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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12


This is the twelfth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 14 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

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See Part 11 here

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12



Jacob Bacharach

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12
The Bend of the World
Liveright, April 13, 2015
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, April 2014

“Bacharach has a great comic voice— shrewd, deadpan, and dirty—and The Bend of the World fears no weirdness.”—Sam Lipsyte

“Mighty strange doings” mark the Pittsburgh of Jacob Bacharach’s audacious and hilarious debut novel, a town where “yeti, UFOs, rumors of orgiastic rites, intimations of the Mayan apocalypse and ‘psycho-temporal distortions’ add that extra zing to the bustling night life” (James Wolcott). On the edge of thirty, and comfortably adrift in life, Peter Morrison finds his personal and professional life taking a turn for the weird as his attempts to transition into adulthood are thwarted by conspiracies both real and imagined. In this madcap coming-of-age novel, where no one quite comes of age, Bacharach brings an “immensely entertaining” and “Vonnegut-like sensibility” (Library Journal ) to the “aptly surreal satire” (Dan Chaon) of hipsters, corporations, and American life in the adolescent years of the twenty-first century. “A disarming, intelligent and seriously funny debut,” The Bend of the World “marks the arrival of Jacob Bacharach as a writer to watch” (Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).





Mary Behre

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12
Energized
Tidewater 3
Berkley, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 

In the new Tidewater novel by the author of Guarded, a kiss between strangers draws both into unexpected danger and unforgettable desire . . .

She’s searching for a sign . . .

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder . . .

He’s ready to show her . . .

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed . . .



Harmonized, a Tidewater eNovella, will be published in July 2015.




Pierce Brown

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12
Golden Son
Red Rising Trilogy 2
Del Rey, Janaury 6, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom.

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.

He must live for more.





Monica Byrne

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12
The Girl in the Road
Broadway Books, February 17, 2015
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, May 2014

A debut that Neil Gaiman calls “Glorious. . . . So sharp, so focused and so human.” The Girl in the Road describes a future that is culturally lush and emotionally wrenching.
Monica Byrne bursts on to the literary scene with an extraordinary vision of the future.  In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India.  As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run.  This is her salvation.  Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home.  She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture.  But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.





Kenneth Calhoun

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 12
Black Moon
Hogarth, January 20, 2015
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.


The View From Monday - January 19, 2015


Happy Monday! This is a relatively light release week with 3 debuts:

Mort(e) by Robert Repino;

Perdita by Hilary Scharper;

and

Fatal Feast by Jay Ruud.


And from formerly featured DAC Authors - there are 4 books out in Trade Paperback this week:

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun;

The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy 1) by Brian McClellan;

Viscious by V.E. Schwab;

and

Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler.



The View From Monday - January 19, 2015



January 19, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Color of Vengeance Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 2
The Lost Level (e) Briane Keene AA/SF
Broken Shadows AJ Larrieu UF - Shadowminds 3



January 20, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Half a King (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea / Half a King 1
Hunger's Mate Part 2 (e) A. C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 5
Crystal Rain (ri) Tobias S. Buckell SF
Black Moon (h2tp) Kenneth Calhoun PA
That Old Black Magic (h2tp) Mary Jane Clark PM - Piper Donovan 4
Making Magic (e) Donna June Cooper PNR - Books of the Kindling 3
Ahriman: Sorcerer John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Through the Static Jeanette Grey PNR
A Fold in the Tent of the Sky (ri) Michael Hale Th/SF/TT
Tides of Maritinia Warren Hammond SF
The Rabbit Back Literature Society Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen F/M
The Crimson Campaign (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 1
White Knight (e) Kelly Meade PNR - Cornerstone Rune Trilogy 3
The Knights of the Round Table Daniel Mersey F - Myths and Legends 13
Angels & Exiles Yves Meynard SF/F - Collection
Burned Karen Marie Moning PNR - Fever 7
Labyrinthian (e) Sunny Moraine PNR - Line and Orbit
King of the Cracksmen: A Steampunk Entertainment Dennis O'Flaherty SP
The Globe (ri) Terry Pratchett
Ian Stewart
Jack Cohen
F - Science of Discworld 2
Mort(e) (D) Robert Repino F
The Path Peter Riva SF
Perdita (D) Hilary Scharper HistF
Vicious (h2tp) V. E. Schwab F
Inked Eric Smith F/YA
Well in Time Suzan Still F/TT
This Is Your Destiny (K e) Denise Grover Swank UF - A Curse Keepers Secret Book 3
The Yellow Wood Melanie Tem F
Three Princes (h2tp) Ramona Wheeler F



January 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Damage: A Tor.Com Original (e) David D. Levine SF
Fatal Feast (D) Jay Ruud HistF - A Merlin Mystery 1



January 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 1 Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel



January 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Black Hills Desperado (K e) D.L. Jackson PNR - Black Hill Wolves3



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover 2 Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint


AA - Action Adventure
F - Fantasy
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Interview with Kenneth Calhoun, author of Black Moon - March 8, 2014


Please welcome Kenneth Calhoun to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Black Moon was published on March 4, 2014 by Hogarth.



Interview with Kenneth Calhoun, author of Black Moon - March 8, 2014




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

Kenneth:  I started writing at a very young age, mostly because I was a pretty avid reader and wanted to make stories happen like the authors of my favorite books. I also received a lot of positive response from my parents and their friends about stories I wrote when I first learned how to write sentences (see the bio page of my site). I saw that stories transported people and I wanted to send them places. I remember telling my brother stories in our shared room at night, reciting story albums I listened to at school. He was older and normally not too interested in what I had to say, except when I was telling stories at night.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kenneth:  I’m kind of both, actually. I don’t really outline, but I do work out in my head (and sometimes in a very sparse bullet point list), where I want things to go. But I’m pretty quick to deviate or abandon these plans if something “organic” happens on the page. I do think it’s good to have some idea of an ending. But, again, nothing should be chained to the floor or strapped in, in case the story goes off a cliff and lands in deep water.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kenneth:  The most challenging thing is actually just sitting down and doing it. Sometimes just finding your way into a story can take forever. It’s like a house with no door. It’s very discouraging to know that what you are writing is probably just the bad stuff that you need to get out of your system. Every time I start a story it feels like I’m standing in the foothills of a vast mountain range that I must scale. Knowing this is a pretty formidable barrier to entry. I wonder why I should even begin such an undertaking. But somehow I eventually go forward.



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

Kenneth:  Julio Cortazar, Kafka, J.G. Ballard, Bruno Schulz, Hemingway, Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, Donald Barthleme, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Charles Portis, Diane Williams, Sheila Heti, Nabokov, Calvino, George Saunders, Sam Lipsyte, Robert Stone, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Bradford, Jim Thompson, A.M. Homes, E. B. White and the Brothers Grimm.



TQ:  You teach graphic design and have done work in a variety of creative fields including documentary filmmaking. How has this influenced (or not) your fiction writing?

Kenneth:  More than design, I think editing video has really helped me develop timing and structure. It’s very important to understand the power of juxtaposition, of true montage or collision editing. When two images or sequences are placed side-by-side, a third meaning arises in the mind of the viewer. This is an important tool for writing with concision and suggestion—leaving a lot off the page, though it is strongly implied.

Another idea from design that I find myself contemplating (or working against) is the notion of “snap to grid”. This is a setting in tools like Photoshop that automatically align compositional elements along the lines of a grid or guides. If the notion is applied to writing, it could result in lazy and trite storytelling. With certain kinds of storytelling, you really feel the pull of the grid. As a writer, you have to work hard to place things between the lines, at random and idiosyncratic locations along the spectrum of ideas.



TQ:  Describe Black Moon in 140 characters or less.

Kenneth:  I want to borrow Nabokov’s “Picnic, lightning.” But how about: “Multiple characters fight against the irreversible current of an insomnia epidemic to stay connected in a flood of dreams and hallucinations.”



TQ:  Tell us something about Black Moon that is not in the book description.

Kenneth:  There are only two mentions of guns in the entire book.



TQBlack Moon is an apocalypse by insomnia literary novel. Why did you write an apocalyptic novel? And why insomnia?

Kenneth:  I am a child of the Cold War and now have a rather warped nostalgia for apocalypse. It always seemed to be hovering over us, the end. I had countless dreams of nuclear winter and a landscape transformed into obsidian by a blinding blast. I truly believe that a part of me assumed it would happen. I assert that this assumption made me, in some ways, an underachiever and noncommittal. My thinking was, Why bother? But then, here we are. Apocalypse is still looming, but flavored differently—more so about epidemics, climate change and the death of Nature than the Bomb. My attempt to embrace—that is, hold it so close it can’t hurt you—these new forms of societal collapse takes the shape of literary simulations. Black Moon is one of these simulations.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Black Moon?

Kenneth:  I read a number of articles about insomnia and actually spoke to brain specialists and sleep experts, though not very extensively. Like at parties or bars. I watched some fascinating videos of actual brain implant surgeries. Mostly, though, I have a few people close to me that struggle with insomnia and I observed their struggles with both sadness and artistic interest.



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

Kenneth:  I would say the easiest character to write was Biggs, because he’s most like me. The hardest was Carolyn, because I needed to understand her, but make her difficult to understand.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from Black Moon.

Kenneth:  “A storm seemed to crabwalk over the plateau, rushing toward them on crooked stilts of light, and wind filled their mouths with thin, cold air.”



TQ:  What's next?

Kenneth:  I am eager to complete a new novel, which is about the transformation of Southern California in the 1980s, punk rock, coyotes, hidden treasure, landfills and a possible feral child. It is currently called “Cucamonga,” which is where I’m from. I also have a collection of short stories that I’d like to re-sequence and tighten, plus fatten up with a few new stories. There are many other projects, including some interactive stories, in development.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Black Moon

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Interview with Kenneth Calhoun, author of Black Moon - March 8, 2014
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.







About Kenneth

Interview with Kenneth Calhoun, author of Black Moon - March 8, 2014
Photo © Anya Belkina
KENNETH CALHOUN has had stories published in The Paris Review, Tin House, and the 2011 Pen/O. Henry Prize Collection, among others. He lives in Boston, where he is a graphic design professor at Lasell College.



Website  ~  Twitter @KennethJCalhoun  ~  Facebook



Kenneth at i09: I didn't realize I was writing a science fiction novel







The View From Monday - March 3, 2014


Happy first Monday in March. Only 17 days until Spring here. I can't wait.

This is a very full release week with 8 of this month's 16 debuts. 
  • Spirited (Tidewater 1) by Mary Behre;
  • The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell;
  • Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun;
  • The Emissary by Patricia Cori;
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld;
  • Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry;
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone;
  • The Barrow by Mark Smylie.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:
  • Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass Trilogy 3) by Kira Brady;
  • An eBundle of the Alex Verus Novels 1-4 by Benedict Jacka
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans (Shambling Guides 2) by Mur Lafferty
  • The Grim Company (Grim Company 1) by Luke Scull is out in Mass Market Paperback

You can find a PDF shopping list of this week's releases here.




March 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lord Dragon's Conquest (e) Sharon Ashwood PNR
Hungry Man - A Happy Endings Story Will Elliott F
Kindred of Darkness Barbara Hambly UF - James Asher Vampire 5
Pure Desire (e) Denise Tompkins PNR



March 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Runners Ann Kelley Dys
Embrace (e) T.D. Wilson SF - The Epherium Chronicles 1



March 4, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
River of Nightmares Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 47
Hanging Judge James Axler SF - Deathlands 115
Spirited (D) Mary Behre PNR - Tidewater 1
Murder of Crows Anne Bishop UF - Others 2
Written In Red (h2mm) Anne Bishop UF - Others 1
The Fall of Atlantis (ri) Marion Zimmer Bradley F
The Children of Kings Marion Zimmer Bradley
Deborah J. Ross
F - Darkover
Hearts of Chaos Kira Brady PNR - Deadglass Trilogy 3
The Tropic of Serpents Marie Brennan F - Memoir by Lady Trent 2
The Weirdness (D) Jeremy P. Bushnell UF
Willing Sacrifice Shannon K. Butcher PNR - Sentinel Wars 8
Black Moon (D) Kenneth Calhoun SF
Kissing with Fangs Ashlyn Chase PNR
Liberty 1784: The Second War for Independence Robert Conroy AH
Running with Wolves Cynthia Cooke PNR
The Emissary (D) Patricia Cori F/P
Dark Destiny Lexxie Couper PNR - Principatus
Nightcrawlers Tim Curran H
A Turn of Light (tp2mm) Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 1
Keeper of the Flame Bianca D'Arc FR - Dragon Knights 7
Grave Secret Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 5
The Enchanted (D) Rene Denfeld F
Flesh and Blood Daniel Dersch UF
Hope Rearmed David Drake
S.M. Stirling
SF - Raj Whitehall 3 and 4
A Monster and a Gentleman Lila DuBois PNR - Monsters in Hollywood 5
Dweller on the Threshold Rinda Elliott UF - Beri O'Dell 1
Songs for the Deaf: stories John Henry Fleming F/SF - Collection
Halfway Hexed (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 3
Wolf's Cut W. D. Gagliani H/Th - Nick Lupo 5
Healer of Carthage (D) Lynne Gentry TT
Notes from the Internet Apocalypse (D) Wayne Gladstone SF
Deadlocked (ri) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 12
The Alex Verus Novels, Books 1-4 (e) Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus
Dummy of a Ghost (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Novella
Dark Vengeance Russell James H
Psychomania: Killer Stories Stephen Jones (ed.) H/CF - Anthology
The Godborn (h2mm) Paul S. Kemp F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: The Sundering 2
Shadowmaster Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 3
Ghost Train to New Orleans Mur Lafferty UF - Shambling Guides 2
Immortal Muse Stephen Leigh HistF
Dragon Heat 2-in-1 (e) Lolita Lopez PNR - Dragon Heat Novellas
The Essential Tolkien Trivia and Quiz Book: A Middle-earth Miscellany William MacKay F - Trivia
Spinning in Her Grave Molly MacRae PCM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery 3
Reaper's Vow Sarah McCarty PNR - Shadow Reapers 2
The Sylph Hunter L. J. McDonald PNR - Sylph 4
Half-Off Ragnarok Seanan McGuire UF - Incryptid 3
False Gods (ri) Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 2
Above Isla Morley Th/Dys
Some Girls Bite (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 1
Red Lily (ri) Nora Roberts R w/PE - In the Garden Trilogy 3
Seduction: A Novel of Suspense (h2tp) M. J. Rose Sus/Gh
The Way of Kings (h2tp) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 1
Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 2
The Grim Company (h2mm) Luke Scull F - Grim Company 1
The Barrow (D) Mark Smylie F
Silence of the Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 13
Shadow Hand Anne Elisabeth Stengl FR - Tales of Goldstone Wood 6
Werewolf in Las Vegas Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 6
Necessary Evil (h2tp) Ian Tregillis AH - Milkweed 3
Brown River Queen Frank Tuttle F - Markhat FIles 7
Cole's Redemption J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 5
Quintessence (h2tp) David Walton AH
Shadow of Freedom (h2tp) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 14
Blood of Asaheim (h2tp) Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves



March 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Memory of Sky Robert Reed SF - Great Ship Trilogy 1, 2 and 3



March 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Salt of the Earth (Kindle e) Trudi Canavan SF - Doctor Who: Time Trips
The Seeker R B. Chesterton Th/P
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel Helen Oyeyemi FT


March 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Sings the Blues Jennifer Harlow PM - Midnight Magic Mystery 2



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Crime Fiction
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy





2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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



Mary Behre

Spirited
Tidewater 1
Berkley, March 4, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
She’s running from who she is…

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be…



Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Weirdness
Melville House, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
With the literary muscle of Victor LaValle’s Big Machine and the outlandish humor of Kevin Smith’s Dogma, this debut reveals the dark underbelly of the NY literary scene.

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation who has already brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? If you’re Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee.

“This is some kind of make-a-deal-with-the-Devil type shit,” he says. Lucifer explains that Billy must steal the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, before the most powerful warlock in the eastern United States can upset the balance of the universe. In exchange, Billy’s novel will be published for a five-figure advance.

Traffic may be in the way of Billy’s getaway car, he may lose his job at the Greek deli, his girlfriend may break up with him, and it’s likely he’ll have to battle his greatest literary rival with his fists… but one way or another, he is determined to become a published author and save the universe.

Along the way, Billy learns about courage, friendship, and love, while considering some important questions: Why do people have pets? Who would store seafood in a warehouse in Chelsea? And where do those bananas in bodegas come from, anyway?



Patricia Cori

The Emissary
North Atlantic Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.

Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.

As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.

One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.

The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?



Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted
Harper, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Fiction Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.



Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.



Lynne Gentry

Healer of Carthage
The Carthage Chronicles 1
Howard Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?



Wayne Gladstone

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
Thomas Dunne Books, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends---a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work---Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"



Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 



Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.



Daniel Levine

Hyde
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 18, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
What happens when a villain becomes a hero?

Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll’s surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life.

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“You may think you know Dr. Jekyll, but this Hyde is a different beast altogether."—Jon Clinch, author of Finn

"Prepare to be seduced by literary devilry! Go back to Victorian times to find a very postmodern whodunit. Visceral prose, atmosphere you could choke on, characters who seem to be at your very shoulder."—Ronald Frame, author of Havisham

"Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevenson’s classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. Devious and ingenious, it is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination."—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum



Peter Liney

The Detainee
Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts

Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Claire R. McDougall

Veil of Time
Gallery Books, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A compelling tale of two Scotlands—one modern, one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them.

The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart? 



Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.



Mark Smylie

The Barrow
Pyr, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages
Cover Illustration © Gene Mollica

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this DEBUT EPIC FANTASY novel for fans of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set in the world of the Eisner-nominated Artesia comic books.

To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map.

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.



Liv Spector

The Rich and the Dead
William Morrow Paperbacks, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
To solve the crime of the century, she'll have to go back in time....

Welcome to Star Island, where Miami's wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It's a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year's Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world were found murdered in the basement of a Star Island mansion.

The massacre shocked the nation and destroyed the life of investigator Lila Day. Her hunt for the Star Island killer consumed her. But the case went unsolved, resulting in her dismissal from the Miami PD.

Now, three years later, life hands Lila an unexpected second chance: reclusive billionaire Teddy Hawkins approaches Lila and asks her to solve the case. But how do you investigate a crime when all the leads have long ago gone cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to solve the case before it happens. He's going to send Lila back in time.

With nothing left to lose, an incredulous Lila travels back to 2014, determined to find the Star Island killer once and for all. But as she goes undercover among the members of Miami's high society, she finds herself caring for—and falling for—people who are destined to die that fateful night. Now she must either say good-bye or risk altering the future forever.



Will Storr

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Killian Lone comes from a long line of gifted cooks, stretching back to the seven­teenth century, and yearns to become a famous chef himself. When he starts an apprenticeship under Max Mann, the most famous chef in London, he looks set to continue the family tradition. But the reality of kitchen life is brutal. Even his fellow apprentice, Kathryn, who shows Killian uncharacteristic kindness, can’t stop his being sucked into the vicious, debauched world of 1980s fine dining, and gradually he is forced to surrender his dream.

Then he discovers a dark family secret—the legacy of an ancestor who was burnt as a witch for creating food so delicious it was said to turn all who tasted it mad. Killian knows he can use this secret to achieve his ambitions and maybe, finally, to win Kathryn’s affections. But is he willing to pay the price?

This is Killian’s confession—a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food . . .




2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update -  Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun


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



Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update -  Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.


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