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The View From Monday - June 8, 2020


It is Monday. There are no debuts this week.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Jesus and John by Adam McOmber;

The Deathless (The Deathless Trilogy 1) by Peter Newman;

The Nobody People (The Resonant Duology 1) by Bob Proehl is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell.

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



The View From Monday - June 8, 2020



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

June 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The New Singapore Horror Collection S.J. Huang H - Collection
Jesus and John Adam McOmber HistF/H
The Last Server H.J. Pang SF/PA



June 8, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Claim the Dragon (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - The Legion 2



June 9, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Winds of Wrath Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 15
The Attic Tragedy J Ashley-Smith DF
Dragon Unleashed Grace Draven The RF/FR/PF - Fallen Empire 2
The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth John Garth LC/SF/F
China Dream (h2tp) Ma Jian
Flora Drew (Tr)
AH/BHU/Pol/Dys/China/LF
Spy, Spy Again Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar: Family Spies 3
Shadowborn Katie MacAlister RF - A Born Prophecy Novel 3
The One (tp2mm) John Marrs LF/GenEng/Dys
Eminent Domain Carl Neville SF/M
The Deathless Peter Newman F/DF - The Deathless Trilogy 1
The Nobody People (h2tp) Bob Proehl SF/LF/Dys - The Resonant Duology 1
The House of Whispers Laura Purcell Hist/Gothic/M
Alpha Night Nalini Singh PNR/SFR/PF - Psy-Changeling Trinity 4
The Glamourist Luanne G. Smith HistF/F/RF - Vine Witch 2
Ghosts of Sherwood Carrie Vaughn F/HistF
Agents of Influence Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Original Series



June 10, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rainbow Brigade J.A. Pitts CF - Sarah Beauhall 5
We're Here, We're Here: A Tor.com Original K.M. Szpara SF/GenEng



June 11, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Those Below The Tree House Matt Hayward H
What Hell May Come Rex Hurst Occ/H
Body Tourists (h2tp) Jane Rogers Dys/LF




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



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

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

The View From Monday - June 17, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

All City by Alex DiFrancesco;

The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion;


and

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Men In Black International: The Official Movie Novelization by R.S. Belcher;

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone;

Chaos Queen - Fear the Stars (Chaos Queen 4) by Christopher Husberg;

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell;

and

Coil by Ren Warom.

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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.

June 18, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Men In Black International: The Official Movie Novelization R. S. Belcher SF/HU/MTI
Mystic Dragon (h2tp) Jason Denzel F - Mystic Trilogy 2
All City (D) Alex DiFrancesco SF/AP/PA
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind Jackson Ford SF/GenEng/CyP
Hangman's Gate R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 2
Empress of Forever Max Gladstone SF/SO
The Record Keeper (D) Agnes Gomillion Dys/SF
Homer's Daughter Robert Graves FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
The Porpoise Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter Alexis Hall HistF/DF/M
The Girl in Red Christina Henry SF/AP/PA/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
The Final Days of Magic J. D. Horn UF/P/Occ/Sup - Witches of New Orleans 3
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Chaos Queen - Fear the Stars Christopher Husberg DF/F - Chaos Queen 4
Kingdoms of the Cursed Greg Keyes F - High and Faraway 2
FKA USA Reed King SF/Dys/Satire
The Brink James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 2
Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected Nnedi Okorafor Memoir - TED Books
The Poison Thread Laura Purcell HistF/Gothic/GH
The Sisters of the Winter Wood (h2tp) Rena Rossner HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
All the Names They Used for God: Stories (h2tp) Anjali Sachdeva MR/SS/LF - Collection
The Crimson Shadow: The Complete Series (e) R. A. Salvatore F - The Crimson Shadow
The Sword of Bedwyr (ri) R. A. Salvatore F - Crimson Shadow 1
Stealing Worlds Karl Schroeder SF/HSF
Silver in the Wood Emily Tesh Gaslamp/FR
The Lesson (D) Cadwell Turnbull SF
Coil (e) Ren Warom SF/Noir
War Michelle West F - House War 8



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Megan E. O'Keefe (2016)

Velocity Weapon
The Protectorate 1
Orbit, June 11, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, the first book in this epic space opera by award-winning author Megan O’Keefe.

Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his new political position to prevent conflict from escalating to total destruction.

However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.

Now, separated by time and space, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right.





Laura Purcell (2018)

The Poison Thread
Penguin Books, June 18, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill

Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder.

When Dorothea’s charitable work brings her to Oakgate Prison, she is delighted by the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets one of the prisoners, the teenaged seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another strange idea: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread–because Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches.

The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations–of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses–will shake Dorothea’s belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer? The Poison Thread is a spine-tingling, sinister read about the evil that lurks behind the facade of innocence.





K Arsenault Rivera (2017)

The Warrior Moon
Ascendant 3
Tor Books, September 24, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The Warrior Moon, the sequel to The Phoenix Empress and striking conclusion to K Arsenault Rivera's wildly buzzed about epic fantasy, which began with The Tiger's Daughter

Barsalayaa Shefali, famed Qorin adventurer, and the spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, have survived fights with demon armies, garnered infamy, and ruled an empire. Raised together since birth, then forced into exile after their wedding, and reunited amidst a poisonous invasionthese bold warrior women have faced monumental adventures and catastrophic battles.

As they come closest to fulfilling the prophecy of generationsShefali and Shizuka will face their greatest test yet.

"The Phoenix Empress expands and deepens the mysteries of this intricate and fully-realized fantasy world. I'm riveted by this story and can't wait for the next volume."—Martha Wells, author of the Murderbot Diaries series

"Rich, expansive, and grounded in human truth...simply exquisite.” —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of Magic series

Ascendant
#1 The Tiger’s Daughter
#2 The Phoenix Empress
#3 The Warrior Moon

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts






Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2018 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on April 12, 2018.

Vote for your favorite March 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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Jacket design: Owen Corrigan





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Cover design: Alison Forner
Cover art: A Girl with a Basket of Apples
(dummy board), English School, (18th Century) / 
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire, UK / National Trust
Photographic Library / Bridgeman Images





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Cover art: Peter Bollinger
Cover design: Lisa Marie Pompilio





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Interview with Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions


Please welcome Laura Purcell to The Qwillery as part of the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Silent Companions was published on March 6th by Penguin Books.



Interview with Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions




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

Laura:  The first piece of fiction I remember writing was at school when I was about five years old. We had to write and illustrate our own little books (held together by staples). Mine was about a sentient boiled sweet named Mikey. I still have it and it makes absolutely no sense.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Laura:  A hybrid, I think. I like to plot a novel out quite thoroughly before starting, but things often change. As I get more of a sense of the main character, they take on a life of their own and decide to perform different actions…



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Laura:  Keeping belief in myself and the novel. Around the 25,000 word mark of the first draft, I tend to hit a barrier where I think it’s all terrible and I’ll never be able to finish it. Luckily, I’m used to this now and know it’s just part of the process. Still, it’s hard to push through.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Laura:  This is always a difficult question, because the answer is simply everything. My favourite books and TV shows, my love of history, exhibitions I have seen, places I have visited. The Silent Companions was heavily influenced by my enjoyment of the works of Susan Hill, Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier and Philippa Gregory.



TQDescribe The Silent Companions in 140 characters or less.

Laura:  Old paintings can often be creepy, but this time it’s not just the eyes that follow you …



TQTell us something about The Silent Companions that is not found in the book description.

Laura:  Part of the story follows Anne, the original mistress of the house in 1635. A keen herbalist, Anne treads the fine line between wise-woman and witch, suspected by the local villagers and her husband alike.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Silent Companions? What appealed to you about writing a Victorian ghost story?

Laura:  The discovery of real life silent companions – wooden fire-screens painted to depict people – made me feel they deserved a novel of their own. I had never written anything scary before, but I found the companions so creepy that I knew I would have to change my tone for this book. While the companions originated in the 17th century, I felt the Victorian era was much more appropriate for a ghost story. It was also a period I had spent time researching. Some of the earliest books I loved were Victorian Gothic – Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights in particular. I couldn’t resist venturing back into that world.



TQDo you have any favorite ghost stories?

Laura:  Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black has never failed to chill me, whether in the incarnation of the book, film or stage-show. I also adore Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Silent Companions?

Laura:  I undertook research in both the Victorian and early Stuart periods, along with detailed research into the genre. I read as many ghost stories and Gothic novels as I could, trying to learn from the authors who masterfully conjure a creepy atmosphere. My protagonist Elsie owns a match factory, which led me to Victorian newspaper accounts about the conditions for factory workers. I also spent time consulting original texts from the 17th century about herbal cures to help me with Anne’s storyline.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Silent Companions.

Laura:  The cover features a real-life silent companion owned by The National Trust. This particular screen is of a young girl with a basket of apples and walnuts. She represents the first companion Elsie finds in the house.



TQIn The Silent Companions who was the easiest character to write and why?

Laura:  The hardest and why? I found Anne’s voice came to me very quickly, but this might be because her narrative was written in the first person. I struggled at times with Elsie’s brother Jolyon, who has conflicted feelings towards his sister. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if he was going to be in an indulgent mood or an irritable one.



TQWhich question about The Silent Companions do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Laura:  To be honest, I released in my home country of the UK back in October and I think I have been asked pretty much every question possible in the last six months. But I often find it amusing when people ask if I own a silent companion. I don’t – and if you read the book you will see why I don’t want to!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Silent Companions.

Laura:  She did not like being alone in this house: she felt it was watching her. Sensing her movements within its walls, as she felt the baby flutter in her belly.

A companion, the sweeper, watches me. Her gaze has become shameful, degrading; as if she knows every secret of my soul.



TQWhat's next?

Laura:  My next book is called The Corset. It’s about a seamstress who believes she has a supernatural power to hurt people with the clothes she makes. I also have a short story, Cameo, coming out in an anthology in the autumn. This is a tale of haunted heirlooms set in the 1920s.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.







The Silent Companions
Penguin Books, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
“If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don’t plan on leaving your bed anytime soon.” —Lyndsay Faye, bestselling author of Jane Steele

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves.

“A perfect read for a winter night . . . An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” —The Guardian





About Laura

Interview with Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
© ph2o Photography
Laura Purcell worked in local government, the financial industry, and a bookshop before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Colchester, the oldest recorded town in England, with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Fascinated by the darker side of royal history, Laura has also written two historical fiction novels about the Hanoverian dynasty.










Website  ~  Twitter @spookypurcell


The View From Monday - March 5, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in March!


There are 7 debuts this week:

The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum;

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan;

Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby;

Quietus by Tristan Palmgren;

Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto;

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell;

and

The Glass Blade (Hunters of Infinity 1) by Ryan Wieser.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Highland Dragon Master (Dawn of the Highland Dragon 3) by Isabel Cooper;

Queen of Struggle (The Memory Thief 2) by Nik Korpon;

Lady Henterman's Wardrobe ( Streets of Maradaine 2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

and

The Song Rising (The Bone Season 3) by Samantha Shannon is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - March 5, 2018



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

March 5, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Silver Stag (e) Yasmine Galenorn DF - The Wild Hunt 1



March 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Magos Dan Abnett SF - Eisenhorn 4
Awayland: Stories Ramona Ausubel LF - Collection
Census Jesse Ball LF/SF
Lake Silence Anne Bishop DF/CF/FR - World of the Others, The 1
The Coincidence Makers (D) Yoav Blum LF/F/MR
Burn Bright Patricia Briggs RF/UF - Alpha and Omega 5
Firebrand Kristen Britain F/DF - Green Rider 6
Hooked on a Phoenix Ashlyn Chase PNR - Phoenix Brothers 1
Highland Dragon Master Isabel Cooper Hist/PNR - Dawn of the Highland Dragon 3
Star Destroyers Tony Daniel (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF/SO - Anthology
Blackout (tp2mm) Marc Elsberg TechTh
The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition Jason Fry SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars
The Cold Eye (h2tp) Laura Anne Gilman HistF - The Devil's West 2
Awakening the Shifter Jane Godman PNR
Rainbirds (D) Clarissa Goenawan Psy/Cr/MR
Blood of the Four Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
F
Killing in C Sharp Alexia Gordon SupM - A Gethsemane Brown Mystery 3
Dark Alpha's Night (e) Donna Grant PNR - Reapers 5
Smoke Eaters (D) Sean Grigsby SF
Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition (e) Simon Guerrier SF - Doctor Who
Forbidden Stranger (e) Megan Hart SFR - The Protector 3
An American Witch in Paris Michele Hauf PNR
Cadia Stands Justin D. Hill SF - Astra Militarum
Queen of the Struggle Nik Korpon SF/AP/PA - The Memory Thief 2
If Tomorrow Comes Nancy Kress HSF/AC/GenEng - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 2
Sins of Her Father Mike Kupari SF/SO
The Changeling (h2tp) Victor LaValle LF/F/CF
Princess of Blood Tom Lloyd F - God Fragments 2
Alpha Unleashed Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild 4
Lady Henterman's Wardrobe Marshall Ryan Maresca F/UF - Streets of Maradaine 2
The Burning World (h2tp) Isaac Marion LF - Warm Bodies  2
Tricks for Free Seanan McGuire DF/P/UF - InCryptid 7
The Warrior Within Angus McIntyre SF/SO
High Voltage Karen Marie Moning PNR/P/FR - Fever 10
Man-Kzin Wars IV (e)(ri) Larry Niven SF - Man-Kzin Wars 4
Quietus (D) Tristan Palmgren HSF/HistF/Rel
Typescript of the Second Origin Manuel De Pedrolo
Sara Martin (Tr)
SF
The Silent Companions (D-US) Laura Purcell Hist/Gothic/GH
Master Assassins Robert V.S. Redick F - The Fire Sacraments 1
The Spear of Shadows Josh Reynolds F - Eight Lamentations 1
New York 2140 (h2tp) Kim Stanley Robinson HSF
Fever Dream (h2tp) Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell (Tr)
LF/Psy/H
The Song Rising (h2tp) Samantha Shannon F - The Bone Season 3
Flight of the White Wolf Terry Spear PNR - White Wolf 2
The Ashes of Prospero Gav Thorpe SF - Space Marine Conquests 2
Beren and Lúthien (h2tp) J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien (Ed)
F
The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro Daniel Kraus FR/MR/Hist
The Refrigerator Monologues (h2tp) Catherynne M. Valente CF
A Call to Vengeance David Weber
Timothy Zahn
Thomas Pope
SF - Manticore Ascendant 3
The Glass Blade (D) Ryan Wieser F - Hunters of Infinity 1
Daughters of the Storm Kim Wilkins F - Daughters of the Storm 1
Guardian Angels and Other Monsters Daniel H. Wilson SF/HSF - Collection



March 7, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mr. Neutron (D) Joe Ponepinto LF/Satire



March 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences Gregory Benford (Ed)
Gary Westfahl (Ed)
Howard V. Hendrix (Ed)
Joseph D. Miller (Ed)
SF/F/HC
Somnium Steve Moore Hist



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LC Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PoliSci - Political Science
Psy - Psychological
Rel - Religious
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 15 debut novels for March.

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

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15, 2018.

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 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Michael David Ares

Dayfall
Tor Books, March 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
FEAR THE DAY

In the near future, patches of the northern hemisphere have been shrouded in years of darkness from a nuclear winter, and the water level has risen in the North Atlantic. The island of Manhattan has lost its outer edges to flooding and is now ringed by a large seawall.

The darkness and isolation have allowed crime and sin to thrive in the never-ending shadows of the once great city, and when the sun finally begins to reappear, everything gets worse. A serial killer cuts a bloody swath across the city during the initial periods of daylight, and a violent panic sweeps through crowds on the streets. The Manhattan police, riddled with corruption and apathy, are at a loss.

That's when the Mayor recruits Jon Phillips, a small-town Pennsylvania cop who had just single-handedly stopped a high-profile serial killer in his own area, and flies him into the insanity of this new New York City. The young detective is partnered with a shady older cop and begins to investigate the crimes amidst the vagaries of a twenty-four hour nightlife he has never experienced before. Soon realizing that he was chosen for reasons other than what he was told, Jon is left with no one to trust and forced to go on the run in the dark streets, and below them in the maze of the underground. Against all odds he still hopes that he can save his own life, the woman of his dreams, and maybe even the whole city before the arrival of the mysterious and dreaded event that has come to be known as…. DAYFALL.





Yoav Blum

The Coincidence Makers
St. Martin's Press, March 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In this genre-bending novel, there is no such thing as chance and every action is carefully executed by highly trained agents. You’ll never look at coincidences the same way again.

What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.

Part thriller, part mystery, part love story—Kirkus calls Yoav Blum's The Coincidence Makers “a smart, unpredictable, and heartfelt adventure story.”





Jamey Bradbury

The Wild Inside
William Morrow, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
"The Wild Inside is an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel — think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King." —John Irving

A promising talent makes her electrifying debut with this unforgettable novel, set in the Alaskan wilderness, that is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Chris Bohjalian, and Mary Kubica.

A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed.

But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife similar to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events jumbled, Tracy can’t be sure.

Helping her father cope with her mother’s death and prepare for the approaching Iditarod, she doesn’t have time to think about what she may have done. Then a mysterious wanderer appears, looking for a job. Tracy senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can’t warn her father without explaining about the attack—or why she’s kept it to herself.

It soon becomes clear that something dangerous is going on . . . the way Jesse has wormed his way into the family . . . the threatening face of the stranger in a crowd . . . the boot-prints she finds at the forest’s edge.

Her family is in trouble. Will uncovering the truth protect them—or is the threat closer than Tracy suspects?





Damian Dibben

Tomorrow
Hanover Square Press, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A winter’s night, Venice, 1815. A 217-year-old dog is searching for his lost master.

So begins the journey of Tomorrow, a dog who must travel through the courts and battlefields of Europe—and through the centuries—in search of the man who granted him immortality. His adventures take him to the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles, the golden age of Amsterdam and to nineteenth-century Venice.

His is a story of loyalty and determination, as Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit. But Tomorrow’s journey is also a race against time. Danger stalks his path, and in the shadows lurks an old enemy. Tomorrow must find his master before their pursuer can reach him and his master disappears forever.

A spellbinding story of hope in the face of despair, Tomorrow draws us into a century-spanning tale of humanity and the unbreakable bond between two souls. After all, what is lost can surely be found…





Clarissa Goenawan

Rainbirds
Soho Press, March 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man’s path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister’s murder.

Ren Ishida has nearly completed his graduate degree at Keio University when he receives news of his sister’s violent death. Keiko was stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, failing to understand why she chose to turn her back on the family and Tokyo for this desolate place years ago.

But then Ren is offered Keiko’s newly vacant teaching position at a prestigious local cram school and her bizarre former arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s ailing wife. He accepts both, abandoning Tokyo and his crumbling relationship there in order to better understand his sister’s life and what took place the night of her death.

As Ren comes to know the eccentric local figures, from the enigmatic politician who’s boarding him to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, captivating young female student, he delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren realizes that Keiko Ishida kept many secrets, even from him.





Tessa Gratton

The Queens of Innis Lear
Tor Books, March 27, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages
(Debut -Adult)

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton's debut adult epic fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear.

Three Queens. One crown. All out war.

Gaela. Ruthless Commander.
I am the rightful heir of Innis Lear. No more will I wait in the shadows and watch my mother’s murderer bleed my island dry.

The King’s hold on the crown must end—willingly or at the edge of my sword.

Regan. Master Manipulator.
To secure my place on the throne, I must produce an heir. Countless times I have fed the island’s forests my blood. Yet, my ambition is cursed.

No matter what or whom Imust destroy, I will wield the magic of Innis Lear.

Elia. Star-blessed Priest.
My sisters hide in the shadows like serpents, waiting to strike our ailing king. I must protect my father, even if it means marrying a stranger.

We all have to make sacrifices. Love and freedom will be mine.

"Amazing. Just Amazing."--Robin McKinley





Sean Grigsby

Smoke Eaters
Angry Robot, March 6, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
When dragons rise from the earth, firefighters are humanity’s last line of defence, in this wild near-future fantasy.

Firefighter Cole Brannigan is on the verge of retirement after 30 years on the job, and a decade fighting dragons. But during his final fire call, he discovers he’s immune to dragon smoke. It’s such a rare power that he’s immediately conscripted into the elite dragon-fighting force known as the Smoke Eaters. Retirement cancelled, Brannigan is re-assigned as a lowly rookie, chafing under his superiors. So when he discovers a plot to take over the city’s government, he takes matters into his own hands. With hundreds of innocent civilians in the crosshairs, it’s up to Brannigan and his fellow Smoke Eaters to repel the dragon menace.

File Under: Fantasy [ Scaly Firestarters | Final Call Out | Wraith of Flames | Enter the Fireman ]





Rowenna Miller

Torn
The Unraveled Kingdom 1
Orbit, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself -- and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, Kristos rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution's shadow leader takes him hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen's Midwinter costume -- or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie is torn: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she's striven to build.





Tristan Palmgren

Quietus
Angry Robot, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A transdimensional anthropologist can’t keep herself from interfering with Earth’s darkest period of history in this brilliant science fiction debut

Niccolucio, a young Florentine Carthusian monk, leads a devout life until the Black Death kills all of his brothers, leaving him alone and filled with doubt. Habidah, an anthropologist from another universe racked by plague, is overwhelmed by the suffering. Unable to maintain her observer neutrality, she saves Niccolucio from the brink of death.

Habidah discovers that neither her home’s plague nor her assignment on Niccolucio’s world are as she’s been led to believe. Suddenly the pair are drawn into a worlds-spanning conspiracy to topple an empire larger than the human imagination can contain.

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Watcher | Darkness Comes | The Light of Faith | Darkness Beckons ]





Joe Ponepinto

Mr. Neutron
7.13 Books, March 7, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the smallish American city of Grand River, things are not so grand. The river is hopelessly polluted. City officials are in the pockets of oligarchs. And its best hope for meaningful change is a platitude-spouting eight-foot giant named Reason Wilder running for mayor.

Gray Davenport, a veteran political operative, isn t faring much better than his hometown. His wife is about to leave him. He s working for a mayoral candidate who has no chance to win and who can t even pay for Gray s services. When Gray notices that Reason may not be human, Gray embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about Reason s mysterious origins, and the truth promises to change Grand River and Gray forever.

A satirical mashup of Frankenstein and Veep, Mr. Neutron is a hilarious genre-bender that speaks to the unpredictable nature of American politics today.





Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions
Penguin Books, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
“If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don’t plan on leaving your bed anytime soon.” —Lyndsay Faye, bestselling author of Jane Steele

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves.

“A perfect read for a winter night . . . An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” —The Guardian





Dempow Torishima
Daniel Huddleston, Translator

Sisyphean
Sisyphean Series
Haikasoru, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
(Debut - English)

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Even after the world and humanity itself have been rendered nearly unrecognizable by genetic engineering, a day in the office can feel…Sisyphean.

The company stands atop a tiny deck supported by huge iron columns a hundred meters high. The boss there is its president—a large creature of unstable, shifting form once called “human.” The world of his dedicated worker contains only the deck and the sea of mud surrounding it, and and the worker’s daily routine is anything but peaceful. A mosaic novel of extreme science and high weirdness, Sisyphean will change the way you see existence itself.

A strange journey into the far future of genetic engineering, and working life. After centuries of tinkering, many human bodies only have a casual similarity to what we now know, but both work and school continue apace. Will the enigmatic sad sack known only as “the worker” survive the day? Will the young student Hanishibe get his questions about the biological future of humanity answered, or will he have to transfer to the department of theology? Will Umari and her master ever comprehend the secrets of nanodust?





Thomas Welsh

Anna Undreaming
Metiks Fade Trilogy 1
Owl Hollow Press, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, “Never play their game; their game is always rigged.” For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well.

Especially when Anna becomes lost to the dark heart of the city. She finds herself hunted by Dreamers—artists, both good and evil, who construct new worlds—within a complex community that threatens to undermine reality itself. When Anna learns that she’s an Undreamer with powers she cannot yet comprehend, she must travel through their strange and treacherous creations to discover that there’s as much beauty in life as there is darkness. As her existence spirals into wonder and danger, Anna must look deep within herself and face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Anna Undreaming is the first book in the The Metiks Fade trilogy.





Ryan Wieser

The Glass Blade
Hunters of Infinity Trilogy 1
Rebal Base, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 265 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The Hunters of Infinity have been protecting the Daharian galaxy for years, but there has never been a female Hunter—until now.

In a seedy bar in the shadowy corners of Daharia, Jessop comes to the rescue of young Hunter Kohl O’Hanlon. Impressed by her remarkable sword-wielding skills, the Hunters invite her to their training facility, the Glass Blade, though not all are pleased with the intrusion. But they soon discover that Jessop learned to fight from the rogue leader of the Shadow City of Aranthol—and escaped. Now they want to use her intimate knowledge of their enemy to destroy him. As Jessop grows closer to this elite brotherhood, their leader succumbs to a mysterious ailment, and Kohl learns that Jessop is hiding dark secrets, raising suspicions about the enigmatic woman who saved his life. Has the Hunters’ security been breached—or do they have a traitor in their ranks?

Allegiances will be questioned.

Loyalties will be betrayed.

Vengeance will be brutal.





Nick Clark Windo

The Feed
William Morrow, March 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age.

IT MAKES US. IT DESTROYS US. NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT IT.

The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees . . . in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the world.

Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when the Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know it.

The Feed’s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself . . . and maybe even that is no longer true.

Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But then their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology? And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be?
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