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The View From Monday - July 3, 2017

Happy 1st Monday in July!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco;

and

Lost in Arcadia by Sean Gandert.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton is out in Trade Paperback;

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard is out in Trade Paperback;

Sungrazer by Jay Posey;

and

Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti.

The View From Monday - July 3, 2017The View From Monday - July 3, 2017
The View From Monday - July 3, 2017The View From Monday - July 3, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - July 3, 2017



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

July 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Royal Enchantment (e) Sharon Ashwood PNR
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy Liz Bourke SF/F/HC
Lost In Arcadia (D) Sean Gandert LF/Dys
The Big Meat Carlton Mellick III PA/H
The Man of Legends Kenneth Johnson SupTh
Kris Longknife's Relief: Grand Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station (Ke) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife
Her Guardian Shifter (e) Karen Whiddon PNR



July 3, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Contingency Plan (e) Robyn Bachar SFR - Galactic Cold War 2
Wolf's Empire: Gladiator (h2tp) Claudia Christian Morgan Grant Buchanan SF
Dune: Legends, Heroes, Schools (e) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Dune
The Wheel of Time, Books 5-9 (e) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
The Corean Chronicles, Volume One (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles Series
Hell's Bounty (h2tp) Joe R. Lansdale
John L. Lansdale
H/W
Zombie Gold (h2tp) John L. Lansdale Z/W/H
Batman: Metal Die-Cast Bat-Signal Running Press MTI
Drakon's Plunder (e) N.J. Walters PNR - Blood of the Drakon 3



July 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Royal Enchantment Sharon Ashwood PNR
Straight Outta Tombstone David Boop (Ed) F - Anthology
Good Morning, Midnight (h2tp) Lily Brooks-Dalton LF/SF
The Icarus Corps: The Darkside War; Titan's Fall; Jupiter Rising Zachary Brown SF - The Icarus Corps
Jupiter Rising (e) Zachary Brown SF - Icarus Corps 3
Out in the Open (D) Jesús Carrasco
Margaret Jull Costa (Tr)
Dys/LF
Wolfling (ri) Gordon R. Dickson SF
The Reluctant Queen Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 2
The Alexander Inheritance Eric Flint
Gorg Huff
Paula Goodlett
AH - Ring of Fire
The Rift Uprising (h2tp) Amy S. Foster SF - The Rift Uprising Trilogy 1
Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions Lois H. Gresh M/F - Cthulhu Vs. Sherlock
Midnight Crossroad (ri) Charlaine Harris MTI/PM -  Midnight, Texas 1
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook Christina Henry DF
Roses and Rot (h2tp) Kat Howard CF
Heroine Worship Sarah Kuhn UF - Heroine Complex 2
Heroine Complex (tp2mm) Sarah Kuhn UF - Heroine Complex 1
A Panicked Premonition Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 15
The Storm Lord (ri) Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 1
A Fading Sun Stephen Leigh F/FairyT/FolkT/LM/ DF
The Hike (h2tp) Drew Magary CF
The Crooked Path E.V. Morrigan F
Key Out of Time (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Time Traders 4
The Time Traders (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Time Traders 1
The Defiant Agents (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Time Traders 3
Threading the Needle (h2mm) Joshua Palmatier F - Ley 2
Sungrazer Jay Posey SF - Outriders
The Song of the Orphans Daniel Price SF - Silvers 2
Grave Ransom Kalayna Price UF - Alex Craft 5
Crashing Heaven Al Robertson SF
The Shipshape Miracle: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 10
Dusty Zebra: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 11
The Goblin Reservation (ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Thing in the Stone: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 12
Time Is the Simplest Thing (ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
A Heritage of Stars (ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
In Evil Times Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials Saga 2
An Oath of Dogs Wendy Wagner SF
The Harbors of the Sun Martha Wells F
Her Guardian Shifter Karen Whiddon PNR
The Cityborn Edward Willett SF/Dys
Wicked Kiss Rebecca Zanetti PRS - Realm Enforcers 4



July 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams: A Tor.com Original (e) Sunny Moraine DF
When the Devil Drives: A Tor.com Original (e) Melinda Snodgrass SF/SH - Wild Cards


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
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RPGs - Role Playing Games
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superhero(es)
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
Z - Zombies

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

Interview with Lily Brooks-Dalton


Please welcome Lily Brooks-Dalton to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Good Morning, Midnight is published on August 9th by Random House. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Lily a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Lily Brooks-Dalton




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

Lily:  I got started pretty young—I loved reading books so much that I wanted to try making them. My mother was an art teacher, so she was familiar with some bookmaking techniques. I still have one of the projects we made together. I wrote it, we illustrated it together, and then she made it into a beautiful little book. Things developed from there, I guess.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Lily:  I’m primarily a plotter, but there always has to be room for surprises. I love outlining, though, and so doodling a vague storyline and then refining the doodles as time goes on is how I situate myself in whatever world I’m trying to create.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Lily:  Sharing it. The excitement around letting a book out into the world is wonderful and terrifying all at once. I love the writing of it, getting to inhabit that world and be with those characters, and letting other readers into that space is difficult for me. Not to mention that moment when you can’t edit anymore—that is the moment that I know how to make the book better.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Lily:  I am so inspired by science in all its forms. In my memoir I drew on laws of physics as a backbone for the narrative, and in the novel, Good Morning, Midnight, I found astronomy and ham radio to be enormously influential. I love the way facts can blend with fiction—I find it really exciting to navigate that interplay between the fantasy and reality.



TQDescribe Good Morning, Midnight in 140 characters or less.

Lily:  An aging astronomer in the Arctic and an astronaut stranded in space come to terms with their choices at the end of the world.



TQTell us something about Good Morning, Midnight that is not found in the book description.

Lily:  I’m not sure! Everything that comes to mind is a spoiler.



TQWhat inspired you to write Good Morning, Midnight? What appealed to you about writing Literary / Science Fiction?

Lily:  I was working at a radio station when I thought of the initial idea. It was in the northeast, and when we had lots of snow someone had to be responsible for periodically going outside and knocking the snow off the transmitter, otherwise it would muffle the signal and we would go off the air. If it snowed overnight, then someone had to stay and do that all night, depending on how quickly the snow was accumulating. That image, of someone all alone in an empty radio station, keeping the signal alive, stuck with me. Eventually it became this book.

I love letting research guide my writing, and so because I was so interested in astronomy and ham radio at the time, that’s the direction the story went in. I’m attracted to science fiction because I love thinking about space and stars and all that good stuff. And as much as a I love really out-there sci-fi, I gravitate toward making things feel more plausible. As a reader, I love it all, but as a writer, I like to focus on characters and settings and let plot unfold more gradually. I guess that makes me a literary writer? I don’t know, that label has always seemed odd to me. I guess because technically we’re all literary writers!



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Good Morning, Midnight?

Lily:  Lots! I read a ton of nonfiction, like astronaut memoirs and various astronomy texts, I watched all the sci-fi movies/tv shows I could find, and I haunted space.com for like two years straight. I made it the homepage on my laptop, just so the night sky would always be on my mind.



TQIn Good Morning, Midnight who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Lily:  Augustine was the easiest, I think. He was the character I began with, and so he was always the clearest to me. I modeled him after my grandfather in a lot of ways (who I dedicated the book to), because my grandfather was always very vocal about the way that alcoholism marred the first half of his life, while also embracing the ways in which recovery illuminated the second half. That sense that it’s never too late to make amends, to do things differently—that is what I see in Augustine’s story, and it’s a story I very much relate to.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Good Morning, Midnight?

Lily:  For me and for this story specifically, the minutia of whether humanity falls by way of epidemic or warfare or asteroid or climate change was so much less interesting than what happens after. I wanted to keep the focus on the characters, to detail the emotional and psychological toll of such a catastrophe without dropping into the mechanics of how the world might continue in the wake of it. I was most interested in the individual issues, as opposed to the social. There are lots of fantastic post-apocalyptic books that delve into social issues—I wanted to write something with a different focus.



TQWhich question about Good Morning, Midnight do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Lily:  Where did the title come from?

The title, Good Morning, Midnight, is a line from a beautiful Emily Dickinson poem, but it’s also the title of another book by Jean Rhys published in 1939. At first it was just a working title for me—it felt too strange to take the title not only from a poem, but also from another novel. In the end, however, it was just too perfect. And I think that both the poem and the Rhys novel are in conversation with some of the major themes in Good Morning, Midnight. I included an epigraph that is a particularly fitting line from Rhys’s novel, and despite how different the plots of the two books are, I’ve come to see so many parallels between the two works.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Good Morning, Midnight.

Lily:  Okay, I’ll give you a short passage from the first chapter that I really like:

“…it was only the sky that moved him, the happenings on the other side of the atmospheric window. His work ethic was strong, his ego engorged, his results groundbreaking, but he wasn’t satisfied. He had never been satisfied and never would be. It wasn’t success he craved, or even fame, it was history: he wanted to crack the universe open like a ripe watermelon, to arrange the mess of pulpy seeds before his dumbfounded colleagues. He wanted to take the dripping red fruit in his hands and quantify the guts of infinity, to look back into the dawn of time and glimpse the very beginning. He wanted to be remembered.
        Yet here he was, seventy-eight years old, at the top of the Arctic archipelago, on the rind of civilization—coming to the terminus of his research, the terminus of his life, and all he could do was stare into the bleak face of his own ignorance.”



TQWhat's next?

Lily:  I’m working on a new novel now. So far it’s about an omniscient being and a human wanderer, and how their experiences intersect. I’m excited to be working on something new, we’ll see where it goes!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Lily:  Thanks so much for having me.





Good Morning, Midnight
Random House, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

Interview with Lily Brooks-Dalton
For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders—a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth—as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.





About Lily

Interview with Lily Brooks-Dalton
Photo: © Lisa Brooks
LILY BROOKS-DALTON was born and raised in southern Vermont. Her memoir, Motorcycles I've Loved, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and her first novel, Good Morning, Midnight, will be published in the US on 8/9/16. A UK edition, as well as Japanese, French, Italian, Turkish, and Polish translations, are also forthcoming. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Toast, and elsewhere.







Website  ~  Instagram  ~  Facebook







Also by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Motorcycles I've Loved: A Memoir
Riverhead Books, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 7, 2015

Interview with Lily Brooks-Dalton
“What the PCT is to Cheryl Strayed, the open road is to Brooks-Dalton.”—Cosmopolitan

A powerful memoir about a young woman whose passion for motorcycles leads her down a road all her own.


At twenty-one-years-old, Lily Brooks-Dalton is feeling lost; returning to New England after three and a half years traveling overseas, she finds herself unsettled, unattached, and without the drive to move forward. When a friend mentions buying a motorcycle, Brooks-Dalton is intrigued and inspired. Before long she is diving headlong into the world of gearheads, reconsidering her surroundings through the visor of a motorcycle helmet, and beginning a study of motion that will help her understand her own trajectory. Her love for these powerful machines starts as a diversion, but as she continues riding and maintaining her own motorcycles, she rediscovers herself, her history, and her momentum.

Forced to confront her limitations—new and old, real and imagined—Brooks-Dalton learns focus, patience, and how to navigate life on the road. As she builds confidence, both on her bike and off, she begins to find her way, ultimately undertaking an ambitious ride that leaves her strengthened, revitalized, and prepared for whatever comes next.

Honest and lyrical, raw and thoughtful, Motorcycles I’ve Loved is a bold portrait of one young woman’s empowering journey of independence and determination.

The View From Monday - August 8, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week.

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton;

Froelich's Ladder by Jamie Duclos-Yourdon;

Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville;

and

The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Nevernight (Nevernight 1) by Jay Kristoff;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Ultra Big Sleep (The Union of Worlds 2) by Patrick Swenson.

The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 8, 2016


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



August 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SpecFic - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction
Endgame (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 4
Infernal Sky (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 3
Knee-Deep in the Dead (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 1
Dancing in Dreamtime Scott Russell Sanders SF - Collection



August 9, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Betrayals Kelley Armstrong F/Th - The Cainsville Series 4
The Heart Goes Last (h2tp) Margaret Atwood LF/Dys/Satire
Good Morning, Midnight (D) Lily Brooks-Dalton LF/SF
Diadem from the Stars (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 1
Skeen's Leap (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 1
Lamarchos (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 2
Moongather (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 1
Moonscatter (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 2
Star Hunters (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 5
Skeen's Return (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 2
Irsud (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 3
A Bait of Dreams (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF
Changer's Moon (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 3
Maeve (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 4
Skeen's Search (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 3
Froelich's Ladder (D) Jamie Duclos-Yourdon FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF/LF
Killfile Christopher Farnsworth Th
Gleam Tom Fletcher F - The Factory Trilogy 1
The End of the End: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Simon Guerrier
Paul Kane
Cavan Scott
SF/AP/PA
Kinslayer David Guymer F - Gotrek & Felix 17
No Good Deed (e2mm) Auston Habershaw F - Saga of the Redeemed 2
Lord of the Darkwood Lian Hearn LF/F - The Tale of Shikanoko 3
Eterna and Omega Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
The Guild Conspiracy (e) Brooke Johnson SP - A Chroniker City Story 2
Nevernight Jay Kristoff F
Welcome to Deadland (D) Zachary Tyler Linville SF/AP/PA/H/Dys/Z
The Grace of Kings (ri) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Bell Weather (h2tp) Dennis Mahoney HistF
I Am Providence Nick Mamatas H
The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville F/SF/LF
The Book of Ralph (D) Christopher Steinsvold SF/AC
Not So Much, Said the Cat (e2tp) Michael Swanwick SF - Collection
The Ultra Big Sleep Patrick Swenson SF/M - The Union of Worlds 2
Mr. Eternity Aaron Thier LF
Pathfinder Tales: Starspawn Wendy N. Wagner F - Pathfinder Tales 34
Rig Jon Wallace SF - Kenstibec 3
The Guns of Empire Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 4



August 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Totem Poles: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce Sterling
Rudy Rucker
SF



August 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival Game (e) Gary Gibson AH - The Apocalypse Duology 2
Eclipse the Flame (e) Ingrid Seymour SH/Dys
Grim Tidings (e) Nancy K. Wallace F - Wolves of Llisé 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2mm - eBook to Mass Market Paperback
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
Ed - Editor
Ke - Kindle only eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies

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

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


There are 13 debut novels for August including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, and more.

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

The August debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15, 2016.

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

Updated to include Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville.



Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire
Kingmaker Chronicles 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…

“Cat” Catalia Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.




Lily Brooks-Dalton

Good Morning, Midnight
Random House, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders—a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth—as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.




Georgia Clark

The Regulars
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
(Adult Debut)

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A fierce, feisty, and “wonderfully entertaining” (Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies) debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true…or do they?

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.

Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well...gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.

But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:

What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

Wildly irreverent, blatantly sexy, and observed with pitch-perfect wit, The Regulars is fresh “compulsive reading from a bright new voice” (Brenda Bowen, author of Enchanted August) in fiction, perfect for fans of Jennifer Close and Kevin Kwan.




Jamie Duclos-Yourdon

Froelich's Ladder
Forest Avenue Press, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 248 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Froelich nurses a decades-old family grudge from his permanent perch atop a giant ladder in this nineteenth century madcap adventure novel. When he disappears suddenly, his nephew embarks on a rain-soaked adventure across the Pacific Northwest landscape to find him, accompanied by an ornery girl with a most unfortunate name. In their encounters with Confederate assassins, European expatriates, and a general store magnate, this fairytale twist on the American dream explores the conflicts between loyalty and ambition and our need for human connection, even at the highest rungs.




Brian Lee Durfee

The Forgetting Moon
The Five Warrior Angels 1
Saga Press, August 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 800 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A massive army on the brink of conquest looms large in a world where prophecies are lies, magic is believed in but never seen, and hope is where you least expect to find it.

Welcome to the Five Isles, where war has come in the name of the invading army of Sør Sevier, a merciless host driven by the prophetic fervor of the Angel Prince, Aeros, toward the last unconquered kingdom of Gul Kana. Yet Gault, one of the elite Knights Archaic of Sør Sevier, is growing disillusioned by the crusade he is at the vanguard of just as it embarks on his Lord Aeros’ greatest triumph.

While the eldest son of the fallen king of Gul Kana now reigns in ever increasing paranoid isolationism, his two sisters seek their own paths. Jondralyn, the older sister, renowned for her beauty, only desires to prove her worth as a warrior, while Tala, the younger sister, has uncovered a secret that may not only destroy her family but the entire kingdom. Then there's Hawkwood, the assassin sent to kill Jondralyn who has instead fallen in love with her and trains her in his deadly art. All are led further into dangerous conspiracies within the court.

And hidden at the edge of Gul Kana is Nail, the orphan taken by the enigmatic Shawcroft to the remote whaling village of Gallows Haven, a young man who may hold the link to the salvation of the entire Five Isles.

You may think you know this story, but everyone is not who they seem, nor do they fit the roles you expect. Durfee has created an epic fantasy full of hope in a world based on lies.




Paul Jenkins

Curioddity
St. Martin's Press, August 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Will Morgan is a creature of habit—a low-budget insurance detective who walks to and from work with the flow of one-way traffic, and for whom imagination is a thing of the distant past. When a job opportunity enters the frame in the form of the mysterious Mr. Dinsdale—curator of the ever so slightly less-than-impressive Curioddity Museum—Will reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing box of levity (the opposite of gravity). What he soon learns, however, is that there is another world out there—a world of magic we can only see by learning to un-look at things—and in this world there are people who want to close the Curioddity museum down. With the help of his eccentric new girlfriend Lucy, Will will do everything he can to deliver on his promise to help Mr. Dinsdale keep the Curioddity Museum in business.

Curioddity is Paul Jenkins’ debut novel... exciting, fast-paced, and uncanny. A must-read.




Forrest Leo

The Gentleman
Penguin Press, August 16, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil–then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her.

When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they’re broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him.Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil — the polite “Gentleman” of the title — who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off: the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party’s over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord.

Newly in love with Vivian, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage’s spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a “dalliance.” Throughout, his cousin’s quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana.

Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history, and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé’s beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.




Zachary Tyler Linville

Welcome to Deadland
Nerdist, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 350 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In a thrilling debut from Nerdist, a ragtag group of survivors struggles to hold onto hope.

A widespread disease has ravaged humanity―symptoms include: animalistic rage, violent outbursts, and a ravenous hunger for human flesh. The few people left are thrust together to fight for their lives, before the world becomes overrun by the infected. Asher, Wendy, and Rico try to reach an abandoned theme park, hoping for sanctuary. Although fear of the infected is ever-present, the group finds themselves facing some very human concerns, as well as new adversaries.

Asher is Wendy’s only friend, and she fears that she’ll lose him if he ever discovers the dark secret she’s been harboring. Reeling from heartbreak, Asher clings to Wendy as he struggles to heal. Rico is a seventeen-year-old rebel used to ditching school and partying all night―but can he outgrow his debauched behavior in order to protect a six-year-old boy who has suddenly fallen under his care? These three will have to overcome their own demons in order to save not only themselves, but the last vestiges of humanity.




Stephanie Knipper

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the spirit of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers--and with a touch of the magical--The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a spellbinding debut about a wondrously gifted child and the family that she helps to heal.  

Sisters Rose and Lily Martin were inseparable when growing up on their family’s Kentucky flower farm yet became distant as adults when Lily found herself unable to deal with the demands of Rose’s unusual daughter. But when Rose becomes ill, Lily is forced to return to the farm and to confront the fears that had driven her away.

Rose’s daughter, ten-year-old Antoinette, has a form of autism that requires constant care and attention. She has never spoken a word, but she has a powerful gift that others would give anything to harness--she can heal with her touch. She brings wilted flowers back to life, makes a neighbor’s tremors disappear, and even changes the course of nature on the flower farm.

Antoinette’s gift, though, comes at a price, since each healing puts her own life in jeopardy. As Rose--the center of her daughter’s life--struggles with her own failing health and Lily confronts her anguished past, the sisters, and the men who love them, come to realize the sacrifices that must be made to keep this very special child safe.

Written with great heart and a deep understanding of what it feels like to be different, The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin is a novel about what it means to be family and about the lengths to which people will go to protect the ones they love.

“This is the kind of book that invites you home, sits you down at the kitchen table, and feeds you something delicious and homemade. You will want to stay in this world where new relationships bloom out of broken ones, sisters find one another again, and miracles really do occur.” —Tiffany Baker




Christopher Steinsvold

The Book of Ralph
Medallion Press, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance with the beverage-industrial complex becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

Looking upon the cylinder, Markus realizes we are not the ones in control. The unexpected guest becomes the host, and somehow humans never belonged: “We are the homeless orphans peeking through the banquet window. We are the frills of the universe gazing upon something unspeakably more central than ourselves.”




K. B. Wagers

Behind the Throne
The Indranan War 1
Orbit, August 2, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
"Excellent SF adventure debut." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire.

When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.




Noah Wareness

Meatheads, or How to DIY Without Getting Killed
ChiZine Publications, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Youth of today don't know fuckall of history. They’re just swinging through the bank vaults on liana vines, setting bonfires, throwing shurikens at hogs. Born here and talking like the yuppies came to us. Like humped in overnight cross the freeway with brain sludge mustaches and the air all mergency broadcasts. Fact is yuppies built this town. Their money brought in mowers for the jungle, insta freeway mix to stop the rivers. We’re the mutants here. We’re the mutants here, and it’s our crew’s got the crazy story. . . .

Punks on acid keep on yelling past the bamboo fence, yelling stupid revelations. Maybe all the corpses in Kaliforonia did wake up once, but that’s history, and no one cares enough to care. You’ve got this sweet bedroom overlooking the radioactive swamp, it’s one short suspension bridge to the spam factory, and kids are calling Meatheads the best band in the world. Still. You miss the days when nobody came to your shows, nobody was feeding you the innerest secret mysteries of Lost Angeles, and they hadn't formed a single death cult in your honor. Lately it’s all last-minute brain transplants, telepathic silkscreen ink and tripping by accident into electrostatic ghost vortexes. It’s like drinking palm wine solves nothing anymore, and you can barely remember when the way of the samurai just meant chopping shit up with swords. . . .




Keith Yatsuhashi

Kojiki
Angry Robot Books, August 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Every civilization has its myths. Only one is true.

When eighteen year old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.”

Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfil her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows and chaos envelops the city. As Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession – that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane. Keiko must decide if she will honour her father’s heritage and take her rightful place among the gods.

File Under: Fantasy [ Gods and Guardians / A Father’s Secret / Longing for More / Cosmic Reinvention ]

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Lily Brooks-Dalton

Good Morning, Midnight
Random House, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
For readers of Station Eleven and The Snow Child, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders—a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth—as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.

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