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The View From Monday - May 6, 2019


Happy 1st Monday in May!

There is 1 debut this week:

Westside by W.M. Akers.

The View From Monday - May 6, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors

Treason of Hawks (Shadow 4) by Lila Bowen is out in Trade Paperback;

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine is out in Trade Paperback;

and

A Chain Across the Sky (The Universe After 2) by Drew Williams.

The View From Monday - May 6, 2019The View From Monday - May 6, 2019
The View From Monday - May 6, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - May 6, 2019



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

May 6, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In Darkness, Delight: Masters of Midnight (e) Andrew Lennon (Ed)
Evans Light (Ed)
H - Anthology



May 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Westside (D) W.M. Akers HistF
River of Bones (h2mm) Taylor Anderson AH/SF - Destroyermen 13
Magic Triumphs (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF/PNR - Kate Daniels 10
The Warship Neal Asher SF - Rise of the Jain 2
Orbus (tp2mm) Neal Asher SF - Spatterjay 3
Census (h2tp) Jesse Ball LF
By Fire Above (h2tp) Robyn Bennis SP/F - Signal Airship 2
Treason of Hawks (h2tp) Lila Bowen HistF/CoA - Shadow 4
Storm Cursed Patricia Briggs UF/CF/PNR - Mercy Thompson 11
Exhalation: Stories Ted Chiang SS/LF/SF
Noir Fatale Larry Correia (Ed)
Kacey Ezell (Ed)
F/SF - Anthology
Miss Subways (h2tp) David Duchovny LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Pilo Traveling Show (e)(ri) Will Elliott H
When Darkness Loves Us (ri) Elizabeth Engstrom SS/H - Paperbacks from Hell
What Should Be Wild (h2tp) Julia Fine LF
By Demons Possessed P.C. Hodgell HistF - Kencyrath 6
Tangle's Game Stewart Hotston SF
Electric Forest (ri) Tanith Lee SF/GenEng/CyP
Severance (h2tp) Ling Ma LF/SF/AP/PA/Asian American
Snakeskins Tim Major SF/TechTh
A Devil Comes to Town Paolo Maurensig
Anne Milano (Tr)
LF/Psy/Occ/Sup/Satire/BH
Octavia Gone Jack McDevitt SF/HSF - Alex Benedict 8
Middlegame Seanan McGuire CF/SF
Oath of Gold (ri) Elizabeth Moon HistF - Paksenarrion 3
Spinning Silver (h2tp) Naomi Novik F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Million Mile Road Trip Rudy Rucker SF
The Big Aha Rudy Rucker SF/GenEng
Hell Divers V: Captives Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 5
Theater of Spies S. M. Stirling AH/SF/Esp - Novel of an Alternate World War 2
Light from Other Stars Erika Swyler LF/FL/SF/SE/CoA
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (h2tp) Stuart Turton HistTh/LF/Occ/Sup
The Gordian Protocol David Weber
Jacob Holo
SF/TT
Dawn of the Hunters Ryan Wieser SF/SO - Hunters of Infinity 3
A Chain Across the Dawn Drew Williams SF/SO/HU - The Universe After 2
Empire of Grass Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 2



May 8, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
One Nation Under Gods Jerome Stueart HistF/UF



May 9, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Western Passage: Exodus G. DiCarlo DF
Doomsday Furnace (e) Brent Michael Kelley SF - Collection



May 10, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
King of Hell Christopher Golden UF - Shadow Saga 7



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary & Metaphysical

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 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 2018 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on June 8, 2018.

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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts
Jacket design by Rachel Willey





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts
Cover art by JungShan





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts
Cover art by Tommy Arnold
Cover design by Lauren Panepinto





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts
Jacket design by Sarah Brody
Jacket illustration © MagdalenaWasiczek / Trevillion Images

Interview with Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild


Please welcome Julia Fine to The Qwillery as part of the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. What Should Be Wild is published on May 8th by Harper.



Interview with Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first piece you remember writing?

Julia:  I’m so happy to be here! I’ve been writing since I can remember, but my first published piece was a poem in Stone Soup Magazine when I was nine. It was about the moon—I think I used the phrase “queen of the night.” Stone Soup is still around publishing kids’ writing and illustrations and is definitely worth checking out. It was huge for me as a kid to know that people were interested in what I had to say.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Julia:  A hybrid, though more of a pantser if I was forced to choose. In general I write from the gut. I’m definitely not good with outlines—I can make them, but have a lot of trouble finding the passion to write once I’m forced inside them. That said, it helps me to write the key scenes quickly to provide a sort of structure, and then jump around filling things in from there.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Julia:  For a novel it’s definitely the commitment. A lot of research and time and emotional investment goes into producing a full length book, and so it’s tough to know when an idea is “the one” and that investment is worth it. I also have a one year-old, so lately it’s hard to find that perfect combination of a good night’s sleep and a large chunk of uninterrupted time…



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Julia:  Maybe this is too obvious, but my reading. I’m so inspired by so many books and writers—for What Should Be Wild it was Angela Carter and Shirley Jackson and Philip Pullman and Karen Russell and Doris Lessing and so many more. I’m also hugely influenced by music—for this book I listened to a lot of Hozier, Tori Amos, Damien Rice, and PJ Harvey. Pan’s Labyrinth was influential, and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (the original version).



TQDescribe What Should be Wild in 140 characters or less.

Julia:  Female desire is powerful!



TQTell us something about What Should be Wild that is not found in the book description.

Julia:  There are nods to classic fairy tales all throughout the book. If you’re looking for them, you can catch references to Snow White, Little Red Ridinghood, The Snow Queen, etc.



TQWhat inspired you to write What Should be Wild? Do you consider the story a fairy tale or something else?

Julia:  I was first inspired by a legal case in Texas several years ago—a woman was declared brain-dead at about three months pregnant and her husband was fighting the hospital to get her taken off of life support. I started thinking about what life would be like for that child if medical circumstances were different and the fetus could realistically come to term. At the time I was reading Marina Warner’s From the Beast to the Blonde, a book about the feminist history of fairytales. The two worlds collided to form What Should Be Wild.

I do consider the story a fairy tale, in that it’s about figuring out the boundaries between personal desires and social responsibility. I think that juxtaposition is at the heart of all fairy tales, especially the ones with female protagonists. That said, I didn’t consciously set out to write a fairy tale, and I’m happy with whatever shelf the book is put on!



TQWhat sort of research did you do for What Should be Wild?

Julia:  What Should Be Wild is basically a big mash-up of all of my research interests. As I mentioned earlier, From the Beast to the Blonde was incredibly helpful in giving me a history of female storytelling. I did historical research for each of the vignettes about the Blakely women. I read a wonderful book called The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben that helped me ground some of the magic of the forest in scientific research. I read The White Goddess by Robert Graves and The Golden Bough by James Fraser to get a sense for the folklore Peter studies and the history of Maisie’s village. I read a lot of William Blake and Dylan Thomas for philosophy and mood.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for What Should be Wild.

Julia:  It’s up to the reader to decide if these are living flowers in the process of dying, or dead flowers coming back to life…either way they’re very feisty. I love this cover because it gives you that Gothic forest vibe without being too explicit. I also love how every time you look at it you notice something different, whether it’s the moth at the top, or the rainbow reflections.



TQIn What Should be Wild who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Julia:  Lucy Blakely was fully formed with very clear desires and personality quirks from the second she showed up on the page. Rafe took me several iterations—he’s the hardest for Maisie to fully understand, so I think some of my narrator’s struggles bled through!



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in What Should be Wild?

Julia:  For me, speculative fiction is all about tackling social issues. I was looking for a way to talk about the pressures and restrictions placed on women, and the fear and fetishization of female desire. Maisie and her family don’t speak for all women, of course, but I hope I’ve captured something universal about the way those of us who identify as female move through the world.



TQWhich question about What Should be Wild do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Julia:  So far no one has asked me about place names, so I guess I’ll use this as an opportunity to discuss them! Urizon is totally stolen from William Blake’s mythopoeia. He has a character named Urizen who represents order and authority. The Blakelys are also a nod to his work. Couers Crossing, Maisie’s village, comes from the French for heart—it was initially Coeds Crossing, from the Welsh for trees, but that came off as too collegial.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from What Should be Wild.

Julia:  “Tell a child a tale is not true, give her reason to believe. No handsome prince awaits you. No godmother hides in the hawthorn. Those stirrings you hear in the forest are foxes and birds, nothing more. Tell her that after death comes heaven, harpists, bare-bottomed babes with sprouted wings. Show her where her mother has been eaten by the earth, where her ancestors lie buried. Tell her that souls float up around her, as she watches rigor mortis of her own pathetic making cover the body of a loved one with its frost. Nothing begs question of permanence, of sin, like the power to kill and revive. Nothing promises revival like a fairy tale.”



TQWhat's next?

Julia:  I’m in the very early stages of working on a post-partum poltergeist story. Because I’m a pantser I’m not yet sure where it’s going to go!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Julia:  Thanks so much for having me!





What Should Be Wild
Harper, May 8, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild
“Delightful and darkly magical. Julia Fine has written a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death. I loved it.”  —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.





About Julia

Interview with Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild
Photo by Nastasia Mora
Julia Fine teaches writing at DePaul University and is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s MFA program. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their son.












Website  ~  Twitter @finejuli  ~  Facebook



The View From Monday - May 7, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in May! There are 2 debuts this week:

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine;

and

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale.

The View From Monday - May 7, 2018 The View From Monday - May 7, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Owl and the Tiger Thieves (The Owl 4) by Kristi Charish;

God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha 1) by Kameron Hurley;

and

Side Life by Steve Toutonghi.

The View From Monday - May 7, 2018The View From Monday - May 7, 2018
The View From Monday - May 7, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - May 7, 2018



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

May 8, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Uncharted Kevin J. Anderson
Sarah Hoyt
HistF - Arcana America 1
The Complete Memoirs of Lady Trent Series: (A Natural History of Dragons, The Tropic of Serpents, The Voyage of the Basilisk, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, ... Sanctuary of Wings) (e) Marie Brennan F - Lady Trent Memoirs
Belly Up Rita Bullwinkle LF - Collection
Victory Disc Andrew Cartmel Cr - The Vinyl Detective 3
Owl and the Tiger Thieves Kristi Charish UF - The Owl 4
Odysseus Ascendant Evan Currie SF/SO - Odyssey One 7
Wolf Undaunted Shannon Curtis PNR
King of Ashes Raymond E. Feist F - The Firemane Saga 1
What Should Be Wild (D) Julia Fine LF
Grief Cottage Gail Godwin LF/Gothic
The Science of Lost Futures Ryan Habermeyer FairyT/FolkT/LM/SF/LF - Collection
The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life Deborah Harkness Occ/Sup/PNR/HistF - All Souls Trilogy
Obscura Joe Hart TechTh
The Ghost Pirates and Other Revenants of the Sea William Hope Hodgson F/P/H/HistF - Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson, Vol 3
Who is the Black Panther? Jesse J. Holland MTI/SH - Marvel Universe 3
God's War (ri) Kameron Hurley SF/F/DF - Bel Dame Apocrypha 1
I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture A.D. Jameson PopCul/SF/F/LC
Blue Darker Than Black: A Thriller Mike Jenne TechTh/SF - Blue Gemini 2
Night Beast Ruth Joffre LF - Collection
Death Doesn't Bargain Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/PNR/FR - Deadman's Cross 2
Witch's Fury Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The Rig Roger Levy SF
Hell's Detective Michael Logan M
Hath No Fury (e) Melanie R. Meadors (Ed) F - Anthology
Land Mammals and Sea Creatures (D) Jen Neale LF/MR
Compulsory Games - Robert Aickman Victoria Nelson (Ed) Occ/Sup/Gothic - Collection
Lost Empress Sergio De La Pava LF/VisMeta/Dys
Haven Lindsay J. Pryor P - Lowtown 1
Blood Orbit K. R. Richardson SF/HSF/PolPro - Gattis File Novel 1
And Chaos Died (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
We Who Are About To . . . (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
Picnic on Paradise (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
The Two of Them (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
Afterwar Lilith Saintcrow SF
The Stormlight Archive, Books 1-3: The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer (e) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive
Blood of Elves (ri) Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 1
Doctor Who: Who-ology Regenerated Edition: The Official Miscellany Cavan Scott
Mark Wright
Performing Arts/TV
The Book of Skulls (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
Above the Snowline Steph Swainston CF
Side Life Steve Toutonghi FL/SF/TT/AH
Artificial Condition Martha Wells SF - The Murderbot Diaries 2



May 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Gauntlet (e) Michael R. Underwood F - Born to the Blade Season 1. Episode 4



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts


There are 12 debut novels for May.

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

The April 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 April cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 15, 2018.

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 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for May 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Melissa Broder

The Pisces
Hogarth, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“Bold, virtuosic, addictive, erotic – there is nothing like The Pisces. I have no idea how Broder does it, but I loved every dark and sublime page of it.” —Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter 

Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety — not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection.

Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.





Julia Fine

What Should Be Wild
Harper, May 8, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“Delightful and darkly magical. Julia Fine has written a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death. I loved it.”  —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.





Kate Heartfield

Armed in Her Fashion
ChiZine Publications, May 22, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
In 1328, Bruges is under siege by the Chatelaine of Hell and her army of chimeras―humans mixed with animals or armour, forged in the deep fires of the Hellbeast. At night, revenants crawl over the walls and bring plague and grief to this city of widows.

Margriet de Vos learns she’s a widow herself when her good-for-nothing husband comes home dead from the war. He didn’t come back for her. The revenant who was her husband pulls a secret treasure of coins and weapons from under his floorboards and goes back through the mouth of the beast called Hell.

Margriet killed her first soldier when she was 11. She’s buried six of her seven children. She’ll do anything for her daughter, even if it means raiding Hell itself to get her inheritance back.

Margriet’s daughter is haunted by a dead husband of her own, and blessed, or cursed, with an enchanted distaff that allows her to control the revenants and see the future. Together with a transgender man-at-arms who has unfinished business with the Chatelaine, a traumatized widow with a giant waterpowered forgehammer at her disposal, and a wealthy alderman’s wife who escapes Bruges with her children, Margriet and Beatrix forge a raiding party like Hell has never seen.





R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War
Harper Voyager, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“I have no doubt this will end up being the best fantasy debut of the year [...] I have absolutely no doubt that [Kuang’s] name will be up there with the likes of Robin Hobb and N.K. Jemisin.” -- Booknest

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . .
.
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.





Harriet Alida Lye

The Honey Farm
Liveright, May 29, 2018
Hardcover snd eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.

The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.





Bethany C. Morrow

MEM
The Unnamed Press, May 22, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 192 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete.

The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source — zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault.

What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership, and how they relate to identity, memory and history, all in the shadows of Montreal’s now forgotten slave trade.





Jen Neale

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures
ECW Press, May 8, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pates

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
A startling, moving magic realist debut

Almost immediately upon Julie Bird’s return to the small port town where she was raised, everyday life is turned upside down. Julie’s Gulf War vet father, Marty, has been on the losing side of a battle with PTSD for too long. A day of boating takes a dramatic turn when a majestic blue whale beaches itself and dies. A blond stranger sets up camp oceanside: she’s an agitator, musician-impersonator, and armchair philosopher named Jennie Lee Lewis — and Julie discovers she’s connected to her father’s mysterious trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. As the blue whale decays on the beach, more wildlife turns up dead — apparently by suicide — echoing Marty’s deepest desire. But Julie isn’t ready for a world without her father.

A stunning exploration of love and grief, Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is magic realism on the seaside, a novel about living life to the fullest and coming to your own terms with its end.





Billy O'Callaghan

The Dead House
Arcade Publishing, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 244 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Sometimes the past endures—and sometimes it never lets go.
 

This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she’s healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go. 

Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O'Callaghan's hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition are bound in an endless knot.





Charlton Pettus

Exit Strategy
Hanover Square Press, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Sometimes you just need to escape. For crooked politicians, military brass from third-world nations, and white-collar criminals looking to avoid either prison or a deadlier form of payback, there’s Exit Strategy. With just one call, Exit Strategy helps these wealthy-but-wanted types disappear completely. They can fake your death, give you a new name and face, and launder whatever ill-gotten funds you need to establish a new life on the other side of the world.

When Jordan Parrish, the brilliant founder of a medical technology start-up, made the call, he thought he had no other way out. With his marriage in shambles and his company on the brink of financial ruin, it seemed the only way to make things right. But after his exit, he began to wonder about the circumstances that led him to make that momentous decision: was someone, in fact, working against him? To find out, Jordan will have to break the cardinal rule of Exit Strategy: you can never, ever go back.

Charlton Pettus’s Exit Strategy is a cutting-edge, globe-trotting thriller about the type of shadowy organization that most of us have long suspected exists behind the scenes.





Rachel Pudelek

Freyja's Daughter
Wild Women 1
City Owl Press, May 22, 2018
eBook, 328 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Meet Faline. Bounty-Hunter. Huldra. Wild Woman.

Well behaved women seldom make history, but they still end up as the monsters of folklore.

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women--huldras, mermaids, succubae, rusalki and harpies--in check.

All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.

Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer David Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most--exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.





Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters
  The Untold Story of Cinderella's Steppmother
William Morrow, May 22, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s "evil" stepmother.
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after."





Tyler Whitesides

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Kingdom of Grit 1
Orbit, May 15, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 784 pages
(Adult Debut)

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is the first in an action-packed epic fantasy series featuring master con artist Ardor Benn.

Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire.

When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he’ll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known.

But it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than fame and glory – Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization.
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