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2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR



It's time to vote for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR! Below you will find the 11 monthly winners in alphabetical order by book title (excluding "the" or "a"). Note that for the first time in 6 years there is no debut for December.

Voter for your favorite from the monthly 2016 Winners!

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 January 10, 2016 - extended voting due to the end of year holidays.


Vote for your favorite 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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Arabella of Mars
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Art by Stephan Martiniere
Jacket Design by Peter Lutjen





Black Rabbit Hall
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
(US Debut)

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Tal Goretsky
Jacket images: (latticework) Danita Delimont / Getty Images;
(castle) Ray Hems / Getty Images





Carrier
Permuted Platinum, October 18, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 322 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Jack Kaiser





Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR






Dark Transmissions
A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Viking, June 28, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR





The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover design: The last design of Jack Smyth – LBBG
Cover images copyright © Shutterstock





The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Artist Kelly Martin





The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin
Algonquin Books, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Jacket Design by Laura Klynstra
Jacket Photograph by Paul Knight / Trevillion Images





Steal the Sky
Scorched Continent 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Kim Sokol





Woodwalker
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 17, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14 , 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR

Cover Art by Emily B. Martin



Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath


Please welcome Matthew Franks to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Monster Underneath was published on April 5th by Samhain Publishing.



Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath




My Recurring Dream By Matthew Franks

          Dreams have always fascinated me. Whether a seemingly random collection of images or a specific detail I thought about earlier in the day, I, like many others, wonder why we dream what we dream. After all, it’s a time when we are our truest selves, unhindered by the constraints of reality. Dreams are, in essence, our most unconscious fears, desires, and needs briefly come to life.

          Of all the types of dreams, none have aroused my curiosity more than recurring ones. I’ve heard of people repeatedly falling yet never landing. Others are chased by something every night but can never figure out what it is. In my own recurring dream, however, I’m neither plummeting into the void nor running away from a mysterious entity. In my recurring dream, I’m back in school.

          Mind you, there are variations on the theme. For example, in one version, I’m a second grader in an adult body like Adam Sandler in Billy Madison. In another, I’m in high school again because all of my credits were somehow deleted and my diploma was consequently voided. In yet another variation, I’m back in college forced to retake courses I’d failed but couldn’t remember registering for in the first place.

          In every case, though, once it’s over I feel like Val Kilmer in the eighties comedy classic Top Secret when he dreams he’s in high school only to wake up relieved to discover he’s back in a Nazi prison cell being tortured by two goons. Not that I’d prefer being flogged to going to school but, suffice to say, I’m glad to have that part of my life behind me.

          In The Monster Underneath, recurring dreams play a prominent role. Max Crawford, the protagonist, uses his psychic powers to enter the dreams of prisoners who often dream of the specific crimes that led to their incarceration. By doing so, he’s able to help rehabilitate them. It isn’t until the FBI has him enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox that things get a lot more unpredictable. The dreams he must navigate to get the leverage needed for a confession are the stuff of nightmares and make me thankful that my recurring dream pales in comparison. I hope you’ll check it out.





The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.





About Matthew

Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master’s Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he’s not working on his next story, he’s counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters. You can connect with Matthew at: authormatthewfranks.com.





Twitter @MatthewFranks7

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Winner


The winner of the April 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks from Samhain Publications with 39% of all votes.


The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Winner
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.





The Results

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Winner





The April 2016 Covers

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Winner

Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath


Please welcome Matthew Franks to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews and The Monster Underneath Tour. The Monster Underneath was published on April 5th by Samhain Publishing.



Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath




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

Matthew:  I started writing short stories in the third grade. Initially, I wrote to pass the time between lessons, but inevitably it became my passion. In those days, I wrote in three genres - action adventure, horror, and absurd. In the action adventure stories, a superhero went around beating up bad guys. In the horror stories, a Jason Voorhees type character went around murdering people. As for the absurd stories, well, it may be best to just give an example. In one of them, a kid's ear pops off his head and takes on a life of its own. It cleans itself up, puts on a tux, and gets a job like a person. I still have some of those stories and love looking back at them every now and then.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Matthew:  Definitely a hybrid. It really depends on the story too. For The Monster Underneath, I knew where I was headed, but the subject matter allowed for a more stream-of-consciousness approach. In other works, especially fantasy and science fiction, I find it important to not only plot, but also ensure that the world, or worlds, of the story are well-developed ahead of time. If the setting is complete, I find it much easier to plot and navigate within it.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Matthew:  Finding time. I'm sure that's what a lot of writers say, but it's true. There's always a lot going on in the real world and finding that perfect balance isn't easy.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Matthew:  Many writers have influenced me over the years. William S. Burroughs, Ken Kesey, J.D. Salinger, Aldous Huxley, Tom Robbins, Stephen King, George Orwell, Larry McMurtry just to name a few. I grew up watching a lot of movies so they played a part as well. Horror films like Dreamscape and A Nightmare on Elm Street definitely influenced The Monster Underneath.



TQDescribe The Monster Underneath in 140 characters or less.

Matthew:  A psychic enters the dreams of a suspected serial killer to help the FBI get a confession.



TQTell us something about The Monster Underneath that is not found in the book description.

Matthew:  There are several dream sequences in the book. In one of them, a bloodthirsty Christmas elf makes an appearance.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Monster Underneath? What appeals to you about writing Suspense / Horror?

Matthew:  I've always been fascinated by the concept of someone entering another person's dreams and discovering his or her deeper psychology. Writing a serial killer novel also interested me so the two came together. Suspense/Horror appeals to me because of its broad reaching umbrella. Even within sub-genres, you can take stories to new and even scarier places.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Monster Underneath?

Matthew:  I researched a lot about location, spoke to a criminal defense lawyer about the legal aspects of the story, and looked up little details along the way.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Matthew:  The easiest was Max Crawford, the protagonist. A lot of his thought process came from me trying to make sense of the situations he finds himself in throughout the book. The hardest was William Knox, the antagonist. It was challenging to write a suspected serial killer because, thankfully, I've never been one!



TQWhich question about The Monster Underneath do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Matthew:  Will there be a sequel?

Yes! In the sequel, the FBI gets Max to go into the mind of a coma patient to find out who tried to kill her.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Monster Underneath.

Matthew:  How about the first line - "Dreams may shed light on a person's mind, but the second I entered John Asher's dream, things got dark real fast."



TQWhat's next?

Matthew:  In addition to a sequel to The Monster Underneath, I'm also working on a middle grade Science Fiction novel. I'm very excited about both projects and can't wait to share them with the world!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Matthew:  Thank you for having me and all that you do for debut authors. You have a great website!

TQ:  Thank you!





Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.




About Matthew

Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master’s Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he’s not working on his next story, he’s counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters. You can connect with Matthew at: authormatthewfranks.com.





Twitter @MatthewFranks7







2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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 April 24, 2016.


Vote for your favorite April 2016 Debut Cover!
 
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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts
Cover design by Danielle Christopher





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts
Cover by Jakob Vala




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts
Artist Kelly Martin





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts
Cover painting by Cynthia Reeser.
Cover design by Matthew Revert.





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts





2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.

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