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The View From Monday - November 27, 2017


Happy last Monday in November!


There is one debut this week:

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren.

The View From Monday - November 27, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Resurrection Game (Conspiracy of Angels 3) by Michelle Belanger;

Dangerously Divine (Broken Riders 2) by Deborah Blake;

Shadow Sun Seven (The Starfire Trilogy 2) by Spencer Ellsworth;

The Squirrel on the Train (Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 2) by Kevin Hearne; 

Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 1) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;

Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota 2) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

Blood and Tempest (The Empire of Storms 3 ) by Jon Skovron;

and

Thunderbird (Miriam Black 4) by Chuck Wendig 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.

November 28, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming the Lion: Saving His Wolf Kerry Adrienne PNR - Shifter Wars 3
The Resurrection Game Michelle Belanger DF/UF - Conspiracy of Angels 3
Dangerously Divine Deborah Blake PNR - Broken Riders 2
Eagle Rising David Devereux DF
Darkness Falling Ian Douglas SF - Andromedan Dark 2
Once Bitten, Twice Burned Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire Novel 2
Starfire: Shadow Sun Seven Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 2
Dark Magic (ri) Christine Feehan PNR -Dark 4
The Brightest Embers Jeaniene Frost PNR - A Broken Destiny Novel 3
The Devastation of Baal Guy Haley SF - Space Marine Conquests 1
The Keeper of Lost Things
(h2tp)
Ruth Hogan Fict
Djinn City Saad Z. Hossain F/CF/HU
Tales of the Slayer (e) Various SF/F/H - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series 1
Star Trek Prometheus - Fire with Fire Bernd Perplies
Christian Humberg
SF - Star Trek Prometheus
Mrs. Caliban (ri) Rachel Ingalls LF
Vampire Fight Club (e) Larissa Ione PNR - A Demonica Story
Mass Effect: Initiation N.K. Jemisin
Mac Walters
SF/MTI - Mass Effect
Unleash the Night Sherrilyn Kenyon FR/CF/P - Dark-Hunter 8
Revival (ri) Stephen King H
Wake a Sleeping Tiger (h2mm) Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 31
Weave a Circle Round (D) Kari Maaren CF/SF/TT/CoA
Titan: Fortune of War David Mack SF - Star Trek
Sins of Empire (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 1
Cold Welcome (h2mm) Elizabeth Moon SF/SO - Vatta's Peace 1
Seven Surrenders (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 2
Deathwatch: The Omnibus Steve Parker
Justin D Hill
Ian St. Martin
and more
SF - Deathwatch
The Goblet S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 5
The Year of the Knife G.D. Penman F/Th/UF
Bay of Sighs (tp2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 2
Blood and Tempest Jon Skovron F - The Empire of Storms 3
Extinction War Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF - The Extinction Cycle 7
The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (e) Lisa Tuttle PM - From the Casebooks of Jesperson & Lane 2
Shadow of Victory (h2mm) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 19
Thunderbird (h2tp) Chuck Wendig SupTh - Miriam Black 4



November 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wyvern's Outlaw (e) Deborah Cooke FR - The Dragons of Incendium 4
Behind the Mask (e) Joel Derfner
Paul Witcover
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #8



November 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Penric's Mission Lois McMaster Bujold F - World of the Five Gods Novella
The Squirrel on the Train Kevin Hearne UF - Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 2
The Handyman Bentley Little H
Deadknobs and Doomsticks Joe Pasquale H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biography
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FM - Folklore and Mythology
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
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - MashUp
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR- Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Ref - Reference
RP - Role Playing
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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 upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Lucy Banks (2017)

The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger
Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 2
Amberjack Publishing, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 328 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Only a few months have passed since the day Kester Lanner forced an angry ghost through the spirit door, but business prospects  for Dr. Ribero’s supernatural agency haven’t improved. Things are looking grim when the agency lands a contract which they must share with a rival agency headed by Dr Ribero’s sworn enemy, Larry Higgins. Desperate for the job, the team accepts and begins to investigate the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where elderly victims are dying.

The same mysterious clue links the horrendous deaths: the victims all see a double of themselves before dying. The teams wonder if they are dealing with a rogue doppelgänger, one that isn’t content just predicting deaths, but carrying them out as well. The victims’ connection to an ancient grave site leads to speculation that they may have disturbed a spirit more powerful than the two agencies can handle.

One thing is certain, the won’t stop unless Kester and the others can overcome their rivalry and stop this deadly spirit.





Michelle Belanger (2015)

The Resurrection Game
Shadowside / Conspiracy of Angels 3
Titan Books, October 31, 2017
     eBook, 304 pages
Titan Books, November 28, 2017
     Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A ritualistic murder reveals a plot by Zuriel, one of the Anakim, to steal everything that is of value to Zack—including his identity. One of Zack’s anchors in our world, a sixty-year-old woman named Marjory, is brutally killed, a message to Zack carved into her flesh. Her killer wears Zack’s face.

With the help of his allies—including Lilith, Father Frank, Detective Bobby Park, and Halley Davis—Zack digs deeper and deeper into the mystery, only to discover that thanks to his own murky past, his “brother” may be justified in seeking revenge against him.

This forces Zack to do one thing he swore never to do—go crawling back to Saliriel, the leader of the tribe of angels known as the Nephilim. The trouble is, it’s impossible to know whether Sal is friend or foe.





Rob Boffard (2015)

Outer Earth
Outer Earth Omnibus
Orbit, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 1072 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Welcome to Outer Earth: a vivid, dangerous world where every day is a desperate struggle for survival. Who said in space no one can hear you scream?

Outer Earth is a huge space station orbiting the ruins of our planet. Dirty, overcrowded and inescapable, it's humanity's last refuge . . . and possibly its final resting place.

For there are dark forces at work on the station: forces that seek to unleash chaos. If they succeed, there will be nowhere left to run.

This omnibus edition contains all three of Rob Boffard's adrenaline-fuelled Outer Earth novels: Tracer, Zero-G, and Impact.


The Outer Earth Series

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The View From Monday - October 24, 2016


Happy Monday! One week until Halloween!


There are 2 debuts this week:

The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner by Mike Brooks;

and

Every Mountain Made Low by Alex White.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Mortal Sins (A Shadowside Novella) by Michelle Belanger;

Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Gospel 1) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is out in Trade Paperback;

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke is out in Trade Paperback;

The Shards of Heaven (The Shards of Heaven 1) by Michael Livingston is out in Trade Paperback;

Cloak of War (Empress Game Trilogy 2) by Rhonda Mason;

Faller by Will McIntosh;

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia;

and

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson.

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



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



The View From Monday - October 24, 2016



October 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar David Annandale SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 1
Mortal Sins (e) Michelle Belanger DF/UF - Shadowside Novella
Charlotte's Story (h2tp) Laura Benedict SupTh - Bliss House 2
The Terranauts T. C. Boyle Hist
Lost Gods Brom DF
The Last Days of Salton Academy Jennifer Brozek H
The Plague of Swords Miles Cameron F - The Traitor Son Cycle 4
Bohemian Gospel (h2tp) Dana Chamblee Carpenter Hist - Bohemian Gospel 1
2001: A Space Odyssey (ri) Arthur C. Clarke SF - Penguin Galaxy
Our Lady of the Ice (h2tp) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Goodnight Batcave Dave Croatto
Tom Richmond (Illus)
Hu/Comics/Parody
Doctor Who: Supreme Dalek and Illustrated Book: With Light and Sound Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
Altered Starscape Ian Douglas SF - Andromedan Dark 1
Dracula vs. Hitler Patrick Sheane Duncan HistF/SupTh
Angel in Chains Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 3
The Hanged Man (h2tp) P. N. Elrod SP
Anansi Boys (ri) Neil Gaiman Fict/F
Neuromancer (ri) William Gibson CyberP - Penguin Galaxy
The Devil Will Come Justin Gustainis H - Collection
Shadowsword Guy Haley SF - Astra Militarum
Stranger in a Strange Land (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF - Penguin Galaxy
Dune (ri) Frank Herbert SF - Penguin Galaxy
Not on Fire, but Burning (h2tp) Greg Hrbek Dys/LF/SF/AP/PA
Cat's Eye (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H
Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries (tp2mm) Stephen Jones (Ed) F/DF/M - Anthology
Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan
Amy Romanczuk
F - Wheel of Time
Black Ice Burning A. R. Kahler UF - Pale Queen Series 3
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (ri) Stephen King Sus - The Dark Tower 1
The Left Hand of Darkness (ri) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Penguin Galaxy
Coldbrook Tim Lebbon H/SF/AP/PA
The Shards of Heaven (h2tp) Michael Livingston HistF - The Shards of Heaven 1
Hallow Point (tp2mm) Ari Marmell UF/DF - A Mick Oberon Job 2
Cloak of War Rhonda Mason F/CF/SF/SO - Empress Game Trilogy 2
The Star of the Sea Una McCormack SF/SO - Weird Space 2
Faller Will McIntosh SF
Prey: Book Two: The Jackal's Trick John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek
Certain Dark Things Silvia Moreno-Garcia CF
Onward, Drake! (h2tp) Mark L. Van Name (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Famished Road (e)(ri) Ben Okri MR/LF
The Immortal's Guide S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 2
The Two Swords S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 3
Doctor Who: The Whoniverse: The Untold History of Space and Time Justin Richards
George Mann
TV - Doctor Who
Cast in Flight Michelle Sagara F/M - Chronicles of Elantra 12
Hero: Homecoming, Book III R. A. Salvatore F - Homecoming 3
DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient (e) R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King 1
Shadow of Ullanor Rob Sanders SF - The Beast Arises 11
The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets: Four Fairy Tales of Home and One Astral Pantomime Paul Scheerbart SF/LF
The British Lion (h2tp) Tony Schumacher AH/Th
Kris Longknife: Bold Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 14
A Vampire's Hunger Carla Susan Smith PNR - Vampire's Promise 4
The Blood Mirror Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 4
Every Mountain Made Low (D) Alex White F
The Once and Future King (ri) T. H. White F - Penguin Galaxy
A Taste of Honey Kai Ashante Wilson F
Dragon and Thief (ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Dragonback 1



October 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You To Be a Prisoner (D) Mike Brooks Dys


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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3


This is the third in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Jacob Bacharach (2014)

The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates
Liveright, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The biblical story of Abraham and Isaac is transposed into a modern world even madder than the ancient Middle East in Jacob Bacharach’s hilarious novel.

Does any family better fit the Anna Karenina principle— that happy families are alike but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way—better than the patriarchs of the Book of Genesis? Is there any worse (or crazier) father than Abraham? These are some of the questions The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates asks, replacing the biblical Ur with New York and the land of Canaan with the rugged hills and rusted river valleys of western Pennsylvania. Fleeing a failed relationship, Isabel Giordani leaves New York and moves across the Appalachians to Pittsburgh, where she soon begins to insinuate herself into the lives of Isaac Mayer and his father, Abbie, an architect turned crooked real estate developer. As Isabel learns this family’s weird, often sordid, and occasionally violent history, her own motives for entering their lives are called into question, in Jacob Bacharach’s new novel that considers love, family, God, and, of course, real estate.





Clifford Beal (2013)

The Witch of Torinia
Valdur 2
Solaris, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Divide... and conquer. The thrilling new epic fantasy continues!

Lady Lucinda della Rovera, the renegade canoness of St Dionei, secret sorceress of the “old gods”, has cleverly split the One Faith into bitter factions and with the help of a pliant Duke of Torinia, launches a war to overthrow the king of Valdur and bring back the old ways. Brother Acquel Galenus, now Magister of the High Temple of Livorna, knows he must stop her, but doubts his own faith and ability. With powerful demons seeking to reenter the world through Lucinda, he must find allies, but how?

Julianus Strykar, now a coronel of the mercenary company of the Black Rose, finds himself thrust into the maelstrom of civil war but false pride leads him into a battle he may not be able to win -- or survive.

Captain Nicolo Danamis may have regained his fleet and command but the return of his long-lost father and lord, Valerian, has complicated his love affair with mer princess Citala. When his former lover -- the queen of Valdur -- demands his help, he and a suspicious Citala find themselves at the centre of palace intrigue as they try to avert an “alliance” with the predatory Silk Empire that will turn Valdur into a puppet kingdom. And then he learns that the crown prince may be his bastard son.

Friendships, loves, and the future of Valdur all hang by a thread….





Michelle Belanger (2015)

Harsh Gods
A Novel of the Shadowside 2
Titan Books, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The last thing Zack Westland expects on a frigid night is to be summoned to an exorcism. Demonic possession, however, proves the least of his problems. Father Frank, a veteran turned priest, knows Zack’s deepest secrets, recognizing him as Anakim, an angel belonging to that hidden tribe. And Halley, the girl they’ve come to save, carries a secret that could unlock a centuries-old evil. She chants an eerie rhyme, and she isn’t alone…

“HANDS TO TAKE AND EYES TO SEE.
A MOUTH TO SPEAK. HE COMES FOR ME.”



As Zack’s secrets spill out, far more than his life is at stake, for Halley is linked to an ancient conspiracy. Yet Zack can’t help her unless he’s willing to risk losing his immortality—and reigniting the Blood Wars.


Mortal Sins
A Novella of the Shadowside
Titan Books, October 25, 2016
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Zack Westland is one of the Anakim—an angel belonging to an ancient tribe trapped on Earth by the cataclysmic event known as the Blood Wars. His true name is Zaquiel, and to speak it unleashes a power beyond the ken of mortal men.

Accompanied by his temperamental ally Liliana—the Lady of Beasts—Zack encounters the ghost of an African-American woman murdered decades ago. She cannot speak, but implores him to help her, launching him along a bloody path that leads to the Strega, an Italian family of witches.

The Strega are led by Mama Tuscanetti, an ancient matriarch who brooks no interference. To cross her is to court death.


Note: Mortal Sins will be free on Amazon at launch and is free at Barnes and Noble now.





R.S. Belcher (2013)

Nightwise
Laytham Ballard 1
Tor Books, September 20, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places-and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul . . . .


The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Tor Books, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.





Jenn Bennett (2011)

The Anatomical Shape of the Heart
Square Fish, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 340 pages
Hardcover and eBook, 11/03/2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Winner of the Romantic Times Best YA Protagonist Award (2015)

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci's footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital's Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is-and tries to uncover what he's hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix's own family's closet tear them apart?

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is an irresistible, deeply romantic story about a girl and boy who help each other heal and grow.


Alex, Approximately
Simon Pulse, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

The View From Monday - August 29, 2016


Happy last Monday in August!


There are 2 debuts this week -

The Forgetting Moon (The Five Warrior Angels 1) by Brian Lee Durfee;

and

Curioddity by Paul Jenkins.

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



And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Harsh Gods (Shadowside / Conspiracy of Angels 2) by Michelle Belanger;

Impact (Outer Earth 3) by Rob Boffard;

The Lazarus War: Origins (The Lazarus War 3) by Jamie Sawyer;

Eagle in Exile (The Clash of Eagles Trilogy 2) by Alan Smale is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome 2) by Rebecca Zanetti.


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


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August 29, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Poseidon & Cleito (Ke only 8/29 -11/20/16) Andrew J. Peters F - Poseidon & Cleito 1



August 30, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek Mark A. Altman
Edward Gross
SF - Television
Twilight Dreams Amanda Ashley PNR - Twilight 2
Harsh Gods Michelle Belanger DF/UF - Shadowside 2
The Aylesford Skull (tp2mm) James P. Blaylock SP - Langdon St. James 3
Impact Rob Boffard SF - Outer Earth 3
The Empty Ones Robert Brockway H - The Unnoticeables 2
Gatefather (h2mm) Orson Scott Card CF - Mither Mages 3
Formic Wars Trilogy Boxed Set: Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF - The First Formic Wars Trilogy
The Subsidiary Matias Celedon  Dys
Son of the Black Sword (h2mm) Larry Correia F - Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 1
The Forgetting Moon (D) Brian Lee Durfee F - The Five Warrior Angels 1
Willful Child (h2mm) Steven Erikson SF - Willful Child 1
Unraveled Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 15
Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook: 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes Joanna Farrow SF - Cookbook
So I Married A Demon Slayer (ri) Angie Fox
Kathy Love
Lexi George
PNR - Anthology
People of the Songtrail (h2mm) Kathleen O'Neal Gear
W. Michael Gear
Hist - North America's Forgotten Past 20
Sex and Death: Stories Sarah Hall (Ed)
Peter Hobbs (Ed)
SF/LF - Anthology
Frost Line (h2mm) Linda Howard
Linda Jones
RSus/P
Curioddity (D) Paul Jenkins SF
Made for Sin (e) Stacia Kane UF
The Tommyknockers (ri) Stephen King H
Sixth Watch Sergei Lukyanenko CF - Night Watch 6
Dead Man's Song (ri) Jonathan Maberry Th/H - A Pine Deep Novel 2
Of Beauty and Darkness Peggy Martinez UF/DF - A Reapers Grimm Novel 1
The Winter People Jennifer McMahon Th/Sus/GH
Succubus Shadows (ri) Richelle Mead CF - Georgina Kincaid 5
Wolves D. J. Molles SF/AP/PA
The Wolves of London Mark Morris DF/UF/CF - Obsidian Heart 1
Plunder of Gor John Norman F /DF - Gorean Saga 34
The Dark World S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 1
Poseidon's Wake (h2mm) Alastair Reynolds SF/SO/AC - Poseidon's Children 3
The Lazarus War: Origins Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 3
The Jersey Devil Hunter Shea Sus/SupTh/H
Eagle in Exile (h2mm) Alan Smale HistF - The Clash of Eagles Trilogy 2
Chasing the Phoenix (h2tp) Michael Swanwick SF/AP/PA
Legacies: Book 3: Purgatory's Key Dayton Ward
Kevin Dilmore
SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Hell's Foundations Quiver (h2mm) David Weber SF - Safehold 8
Trucker Ghost Stories: And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road Annie Wilder (Ed) Sup - Anthology
Shadow Falling Rebecca Zanetti R/SF/AP/PA - The Scorpius Syndrome 2



August 31, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Key to the Coward's Spell: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alex Bledsoe UF
Clockwork Secrets Boxed Set Dru Pagliassotti SP
Early Days: More Tales from the Pulp Era Robert Silverberg SF - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2mm - eBook to Mass Market Paperback
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
Ed - Editor
Ke - Kindle only eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
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
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Wars - COVER OF THE YEAR


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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Winner


The winner of the October  2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger from Titan Books with 67 votes equaling 71% of all votes.



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Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue with voting on the November Debut covers starting on November 15, 2015.

Interview with Michelle Belanger, author of Conspiracy of Angels


Please welcome Michelle Belanger to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Conspiracy of Angels, the first novel in the Shadowside series, is published today by Titan Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Michelle a Happy Publication Day.



Interview with Michelle Belanger, author of Conspiracy of Angels




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

Michelle:  I started writing because there was no other choice. Words and stories clamored in my head and they all wanted out. I made my first professional sale at seventeen and I haven't looked back since. Although my initial aspirations were in fiction, I found a very comfortable place for myself writing non-fiction for many years. My Dictionary of Demons, released through Llewellyn Worldwide in 2010, remains one of my most popular works. It's in its seventh or eighth printing now. I love the detective-work of intensely research-based non-fiction, but the urge to tell stories never went away. When the Shadowside series began taking shape, I got so invested in the characters and their world that I knew it was time to make a change.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Michelle:  I'd love to be a straight-up plotter -- it always seems like it would be easier. Certainly, I start out that way, mapping out my stories in broad strokes, usually scene by scene. But in the end, the characters demand hybridization. Just when things get intense, they veer off in a direction I didn't foresee, and it's too exciting not to follow where they lead. As a writer, it's really delightful for me when the characters become so real that they can catch me off guard. I think allowing for some wiggle room for those kinds of twists enlivens the story.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Michelle:  With fiction writing, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities. When I write non-fiction, sense and structure are so straight-forward. Facts are facts, and there's a clear and certain way in which to arrange them. But with fiction, every story could be a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. There are so many roads not taken, what-ifs, and might-have-beens. Each and every character faces choices that can change them and thus change the direction of the story. Even when I start with a map of the action, all those possibilities sing out and it can be hard to resist the temptation to explore. I'll admit -- every once in a while, I indulge my curiosity and write an alternate scene just to see how those might-have-beens play out.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Michelle:  Like so many who grow up to be writers, I started out as an early and voracious reader. For as long as I can remember, I've had a penchant for the weird and macabre, so one of my early favorites was the short story collection October Country by Ray Bradbury. His tales really spoke to me, maybe because he shared my Midwestern roots, but also for his subtle juxtapositions of the familiar and the strange. Bradbury is directly responsible for my love of Urban Fantasy. As a teen, I discovered Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain series, and I was hooked. Current favorites include (but are in no way limited to!) Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Seanan McGuire. Max Gladstone also blew me away with his Dracula short, "A Kiss with Teeth."



TQDescribe Conspiracy of Angels in 140 characters or less.

Michelle:  No memory. Sixty bucks to his name - and a tribe of warring angels out to do worse than kill him. Zachary Westland's having a hell of a day.



TQTell us something about Conspiracy of Angels that is not found in the book description.

Michelle:  Cleveland, Ohio is awesome. Seriously. It's an urban fantasist's dreamland. We've had Rockefeller, Langston Hughes, Thomas Edison, and Elliot Ness all living and working here. Saudi sheiks travel halfway across the world to get treated at our hospitals. There are salt mines 1800 feet under the city, epic disasters that inspired headlines like "They Died Crawling," a tangled mafia history, world-renown museums with collections that should make you green with envy -- and that's to say nothing about the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. Half my trouble is deciding which delicious nuggets of local color to weave into the world and which to save for later.



TQWhat inspired you to write Conspiracy of Angels, your first fiction novel?

Michelle:  I was sitting outside this haunted house, waiting for a local shaman to finish a ceremony to clear the ghosts -- like you do when your day job involves chasing spirits on international television -- and I started thinking about how my life had come to resemble another person's idea of fiction. And I indulged in a little game of what-if. What if this part of my life were a novel? Who would the characters be? What kinds of adventures might they have if clearing hauntings and hunting ghosts were as cool and showy as viewers wanted them to be on reality TV? Zack came out of that, and Sal and Remy soon followed. Before I knew it, I was writing furiously, and the Shadowside was born.



TQWhat appeals to you about writing Urban Fantasy?

Michelle:  Urban Fantasy holds up a darkened mirror so we can explore our current world and all of its foibles. The settings in UF revolve around cities you can find on a map right here and now, and most authors in the genre do the research to make those cities as real as possible. That unflinching verisimilitude opens the door for so many subplots relevant to the very human experiences that help to make characters vital and relatable. Juxtaposed against the supernatural elements integral to the genre, those human experiences can really shine.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Conspiracy of Angels?

Michelle:  The short answer is a lot, but then, coming from non-fiction, research is sort of my thing. I've written about vampires, demons, ghosts, and psychic phenomenon, and in the Shadowside all these things converge where I can have fun with them. I very freely mine my previous research, building the supernatural elements of Zack's world on the bones of real occult practices and beliefs. As mentioned earlier, the verisimilitude inherent in Urban Fantasy really appeals to me. When a character uses a gun, readers expect that experience to reflect how a person would use the same gun in the real world. Get the little details wrong, and for many readers, that breaks the immersion. In a similar vein, drawing upon established elements of the paranormal and occult helps to build immersion so, when I veer into the realm of the truly fantastic, it has much more impact.



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

Michelle:  Hands-down, the easiest character to write is Lil. Known as the Lady of Beasts, she's what you'd get if you crossed Jessica Rabbit with Deadpool - only without his penchant for breaking the fourth wall. Brash and outspoken, she delights in weaponizing the expectations of people around her -- and she's already got a pretty deadly arsenal. Everything moves more swiftly when she's on the scene. The fact that my main character Zack never knows which way to jump when she's around is just a bonus.

The character who presents the biggest challenge is Terael. He's a disembodied spirit tied to a statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He is completely inhuman, thousands of years old, and a little unhinged as a result. His dialogue reflects this, and I go for a lilting kind of sing-song pattern when he speaks -- almost, but not quite, blank verse. Getting the right mix of informative and inscrutable can take a few tries.



TQWhich question about Conspiracy of Angels do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Michelle:  On the back of the book, Saliriel is described as transsexual. How much does that play into the story?

Honestly, about as much as the fact that Sal has blond hair. Sal's been running around in the same body since the court of the Medicis. She is old, she is powerful, and she has finally found herself in an age where the technology exists to make her outside match how she perceives herself within. As can be expected, everyone who encounters her has different opinions on her choice, just like in the real world. But, also as it is in the real world, that choice is merely one facet of who she is.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Conspiracy of Angels.

Michelle:  For lyricism, this line from the beginning of Chapter Six remains one of my favorites: "Once in a while I passed houses, but they were an acre back or more, their lights shaping dim constellations in an otherwise starless night."

For sheer Zack-ness, I'd have to pick this, from Chapter Thirty-Two: "He was stronger than me, which only figured. As a vampire, he had an automatic edge -- faster, stronger, more fashionably inclined."



TQWhat's next?

Michelle:  Right now, I'm focusing on the Shadowside series. The second book, Harsh Gods, is already done, and I'm currently working on book three, The Resurrection Game. I can't get enough of Zack's world.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michelle:  Thank you for the opportunity to dish a little about the Shadowside!





Conspiracy of Angels
Shadowside 1
Titan Books, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Michelle Belanger, author of Conspiracy of Angels
When Zachary Westland regains consciousness on the winter shores of Lake Erie, his memories are gone. All he has are chaotic visions of violence and death… and a business card for Club Heaven. There Zack finds the six-foot-six transexual decimus known as Saliriel, and begins to learn what has happened.

Alarming details emerge, of angelic tribes trapped on Earth and struggling in the wake of the Blood Wars. Anakim, Nephilim, Gibburim, and Rephaim—there has been an uneasy peace for centuries, but the truce is at an end.

With the help of his “sibling” Remiel and Lilianna, the lady of beasts, Zack must stem the bloodshed before it cannot be stopped. Yet if he dies again, it may be for the final time.





About Michelle

Michelle Belanger is a nonfiction author, a member of the vampire community, and a psychic seen regularly on the television series Paranormal State. She’s been featured on programs on HBO, the History Channel, and CNN Headline News, and teaches classes around the country on dreamwalking, energy exchange, and spirit communication.

Website  ~   Facebook  ~   Twitter @sethanikeem  ~  Pinterest

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October 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 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger


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


Michelle Belanger

Conspiracy of Angels
Shadowside 1
Titan Books, October 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update: Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger
When Zachary Westland regains consciousness on the winter shores of Lake Erie, his memories are gone. All he has are chaotic visions of violence and death… and a business card for Club Heaven. There Zack finds the six-foot-six transexual decimus known as Saliriel, and begins to learn what has happened.

Alarming details emerge, of angelic tribes trapped on Earth and struggling in the wake of the Blood Wars. Anakim, Nephilim, Gibburim, and Rephaim—there has been an uneasy peace for centuries, but the truce is at an end.

With the help of his “sibling” Remiel and Lilianna, the lady of beasts, Zack must stem the bloodshed before it cannot be stopped. Yet if he dies again, it may be for the final time.

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