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Covers Revealed: Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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


Lauren A. Forry (2017)

The Did Bad Things
Arcade Crimewise, June 2, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Covers Revealed: Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
And Then There Were None meets The Last Time I Lied in this dark and twisty psychological thriller.

In 1995, six university students moved into the house at 215 Caldwell Street. Months later, one of them was found dead on the sofa the morning after their end-of-year party. His death was ruled an accident by the police. The remaining five all knew it wasn’t, and though they went on with their lives, the truth of what happened to their sixth housemate couldn’t stay buried forever.

Twenty years later, all five of them arrive—lured separately under various pretenses—at Wolfheather House, a crumbling, secluded mansion on the Scottish isle of Doon. Trapped inside with no way out and no signal to the outside world, the now forty-somethings fight each other—and the unknown mastermind behind their gathering—as they confront the role they played in their housemate’s death. They are given one choice: confess to their crimes or die.

They Did Bad Things is a deviously clever psychological thriller about the banality of evil and the human capacity for committing horror.





Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2015)

Mexican Gothic
Del Rey, June 30, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed: Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).


After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.





H.G. Parry (2019)

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians
The Shadow Histories 1
Redhook, June 23, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

Covers Revealed: Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world.

It is the Age of Enlightenment -- of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France, to the weather mage Toussaint L'Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos.

For more from H. G. Parry, check out The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep.

The View From Monday - June 3, 2019


Happy first Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey;

The Ragged Blade by Christopher Ruz;

and

Oval by Elvia Wilk.

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




 From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land 3) by Callie Bates;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry is out in Trade Paperback;

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller is out in Trade Paperback;

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim is out in Trade Paperback;

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty is out in Trade Paperback;

Fray (Unraveled Kingdom 2) by Rowenna Miller

The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen 1) by Signe Pike is out in Trade Paperback;


Empire of Silence (Sun Eater 1) by Christopher Ruocchio is out in Mass Market Paperback.

and

The Fire Opal Mechanism (Jewel 2) by Fran Wilde.

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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 3, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Give Up the Ghost (e) Jenn Burke PM - Not Dead Yet 2
Craving Supernatural Creatures: German Fairy-Tale Figures in American Pop Culture Claudia Schwabe FairyT/FolkT/LM/ MTI/LF - Fairy-Tale Studies



June 4, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF/AP/PA - Anthology
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Vol. 5 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Year's Best Military & Adventure Science 5
Spine of the Dragon Kevin J. Anderson F - Wake the Dragon 1
The Soul of Power Callie Bates F - The Waking Land 3
The Sound of Echoes Eric Bernt TechTh/Th/SF - Speed of Sound Thrillers 2
The Plague Stones James Brodgen H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
My Enemy's Enemy Robert Buettner SF
Brief Cases (h2tp) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Collection
Sunspot Jungle: Volume Two: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (e) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F/H - Anthology
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us (h2tp) Edgar Cantero Cr/Satire/BH
To Clear Away the Shadows David Drake SF/SO - RCN 13
Abigale Hall (h2tp) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh
Magic for Liars (D) Sarah Gailey CF/M/Sus
Just One Bite Jack Heath Cr/H/PI
Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded (h2tp) Jason Heller PopCul/LC/SF/F
Zero Sum Game (h2tp) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 1
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales Stephen King (Ed)
Bev Vincent (Ed)
Sus/H - Anthology
The Outsider (h2tp) Stephen King Sus
The Hills Have Spies (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/FR - Valdemar: Family Spies 1
Liaden Universe Constellation IV Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe collection
An Ocean of Minutes (h2tp) Thea Lim LF
Unraveling Karen Lord F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Robots of Gotham (h2tp) Todd McAulty SF
Fray Rowenna Miller F/HistF - Unraveled Kingdom 2
The Beyond Chloe Neill UF/P/PNR - Devil's Isle 4
Burning Sky (tp2mm) Weston Ochse SF/H
From Distant Stars Sam Peters SF/M/Noir/SFR/AC - From Darkest Skies 2
The Lost Queen (h2tp) Signe Pike Hist - Lost Queen 1
By the Pricking of Her Thumb Adam Roberts SF/M/Cr
The Great Eastern Howard Rodman HistF
Empire of Silence (h2mm) Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/AC - Sun Eater 1
The Ragged Blade (D) Christopher Ruz F - Century of Sand 1
Wolf Rain Nalini Singh PNR/SFR/P - Psy-Changeling Trinity 3
War Criminals Gavin G. Smith SF/Th/HSF/CyP/AC - Bastard Legion 3
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell Neal Stephenson TechTh
At All Costs (Limited Leatherbound Collector's Edition) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 11
The Fire Opal Mechanism Fran Wilde F - Jewel 2
Oval (D) Elvia Wilk LF/BH/TechTh/Dys/SF/Satire
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine: A Decade of Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, 2005-2015 Sheila Williams (Ed) SF - Anthology



June 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Black Madness :: Mad Blackness Therí Alyce Pickens LC/SocSci/SF/F



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.

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 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 2017 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 30, 2017.

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Cover and book design by KG Design International






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Illustrated and designed by Julia Lloyd






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Cover design by Adrijus Guscia






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Cover design by David Gee






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Cover art by Craig White






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Cover illustrated by John Jude Palencar


Interview with Lauren A. Forry, Author of Abigale Hall


Please welcome Lauren A. Forry to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Abigale Hall was published on April 11th by Skyhorse Publishing.



Interview with Lauren A. Forry, Author of Abigale Hall




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

Lauren:  I started writing stories when I was kid, weird stories about witches and children disappearing in fields of corn and a blob that ate students on field trips. I read a lot of Goosebumps and the Bunnicula books by James Howe, and I really wanted to write my own scary stories (which were not scary and barely stories).

It wasn’t until college that decided I wanted to be a writer. I originally wanted to be an ER doctor and started on the pre-med track at NYU. NYU is split into several different colleges, and it offers open arts elective courses so that students in the other schools can take certain classes at Tisch School of the Arts. I needed one more class to fill out my spring semester Freshman year, so I took an open arts course in screenwriting. I pretty much immediately realized that telling stories is what I should be doing for a living. While I found my science courses interesting, I had more passion for that course than any pre-med work I had done. When I told my parents I wanted to switch my major and become a writer, my mom’s word-for-word response was, “Well we knew that. We were waiting for you to figure it out.”



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Lauren:  Definitely a hybrid. I’ve learned the hard way that if I totally try to pants something, I write nothing worth keeping and have to scrap entire drafts. On the flip side, if I try to plot everything, I don’t let the story develop and reveal itself naturally. So before I start a novel, I figure out the opening scene and inciting incident, the mid-point climax, and the resolution. Then I write chronologically. As each scene develops, I start to see where the plot needs to go in order to get me to that next major plot point, so when I finish a chapter, I’ll do a quick outline of what I think needs to happen in the next chapter, adjusting as necessary. It’s exciting when I get towards the end of a first draft, and I know exactly how many scenes I have left to write until I get to the ending (which may or may not have changed since my initial idea).



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Lauren:  Scene descriptions! Because I had four years of screenwriting training, I have a strong sense for scene structure and dialogue, but when I decided to write novels, I struggled with descriptions because I realized they actually have to be interesting. In screenwriting, you’re creating a blueprint for others to follow. You only include what detail is necessary, and you keep it simple and straightforward. When describing a scene in a novel, you’re not just the writer. You’re the director, actor, cinematographer, costumer, sound mixer, etc. It’s entirely up to you to work the reader’s imagination and create the scene you want them to see.

When I’m writing a first draft, my scenes are mainly skeletons – dialogue and necessary plot points. Then I’ll go back and layer in the stronger, descriptive prose. It usually takes me a few rounds before I get the scene to evoke the tone and atmosphere I want.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Lauren:  My very first influence was The X-Files. Long story short, my dad was an FBI agent, so when The X-Files premiered when I was 8 years old, he wanted us to watch it together. (My parents let me watch pretty much anything so long as I watched it with them. I also didn’t scare easily and had a pretty strong understanding of fiction versus reality.)

For all original 9 seasons, Dad and I never missed an episode together. Because of that, I’ve always been drawn to anything dark, scary, weird, or strange. As an adult, that’s translated into a love of Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Waters, David Mitchell, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others.

On the other side of the spectrum, I also have a pretty big love affair with Judge Judy. Understanding how people think is important for developing strong characters, and seeing what people choose to sue one another over in a small claims court – especially when they’re suing family members – fascinates me.



TQ:   Describe Abigale Hall in 140 characters or less.

Lauren:  A dark Gothic thriller set during one of Britain’s most depressing eras where women must cannibalize their own desires to survive.



TQ:   Tell us something about Abigale Hall that is not found in the book description.

Lauren:  To me, Abigale Hall has always been a story about the past versus the future. Mrs. Pollard is the past, desperately clinging to old ideas and values no matter the cost, while Eliza is the future, fighting for her own identity and freedom.



TQWhat inspired you to write Abigale Hall?

Lauren:  Two ideas kind of collided around the same time that birthed the idea for Abigale Hall. First, I had been reading about post-WWII Britain. Being American, I grew up learning about how great the post-war years were for us economically. In Britain, it was the exact opposite. I had no idea that living conditions were worse for several years after the war than they were during it. It seemed like such a depressing time and I thought, “What a great setting for a horror story.”

While my dad imbued me with a love of scary, strange stories, my mom is a huge history buff who got me interested in British and European history. She’s also into genealogy and because of that, she inadvertently sparked the idea for the plot. She discovered we had a distant ancestor named Brownawell and thought it would be a great name for a character. I started thinking who this Brownawell might be and what his secrets were. Once I figured out those secrets, I thought of who might be the best person to discover them, and that person became Eliza, the novel’s protagonist. Once I connected the idea that Eliza’s story could be put into that postwar setting, everything else fell in place.



TQAbigale Hall is described by your publisher as "a historical ghost story". What appeals to you about ghost stories and do you have any favorites?

Lauren:  I like the mystery of ghost stories – the question of what’s really happening. Why is the ghost here and what connection does it have to those who are still living? And, is there really a ghost or is what’s happening the manifestation of an unwell mind?

I love the film The Orphanage. After The Others, I didn’t think another film could pull off such a unique twist on the genre, but The Orphange does. And I finally read The Shining the other year and couldn’t put it down. I find I’m more drawn to malevolent, manipulating spirits than the kind ones!



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Abigale Hall?

Lauren:  I read as much as I could about the WWII and postwar experience in Britain. David Kynaston’s Austerity Britain was a huge asset. Britain also had something quite remarkable from 1937 to the 1950s which was the Mass Observation social research organization. Mass Observation asked people to document their everyday lives and sometimes answer specific questions about the news or politics at the time, and mail in their diaries. Because of that, there is a vast amount of information about the average person’s life in Britain during and after the war. Several editors have collected some of the entries into books, including Simon Garfield (Our Hidden Lives and Private Battles), and the diaries of a woman named Nella Last, who was especially prolific, have been collected into three volumes. Lots of books can tell you the events of the time, but it’s the little details like what type of soap people used or the most popular brands of toothpaste, that really make a setting come to life.

I was also living in London when I wrote Abigale Hall, so I visited as many museums as I could. The Imperial War Museum in Lambeth had, at the time, a life-sized model of a typical 1940s house, and I took about a thousand pictures. Plus it had suitcases and belongings of children who had been evacuated during the Blitz, ration cards, 1940s clothes and shoes, gas masks. You could even sit inside a shelter and experience what is like to hide during an air raid.

Sometimes I would just walk around central London and try to see it as Eliza would have, but I’d have to double-check streets and walking routes because in 1947, London had barely begun to rebuild after the Blitz. A street you can walk down today might have been a blasted bombsite until the 1950s.



TQPlease tell us about Abigale Hall's cover.

Lauren:  The cover puts the focal point on the house, which I love, because the house really plays a central character in the story rather than just being a setting. Only some of the windows are lit to evoke the sense that something is not all there about this place. There is a battle between darkness and light going on inside. And the surrounding tree branches are like claws, but are they reaching out to push you away from the house or turning in to keep something contained?



TQIn Abigale Hall who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Lauren:  Rebecca was the easiest. I am a younger sister, so I could channel her mindset pretty well. We youngest siblings can tend to be selfish. We experience this strange combination of everyone else in the family simultaneously looking out for us and taking care of us while also ignoring us enough that we’re left to our own devices and can do as we please. So I took my experiences with that and amped them up to a more dramatic level.

Peter’s friend, Stephen, was the hardest. He’s a misogynist and a creep, so having to think like him made me uncomfortable, particularly in his scenes with Eliza. I would say more about a time I enjoyed writing his character, but I don’t want to spoil anything!



TQWhich question about Abigale Hall do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Is Abigale Hall also a Gothic romance, like Rebecca?

Lauren:  No, and I’m sorry if anyone who reads it expects more romance than there is! Eliza does have a boyfriend whom she loves dearly and wants to get back to, but in an age where women were already being forced out of work after the war and chided for causing child neglect if they did work, I wanted Eliza to learn how to stand on her own. Her entire life, her identity has been wrapped up in relationships – relationships with her parents, her sister, her boyfriend – and I wanted her to learn to see herself as a whole person and question whether or not she likes what she sees.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Abigale Hall.

Lauren:

“A set of teeth smiled at her from the brown water. Eliza dropped the spoon. The sheep’s head sunk to the bottom of the pot.”

Boiling a sheep’s head to make broth was something people did – you couldn’t waste anything – and as soon as I read that in my research, I knew I had to include it. I’ve never made broth in my life, let alone boiled animal heads to do it, and that image left such a strong image in my mind that I couldn’t wait to share it.



TQWhat's next?

Lauren:  I recently finished my second novel, which is another dark, twisted tale, though not Gothic. I like to think of it as a dark X-Files episode except set in 1950s Britain with a repressed housewife and a disgraced scientist. And I’m editing my third novel, which will be my take on a murder mystery in the vein of And Then There Were None. (The Clue movie with Tim Curry is a big childhood favorite, and I’ve wanted to write something darkly humorous – and murderous – like that for awhile.) I’m also working on a few more short stories for Brick Moon Fiction (brickmoonfiction.com) that I’m excited about but can’t say much about right now.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Abigale Hall
Skyhorse Publishing, April 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 376 pages

Interview with Lauren A. Forry, Author of Abigale Hall
Amid the terror of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, having lost their mother to the Blitz and their father to suicide. Forced to leave London to work for the mysterious Mr. Brownwell at Abigale Hall, they soon learn that the worst is yet to come. The vicious housekeeper, Mrs. Pollard, seems hell-bent on keeping the ghostly secrets of the house away from the sisters and forbids them from entering the surrounding town—and from the rumors that circulate about Abigale Hall. When Eliza uncovers some blood-splattered books, ominous photographs, and portraits of a mysterious woman, she begins to unravel the mysteries of the house, but with Rebecca falling under Mrs. Pollard’s spell, she must act quickly to save her sister, and herself, from certain doom.

Perfect for readers who hunger for the strange, Abigale Hall is an atmospheric debut novel where the threat of death looms just beyond the edge of every page. Lauren A. Forry has created a historical ghost story where the setting is as alive as the characters who inhabit it and a resonant family drama of trust, loyalty, and salvation.





About Lauren

Interview with Lauren A. Forry, Author of Abigale Hall
Lauren A. Forry was brought up in Pennsylvania before living in the woods outside of London. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Kingston University, where she was awarded the Faber Creative Writing MA Prize for her thesis work, Abigale Hall. Her short stories have since been published by Brick Moon Fiction, Lamplight Magazine, and other sci-fi and horror anthologies. She currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.








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The View From Monday - April 10, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry;

and

Celestial Mechanics by William Least Heat-Moon.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders it out in Trade Paperback;

The Witch of Torinia (Tale of Valdur 2) by Clifford Beal;

The Island Deception (Gateway to Alissia 1) by Dan Koboldt;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis is out in Trade Paperback;

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1) by Julie McElwain is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is out in Trade Paperback.

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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.

April 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood From Stone (e) (ri) Laura Anne Gilman UF - A Retrievers Novel 6
The Nymph King (e) (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis 3



April 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wine-Dark Sea Robert Aickman H
All the Birds in the Sky (h2tp) Charlie Jane Anders CF/SF
Indomitable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF/SO - Chronicles of Promise Paen 2
The Witch of Torinia Clifford Beal F - Tale of Valdur 2
Fate of Devotion K. F. Breene SF - Finding Paradise 2
Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic the Gathering Titus Chalk RP/F
Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils William C. Dietz SF - Blizzard Legends
The Alchemists of Kush Minister Faust CF
Sputnik's Children (D) Terri Favro LF/SF/AP/PA/CoA
Abigale Hall (D) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh/SupTh/H
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! (h2tp) Manuel Gonzales LF/SF
Starcraft: Liberty's Crusade (ri) Jeff Grubb SF - Blizzard Legends
Celestial Mechanics (D) William Least Heat-Moon LF
The Loney (h2tp) Andrew Michael Hurley LF
Razr: A Demonica Underworld Novella Larissa Ione PNR - Demonica Underworld
Proof of Concept Gwyneth Jones SF
The Island Deception (e) Dan Koboldt F - Gateways to Alissia 2
The Wolf Road (h2tp) Beth Lewis PsyTh/SF/AP/PA
Thirteen Views of the Suicide Woods Bracken MacLeod Occ/Sup/H - Collection
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (h2tp) A. Lee Martinez UF - Constance Verity 1
Void Star Zachary Mason LF/Dys
A Murder in Time (h2tp) Julie McElwain TT/M - Kendra Donovan Mysteries 1
Starcraft: I, Mengsk (ri) Graham McNeill SF - Blizzard Legends
Hystopia (h2tp) David Means LF/AH
Cold Welcome Elizabeth Moon SF/SO - Vatta's Peace 1
Waking Hell Al Robertson SF
Once Upon a Summer Night Nancy Scanlon TTR - Mists of Fate 3
The Mirror Thief (h2tp) Martin Seay HistF/M/VisMeta
Special Purposes Gavin Smith SF
The Last Machine in the Solar System Matthew Isaac Sobin SF/Dys/AP/PA/LF
Avengers of the Moon Allen Steele SF/SO
Great With Child Sonia Taitz F/FR
Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories: Classic Science-Fiction with a Contemporary First Nations Outlook Drew Hayden Taylor SF/Aboriginal - Collection
WarDance (e) Elizabeth Vaughan F
Blue Plague: The Fall Thomas A. Watson DF - Blue Plague 1
Thrawn Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Star Wars



April 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Warm Heart: A Tor.com Original (e) Rich Larson H



April 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And the Rest is History (e) Jodi Taylor HistF/TT - The Chronicles of Saint Mary's 8



April 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (e) Gwendolyn Kiste H




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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

2017 Debut Author Challenge - April Debuts




There are 15 debut novels for April.

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

The April 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 April cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for April 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Omar El Akkad

American War
Knopf, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Literary Fiction

An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.




Casey Doran

Jericho's Razor
Jericho Sands 1
Polis Books, April 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages
Horror, Thriller

Horror writer Jericho Sands has had a hell of a month. He's endured a bitter break up with his punk rocker girlfriend, learned that his lungs are blacker than a coal mine, and served time in county jail for throwing a United States Congressman in a dumpster. He's heartbroken, sleep deprived and suffering from a debilitating case of writer's block

Life is about to get much worse.

Somebody from Jericho's past has left a decapitated body on his doorstep. The similarity to methods used in his books, his lack of an alibi and his proximity to the victim all lead the detectives handling the case to quickly identify Jericho as the primary suspect.

But being framed for murder is the least of Jericho's problems, because this killer is only getting started. The mysterious executioner known as 'The River City Slasher' has made it clear that more innocent people will be killed before Jericho himself is the final victim. Unable to trust the cops, Jericho is forced to examine the darkest parts of his own psyche to catch a killer, save innocent lives, and free himself from his own guilt. When Jericho finally learns the identity of the killer terrorizing the city, it shocks him in ways he was unprepared for, causing him to doubt all he holds to be true, including his own judgment and motivations.

The first book in the Jericho Sands series, Jericho's Razor heralds the debut of a phenomenal new thriller writer in Casey Doran.




Ruthanna Emrys

Winter Tide
The Innsmouth Legacy 1
Tor.com, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Historical Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

"Winter Tide is a weird, lyrical mystery — truly strange and compellingly grim. It's an innovative gem that turns Lovecraft on his head with cleverness and heart" —Cherie Priest

After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.

Winter Tide is the debut novel from Ruthanna Emrys, author of the Aphra Marsh story, "The Litany of Earth"--included here as a bonus.




Terri Favro

Sputnik's Children
ECW Press, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 360 pages
Literary Fiction

A literary, genre-bending novel full of heart

Cult comic book creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi has been riding the success of her Cold War era–inspired superhero series, Sputnik Chick: Girl with No Past, for more than 25 years. But with the comic book losing fans and Debbie struggling to come up with new plotlines for her badass, mutant-killing heroine, she decides to finally tell Sputnik Chick’s origin story.

Debbie’s never had to make anything up before and she isn’t starting now. Sputnik Chick is based on Debbie’s own life in an alternate timeline called Atomic Mean Time. As a teenager growing up in Shipman’s Corners — a Rust Belt town voted by Popular Science magazine as “most likely to be nuked” — she was recruited by a self-proclaimed time traveller to collapse Atomic Mean Time before an all-out nuclear war grotesquely altered humanity. In trying to save the world, Debbie risked obliterating everyone she’d ever loved — as well as her own past — in the process.

Or so she believes . . . Present-day Debbie is addicted to lorazepam and dirty, wet martinis, making her an unreliable narrator, at best. A time-bending novel that delves into the origin story of the Girl with No Past, Sputnik’s Children explores what it was like to come of age in the Atomic Age.




Lauren A. Forry

Abigale Hall
Skyhorse Publishing, April 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 376 pages
Psychological Thriller

Amid the terror of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, having lost their mother to the Blitz and their father to suicide. Forced to leave London to work for the mysterious Mr. Brownwell at Abigale Hall, they soon learn that the worst is yet to come. The vicious housekeeper, Mrs. Pollard, seems hell-bent on keeping the ghostly secrets of the house away from the sisters and forbids them from entering the surrounding town—and from the rumors that circulate about Abigale Hall. When Eliza uncovers some blood-splattered books, ominous photographs, and portraits of a mysterious woman, she begins to unravel the mysteries of the house, but with Rebecca falling under Mrs. Pollard’s spell, she must act quickly to save her sister, and herself, from certain doom.

Perfect for readers who hunger for the strange, Abigale Hall is an atmospheric debut novel where the threat of death looms just beyond the edge of every page. Lauren A. Forry has created a historical ghost story where the setting is as alive as the characters who inhabit it and a resonant family drama of trust, loyalty, and salvation.




William Least Heat-Moon

Celestial Mechanics: A Tale for a Mid-Winter Night
Three Rooms Press, April 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

In this emotional tale of haunted love, CELESTIAL MECHANICS’s Silas Fortunato finds himself locked in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not be alive. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of dreams and reality, their influences leading Silas on a journey toward what may be light and a new belonging to something vastly beyond him.

The debut novel of famed Blue Highways author William Least Heat-Moon, CELESTIAL MECHANICS embarks on a journey through the mind and wrestles with life’s major questions, like the nature of the Cosmos, the value of knowledge, and the essence of truly being alive. Heat-Moon has already proven he is a master at taking readers on powerful journeys as shown in his initial release Blue Highways, which spent 42 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. CELESTIAL MECHANICS is a Blue Highways of the mind, in which the author leads readers on a path unlike any other, offering new insight into finding one’s place in this universe we struggle to understand.

Just as Heat-Moon’s nonfiction employs many fictional narrative techniques, CELESTIAL MECHANICS draws upon nonfictional devices to build a story that crosses traditional boundaries between the two. It is the clarion call of a generation that believes rationality and spirituality can—and should—coexist, a generation defined by globalization, where the only things left unknown are what is within and beyond us, those cosmic realms revealed by the telescope and the quantum world suggested by the microscope. This book is for readers steeped in a hustle-and-bustle world that seems impossible to escape; for those who believe that practices like mindfulness and rational deduction and childlike wonder are the keys to the kind of fulfillment commercial aspects of life can never hope to address.




Antonia Honeywell

The Ship
Orbit, April 25, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Coming Of Age, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic

"Powerful, haunting, and beautiful," (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts) The Ship is a luminous and genre-defying debut novel that follows a young woman's coming of age in a world where she has no future.

London burned for three weeks. And then it got worse...

Young, naive Lalla has grown up isolated in her parents' apartment, sheltered from the chaos amid the ruins of civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside. People are killing each other for husks of bread, and the police are detaining anyone without an identification card. On her sixteenth birthday, Lalla's father decides it's time to use their escape route--a ship he's built that is only big enough to save five hundred people.

But the utopia her father has created isn't everything it appears. There's more food than anyone can eat, but nothing grows; more clothes than anyone can wear, but no way to mend them; and no-one can tell her where they are going.




Vivien Jackson

Wanted and Wired
Tether 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 4, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
SF Romance

“Raw. Smart. Quick-witted. Mouthwatering. Just a few adjectives that describe this exquisite tale. Do not let this unforgettable story, or its incredible cast of characters, slip by you.” —DARYNDA JONES, New York Times bestselling author

A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places…

Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas—sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.

Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it’s the perfect storm…




T. M. Lakomy

The Shadow Crucible: The Blind God
SelectBooks, April 25, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages

In a world where angels, demons, and gods fight over the possession of mortal souls, two conflicted pawns are ensnared in a cruel game. The enigmatic seer Estella finds herself thrown together with Count Mikhail, a dogmatic Templar dedicated to subjugating her kind. But when a corrupted cardinal and puppet king begin a systematic genocide of her people, the two become unlikely allies.

Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of the lucrative trade in human souls. All organized religions are shops orchestrated to consume mankind. Every deity, religion, and spiritual guide has been corrupted, and each claims to have the monopoly on truth and salvation.

In a perilous game where the truth is distorted and meddling ancient deities converge to partake of the unseen battle, Estella unwittingly finds herself hunted by Lucifer. Traversing the edge of hell’s precipice, Estella and Mikhail are reduced to mere instruments. Their only means to overcome is through courting the Threefold Death, the ancient ritual of apotheosis—of man becoming God.

The Shadow Crucible is a gripping epic set in medieval England where the struggle for redemption is crushed by the powers of evil. Tamara Lakomy is a new and compelling voice in the world of dark fantasy.




Kent Lester

The Seventh Sun
Forge Books, April 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Technological Thriller, Political Thriller

In a breathtaking debut, Kent Lester has married fast-paced narrative and cutting-edge, reality-based science to produce an edge-of-the-seat thriller in The Seventh Sun.

A seemingly random murder alerts scientist Dan Clifford to a global conspiracy that stretches from the halls of Washington to the Honduran coast. Illegal, undersea activities have unwittingly uncovered a primordial secret that is wreaking havoc on aquatic life and the local human population.

When the CDC and the full resources of a U.S. “threat interdiction” team fails to uncover the source of the devastation, Dan and a brilliant marine biologist, Rachel Sullivan, must race to unravel an unimaginable, ancient mystery in the murky depths. It's up to them to stop this terror before a determined multi-national corporation triggers a worldwide extinction event, the Seventh Sun of ancient myth.




Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray House
Yuri Machkasov (Translator)
AmazonCrossing, April 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 734 pages
Coming of Age, Fantasy

The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths.

Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws—all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers’ eyes.

But student deaths and mounting pressure from the Outsides put the time-defying order of the House in danger. As the tribe leaders struggle to maintain power, they defer to the awesome power of the House, attempting to make it through days and nights that pass in ways that clocks and watches cannot record.




Pajtim Statovci

My Cat Yugoslavia
David Hackston (Translator)
Pantheon, April 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
Literary Fiction

A love story set in two countries and in two radically different moments in time, bringing together a young man, his mother, a boa constrictor, and one capricious cat

In 1980s Yugoslavia, a young Muslim girl is married off to a man she hardly knows, and what was meant to be a happy match quickly goes wrong. Shortly thereafter, the country is torn apart by war and she and her family flee to Finland, where her son Bekim grows up to become a social outcast—not just an immigrant in a country suspicious of foreigners but also a gay man in an unaccepting society. Aside from casual hookups, his only companion is a boa constrictor that, improbably (he is terrified of snakes), he lets roam around his apartment.

Then one night, at a gay bar, Bekim meets a talking cat, who also moves in with him. It is this witty, charming, manipulative creature who starts Bekim on a journey back to Kosovo to confront his demons and make sense of the magical, cruel, incredible history of his family. And this, in turn, enables Bekim finally to open himself to true love—which he will find in the most unexpected place.




Sara O. Thompson

Muddy Waters
Otherwhere 1
Curiosity Quills Press, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook
Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Twenty years ago, the boundary between worlds dropped. It will be a while before the political, social, and religious upheaval settles down but the good news is: now you can book a vacation to Valhalla as easily as you can go to Las Vegas. Your real estate agent might be a Wood Sprite. Your mechanic might be a Minotaur. For better or for worse, Supernormals are part of Earth life.

Five years ago, Tessa Reddick was convicted of killing her entire family: 37 Witches from one of the most powerful covens in history. She’s been locked up at Lakeland Psychiatric hospital, still grieving but mad as hell at whoever-or whatever-put her there.

Half an hour ago, a handsome FBI agent showed up to spring Tessa from the joint
-but there’s a price. A series of murders is picking off Supernormals and the feds need the help of the last known Reddick Witch.

Determined to learn who set her up for the fall, help solve the FBI crimes, and maybe get closer to her mysterious (and seriously hot) Dark Elf partner, Tessa is more than willing to play Witchy Nancy Drew.

But Tessa has few friends left and something is coming for her, too - maybe it’s the one who framed her and killed her coven, or perhaps a new foe with a taste for Witch’s blood.

Solving crimes, doing magic, drinking bourbon. It’s dirty work, but somebody has to do it.




Eleanor Wasserberg

Foxlowe
Penguin Books, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Literary Fiction

An astonishing literary debut about a young girl’s coming of age in the haunting, enchanting world of an English commune—a modern gothic novel with echoes of Room and Never Let Me Go

Foxlowe is a crumbling old house in the moors—a wild, secluded, and magical place. For Green, it is not just home, but everything she knows.

Outside, people live in little square houses, with unhappy families and tedious jobs. At Foxlowe, Green runs free through the hallways and orchards, in the fields and among the Standing Stones. Outside, people are corrupted by money. At Foxlowe, the Family shares everything. Outside, the Bad is everywhere. At Foxlowe, everyone in the Family is safe—as long as they follow Freya’s rules and perform her rituals. But as Green’s little sister, Blue, grows up, she shows more and more interest in the Outside. Before long she starts to talk about becoming a Leaver. . . .

Building inexorably to its terrifying climax, Foxlowe tells a chilling, irresistible story of superstition and survival, betrayal and redemption, and a utopia gone badly wrong.




Deborah A. Wolf

The Dragon's Legacy
The Dragon's Legacy Book 1
Titan Books, April 18, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Epic Fantasy

In the heart of the singing desert, the people are fading from the world. Mothers bear few live children, the warriors and wardens are hard-pressed to protect those who remain, and the vash’ai—the great cats who have called the people kithren for as long as there have been stories— bond with fewer humans each year.

High above, the Sun Dragon sings a song of life and love, while far below, the Earth Dragon slumbers as she has since the beginning of time. Her sleep is fitful, and from the darkness of her dreams come whispers of war… and death.

Sulema is a newly minted warrior of the people and a true Ja’Akari—a daughter of the unforgiving desert. When a mysterious young man appears in her home of Aish Kalumm, she learns that the Dragon King is dying in distant Atualon. As the king fades, so does the magic that sings the Earth Dragon to sleep.

There are those who wish to keep the dragon trapped in endless slumber. Others would tap her power to claim it for their own. And there are those who would have her wake, so they might laugh as the world burns.

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