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The View From Monday - October 3, 2016


Happy 1st Monday in October! There is one debut this week:

Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History by Jonathan Crown.

The View From Monday - October 3, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Dangerously Charming (A Broken Riders Novel 1) by Deborah Blake;

The Rise of Io (Io 1) by Wesley Chu;

How to Save the World (Superheroes Anonymous 3) by Lexie Dunne is out in digital format;

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty 2) by Ken Liu

Break the Chains (Scorched Continent 2) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky;

Viscera by Gabriel Squailia;

and

The Failed Fellowship (Genrenauts Episode 5 & 6) by Michael R. Underwood.

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



The View From Monday - October 3, 2016



October 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Savant Nik Abnett SF
All Your Wishes Cat Adams UF - The Blood Singer Novels 7
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Box Set: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (e) Douglas Adams SF/M
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories Robert Aickman GH/Occ/H - Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Otherworld Chills Kelley Armstrong CF - An Otherworld Anthology
Beatlebone (h2tp) Kevin Barry LF/Psy/AH
Level Grind: Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies; Hunting Season Annie Bellet UF - The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Omnibus 1
Dangerously Charming Deborah Blake PNR - A Broken Riders Novel 1
The Witch and the Dead Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 7
The Tau Empire Braden Campbell
Peter Fehervari
Phill Kelly
Joe Parrino
Andy Smillie
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium Anthology
The Rise of Io Wesley Chu SF - Io 1
Camelot Rising Michael Clary SF/TT - The Camelot Wars 2
Our Lives Became Unmanageable Jackie Craven F/SF - The Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize
Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History (D) Jonathan Crown LF
Undead and Done MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 15
Into the Guns William C. Dietz AH/PA/SF - America Rising 1
The Motion of Puppets Keith Donohue H
Air and Darkness (h2mm) David Drake HistF - The Books of the Elements 4
How to Save the World (e) Lexie Dunne UF - Superheroes Anonymous 3
The Devil You Know Erin M. Evans F - Brimstone Angels 6
Castaway Odyssey Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 5
The Rift Uprising Amy S. Foster SF - The Rift Uprising Trilogy 1
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 Karen Fowler (Ed)
John Joseph Adams (Series Ed)
SF - Anthology
This Shared Dream Kathleen Ann Goonan AH - Dance Family 2
Feedback Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh 4
The Apartment S. L. Grey H/GH/Th
Ascendant's Rite David Hair F - The Moontide Quartet 4
Ghost Times Two Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 4
Ghost to the Rescue (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PCM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 3
The Color of Evil (ri) David G. Hartwell (Ed) H - Dark Descent 1 Anthology
An Ancient Peace (h2mm) Tanya Huff SF - Peacekeeper 1
This Is How You Die David Jester H
Paws and Effect Sofie Kelly PCM - Magical Cats 8
A Hard Day's Night Searcher (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - A Dark-Hunter Story
Ashley Bell (h2mm) Dean Koontz Sus/LF/F
The White Spell Lynn Kurland FR/F - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 10
Closer to the Chest Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 3
Closer to the Heart (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/DF - Valdemar: The Herald Spy 2
The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck (ri) Alexander Laing Occ/Sup - Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Wild Eve Langlais
Kate Douglas
A.C. Arthur
PNR  - Stories
The Wall of Storms Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 2
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (h2tp) Ken Liu SF - Collection
License to Shift Kathy Lyons FR - Grizzlies Gone Wild 2
Stranded Bracken MacLeod SupTh
Tower of Thorns (h2mm) Juliet Marillier HistF - Blacthorn & Grim 2
The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine John Matthews
Caitlin Matthews
Tarot
Fleet Inquisitor Susan R. Matthews SF/SO - Under Jurisdiction Omnibus
Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future Jamie Metzl Th
Solar Express (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt, Jr. SF
Angels of Music Kim Newman F
Break the Chains Megan E. O'Keefe F - Scorched Continent 2
A City Dreaming Daniel Polansky CF
Book of the Night: The Black Musketeers Oliver Pötzsch HistF
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
Legacy of the Demon Diana Rowland CF/UF - Demon Novels/Kara Gillian 8
Shadows of Self (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 5
A Feast of Sorrows: Stories Angela Slatter F - Collection
A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Jaguar 5
Viscera Gabriel Squailia F
The Great Game Lavie Tidhar SP
Cursed (e) Sue Tingey CF - The Soulseer Chronicles 2
The Failed Fellowship Michael R. Underwood SF/F - Genrenauts Ep 5 & 6
Eye of Terra Various SF - The Horus Heresy Anthology
Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels Kurt Vonnegut
Siney Offit (Ed)
SF/F/Satire
Gold Fame Citrus (h2tp) Claire Vaye Watkins Dys/Political/LF
Impersonations Walter Jon Williams SF - A Story of the Praxis
Crosstalk Connie Willis SF/GenEng/R
Yesternight Cat Winters Hist/Occ
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (h2tp) David Wong SF
Forever After (e)(ri) Roger Zelazny (Ed) SF - Anthology



October 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them Carl Abbott LC/SF/F
Swift to Chase Laird Barron H - Collection



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy


Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

The View From Monday - August 8, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week.

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton;

Froelich's Ladder by Jamie Duclos-Yourdon;

Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville;

and

The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Nevernight (Nevernight 1) by Jay Kristoff;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Ultra Big Sleep (The Union of Worlds 2) by Patrick Swenson.

The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
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The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 8, 2016


Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



August 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SpecFic - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction
Endgame (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 4
Infernal Sky (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 3
Knee-Deep in the Dead (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 1
Dancing in Dreamtime Scott Russell Sanders SF - Collection



August 9, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Betrayals Kelley Armstrong F/Th - The Cainsville Series 4
The Heart Goes Last (h2tp) Margaret Atwood LF/Dys/Satire
Good Morning, Midnight (D) Lily Brooks-Dalton LF/SF
Diadem from the Stars (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 1
Skeen's Leap (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 1
Lamarchos (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 2
Moongather (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 1
Moonscatter (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 2
Star Hunters (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 5
Skeen's Return (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 2
Irsud (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 3
A Bait of Dreams (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF
Changer's Moon (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 3
Maeve (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 4
Skeen's Search (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 3
Froelich's Ladder (D) Jamie Duclos-Yourdon FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF/LF
Killfile Christopher Farnsworth Th
Gleam Tom Fletcher F - The Factory Trilogy 1
The End of the End: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Simon Guerrier
Paul Kane
Cavan Scott
SF/AP/PA
Kinslayer David Guymer F - Gotrek & Felix 17
No Good Deed (e2mm) Auston Habershaw F - Saga of the Redeemed 2
Lord of the Darkwood Lian Hearn LF/F - The Tale of Shikanoko 3
Eterna and Omega Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
The Guild Conspiracy (e) Brooke Johnson SP - A Chroniker City Story 2
Nevernight Jay Kristoff F
Welcome to Deadland (D) Zachary Tyler Linville SF/AP/PA/H/Dys/Z
The Grace of Kings (ri) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Bell Weather (h2tp) Dennis Mahoney HistF
I Am Providence Nick Mamatas H
The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville F/SF/LF
The Book of Ralph (D) Christopher Steinsvold SF/AC
Not So Much, Said the Cat (e2tp) Michael Swanwick SF - Collection
The Ultra Big Sleep Patrick Swenson SF/M - The Union of Worlds 2
Mr. Eternity Aaron Thier LF
Pathfinder Tales: Starspawn Wendy N. Wagner F - Pathfinder Tales 34
Rig Jon Wallace SF - Kenstibec 3
The Guns of Empire Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 4



August 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Totem Poles: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce Sterling
Rudy Rucker
SF



August 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival Game (e) Gary Gibson AH - The Apocalypse Duology 2
Eclipse the Flame (e) Ingrid Seymour SH/Dys
Grim Tidings (e) Nancy K. Wallace F - Wolves of Llisé 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2mm - eBook to Mass Market Paperback
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
Ed - Editor
Ke - Kindle only eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

The View From Monday - March 7, 2016


Happy Monday!

There is one debut out this week:

The Cold Between (Central Corps 1) by Elizaebeth Bonesteel.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Ferguson is out in Trade Paperback;

The Warring States (Wave Trilogy 2) by Aidan Harte is out in Trade Paperback;

Bayou Shadow Hunter (Bayou Magic Series 1) by Debbie Herbert;

and

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu.


The View From Monday - March 7, 2016


March 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Half a War (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea 3
The Spider's War Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 5
Marked In Flesh Anne Bishop DF - A Novel of the Others 4
The Cold Between (D) Elizabeth Bonesteel SF - Central Corps 1
The Return of the Witch Paula Brackston Hist
Fire Touched Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 9
The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe (ri) Peter Clines
H. P. Lovecraft
Daniel Dafoe
H/MU
The Calling (h2tp) Rachelle Dekker Dys - A Seer Novel 2
The Lyre Thief Jennifer Fallon F - The Hythrun Chronicles 7
The Lost Boys Symphony (h2tp) Mark Andrew Ferguson GB
Dragonfly in Amber (Starz Tie-in Edition) Diana Gabaldon TTR - Outlander 2
Bound by the Night Megan Hart PNR - Collection
The Warring States (h2tp) Aidan Harte F - Wave Trilogy 2
Bayou Shadow Hunter Debbie Herbert PNR - Bayou Magic Series 1
Wild Lavender Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher FR/HistF - The Aurelian Guard 1
Phantom Lover (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - A Dream Hunter Story
Thinner (ri) Stephen King H
Of Noble Family (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Glamourist Histories 5
Forest of Memory Mary Robinette Kowal SF/GenEng
Camber of Culdi (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Legends of Camber of Culdi 1
The Bishop's Heir (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Histories of King Kelson 1
Saint Camber (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Legends of Camber of Culdi 2
The King's Justice (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Histories of King Kelson 2
The Quest for Saint Camber (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Histories of King Kelson 3
Camber the Heretic (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Legends of Camber of Culdi 3
The Harrowing of Gwynedd (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Heirs of Saint Camber 1
King Javan's Year (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Heirs of Saint Camber 2
The Bastard Prince (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Heirs of Saint Camber 3
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Ken Liu SF/F - Collection
The Night Sister (h2tp) Jennifer McMahon Sus/Th/M/GH
Crusade's End Graham McNeill
Dan Abnett
Ben Counter
SF - The Horus Heresy Omnibus 1
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Collection
Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales Shakespeare's Fantasy World Adrian Tchaikovsky
Emma Newman
Jonathan Barnes
Foz Meadows
Kate Heartfield
HistF - Anthology
Cat Out of Hell (h2tp) Lynne Truss Hu/M/H
War of the Fang Chris Wraight SF - Space Marine Battles



March 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
"Radio Free Trismegistus" (e) Ian Tregillis HistF - The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 7



March 10, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Helix: Episode 1 (e) Nathan M. Farrugia Tech/Th
Birthright: Beacon 1 (e) Valerie Parv SFR



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Faity Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LM - Legend and Myth
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MU - Mash Up
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - February 22, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Artefact (The Lazarus War 1) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

The Anthrax Protocol by James Thompson.


From formerly featured DAC authors:

Alliance (Linesman 2) by S. K. Dunstall;

Unclear Skies (Dome Trilogy 2) by Jason LaPier;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Mass Market Paperback;

A Gathering of Shadows (Darker Shade of Magic 2) bu V. E. Schwab;

The Absconded Ambassador (Genrenauts Episode 2) by Michael R. Underwood;

and

The Cormorant (Miriam Black 3) by Chuck Wendig.



The View From Monday - February 22, 2016



February 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Miasma (e) Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series Novella



February 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Shifts (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 8
The Power Jennifer L. Armentrout PNR - Titan 2
Vengeance Oscar Balderrama Lauren Certo CF - Arrow
She Weeps Each Time You're Born (h2tp) Quan Barry MR
Mars, Inc. (tp2mm) Ben Bova SF
Jani and the Great Pursuit Eric Brown SP - Jani 2
Chance on Love (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Kagan Wolves 0.5
Alliance S. K. Dunstall SF - A Linesman Novel 2
A Hold on Me Pat Esden PNR/UF - Dark Heart 1
Bitter Bite Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 14
Mr. Adam (ri) Pat Frank SF
Good Girls Glen Hirshberg H - Motherless Children Trilogy 2
The Unleashing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR - Call Of Crows 1
A Stranger Thing (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 2
The Grace of Kings (h2mm) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Version Control Dexter Palmer SF/TT
The Dead Lands (h2tp) Benjamin Percy LF/Th/PA
Runaway Vampire Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau Vampire 22
Artefact (D - US) Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 1
A Gathering of Shadows V. E. Schwab HistF - Darker Shade of Magic 2
Doctor Who Coloring Book Price Stern Sloan SF
By Tooth and Claw (tp2mm) S.M. Stirling
Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
Jody Lynn Nye
F - Change
The Latter Fire James Swallow SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Anthrax Protocol (D) James Thompson Th/SF/AP/PA/H
The Absconded Ambassador Michael R. Underwood SF - Genrenauts Episode 2
The Cormorant Chuck Wendig Th/Sup - Miriam Black 3



February 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Recalled to Service: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alter S. Reiss F
"The Golem" (e) Ian Tregillis F - The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 5



February 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Devotion (e) Lauren Dawes PNR - Dark 3
Unclear Skies Jason LaPier SF - Dome Trilogy 2
Blood and Frost (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) (e) Scott Nicholson
Joshua Simcox
PA - Zapheads 3



February 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bounty Joe R. Lansdale
John L Lansdale
H




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


AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35


This is the thirty-fifth 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 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 herePart 32 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 herePart 33 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 herePart 34 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 here



Alex Gordon (2015)

Jericho
Harper Voyager, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.

In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho—of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp’s dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren’s darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life . . . even if it costs her soul.




Ken Liu (2015)

The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, August 9, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
Trade Paperback, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, April 7, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. “A magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR).

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and fast-paced action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.


The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Saga Press, March 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Trade Paperback, August 23, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
A publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).

A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savor.


Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
Edited and Translated by Ken Liu
Tor Books, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35

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Note:  The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty 2) will be published in Fall 2016.




Michael Livingston (2015)

The Shards of Heaven
The Shards of Heaven 1
Tor Books, October 25, 2016
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 24, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar's ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar's legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.

Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods-or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.

Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.

Michael Livingston's The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.
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The Gates of Hell
The Shards of Heaven 2
Tor Books, November 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35

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Marshall Ryan Maresca (2015)

A Murder of Mages
The Maradaine Constabulary 1
DAW, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
A Murder of Mages marks the debut of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s novels of The Maradaine Constabulary, his second series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. A Murder of Mages introduces us to this spellbinding port city as seen through the eyes of the people who strive to maintain law and order, the hardworking men and women of the Maradaine Constabulary.

Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two, and wife to a Constabulary Inspector who lies on the edge of death, injured in the line of duty—has been forced to fake her way into the post of Constabulary Inspector to support her family.

Minox Welling is a brilliant, unorthodox Inspector and an Uncircled mage—almost a crime in itself. Nicknamed “the jinx” because of the misfortunes that seem to befall anyone around him, Minox has been partnered with Satrine because no one else will work with either of them.

Their first case together—the ritual murder of a Circled mage— sends Satrine back to the streets she grew up on and brings Minox face-to-face with mage politics he’s desperate to avoid. As the body count rises, Satrine and Minox must race to catch the killer before their own secrets are exposed and they, too, become targets.


The Alchemy of Chaos
A Novel of Maradaine 2
DAW, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
Veranix Calbert is The Thorn—the street vigilante-turned-legend—and a danger to Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of Dentonhill. Veranix is determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang in his neighborhood. But Veranix is also a magic student at the University of Maradaine, and it’s exam week. With his academic career riding on his performance, there’s no time to go after Fenmere or the Red Rabbits. But when a series of pranks on campus grow deadly, it’s clear that someone has a vendetta against the university, and Veranix may be the only one who can stop them…




Susan Murray (2015)

Waterborne Exile
Waterborne 2
Angry Robot Books, August 4, 2015
       (North America Print and eBook)
  August 6, 2015 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
A nameless priestess will stop at nothing to get revenge on the killers of her lover.

In a world of turmoil, following the king’s death, the traitor Vasic is struggling to secure his rule over the combined Peninsular Kingdoms whilst the exiled queen, Alwenna, has taken refuge with a freemerchant community whose elders fear her dark power.

Mistrust rules the day with bribery, drugs, trafficking of children, and murder rife throughout the kingdom.

As the priestess’ plot for revenge continues, Alwenna leaves to seek the outcast group of loyal kinsman. Marten attempts to restore Alwenna to the throne but as the priestess closes in, will he succeed?

File Under: Fantasy [ Unholy Office / Blood Ties / Dark Visions / Betrayals & Betrothals ]


Brannigan's Top Four Books of 2015


Now that 2015 has come to a close, some of us at The Qwillery are going to share our Top, Best, and/or Favorite books on last year. Here are Brannigan's Top Four Books of 2015:


My favorite science fiction book of the year is The Void by Timothy S. Johnston. It's the last book in a genre-bending trilogy. The trilogy used its galaxy's many different environments to create a dramatic, engaging story with a satisfying ending—and there's nothing better than a satisfying ending to a great trilogy.


Brannigan's Top Four Books of 2015
The Void
The Tanner Sequence 3
Carina Press, March 25, 2015
eBook, 106,000 words

2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he's ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he's in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner's prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF's relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he's being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can't cut the strings, he'll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death....

A Tanner Sequence Novel




My favorite fantasy book of the year is The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. It's an Asian-influenced epic fantasy with some wonderfully engaging characters. The world building is top notch and I can't wait to dig into the next book in the series.


Brannigan's Top Four Books of 2015
The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.




My favorite horror book of the year is The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells. Wells breathed new life in his first trilogy by taking John out of his small-town life and throwing in an entirely new environment with a whole new cast of supporting characters. He raised the stakes and added to the mythology of his creatures. I can't wait to see where he takes us.


Brannigan's Top Four Books of 2015
The Devil's Only Friend
John Cleaver 4
Tor Books, June 16, 2015
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can . . .

. . . but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.

John doesn't want the life he's stuck with. He doesn't want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn't want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn't want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn't want to kill people. But as the song says, you can't always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.
When John again faces evil, he'll know what he has to do.

The Devil's Only Friend is the first book in a brand-new John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.




My favorite graphic novel of the year goes to The Creeps: Book 1 Night of the Frankenfrogs by Chris Schweizer. This is a children's horror story, but it shows Schweizer's talent that he can entertain a man in his late 30s. There are plenty of twists and humor along the way and his art style is refreshingly one-of-a-kind. Do your inner child a favor and read this book.


Brannigan's Top Four Books of 2015
The Creeps
Book 1 Night of the Frankenfrogs
Amulet Books, August 15, 2015
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 128 pages

At Pumpkins County Middle School weird things happen every class period, not to mention during lunch, but nobody ever makes a fuss. Principal Garish thinks what's weird and...well...creepy is how fascinating the mysterious goings-on are to Carol, a big-city girl new to Pumpkins County, who finds kindred spirits in Mitchell (monster expert), Mark (military brat with logistics know-how), and Rosario (girly girl on the outside, muscle underneath). The Creeps are on the case to figure out the spooky mysteries and still get to class on time. Last week it was a pudding monster. This week, it's disappearing classmates and a suspiciously coincidental animal-rights petition being passed around by the snootiest girl in class. Could she be behind an amphibian menace? Or could it be the mad genius who lives in the sewers? How about the school janitor? The Creeps will track down the answers!

In a place that's a little bit Gravity Falls and a little bit Goosebumps, the Creeps will have no end of mysteries to dig into while they try to keep their grades up too. Chris Schweizer's fun art is full of the visual puns and clues that graphic novels can do so well.


Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu


The Grace of Kings
AuthorKen Liu
Series:  The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Publisher:  Saga Press, April 7, 2015
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages
List Price:  $27.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781481424271 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.



Brannigan's Review

The Grace of Kings, like the dandelion, isn't all it appears to be at first, and you'll be rewarded if you take the time to invest in the story. I have never read nor have I heard of Ken Liu, but I must say I was intrigued after I saw that he has won so many awards.

The story is set in a realistic fantasy world. There are a few elements of the story that have the feel of magic but nothing that is so far fetched I would have to believe a magical spell would be the cause. The gods of this world play a part in the story and use their godly powers from time to time, but I don't consider that the same as magic in the sense of spells and enchantments. There are several islands with Asian nation states that have just recently been conquered by the first emperor.

The story quickly shows the evil acts of a megalomaniac ruler who subjugates the people to build the world as he wishes. The common people of the islands suffer the most under the hand of the emperor and several different rebel groups spring up to fight against the new empire. Kuni Garu and Mata Zyndu start off in two separate paths of rebellion but soon find each other and work together to defeat the Emperor. They become as close as brothers in their fight to end the empire.

This is where Ken Liu showed me what an award-winning writer can do. From this point on, there are no longer true heroes or villains. Liu shows how power corrupts some and how others have the strength to resist power. He shows several times how far a good person must bend their moral beliefs to win if it means saving the world. These are things we've all learned before, but Liu does it so smoothly, without immediately drawing attention to the lesson, that it feels more natural. There are countless sacrifices by almost every character in the story. Liu explores honor with its many different rules and etiquette and how each character interprets it differently to serve his or her own purpose. Liu is a master of political intrigue, there are so many plots, deals, betrayals and rescues that kept me engaged.

This is an epic in every sense of the word. Liu's characters and the world they live in captivated me. I learned so much about each of them that it doesn't matter if I labeled them a hero or villain, I related to each. The world they struggle to free or control is fully realized. Liu spends time on every island and gives the history of so many characters both important and not. This can be good or bad, depending on the likes of a reader. I haven't had the chance to read a true epic in awhile so I feasted on each page and was satisfied by the end of the story. Most of the battles are only briefly described or summarized with most of the action taking place in the political arena.

The Grace of Kings is a brilliant start to what will be, without a doubt, an impressive series. It forced me to reexamine how I look at historical figures and the men and women leading the world today. There is no true good or evil in the world. We flow back and forth between the spectrum. There are acts of violence, mild language some adult situations. I would recommend it to older teens and adults. This is the dream of any fan of epic fantasy. It's also a great book for people who love strong male and female characters, politics and fully realized world.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 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 2015 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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Interview with Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings - April 6, 2015


Please welcome Ken Liu to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Grace of Kings will be published on April 7th by Saga Press.



Interview with Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings - April 6, 2015




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

Ken:  I’ve been writing fiction in some capacity or another as long as I can remember. I suppose I finally became “serious” about writing when I was in college, and it was largely because I wanted to tell stories that I wasn’t seeing being published. I wanted to write stories about pieces of history that weren’t being covered in high school textbooks, to give voice to perspectives that weren’t represented, to present worlds that weren’t shown.



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

Ken:  I think all writers are influenced to some degree of another by everything they’ve ever read, and I have too many favorite authors to list all of them. So I would answer this one by listing some choices that might not be often invoked: I really enjoy the craft with which Supreme Court Justices like Blackmun and Frankfurter crafted the narrative portions of their opinions to lay out the “facts” of the cases in their decisions. It is not often that we pay attention to the rhetoric used in these “stories” though they’re critical to the reasoning that follows. An awareness of the importance of storytelling to the law is critical for a lawyer, and quite useful to a writer.



TQ: You've written many short stories/novellas and you've won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. What was the most challenging thing about writing a novel vis-à-vis short fiction? Did your writing process change?

Ken:  The biggest challenge is keeping track of all the choice that I made in the writing process. For a novel, there are many, many more worldbuilding decisions that must be made, and details of character, plot, setting, etc. that must be recorded and tracked and looked up later. I ended up having to learn how to use a wiki to track these things to keep basic continuity straight. For a pantser by nature, this was a tough transition.



TQ: Describe The Grace of Kings in 140 characters or less.

Ken:  A silkpunk epic fantasy in which two unlikely friends rebel together against tyranny only to find themselves deadly rivals near victory.



TQ: Tell us something about The Grace of Kings that is not in the book description.

Ken:  It is, without a doubt, an epic fantasy that pays more attention to the details of taxation than any other I know of.

I think the tax sections are pretty awesome and fun. And if I can make taxes fun for the reader, imagine what I can do for everything else …



TQ: The Grace of Kings is epic fantasy with "...magic, the gods, and silkpunk technology..."1 What is silkpunk? What is your inspiration for The Grace of Kings?

Ken:  By analogy with steampunk, silkpunk is an aesthetic that straddles the boundary between science fiction and fantasy. It features a technology vocabulary derived from East Asian antiquity which relies on organic materials and biomechanics, and includes things like silk-draped airships with women warriors, soaring battle kites for honorable duels, underwater boats powered by steam engines, and lodestone-based metal detectors. It it also contains magical elements like tomes that describe our desires better than we know them ourselves, gods who regret the deeds done in their names, and giant sea beasts that bring about tsunamis and storms but also guide soldiers safely to shores.

The Grace of Kings is a re-imagining of the rise of the Han Dynasty in a new, secondary fantasy archipelago setting. This is a foundational narrative for Chinese literature much as the Iliad and the Odyssey are foundational narratives for the West. By re-imagining this story as an epic fantasy using tropes and narrative techniques drawn from Chinese and Western epic traditions, I’m trying to create a new, blended aesthetic that transcends the Orientalism and colonial gaze that tends to hobble many “magical China” narratives.



TQ: How does being a poet affect (or not) the narrative structure of The Grace of Kings?

Ken:  The overall structure of the novel draws from the oral traditions of Western epic poetry and Chinese pingshu storytelling. As such, I deliberately do many things against the conventions of contemporary epic fantasy: the main narrative will sometime be “paused” as we shift into a character backstory, and the POV shifts at multiple scales in a way that is reminiscent of pre-novel literary forms. The goal to make the story feel “new” by harking to the old.



TQ: What sort of research did you do for The Grace of Kings?

Ken:  I read the Sima Qian historical biographies of the early Han era, and consulted various secondary history sources as well as books about the evolution of technology. I also studied theories of technology and the history of epics (and re-read them!).



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

Ken:  The easiest character was probably Kindo Marana, the tax-collector-turned-general. A lot of his musings on the nature of the tax system and how it applies to the rest of life are drawn from my own experience as a tax lawyer. The hardest character was Mata Zyndu, the honorable, martial hero whose view of justice seems out of step with the times. He’s a complicated character because his values and motivations feel alien to modern sensibilities. Trying to re-imagine him in a way that allows a contemporary readership to see why he was appealing and beloved in a different value system was challenging.



TQ: Which question about The Grace of Kings do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Ken:

You talk a lot about “fundamental narratives” and “epic traditions,” but I don’t know anything about Chinese history or epic literature. Is the book fun?

Yes, oh yes. The whole point of a novel like this is to entertain. If you don’t know anything about Chinese history and the source material I’m working with, and you find that you don’t enjoy this book, then I will have failed utterly. It is meant to be fun and cool for all readers.



TQ: Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Grace of Kings.

Ken:

“Sometimes we live up to the stories other tell about us.”

“I think I wield power, but perhaps it is Power that wields me.”



TQ: What's next?

Ken:  Working steadily on the sequel, which is going to be bigger, cooler, and feature lots more exciting silkpunk technology. I don’t want to give it all away, but the daughters and sons of Dara do some amazing deeds that make me laugh with glee.



TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Ken:  Thank you for having me!





The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

Interview with Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings - April 6, 2015
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.





About Ken

Interview with Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings - April 6, 2015
Photo by Lisa Tang Liu
Ken’s fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Analog, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Clarkesworld, among other places.

Ken is the only author in the last forty years to be the recipient of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and The World Fantasy Award for one story. That story is "The Paper Menagerie". He has also been awarded another Hugo for his story "Mono No Aware", and was just nominated for yet another Nebula Award this year for his novella "The Regular", alongside the Nebula nomination for his translation of Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, which is up for Best Novel of the year.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a fantasy series, will be published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, this April 2015. Saga will also publish a collection of his short stories in Fall 2015.

Ken is busily working on the sequel to The Grace of Kings and expects it to be out in 2016. He is also busy working on short fiction and translation projects.

He lives near Boston. Besides writing and spending time with his family, Ken loves to repair vintage typewriters, patiently taking them part to learn how they work.

Website  ~  Twitter @kyliu99

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts


There are 12 debuts for April. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April 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 April cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 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 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 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March. The list is correct as of the day posted.



B. Catling

The Vorrh
Vintage, April 28, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
(US Debut)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Prepare to lose yourself in the heady, mythical expanse of The Vorrh, a daring debut that Alan Moore has called “a phosphorescent masterpiece” and “the current century's first landmark work of fantasy.”

Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh, a vast—perhaps endless—forest. It is a place of demons and angels, of warriors and priests. Sentient and magical, the Vorrh bends time and wipes  memory. Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart. Now, a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse. Armed with only a strange bow, he begins his journey, but some fear the consequences of his mission, and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him. Around them swirl a remarkable cast of characters, including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity, as well as historical figures, such as writer Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge.  While fact and fictional blend, and the hunter will become the hunted, and everyone’s fate hangs in the balance, under the will of the Vorrh.




Steve Diamond

Residue
Project Sentinel 1
Ragnarok Publications, April 20, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
RESIDUE follows 17-year-old Jack Bishop after his father is abducted and a monster is let loose in his small town. As he looks for his father, he begins to notice that he can see the psychic residue left behind by monsters and murder victims. Along with the mind-reading Alexandra (Alex) Courtney, Jack uses his growing ESP abilities to stop the deaths in the town, and find out why his father was taken.

About the Author: Steve is your typical reader of books who loves to tell you what is good and, more importantly, what he hates. He grew up reading Lloyd Alexander, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Terry Brooks. Then he got a job at a Waldenbooks. In addition to improving his literary tastes, he was soon doing a lot of the managing duties there, and helped that particular store become the Numero Uno ranked store in the country. It was during this time that he decided his taste in books was better than everyone else’s (duh), and his customers/friends/family agreed.




Lindsey Drager

The Sorry Proper
Dzanc Books, April 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 184 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
The Sorrow Proper is a novel-length investigation of the anxiety that accompanies change. A group of aging librarians must decide whether to fight or flee from the end of print and the rise of electronic publications, while the parents of the young girl who died in front of the library struggle with their role in her loss. Anchored by the transposed stories of a photographer and his deaf mathematician lover each mourning the other's death, The Sorrow Proper attempts to illustrate how humans of all relations — lovers, parents, colleagues — cope with and challenge social "progress," a mechanism that requires we ignore, and ultimately forget, the residual in order to make room for the new, to tell a story that resists "The End."

This debut novel explores the hypothetical end of the public library system and a young theory in the hard sciences called Many Worlds, a branch of quantum mechanics that strives to prove mathematically that our lives do not follow a singular, linear path.




Brendan Duffy

House of Echoes
Ballantine Books, April 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family’s dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.

Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.

When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it’s just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven’s chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn’t the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village’s haunting saga is far from over.

House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.




Hermoine Eyre

Viper Wine
Hogarth, April 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
(US Debut)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
“Using an alchemy all of her own, Eyre’s postmodern take on the 17th century renders it dazzlingly fresh and contemporary.” —Guardian (UK)

Venetia Stanley was the great beauty of her day, so dazzling she inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting. But now she is married, the adoration to which she has become accustomed has curdled to scrutiny, and she fears her powers are waning. Her devoted husband, Sir Kenelm Digby—explorer, diplomat, philosopher, alchemist— refuses to prepare a beauty tonic for her, insisting on her continued perfection.

Venetia, growing desperate, secretly engages an apothecary to sell her “viper wine”—a strange potion said to bolster the blood and invigorate the skin.  The results are instant, glorious, and addictive, and soon the ladies of the court of Charles I are looking unnaturally youthful. But there is a terrible price to be paid, as science clashes with magic, puritans rebel against the decadent monarchy, and England slides into civil war.

Based on real events and written with anachronistic verve, Viper Wine is an intoxicating brew of love, longing and vanity, where the 17th and 21st centuries mix and mingle in the most enchanting and mind-bending ways.




Joel Fishbane

The Thunder of Giants
St. Martin's Press, April 14 , 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
The year is 1937 and Andorra Kelsey - 7'11 and just over 320 pounds - is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. Hoping to escape both poverty and the ghost of her dead husband, she accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the 19th century.

Told in parallel, Anna Swan's story unfurls. While Andorra is seen as a disgrace by an embarrassed family, Anna Swan is quickly celebrated for her unique size. Drawn to New York, Anna becomes a famed attraction at P.T. Barnum's American Museum even as she falls in love with Gavin Clarke, a veteran of the Civil War. Quickly disenchanted with a life of fame, Anna struggles to prove to Gavin - and the world - that she is more than the sum of her measurements.

Both meticulously researched and resounding with the force of myth, Joel Fishbane's The Thunder of Giants blends fact and fiction in a sweeping narrative that spans nearly a hundred years. Against the backdrop of epic events, two extraordinary women become reluctant celebrities in the hopes of surviving a world too small to contain them.




Kelley Grant

Desert Rising
Desert Rising 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 21, 2015
eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
"It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals. It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves."

The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One's four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective - one that just might be considered heresy...

Sulis's twin Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he's willing to risk anything to get her people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.

An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery.




Charlie Human

Apocalypse Now Now
Titan Books, April 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
US Debut

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Baxter Zevcenko’s life is pretty sweet. He’s making a name for himself as the kingpin of his smut-peddling high-school syndicate, the other gangs are staying out of his business,
and he’s dating the girl of his dreams, Esme.

But when Esme gets kidnapped, things start to get seriously weird, and the only man drunk enough to help is a bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter that goes by the name of Jackson ‘Jackie’ Ronin.

Plunged into the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter and Ronin team up to save Esme. On a journey that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they must face every conceivable nightmare to get her back, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.




Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.




Peter Newman

The Vagrant
Harper Voyager, April 23, 2015
Hardcover (UK) and eBook (UK/US), 400 pages
Cover Art: Jamie Jones

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
The Vagrant is his name. He has no other.

Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.

Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.

As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.

His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.

But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.




Andrew Roe

The Miracle Girl
Algonquin Books, April 21, 2015
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
“An uplifting miracle of a book.”  —Will Allison, author of Long Drive Home

“A winning debut . . . Lively, pitch-perfect and assured . . . Roe’s story feels just right for our desperate and despairing time, when a miracle--any miracle--will do.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


 The crowds keep coming. More and more every day, drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish. They come to Shaker Street to see eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a coma-like state--unable to move or speak. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it happened because of Anabelle. Word spreads. There are more visitors, more supposed miracles, more stories on TV and the Internet. But is this the divine at work or something else?

Set against the backdrop of the approaching millennium--with all its buzz about reckoning and doom--this impressive debut novel is told through the eyes of Anabelle’s devoted mother, who cares for her child while trying to make sense of the media frenzy surrounding her; Anabelle’s estranged father, who is dealing with the guilt of his actions; the Miracle Girl herself; and the visitors who seek her help, her guidance, and her healing.

Yet The Miracle Girl tells a larger story about the human yearning for something to believe in, and how finding the miraculous in the everyday can define us, exhilarate us, challenge us, and sustain us.




Gwendolyn Womack

The Memory Painter
Picador, April 28, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,

2015 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts
Two lovers who have traveled across time. A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research. A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills...like the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people's lives.

Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan's shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan's most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's, died in a lab explosion decades ago.

As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists' deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack is a riveting debut novel unlike any you've ever read.

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