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The View From Monday - April 18, 2016


Happy Monday! The Qwillery is thrilled and excited to be one of the blogs for the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016 (SPFBO 2016 or SPFBO2)! You can read all about this at Mark Lawrence's site - here. Mark created the SPFBO last year and it was fascinating. Hopefully we'll find some real gems among the self-published novels we will be reading. I know, we don't usually read self-published novels but as part of the SPFBO2 we're willing to dive in!

Now moving along to this week's genre releases. There are 2 debut novels this week:

Hystopia by David Means;

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi.

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From formerly featured DAC authors:

The World Weavers (Desert Rising 3) by Kelley Grant;

Nettle King (Night and Nothing Novels 3) by Katherine Harbour;

and

Chains of Commend (Frontlines 4) by Marko Kloos.

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Note: Clicking on the novel covers will take you to the novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - April 18, 2016



April 19, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Alphas: Origins (e) Ilona Andrews SFR
The Last Wall David Annandale SF - The Beast Arises 4
The Silence of Ghosts (h2tp) Jonathan Aycliffe H
Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel Matt Carter SH
Nazi Moonbase Graeme Davis SF - Dark Osprey 10
Private Eye (e) Alyssa Day PM - A Tiger's Eye Mystery 2
Darkest Judgment Candice Gilmer PNR - Mythical Knights 3
The World Weavers (e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 3
The Emperor's Railroad Guy Haley SF/PA/AP - The Dreaming Cities 1
Nettle King Katherine Harbour F - Night and Nothing Novels 3
The Drafter (h2mm) Kim Harrison Th/F - The Peri Reed Chronicles 1
The Everything Box Richard Kadrey F
Grim Tidings Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 2
Chains of Command Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 4
The Fall of the Dagger Glenda Larke HistF - The Forsaken Lands 3
Winchester Undead: Winchester Over and Winchester Prey Dave Lund SF/AP/PA - Winchester Undead 1 and 2
Dust Up Jon McGoran TecnoTh - Carrick & Watkins 3
Hystopia (D) David Means LF
The English Assassin Michael Moorcock F - The Cornelius Quartet 3
Fault Line Deborah D. Moore PA - The Journal Series 5
Dune Time: A Tor.com Original (e) Jack Nicholls F
Where (h2tp) Kit Reed SF
Join (D) Steve Toutonghi SF
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball Harry Turtledove HistF
In a Dark, Dark Wood (h2tp) Ruth Ware Th



April 20, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Destroyer: A Tor.Com Original Tara Isabella Burton SF
Knight Life (ri) Peter David CF
Angry Candy (ri) Harlan Ellison F/SF - Collection



April 22, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark of Night - Flesh and Fire Jonathan Maberry Rachael Lavin H - Journalstone's Doubledown



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.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24


This is the twenty-fourth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 herePart 18 here
Part 9 herePart 19 here
Part 10 herePart 20 here


Lexie Dunne (2014)

Supervillains Anonymous
Superheroes Anonymous 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
eBook, June 30, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
The stakes are huge and the hero is short when Hostage Girl returns snarkier than ever in Lexie Dunne's urban superhero fantasy Supervillains Anonymous

New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, her trainer Angélica is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis.

Outside, things aren't going all that great either. There's a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it's affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it's up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right?

Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive. And you know what they say about supervillains: if you can't beat them…join them.




Katherine Harbour (2014)

Bones and Heart
A Night and Nothing Short Tale
Harper Voyager, March 10, 2015
eBook, 22 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
Before Finn's arrival in Fair Hollow, Jack and Phouka are sent by Reiko Fata to New Orleans, and Mr. Bones, a creator of Grindylow. As disturbing events unfold, Jack remembers his mother's mysterious death, working with his exorcist/coachman father, and how he became Reiko's Jack in Victorian-era London.


Briar Queen
A Night and Nothing Novel 2
Harper Voyager, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn Jack, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow up—an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in which Finn Sullivan discovers that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous otherworld . . .

Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Rose’s suicide. But soon after she arrived in bohemian Fair Hollow, New York, Finn discovered a terrifying secret connected to Lily Rose. The placid surface of this picture-perfect town concealed an eerie supernatural world—and at its center, the wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.

Though the striking and mysterious Jack Fata tried to push Finn away to protect her, their attraction was too powerful to resist. To save him, Finn—a girl named for the angels and a brave Irish prince—banished a cabal of malevolent enemies to shadows, freeing him from their diabolical grip.

Now, the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than to be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. It’s just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies . . . straight towards the shocking truth about her sister’s death.

Lush and gorgeously written, featuring star-crossed lovers and the collision of the magical and the mundane, Briar Queen will appeal to the fans of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.


Nettle King
A Night and Nothing Novel 3
Harper Voyager, April 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
The mesmerizing conclusion to the Night and Nothing series—part Buffy the Vampire Slayer and part Alice in Wonderland—finds Finn fighting against the land of the dead.

When her beloved Jack disappears, Finn vows to find him—even if it means a daring odyssey into the land of the dead. But saving Jack comes at a terrible price: a dangerous fissure has opened, giving the dead access to the true world.

The lines between worlds are more blurred than ever. Finn’s sister, Lily, recently returned from the Ghostlands, seems to bear no scars from her time there. But then their friend Moth returns from Sombrus, the magical house once owned by Seth Lot, bearing shocking news. Something evil—a fearsome creature bearing a striking resemblance to Jack—has escaped Sombrus and is now stalking Fair Hollow, killing everyone it encounters, transforming them into terrifying Jacks and Jills and recruiting the Unseelie.

It will not stop until it gets what it wants . . .

Finn.




Aidan Harte (2014)

The Warring States
The Wave Trilogy 2
Jo Fletcher Books, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 7, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
Interzone raved that "Harte is a brilliant new voice is historical fantasy." In The Warring States, Aidan Harte continues his high fantasy adventure began in Irenicon.

After the rout at Rasenna, Concord faces enemies on all fronts, and nobody believes that the last surviving Apprentice is equal to these crises--but Torbidda didn't become Apprentice by letting himself be manipulated.

While Sofia is struggling to understand her miraculous pregnancy, the City of Towers grows wealthy. But it's not long before the people of Rasenna start arguing again, and as the city falls apart once more, Sofia realises she must escape Etruria to save her baby. When prophecy leads her to another cesspit of treachery, the decadent Crusader kingdom of Oltremare, Sofia begins to despair, for this time she can see no way out.


Spira Mirabilis
The Wave Trilogy 3
Jo Fletcher Books, April 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
In the 1347th year of Our Lady the engineers of Concord defeated the fractious city-state of Rasenna using the magical science of Wave Technology. The City of Towers fought back, and for a while Concord's plans for domination were halted.

But First Apprentice Torbidda regrouped, and reformed Concord to his own design. Now he is in absolute control, and plotting the final battle that will pacify Etruria . . . permanently. Contessa Sofia Scaligeri could rally her people once again, but she is far away in the Crusader Kingdom of Akka, trapped with her son, in thrall to the tyrant Queen Catrina.

Darkness is falling. The final battle must be fought and the tide must be turned, lest evil reign forever.




Sylvia Izzo Hunter (2014)

Lady of Magick
A Noctis Magicae Novel 2
Ace, September 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 24
Sylvia Izzo Hunter brought “both rural Brittany and an alternative Regency England to vivid life”* in The Midnight Queen, her debut novel of history, magic, and myth. Now, in her new Noctis Magicae novel, Sophie and Gray Marshall are ensnared in an arcane plot that threatens to undo them both.

In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test.

Sophie returns home one day to find a note from Gray—he’s been summoned urgently to London. But when he doesn’t return, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, she realizes something sinister has befallen him. With the help of her sister, Joanna, she delves into Gray’s disappearance, and soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom.

*National Bestselling Author Juliet Marillier




Emmi Itäranta (2014)

The Weaver
Harper Voyager, May 24, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

[cover not yet available]
The author of the critically acclaimed Memory of Water returns with this literary ecological tale in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin and Sheri S. Tepper, in which an innocent young woman becomes entangled in a web of ancient secrets and deadly lies that lie at the dark center of her prosperous island world.

Eliana is a model citizen of the island, a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs. She also harbors a dangerous secret—she can dream, an ability forbidden by the island’s elusive council of elders. No one talks about the dreamers, the undesirables ostracized from society.

But the web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house. Robbed of speech by her attackers, the only clue to her identity is one word tattooed in invisible ink across her palm: Eliana. Why does this mysterious girl bear her name? What links her to the weaver—and could she hold Eliana’s fate in her hand?

As Eliana finds herself growing closer to this injured girl she is bound to in ways she doesn’t understand, the enchanting lies of the island begin to crumble, revealing a deep and ancient corruption. Joining a band of brave rebels determined to expose the island’s dark secrets, Eliana becomes a target of ruthless forces determined to destroy her. To save herself and those she loves, she must call on the power within her she thought was her greatest weakness: her dreams.

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015


Please welcome Katherine Harbour to The Qwillery. Briar Queen, the 2nd Night and Nothing novel, was published by Harper Voyager on June 2, 2015.



Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015




THE GOTHIC 
by Katherine Harbour


            Gothic. The word conjures up images of vampires, penny dreadful novels, J.M.W. paintings of majestic ruins, ‘70s Hammer films, Emily Strange, the Cure, or Hot Topic.
            As a genre, Gothic fiction became popular in England during the late eighteenth century because it was sexy, subversive, horrific. It was also a little gonzo. Its hallmarks were revelations of the forbidden, the macabre, the uncanny, elements found in horror and fantasy today. The scene in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, when Dracula crawls vertically down the castle wall, has been copied in countless horror films, while the Uncanny Valley effect is a term used to describe the feeling of unease/revulsion some people experience when encountering a thing that looks human, but isn’t.
            “. . . the uncanny is something which ought to have been kept concealed, but which has nevertheless come to light.” Sigmund Freud ‘The Uncanny’
            I felt sorry for the eloquent monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (first steampunk?); fell in love with Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (although now I feel the jerk got what he deserved); was fascinated by the villain in A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott, (who wanted to write Gothic fiction until Little Women became a commercial success). Later works that influenced me were Arthur Machen’s ‘The White People’, M.R. James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw’, and Jane Austen’s parody of the Gothic in Northanger Abbey. And then there’s Edgar Allan Poe, the godfather of Gothic lit, whose works were saturated with blood-drenched masques, with ravens and black cats, doomed families, and mysterious women as menacing as forgotten goddesses.
            The Gothic in Thorn Jack and Briar Queen sort of sneaked in, but formed a suitable atmosphere for a modern retelling of the folk ballad ‘Tam Lin’, with the faeries in upstate New York. I did use a quote from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Ghasta’—“For thou art mine, and I am thine, ‘till the sinking of the world”—as a way for Finn and Jack to express their connection. But both know the poem is about a warrior who confronts a demonic spirit. Some elements of the Gothic that crept into my series are: haunted/abandoned houses/mansion; the damaged hero; the ordinary/familiar touched by the weird; a heroine who (sometimes) avoids a cruel fate; a malevolent supernatural force.
            The combination of mystery and romance, and, sometimes, camaraderie, set against an extravagant background of horror and secrets, has always fascinated me as a reader and a writer, and, like a phantom visitor, will probably always inhabit whatever story I write.





Briar Queen
Night and Nothing 2
Harper Voyager, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015
The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn Jack, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow up—an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in which Finn Sullivan discovers that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous otherworld . . .

Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Rose’s suicide. But soon after she arrived in bohemian Fair Hollow, New York, Finn discovered a terrifying secret connected to Lily Rose. The placid surface of this picture-perfect town concealed an eerie supernatural world—and at its center, the wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.

Though the striking and mysterious Jack Fata tried to push Finn away to protect her, their attraction was too powerful to resist. To save him, Finn—a girl named for the angels and a brave Irish prince—banished a cabal of malevolent enemies to shadows, freeing him from their diabolical grip.

Now, the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than to be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. It’s just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies . . . straight towards the shocking truth about her sister’s death.

Lush and gorgeously written, featuring star-crossed lovers and the collision of the magical and the mundane, Briar Queen will appeal to the fans of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.





Previously

Thorn Jack
Night and Nothing 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Published in Trade Paperback on March 10, 2015

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.

Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.


Thorn Jack
Night and Nothing 1
Harper Voyager, March 10, 2015
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, June 2014

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015
A spectacular modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth that echoes the imaginative artistry of the works of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Kami Garcia

In the wake of her older sister's suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town's most powerful families.

As she begins to settle in, Finn discovers that beneath its pretty, placid surface, the town and its denizens—especially the Fata family—wield an irresistible charm and dangerous power, a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds dangerous consequences for an innocent and curious girl like Finn.

To free herself and save her beloved Jack, Finn must confront the fearsome Fata family . . . in a battle that will lead to shocking secrets about her sister's death.




Bones and Heart
A Night and Nothing Tale .5
Harper Voyager, March 10, 2015
eBook, 22 pages

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015

Before Finn's arrival in Fair Hollow, Jack and Phouka are sent by Reiko Fata to New Orleans, and Mr. Bones, a creator of Grindylow. As disturbing events unfold, Jack remembers his mother's mysterious death, working with his exorcist/coachman father, and how he became Reiko's Jack in Victorian-era London.





About Katherine

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour, author of the Night and Nothing Novels - The Gothic - June 6, 2015
Photo by Evelyn England
Katherine Harbour was born in Albany, NY, where she attended the Junior College of Albany and wrote while holding down jobs as a pizza maker, video store clerk, and hotel maid. She went, briefly, to art college in Minneapolis, and sold her oil paintings of otherworldly figures in small galleries and at outdoor shows. She now lives in Sarasota, FL, where she works as a bookseller and dreams of autumn and winter in her stories.




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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14


This is the fourteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 15 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here
See Part 9 here
See Part 10 here
See Part 11 here
See Part 12 here
See Part 13 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14


David Edison

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14
The Waking Engine
Tor Fantasy, May 5, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, February 2014

Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die.
Contrary to popular wisdom, death is not the end, nor is it a passage to some transcendent afterlife. Those who die merely awake as themselves on one of a million worlds, where they are fated to live until they die again, and wake up somewhere new. All are born only once, but die many times . . . until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found.

Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker.

Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys . . . and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.

Richly imaginative, David Edison's The Waking Engine is a stunning debut by a major new talent.





Stephanie Feldman

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14
The Angel of Losses
Ecco, June 15, 2015
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, July 2014

The Tiger’s Wife meets A History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters.

When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a magical figure named The White Rebbe, a miracle worker in league with the enigmatic Angel of Losses, protector of things gone astray, and guardian of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.

When his granddaughter, Marjorie, discovers Eli’s notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather—and her family—comes undone. To find the truth about Eli’s origins and unlock the secrets he kept, she embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from 18th century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, and back to the present, to New York City and her estranged sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past.

Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can—and cannot—escape.





Alis Franklin

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14
Stormbringer
Wyrd 2
Hydra, July 21, 2015
eBook 272 pages

In Liesmith, a “wildly entertaining debut novel . . . guaranteed to resonate with fans of mythopoeic fantasy from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, and Neil Gaiman” (Library Journal), Alis Franklin introduced a band of charming, unforgettable heroes. Now they’re playing host to reincarnated Norse gods who are settling ancient grudges in the twenty-first century.

Ragnarok—aka the end of the world—was supposed to doom the gods as well. Instead, it was a cosmic rebooting. Now low-level IT tech and comic-book geek Sigmund Sussman finds himself an avatar of a Norse goddess. His boyfriend, the wealthy entrepreneur Lain Laufeyjarson, is channeling none other than Loki, the trickster god. His best friends, Em and Wayne, harbor the spirits of slain Valkyries. Cool, right?

The problem is, the gods who survived the apocalypse are still around—and they don’t exactly make a great welcoming committee. The children of Thor are hellbent on reclaiming their scattered birthright: the gloves, belt, and hammer of the Thunder God. Meanwhile, the dwarves are scheming, the giants are pissed, and the goddess of the dead is demanding sanctuary for herself and her entire realm.

Caught in the coils of the Wyrd, the ancient force that governs gods and mortals alike, Sigmund and his crew are suddenly facing a second Ragnarok that threatens to finish what the first one started. And all that stands in the way are four nerds bound by courage, love, divine powers, and an encyclopedic knowledge of gaming lore.





Wayne Gladstone

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse
Internet Apocalypse 2
Thomas Dunne Books, July 21, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages





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Katherine Harbour

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14
Thorn Jack
Night and Nothing / Thorn Jack 1
Harper Voyager, March 10, 2015
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, June 2014

Combining the sorcery of The Night Circus with the malefic suspense of A Secret History, Thorn Jack is a spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth that echoes the imaginative artistry of the works of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Melissa Marr.

In the wake of her older sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town’s most powerful families.

As she begins to settle in, Finn discovers that beneath its pretty, placid surface, the town and its denizens—especially the Fata family—wield an irresistible charm and dangerous power, a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds dangerous consequences for an innocent and curious girl like Finn.

To free herself and save her beloved Jack, Finn must confront the fearsome Fata family . . . a battle that will lead to shocking secrets about her sister’s death.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14
Briar Queen
Night and Nothing / Thorn Jack 2
Harper Voyager, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn Jack, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow up—an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in which Finn Sullivan discovers that her town, Fair Hollow, borders a dangerous otherworld . . .

Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Rose’s suicide. But soon after she arrived in bohemian Fair Hollow, New York, Finn discovered a terrifying secret connected to Lily Rose. The placid surface of this picture-perfect town concealed an eerie supernatural world—and at its center, the wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.

Though the striking and mysterious Jack Fata tried to push Finn away to protect her, their attraction was too powerful to resist. To save him, Finn—a girl named for the angels and a brave Irish prince—banished a cabal of malevolent enemies to shadows, freeing him from their diabolical grip.

Now, the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than to be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. It’s just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies . . . straight towards the shocking truth about her sister’s death.

Lush and gorgeously written, featuring star-crossed lovers and the collision of the magical and the mundane, Briar Queen will appeal to the fans of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.



Look for Bones and Heart: A Night and Nothing Tale in March 2015.

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour ~ The Importance of Names—or not—in Fairy Tales ~ July 25, 2014


Please welcome Katherine Harbour to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Thorn Jack was published on June 24th by Harper Voyager.



Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour ~ The Importance of Names—or not—in Fairy Tales ~ July 25, 2014




The Importance of Names—or not—in Fairy Tales

In early cultures, to name something was to give it power. To offer your name was to give someone power over you. Otherworldly beings were known by polite euphemisms only, to avoid speaking their names and being overheard by them.

In the most famous fairy tales, euphemisms are bestowed upon the innocent girl, the adventuring hero, and a whole cast of archetypes—the virgin, the soldier, the trickster, the devil, the wizard, the beast. Heroines such as the Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose are known for their physical traits or virtues. ‘Snow White’ describes the heroine’s skin and purity. Cinderella/Ashputtle is to be found near the hearth. Rapunzel is named for the vegetable her starving father attempts to steal from the witch who eventually imprisons her. As for the heroes, with some exceptions, they’re often only referred to as princes, brothers, or huntsmen. The few real names among them are accompanied by descriptions—the spoiled prince in ‘Prince Darling’; Sweetheart Roland, the lover who saves his girl from her evil stepmother; Faithful Henry, who, in ‘The Frog Prince,’ is the enchanted prince’s loyal servant; and Iron John, the cruel wild man who assists the young hero of the tale. Villains are also mostly nameless, referred to only as witches, fairies, dwarves, stepmothers, and wicked kings. While Bluebeard and the Snow Queen carry titles which describe their physical attributes and their infamy, bad fairies such as Rumpelstiltskin and Eisenkopf are creatures who conceal their names or are known by them. Baba Yaga of Russian folklore is one of the few witches given a name among the many who torment fairy tale protagonists.

There seems to be a secret history threaded through these old stories, as each character plays out the destiny assigned to him/her, and must never stray from it. Whether cast with a name or a role, the lost princess will be eternally pure; the huntsman/soldier will always be brave; and the witch/bad fairy will forever haunt the ancient forests of fairy tales.





Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour ~ The Importance of Names—or not—in Fairy Tales ~ July 25, 2014
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.

Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.





About Katherine

Guest Blog by Katherine Harbour ~ The Importance of Names—or not—in Fairy Tales ~ July 25, 2014
Katherine Harbour was born in Albany, NY, where she attended the Junior College of Albany and wrote while holding down jobs as a pizza maker, video store clerk, and hotel maid. She went, briefly, to art college in Minneapolis, and sold her oil paintings of otherworldly figures in small galleries and at outdoor shows. She now lives in Sarasota, FL, where she works as a bookseller and dreams of autumn and winter in her stories.


Website  ~   Facebook  ~  Twitter @katharbour

Goodreads  ~  Blog





The View From Monday - June 23, 2014


Happy first Monday in Summer. The weather is gorgeous here. It can't possibly last. School is out so with any luck I will get more reading done as I have a wee bit more free time when the kids are not in school.

In case you missed it, Angry Robot Books announced this past Friday that the imprints Exhibit A Books  (crime/mystery) and Strange Chemistry (YA) have been discontinued.  It's always sad when a publisher closes. So many people are affected - authors whose books were due to be published, editors at the imprint, etc. My hope is that Angry Robot Books itself continues to thrive. Angry Robot is going to be publishing 3 books per month instead of 2 so things look okay for Angry Robot at the moment. My thoughts are with everyone affected. I hope that the authors find new publishers and that staff at both imprints find new jobs.


The View From Monday - June 23, 2014


There is one debut this week:

Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Sweet Revenge (Sin Brothers 2) by Rebecca Zanetti




June 23, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change (e) Scott Pearson SF - Star Trek



June 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Forsaking Home A. American PA - Survivalist4
Omens Kelley Armstrong UF - Cainsville 1
Dragons Deal (ri) Robert Asprin
Jody Lynn Nye
F - Griffin McCandless 3
Little Knife: A Tor.Com Original (e) Leigh Bardugo F- Grisha Trilogy Folk Tale 3
Relic of Death (Kindle e) David Bernstein H
Unexpected Stories (e) Octavia E. Butler SF - Collection
The Shadow Master Craig Cormick F
The Fall (TV Tie-in Edition) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - The Strain Trilogy 2
The Night Eternal (TV Tie-in Edition) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - The Strain Trilogy 3
The Strain (TV Tie-in Edition) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - The Strain Trilogy 1
Child of a Hidden Sea A.M. Dellamonica F
The 400lb. Gorilla D C Farmer UF -  Hypposync Archives 1
Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire Christa Faust AA - Gabriel Hunt 4
The World of the End (h2tp) Ofir Touché Gafla F
Darkness Bound J.T. Geissinger PNR -  Night Prowler Novel 5
Thorn Jack (D) Katherine Harbour F/FT
Better Homes and Hauntings Molly Harper PNR
Alien Shores Vaughn Heppner SF - Fenris 2
The Last Page (h2tp) Anthony Huso F - Last Page 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Light Fantastic Jeffrey Lang SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Deadly Curiosities Gail Z. Martin UF
The Summit (ri) Kat Martin PNR
The Remaining: Aftermath D.J. Molles PA/Z - The Remaining 2
The Blasted Lands James A. Moore F - Seven Forges 2
The Madonna and the Starship James K. Morrow SF
Shaman Rises C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 10
Acolytes of Cthulhu (ri) Robert M. Price (ed) H - Anthology
Under a Graveyard Sky (h2mm) John Ringo SF/H/Z - Black Tide Rising 1
Shattered (e) Caris Roane PNR - Men in Chains 3
Queen of Wands Katee Robert PNR - Sanctify 2
Blood Song (h2mm) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 1
DemonWars Saga Volume 1: The Demon Awakens - The Demon Spirit - The Demon Apostle (e) R.A. Salvatore F - DemonWars Saga
DemonWars Saga Volume 2: Mortalis - Ascendance - Transcendence - Immortalis (e) R.A. Salvatore F - DemonWars Saga
Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 5
Target Mike Shepherd SF - Vicky Peterwald 1
Neptune's Brood (h2mm) Charles Stross SF - Freyaverse 2
Cobra Slave (tp2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra 7;
Cobra Rebellion Trilogy 1
Sweet Revenge Rebecca Zanetti PRS - Sin Brothers 2



June 25, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Color of Paradox: A Tor.Com Original (e) A.M. Dellamonica SF



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


AA - Action/Adventure
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies


Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014


Please welcome Katherine Harbour to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Thorn Jack will be published on June 24th by Harper Voyager.



Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing fiction?

Katherine:  Thank you. I began writing when I was seventeen, after a gym/English teacher explained how the writing process was like a game, that writers create characters and worlds. My first novel was a Narnia rip-off featuring a unicorn named Nrocinu—that’s unicorn spelled backwards.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Katherine:  I’m definitely a plotter now. I begin with a journal of ideas, sketches, and character biographies. I organize the plot points on a chapter by chapter basis, with arcs for the main characters, and incorporate ideas as I go.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? Do you think being a painter influences how you write fiction?

Katherine:  I think the most challenging thing is getting what’s playing through my head onto the page. The first draft is spontaneous, and also difficult, and I try to write straight through without any major backtracking. The second draft is where I feel confident and actually know what I’m doing. As a painter, I see the stories, but I need to immerse the reader into that world with words and sentences, which are like the paint.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Katherine:  Some of my literary influences are Gothic writers such as the Brontes, Mary Shelley, and Arthur Machen. Fairy tales and mythology are definitely strong inspirations. My favorite contemporary authors are Tanith Lee, Barbara Hambly, Elizabeth Hand, Charles de Lint, John Crowley, and Caitlin Kiernan.



TQ:  Describe Thorn Jack in 140 words or less.

Katherine:  Eighteen-year-old Finn Sullivan moves with her father to the town of Fair Hollow, New York, to put the tragedy of her older sister’s suicide behind her. There, she meets Jack Fata, a charismatic and striking young man who reveals to her a hidden world of nomadic spirits, abandoned places, and dark magic. Their attraction to one another has consequences, however, and Finn must eventually confront Jack’s dangerous and mysterious family to save him, herself, and unravel the mystery of her sister’s death.



TQ:  Tell us something about Thorn Jack that is not in the book description.

Katherine:  I wanted Thorn Jack to have the elements of a ghost story and Finn’s and Jack’s romance to also be a mentor/apprentice relationship. Jack is Finn’s guide, her supernatural aid, in her hero’s journey.



TQ:  Thorn Jack is described as a "...retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin..." What attracted you to Tam Lin? Why did you set the novel in Upstate New York?

Katherine:  What attracted me to the ballad of ‘Tam Lin’ was the idea of a girl rescuing a mortal man from eerie, beautiful creatures who had made a pact with Hell/Death. The mortal man always seemed a little sketchy—did he really love the girl, or was she just a way to escape his being sacrificed? And did the fairy queen love the man? I set Thorn Jack in upstate New York because I wanted an antiquated and seasonal atmosphere and the abandoned mansions like Wyndcliffe, along the Hudson, added that element of ruined glamour. Also, I was born in upstate New York.



TQ:  What sorts of research did you do for Thorn Jack?

Katherine:  Most of my research was on Irish fairy lore and Celtic mythology, as well as romantic poetry. I also fiddled with Celtic and Gaelic words to create the language of the Irish Fatas in Fair Hollow.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Katherine:  I think the easiest character to write was Finn. Even though, in the beginning of the story, Finn is in an almost Sleeping Beauty state of grief, she needed to have a sense of humor and become fiery when she learns the Fatas are going to sacrifice an innocent young man to her true enemy, death. The most difficult character was Reiko Fata, because I didn’t want her to be a stock villain—she had to be a malicious queen of ancient creatures, yet still act like any heartbroken young woman.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Thorn Jack.

KatherineThey call us things with teeth, which is what Lily Rose tells her young sister, Finn, the night Lily ends her own life. My second favorite line comes near the end, when Finn says to Reiko, “I’m eighteen—I already have the world.”



TQ:  What's next?

Katherine:  My next book will be Briar Queen, the sequel to Thorn Jack. Finn, Jack, Christie, and Sylvie journey into the perilous, border realm called the Ghostlands to learn what happened to Finn’s sister. There, they must avoid the Big Bad Wolf—the elegant and evil Seth Lot, the Fata who was once Reiko Fata’s lover.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Katherine:  Thank you!





Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.

Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.





About Katherine

Interview with Katherine Harbour, author of Thorn Jack - June 22, 2014
Katherine Harbour was born in Albany, NY, where she attended the Junior College of Albany and wrote while holding down jobs as a pizza maker, video store clerk, and hotel maid. She went, briefly, to art college in Minneapolis, and sold her oil paintings of otherworldly figures in small galleries and at outdoor shows. She now lives in Sarasota, FL, where she works as a bookseller and dreams of autumn and winter in her stories.


Website  ~   Facebook  ~  Twitter @katharbour

Goodreads  ~  Blog






2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts


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


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 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.

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2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.


Katherine Harbour

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.
Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

There are 7 debuts (that I know about) for June. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The June 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 June cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 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).




Katherine Harbour

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.
Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.




Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water
Harper Voyager, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
The award-winning speculative debut novel, now in English for the first time!

In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become a tea master like her father. It is a position that holds great responsibility and a dangerous secret. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that once provided water for her whole village. When Noria's father dies, the secret of the spring reaches the new military commander . . . and the power of the army is vast indeed. But the precious water reserve is not the only forbidden knowledge Noria possesses, and resistance is a fine line.

Threatened with imprisonment, and with her life at stake, Noria must make an excruciating, dangerous choice between knowledge and freedom.




Susan Klaus

Flight of the Golden Harpy
Tor Books, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.

The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari’s savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Susan Klaus's Flight of the Golden Harpy is an imaginative and romantic fantasy novel that questions what it means to be human.




Lauren Owen

The Quick
Random House, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
For fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.




Kieran Shea

Koko Takes a Holiday
Titan Books, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, the most challenging part of Koko’s day is deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her.




Auralee Wallace

Sidekick
Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...




James Walley

The Forty First Wink
Ragnarok Publications, June 16, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Marty is having a bad morning. Roused from slumber by a gang of polo mallet-wielding monkeys and a mysterious voice in his wardrobe, he must quickly come to terms with the fact that the world outside his door is now the world inside his head. Lying in wait amidst bleak, gloomy streets, deserted theme parks, and circus-themed nightclubs, lurks the oppressive shadow of a myriad of giggling, cackling pursuers, hell bent on throwing a custard pie or two into the works.

Assisted by a string of half-cocked schemes, a troupe of tiny unlikely allies, and (literally) the girl of his dreams, Marty sets out on a heroic quest to wake up and get out of bed.

Early reviews have compared it to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Equal parts epic, funny and dark, The Forty First Wink plummets headlong into the realms of askew reality, adding elements of the macabre, and squeezing in an unlikely love story for good measure. It will take you on a journey where not even the sky is the limit, and literally anything could be around the next corner. The question is, do you have the guts (and the sanity) to find out?

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