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The View From Monday - July 4, 2016


Happy Monday and Happy Independence Day to the USA!

There are 5 Debuts this week - from Horror to a Psychological Thriller in an postapocalyptic setting. There is Fantasy - Dark and Contemporary - and literary Speculative Fiction. Something for everyone!

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone;

Night of the Animals by Bill Broun;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis;

The Interminables by Paige Orwin;

and

The Copper Promise (Copper Cat 1) by Jen Williams.


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



And from previously featured DAC Authors:

Take the Monkey and Run (A Call of the Wilde Mysery 4) by Laura Morrigan;

and

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria 1) by Anthony Ryan.

In new formats:

Unbreakable (Chronicles of Promise Paen 1) by W.C. Bauers is out in Trade Paperback;

The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 3) by Michael J. Martinez is out in Mass Market Paperback;


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



The View From Monday - July 4, 2016



July 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flameout Keri Arthur UF - A Souls of Fire Novel 3
Unbreakable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF - Chronicles of Promise Paen 1
Killing Titan (h2tp) Greg Bear SF/SO - War Dogs 2
A Toxic Trousseau Juliet Blackwell PM - A Witchcraft Mystery 8
Faces (h2mm) E. C. Blake F/DF - The Masks of Aygrima 3
The Hatching (D) Ezekiel Boone H - The Hatching Series 1
The Best of Bova: Volume 2 Ben Bova SF - Collection
Night of the Animals (D) Bill Broun LF/SpecFic
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass (h2mm) Jim Butcher F/SP - The Cinder Spires 1
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (h2tp) Becky Chambers SF - Wayfarers 1
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (ri) D. G. Compton SF/GenEng/TechTh/Noir
The Dragon Hammer Tony Daniel F - Wulf's Saga 1
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties Neil Gaiman GN
Roaring Dawn: Macey Book 3 (e) Colleen Gleason PNR- The Gardella Vampire Hunters 10
The Traveler David Golemon Th/SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (h2tp) David A. Goodman SF
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition Paula Guran (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
The Black Fox (e)(ri) H. F. Heard GO/M
The Great Fog: And Other Weird Tales (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
The Lost Cavern: And Other Stories of the Fantastic (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
Doppelgangers (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/M
Murder by Reflection (e)(ri) H. F. Heard PsyTh/H
A Taste for Honey (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 1
Reply Paid (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 2
The Notched Hairpin (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 3
The Conclave of Shadow Alyc Helms UF - Missy Masters 2
Satan's Lambs (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M/Occ - The Lena Padget Mysteries 1
Fortunes of the Dead (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 2
When Secrets Die (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 3
In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus Stephen Jone (Ed) H - Anthology
Until Death We Do Part (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark Hunter Novella
Heroine Complex Sarah Kuhn UF/HU/P - Heroine Complex 1
The Harrows of Spring James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - A World Made by Hand Novel 4
Lammas Night (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz Sup/Hist/Occ
The Legacy of Lehr (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz SF/M
St. Patrick's Gargoyle (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F
The Temple and the Crown (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 2
The Temple and the Stone (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 1
Song Of The Shiver Barrens Glenda Larke F - Mirage Makers 3
Syndicate's Pawns (e) Davila LeBlanc SF/SO- A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 2
Alliance of Equals Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 19
The Wolf Road (D) Beth Lewis PsyTh/PA/AP/Sus
After Alice (h2tp) Gregory Maguire LF
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity A. Lee Martinez F - Constance Verity 1
The Venusian Gambit (tp2mm) Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 3
The Dinosaur Knights Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Burning City Megan Morgan UF - Siren Song 3
Take the Monkey and Run Laura Morrigan PM - A Call of the Wilde Mystery 4
The Interminables (D) Paige Orwin CF/SH/UF
Threading the Needle Joshua Palmatier F - The Ley 2
The Nethers: Frontiers of Hinterland M.E. Parker SF/AP/PA/Dys - Hinterland 2
Departure (h2tp) A. G. Riddle SF/TT
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 1
The Transference Engine Julia Verne St. John SP/HistF/F
A Death in the House: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 7
Earth for Inspiration: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 9
Good Night, Mr. James: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 8
The High Ground Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials 1
Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 1
Half Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Oath of the Vayuputras Amish Tripathi F - Shiva 3
The Devil's Evidence Simon Kurt Unsworth M/Cr/H - Devil 2
Wolf in his Heart N.J. Walters PNR - Salvation Pack 7
Flag in Exile - Signed Leatherbound Limited Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 5
Tempting the Dragon Karen Whiddon PNR
The Copper Promise (D) Jen Williams F/DF - Copper Cat 1
Panacea F. Paul Wilson Th
Underground Airlines Ben Winters Th
The Prisoner of Hell Gate Dana I. Wolff SupTh/H
The Memory Painter (h2tp) Gwendolyn Womack Th
The Cobra War Trilogy Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra Omnibus



July 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sic Semper, Sic Semper, Sic Semper: A Tor.Com Original (e) Douglas F. Warrick SF/TT



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
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
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18


This is the eighteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 herePart 11 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Evie Manieri (2013)

Fortune's Blight
The Shattered Kingdoms 2
Tor Fantasy, October 6, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 14, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
Fortune's Blight by Evie Manieri continues the conflict begun in Blood's Pride. Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price. Hardship, superstition, and petty feuds poison King Daryan's young reign, and entire families are vanishing without a trace. Help is nowhere to be found, for their Nomas allies have troubles of their own and the Mongrel, plagued by the sins of her violent past, has disappeared.

While Daryan struggles to maintain the peace, Eofar and Rho are racing to their northern homeland to plead—or fight—for the Shadar's independence. But Norland has changed, and they soon find themselves embroiled in the court politics of an empire about to implode.

Meanwhile, the Mongrel's path carries her deep into Norland's frozen wastes to redeem a promise—one that forces her into the heart of the growing conflict.

As the foundations of the two far-flung countries begin to crack, an enigmatic figure watches from a tower room in Ravindal Castle. She is old, and a prisoner, but her reach is long, and her patience is about to be rewarded....


Strife's Bane
Shattered Kingdoms 3
Tor Books, December 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18

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Brian McClellan (2013)

In the Field Marshal's Shadow: Stories from the Powder Mage Universe
November 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 135 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
Five stories from the Powder Mage Universe, including the never-before-published "Green-Eyed Vipers"

Hope's End
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue
Green-Eyed Vipers
The Face in the Window
Return to Honor


The Autumn Republic
The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
Orbit, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 10, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
IN A RICH, DISTINCTIVE WORLD THAT MIXES MAGIC WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHO COULD STAND AGAINST MAGES THAT CONTROL GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS?

The capital has fallen...
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

An army divided...
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.

All hope rests with one...
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed...

THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC is the epic conclusion that began with Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign.




Laura Morrigan (2013)

Take the Monkey and Run
A Call of the Wilde Mystery 4
Berkley, July 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
Grace Wilde must use her psychic abilities to track down a pesky primate in the latest Call of the Wilde Mystery.

Grace Wilde is excited to head to New Orleans for her first “real” case as an animal telepath. She intends to help a woman find her missing sister, but when she attempts to communicate with her client’s cat, Coco, Grace gets distracted by the presence of a much wilder animal.

Coco confirms that a mysterious monkey has been swinging around the Big Easy. Grace thinks she might be able to help corral the cheeky Capuchin in addition to solving her case. But things get complicated when she receives a cryptic warning that her client isn’t what she seems. Now it’s up to Grace to separate the truth from the monkey business…




Jason Mott (2013)

The Wonder of All Things
Mira, July 28, 2015
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 30, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
On the heels of his critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Returned, Jason Mott delivers a spellbinding tale of love and sacrifice

On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear.

Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.

Elegantly written, deeply intimate and emotionally astute, The Wonder of All Things is an unforgettable story and a poignant reminder of life's extraordinary gifts.




Jaime Lee Moyer (2013)

Against a Brightening Sky
Delia's Shadow 3
Tor Books, October 6, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 18
By 1919 the Great War has ended, peace talks are under way in Paris, and the world has been forever changed. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco.

As Delia prepares to meet friends at a St. Patrick's Day parade, the strange ghost of a European princess appears in her mirror. Her pleasant outing becomes a nightmare as the ghost reappears moments after a riot starts, warning her as a rooftop gunman begins shooting into the crowd. Delia rushes to get her friends to safety, and Gabe struggles to stop the killing-and to save himself.

Delia and Gabe realize all the chaos and bloodshed had one purpose-to flush Alina from hiding, a young woman with no memory of anything but her name.

As Delia works to discover how the princess ghost's secrets connect to this mysterious young woman, and Gabe tracks a ruthless killer around his city, they find all the answers hinge on two questions: Who is Alina...and why can't she remember?

Against a Brightening Sky is the thrilling conclusion to Jaime Lee Moyer's glittering historical fantasy series.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9


This is the ninth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 10 will cover additional 2013 DAC authors.


See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9




Elliott James

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
Fearless
Pax Arcana 3
Orbit, August 11, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages


THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A CLEARCUT CASE OF RITE AND WRONG...

When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory, even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.

Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.

The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn't just a victim, he's a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John's following? It's really a fuse...

FEARLESS is the third novel in an urban fantasy series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first two novels are Charming & Daring.





Zachary Jernigan

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
Shower of Stones
Jeroun 2
Night Shade Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

The follow-up to Zachary Jernigan’s critically acclaimed literary debut, No Return.

At the moment of his greatest victory, before a crowd of thousands, the warrior Vedas Tezul renounced his faith, calling for revolt against the god Adrash, imploring mankind to unite in this struggle.

Good intentions count for nothing. In the three months since his sacrilegious pronouncement, the world has not changed for the better. In fact, it is now on the verge of dying. The Needle hangs broken in orbit above Jeroun, each of its massive iron spheres poised to fall and blanket the planet’s surface in dust. Long-held truces between Adrashi and Anadrashi break apart as panic spreads.

With no allegiance to either side, the disgraced soldier Churls walks into the divided city of Danoor with a simple plan: murder the monster named Fesuy Amendja, and retrieve from captivity the only two individuals that still matter to her—Vedas Tezul, and the constructed man Berun. The simple plan goes awry, as simple plans do, and in the process Churls and her companions are introduced to one of the world’s deepest secrets: a madman, insisting he is the link to an ancient world, offering the most tempting lie of all . . . hope.

Concluding the visceral, inventive narrative begun in No Return, Shower of Stones pits men against gods and swords against civilization-destroying magic in the fascinatingly harsh world of Jeroun.





Evie Manieri

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
Fortune's Blight
The Shattered Kingdoms 2
Tor Books, February 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Fortune’s Blight by Evie Manieri continues the conflict begun in Blood’s Pride. Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price. Hardship, superstition, and petty feuds poison King Daryan’s young reign, and entire families are vanishing without a trace. Help is nowhere to be found, for their Nomas allies have troubles of their own and the Mongrel, plagued by the sins of her violent past, has disappeared.

While Daryan struggles to maintain the peace, Eofar and Rho are racing to their northern homeland to plead—or fight—for the Shadar’s independence. But Norland has changed, and they soon find themselves embroiled in the court politics of an empire about to implode.

Meanwhile, the Mongrel’s path carries her deep into Norland’s frozen wastes to redeem a promise—one that forces her into the heart of the growing conflict.

As the foundations of the two far-flung countries begin to crack, an enigmatic figure watches from a tower room in Ravindal Castle. She is old, and a prisoner, but her reach is long, and her patience is about to be rewarded....





Michael J. Martinez

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
The Venusian Gambit
Daedalus 3
Night Shade Books, May 5, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

The last chapter of the dimension-spanning Daedalus series brings the 19th and 22nd centuries together for an explosive finale in the jungles of Venus!

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn’s moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn’t realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans, beaming critical data to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth, but for Venus…

In 1809—a Napoleonic era far different from our own—the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen to new life through the darkest Alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon, presumed lost in the jungles of Venus.

Now, Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance—forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.





Brian McClellan

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
Return to Honor
A Powder Mage Story
Orbit, January 6, 2015
eBook, 49 pages

Captain Vlora is a powder mage in the Adran army. Once the favored, adopted daughter of the field marshal, she is now a pariah amongst those she called her family. Her superior officers would like nothing more than to send her to a far off posting and forget about her, but no one is exempt when there is a war - and powder mages are desperately needed.

When a traitorous guard captain goes on the run with information that could harm the war effort, Vlora is sent on his trail. She has three days to find him; she will have to make new friends and test the limits of her skills. Fail, and good soldiers will die. Succeed and maybe, just maybe, she can begin to work her way back into the field marshal's good graces.

A new story set in the world of the Powder Mage trilogy, the most acclaimed and action-packed new epic fantasy series in recent years. RETURN TO HONOR takes place directly following the events of book one, Promise of Blood.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
The Crimson Campaign
The Powder Mage Trilogy 2
Orbit, January 20, 2015
Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, May 2014

GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS WILL DETERMINE THE VICTOR.

When invasion looms...
Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...
In Adro, Inspector Adamat wants only to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?
Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN continues the most acclaimed and action-packed new epic fantasy series in years, following on from Promise of Blood - an adrenaline-fuelled debut of flintlock mages, civil war, and cold-blooded murder in a world where gods walk the earth.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
The Autumn Republic
The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
Orbit, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

IN A RICH, DISTINCTIVE WORLD THAT MIXES MAGIC WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHO COULD STAND AGAINST MAGES THAT CONTROL GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS?

The capital has fallen...
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

An army divided...
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.

All hope rests with one...
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed...

THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC is the epic conclusion that began with Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign.





Laura Morrigan

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9
Horse of a Different Killer
A Call of the Wilde Mystery 3
Berkley, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde’s psychic ability gives her insight into the minds of all kinds of creatures. If only humans were as easy to read…

Dead men may tell no tales, but they can screw up your life with a few phone calls. Grace’s abusive ex-brother-in-law, Anthony Ortega, needs her help—at least that’s what he said on the messages he left before his sudden death. Grace is inclined to let the matter rest in peace, but when her sister is named a suspect, Grace decides to get to the bottom of the cryptic calls.

Her only lead is Ortega’s fiancée, who believes that he had arranged to surprise her with the purchase of a Frisian gelding named Heart. The horse was being stabled at the R-n-R Ranch—but was taken in the middle of the night. Now, with her sister in trouble and a missing horse on her hands, Grace hopes the information harnessed from her psychic skills will be enough to rein in the killer…


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7


This is the seventh in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 8, covering more 2013 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 6 is here - 2013 DAC Authors.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7



Elliott James

Surreal Estate
Pax Arcana
Orbit, January 14, 2014
eBook, 25 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
This is the fourth in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, will be out in September 2013.

The line between reality and dream is never entirely clear under the best of circumstances...and when John Charming finds himself being hunted through a nightmare house, it is far from the best of circumstances.
















Dog-Gone
Pax Arcana
Orbit, February 18, 2014
eBook, 38 pages

This is the fifth in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming, is available now.


Somewhere in Alaska a locked house full of ripped apart bodies and one teacup poodle covered in blood. Somewhere in Alaska, the voice of a dead woman speaks through a car radio. And somewhere in Alaska, the last surviving descendant of one of John Charming's only friends is being pursued by nightmare hounds. The dog days have begun.




Mur Lafferty

The Ghost Train to New Orleans
Shambling Guides 2
Orbit, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
COULD YOU FIND A MUSEUM FOR A MONSTER?
OR A JAZZ BAR FOR A JABBERWOCK?

Zoe Norris writes travel guides for the undead. And she's good at it too -- her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of The Sbambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel.

Work isn't all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy. The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rumored to live in the city's swamps, but Zoe's out of her element in the wilderness. With her supernatural colleagues waiting to see her fail, and rumors of a new threat hunting city talkers, can Zoe stay alive long enough to finish her next book?








Michael J. Martinez

The Enceladus Crisis
Daedalus 2
Night Shade Books,  April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
May not be final cover
Two dimensions collided on the rust-red deserts of Mars—and are destined to become entangled once more in this sequel to the critically acclaimed The Daedalus Incident.

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: the first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds . . . and they’re getting impatient.

For Thomas Weatherby, it’s been nineteen years since he was second lieutenant aboard HMS Daedalus. Now captain of the seventy-four-gun Fortitude, Weatherby helps destroy the French fleet at the Nile and must chase an escaped French ship from Egypt to Saturn, home of the enigmatic and increasingly unstable aliens who call themselves the Xan. Meanwhile, in Egypt, alchemist Andrew Finch has ingratiated himself with Napoleon’s forces . . . and finds the true, horrible reason why the French invaded Egypt in the first place.

The thrilling follow-up to The Daedalus Incident, The Enceladus Crisis continues Martinez’s Daedalus series with a combination of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure spanning two amazing dimensions.




Brian McClellan

The Crimson Campaign
Powder Mage Trilogy 2
Orbit, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 608 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
When invasion looms...
Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...
In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?
Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN is the epic sequel to Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood.



Promise of Blood
Powder Mage Trilogy 1
Orbit, April 8, 2014
Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, April 16, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.




Laura Morrigan

A Tiger's Tale
Call of the Wilde Mystery 2
Berkley, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem…

A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken…kidnapped.

The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for…




Jaime Lee Moyer

A Barricade in Hell
Delia's Shadow 2
Tor Books, June 3, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 7
In Jaime Lee Moyer's Barricade in Hell, Delia Martin has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with the ability to peer across to the other side. Since childhood, her constant companions have been ghosts. She used her powers and the help of those ghosts to defeat a twisted serial killer terrorizing her beloved San Francisco. Now it's 1917—the threshold of a modern age—and Delia lives a peaceful life with Police Captain Gabe Ryan.

That peace shatters when a strange young girl starts haunting their lives and threatens Gabe. Delia tries to discover what this ghost wants as she becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a charismatic evangelist who preaches pacifism and an end to war. But as young people begin to disappear, and audiences display a loyalty and fervor not attributable to simple persuasion, that message of peace reveals a hidden dark side.

As Delia discovers the truth, she faces a choice—take a terrible risk to save her city, or chance losing everything?




2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for July 2013!


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Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.



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2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts


There are 9 debuts for July. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The July debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite July cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





William Shakespeare's Star Wars®
AuthorIan Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  MashUp / Science Fiction (print)
ISBN:  9781594746376

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.





The Darwin Elevator
Author:  Jason Hough
Series:  The Dire Earth Cycle 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, July 30, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 496 pages
Price:  $9.99 (print)
ISBN978-0-345-53712-6

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.





The Curiosity
AuthorStephen P. Kiernan
Publisher:  William Morrow, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-06-222106-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
A powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . .

The Curiosity

Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage, Kate has brought small creatures—plankton, krill, shrimp—back to life for short periods of time. But the team's methods have never been attempted on larger life-forms.

Heedless of the potential consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named "The Lazarus Project." As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was—is—a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.

Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. With Carthage planning to exploit Jeremiah while he can, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, Stephen P. Kiernan's provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.





Woof at the Door
Series:  A Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
AuthorLaura Morrigan
Publisher:  Berkley, July 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425257197 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.





Three
AuthorJay Posey
Series:  Legends of the Duskwalker 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, July 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
     August 1, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663634

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Three For All | Apocalyptic Wasteland | A Journey Home | Fear the Weir ]





Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
Author Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
Series:  The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Publisher:  47North, July 2, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:   9781611099188

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.





Blood Song
AuthorAnthony Ryan
Series:  Raven's Shadow Trilogy 1
Publisher:   Ace, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425267691 (print)
(US Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
From “a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.






The Age of Ice
AuthorJ. M. Sidorova
Publisher:  Scribner, July 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451692716 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her latest eccentric order: construct a palace out of ice blocks. Inside its walls her slaves build a wedding chamber, a canopy bed on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made of ice. Sealed inside are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed female jester. On the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these two are to be married, the relationship consummated inside this frozen prison. In the morning, guards enter to find them half-dead. Nine months later, two boys are born.

Surrounded by servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his twin brother, Andrei, have an idyllic childhood on the family’s large country estate. But as they approach manhood, stark differences coalesce. Andrei is daring and ambitious; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid winter night on the road between St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his army post, Alexander comes to a horrifying revelation: his body is immune to cold.

J. M. Sidorova’s boldly original and genrebending novel takes readers from the grisly fields of the Napoleonic Wars to the blazing heat of Afghanistan, from the outer reaches of Siberia to the cacophonous streets of nineteenth-century Paris. The adventures of its protagonist, Prince Alexander Velitzyn—on a lifelong quest for the truth behind his strange physiology—will span three continents and two centuries and bring him into contact with an incredible range of real historical figures, from Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.

The Age of Ice is one of the most enchanting and inventive debut novels of the year.





Fiend
AuthorPeter Stenson
Publisher:  Crown, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $22.00 (print)
ISBN:   9780770436315 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
There’s more than one kind of monster.

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
    But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
    The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
    And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.
    But is salvation just another pipe dream?
    Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion—not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.



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