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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.


Leo Carew (2018)

The Spider
Under the Northern Sky 2
Orbit, July 30, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Control of the land under the Northern Sky rests in the balance as two fierce races collide in the sequel to The Wolf, a thrilling and savagely visceral epic fantasy from Leo Carew, an author who “will remind readers of George R. R. Martin, David Gemmell, or . . . Joe Abercrombie.” (Booklist)

Roper, the Black Lord of the north, may have vanquished the Suthern army at the Battle of Harstathur. But the greatest threat to his people lies in the hands of more shadowy forces.

In the south, the disgraced Bellamus bides his time. Learning that the young Lord Roper is planning to invade the southern lands, Bellamus conspires with his Queen to unleash a weapon so deadly it could wipe out Roper’s kind altogether.

And at a time when Roper needs his friends more than ever, treachery from within puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger . . .

For more from Leo Carew, check out:

Under the Northern Sky
The Wolf
The Spider


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Under the Northern Sky 1





W. L. Goodwater (2018)

Revolution
A Cold War Magic Novel 2
Ace, November 12, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In the second novel in a thrilling Cold War fantasy series, American magician Karen O’Neil travels to Cuba to find a missing young girl intertwined with a new kind of magic that threatens to upend the balance of power of the whole world.

AFTER THE WALL FELL, NOTHING COULD BE THE SAME.

In Cold War Berlin, American magician Karen O’Neil defeated the ghosts of Germany’s past and sealed the breach that threatened the whole world, but in doing so she learned a terrible truth: Magic cannot be trusted.

Despite her wariness of the new and growing powers she gained in Germany, Karen agrees to help an old friend and is drawn to Cuba, a world of opulence run by a corrupt government and ruthless, magic-obsessed mobsters.

In Havana, while the fires of revolution kindle, Karen searches for a missing girl whose fate is intertwined with impossible and deadly magic. And she knows she’s being watched; both the Soviets and the CIA have designs on this island paradise, and their eyes are everywhere. But spies and rebels aren’t the only dangers hiding in Havana’s long shadows, and Karen will learn that the future can be just as dangerous as the past.

MANKIND WILL ALWAYS FIND NEW WAYS TO CREATE MONSTERS.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A Cold War Magic Novel 1





Michael Rutger (2018)

The Possession
The Anomaly Files 2
Grand Central Publishing, July 23, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
From the author of The Anomaly comes the second installment in The Anomaly Files, a series in the tradition of James Rollins of a team investigating American myths and legends.

Still recovering from the shocking revelations they uncovered deep in uncharted territory in the Grand Canyon, American myth and legend investigator Nolan Moore and his team take on a new mission, investigating a rumored case of witchcraft and possession.

Nolan hopes their new case, in a quaint village in the middle of the woods, will prove much more like those he and his team investigated prior to their trip to Kincaid’s cavern.

But as the residents accounts of strange phenomena add up, Nolan and company begin to suspect something all too real and dangerous may be at play. A force that may not be willing to let them escape the village unscathed.


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The Anomaly Files 1
Mass Market Paperback

The View From Monday - June 24, 2019


Happy Last Monday in June!

There is one debut this week:

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer 1) by Maxym Martineau.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Sea Queen (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuykeris out in Trade Paperback;

Hexarchate Stories (Machineries of Empire) by Yoon Ha Lee;

State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle 3) by Malka Older is out in Trade Paperback;

The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files 1) by Michael Rutger is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is out in Trade Paperback.

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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.

June 25, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Rift (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/LF
Harbart (ri) Nabarun Bhattacharya
Sunandini Banerjee (Tr)
GH
Bewitched and Betrothed Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 10
March of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 3
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 3
A Demon in Silver (tp2mm) R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 1
Salvation (h2mm) Peter F. Hamilton SF/SO/SE - The Salvation Sequence 1
The Sea Queen (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuyker Saga - Golden Wolf Saga 2
We Sold Our Souls (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/Occ/Sup/SupTh
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs Katherine Howe Occ/Sup/CW/LF
The Privilege of Peace (h2mm) Tanya Huff SF/HSF - Peacekeeper 3
Avalanche (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
SF - Secret World Chronicle 5
Hexarchate Stories Yoon Ha Lee SF - Machineries of Empire collection
Ball Lightning (h2tp) Cixin Liu
Joel Martinsen (Tr)
SF/HSF
Kingdom of Exiles (D) Maxym Martineau FR - Beast Charmer 1
Outcasts of Order (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 20
State Tectonics (h2tp) Malka Older SF/CyP/TechTh/PolTh - Centenal Cycle 3
The Store (tp2mm) James Patterson Richard DiLallo Sus/Cr/SF
Soul Wars (h2tp) Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Anomaly (h2mm) Michael Rutger Sus/PsyTh/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Anomaly Files 1
The Book of M (h2tp) Peng Shepherd LF
Nightwing (ri) Martin Cruz Smith SupTh
A Fistful of Elven Gold (tp2mm) Alex Stewart F
The Iron Dragon's Mother Michael Swanwick F



June 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Tsar's Dragons Jane Yolen
Adam Stemple
HistF/F/AH/DF



June 27, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Equinox (ri) John Everson H - Fiction Without Frontiers
Dust Devils (ri) Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers



June 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Shadow of Spindrift House Mira Grant H



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.

Interview with Michael Rutger, author of The Anomaly


Please welcome Michael Rutger to The Qwillery, as part of the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Anomaly is published on June 19th by Grand Central Publishing.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Michael a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Michael Rutger, author of The Anomaly




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Michael:  I moved around the world a lot when I was a young kid, because of my father’s job (he was an academic). My mother had taught me to read by the time I was four, partly as a way of keeping me occupied, I suspect — and so I always read a lot. When I was in my early teens I started writing a kids’ adventure story based on a series of books I’d read and re-read many times. I discovered that writing the beginning of a story is fun and pretty easy, but then it gets much harder. That hasn’t changed.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Michael:  A little of both. I have sketched out whole stories — though rarely — and I do plot sections sometimes. But usually I start off just with the underlying ideas, characters, and some sense of where I’m headed… and let it evolve from there. THE ANOMALY was a little different because it’s tightly structured in the second half, and so a natural-born hybrid had to tilt a little more toward plotter on this occasion.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about novel writing?

Michael:  Working out a compelling plot is always challenging, but the first hard thing is choosing what to write. Ideas come easily. The challenge is deciding which of them is worth the commitment of a year of your life, and which truly has the potential to expand from being a simple “What if?” or question mark in your head into something that will provide a strong enough scaffold for a narrative experience that will engage the reader throughout an entire book.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing? How does writing for film affect (or not) your novel writing?

Michael:  Like all writers, I’m influenced by other writers. You start off trying to emulate the writers you enjoy — and trying to recreate the experience they give you in their books — even if only unconsciously. After a while you realize you’ve left that behind and are trying to find and then refine your own voice, your own take on the world and the stories to be found in it. Writing for film yields a helpfully different perspective on the process. In prose you can simply tell people things, in words. In movies and TV, it’s much better to show them. Bringing a little of that to novels, by presenting the reader with images and scenes and letting them do the work of interpreting what’s going on, and what it says about the characters, can make a book a more visceral and immersive experience.



TQDescribe The Anomaly in 140 characters or less.

Michael:  Can I go with the new 280 character limit?

“YouTube archeologist Nolan Moore and his team set out to retrace the steps of an explorer who claimed to discover a mysterious cavern in the Grand Canyon. For once, he may have actually found what he seeks… but also possibly the end of the world.”



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

Michael:  Every single thing that is presented as fact, is a fact. The history, the back story, the myths and legends… it’s all true. The fun for me, and the challenge, was taking all that true stuff and making something quite untrue out of it — while remaining credible.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Anomaly?

Michael:  I’ve been fascinated by unsolved mysteries and strange things about the world and pre-history my whole life. With THE ANOMALY, I felt that I’d finally found a way of taking that obsession into novel form. When I realized this, and the character of Nolan Moore appeared in my head, I knew I’d found what I’d wanted to write.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Anomaly?

Michael:  Quite by accident, I came upon the story of an explorer who claimed to have found something buried deep in the Grand Canyon. After that I nosed around, trying to find out anything that had been found to confirm it… and found nothing. So instead I researched local Native American myths, tied it with things I already knew about speculative areas in American history, and mixed it all together into something strange and different…



TQ Please tell us about the cover for The Anomaly.

Michael:  THE ANOMALY is about a very old mystery, buried deep in a cave system. The cover image captures that well… evoking the locale and the intrigue, without giving anything away.



TQIn The Anomaly who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Michael:  THE ANOMALY is told in a first person voice—Nolan Moore, the central character. He was the easiest character to write, because I really enjoy writing in the first person: it makes it feel as if you’re telling a story to someone sitting right there in front of you. That also made him the hardest person to write, however, because he has to convey a universe through his description of events and his internal dialog — evoking not only his own story and feelings, but those of all the other characters.



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

Michael:

Question: I love THE ANOMALY, its characters and the way it prizes open the door on our understanding of the world, showing us some of the mysteries lurking underneath. Will there be any more like it???

Answer: Yes ;-)



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

Michael:  Hard for me to choose a favorite quote from my own writing, so instead I’ll give you the two epigraphs I used for the first part of the novel, which I think capture some of that the book is about…

It’s the loss of the Grail that sets us out
on the Quest, not the finding.
Martin Shaw
The Snowy Tower

5. The Lord saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth,
and that every intention of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually.
— Genesis,Chapter 6



TQWhat’s next?

Michael:  At the moment I’m halfway through a sequel to THE ANOMALY, and also working with a company in Hollywood who are aiming to bring THE ANOMALY to the big screen… fingers crossed.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michael:  A huge pleasure — thank you for having me!





The Anomaly
Grand Central Publishing, June 19, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Michael Rutger, author of The Anomaly
“A taut, take-no-prisoners thriller, lean and fast as an express train.”–Preston & Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors

Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

Nolan’s story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?





About Michael

Michael Rutger is a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in California with his wife and son.

The View From Monday - June 18, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands 1) by Jonathan French;

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty;

Witchmark by C.L. Polk;

and

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms 1) by Curtis Craddock is out in Trade Paperback;

The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey;

Dance of the Heart (Muse Chronicles 6) by Lisa Kessler;

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle 2) by Jay Kristoff is out in Trade Paperback;

Arabella and the Battle of Venus (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2) by David D. Levine is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors 8) 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 blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

June 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Shift Jane O'Reilly SF/SO/AC/SFR - Second Species Trilogy 1



June 18, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Night Myst (e)(ri) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Indigo Court 1
Dance of the Heart (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 6
Hunter's Pride (e) Shiloh Walker PNR - Hunter's World



June 19, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Completionist Siobhan Adcock LF
The Skaar Invasion Terry Brooks F - The Fall of Shannara 2
Thicker Than Water Mike Carey SupTh/Occ/Sup/GH/Th - Felix Castor 4
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (h2tp) Curtis Craddock F/Gaslamp/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 1
It Will All Hurt Farel Dalrymple F
Curse of the Black Swan (e) Alyssa Day PNR - League of the Black Swan 2
The Grey Bastards (D) Jonathan French F/DF - The Lot Lands 1
Ghost Frequencies Gary Gibson SF/F - Newcon Press Novellas Set 4 1
The Synapse Sequence Daniel Godfrey SF
The Mermaid Christina Henry HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/CW
The Thousand Year Beach TOBI Hirotaka
Matt Treyvaud (Tr)
SF - The Thousand Year Beach
The Privilege of Peace Tanya Huff SF/HSF - Peacekeeper 3
The Reign of the Departed Greg Keyes CF/F - The High and Faraway 1
Godsgrave (h2tp) Jay Kristoff F - The Nevernight Chronicle 2
Arabella and the Battle of Venus (h2tp) David D. Levine SF/SP - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 2
The Twilight Herald Tom Lloyd F - The Twilight Reign 2
The Stormcaller: Collector's Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition Tom Lloyd F - The Twilight Reign 1
Black Mad Wheel (h2tp) Josh Malerman Fict
The Robots of Gotham (D) Todd McAulty SF
Stray Magic (e) Kelly Meding PNR - Strays 1
Outcasts of Order L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 20
Witchmark (D) C. L. Polk F/Gaslamp/RF
The Anomaly (D) Michael Rutger Sus/PsyTh/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Best of British Science Fiction 2017 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology
Jurassic, Florida (e) Hunter Shea H - Hunter Shea: One Size Eats All 1
Storm Glass Jeff Wheeler F - The Harbinger Series 1
Tell the Machine Goodnight Katie Williams CoA/FL/LF
Embracing The Demon Beth Woodward DF/SupTh/P/H - Dale Highland 2
Vampire's Faith Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors 8



June 20, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shattered Blades (e) Marie Brennan F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 10



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
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
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
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LegalTh - Legal Thriller
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
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
Rel - Religious
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SocSci - Social Science
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 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 2018 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/designer 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 June 30, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be posted.

Vote for your favorite June 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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Cover design by Brian Lemus
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Cover art by Mingchen Shen




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Jacket design by Duncan Spilling LBBG
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Cover design by Gregg Kulick
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Cover by Will Staehle

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2018 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts


There are 15 debut novels for June.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The June debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 15, 2018.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for June 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.



K. D. Edwards

The Last Sun
Pyr, Jun 12, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
In this debut novel and series starter, the last member of a murdered House searches for a missing nobleman, and uncovers clues about his own tortured past.

Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.

With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune's Court. In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family's death and the torments of his past?




Jeremy Finley

The Darkest Time of Night
St. Martin's Press, June 26, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
Investigative journalist for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Jeremy Finley's debut thriller explores what happens to people’s lives when our world intersects with the unexplainable.

"The lights took him."

When the seven-year-old grandson of U.S. Senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother who whispers, “The lights took him,” and then never speaks again.

As the FBI and National Guard launch a massive search, the boys' grandmother Lynn Roseworth fears only she knows the truth. But coming forward would ruin her family and her husband’s political career.

In the late 1960s, before she became the quiet wife of a politician, Lynn was a secretary in the astronomy department at the University of Illinois. It was there where she began taking mysterious messages for one of the professors; messages from people desperate to find their missing loved ones who vanished into beams of light.

Determined to find her beloved grandson and expose the truth, she must return to the work she once abandoned to unravel the existence of a place long forgotten by the world. It is there, buried deep beneath the bitter snow and the absent memories of its inhabitants, where her grandson may finally be found.

But there are forces that wish to silence her. And Lynn will find how far they will go to stop her, and how the truth about her own forgotten childhood could reveal the greatest mystery of all time.

The Darkest Time of Night is a fast-paced debut full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.

June 2018 SIBA Okra Selection




R.S. Ford

A Demon in Silver
War of the Archons 1
Titan Books, June 12, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war.

When a young farm girl, Livia, demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. The Duke of Gothelm’s tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: all are searching for Livia and the power she wields.

But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places… and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.




Jonathan French

The Grey Bastards
The Lost Lands 1
Crown, June 19, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
Live in the saddle.
Die on the hog.

Call them outcasts, call them savages—they’ve been called worse, by their own mothers—but Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard.

He and his fellow half-orcs patrol the barren wastes of the Lot Lands, spilling their own damned blood to keep civilized folk safe. A rabble of hard-talking, hog-riding, whore-mongering brawlers they may be, but the Bastards are Jackal’s sworn brothers, fighting at his side in a land where there’s no room for softness.

And once Jackal’s in charge—as soon as he can unseat the Bastards’ tyrannical, seemingly unkillable founder—there’s a few things they’ll do different. Better.

Or at least, that’s the plan. Until the fallout from a deadly showdown makes Jackal start investigating the Lot Lands for himself. Soon, he’s wondering if his feelings have blinded him to ugly truths about this world, and the Bastards’ place in it.

In a quest for answers that takes him from decaying dungeons to the frontlines of an ancient feud, Jackal finds himself battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs, and grubby human conspiracies alike—along with a host of dark magics so terrifying they’d give even the heartiest Bastard pause.

Finally, Jackal must ride to confront a threat that’s lain in wait for generations, even as he wonders whether the Bastards can—or should–survive.

Delivered with a generous wink to Sons of Anarchy, featuring sneaky-smart worldbuilding and gobs of fearsomely foul-mouthed charm, The Grey Bastards is a grimy, pulpy, masterpiece—and a raunchy, swaggering, cunningly clever adventure that’s like nothing you’ve read before.




Caleb Johnson

Treeborne
Picador, June 5, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

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"I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book."—Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

One of Southern Living's Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2018

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change—and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta’s legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson’s debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.




Cameron Johnston

The Traitor God
Angry Robot, June 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

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A city threatened by unimaginable horrors must trust their most hated outcast, or lose everything, in this crushing epic fantasy debut.

After ten years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magician Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend. Lynas had uncovered a terrible secret, something that threatened to devour the entire city. He tried to warn the Arcanum, the sorcerers who rule the city. He failed.

Lynas was skinned alive and Walker felt every cut. Now nothing will stop him from finding the murderer. Magi, mortals, daemons, and even the gods – Walker will burn them all if he has to.

After all, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s killed a god…

File Under: Fantasy [ Look Who’s Back | Blood Sorcery | Tyrants & Titans | Mind Mates ]




Jane Rosenberg LaForge

The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War
Amberjack Publishing, June 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook 320 pages

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A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.




Todd McAulty

The Robots of Gotham
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 19, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 688 pages

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“J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that’s a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sanford.  All one-of-a-kinds.  Don’t miss anything J.D. writes.”  James Patterson

A thrilling adventure in a world one step away from total subjugation by machines

After long years of war, the United States has sued for peace, yielding to a brutal coalition of nations ruled by fascist machines. One quarter of the country is under foreign occupation. Manhattan has been annexed by a weird robot monarchy, and in Tennessee, a permanent peace is being delicately negotiated between the battered remnants of the U.S. government and an envoy of implacable machines.

Canadian businessman Barry Simcoe arrives in occupied Chicago days before his hotel is attacked by a rogue war machine. In the aftermath, he meets a dedicated Russian medic with the occupying army, and 19 Black Winter, a badly damaged robot. Together they stumble on a machine conspiracy to unleash a horrific plague—and learn that the fabled American resistance is not as extinct as everyone believes. Simcoe races against time to prevent the extermination of all life on the continent . . . and uncover a secret that America’s machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.




C. L. Polk

Witchmark
Tor.com, June 19, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

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C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance.

One of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018!

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.




Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning
Sixth World 1
Saga Press, June 26, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

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“An excitingly novel tale.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series and Midnight Crossroads series

“Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” —Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and Star Wars: Last Shot

“[C]rafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape.” —Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives and Black Wolves

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.




Jordy Rosenberg

Confessions of the Fox
One World, June 26, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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A love story set in the eighteenth-century London of notorious thieves and queer subcultures, this genre-bending debut tells a profound story of gender, desire, and liberation.

Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Yet no one knows the true story; their confessions have never been found.

Until now. Reeling from heartbreak, a scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript—a gender-defying exposé of Jack and Bess’s adventures. Dated 1724, the book depicts a London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with the city’s newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of the Plague abound. Jack—a transgender carpenter’s apprentice—has fled his master’s house to become a legendary prison-break artist, and Bess has escaped the draining of the fenlands to become a revolutionary.

Is Confessions of the Fox an authentic autobiography or a hoax? Dr. Voth obsessively annotates the manuscript, desperate to find the answer. As he is drawn deeper into Jack and Bess’s tale of underworld resistance and gender transformation, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined—and only a miracle will save them all.

Confessions of the Fox
is, at once, a work of speculative historical fiction, a soaring love story, a puzzling mystery, an electrifying tale of adventure and suspense, and an unabashed celebration of sex and sexuality. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.




Amber Royer

Free Chocolate
Angry Robot, June 5, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

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In the far future, chocolate is Earth’s sole unique product – and it’s one that everyone else in the galaxy would kill to get their hands, paws, and tentacles on

Latina culinary arts student, Bo Benitez, becomes a fugitive when she’s caught stealing a cacao pod from the heavily-defended plantations that keep chocolate, Earth’s sole valuable export, safe from a hungry galaxy. Forces arraying against her including her alien boyfriend and a reptilian cop. But when she escapes onto an unmarked starship things go from bad to worse: it belongs to the race famed throughout the galaxy for eating stowaways. Surrounded by dangerous yet hunky aliens, Bo starts to uncover clues that the threat to Earth may be bigger than she first thought.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Heiress Apparent | Sticky Fingers | Pod People | The Milky Way ]




Michael Rutger

The Anomaly
Grand Central Publishing, June 19, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

Nolan’s story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?




Peng Shepherd

The Book of M
William Morrow, June 5, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

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"Eerie, dark, and compelling, [The Book of M] will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014)." --Booklist

WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO REMEMBER?

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.




Raymond A. Villareal

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising
Mulholland Books, June 5, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

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In this ambitious and wildly original debut–part social-political satire, part international mystery–a new virus turns people into something a bit more than human, upending society as we know it.

This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult with the local police, it’s an impossibility that threatens her understanding of medicine.

Then, more bodies, dead from an inexplicable disease that solidified their blood, are brought to the morgue, only to also vanish. Soon, the U.S. government–and eventually biomedical researchers, disgruntled lawmakers, and even an insurgent faction of the Catholic Church–must come to terms with what they’re too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world.

With heightened strength and beauty and a stead diet of fresh blood, these changed people, or “Gloamings,” rapidly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society. Soon people are beginning to be “re-created,” willingly accepting the risk of death if their bodies can’t handle the transformation. As new communities of Gloamings arise, society is divided, and popular Gloaming sites come under threat from a secret terrorist organization. But when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, runs for political office–well, all hell breaks loose.

Told from the perspective of key players, including a cynical FBI agent, an audacious campaign manager, and a war veteran turned nurse turned secret operative, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is an exhilarating, genre-bending debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.
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