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The View From Monday - March 2, 2020


Happy first Monday in March! Only 17 days until Spring!


There are 6 debuts this week:

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn;

Otaku by Chris Kluwe;

Temporary by Hilary Leichter;

Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed;

Docile by K.M. Szpara;

and

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG 1) by K.B. Wagers.

The View From Monday - March 2, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - March 2, 2020



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

March 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Promethean Horrors: Classic Stories of Mad Science Xavier Aldana Reyes (Ed) H - Tales of the Weird Anthology
Arcamira Hannah M. Sandoval P/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
The Killing Fog Jeff Wheeler F - The Grave Kingdom 1



March 3, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anathemas David Annandale H - Warhammer Horror
We Ride Upon Sticks Quan Barry CoA/Sports/Occ/Sup
Ship of Destiny Frank Chadwick SF/SO
The Haunting of Ashburn House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Craven Manor Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The Haunting of Blackwood House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The Carrow Haunt Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The House Next Door Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The Haunting of Rookward House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Our Child of the Stars Stephen Cox HistF/FL/SF/AC/CF
Beautiful Massimo Cuomo
Will Schutt (Tr)
LF/CoA/MR
Radicalized (h2tp) Cory Doctorow SF - Collection
Lethal Game Christine Feehan PNR - GhostWalker 16
Castaway Resolution Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 6
The Companions (D) Katie M. Flynn Dys
Sons of the Emperor: An Anthology John French
Nick Kyme
L J Goulding
Guy Haley
Graham McNeill
Gav Thorpe
Dan Abnett
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs
Made in Saturn Rita Indiana
Sydney Hutchinson (Tr)
LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR/Political
The Nightmare Feast Andrew Klavan F - Another Kingdom 2
Another Kingdom (h2tp) Andrew Klavan F - Another Kingdom 1
Otaku (D) Chris Kluwe SF
Sepulturum Nick Kyme H - Warhammer Horror
Temporary (D) Hilary Leichter LF/CW/AB/MR - Emily Books
House of Earth and Blood Sarah J. Maas UF/RF/PNR/F/AP/PA - Crescent City 1
Machines Like Me (h2tp) Ian McEwan LF/Psy/AH
Beneath The Rising (D) Premee Mohamed Occ/Sup
Re-Coil J.T. Nicholas SF/GenEng
Beowulf's Children (ri) Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
SF - Heorot 2
Cursed: An Anthology Marie O'Regan (Ed)
Paul Kane (Ed)
F/DF - Anthology
Gingerbread (h2tp) Helen Oyeyemi LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR
Forced Perspectives Tim Powers F - Vickery and Castine 2
Blackwood Michael Farris Smith LF/SmT/Rural/Southern
This Town Sleeps Dennis E. Staples LF/Gay/MR/NativeAm/Aborigional
Docile (D) K.M. Szpara SF/HSF/Gay
Cyber Shogun Revolution Peter Tieryas SF/AH - A United States of Japan Novel 3
Alpha and Omega (h2tp) Harry Turtledove AH/Sus
A Pale Light in the Black K. B Wagers SF - NeoG 1
Among Others Jo Walton CF/MR - Essential Edition
Sharks in the Time of Saviors (D) Kawai Strong Washburn LF/FL/MR



March 4, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Three Bill Williamson Stories: A Tor.com Original (e) Harry Turtledove F
Sinew and Steel and What They Told: A Tor.com Original (e) Carrie Vaughn SF



March 5, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel Julian K Jarboe SF - Collection



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
NativeAm - Native American
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SmT - Small Town
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TerrTh - Terrorism 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.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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


Andrew Bannister (2019)

Stone Clock
Spin Trilogy 3
Tor Books, November 19, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
From Andrew Bannister, author of Creation Machine and Iron Gods, comes the final thrilling, heart-in-mouth science fiction novel of the Spin.

A hundred millennia has passed since the events of Iron Gods. The Spin is dying, and its few inhabitants live unknowingly in the relative paradise of one of hundreds of Virtual Realities—'vrealities'—or they scrape a living out of remains of the real world.

As the vrealities drain the last resources of the Spin, a rebellion which could kill millions sparks and gains momentum.

In a remote star system, an ancient insectoid called Skarbo the Horologist has studied The Spin for several lifetimes. Himself near to death, he makes a final journey to look his last on the object of his studies. There he learns of the artificial system's past, the real nature of the vrealities—and the part he has to play in theirfuture...

The Spin Trilogy
Creation Machine
Iron Gods
Stone Clock


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Spin Trilogy 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Spin Trilogy 2





Rebecca Roanhorse (2018)

Resistance Reborn
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Del Rey, November 5, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In this pivotal prequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the heroes of the Resistance—Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn—must fight back from the edge of oblivion.

The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa—their names are famous among the oppressed worlds they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call for aid has gone unanswered.

From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders—including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.





K. B. Wagers (2016)

Down Among the Dead
The Farian War 2
Orbit, December 3, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Gunrunner empress Hail Bristol must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war, in this second novel in the Farian War space opera trilogy.

In a surprise attack that killed many of her dearest subjects, Hail Bristol, empress of Indrana, has been captured by the Shen — the most ruthless and fearsome aliens humanity has ever encountered. As she plots her escape, the centuries-long war between her captors and the Farians, their mortal enemies and Indrana’s oldest allies, finally comes to a head.

When her captors reveal a shocking vision of the future, Hail must make the unexpectedly difficult decision she’s been avoiding: whether to back the Shen or the Farians.

Staying neutral is no longer an option. Will Hail fight? Or will she fall?


For more from K. B. Wagers, check out:

The Farian War
There Before the Chaos
Down Among the Dead

The Indranan War
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
Beyond the Empire

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The Farian War 1



A Pale Light in the Black
NeoG 1
Harper Voyager, March 3, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The rollicking first entry in a unique science fiction series that introduces the Near-Earth Orbital Guard—NeoG—a military force patrolling and protecting space inspired by the real-life mission of the U.S. Coast Guard.

For the past year, their close loss in the annual Boarding Games has haunted Interceptor Team: Zuma’s Ghost. With this year’s competition looming, they’re looking forward to some payback—until an unexpected personnel change leaves them reeling. Their best swordsman has been transferred, and a new lieutenant has been assigned in his place.

Maxine Carmichael is trying to carve a place in the world on her own—away from the pressure and influence of her powerful family. The last thing she wants is to cause trouble at her command on Jupiter Station. With her new team in turmoil, Max must overcome her self-doubt and win their trust if she’s going to succeed. Failing is not an option—and would only prove her parents right.

But Max and the team must learn to work together quickly. A routine mission to retrieve a missing ship has suddenly turned dangerous, and now their lives are on the line. Someone is targeting members of Zuma’s Ghost, a mysterious opponent willing to kill to safeguard a secret that could shake society to its core . . . a secret that could lead to their deaths and kill thousands more unless Max and her new team stop them.

Rescue those in danger, find the bad guys, win the Games. It’s all in a day’s work at the NeoG.

The View From Monday on Tuesday - October 9, 2018


Happy Tuesday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Strange Ink by Gary Kemble;

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return by Martin Riker;

and

The Allfather Paradox (Vikingverse 1) by Ian Stuart Sharpe.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Shadow of the Exile (The Infernal Guardian) 1 by Mitchell Hogan;

Bright Ruin (Dark Gifts 3) by Vic James;

The Phoenix Empress (Their Bright Ascendency 2) by K Arsenault Rivera;

and

There Before the Chaos (The Farian War 1) by K.B. Wagers.

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



The View From Monday on Tuesday - October 9, 2018



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

October 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vulkan: Lord of Drakes David Annandale SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs
Inferno! David Annandale
Peter McLean
Evan Dicken
Mike Brooks
Steven Fischer
Josh Reynolds
Nate Crowley
Danie Ware
Guy Haley
F - Tales from the Worlds of Warhammer 1
The Line of Polity (ri) Neal Asher SF - Agent Cormac 2
In the Night Wood Dale Bailey DF/CF
White Dancing Elephants Chaya Bhuvaneswar SS
Power Failure Ben Bova SF/HSF/PolTh - Jake Ross Series 3
Postcards From Impossible Worlds: The Collected Shortest Story Peter Chiykowski et al. HU/SS/F
Persepolis Rising (h2tp) James S. A. Corey SF/SO/SE/AC - The Expanse 7
Colonial Horrors: Sleepy Hollow and Beyond (h2tp) Graeme Davis Sus/H - Anthology
Covert Game (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR/GenEng - GhostWalker 14
Einstein's Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable Seth Fletcher Sc/Astronomy
Flowers and Foul Play (h2tp) Amanda Flower PCM - A Magic Garden Mystery
Life is Strange: Welcome to Blackwell Academy Matt Forbeck Video Games/PopCul
The Rift Coda Amy S. Foster SF - The Rift Uprising Trilogy
Wolfsbane Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy
Shadow of the Exile Mitchell Hogan F - The Infernal Guardian 1
The Haunting of Hill House (ri) Shirley Jackson MTI/Gothic/H
Bright Ruin Vic James CF/Dys/F - Dark Gifts 3
Saga of Recluce: Books 1-5: The Magic of Recluce, The Towers of the Sunset, The Magic Engineer, The Order War, The Death of Chaos (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Recluce Series
Strange Ink (D) Gary Kemble H/SupTh
100 Fathoms Below Steven L. Kent
Nicholas Kaufmann
H/SupTh
Be Our Ghost Kate Kingsbury PCM - A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery 3
Legacy of Dorn Mike Lee SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Art of Assassin's Creed Odyssey Kate Lewis Video Games/Art
The World of Lore: Dreadful Places Aaron Mahnke SocSc/Folklore/Mythology/Anthro/ SocHist - The World of Lore
The Sevenwaters Trilogy: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, Child of the Prophecy (e) Juliet Marillier HistF - Sevenwaters Series
Austral Paul McAuley SF/AP/PA
Killing Commendatore Haruki Murakami
Philip Gabriel (Tr)
Ted Goossen (Tr)
LF/MR/Hist
Star Trek: Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library Maps from the Star Trek Universe Larry Nemecek PerfArts
Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return (D) Martin Riker HU/GH/LF/Absurdist
The Phoenix Empress K Arsenault Rivera F/HistF - Their Bright Ascendency 2
River Into Darkness Sean Russell F/FR - The River Into Darkness Omnibus
The Allfather Paradox (D) Ian Stuart Sharpe HistF - Vikingverse 1
Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Milkweed Triptych: Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War, Necessary Evil (e) Ian Tregillis AH/TT - Milkweed
There Before the Chaos K. B. Wagers SF/SO/AC - The Farian War 1
The Compendium of Magical Beasts: An Anatomical Study of Cryptozoology's Most Elusive Beings Veronica Wigberht-Blackwater
Melissa Brinks
F/MR/SF/TT/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin: A Library of America Special Publication Lisa Yaszek (Ed) SF - Anthology



October 12, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Drawn Up From Deep Places Gemma Files H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
Anthro - Anthropology
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
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)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hist M - Historical Mystery
Hist R - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

The View From Monday - November 13, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy 1) by S. A. Chakrabotry;

The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover;

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang;

and

The Nine (Thieves of Fate 1) by Tracy Townsend

The View From Monday - November 13, 2017 The View From Monday - November 13, 2017
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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rebel (San Angeles 3) by Gerald Brandt;

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke is out in Trade Paperback;

The Art of Murder (Jericho Sands 2) by Casey Doran;

The Light the Binds (Sundered World 3) by Nathan Garrison;

The Exiled King (Bone Magic 4) by Sarah Remy;

The Inside Out Man by Fred Strydom;

Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War 3) by K. B. Wagers;

and

Artemis by Andy Weir.

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



The View From Monday - November 13, 2017



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

November 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
I, The Constable (e) Paula M. Block
Terry J. Erdmann
SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Night of the Hunter (e) Susan Harris PNR - Ever Chace Chronicles 4
Angel Slayer (e)(ri) Michele Hauf PNR - Of Angels and Demons Series 2



November 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Overneath Peter S. Beagle F - Collection
The Rebel Gerald Brandt SF/CyP/AP/PA - San Angeles 3
Dark Deeds Mike Brooks SF/SO - Keiko 3
The City of Brass (D) S. A. Chakraborty F/HistF - The Daevabad Trilogy 1
Star's End (h2tp) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Seventh Decimate Stephen R. Donaldson F/DF - The Great God's War 1
The Art of Murder Casey Doran H/PsyTh - Jericho Sands 2
Future Home of the Living God Louise Erdrich Dys
Deadhouse Landing: A Novel of the Malazan Empire Ian C. Esslemont F - Path to Ascendancy 2
HALO: Legacy of Onyx Matt Forbeck SF - HALO
The Light That Binds Nathan Garrison F - Sundered World Trilogy 3
The Last Man in Europe (D) Dennis Glover F/Bio
Into the Drowning Deep Mira Grant CF
The Eye of Medusa David Guymer SF - Iron Hands 1
The Witch War of Fiddlehead Creek C.L. Hernandez DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 2
The Eterna Solution Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/UF  - The Eterna Files 3
After the End of the World Jonathan L. Howard H/AH/GH - Carter & Lovecraft 2
The Fall of the House of Cabal (h2tp) Jonathan L. Howard H/SP/GH - Johannes Cabal Novels 5
Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition Anna Kavan Dys/PA - Penguin Classics
The Secret Life of Souls (h2tp) Jack Ketchum
Lucky McKee
PsySus
From a Buick 8 (ri) Stephen King SF/AC
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance (D) Ruth Emmie Lang CF/MR/P
Strange Sight Syd Moore PM - An Essex Witch Museum Mystery 2
The Mountain of Kept Memory (h2tp) Rachel Neumeier F
The Throne of Amenkor Joshua Palmatier F/DF - Throne of Amenkor Omnibus
The Two of Swords: Volume Two K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 2
The Exiled King Sarah Remy F - Bone Magic 4
The Walworth Beauty Michèle Roberts Hist
Oathbringer Brandon Sanderson F - The Stormlight Archive 3
The Inside Out Man Fred Strydom H/Sus/PsyTh
Creatures of Will and Temper Molly Tanzer F/HistF
The Long and Short of It Jodi Taylor SF/TT - The Chronicles of St. Mary's Collection
Jain Zar: Storm of Silence Gav Thorpe SF - Phoenix Lords 2
The Nine (D) Tracy Townsend F/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Thieves of Fate 1
The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects Carolyn Turgeon
The Editors of Faerie Magazine
FM
Beyond the Empire K. B. Wagers SF - The Indranan War 3
Artemis Andy Weir SF/Th
The Complete John Wayne Cleaver Series: (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, I Don't Want to Kill You, Devil's Only Friend, Over Your Dead Body, Nothing Left to Lose) (e) Dan Wells SupTh/F/DF - John Cleaver
The Forsaken Throne Jeff Wheeler F/HistF - Kingfountain 6
Legacies (e) F. Paul Wilson SupTh - Repairman Jack 1
The Complete Book of the New Sun: (The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, The Citadel of the Autarch, The Urth of the New Sun) (e) Gene Wolfe F - New Sun
The Emerald Circus Jane Yolen FR/HistF/Clara at the Edge - Collection
Mandelbrot the Magnificent: A Novella Liz Ziemska Bio/F/HistF/MR



November 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anomaly: The Rubicon Skip Brittenham (Creator)
Brian Haberlin (Creator)
SF - Anomaly
My Life for Your Life (e) Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #6
J. G. Ballard D. Harlan Wilson SF/HC - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



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
Bio - Biography
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FM - Folklore and Mythology
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - MashUp
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR- Paramormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Ref - Reference
RP - Role Playing
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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


Nisi Shawl (2016)

Everfair
Tor Books, September 26, 2017
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 6, 2016

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier?

Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.





Tom Sweterlitsch (2014)

The Gone World
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.





K. B. Wagers (2016)

Beyond the Empire
The Indranan War 3
Orbit, November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.

Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.

Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.


The Indranan War
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
Beyond the Empire

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44


This is the forty-fourth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published or to be published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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K. B. Wagers (2016)

After the Crown
The Indranan War 2
Orbit, December 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
The adrenaline-fueled, Star Wars-style sequel to Behind the Throne, a new space adventure series from author K.B. Wagers.

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.





Auralee Wallace (2014)

Snowed In with Murder
An Otter Lake Mystery 3
St. Martin's Paperbacks, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
There’s no retreat and no surrender when Erica Bloom finds herself stuck in a snow storm with a stone-cold killer. . .

Erica has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire, to rekindle her romance with Sheriff Grady Forrester at her mom’s island retreat, currently closed for the off season. Just ahead of a rapidly advancing storm front, Erica arrives to discover Mom has rented the lodge to a reality TV show. They’re filming the wealthy but awful Boatright brood, who’ve been summoned here by their patriarch because—so he says—one of them wants to kill him.

SNOWED IN WITH MURDER
Great television, terrible timing. Not only are Erica’s romantic hopes snuffed out like a candle flame, the nasty Nor’easter just became a superstorm…and no one is getting off the island ’til it blows over. When the power fails, it’s lights out for the patriarch. Now, marooned with a murdered millionaire and his feuding family, it’s up to Erica to take the killer by storm and get back to the business of reuniting with Grady—until death do they part!

“Time spent with the folks in Otter Lake is well worthwhile, with writing that is witty, contemporary, and winning.”—Kirkus Reviews

Don't miss Snowed In with Murder, part of the hilarious Otter Lake series by Auralee Wallace!





Ren Warom (2016)

Escapology
Titan Books, May 30, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
Shock Pao is the best. In the virtual world the Slip there’s nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside the Slip, though, he’s a Fail – no degree, no job. So when his ex offers him a job, breaking into a corporate databank, he accepts—it’s either that, or find himself a nice bench to sleep under. Amiga works for psychotic crime lord Twist Calhoun so when Shock’s war comes to her, it’s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive.


Virology
Titan Books, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 44
Core is dark and Slip is everywhere, vital to everything that happens in the world and outside of anyone’s control. Avis float the skies and their arrival will trigger a tide of rebellion against the system in Foon Gung.

The key is Shock Pao, within him lies the means to control Slip. Control Slip, control the world. Shock was a Haunt once, impossible to find, but he isn’t anymore, and he’s running out of places to hide.

Shock finds himself on the run from, well, everyone. This time though, he’s not alone. But as the sickness infecting the Patient Zeros gets worse and begins to spread, he and his rag-tag group of friends must begin a desperate search for a cure. If they don’t find out what’s causing this, who’s causing this and find a way to put a stop to it, everything they’ve fought for, the brief freedom they’ve managed to achieve, will come undone. But with everyone after Shock, it’s going to take every skill they possess both legal and illegal to hunt down the source of the sickness, whilst making sure no one gets the means to take control of Slip.

The search will take them to the hubs: to the breathless heights of New York, the deadly streets of London, the insane underworld of Shanghai and into the rot eating away at the heart of Hong Kong, toward an evil that makes Hive Queens look like common garden insects.

The View From Monday - December 12, 2016


Happy Monday! Another school snow delay here. The snow is turning to rain ... so slush.

A reminder that there are no debuts this month! From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Pocket Full of Tinder (A Noon Onyx Novel 4) from Jill Archer;

The Immortals (Olympus Unbound 1) by Jordanna Max Brodsky is out in Trade Paperback;

and

After the Crown (The Indranan War 2) by K. B. Wagers.


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


Novels, etc. by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



The View From Monday - December 12, 2016



December 12, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nice Guys Bite (e) Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin Novella
Blackout (e) Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
The Werewolf Cowboy (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Werewolves of Montana Mating Mini 6



December 13, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Longest Night (e) Jennifer Ashley FR - Nvengaria 4
The Immortals (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF - Olympus Bound 1
Earthfall: The Circuit Rhett C. Bruno SF - The Circuit 3
Prophets of the Ghost Ants Clark Thomas Carlton F - Antasy 1
The Wrath of Angels John Connolly SupTh - Charlie Parker 11
Broken Angel (e) Cynthia Eden PNR - Bad Things 3
Dark Crime (e) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark Series
Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume--Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; City of Illusions (e) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Hainish
Moonshadow Thea Harrison PNR - Moonshadow 1
Where Loyalties Lie Rob J. Hayes F - Best Laid Plans 1
The Hammer Vault Marcus Hearn PerfArt/ Film and Video
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling Gates Jaym (Ed)
Monica Valentinelli (Ed)
SpecFic - Anthology
The Wheel of Time: Books 1-4 (e) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time Series
Pamela (e) Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson Epilogues 3
Addleton Heights George Wright Padgett SP
Medusa's Web (h2tp) Tim Powers F
Bearly in Control Milly Taiden PNR - Shifters Undercover 1
After the Crown K. B. Wagers SF - The Indranan War 2
Force of Temptation Suzanne Wright PNR - Mercury Pack 2



December 14, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Modern Utopia H. G. Wells DF/PA/AP - Dover Thrift Editions



December 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pocket Full of Tinder Jill Archer UF - A Noon Onyx Novel 4
Lost Souls (e) Kelley Armstrong UF - Cainsville Novella
Styrbiorn the Strong (ri) E. R. Eddison F
Blood for Ghosts John Perryman H/P - Collection
Eclipse the Flame Ingrid Seymour SF - Ignite the Shadows 2
The Long List Anthology Volume 2: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List (e) David Steffen (Ed) F/SF - Anthology
Grim Tidings Nancy K. Wallace F - Wolves of Llise 2



December 16, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Inspector Hobbes and the Bones: Cozy Mystery Comedy Crime Fantasy (e) Wilkie Martin F/CM - unhuman 4



December 17, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Oracle (ri) Alayna Williams UF - Dark Oracle 1
The Angel (e) Emma Holly PNR - Tales of the Djinn 3



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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


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

Interview with K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne


Please welcome K.B. Wagers to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Behind the Throne , the first novel in the Indranan War series, was published on August 2nd by Orbit.



Interview with K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne




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

K.B.: Thanks! *settles into a chair* I’ve been writing for basically my whole life. Somewhere there’s a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet in crayon. (Don’t ask, I’m still not sure how I knew about R&J when I was still using crayons.) I write because I have to or I’ll go mad.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

K.B.: Hybrid, definitely. I plot a bit, then throw it at my characters and see how they react. Sometimes I can predict the reactions, other times I get caught off guard. *laughs* That’s always fun.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

K.B.: Coherence. My brain runs a million miles a second, and sometimes the leaps it takes don’t end up on the page. Thankfully I have a lot of people checking me and making me explain the stuff I think everyone knows.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

K.B.: *whistles* How much time do we have? I was blessed with parents who encouraged my love of reading, so I started young and I’ve read a lot: classics and romance, westerns and science fiction. Same for movies and music. I find influences for my work in everything, from things as simple as a photography to a detailed fan description of just how improbable Steve Rogers’s running route is at the beginning of The Winter Soldier. It’s really just a grab bag of epic chaos in my brain.



TQDescribe Behind the Throne in 140 characters or less.

K.B.: A gunrunner is dragged back home to rule an empire, only to find becoming empress is far more dangerous than the life she left behind.



TQTell us something about Behind the Throne that is not found in the book description.

K.B.: I wrote a lot of scenes that happened outside of Hail’s POV. Obviously because the book is from her eyes I didn’t get to include any of those, but it was helpful to set down the motivations for some of the other characters.



TQWhat inspired you to write Behind the Throne? What appeals to you about writing SF?

K.B.: A Christmas tree ornament. *laughs* No, seriously. This whole book started when I was laying on my couch at Christmas time and spotted a tatted ornament my grandmother had made. My brain exploded with the opening scene of the book and the design of the ornament is the tattoo found on Emmory’s cheek.

I’ve always loved SF and it gives me a freedom of control that’s not found if you’re writing something a little more grounded. I get to design cities and worlds rather than having to do a lot of research if I were writing something set in Rome.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Behind the Throne?

K.B.: I tend to research on the fly as things come up. For this project there was a lot of language research, information about matriarchal societies, Hindu culture and fashion, the effects of colonialism on India’s military and government. Poisons and execution methods. Also faster-than-light travel and a number of astronomical topics.



TQIn Behind the Throne who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

K.B.: Hail would be the obvious answer because we’re in her head the whole time, but actually Emmory and Zin were nearly as easy to write, if not slightly more so. I love all three of them, and as characters go, they’ve been very cooperative.

Hail’s mother was really difficult to write. There was an awful lot of baggage to unpack between those two, and the circumstances didn’t help matters. It took a couple of tries to find the woman behind the empress mask.



TQWho would shoot first - Hail Bristol or Han Solo?

K.B.: Watch as I think way too hard about a silly question. This is how my brain works. *laughs* I think that it would depend on the circumstances, but Han is probably more impulsive than Hail is. She’s very controlled, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Hail tends to think things through very carefully (just at lightning speed) and plays through all the angles before making a decision. But she’s good at reading people, so if she’s convinced the other person is going to fire, she’ll shoot first.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Behind the Throne?

K.B.: It wasn’t a deliberate choice, the story more just evolved into what it is today. You can’t really write a book about people without including some of the issues that they deal with on a regular basis — and let’s be honest, none of us is writing in a vacuum. Things happen in the world that, consciously or not, influence what we choose to write.

I didn’t want to make the matriarchy of Behind the Throne super overpowering or “evil” in any sense, though it may seem that way at times during the story. Rather, I tried to flip things that happen to women pretty frequently around the world today and asked myself what would happen if over the years a society had evolved where men were treated that way instead?

It’s not the crux of the story, obviously, so I don’t feel like I set out to discuss that issue specifically. Hail provides the reader with a view of someone who grew up in that society but then left home and spent her adulthood in an environment that was definitely more male-skewed.



TQ Which question about Behind the Throne do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

K.B.:

What’s your working relationship with your characters like? Do you let them drive the plot, or do you drive the plot and just put us in their heads as they’re swept along?

Little of column A, little of column B. *laughs* Admittedly the characters in this particular novel have been super cooperative. I’ve written some earlier ones where they just did whatever they wanted. In the end, really, I think it speaks to growth as a writer to find a balance where you “let” the characters tell their story while maintaining control of the overall plot for your novel and/or series.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Behind the Throne.

K.B.: My favorite is the one that made it on the back cover, because it’s Hail and Emmory’s relationship in a sentence. *laughs* But another great one come from Zin:

“Sergeant Hoff is living every soldier’s nightmare of going to war in his underwear so we can hide you in plain sight.”



TQWhat's next?

K.B.: *rubs hands* Oh well, we’ve got two more books in the Indranan War series. After the Crown releases in December 2016 and then Book #3 will be out in 2017. When we’re done with that I have a closetful of ideas. It’s really just a matter of what I can talk my agent and editor into. *grins and winks*



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

K.B.: Thank you! This was a lot of fun.





Behind the Throne
The Indranan War 1
Orbit, August 2, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Interview with K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne
"Excellent SF adventure debut." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire.

When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.




Upcoming

After the Crown
The Indranan War 2
Orbit, December 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Interview with K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne
The adrenaline-fueled, Star Wars-style sequel to Behind the Throne, a new space adventure series from author K.B. Wagers.

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.





About K.B. Wagers

Interview with K.B. Wagers, author of Behind the Throne
Photo by Donald Branum
K.B. Wagers has a bachelor's degree in Russian Studies and her non-fiction writing has earned her two Air Force Space Command media contest awards. A native of Colorado, she lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and son. In between books, she can be found playing in the mud, running on trails, dancing to music, and scribbling on spare bits of paper.





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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


There are 13 debut novels for August including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, and more.

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

The August 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 August cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15, 2016.

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

Updated to include Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville.



Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire
Kingmaker Chronicles 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…

“Cat” Catalia Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.




Lily Brooks-Dalton

Good Morning, Midnight
Random House, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders—a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth—as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.




Georgia Clark

The Regulars
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
(Adult Debut)

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A fierce, feisty, and “wonderfully entertaining” (Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies) debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true…or do they?

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.

Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well...gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.

But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:

What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

Wildly irreverent, blatantly sexy, and observed with pitch-perfect wit, The Regulars is fresh “compulsive reading from a bright new voice” (Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August) in fiction, perfect for fans of Jennifer Close and Kevin Kwan.




Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

Froelich's Ladder
Forest Avenue Press, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 248 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Froelich nurses a decades-old family grudge from his permanent perch atop a giant ladder in this nineteenth century madcap adventure novel. When he disappears suddenly, his nephew embarks on a rain-soaked adventure across the Pacific Northwest landscape to find him, accompanied by an ornery girl with a most unfortunate name. In their encounters with Confederate assassins, European expatriates, and a general store magnate, this fairytale twist on the American dream explores the conflicts between loyalty and ambition and our need for human connection, even at the highest rungs.




Brian Lee Durfee

The Forgetting Moon
The Five Warrior Angels 1
Saga Press, August 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 800 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it.

Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sør Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana. Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of Sør Sevier, is growing disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks on his Lord Aeros’ greatest triumph.

While the eldest son of the fallen king of Gul Kana now reigns in ever increasing paranoid isolationism, his two sisters seek their own paths. Jondralyn, the older sister, renowned for her beauty, only desires to prove her worth as a warrior, while Tala, the younger sister, has uncovered a secret that may not only destroy her family but the entire kingdom. Then there's Hawkwood, the assassin sent to kill Jondralyn who has instead fallen in love with her and trains her in his deadly art. All are led further into dangerous conspiracies within the court.

And hidden at the edge of Gul Kana is Nail, the orphan taken by the enigmatic Shawcroft to the remote whaling village of Gallows Haven, a young man who may hold the link to the salvation of the entire Five Isles.

You may think you know this story, but everyone is not who they seem, nor do they fit the roles you expect. Durfee has created an epic fantasy full of hope in a world based on lies.




Paul Jenkins

Curioddity
St. Martin's Press, August 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Will Morgan is a creature of habit—a low-budget insurance detective who walks to and from work with the flow of one-way traffic, and for whom imagination is a thing of the distant past. When a job opportunity enters the frame in the form of the mysterious Mr. Dinsdale—curator of the ever so slightly less-than-impressive Curioddity Museum—Will reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing box of levity (the opposite of gravity). What he soon learns, however, is that there is another world out there—a world of magic we can only see by learning to un-look at things—and in this world there are people who want to close the Curioddity museum down. With the help of his eccentric new girlfriend Lucy, Will will do everything he can to deliver on his promise to help Mr. Dinsdale keep the Curioddity Museum in business.

Curioddity is Paul Jenkins’ debut novel... exciting, fast-paced, and uncanny. A must-read.




Forrest Leo

The Gentleman
Penguin Press, August 16, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil–then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her.

When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they’re broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him.Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil — the polite “Gentleman” of the title — who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off: the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party’s over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord.

Newly in love with Vivian, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage’s spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a “dalliance.” Throughout, his cousin’s quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana.

Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history, and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé’s beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.




Zachary Tyler Linville

Welcome to Deadland
Nerdist, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 350 pages

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In a thrilling debut from Nerdist, a ragtag group of survivors struggles to hold onto hope.

A widespread disease has ravaged humanity―symptoms include: animalistic rage, violent outbursts, and a ravenous hunger for human flesh. The few people left are thrust together to fight for their lives, before the world becomes overrun by the infected. Asher, Wendy, and Rico try to reach an abandoned theme park, hoping for sanctuary. Although fear of the infected is ever-present, the group finds themselves facing some very human concerns, as well as new adversaries.

Asher is Wendy’s only friend, and she fears that she’ll lose him if he ever discovers the dark secret she’s been harboring. Reeling from heartbreak, Asher clings to Wendy as he struggles to heal. Rico is a seventeen-year-old rebel used to ditching school and partying all night―but can he outgrow his debauched behavior in order to protect a six-year-old boy who has suddenly fallen under his care? These three will have to overcome their own demons in order to save not only themselves, but the last vestiges of humanity.




Stephanie Knipper

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the spirit of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers--and with a touch of the magical--The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a spellbinding debut about a wondrously gifted child and the family that she helps to heal.  

Sisters Rose and Lily Martin were inseparable when growing up on their family’s Kentucky flower farm yet became distant as adults when Lily found herself unable to deal with the demands of Rose’s unusual daughter. But when Rose becomes ill, Lily is forced to return to the farm and to confront the fears that had driven her away.

Rose’s daughter, ten-year-old Antoinette, has a form of autism that requires constant care and attention. She has never spoken a word, but she has a powerful gift that others would give anything to harness--she can heal with her touch. She brings wilted flowers back to life, makes a neighbor’s tremors disappear, and even changes the course of nature on the flower farm.

Antoinette’s gift, though, comes at a price, since each healing puts her own life in jeopardy. As Rose--the center of her daughter’s life--struggles with her own failing health and Lily confronts her anguished past, the sisters, and the men who love them, come to realize the sacrifices that must be made to keep this very special child safe.

Written with great heart and a deep understanding of what it feels like to be different, The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a novel about what it means to be family and about the lengths to which people will go to protect the ones they love.

“This is the kind of book that invites you home, sits you down at the kitchen table, and feeds you something delicious and homemade. You will want to stay in this world where new relationships bloom out of broken ones, sisters find one another again, and miracles really do occur.” —Tiffany Baker




Christopher Steinsvold

The Book of Ralph
Medallion Press, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

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A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance with the beverage-industrial complex becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

Looking upon the cylinder, Markus realizes we are not the ones in control. The unexpected guest becomes the host, and somehow humans never belonged: “We are the homeless orphans peeking through the banquet window. We are the frills of the universe gazing upon something unspeakably more central than ourselves.”




K. B. Wagers

Behind the Throne
The Indranan War 1
Orbit, August 2, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
"Excellent SF adventure debut." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire.

When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.




Noah Wareness

Meatheads, or How to DIY Without Getting Killed
ChiZine Publications, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Youth of today don't know fuckall of history. They’re just swinging through the bank vaults on liana vines, setting bonfires, throwing shurikens at hogs. Born here and talking like the yuppies came to us. Like humped in overnight cross the freeway with brain sludge mustaches and the air all mergency broadcasts. Fact is yuppies built this town. Their money brought in mowers for the jungle, insta freeway mix to stop the rivers. We’re the mutants here. We’re the mutants here, and it’s our crew’s got the crazy story. . . .

Punks on acid keep on yelling past the bamboo fence, yelling stupid revelations. Maybe all the corpses in Kaliforonia did wake up once, but that’s history, and no one cares enough to care. You’ve got this sweet bedroom overlooking the radioactive swamp, it’s one short suspension bridge to the spam factory, and kids are calling Meatheads the best band in the world. Still. You miss the days when nobody came to your shows, nobody was feeding you the innerest secret mysteries of Lost Angeles, and they hadn't formed a single death cult in your honor. Lately it’s all last-minute brain transplants, telepathic silkscreen ink and tripping by accident into electrostatic ghost vortexes. It’s like drinking palm wine solves nothing anymore, and you can barely remember when the way of the samurai just meant chopping shit up with swords. . . .




Keith Yatsuhashi

Kojiki
Angry Robot Books, August 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Every civilization has its myths. Only one is true.

When eighteen year old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.”

Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfil her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows and chaos envelops the city. As Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession – that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane. Keiko must decide if she will honour her father’s heritage and take her rightful place among the gods.

File Under: Fantasy [ Gods and Guardians / A Father’s Secret / Longing for More / Cosmic Reinvention ]

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