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The View From Monday - January 8, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce;

Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin;

and

Sinless by (Eye of the Beholder 1) by Sarah Tarkoff.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin;

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library 4) by Genevieve Cogman

Stranger Magics by Ash Fitzsimmons is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Storm Crossed (Grim 4) by Dani Harper;

Steadfast (Birth of Saints 3) by Michelle Hauck is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Points of Impact (Frontlines 6) by Marko Kloos;

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is out in Trade Paperback;

The Chronicles of the Exile: (When the Heavens Fall, Dragon Hunters, Red Tide) by Marc Turner is out in a digital bundle;

and

The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss (A Dahlia Moss Mystery 3) by Max Wirestone.

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



The View From Monday - January 8, 2018



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

January 7, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Psience Fiction: The Paranormal in Science Fiction Literature Damien Broderick HC
A Green and Pagan Land: Myth, Magic and Landscape in British Film and Television David Huckvale HC



January 8, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Revolution (e) Alicia Michaels SF/GenEng/Dys - Bionics Novels 3



January 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Infinity Engine Neal Asher SF/SO - Transformation 3
The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin LF
The Lost Plot Genevieve Cogman SF/TT - The Invisible Library  4
Sheltered Jen Colly PNR - The Cities Below
The Hostess With the Ghostess E. J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery
Stranger Magics Ash Fitzsimmons UF
Dark Screams: Volume Nine Brian James Freeman (Ed)
Richard Chizmar (Ed)
H - Anthology
Shroud of Eternity: Sister of Darkness Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 2
A Sword of Truth Set: The Chainfire Trilogy (Chainfire, Phantom, Confessor) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Sword of Truth Series
Gnomon Nick Harkaway Dys
Storm Crossed Dani Harper GothicR - Grim 4
Steadfast Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
Through a Dark Glass Barb Hendee F/P
Imprinted (Ke) Jim C. Hines P - Magic ex Libris
The House on the Borderland and Other Mysterious Places William Hope Hodgson F - Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson 2
Farsight: Crisis of Faith Phil Kelly SF - Farsight 1
The Eyes of the Dragon (ri) Stephen King F
Points of Impact Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 6
Beneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire CF - Wayward Children 3
Only the Devil is Here Stephen Michell H
Robots vs. Fairies Dominik Parisien (Ed)
Navah Wolfe (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology
Prophecy's Daughter Richard Phillips F - The Endarian Prophecy 2
The Afterlives (D) Thomas Pierce FL/GH/LF
Happiness for Humans (D) P.Z. Reizin CW/HU/SF
Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix Josh Reynolds SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 6
A Meddle of Wizards Alexandra Rushe F
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne Series: (Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, The Bands of Mourning) (e) Brandon Sanderson F - Mistborn Series
Vampire Wars Steven Savile F - Warhammer Chronicles 3
If You Are There (h2tp) Susan Sherman LF
Dark State: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse Charles Stross SF/TT - Empire Games 2
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (h2tp) Matthew Sullivan Psy
Sinless (D) Sarah Tarkoff Dys - Eye of the Beholder 1
The Chronicles of the Exile: (When the Heavens Fall, Dragon Hunters, Red Tide) (e) Marc Turner F - Chronicles of the Exile
Blood Fury J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 3
The Infernal Battalion Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 5
The Poisoner's Enemy (Ke) Jeff Wheeler F - Kingfountain Prequel
The Job of the Wasp Colin Winnette LF/M/Gothic
The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss Max Wirestone M - A Dahlia Moss Mystery 3



January 10, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bones of Sanctuary (e) Amy Rose Capetta SFTh - ReMade Season 2 #8
A City's Favor (e) Racheline Maltese
Ian Derfner
Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #13



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FiaryT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM -  Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Myth - Mythology
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Ref - Reference
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

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

Interview with Michelle Hauck, Author of the Birth of Saints Trilogy


Please welcome Michelle Hauck to The Qwillery. Steadfast, the 3rd novel in the Birth of Saints trilogy, was published on December 5, 2017 by Harper Voyager Impulse.



Interview with Michelle Hauck, Author of the Birth of Saints Trilogy




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, Steadfast (Birth of Saints 3), was published on December 5th. How does it feel to see the end of the trilogy published?

Michelle:  I admit at first it was a giant relief. That was back in June when the deadline was days away and I was still polishing. It was the closest I ever came to not being done by a deadline. There was a lot of pressure then. Now that another milestone has come and gone with the release date, I’m feeling rather nostalgic. If you spend three years working on anything, day after day, there’s bound to be some regret when it ends. I’m going through a grieving period before I can really connect to another story. I think every writer faces that to some degree, even if it’s just putting your head into a different world and different characters.



TQHas your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Grudging (Birth of Saints 1) to Steadfast?

Michelle:  There’s more confidence now. A little less editing and revising. I have more trust that what I produce is worthwhile. But my process is pretty much the same. Write in the morning before work. Do a short read through to edit before I add new words. Never plan more than three chapters ahead. I’m not big on outlining or making plans. I’d rather wing the writing process. I didn’t have the ending thought out for Steadfast until more than halfway through writing the draft. I’m still a fly by the seat of my pants writer. Which is kind of interesting because if I don’t know the ending, the characters can’t broadcast it either.



TQWhat do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Grudging came out that you know now?

Michelle:  I have to go with how much harder marketing and promotion is than the actual writing. I mean you hear that all the time from published writers, but it doesn’t really resonate until you’re in that situation. It’s painful to have to ask for reviews or to ask for people to buy your book. I think most of us have been trained since childhood not to be that way, not to ask for help for ourselves or to push our own agenda. Maybe that’s a female thing, or maybe it’s just me.



TQWhich character in the Birth of Saints trilogy surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Michelle:  Some of the minor characters really surprised me. As I said earlier I’m a pantser and I don’t really outline or plan. Sometimes I throw in what feels like a minor character, and all of a sudden, they end up with their own point of view. Father Telo was such a character. He was supposed to be in a few scenes to counsel a major character, Alcalde Julian, and I just couldn’t shake him. Father Telo grew to have his own agenda and his own mission to assassinate the Northern leader and he just took on a life of his own, becoming a major thread in Faithful and Steadfast.

The fact that he was a priest made him perhaps my hardest character to write. He was just outside of my experience and the whole write-what-you-know ideal. Father Telo is just so different from me. He had no romance interest. He’s more religious. He’s a male. I had to do a lot more research to write him than any other of my six point-of-view characters.



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

Michelle:  There’s very much an element of women in a male society coming into their own. A subplot of the series is about the male leader of the city—Julian—being forced out due to some mistakes, and the women coming forward to vote in record numbers and installing his wife—Beatriz—as the new elected official—and not just for one city-state, but for two. And then there’s the whole character arc of the husband and wife learning to deal with the power shift in their relationship. I’m afraid there’s a fire in my heart over the whole “She Persisted” situation in the real world and that carried over to my writing.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in the Birth of Saints trilogy?

Michelle:  As I mentioned in the last question there’s the whole women as a segment of society coming into their own. But there’s also a theme of kindness. Let’s not be like the people oppressing us. Let’s choose kindness. Let’s choose tolerance. Let’s care for the suffering of the people being suppressed and see the value in everyone. There’s been too much hate in national policy lately. And I’m really feeling that need to respect all people these days. You see this even more in Steadfast where we finally see the Northern side of this clash of cultures.



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

Michelle:  This is a quote from a speech by Beatriz to her people: “The Northerners are a people of violence and bloodshed. They took our city—my child—our children. I would not have us be like them. I would have us show them the meaning of kindness.”

And here is Claire trying to convince the Women of the Song to help her against the Northern god. You can guess from her speech that it doesn’t go too well: “The god’s power wiped a squad of soldiers out in the blink of an eye. This is not a joke. We need to be marching out of our swamp to help stop more killing. Even a ‘snit of a girl’ can see that. But unfortunately, that girl is talking to a bunch of old hens, clucking around instead of acting! Stupid and worthless! If we all die, it will be your fault!”



TQWhat's next?

Michelle:  So far what’s next is being lazy. I’ve taken a few months off from writing to just allow myself the free time to splurge on binge watching Netflix. Or to read. My writing heart is still connected to the characters from Birth of Saints and so I’m waiting for a little distance to turn my brain to new characters. Mostly. As I’m going through my writing vacation, I’m also slowly completing chapters for an almost finished rewrite of an epic fantasy I envisioned years ago. Old familiar characters given a new life, but not something completely new. When that’s done then I’ll look toward something totally original.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michelle:  Thank you so much for inviting me. It’s been great fun!





Steadfast
Birth of Saints 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 5, 2017
     eBook, 560 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 9, 2018
     Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages

Interview with Michelle Hauck, Author of the Birth of Saints Trilogy
The final novel in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.

When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didn’t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun God’s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.

But there are still those with hope.

Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosa’s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that they’ll see each other once more.

A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claire’s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.




Previously

Grudging
Birth of Saints 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 17, 2015
     eBook, 432 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 22, 2015
     Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages

Interview with Michelle Hauck, Author of the Birth of Saints Trilogy
A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo of Michelle Hauck's the Book of Saints trilogy that combines the grace of Ellen Kushner's Swordpoint with the esprit de corps of Django Wexler's Shadow Campaign series.

A world of chivalry and witchcraft…

and the invaders who would destroy everything

The north has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.
The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.



Faithful
Birth of Saints 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 15, 2016
     eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 27, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Interview with Michelle Hauck, Author of the Birth of Saints Trilogy
Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.





About Michelle

Interview with Michelle Hauck, Author of the Birth of Saints Trilogy
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. She is the author of the YA epic fantasy Kindar's Cure, as well as the short story “Frost and Fog,” which is included in the anthology Summer's Double Edge.

Website  ~  Twitter @Michelle4Laughs  ~  Facebook

The View From Monday - December 4, 2017


Happy first Monday in December!

There is one debut this week:

Glass Town by Steven Savile.

The View From Monday - December 4, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy 2) by Katherine Arden;

Defiant (Lightship Chronicles 3) by Dave Bara is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Danger's Race (Holly Danger 3) by Amanda Carlson;

The Chaos of Luck (A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2) by Catherine Cerveny is out in Trade Paperback;

The Forever Ship (The Fire Sermon 3) by Francesca Haig;

and

Steadfast (e) (Birth of Saints 3) by Michelle Hauck.

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



The View From Monday - December 4, 2017



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

December 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Race (e) Amanda Carlson SF/PA/Dys - Holly Danger 3
Chosen One (e) Scarlett Dawn FR - Forever Evermore 6



December 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Canto Bight Saladin Ahmed
Rae Carson
Mira Grant
John Jackson Miller
SF - Journey to Star War: The Last Jedi
The Girl in the Tower Katherine Arden F - Winternight Trilogy 2
The Black Tide (e) Keri Arthur SF/GenEng/PA - Outcast Novel 3
Defiant (h2mm) Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 3
The Wicked Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 6
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story Stanley Bing LF/TechnoTh/SF
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Lawrence Block (Ed) LF - Anthology
The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline Jeff Bond Art/SF - Star Trek
The Chaos of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey SF/SO -The Expanse 7
The Outcast Chronicles Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles Omnibus
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 1
The Rising (h2mm) Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus
The Macedonian Nicholas Guild HistTh
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Forever Ship Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA - The Fire Sermon 3
Steadfast (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
The Dosadi Experiment and The Eyes of Heisenberg (ri) Frank Herbert SF/SO
The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel (h2tp) Tracy Hickman
Richard Garriott
F - Blade of the Avatar 1
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter UF - A Soulwood Novel 3
The Order War (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 4
The Wrong Dead Guy (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 2
Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami Psy - Japanese Novellas
The Moon and the Other (h2tp) John Kessel SF
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Cut from the Same Shadow and Other Tales Richard A. Knaak F - Dragonrealm Novellas
The Dreamer's Song Lynn Kurland FR - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 11
Pathways Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar Anthology 11
The Witch's Thirst Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The White Serpent Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 3
A War in Crimson Embers Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 3
Mississippi Roll George R. R. Martin Wild Cards Trust SH - Wild Cards 15
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson H - Collection
Fleet Insurgent Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 8
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 44
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning David Moody Dys - Hater 4
The Last Sacrifice (tp2mm) James A. Moore F - Tides of War 1
Heart Sight Robin Owens PNR - A Celta Novel 14
Plague Garden Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 1
Year One Nora Roberts F/P - Chronicles of the One 1
The Demon Crown James Rollins Th - Sigma Force 13
Glass Town (D) Steven Savile CF
Hymn Ken Scholes SF - The Psalms of Isaak 5
Princess Holy Aura Ryk E. Spoor CF
Winterglass Benjanun Sriduangkaew ScF
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe (h2tp) Charles Stross SF - Empire Games 1
God's Last Breath Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 3
Rosewater (e) Tade Thompson SF



December 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword and Spirit (e) Karen Lord HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 9
Save Point (e) E. C. Myers SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 4



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

December 2017 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2017. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.



December 2017 Releases



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

December 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fallen (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Of Angels and Demons 3
Heartland Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 2
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 3: The Sleeping Beauty\Beauty and the Werewolf (e) Mercedes Lackey F - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Witch's Thirst (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
Third Flatiron Best of 2017 Juliana Rew (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
The Unyielding Gary J. Shipley H
Spy Glass (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - Chronicles of Ixia



December 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Race (e) Amanda Carlson SF/PA/Dys - Holly Danger 3
Chosen One (e) Scarlett Dawn FR - Forever Evermore 6



December 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Canto Bight Saladin Ahmed
Rae Carson
Mira Grant
John Jackson Miller
SF - Star Wars
The Girl in the Tower Katherine Arden F - Winternight Trilogy 2
The Black Tide (e) Keri Arthur SF/GenEng/PA - Outcast Novel 3
Defiant Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 3
The Wicked Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 6
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story Stanley Bing LF/TechnoTh/SF
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Lawrence Block (Ed) LF - Anthology
The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline Jeff Bond Art/SF - Star Trek
The Chaos of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey SF/SO -The Expanse 7
The Outcast Chronicles Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles Omnibus
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 1
The Rising (h2mm) Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus
The Macedonian Nicholas Guild HistTh
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Forever Ship Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA - The Fire Sermon 3
Steadfast (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
The Dosadi Experiment and The Eyes of Heisenberg (ri) Frank Herbert SF/SO
The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel Tracy Hickman
Richard Garriott
F - Blade of the Avatar 1
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter UF - A Soulwood Novel 3
The Order War (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 4
The Wrong Dead Guy (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 2
Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami Psy - Japanese Novellas
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Cut from the Same Shadow and Other Tales Richard A. Knaak F - Dragonrealm Novellas
The Dreamer's Song Lynn Kurland FR - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 11
Pathways Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar Anthology 11
The Witch's Thirst Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The White Serpent Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 3
A War in Crimson Embers Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 3
Mississippi Roll George R. R. Martin Wild Cards Trust SH - Wild Cards 15
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson H - Collection
Fleet Insurgent Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 8
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 44
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning David Moody Dys - Hater 4
The Last Sacrifice James A. Moore F - Tides of War 1
Heart Sight Robin Owens PNR - A Celta Novel 14
Plague Garden Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 1
Year One Nora Roberts F/P - Chronicles of the One 1
The Demon Crown James Rollins Th - Sigma Force 13
Glass Town (D) Steven Savile CF
Hymn Ken Scholes SF - The Psalms of Isaak 5
Princess Holy Aura Ryk E. Spoor CF
Winterglass Benjanun Sriduangkaew ScF
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe Charles Stross SF - Empire Games 1
God's Last Breath Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 3
Rosewater (e) Tade Thompson SF



December 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword and Spirt (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 9
Save Point (e) E. C. Myers
Amy Rose Capetta
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 4



December 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies Félicien Champsaur
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/H
Windhome Kristen Landon SF



December 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warmaster Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 14
The Founding Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus
The Art of Ferdinand Titan Books Art
The Art of Destiny, Volume 2 Bungie SF
The Mannequin Makers (D-US) Craig Cliff LF
Odysseus Awakening Evan Currie SF/SP - Odyssey One 6
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Ellen Datlow (Ed) F - Anthology
A Sword of Truth Set: Richard and Kahlan (The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, Severed Souls, Warheart) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan
Seven Deadly Ghosts C.L. Hernandez F/DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 3
The Corean Chronicles, Volume Two: Alector's Choice, Cadmian's Choice, Soarer's Choice, The Lord-Protector's Daughter, Lady-Protector (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles
Pretty Vicious (e) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA - Wastelanders
The White City Simon Morden SF
The Two of Swords: Volume Three K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 3
Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Fyre Sean Schubert SF/AP/PA
The Complete Dragonships of Vindras Series (Bones of the Dragon, Secret of the Dragon, Rage of the Dragon, Doom of the Dragon) (e) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras



December 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Man's Best Friend (e) Amy Rose Capetta
Gwenda Bond
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 5
A Blur of Bright Water (e) Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 10
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Collection



December 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
H
Firestorm (e) Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 3



December 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Martian Job Jaine Fenn SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3 Book 1
The Simi's ABCs: Adventures with Dark-Hunters Sherrilyn Kenyon Alethea Kontis F
Roadwork (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus/H
When The Skies Fall Adam Korenman SF - The Gray Wars 2
Scorched Shadows Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 7
The Will to Battle Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
S Koji Suzuki Occ/Sup - Ring 5
The More Known World Tiffany Tsao CF - The Oddfits 2



December 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daredevil (e) Gwenda Bond
Matthew Cody
SFTh - ReMade Season 2 6
Dragon Rampant (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 11



December 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 3
Kill All Angels Robert Brockway H - The Vicious Circuit 3
1636: Mission to the Mughals (h2mm) Eric Flint Griffin Barber AH - Ring of Fire 23
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Five Michael Jan Friedman SF/MTI
Assassin's Fate (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool 3
Arachnosaur (D) Richard Jeffries H
Nemo Rising C. Courtney Joyner SF/SP
Better Dead (D) Pamela Kopfler PCM - A B&B Spirits Mystery 1
The Night Parade (tp2mm) Ronald Malfi H
The Man From the Diogenes Club Kim Newman F - Collection
Silver Silence (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 1
Kill Before Dying (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 5
Angels of Caliban (tp2mm) Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 38
World's End Joan D. Vinge SF - Snow Queen 2
Count to Infinity John C. Wright SF - The Eschaton Sequence 6



December 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
We're All in This Together Owen King H - Collection



December 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Reading Stephen King Brian James Freeman (Ed) Essays
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Ake Lilja H - Anthology
The Ignored Bentley Little H
Dominion Bentley Little H
The Walking Bentley Little H
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel SF/PA
The Weight of Words Dave McKean F - Anthology
Don't Live For Your Obituary John Scalzi Essays
Ironclads (e) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - December 26, 2016


Happy last Monday in 2016. This has been quite the year in so many ways. As usual I have not read as many books as I'd like to read. I suppose I could give up work and sleeping to read more, but that's just not practical or possible. I have my favorite reads of course but without reading hundreds of books I'm not going to make a best of list. I may tell you about my 2016 favorite reads early next year... which is only 5 days away. Tell me about your favorite reads in the comments if you'd like.

There are no debuts this week (or during December for that matter), but there are books from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Face of the Unknown (Star Trek: The Original Series) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Faithful (Birth of Saints 2) by Michelle Hauck is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Bell, Book & Candlemas (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2) by Jennifer David Hesse;

The City of Ice (Gates of the World 2) by K. M. McKinley;

The Bone Cave (Bone Magic 3) by Sarah Remy is our in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Dreams of the Eaten (Children of the Drought 3) by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson.


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



The View From Monday - December 26, 2016



December 25, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Soulmates Mike Resnick
Lezli Robyn
SF - Collection



December 27, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tales from the Vatican Vaults: 28 extraordinary stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Garry Kilworth, Mary Gentle, KJ Parker, Storm Constantine and many more David V. Barrett (Ed) F - Anthology
The Face of the Unknown Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Nine of Stars Laura Bickle CF - Wildlands Novel 1
Avenge the Forgotten Kristina Circelli H - The Five Flames 5
If This Goes Wrong . . . Hank Davis (Ed) SF - Anthology
Faithful Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 2
The Dark Lord Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/HU/LM
Bell, Book & Candlemas Jennifer David Hesse CM - A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2
A Ghostly Reunion Tonya Kappes PCM - Ghostly Southern Mysteries 5
The Edge of the Blade Jeffe Kennedy FR - The Uncharted Realms 2
The Drawing of the Three (ri) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 2
Wizard and Glass (ri) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 4
The Waste Lands (ri) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 3
Bad Moon Rising (ri) Jonathan Maberry H - A Pine Deep Novel 3
The City of Ice K.M. McKinley F - Gates of the World 2
Crash and Burn Fern Michaels PNR - Sisterhood 27
CHOP Line Henry V. O'Neil SF - Sim War 4
The Bone Cave Sarah Remy F - Bone Magic 3
Mission: Tomorrow (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard (h2tp) Lawrence M. Schoen SF
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three Sandy Schofield Stephani Danelle Perry SF - Aliens
Allegiance of Honor (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 15
Dreams of the Eaten Arianne 'Tex' Thompson F - Children of the Drought 3
Pathological Jinkang Wang MedTh



December 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vacation (ri) Matthew Costello H
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi John Scalzi SF - Anthology




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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
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.

The View From Monday - November 14, 2016


It's Monday. Yay?

There are no debuts this week. From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Faithful (Birth of Saints 2) by Michelle Hauck;

The Gates of Hell (The Shards of Heaven 2) by Michael Livingston;

and

Culdesac (War with No Name 2) by Robert Repino


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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 - November 14, 2016



November 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The First Law Trilogy Joe Abercrombie F - The First Law Trilogy
The Man Who Could Make Things Vanish Jack Cady SupTh
Dark Horizons: An Anthology of Dark Science Fiction Charles P. Zaglanis (Ed) SF - Anthology
An Empire Asunder Evan Currie SF - The Scourwind Legacy 2
The Usurper (ri) Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 3
Mosaic Sarah Fine UF - Reliquary Series 3
Assassin's Creed: Heresy Christie Golden SF - Assassin's Creed
The Selected Short Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal and the Real Ursula K. Le Guin Fict - Short Stories
Faithful (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 2
Demons of the Flame Sea (e) Jean Johnson F - Flame Sea 2
The Gates of Hell Michael Livingston F - The Shards of Heaven 2
New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean Karen Lord (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
The Cthulhu Casebooks - Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows James Lovegrove F/P/M
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel James Luceno SF - Star Wars
For the Bear's Eyes Only Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild 3
Priceless Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 1
Immune Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 2
The Oxford Inheritance (h2tp) Ann A. McDonald Sus/Magic
Wraith Knight C.T. Phipps F - Three Worlds 1
Culdesac Robert Repino F/Dys/SF/AP/PA - War with No Name 2
The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets Khairy Shalaby
Michael Cooperson (Translator)
SF
Treasure and Treason Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 8
Pirate Utopia Bruce Sterling SF/HistF/Th
Rosewater Tade Thompson SF
Star Trek Beyond - The Collector's Edition Titan SF (Movie Tie-In)
Extreme Makeover Dan Wells Sus
Penguin Galaxy Series 6-Book Deluxe Boxed Set T.H. White
Robert Heinlein
Frank Herbert
Arthur C. Clarke
Ursula K. Le Guin
William Gibson
F/SF
Jeffrey's Latest Thirteen: More Alabama Ghosts, Commemorative Edition Kathryn Tucker Windham Sup/GH - Collection
Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets Charles Wohlforth
Amanda R. Hendrix, Ph.D.
NF - Astrophysics / Physics / Astronomy / Space Science



November 16, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sign of the Labrys Margaret St. Clair SF /AP/PA - Dover Doomsday Classics



November 18, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Ian Nathan F/Movie Tie-In
The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Dermot Power F/Movie Tie-In
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay J.K. Rowling F/Movie Tie-In
The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Mark Salisbury F/Movie Tie-In




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 to Mass Market Paperback


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
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
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
Meta - Metaphysical
NF - Non-Fiction
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13


This is the thirteenth 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.



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Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
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Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Michelle Hauck (2015)

Faithful
Birth of Saints 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 15, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.





Kevin Hearne (2011)

The Purloined Poodle
Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 1
Subterranean Press, September 30, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 112 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.

But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.

At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?

The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.


Staked
The Iron Druid Chronicles 8
Del Rey, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire’s heart.

When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.





Rhiannon Held (2012)

Hound and Key
Rhiannon Held, August 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Key has lived her entire life in captivity, forced to use her magic to kill the enemies of Ariadne, an ageless woman with powerful magic of her own. Key knows she and Ariadne are both members of the Hand of the Gods, five souls reborn through the ages, but Key remembers none of her past lives. She chafes against Ariadne's control, and longs to escape to lead a life of her own.

Eric has worked for Ariadne for years in ignorance of her secrets, but now coincidences and bad luck are piling up. When he talks his way into the compound that houses Key and the other members of the Hand, he learns the truth about Ariadne's magic—and the murders she's committed with it. Together, Eric and Key escape and set out to find Lantern, the one member of the Hand Ariadne has never managed to capture—and who may know how to stop her for good.





Jason Heller (2012)

Cyber World – Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
Jason Heller and Joshua Viola, Editors
Hex Publishers, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
Cybernetics. Neuroscience. Nanotechnology. Genetic engineering. Hacktivism. Transhumanism. The world of tomorrow is already here, and the technological changes we all face have inspired a new wave of stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires as Homo sapiens evolve—or not—into their next incarnation. Cyber World presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow, as told by some of today’s most gripping science fiction visionaries.

Edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller and Joshua Viola.

[For more information and a TOC see this post at Amazing Stories.]





Patrick Hemstreet (2016)

The God Wave
Harper Voyager, January 3, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 17, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 13
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.

These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.

Interview with Michelle Hauck, author of Grudging


Please welcome Michelle Hauck to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Grudging is published in digital format on November 17th by Harper Voyager Impulse. On December 22nd, the Mass Market Paperback of Grudging will be published. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Michelle a Happy Digital Publication Day!



Interview with Michelle Hauck, author of Grudging




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

Michelle:  Hi! Thanks for having me on The Qwillery! I started writing about five years ago after a semi-serious illness. Once that health problem healed, it’s like my life and imagination came flooding back that had been missing for years. All of a sudden I had all these ideas. My husband said why not write them down (not that he imagined it would ever get this far), and I spent the next years learning how to do that. I think for writers you are always learning more.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Michelle:  If you’re talking never write anything down beforehand and never making any outline, then I’m a complete pantser. I do, however, have very basic plot structures in my head, sort of like a midway point direction I’m aiming to reach with the story. I almost never have any ending in mind and rarely much besides a basic concept. The rest all evolves as I go along. I’m often surprised by characters who were supposed to be tiny instead taking on a life of their own and getting their own perspective. It’s also neat when a small detail you included on a whim can become a plot point down the road.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Michelle:  I write very slowly. I often hear of writers churning out a book in a few months and feel some envy. I wish I could be speedy and finish a book faster. It takes the better part of a year, probably because I conceptualize as I go. Though, I have to say what I end up with is usually very close to the finished draft. Taking so long does mean that it’s not a rough draft, but a fairly polished one, which saves a lot on time in the editing process.



TQYou've written YA Epic Fantasy. What are the differences for you in writing adult versus YA Epic Fantasy?

Michelle:  Tone and voice are a big part of the difference. Also, the audience you have in mind as you write. Adult characters have a lot less to do with the story in a YA. That was my goal with Grudging. Unfortunately, pantser. The adult characters in Grudging took on a life of their own and my YA ending up selling to an adult publisher in Harper Voyager. So there’s a lot for both age categories in Grudging. You have the main characters being teens, but several perspectives from adult characters with adult voices.



TQDescribe Grudging in 140 characters or less.

Michelle:  I’m a big fan of twitter. Lemme see?

Enormous army. Desperate city. Father sends his sons for help from traditional enemy. Will the witches' voice magic save or destroy? #honor



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

Michelle:  There’s so much about this book that isn’t in the description. Despite the dark tone and themes, the characters have a real playful side. They kept breaking out into jokes and banter, and I couldn’t seem to stop them. I guess that’s how you know you’re really feeling the characters—when they do as they please.

In many ways the story is about a family and honor. Julian, the father, is the mayor. He sends his sons, Salvador and Ramiro, to find a witch to save the city. Most of the scenes involve at least one member of this family.

In this society I created, becoming a “man” is important and it takes the form of earning your beard. So the way they wear their beards is a way to express personality, much like today with tattoos. Watch for that and it will tell you more about the characters.

And there is a whole side plot about loyalty involving some pretty special horses.



TQWhat inspired you to write Grudging? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Michelle:  The truth is I had finished a project and needed a new idea and found it in a song: “Come Along” by Vicci Martinez and Cee-Lo Green. Most of the main plot ideas come from lines in that song. Friends, foes, God only knows, led to the title, Grudging, and the main theme of uncertainty between traditional enemies. Trespassing, this is their land is the arrival of the Northern army. Truthfully, that’s the first time I ever used a song for inspiration.

Fantasy has always been my obsession. It’s the only thing I will ever write, I think. I love the freedom to explore so much because any situation you can dream up, you can do in fantasy. This genre just gives you so much room to explore and create and build not only characters, but whole worlds and societies. And you don’t have to have just one. Grudging has multiple societies and explores the way that those clash.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Grudging?

Michelle:  The main society in Grudging is based on Spain. I did a lot of online research on medieval Spain: what they ate, what their houses might look like, the sort of names they might use. I also studied much more about early saints in the Catholic Church and based most of the details on real saints. I looked at pictures of armor.

But I also visited the desert in Tucson to get the setting and see the real plants and animals that live in that environment. There’s nothing like feeling the weather firsthand. ☺ I went to a Mission-built cathedral in Arizona and used that for my description of the church in Grudging. So some parts of the world in Grudging is built on reality, but most of it came from my imagination. It’s great you can do that in a fantasy world.



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

Michelle:  They were all easy at times and incredibly stubborn at others. I think it depended on the day. But my easiest and hardest characters to write turned out to be secondary characters. There’s a priest called Father Telo who started as a detail and grew to an important role and his own point of view—totally unplanned. He could be hard to write because I had to research his words more as he was a priest. How would a priest react to this? What sort of platitudes would he say? That’s pretty far out of my comfort zone.

Ramiro’s mother Beatriz was very fun to write and probably the easiest, because she just said things. She blurted out truths. They say there’s a little of the author in every character and that’s so true. Beatriz is a little flaky, yet so full of heart. I think readers will be drawn to her perhaps most.



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

Michelle:  You mean besides where can I buy it and how soon will it be a major motion picture? Hmm. Tough one.

Part of the story takes place in the desert and the other part in a swamp. A character has a close encounter with quicksand. Did you ever experience quicksand for yourself?

Why no. I can’t say as I did that research first hand. That came from watching the process on tv and staying well away.



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

Michelle:  How about two quotes from the mothers of the main characters.

Beatriz the hero’s mother says this: “But what does one pack to venture into a swamp and meet with a witch?” I think that’s a question we all should ask when we get up in the morning.

On the other side of the equation, we should hear from the mother of a witch. “Everything in nature is given for a purpose. The wolf doesn’t kill for sport. The blackbird doesn’t fly for show. We don’t use magic except to defend.” Keep that in mind when you suddenly find you have the ability to use magic.



TQWhat's next?

Michelle:  What’s next for a few years will be writing the rest of the Birth of Saints trilogy. The second is tentatively titled Faithful. Of course things get considerably worse for the characters. The description of what makes an enemy will get skewed and a little fuzzy. There might be some romance. Out of the chaos, a saint will be born to save them all. Or perhaps destroy, because pantser. ☺



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michelle:  Thank you for inviting me! That was a lot of fun answering questions and being able to ramble on about my favorite subject—myself writing.





Grudging
Birth of Saints 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 17, 2015
eBook, 432 pages
Mass Market Paperback, December 22, 2015

Interview with Michelle Hauck, author of Grudging
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power.  And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.





About Michelle

Interview with Michelle Hauck, author of Grudging
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly the writer contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, New Agent, PitchSlam, and Sun versus Snow. Her Birth of Saints Series from Harper Voyager starts with GRUDGING on November 17, 2015. Her epic fantasy, KINDAR’S CURE, was published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, was published by The Elephant's Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer's Double Edge. Elephant’s Bookshelf Press also published another of her short stories, The Unfinished Task, in their winter anthology, Winter’s Regret. She’s represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

Twitter: @Michelle4Laughs
Blog: Michelle4Laughs: It’s in the Details
Facebook: Michelle Hauck, Author
Goodreads: Grudging
Goodreads: Kindar’s Cure
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The View From Monday - November 16, 2015


Happy Monday! There are 2 debuts this week:

Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is out in Hardcover after the eBook release on November 8th;

and

Grudging (Birth of Saints 1) by Michelle Hauck (Mass Market Paperback to be published on December 22nd).


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake;

Ice Moon (Moon 5) by Lisa Kessler;

The Exiled Earthborn (Earthborn Trilogy 2) by Paul Tassi;

and

The Shootout Solution (Genrenauts Episode 1) by Michael R. Underwood.



The View From Monday - November 16, 2015



November 16, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bohemian Gospel (D)
(eBook - November 8th)
Dana Chamblee Carpenter HistF
Ice Moon (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Moon 5
Sinful Magic (e)(ri) Jennifer Lyon PNR - Wing Slayer Hunter 4
The Queen's Flight (e) Jamie K. Schmidt PNR - Emerging Queens 1




November 17, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beatlebone Kevin Barry LF/Psy/AH
Doctor Who: Heart of Stone Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who
Veiled Magic (e) Deborah Blake UF
Death Wave Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 1
War of the Worlds: The Anglo-Martian War of 1895 Mike Brunton SF - Dark 4
Angel of Storms Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 2
Skyborn David Dalglish F - Seraphim 1
It Only Comes Out At Night and Other Stories Dennis Etchison H - Collection
Warheart Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 4
Dark Alpha's Claim (e) Donna Grant PNR - Reaper 1
Grudging (D) (e)
(MMP - December 22nd)
Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 1
Deathfire Nick Kyme SF - The Horus Heresy 32
Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection (h2tp) Jay Lake SF - Collection
Resist Tracey Martin SF - RedZone 2
Blood of the Lost Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 10
Sword and Runestaff: The Sword of the Dawn and The Runestaff Michael Moorcock F - Hawkmoon
Doctor Who: Death Riders Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (h2tp) Patrick Rothfuss F - Kingkiller Chronicles Novella
The Winter Laird Nancy Scanlon TTR - Mists of Fate 1
The Beast of Barcroft (e) Bill Schweigart H/UF
Doctor Who: System Wipe Oli Smith SF - Doctor Who
Towers Fall Karina Sumner-Smith F/P - Towers Trilogy 3
The Exiled Earthborn Paul Tassi SF/AC - Earthborn Trilogy 2
The Shootout Solution Michael R. Underwood SF/AA - Genrenauts Episode 1



November 19, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Girl on the Liar's Throne (e) Den Patrick F



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AA - Action Adventure
AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November 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 Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design and illustration by Gretchen Mergenthaler




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket illustrations by Sarah Jane Coleman
Jacket design by Brian Peterson




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Eileen Carey




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket design by Faceout Studio, Charles Brock
Cover image by Ivan Bliznetsov, Getty Images
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket art by Larry Rostant
Jacket design by Peter Lutjen




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Design by Gail Dubov and Amy Halperin




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Art by Alan Pollack




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Jacket Photograph by Larry Rostant
Jacket Design by Peter Lutjen




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover art by Ben Baldwin




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover Art by Torstein Nordstrand





2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by M.S. Corley




2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover by Larry Rostant at Artist Partners


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