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The View From Monday - March 7, 2016


Happy Monday!

There is one debut out this week:

The Cold Between (Central Corps 1) by Elizaebeth Bonesteel.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Ferguson is out in Trade Paperback;

The Warring States (Wave Trilogy 2) by Aidan Harte is out in Trade Paperback;

Bayou Shadow Hunter (Bayou Magic Series 1) by Debbie Herbert;

and

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu.


The View From Monday - March 7, 2016


March 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Half a War (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea 3
The Spider's War Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 5
Marked In Flesh Anne Bishop DF - A Novel of the Others 4
The Cold Between (D) Elizabeth Bonesteel SF - Central Corps 1
The Return of the Witch Paula Brackston Hist
Fire Touched Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 9
The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe (ri) Peter Clines
H. P. Lovecraft
Daniel Dafoe
H/MU
The Calling (h2tp) Rachelle Dekker Dys - A Seer Novel 2
The Lyre Thief Jennifer Fallon F - The Hythrun Chronicles 7
The Lost Boys Symphony (h2tp) Mark Andrew Ferguson GB
Dragonfly in Amber (Starz Tie-in Edition) Diana Gabaldon TTR - Outlander 2
Bound by the Night Megan Hart PNR - Collection
The Warring States (h2tp) Aidan Harte F - Wave Trilogy 2
Bayou Shadow Hunter Debbie Herbert PNR - Bayou Magic Series 1
Wild Lavender Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher FR/HistF - The Aurelian Guard 1
Phantom Lover (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - A Dream Hunter Story
Thinner (ri) Stephen King H
Of Noble Family (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Glamourist Histories 5
Forest of Memory Mary Robinette Kowal SF/GenEng
Camber of Culdi (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Legends of Camber of Culdi 1
The Bishop's Heir (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Histories of King Kelson 1
Saint Camber (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Legends of Camber of Culdi 2
The King's Justice (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Histories of King Kelson 2
The Quest for Saint Camber (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Histories of King Kelson 3
Camber the Heretic (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Legends of Camber of Culdi 3
The Harrowing of Gwynedd (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Heirs of Saint Camber 1
King Javan's Year (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Heirs of Saint Camber 2
The Bastard Prince (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F - Heirs of Saint Camber 3
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Ken Liu SF/F - Collection
The Night Sister (h2tp) Jennifer McMahon Sus/Th/M/GH
Crusade's End Graham McNeill
Dan Abnett
Ben Counter
SF - The Horus Heresy Omnibus 1
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Collection
Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales Shakespeare's Fantasy World Adrian Tchaikovsky
Emma Newman
Jonathan Barnes
Foz Meadows
Kate Heartfield
HistF - Anthology
Cat Out of Hell (h2tp) Lynne Truss Hu/M/H
War of the Fang Chris Wraight SF - Space Marine Battles



March 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
"Radio Free Trismegistus" (e) Ian Tregillis HistF - The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 7



March 10, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Helix: Episode 1 (e) Nathan M. Farrugia Tech/Th
Birthright: Beacon 1 (e) Valerie Parv SFR



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Faity Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LM - Legend and Myth
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MU - Mash Up
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32


This is the thirty-second 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 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 here



S.K. Dunstall (2015)

Alliance
A Linesman Novel 2
Ace, February 23, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn’t understand—and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight…

The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space—before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean’s ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool—or weapon—to command.

Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything—her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.

Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover—and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them…




Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Back Bay Books, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 24, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
"Mesmerizing and dazzlingly original--a breakout novel."--Wally Lamb

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

Henry decides to run away. He leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.




Margaret Fortune

Nova
DAW, June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

[cover not yet available]
*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
[description from Hardcover]




Kelley Grant (2015)

The Obsidian Temple
Desert Rising 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
eBook, July 21, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.

Returning to Illian, Sulis's twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah's side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste's uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy's stunning conclusion.


The World Weavers
Desert Rising 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 19, 2016
eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.

But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis’s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.

In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind’s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged. In this spellbinding denouement to Desert Rising and The Obsidian Temple, Kelley Grant brings her epic trilogy to a thunderous and powerful conclusion.
[description provided by the Author]




Camille Griep (2015)

New Charity Blues
47North, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost.

But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt.

Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.

Interview with Mark Andrew Ferguson, author of The Lost Boys Symphony - March 25, 2014


Please welcome Mark Andrew Ferguson to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Lost Boys Symphony was published on March 24th by Little, Brown and Company.



Interview with Mark Andrew Ferguson, author of The Lost Boys Symphony - March 25, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Mark:  Thanks so much for inviting me, it’s a pleasure. I started writing at around age four, though at that time my letters were very shaky and often backward. It was only with the help of dedicated teachers, parents, and special therapeutic paper that I got any better at it. My fingers often ached, but it was mostly worth it.

I wasn’t the kind of kid who just knew that I was going to be a writer. It wasn’t a blindingly obvious decision by any means. I always liked being creative, alone. I tinker and doodle, that sort of thing. I’m a graphic designer, too, which sort of feeds the same urge. In my mid-twenties, though, after kicking around an idea in my head for a long time, I came to understand that in writing a novel I could spend years telling a single story without being responsible to anyone but myself. I could really take my time and not say anything by accident. That’s very attractive to me, as someone who always worries that he’s said the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person.

To clarify: I always wished I could be a novelist, ever since reading tons of Roald Dahl and Beverly Cleary and, later, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster. I just never really believed I could be until I actually finished a third or fourth draft of The Lost Boys Symphony.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Mark:  Total pantser.

I have a theory that I call the “Elf” theory, which is that the discovery of a world at the beginning of a book or movie is almost always the most satisfying part. The story that happens after that discovery is usually disappointing, hence Elf. Will Ferrel is a genius. There is very little that’s funnier to me than the first forty-five minutes of watching him as Buddy the Elf. Discovering him and how he fits into his world, then watching him discover New York, that stuff is brilliant. But then Buddy has to save Christmas and his family and I fall into an angry sleep.

It’s why the first movie is a trilogy is usually the best, and why so many comedies are funnier in the trailer than they are in 90-120 minutes.

I’m terrified of knowing too much when I’m writing an initial draft. I want to discover things all the way through. Plotting is for later, for me, after the whole thing is written and I need to tighten it all up.



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

Mark:  Concision. (see above)

For real. Between first draft and final of The Lost Boys Symphony I think I cut about 75,000 words, and none of them really mattered.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Mark:  Vonnegut changed my life. I grew up Mormon, a lovely religion and a lovely family, but I think I knew pretty early on that the questions that interested me weren’t really religious in nature. I read Breakfast of Champions at fifteen and the blasphemy, the humor, the clarity of Vonnegut’s voice and opinions: it was nuts. And the central question of that book is whether it’s possible to know other minds, which is pretty much my lifelong obsession. It just primed me for a certain kind of reading and writing, and after devouring almost all of Vonnegut’s books I was on a crash with authors like Paul Auster, Murakami, Scarlett Thomas, Philip K. Dick – all writers who are clearly obsessed with philosophy but want to tell a great story.



TQ:  Describe The Lost Boys Symphony in 140 characters or less.

Mark:  2 male bffs. 1 goes insane, disappears, & is abducted by his future selves. The 2nd, left behind, reaches out to his bff’s ex-gf for solace.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Lost Boys Symphony that is not in the book description.

Mark:  It is, in large part, a book about mental illness and how it affects those who care about the person who is suffering. Also, there are a lot of musical hallucination.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Lost Boys Symphony? What appealed to you about writing genre bending love story with time travel and alternate realities? Does the “Lost Boys” in the title refer to anything in particular (Peter Pan for example)?

Mark:  I’m afraid the “lost boys” part is about as literal as it gets. The main characters are still kids, basically, even when they are much older, and they are totally lost. The Peter Pan thing fits, for sure, but I didn’t think of it until someone else pointed it out.

This is in no way a put-down of the question, but I don’t much like the word “inspired.” It’s so loaded. I think a lot of people wait for inspiration, myself included, and assume that if it doesn’t just come then they aren’t meant to create something. My main struggle was giving myself the right, the authority, and the responsibility to write. There is no muse strong enough to get me up out of bed and in front of the computer, you know?

As for why I chose this story and this genre, I think my author influences probably go a long way toward an explanation. I love speculative fiction and whatever you might want to call existential mystery. The seed of the book was a time travel story I thought was going to be a comedy sketch or one-act play. It never went anywhere until I paired it with some of my own experiences with mental illness. A good friend of mine suffered a break in college (only maybe 30% of the stuff in the book is true) but it really changed me, and I wanted to write about that. So that provided the emotional backbone and the characters.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Lost Boys Symphony?

Mark:  Not much. I find that when you tell people what you are writing, they will tell you what book you should read or movie you should see. This is very helpful to me because I do not read any book or see any movie that is recommended. I don’t want to worry about how my idea stacks up against stuff that’s already out there, or lose momentum because I doubt myself.

I did read two book by Mark Vonnegut (The Eden Express and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So), about his own schizophrenia and recovery, that were beautifully written and very helpful.

I have done a lot of research for my work-in-progress, though, and I think it’s really fun.



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

Mark:  Henry was the easiest. Young Henry, anyway. So much of his stuff is perceptual, which is the most fun for me to write and the easiest in terms of character.

Gabe was the hardest, because he was the most autobiographical. I was struggling to have empathy for myself, so I couldn’t easily empathize with him either.

Val was really tough too, though. I was really worried that she wouldn’t hold her own to the satisfaction of female readers, particularly because she is wrapped up in a love triangle. I worked really hard to give her her own story.



TQ:  Which question about The Lost Boys Symphony do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Mark1:  Is it weird to know that total strangers are going to read this thing and create a version of you in their minds that is based exclusively on fiction?

Mark2:  Yes. It is fantastically and beautifully bizarre.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Lost Boys Symphony.

Mark
Joan took a too-large pinch of tobacco from her pouch and placed it into a too-small paper, rolled it loosely, and licked the glue. Her purple-red tongue looked like some vital organ that had migrated up into her mouth. Gabe offered his Bic, trying not to let her hand touch his as she shielded the flame and leaned in.


TQ:  What's next?

Mark:  I’m deep in on a second novel, which is very generally about a near-future world in which the experience of one person can be recorded and played back in the mind of another. The technology is fairly new, so while everyone has access to receivers, only major entertainment studios and medical institutions are doing any recording. It’s about an actress, a kid, a cult, and dark secrets. Lots of fun stuff!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Mark:  Oh please! This is so fun. Thank you.





The Lost Boys Symphony
Little, Brown And Company, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,352 pages

Interview with Mark Andrew Ferguson, author of The Lost Boys Symphony - March 25, 2014
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY HIS FUTURE SELVES.

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.

In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.

The Lost Boys Symphony is a beautiful reminder of what it's like to be young, lost, and in and out of love for the very first time. By turns heartfelt and heartbreaking, Ferguson's debut novel boldly announces the arrival of a spellbinding new talent on the literary stage, in a master feat of empathy and multilayered storytelling that takes adventurous literary fiction to dizzying new heights.





About Mark

Interview with Mark Andrew Ferguson, author of The Lost Boys Symphony - March 25, 2014
Ex-publishing professional. Current freelance designer, novel-writer, and book marketer living in New Jersey. Learn more by visiting his Goodreads profile found here.





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The View From Monday - March 23, 2015


Happy Monday! It's 18F here. I don't think Spring got the memo about higher temperatures. We may even get more snow!

There are two debuts this week:

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson;

and

Beasts of Tabat (The Tabat Quartet 1) by Cat Rambo.

Don't forget to vote in the March Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars here. The poll closes tomorrow.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. Bennett;

Truth and Fear (The Wolfhound Century 2) by Peter Higgins is out in Trade Paperback;

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Medicine for the Dead (Children of the Drought 2) by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson.


The View From Monday - March 23, 2015




March 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Dark Alchemy (e) Laura Bickle CF
The Midnight Witch (h2tp) Paula Brackston Hist/Su
Balance Point (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 3
1920: America's Great War (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH/Th
Werewolves: A Hunter's Guide Graeme Davis H
Angel (e) Lola Dodge PNR - Manhattan Ten 4
The Lost Boys Symphony (D) Mark Andrew Ferguson GB
Claimed Sarah Fine CF - Servants of Fate 2
Mother of Demons (Special Leather Bound Edition) Eric Flint SF
Night's Blaze: Part 3: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 5
Harrison Squared Daryl Gregory CF
Afterparty (h2tp) Daryl Gregory SF
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire Molly Harper PNR - Half Moon Hollow 3
Truth and Fear (h2tp) Peter Higgins AH/M - The Wolfhound Century 2
Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who Paul Kirkley SF - Space Helmet for a Cow 1
Nightbringer Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines 1
Icefall Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels 4
Repeat Neal Pollack Hu/SF
The Forever Watch (h2tp) David Ramirez SF
The Fifth Heart Dan Simmons Hist/M
Orbs III: Redemption: A Science Fiction Thriller (e) Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th - Orbs 3
Medicine for the Dead Arianne 'Tex' Thompson F/WW - Children of the Drought 2
The Summer Palace Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 3
The Moon Tells Secrets Savanna Welles PNR/Go



March 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dog: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce McAllister H



March 26, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 5 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel



March 27, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beasts of Tabat (D) Cat Rambo F - The Tabat Quartet 1


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
Hu - Humor
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
WW - Weird Western

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 24, 2015.


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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Art: John Coulthart



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Book Design: Elizabeth A. D. Eno



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Design: Brian Peterson






2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Design: Michael J. Windsor



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Art: Andrea Garcia; Cover Design: Jen Cain



2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.



Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Little, Brown And Company, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY HIS FUTURE SELVES.

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.

In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.

The Lost Boys Symphony is a beautiful reminder of what it's like to be young, lost, and in and out of love for the very first time. By turns heartfelt and heartbreaking, Ferguson's debut novel boldly announces the arrival of a spellbinding new talent on the literary stage, in a master feat of empathy and multilayered storytelling that takes adventurous literary fiction to dizzying new heights.

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 11 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 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 March. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Little, Brown And Company, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY HIS FUTURE SELVES.

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.

In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.

The Lost Boys Symphony is a beautiful reminder of what it's like to be young, lost, and in and out of love for the very first time. By turns heartfelt and heartbreaking, Ferguson's debut novel boldly announces the arrival of a spellbinding new talent on the literary stage, in a master feat of empathy and multilayered storytelling that takes adventurous literary fiction to dizzying new heights.




Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon
The Fire Sermon 1
Gallery Books, March 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.




Ellie O'Neill

Reluctantly Charmed
Touchstone, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate.

And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend’s website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin’s rock-and-roll sweetheart—and Kate’s onetime fling—writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps—or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.




Carrie Patel

The Buried Life
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
        (North American and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]




Cat Rambo

Beasts of Tabat
The Tabat Quartet 1
Wordfire Press, March 27, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 325 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.

When his fate becomes woven with that of Tabat’s most famous gladiator, Bella Kanto, his existence becomes even more imperiled. Kanto’s magical battle determines the weather each year, and the wealthy merchants are tired of the long winters she’s brought. Can Teo and Bella save each other from the plots that are closing in on them from all sides?




Justin Richards

The Suicide Exhibition
The Never War 1
Thomas Dunne Books, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(1st own world adult novel)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The threat is not new. The aliens have been here before.

The German war machine has woken an ancient threat - the alien Vril and their Ubermensch have returned. With this new power, ultimate Victory in the war for Europe is now within the Nazis' grasp.Obsessed with the Occult, Hitler and other senior Nazis believed they were destined to inherit the Earth. To this end, they are determined to recover 'their' ancient artifacts -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Destiny. When Dunkirk veteran and Foreign Office trouble-shooter Major Guy Pentecross stumbles across a seemingly unbelievable conspiracy, he, together with pilot and American spy Sarah Diamond and SOE operative Leo Davenport, enter the shadow world of Section Z. All three have major roles to play as they uncover the Nazis' insidious plot to use the Vril's technology to win the war... at any cost.

Justin Richards has an extremely credible grasp of WWII history and has transformed it into a groundbreaking alternate reality thriller in The Suicide Exhibition.




Alan Smale

Clash of Eagles
Clash of Eagles Trilogy 1
Del Rey, March 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Perfect for fans of action-adventure and historical fiction—including novels by such authors as Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove—this stunning work of alternate history imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has not fallen and the North American continent has just been discovered. In the year 1218 AD, transported by Norse longboats, a Roman legion crosses the great ocean, enters an endless wilderness, and faces a cataclysmic clash of worlds, cultures, and warriors.  

Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined.

Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.




Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys
Talos, March 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A decade dead, Jacob Campbell is a preservationist, providing a kind of taxidermy to keep his clients looking lifelike for as long as the forces of entropy will allow. But in the Land of the Dead, where the currency is time itself and there is little for corpses to do but drink, thieve, and gamble eternity away, Jacob abandons his home and his fortune for an opportunity to meet the man who cheated the rules of life and death entirely.

According to legend, the Living Man is the only adventurer to ever cross into the underworld without dying first. It’s rumored he met his end somewhere in the labyrinth of pubs beneath Dead City’s streets, disappearing without a trace. Now Jacob’s vow to find the Living Man and follow him back to the land of the living sends him on a perilous journey through an underworld where the only certainty is decay.

Accompanying him are the boy Remington, an innocent with mysterious powers over the bones of the dead, and the hanged man Leopold l’Eclair, a flamboyant rogue whose criminal ambitions spark the undesired attention of the shadowy ruler known as the Magnate.

An ambitious debut that mingles the fantastic with the philosophical, Dead Boys twists the well-worn epic quest into a compelling, one-of-a-kind work of weird fiction that transcends genre, recalling the novels of China Miéville and Neil Gaiman.




Ferrett Steinmetz

Flex
Flex 1
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback (US/Canada) and eBook,
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill • Firestarter • Bureaucramancy • The Flex & the Flux ]




Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective
Doubleday, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell's standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.




T.A. Wardrope

Arcadian Gates
Blastgun Books, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 424 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Only ten years ago the entire nation was struck by a chemical weapon which destroyed most people’s memories. Akiry, a young woman who makes her way smuggling amongst the lower caste of the rebuilt country, is haunted by dreams of a daughter she otherwise does not remember.

As civil war erupts in the city around her, she takes the last chance she has to find the truth about her daughter and her past.

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