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The View From Monday - April 12, 2021

Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Becoming Leidah by Michelle Grierson;

Composite Creatures by Caroline Hardaker;

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club by Doug Henderson;

and

Malice by Heather Walter.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Gifting Fire (Stealing Thunder 2) by Alina Boyden;

The Worldbreaker Saga Omnibus by Kameron Hurley;

The Girl and the Mountain (The Book of the Ice 2) by Mark Lawrence;

and

The Helm of Midnight (The Five Penalties 1) by Marina Lostetter.

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



The View From Monday - April 12, 2021
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

April 13, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
Westside Saints (h2tp)
W.M. Akers HistM/GH - A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2
The Immortals of Tehran (h2tp)Ali Araghi LF
Love in ColorBolu Babalola FairyT/FolkT/LM/SS
Gifting FireAlina Boyden F - Stealing Thunder 2
VicariousRhett C. Bruno SF
Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban FuturesPriya Sarukkai
Chabria Taiyo Fujii
hweta Taneja
SF/GenEng/PA - Anthology
Trial of the Wizard KingChad Corrie F - The Wizard King Trilogy 2
TrafikRikki Ducornet SF
MortisJohn French SF - Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra
Becoming Leidah (D)Michelle Grierson F
Composite Creatures (D)Caroline Hardaker SF
Near the BoneChristina Henry H
The Worldbreaker Saga Omnibus (e)Kameron Hurley F - The Worldbreaker Saga
Savage GerryJohn Jantunen SF
Voices in the DarknessDavid Niall Wilson (Ed)
DF - Anthology
The Girl and the MountainMark Lawrence F - The Book of the Ice 2
The Night Library of Sternendach: A Vampire Opera in VerseJessica Lévai HistF
Breath by BreathMorgan Llywelyn SF - Step by Step 3
The Helm of MidnightMarina Lostetter F - The Five Penalties 1
Litany of DreamsAri Marmell F - Arkham Horror
NightbringerGraham McNeill SF - Black Library Masterworks
My Mother's House (h2tp)Francesca Momplaisir MR/CulH/LF
Vampire GenevieveKim Newman H - Warhammer Horror
Monstrous Affections: Stories (ri)
David Nickle H
Before the Devil Fell (h2tp)
Neil Olson LF/M/Occ/Sup/Th
The Anthill (h2tp)
Julianne Pachico LF/H
Space Marine Conquests: Masters of ShadowThomas Parrott
The Devil's PawnOliver Pötzsch
Lisa Reinhardt (Tr)
Medieval/HistF - Faust 2
Crooked River (h2mm)
Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
PP/Occ/Sup/Sus
The Light of the Midnight StarsRena Rossner FairyT/FolkT/LM/Jewish/HistF
StormlandJohn Shirley SF/CyP
The Book of Speculation (h2tp)Erika Swyler LF/F
Luther: First of the FallenGav Thorpe SF/SO - Horus Heresy
The Ancestor (h2tp)
Danielle Trussoni Gothic
Savage Legion (h2tp)
Matt Wallace F - Savage Rebellion 1
Malice (D)Heather Walter F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Lady of SorrowsC L Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Otherland: Mountain of Black GlassTad Williams SF/CyP/HSF - Otherland 3



April 15, 2021
TITLEAUTHORGENRE - SERIES
The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club (D)
Doug Henderson LBBTQ+/Fantasy/HU



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
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
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
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
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
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
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
WS - Women Sleuths

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the April 2021 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Jason M. Hough (2013)

Instinct
Gallery Books, April 6, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough dives headfirst into the world of thrillers with this explosive new tale!

Welcome to Silvertown, Washington. Population 602 (for now).

Despite its small size, the small mountain town is home to more conspiracy theories than any other place in America. Officer Mary Whittaker is slowly acclimating to the daily weirdness of life here, but when the chief of police takes a leave of absence, she is left alone to confront a series of abnormal incidents--strange even by Silvertown standards.

An “indoor kid” who abhors nature dies on a random midnight walkabout with no explanation.

A hiker is found dead on a trail, smiling serenely after being mauled by a bear.

A woman known for being a helicopter parent abandons her toddler twins without a second thought.

It’s almost as if the townsfolk are losing their survival instinct, one by one...

As Whittaker digs deeper into her investigation, she uncovers a larger conspiracy with more twists and turns than a mountain road, and danger around every corner. To save Silvertown, she must distinguish the truth from paranoia-fueled lies before she ends up losing her own instincts...and her life!
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo




Mark Lawrence (2011)

The Girl and the Mountain
The Book of Ice 2
Ace, April 13, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
The second novel in the thrilling and epic new fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Red Sister and Prince of Thorns.

On the planet Abeth there is only the ice. And the Black Rock.

For generations the priests of the Black Rock have reached out from their mountain to steer the fate of the ice tribes. With their Hidden God, their magic and their iron, the priests’ rule has never been questioned. But when ice triber Yaz challenged their authority, she was torn away from the only life she had ever known, and forced to find a new path for herself.

Yaz has lost her friends and found her enemies. She has a mountain to climb, and even if she can break the Hidden God’s power, her dream of a green world lies impossibly far to the south, across a vast emptiness of ice. Before the journey can even start, she has to find out what happened to the ones she loves and save those that can be saved.

Abeth holds its secrets close, but the stars shine brighter for Yaz and she means to unlock the truth.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo
Book One





Marina Lostetter (2017)

The Helm of Midnight
The Five Penalties 1
Tor Books, April 13, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Hannibal meets Mistborn in Marina Lostetter’s THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, the dark and stunning first novel in a new trilogy that combines the intricate worldbuilding and rigorous magic system of the best of epic fantasy with a dark and chilling thriller.

In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power—the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city.

Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.

It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his wake.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

The View From Monday - February 22, 2021

Happy last Monday in February 2021!

There are 2 debuts this week:

The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri;

and

Glow by Tim Jordan.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden;

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice 1) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories be Keith Rosson;

Out Past the Stars (Farian War 3) by K. B. Wagers;

and

Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White.

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



The View From Monday - February 22, 2021



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

February 22, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Future God of Love Dilman Dila F - Luna Novella 4



February 23, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Chill (h2tp)
Scott Carson SupTh
Ship of Destiny (tp2mm)
Frank Chadwick SF/SO
The City of Good Death (D) Priyanka Champaneri F/FL
Sea Loves Me: Selected Stories Mia Couto LF/SS/MR - Biblioasis International Translation Series
The Bone Fire György Dragomán Ottilie Mulzet (Tr)
Gothic
Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis Nicky Drayden SF/SO
The Upstairs House Julia Fine LF
Shadow Fall Alexander Freed SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron 2
Wicked All Night Jeaniene Frost PNR - A Night Rebel Novel 3
Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson's D.O.D.O. Nicole Galland SF/TT
Good & Evil Eric Giacometti
Jacques Ravenne
Occ/Sup/Hist - Black Sun Trilogy 2
The Four Symbols Éric Giacometti
Jacques Ravenne
Occ/Sup/Hist - Black Sun Trilogy 1
Crimson Phoenix John Gilstrap Th - A Victoria Emerson Thriller 1
Skin for Skin Terry Grimwood F - Luna Novella 5
The Russian Cage Charlaine Harris DF - Gunnie Rose 3
Ghost Ups Her Game (h2tp)
Carolyn Hart PCM - Bailey Ruth Raeburn 9
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (ri)
Shirley Jackson LF/H/Gothic
Glow (D) Tim Jordan SF/AP/PA
The Deep (h2tp)
Alma Katsu H/Hist/Th
Sword of Fire (h2mm)
Katharine Kerr F/DF - The Justice War 1
The Undying Monster (ri)
Jessie Douglas Kerruish H - Essential Gothic, SF & Dark Fantasy
Otaku (h2tp) Chris Kluwe SF
The Eleventh Gate (tp2mm)
Nancy Kress SF
The Girl and the Stars (h2mm)
Mark Lawrence F/DF - Book of the Ice 1
The First Sister (h2tp) Linden A. Lewis SF/SO - The First Sister Trilogy 1
Calculated Risks Seanan McGuire UF/P/HU - InCryptid 10
Kingdom of Shadow and Light Karen Marie Moning PNR -  Fever 11
Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters Aimee Ogden F/SO
Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the Twenty-First Century Cristina Baccilega (Ed) Jennifer Orme (Ed) LC/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Forced Perspectives (h2mm)
Tim Powers F
Flowers of Darkness Tatiana de Rosnay FL/CL/Sus/Dys
Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories Keith Rosson SS/F
A Cat on the Case Clea Simon PCM - Witch Cats of Cambridge 3
Plan for the Worst Jodi Taylor SF - Chronicles of St. Mary's 11
Hard Time Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF/F - Time Police 2
Long Story Short: A Short Story Collection Jodi Taylor SF/SS - Chronicles of St. Mary's
The Hollow Ones (ri)
Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan
SupTh/Sus/GH/Gothic
Transgressions of Power Juliette Wade SF/AP/PA - The Broken Trust 2
Out Past the Stars K. B. Wagers SF/SO/AC/SE - Farian War 3
The Jackal (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp 1
Alien: Into Charybdis Alex White SF/SC/MTI
The Loosening Skin Aliya Whiteley SupTh/H
The Swimmers Marian Womack Dys/SF/AP/PA



February 24, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Clockwork Sister M E Rodman F - Luna Novella 6



February 25, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Ecocollapse Fiction and Cultures of Human Extinction Sarah E. McFarland
LC/Sci - Environmental Cultures



February 26, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Shelter for the Damned Mike Thorn H



February 28, 2021
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Best of Elizabeth Hand Elizabeth Hand F - Collection
The Best of Walter Jon Williams Walter Jon Williams SF - Anthology



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
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
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
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
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
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
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
WS - Women Sleuths

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

The View From Monday - April 20, 2020


It is Monday again!

There is one debut this week -

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

The View From Monday - April 20, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

According to Kovac (Robot Dreams 1) by Andrew Bannister;

Alchemy of Glass by Barbara Barnett;

Gears of War: Bloodlines by Jason Hough;

The Girl and the Stars (The Book of the Ice1) by Mark Lawrence;

We Are Mayhem (Black Star Renegades 2) by Michael Moreci is out in Trade Paperback;

The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War 1) by Jon Skovron;

The Beasts of Lake Oph (Robot Dreams 4) by Tom Toner;

Deep Learning (Robot Dreams 2) by Ren Warom;

and

An Explorer's Cartography of Already Settled Lands: A Tor.com Original by Fran Wilde.

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



The View From Monday - April 20, 2020



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

April 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
According to Kovac Andrew Bannister SF - Robot Dreams 1
Alchemy of Glass Barbara Barnett HistF
Shorefall Robert Jackson Bennett F/UF - The Founders Trilogy 2
You Let Me In (D) Camilla Bruce Th/PsyTh/Gothic
The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir Peter Carlaftes (Ed) Spec - Anthology
Ship of Fates Caitlin Chung HistF
The Binding (h2tp) Bridget Collins LF
Master Class Christina Dalcher Dys/Sys/CW
Race the Sands Sarah Beth Durst F
The Moon Always Rising Alice C. Early LF/CW/FL/CRo/MR/CH
Little Digs Lisa L. Hannett F
Looking Glass Christina Henry DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Chronicles of Alice 3
Gears of War: Bloodlines Jason M. Hough SF/MTI
Velocities: Stories Kathe Koja SS
The Cerulean Queen Sarah Kozloff F - The Nine Realms 4
The Girl and the Stars Mark Lawrence F/DF - The Book of the Ice1
Daughter of the Forest (ri) Juliet Marillier HistF/FolkT/FairyT/LM - Sevenwaters 1
Life for Sale Yukio Mishima Psy/AB - Vintage International
We Are Mayhem (h2tp) Michael Moreci SF/SO - Black Star Renegades 2
Lanny (h2tp) Max Porter LF/MR/Typography
Aurora Rising (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/Cr/M/GenEng/HSF/SO - The Perfect Dreyfus Emergencies 1
Absolution Gap (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO  - Revelation Space 4
Pushing Ice (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Galactic North (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space
Redemption Ark (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space 3
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space
Chasm City (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space 2
House of Suns (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
Revelation Space (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO - Revelation Space 1
Century Rain (e) Alastair Reynolds SF/HSF/SE/SO
The Ranger of Marzanna Jon Skovron F/RF - Goddess War 1
Creatures of Charm and Hunger Molly Tanzer HistF - Diabolist's Library 3
Blindsight (ri) Peter Watts SF/HSF/AC - Firefall 1
Repo Virtual Corey J. White SF/CyP



April 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Night Sun: A Tor.com Original (e) Zin E. Rocklyn H
Deep Learning Ren Warom SF - Robot Dreams 2
An Explorer's Cartography of Already Settled Lands: A Tor.com Original (e) Fran Wilde F



April 23, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wise Friend Ramsey Campbell SupTh/H/Sus - Fiction Without Frontiers
End Game Hailey Edwards UF/RF/P - The Foundling 5
Boy in the Box (ri) Marc E. Fitch Sus/SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Heron Kings (ri) Eric Lewis F - Fiction Without Frontiers
Paper Hearts Justina Robson SF - Robot Dreams 3



April 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Beasts of Lake Oph Tom Toner SF - Robot Dreams 4



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator(s)
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works 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.


Mark Lawrence (2011)

The Girl and the Stars
The Book of the Ice 1
Ace, April 21, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A stunning new epic fantasy series following a young outcast who must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister.

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown. Yaz’s people call it the Pit of the Missing and now it is drawing her in as she has always known it would.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz’s difference tears her from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength and that the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people can be challenged.





Jon Skovron (2016)

The Ranger of Marzanna
The Goddess War 1
Orbit, April 21, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
When their father is murdered by imperial soldiers, two siblings set out on opposite paths–one will destroy the Empire forever and the other will save it–in this thrilling new epic fantasy.

Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and the rangers have all been forced into hiding or killed off by the invading Empire.

When her father is murdered by imperial soldiers, she decides to finally take action. Using her skills as a ranger she will travel across the bitter cold tundra and gain the allegiance of the only other force strong enough to take down the invaders.

But nothing about her quest will be easy. Because not everyone is on her side. Her brother, Sebastian, is the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen. And he’s fighting for the empire.





Dan Stout (2019)

Titan's Day
The Carter Archives 2
DAW, April 7, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The second book in the acclaimed Carter Archives noir fantasy series returns to the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.

The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to “stabilize the situation”.

Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders’ true motives hidden behind nativist slogans. And in an alley, a gruesome discovery: the mutilated body of a young woman, a recent immigrant so little-regarded that not even her lovers bothered to learn her name. But in death, she’s found a champion.

Detective Carter single-mindedly pursues the killer as he navigates political pressures and resists becoming a pawn in the struggles tipping the city toward anarchy. But when more innocent lives are lost and time runs short, he’s forced to decide if justice is worth sparking all-out war in the streets during the biggest celebration of the year: Titan’s Day.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1

The View From Monday - February 24, 2020


Happy last Monday in February!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Last Smile in Sunder City (The Fetch Phillips Archives 1) by Luke Arnold;

Master of Sorrows (Silent Gods 1) by Justin T. Call;

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore;

and

Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies; translated by Lucy Van Cleef.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

False Value (Rivers of London 6) by Ben Aaronovitch;

If You Take My Meaning: A Tor.Com Original by Charlies Jane Anders;

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (An Official Stranger Things Novel) by Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

Carved From Stone and Dream (Los Nefilim 2) by T. Frohock;

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor 3) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu;

The Fenmere Job (Streets of Maradaine) 3 by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

and

St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid: A Tor.com Original by C.L. Polk.

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



The View From Monday - February 24, 2020



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

February 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire & Water (e) Alexis Hall UF - Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator 3



February 25, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
False Value Ben Aaronovitch UF/CF - Rivers of London 8
The Last Smile in Sunder City (D) Luke Arnold F - The Fetch Phillips Archives 1
Master of Sorrows (D) Justin Travis Call F - Silent Gods 1
Norma Jeane Baker of Troy Anne Carson Poetry
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (h2tp) Adam Christopher SupTh - Stranger Things
Finna Nino Cipri SF
Tor.com Publishing 2020 Debut Sampler (e) Nino Cipri
Kathleen Jennings
K. M. Sparza
Nghi Vo
F/SF
House of Assassins (h2mm) Larry Correia F - Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 2
Blood Ink (tp2mm) Dana Fredsti DF - Lilith 2
Carved from Stone and Dream T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 2
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set III Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
Winter's Heart (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 9
The Path of Daggers (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 8
A Crown of Swords (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 7
Holy Sister (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 3
The Edge (tp2mm) Tim Lebbon DF - Relics 3
Jade War (h2tp) Fonda Lee F - The Green Bone Saga 2
Carpe Diem (ri) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 10
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Ken Liu SF - Collection
Surrender Ray Loriga
Carolina De Robertis (Tr)
Dys
The Fenmere Job Marshall Ryan Maresca F/UF - Streets of Maradaine 3
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (ri) George R. R. Martin SS - A Song of Ice and Fire
A Memory Called Empire (h2tp) Arkady Martine SF/SO - Teixcalaan 1
Imaginary Numbers Seanan McGuire UF - InCryptid 9
Oona Out of Order (D) Margarita Montimore CW
The Brink (h2mm) James S Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 2
Man-Kzin Wars XV (tp2mm) Larry Niven (Creator) SF - Man-Kzin Wars Anthology
Black Leviathan (D - English) Bernd Perplies
Lucy Van Cleef (Tr)
F
Aliens: Phalanx Scott Sigler SF/MTI
Wolf Rain (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changling Trinity 3
How to Love Your Elf Kerrelyn Sparks FR - Embraced by Magic 1
Soot Dan Vyleta HistF - Smoke 2
Blood Truth (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 4
Firstborn (h2mm) Michelle West F - House War 7
Knight (h2tp) Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Sibyl's War 2



February 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
If You Take My Meaning: A Tor.com Original (e) Charlies Jane Anders SF
St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid: A Tor.com Original (e) C. L. Polk F



February 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Death Unleashed Steve McHugh UF - The Rebellion Chronicles 2



February 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Knife Children Lois McMaster Bujold F - Sharing Knife 5
Science Fiction and Psychology Gavin Miller LC - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies LUP 62



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR- Fantasy Romance
GothicM - Gothic Mystery
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

The View From Monday - December 30, 2019


Happy last Monday in December! Apologies for not posting much the last couple of months. Hopefully that will improve with the new year!

There are no debuts for the last 2 days of 2019. There are three novels from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Arkad's World by James L. Cambias is out Mass Market Paperback;

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson 13) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times 3) by Mark Lawrence is out in Hardcover and Trade Paperback (the digital edition was previously released in November 2019).

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



The View From Monday - December 30, 2019



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

December 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood and Blade Lauren Dane UF/RF - Goddess with a Blade 6



December 31, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Loki Ascending Asa Maria Bradley PNR - Viking Warriors
Arkad's World (h2mm) James L. Cambias SF
Splintegrate Deborah Teramis Christian SF/CyP/SO
Celtic Empire (h2tp) Clive Cussler
Dirk Cussler
Th - Dirk Pitt Adventure 25
Black Triumph (tp2mm) Brendan DuBois SF - Dark Victory 3
All the Plagues of Hell (h2mm) Eric Flint
Dave Freer
F - Heirs of Alexandria 6
Alphabet Squadron (h2mm) Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron 1
Crimson Sand, Crimson Snow Craig Gallant F
The Turning (Movie Tie-In): The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories Henry James MTI/GH/Gothic
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 13
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set II: Books 4-6 (The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
The Fires of Heaven (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 5
The Shadow Rising (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 4
Lord of Chaos (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 6
The Sky Done Ripped Joe R. Lansdale Th/H - Ned the Seal 3
Dispel Illusion Mark Lawrence SF/TT - Impossible Times 3
The Best of Uncanny Lynne M. Thomas (Ed) Michael Damian Thomas (Ed) F/SF - Anthology
Warlord (ri) Elizabeth Vaughan FR/PNR - Chronicles of the Warlands 3
Through Fiery Trials (h2mm) David Weber SF - Safehold 10



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
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
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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




The View From Monday - November 11, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm 1) by Kacen Callender (Adult Debut);

The View From Monday - November 11, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Killing Light (Sacred Throne 3) by Myke Cole;

The Impossible Contract (Chronicles of Ghadid 2) by K. A. Doore;

Revolution (A Cold War Magic Novel 2) by W. L. Goodwater;

Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times 3) by Mark Lawrence (Kindle eBook);

Talk Like a Man (Outspoken Authors ) by Nisi Shawl;

and

Flamebringer (Heartstone 3) by Elle Katharine White.

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



The View From Monday - November 11, 2019



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

November 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Zen of R2-D2: Ancient Wisdom from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Matthew Bortolin Philosophy/Buddhist
The World's Favorite Ghost Stories: 13 Creepy Tales from Around the Globe Tony Brueski GH/P/SupTh
Queen of the Conquered (D-Adult) Kacen Callender F/CoA/HistF - Islands of Blood and Storm 1
Alliance Rising C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher
SF/HSF/SO - The Hinder Stars 1
The Killing Light Myke Cole F - Sacred Throne 3
The Best of Glen Cook Glen Cook F/DF
The Andromeda Evolution Michael Crichton Daniel H. Wilson SF
The Impossible Contract K. A. Doore F - Chronicles of Ghadid 2
X-Men: The Mutant Empire Omnibus Christopher Golden MTI/SH
Revolution W.L. Goodwater HistF/AH/Espionage - A Cold War Magic Novel 2
The Reckoning Kris Greene CF - Dark Storm 3
A Sanctuary of Spirits Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/GH - A Spectral City Novel 2
Starship Alchemon Christopher Hinz SF/SO/SE
To The Blight: The Eye of the World, Part II Robert Jordan Wheel of Time
1922 Stephen King H
The Langoliers Stephen King H
Told Again: Old Tales Told Again (ri) Walter de la Mare FairyT/FolkT/LM - Oddly Modern Fairy Tales 8
Dangerous Women 1 (ri) George R. R. Martin  (Ed)
Gardner Dozois (Ed)
F - Anthology
I Am Legend (ri) Richard Matheson H/SF/AP/PA
The Menace from Farside Ian McDonald SF/SE/HSF/SO
The Pursuit of William Abbey Claire North SupTh/Occ/Sup/Sus
Dead Sky Weston Ochse SF
The Last Wish (ri) Andrzej Sapkowski F - Witcher
Realm of Ash Tasha Suri F/FR/HistF - Books of Ambha 2
Earth and Ember (e) John F.D. Taff SupTh/PSus/H - The Fearing 4
Tooth and Claw (ri) Jo Walton F
Into Bones like Oil Kaaron Warren H/GH
Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays Peter Watts SF - Collection
War of the Spark: Forsaken Greg Weisman F - Magic: The Gathering 2
Castle of Blood C L Werner H - Warhammer Horror
Flamebringer Elle Katharine White F - Heartstone 3
Queen of All the Nightbirds Craig Wolf H/P/DF/GH



November 13, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Butterfly Kid Chester Anderson SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy 1
The Unicorn Girl Michael Kurland SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy2
The New Voices of Science Fiction Hannu Rajaniemi (Ed)
Jacon Weisman (Ed)
SF/HSF/GenEng/AP/PA - Anthology
Carlucci's Heart Richard Paul Russo CyP/SF - : The Carlucci Trilogy 3
The Probability Pad T.A. Waters SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy3



November 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dispel Illusion (Ke) Mark Lawrence SF/TT - Impossible Times 3
Mistletoe Alison Littlewood UF/GH
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed Toby Widdicombe SF/HC - Guides for the Perplexed



November 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Talk Like a Man Nisi Shawl SF/AH - Outspoken Authors



November 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise Kim Lakin-Smith Dys/SF



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
CyP - Cyperpunk
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)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MD - Mystery and Detective
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
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.

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019


Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019


Apologies dear readers. I had so wanted to get my October Month in Review posted in October. I could have done it and was pretty close to having it written. Alas, the lurgy hit with probably the worst case of sinusitus I have had in at least a decade. I could barely think let alone write a review. There was almost tears folks especially when my GP told me she didn't want to give me any antibiotics because of the growing resistance to them.  Boooo. I am not quite 100% but thought I better get my review out to you before it turned into an October & November months in review. So what did I read?


Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
I am going to start with what I listened to rather than the first book I devoured in October. All hail the fantastic combination of Philip Pullman and Michael Sheen with The Secret Commonwealth the second in the Book of Dust series. If you read my September post you will know that I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 La Belle Sauvage (the audio version) and this instalment is even better. Set 20 years later and Lyra is now a young woman, studying at university while Malcolm in a professor and agent of Oakley street. When Lyra's daemon Pantalaimon witnesses the murder of a botanist no one would have ever guessed the epic journey he and Lyra would find themselves on. Across Europe and to Asia Lyra, Pan and separately, Malcolm find themselves on the search for  a city haunted by daemons and to uncover the secret of Dust. All with the Ministerium's agents in hot pursuit. The race is on!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Commonwealth even though I found the adult Lyra a bit obnoxious in parts. Michael Sheen's performance narrating this tale is a masterpiece. He had me on the edge of my seat throughout. There is one scene in a train station and he does so many different voices it was like you are watching a play or a movie. Pullman successfully advances the plot line, in fact, several different plot threads and slowly develops Lyra and Pan. He has been quite ambitious and I think he is going to struggle to wrap everything up in the final book. I am not sure how he is going to do it without leaving a few teasers. Just a note to parents and guardians. This isn't a suitable book for a younger reader due to one of the scenes is quite disturbing and adult in nature. I don't want to say any more and give anything away.  For anyone who isn't a young reader and fans of this series this is a must read and for added tension go for the audio version.



Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
Next up is Mark Lawrence's One Word Kill which is the first in the series Impossible Times. Set in the mid 80's Nick is a pretty normal Dungeon and Dragons loving teen. He has friends and doing OK in school and things start to look up when the new girl  in school decides to join his group of friends and D&D games. Everything changes when he finds out he is dying...dying from cancer. The diagnosis is only the start of big changes that are about to take hold of his life.  A strange, yet very familiar man enters his life with a cryptic message and an uncanny knowledge of Nick's life. He has to save the girl. What can this mean and why? Nick is soon to discover that something or someone else might end his life before the cancer does and its game on.

I enjoyed One Word Kill. While the plot isn't that challenging (I always guessed what would happen next) it was quick and enjoyable read. It wasn't as harrowing as some of Lawrence's other novels which was a bit of a change for me. I thought Nick was a believable D&D fan who had a 'Stranger Things' like group of friends that all had their own part to play in the story. The plot was well paced but while Nick was well developed, not all of the characters were. Certain characters, especially the main villain were a bit one dimensional. However, Nick's experiences with chemo and the people he met while having it were very believable and true to life. I don't know if Lawrence has personal experience with childhood cancer/cancer treatment but this was very well done. I have book number 2 - Limited Wish all ready to go. Stay tuned to find out what happens next.


Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
Back to my audio selection - I went back in time but still on a Pullman theme and listened to his Sally Lockhart series. In this post I am going to tell you about the first 2 novels The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North. I read these novels around the same time as His Dark Materials but Pullman first published them in the late 80s. The Ruby in the Smoke is set in the late 19th century and the teenage Sally believes her father has died in a tragic accident on sailing back from Singapore. When she receives a cryptic message from her father she couldn't possible imagine the dangerous mystery she would be embroiled in. Lucky for Sally she meets people who would soon become her family and they would do anything to keep her out of harms way.  It's a mystery of a different kind on The Shadow in the North. Sally is now in her early 20s and a financial consultant. When one of her clients loses all their life savings in an failed investment Sally is determined to uncover what has gone wrong and to get the money back. This mystery takes Sally and her friends all over London and England following the money trail with rather tragic results.

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
The audio version is narrated by Anton Lesser (think Game of Thrones) which was quite interesting to have a male narrator when the majority of the book is told from one of the female characters POV. He is excellent. While maybe Lesser doesn't generate quite as much excitement as Michael Sheen he is a very, very gifted actor and is very believable with both female and male voices. Both books are very enjoyable with a great mysteries to solve and a great set of characters to join Sally. I especially loved Jim, Sally's friend. He has all the best lines and would do anything to protect Sally and all their friends. Whether you chose to read the traditional book version or the audio version these are a great series of books that give you a glimpse into life in late 19th century England.


Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
Last up is Bec McMaster's newest Promise of Darkness which is book 1 of the Dark Court Rising series. Princess Iskvien is caught in the middle of the war between the Queen of Thorns and the Prince of Evernight. As part of an ancient treaty the Princess is forced to become a political hostage for three months. Her mother expects her kill the Prince when she is in his court but one look into his handsome face she knows she can't end his life. The longer Vi is around the Prince the more something doesn't seem right. He doesn't seem to be as evil as her mother has portrayed. Who is telling the truth? Who is the real enemy? Vi has only three months to find out.

This book is described as a twisted fairy tale and that is a an apt description. The story is full of the fairy courts, demons and mythology the romance between Vi and Thiago is almost secondary to that back story. I thought this book was a teeny tiny departure for McMaster in the hot and heavy didn't start between our lovebirds until nearly the end of the book. I really felt that McMaster was telling a story rather than than just bringing two characters together in an romantic entanglement. I will definitely will continue with this series.


Well folks that is it for me and October...or October in November. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get rid of this cold and feeling fit as a fiddle so that I can share with you my November reads before mid December. Until next time Happy Reading.





The Secret Commonwealth
The Book of Dust 2
Audible Audiobook, October 3, 2019

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Return to the world of His Dark Materials—soon to be an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda—in the second volume of Philip Pullman’s new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust.


The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue’s youth are long behind her—or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia’s College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past.

The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead’s role in bringing her to Jordan College.

Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves.





One Word Kill
Impossible Times 1
47North, May 1, 2019
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 204 pages

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
Ready Player One meets Stranger Things in this new novel by the bestselling author whom George RR Martin describes as “an excellent writer.”

In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.

Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of them are prepared for what comes next. A strange—yet curiously familiar—man is following Nick, with abilities that just shouldn’t exist. And this man bears a cryptic message: Mia’s in grave danger, though she doesn’t know it yet. She needs Nick’s help—now.

He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics.

Challenge accepted.





The Ruby in the Smoke
Sally Lockhart 1
Audible, June 16, 2004

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.


The Shadow in the North
Sally Lockhart 2
Audible, November 17, 2004

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine.

This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters. An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.





Promise of Darkness
Dark Court Rising 1
Lochaber Press Pty Ltd, September 17, 2019
eBook, 430 pages

Melanie's Month in Review - October 2019
Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them?

In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight.

With war brewing between the bitter enemies, the prince forces Queen Adaia to uphold an ancient treaty: she will send one of her daughters to his court as a political hostage for three months.

The queen insists it’s the perfect opportunity for Princess Iskvien to end the war before it begins. But one look into Thiago’s smoldering eyes and Vi knows she’s no assassin.

The more secrets she uncovers about the prince and his court, the more she begins to question her mother’s motives.

Who is the true enemy? The dark prince who threatens her heart? Or the ruthless queen who will stop at nothing to destroy him?

And when the curse threatens to shatter both courts, is her heart strong enough to break it?

Join USA Today bestselling author, Bec McMaster, on a seductive journey through a mythic land, with a wicked prince who holds a thousand secrets, a princess determined to uncover the truth, and an evil queen who threatens to tear them apart. Download this epic fantasy filled with magic and breathtaking romance today!

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.


K. A. Doore (2019)

The Impossible Contract
Chronicles of Ghadid 2
Tor Books, November 12, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

The Impossible Contract is the second book in K. A. Doore's high fantasy adventure series the Chronicles of Ghadid, where a determined assassin travels to the heart of the Empire in pursuit of a powerful mark, for fans of Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas, and S. A. Chakraborty

An assassin’s reputation can mean life or death.

This holds especially true for Thana Basbowen, daughter of the legendary Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. When a top-tier contract drops in her lap — death orders against foreign ambassador Heru Sametket — Thana seizes the opportunity.

Yet she may be in over her head. Heru wields blasphemous powers against his enemies, and Thana isn’t the only person after his life: even the undead pursue him, leaving behind a trail of horror. Her mission leads her on a journey to the heart of a power-hungry empire, where dangers lurk around every corner. Her only ally is Mo, a determined healer set to protect Ghadid any way she can.

As further occult secrets are unleashed, however, the aftermath of this impossible contract may be more than anyone can handle.

The Chronicles of Ghadid
#1: The Perfect Assassin
#2: The Impossible Contract
#3: The Unconquered City


Book 1





Mark Lawrence (2011)

Dispel Illusion
Impossible Times 3
47North, December 31, 2019
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 238 pages

Sometimes being wrong is the right answer.

Nick Hayes’s genius is in wringing out the universe’s secrets. It’s a talent that’s allowed him to carve paths through time. But the worst part is that he knows how his story will end. He’s seen it with his own eyes. And every year that passes, every breakthrough he makes, brings him a step closer. Mia’s accident is waiting for them both in 2011. If it happens then he’s out of choices.

Then a chance 1992 discovery reveals that this seeker of truth has been lying to himself. But why? It’s a question that haunts him for years. A straw he clings to as his long-awaited fate draws near.
Time travel turns out not to be the biggest problem Nick has to work on. He needs to find out how he can stay on his path but change the destination. Failure has never been an option, and neither has survival. But Nick’s hoping to roll the dice one more time. And this new truth begins with a lie.


Book 1
Book 2





Kristyn Merbeth (2016)

Fortuna
The Nova Vita Protocol 1
Orbit, November 5th 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook 560 pages

Fortuna launches a new space opera trilogy that will hook you from the first crash landing.

Scorpia Kaiser has always stood in Corvus’s shadow until the day her older brother abandons their family to participate in a profitless war. However, becoming the heir to her mother’s smuggling operation is not an easy transition for the always rebellious, usually reckless, and occasionally drunk pilot of the Fortuna, an aging cargo ship and the only home Scorpia has ever known.

But when a deal turns deadly and Corvus returns from the war, Scorpia’s plans to take over the family business are interrupted, and the Kaiser siblings are forced to make a choice: take responsibility for their family’s involvement in a devastating massacre or lay low and hope it blows over.

Too bad Scorpia was never any good at staying out of a fight.

Perfect for fans of Becky Chambers and Catherynne M. Valente, Fortuna introduces a dazzling new voice in science fiction.
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