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The View From Monday - July 15, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall;

Snow Over Utopia by Rudolfo A. Serna;

and

The Rage of Dragons (Burning 1) by Evan Winter.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.   (Max Gladstone was featured in the DAC in 2012.)

and

Howling Dark (Sun Eater 2) by Christopher Ruocchio.

The View From Monday - July 15, 2019The View From Monday - July 15, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - July 15, 2019




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

July 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Conversations From the Edge: The Galaxy's Edge Interviews (e) Joy Ward SF/HC/LC



July 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel Baoshu SF/AC/HSF - Remembrance of Earth's Past 4
Earth Ben Bova SF/HSF/AC - Grand Tour 22
Someone Like Me (h2tp) M. R. Carey PsyTh/Occ/Sup/LF/SF/SupTh
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four Neil Clarke (Ed) SF -Anthology
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Vox (h2tp) Christina Dalcher CW/Dys/PolTh
Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures David Ewing Duncan Comp/Intelligence/Semantics/Robotics/Tech/Eng
This Is How You Lose the Time War Amal El-Mohtar
Max Gladstone
SF/TT
Unforeseen: Stories Molly Gloss SS - Collection
The Border Keeper (D) Kerstin Hall F
The Mere Wife (h2tp) Maria Dahvana Headley LF/CF
The Seas (h2tp) Samantha Hunt CoA
Modern Japanese Short Stories: Twenty-Five Stories by Japan's Leading Writers Ivan Morris H/FairyT/FolkT/LM/P/Japanese - Anthology
Howling Dark Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/HSF/AC - Sun Eater 2
Snow Over Utopia (D) Rudolfo A. Serna SF/PA/Dys
Children of the Lens (ri) E.E. 'Doc' Smith SF/Classics/SO - Golden Age Masterworks
Baby Teeth (h2tp) Zoje Stage PsyTh/FL/H
Low Chicago (h2tp) George R.R. Martin (Ed)
Wild Cards Trust
SF/SH/ - Wild Cards 18
Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe Heather Webber CW/MR/ST+R
The Rage of Dragons (D) Evan Winter F/African American - Burning 1



July 17, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Absolute at Large (ri) Karel Capek SF



July 18, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction Jerry Rafiki Jenkins LC - New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality



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



AA - Action and Adventure
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Eng - Engineering
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
Ke - Kindle eBook
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
ST+R - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WS - Women Sleuths

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

The View From Monday - June 17, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

All City by Alex DiFrancesco;

The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion;


and

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Men In Black International: The Official Movie Novelization by R.S. Belcher;

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone;

Chaos Queen - Fear the Stars (Chaos Queen 4) by Christopher Husberg;

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell;

and

Coil by Ren Warom.

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The View From Monday - June 17, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - June 17, 2019



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

June 18, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Men In Black International: The Official Movie Novelization R. S. Belcher SF/HU/MTI
Mystic Dragon (h2tp) Jason Denzel F - Mystic Trilogy 2
All City (D) Alex DiFrancesco SF/AP/PA
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind Jackson Ford SF/GenEng/CyP
Hangman's Gate R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 2
Empress of Forever Max Gladstone SF/SO
The Record Keeper (D) Agnes Gomillion Dys/SF
Homer's Daughter Robert Graves FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
The Porpoise Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter Alexis Hall HistF/DF/M
The Girl in Red Christina Henry SF/AP/PA/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
The Final Days of Magic J. D. Horn UF/P/Occ/Sup - Witches of New Orleans 3
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Chaos Queen - Fear the Stars Christopher Husberg DF/F - Chaos Queen 4
Kingdoms of the Cursed Greg Keyes F - High and Faraway 2
FKA USA Reed King SF/Dys/Satire
The Brink James S. Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 2
Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected Nnedi Okorafor Memoir - TED Books
The Poison Thread Laura Purcell HistF/Gothic/GH
The Sisters of the Winter Wood (h2tp) Rena Rossner HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
All the Names They Used for God: Stories (h2tp) Anjali Sachdeva MR/SS/LF - Collection
The Crimson Shadow: The Complete Series (e) R. A. Salvatore F - The Crimson Shadow
The Sword of Bedwyr (ri) R. A. Salvatore F - Crimson Shadow 1
Stealing Worlds Karl Schroeder SF/HSF
Silver in the Wood Emily Tesh Gaslamp/FR
The Lesson (D) Cadwell Turnbull SF
Coil (e) Ren Warom SF/Noir
War Michelle West F - House War 8



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



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

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

Cover Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Jordanna Max Brodsky (2016)

The Wolf in the Whale
Redhook, January 29, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

Cover Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A young Inuit shaman’s epic quest for survival in the frozen lands of North America in 1000 AD.

Born with the soul of a hunter and the language of the gods, Omat is destined to become a shaman like her grandfather. To protect her people, she invokes the spirits of the sky, the sea, and the air.

But the gods have stopped listening, the seals won’t come, and Omat’s family is starving.

Desperate to save them, Omat journeys through the icy wastes, fighting for survival with every step. When she meets a Viking warrior and his strange new gods, together they set in motion a conflict that could shatter her world…or save it.

The Wolf in the Whale is a powerful tale of magic, discovery and adventure, featuring an unforgettable narrator ready to confront the gods themselves.





Max Gladstone (2012)

Empress of Forever
Tor Books, June 18, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

Cover Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
“A classic space opera...a universe we’ve never seen before.” Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author

From Hugo Award finalist Max Gladstone comes a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure; the saga of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future.

A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she tries to outrun people who are trying to steal her success.

In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine.

The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider--until Vivian Liao arrives. Trapped between the Pride—a ravening horde of sentient machines—and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.

A magnificent work of vivid imagination and universe-spanning action, Empress of Forever is a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy crossed with Star Wars and spiced with the sensibility and spirit of Iain M. Banks and William Gibson.





Kameron Hurley (2011)

The Light Brigade
Saga Press, March 19, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Cover Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From the Hugo Award­­–winning author of The Stars Are Legion comes a brand-new science fiction thriller about a futuristic war during which soldiers are broken down into light in order to get them to the front lines on Mars.

They said the war would turn us into light.
I wanted to be counted among the heroes who gave us this better world.

The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back…different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief—no matter what actually happens during combat.

Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. And Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on.

Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? Trying to untangle memory from mission brief and survive with sanity intact, Dietz is ready to become a hero—or maybe a villain; in war it’s hard to tell the difference.

A worthy successor to classic stories like Downbelow Station, Starship Troopers, and The Forever War, The Light Brigade is award-winning author Kameron Hurley’s gritty time-bending take on the future of war.

The View From Monday - October 9, 2017

Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum.

The View From Monday - October 9, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Live in London (Bookburners Season 3 #13) by Max Gladstone;

Himself by Jess Kidd is out in Trade Paperback;

and

(ID)entity (Phoenix Horizon 2) by PJ Manney.

The View From Monday - October 9, 2017The View From Monday - October 9, 2017
The View From Monday - October 9, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - October 9, 2017



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

October 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy Lucas K. Law (Ed)
Derwin Mak (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology



October 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Midnight Unleashed Lara Adrian PNR - A Midnight Breed Novella
The Power Naomi Alderman SF/AP/PA
The Stone in the Skull Elizabeth Bear F - The Lotus Kingdoms 1
Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction David Siegel Bernstein Sc/Phil/SF
The Tufa Collection: (The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl, Chapel of Ease, Gather Her Round, “Shall We Gather,” “The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt”) (e) Alex Bledsoe CF - Tufa Novels
Assassin's Creed Origins: Desert Oath Oliver Bowden MTI - Assassin's Creed
Death Overdue Allison Brook PCM - Haunted Library Mystery 1
Children of the Fleet Orson Scott Card SF/SO - Fleet School 1
A Long Day in Lychford Paul Cornell CF/UF - Witches of Lychford 3
To Guard Against the Dark Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Reunification 3
Marvel The Tales of Asgard Trilogy Keith R.A. DeCandido F - Tales of Asgard Trilogy
The Book of Swords Gardner Dozois (Ed) F - Anthology
Ironfoot Dave Duncan HistF/DF - Enchanter General 1
Tarry This Night Kristyn Dunnion Dys/LF
The Malazan Empire Series: (Night of Knives, Return of the Crimson Guard, Stonewielder, Orb Sceptre Throne, Blood and Bone, Assail) (e) Ian C. Esslemont F - Novels of the Malazan Empire
The Runelords Series: (The Runelords, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizardborn, The Lair of Bones, Sons of the Oak, Worldbinder, The Wyrmling Horde, Chaosbound) (e) David Farland F - Runelords
A Dragon Age Collection: (Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, Dragon Age: The Calling, Dragon Age: Asunder, Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, Dragon Age: Last Flight) (e) David Gaider
Patrick Weekes
Liane Merciel
F - Dragon Age
The Iliac Crest Cristina Rivera Garza
Sarah Booker (Tr)
Gothic/LF/CW
An Orchard in the Street Reginald Gibbons LF/VM - Collection
The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure William Goldman F
Shattered Legions Laurie Goulding (Ed) SF - Horus Heresy Anthology
Undeniable Tom Grace TechTh/SF/GenEng - Nolan Kilkenny 6
Halloween Carnival Volume 2 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman LF
Dark Tales Shirley Jackson H/SupTh/Gothic - Collection
Entropy in Bloom: Stories (h2tp) Jeremy Robert Johnson H/F/Occ/Sup - Collection
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women Stephen Jones (Ed) H/PNR/F/DF - Anthology
Calgar's Fury Paul Kearney SF - Warhammer 40,000
Himself (h2tp) Jess Kidd LF
Oracle Bone Lydia Kwa Hist/GH/MR
The Best of Richard Matheson Victor LaValle (Ed) SF/H/F - Collection
Reimagining Lovecraft: The Tor.com Novellas (e) Victor LaValle
Kij Johnson
Cassandra Khaw
Caitlin R. Kiernan
DF/H - Anthology
Swords and Deviltry (ri) Fritz Leiber F
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures Aaron Mahnke Folklore/M/SocHis
Ghosts of Empire George Mann SF/SP - Ghost 4
(ID)entity PJ Manney TechTh - Phoenix Horizon 2
Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination David Nickle H/Dys/F/DF/Occ/Sup
The Skeleton Paints a Picture Leigh Perry PCM - A Family Skeleton Mystery 4
The Fissure King: A Novel in Five Stories Rachel Pollack F/CF
Queen of Spades (D) Michael Shou-Yung Shum LF/MR/Th
The Sea Peoples S. M. Stirling SF/AP/PA/AH/F - A Novel of the Change 14
Lorgar: Bearer of the Word Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 5
Cursed Sue Tingey PNR - The Soulseer Chronicles 2
Ocean's Fire Stacey Tucker CF/FR/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Equal Night Trilogy 1
Honor Among Enemies, Limited Leatherbound Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 6
A Lot Like Christmas: Stories Connie Willis F - Collection



October 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Live in London (e) Max Gladstone UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #13



October 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
John Silence--Physician Extraordinary / The Wave Algernon Blackwood H
Strange Is the Night S.P. Miskowski H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - September 4, 2017

Happy 1st Monday in September!

I'm including books from September 1st in this Monday's post since they were not included in last Monday's post.

There are 6 debuts:

Clade by James Bradley;

Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey;

Song of Edmon ( The Fracture Worlds 1) by Adam Burch;

Beforelife: A Likely Story by Randal Graham;

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones;

and

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker.

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



And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Dragon 1) by Isabel Cooper;

Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson;

Ruin of Angels (A Craft Sequence Novel) by Max Gladstone;

Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles 2)  by Jay Kristoff;

Making Amends (Bookburners Season 3 #8) by Mur Lafferty;

MJ-12: Shadows (Majestic-12 #2) by Michael J. Martinez;

The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

Cloudbound by Fran Wilde is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - September 4, 2017


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

September 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daughter of Eden Chris Beckett SF - The Eden Trilogy 3
Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories Venita Blackburn SS - Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction
Song of Edmon (D) Adam Burch SF - The Fracture Worlds 1
Phasma Delilah S. Dawson SF/SO - Star Wars
The Death of All Things (e) Laura Anne Gilman  (Ed)
Kat Richardson (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology
One Night with the Valkyrie (e) Jane Godman PNR
Charmed by the Wolf (e) Kristal Hollis PNR
Servant of the Forest (e) Shona Husk PNR/FairyT
The Master of Time David Wingrove SF/TT - Roads to Moscow 3



September 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Rogue Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor 3
Ashes Reborn Keri Arthur UF - Souls of Fire 4
The Bronze Skies Catherine Asaro SF - Skolian Empire 8
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy (h2tp) Jay Bonansinga H - The Walking Dead 7
Clade (D) James Bradley SF/AP/PA
Skyfarer (D - Solo) Joseph Brassey F/SF/SO
Sea of Rust C. Robert Cargill SF/AP/PA
Highland Dragon Warrior Isabel Cooper Hist/PNR - Dawn of the Highland Dragon 1
The Gates to Futures Past (h2mm) Julie E. Czerneda SF - Reunification Series 2
The Last to See Me M Dressler Hist/LF/GH
Eye of Ezekiel C Z Dunn SF - Space Marine Battles Series
The Devil You Know (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F
Dark Legacy Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 31
Iron Angels Eric Flint
Alistair Kimble
UF
Ruin of Angels Max Gladstone F/UF/CF - A Craft Sequence Novel
Time Travel: A History (h2tp) James Gleick Hist/PopCul/Sc
One Night with the Valkyrie Jane Godman PNR
Beforelife: A Likely Story (D) Randal Graham F/SF/HU
Doctor Who: Paper Dolls Simon Guerrier
Christel Dee
SF - Doctor Who
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America 
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1 Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 2 Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America
Five Ways to Forgiveness (e) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Library of America E-Book Classics 
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" and Other Nautical Adventures William Hodgson F  - Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson Vol. 1
Charmed by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
Battlefield Earth (ri) L. Ron Hubbard SF
Acadie Dave Hutchinson SF/GenEng
The Salt Line (D - SpecFic) Holly Goddard Jones LF/SF/AP/AP
Godsgrave Jay Kristoff F/SP/HistF - The Nevernight Chronicle 2
Who's Afraid? Maria Lewis FR - Tommi Grayson 1
Death's End (h2tp) Cixin Liu
Ken Liu (Tr)
SF - Remembrance of Earth's Past 3
Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows (h2tp) James Lovegrove M/PI - Cthulhu Casebooks 1
MJ-12: Shadows Michael J. Martinez SF/Th - Majestic-12 #2
The Brightest Fell Seanan McGuire UF - October Daye 11
The Legend of Sigmar Graham McNeill F - Warhammer Chronicles
Fever Deon Meyer Dys/LF/Th
Gloriana: Or, The Unfulfill'd Queen (h2tp) Michael Moorcock HistF
A Secret History of Witches Louisa Morgan MR
Circle's End Lisanne Norman SF/SO/AC - Sholan Alliance 9
Norma Sofi Oksanen CW/F/Sleuths
Star Trek The Next Generation: The Art of Juan Ortiz Juan Oritz PopCul/Art - Star Trek
Immortal Architects Paige Orwin SF/AP/PA/SH/F/UF - Interminables 2
The Two of Swords: Part Sixteen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
The Family Plot (h2tp) Cherie Priest UF/Occ/Sup/Gothic/GH
The Devil's Rosary Seabury Quinn F/H/DF/P - The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin 2
Star Wars: The Blueprints J.W. Rinzler Film
Secrets in Death J.D. Robb In Death 45
White Trash Zombie Unchained Diana Rowland P/UF/CF - White Trash Zombie  6
The Golden House Salman Rushdie LF/Satire
Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World Brandy Schillace History
Frankenstein Dreams Michael Sims (Ed) SF - Anthology
Sourdough Robin Sloan LF/UF/F
The Uploaded Ferrett Steinmetz SF/CyP
Her Dark Half Paige Tyler PRS - X-Ops 7
The End of the World Running Club (D) Adrian J. Walker Dys
Cloudbound (h2tp) Fran Wilde F - Bone Universe 2
Forged in Blood Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold Anthology



September 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Angel of the Blockade: A Tor.com Original Alex Acks SF
Making Amends (e) Mur Lafferty UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #8



September 7, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Dark: Tales of Terror by E. Nesbit (e) Hugh Lamb (Ed) GH - HarperCollins Chillers



September 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (e) Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SF - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction 2



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - August 21, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Red Peace (The Starfire Trilogy 1) by Spencer Ellsworth;

and

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Strategist (The Machinery Trilogy 2) by Gerrard Cowan;

Oracle Bones (Bookburners Season 3 #6) by Max Gladstone;

The God Peak (The God Wave Trilogy 2) by Patrick Hemstreet;

An Echo of Things to Come (The Licanius Trilogy 2) by James Islington;

My House Gathers Desires by Adam McOmber;

and

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.

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



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

August 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mirror of Legends Bernard Lazare
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/LM/FolkT - Collection
My House Gathers Desires (e) Adam McOmber F - Collection



August 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Iron Hound Tim Akers F - Hallowed War 2
The Book of Esther (h2tp) Emily Barton LF/AH
The Massacre of Mankind Stephen Baxter SF/AC/AH
The New Voices of Fantasy Peter S. Beagle (Ed)
Jacob Weisman (Ed)
F - Anthology
Dead Lines (e)(ri) Greg Bear TechTh/H
Rick and Morty Official Coloring Book Titan Books CB/F/SF
The Golden Apples of the Sun (e)(ri) Ray Bradbury SF
Kingsblade Andy Clark SF - Imperial Knights
Twice Bitten Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 7
Black Legion Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Black Legion 2
A Red Peace (D) Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 1
Swarm and Steel Michael R. Fletcher F/DF
Ashes of the Phoenix (e) Jess Haines UF
The God Peak Patrick Hemstreet TechTh - The God Wave Trilogy 2
An Echo of Things to Come James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 2
Throne of the Bastards Brian Keene
Steven L. Shrewsbury
F/H - King of Bastards 2
The History of Bees (D) Maja Lunde LF
Congregations of the Dead James A. Moore
Charles R. Rutledge
H - A Griffin and Price Novel 2
The End of the Day (h2tp) Claire North Sus
Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore CF/LF/FR
The Castle in Cassiopeia Mike Resnick SF/SO - Dead Enders 3
The Seventh Plague (h2mm) James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force11
Lawless and the House of Electricity William Sutton HistTh - Lawless 3
The Silent Shield Jeff Wheeler HistF - Kingfountain 5



August 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Library of Lost Things: A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Bright F
Oracle Bones (e) Max Gladstone F/Th - Bookburners Season 3 #6



August 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism David G. Robertson UFOs/ Sociology - Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies
A Perfect Storm (e) Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story



August 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Strategist (e) Gerrard Cowan F - The Machinery Trilogy 2



August 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Eat Local Danny King H/MTI



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
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)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent and upcoming novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Max Gladstone (2012)

The Craft Sequence
Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, Full Fathom Five, Last First Snow, Four Roads Cross
Tor Books, March 14, 2017
eBook Bundle, 1808 pages

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This discounted ebundle includes: Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, Full Fathom Five, Last First Snow, Four Roads Cross

The Gods are dead, mostly, but for how long?

“Stunningly good. Stupefyingly good.” Patrick Rothfuss

Set in a phenomenally-built world in which lawyers ride lightning bolts, souls are currency, and cities are powered by the remains of fallen gods, MAX GLADSTONE's Craft Sequence introduces readers to a modern fantasy landscape and an epic struggle to build a just society.

Three Parts Dead A god has died, and it's up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Two Serpents Rise Caleb Altemoccasual gambler and professional risk manageris sent by Red King Consolidated to cleanse shadow demons from the Dresediel Lex city water supply, and uncovers a scheme to forever alter the balance of power in the city.

Full Fathom Five On the island of Kavekana, Kai nearly loses her life trying to save one of her creations, a god built to order. But when Kai starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can't stop it first.

Last First Snow Craft lawyer Elayne Kevarian and warrior-priest Temoc must fight dark magic, secret agendas, and their own demons to save the peace between the citizens and rulers of Dresediel Lex, before hell opens to swallow the city whole.

Four Roads Cross Protests rock the city of Alt Coulumb, Kos Everburning's creditors attempt a hostile takeover of the fire god's church, and Craftswoman Tara Abernathy must defend the church against the world's fiercest necromantic firm.


The Scholast in the Low Waters Kingdom
A Tor.com Original
Tor Books, March 29, 2017
eBook, 32 pages

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A stranger claiming knowledge of realms beyond the known world attempts to stop a war.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


The Ruin of Angels
A Novel of the Craft Sequence
Tor.com, September 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

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Max Gladstone returns with The Ruin of Angels, the sixth novel in the Craft Sequence, which The Washington Post calls "the best kind of urban fantasy" and NPR calls "sharp, original, and passionate"

The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place. Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city—while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.

Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in Full Fathom Five) hits town to corner Agdel Lex’s burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Lei. But Kai finds Lei desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal. When Lei ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Lei has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead—and some people want to finish the job.


The Witch Who Came in From the Cold
     with Lindsay Smith, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, and Michael Swanwick
Saga Press, June 13, 2017
Hardcover and Trade Paperback, 624 pages

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Spies and sorcerers face off during the Cold War, with the fate of the world in balance in this print edition of a hugely popular serial novel from five award-winning and critically acclaimed authors.

The Cold War rages in back rooms and dark alleys of 1970s Prague as spies and sorcerers battle for home and country. The fate of the East and the West hangs in the balance right along the Iron Curtain—and crackling beneath the surface is a vein of magic that is waiting to be tapped.

Note: the digital version of The Witch Who Came in From the Cold is published by Serial Box and was created by Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone. Check out The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Seasons One here and Season Two here. Max also is a writer for and the creator of Bookburners - Season One here and Season Two here.




Sophie Jaff (2015)

Crown of Stars
Night Song Trilogy 2
Harper Paperbacks, June 6, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In Sophie Jaff’s spellbinding sequel to Love is Red, two women living centuries apart are bound together by an ancient prophecy, which ignites a dark story of obsession, betrayal, and revenge

Rumors of witchcraft have haunted Margaret ever since she was born. A strange, dark-eyed child, she was feared and then shunned by her medieval English village after her mother’s brutal murder. When her father remarries, Margaret—now a young woman—realizes that she must leave the village for good.

Hundreds of years later, as fall comes to Manhattan, Katherine Emerson prays her horrific summer is over. She survived a killer’s attack, but her roommate Andrea was not so lucky and now Katherine is raising Andrea’s son, Lucas. However, the rest of her world is in ruins: the man she loves has left her and she’s pregnant with his child. She accepts she’ll be a single mother—until he insists on doing “the right thing”, which means taking her and Lucas with him to London for his new job. Katherine hopes that maybe she too can start over.

But starting over doesn’t mean that the disturbing and dangerous encounters with strangers will end. As Katherine begins to fall apart, Margaret’s fight to survive in a hostile world reveals she has inherited her mother’s extraordinary gifts—but will she use them for good or evil? Can Margaret change the destiny of Katherine and her unborn child? And what will happen if she succeeds?

The View From Monday - March 13, 2017


Happy Monday. So it's the middle of March (more or less) and we're going to be hit with a Nor'easter tomorrow. The three main stations in the state are predicting 15"-25", 10"-20" and either 18"-24" and 12"-18" (depending on where you are in the state) - we seem to be on the line between the last 2 according to the last TV station. So I predict we may get a foot of snow at least where I live. I also predict no school tomorrow. Winter is not ready to give up. Now on to books...


There are 5 debuts this week:

The Return by Joseph Helmreich;

Himself by Jess Kidd;

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally;

The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge;

and

The Vine That Ate the South by J.D. Wilkes.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Regeneration (An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 2) by Stacey Berg;

The Craft Sequence Books I-V by Max Gladstone are out in an eBook bundle;

The Last Novelist (Or a Dead Lizard in the Yard) by Matthew Kressel;

Brother's Ruin (Industrial Magic 1) by Emma Newman;

The Fallen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2) by Tarn Richardson;

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3) by Brian Staveley is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss (A Dahlia Moss Mystery 2) by Max Wirestone.

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



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

March 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vampire Lover (e) Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR - Vampire Moons 1



March 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Collection
Regeneration (e) Stacey Berg SF/AP/PA - An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 2
In the Labyrinth of Drakes (h2tp) Marie Brennan F - The Lady Trent Memoirs 4
A Closed and Common Orbit Becky Chambers SF/SO - Wayfarers 2
The Battles of Tolkien David Day F/DF/Atlas
The Remnant Charlie Fletcher HistF - The Oversight 3
The Craft Sequence: Books I-V (e) Max Gladstone UF - Craft Sequence
The Return (D) Joseph Helmreich SF/Th
The Wanderers Meg Howrey LF/FL/SF
Himself (D) Jess Kidd LF
Black City Demon Richard a. Knaak UF/HistF
The Man with the Speckled Eyes R.A. Lafferty SF - Collected Fiction 4
Eggshells (D) Caitriona Lally CW/HU/LF
Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization Tim Lebbon F
Pilot X Tom Merritt SF/TT/AC
Travelers Rest (h2tp) Keith Lee Morris LF
The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories Mahvesh Murad (Ed)
Jared Shurin (Ed)
FairyT/FolkT/LM
Mama Day (e) Gloria Naylor MR - Vintage Contemporaries Series
Bailey's Cafe (e) Gloria Naylor Hist/MR - Vintage Contemporaries Series
Brother's Ruin Emma Newman HistF/DF - Industrial Magic 1
The Fallen Tarn Richardson DF - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2
New York 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO
The Hour of Daydreams (D) Renee Macalino Rutledge LF/MR
The Lady of the Lake Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 5
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: Eerie and Fantastic Chinese Stories of the Supernatural Pu Songling
Herbert A. Giles (Tr)
Sup - Collection
The Last Mortal Bond (h2tp) Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 6
Disappearance at Devil's Rock (h2tp) Paul Tremblay H
The Vine That Ate the South (D) J.D. Wilkes SF/AB/MR
The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss Max Wirestone M - A Dahlia Moss Mystery 2



March 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Exorcist Falls (Ke) Jonathan Janz H
The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard): A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Kressel SF
People of the Sun (Ke) Jason Parent SF/AC



March 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Zombie Cinema Ian Olney HC - Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke!


Please welcome Cassandra Rose Clarke to The Qwillery.




A few years ago I reread Stephen King’s The Stand. There is a character in that book who’s supposed to be from a small town a couple hundred miles outside of Houston. As I grew up in that area, I know it well. So imagine my surprise when the character’s hometown was routinely described as a desert, and the character is astonished at the bright green grass growing in the midwest.

Reader, east Texas is in a forest.

As much as I enjoy Stephen King’s writing, that one erroneous detail pulled me out of the story every time I saw it. I didn’t understand how King could get it so wrong. Houston is three hours from the Louisiana border! Would anyone claim that Louisiana is a desert? And yet the myth of Texas-as-desert—which stems from the landscape in West Texas, a ten-hour drive from Houston—overwhelmed the reality.

I’ve kept this incident in the back of my mind as I’ve worked through seasons one and two of The Witch Who Came in From the Cold. You see, Cold Witch takes place in Prague, Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, in 1970. I have never been to Prague, and I was born in 1983. Which means I had a potential Houston-is-a-desert situation on my hands.

Prague as a setting for our story makes a lot of sense. Historically, it was a sort of halfway point between the Soviet Union and the West, a place where spies and dignitaries from both sides of the Iron Curtain could mix, mingle, and generally get all up in each other’s business (sneakily, of course). Cold Witch is centered very much around the intersection of that division, with our Western hero and our Soviet heroine having to work as allies in the similarly-divided magical rift between Ice and Flame. So just as Prague was an important way station during the Cold War, we made it an equally important convergent point for our world of magic and sorcery.

Sadly, none of this solves the problem of me having never been to Prague. Personally, I would love to go to Prague. I adore traveling and I’ve always wanted to see Eastern Europe—but such as a trip is prohibitively expensive for me. I was unwilling to just make stuff up and hope for the best, and I certainly didn’t want to make any mistakes on the same level King’s insistence that Houston is in the desert. So what did I do?

First off, Cold Witch is a collaborative project, so while I’d never been to Prague, two of the other writers had. Besides that, our head writer, Lindsay Smith, studied Russia extensively in college—both the language, the history, and the culture. So I was able to pull from their knowledge as I worked through my episodes. Another thing that I found surprisingly useful was the simple fact of growing up where I did; the small towns dotting the central Texas landscape were settled in large part by Czech immigrants. Czech heritage festivals are a common occurrence around these parts, and kolaces of varying quality will show up in any locally-owned donut shop. Obviously, enjoying the fragments of Czech culture that have seeped into Texas culture are not remotely the same thing as actually visiting Prague, but they did serve as a thin connection to the world I was writing about.

But perhaps the most useful tool was a technological one: Google Street View. I honestly am not sure how writers managed without it (certainly, if Stephen King had been able to get his hands on Google Street View when he was writing The Stand, we wouldn’t have wound up with that Houston-has-no-trees situation). Google Maps in generally is pretty helpful, because it allows me to get a sense of the layout of the city and to pick out street names and important buildings. But Street View takes that a step further, since it means I can actually look at the city and navigate around it. Again, it’s not the same as visiting, but with just a few clicks of my mouse I’m able to get a visual feel of a place over five thousand miles away.

So that’s how I’ve managed to cobble together a sense of Prague for Cold Witch. I hope one day to travel there in person, walk across Charles Bridge, and find out if I did anything as embarrassing as turning a forest into a desert.




The Witch Who Came in From The Cold is the fantasy-espionage thriller from Serial Box. This serial is collaboratively written and available in text and audio via SerialBox.com, their iOS app, and all major eBook retailers. Lead by foreign-affairs expert Lindsay Smith (Sekret) and Urban Fantasy-pioneer Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead), this season’s author team is rounded out by Cassandra Rose Clark (Our Lady of the Ice), Ian Tregillis (The Milkweed Triptych), and Nebula-nominated Fran Wilde (Updraft).
Welcome to Prague, 1970: the epicenter in a struggle of spies and sorcerers. The Witch Who Came In From The Cold follows agents on opposing sides of two struggles: the Cold War, and an ancient conflict between two occult secret societies: the Consortium of Ice and the Acolytes of Flame. A CIA and KGB agent will find their loyalties to country tested when they realize they must work together to prevent the destruction of the world at the hands of the Flame.
            Gabe Pritchard, grizzled CIA agent and proud American never believed in sorcery - until he walked into the wrong room in Cairo and ended up with a powerful magical Elemental living inside his head. Tanya Morozova, latest in a long line of Ice Witches, knew loyalty to the Consortium before she ever took up the KGB badge. Now they’re both stationed to Prague, a city built on powerful ley lines and thrumming with both political and magical tension.
            In Season One, a CIA extraction of a Soviet scientist ended in chaos when one of the American operatives betrayed the U.S. in order to deliver the magically-powerful scientist to the Flame. Tanya and Gabe worked together to foil the plot - but trust is hard to come by amongst spies and suspicion lingers throughout their agencies, both magical and national.
            In Season Two, Tanya and Gabe must deal with the fallout of their actions from Season One as each plays their own dangerous game to try to learn the secrets of the Flame without getting burned. Meanwhile a powerful sorcerer arrives in Prague to lead a ritual that could turn the tides of war...
This serial first premiered in 2016 and launches its second season on today, February 8! You can dive right into Season 1 Episode 1 for free right now - but anyone new to the snow and shadows will find more than enough context to enjoy the adventure from Season 2 on.




Intrigued? Hop over to SerialBox.com to learn more, start reading Season 1, or pre-order your pass to Season 2. From now through April, a new episode of this tale of spies and spells will drop every Wednesday.

Follow Serial Box on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to keep up to date on today's hottest serial fiction.

The View From Monday - January 30, 2017


Happy last Monday in January!

There is one debut this week:

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan's Forest 1) by Thoraiya Dyer.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London 6) by Ben Aaronovitch;

In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell;

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery;

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly is out in Trade Paperback;

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty;

Ashes to Fire by Emily B. Martin;

Murder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery 4) by Carol J. Perry;

Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome 3) by Rebecca Zanetti.

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



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

January 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovitch UF/DF - Rivers of London 6
Fire Touched (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 9
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale and Other Classic Stories Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
Crossroads of Canopy (D) Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 1
The Weird and the Eerie Mark Fisher LC/H/Sup
Bookburners Max Gladstone
Margaret Dunlap
Mur Lafferty
Brian Francis Slattery
UF - Bookburners
Rise: A Newsflesh Collection (h2mm) Mira Grant SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh Novellas
Bloodline (h2tp) Claudia Gray SF - Star Wars
A Criminal Magic (h2tp) Lee Kelly HistF
Pet Sematary (ri) Stephen King H
Six Wakes Mur Lafferty SF
The Undoing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR/PNR - Call Of Crows 2
God Save the Queen (h2mm) Kate Locke SP - The Immortal Empire 1
The Seer (tp2mm) Sonia Orin Lyris F
Ashes to Fire (e) Emily B. Martin F
Binti: Home Nnedi Okorafor SF/AC - Binti 2
Murder Go Round Carol J. Perry PCM - A Witch City Mystery 4
The Long Cosmos (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 5
The Islanders Christopher Priest AH/SF
2084: The End of the World Boualem Sansal LF/Pol/Dys
The Ghoul Vendetta Lisa Shearin UF -  SPI Files 4
The Machine James Smythe LF
Gotham: Dawn of Darkness Jason Starr Media Tie-In/Th/CF - Gotham
Age of Myth (h2mm) Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - The Legends of the First Empire 1
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Tim Waggoner Media Tie-In/H/SF - Resident Evil
Headlong Flight Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Sword of the South (tp2mm) David Weber F - War God  4
Justice Ascending Rebecca Zanetti SF/AP/PA/R - The Scorpius Syndrome 3



February 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Shadow of Lakecrest Elizabeth Blackwell Gothic
Plague of the Manitou (h2tp) Graham Masterton H - A 'Manitou' Horror Novel 7



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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

The View From Monday - July 15, 2019The View From Monday - June 17, 2019Cover Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC AuthorsThe View From Monday - October 9, 2017The View From Monday - September 4, 2017The View From Monday - August 21, 2017Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC AuthorsThe View From Monday - March 13, 2017Guest Blog by Cassandra Rose Clarke!The View From Monday - January 30, 2017

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