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The View From Monday - July 8, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are three debuts this week:

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele;

David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbow;

and

Salvation Day by Kali Wallace (Adult Debut).

The View From Monday - July 8, 2019 The View From Monday - July 8, 2019
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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Shroud of Leaves (Sage Westfield 2) by Rebecca Alexander;

Ash Kickers (Smoke Eaters 2) by Sean Grigsby;

and

Caught in Time (Kendra Donovan 3) by Julie McElwain is out in Trade Paperback

The View From Monday - July 8, 2019The View From Monday - July 8, 2019
The View From Monday - July 8, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - July 8, 2019



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

July 9, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Shroud of Leaves Rebecca Alexander Cr/Mys/Th - Sage Westfield 2
Jasmyn (ri) Alex Bell SF/Cr - GOLLANCZ S.F.
Underhive Mike Brooks SF/AP/PA - Necromunda Anthology
Blood Is Not Enough: Stories of Vampirism (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
A Whisper of Blood: Stories of Vampirism (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The Saturday Night Ghost Club Craig Davidson CoA/ST+R/GH
The Lightest Object in the Universe (D) Kimi Eisele Dys/SF/AP/PA/Disaster
Ash Kickers Sean Grigsby SF/AP/PA/F - Smoke Eaters 2
Null Set S. L. Huang SF/TechTh/HU - Cas Russell 2
The Complete Smoke Trilogy Tanya Huff CF/UF/HU - Smoke
Eye Spy Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: Family Spies 2
Drop by Drop (h2tp) Morgan Llywelyn SF/AP/PA/TechTh/ ST+R - Step by Step 1
The Sum of All Shadows Eric Van Lustbader SupTh/Sus - Testament 4
Metamorphica: Fiction (h2tp) Zachary Mason LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Caught in Time (h2tp) Julie McElwain Hist/M - Kendra Donovan 3
Silver Nails Kim Newman H - Warhammer Horror
Beasts in Velvet Kim Newman H - Warhammer Horror
David Mogo, Godhunter (D) Suyi Davies Okungbowa UF
The Need Helen Phillips LF
The Toll Cherie Priest H/GH/Gothic
Apocalypse Josh Reynolds SF - Space Marine Conquests 5
Mission Critical Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF
Age of Legend Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - Legends of the First Empire 4
Fire and Rain John F. D. Taff SupTh - The Fearing 1
The Survival of Molly Southbourne Tade Thompson H/DF - Molly Southbourne 2
Salvation Day (D - Adult) Kali Wallace SF/TechTh/H



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



AA - Action and Adventure
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Eng - Engineering
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
Ke - Kindle eBook
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
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
ST+R - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WS - Women Sleuths

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Jennifer David Hesse (2016)

May Day Murder
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 5
Kensington Books, March 26, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Spring is in the air, but for Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni, murder is the only thing blooming. . .

Keli’s looking forward to Beltane, the time-honored Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple abundance. Still, she always has time for a friend. Erik, a Druid from a neighboring town, has had a run of bad luck he blames on a curse cast by his ex-girlfriend Denise, a practicing witch whose expertise in the dark arts can’t save her from her own deadly end.

When Keli finds herself a person of interest in the investigation, she begins to wonder if she herself might be cursed. With a little help from her friends, including her devoted boyfriend Wes, Keli aims to find out who poisoned Denise. What she uncovers is a witch’s brew of spells, hexes, and black magic that raises questions about her own Wiccan worldview. As the community gathers for the May Day festivities, it’s up to Keli to stop a killer from springing ahead to another murder . . .


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
 A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 3
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 4





Julie McElwain (2016)

Betrayal in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 4
Pegasus Books, July 2, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Kendra Donovan’s adventures in nineteenth-century England continue when she is called upon to investigate the murder of a spymaster.

February 1816: A race through the icy, twisting cobblestone streets of London ends inside an abandoned church—and a horrific discovery. Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly is called to investigate the grisly murder of Sir Giles Holbrooke, who was left naked and garroted, with his tongue cut out. Yet as perplexing as that crime is, it becomes even stranger when symbols that resemble crosses mysteriously begin to appear across the dead man’s flesh during autopsy. Is it a message from the killer?

Sam turns to the one person in the kingdom who he believes can answer that question and solve the bizarre murder—the Duke of Aldridge’s odd but brilliant ward, Kendra Donovan.

While Kendra has been trying to adapt to her new life in the early nineteenth century, she is eager to use her skills as a twenty-first century FBI agent again. And she will need all her investigative prowess, because Sir Giles was not an average citizen. He was one of England’s most clever spymasters, whose life had been filled with intrigue and subterfuge.

Kendra’s return to the gritty streets and glittering ballrooms of London takes her down increasingly dangerous paths. When more bodies are discovered, murdered in the same apparently ritualistic manner as Sir Giles, the American begins to realize that they are dealing with a killer with an agenda, whose mind has been twisted by rage and bitterness so that the price of a perceived betrayal is death.




Caught in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 3
Pegasus Books, July 9, 2019
Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 3, 2018

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.

October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office.

The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects.

As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Final Exam
A Witch City Mystery 8
Kensington Books, February 26, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.

When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . . .


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 3
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 4
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 5
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 6
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A Witch City Mystery 7

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Gabe Hudson (2017)

Gork, the Teenage Dragon
Vintage, June 26, 2018
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 11, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
A TODAY Show Summer Pick

“Hilarious. . . . Gork is less Game of Thrones and more The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
Rolling Stone


Gork is the nerdiest dragon at WarWings Military Academy. He has a giant heart and tiny horns. His nickname is Weak Sauce. Today before his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. The result is a rollicking quest for true love on the most madcap day ever known to a high school senior – dragon or otherwise.

Along the way, Gork gets help from his best friend Fribby, a fierce female robot dragon who is brilliant, snarky, and totally obsessed with death; and Athenos II, his sentient spaceship who carries a shocking secret from his childhood. Ultimately, Gork will have to lock horns with his evil grandfather, Dr. Terrible. Can a quest for true love make a hero out of a dragon?





Brian McClellan (2013)

War Cry
Tor.com, August 28, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 96 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Brian McClellan, author of the acclaimed Powder Mage series, introduces a new universe, new armies, and new monsters in War Cry

Teado is a Changer, a shape-shifting military asset trained to win wars. His platoon has been stationed in the Bavares high plains for years, stranded. As they ration supplies and scan the airwaves for news, any news, their numbers dwindle. He's not sure how much time they have left.

Desperate and starving, armed with aging, faulting equipment, the team jumps at the chance for a risky resupply mission, even if it means not all of them might come. What they discover could change the course of the war.


Wrath of Empire
Gods of Blood and Powder 2
Orbit, December 4, 2018
Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 15, 2018

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
War ignites when magic and gunpowder combine in the second book in acclaimed author Brian McClellan’s epic new fantasy series Gods of Blood and Powder.

The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint’s soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.

Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michel may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he’s trying to undermine.

Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they’re looking for.

Continue the pistol-packing fantasy series by the author whose debut novel Brandon Sanderson called “just plain awesome!”

Gods of Blood and Powder
Sins of Empire
Wrath of Empire

For more from Brian McClellan, check out:

Powder Mage
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic





Julie McElwain (2016)

Caught in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 3
Pegasus Books, July 3, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.

October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker.

When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office.

The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects.

As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.

The View From Monday - April 10, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry;

and

Celestial Mechanics by William Least Heat-Moon.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders it out in Trade Paperback;

The Witch of Torinia (Tale of Valdur 2) by Clifford Beal;

The Island Deception (Gateway to Alissia 1) by Dan Koboldt;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis is out in Trade Paperback;

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1) by Julie McElwain is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - April 10, 2017



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

April 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood From Stone (e) (ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 6
The Nymph King (e) (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 3



April 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wine-Dark Sea Robert Aickman H
All the Birds in the Sky (h2tp) Charlie Jane Anders CF/SF
Indomitable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF/SO - Chronicles of Promise Paen 2
The Witch of Torinia Clifford Beal F - Tale of Valdur 2
Fate of Devotion K. F. Breene SF - Finding Paradise 2
Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic the Gathering Titus Chalk RP/F
Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils William C. Dietz SF - Blizzard Legends
The Alchemists of Kush Minister Faust CF
Sputnik's Children (D) Terri Favro LF/SF/AP/PA/CoA
Abigale Hall (D) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh/SupTh/H
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! (h2tp) Manuel Gonzales LF/SF
Starcraft: Liberty's Crusade (ri) Jeff Grubb SF - Blizzard Legends
Celestial Mechanics (D) William Least Heat-Moon LF
The Loney (h2tp) Andrew Michael Hurley LF
Razr: A Demonica Underworld Novella Larissa Ione PNR - Demonica Underworld
Proof of Concept Gwyneth Jones SF
The Island Deception (e) Dan Koboldt F - Gateways to Alissia 2
The Wolf Road (h2tp) Beth Lewis PsyTh/SF/AP/PA
Thirteen Views of the Suicide Woods Bracken MacLeod Occ/Sup/H - Collection
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (h2tp) A. Lee Martinez UF - Constance Verity 1
Void Star Zachary Mason LF/Dys
A Murder in Time (h2tp) Julie McElwain TT/M - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Starcraft: I, Mengsk (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Blizzard Legends
Hystopia (h2tp) David Means LF/AH
Cold Welcome Elizabeth Moon SF/SO - Vatta's Peace 1
Waking Hell Al Robertson SF
Once Upon a Summer Night Nancy Scanlon TTR - Mists of Fate 3
The Mirror Thief (h2tp) Martin Seay HistF/M/VisMeta
Special Purposes Gavin Smith SF
The Last Machine in the Solar System Matthew Isaac Sobin SF/Dys/AP/PA/LF
Avengers of the Moon Allen Steele SF/SO
Great With Child Sonia Taitz F/FR
Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories: Classic Science-Fiction with a Contemporary First Nations Outlook Drew Hayden Taylor SF/Aboriginal - Collection
WarDance (e) Elizabeth Vaughan F
Blue Plague: The Fall Thomas A. Watson DF - Blue Plague 1
Thrawn Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Star Wars



April 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Warm Heart: A Tor.com Original (e) Rich Larson H



April 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And the Rest is History (e) Jodi Taylor HistF/TT - The Chronicles of Saint Mary's 8



April 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (e) Gwendolyn Kiste H




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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

The View From Monday - April 3, 2017


Happy first Monday in April! Perhaps it will warm up in New England now... or not.

There are 5 Debuts this week:

American War by Omar El Akkad;

Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy 1) by Ruthanna Emrys;

Wanted and Wired (Tether 1) by Vivien Jackson;

Muddy Waters (Otherwhere 1) by Sara O. Thompson;

and

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp is out in Trade Paperback;

Among the Fallen (Godserfs 2) by N S Dolkart;

What's Gone, What's Left Behind (The Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #8) by Max Gladstone;

Occult and Battery (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 2) by Lena Gregory;

The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick;

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is out in Trade Paperback;

Bound (An Alex Verus Novel 8) by Benedict Jacka;

Gauntlet (Arena 2) by Holly Jennings;

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 1) by Mark Lawrence;

A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2) by Julie McElwain;

Waking Gods (The Themas Files 2) by Sylvain Neuvel;

Inherit the Flame (Sands of Aransa 3) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

The Chimes by Anna Smaill is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi.

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



The View From Monday - April 3, 2017



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

April 2, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Kris Longknife's Bad Day: A short story (Ke) Mike Shepherd SF



April 3, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Seven Sins of Ruby Love (e) Erin Quinn PNR - Beyond 3
Jewel of Atlantis (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 2



April 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
American War (D) Omar El Akkad LF/WM/Dys
The Apothecary's Poison (e) C.J. Archer MR/HistF Glass and Steele 3
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah CulH/MR/LF
The Last Days of Jack Sparks (h2tp) Jason Arnopp PsyTh
The House of Binding Thorns Aliette de Bodard F/HistF - A Dominion of the Fallen Novel 2
Repo Madness (h2mm) W. Bruce Cameron HU/M - Ruddy McCann 2
Prentice Alvin and Alvin Journeyman Orson Scott Card F - Alvin Maker
Convergence C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO - Foreigner 18
Visitor (h2mm) C. J. Cherryh SF/AC/SO - Foreigner 17
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Two Neil Clarke SF - Anthology
Myth of the Maker Bruce R. Cordell CF - The Strange 1
Monster Hunter Vendetta Signed Leatherbound Edition Larry Correia F - Monster Hunter 2
The Librarians and The Lost Lamp (tp2mm) Greg Cox CF - Librarians Series 1
Feral James DeMonaco
B. K. Evenson
H/Dys/Th
The Best of Gordon R. Dickson Volume 1 Gordon R Dickson
Hank Davis (Ed)
SF - Collection
Among the Fallen NS Dolkart F - Godserfs 2
Winter Tide (D) Ruthanna Emrys HistF/DF - Innsmouth Legacy 1
Writers of the Future Vol 33 David Farland (Ed) SF/F - L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 33
1636: Mission to the Mughals Eric Flint
Griffin Barber
AH - Ring of Fire 23
Occult and Battery Lena Gregory PCM - A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 2
Pathfinder Tales: Gears of Faith Gabrielle Harbowy F - Pathfinder Tales Series 38
The Forbidden Garden Ellen Herrick CW
Hex (h2tp) Thomas Olde Heuvelt H/F/DF/Th
The Immortal's Unrequited Bride Kelli Ireland PNR - Assassin's Arcanum 3
Bound Benedict Jacka UF - An Alex Verus Novel 8
Wanted and Wired (D) Vivien Jackson PNR - Tether 1
Gauntlet Holly Jennings SF/Dys/R - Arena 2
Fiendish Schemes (ri) K. W. Jeter SP/HistM/M
Blades of Damocles Phil Kelly SF - Space Marine Battles
Dragonmark (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR/P/CF - Dark-Hunter / Dragons Rising 1
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Ever My Love Lynn Kurland TTR - An Enchanted Garden Mystery /McLeod Family 11
Red Sister Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 1
Redder Than Blood Tanith Lee FairyT/FolkT/LM/ DF/F
Delirium's Mistress (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF/Dys - Flat Earth 4
Blood Enemies Susan R. Matthews SF Under Jurisdiction 7
Lynchpin Shannon Mayer UF - A Rylee Adamson Epilogue 4
A Twist in Time Julie McElwain M/TT - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2
A Fever of the Blood Oscar de Muriel HistM/H
Waking Gods Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh/Th - The Themis Files 2
Inferno Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
F
The End of the Day Claire North Sus
Inherit the Flame (h2tp) Megan E. O'Keefe F - Sands of Aransa 3
1984 (ri) George Orwell Dys
Diary of a Succubus James Patterson
with Derek Nikitas
SupTh - BookShots
Dutch (e) Madhuri Pavamani UF/F/FR - The Keeper Series 1
Brimstone Cherie Priest DF/HistF/H
The Horror on the Links Seabury Quin M/Occ/Sup/F/P - The Complete Tales of Jules De Grandin 1
Fury of Gork Josh Reynolds F - Realmgate Wars 7
Saving Mercy Abbie Roads RSus - Fatal Truth 1
Shadow Spell (h2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy 2
The Chimes (h2tp) Anna Smaill Dys
Between a Wolf and a Hard Place Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 7
Occupy Me Tricia Sullivan Occ/Sup
The Passenger (h2tp) F. R. Tallis SupTh
Angel Unleashed Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Muddy Waters (D) Sara O. Thompson Occ/Sup/P/UF - Otherwhere 1
Corax Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 40
Ghost in the Shell: Five New Short Stories Tow Ubukata
Toh
Enjoe
Gakuto Mikumo
Kafka Asagiri
SF/TechTh
The Chosen J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 15
Foxlowe (D) Eleanor Wasserberg LF/Th/PsyTh/Gothic
Pirate Freedom Gene Wolfe F/Sea Stories
Kokoro Keith Yatsuhasi SF/F



April 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
When Stars Are Scattered: A Tor.com Original Spencer Ellsworth SF/AC
What's Gone, What's Left Behind (e) Max Gladstone HistF/Espionage - Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #8



April 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Saboteurs (e) Ben Peek F
Special Purposes: First Strike Weapon (e) Gavin G. Smith SF/PA - Special Purposes 1
The Master of Time (Ke) David Wingrove TT - Roads to Moscow 3



April 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Just Like Hell: with the bonus novella Mr. Gray (e) Nate Southard H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22


This is the twenty-second 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.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



PJ Manney (2015)

(ID)ENTITY
Phoenix Horizon 2
47North, April 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22

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Marshall Ryan Maresca (2015)

An Import of Intrigue
The Maradaine Constabulary 2
DAW, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22
The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly.


The Holliver Alley Crew
Streets of Maradaine 1
DAW, March 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

[cover not yet revealed]
The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax’s service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery. They settled back in their old neighborhood in West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a simple, honest life. Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no home, no shop, and no honest income—and saddled with a looming debt—they fall back on their old skills and old friends.

With a crew of other fire victims, Asti and Verci plan a simple carriage heist, but the job spirals out of control as they learn that the fire was no accident. Lives in Holver Alley were destroyed out of a sadistic scheme to buy the land. Smoldering for revenge, burdened with Asti’s crumbling sanity, the brothers lead their crew of amateurs and washouts to take down those responsible for the fire, no matter the cost.





Rhonda Mason (2015)

Cloak of War
The Empress Game Trilogy 2
Titan Book, October 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22
The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her homeworld from all-out war.





Brian McClellan (2013)

The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1
Stories from the Powder Mage Universe
Jul 10, 2016
eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22
Enter a new world or return to see old friends in four Powder Mage Universe novellas featuring Erika, Tamas, Adamat, Taniel, Ka-poel, and Ben Styke.

Forsworn
Servant of the Crown
Murder at the Kinnen Hotel
Ghosts of the Tristan Basin.

Note:  Collectible hardcovers of these four Powder Mage novellas are available via the author here. They are signed and dated by the author.


Sins of Empire
Gods of Blood and Power 1
Orbit, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 624 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22
A new epic fantasy series from highly acclaimed fantasy author, Brian McClellan, set in the same world as The Powder Mage trilogy.

A world on the cusp of a new age...
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place -- a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

Sedition is a dangerous word...
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

The past haunts us all...
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.





Julie McElwain (2016)

A Murder in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Pegasus Books, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 11, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.


A Twist in Time
Kendra Donovan Mysteries 2
Pegasus Books, April 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 22
When Kendra Donovan’s plan to return to the 21st century fails, leaving her stranded in 1815, the Duke of Aldridge believes he knows the reason—she must save his nephew, who has been accused of brutally murdering his ex-mistress.

Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way.

Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life.

As the noose tightens around Alec’s neck, Kendra will do anything to save him, including following every twist and turn through London’s glittering ballrooms, where deception is the norm—and any attempt to uncover the truth will get someone killed.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


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Cover painting by Cynthia Reeser.
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Interview with Julie McElwain, author of A Murder in Time


Please welcome Julie McElwain to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. A Murder in Time was published on April 11th by Pegasus.



Interview with Julie McElwain, author of A Murder in Time




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

Julie:  Thank you — I’m excited to be here! I’ve actually been writing since I read my first Nancy Drew in fourth grade. I desperately wanted to be Caroline Keene. I’m a huge reader and fell in love with words. I spent my entire childhood writing and discarding novels. Despite that, I decided to pursue fashion design in college (Go figure!) When I took a journalism course and was asked to work for the student newspaper, I realized I could make a living at writing. I graduated with a double major in textiles and clothing and print journalism from North Dakota State University, and moved to California, where I landed a job as a business reporter covering the fashion industry, before shifting to the entertainment industry. I’ve spent my career writing. I love journalism, but I’ve always had a passion to write fiction.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Julie:  I would love to be a plotter, but I am definitely a pantser! Whenever I try to plot chapters out, I lose steam and the process becomes less interesting to me. I have the entire story in my head, but I’m constantly surprised at what the characters say and do. Of course, there is always a fear that I will draw blank. So far that hasn’t happened, but I’m learning to live in a constant state of fear.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Julie:  This may seem ironic given the whole time-travel element of my book, but time is always a factor. I love it when I can find those huge blocks of uninterrupted time to sit down and create, but it’s not easy. I have to force myself to snatch an hour here or there. If I’m stuck on a chapter, unable to find the right words or tone, it can be frustrating, and really requires patience and persistence to keep writing, rewriting and revising until I’m satisfied.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Julie:  Reading good books. I’ve been influenced by so many amazing authors. I love Tess Gerritsen, Karen Slaughter, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Gardner. Their work is dark and gritty and so compelling. Nora Roberts is an incredibly skillful writer who knows how to drill down into the human dynamic like no one else. I’m in awe of Dean Koontz’s imagination and ability to weave words together to create magic. I could go on and on, so I’ll just say that good storytelling always inspire me.



TQDescribe A Murder in Time in 140 characters or less.

Julie:  FBI agent Kendra is transported back to Regency England. Hunts a serial killer. Is tested in ways she could never imagine.



TQTell us something about A Murder in Time that is not found in the book description.

Julie:  Kendra has spent her life excelling, but she’s knocked completely off-kilter when she finds herself in 1815. She’s demoted for the first time ever. She was the youngest FBI agent accepted into Quantico, so it’s hard for her to wrap her mind around failing. Especially failing in a society that she views as inferior to her own. How can that happen? Kendra knows she has something to teach her 19th century counterparts… but she may learn a thing or two as well.



TQWhat inspired you to write A Murder in Time? What appeals to you about writing historical mysteries?

Julie:  I gave an old TV — one that actually had a dial, no remote — to a friend’s son so he could play videogames. He was probably about 14 at the time, and seriously brilliant. But when the dial got nudged to another channel he and an equally brilliant friend could not figure out how to fix the TV. It made me laugh. Then it made me wonder how any of us would fare if we no longer had the technology that we’ve come to rely on. Even smart people may have a difficult time adapting! As far as writing historical mysteries, I find history appealing — period. It’s fascinating to me how people lived, how we’ve evolved and continue to evolve. It’s equally fascinating to me how we’ve remained the same. I love exploring this broader human dynamic within the more narrow confines of a mystery.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for A Murder in Time?

Julie:  It was important to me to be as accurate as possible, so I did a tremendous amount of research. Kendra might not have access to 21st century technology, but she still had to have knowledge of forensics and criminal investigation. I have my own “murder” library (which might scare some of my visitors) that includes everything from books on serial killers to autobiographies and first-hand accounts written by the country’s leading FBI agents. I also subscribe to newsletters and blogs from romance writers specializing in Regency England. And I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Great Britain several times, where I’ve explored some of the great estates and wonderful museums to get a feel for both the country and its rich history.



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

Julie:  Lady Rebecca came very naturally to me. I have three brothers — no sisters — and grew up fighting for “girl power” in my household. Rebecca is always arguing for girl power in a society where women didn’t even have the right to vote. She was a suffragette before that movement was really organized. The hardest wasn’t a character, but how to address characters in the early 19th century, and the entire title system for the British aristocracy. It’s very specific and complex. Perhaps because I’m an American, nothing about it came naturally to me.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in A Murder in Time?

Julie:  I didn’t consciously choose to include or exclude social issues. I felt that everything in the story came up organically. A 21st century person would be hard pressed not to compare and contrast modern day life with life in the early 19th century. For the lower classes, there was no childhood as we know it. Children were put to work by the time they were 10. Of course, one might argue our society has extended childhood well into our 20s. Kendra is in the perfect position to observe how culture has changed — for the better and for the worse.



TQWhich question about A Murder in Time do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Julie:  Why did you name your heroine “Kendra”? Answer — I researched a lot of names before I settled on Kendra. Depending on the resource, it means “prophetess” or “knowledge” or “greatest champion” — all of which I felt suited my heroine perfectly. Being from the future, she recognizes what will happen in the world. She has knowledge that no one else has in this era. And she’s a champion for justice. I love that.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from A Murder in Time.

Julie:  Both quotes come from Mrs. Danbury, the housekeeper:

“Miss Donovan, you will never address his Grace as Duke again. He is your Grace or the Duke of Aldridge or sir. And you will curtsy when you leave a room with one of your betters.”

“You will not speak to your betters unless they ask you a specific question. You will, in fact, blend into the background. A good servant, the perfect servant, is not noticed.”

Nothing, I think, points out the class system and the difference between the 21st century and the 19thcentury mindset — and shows Kendra just what she will be up against living in this era.



TQWhat's next?

Julie:  I’m busy writing a sequel to A Murder In Time. On the surface, Regency England is a glittery era filled with parties and frivolity, but it has a dark underbelly. Kendra Donovan may be just the person to take that on. Her story is far from over!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Julie:  Thank you!





A Murder in Time
Kendra Donovan 1
Pegasus, April 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Julie McElwain, author of A Murder in Time
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.


See Melanie's review here.





About Julie

Julie McElwain began her journalistic career at California Apparel News, a weekly Los Angeles based trade newspaper. She has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photographers magazines to those following the fashion industry. Currently, Julie is West Coast Editor for Soaps In Depth, a national soap opera magazine covering the No. 1 daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. Julie lives in Long Beach, CA.


Twitter @JulieMcElwain  ~  Facebook

Review: A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain


A Murder in Time
Author:  Julie McElwain
Series:  Kendra Donovan 1
Publisher:  Pegasus, April 11, 2016
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
List Price:  $25.95 (print); $12.99 (digital)
ISBN:  9781605989747 (print); 9781681771151 (digital)

Review: A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.



Melanie's Thoughts

Kendra Donovan is a highly gifted FBI profiler with a career on the rise until a raid goes tragically wrong and most of her team are killed. Kendra almost dies and spends months in rehab plotting the demise of the man who killed her teammates. Haunted by what happened, she makes the drastic decision to go rogue and seek justice for her team by assassinating the man responsible. She follows him to England and to Aldrich Castle where something happens that changes not only her life but the very fabric of time. Another assassin kills her target and in the process of fleeing she ends up in a stairwell that takes her not only to safety but 200 years in the past. Mistaken for a ladies maid Kendra tries to figure out what has happened to her. When a young prostitute's body is found on the estate, having been tortured and murdered, Kendra can't resist trying to solve the crime. Can she solve this case without the use of the tools of her trade and with the restrictions of society and class structure of the early 1800's? A serial killer is targeting young women and Kendra may be the only person capable of stopping him.

Kendra is a genetically engineered child of two scientists, highly intelligent but emotionally stunted with no friends or family that she was close to. Her career is everything to her and seeking justice for her teammates ruled her life until she 'fell through the rabbit hole' into 1815. The majority of the story is set in the 1800s and involves the murders at Aldrich Castle. I think the murder plot was well executed and I wasn't sure who the serial murderer was. In fact I had a couple of late nights trying to finish the book. I have A Murder in Time to blame for my sleep deprived puffy eyes twice last week! I used to read a lot of murder mysteries and usually guess who 'dunnit' but this time I couldn't figure it out. My main criticism, however, is with Kendra herself. While I think that McElwain excelled in plot development I don't think the character development was as strong. I find Kendra a bit superficial and not that likeable. I feel that McElwain could have spent more time developing Kendra at the start of the story before she ended up in 1815 which would have made her a much more rounded character.

Overall, I enjoyed A Murder in Time. I am not sure I liked it as much as Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series which has a similar time traveling basis. For a debut A Murder in Time is a good read. McElwain leaves the reader with an ending that will obviously lead into future novels and I hope that can produce another plot that can keep me up at night.

The View From Monday - April 11, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debut novels out this week:

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales;

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain;

and

Thirst by Benjamin Warner.

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Click on each novel to go to its Amazon listing.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

New Charity Blues by Camille Griep;

and

His Ruthless Bite (Scandals with Bite 4) by Brooklyn Ann.



The View From Monday - April 11, 2016



April 11, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rescue From Planet Pleasure (e) Mario Acevedo UF - Felix Gomez 6
The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates Kevin S. Decker (Ed)
Jason T. Eberl (Ed)
Phil - The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series 1
Mercedes Lackey A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 1 (e) Mercedes Lackey F - Collection
A Murder in Time (D) Julie McElwain HistM/TT
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (e) Vonda N. McIntyre SF - Star Trek
The Darkest Passion (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 5
The Maids of Wrath (e) Josh Vogt UF - The Cleaners 2



April 12, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bloodmage Stephen Aryan F - Age of Darkness 2
Dissension (print) Stacey Berg SF/AP/PA - Echo Hunter 367
Masks and Shadows Stephanie Burgis HistF
A Shadow All of Light Fred Chappell F
Armada (h2tp) Ernest Cline SF
Saving Grace Bianca D'Arc FR - Grizzly Cove 5
first communions: a collection of dark fiction (e) Geoffrey Girard H - Collection
The Regional Office is Under Attack! (D) Manuel Gonzales LF/SF
New Charity Blues Camille Griep SF/AP/PA
Zombie Apocalypse Preparation: How to Survive in an Undead World and Have Fun Doing It! David Houchins
Scot Thomas
Hu/Parody
Wolfsbane (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
The Book of Forbidden Wisdom Gillian Murray Kendall F
Illidan: World of Warcraft William King F - World of Warcraft
Rogue Belador (e) Dianna Love UF - Belador 7
2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush Kevin J. Anderson (Ed)
John McFetridge (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Two of Swords: Part 15 (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
Tor.com Bundle 5 - February 2016 Andy Remic
Victor LaValle
Michael R. Underwood

The Apocalypse Ark Peter Roman F - Book of Cross 3
The Honoured Rob Sanders SF - The Horus Heresy
Freenet Steve Stanton SF
Thirst (D) Benjamin Warner LF
Robert Bloch's Psycho: Sanitarium Chet Williamson H
When Worlds Collide (e) Philip Wylie
Edwin Balmer
SF
After Worlds Collide (e) Philip Wylie
Edwin Balmer
SF



April 13, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Radiophobia (e) Scott Nicholson Dys/TechnoTh -Next 3
Terminal: A Tor.Com Original (e) Lavie Tidhar SF



April 14, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Exile and Pilgrim (e) Graeme K. Talboys F - Shadow in the Storm 2



April 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
His Ruthless Bite (e) Brooklyn Ann Hist/PNR - Scandals With Bite 4
Operation Caspian Tiger (e) Addison Gunn SF/PA - Extinction Biome: Invasion 3


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
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

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