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The View From Monday - May 4, 2020


It's the first Monday in May. May the 4th be with you!


There are 2 debuts this week:

The Down Days by Ilze Hugo;

and

Vanishing Hour by Lisa King.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Westside Saints (A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2) by W. M. Akers;

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey is out in Trade Paperback;

Berlin is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original (Wild Cards) by Marko Kloos;

and

Goldilocks by Laura Lam.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Barnes & Noble page.



The View From Monday - May 4, 2020



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

May 5, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Westside Saints W.M. Akers HistF - A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2
Soul Chasers: The Decomposition Comedy Rachel Armstrong F/HU
The Human Neal Asher SF/SO - Rise of the Jain 3
Penric's Travels Lois McMaster Bujold F
Rotherweird (h2tp) Andrew Caldecott HistF/P/CF - Rotherweird 1
Call It Magic Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls Romance 7
House of Secrets Darcy Coates H/F/Occ/Sup - House of Shadows
House of Shadows Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/Gothic - House of Shadows
The Folcroft Ghosts Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Shadow Flight Christine Feehan PNR - Shadow Riders 5
The Shaman of Karres Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF - Witches of Karres 4
Magic for Liars (h2tp) Sarah Gailey CF/Sus
An Easy Death (h2tp) Charlaine Harris DF - Gunnie Rose 1
The Down Days (D) Ilze Hugo SF/AP/PA/CF/WS
A Brightness Long Ago (h2tp) Guy Gavriel Kay Hist/LF
Lake of Darkness Scott Kenemore SF
Vanishing Hour: A Novel of a Man, a Girl, and the End of the World Lisa King SF/AP/PA/LF/Dys
The Eleventh Gate Nancy Kress SF/SO
Steel Crow Saga (h2tp) Paul Krueger F
Goldilocks Laura Lam SF/SE/Dys/AP/PA
The Kingdom of Liars (e) Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Strange Hotel Eimear McBride LF/CW/VisM
Driving the Deep Suzanne Palmer SF/SO/AC - The Finder Chronicles 2
Orange World and Other Stories (h2tp) Karen Russell LF/SS/VisM
Lock Every Door (h2tp) Riley Sager Sus/PsyTh/H
Little Eyes Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell (Tr)
Psy/LF/VisM
Light from Other Stars (h2tp) Erika Swyler CoA/FL/LF/SF/SE
A Fire Upon The Deep (ri) Vernor Vinge SF/HSF/SE/AC - Zones of Thought 1
Network Effect Martha Wells SF/HSF - Murderbot Diaries 5



May 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Berlin Is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original (e) Marko Kloos SH/SF - Wild Cards
Dark Angels Rising Ian Whates SO/SF - Dark Angels 3



May 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Command Performance: the Amazing Conroy Omnibus Edition Lawrence M. Schoen Satire/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
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
CM - Crime and Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
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
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
Phil - Philosophy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

May 2020 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in May 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.



May 2020 Releases



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

May 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Girl From Nowhere James Maxwell SF/SE - Firewall Trilogy 1
The Best of Both Worlds S. P. Miskowski H



May 5, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Westside Saints W.M. Akers HistF - A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2
Soul Chasers: The Decomposition Comedy Rachel Armstrong F/HU
The Human Neal Asher SF/SO - Rise of the Jain 3
Penric's Travels Lois McMaster Bujold F
Rotherweird (h2tp) Andrew Caldecott HistF/P/CF - Rotherweird 1
Call It Magic Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls Romance 7
House of Secrets Darcy Coates H/F/Occ/Sup - House of Shadows
House of Shadows Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/Gothic - House of Shadows
The Folcroft Ghosts Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Shadow Flight Christine Feehan PNR - Shadow Riders 5
The Shaman of Karres Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF - Witches of Karres 4
Magic for Liars (h2tp) Sarah Gailey CF/Sus
An Easy Death (h2tp) Charlaine Harris DF - Gunnie Rose 1
The Down Days (D) Ilze Hugo SF/AP/PA/CF/WS
A Brightness Long Ago (h2tp) Guy Gavriel Kay Hist/LF
Lake of Darkness Scott Kenemore SF
Vanishing Hour: A Novel of a Man, a Girl, and the End of the World Lisa King SF/AP/PA/LF/Dys
The Eleventh Gate Nancy Kress SF/SO
Steel Crow Saga (h2tp) Paul Krueger F
Goldilocks Laura Lam SF/SE/Dys/AP/PA
The Kingdom of Liars (e) Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Strange Hotel Eimear McBride LF/CW/VisM
Driving the Deep Suzanne Palmer SF/SO/AC - The Finder Chronicles 2
Orange World and Other Stories (h2tp) Karen Russell LF/SS/VisM
Lock Every Door (h2tp) Riley Sager Sus/PsyTh/H
Little Eyes Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell (Tr)
Psy/LF/VisM
Light from Other Stars (h2tp) Erika Swyler CoA/FL/LF/SF/SE
A Fire Upon The Deep (ri) Vernor Vinge SF/HSF/SE/AC - Zones of Thought 1
Network Effect Martha Wells SF/HSF - Murderbot Diaries 5



May 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Berlin Is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original (e) Marko Kloos SH/SF - Wild Cards
Dark Angels Rising Ian Whates SO/SF - Dark Angels 3



May 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Command Performance: the Amazing Conroy Omnibus Edition Lawrence M. Schoen Satire/SF



May 12, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stealing Thunder (D) Alina Boyden F
Bone Harvest (e) James Brogden H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Endland Tim Etchells LF/Dys/SS/BlHu
In/Half (h2tp) Jasmin B. Frelih SF
Unreconciled W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/SO - Donovan  4
Queen of the Unwanted Jenna Glass F - The Women's War 2
Armageddon House Michael Griffin Dys/H
The Porpoise (h2tp) Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR -  Contemporaries
Ten Thousand Doors of January (h2tp) Alix E. Harrow MR/CoA/HistF/RF
Vaults Of Obsidian Darius Hinks SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
T.I.M.E Stories: The Heiden File (e) Christophe Lambert SF/TT/MTI
Even the Dogs Jon McGregor MR/GH/STR/LF
My Mother's House (D) Francesca Momplaisir MR/CH/LF
Shakespeare For Squirrels Christopher Moore F/HU
Aleph Extraction (e) Dan Moren SF/SO/HSF
The Anthill Julianne Pachico LF/H
Firewalkers Adrian Tchaikovsky SF
Catherine House (D) Elisabeth Thomas LF
Sky of Water Stacey L. Tucker F/RF/CW/MR/VisM - Equal Night Trilogy 3
Gastronogeek: 42 Recipes from Your Favorite Imaginary Worlds Thibaud Villanova
Maxime Léonard
Cooking/MTI/SF/F/H
Empire of Grass (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard  2



May 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Benjamin 2073: A Tor.com Original (e) Rjurik Davidson SF
Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (ri) P. D. Ouspensky VisM/Occ/Sup/Phil



May 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Time of Changes (ri) Robert Silverberg SF



May 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gender and Environment in Science Fiction (h2tp) Christy Tidwell (Ed)
Bridgette Barclay (Ed)
PopCul/SF/HC - Ecocritical Theory and Practice
The Cold Last Swim Junior Burke Noir/AH
Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television Brian E. Crim Holocaust/LC/PerfArts/SF/F/H/Sup
In Our Own Worlds #2: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas (e) JY Neon Yang
Kai Ashante Wilson
Margaret Killjoy
Ellen Klages
F



May 19, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People Andrea D. Lobel (Ed)
Mark Shainblum (Ed)
AH/Anthology
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg SS/LF/SF
Gather the Fortunes (h2tp) Bryan Camp CF - A Crescent City Novel
Maker's Curse Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 4
The Andromeda Evolution (h2mm) Michael Crichton
Daniel H. Wilson
SF
Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here Nancy Wayson Dinan LF/MR/STR
Seeing Darkness Heather Graham Sus/SupTh/GH/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 30
The Humours of Grub Street Kate Heartfield HistF/DF
Boys of Alabama (D) Genevieve Hudson Gay/CoA/MR
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo (h2tp) Michael David Lukas Hist/LF/MR
Selkie Summer (e) Ken MacLeod CF
Chaos Reigning Jessie Mihalik SF/SO - Consortium Rebellion 3
Rule Rowenna Miller F/RF - Unraveled Kingdom 3
Debt of Honor Christopher G. Nuttall SF/SO - Embers of War 1
From Divergent Suns Sam Peters SF/CM - From Darkest Skies3
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky Barbara Stevenson SS/F
Latitudes of Longing (D) Shubhangi Swarup LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Impurity Larry Tremblay
Sheila Fischman (Tr)
LF/CF/PsyTh
Wanderers (h2tp) Chuck Wendig Sus/SF/AP/PA



May 20, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the Dragon's Gate: A Tor.com Original (e) Yoon Ha Lee SF



May 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The City Among the Stars Francis Carsac
Judith Sullivan (Tr)
M. Schiff (Tr)
SF/SO/SE - Fiction Without Frontiers
Tomb of Gods Brian Moreland HistF/SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Until Summer Comes Around Glenn Rolfe SupTh/Occ/Sup - Fiction Without Frontiers



May 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sea Change Nancy Kress SF/GenEng/Esp/Dys/AP/PA



May 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Weight of the Heart Susana Aikin Sagas/CW/MR
Doctor Who: Scratchman (h2tp) Tom Baker SF
The Order Mark Barber F
Witchy Kingdom (h2mm) D. J. Butler HistF
The Bone Mother (ri) David Demchuk DF
To Clear Away the Shadows (h2mm) David Drake SF/SO - RCN 13
Out of Body Jeffrey Ford DF/H
Marque of Caine (tp2mm) Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 5
Lion El'Jonson: Lord of the First David Guymer SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs
The Notch Tom Holland H
Feeling Less Wrong Kolin Jordan MR/SS
The Winter Sea (ri) Susanna Kearsley TTR/Hist/MR
The Fiery Crown Jeffe Kennedy FR - Forgotten Empires 2
Ballistic Marko Kloos SF/SO - Palladium Wars 2
Unraveling (h2tp) Karen Lord F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Sunshield Emily B. Martin F
Elves Graham McNeill F - Warhammer Chronicles
Predator: Stalking Shadows James A. Moore MTI/SF/AC
Quichotte (h2tp) Salman Rushdie LF/Sagas/MR
Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution P. W. Singer
August Cole
TechTh
Night of the Billionaire Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 3
Wolf Under Fire Paige Tyler PNR - STAT 1
Age of Empyre Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 6
War (h2mm) Michelle West F/FR - House War 8



May 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Tourist: A Tor.com Original (e) Alex Sherman SF/SE



May 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bells (Ke) Lisa Quigley Occ/H - Rewind or Die 8
The Kelping (Ke) Jan Stinchcomb DF/H - Rewind or Die 9



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
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
CM - Crime and Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
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
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
Phil - Philosophy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works for May 2020 by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nigel Foster (2017)

Revelations
Netherspace 3
Titan Books, May 12, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The epic SF trilogy concludes with a mind-blowing exploration of space as the truth of the Originators is revealed and the future of humanity is decided amongst the stars; a fate forged deep in the secret history of our past.

Pre-cog:
the ability to visualise a future outcome and how to achieve or avoid it. It is thought by some to be associated with quantum entanglement and possibility/probability fields.
Pre-cog based societies dislike any form of change. Their over-riding instinct is to control or destroy anything that affects the status quo.
This includes creativity in all its forms.

It wasn’t much of an army to save Earth from alien, pre-cog domination. Only three people: an heiress, a sociopathic artist and their leader, a female licensed assassin. But time has run out. The artificial intelligences - alien artefacts - that run Earth and its colonies are going mad. Long held human grudges, suspicions and fears have erupted in violence throughout the world.

Earth’s own pre-cogs have seen the trio victorious…maybe. For Kara Jones, the assassin, it is a time of chaos made worse by the absence of Tatia Nerein, the heiress now warrior who is following her own dangerous path across alien worlds, and Marc Keislack, who stepped into netherspace, the dimension that allows star travel. Kara searches for a way to snatch her people back from a hostile galaxy even as she is assailed by doubts. But loyalty is everything and she will sacrifice anything to find her comrades and complete a mission she barely understands.

And ultimately discover the truth about the aliens…a revelation no greater than the truth she learns about herself.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Netherspace 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Netherspace 2





Marko Kloos (2014)

Berlin Is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original
A Wild Cards Story
Tor Books, May 6, 2020
eBook, 56 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
For over 25 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history. "Berlin is Never Berlin" by Marko Kloos draws upon the seedier side of the city, beyond the dance club lights and all-night parties, as one bodyguard with a certain feline distinction goes on the prowl....

Khan only had one job: chauffuer and guard an American weathly socialite and her friends. When his client Natalie Scuderi gets nabbed by the Georgian mafia, this joker-ace has no choice but to go underground and rescue her.

"Losing the man’s daughter on the job would be a fatal black mark on his professional resume. Khan had never lost a client, and he wasn’t about to start a habit."

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.




Ballistic
The Palladium Wars 2
47North, May 26, 2020
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 318 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
“I gulped down Ballistic in one long read, staying awake half the night, and now I want the next one!” —George R. R. Martin

There is a personal price to pay for having aligned with the wrong side in a reckless war. For Aden Jansen it’s the need to adopt a new identity while keeping his past hidden. Now he’s integrated himself aboard the Zephyr, a merchant ship smuggling critical goods through dangerous space. But danger is imminent on planet Gretia, as well. Under occupation, torn between postwar reformers and loyalists, it’s a polestar for civil unrest.

Meanwhile an occupation forces officer is pulled right back into the fray when the battle alarm is raised, an ambitious heiress is entangled in a subversive political conspiracy, and an Allied captain is about to meet the enemy head-on.

As Aden discovers, the insurgents on Gretia—and in space—are connected, organized, and ready to break into full-scale rebellion. History is threatening to repeat itself. It’s time that Aden rediscovers who he is, whom he can trust, and what he must fight for now.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The Palladium Wars 1





Laura Lam (2016)

Goldilocks
Orbit, May 5, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A gripping science fiction thriller where five women task themselves with ensuring the survival of the human race; perfect for readers of The Martian, The Power, and Station Eleven.

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.

It's humanity's last hope for survival, and Naomi, Valerie's surrogate daughter and the ship's botanist, has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity like this - to step out of Valerie's shadow and really make a difference.

But when things start going wrong on the ship, Naomi begins to suspect that someone on board is concealing a terrible secret - and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .

Goldilocks is The Handmaid's Tale meets The Martian - a bold and thought-provoking new high-concept thriller.

The View From Monday - June 19, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

The View From Monday - June 19, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The End of Ordinary by Edward Ashton;

Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Kangaroo Too (Kangaroo 2) by Curtis C. Chen;

Empire of Time (New Pompeii 2) by Daniel Godfrey;

Dark Immolation (Chaos Queen 2) by Christopher Husberg;

Shattered Minds (Pacifica 2) by Laura Lam;

Run Program by Scott Meyer;

and

You Die When You Die (West of West 1) by Angus Watson.

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



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June 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Two Wizard Roulette (e) Joshua Bader UF - Modern Knights 2
Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods (e) Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine



June 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legacy of the Wulfen David Annandale
Robbie MacNiven
SF - Space Wolves
Lemartes David Annandale SF - Space Marine Legends 5
The End of Ordinary (e) Edward Ashton SF/GenEng
Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories Michael Bishop SF - Collection
Kangaroo Too Curtis C. Chen SF/Th - Kangaroo 2
The Parthenon Bomber Christos Chrissopoulos
John Cullen (Tr)
AH/LF
Seek and Destroy William C. Dietz SH/SF - America Rising 2
Power Game (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR/SupTh/GenEng - GhostWalkers 13
Calabash (e) Christopher Fowler F
Psychoville (e) Christopher Fowler H
Disturbia (e) Christopher Fowler H/Th
Spanky (e) Christopher Fowler H
Roofworld (e) Christopher Fowler H
Red Gloves, Volumes I & II (e) Christopher Fowler M/H/F - Collection
Empire of Time Daniel Godfrey SF/TT/AH - New Pompeii 2
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (D) Theodora Goss F
Transformation James Gunn SF/SO - The Transcendental Machine 3
Crimson Death (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton P/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 25
Perilous Prophecy Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/SP - Strangely Beautiful 2
The Management Style of the Supreme Beings Tom Holt F/HU
Dark Immolation Christopher Husberg F/DF - Chaos Queen 2
Warrior of Fire Shona Husk PNR - Blood and Silver 2
Mapping the Interior Stephen Graham Jones H
The Silent Corner Dean Koontz Sus/Psy
Shattered Minds Laura Lam SF/Th/GenEng/CyberP - Pacifica 2
Veiled Threat Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 7
Run Program Scott Meyer SF/HU
The Asylum of Dr. Caligari James Morrow Absurdist
The Last Good Man (e) Linda Nagata SF
A Gathering of Ravens Scott Oden HistF
Rig Jon Wallace SF/Th - Kenstibec
You Die When You Die Angus Watson DF - West of West 1
Dark Titan Journey: Finally Home Thomas A. Watson SF/AP/PA - Dark Titan 3



June 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The White-Throated Transmigrant: A Tor.Com Original E. Lily Yu DF
The Heresy Within (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 1
The Colour of Vengeance (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 2
The Price of Faith (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 3



June 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come to Dust Bracken MacLeod 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
tp - Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

The View From Monday - May 29, 2017


Happy last Monday in May!

There is one debut this week:

The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Injection Burn (Dire Earth Cycle) by Jason M. Hough;

False Hearts by Laura Lam is out in Trade Paperback;

Arabella of Mars (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1) by David D. Levine in out in Mass Market Paperback (Arabella of Mars just won a Nebula Award - the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.);

Escapology by Ren Warom is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Invasive by Chuck Wendig is out in Mass Market Paperback. (Like ants? You might not after reading Invasive. Scared of ants? Then this is the stuff of nightmares.).

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



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

May 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gena Showalter Atlantis Series Complete Collection: Heart of the Dragon\Jewel of Atlantis\The Nymph King\The Vampire's Bride\The Amazon's Curse (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis



May 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lost Lake (tp2mm) Sarah Addison Allen CW/MR
White Hot Ilona Andrews PNR - Hidden Legacy 2
Cherished (e) Christina Bauer DF - Beholder 3
Lightning in the Blood Marie Brennan F - Varekai 2
Ghosts of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 2
Protected Lauren Dane PNR - Diablo Lake 2
Burn For Me Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire 1
Shadow Reaper Christine Feehan PNR - Shadow Riders 2
The Damned Trilogy: A Call to Arms, The False Mirror, and The Spoils of War (e) Alan Dean Foster SF/GenEng
The Traveler (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
Dying Breath Heather Graham PNR - Krewe of Hunters 21
Blaze: A Dragon Romance Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 11
Blaze: Volume 4: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Feedback (h2mm) Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh 4
Injection Burn Jason M. Hough SF - The Dire Earth Cycle 4
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series (h2tp) Robert Jordan
Harriet McDougal
Alan Romanczuk
Maria Simons
LC/SF/F - Wheel of Time
Skeleton Crew: Stories (tp2mm) Stephen King Sus
The Hidden Icon Jillian Kuhlmann F - Book of Icons 1
The Dread Goddess Jillian Kuhlmann F - Book of Icons 2
False Hearts (h2tp) Laura Lam SF/Th/GenEng
Arabella of Mars (h2mm) David D. Levine AH/HistF/F - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
The White Road Sarah Lotz Th
Nymphs Sari Luhtanen
Miikko Oikkonen
FR
The Dinosaur Knights (h2mm) Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Bones of the Past (D) Craig A. Munro F/DF
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices (e) Yvonne Navarro DF/P - Supernatural
Desperate Fire Christopher G. Nuttall SF - Angel in the Whirlwind 4
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz (tp2mm) Kerryn Offord
Rick Boatright
AH - Ring of Fire 21
Mormama Kit Reed P/Sup/Gothic
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (h2tp) Anne Rice Occ/Sup/Th - Vampire Chronicles 12
Black Tide Rising (h2mm) John Ringo
Gary Poole
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 5
Lily and the Octopus (h2tp) Steven Rowley LF
Extinction Horizon Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 1
The High Ground (tp2mm) Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials Saga 1
Dark Moon Rising (ri) James M. Thompson H
Fallout: The Hot War (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH/SF - The Hot War 2
Spectacle Rachel Vincent LF/CF - The Menagerie Series 2
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn Chris Vola H/SupTh
Hearts and Minds Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Escapology (tp2mm) Ren Warom SF/CyP
Invasive (h2mm) Chuck Wendig TechTh



May 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the Gates of Antares: Open Signal Brandon Rospond (Ed) SF - Beyond Antares
The Dispatcher John Scalzi SF



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent and upcoming novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Laura Lam (2016)

Shattered Minds
A Pacifica Novel
Tor Books, June 20, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Johnny Mnemonic meets a female Dexter in Laura Lam's new speculative thriller, set in the near-future SF world of False Hearts

Carina used to be one of the best biohackers in Pacifica. But when she worked for Sudice and saw what the company's experiments on brain recording were doing to their subjects, it disturbed her—especially because she found herself enjoying giving pain and contemplating murder. She quit and soon grew addicted to the drug Zeal, spending most of her waking moments in a horror-filled dream world where she could act out her depraved fantasies without actually hurting anyone.

One of her trips is interrupted by strange flashing images and the brutal murder of a young girl. Even in her drug-addicted state, Carina knows it isn’t anything she created in the Zealscape. On her next trip, she discovers that an old coworker from Sudice, Max, sent her these images before he was killed by the company. Encrypted within the images are the clues to his murder, plus information strong enough to take down the international corporation.

Carina's next choice will transform herself, San Francisco, and possibly the world itself.





Yoon Ha Lee (2016)

Extracurricular Activities
A Tor.com Original
Tor Books, February 15, 2017
eBook, 32 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A space opera adventure set in a distant future where an undercover agent has to go behind enemy lines to recover a lost ship and a possible traitor.


Raven Stratagem
Machineries of Empire 2
Solaris, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Captain Kel Cheris is possessed by a long-dead traitor general. Together they must face the rivalries of the hexarchate and a potentially devastating invasion.

When the hexarchate's gifted young captain Kel Cheris summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment – and possessing her.

Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev's fleet, which was tasked with stopping them. Only one of Khiruev's subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.





Michael Poore (2012)

Reincarnation Blues
Del Rey, August 22, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In the tradition of Cloud Atlas comes a wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try? 

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.

Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he’ll never have to leave her side again.

But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle—if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut’s, Michael Poore’s Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it’s more than Milo and Suzie’s story. It’s your story, too.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19


This is the nineteenth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Stephen P. Kiernan (2013)

The Hummingbird
William Morrow, June 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 8, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption.

Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal, and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had.

At the same time, Deborah’s primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.

Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.





Marko Kloos (2014)

Frontlines: Requiem: The Graphic Novel
      Marko Kloos (Author)
      Ivan Brandon (Author)
      Gary Erskine (Illustrator)
      Yel Zamor (Illustrator)
Jet City Comics, August 10, 2016 (digital)
Jet City Comics, September 7, 2016 (print)
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
Collecting comic book issues #1-4, this GRAPHIC NOVEL tells a brand-new story in Marko Kloos’s FRONTLINES universe.

From acclaimed writer Ivan Brandon (Drifter, Viking), this four-issue comic book series features a new stand-alone story set within the action-packed military sci-fi world of Marko Kloos’s bestselling Frontlines novels. Includes stunning artwork from Gary Erskine (Star Wars, Dan Dare, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd).

Colonel Soraya Yamin, commander of the battle-ravaged space control cruiser Phalanx, engages the Lankies, a merciless alien species, in an apocalyptic assault over Mars. The Lankies, who have outgunned, outmaneuvered, and outfought humanity at every turn, have been menacing Earth’s colonies. But now they’re suddenly in our solar system, decimating the NACS fleet and swarming toward Earth itself. Facing insurmountable odds, Soraya must make a fateful choice between her sworn duty and the loved ones she desperately wants to protect.


Fields of Fire
Frontlines 5
47North, February 28, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

[cover image not yet available]
The time has come to take the fight to the Lankies.

Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth’s alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now.

Once again, seasoned veterans Andrew and Halley find themselves in charge of green troops and at the sharp tip of the spear as the combined military might of Earth goes up against the Lankies. But if there’s one constant in war, it’s that no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy…and the Lankies want to hold on to Mars as badly as humanity wants to reclaim it.





Mur Lafferty (2013)

Six Wakes
Orbit, January 31, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer -- before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently...


Bookburners
     Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery
Saga Press, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and Trade Paperback, 800 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
The critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic—previously released serially online by Serial Box, now available in print for the first time!

Magic is real, and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad—Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum—and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in a fast-paced, kickass character driven novel chock-full of magic, mystery, and mayhem, written collaboratively by a team of some of the best writers working in fantasy.





Jay Kristoff (2012)

Nevernight
Thomas Dunne Books, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church's halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she'll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires.

Revenge.


Illuminae
     by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Illuminae Files 1
Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 20, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.

“A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form.”Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Gemina
     by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Illuminae Files 2
Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 672 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
Brace yourself for GEMINA—the highly anticipated sequel to the book critics called “out-of-this-world awesome,”featuring journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu!

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.





Laura Lam (2016)

Pantomime
Micah Grey Trilogy 1
Pan Macmillan, February 1, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
Gene's life resembles a debutante's dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. She also displays unwanted magical abilities, last seen in mysterious beings from a long-ago age. Matters escalate when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees, dressed as a boy. The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom, not mysteries. Reinvented as Micah Grey, Gene joins the circus as an aerialist. She discovers the joy of flight, but is plagued by visions of danger.


Shadowplay
Micah Grey Trilogy 2
Pan Macmillan, March 1, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
Micah Grey almost died when he fled the circus with Drystan—now he and the ex-clown seek to outrun disaster. Drystan persuades his old friend Jasper Maske, a once-renowned magician, to take them in. But when he agrees to teach them his trade, Maske is challenged to the ultimate high-stakes duel by his embittered arch-nemesis. Micah must perfect his skills of illusion, while navigating a tender new love. An investigator is also hunting the person he once seemed to be—a noble family's runaway daughter. As the duel draws near, Micah increasingly suffers from visions showing him real magic and future terrors. Events that broke the ancient world are being replayed. But can Micah's latent powers influence this deadly pattern?


False Hearts
Tor Books, May 16, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 14, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 19
Laura Lam's adult sci-fi debut False Hearts: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.

Raised in the closed cult of Mana's Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins' home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder--the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Verve, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin's life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins' past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.
[description from Hardcover]

Interview with Laura Lam


Please welcome Laura Lam to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. False Hearts was published on June 21st by Tor Books.



Interview with Laura Lam




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

Laura:  It’s always been my dream job. I started writing in my teens, but never actually managed to finish anything until I went to uni and took some creative writing classes. I finished and workshopped some short stories and poems, and after I graduated and moved from California to Scotland, I started working on novels.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Laura:  Definitely a plotter, but my outlines are usually just a bulletpoint list of potential plot points, and I’m free to change and shift things around if I come up with better ideas down the line. The process can change somewhat from book to book, too.



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

Laura:  I still struggle with confidence, which is something I think most writers face. The first draft is often quite difficult for me because I can see all the ways the story is wrong, yet I don’t have a clear enough picture of the whole story to fix it yet. Resisting the siren call of social media is also another challenge.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Laura:  Pretty much everything. I read and watch a lot of films and television, which I’m sure all trickles through the narrative-forming part of my brain. I like to people watch, travel, and go to museums. It can be hard to pinpoint specific influences—sometimes you can figure out where you got an idea for something, and other times it’s a hybrid of a few things.



TQDescribe False Hearts in 140 characters or less.

LauraOrphan Black meets Inception. In near-future SF, Taema has to go undercover as her twin into the mob to save her sister's life.



TQTell us something about False Hearts that is not found in the book description.

Laura:  In the cult of Mana’s Hearth, everything is frozen at 1969-level technology, and they sing 1960s pop songs at their church services.



TQWhat inspired you to write False Hearts?

Laura:  I read an article about Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins who became quite famous in the vaudeville era. I started thinking about how close of a bond that would be, and how much it would eat you up if your literal other half kept a secret from you—like murder. Everything else followed from there.



TQYour previous novels, Pantomime and Shadowplay (Micah Grey 1 and 2), along with the four Vestigial Tales (stories set in the Micah Grey world) are YA Fantasy. False Hearts is both your first adult novel and your first Science Fiction novel. What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction? Do your three novels share anything thematically?

Laura:  The Micah Grey series and False Hearts both feature protagonists with atypical anatomy. Micah Grey is intersex and Taema and Tila were conjoined twins who were surgically separated. All of my books also focus a lot on the theme of identity. Micah wants to find out who he is without his family forcing him into a mould he doesn’t fit. Taema has to pretend to be her sister to find out who she truly is and what she’s made of.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for False Hearts?

Laura:  I researched both conjoined twins and identical twins. I looked at various cults and how they interacted with the outside world. I researched futuristic architecture, especially in regards to San Francisco, and kept an eye on tech magazines to see what sorts of things might come on the market over the next few decades. I researched various mobs and those who went undercover within them. I took a look at the structure of the brain, especially how memories are stored and what affects drugs have (note: I did not take drugs as part of this research). I’m a bit of a magpie for shiny facts, so research is one of my favourite parts.



TQIn False Hearts who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Laura:  Taema’s voice is, I think, fairly similar to mine. She reacts to things how I would, for the most part. Tila, on the other hand, is very different to me, but she was also fairly easy to write. In many ways, False Hearts was the easiest time I had drafting. If only all books could be so smooth at the first draft stage!



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in False Hearts?

Laura:  I think I included quite a few social issues. Pacifica is in many ways a utopia, but it also has a totalitarian aspect to it. A lot of people choose to look the other way because that’s simpler—we do it now, too. There’s a lot of pressure to conform to future San Francisco’s narrow ideas of what’s normal. A.M. Dellamonica summed it up nicely, I think, in her blurb for False Hearts:

“A taut futuristic thriller, set in a San Francisco where everybody is beautiful… and nobody is exceptional. Two unusual sisters are caught in a war for control of a society that quietly suffocates its outsiders, rebels, and the damaged. Taema and Tila are all three, and their strange past and unique bond make False Hearts a difficult book to put down.”
– A. M. Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from False Hearts.

Laura:

“When we fight, we know the perfect way to wound the other, but it’s like hitting a mirror–the glass cuts us just as deeply.”



TQWhat's next?

Laura:  I have another thriller set in Pacifica, Shattered Minds, which will be out in June 2017. It has a new cast of characters and is another standalone story. This November and December, Pantomime & Shadowplay will be re-released in paperback in the UK (though they’re out now in ebook everywhere). I also have Masquerade, the third part of the Micah Grey series, out in March 2017. I’m also working on some short stories, more novels, and a collaborative project, so I’m definitely keeping busy!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Laura:  Thank you for having me!





False Hearts
Tor Books, June 14, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Laura Lam
Laura Lam's adult sci-fi debut False Hearts: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.

Raised in the closed cult of Mana's Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins' home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder--the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin's life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins' past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.





About Laura
(From the Author's website)

Interview with Laura Lam
Photo by Elizabeth May
Laura Lam was born in the late eighties and raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

After studying literature and creative writing at university, she relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, a boy she met online when they were teenagers and he insulted her taste in books and she insulted his right back. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. She is now a dual citizen, but at times she misses the sunshine.

While working a variety of jobs from filing and photocopying endlessly at a law firm to library assistant to corporate librarian, she began writing in earnest. Her first book, "Pantomime, the first book in the Micah Grey series, was released in 2013, which was a Scottish Book Trust Teen Book of the Month, won the Bisexual Book Award, was listed a Top Ten Title for the American Library Association List, and was nominated for several other awards. Robin Hobb says “Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I’d love to be friends with . . . and some I’d never want to cross paths with.” The sequel, Shadowplay, followed in 2014, as well as the Vestigial Tales, self-published short stories and novellas set in the same world. The third book in the series, Masquerade, will follow in 2017.

Her newest book is False Hearts, a near-future thriller released in June 2016 by Tor/Macmillan and in three other languages. Peter F. Hamilton calls False Hearts “a strong debut from someone who’s clearly got what it takes.” Another thriller, Shattered Minds, will be released in 2017.

She is still hiding from sunshine in Scotland and writing more stories.


Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @LR_Lam


The View From Monday - June 13, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 6 debuts this week:

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel 1) by Genevieve Cogman;

Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy by Claire Humphrey;

False Hearts by Laura Lam;

Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire 1) by Yoon Ha Lee;

Escapology by Ren Warom;

and

Mechanical Failure (Epic Failure 1) by Joe Zieja.


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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Insides by Jeremy P. Bushnell;

Los Nefelim by T. Frohock is out in a Mass Market Paperback Omnibus Edition;

Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Stiletto (The Rook Files 2) by Daniel O'Malley.


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


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



June 13, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cheetah Wild (e) Doranna Durgin PNR
Night of the Tiger (e) Doranna Durgin PNR



June 14, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
MEG: Nightstalkers Steve Alten SupTh - MEG 5
Blood in the Water Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 11
A Cure for Suicide Jesse Ball LF/Psy/Dys
The Book of Esther Emily Barton LF/AH
The Insides Jeremy P. Bushnell F/CF
Stories of Your Life and Others (ri) Ted Chiang SF - Collection
The Invisible Library (D) Genevieve Cogman SF/TT/CF/P - The Invisible Library Novel 1
Exit Zero Neil Cohen H/Z
The Familiar: Honeysuckle & Pain Mark Z. Danielewski LF/H/F/UF - The Familiar 3
Midshipman's Hope (ri) David Feintuch SF - The Seafort Saga 1
The Memory of Lemon Judith Fertig MR/R
Reliquary Sarah Fine UF - Reliquary Series 1
Los Nefilim T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim
Steeplejack A. J. Hartley F/YA - Alternate Detective 1
Battlefield Earth Special Edition L. Ron Hubbard SF
Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy (D) Claire Humphrey DF
Damnos Nick Kyme SF - Space Marine Battles
False Hearts (D) Laura Lam SF
Alarums (ri) Richard Laymon H
Ninefox Gambit (D) Yoon Ha Lee SF/SO - The Machineries of Empire 1
The James Lovegrove Collection Vol. 2 James Lovegrove SF/F - Collection
Woodwalker Emily B. Martin F
The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection Gail Z. Martin F - Collection
The Harper Hall Collection: Dragonsong; Dragonsinger; Dragondrums Anne McCaffrey F - Collection
Dreams of Distant Shores Patricia A. McKillip F - Collection
League of Dragons Naomi Novik HistF - Temeraire 9
Stiletto Daniel O'Malley F/Occ/Sup - The Rook Files 2
Doctor Who: The Essential Guide Revised 12th Doctor Edition Penguin UK SF - Doctor Who
Return of Souls Andy Remic HistF - A Song for No Man's Land 2
The Mermaid's Secret Katie Schickel CW/MR
Allegiance of Honor Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 15
Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th/AC - Orbs 1
Before the Feast Saša Stanišic FairyT/FolkT/LM
Escapology (D) Ren Warom SF/CyberP
Mechanical Failure (D) Joe Zieja SF - Epic Failure 1



June 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nothing Lasting Glen Krisch H
Typecasting: A Tor.Com Original (e) Harry Turtledove SF



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts



2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts



There are 21 debut novels for June including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, novels with a touch of the supernatural or paranormal, and more.

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 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for June 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Curtis C. Chen

Waypoint Kangaroo
Thomas Dunne Books, June 21, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Kangaroo isn’t your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is “the pocket.” It’s a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower.

After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory “vacation:” an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn’t the only spy on the ship–and he’s just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System.

Now, Kangaroo has to stop a disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that’s existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides. Millions of lives are at stake.

Weren’t vacations supposed to be relaxing?

With Waypoint Kangaroo, Chen makes his debut with this outer space thriller. Chen has an extensive network of connections to prominent science fiction authors, and has studied under John Scalzi, James Patrick Kelly, and Ursula K. LeGuin.




Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library
The Invisible Library 1
Roc, June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.

One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…

FEATURING BONUS MATERIAL: including an interview with the author, a legend from the Library, and more!




N.S. Dolkart

Silent Hall
Angry Robot Books, June 7, 2016
   North American Print
   Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Angry Robot Books, June 2, 2016
    UK Print and eBook
Cover Ilustration: Andreas Rocha

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Five bedraggled refugees and a sinister wizard awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods.

All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the
world.

How hard could it be?

File Under: Fantasy [ Ravens of Revenge / The Great Flood / Dragon Boy / You’re the Prophecy ]




Rachel Dunne

In the Shadow of the Gods
A Bound Gods Novel 1
Harper Voyager, June 21, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals led by a violent, secretive man must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.

Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—to set off a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters—Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into darkness.




K. Eason

Enemy
On the Bones of Gods 1
47North, June 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 347 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
The Illhari Republic rests on the bones of gods, telling tales of conquest and forgetting its once-bloody devotion to its most powerful goddess. Snowdenaelikk, half-blood conjuror and smuggler, cares less about history than the silver she can win with sharp metal and sharper wits. But when the local legion blames her for burning a village, an outlander with a sense of honor intervenes, and Snow finds herself tangled in politics and an unwelcome partnership.

Snow and her new partner, Veiko, together with the legion scout Dekklis, uncover a conspiracy that will destroy the Republic from within. It seems that the goddess is back from wherever dead gods go. She has not forgotten the Republic, and she wants revenge.

Loyal Dekklis will do anything to save the Republic, and Snow reluctantly agrees to help—until she realizes that “anything” means sacrificing Veiko. Now Snow must decide whether her partner’s life is worth betraying her allies and damning the Republic to war.




Emma Geen

The Many Selves of Katherine North
Bloomsbury USA, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
When we first meet Kit, she's a fox.

Nineteen-year-old Kit works for the research department of Shen Corporation as a phenomenaut. She's been “jumping”--projecting her consciousness, through a neurological interface--into the bodies of lab-grown animals made for the purpose of research for seven years, which is longer than anyone else at ShenCorp, and longer than any of the scientists thought possible. She experiences a multitude of other lives--fighting and fleeing as predator and prey, as mammal, bird, and reptile--in the hope that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them.

Her closest friend is Buckley, her Neuro--the computer engineer who guides a phenomenaut through consciousness projection. His is the voice, therefore, that's always in Kit's head and is the thread of continuity that connects her to the human world when she's an animal. But when ShenCorp's mission takes a more commercial--and ominous--turn, Kit is no longer sure of her safety. Propelling the reader into the bodies of the other creatures that share our world, The Many Selves of Katherine North takes place in the near future but shows us a dazzling world far, far from the realm of our experience.




Daniel Godfrey

New Pompeii
Titan Books, June 21, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
In the race to control renewable power, an energy giant stumbles on a controversial technology: the ability to transport matter from the deep past. Their biggest secret is New Pompeii, a replica city filled with Romans, pulled through time just before the volcanic eruption.

Nick Houghton doesn’t know why he’s been chosen to be the company’s historical advisor. He’s just excited to be there. Until he starts to wonder what happened to his predecessor. Until he realizes that the company has more secrets than even the conspiracy theorists suspect.

Until he realizes that they have underestimated their captives…




Claire Humphrey

Spells of Blood and Kin
   A Dark Fantasy Novel
Thomas Dunne Books, June 14, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Where we love, we ruin…

Some families hand down wealth through generations; some hand down wisdom. Some families, whether they want to or not, hand down the secret burdens they carry and the dangerous debts they owe.

Lissa Nevsky's grandmother leaves her a big, empty house, and a legacy of magic: folk magic, old magic, brought with Baba when she fled the Gulag. In the wake of her passing, the Russian community of Toronto will depend on Lissa now, to give them their remedies and be their koldun'ia. But Lissa hasn't had time to learn everything Baba wanted to teach her—let alone the things Baba kept hidden.

Maksim Volkov's birth family is long dead, anything they bestowed on him long turned to dust. What Maksim carries now is a legacy of violence, and he does not have to die to pass it on. When Maksim feels his protective spell fail, he returns to the witch he rescued from the Gulag, only to find his spell has died along with the one who cast it. Without the spell, it is only a matter of time before Maksim's violent nature slips its leash and he infects someone else—if he hasn't done so already.

Nick Kaisaris is just a normal dude who likes to party. He doesn't worry about family drama. He doesn't have any secrets. All he wants is for things to stay like they are right now, tonight: Nick and his best buddy Jonathan, out on the town. Only Nick is on a collision course with Maksim Volkov, and what he takes away from this night is going to crack open Nick's nature until all of his worst self comes to light.

Lissa's legacy of magic might hold the key to Maksim's salvation, if she can unravel it in time. But it's a legacy that comes at a price. And Maksim might not want to be saved…




Christopher Husberg

Duskfall
Chaos Queen Quintet 1
Titan Books, June 21, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, filled with violence and unknown faces. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day. In her search for him, she will discover her control of magic, but risk losing herself utterly. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion. A rebellion that only the Inquisition can crush…

Their fates and those of others will intertwine, in a land where magic and daemons are believed dead, but dark forces still vie for power.




Laura Lam

False Hearts
Tor Books, June 14, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Laura Lam's adult sci-fi debut False Hearts: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.

Raised in the closed cult of Mana's Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins' home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder--the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin's life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins' past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.




Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit
The Machineries of Empire 1
Solaris Books, June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics.  Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics.  Cheris's career isn't the only thing at stake.  If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris's best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own.  As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao--because she might be his next victim.




Malka Older

Infomocracy
Tor.com, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

Infomocracy is Malka Older's debut novel.




Bob Proehl

A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry’s old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.




Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch

Hell's Gate
William Morrow, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
When a Japanese submarine is discovered abandoned deep in the Brazilian wilderness, a smart, adventurous, and tough zoologist must derail a catastrophic plot in Hell’s Gate.

1944. As war rages in Europe and the Pacific, Army Intel makes a shocking discovery: a 300-foot Japanese sub marooned and empty, deep in the Brazilian interior. A team of Army Rangers sent to investigate has already gone missing. Now, the military sends Captain R. J. MacCready, a quick-witted, brilliant scientific jack-of-all-trades to learn why the Japanese are there—and what they’re planning.

Parachuting deep into the heart of Central Brazil, one of the most remote regions on the planet, Mac is unexpectedly reunited with his hometown friend and fellow scientist Bob Thorne. A botanist presumed dead for years, Thorne lives peacefully with Yanni, an indigenous woman who possesses mysterious and invaluable skills. Their wisdom and expertise are nothing short of lifesaving for Mac as he sets out on a trail into the unknown.

Mac makes the arduous trek into an ancient, fog-shrouded valley hidden beneath a 2000-foot plateau, where he learns of a diabolical Axis plot to destroy the United States and its allies. But the enemy isn’t the only danger in this treacherous jungle paradise. Silently creeping from the forest, an even darker force is on the prowl, attacking at night and targeting both man and beast. Mac has to uncover the source of this emerging biological crisis and foil the enemy’s plans . . . but will he be in time to save humanity from itself?




Jon Skovron

Hope and Red
The Empire of Storms 1
Orbit Books, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people will find a common cause.

Hope, the lone survivor when her village is massacred by the emperor's forces is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance.

Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist.

TOGETHER THEY WILL TAKE DOWN AN EMPIRE.




Na'amen Gobert Tilahun

The Root
A Novel of the Wrath & Athenaeum 1
Night Shade Books, June 7, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 420 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
A dark, gritty urban fantasy debut set in modern-day San Francisco, filled with gods, sinister government agencies, and worlds of dark magic hidden just below the surface.

When a secret government agency trying to enslave you isn’t the biggest problem you’re facing, you’re in trouble.

Erik, a former teen star living in San Francisco, thought his life was complicated; having his ex-boyfriend in jail because of the scandal that destroyed his career seemed overwhelming. Then Erik learned he was Blooded: descended from the Gods.

Struggling with a power he doesn’t understand and can barely control, Erik discovers that a secret government agency is selling off Blooded like lab rats to a rival branch of preternatural beings in ’Zebub—San Francisco’s mirror city in an alternate dimension.

Lil, a timid apprentice in ’Zebub, is searching for answers to her parents’ sudden and mysterious deaths. Surrounded by those who wish her harm and view her as a lesser being, Lil delves into a forgotten history that those in power will go to dangerous lengths to keep buried.

What neither Erik nor Lil realize is that a darkness is coming, something none have faced in living memory. It eats. It hunts. And it knows them. In The Root, the dark and surging urban fantasy debut from Na’amen Tilahun, two worlds must come together if even a remnant of one is to survive.




Ren Warom

Escapology
Titan Books, June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Shock Pao is not just any Haunt—he’s the best. There isn’t a system that he can’t crack into, no virtual lock he can’t pick, nothing he can’t steal for the right price. Outside virtual world the Slip, though, he’s a Fail—no degree, no job, no affiliations to protect him from angry ex-customers. Of which he has quite a few. So when his ex brings Shock a job which could help him escape his miserable existence, he accepts, little realizing that it will turn out to be his most impossible, illegal and insane assignment yet.

Amiga works for Twist Calhoun, one of the toughest crime lords in the Gung, as a Cleaner—assassin. Trapped in a world of kill-or-be-killed, she wants out. But when Shock’s war comes to her, she doesn’t have a choice: it’s her job to bring him to Twist, dead or alive—or it’ll be her head in a bag in Twist’s vault.




Gina Wohlsdorf

Security
Algonquin Books, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages


2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
The inventiveness of A Visit from the Goon Squad meets the down-the-rabbit-hole suspense of The Girl on the Train in this chilling, pulse-racing thriller from an electrifying new writer.

When the gleaming new Manderley Resort opens in twenty-four hours, Santa Barbara’s exclusive beachfront hotel will offer its patrons the ultimate in luxury and high-tech security. No indulgence has been ignored, no detail overlooked. But all the money in the world can’t guarantee safety. As hotel manager Tessa and her employees ready the hotel for its invitation-only grand opening, a killer is in their midst. One by one, staff are picked off with ruthless precision. And before the night is over, as Tessa desperately struggles to survive, it will become clear that the strangest and most terrible truth at Manderley is simply this: someone is watching.

With stunning ingenuity, Gina Wohlsdorf puts readers front and center as the elite resort becomes a house of horrors. Riveting to the final sentence, Security is fierce, wry, and impossible to put down. With a deep bow to the literary tradition of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier, Wohlsdorf’s razor-wire prose blitzes readers with quick twists, sharp turns, and gasp-inducing terror. Security is at once a shocking thriller, a brilliant narrative puzzle, and a moving, multifaceted love story unlike any other.




H.P. Wood

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
Sourcebooks Landmark, June 7, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
A hypnotic debut in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, where an abandoned girl collides with a disgruntled ménage of circus freaks.

Kitty Hayward and her mother are ready to experience the spectacles of Coney Island’s newest attraction, the Dreamland amusement park. But when Kitty’s mother vanishes from their hotel, she finds herself penniless, alone, and far from her native England. The last people she expects to help are the cast of characters at Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities. From con men to strongmen, from flea wranglers to lion tamers, Kitty’s new friends quickly adopt her and vow to help find the missing Mrs. Hayward. But even these unusual inhabitants may not be a match for the insidious sickness that begins to spread through Coney Island…or the panic that turns Dreamland into a nightmare.

With shades of Water For Elephants and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet sweeps readers into a mesmerizing world where nothing is as it seems, and where “normal” is the exception to the rule.




Simone Zelitch

Judenstaat
Tor Books, June 21, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
Simone Zelitch has created an amazing alternate history in Judenstaat. On April 4th, 1948 the sovereign state of Judenstaat was created in the territory of Saxony, bordering Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.

Forty years later, Jewish historian Judit Klemmer is making a documentary portraying Judenstaat's history from the time of its founding to the present. She is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband, Hans, a Saxon, shot by a sniper as he conducted the National Symphony. With the grief always fresh, Judit lives a half-life, until confronted by a mysterious, flesh-and-blood ghost from her past who leaves her controversial footage on one of Judenstaat's founding fathers--and a note:

"They lied about the murder."

Judit's research into the footage, and what really happened to Hans, embroils her in controversy and conspiracy, collective memory and national amnesia, and answers far more horrific than she imagined.




Joe Zieja

Mechanical Failure
Epic Failure 1
Saga Press, June 14, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - June 2016 Debuts
A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easygoing peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing—war.

The two hundred years’ (and counting) peace is a time of tranquility that hasn’t been seen since...well, never. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? That’s the kind of military that Sergeant R. Wilson Rogers lived in before he left the fleet to become a smuggler.

But it turns out that smuggling is hard. Like getting-arrested-for-dealing-with-pirates-and-forced-back-into-service kind of hard. It doesn’t seem so bad—the military was a perpetual tiki party anyway—but when Rogers returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiers—actual soldiers doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesn’t exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsense—even if it means doing actual work.

With an experienced ear for military double-speak, Zieja has created a remarkable and sarcastic adventure.

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