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The View From Monday - June 10, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are two debuts this week:

The Outside by Ada Hoffmann;

and

The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Deep Roots (Innsmouth Legacy 2) by Ruthanna Emrys is out in Trade Paperback;

God of Broken Things (The Age of Tyranny 2) by Cameron Johnston;

Velocity Weapon (Protectorate1) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

Black Harvest (World of Prime 5) by M.C. Planck;

Strange Company & Others by Peter Rawlik;

and

The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz.

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



The View From Monday - June 10, 2019



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

June 11, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pass of Fire Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 14
Bunny Mona Awad LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/BH
God's Demon (ri) Wayne Barlowe DF/F
Above the Ether Eric Barnes Dys
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg LF/SF - Short Stories
The Hive Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF/SO - Second Formic War 2
Reentry Peter Cawdron SF/SE
The Faded Sun Trilogy Omnibus (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/HSF/AC - Alliance-Union Universe
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh (ri) C. J. Cherryh SF/HSF/SO
Recursion Blake Crouch TechTh/Sus/SF
Deep Roots (h2tp) Ruthanna Emrys DF/HistF - Innsmouth Legacy 2
Song for the Unraveling of the World Brian Evenson SS/LF/H/SF - Collection
Alphabet Squadron Alexander Freed SF/SO - Star Wars
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book Neil Gaiman PerfArts
Green Valley Louis Greenberg TechTh/H/SF
Titandeath Guy Haley SF/SE - Horus Heresy 53
The Outside (D) Ada Hoffmann SF/SO/HSF/SE
God of Broken Things Cameron Johnston F/DF - The Age of Tyranny 2
The Grand Dark Richard Kadrey DF
The Last Supper Before Ragnarok Cassandra Khaw F
Warhammer Chronicles: Gotrek & Felix: The Third Omnibus William King
Nathan Long
F - Warhammer Chronicles
The History of Soul 2065 Barbara Krasnoff F/SS - Collection
Old Earth (ri) Nick Kyme SF - Horus Heresy 47
Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Roselle Lim CW/MR
Air Logic Laurie J. Marks F - Elemental Logic 4
Angron: Slave of Nuceria Ian St. Martin SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs 11
Velocity Weapon Megan E. O'Keefe SF/SO/SE/GenEng - Protectorate 1
Shield of the Emperor Steve Parker SF/SE
Black Harvest M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 5
The Golden Key (ri) Melanie Rawn
Jennifer Roberson
Kate Elliott
F/DF
A Sword Named Truth Sherwood Smith F/DF/HistF - Rise of the Alliance 1
The Sol Majestic Ferrett Steinmetz SF/SO
The Hungry Ghost (D) Dalena Storm GH/Occ/Sup
The Fall Tracy Townsend F - Thieves of Fate 2
Three Laws Lethal David Walton HSF/Th
Broken Veil Jeff Wheeler F/HistF - Harbinger 5
The History of Living Forever Jake Wolff LF



June 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Book of Disappearance Ibtisam Azem Timberlake
Sinan Anton (Tr)
MR/LF



June 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strange Company and Others Peter Rawlik H - Collection



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



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

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

The View From Monday - April 8, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 1 debut this week:

From Darkest Skies (From Darkest Skies 1) by Sam Peters.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer;

and

Verdict on Crimson Fields (World of Prime 4) by M.C. Planck.

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



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

April 10, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rebellion's Fury Jay Allan SF - Flames of Rebellion 2
The Fairies of Sadieville Alex Bledsoe CF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Tufa Novels 6
The Bloody Chamber, Wise Children, Fireworks Angela Carter LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Complete Instrumentalities of the Night Series: The Tyranny of the Night, Lord of the Silent Kingdom, Surrender to the Will of the Night, Working God's Mischief (e) Glen Cook F - Instrumentalities of the Night
Masked Desire (e) Alana Delacroix PNR - The Masked Arcana Series 2
Celestial Mechanics: a tale for a mid-winter night (h2tp) William Least Heat-Moon VisM/MR/LF
Writers of the Future Vol 34: #1 Bestselling Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Stories of the Year L. Ron Hubbard Brandon Sanderson SF/F - Anthology
Serpent in the Heather Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 2
At the Table of Wolves (h2tp) Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 1
Nightblade's Honor Ryan Kirk HistF - Blades of the Fallen 2
Exodus Alex Lamb SF
Mirror of the Marvelous: The Surrealist Reimagining of Myth Pierre Mabille Magick Studies
Unbury Carol Josh Malerman H/Western
Circe Madeline Miller FolkT/Hist
Not So Stories David Thomas Moore (Ed) F/CulH - Anthology
One Way S. J. Morden SF
Fire Dance Ilana C. Myer F
From Darkest Skies (D) Sam Peters SF
Verdict on Crimson Fields M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 4
The Jean le Flambeur Trilogy: The Quantum Thief. The Fractal Prince, The Causal Angel (e) Hannu Rajaniemi SF/CyP/SO - Jean le Flambeur
The Ghost Ship Paul Regnier SF/SO - Space Drifters 3
For Love of Distant Shores Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Tales of the Apt 3
Bombay Fever Sidin Vadukut Th
Space Opera Catherynne M. Valente SF/SO/AC
A Kitty Norville Collection: Kitty's Big Trouble, Kitty Steals the Show, Kitty Goes to War, Kitty Rocks the House, Kitty in the Underworld, Low Midnight, Kitty Saves the World, Kitty's Greatest Hits (e) Carrie Vaughn CF - Kitty Norville
Taste of Wrath Matt Wallace UF/HU - A Sin du Jour Affair 7
The Thief J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 16
The Changeling Joy Williams DF
The Viridian Convict Sam York SF/SO - Blue Dominion 1
Lost in the Beehive Michele Young-Stone LF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - December 5, 2016


Happy Monday! We have our first school delay of the year. Just a bit of snow but it fell at just the right time to delay school. And it's really cold here for the first time. Winter is coming. :-)

There are no debuts in December for the first time in the 6 years that The Qwillery has had a Debut Author Challenge! I keep looking though.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2) by Catherine Cerveny;

The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2) by Francesca Haig is out in Trade Paperback;

A Season of Spells (A Noctic Magicae Novel 3) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter;

The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Legend of Love (Muse Chronicles 2) by Lisa Kessler;

Judgment at Verdant Court (World of Prime 3) by M.C. Planck;

The Pale Dreamer (A Bone Season Novella) by Samantha Shannon;

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3) by Brian Staveley;

and

Unveiled (A Changeling P.I. Novel 2) by Ruth Vincent.



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


Novels, etc. by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



The View From Monday - December 5, 2016



December 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legend of Love (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 2
San Francisco Wolf Pack Boxed Set (e) Kristin Miller PNR - San Francisco Wolf Pack
Preternatural Affairs, Books 4-7: Shadow Burns, Deadly Wrong, Ashes and Arsenic, and Once Darkness Falls: Urban Fantasy Mystery Novels (e) SM Reine UF/M - Descentverse Collections
Enveloping Shadows (e) Lauren D.M. Smith FR
Drakon's Promise (e) N.J. Walters PNR - Blood of the Drakon



December 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Return Buzz Aldrin
John Barnes
SF
Astra Militarum David Annandale Braden Campbell
Toby Frost
Justin D. Hill
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 4
Winter Halo Keri Arthur F/Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 2
The Feast of All Souls Simon Bestwick H
Dear Santa (e) Ray Bradbury F - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
Inherit the Crown (e) Jayde Brooks CF
The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome (h2tp) Serge Brussolo SF/Dys
The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (e) Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Spouse on Haunted Hill E.J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 8
Babylon's Ashes James S. A. Corey SF - Expanse Series 6
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners Larry Correia
Ringo John
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 2
Monster Hunter International (Leatherbound Edition) Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 1
The Resident Evil at Blackthorn Manor (Ke) Catherine Coulter H/Occ - Grayson Sherbrooke's Otherworldly Adventures2
The Chemical Wedding: by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version John Crowley F
Warrior Untamed Shannon Curtis PNR
King Breaker (ri) Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 4
Super City Cops - Avenging Amethyst (e) Keith R.A. DeCandido SH/M - SCC 1
The Nature of a Pirate A. M. Dellamonica F - Stormwrack 3
The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Black Legion 1
Speak to the Devil Dave Duncan F - The Brothers Magnus 1
Prose and Cons Amanda Flower PCM - A Magical Bookshop Mystery 2
The Forgotten Tale (e) J.M. Frey F - The Accidental Turn 2
Dreamweaver C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker Chronicles 3
The Immortal Throne Stella Gemmell F - The City 2
Dead Ringers (h2mm)
Christopher Golden H
The Silent War Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 37
Wrath John Gwynne F - The Faithful and the Fallen 4
The Map of Bones (h2tp) Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA -The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2
Wounded (Ke) (Kindle Single) Laurell K. Hamilton F - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Zombie Island (e)(ri) Lori Handeland HistF - Shakespeare Undead Series 2
A Season of Spells Sylvia Izzo Hunter F - A Noctis Magicae Novel 3
Taken by Darkness (e) Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples 6
The Curse of the Tenth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones M/P - Charley Davidson 10
Waking the Serpent Jane Kindred PNR
The Dark Tower Boxed Set Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower
Skeleton Crew: Stories Stephen King Sus/H - Collection
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower 8
Pathfinder Tales: Reaper's Eye Richard A. Knaak F - Pathfinder Tales 36
Alien Nation Gini Koch SF/FR/PNR - Alien Novels 14
Tempest: All New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Anthology
Mars Crossing Geoffrey A. Landis SF
The Paradise Motel (e)(ri) Eric McCormack GO/H
Jerusalem Fire (ri) R. M. Meluch SF
Affliction (e) Amy Miles SF/PA - The Withered 3
Snake Eyes Hillary Monahan H - Gods and Monsters 3
Five Stories High: One House, Five Hauntings, Five Chilling Stories Jonathan Oliver (Ed) H
1635: The Wars for the Rhine Anette Pedersen SF - Ring of Fire 24
The Altreian Enigma Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 2
Judgment at Verdant Court M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 3
A Mate for Christmas Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter Series
In the Eyes of Mr Fury Philip Ridley MR
Island of Glass Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 3
The First Swords: The Book of Swords, Volumes I, II, III (ri) Fred Saberhagen F - Swords
The Pale Dreamer (e) Samantha Shannon F - A Bone Season Novella
The Extra Michael Shea Th
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (e) Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3
A Sad Mistake (e) R.L. Stine H - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
The Liberation Ian Tregillis AH - The Alchemy Wars 3
Secret of the Nagas (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - The Shiva Trilogy 2
Wolf Unleashed Paige Tyler PNR - SWAT 5
Unveiled (e) Ruth Vincent UF - A Changeling P.I. Novel 2
Blood Vow J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 2
Doom of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Hammers of Sigmar C L Werner
Darius Hinks
F - The Realmgate Wars 3
Dragon Spawn Eileen Wilks PNR - A Novel of the Lupi 13
Last Year Robert Charles Wilson SF/TT
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days Jeanette Winterson GB - Collection



December 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Black Ops (Ke) Jonathan Maberry Nicholas Sansbury Smith H




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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
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.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28


This is the twenty-eighth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



M.C. Plank (2013)

Judgment at Verdant Court
World of Prime 3
Pyr, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 343 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
The continuing adventures of Christopher Sinclair, mechanical engineer turned priest of war.

Our hero faces evil on two fronts: a friend turned murderer by the power of magic, and an entire nation of murderous wolf-men. One he has to save from the vengeful clutches of the Druids, and the other from the mercenary greed of the king. But the true enemy is despair: the shame of a man who has done terrible things, and the madness of a man who is doing terrible violence. Can Christopher pick a path through broken and bloody bodies that still leaves room for goodness?




Daniel Polansky (2011)

A City Dreaming
Regan Arts., October 4, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
A powerful magician returns to New York City and reluctantly finds himself in the middle of a war between the city’s two most powerful witches.

“It would help if you did not think of it as magic. M certainly had long ceased to do so.”

M is an ageless drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and the ability to bend reality to his will, ever so slightly. He’s come back to New York City after a long absence, and though he’d much rather spend his days drinking artisanal beer in his favorite local bar, his old friends—and his enemies—have other plans for him. One night M might find himself squaring off against the pirates who cruise the Gowanus Canal; another night sees him at a fashionable uptown charity auction where the waitstaff are all zombies. A subway ride through the inner circles of hell? In M’s world, that’s practically a pleasant diversion.

Before too long, M realizes he’s landed in the middle of a power struggle between Celise, the elegant White Queen of Manhattan, and Abilene, Brooklyn’s hip, free-spirited Red Queen, a rivalry that threatens to make New York go the way of Atlantis. To stop it, M will have to call in every favor, waste every charm, and blow every spell he’s ever acquired—he might even have to get out of bed before noon.

Enter a world of Wall Street wolves, slumming scenesters, desperate artists, drug-induced divinities, pocket steampunk universes, and demonic coffee shops. M’s New York, the infinite nexus of the universe, really is a city that never sleeps—but is always dreaming.


meat+drink
A Tor.com Original
Tor Book, October 26, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

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Baltimore isn't safe. Not even for the predatory meat that stalks its nights. Searching for victims who won't be missed, meat doesn't feel regret or pain—only thirst. But the meat remembers something more... doesn't it? is there more to eternal life than finding another drink?





Tom Pollock (2012)

The City's Son
The Skyscraper Throne 1
Jo Fletcher Books, April 5, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Jo Fletcher Books, November 5, 2013
     eBook, 465 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Tom Pollock's debut novel and the first volume of the Skyscraper Throne series, The City's Son is an imaginative tale of adventure set in a city that is quite literally alive.

Beneath the streets of London lies a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

Following a devastating betrayal, Beth Bradley, a sixteen-year-old graffiti artist, is suspended from school. Running from a home that she shares with her father who has never recovered after Beth's mother's death, Beth stumbles into the hidden city and meets Filius Viae, London's asphalt-hued crown prince. And her timing couldn't have been more perfect. An ancient enemy is stirring under St. Paul's Cathedral, determined to stoke the flames of a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fin find themselves drawn into the depths of the mysterious urban wonderland, hoping to prevent the destruction of the city they both know and love.


The Glass Republic
The Skyscraper Throne 2
Jo Fletcher Books, October 4, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Pen Khan is burdened by a life of secrets, the biggest of which is written across her face. Following a devastatingly close encounter with a living coil of barbed wire called the Wire Mistress that almost killed her and her best friend Beth, Pen's face is strangely disfigured by dozens of crisscrossing scars, making her an outcast among her peers. The only person who understands her-and the trauma she's experienced-is her mirror sister, Parva, a twin confined to the world of London-Under-Glass.

Following Parva's abduction, Pen strikes a terrible bargain with the unforgiving Chemical Synod in exchange for the means to track her down, and she ventures into the unknown. In London-Under-Glass, appearance is everything, and Pen's peculiar scars make her a valuable ally. But some in the reflected city are doing everything they can to prevent Pen from learning the truth about the disappearance of a girl who shares her face.


Our Lady of the Streets
The Skyscraper Throne 3
Jo Fletcher Book, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

[Cover not yet revealed]
Ever since Beth Bradley found her way into a hidden London, the presence of its ruthless goddess, Mater Viae, has lurked in the background. Now Mater Viae has returned with deadly consequences.

Streets are wrecked by convulsions as muscles of wire and pipe go into spasm, bunching the city into a crippled new geography; pavements flare to thousand-degree fevers, incinerating pedestrians; and towers fall, their foundations decayed.

As the city sickens, so does Beth--her essence now part of this secret London. But when it is revealed that Mater Viae's plans for dominion stretch far beyond the borders of the city, Beth must make a choice: flee, or sacrifice her city in order to save it.





Stephen S. Power (2016)

The Dragon Round
Simon & Schuster, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 19, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
The Count of Monte Cristo with a dragon: a dark literary fantasy in which “Power paints his scenes with vivid and meticulous detail, and takes his tale of revenge in unexpected and refreshing directions” (Marie Brennan, author of the Natural History of Dragons series).

Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for more than a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.

Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won’t be waiting for him. In order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.

From a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and short story writer, The Dragon Round combines a rich world, desperate characters, and tightly coiled prose into a complex and compelling tale of revenge, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, and Scott Lynch.





Cat Rambo (2015)

Altered America: Steampunk Stories
Plunkett Press, June 12, 2016
eBook, 143 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 28
Steampunk fans will rejoice in the appearance of Altered America: Steampunk Stories, collecting Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated author Cat Rambo’s steampunk fantasies, including “Clockwork Fairies,” “Snakes on a A Train,” and “Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart,” into a single book. Rambo’s wry humor, precise and evocative descriptions, and ability to create a world with a few deft touches are showcased in these ten tales.

Rambo has a gift for immersing her reader into a vivid universe full of adventure, sensuality, wit, and poignant observation. -Jody Lynn Nye

“Cat Rambo is endlessly innovative, ingenious, and just plain entertaining. Read her stories.” -Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed “The Wild, Wild West” and other steampunk stories. -Galaxy’s Edge Magazine

"A sparkling collection from one of the brightest talents in the field.” -Ursula Vernon

"Each one of Cat Rambo's steampunk stories stands solidly on its own, but as a collection, these stories click together like cogs to depict a complicated, curious alternate Earth filled with magic, technology, and mayhem.” -Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger

Includes “Clockwork Fairies,” “Rare Pears and Greengages,” “Laurel Finch, Laurel Finch, Where Do You Wander?”, Darrell Award nominated “Memphis BBQ,” “Rappacini’s Crow,” “Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart,” “Snakes On a Train,” “Web of Blood and Iron,” “Ticktock Girl” and “Seven Clockwork Angels."

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19


This is the nineteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 herePart 11 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 herePart 18 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Emma Newman (2013)

Planetfall
Roc, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thornscomes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…


The Unkindest Cut
Monstrous Little Voices Book 3
Abaddon Books, February 5, 2016
eBook, 44 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
Lucia de Medici sought only to marry, ending a war that has engulfed the world from Navarre to Istanbul; but she has been lied to, and made into an assassin. Now, armed with new knowledge and accompanied by the ghost of her victim, she sets out to find who so grievously deceived her, and to what end, to try and restore the damage done.


Note that the first three Split Worlds novels are being republished by Diversion Press in 2016 and there will be 2 additional novels in the series published as well. In addition, After Atlas (a standalone SF novel) will be published in late 2016 by Roc.




Suzanne Palmieri (2013)

The Witch of Bourbon Street
St. Martin's Griffin, June 30, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
Situated deep in the Louisiana bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family-the Sorrows-it now sits in ruins, ever since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. Now the ghosts of girls in white dresses shift in and out of view, stuck in time as they live out the past on repeat.

When Frances Green Sorrow is born carrying the "signs" of the so-called chosen one, it is believed she will bring her family back from the brink of obscurity, finally resurrecting the glory of what it once was and setting the Sorrows ghosts free.

But Frances is no savior.

Fleeing from heartbreak, she seeks solace in the seductive chaos of New Orleans, only to end up married too young in an attempt to live an ordinary life. When her marriage falls apart shortly after having a son, she returns home again-alone-just out of reach from the prying eyes of her family. But when her son disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind, exposing her darkest secret in order to find him and discovering the truth of what really happened that fateful year in the process.

Set amidst the colorful charm of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri's The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of family, redemption, and forgiveness. Because sometimes, the most important person you have to forgive.... is yourself.


The Witch House of Persimmon Point will be published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 11, 2016 (Amazon : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound)




M.C. Planck (2013)

Gold Throne in Shadow
World of Prime 2
Pyr, October 13, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 315 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
The continuing adventures of Christopher Sinclair, mechanical engineer turned priest of war.

Christopher, raised from the dead and promoted to a moderate rank, takes command of the army regiment he trained and equipped. Sent south to an allegedly easy posting, he finds himself in the way of several thousand rabid dog-men. Guns and fortifications turn back the horde, but Christopher has other problems that cannot be solved with mere firepower: a wicked assassin; hostile clergymen; dubious allies including a bard, Lalania, with a connection to a mysterious group of scholars; and worst of all his own impolitic tongue. But all of these pale into mere distractions once he discovers the true enemy: an invisible, mind-eating horror who plays the kingdom like a puppet-master’s stage. Lalania claims she can help—but will it be enough?




Jay Posey (2013)

Dawnbreaker
Legends of the Duskwalker 3
Angry Robot, August 4, 2015 (North America Print and eBook)
     August 6, 2016 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
Wren is living in Greenstone under the temporary care of Charles and Mol, and the protection of Chapel. Unable to determine the fate of his mother and those he left behind in Morningside, Wren believes there is nothing left to do but wait for Asher’s final blow … until a man named Haiku walks into the Samurai McGann, looking for Three.

After learning of Three’s fate, Asher’s ascension, and Wren’s gift, Haiku offers his help, and together they set out to find the remnants of House Eight and convince them to help.

As Cass and the few who survived the fall of Morningside face overwhelming odds to escape Asher and the Weir, they realize it is impossible…until their daring and probably suicidal plan to strike turns out to have surprising results and unexpected discoveries.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Third of Three / Nil Desperandum / Against the Weir / jCharles the First ]


Outriders
Angry Robot, May 3, 2016 (North America Print and eBook)
     May 5, 2016 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

[cover not yet available]
A daring hostage rescue leads to the discovery of an imminent terrorist attack. Thanks to the Outriders, thousands of lives are saved. Until they aren’t.

Despite the intelligence and the warnings provided by the unit, the terrorist attack goes off unhindered. What was supposed to be a triumph becomes a tragedy, and a “mission completed” completely unravels. And when they learn the reasons why, the Outriders find themselves tasked with stopping a war before it can ever start.

A dangerously cunning woman who most assuredly should be dead has seemingly returned. And her plans aren’t just devastating, they might be unstoppable.

How do you defeat a hidden enemy when you can’t let them know they’ve been discovered?

You send in the Outriders.

File Under: Science Fiction




Amy Raby (2013)

The Fire Seer and Her Quradum
Coalition of Mages 2
Amy Raby, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 314 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
Mandir would rather wrestle a lion with his bare hands than confront the dark secrets of his past. He’s a quradum, one of the Coalition’s magic-using warriors, and when the Coalition elders send him to his childhood home to recruit a boy with magical abilities, Mandir must face his sadistic father and the family he hoped never to see again.

Taya, his partner and lover, arranges to join him on the mission, knowing that Mandir will need the support of a companion he trusts. But when someone in the household is murdered and Mandir finds himself the prime suspect, Taya will need all her wits, not to mention her fire magic, in order to clear his name.


Guardian's Secret
A Hearts and Thrones Novella
Amy Raby, September 8, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 200 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 19
Drusus, recently retired from the imperial guard, has a secret he’s kept all his life. He’s a “morsey,” the Kjallan slang term for a man attracted to other men. But there is little tolerance for morseys in the imperial city, and Drusus must conceal his nature to preserve his friendships, his pension, and his social standing.

It’s not working. Drusus is lonely, and the woman he ineptly courts has sensed his ambivalence and fallen in love with someone else.

When a fire mage starts burning down morsey taverns and the corrupt city guard ignores the crimes, Drusus takes it upon himself to stand guard over the last remaining tavern. There he meets Caz, a gregarious dock worker, who boldly flirts with him. Drusus wants Caz, but is he willing to risk everything in the pursuit of his desire?

Note to readers: Guardian’s Secret is a gay (m/m) romance set in the Hearts and Thrones universe. It is a long novella, approximately half the length of a novel, and is a side story that occurs chronologically after Healer’s Touch.


Interview with M.C. Planck, author of Sword of the Bright Lady and The Kassa Gambit - September 10, 2014


Please welcome M.C. Planck to The Qwillery. His new novel, Sword of the Bright Lady, was published by Pyr on September 9, 2014.



Interview with M.C. Planck, author of Sword of the Bright Lady and The Kassa Gambit - September 10, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. How has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote your first published novel, The Kassa Gambit, to Sword of the Bright Lady?

M.C.:  Not so much, as I actually wrote Sword of the Bright Lady years before The Kassa Gambit. It just need a spit, polish, and 30% trim. Ten years of spit and polish, that is.

However, I am finding as I progress through the sequels that I need to do more planning and less seat-of-the-pantsing.



TQ:  In a January 2013 interview you described the most challenging thing about writing as "Escaping the whirlpool of distraction that is my two-year old daughter." What is the most challenging thing for you about writing now?

M.C.:  Escaping the articulate whirlpool of distraction that is my four-year old daughter; specifically, the requirement to act out the entire script of “Frozen” three times a day.



TQ:  Please tell us something about your newest book, Sword of the Bright Lady, that we won't find in the book description.

M.C.:  I really, really wanted my protagonist to be born in Connecticut. But my wife wouldn’t let me. She wouldn’t let me name him Samuel Clemens, either.

Although I’ve borrowed Mark Twain’s central idea from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, my book takes it in a rather different direction. And I promise that in the end it doesn’t turn out to be a dream. Twain was probably the last author in the English speaking world who could get away with that plot device. Try it today and your editor will send you anthrax by return post.



TQSword of the Bright Lady has a very medieval feel to it. What sorts of research have you done for novel?

M.C.:  I’ve read about medieval history for a long time – one excellent starting point I can’t recommend enough is Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. It’s a piece of history written almost like a novel, and it gives you a real sense of how life was back then.

For this book I did google a lot about medieval iron-making. And how to make ball-bearings, a process I still don’t fully understand. The most interesting research, however, was making gun powder. My father-in-law is a chemical engineer and an old hand at making black powder (which he did as a boy in post-WWII England). Under his tutelage, and starting with modern refined chemicals, I managed to create a substance that was literally inflammable – as in, it extinguished the match. Apparently it’s not as easy as all that.



TQ:  Please briefly describe the magic system in Sword of the Bright Lady.

M.C.:  It’s a bit unique in that everything is spelled out in very fine detail. You gain discrete ranks and you get specific abilities and spells for each rank. To some extent that removes the sense of wonder and mystery; but the power magic brings is far too important to be left to the kind of airy-fairy feeling-based enterprise typical of fantasy stories. In real life, people would study the heck out of this stuff. All art that can be turned to a profit eventually becomes a science.

The other thing that you discover very quickly is that all of this power comes at a price: ranks are bought by killing people and eating their brains. Of course the civilized folk have made it look a bit more refined, but essentially you can’t have power without death. For psychopaths and monsters this is not really a problem, but for ordinary decent folk it’s a tough line to walk when all of your strength to fight evil stems from eating Uncle Alfie’s soul.



TQ:  Which character in Sword of the Bright Lady surprised you the most?

M.C.:  Karl, one of the common soldiers who serves the Saint. As I was writing the book I realized I needed a minor officer, and suddenly this guy walks up, introduces himself, and starts telling his story. As I was writing him, I did not feel like I was making him up; instead, I just knew his history, his actions and attitudes. I couldn’t have made him do something out-of-character if I tried. I never had to think about what he would do or say in any scene; it was just always obvious. I’ve never quite had that sense of presence from any other character, although they all seem quite real to me.



TQ:  Please give us one or two of your favorite lines from Sword of the Bright Lady.

M.C.:  This is the best line in the book, and probably the best line I’ll ever write in my life:

He could see she was struggling with the concept, but it looked like a fair fight.




TQ:  What's next?

M.C.:  The sequel (Gold Throne in Shadow) is already in my editor’s hands, and the third one is almost finished. After that I think there are two more.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

M.C.:  Thank you for having me back.





Sword of the Bright Lady
World of Prime 1
Pyr, September 9, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 440 pages

Interview with M.C. Planck, author of Sword of the Bright Lady and The Kassa Gambit - September 10, 2014
Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back. He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real-but bought at a terrible price.

A misplaced act of decency lands him in a brawl with an arrogant nobleman and puts him under a death sentence. In desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing. But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notoriety.

To win enough power to open a path home, this mild-mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never-ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magic.

But the gods and demons have other plans. Christopher's fate will save the world…or destroy it.





Also by M.C. Planck

The Kassa Gambit
Tor Books, May 27, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
Published in Hardcover, January 8, 2013

Interview with M.C. Planck, author of Sword of the Bright Lady and The Kassa Gambit - September 10, 2014

Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run for years. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But in The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck, there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.





About M.C. Planck

Interview with M.C. Planck, author of Sword of the Bright Lady and The Kassa Gambit - September 10, 2014
M.C. Planck is the author of The Kassa Gambit. After a nearly-transient childhood, he hitchhiked across the country and ran out of money in Arizona. So he stayed there for thirty years, raising dogs, getting a degree in philosophy, and founding a scientific instrument company. Having read virtually everything by the old masters of SF&F, he decided he was ready to write. A decade later, with a little help from the Critters online critique group, he was actually ready. He was relieved to find that writing novels is easier than writing software, as a single punctuation error won't cause your audience to explode and die. When he ran out of dogs, he moved to Australia to raise his daughter with kangaroos.


Website  ~  Blog


The View From Monday - September 8, 2014


Happy Monday! This is a fairly light release week. There are no debuts this week. I do strongly recommend (something I rarely do) that you pick up Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs tomorrow. It's a fabulous novel. More on that tomorrow!

Out this week from previously featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Red Blood (Jessica McClain 4) by Amanda Carlson;

Sword of the Bright Lady (World of Prime 1) by M.C. Planck;

and

Yesterday's Hero (No Hero / Arthur Wallace 2) by Jonathan Wood.



The View From Monday - September 8, 2014



September 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Carniepunk: The Cold Girl (e) Rachel Caine UF
The Land Beyond All Dreams (e) Bryan Fields UF
Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street (e) Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles
Carniepunk: The Sweeter the Juice (e) Mark Henry Ap
Rogue's Paradise (e) Jeffe Kennedy PNR - Covenant of Thorns 3
Carniepunk: A Duet with Darkness (e) Allison Pang UF - Abby Sinclair



September 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Stairs Robert Jackson Bennett F - City of Stairs 1
Red Blooded Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 4
Tuckitor's Last Swim: A Tor.com Original (e) Edith Cohn F
The Lazarus Prophecy (e) F. G. Cottam M
The Lazarus Prophecy: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It (h2tp) David M. Ewalt Social Science / Popular Culture
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future Ed Finn (ed)
Kathryn Cramer (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Witch with No Name Kim Harrison UF - Hollows 13
Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the Leading Science Journal Henry Gee (ed)
Colin Sullivan (ed)
SF - Anthology
Just His Taste (e) Candice Gilmer PNR - Guys and Godmothers 3
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell James Goss SF - Doctor Who
Exo Steven Gould SF - Jumper 4
Burning Desire: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Yesterday's Kin Nancy Kress SF
Doctor Who: Engines of War George Mann SF - Doctor Who
The Falcon Throne Karen Miller F - Tarnished Crown 1
The Old Reactor David Ohle Dys
Sherwood Nation Benjamin Parzybok Ap
Sword of the Bright Lady M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 1
Pathfinder Tales: Reign of Stars Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales
The Thief Taker C.S. Quinn Su/F
Doctor Who: Silhouette Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Dark Redemption Angie Sandro SoGothic/R - Dark Paradise 3
Bloodeye (K e) Craig Saunders H
Rivers (h2tp) Michael Farris Smith LF
The Bloodline Feud Charles Stross UF - Merchant Princes Omnibus
Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror Mike Tucker SF - Doctor Who
Yesterday's Hero Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 2
Stormcaller Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves 2



September 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
As Good as New: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charlie Jane Anders F



September 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aurora: Meridian (K e) Amanda Bridgeman SF


e - eBook
e K - Kindle eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horro
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy


The View From Monday - May 26, 2014


Happy last Monday in May!


The View From Monday - May 26, 2014



There are no debuts this week. From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

White Heart of Justice (Noon Onyx 3) by Jill Archer;

Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell 4) by Jenn Bennett;

Strange Country (Wide Open 3) by Deborah Coates;

Emperor of Thorns (Broken Empire 3) by Mark Lawrence is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck  is out in Trade Paperback.



May 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Court of Conspiracy (e) April Taylor AH - The Tudor Enigma 1
Crucible (e) T.D. Wilson SF - Epherium Chronicles 2



May 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Demon Creed (e) Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 3
White Heart of Justice Jill Archer F - Noon Onyx 3
The Last President (h2mm) John Barnes PA/SF - Daybreak 3
Banishing the Dark Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 4
The Kraken King Part VII: The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Skin Game Jim Butcher UF - The Dresden Files 15
Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising Sarah Cawkwell AH/F
Strange Country Deborah Coates UF - Wide Open 3
Warbound (h2mm) Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Deadlock (Kindle e) Tim Curran H
Undead and Unsure (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 12
True Love (h2mm) Jude Deveraux PNR - Nantucket Brides 1
Dark Matter Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 5
The Lost Sarah Beth Durst UF - The Lost 1
Air Bound (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 3
Alien 3: The Official Movie Novelization Alan Dean Foster SF - Alien
The Cursed Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters 12
Fire Rising: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Orpheus Descent Tom Harper Th/Hist
The Asylum (h2tp) John Harwood Go/H
Kiss of Wrath Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 4
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel G. Michael Hopf Dys - New World 3
Noah's Boy (tp2mm) Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifters 3
Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Hunt the Darkness Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 11
The Immortal Circus: Final Act A. R. Kahler UF - Cirque des Immortels 3
Hunt at World's End Nicholas Kaufmann Th - Gabriel Hunt
The Way to Babylon Paul Kearney F
The Mark of the Tala Jeffe Kennedy F - Twelve Kingdoms 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm Greg Keyes SF - Movie Prequel
Deeply Odd (h2mm) Dean Koontz H - Odd Thomas 6
Vulkan Lives (tp2mm) Nick Kyme F - Horus Heresy
Emperor of Thorns (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 3
Artemis Awakening Jane Lindskold SF
Unforgiven Cat Miller PNR - Forbidden Bond 2
The Remaining: Faith: A Novella (e) D.J. Molles H - The Remaining
The Remaining D.J. Molles H - The Remaining 1
Crown of Renewal Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 5
Friends 'Til the End: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bethany Neal F
The Given Vicki Pettersson Su/Noir - Celestial Blues 3
The Kassa Gambit (h2tp) M.C. Planck SF
Captured (e) Caris Roane PNR - Savage Chains 1
Queen of Swords Katee Robert SFR - Sanctify 1
Innocent Blood (h2mm) James Rollins
Rebecca Cantrell
Th/H - Order of the Sanguines 2
Reach for Infinity Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF - Anthology
Night Terrors Tim Waggoner UF - Shadow Watch 1
Sea Change (h2tp) S.M. Wheeler F
Pirates of the Timestream (tp2mm) Steve White SF - Jason Thanou 3



May 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Picnic at Hanging Rock (ri) Joan Lindsay H



May 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortal Crown Richelle Mead F - Age of X 2



May 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Milkman: A Freeworld Novel Michael J. Martineck SF - Freeworld



May 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The River of Souls Robert McCammon HistM - Matthew Corbett 5



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


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistM - Historical Mystery
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


The View From Monday - January 14, 2013

Happy Monday! The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars has ended with a tie between the covers for Dead Harvest and Blackbirds. Astounding! You may see the results here. We'll be starting the 2013 Cover Wars soon.

I finished reading my first two debuts for 2013 - The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Planck and Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg. I enjoyed both of them. I'm now reading The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher.  Reviews will be posted soon.  If you are participating in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge don't forget to let The Qwillery know what you are reading. See the 2013 Debut Author Challenge page for how to do that! (Just send an email.)


It's a light release week!


January 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Birthright (e) Peter David SF - After Earth: Ghost Stories
The Impetuous Amazon (e) Sandy James FR - Alliance of the Amazons 2



January 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Aylesford Skull James P. Blaylock SP - Langdon St. Ives
A Trip to the Stars Nicholas Christopher F/M
Wide Open (h2tp) Deborah Coates UF
Hadon of Ancient Opar (ri) Philip Jose Farmer F - Khokarsa Series 1 - Wold Newton Prehistory
Seven Kings John R. Fultz F - Shaper 2
Impulse Steven Gould SF - Jumper 3
Glamour in Glass (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Shades of Milk and Honey 2
The Warlord of the Air (ri) Micheal Moorcock AH - Nomad of the Time Streams 1
The B-Team (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 1
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (h2tp) John Scalzi SF
The Age of Miracles (h2tp) Karen Thompson Walker SF/Dys
The Blight of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 2
The Scourge of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 3
The Wretched of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 1



January 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mad Gods and Englishmen: A Fantasy Ian Armer F
Future Games Paula Guran (ed) SF - Anthology



January 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Number 87 (ri) Harrington Hext SF
Lud-in-the-Mist (ri) Hope Mirrlees F




e - eBook
ht2p - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue



AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopia
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M -  Mystery
SF -  Science Fiction
SP -  Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy

Interview with M.C. Planck, author of The Kassa Gambit - January 7, 2013

Please welcome M.C. Planck to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Kassa Gambit will be published on January 8, 2013 by Tor Books.



Interview with M.C. Planck, author of The Kassa Gambit - January 7, 2013



TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

M.C.:  Thanks for inviting me.


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

M.C.:  About twenty years ago I took a short-story writing class at a community college. I felt I had read enough sf & fantasy that I was ready to write some. Ten years later I managed to actually produce a novel. Ten years after that I managed to sell a novel.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

M.C.:  Alliteration. I like sentences that have the same sounds in them. For some reason, it makes me think of classical guitar.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

M.C.:  I have to know how it begins and how it ends. Everything else writes itself; I just have to pick a level of detail to fractally extrapolate down to. Which turns out to be trickier than it sounds, as the 200-odd pages of my fantasy novel sitting in the bin testify.


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

M.C.:  Escaping the whirlpool of distraction that is my two-year old daughter.


TQ:  Describe The Kassa Gambit in 140 characters or less.

M.C.:  Aliens attack! Followed by much heroic brooding.


TQ:  What inspired you to write The Kassa Gambit?

M.C.:  My wife doesn't like fantasy. So I wrote her a sci-fi story where everything was exploding on the first page.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Kassa Gambit?

M.C.:  Mostly, reading my wife’s book, Song of Scarabaeus. Also, watching Firefly. I did have to look up some star names, which I then proceeded to misuse.


TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

M.C.:  Easiest – The old professor, because he was inspired by a real person I admire.

Hardest – The junk dealer, because he was inspired by a real person whom I don’t like.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Kassa Gambit?

M.C.:  When she rents a pair of party shoes. Although it’s a trivial scene, it’s probably the most original idea in the book.


TQ:  What's next?

M.C.:  I have a finished fantasy manuscript in my agent’s hands (hence the previously mentioned page slaughter). It’s a trilogy, which can be described as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court + Dungeons & Dragons, but without the snark. I am also working on another sf novel set in contemporary times, with a yet another dark and brooding female protagonist. It has a tricky ending, though, and I’m not sure I can land it.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

M.C.:  It’s great to be here!





The Kassa Gambit

The Kassa Gambit
Tor Books, January 8, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Interview with M.C. Planck, author of The Kassa Gambit - January 7, 2013
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.




About M.C. Planck

Interview with M.C. Planck, author of The Kassa Gambit - January 7, 2013
After a nearly-transient childhood, Micheal hitchhiked across the country and ran out of money in Arizona. So he stayed there for thirty years, raising dogs, getting a degree in Philosophy, and founding a scientific instrument company. Having read virtually everything by the old Masters of SF&F, he decided he was ready to write. A decade later, with a little help from the Critters online critique group, he was actually ready. He was relieved to find that writing novels is easier than writing software, as a single punctuation error won't cause your audience to explode and die. When he ran out of dogs, he moved to Australia to raise his daughter with her cousins. Now he is a father, author, and immigrant. Fitzgerald was wrong. There are second acts to some American lives, even if they start in other countries.


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