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The View From Monday - July 13, 2020


Happy Monday? We are back after a 4 day hiatus. Hope that everyone is okay during these strange times. Keep well!

There is one debut this week:

Red Noise by John P. Murphy.

The View From Monday - July 13, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

ReV (The Machine Dynasty 3) by Madeline Ashby;

When Jackals Storm the Walls (Song of Shattered Sands 5) by Bradley P. Beaulieu;

The Amberlough Dossier: Amberlough, Armistice, Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly (eBook Bundle);

The Dragon Republic (Poppy War 2) by R. F. Kuang is out in Trade Paperback;

The Adventures of Arabella Ashby: Arabella of Mars, Arabella and the Battle of Venus, Arabella The Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine (eBook Bundle);

and

Road Seven by Keith Rosson.

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



The View From Monday - July 13, 2020



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

July 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Jest Right (ri) Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 43
ReV: The Machine Dynasty Madeline Ashby SF/AP/AP/CyP - The Machine Dynasty 3
When Jackals Storm the Walls Bradley P. Beaulieu F - Song of Shattered Sands 5
Unicorn Mountain (ri) Michael Bishop SF/AC
Peace Talks Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 16
The Amberlough Dossier: Amberlough, Armistice, Amnesty (e) Lara Elena Donnelly HistF
Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future Jun Eishima
Final Fantasy XV Team
F/MTI - Final Fantasy XV
The Vessels Anna M. Elias SupTh/VM/F - Vessels 1
Queen of Storms Raymond E. Feist F - Firemane Saga 2
Silver Ravens Jane Fletcher F/MR
His Dark Materials and Philosophy Richard Greene (Ed)
Rachel Robinson-Greene (Ed)
Philosophy - Popular Culture and Philosophy 132
The Only Good Indians Stephen Graham Jones H
The Relentless Moon Mary Robinette Kowal SF/AH/HSF - Lady Astronaut 3
The Dragon Republic (h2tp) R. F Kuang HistF - Poppy War 2
In the Kingdom of All Tomorrows Stephen R. Lawhead F/HistF - Eirlandia 3
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby: Arabella of Mars, Arabella and the Battle of Venus, Arabella The Traitor of Mars (e) David D. Levine SF/SP
The Passengers (h2tp) John Marrs TechTh/Sus/SF
Knaves Over Queens (h2tp) George R.R. Martin (Ed)
Wild Cards Trust
SH/SF - Wild Cards 22
The Dreaming Tree (h2tp) Matthew Mather M - Delta Devlin Novels 1
The Storyteller’s Daughter (e) Victoria McCombs RF
Star Trek: Discovery: Die Standing John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek: Discovery 7
Utopia Avenue David Mitchell LF/SF/Dys
Gideon the Ninth (h2tp) Tamsyn Muir SF/SO/F - The Locked Tomb Trilogy 1
Red Noise (D) John P. Murphy SF/SO/AP/PA
At the Lucky Hand: aka The Sixty-Nine Drawers Goran Petrović
Peter Agnone (Tr)
MR/LF
All Up J. W. Rinzler AH
Road Seven Keith Rosson MR/LF
Shadows Rising Madeleine Roux F - World of Warcraft Shadowlands 3
Best of British Science Fiction 2019 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology
Heart of Gold (e) Sharon Shinn SF/CyP
Hell Divers VII: Warriors Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/CyP - Hell Divers 7



July 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Everything's Fine: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Pridham SF



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

July 2020 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in July 2020. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.




July 2020 Releases



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

July 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ones Who Look: A Tor.com Original (e) Katharine Duckett SF
Memory and Utopian Agency in Utopian/Dystopian Literature: Memory of the FutureCarter F. HansonLC
Scarlet Odyssey (D) C. T. Rwizi F/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Scarlet Odyssey 1



July 2, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The House on Widows Hill Simon R. Green SupM - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 9
Dark Harvest Cat Sparks SF/PA



July 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aftermath of an Industrial Accident: Stories Mike Allen H/DF
The Vanished Seas Catherine Asaro SF/SO - Major Bhaajan 3
In the Palace of Shadow and Joy D. J. Butler SF/SO
Hollow Kingdom (h2tp) Kira Jane Buxton LF/F/HU/SF/AP/PA
Whispers in the Mist Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/AP/PA/SupTh/Dys - Black Winter 3
The Librarians Trilogy (e) Greg Cox F/MTI
Kill Orbit (e) Joel Dane SF - Cry Pilot 3
Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders (e) Aliette de Bodard DF/H - Dominion of the Fallen Story
Little Brother & Homeland Cory Doctorow SF/CyP
Unconquerable Sun Kate Elliott SF/SO - The Sun Chronicles 1
Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air Jackson Ford SF/CyP/GenEng/HU - Frost Files 2
The Bright Lands (D) John Fram SupTh
At the End of the World Charles E. Gannon SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 8
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor Hank Green CoA/SF/CF
Titandeath Guy Haley SF/SO - Horus Heresy 53
Genetics and the Literary Imagination Clare Hanson SF/HC - Oxford Textual Perspectives
The Strawberry Thief Joanne Harris LF
The Big Book of Mars: From Ancient Egypt to The Martian, A Deep-Space Dive into Our Obsession with the Red Planet Marc Hartzman PopCul/Astronomy/Science History
Children of Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Dune 3
Heretics of Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Dune 5
Chapterhouse: Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Dune 6
God Emperor of Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Dune 4
Dune Messiah (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Dune 2
Mephiston: City of Light Darius Hinks SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
Haunted Heroine Sarah Kuhn UF/RF/CF - Heroine Complex 4
The Name of All Things (h2tp) Jenn Lyons F - Chorus of Dragons 2
Branwell: A Novel of the Brontë Brother Douglas A. Martin LF/AH
Where the Veil Is Thin Cerece Rennie Murphy (Ed)
Alana Joli Abbott (Ed)
F - Anthology
Binti: The Complete Trilogy (h2tp) Nnedi Okorafor SF/SO/AC
The Need Helen Phillips LF/SpecFic
Every Sky a Grave Jay Posey SF/SO - The Ascendance 1
Cinderbiter: Celtic Poems Martin Shaw
Tony Hoagland
Poetry
Things From the Flood Simon Stålenhag SF/AP/PA
The Book of Dragons: An Anthology Jonathan Strahan (Ed) F
Battle Luna Travis S. Taylor
Timothy Zahn
Michael Z. Williamson
SF/HSF
Growing Things and Other Stories (h2tp) Paul Tremblay Occ/Sup
A Peculiar Peril Jeff VanderMeer YA/F/AH - Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead 1
The Beast of Blackmoor (e) Milla Vane F/P/PNR
Or What You Will Jo Walton CF
Arms of the Ocean (e) Jamie Webster
M. Dalto
F
Red Dust Yoss
David Frye (Tr)
SF - Cuban Science Fiction



July 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Necessary Arthur: A Tor.com Original (e) Garth Nix ScF



July 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Jest Right (ri) Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 43
ReV: The Machine Dynasty Madeline Ashby SF/AP/AP/CyP - The Machine Dynasty 3
When Jackals Storm the Walls Bradley P. Beaulieu F - Song of Shattered Sands 5
Unicorn Mountain (ri) Michael Bishop SF/AC
Peace Talks Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 16
The Amberlough Dossier: Amberlough, Armistice, Amnesty (e) Lara Elena Donnelly HistF
Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future Jun Eishima
Final Fantasy XV Team
F/MTI - Final Fantasy XV
The Vessels Anna M. Elias SupTh/VM/F - Vessels 1
Queen of Storms Raymond E. Feist F - Firemane Saga 2
Silver Ravens Jane Fletcher F/MR
His Dark Materials and Philosophy Richard Greene (Ed)
Rachel Robinson-Greene (Ed)
Philosophy - Popular Culture and Philosophy 132
The Only Good Indians Stephen Graham Jones H
The Relentless Moon Mary Robinette Kowal SF/AH/HSF - Lady Astronaut 3
The Dragon Republic (h2tp) R. F Kuang HistF - Poppy War 2
In the Kingdom of All Tomorrows Stephen R. Lawhead F/HistF - Eirlandia 3
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby: Arabella of Mars, Arabella and the Battle of Venus, Arabella The Traitor of Mars (e) David D. Levine SF/SP
The Passengers (h2tp) John Marrs TechTh/Sus/SF
The Dreaming Tree (h2tp) Matthew Mather M - Delta Devlin Novels 1
The Storyteller’s Daughter (e) Victoria McCombs RF
Star Trek: Discovery: Die Standing John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek: Discovery 7
Utopia Avenue David Mitchell LF/SF/Dys
Gideon the Ninth (h2tp) Tamsyn Muir SF/SO/F - The Locked Tomb Trilogy 1
Red Noise (D) John P. Murphy SF/SO/AP/PA
At the Lucky Hand: aka The Sixty-Nine Drawers Goran Petrović
Peter Agnone (Tr)
MR/LF
All Up J. W. Rinzler AH
Just Make Believe Maggie Robinson PCM - Lady Adelaide Mysteries 3
Road Seven Keith Rosson MR/LF
Shadows Rising Madeleine Roux F - World of Warcraft Shadowlands 3
Best of British Science Fiction 2019 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology
Heart of Gold (e) Sharon Shinn SF/CyP
Hell Divers VII: Warriors Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/CyP - Hell Divers 7
Knaves Over Queens (h2tp) Wild Cards Trust SH/SF - Wild Cards 22



July 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Everything's Fine: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Pridham SF



July 20, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All the Dead Men Errick Nunnally H - Alexander Smith 2



July 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Saturnine Dan Abnett SF/SO - The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra 4
MEG: Generations Steve Alten SupTh/SF - Meg 6
Uranus Ben Bova SF/HSF/AC - Outer Planets Trilogy 1
Alpha Omega Nicholas Bowling SF/TechTh/H
The Killing Light (h2tp) Myke Cole F - Sacred Throne  3
Fearful Symmetries (e)(ri) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
John Landis Presents The Library of Horror Haunted Houses: Classic Stories of Doors that Should Never Be Opened DK H - The Library of Horror
The Pull of the Stars Emma Donoghue Hist/Dys
Axiom's End (D) Lindsay Ellis SF/AC/Th
The Year of the Witching (D) Alexis Henderson H/Occ/Sup/DF
A Summoning of Souls Leanna Renee Hieber GH/Gaslamp - A Spectral City Novel 3
I Come with Knives S. A. Hunt H/CF - Malus Domestica 2
Trouble the Saints Alaya Dawn Johnson HistF/LF
Darkdawn (h2tp) Jay Kristoff F - The Nevernight Chronicle 3
Inch by Inch (h2tp) Morgan Llywelyn SF/AP/PA - Step by Step 2
Malorie: A Bird Box Novel Josh Malerman Sus/H/SF/AP/PA - Bird Box 2
Quantum Shadows L. E. Modesitt Jr. SF
Restoration Angela Slatter UF - Verity Fassbinder 3
Vigil Angela Slatter UF - Verity Fassbinder 1
The Rightful Queen Isabelle Steiger F - Paths of Lantistyne 2
Annihilation Aria Michael R. Underwood SF/SO - Space Operas 1
The Sin in the Steel (D) Ryan Van Loan F - The Fall of the Gods 1
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy Ann VanderMeer(Ed)
Jeff VanderMeer (Ed)
F - Anthology
A Touch of Stone and Snow Milla Vane FR/F/PNR - A Gathering of Dragons 2
Mean Machine Aleksandr Voinov Dys
Savage Legion Matt Wallace F - Savage Rebellion 1
South of the Buttonwood Tree Heather Webber CW/MR/STR
Ashes of the Sun Django Wexler F - Burningblade & Silvereye 1



July 23, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Chimera Code (e) Wayne Santos SF - Witchware 1



July 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
House of the Rising Sun Richard Cox SF/AP/PA
The Best of Greg Egan: 20 Stories of Hard Science Fiction Greg Egan SF/HSF



July 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Pirate Planet Douglas Adams
James Goss
SF - Doctor Who
The Technician (tp2mm)> Neal Asher SF/SO - Polity 4
The Butterfly Lampshade Aimee Bender LF/MR/FL
Afterland Lauren Beukes Sus/Dys
The Baron of Magister Valley Steven Brust F - Dragaera 4
Reaping Willow (e) Boone Brux UF - Grim Reality 4
Lies of Descent (h2mm) Troy Carrol Bucher F/DF - Fallen Gods' War 1
My Enemy's Enemy (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF
Kushiel's Chosen (ri) Jacqueline Carey RF/F - Kushiel's Legacy 2
The Perfect Wife (h2tp) JP Delaney Sus/Psy/GenEng
Empire of Wild (D - US) Cherie Dimaline Native American & Aboriginal/STR/SupTh
William Shakespeare's The Merry Rise of Skywalker: Star Wars Part the Ninth Ian Doescher SF/SO - William Shakespeare's Star Wars 9
Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror Mark Gatiss SF - Doctor Who
The Imago Stage Karoline Georges
Rhonda Mullins (Tr)
LF/Dys/FL
Spells for the Dead Faith Hunter UF - Soulwood 5
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror (h2tp) John Hornor Jacobs H
Flyaway Kathleen Jennings CF/DF/Gothic
At Death's Door (hmm) Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/FR/PNR - Deadman's Cross 3
Cold Storage (h2mm) David Koepp Sus
Kinsman's Oath (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - The Kinsman  2
Prince of Shadows (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 3
The Forest Lord (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Fane 1
Star-Crossed (e)(ri) Susan Krinard SF
Prince of Dreams (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 2
Prince of Wolves (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR - Val Cache 1
Twice a Hero (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Body & Soul (e)(ri) Susan Krinard PNR
Kin Snorri Kristjansson Cr/Hist/HistTh - Helga Finnsdottir Mysteries 1
Crossings (D) Alex Landragin LF/MR
Sabella (ri) Tanith Lee SF/SO
Bound by Shadows (ri) Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild  1
The Dawn of a Nazi Moon Douglas MacKinnon SF - Dawn of the Nazi Moon 1
Tyger Burning (tp2mm) T. C. McCarthy SF
The Five Books of (Robert) Moses Arthur Nersesian AH/LF/AB/Sagas
Chaos Vector Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng- Protectorate 2
The Memory Police (h2tp) Yoko Ogawa
Stephen Snyder (Tr)
LF/SF/Dys
River of Night (h2mm) John Ringo
Mike Massa
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 8
Deal with the Devil (h2tp) Kit Rocha SF/SFR - Mercenary Librarians 1
Demon in White Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/HSF/AC - Sun Eater 3
Relentless: A Drizzt Novel R. A. Salvatore F - Generations  3
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson SF - Collection
Doctor Who: Dalek Robert Shearman SF - Doctor Who
Automatic Reload Ferrett Steinmetz SF/CyP/HSF
Privateer (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 2
The Worst of All Possible Worlds Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - Salvagers 3
Doctor Who: The Witchfinders Joy Wilkinson SF - Doctor Who
Master of the World (tp2mm) Edward Willett F - Worldshapers 2



July 31, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gray Matters (D) John Webster Gastil SF/CyP/Medical/PolTh
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 William Schafer (Ed) DF - Anthology



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Upcoming Releases from Meerkat Press


Meerkat Press is one of my favorite smaller presses. Here are some of their upcoming releases.


J. Ashley-Smith

The Attic Tragedy
Meerkat Press, June 9, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 68 pages
(Debut - Novella)

Upcoming Releases from Meerkat Press
Sylvie never called them ghosts, but that’s what they were—not that George ever saw them herself. The new girl, Sylvie, is like a creature from another time, with her old-fashioned leather satchel, her white cotton gloves and her head in the clouds. George watches her drift around the edge of the school playing fields, guided by inaudible voices.

When George stands up for Sylvie, beating back Tommy Payne and his gang of thugs, it brings her close to the ethereal stranger; though not as close as George would have liked. In the attic of Sylvie’s father’s antique shop, George’s scars will sing and her longing will drive them both toward a tragedy as veiled and inevitable as Sylvie’s whispering ghosts.





G.D. Penman

The Wounded Ones 
The Witch of Empire 2
Meerkat Press, June 23, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages

Upcoming Releases from Meerkat Press
Demons and serial killers are Iona "Sully" Sullivan's bread and butter, but nothing could have prepared her to face off against the full weight of the British Empire at the height of its power. With the War for American Independence in full swing, she finds even her prodigious talents pushed beyond their limits when citizens of the American Colonies begin vanishing amidst rumors of crop circles, hydra sightings and worse. Through a wild and lethal adventure that will see her clashing with the Empire around the world and beyond, the only constants in Sully's life are an undead girlfriend, a giant demon crow that has taken a shine to her, regular assassination attempts by enemies on all sides, and the cold certainty that nothing and nobody is going to make it out of the war in one piece.





Keith Rosson

Road Seven
Meerkat Press, July 14, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

Upcoming Releases from Meerkat Press
Mark Sandoval—resolutely arrogant, covered head to foot in precise geometric scarring, and still marginally famous after Hollywood made an Oscar-winner based off his memoir years before—has been strongly advised by his lawyer to leave the country following a drunken and potentially fatal hit and run. When a woman sends Sandoval grainy footage of what appears to be a unicorn, he quickly hires an assistant and the two head off to the woman's farm in Hvíldarland, a tiny, remote island off the coast of Iceland. When they arrive on the island and discover that both a military base and the surrounding álagablettur, the nearby woods, are teeming with strangeness and secrets, they begin to realize that a supposed unicorn sighting is the least of their worries.

The View From Monday - March 25, 2019



Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Miranda in Milan by Katherine Duckett;

A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan 1) by Arkady Martine

and

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell.

The View From Monday - March 25, 2019The View From Monday - March 25, 2019
The View From Monday - March 25, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

How to Move Spheres and Influence People: A Tor.com Original (A Wild Cards Story) by Marko Kloos;

A Parliament of Bodies (Maradaine Constabulary 3) by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

Smoke City by Keith Rosson is out in Trade Paperback;

The Clarity by Keith Thomas is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Forever Wolf (Legend of the All Wolves 3) by Maria Vale.

The View From Monday - March 25, 2019 The View From Monday - March 25, 2019
The View From Monday - March 25, 2019The View From Monday - March 25, 2019
The View From Monday - March 25, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - March 25, 2019



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

March 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Iron Hound (tp2mm) Tim Akers F - The Hallowed War 2
HALO: Silentium (ri) Greg Bear SF - HALO - Forerunner Saga 3
HALO: Primordium (ri) Greg Bear SF - HALO - Forerunner Saga 2
HALO: Cryptum (ri) Greg Bear SF - HALO - Forerunner Saga 1
The Compleat Werewolf: And Other Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction (e)(ri) Anthony Boucher F/SF - Collection
Chain of Command (tp2mm) Frank Chadwick SF
Tiamat's Wrath James S. A. Corey SF/SO/SE/AC - Expanse 8
Miranda in Milan (D) Katharine Duckett F/DF/HistF
Relic (h2mm) Alan Dean Foster SD/AC/AP/PA
The Queens of Innis Lear (h2tp) Tessa Gratton F/HistF
Death Doesn't Bargain (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF - Deadman's Cross  2
Black City Dragon Richard A. Knaak UF/HistF
Neogenesis (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 21
A Parliament of Bodies Marshall Ryan Maresca UF/DF - Maradaine Constabulary 3
A Memory Called Empire (D) Arkady Martine SF/SO - Teixcalaan 1
Fleet Insurgent (tp2mm) Susan R. Matthews SF/SO - Under Jurisdiction 8
Prince Of Demons (e)(ri) Mickey Zucker Reichert F
Smoke City (h2tp) Keith Rosson MR/LF/CF
Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (h2mm) John Scalzi SF/CyP/Cr - Lock In
The Old Drift (D) Namwali Serpell LF
Galactic Patrol E.E. 'Doc' Smith SF/SO/HSF/SE - Golden Age Masterworks
The Clarity (h2tp) Keith Thomas Th/Spec
Forever Wolf Maria Vale PNR/FR - Legend of All Wolves 3



March 27, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How to Move Spheres and Influence People: A Tor.com Original Marko Kloos SF



March 29, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Morphos in the Garden: A Tor.com Original Lis Mitchell CF



March 31, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Perfunctory Affection Kim Harrison Psy/H



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 - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical



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

The View From Monday - January 22, 2018


Happy Monday!

For genre fans - Dark Shadows (all 1,225 episodes) is available on Amazon Prime Video! So if you've got a Prime account you can stream the series for free. I adore this show! Season 1 can be found here.

There are

Markswoman (Asiana 1) by Rati Mehrotra;

and

The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith.

The View From Monday - January 22, 2018The View From Monday - January 22, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Roar of the Storm (The Fracture Worlds 2) by Adam Burch;

Devoted to Destiny (Muse Chronicles 5) by Lisa Kessler;

Creatures of Light (Creatures of Light 3) by Emily B. Martin is out in digital format;

Siege Mentality (ReMade Season 2 #10) by Andrea Phillips;

Smoke City by Keith Rosson;

The Tree (The Wrath & Athenaeum 2) by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun;

and

The Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black 5) by Chuck Wendig.

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



The View From Monday - January 22, 2018



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

January 22, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Knight Magic (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld
Devoted to Destiny (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 5



January 23, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Warden of the Blade (h2tp) David Annandale SF - Castellan Crowe 1
The Only Harmless Great Thing Brooke Bolander AH
The Martian Simulacra: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Eric Brown M/SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3
Roar of the Storm Adam Burch SF/SO - The Fracture Worlds 2
Miranda and Caliban (h2tp) Jacqueline Carey HistF
The Juniper Tree (ri) Barbara Comyns Fict/Myth/FolkT
House of Echoes (h2tp) Brendan Duffy Th/LF
Judgment Road Christine Feehan PNR - Torpedo Ink 1
Dark Imperium Guy Haley SF - Dark Imperium 1
Pandora: Outbreak Eric L. Harry SF/PA
Rogue Trader: The Omnibus Andy Hoare SF - Rogue Trader
The King of Bones and Ashes J.D. Horn CF - Witches of New Orleans 1
Fury Craig Martelle Dys/PA - End Times Alaska 4
Creatures of Light (e) Emily B. Martin F - Creatures of Light 3
Markswoman (D) Rati Mehrotra F - Asiana 1
SINthetic J.T. Nicholas SF/GenEng/CyP - New Lyons Sequence 1
The Memory Detective (e) T. S. Nichols SF/GenEng/Th
Elysium Fire Alastair Reynolds SF
Smoke City Keith Rosson MR/GB
Cast in Deception Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra 13
Cast in Shadow (ri) Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra 1
Cast in Courtlight (ri) Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra 2
The Sky Is Yours (D) Chandler Klang Smith LF/GB/PA
Her Beautiful Monster Adi Tantimedh M - Ravi PI 2
The Tree Na'amen Gobert Tilahun UF - The Wrath & Athenaeum 2
Starlings (e) Jo Walton F - Collection
The Raptor & the Wren Chuck Wendig SupTh - Miriam Black 5
Destiny's Conflict Janny Wurts F - The Wars of Light and Shadow 10: Sword of the Canon 2
Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child S. Craig Zahler FairyT/FolkT/LM/Gothic



January 24, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Siege Mentality (e) Andrea Phillips SFTh - ReMade Season 2 #10



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FiaryT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM -  Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Myth - Mythology
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Ref - Reference
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Keith Rosson (2017)

Smoke City
Meerkat Press, January 23, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 325 pages

Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He's compelled to volunteer at the local Children's Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week.

Oh, and he's also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc's pyre in 1431. He's just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it's ever been . . . but how will he find her?

When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he's picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife's funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with "smokes" (ghostly apparitions that've inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way.





Matthew Sullivan (2017)

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Scribner, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 13, 2017

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this “intriguingly dark, twisty” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. “Both charming and challenging” (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review), Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a “multi-generational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal…inventive and intricately plotted” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).





Melodie Winawer (2017)

The Scribe of Siena
Touchstone, January 2, 2018
Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 16, 2017

“Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring…will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena” (Library Journal, starred review) in this transporting love story and gripping historical mystery.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

As Beatrice explores the evidence further, she uncovers the journal and paintings of the fourteenth-century artist Gabriele Accorsi. But when she finds a startling image of her own face, she is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.

Interview with Keith Rosson, author of The Mercy of the Tide


Please welcome Keith Rosson to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Mercy of the Tide is published on February 21st by Meerkat Press.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Keith a Happy Publication Day!







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

Keith:  Thanks so much! I started out doing punk zines in the mid-‘90s, when I was in art school. Y’know, those who can’t play instruments, write. The zine was dorky anecdotal stuff, record reviews, interviews with bands. Eventually that morphed into more personal creative nonfiction stories. Meanwhile, I wrote my first incredibly bad novel at 20, my second slightly better one at 27 or so, and in my mid-thirties wrote one that was pretty solid and will be published next year. Then I wrote The Mercy of the Tide. I’ve also been kicking out short stories for the past six or seven years or so, which I probably love more than novel writing, though there’s something alluring about the huge emotional brain-drain that writing a full length book takes. And I’ve always been a ferocious reader, something I personally think is integral to being even a half decent writer.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Keith:  That’s a good question. I generally plot a few chapters ahead – and by plot, I mean I have a very rough idea of what’s going to happen. I’ve tried plotting out larger, more extensive chronologies and it’s just no fun; I eventually find myself struggling to adhere to earlier plotlines when what I really want to do is take it in a new direction that I’ve come up with after I’ve already penned the original plot. You know? So yeah, I like to have a general idea of the book’s direction, with maybe a line or two laying out a few future chapters, but that’s about it. I also have a separate doc that I refer to full of locations, names, bios of characters, important plot points and facts, and reminders. For example, in this new novel I’m working on, I have about three dozen bulletpoints that say things like this:
  • In the Sandoval section, the bus station is swamped.
  • Introduce Liza’s miniature pony, Fish.
  • Have Viktor introduce himself at the Hotel, and establish that Orvar is indeed his cousin.
When you work on a bigger piece, there’s a lot of things to keep in the air, a lot of moving parts. I’m constantly referring to my notes. So I guess I’d say I’m mostly a “fly by the seat of my pants” guy, with moments of mild plotting.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Keith:  Writing. Quite the hot take, right? The actual act of getting past the trepidation and uncertainty and distractions and fear of failure and sitting my ass down in front of the computer and getting to work, that’s the most difficult thing. Once I make it there it’s almost always great, and I almost always remember how much fun it is to write. But first I have to move past that nattering voice that tells me I won’t be able to do it, that today will be the day that I freeze up, that this’ll be the day that I will just bomb. I’m writing my fifth novel and have written dozens of stories, and ignoring that voice and getting to work is still the biggest challenge.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Keith:  Reading. One of the most significant tools a writer can have is a joy of reading. It helps us hone our craft, shows us by both good and bad example, offers a sense of solace, transports us – at least to me personally. While I try very hard not to be directly influenced by the current books I’m reading, there’s no refuting that being a voracious reader has helped me find my own voice and themes throughout the years. Honestly, I’m a little wary of writers who aren’t big readers too.



TQDescribe The Mercy of the Tide in 140 characters or less.

Keith:  In 1983, members of a small coastal town recuperate from loss as Cold War tensions rise and some unnamed monster terrorizes the community.



TQTell us something about The Mercy of the Tide that is not found in the book description.

Keith:  The hands on the cover of the book spell out M-E-R-C-Y in American Sign Language, a hidden nod to the fact that one of the main characters is deaf.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Mercy of the Tide? Why a genre-bending novel?

Keith:  Well, without giving key plot points away, I’ll just say that it started out as an entirely different book. It was still an alternate history novel, but the first attempt was set in present day. I kept coming up against particular roadblocks in the story – “How did this particular event actually happen? Why are certain people acting like this?” Long story short, I found that I was backtracking a lot to fill in a lot of foundational stuff surrounding the story I wanted to tell, and a lot of world-building, and it just reached the point where it was obvious I needed to tell the back story first. So I started from the beginning, which turned out to be in 1983. But originally it was a whole different book.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Mercy of the Tide?

Keith:  An incomplete list: nuclear yield of various Cold War-era ICBMs, American Sign Language, Europe’s role in the 1980s stalemate between Russia and the US, educational options for deaf children in rural Oregon during that time, mythology of Native American tribes of the Oregon coast, the Indian Wars of the 1850s, Hinckley’s assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan, to name a few. Fun! I seriously do love the research aspect of novel writing.



TQPlease tell us about The Mercy of the Tide's cover. Does the cover depict something from the novel?

Keith:  It totally does! It’s essentially a grid pattern of various visual elements of the book. A Sheriff’s badge, a gun, a bird, a skull, etc. They’re all indicative of key characters and plot points in the novel. I was fortunate enough to be able to design my own cover, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.



TQIn The Mercy of the Tide who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Keith:  I’d say the teenaged kid Sam was the toughest to write. It’s hard to remember the torpor and angst I held as a high school kid, though I know I had a toooon of it. It was tough to try to pull that off convincingly and also run Sam’s character through the lens of someone who has just lost his mother and is trying his best, in spite of his age and limitations, to take care of his sister. Meanwhile, I took a dark pleasure from writing about the mental and physical unraveling of Hayslip, the sheriff’s deputy, though one or two scenes specifically were pretty tough to write, as he’s kind a tumbling shipwreck of a guy who doesn’t make the best choices. Though to be honest none of the book was particularly easy, per se.



TQWhich question about The Mercy of the Tide do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Keith:  I feel pretty happy with the questions that folks have asked about the book. I get a lot of folks asking if there will be a sequel or not, and all I can really do is pensively rub my chin for a moment and then point over the person’s shoulder and say, “Hey, look! A puppy!” And when they turn back… I’m gone. Oh, and I did know a kid named Todd who went by Toad, the same as in the book, though the similarities stop there.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Mercy of the Tide.

Keith:  Honestly, I’m not even sure about apt quotes, but one of my favorite aspects of the book is when people begin to recognize the minute differences of this world compared to ours. The reader isn’t made aware of the differences right away, but there are little kernels lining the path throughout. One of my particular favorites is that Trina, a 9 year-old deaf girl and one of Mercy’s main characters, adores Judy Blume novels. Loves em. But in Mercy, she’s very excited about the new (as of 1983) Blume book that’s just been published, The Wolf In the Basement, which of course is entirely made up and doesn’t actually exist. But the publisher and I wrote Blume a huge fan latter and she was totally cool with me fictionalizing her stuff and making up books she’d never actually written. That’s just one little tidbit among many, but I love it so much.



TQWhat's next?

Keith:  Meerkat Press, the publisher that’s worked their ass off getting Mercy out there, will be publishing my second novel, Smoke City, in early 2018. Really excited for that. Meanwhile, I’m writing a book about a crypto zoologist and his reluctant assistant investigating a unicorn sighting off the coast of Iceland. So, you know, staying topical and whatnot.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Keith:  Oh, goodness, thanks for the opportunity, I really appreciate it.





The Mercy of the Tide
Meerkat Press, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 294 pages

Riptide, Oregon, 1983. A sleepy coastal town, where crime usually consists of underage drinking down at a Wolf Point bonfire. But then strange things start happening—a human skeleton is unearthed in a local park and mutilated animals begin appearing, seemingly sacrificed, on the town’s beaches. The Mercy of the Tide follows four people drawn irrevocably together by a recent tragedy as they do their best to reclaim their lives—leading them all to a discovery that will change them and their town forever. At the heart of the story are Sam Finster, a senior in high school mourning the death of his mother, and his sister Trina, a nine-year-old deaf girl who denies her grief by dreaming of a nuclear apocalypse as Cold War tensions rise. Meanwhile, Sheriff Dave Dobbs and officer Nick Hayslip must try to put their own sorrows aside to figure out who, or what, is wreaking havoc on their once-idyllic town.

Keith Rosson paints outside the typical genre lines with his brilliant debut novel. It is a gorgeously written book that merges the sly wonder of magical realism and alternate history with the depth and characterization of literary fiction.





About Keith

Keith Rosson’s fiction has appeared in Redivider, Cream City Review, PANK, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He is the author of The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, an omnibus collection of his long-running punk fanzine, Avow, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.


Twitter @keith_rosson






The Mercy of the Tide - Keith Rosson - Book Excerpt


The View From Monday - February 20, 2017


Happy Monday and Happy President's Day to those in the US.

There are 5 debuts this week:

The Book of Mirrors by E. O. Chirovici;

Kings of the Wyld (The Band 1) by Nicholas Eames;

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan;

The Mercy of the Tide by Keith Rosson;

and

Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp.

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


And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Devourers by Indra Das is out in Trade Paperback;

Enemy (Seven Eyes 3) by Betsy Dornbusch;

The Vagrant and the City (Vagrant Short Story) by Peter Newman;

The Fallen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2) by Tarn Richardson;

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) by V. E. Schwab;

and

Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3) by Chuck Wendig.

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



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

February 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Humans, Bow Down (e) James Patterson
Emily Raymond
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February 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Book of Mirrors (D) E. O. Chirovici LF
Cassius Ben Counter SF - Space Marine Legends 2
The Devourers (h2tp) Indra Das DF/LF/HistF
Driving Rain Sierra Dean UF - Rain Chaser
Enemy Betsy Dornbusch F - Seven Eyes 3
Kings of the Wyld (D) Nicholas Eames F - The Band
The Book of Etta Meg Elison SF/AP/PA - The Road to Nowhere 2
Dark Promises (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 29
Firestorm: Volume 2: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Keeper of Lost Things (D) Ruth Hogan Fiction
Lady of Silver (e) Shona Husk PNR - Blood & Silver 1
Steal the Lightning Tim Lees UF - Field Ops 3
Through The Gate in the Sea Howard Andrew Jones F - Pathfinder Tales 37
The Great Wall - The Official Movie Novelization Mark Morris F/P
The Bird's Child Sandra Leigh Price Fiction
The Fallen (e) Tarn Richardson DF - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2
The Mercy of the Tide (D) Keith Rosson AH/MR/LF
A Conjuring of Light V. E. Schwab HistF - Shades of Magic 3
Cold Counsel (D) Chris Sharp F
Interior Darkness: Selected Stories (h2tp) Peter Straub H - Collection
Dark Blood (e) James M. Thompson DF - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 2
Empire's End: Aftermath Chuck Wendig SF/SO - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 3
Wardens of the Everqueen C L Werner F - The Realmgate Wars 5



February 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Losing Heart Among the Tall: A Tor.com Original (e) A. M. Dellamonica F



February 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fierce Gods (e) Col Buchanan F - Heart of the World 4
The Fortunate Fall (ri) Raphael Carter SF
Carnivalesque (e) Neil Jordan LF/F
Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings Rob Latham HC/SF
The Vagrant and the City (e) Peter Newman F - Vagrant Short Story
Players of the Game (e) Graeme K. Talboys F - Shadow in the Storm 3



February 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stone Cold Bastards Jake Bible UF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 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 2017 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.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on February 24, 2017 (unless extended).

Vote for your favorite February 2017 Debut Cover!
 
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Cover Art by Dave Stevenson



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Cover Art by Richard Anderson
Lettering and Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio



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Cover design by Keith Rosson



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Jacket Design by Yang Kim
Jacket Art by Félicien Rops, Satan Semant L'ivraie, 1906, Engraving Colors by Albert
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2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


There are 14 debut novels for February.

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

The February 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 February cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for February 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



E. O. Chirovici

The Book of Mirrors
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, February 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction

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An elegant, page-turning thriller in the vein of Night Film and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, this tautly crafted novel is about stories: the ones we tell, the ones we keep hidden, and the ones that we’ll do anything to ensure they stay buried.

When literary agent Peter Katz receives a partial book submission entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued by its promise and original voice. The author, Richard Flynn, has written a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with the protégée of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night just before Christmas 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home. The case was never solved. Now, twenty-five years later, Katz suspects that Richard Flynn is either using his book to confess to the murder, or to finally reveal who committed the violent crime.

But the manuscript ends abruptly—and its author is dying in the hospital with the missing pages nowhere to be found. Hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the story, Katz hires investigative journalist John Keller to research the murder and reconstruct the events for a true crime version of the memoir. Keller tracks down several of the mysterious key players, including retired police detective Roy Freeman, one of the original investigators assigned to the murder case, but he has just been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Inspired by John Keller’s investigation, he decides to try and solve the case once and for all, before he starts losing control of his mind. A trip to the Potosi Correctional Centre in Missouri, several interviews, and some ingenious police work finally lead him to a truth that has been buried for over two decades...or has it?

Stylishly plotted, elegantly written, and packed with thrilling suspense until the final page, The Book of Mirrors is a book within a book like you’ve never read before.




Giorgio De Maria

The Twenty Days of Turin
Ramon Glazov (Translator)
Liveright, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages
Literary Fiction
(English Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Written during the height of the 1970s Italian domestic terror, a cult novel, with distinct echoes of Lovecraft and Borges, makes its English-language debut.

In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city’s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what’s shared can never be unshared.

An allegory inspired by the grisly neo-fascist campaigns of its day, The Twenty Days of Turin has enjoyed a fervent cult following in Italy for forty years. Now, in a fretful new age of "lone-wolf" terrorism fueled by social media, we can find uncanny resonances in Giorgio De Maria’s vision of mass fear: a mute, palpitating dread that seeps into every moment of daily existence. With its stunning anticipation of the Internet—and the apocalyptic repercussions of oversharing—this bleak, prescient story is more disturbingly pertinent than ever.

Brilliantly translated into English for the first time by Ramon Glazov, The Twenty Days of Turin establishes De Maria’s place among the literary ranks of Italo Calvino and beside classic horror masters such as Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. Hauntingly imaginative, with visceral prose that chills to the marrow, the novel is an eerily clairvoyant magnum opus, long overdue but ever timely.




Lara Elena Donnelly

Amberlough
Tor Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Historical Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup

Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.

Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.

Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.

Combining the espionage thrills of le Carré with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

"James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde." —Holly Black

"Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world." —Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

"An astonishing first novel!" —World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner




Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld
The Band 1
Orbit, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
GLORY NEVER GETS OLD.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help--the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together.




Eric Scott Fischl

Dr. Potter's Medicine Show
Angry Robot, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Dr. Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now huckster and seller of snake-oil, travels the wet roads of the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, illusionists, fortunetellers, and musical whores. Under the quiet command of the mysterious, merciless, and murderous Lyman Rhoades, they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual… although, for a few unfortunate customers, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.

For drunken dentist Josiah McDaniel, the Sagwa has taken everything from him; in the hired company of two accidental outlaws, the bickering brothers Solomon Parker and Agamemnon Rideout, he looks to revenge himself on the Elixir’s creator: Dr. Morrison Hedwith, businessman, body-thief, and secret alchemist, a man who is running out of time.

File Under: Fantasy [ The Secret Tradition | Chemical Imbalance | Hustlers Hustled | The Carnival is Over ]




Sebastian Fitzek

The Nightwalker
Jaime Lee Searle (Translator)
Pegasus Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Psychological Thriller
(American Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A psychological thrill-ride of a novel that finds an insomniac wondering if his nighttime excursions have turned into something beyond his imagination.

As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been cured—but one day, years later, Leon's wife disappears from their apartment under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again? In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his forehead—and when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness . . .

Sebastian Fitzek has been published in twenty-nine languages including Dutch, Italian, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Gree, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Bulgarian, Danish, and Japanese. He is a number one bestselling author in Germany, where he lives. This is his American debut.




Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things
William Morrow, February 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook 288 pages
Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—

Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony's lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor's quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony's last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice's redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.




Vic James

Gilded Cage
Dark Gifts 1
Del Rey, February 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook 368 pages
Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve—for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke

NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?




Erika Lewis

Game of Shadows
Tor Books, February 28, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save the mythological land of Tara from a terrible fate in Erika Lewis's stunning debut, Game of Shadows.

Thousands of years ago in Ireland, an ancient race fought a world-changing battle—and lost. Their land overrun, the Celtic gods and goddesses fled, while the mythical races and magical druids sailed to an uncharted continent, cloaked so mankind could never find it. This new homeland was named Tara.

In modern day Los Angeles, Ethan Makkai struggles with an overprotective mother who never lets him out of her sight, and a terrifying secret: he can see ghosts. Desperate for a taste of freedom, he leaves his apartment by himself for the first time—only to find his life changed forever. After being attacked by dive-bombing birds, he races home to find the place trashed and his mother gone.

With the help of a captain from Tara who has been secretly watching the Makkais for a long time, Ethan sets out to save his mother; a journey that leads him to the hidden lands, and straight into the arms of a vicious sorcerer who will stop at nothing until he controls Tara.With new-found allies including Christian, the cousin he never knew he had, and Lily, the sword-slinging healer who’d rather fight than mend bones, Ethan travels an arduous road—dodging imprisonment, battling beasts he thought only existed in nightmares, and accepting help from the beings he’s always sought to avoid: ghosts. This L.A. teen must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother, the fearless girl he’s fallen for, and all the people of Tara.




Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Dutton, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
Science Fiction, Time Travel, Literary Fiction, Family Life

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity’s future.”—Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian 

“Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop. ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS is a page-turning delight.”—Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed…because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.




Keith Rosson

The Mercy of the Tide
Meerkat Press, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 294 pages
Alternate History, Speculative Fiction, Thriller

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Riptide, Oregon, 1983. A sleepy coastal town, where crime usually consists of underage drinking down at a Wolf Point bonfire. But then strange things start happening—a human skeleton is unearthed in a local park and mutilated animals begin appearing, seemingly sacrificed, on the town’s beaches. The Mercy of the Tide follows four people drawn irrevocably together by a recent tragedy as they do their best to reclaim their lives—leading them all to a discovery that will change them and their town forever. At the heart of the story are Sam Finster, a senior in high school mourning the death of his mother, and his sister Trina, a nine-year-old deaf girl who denies her grief by dreaming of a nuclear apocalypse as Cold War tensions rise. Meanwhile, Sheriff Dave Dobbs and officer Nick Hayslip must try to put their own sorrows aside to figure out who, or what, is wreaking havoc on their once-idyllic town.

Keith Rosson paints outside the typical genre lines with his brilliant debut novel. It is a gorgeously written book that merges the sly wonder of magical realism and alternate history with the depth and characterization of literary fiction.



George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo
Random House, February 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Literary Fiction, Historical, Ghost

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?




Chris Sharp

Cold Counsel
Tor.com, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In Chris Sharp's new epic fantasy Cold Counsel, Slud of the Blood Claw Clan, Bringer of Troubles, was born at the heart of the worst storm the mountain had ever seen. Slud’s father, chief of the clan, was changed by his son’s presence. For the first time since the age of the giants, he rallied the remaining trolls under one banner and marched to war taking back the mountain from the goblin clans.

However, the long-lived elves remembered the brutal wars of the last age, and did not welcome the return of these lesser-giants to martial power. Twenty thousand elves marched on the mountain intent on genocide. They eradicated the entire troll species—save two.

Aunt Agnes, an old witch from the Iron Wood, carried Slud away before the elves could find them. Their existence remained hidden for decades, and in that time, Agnes molded Slud to become her instrument of revenge.

For cold is the counsel of women.




Sam Wilson

Zodiac
Pegasus Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 452 pages
Thriller, Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In a volatile society ruled and divided by its citizens' zodiac signs, a serial killer is on the loose: is it a misguided revolution or something more sinister?

A starting new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.

In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs—divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.

Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart . .

Sam Wilson has written, developed, and directed a number of television programs and documentaries. Zodiac is his début novel. He lives in South Africa.

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