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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Winner

The winner of the August 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Monster's Wife by Kate Horsley with 44 votes equaling 43% of all votes. The Monster's Wife is published by Barbican Press

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Winner
Artwork by Jason Anscomb of Rawshock Design

The Final Results

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Winner

The August 2014 Debut Covers

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Winner

Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue with voting on the September Debut covers starting on September 15, 2014. Look for the list of September's Debuts on September 1st.

The View From Monday - August 25, 2014

Happy last Monday in August. School starts here tomorrow so I won't be around much for a few days as my youngest settles in. Has school started where you are?

There is one debut this week:

The Monster's Wife by Kate Horsley.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Evernight (Darkest London 5) by Kristen Callihan;

The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga 1) by Kameron Hurley;

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson 6) by Darynda Jones;


The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1)by Brian Staveley.

The View From Monday - August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014
The Freezer (e) Timothy S. Johnston SF - The Tanner Sequence 2

August 26, 2014
Horus Rising (ri) Dan Abnett SF - Horus Heresy 1
Legion (ri) Dan Abnett SF - Horus Heresy 7
Prospero Burns (ri) Dan Abnett SF - Horus Heresy 15
Havoc Ann Aguirre SF - Dred Chronicles 2
The Art of John Alvin Andrea Alvin Art
Slimy Underbelly Kevin J. Anderson PM - Dan Shamble Zombie P. I. 4
Memory Zero Keri Arthur UF - Spook Squad 1
Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume 1 (e) Laird Barron (ed) H/Weird - Anthology
The Incrementalists (h2mm) Steven Brust
Skyler White
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (h2mm) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Miles Vorkosigan 16
Evernight Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 5
The Hot Zone Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 3
The Highlander Next Door Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 6
The Creeps (h2tp) John Connolly H/Hu - Samuel Johnson Tale 3
Battle for the Abyss (ri) Ben Counter SF - Horus Heresy 8
The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter Rod Duncan HistF - The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire 1
Playing With Fire Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire 3
Sins of the Father Christa Faust SF - Fringe 3
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe Bill Fawcett (ed)
J. E. Mooney (ed)
SF - Anthology
Plague World Dana Fredsti UF/Ap/Z - Ashley Parker 3
The Beautiful Ashes Jeaniene Frost UF - Broken Destiny 1
Pretty When She Dies Rhiannon Frater H
The Fire Prince Emily Gee F - Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy 2
Voices from Beyond Simon R. Green UF - Ghost Finders 5
Once Upon a Rhyme (e) Jack Heckel F - Charming Tales 1
Horns (h2mm) Joe Hill H - Movie Tie-In
The Mirror Empire Kameron Hurley F - Worldbreaker Saga 1
Sixth Grave on the Edge (h2mm) Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 6
Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft Salome Jones (ed) H - Anthology
The Getaway God Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 6
Tales of Heresy Nick Kyme (ed)
Lindsey Priestley (ed)
SF - Horus Heresy 10
Fallen Angels (ri) Mike Lee SF - Horus Heresy 11
I Will Hold My Death Close Stant Litore UF - Zombie Bible
World of Fire James Lovegrove SF - World of ... 1
To Die Fur Dixie Lyle PCM - Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery 2
The Lore of the Evermen James Maxwell SF - Evermen Saga 4
Fulgrim (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Horus Heresy 5
Mechanicum (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Horus Heresy 9
A Thousand Sons (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Horus Heresy 12
Dawn for a Distant Earth (ri) L. E. Modesitt SF - Forever Hero 1
Unborn Amber Lynn Natusch UF - Unborn 1
Accidentally...Over? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 5
The Cure (h2mm) Douglas E. Richards SF/Th
Lock In John Scalzi SF
Old Man's War Boxed Set John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War
Descent of Angels (ri) Mitchel Scanlon SF - Horus Heresy 6
Royal Airs (h2mm) Sharon Shinn F - Elemental Blessings 2
Wanted: Wild Thing Jessica Sims PNR - Midnight Liaisons 4
The Emperor's Blades (h2tp) Brian Staveley F- Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1
Fear to Tread (ri) James Swallow SF - Horus Heresy 21
Flight of the Eisenstein (ri) James Swallow SF - Horus Heresy 4
Nemesis (ri) James Swallow SF - Horus Heresy 13
Deliverance Lost (ri) Gav Thorpe SF - Horus Heresy 18
Kitty's Greatest Hits Carrie Vaughn UF - Kitty Norville Collection
Star Trek: Seekers: Point of Divergence Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: Seekers 2
The King (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 12
Stone Cold Lover Christine Warren PNR - Gargoyles 2
Echopraxia Peter Watts SF
Safehold Boxed Set 1 David Weber SF - Safehold 1-3
Beginnings (h2mm) David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 6
The Broken Eye Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 3
Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction Ian Whates (ed) SF - Anthology
The Devil Rides Out (ri) Dennis Wheatley O/Su
To the Devil, a Daughter (ri) Dennis Wheatley O/Su
Burning Paradise (h2mm) Robert Charles Wilson SF

August 27, 2014
A Cup of Salt Tears: A Tor.Com Original (e) Isabel Yap DF/H

August 28, 2014
The Monster's Wife (D) Kate Horsley Go/Su

August 30, 2014
Ray Bradbury Unbound Jonathan R. Eller Biography

August 31, 2014
We Can Remember it for You Wholesale Philip K. Dick SF- Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 5
The Millennium Express Robert Silverberg SF - Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume 9

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

Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
O - Occult
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2014!

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 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 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to seethe real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on August 24, 2014.

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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Cover Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Cover Illustration by Michael Koelsch

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Jacket Art by Victor Mosquera

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

There are 6 debuts for August. 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 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2014 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for July.

Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enhancements
Doubleday, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
(Debut Novel - English Language)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A mesmerizing novel...what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze – and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.

Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.

Jacopo della Quercia

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.

Kate Horsley

The Monster's Wife
Barbican Press, August 2014
Trade Paperback (8/28) and eBook (North America - 8/21),

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
To a tiny island in Orkney, peopled by a devout community of thirty, comes Victor Frankenstein, driven there by a Devil’s bargain: to make a wife for the Creature who is stalking him across Europe. In this darkly-wrought answer to Frankenstein, we hear the untold tale of the monster’s wife through the perspective of the doctor’s housemaid. Oona works below stairs with her best friend May, washing the doctor’s linens and keeping the fires lit at the Big House. An orphan whose only legacy is the illness that killed her mother, Oona knows she is doomed.But she is also thirsty for knowledge, determined to know life fully before it slips away. As tensions heighten between Victor and the islanders, Oona becomes the doctor’s trusted accomplice, aiding in secret experiments and seeing horrors she sometimes wishes to forget. When May disappears, Oona must face up to growing suspicions about the enigmatic employer to whom she has grown close – but the truth is darker than anything she could imagine.

David Shafer

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Mulholland Books, August 5, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.

Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?

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