it is the fiction that will always reveal more.
Men prefer myth to truth.

My bedroom ceiling fan is spreading rumors about me.



TQWhat's next?

Joshua:  My film, I’m OK, a coming-of-age story in the post-apocalypse, will be released in 2016.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Here & There
47North, November 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 587 pages

Interview with Joshua V. Scher, author of Here & There
It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed...

Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one has actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.

Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.

Now her son Danny has unearthed and revealed the report, fueling controversy over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.

In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.





About Joshua

Interview with Joshua V. Scher, author of Here & There
Joshua V. Scher is a recent transplant from New York City to the Hollywood hills, where he is continuing his transition from writing for the stage to the screen, both theatrical and television. His film, I’m OK, is in postproduction and slated for a festival run in 2016. The cinematic adaptation of his play The Footage was developed by Pressman Film. Scher collaborated with Joe Frazier and Penny Marshall’s Parkway Productions on the Joe Frazier biopic Behind the Smoke. He also worked with Danny Glover and Louverture Films on Scher’s original TV pilot, Jigsaw. His works for the stage include Marvel, Flushed, and Velvet Ropes, as well as the musical Triangle. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in creative writing from Brown University and a master of fine arts degree in playwriting from Yale University. This is his first novel.




Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @joshuascher

The View From Monday - November 2, 2015


Happy 1st Monday in November! There are 8 debuts this week:

Here and There by Joshua V. Scher from 47North;

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson from Talos Press;

Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors 1) by Asa Maria Bradley from Sourcebooks Casablanca;

Mystic by Jason Denzel from Tor Books;

The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk from Black Cat;

Here Brother's Keeper by Mike Kupari from Baen;

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak from Roc;

The Ark (Children of a Dead Earth 1) by Patrick S. Tomlinson from Angry Robot.

You may read more about each of these debuts here: 2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Pirateship Down: Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans by Suzanne Johnson (Kindle eBook);

Made to Kill (L.A. Trilogy 1) by Adam Christopher;

Without Light or Guide (Los Nefilim 2) by T. Frohock;

and

My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart by Martin Rose.



The View From Monday - November 2, 2015



November 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming the Shifter (e) Lisa Childs PNR
Clearwater (e) Megan Hart SF
The Ghosts of Sleath (ri) James Herbert H - David Ash 2
Here & There (D) Joshua V. Scher SF
Lover's Bite (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 2
Billionaire Wolf (e) Karen Whiddon PNR



November 2, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fangs for the Memories (e) Molly Harper PNR - Half-Moon Hollow 4.5
Pirateship Down: Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans (Ke) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans



November 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow of Empire Jay Allan SF - Far Star Trilogy 1
Mystic Warrior Alex Archer FairyT/FolkT/L&M - Rogue Angel 57
Devil's Vortex James Axler SF - Deathlands 125
Apocalypse Unseen James Axler SF - Outlanders 75
Halo: Cryptum Greg Bear SF/AA - Forerunner Saga 1
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (D) M. H. Boroson UF
Viking Warrior Rising (D) Asa Maria Bradley PNR - Viking Warriors 1
Plot Boiler Ali Brandon PCM - A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 5
Shards of Honor (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 2
The Shock of Night Patrick W. Carr F - The Darkwater Saga 1
Bathing the Lion (h2tp) Jonathan Carroll LF/Surreal
Reap the Wind Karen Chance UF - Cassie Palmer 7
Made to Kill Adam Christopher SF - L.A. Trilogy 1
Hunter's Moon (ri) Cathy Clamp
C. T. Adams
PNR - Tales of the Sazi 1
Scratch (e) Michael Clary Dys/PA - The Guardian Interviews 4
The Expanse Boxed Set: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate James S.A. Corey SF/AA - The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes (ri) James S.A. Corey SF/AA - The Expanse 1
Hunter Sacrificed (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Wild Hunt 1
This Gulf of Time and Stars Julie E. Czerneda SF - Reunification 1
A Play of Shadow (tp2mm) Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 2
Mystic (D) Jason Denzel F - Mystic 1
Styx Bavo Dhooge Th/Crime/Z
Blood's Shadow Cecilia Dominic PNR - Lycanthropy Files 3
Air and Darkness David Drake F - The Books of the Elements 4
Wolf Winter (h2tp) Cecilia Ekbäck Gothic
Black Wolves Kate Elliott F - The Black Wolves Trilogy 1
Battlefront: Twilight Company Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars
Dreamseeker C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker 2
Without Light or Guide (e) T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 2
Dead Ringers Christopher Golden H
Weighing Shadows Lisa Goldstein HistF/TT
Passion Ignites Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
7
Passion Ignites: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Geomancer Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
F/P/PNR/SP - Vampire Empire: Gareth and Adele 1
Scarlet Tides (h2mm) David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 2
A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Stories (h2tp) Charlaine Harris F - Sookie Stackhouse
Greasepaint (e) David C. Hayes H
Shivaree J.D. Horn Gothic
The Quartered Sea (e) Tanya Huff F - Quarters Series 4
The Future Falls (h2mm) Tanya Huff CF - The Enchantment Emporium 3
Kill Baxter Charlie Human DF/Occ/Sup
Wolf Land (e) Jonathan Janz H
Genesis Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 4
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series Robert Jordan
Harriet McDougal
Alan Romanczuk
Maria Simmons
F - Wheel of Time
Born of Betrayal Sherrilyn Kenyon CF - The League: Nemesis Rising 8
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories Stephen King Th/Sus - Collection
The Man Who Spoke Snakish (Debut - English) Andrus Kivirähk
Christopher Moseley (trans)
LF/F
Saint Odd (h2mm) Dean Koontz Th/Sus/P - Odd Thomas 8
Her Brother's Keeper (D - Solo) Mike Kupari SF
Sentinels Matt Manochio H/Occ
Tower of Thorns Juliet Marillier F - Blackthorn & Grim 2
Dreamer's Pool (h2tp) Juliet Marillier F - Blackthorn & Grim 1
From the Torment of Dreams (e) Iain Mckinnon SF
Solar Express L. E. Modesitt SF
Heritage of Cyador (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Saga of Recluce 18
City of Wonders James A. Moore F - Seven Forges 3
Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow James Morrow SF - Collection
Going Dark Linda Nagata SF - Red Trilogy 3
Biting Cold (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 6
Planetfall Emma Newman SF/Psy
Heart Legacy Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta 14
Lost Souls: A Thriller Seth Patrick Th/H - Reviver Trilogy 2
Inherit the Stars (D) Tony Peak SF
The Builders Daniel Polansky F
King of Assassins (h2mm) Jenna Rhodes F - The Elven Ways 3
Stars of Fortune Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 1
Green Earth Kim Stanley Robinson SF/Th/TechTh - Omnibus
My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart Martin Rose H
Sunfail Steven Savile Dys/Th
The Lazarus War: Redemption: A Lazarus War Novella (e) Jamie Sawyer Artefact
Mission: Tomorrow Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed) SF - Anthology
1
Jeweled Fire Sharon Shinn F - Elemental Blessings 3
Convalescence (e) Maynard Sims H/GH
Dangerous Match (e) Alyssa Stevens PNR
The Flame in the Maze Caitlin Sweet F - The Door in the Mountain 2
The Ark (D) Patrick S. Tomlinson SF - Children of a Dead Earth 1
The Immortals of Meluha (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - Shiva Trilogy 1
Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel George R. R. Martin (ed)
Melinda M. Snodgrass (ed)
SH - Wild Cards
Onyx Javelin Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 3
Mind Magic Eileen Wilks PNR/UF - Lupi 12
Lafcadio Hearn's "The Faceless Ghost" and Other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel Sean Michael Wilson Michiru Morikawa (Illus) GH/GN - Stories
Null-A Continuum (e) John C. Wright SF



November 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Iron Defiance Kelly L Lee FR - Four Realms 3
Points of Origin: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marissa K. Lingen SF



November 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Family Blood Craig Gallant SP/ AH - Wild West Exodus





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


AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
L&M - Legends and Mythology
LF - Literary Fiction
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


There are 12 debuts 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 2015 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 2015 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.



Andrus Kivirähk

The Man Who Spoke Snakish
Black Cat, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Translator - Christopher Moseley
(Debut - English Language)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
A bestseller in the author’s native country of Estonia, where the book is so well known that a popular board game has been created based on it, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is the imaginative and moving story of a boy who is tasked with preserving ancient traditions in the face of modernity.   Set in a fantastical version of medieval Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish follows a young boy, Leemet, who lives with his hunter-gatherer family in the forest and is the last speaker of the ancient tongue of snakish, a language that allows its speakers to command all animals. But the forest is gradually emptying as more and more people leave to settle in villages, where they break their backs tilling the land to grow wheat for their “bread” (which Leemet has been told tastes horrible) and where they pray to a god very different from the spirits worshipped in the forest’s sacred grove. With lothario bears who wordlessly seduce women, a giant louse with a penchant for swimming, a legendary flying frog, and a young charismatic viper named Ints, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is a totally inventive novel for readers of David Mitchell, Sjón, and Terry Pratchett.

A word-of-mouth success in France, and one of the bestselling books ever published in Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is the first of Kivirähk’s novels ever to be published in English—and sure to entertain and surprise readers worldwide.




M.H. Boroson

The Girl with Ghost Eyes
Talos Press, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.

With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.




Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rising
Viking Warriors 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found...and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.




Dana Chamblee Carpenter

Bohemian Gospel
Pegasus, November 16, 2015
    November 8, 2015 (eBook)
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel is the remarkable tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny. 

Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Others call her an angel. Even Mouse doesn’t know who—or what—she is. But she means to find out. When young King Ottakar shows up at the Abbey wounded by a traitor's arrow, Mouse breaks church law to save him and then agrees to accompany him back to Prague as his personal healer. Caught in the undertow of court politics at the castle, Ottakar and Mouse find themselves drawn to each other as they work to uncover the threat against him and to unravel the mystery of her past. But when Mouse's unusual gifts give rise to a violence and strength that surprise everyone—especially herself—she is forced to ask herself: Will she be prepared for the future that awaits her? A heart-thumping, highly original tale in the vein of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, Bohemian Gospel heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice for historical fiction.




Jason Denzel

Mystic
Tor Books, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Mystic is the start of an enchanting new epic fantasy series from Jason Denzel, the founder of Dragonmount.

I called to the Myst, and it sent us you.

For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Myst. Powerful, revered, and often reclusive, Mystics have the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst: the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe. Once in a very great while, they take an apprentice, always from the most privileged sects of society. Such has always been the tradition-until a new High Mystic takes her seat and chooses Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate.

Commoners have never been welcomed among the select few given the opportunity to rise beyond even the highest nobility. So when Pomella chooses to accept the summons and journey to Kelt Apar, she knows that she will have more to contend with than the competition for the apprenticeship.

Breaking both law and tradition, Pomella undergoes three trials against the other candidates to prove her worthiness. As the trials unfold, Pomella navigates a deadly world of intolerance and betrayal, unaware that ruthless conspirators intend to make her suffer for having the audacity to seek to unravel the secrets of the Myst.





Michelle Hauck

Grudging
Birth of Saints 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 17, 2015
eBook, 299 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power.  And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.




Mike Kupari

Her Brother's Keeper
Baen, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
(Debut - Solo)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
DEBUT SOLO NOVEL FROM THE CO-AUTHOR OF DEAD SIX. Air Force weapons expert Mike Kupari, co-author of Dead Six and Swords of Exodus, offers up a science fiction adventure. When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet.

It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny. But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood.

It seems Catherine's brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood's plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom by a fearsome local warlord. Augustus, knowing his daughter is the only one who can be trusted to return his son safely, swallows his pride and hires Catherine to bring her brother home.

Catherine takes the job—but it won't be easy. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making.




Michael Livingston

The Shards of Heaven
The Shards of Heaven 1
Tor Books, November 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar's ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar's legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.

Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods-or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.

Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.

Michael Livingston's The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.




Paul Meloy

The Night Clock
Solaris, November 10, 2015 (US/Canada)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
An incredible debut novel that will move and terrify you, as reality itself is threatened by a world just beyond our own.

And still the Night Clock ticks...

Phil Trevena’s boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves. There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can’t explain - until he meets the enigmatic Daniel, and learns of the war for the minds of humanity that rages in Dark Time, the space between reality and nightmares measured by the Night Clock.

Drawn into the conflict, Phil and Daniel encounter the Firmament Surgeons, a brave and strange band that are all that prevents the nightmarish ranks of the Autoscopes overrunning us. The enemy is fuelled by a limitless hatred that could rip our reality apart. To end the war the darkness that dwells in the shadow of the Night Clock must be defeated...

Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and the human mind, and presenting us with a novel like no other.




Tony Peak

Inherit the Stars
Roc, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
An epic debut set on the edges of space, where one botched job could mean death—or so much worse…

Wanderlust runs in Kivita Vondir’s blood. She dreamed of salvaging like her father when she was young, and now it’s her addiction, getting her through pit stops filled with cheap alcohol and cheaper companionship and distracting her from her broken heart.

Her latest contract to hunt down a fabled gemstone is exactly the kind of adventure she craves. But this job is more than meets the eye. For one thing, her duplicitous employer has hired rebel Sar Redryll—Kivita’s former lover—to stop her at any cost. For another, Kivita’s recovery of the relic unleashes in her powerful new abilities. Abilities that everyone in the Cetturo Arm—human, alien, and in-between—desperately wishes to control…

As she avoids a massive galactic manhunt, Kivita teams up with two unlikely allies: Sar and his enigmatic new partner. Only, as the gem’s mysteries are revealed and danger draws near, Kivita begins to wonder if her ex has truly changed, or if he’s just waiting for the right moment to betray her once again…




Joshua V. Scher

Here & There
47North, November 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 587 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed...

Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one has actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.

Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.

Now her son Danny has unearthed and revealed the report, fueling controversy over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.

In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.




Patrick S. Tomlinson

The Ark
Children of the Dead Earth 1
Angry Robot, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

File UnderScience Fiction [ Last Gun in the Universe / We’re Not Alone / Poison and Nukes / Race to the End ]

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: Here & There by Joshua V. Scher


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: Here & There by Joshua V. Scher


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.


Joshua V. Scher

Here & There
47North, November 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 587 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: Here & There by Joshua V. Scher
It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed...

Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one has actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.

Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.

Now her son Danny has unearthed and revealed the report, fueling controversy over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.

In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.

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