The Qwillery | category: Kimiko Guthrie


The Qwillery

A blog about books and other things speculative

The View From Monday - June 22, 2020

It is the penultimate Monday in June.

There are 3 debuts this week:

Block Seventeen by Kimiko Guthrie;

We Ride the Storm (Reborn Empire 1) by Devin Madson;


The Kingdom of Liars (The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1) by Nick Martell.

The View From Monday - June 22, 2020The View From Monday - June 22, 2020
The View From Monday - June 22, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho;

Blood of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 3) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;


A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians (Shadow Histories 1) by H.G. Parry.

The View From Monday - June 22, 2020The View From Monday - June 22, 2020
The View From Monday - June 22, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

The View From Monday - June 22, 2020

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

June 23, 2020
The Angel of the Crows Katherine Addison HistF/AH
Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World Matt Alt Japanese History/PopCul
Bennytown Matt Carter SupTh
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water Zen Cho F
Shadow Fall Alexander Freed SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron 2
Block Seventeen (D) Kimiko Guthrie LF/SpecFic
All Together Stranger Lara Hayes PF - Redamancy 2
We Ride the Storm (D) Devin Madson F/DF - Reborn Empire 1
The Kingdom of Liars (D) Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Blood of Empire (h2tp) Brian McClellan F/HistF - Gods of Blood and Powder 3
Tokyo Ueno Station Yu Miri FL/GH/CL
Death in Her Hands Ottessa Moshfegh LF/Psy/Occ/Sup
Obliteration James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 3
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians H. G. Parry HistF/Occ/Sup/ FairyT/FolkT/LM - Shadow Histories 1
The Wounded Ones G.D. Penman UF/F - Witch of Empire 2
Barnabas Collins Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 6
Strangers at Collins House Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 3
The Curse of Collinwood Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 5
The Mystery of Collinwood Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 4
Boundless: A Drizzt Novel (h2tp) R. A. Salvatore F - Generations 2
The Fall of Deadworld Omnibus Matt Smith SH
Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood (h2tp) J. Michael Straczynski Biography
The Buried World Jeff Wheeler F - Grave Kingdom 2

June 24, 2020
The Night Soil Salvagers: A Original (e) Gregory Norman Bossert F

June 25, 2020
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (e) M. John Harrison SF

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

AC - Alien Contact
AF - Afrofuturism
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel

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

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 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 2020 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on June 30, 2020, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite June 2020 Debut Cover! free polls

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts
Cover Illustration © Richard Anderson

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts
Cover design by Yeon Kim
Cover images © Amesto/Shutterstock;
© D.V.A./Shutterstock

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts
Illustration by Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme
Design by Jae Song

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts
Jacket design by Ploy Siripant
Jacket illustration by Beth Hoeckel
Jacket photograph © The Bert Stern Trust

2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts
Cover illustration by Nico Delort
Cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts

There are 6 debut novels for June 2020.

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

The June debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 15, 2020.

Doug Engstrom

Corporate Gunslinger
Harper Voyager, June 16, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts
Doug Engstrom imagines a future all too terrifying—and all too possible—in this eerie, dystopic speculative fiction debut about corporate greed, debt slavery, and gun violence that is as intense and dark as Stephen King’s The Long Walk.

Like many Americans in the middle of the 21st century, aspiring actress Kira Clark is in debt. She financed her drama education with loans secured by a “lifetime services contract.” If she defaults, her creditors will control every aspect of her life. Behind on her payments and facing foreclosure, Kira reluctantly accepts a large signing bonus to become a corporate gunfighter for TKC Insurance. After a year of training, she will take her place on the dueling fields that have become the final, lethal stop in the American legal system.

Putting her MFA in acting to work, Kira takes on the persona of a cold, intimidating gunslinger known as “Death’s Angel.” But just as she becomes the most feared gunfighter in TKC’s stable, she’s severely wounded during a duel on live video, shattering her aura of invincibility. A series of devastating setbacks follow, forcing Kira to face the truth about her life and what she’s become.

When the opportunity to fight another professional for a huge purse arises, Kira sees it as a chance to buy a new life . . . or die trying.

Structured around a chilling duel, Corporate Gunslinger is a modern satire that forces us to confront the growing inequalities in our society and our penchant for guns and bloodshed, as well as offering a visceral look at where we may be heading—far sooner than we know.

Kimiko Guthrie

Block Seventeen
Blackstone Publishing, June 23, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts
When Akiko “Jane” Thompson first met Shiro Yamamoto, she knew they were meant to be. Five years later, their happiness is threatened. An intruder burgles their apartment but takes nothing, leaving behind only cryptic traces of his or her presence. Shiro risks their security in a plot to expose the misdeeds of his employer, the TSA. Jane’s mother has seemingly disappeared, her existence only apparent online. Jane wants to ignore these worrisome disturbances until a cry from the past robs her of all peace, forcing her to uncover a long-buried family secret.

As Jane searches for her mother, she confronts her family’s fraught history in America. She learns how they survived the internment of Japanese Americans, and how fear and humiliation can drive a person to commit desperate acts.

In melodic and suspenseful prose, Guthrie leads the reader to and from the past, through an unreliable present, and, inescapably, toward a shocking revelation. Block Seventeen, at times charming and light, at others disturbing and disorienting, explores how fear of the “other” continues to shape our supposedly more enlightened times.

Devin Madson

We Ride the Storm
The Reborn Empire 1
Orbit, June 23, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts
In the midst of a burgeoning war, a warrior, an assassin, and a princess chase their own ambitions no matter the cost in Devin Madson’s propulsive epic fantasy.

War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.
As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.

The Reborn Empire
We Ride the Storm

For more from Devin Madson, check out:
The Vengeance Trilogy
The Blood of Whisperers
The Gods of Vice
The Grave at Storm’s End

Nick Martell

The Kingdom of Liars
The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Gallery / Sage Press, June 23, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts
In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.

Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.

In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.

What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it.

Emily Temple

The Lightness
William Morrow, June 16, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts
"The Lightness could be the love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French, but its savage, glittering magic is all Emily Temple’s own." —Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists 

A Most Anticipated Novel by Elle • WSJ. Magazine • Glamour • Bustle • Buzzfeed • The Millions The Philadelphia Inquirer • Publishers Weekly • Literary Hub • Electric Literature and more!

A stylish, stunningly precise, and suspenseful meditation on adolescent desire, female friendship, and the female body that shimmers with rage, wit, and fierce longing—an audacious, darkly observant, and mordantly funny literary debut for fans of Emma Cline, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Jenny Offill.

One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure and to escape her overbearing mother—a woman as grounded as her father is mercurial—Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.

Once there, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, which Olivia refers to as “Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls”. Soon, she finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined to transcend their circumstances, by any means necessary. Led by the elusive and beautiful Serena, and her aloof, secretive acolytes, Janet and Laurel, the girls decide this is the summer they will finally achieve enlightenment—and learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness.

But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body—and a girl—is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there’s a chance not all of them will survive. Set over the course of one fateful summer that unfolds like a fever dream, The Lightness juxtaposes fairy tales with quantum physics, cognitive science with religious fervor, and the passions and obsessions of youth with all of these, to explore concepts as complex as faith and as simple as loving people—even though you don’t, and can’t, know them at all.

David Wragg

The Black Hawks
Articles of Faith 1
Harper Voyager, June 2, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts
Dark, thrilling, and hilarious, The Black Hawks is an epic adventure perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.

Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home.

When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath.

All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins.

With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.

Prepare to join the Black Hawks.
The View From Monday - June 22, 20202020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2020 Debuts2020 Debut Author Challenge - June 2020 Debuts

Report "The Qwillery"

Are you sure you want to report this post for ?