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The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 22, 2020

It's Tuesday! 

There are 3 debuts this week: 

Daughters of the Wild by Natalka Burian (Adult Debut); 

The Peace Machine by Özgür Mumcu (English Debut); 

and 

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

From formerly featured DAC Authors: 

The Girl with No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles 2) by M. H. Boroson is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky; 

and

The Ikessar Falcon (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen 2) by K. S. Villoso.
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday ... On Tuesday - September 22, 2020



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

September 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dead Man in a Ditch Luke Arnold F/UF - Fetch Phillips Archives 2
Hilldiggers: A Novel of the Polity (ri) Neal Asher SF/SP
Dracula's Child J.S. Barnes H/Occ/Sup/HistM
The Girl with No Face (h2mm) M. H. Boroson UF - The Daoshi Chronicles 2
Daughters of the Wild (D - Adult) Natalka Burian CoA/FL/MR/CW
The Peace Machine (D - English) Özgür Mumcu
Mark David Myers (Tr)
SF/SP/VM/Pol
Sweet Harmony (e) Claire North P/Sus
Seventh Perfection Daniel Polansky F
The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez Rudy Ruiz MR
The Doors of Eden Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/GenEng
And the Last Trump Shall Sound: A Future History of America Harry Turtledove
James Morrow
Cat Rambo
AH/Satire/SF - Anthology
Fauna Christiane Vadnais
Pablo Strauss (Tr)
Dys/SF/AP/PA
Rolling Thunder (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning 3
The John Varley Reader: Thirty Years of Short Fiction (e)(ri) John Varley SF - Collection
Mammoth (e)(ri) John Varley SF/TT/Sus
Red Lightning (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning 2
Red Thunder (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning 1
The Thunder and Lightning Series (e)(ri) John Varley SF/HSF - The Thunder and Lightning
The Ikessar Falcon K. S. Villoso F - Chronicles of the Bitch Queen 2
Hench (D) Natalie Zina Walschots Fiction
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy Martha Wells SF - Murderbot Diaries
The Immortal Words Jeff Wheeler F - Grave Kingdom 3
Shapers of Worlds: Science fiction & fantasy by authors featured on the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers (e) Edward Willett (Ed) SF/F - Anthology



September 23, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Cthulhu Stories of Robert E. Howard Robert E. Howard H - Collection
The Perfection of Theresa Watkins: A Tor.com Original (e) Justin C. Key SF
The Chrysalids (e) John Wyndham SF



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
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)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - October 7, 2019


Happy 1st Monday in October!

There are 3 debuts this week:

salt slow by Julia Armfield;

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo;

and

The Furies by Katie Lowe.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (The Thorne Chronicles 1) by K. Eason;

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi out in Trade Paperback;

The True Bastards (The Lost Lands 2) by Jonathan French;

The Princess Beard (Tales of Pell 3) by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson;

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories by Kat Howard is out in Trade Paperback;

A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror by John Hornor Jacobs;

and

A Conjuring of Light Collector's Edition (Shade of Magic 3) by V. E. Schwab.

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



The View From Monday - October 7, 2019



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

October 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wasteland (ri) Terry Goodkind F - Children of D'Hara 3
Iron & Velvet Alexis Hall UF - Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator 1



October 8, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
salt slow (D) Julia Armfield SS/LF/SF/AP/PA
The Penguin Book of Mermaids Cristina Bacchilega (Ed)
Marie Alohalani Brown (Ed)
FairyT/FolkT/LM/Sup
Ninth House (D-Adult) Leigh Bardugo SupTh/Occ/Sup
The Remaking Clay McLeod Chapman H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Metropolitan Stories Christine Coulson LF/SS
The Princess Beard Delilah S. Dawson
Kevin Hearne
F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Tales of Pell 3
Merlin Redux Dave Duncan HistF - Enchanter General 3
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse K. Eason SF/SO/HU - The Thorne Chronicles 1
The Oyster Thief (h2tp) Sonia Faruqi F
The True Bastards Jonathan French F/DF - The Lot Lands 2
Sudden Traveler: Stories Sarah Hall SS
Duchamp Versus Einstein Christopher Hinz
Etan Ilfeld
SF/AC/AP/PA
A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories (h2tp) Kat Howard SS
A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror John Hornor Jacobs H
Warrior of the Altaii Robert Jordan F
Dark Ink Gary Kemble H/AH/SupTh
The Furies (D) Katie Lowe Th/CoA
Collateral Damage David Mack SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Hazards of Time Travel (h2tp) Joyce Carol Oates Dys
Before the Devil Fell Neil Olson LF/M&D/Cr
The Forbidden Stars Tim Pratt SF/HSF - The Axiom Series 3
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Kate Racculia LF
Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control Stuart Russell Tech & Eng/Robotics/Biotechnology
A Conjuring of Light Collector's Edition V. E. Schwab HistF/Gaslamp - Shades of Magic 3
Skin (ri) Ilka Tampke HistF
A Punk Rock Future Steve Zisson (Ed) SF/F - Anthology



October 9, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement Isiah Lavender III LC - New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality



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
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
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&D - Mystery & Detective
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
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 Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



M. H. Boroson (2015)

The Girl with No Face
The Daoshi Chronicles 2
Talos, October 15, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 360 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The adventures of Li-lin, a Daoist priestess with the unique ability to see the spirit world, continue in the thrilling follow-up to the critically-acclaimed historical urban fantasy The Girl with Ghost Eyes.

It’s the end of the Nineteenth Century. San Francisco’s cobblestone streets are haunted, but Chinatown has an unlikely protector in a young Daoist priestess named Li-lin. Using only her martial arts training, spiritual magic, a sword made from peachwood, and the walking, talking spirit of a human eye, Li-lin stands alone to defend her immigrant community from supernatural threats.

But when the body of a young girl is brought to the deadhouse Li-lin oversees for a local group of gangsters, she faces her most bewildering—and potentially dangerous—assignment yet. The nine-year-old has died from suffocation . . . specifically by flowers growing out of her nose and mouth. Li-lin suspects Gong Tau, a dirty and primitive form of dark magic. But who is behind the spell, and why, will take her on a perilous journey deep into a dangerous world of ghosts and spirits.

With hard historical realism and meticulously researched depictions of Chinese monsters and magic that have never been written about in the English language, The Girl with No Face draws from the action-packed cinema of Hong Kong to create a compelling and unforgettable tale of historical fantasy and Chinese lore.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Book 1





K. Eason (2016)

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse
The Thorne Chronicles 1
DAW, October 8, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
First in a duology that reimagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera—The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia.

Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.

Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.

When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination—how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.





C. L. Polk (2018)

Stormsong
The Kingston Cycle 2
Tor.com, February 11, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
After spinning an enthralling world in Witchmark, praised as a "can't-miss debut" by Booklist, and as "thoroughly charming and deftly paced" by the New York Times, C. L. Polk continues the story in Stormsong. Magical cabals, otherworldly avengers, and impossible love affairs conspire to create a book that refuses to be put down.

Dame Grace Hensley helped her brother Miles undo the atrocity that stained her nation, but now she has to deal with the consequences. With the power out in the dead of winter and an uncontrollable sequence of winter storms on the horizon, Aeland faces disaster. Grace has the vision to guide her parents to safety, but a hostile queen and a ring of rogue mages stand in the way of her plans. There's revolution in the air, and any spark could light the powder. What's worse, upstart photojournalist Avia Jessup draws ever closer to secrets that could topple the nation, and closer to Grace's heart.

Can Aeland be saved without bloodshed? Or will Kingston die in flames, and Grace along with it?


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Book 1

The View From Monday - October 10, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are three debuts out this week:

The Apothecary's Curse by Barbara Barnett;

FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven;

and

The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Chaosmage (Age of Darkness 3) by Stephen Aryan;

The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M. H. Boroson is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Made to Kill (L.A. Trilogy 1) by Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

Conspiracy of Ravens (Shadow 2) by Lila Bowen (Delilah S. Dawson);

The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri;

Counterpart (Machinations 2) by Hayley Stone;

The Promise of the Child (Amaranthine Spectrum 1) by Tom Toner is out in Trade Paperback:

and

Genrenauts: The Complete Season One Collection by Michael R. Underwood.

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



The View From Monday - October 10, 2016



October 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eternal Frankenstein Ross E. Lockhart (Ed) H - Anthology



October 11, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sons of Titan (h2tp) David Annandale SF - Grey Knights
Chaosmage Stephen Aryan F - Age of Darkness 3
Hag-Seed Margaret Atwood LF - Hogarth Shakespeare Series
The Apothecary's Curse (D) Barbara Barnett UF/HistF
The Abandoned Heart Laura Benedict Gothic - Bliss House 3
FantasticLand (D) Mike Bockoven H
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (h2mm) M. H. Boroson F/P
Conspiracy of Ravens Lila Bowen HistF - The Shadow 2
Totem Darin Bradley Dys - Dystopian Cluster 3
The Scent of Salt & Sand Kristin Cast
P.C. Cast
PNR - An Escaped Novella
Made to Kill (h2tp) Adam Christopher SF - L.A. Trilogy 1
The Librarians and The Lost Lamp Greg Cox CF - The Librarians 1
The Uncrowned King Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 2
Irish Ghost Stories David Stuart Davies GH - Macmillan Collector's Library
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Meg Elison SF/AP/PA - The Road to Nowhere 1
Silver on the Road (h2tp) Laura Anne Gilman HistF - The Devil's West 1
Crimson Death Laurell K. Hamilton F/P/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 25
Unhonored Tracy Hickman
Laura Hickman
HistF - The Nightbirds 2
Scratch Steve Himmer SupTh
Cat's Cradle (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
Watchers In The Woods (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
Hammers on Bone Cassandra Khaw F/P
In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914 (h2tp) Leslie S. Klinger (Ed) H - Anthology
The Graveyard Apartment Mariko Koike H
City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales Gigi Little (Ed) SF/F/UF/H - Anthology
Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars Duncan McGeary H - Tuskers 3
Treachery's Tools L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - The Imager Portfolio 10
Inspector of the Dead (h2tp) David Morrell Gothic - Thomas and Emily De Quincey 2
The Wraiths of War Mark Morris DF/UF - Obsidian Heart Trilogy 3
The Witch House of Persimmon Point Suzanne Palmieri CW/Gothic
The Comet Seekers (D) Helen Sedgwick LF
Counterpart (e) Hayley Stone SF/GenEng - Machinations 2
Legacy of Caliban: The Omnibus Gav Thorpe SF - Legacy of Caliban
The Promise of the Child (h2tp) Tom Toner SF/SO - Amaranthine Spectrum 1
Genrenauts: The Complete Season One Collection (e) Michael R. Underwood SF/F
Blood on the Tracks William Vitka SF/AP/PA - Hellcat 2
The Delphi Effect Rysa Walker SF - The Delphi Trilogy 1



October 12, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light: A Tor.com Original (e) Sarah McCarry F



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy


Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4


This is the fourth 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



Christopher L. Bennett (2012)

Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Pocket Books/Star Trek, September 2016
eBook, 112 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
An all new Star Trek e-novella from the world of Deep Space Nine, featuring the fan-favorite Federation bureau the Department of Temporal Investigations!

The dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations have their work cut out for them protecting the course of history from the dangers of time travel. But the galaxy is littered with artifacts that, in the wrong hands, could threaten reality. One of the DTI's most crucial jobs is to track down these objects and lock them safely away in the Federation’s most secret and secure facility. As it happens, Agent Gariff Lucsly and his supervisor, DTI director Laarin Andos, are charged with handling a mysterious space-time portal device discovered by Starfleet. But this device turns out to be a Trojan horse, linking to a pocket dimension and a dangerous group of raiders determined to steal some of the most powerful temporal artifacts ever known...


The Face of the Unknown
Star Trek: The Original Series
Pocket Books/Star Trek, December 27, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

[cover not yet available]
Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!





Stephen Blackmoore (2012)

Hungry Ghosts
Eric Carter 3
DAW, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
Necromancer Eric Carter’s problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he’s the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back — and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone. To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can’t trust either one. Carter’s solution? Kill them both.

If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact he’ll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.





Elizabeth Bonesteel (2016)

Remnants of Trust
A Central Corps Novel 2
Harper Voyager, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
In this follow-up to the acclaimed military science fiction thriller The Cold Between, a young soldier finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a deadly conspiracy in deep space.

Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector.

But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead.

An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own "accidents," it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power . . . and deep into Shaw’s past.





Ezekiel Boone (2016)

The Hatching
The Hatching Series 1
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, February 14, 2017
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 5, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march in this “apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism" (Publishers Weekly).

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.


Skitter
The Hatching Series 2
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, May 9, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
Ezekiel Boone follows up his terrifying “apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism” (Publishers Weekly) The Hatching with Skitter, the horrifying sequel in which the carnivorous spiders are running rampant—but for what’s left of humanity, the worst is yet to come.

Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.





M.H. Boroson (2015)

The Girl With Ghost Eyes
Talos, October 11, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 3, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 4
"A brilliant tale of magic, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898" —Publishers Weekly, starred review

It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.

With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.

Review: The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson


The Girl with Ghost Eyes
Author:  M.H. Boroson
Publisher:  Talos, November 3, 2015
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
List Price:  $24.99 (print); $16.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781940456362 (print); 9781940456454 (eBook)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson
"A brilliant tale of magic, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898" —Publishers Weekly, starred review

It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.

With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.


Doreen’s Thoughts

The Girl with the Ghost Eyes is a terrific fairytale, filled with magic and martial arts. Set at the end of the 19th Century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the story centers around Li-lin, the widowed daughter of the local exorcist. The world is filled with spirits, ghosts, and monsters, and Li-lin’s father is responsible to eliminate those for his tong (gang). However, one of the tongs is dissatisfied with the distribution of power in Chinatown and is willing to use black magic to change that.

Normally, Li-lin’s father would handle the situation by burning his paper talismans, but someone cast a spell on Li-lin, and he sacrificed his eye to bring her back from the spirit world. Now he is injured and Li-lin must step up and try to fill his shoes. In the beginning of the novel, Li-lin is certain that her father is, at best, burdened with her. In Chinese culture, all parents desire a boy who can care for them in their old age; as a girl, Li-lin believed she was a disappointment to her father. In addition, her husband Rockie had been killed in a confrontation with a white policeman, so she was forced to return to her father’s home, yet another disappointment.

However, through the novel, Li-lin discovers that her father loves her more than she knows. My favorite character in this story was Mr. Yanqiu. He is a spirit in the shape of an eyeball, basically the result of Li-lin’s father sacrificing his eye. He is fussy and wise, with all of the best characteristics of any father. The banter between Li-lin and Mr. Yanqiu is humorous, and one can tell that Mr. Yanqiu is the manifestation of a father’s love for his daughter.

M. H. Boroson does an excellent job integrating Chinese culture, language, and beliefs into the story. The descriptions of Li-lin burning her paper talismans and releasing spells are precise and exact. There are several kung fu action scenes in the story as well. Boroson describes and names the forms so well, you can almost see the action.

Ultimately, from appearing to be the weakest person in the story, Li-lin ends the story as the strongest character, especially in keeping her word to the many allies that she makes throughout the novel. Her father, who appeared to be so strong, is revealed to be less perfect than Li-lin expected. Overall, Li-lin grows up and begins to see her father in a more realistic light. In fact, all of the men that Li-lin believed to be superior to her are in actuality less than she is. Li-lin takes her place in a world that is halfway between reality and myth, with everyone, including herself, finally acknowledging her strength and power.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

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Interview with M. H. Boroson, author of The Girl with Ghost Eyes


Please welcome M. H. Boroson to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Girl with Ghost Eyes was published on November 3rd by Talos Press.



Interview with M. H. Boroson, author of The Girl with Ghost Eyes




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

M.H.B.:  I always wrote. Poems and letters when I was a child. I was the kind of kid who had pen pals all over the world. I only started writing fiction in 2010, after I had my Great Big Idea.



TQAre you a plotter or a pantser?

M.H.B.:  I plot a detailed outline so I can write by the seat of my pants.

I know what's going to happen next, so my imagination can focus on surprising me with emotions and images, making *this* moment vivid and powerful, fleshing out the characters in ways I didn't expect.For me, a detailed plot allows me to focus more creative energy into my storytelling rather than the sequence of events.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

M.H.B.:  Perfectionism. It's also one of my sources of strength. Perfectionism drives my research to be top-notch, the details thorough, the language riveting, the plotting edge-of-your-seat. It also paralyzes me with indecision and leaves me second-guessing all my choices.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

M.H.B.:  There were three primary inspirations behind The Girl with Ghost Eyes.

1. Huang Ying (黄鹰). His horror-fantasy novels have never been translated into English. His most famous story was adapted into the movie Mr. Vampire. Huang drew on traditional Chinese ghost lore in order to create a Chinese alternative to the Universal Studios monster movies. He created a delightful and gruesome mythos with a great sense of spooky comedy.

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The tv series showed me that genre stories could be so much bigger than I'd realized.They could be subversive, empowering, and feminist, while still telling a kick-ass story. They could have profound meanings; they could bring laughter and tears. The raw emotion behind some of the twists is still stunning to me.

3. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston. The book makes use of Chinese ghost stories to explore the nature of growing up Chinese and female in America. Some of the language is spectacular.

Other inspirations include:

* Jim Butcher's Dresden Files
* Iris Chang's The Chinese in America
* Charles de Lint's Newford
* Neil Gaiman's Sandman
* Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee
* Lisa See's On Gold Mountain

And also Hayao Miyazaki's movie, Spirited Away.



TQ Describe The Girl with Ghost Eyes in 140 characters or less.

M.H.B.:  In 1898 a Daoist priestess protects Chinatown from Asian ghosts and demons. The story is full of history, fantasy, and Chinese culture.



TQ Tell us something about The Girl with Ghost Eyes that is not found in the book description.

M.H.B.The Girl with Ghost Eyes is intended as the first novel in an ongoing series. The scope is epic but (I hope) it remains personal.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Girl with Ghost Eyes? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

M.H.B.:  I had a Great Big Idea in 2010. The idea changed my life and set me down a road of discovery. The idea was:

What if someone combined Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, and a film genre from Hong Kong called Spirit Magic Kung Fu?

I saw the potential for great stories --rip-roaring, stay-up-all-night-to-finish-reading stories -- and it would also be intersectionally feminist. It would have amazing fantasy images on the surface and deeper hidden meanings. It would be an extended love letter to Chinese folklore, spiritualities, and cinema.

I'd studied Mandarin, so I was able to draw from primary sources and bring a wealth of detail -- accurate depictions of magic and monsters that had never been written about in the English language.

Fantasy fiction is a big tent. It can contain awesomeness and explosions, like The Dresden Files; it can be rich,meaningful, and literary, like China Mieville, Maggie Stiefvater, and Tanith Lee. It can contain social observations and delve deep into the religious imaginations of other cultures, like The Girl with Ghost Eyes.



TQWhy did you set The Girl with Ghost Eyes in San Francisco?

M.H.B.:  San Francisco at the end of the Nineteenth Century is a place of fog and cobblestone streets. It's like the setting of a gaslamp fantasy, with seagulls instead of blackbirds. A Chinese ethnic enclave struggles to coexist with the culture outside; laborers work hard, illegal organizations entertain the cultural outsiders, bigots chant "The Chinese must go," Christian missionaries try to teach immigrants the error of their ways, constables patrol the streets, and freed slaves compete for jobs.There's so much conflict there. So many stories. So much potential for drama.

Setting the stories in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century allowed me to place Li-lin at the crux of many conflicts: male/female, tradition/change, father/daughter, culture/assimilation, Chinese/American. And that simply rocks.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Girl with Ghost Eyes?

M.H.B.:  I interviewed over a hundred Chinese and Chinese American people, asking them to tell me stories about ghosts, demons, Daoist priests, superstitions, folktales, and the afterlife, as well as stories about immigration, assimilation, gender roles, family, class struggles, and inter-generational conflict.

I bought Daoist manuscripts so I could study them. I also studied paper talismans and divination methods. I corresponded with contemporary Daoist priests.

Three semi-modern books of Chinese ghost stories provided me with a great deal of material: Pu Songling's Tales from the Liaozhai, Ji Xiaolan's Straw Hut Notes, and Yuan Mei's What Confucius Omitted. I took detailed notes on these books.

I went further back and took notes on ancient texts like the Shan Hai Jing (Classic of Mountains and Seas), The Investiture of the Gods, and Journey to the West.

I watched hundreds of movies like Mr.Vampire, A Chinese Ghost Story, and Green Snake.

I studied history texts and19th-Century newspapers to learn what life was like at the time and place ofthis story.

In all, I took sixty thousand pages of notes. Yep: 60,000 pages of notes.



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

M.H.B.:  The protagonist, Li-lin, was easy to write. I had placed so much of my imagination into listening to the accounts of people like her; she flowed into the story.

Her father was much harder. Li-lin herself doesn't understand him, so I needed to give his actions an internal logic which would be true to him and yet mystifying to his daughter.



TQWhich question about The Girl with Ghost Eyes do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

M.H.B.:  "What makes the story relevant in today's world?"

I'm glad you asked that! First let's stop a moment and think about vampires. We mined them for horror until they weren’t scary anymore. Then we mined them for erotica until they weren’t sexy anymore.Everyone has gotten tired of vampires and werewolves. Western folklore is exhausted. It’s time to explore fresh myths and images.

In the world of The Girl with Ghost Eyes, men marry ghosts, household objects come to life after a hundred years, corpse-walkers lead dead men on journeys, and burnt paper offerings become real objects in the afterlife. Readers will discover symbols they’ve never seen before. The resonant marvels of an entire civilization are waiting.

As I researched the history, as the stories took shape, I realized that these historical conflicts remain relevant to this day. The struggles of immigrants are timeless and universal. Xenophobia still shapes our discourse around “illegals.” The Chinese Exclusion Laws and the Geary Act echo in the controversy over California’s Prop 187. The Tong Wars provide insight into both small-scale gang violence and large-scale organized crime, which are still part of our society. Again and again, the events of this time and place in history have been re-enacted in today’s headlines. Again and again, the events of this period give us a lens to understand our world better.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Girl with Ghost Eyes.

M.H.B.:

The Pace of Yu would allow me to wander the three realms. I stamped the floor hard with one foot, and dragged the other. I danced the broken, halting steps of Yu the Great, who beat back the floods. Singing, stamping, and dragging, I danced as Yu, who could transform himself into a bear, yet walked with a limp. Yu the king, the sorcerer, nearly a god, who slew the beast with nine heads. His power cascading through me, I danced the same series of limping steps over and over, making intricate magical gestures with my hands.


And:


There was an uncanny beauty to the spirit side of Chinatown, lit by perpetual moonlight, but brighter and more golden than the moon looks from the world of the living. Beautiful and eerie,the world of spirits would be a terrible place to spend eternity; unable to enter the cycle of birth and death and birth again, yet unable to establish a home in the lands of the dead.



TQWhat's next?

M.H.B.:  A lot, I hope.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

M.H.B.:  Thank you for inviting me!





The Girl with Ghost Eyes
Talos Press, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

Interview with M. H. Boroson, author of The Girl with Ghost Eyes
It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.

With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.





About M. H. Boroson

Interview with M. H. Boroson, author of The Girl with Ghost Eyes
M. H. Boroson was obsessed with two things as a young man: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and kung fu movies. He has studied Chinese religion at Naropa University and the University of Colorado and now lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and three cats. The Girl with Ghost Eyes is his first novel.



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The View From Monday - November 2, 2015


Happy 1st Monday in November! There are 8 debuts this week:

Here and There by Joshua V. Scher from 47North;

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson from Talos Press;

Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors 1) by Asa Maria Bradley from Sourcebooks Casablanca;

Mystic by Jason Denzel from Tor Books;

The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk from Black Cat;

Here Brother's Keeper by Mike Kupari from Baen;

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak from Roc;

The Ark (Children of a Dead Earth 1) by Patrick S. Tomlinson from Angry Robot.

You may read more about each of these debuts here: 2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Pirateship Down: Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans by Suzanne Johnson (Kindle eBook);

Made to Kill (L.A. Trilogy 1) by Adam Christopher;

Without Light or Guide (Los Nefilim 2) by T. Frohock;

and

My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart by Martin Rose.



The View From Monday - November 2, 2015



November 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming the Shifter (e) Lisa Childs PNR
Clearwater (e) Megan Hart SF
The Ghosts of Sleath (ri) James Herbert H - David Ash 2
Here & There (D) Joshua V. Scher SF
Lover's Bite (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night 2
Billionaire Wolf (e) Karen Whiddon PNR



November 2, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fangs for the Memories (e) Molly Harper PNR - Half-Moon Hollow 4.5
Pirateship Down: Stories from the world of The Sentinels of New Orleans (Ke) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans



November 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shadow of Empire Jay Allan SF - Far Star Trilogy 1
Mystic Warrior Alex Archer FairyT/FolkT/L&M - Rogue Angel 57
Devil's Vortex James Axler SF - Deathlands 125
Apocalypse Unseen James Axler SF - Outlanders 75
Halo: Cryptum Greg Bear SF/AA - Forerunner Saga 1
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (D) M. H. Boroson UF
Viking Warrior Rising (D) Asa Maria Bradley PNR - Viking Warriors 1
Plot Boiler Ali Brandon PCM - A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 5
Shards of Honor (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 2
The Shock of Night Patrick W. Carr F - The Darkwater Saga 1
Bathing the Lion (h2tp) Jonathan Carroll LF/Surreal
Reap the Wind Karen Chance UF - Cassie Palmer 7
Made to Kill Adam Christopher SF - L.A. Trilogy 1
Hunter's Moon (ri) Cathy Clamp
C. T. Adams
PNR - Tales of the Sazi 1
Scratch (e) Michael Clary Dys/PA - The Guardian Interviews 4
The Expanse Boxed Set: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate James S.A. Corey SF/AA - The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes (ri) James S.A. Corey SF/AA - The Expanse 1
Hunter Sacrificed (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Wild Hunt 1
This Gulf of Time and Stars Julie E. Czerneda SF - Reunification 1
A Play of Shadow (tp2mm) Julie E. Czerneda F - Night's Edge 2
Mystic (D) Jason Denzel F - Mystic 1
Styx Bavo Dhooge Th/Crime/Z
Blood's Shadow Cecilia Dominic PNR - Lycanthropy Files 3
Air and Darkness David Drake F - The Books of the Elements 4
Wolf Winter (h2tp) Cecilia Ekbäck Gothic
Black Wolves Kate Elliott F - The Black Wolves Trilogy 1
Battlefront: Twilight Company Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars
Dreamseeker C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker 2
Without Light or Guide (e) T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 2
Dead Ringers Christopher Golden H
Weighing Shadows Lisa Goldstein HistF/TT
Passion Ignites Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
7
Passion Ignites: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Geomancer Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
F/P/PNR/SP - Vampire Empire: Gareth and Adele 1
Scarlet Tides (h2mm) David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 2
A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Stories (h2tp) Charlaine Harris F - Sookie Stackhouse
Greasepaint (e) David C. Hayes H
Shivaree J.D. Horn Gothic
The Quartered Sea (e) Tanya Huff F - Quarters Series 4
The Future Falls (h2mm) Tanya Huff CF - The Enchantment Emporium 3
Kill Baxter Charlie Human DF/Occ/Sup
Wolf Land (e) Jonathan Janz H
Genesis Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 4
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series Robert Jordan
Harriet McDougal
Alan Romanczuk
Maria Simmons
F - Wheel of Time
Born of Betrayal Sherrilyn Kenyon CF - The League: Nemesis Rising 8
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories Stephen King Th/Sus - Collection
The Man Who Spoke Snakish (Debut - English) Andrus Kivirähk
Christopher Moseley (trans)
LF/F
Saint Odd (h2mm) Dean Koontz Th/Sus/P - Odd Thomas 8
Her Brother's Keeper (D - Solo) Mike Kupari SF
Sentinels Matt Manochio H/Occ
Tower of Thorns Juliet Marillier F - Blackthorn & Grim 2
Dreamer's Pool (h2tp) Juliet Marillier F - Blackthorn & Grim 1
From the Torment of Dreams (e) Iain Mckinnon SF
Solar Express L. E. Modesitt SF
Heritage of Cyador (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Saga of Recluce 18
City of Wonders James A. Moore F - Seven Forges 3
Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow James Morrow SF - Collection
Going Dark Linda Nagata SF - Red Trilogy 3
Biting Cold (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 6
Planetfall Emma Newman SF/Psy
Heart Legacy Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta 14
Lost Souls: A Thriller Seth Patrick Th/H - Reviver Trilogy 2
Inherit the Stars (D) Tony Peak SF
The Builders Daniel Polansky F
King of Assassins (h2mm) Jenna Rhodes F - The Elven Ways 3
Stars of Fortune Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 1
Green Earth Kim Stanley Robinson SF/Th/TechTh - Omnibus
My Loaded Gun, My Lonely Heart Martin Rose H
Sunfail Steven Savile Dys/Th
The Lazarus War: Redemption: A Lazarus War Novella (e) Jamie Sawyer Artefact
Mission: Tomorrow Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed) SF - Anthology
1
Jeweled Fire Sharon Shinn F - Elemental Blessings 3
Convalescence (e) Maynard Sims H/GH
Dangerous Match (e) Alyssa Stevens PNR
The Flame in the Maze Caitlin Sweet F - The Door in the Mountain 2
The Ark (D) Patrick S. Tomlinson SF - Children of a Dead Earth 1
The Immortals of Meluha (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - Shiva Trilogy 1
Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel George R. R. Martin (ed)
Melinda M. Snodgrass (ed)
SH - Wild Cards
Onyx Javelin Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 3
Mind Magic Eileen Wilks PNR/UF - Lupi 12
Lafcadio Hearn's "The Faceless Ghost" and Other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel Sean Michael Wilson Michiru Morikawa (Illus) GH/GN - Stories
Null-A Continuum (e) John C. Wright SF



November 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Iron Defiance Kelly L Lee FR - Four Realms 3
Points of Origin: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marissa K. Lingen SF



November 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Family Blood Craig Gallant SP/ AH - Wild West Exodus





D - Debut
e - eBook
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


AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
L&M - Legends and Mythology
LF - Literary Fiction
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts


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

The November 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 November cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on November 15th.

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 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for November. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Andrus Kivirähk

The Man Who Spoke Snakish
Black Cat, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Translator - Christopher Moseley
(Debut - English Language)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
A bestseller in the author’s native country of Estonia, where the book is so well known that a popular board game has been created based on it, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is the imaginative and moving story of a boy who is tasked with preserving ancient traditions in the face of modernity.   Set in a fantastical version of medieval Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish follows a young boy, Leemet, who lives with his hunter-gatherer family in the forest and is the last speaker of the ancient tongue of snakish, a language that allows its speakers to command all animals. But the forest is gradually emptying as more and more people leave to settle in villages, where they break their backs tilling the land to grow wheat for their “bread” (which Leemet has been told tastes horrible) and where they pray to a god very different from the spirits worshipped in the forest’s sacred grove. With lothario bears who wordlessly seduce women, a giant louse with a penchant for swimming, a legendary flying frog, and a young charismatic viper named Ints, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is a totally inventive novel for readers of David Mitchell, Sjón, and Terry Pratchett.

A word-of-mouth success in France, and one of the bestselling books ever published in Estonia, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is the first of Kivirähk’s novels ever to be published in English—and sure to entertain and surprise readers worldwide.




M.H. Boroson

The Girl with Ghost Eyes
Talos Press, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.

When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.

With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.




Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rising
Viking Warriors 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found...and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.




Dana Chamblee Carpenter

Bohemian Gospel
Pegasus, November 16, 2015
    November 8, 2015 (eBook)
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel is the remarkable tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny. 

Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as Mouse, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Others call her an angel. Even Mouse doesn’t know who—or what—she is. But she means to find out. When young King Ottakar shows up at the Abbey wounded by a traitor's arrow, Mouse breaks church law to save him and then agrees to accompany him back to Prague as his personal healer. Caught in the undertow of court politics at the castle, Ottakar and Mouse find themselves drawn to each other as they work to uncover the threat against him and to unravel the mystery of her past. But when Mouse's unusual gifts give rise to a violence and strength that surprise everyone—especially herself—she is forced to ask herself: Will she be prepared for the future that awaits her? A heart-thumping, highly original tale in the vein of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, Bohemian Gospel heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice for historical fiction.




Jason Denzel

Mystic
Tor Books, November 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Mystic is the start of an enchanting new epic fantasy series from Jason Denzel, the founder of Dragonmount.

I called to the Myst, and it sent us you.

For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Myst. Powerful, revered, and often reclusive, Mystics have the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst: the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe. Once in a very great while, they take an apprentice, always from the most privileged sects of society. Such has always been the tradition-until a new High Mystic takes her seat and chooses Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate.

Commoners have never been welcomed among the select few given the opportunity to rise beyond even the highest nobility. So when Pomella chooses to accept the summons and journey to Kelt Apar, she knows that she will have more to contend with than the competition for the apprenticeship.

Breaking both law and tradition, Pomella undergoes three trials against the other candidates to prove her worthiness. As the trials unfold, Pomella navigates a deadly world of intolerance and betrayal, unaware that ruthless conspirators intend to make her suffer for having the audacity to seek to unravel the secrets of the Myst.





Michelle Hauck

Grudging
Birth of Saints 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 17, 2015
eBook, 299 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power.  And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.




Mike Kupari

Her Brother's Keeper
Baen, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
(Debut - Solo)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
DEBUT SOLO NOVEL FROM THE CO-AUTHOR OF DEAD SIX. Air Force weapons expert Mike Kupari, co-author of Dead Six and Swords of Exodus, offers up a science fiction adventure. When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet.

It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny. But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood.

It seems Catherine's brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood's plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom by a fearsome local warlord. Augustus, knowing his daughter is the only one who can be trusted to return his son safely, swallows his pride and hires Catherine to bring her brother home.

Catherine takes the job—but it won't be easy. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making.




Michael Livingston

The Shards of Heaven
The Shards of Heaven 1
Tor Books, November 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar's ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar's legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.

Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods-or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.

Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.

Michael Livingston's The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.




Paul Meloy

The Night Clock
Solaris, November 10, 2015 (US/Canada)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
An incredible debut novel that will move and terrify you, as reality itself is threatened by a world just beyond our own.

And still the Night Clock ticks...

Phil Trevena’s boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves. There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can’t explain - until he meets the enigmatic Daniel, and learns of the war for the minds of humanity that rages in Dark Time, the space between reality and nightmares measured by the Night Clock.

Drawn into the conflict, Phil and Daniel encounter the Firmament Surgeons, a brave and strange band that are all that prevents the nightmarish ranks of the Autoscopes overrunning us. The enemy is fuelled by a limitless hatred that could rip our reality apart. To end the war the darkness that dwells in the shadow of the Night Clock must be defeated...

Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and the human mind, and presenting us with a novel like no other.




Tony Peak

Inherit the Stars
Roc, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
An epic debut set on the edges of space, where one botched job could mean death—or so much worse…

Wanderlust runs in Kivita Vondir’s blood. She dreamed of salvaging like her father when she was young, and now it’s her addiction, getting her through pit stops filled with cheap alcohol and cheaper companionship and distracting her from her broken heart.

Her latest contract to hunt down a fabled gemstone is exactly the kind of adventure she craves. But this job is more than meets the eye. For one thing, her duplicitous employer has hired rebel Sar Redryll—Kivita’s former lover—to stop her at any cost. For another, Kivita’s recovery of the relic unleashes in her powerful new abilities. Abilities that everyone in the Cetturo Arm—human, alien, and in-between—desperately wishes to control…

As she avoids a massive galactic manhunt, Kivita teams up with two unlikely allies: Sar and his enigmatic new partner. Only, as the gem’s mysteries are revealed and danger draws near, Kivita begins to wonder if her ex has truly changed, or if he’s just waiting for the right moment to betray her once again…




Joshua V. Scher

Here & There
47North, November 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 587 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed...

Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one has actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.

Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.

Now her son Danny has unearthed and revealed the report, fueling controversy over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.

In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.




Patrick S. Tomlinson

The Ark
Children of the Dead Earth 1
Angry Robot, November 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

File UnderScience Fiction [ Last Gun in the Universe / We’re Not Alone / Poison and Nukes / Race to the End ]

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