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Interview with Lindsay Starck, author of Noah's Wife


Please welcome Lindsay Starck to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Noah's Wife was published on January 26th by G.P Putnam's Sons.



Interview with Lindsay Starck, author of Noah's Wife




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

Lindsay Starck: Thanks for inviting me to interview! I started writing while studying abroad in Italy during my junior year of college. I was taking a reflective journaling class, and it was the first creative writing I’d done since middle school. I had been planning to apply to law school when I returned to the States, but I found such joy in the writing that I applied to MFA programs instead. Best decision I ever made.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

LS:  A hybrid, I suppose. I start with a broad outline, but it changes through trial and error. I attempted about six or seven different endings of this novel before hitting on the right one. I’d like to think that next time I will plot more… Then, with luck, I won’t need to spend so many years rewriting draft after draft!



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

LS:  I am easily overwhelmed by the infinite possibilities available to the writer. A story could go anywhere; a character could do anything. There are so many potential paths to take, and not a one of them is off limits. For me the most challenging part of writing is choosing a course and sticking with it.



TQWhat has influenced/influences your writing?

LS:  All kinds of different writers! I admire Marilynne Robinson for her theological, philosophical questions and Daniel Wallace for his imaginative world-building. I love writers who love language, which is why in my day job (as a graduate student) I chose to study early twentieth-century authors like Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner.



TQDescribe Noah's Wife in 140 characters or less.

#twobytwo #allinthesameboat #itsrainingcatsanddogsandzooanimals



TQTell us something about Noah's Wife that is not found in the book description.

LS:  Noah’s wife is a photographer. Once I discovered this, it was easier to write about her because I had a better sense of how she saw herself in relation to others.

“Somewhere along the way someone put a camera in her hands, and that was how she found her calling: to point and shoot at greatness, to sidle up close to the strongest or the smartest so that she could capture a little of their luminescence. Later on, after she had learned how to develop the photos by herself, she would bring the prints out of the darkroom and spread them out across the kitchen table and feel as though she had managed to acquire a fraction of that light for her own.”



TQWhat inspired you to write Noah's Wife?

LS:  I’ve always been interested in stories that retell other stories, so I knew that I wanted to rework an ancient text. (For more awesome retellings of myths, see Kate Bernheimer’s anthology XO Orpheus.) I wanted to explore relationships, or different kinds of “pairings.” That led me to Noah, which led me to his wife. What kind of woman, I wondered, would be willing to turn her back on everything she knew to follow her husband into a giant floating zoo? How could she continue to believe in Noah, if she could not see the signs that he saw? If she were given a voice, what would she say?



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Noah's Wife?

LS:  The best kind—animal research! (I had always wanted to become a veterinarian… Perhaps writing about animals is my way of vicariously living out that dream.) I visited the beautiful Asheboro Zoo in central North Carolina, where the director took me around behind the scenes. I read up on real-life zoo floodings such as those that took place in Calgary and in Minot, North Dakota. In one phone conversation, the director of the Roosevelt Park Zoo described to me how the zookeepers evacuated the animals when the waters in the zoo rose too high. He told me that the camels—housed temporarily in a warehouse—figured out how to turn the lights off and on with their tongues! These stories truly brought the animals to life.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

LS:  The easiest character was my town matriarch, Mrs. McGinn, who wound up reminding me of Mrs. Rachel Lynde of Anne of Green Gables. She possesses such a strong personality that I didn’t need to work very hard to get it down on the page. She emerged with great force and conviction, which is how she does everything.

The most difficult character to write was Noah’s wife. Her journey over the course of the book is to grow from a minor character into a protagonist—but she prefers to play a supporting role. She likes to surround herself with strong characters because she doesn’t know how to define herself without them. This was troublesome because I couldn’t figure out how to define her without them, either. In early drafts, she was so passive that she simply wasn’t interesting to read about. She grew stronger as I learned more details about her—for instance, that she had a talent with animals that nobody else possessed.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Noah's Wife?

LS:  I like to think that the novel does a certain kind of feminist work by bringing an unnamed “wife” from the margins of the story into its center. I wanted to explore various kinds of relationships and the way that we define ourselves through other people. Historically, women have been far too frequently defined by their husbands, their fathers, their children. In my novel, Noah’s wife’s major struggle is learning how to define herself.



TQWhich question about Noah's Wife do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

LS:  I wish that more people would ask me about the relationship between humans and animals in the novel. When the zoo floods, the townspeople must take the animals into their homes to care for them; but the animals also take care of the townspeople in turn. I wanted to think about the ways in which humans and animals are similar—so there are many moments when my characters are described with animal traits, or moments when they announce to one another how alike or unlike they are to the beasts.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Noah's Wife.

LS:  “Heroism is all about timing.” That’s Mrs. McGinn speaking to herself, mulling over one of the novel’s core themes: what it means to “save” something—whether it be a relationship, a town, an ideal—from destruction.



TQWhat's next?

LS:  Oh, another novel, eventually! This novel floated outside of time and space—like a fairy tale, or a parable—and so I’d like to write something grounded a specific geography and era: like the Midwest of the twenty-first century. I’d also like to write something even more suspenseful… Although I suppose that means I’ll really have to step up my “plotting” game.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

LS:  Thank you for hosting me!





Noah's Wife
G.P Putnam's Sons, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Lindsay Starck, author of Noah's Wife
In the tradition of Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, a gorgeously written, brilliantly introspective, fable-like novel reimagining Noah’s Ark in our modern times

Noah’s Wife may be a contemporary allegory, but Lindsay Starck is a classic storyteller. . . . Her novel is an engrossing fusion of wisdom and beautiful writing.” — Mary McGarry Morris, internationally bestselling author

When young minister Noah and his dutiful wife arrive at their new post in the hills, they find a gray and wet little town where it’s been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Noah’s wife is determined to help her husband revive this soggy congregation, but soon finds her efforts thwarted by her eccentric new neighbors, among them an idiom-wielding Italian hardware store owner, a towering town matriarch, and a lovelorn zookeeper determined to stand by his charges. Overwhelmed, Noah’s wife fails to realize that Noah, too, is battling his own internal crisis.

Soon, the river waters rise, flooding the streets of the town and driving scores of wild animals out of the once-renowned zoo. As the water swallows up the houses, the telephone poles, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and the townspeople must confront not only the savage forces of nature but also the fragile ties that bind them to one another.

Full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.





About Lindsay

Interview with Lindsay Starck, author of Noah's Wife
Photo: © Victoria McHugh Photography
Lindsay Starck was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library. She went on to earn her B.A. in literature from Yale and her M.F.A. from Notre Dame. She currently writes and teaches in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and their dog. Noah's Wife is her first novel. Noah’s Wife is her first book.









Website ~ Twitter @lindsaystarck ~ Instagram



2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck


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


Lindsay Starck

Noah's Wife
G.P Putnam's Sons, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck
In the tradition of Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, a gorgeously written, brilliantly introspective, fable-like novel reimagining Noah’s Ark in our modern times

Noah’s Wife may be a contemporary allegory, but Lindsay Starck is a classic storyteller. . . . Her novel is an engrossing fusion of wisdom and beautiful writing.” — Mary McGarry Morris, internationally bestselling author

When young minister Noah and his dutiful wife arrive at their new post in the hills, they find a gray and wet little town where it’s been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Noah’s wife is determined to help her husband revive this soggy congregation, but soon finds her efforts thwarted by her eccentric new neighbors, among them an idiom-wielding Italian hardware store owner, a towering town matriarch, and a lovelorn zookeeper determined to stand by his charges. Overwhelmed, Noah’s wife fails to realize that Noah, too, is battling his own internal crisis.

Soon, the river waters rise, flooding the streets of the town and driving scores of wild animals out of the once-renowned zoo. As the water swallows up the houses, the telephone poles, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and the townspeople must confront not only the savage forces of nature but also the fragile ties that bind them to one another.

Full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.

The View From Monday - January 25, 2016


Happy Monday! Hope that everyone who was affected by Snowzilla 2016 is well and dug out!

There are four debuts this week:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders;

The Blue Line by Ingird Betancourt;

The Rule of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance by Catherine Cerveny;

and

Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles 8) by Kevin Hearne;

The Mime Order (The Bone Season 2) by Samantha Shannon is out in Trade Paperback;

Broken Hero (Arthur Wallace 4) by Jonathan Wood:

and

Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome 1) by Rebecca Zanetti.



The View From Monday - January 25, 2016



January 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Case of the Fickle Mermaid P. J. Brackston M/FairyT - A Brothers Grimm Mystery 3
Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints (h2tp) P. J. Brackston M/FairyT - A Brothers Grimm Mystery 1
Inversion Point (e) Kelly Jensen
Jenn Burke
SFR - Chaos Station 4



January 26, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All the Birds in the Sky (D) Charlie Jane Anders SF
Sage's Eyes V.C. Andrews Family Saga
Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology Kelley Armstrong CF - Otherworld
The Evening Spider Emily Arsenault PsySus
City of Blades Robert Jackson Bennett F - The Divine Cities 2
The Blue Line (D) Ingrid Betancourt MR
A Pocket Full of Lies Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
The Skull Throne (h2mm) Peter V. Brett F - The Demon Cycle 4
Never Let Me: Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, Never Let Me Die Jennifer Brozek UF - Melissa Allen Trilogy 1 - 3
Kushiel's Avatar (ri) Jacqueline Carey HistF - Kushiel's Legacy 3
The Rule of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (D) (e) Catherine Cerveny SFR
Lethal Velocity (ri) Lincoln Child SF/Sus
Eaters of the Dead (ri) Michael Crichton H
The Philip K. Dick Reader Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Graveyard William C. Dietz UF - Mutant Files 3
First Kill: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jennifer Fallon UF
Spider Game Christine Feehan PNR - Ghostwalker 12
Castaway Planet (h2mm) Eric Flint
Ryk E Spoor
SF - Boundary 4
Staked Kevin Hearne UF - The Iron Druid Chronicles 8
Carnal Sacrifice (e) Angelika Helsing PNR
Lords of the Sith: Star Wars (h2mm) Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars
11/22/63 (tp2mm) Stephen King HistTh/TT
Mothership (ri) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 1
Daughter of Blood Helen Lowe F - Wall of Night 3
The Devil's Bag Man (h2mm) Adam Mansbach H/Sup/Sus - Jess Galvan 2
Warriors 1 (e) George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
Various - Anthology
Warriors 2 (e) George R. R. Martin  (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
Various - Anthology
Warriors 3 (e) George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
Various - Anthology
Satin Island (h2tp) Tom McCarthy LF/Dys/Meta
No Going Back (h2mm) Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon & Lobo 5
The Dark Side of the Cross James S. Parker Th/Sup - A James MacBridan Mystery 1
Dark Homecoming William Patterson Gothic/Sus
The Long Utopia (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 4
7 Sykos (e) Marsheila Rockwell Jeff Mariotte SF
Roadside Magic Lilith Saintcrow UF - Gallow and Ragged 2
The Bands of Mourning Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn 6
Shattered Shields (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed)
Jennifer Brozek(ed)
F - Anthology
The Mime Order (h2tp) Samantha Shannon F - The Bone Season 2
The Brimstone Deception Lisa Shearin UF - SPI Files 3
Night Study Maria V. Snyder F - Study 5
Noah's Wife (D) Lyndsay Starck LF
Lustlocked: A Sin du Jour Affair Matt Wallace F - Sin du Jour Affair 2
Broken Hero Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 4
Mercury Striking Rebecca Zanetti R/AP/PA/Sus - The Scorpius Syndrome 1



January 27, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sleep Garden Jim Krusoe LF
The Maiden Thief: A Tor.Com Original (e) Melissa Marr F



January 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Driven Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld Stories



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


AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 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 2016 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 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 January 24, 2016.



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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover design by Frank Rivera.
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Kurt Miller


2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts

Happy New Year! There are 12 debuts for January. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The January 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 January cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on Janaury 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 January 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.




Ingrid Betancourt

The Blue Line
Penguin Press, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
From the extraordinary Colombian French politician and activist Ingrid Betancourt, a stunning debut novel about freedom and fate

Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War and infused with magical realism, The Blue Line is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal by one of the world’s most renowned writers and activists. Ingrid Betancourt, author of  the New York Times bestselling memoir Even Silence Has an End, draws on history and personal experience in this deeply felt portrait of a woman coming of age as her country falls deeper and deeper into chaos.

Buenos Aires, the 1970s. Julia inherits from her grandmother a gift, precious and burdensome. Sometimes visions appear before her eyes, mysterious and terrible apparitions from the future, seen from the perspective of others. From the age of five, Julia must intervene to prevent horrific events. In fact, as her grandmother tells her, it is her duty to do so—otherwise she will lose her gift.

At fifteen, Julia falls in love with Theo, a handsome revolutionary four years her senior. Their lives are turned upside down when Juan Perón, the former president and military dictator, returns to Argentina. Confronted by the realities of military dictatorship, Julia and Theo become Montoneros sympathizers and radical idealists, equally fascinated by Jesus Christ and Che Guevara. Captured by death squadrons, they somehow manage to escape. . . .

In this remarkable novel, Betancourt, an activist who spent more than six years held hostage by the FARC in the depths of Colombian jungle, returns to many of the themes of Even Silence Has an End. The Blue Line is a story centered on the consequences of oppression, collective subservience, and individual courage, and, most of all, the notion that belief in the future of humanity is an act of faith most beautiful and deserving.




Jason Buchholz

A Paper Son
Tyrus Books, January 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Grade school teacher and aspiring author Peregrine Long sees a Chinese family on board a ship--in his morning tea. The image inspires him to write the story of this family, but then a woman turns up at his door, claiming that he's writing her family history exactly as it happened. She doesn't like it, but she has one question: What happened to the little boy of the family, her long-lost uncle?

Throughout the course of a month-long tempest that begins to wash the peninsula out from beneath them, Peregrine searches modern-day San Francisco and its surroundings--and, through his continued writing, southern China and the Pacific immigration experience of a century ago--for the missing boy. The clues uncovered lead Peregrine to question not only the nature of his writing, but also his knowledge of his own past and his understanding of his identity.




Catherine Cerveny

The Rule of Luck
Redhook, January 26, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
The Rule of Luck is a whirlwind thriller romance in a futuristic setting that will tug at your heartstrings while sending you on high-speed chases alongside a genetically-enhanced (and incredibly handsome...) criminal mastermind.
As a famed tarot card reader, all is well in luck and love for Felicia Sevigny, until Russian crime leader Alexei Petriv walks into her shop and demands a reading.

Petriv's future looks dark and full of danger, which wouldn't be Felicia's problem, except that it's also aligned with hers. Felicia discovers she is the key pawn in Petriv's plot to overthrow the all-knowing government, and she must decide if she will trust with him with her heart, body and soul, before the future of the entire human race collapses around her.




Jessica Chiarella

And Again
Touchstone, January 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
In the spirit of Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles, this exciting literary debut novel imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of their former bodies.

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ill patients—have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves—without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are different, their vision is impeccable, and most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

But the fresh start they’ve been given is anything but perfect. Without their old bodies, their new physical identities have been lost. Hannah, an artistic prodigy, has to relearn how to hold a brush; David, a Congressman, grapples with his old habits; Connie, an actress whose stunning looks are restored after a protracted illness, tries to navigate an industry obsessed with physical beauty; and Linda, who spent eight years paralyzed after a car accident, now struggles to reconnect with a family that seems to have built a new life without her. As each tries to re-enter their previous lives and relationships they are faced with the question: how much of your identity rests not just in your mind, but in your heart, your body?




Dan Koboldt

The Rogue Retrieval
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 19, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Sleight of hand…in another land

Stage magician Quinn Bradley has one dream: to headline his own show on the Vegas Strip. And with talent scouts in the audience wowed by his latest performance, he knows he’s about to make the big-time.

What he doesn’t expect is an offer to go on a quest to a place where magic is all too real.

That's how he finds himself in Alissia, a world connected to ours by a secret portal owned by a powerful corporation. He’s after an employee who has gone rogue, and that’s the least of his problems. Alissia has true magicians…and the penalty for impersonating one is death. In a world where even a twelve-year-old could beat Quinn in a swordfight, it's only a matter of time until the tricks up his sleeves run out.

Scientist and blogger Dan Koboldt weaves wonder, humor, and heart into this debut novel, The Rogue Retrieval. Fans of Terry Brooks and Terry Pratchett will find this a thrilling read.




Peter McLean

Drake
Burned Man 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Cover Art: Raid71

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice the Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ One Last Hit / Both Ends Burning / Going Underground / London’s Finest ]




Scott Allan Morrison

Terms of Use
Thomas & Mercer, January 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 355 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Circles is the most popular social network in the world: vast, ubiquitous, and constantly evolving. Days before expanding into China, Circles suffers a devastating cyberattack—and a key executive is brutally murdered.

As he fights to save the company he helped build, top engineer Sergio Mansour uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy that turns the power of Circles against its users. But as Sergio investigates, someone is watching his every move—someone ruthless enough to brand him a criminal and set a vicious hit man on his trail.

Desperate to clear his name, Sergio turns to Malina Olson, a beautiful and headstrong doctor who has an agenda of her own. Now, he and Malina must survive long enough to expose the truth in a world without hiding places, where a single keystroke can shift the global balance of power.




Megan E. O'Keefe

Steal the Sky
Scorched Continent 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Cover: Kim Sokol

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

File Under: Fantasy [ Sky Heist / Doppel Vision / Knives Out / Up Up & Away ]




M K L Murphy

The Isle of Minimus
Repeater, January 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 228 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
The Isle of Minimus is a neon mirage from the heart of the sandblasted Nevada wasteland, a panorama of crazed dictators, dreamy acrobats, the urban warlords of Hollywood, video game cults, sinister boatmen, rogue airshow pilots, feral tourists, minituarised landmarks, opium dens, pop art, nuclear war, architecture, music, money, the sixties, the nineties, the post-nineties…a story of limitless scope and spectacle.

Using repetition, paradox and association, the novel leaves conventional views of linearity behind as it revisits the World’s Fair in Montreal 1967 and its antithesis, Las Vegas in 1999, by way of a confrontation in which a cast of dwarfs fight their way out of the now-never of capitalist ontology in an attempt to find a way back into history.




Lindsay Starck

Noah's Wife
G.P Putnam's Sons, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
In the tradition of Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish and Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, a gorgeously written, brilliantly introspective, fable-like novel reimagining Noah’s Ark in our modern times

Noah’s Wife may be a contemporary allegory, but Lindsay Starck is a classic storyteller. . . . Her novel is an engrossing fusion of wisdom and beautiful writing.” — Mary McGarry Morris, internationally bestselling author

When young minister Noah and his dutiful wife arrive at their new post in the hills, they find a gray and wet little town where it’s been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Noah’s wife is determined to help her husband revive this soggy congregation, but soon finds her efforts thwarted by her eccentric new neighbors, among them an idiom-wielding Italian hardware store owner, a towering town matriarch, and a lovelorn zookeeper determined to stand by his charges. Overwhelmed, Noah’s wife fails to realize that Noah, too, is battling his own internal crisis.

Soon, the river waters rise, flooding the streets of the town and driving scores of wild animals out of the once-renowned zoo. As the water swallows up the houses, the telephone poles, and the single highway out of town, Noah, his wife, and the townspeople must confront not only the savage forces of nature but also the fragile ties that bind them to one another.

Full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.




Eric James Stone

Unforgettable
Baen, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

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TRADE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL. Out of sight, out of mind. Due to a fluke of quantum mechanics, no one can remember Nat Morgan for more than one minute—not even his boss at the CIA.

Out of sight, out of mind.

In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. No one can remember he exists for more than a minute after he's gone. It's a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists.

Nat's attempt to steal a quantum chip prototype is thwarted when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology for the Russion mob.

Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

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