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The View From Monday - July 6, 2020


It is the first Monday in July 2020.

There is one debut this week:

The Bright Lands by John Fram.

The View From Monday - July 6, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is out in Trade Paperback;

The Name of All Things (Chorus of Dragons 2) by Jenn Lyons is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Every Sky a Grave (The Ascendance 1) by Jay Posey.

The View From Monday - July 6, 2020The View From Monday - July 6, 2020
The View From Monday - July 6, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - July 6, 2020



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

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



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



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



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

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

July 2020 Releases


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




July 2020 Releases



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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 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 2019 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 August 31, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite August 2019 Debut Cover!
 
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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover design by Larry Rostant





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover art by Micaela Dawn





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover design by Francesca Corsini





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Jacket design and illustration by Jarrod Taylor





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Jacket art by Ryan Pancoast
Jacket design by Katie Anderson





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August Debuts
Cover art by Gemma Sheldrake

Interview with Kira Jane Buxton, author of Hollow Kingdom


Please welcome Kira Jane Buxton to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Hollow Kingdom is published on August 6, 2019 by Grand Central Publishing.



Interview with Kira Jane Buxton, author of Hollow Kingdom




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Kira:  Thank you so much for having me! As a child, the very first short story I ever wrote was about an overweight dragon. I may have peaked too soon.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Kira:  I’m definitely a hybrid of the two—a plotser or a panter maybe. I tend to try to adhere to a basic plot outline, but then veer off to uncharted territory and follow characters I didn’t give permission to take over the page. One of the main characters from Hollow Kingdom—Big Jim—was actually supposed to be a little boy, but he just burst onto the first page in all his gutsy glory and there wasn’t much I could do about it. Writers only think they’re in charge of a story.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kira:  It’s usually being patient enough to hone in on the idea before starting to write. I also tend to get in my own way. When I relax and have fun with it all, I tend to do my best writing. The other most challenging thing about writing is stopping. I live to write, but am starting to become a bit comma shaped. Thankfully, Ewok (my dog, a Brussels griffon) reminds me to get up and go for regular walks.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Kira:  I love to spend time outside each day. Here in Seattle, we’re so fortunate to live amongst some very beautiful trees—fir, cedar, pine, birch, alder. Trees, like books, change brain chemistry, and I feel it’s a privilege to be near them. I have befriended two wild crows who visit me every day, and also spend time with a feisty charm of hummingbirds. Time in nature or reading about nature tends to spark that creative light for me.



TQDescribe Hollow Kingdom using only 5 words.

Kira:  Crude crow must save world



TQTell us something about Hollow Kingdom that is not found in the book description.

Kira:  The main narrator is a crow named Shit Turd (S.T. the crowtagonist), so we have his bird’s eye view of what’s happening to humanity, but there are also interstitial chapters from various animals around the world. I wanted to explore the minds of animals, but also to have a global view of what the apocalypse might look like. I grew up in Asia and the Middle East, so my wanting to explore more of the world in my writing was probably inevitable.



TQWhat inspired you to write Hollow Kingdom?

Kira:  I adore crows and had wanted to write about them for a long time without knowing how. I was driving when I finally got the idea. “What if a crow is telling the story of what happened to our species? What if a crow is talking about our extinction?” I’ve always loved animals, humor, and been an advocate for conservation, so I’d say Hollow Kingdom is the conflation of my passions.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Hollow Kingdom?

Kira:  I loved researching animal and tree facts for Hollow Kingdom. I read so many delicious non-fiction books about the natural world, from Peter Wohlleben’s The Secret Live of Trees, to Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of An Octopus, David George Haskell’s The Songs of Trees, The Wisdom of Wolves by Jamie and Jim Dutcher, Jennifer Ackerman’s The Genius of Birds, the list goes on. What I found that anything I fabricated or embellished wasn’t half as fascinating and exciting as what’s happening all around us in nature.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Hollow Kingdom.

Kira:  Jarrod Taylor did the gorgeous cover art for Hollow Kingdom. He absolutely nailed it. The periphery of the jacket has a nod to the Himalayan blackberry takeover, and the Seattle skyline features prominently underneath S.T. the crow. One of my favorite things is the purple markings on S.T. that represent rain falling down onto the Space Needle and the skyline. Dennis the bloodhound is on the spine of the novel, which is perfect. Also, I am utterly obsessed with cephalopods, and on the back of the jacket is the most beautiful rendering of one. It would make a beautiful tattoo.



TQIn Hollow Kingdom who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Kira:  One of the easiest characters to write was S.T., the crow. Perhaps because it took me so long to figure out what shape this book would take, and perhaps because I spend a lot of time with crows and get to enjoy their varied personalities and many antics. My female crow friend inspired a lot of S.T.’s behavior and character. The hardest was trying to write from the perspective of a hummingbird. I sat for ages trying to “hear” a voice, which ended up being a Highland cow (again, I’m not in control very often).



TQDoes Hollow Kingdom touch on any social issues?

Kira:  At its heart, Hollow Kingdom is an environmental parable and my love letter to the natural world. My hope is that readers remember to look up and enjoy the sky and listen to what the birds are saying. To notice that everything around us is communicating. I know there have been periods of my life where I’ve been so busy, I’ve forgotten to engage with nature, and I don’t want that to happen again. I hope that as a species, we can reconnect with the natural world and remember that we share our home with many incredible creatures.



TQWhich question about Hollow Kingdom do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Kira:  Oooh! I love this! “Are the animals based on the real personalities of animals you know?” Many of them are. Genghis Cat is based upon one of my own cats. Others are based on animals I’ve had encounters with either at my first job (I was a volunteer at a zoo as a child when I lived in Indonesia) or at some point in my life. To quote a line from the book, “Life isn’t the same once you know just how deeply a tree feels.” I think that applies to close encounters with all living things. My life has been touched and changed for the better by the wonderful creatures I’ve met.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Hollow Kingdom.

Kira:

“The trees hum and sing to one another, breathing love and story. They cannot run.”


“You can fuck off now. I have nothing more to say to you.” (Genghis Cat speaking the language of felines everywhere)



TQWhat's next?

Kira:  I think our vociferous little crow still has more to say! I love exploring the minds of animals, so I hope I get to stay in this world a little longer.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kira:  Thank you so much for having me and for these wonderfully refreshing questions!





Hollow Kingdom
Grand Central Publishing, August 6, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Kira Jane Buxton, author of Hollow Kingdom
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.





About Kira

Interview with Kira Jane Buxton, author of Hollow Kingdom
Kira Jane Buxton’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle, Washington, home and spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband.

Website  ~  Twitter @KiraJaneWrites  ~  Facebook

The View From Monday - August 5, 2019


Happy first Monday in August!

There are two debuts this week:

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton;

and

Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra 1) by Brian Naslund.

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From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Magebane (Age of Dread 3 ) by Stephen Aryan;

The Great Faerie Strike by Spencer Ellsworth;

The Dragon Republic (Poppy War 2) by R. F. Kuang;

and

The Darwin Strain (An R. J. MacCready Novel 3) by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch.

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The View From Monday - August 5, 2019



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

August 5, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Marked Prince (e) M.A. Grant DF - The Darkest Court 2
The Desert Raven (e) Peggy A. Wheeler PM



August 6, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magebane Stephen Aryan F - Age of Dread 3
Xeelee: Redemption Stephen Baxter SF/SO/AC
Vallista (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Vlad 15
Witchy Kingdom D.J. Butler HistF
Hollow Kingdom (D) Kira Jane Buxton Animals/LF/F/HU/SF/AP/PA
The New Achilles Christian Cameron Hist - Commander
Reticence Gail Carriger Gaslamp/HistF/RF/P - Custard Protocol 4
Monster Hunter Guardian Larry Correia
Sarah A. Hoyt
UF - Monster Hunter 7
The Gossamer Mage Julie E. Czerneda F/DF
Cry Pilot Joel Dane SF - Cry Pilot 1
Hour of the Horde (ri) Gordon R. Dickson SF
Bone Driven Hailey Edwards UF - Foundling 2
The Great Faerie Strike Spencer Ellsworth FairyT/SP/F
Dark Sentinel (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 32
Bursts of Fire Susan Forest F - Addicted to Heaven 1
The Horus Heresy: The Burden of Loyalty Laurie Goulding (Ed) SF - Horus Heresy 48
Serpentine (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton P/UF/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 26
Raging Storm Markus Heitz F
The Orion Trilogy Darius Hinks F - Warhammer Chronicles
The Man Who Wouldn't Die A. B. Jewell M/Neo-Noir
Clash of Empires Ben Kane Hist - Clash of Empires 2
Terra Nova: The Wars of Liberation Tom Kratman (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Dragon Republic R. F. Kuang HistF - Poppy War 2
Sing Your Sadness Deep Laura Mauro DF/SS
Blood of an Exile (D) Brian Naslund F - Dragons of Terra 1
The Spirit Thomas Page Occ/UF - Paperbacks from Hell
The Shattered Trident Richard Phillips F - Endarian Prophecy 4
First Cosmic Velocity Zach Powers LF/Hist/AH
The Hotel Neversink Adam O'Fallon Price FL/Jewish
The Darwin Strain Bill Schutt
J. R. Finch
Th - An R. J. MacCready Novel 3
Kingmaker Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F/SP - The Dragon Corsairs 3
Worldshaper (tp2mm) Edward Willett F - Worldshapers 1
The Ember Blade (h2tp) Chris Wooding F - The Darkwater Legacy 1



August 8, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tolkien's Library: An Annotated Checklist Oronzo Cilli HC



August 9, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Monkey Farm (e) S.A. Check Occ/GenEng/H



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
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 & Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HL - Hispanic and Latino
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Westerns

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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts



2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


There are 9 debut novels for August.

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

The August 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 August cover for the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15, 2019.



Eugen Bacon

Claiming T-Mo
Meerkat Press, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this lush interplanetary tale, Novic is an immortal Sayneth priest who flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. This act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe. Named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy’s lifetime — from his early years with his mother Silhouette on planet Grovea to his travels to Earth where he meets and marries Salem, and together they bear a hybrid named Myra. The story unfolds through the eyes of these three distinctive women: Silhouette, Salem and Myra. As they confront their fears and navigate the treacherous paths to love and accept T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus urges them to unbearable choices that threaten their very existence.





Troy Carrol Bucher

Lies of Descent
Fallen God's War 1
DAW, August 20, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this compelling fantasy from a debut author, two young people must unite two warring cultures to banish the gods who destroyed their homeland.

The Fallen Gods’ War drove the remnants of a victorious army across the ocean in search of a new homeland. A thousand years later, the lifeless continent of Draegora is largely forgotten, a symbol for the regiments that remain. Demons to some. Protectors to others. The power of their god-touched blades has forged a nation, though many resent their absolute control.

Riam and Nola are unknowing descendants of the old world. When it’s discovered they carry enough Draegoran blood to serve in the regiments, they are dragged away from their families to begin training. If they survive, they will be expected to enforce the laws of the covenant, to fight the Esharii tribesmen who raid along the border, and to be judge, jury, and executioners for those accused of crimes.

For Riam, who welcomes his escape from an abusive father, the power to protect those who cannot defend themselves is alluring. For Nola, who wishes to return home, it is a betrayal by all she holds dear.

Neither is given a choice…and neither may ever get the chance to serve.

Lies of Descent begins an epic trilogy of fallen gods, betrayal, and magic—where dark motives often dwell within the true and just, and where the things most feared sometimes lead to salvation.





Kira Jane Buxton

Hollow Kingdom
Grand Central Publishing, August 6, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.





Sarah Davis-Goff

Last Ones Left Alive
Flatiron Books, August 27, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
“Combines the spare poetry of The Road with the dizzying pace of 28 Days Later.Jennie Melamed, author Gather the Daughters

“A riveting novel.” Eowyn Ivey, bestselling author of The Snow Child
Remember your just-in-cases. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.

Raised in isolation by her mother and Maeve on a small island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around training to fight a threat she’s never seen. More and more she feels the call of the mainland, and the prospect of finding other survivors.

But that is where danger lies, too, in the form of the flesh-eating menace known as the skrake.

Then disaster strikes. Alone, pushing an unconscious Maeve in a wheelbarrow, Orpen decides her last hope is abandoning the safety of the island and journeying across the country to reach the legendary banshees, the rumored all-female fighting force that battles the skrake.

But the skrake are not the only threat…

Sarah Davis-Goff's Last Ones Left Alive is a brilliantly original imagining of a young woman's journey to discover her true identity.





Zach Fehst

American Magic: A Thriller
Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment, August 20, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In this fast-paced, international thriller, chaos erupts after a shadowy figure with ties to an elite and ancient society posts incantations on the dark web that allow people to perform real magic.

When an enigmatic message uploaded to the dark web turns out to contain an ancient secret giving regular people the power to do impossible things, like levitate cars or make themselves invisible, American government officials panic. They know the demo videos on YouTube and instructions for incantations could turn from fantastical amusement to dangerous weapon at the drop of the hat, and they scramble to keep the information out of the wrong hands.

They tap Ben Zolstra, an ex-CIA field operative whose history with the Agency is conflicted at best, to lead the team that’s racing to contain the dangerous knowledge—and track down the mysterious figure behind the leak who threatens that even more dangerous spells will be released one by one until the world as we know it no longer exists.

This sweeping, globe-spanning thriller explores the dark consequences of a question mankind has been asking for centuries: What if magic were real?





Keren Landsman

The Heart of the Circle
Angry Robot, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love, in this extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman.

Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolised and now exploited for their powers. In Israel, the Sons of Simeon, a group of religious extremists, persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye. After a march for equal rights ends in brutal murder, empath, moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target. While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers, Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love. As the battle for survival grows ever more personal, can Reed protect himself and his friends as the Sons of Simeon close in around them?

File Under: Fantasy [ Love Squared | Stuck in the Margins | Emotional Injection | Fight the Power ]





Brian Naslund

Blood of an Exile
Dragons of Terra 1
Tor Books, August 6, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
First in the Dragons of Terra series, Brian Naslund's Blood of an Exile is a fast-paced adventure perfect for comic readers and fans of heroic fantasy

Bershad was supposed to die...

When he was caught trying to assassinate a fellow noble, Flawless Bershad was given a death sentence. Fight monsters so that he would die serving the kingdom. But Bershad can’t die.

He’s never lost a fight, the most successful dragon slayer in history but marked as a doomed man, Bershad stands apart from the world. But that is about to change.

The man who sentenced Bershad to his fate has just given him an out. Kill a king and walk free forever. But Bershad could not care less about the fates of kings and kingdoms, until, that is, he discovers he is the only person able to save an innocent child and, possibly, the life of every creature in Terra.





Temi Oh

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Gallery / Saga Press, August 13, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook,544 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
When an Earth-like planet is discovered, a team of six teens, along with three veteran astronauts, embark on a twenty-year trip to set up a planet for human colonization—but find that space is more deadly than they ever could have imagined.

Have you ever hoped you could leave everything behind?
Have you ever dreamt of a better world?
Can a dream sustain a lifetime?


A century ago, an astronomer discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star. She predicted that one day humans would travel there to build a utopia. Today, ten astronauts are leaving everything behind to find it. Four are veterans of the twentieth century’s space-race.

And six are teenagers who’ve trained for this mission most of their lives.

It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years locked in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong.

And something always goes wrong.





Andrew Skinner

Steel Frame
Solaris, August 27 , 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Epic tale of giant-robot battles, built around a personal story of redemption and healing.

FLY HARD
Rook is a jockey, a soldier trained and modified to fly ‘shells,’ huge robots that fight for the outer regions of settled space. When her shell is destroyed and her squad killed, Rook is imprisoned, left stranded, scarred and broken. Hollow and helpless without her steel frame, she’s ready to call it quits.

When her cohort of prisoners are sold into indenture to NorCol, a vast frontier corporation, Rook’s given another shell – a near-decrepit Juno, as broken as she is and decades older – and sent to a rusting bucket of a ship on the end of known space to patrol something called “the Eye,” a strange, unnerving permanent storm in space.

Where something is stirring...
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