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Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

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


Lucy Banks (2017)

The Case of the Twisted Truths
Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 4
Amberjack Publishing, October 6, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Kester and Ribero’s team of inept supernatural investigators are back again. But this time, the stakes have been raised. Hrschni, a powerful daemon, together with the rest of the Thelemites, are hellbent on bringing spirits back to the world of the humans...at any cost. Kester needs to gain control of his unique abilities, while coming to terms with the fact that his mother had more secrets than he realized. He must also decide where his allegiances really lie. As the twisted truths keep coming out, he finds it increasingly hard to know who to trust.






Ausma Zehanat Khan(2017)

The Bladebone
Korasan Archives 4
Harper Voyager, October 6, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
A powerful band of women warriors must face off against an oppressive enemy in one final showdown that will determine their survival and the fate of their world in this concluding volume in Ausma Zehanat Khan's powerful fantasy series—an epic of magic, bravery, adventure, and the fight for freedom that lies "somewhere between N. K. Jemisin and George R. R. Martin" (Saladin Ahmed).

Armed with the powerful sorcery of the Bloodprint and supported by the Talisman, the oppressive One-Eyed Preacher is on the verge of conquering Ashfall, the Black Khan’s capital in the west. Yet not all is lost for Arian, Sinnia and the Council of Hira. If these brave female warriors can uncover the secrets of an ancient magic weapon known as the Bladebone, they can defeat the Preacher and crush his cruel regime.

Neither Arian and Sinnia, nor their allies, the Mages of Khorasan, know the Bladebone’s whereabouts, and not all may survive the search to uncover it. Pursued by a nefarious enemy aligned with the Preacher, they become separated, each following a different path. Then, in their darkest hour, unexpected help appears. But is the Khanum of Black Aura a friend or foe? Arian may discover the answer too late.

When the secret of the Bladebone is finally revealed, the knowledge comes at a devastating price for Arian. As the capital falls, only Hira, home of the Companions, stands in the way of the Preacher’s victory. While the Companions rise to defend their Citadel from enemies outside and within, Arian must face off in a cataclysmic battle with the Preacher that pits the powers of the Bloodprint against the Sana Codex.

For those who survive, Khorasan will never be the same.






Yoon Ha Lee (2018)

Phoenix Extravagant
Solaris Books, October 20, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

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The new blockbuster original fantasy work from Nebula, Hugo and Clarke award nominated author Yoon Ha Lee!  
“An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art... Lee’s masterful storytelling is sure to wow.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review 

Gyen Jebi isn’t a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. 

One day they’re jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers. 

But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government’s horrifying crimes—and the awful source of the magical pigments they use—they find they can no longer stay out of politics. 

What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry’s mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight… 

"Phoenix Extravagant is a book containing ruminations on imperialism, the function and sanctity of art, acculturation, and the morality of love. It also contains a bloody big and unexpectedly adorable mechanical dragon." - Jonathan L. Howard, author of the Johannes Cabal books 

"The emphasis on art and painting gives the writing a poetic quality, added to by the elements of magic and mythology, which shows the depth of Lee’s research with a deft hand." -- The Nerd Daily 

"An elegant, eloquent novel, tense and full of incident." -- Locus

The View From Monday - September 16, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 5 debuts this week:

Kansastan by Farooq Ahmed;

Gamechanger by L. X. Beckett;

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill;

Neon Empire by Drew Minh;

and

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes.


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




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Hanged Man and the Fortune Teller by Lucy Banks;

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox;

Randomize by Andy Weir;

and

System Failure (Epic Failure Trilogy 3) by Joe Zieja.

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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.

September 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The H. G. Wells Collection: Boxed Set Herbert George Wells SF



September 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Kansastan (D) Farooq Ahmed Dys/LF



September 17, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Little Hatred Joe Abercrombie F/DF/HistF - Age of Madness 1
Double Eagle Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Preserve Steve Anderson AH
The Hanged Man and the Fortune Teller Lucy Banks Hist/GH
Gamechanger (D) L. X. Beckett SF/AC/CyP
Dark Forge Miles Cameron F/HistF - Masters & Mages 2
Summer Frost (Ke) Blake Crouch SF - Forward Collection
The Widow of Pale Harbor Hester Fox Hist/GH/Occ/Sup
The Stalking Heather Graham PNR/RS/GH - Krewe of Hunters 29
A Cosmology of Monsters (D) Shaun Hamill H/DF/FL
Cadian Honour Justin D Hill SO/SE - Warhammer 40,000
Siege and Sacrifice Charlie N. Holmberg F - Numina 3
Emergency Skin (Ke) N. K. Jemisin SF - Forward Collection
The Ticking Heart Andrew Kaufman LF/MR/AB
Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction Lisa Kroger
Melanie R. Anderson
Bio/LC/H/Sup
A Trick of Light Stan Lee
Kat Rosenfield
SF - Stan Lee's Alliances
A Single Light Tosca Lee Sus - Line Between 2
A Golden Grave Erin Lindsey HistM/GH/P - A Rose Gallagher Mystery 2
Gotrek and Felix: The Fourth Omnibus Nathan Long F - Warhammer Chronicles Omnibus 4
Inspection (h2tp) Josh Malerman PsyTh/H/CoA
Different Beasts J.R. McConvey Collection
Dragon Age: Last Flight Deluxe Edition Liane Merciel MTI/F
Neon Empire (D) Drew Minh SF/CyP
Wonderland: An Anthology Marie O'Regan (Ed)
Paul Kane (Ed)
F - Anthology
The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories Félix J. Palma SS/Occ/MR
Wild Boar in the Cane Field Anniqua Rana MR/CulH/Religious
Ark (Ke) Veronica Roth SF - Forward Collection
The Renegat (e) Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - The Diving
Resurrection of the Daleks Eric Saward SF/MTI
On Wings of Blood: An Aeronautica Anthology Gav Thorpe
Matt Westbrook & more
SF - Warhammer 40,000
You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Ke) Amor Towles SF - Forward Collection
The Last Conversation (Ke) Paul Tremblay SF - Forward Collection
Chilling Effect (D) Valerie Valdes SF/SO
Randomize (Ke) Andy Weir SF - Forward Collection
A Hero Born: The Definitive Edition Jin Yong F/HistF - Legends of the Condor Heroes 1
System Failure Joe Zieja SF - Epic Failure Trilogy 3



September 19, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Before the Coffee Gets Cold Toshikazu Kawaguchi MR/LF
Battle Beyond the Dolestars Chris McCrudden SF/HU - Battlestar Suburbia 2



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biographical
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romane
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History & Criticism
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
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

The View From Monday - October 22, 2018


Happy Monday!

There is 1 debut this week:

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland.

 The View From Monday - October 22, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Case of the Hidden Daemon (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 3) by Lucy Banks;

Iron Gold (Red Rising 4) by Pierce Brown is out in Trade Paperback;

Roar of Sky (Blood of Earth 3) by Beth Cato;

and

The Silver Scar by Betsy Dornbusch.

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



 The View From Monday - October 22, 2018



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

October 22, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet Mike Ashley (Ed) SF - Collection



October 23, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Slender Man Anonymous SupTh
Restless Lightning Richard Baker SF - Breaker of Empires 2
The Case of the Hidden Daemon Lucy Banks PCM - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 3
Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles An Alphabettery Becket
Anne Rice
Occ/Sup/P/SupTh
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story (h2tp) Stanley Bing SF
The Dream Gatherer Kristen Britain F/FR - Green Rider
Iron Gold (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF/Dys - Red Rising 4
Cold Iron Miles Cameron F/HistF - Masters & Mages 1
Roar of Sky Beth Cato HistF - Blood of Earth 3
Damned by the Ancients Catherine Cavendish H - Nemesis of the Gods 3
The Silver Scar Betsy Dornbusch F/DF
The Guardian Sarah Fine UF - The Immortal Dealers 2
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream Christopher Golden (Ed) H/Occ/Sup - Anthology
American Ghost (h2tp) Paul Guernsey GH/Occ/Sup/F/CF
Pulse Michael Harvey Cr
Virtual Sabotage Julie Hyzy Sus
No Sleep till Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF/HU/FR - A Dru Jasper Novel 3
Best British Horror 2018 John Mains (Ed) H - Anthology
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (h2tp) Gregory Maguire LF
Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the Near Future (h2tp) Jamie Metzl MedTh
Thin Air Richard K. Morgan SF/TechTh/HSF
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction Alec Nevala-Lee Biography
The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School Kim Newman F/H/SupTh
The Geeky Chef Drinks: Unofficial Cocktail Recipes from Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda, Star Trek, and More Cassandra Reeder Cookbooks
The Making of Planet of the Apes Jonathan Rinzler PerfArts
Red Moon Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO/HSF
Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook Victoria Rosenthal Cookbooks
A Conspiracy of Truths (D) Alexandra Rowland F
The Devil's Fingers (e) Hunter Shea H - Hunter Shea: One Size Eats All 3
The Scent of Tears Adrian Tchaikovsky  et al. F - Tales of the Apt 4
The Great Tales of Middle-earth: Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien (Ed)
F
Sin du Jour: The Final Course (e) Matt Wallace UF/HU - A Sin du Jour Affair Omnibus
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana [Special Edition, Boxed Book & Ephemera Set]: A Visual History Michael Witwer
Kyle Newman
Jon Peterson
Sam Witwer
F/Role Playing
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History Michael Witwer
Kyle Newman
Jon Peterson
Sam Witwer
F/Role Playing
The Art of Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends James Wyatt F/Role Playing - The Art of Magic: The Gathering



October 25, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: The Good Doctor (e) Juno Dawson SF - Doctor Who



October 26, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction - The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future: Prometheus to the Martians (e) Thomas Lombardo LC/SocSc/Psy



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
Anthro - Anthropology
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hist M - Historical Mystery
Hist R - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Lucy Banks (2017)

The Case of the Hidden Demon
Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 3
Amberjack Publishing, October 23, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Still recovering from the case of a serial killer spirit in Lyme-Regis, Dr Ribero’s agency is soon confronted with an even greater threat: a reckless cult conspiring with an ancient and powerful Daemon to open a permanent spirit door so that spirits have unfettered access to the human realm. Having just witnessed the lethal consequences uncontrolled spirits can have on the unsuspecting, the agency joins forces with several others to prevent the cult from unleashing chaos and ending the world’s fragile protection from dangerous spirits.


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Book 1
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Book 2





Tristan Palmgren (2018)

Terminus
The Unity 2
Angry Robot, November 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

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Operatives from an advanced alien culture struggle to survive in medieval Italy, in the SF sequel to the astonishing Quietus.

The transdimensional empire, the Unity, has dissolved. Its rulers and agents have been exiled, stranded across a thousand planes of existence. Empires don’t die gladly. The living planarship Ways and Means has ended the Black Death ravaging medieval Europe, but it has bigger plans for Earth. Someone is trying to kill former Unity agent Osia. Spy-turned-anthropologist Meloku becomes a target, too, when she catches the planarship hiding the extent of its meddling. While they fight to survive, Fiametta – Italian soldier, mercenary, and heretical preacher – raises an army and a religious revolt, aiming to split her world in half.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Last Throes | The Saviour | Let It Burn | Crisis of Faith ]


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 1





Adrian Selby  (2016)

The Winter Road
Orbit, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
A gritty and epic adventure to appeal to fans of Mark Lawrence, Andrzej Sapkowski and Joe Abercrombie – The Winter Road is a fantasy novel which remembers that battles leave all kinds of scars.

The greatest empire of them all began with a road.

The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try.

With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Amondsen embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord rises in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorising its people. Teyr’s battles may not be over yet . . .

All roads lead back to war.

For more from Adrian Selby, check out:

Snakewood

The View From Monday - February 5, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in February!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Semiosis by Sue Burke;

Moonshine by Jasmine Gower;

Mission to Methone by Les Johnson (Solo Debut);

and

The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves 1) by Maria Vale.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Of Gods and Men by Stephen Aryan

The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 2) bu Lucy Banks;

With Blood Upon the Sand (Song of Shattered Sands 2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

Outer Earth (Outer Earth Omnibus) by Rob Boffard;

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett is out in Trade Paperback;

Crossroads of Canopy (A Titan's Forest Novel 1) by Thoraiya Dyer is out in Trade Paperback;

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts 2) by Vic James;

The Gone World by Thomas Sweterlitsch;

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift;

and

Blood Binds the Pack (Hunger Makes the Wolf 2) by Alex Wells.

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



The View From Monday - February 5, 2018



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

February 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Saint: A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 
Elisha Daemon E.C. Ambrose F/DF - Dark Apostle 5
The Complete Psychotechnic League, Vol. 2 Poul Anderson SF
Of Gods and Men (e) Stephen Aryan F
Enchanter Redeemed Sharon Ashwood PNR
The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger Lucy Banks GH - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 2
With Blood Upon the Sand (h2tp) Bradley P. Beaulieu F - Song of Shattered Sands 2
Etched in Bone (h2mm) Anne Bishop F/DF - A Novel of the Others 5
Outer Earth Rob Boffard SF
Fata Morgana (h2tp) Steven R. Boyett
Ken Mitchroney
Hist
Semiosis (D) Sue Burke SF/AC
Lucidity (h2tp) David Carnoy Th
The Space Between the Stars (h2tp) Anne Corlett LF
Universal Harvester (h2tp) John Darnielle LF
Crossroads of Canopy (h2tp) Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 1
1637: The Volga Rules Eric Flint
Paula Goodlett
Gorg Huff
SF - Ring of Fire 25
Tallarn John French SF - The Horus Heresy 45
Moonshine Jasmine Gower F/Gaslamp
How to Stop Time Matt Haig Hist
Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Kathryn Harkup Sc/Hist
Wicked Attraction (e) Megan Hart SFR - The Protector 2
A Choice of Crowns Barb Hendee F/P
Captivated by the She-Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
Tarnished City Vic James CF - Dark Gifts 2
Mission to Methone (D - Solo) Les Johnson SF
Into the Void Joshua A. Johnston SF - The Chronicles of Sarco 2
Aliens Abroad Gini Koch SF - Katherine "Kitty" Katt / Aliens16
That Killer Smile Juliet Lyons PNR - Bite Nights 3
The Faultless Blade Ian St. Martin SF - Lucius the Eternal 1
Into the Fire Elizabeth Moon F - Vatta's Peace 2
Time Shadows Deborah D. Moore F
Grave (h2mm) Michelle Sagara UF - Queen of the Dead 3
Child of a Mad God R. A. Salvatore F - The Coven 1
Lincoln in the Bardo (h2tp) George Saunders LF
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1929-1964: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (e) Robert Silverberg SF - Anthology
The Bastard Legion Gavin G. Smith SF/SO - The Bastard Legion 1
The Year of Our War Steph Swainston F - Castle 1
No Present Like Time Steph Swainston F - Castle 2
The Gone World Tom Sweterlitsch SF/AP/PA
Paris Adrift E.J. Swift SF
Bringers of Hell Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 6
Jagannath Karin Tidbeck LF - Collection
The Last Wolf (D) Maria Vale PNR - The Legend of All Wolves 1
Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: Discovery
Blood Binds the Pack Alex Wells SF - Hunger Makes the Wolf 2


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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
LitCol - Literary Collection
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NR - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Lucy Banks (2017)

The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger
Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 2
Amberjack Publishing, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 328 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Only a few months have passed since the day Kester Lanner forced an angry ghost through the spirit door, but business prospects  for Dr. Ribero’s supernatural agency haven’t improved. Things are looking grim when the agency lands a contract which they must share with a rival agency headed by Dr Ribero’s sworn enemy, Larry Higgins. Desperate for the job, the team accepts and begins to investigate the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where elderly victims are dying.

The same mysterious clue links the horrendous deaths: the victims all see a double of themselves before dying. The teams wonder if they are dealing with a rogue doppelgänger, one that isn’t content just predicting deaths, but carrying them out as well. The victims’ connection to an ancient grave site leads to speculation that they may have disturbed a spirit more powerful than the two agencies can handle.

One thing is certain, the won’t stop unless Kester and the others can overcome their rivalry and stop this deadly spirit.





Michelle Belanger (2015)

The Resurrection Game
Shadowside / Conspiracy of Angels 3
Titan Books, October 31, 2017
     eBook, 304 pages
Titan Books, November 28, 2017
     Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

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A ritualistic murder reveals a plot by Zuriel, one of the Anakim, to steal everything that is of value to Zack—including his identity. One of Zack’s anchors in our world, a sixty-year-old woman named Marjory, is brutally killed, a message to Zack carved into her flesh. Her killer wears Zack’s face.

With the help of his allies—including Lilith, Father Frank, Detective Bobby Park, and Halley Davis—Zack digs deeper and deeper into the mystery, only to discover that thanks to his own murky past, his “brother” may be justified in seeking revenge against him.

This forces Zack to do one thing he swore never to do—go crawling back to Saliriel, the leader of the tribe of angels known as the Nephilim. The trouble is, it’s impossible to know whether Sal is friend or foe.





Rob Boffard (2015)

Outer Earth
Outer Earth Omnibus
Orbit, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 1072 pages

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Welcome to Outer Earth: a vivid, dangerous world where every day is a desperate struggle for survival. Who said in space no one can hear you scream?

Outer Earth is a huge space station orbiting the ruins of our planet. Dirty, overcrowded and inescapable, it's humanity's last refuge . . . and possibly its final resting place.

For there are dark forces at work on the station: forces that seek to unleash chaos. If they succeed, there will be nowhere left to run.

This omnibus edition contains all three of Rob Boffard's adrenaline-fuelled Outer Earth novels: Tracer, Zero-G, and Impact.


The Outer Earth Series

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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 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 information is provided when we have it.

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Cover Design: Gigi Little
Feather modified from an original image by Partha S. Sahana
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The View From Monday - March 6, 2017


Happy 1st Monday in March. Only 14 days until Spring!


There are 10 Debuts this week:

Taduno's Song by Odafe Atogun;

The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 1) by Lucy Banks;

The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb;

Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards;

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel;

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar;

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico;

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks;

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells;

and

The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

iD (Machine Dynasty 2) by Madeline Ashby is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Devil's Bible (Bohemian Gospel 2) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter;

Saint's Blood (The Greatcoats 3) by Sebastien de Castell is out in Trade Paperback;

Standard Hollywood Depravity (A Ray Electromatic Mystery) by Adam Christopher;

Archangel (Spectre War 2) by Margaret Fortune;

Smells Like Finn Spirit (The Familia Arcana 3) by Randy Henderson;

The Holver Alley Crew (Streets of Maradaine 1) by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 1) by Brian McClellan;

The Malice (The Vagrant Trilogy 2) by Peter Newman;

Three Queens in Erin (Something Red 4) by Douglas Nicholas;

Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota 2) by Ada Palmer;

The Song Rising (The Bone Season 3) by Samantha Shannon;

and

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins is out in Trade Paperback.

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

March 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nuala: A Fable Kimmy Beach LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM



March 7, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
iD (tp2mm) Madeline Ashby SF - Machine Dynasty 2
Taduno's Song (D) Odafe Atogun LF/Hist/CulH
Little Green Men--Attack! Robin Wayne Bailey (ed)
Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed)
SF
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost (D) Lucy Banks UF - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 1
Etched in Bone Anne Bishop F/DF - A Novel of the Others 5
Gather Her Round Alex Bledsoe CF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Tufa Novels 5
Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs UF - A Mercy Thompson Novel 10
Hekla's Children James Brogden H
Witchy Eye D.J. Butler F
The Devil's Bible Dana Chamblee Carpenter Th - Bohemian Gospel 2
Saint's Blood (h2tp) Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats 3
The Erstwhile Brian Catling F/Hist/LF - Vorrh 2
Standard Hollywood Depravity Adam Christopher SF/Noir/M - A Ray Electromatic Mystery
The Mermaid's Daughter (D) Ann Claycomb CW
Space Tripping (D) Patrick Edwards F/HU/SF/SO
The Roanoke Girls (D - Adult) Amy Engel Sus/Th/Psy/CW
The Night Ocean Paul La Farge LF/Hist/M
Archangel Margaret Fortune SF/SO - Spectre War 2
Souljacker Yasmine Galenorn PNR/UF/P - Lily Bound 1
The Unforgettable Wolf Jane Godman PNR
Firestorm Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 10
Firestorm: Volume 4: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Eleanor Jason Gurley F/LF/VisMeta
Smells Like Finn Spirit Randy Henderson F/HU/UF - The Familia Arcana 3
Rescued by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
Sanctuary Cove Kate James PNR
Spaceman of Bohemia (D) Jaroslav Kalfar LF
Delusion's Master Tanith Lee DF/Dys - Flat Earth 3
The Progeny (h2tp) Tosca Lee Sus - Descendants of the House of Bathory 1
Rosemary's Baby (50th Anniversary Edition) Ira Levin Sus/Sup/H
The Holver Alley Crew Marshall Ryan Maresca UF/M - Streets of Maradaine 1
Hisses and Honey Shannon Mayer UF - The Venom Trilogy 3
Sins of Empire Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 1
Magic For Nothing Seanan McGuire UF - InCryptid 6
Forges of Mars Omnibus Graham McNeill SF - Forges of Mars
The Malice Peter Newman DF  - The Vagrant Trilogy 2
Three Queens in Erin Douglas Nicholas HistF - Something Red 4
Cursed Command Christopher Nuttall SF - Angel in the Whirlwind 3
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (h2tp) Helen Oyeyemi MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Lucky Ones (D) Julianne Pachico MR/LF/CulH
Seven Surrenders Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 2
The Lovecraft Squad John Llewellyn Probert H - All Hallows Horror Trilogy 1
The Song Rising Samantha Shannon F - The Bone Season 3
Lotus Blue (D) Cat Sparks SF/AP/PA
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days Kerrelyn Sparks FR - The Embraced 1
Challenges of the Deeps Ryk E. Spoor SF - Grand Central Arena 3
Warbeast Gav Thorpe F - The Realmgate Wars 6
The Last Days of Magic (h2tp) Mark Tompkins HistF/Hist/Occ/Sup
Her True Match Paige Tyler PRS - X-Ops 6
Deathwatch: Ignition Various SF - Deathwatch
Above His Proper Station Lawrence Watt-Evans F - The Fall of the Sorcerers 2
Hunger Makes the Wolf (D) Alex Wells SF/SO
The Impossible Fairy Tale (D) Han Yujoo LF



March 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come See the Living Dryad: A Tor.com Original (e) Theodora Goss F
Pressed to Death Kirsten Weiss PM - A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery 2



March 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Behold the Void Philip Fracassi 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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
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
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 18 debut novels for March.

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

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 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 March 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Hannah Lillith Assadi

Sonora
Soho Press, March 28, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages
     Coming Of Age, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Ahlam, the daughter of a Palestinian refugee and his Israeli wife, grows up in the arid lands of desert suburbia outside of Phoenix. In a stark landscape where coyotes prowl and mysterious lights occasionally pass through the nighttime sky, Ahlam’s imagination reigns. She battles chronic fever dreams and isolation. When she meets her tempestuous counterpart Laura, the two fall into infatuated partnership, experimenting with drugs and sex, and watching helplessly as a series of mysterious deaths claim high school classmates.

The girls flee their pasts for New York City, but as their emotional bond heightens, the intensity of their lives becomes unbearable. In search of love, ecstasy, oblivion, and belonging, Ahlam and Laura’s drive to outrun the ghosts of home threatens to undo them altogether.




Odafe Atogun

Taduno's Song
Pantheon, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages
     Literary, Historical, Cultural Heritage

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
HERE IS THE STUNNING DEBUT from a fresh Nigerian literary voice: a mesmerizing, deceptively simple, Kafkaesque narrative, resonant of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and lightly informed by the life of Nigerian musical superstar Fela Kuti—powerful story of love, sacrifice and courage.

The day a stained brown envelope is delivered from Taduno’s homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of hope, the musician discovers that his people no longer recognize him, and no one recalls his voice. His girlfriend, Lela, has disappeared, abducted by government agents. Taduno wanders through his house in search of clues, but all traces of his old life have been erased. As he becomes aware that all that is left of himself is an emptiness, Taduno finds new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and to find his lost love. But soon he must face a difficult decision: to fight the power or save his woman, to sing for love or for his people.




Lucy Banks

The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost
Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 1
Amberjack Publishing, March 7, 2017
     Urban Fantasy, Ghosts, Supernatural, Occult

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Kester Lanner didn’t know what to expect when he followed his mother’s dying request to contact the mysterious Dr. Ribero, but he wasn’t expecting to find his long lost father. Nor was he expecting to join the family business: catching supernatural spirits.

Kester is intrigued despite his fear, and finds himself drawn into an ancient ghost story that will test the entire agency.He soon becomes enmeshed in a struggle with the spirit, who is so malevolent and haunting that his first real case might just be his last.




Ann Claycomb

The Mermaid's Daughter
William Morrow Paperbacks, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
     Contemporary Women

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.

Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.

Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history.

In Ireland, they discover that the mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined. Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death…

Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks—how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?




Patrick Edwards

Space Tripping
Inkshares, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 265 pages
     Fantasy, Humorous

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Chuck never gave much thought to whether aliens actually exist. Then an intergalactic transport pilot named Jopp drunkenly crashed into his life. Now Chuck finds himself roped into helping Jopp work off a debt to the universe’s most powerful corporation. Things are not as they seem, however, as the duo unwittingly finds themselves in possession of a mysterious black case. In order to survive long enough to enjoy their next drink, they have to navigate murderous marauders, an interplanetary police force, a peculiar crime boss, and greedy executives. Along the way, they’ll find allies in an alien redneck, a well-meaning scientist, and a hard-nosed intergalactic detective. It’s a big and scary universe out there, and Chuck and Jopp will be damned if they’re going to face it while sober.




Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls
Crown, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
     Suspense, Thrillers, Psychological, Contemporary Women
     (Adult Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.




Joseph Helmreich

The Return
Thomas Dunne Books, March 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
     Science Fiction, Thriller

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see. Six years later, he turns up, wandering in a South American desert, denying ever having been abducted and disappearing from the public eye.

Meanwhile, he inspires legions of cultish devotees, including a young physics graduate student named Shawn Ferris who is obsessed with finding out what really happened to him. When Shawn finally tracks Leland down, he discovers that he’s been on the run for years, continuously hunted by a secret organization that has pursued him across multiple continents, determined to force him into revealing what he knows.

Shawn soon joins Leland on the run. Though Leland is at first reluctant to reveal anything, Shawn will soon learn the truth about his abduction, the real reason for his return, and will find himself caught up in a global conspiracy that puts more than just one planet in danger.

Equal parts science-fiction and globe-hopping thriller, Joseph Helmreich's The Return will appeal to fans of both, and to anyone who has ever wondered... what’s out there?




Amanda Hickie

Before This is Over
Little, Brown and Company, March 28, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
     Family Life

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the midst of a devastating epidemic, how far will a desperate mother go to keep her loved ones safe?

There is a deadly virus spreading around the world. At first it is a distant alarm bell in the background of Hannah's comfortable suburban life. Then suddenly, it has arrived on the doorstep.

The virus traps Hannah, her husband, and their young sons in their city, then their neighborhood, and finally their own home. As a formerly idyllic backyard and quiet street become battlefields, fear and compassion collide. But what happens when their water supply is cut, and then the power, and the food supply dwindles?

Chilling and suspenseful, at once deeply personal and terrifying in its implications, BEFORE THIS IS OVER invites us to imagine what a family must do to survive when pushed to the extreme.




Jaroslav Kalfar

Spaceman of Bohemia
Little, Brown and Company, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
     Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.

Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish. Very seldom has a novel this profound taken readers on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.




Jess Kidd

Himself
Atria Books, March 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
     Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
“A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets…Lushly imagined, delightfully original, and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans).

Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother’s disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago.

From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony’s presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir among the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men), and suspicion (the pious).

Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. This improbable duo concocts an ingenious plan to get the town talking about the day Mahony's mother disappeared and are aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead.

Himself is a simmering mixture—a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets, and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers.




Caitriona Lally

Eggshells
Melville House, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
     Contemporary Women, Humorous, Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in — and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was “left by fairies.” Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she’s crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn’t a friend in the world.

So, she decides it’s time to change her life: She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope.

Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from.

And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian’s life begins to change.

Debut author Caitriona Lally offers readers an exhilaratingly fresh take on the Irish love for lyricism, humor, and inventive wordplay in a book that is, in itself, deeply charming, and deeply moving.




Christopher Mari

The Beachhead
47North, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 332 pages
     Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic
     (Solo Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
After Earth is decimated, the entire remaining human population is marooned on an unfamiliar beach. The enigmatic winged Orangemen leave the survivors with instructions to remake their society, basic tools and weapons, and a few thousand books, including Bibles in many languages. As two generations are born and raised, conflicting theories as to the nature of the apocalypse continue to simmer.

Fifty years later, the arrival of a new family that shouldn’t exist threatens the delicate peace holding humanity together. Two young soldiers, John Giordano and Kendra McQueen, venture into the unexplored wilderness beyond the city walls in search of answers. But their disquieting discoveries only raise more questions, forcing mankind to reconsider what it means to be human.

In this reflective, provocative postapocalyptic novel, John, Kendra, and the remnants of humanity must find the strength to love and the will to forgive—or they will all perish.




Julianne Pachico

The Lucky Ones
Spiegel & Grau, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
     Magical Realism, Literary Fiction, Cultural Heritage

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A literary jigsaw puzzle of a debut novel set in Colombia during the peak of its decades-long conflict, and in New York City

While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone, with the household staff mysteriously gone, no phone connection, and news of an insurgency on the radio—and then she hears a knock at the door. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive, and loved ones can disappear without a trace.

A prismatic tale of a group of characters who emerge and recede throughout the novel and touch one another’s lives in ways even they cannot comprehend, The Lucky Ones captures the intensity of life in Colombia as paramilitaries, guerrillas, and drug traffickers tear the country apart. Combining vivid descriptions of life under siege with a hallucinatory feel that befits its violent world, The Lucky Ones introduces a truly original and exciting new voice in fiction.




Renee Macalino Rutledge

The Hour of  Daydreams
Forest Avenue Press, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages
     Literary Fiction, Small Town & Rural, Asian American, Magical Realism

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Manolo Lualhati, a respected doctor in the Philippine countryside, believes his wife hides a secret. Prior to their marriage, he spied her wearing wings and flying to the stars with her sisters each evening. As Tala tries to keep her dangerous past from her new husband, Manolo begins questioning the gaps in her stories—and his suspicions push him even further from the truth. The Hour of Daydreams, a contemporary reimagining of a Filipino folktale, weaves in the perspectives of Tala’s siblings, her new in-laws, and the all-seeing housekeeper while exploring trust, identity, and how myths can take root from the seeds of our most difficult truths.




Cat Sparks

Lotus Blue
Talos, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 388 pages
     Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Genetic Engineering

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks.

Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.

But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past—and the horror of her unfolding destiny—as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel.

Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity.




Alex Wells

Hunger Makes the Wolf
Angry Robot, March 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
     Science Fiction, Space Opera

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves.

Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Road of Fury | Hob’s Angels | Ghost on the Highway | The Weatherman Says ]




J.D. Wilkes

The Vine That Ate the South
Two Dollar Radio, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 218 pages
     Science Fiction, Absurdist, Magical Realism

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
With the energy, wit, and singularity of vision that have earned him a reputation as a celebrated and charismatic musician, The Vine That Ate the South announces J.D. Wilkes as an accomplished storyteller on a surreal, Homeric voyage that strikes at the very heart of American mythology.

In a forgotten corner of western Kentucky lies a haunted forest referred to locally as "The Deadening," where vampire cults roam wild and time is immaterial. Our protagonist and his accomplice—the one and only, Carver Canute—set out down the Old Spur Line in search of the legendary Kudzu House, where an old couple is purported to have been swallowed whole by a hungry vine. Their quest leads them face to face with albino panthers, Great Dane-riding girls, protective property owners, and just about every American folk-demon ever, while forcing the protagonist to finally take stock of his relationship with his father and the man's mysterious disappearance.

The Vine That Ate the South is a mesmerizing fantasia where Wilkes ambitiously grapples with the contradictions of the contemporary American South while subversively considering how well we know our own family and friends.




Han Yujoo

The Impossible Fairy Tale
Graywolf Press, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 192 pages
Translated from the Korean by Janet Hong
     Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A chilling, wildly original novel from a major new voice from South Korea

The Impossible Fairy Tale is the story of two unexceptional grade-school girls. Mia is “lucky”—she is spoiled by her mother and, as she explains, her two fathers. She gloats over her exotic imported colored pencils and won’t be denied a coveted sweater. Then there is the Child who, by contrast, is neither lucky nor unlucky. She makes so little impression that she seems not even to merit a name.

At school, their fellow students, whether lucky or luckless or unlucky, seem consumed by an almost murderous rage. Adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by cruelty and soul-crushing hierarchies. Then, one day, the Child sneaks into the classroom after hours and adds ominous sentences to her classmates’ notebooks. This sinister but initially inconsequential act unlocks a series of events that end in horrible violence.

But that is not the end of this eerie, unpredictable novel. A teacher, who is also this book’s author, wakes from an intense dream. When she arrives at her next class, she recognizes a student: the Child, who knows about the events of the novel’s first half, which took place years before. The Impossible Fairy Tale is a fresh and terrifying exploration of the ethics of art making and of the stinging consequences of neglect.

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