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The View From Monday - January 13, 2020


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Followers by Megan Angelo;

and

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez.

The View From Monday - January 13, 2020The View From Monday - January 13, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen;

The Broken Heavens (The Worldbreaker Saga 3) by Kameron Hurley;

and

Bloodchild (The Godblind Trilogy 3) by Anna Stephens.

The View From Monday - January 13, 2020 The View From Monday - January 13, 2020
The View From Monday - January 13, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - January 13, 2020



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

January 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood Red (e)(ri) Heather Graham PNR - Alliance Vampires 8
Chronicles of Elantra Vol 5 (e) Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra



January 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Followers (D) Megan Angelo LF/CW/Dys
The Wrong Heaven (h2tp) Amy Bonnaffons SS/HU/LF
The Great Concert of the Night Jonathan Buckley Psy/FL/LF
A Beginning at the End Mike Chen SF/AP/PA/FL/LF/SF
Just After the Wave Sandrine Collette
Alison Anderson (Tr)
LF/Dys/FL
Archangel Rising Evan Currie SF/SO - Archangel One
Hauntings Edouard Dujardin
Brian Stableford (Tr)
Occ
The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man Rod Duncan SF/Gaslamp Fantasy - The Map of Unknown Things 3
Hearts of Ice David Hair F/HistF - The Sunsurge Quartet  3
The New Improved Sorceress Sara Hanover F/Arthurian - The Wayward Mages 2
A Longer Fall Charlaine Harris P - Gunnie Rose 2
Null Set (h2tp) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh/HU - A Cas Russell Novel 2
Fabulous: Stories (e) Lucy Hughes-Hallett SS
Burn the Dark S. A. Hunt H/CF -Malus Domestica 1
The Broken Heavens Kameron Hurley F/DF/Sagas - The Worldbreaker Saga 3
The Vanished Birds (D) Simon Jimenez SF/SO/LF
Zed Joanna Kavenna Satire/LF/Dys
Nest of the Monarch (h2tp) Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 3
The End of the Ocean Maja Lunde
Diane Oatley (Tr)
LF
A Gathering of Ravens (h2tp) Scott Oden HistF - Grimnir 1
Night Theater Vikram Paralkar LF/Medical/Occ/Sup
Imaginary Museums: Stories Nicolette Polek SS/LF/AB/FairyT/FolkT/LM
All Hallows Horror (h2tp) John Llewellyn Probert
Stephen Jones (Creator)
H - The Lovecraft Squad 1
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks Eric Saward SF/MTI - Doctor Who
An Incantation of Cats Clea Simon PCM - A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery 2
Bloodchild Anna Stephens DF - The Godblind Trilogy 3
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Anna Wiener Autobiography/Science/Technology
Golden State (h2tp) Ben Winters PolTh/TechTh
John Dies at the End (ri) David Wong H/HU/Th



January 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Supervillain Reader Robert Moss Peaslee (Ed)
Robert G. Weiner (Ed)
LC/Comics/PopCul



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
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.

The View From Monday - August 26, 2019


Happy last Monday in August!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff;

and

Steel Frame by Andrew Skinner (Trade Paperback edition).

The View From Monday - August 26, 2019The View From Monday - August 26, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen is out in Trade Paperback;

The Queen of Crows (Sacred Throne 2) by Myke Cole is out in Trade Paperback;

Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire (Star Wars) by Delilah S. Dawson;

The Golden Wolf (Golden Wolf Saga 3) by Linnea Hartsuyker;

The Fifth Ward: Good Company (The Fifth Ward 3) by Dale Lucas;

and

Spaceside (Planetside 2) by Michael Mammay.

The View From Monday - August 26, 2019 The View From Monday - August 26, 2019
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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 26, 2019



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

August 27, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Blacksmith Queen G.A. Aiken F/ PNR -The Scarred Earth Saga 1
Kill Zone: A High-Tech Thriller Kevin J. Anderson
Doug Beason
TechTh
Restless Lightning (h2mm) Richard Baker SF - Breaker of Empires 2
Divine by Mistake (ri) P. C. Cast RF - Partholon 1
Divine by Choice (ri) P. C. Cast RF - Partholon 2
Divine by Blood (ri) P. C. Cast RF - Partholon 3
Elphame's Choice (ri) P. C. Cast RF - Partholon 4
Brighid's Quest (ri) P. C. Cast RF - Partholon 5
Here and Now and Then (h2tp) Mike Chen LF/SF/TT
The Queen of Crows (h2tp) Myke Cole F - Sacred Throne 2
Pandemic (h2mm) Robin Cook MedTh/Sus
Target Rich Environment (h2mm) Larry Correia F - Collection
Last Ones Left Alive (D) Sarah Davis-Goff Dys/CoA/SF/AP/PA
Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire Delilah S. Dawson SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars
The Golden Wolf Linnea Hartsuyker Sagas - Golden Wolf Saga 3
Dune Boxed Set #1 Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF/SO - Dune
Hollywood Dead (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 10
The Fifth Ward: Good Company Dale Lucas F - The Fifth Ward 3
Spaceside Michael Mammay SF - Planetside 2
The Passengers John Marrs TechTh/Sus/SF
The Boughs Withered: When I Told Them My Dreams Maura McHugh F - Collection
Supercute Futures Martin Millar Dys/HU/DF
The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School (tp2mm) Kim Newman SupTh/H/F
Alternate Routes (h2mm) Tim Powers CF
Oathbringer (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson CF - Stormlight Archive 3
Steel Frame (D) Andrew Skinner SF
The Witchstone Amulet Mason Thomas FR
The Secret Life of Sam Holloway Rhys Thomas LF/R/SH/FL
Through Darkest Europe (h2tp) Harry Turtledove SF/AH
Soot And Steel: Dark Tales of London Ian Whates (Ed) Anthology
Her Majesty's American (tp2mm) Steve White SF



August 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Joanna Russ Gwyneth Jones LC/SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



August 31, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Girl on the Porch Richard T. Chizmar Th



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romane
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History & Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HL - Hispanic and Latino
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
Tech - Technology
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Westerns

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

Interview with Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then



Please welcome Mike Chen to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Here and Now and Then was published on January 29, 2019 by Mira.



Interview with Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then




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

Mike:  I drew a lot of my own fan-fic comic strips when i was a kid -- I used to draw a lot and considered going into graphic design in college. When I was about 9 or 10, the one thing I remember using sheets of paper on was a crossover fan-fic between DOS adventure game Space Quest (with intrepid janitor hero Roger Wilco) and the groundbreaking animated series Robotech (specifically, the Sentinels era). I still love both properties dearly, by the way. I even wrote a big piece for Tor about rebooting Robotech without the nasty legal entanglements of the Macross license.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Mike:  Probably a hybrid. I do really like the Save the Cat beat sheet and I feel like that really rescued my early issues with structure. At the same time, writing in the moment sparks ideas that previously weren't there. So I keep a loose 3-act structure and then I try to write it out. I feel like it takes about 30k words for me to really get the character voices, and after that, things may get tweaked around so I can better understand their decisions.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Mike:  Time is my biggest challenge. I have a day job and a young daughter and other hobbies (which are basically ignored now), and I still enjoy writing for geek media. That all creates a heck of a challenge. At the same time, it's forced me to become a more efficient writer and I've better understood my strengths and weaknesses regarding process.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Mike:  I think the most influential piece of advice I ever got was from my creative writing teacher at UC Davis, Wendy Sheanin. She's now an executive with Simon & Schuster. At the end of the quarter, she asked if I wanted to change majors from mechanical engineering. When I said I wasn't, she told me to “keep writing.” That was obviously a major moment for me, but it's the best advice for any situation. Anytime I hit a problem I can't figure out, I put in a placeholder so I can keep writing; the issue usually resolves itself later organically.



TQ Describe Here and Now and Then using only 5 words.

Mike:  Time travel with big feels.



TQTell us something about Here and Now and Then that is not found in the book description.

Mike:  The book description mentions our present day and 2142 but there's also another time period in the book. When is it? You'll just have to read to find out!



TQWhat inspired you to write Here and Now and Then? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Mike:  Sci-fi has been with me my whole life, as evidenced by my childhood fan fics. There's just something about it that gets in my blood (that's an obscure Robotech reference for the sharp-eyed long-time geeks out there). So I always think about it, but at the same time, the stories that draw me in most tend to be character stories within those settings. One of my favorite hours of sci-fi is Lower Decks from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which follows four ensigns in their everyday lives among the Enterprise crew. I love thinking about the reality among the fantastic, that's where I want to tell stories.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Here and Now and Then?

Mike:  When planning my future world, I researched historical trends for names and food. I propagated this out to fill out my future world. I also looked at other SFF works and noted what they did to ground their worldbuilding efforts -- little things like methods of communication, impacts of climate change, etc.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Here and Now and Then.

Mike:  The design team was Gigi Lau and Emmanuel Polanco. I couldn't have asked for more inspired work, it's striking and unique and beautiful.



TQIn Here and Now and Then who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Mike:  The hardest had to be Miranda, specifically because she's a teenage girl and I am not. My daughter is only four so she doesn't deal with the angst issues of a teen. Making sure that voice worked was a big challenge, and I had friends who write YA and/or have teenage children read early versions to make sure the voice felt authentic.

The easiest probably was Penny. I'd modeled her after actress Jenna Coleman, and I could translate her speaking affect and emotions from what I see on screen to prose probably the smoothest. I felt the same way about Idris Elba as Kin, except since he's the protagonist/POV, capturing his internal processing was more complicated.



TQDoes Here and Now and Then touch on any social issues?

Mike:  Not explicitly. However, I put specific intention in my future worldbuilding about portraying the world that I want to see for my daughter and future generations. Part of this is practical extrapolation of how much things can get socially normalized over generations, and part of this is wishful thinking.



TQWhich question about Here and Now and Then do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Mike:  What are your favorite Easter Eggs in the story?

There are a lot of Doctor Who Easter Eggs throughout the book -- the names of minor characters, locations, and protocol numbers are riffed off Doctor Who historical tidbits. But I think my favorite Easter Eggs are from the missing TCB agents in Chapter 9. Those names are based on characters/locations from Kat Howard’s books Roses & Rot and An Unkindness Of Magicians. In addition to being an amazing and award-winning writer, Kat helped me with a major revision of this manuscript (note: she’s available for hire and totally worth it) and has been one of the best authors-turned-pals in my support system. She sent me a note about how this moment made her day when she was reading the final manuscript for blurbing, and it was the least I could do to tip my hat her way. She’s simply the best in all ways.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Here and Now and Then.

Mike:

“Hope. Of course. What else would a penny be to him?”

This is from the prologue and I think it sums up the entire theme of the book. The story is about holding onto hope while circumstances push and pull into extremes, and in the end, your hope comes down to the core of relationships. The penny is symbolic of that for Kin, both in the past and the future.



TQWhat's next?

Mike:  My second book, a character-driven post-apocalyptic story titled A BEGINNING AT THE END, is due from Mira Books in January 2020. Six years after a global pandemic, it turns out that the End of the World was more like a big pause. Coming out of quarantine, 2 billion unsure survivors split between big cities, hippie communes, and wasteland gangs. When the father of a presumed-dead pop star announces a global search for his daughter, four lives collide: Krista, a cynical wedding planner; Moira, the ex-pop star in hiding; Rob, a widowed single father; and Sunny, his seven-year-old daughter. As their lives begin to intertwine, reports of a new outbreak send the fragile society into a panic. And when the government enacts new rules in response to the threat, long-buried secrets surface, causing Sunny to run away seeking the truth behind her mother's death. Now, Krista, Rob, and Moira must finally confront the demons of their past in order to hit the road and reunite with Sunny -- before a coastal lockdown puts the world on pause again.

I’ll be talking much more about A BEGINNING AT THE END in coming months. But first things first, we have time travelers to deal with!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery!







Here and Now and Then
MIRA, January 29, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then
To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.





About Mike

Interview with Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then
Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor) and covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter

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The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - January 29, 2019


Happy Tuesday!

There is one debut this week:

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen.

The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - January 29, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky;

Tides of the Titans (Titan's Forest 3) by Thoraiya Dyer;

and

The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith is out in Trade Paperback.

The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - January 29, 2019The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - January 29, 2019
The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - January 29, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday ... on Tuesday - January 29, 2019



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

January 29, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Dark Lands Greig Beck AH/SF - The Valkeryn Chronicles 2
Vigilance Robert Jackson Bennett SF/HSF/PolTh
Lake Silence (h2mm) Anne Bishop DF/CF/FR - World of the Others 1
Burn Bright (h2mm) Patricia Briggs PNR/UF - Alpha and Omega 5
The Wolf in the Whale Jordanna Max Brodsky Hist/CulH/F/HistF/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Witchy Winter (h2mm) D.J. Butler HistF - Witchy 2
Here and Now and Then (D) Mike Chen LF/FL/SF/TT
The Queen of Sorrow (h2mm) Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 3
Tides of the Titans Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 3
Vengeance Road Christine Feehan PNR - Torpedo Ink 2
King of Ashes (tp2mm) Raymond E. Feist F - Firemane Saga 1
Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead Gordon Van Gelder (Ed) SF/AP/PA/Dys - Anthology
Trouble No Man Brian Hart LF
Never Die Rob J. Hayes F
Crazy Cupid Love Amanda Heger PNR/FR -  Let's Get Mythical 1
The Smoke Simon Ings SF/GenEng/LF
Sins of Her Father (h2mm) Mike Kupari SF/SO - Privateer Andromeda 2
In the Region of the Summer Stars (h2mm) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Eirlandia 1
The Line Between Tosca Lee Sus
The Long Sunset (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - The Academy
Embers of War (tp2mm) Gareth L. Powell SF/SO - Embers of War 1
Miracle Workers Simon Rich MTI/HU/F
Cast in Oblivion Michelle Sagara F - The Chronicles of Elantra 14
Reckoning of Fallen Gods R. A. Salvatore F/DF - A Tale of the Coven 2
The Sky Is Yours (h2tp) Chandler Klang Smith LF/SF/AP/PA/F
Age of War (h2mm) Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - The Legends of the First Empire 3
Bringers of Hell (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 6



January 31, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Barren Peter V. Brett DF/F
The Prisoner of Limnos Lois McMaster Bujold F



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
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.

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 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 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on January 31, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite January 2019 Debut Cover!
 
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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Richard Anderson





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Emmanuel Polanco





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover design by Lex Maudlin
Cover photographs © VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS/Getty Images;
© Tithi Luadthong/Shutterstock (city)





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Jacket design by Michael J. Windsor
Jacket photograph © Johanna Negowski

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts



There are 5 debut novels for January.

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

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite January cover for the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on January 15, 2019.



Mike Chen

Here and Now and Then
MIRA, January 29, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.





Gareth Hanrahan

The Gutter Prayer
The Black Iron Legacy 1
Orbit, January 22, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost, and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy.





Eyal Kless

The Lost Puzzler
The Tarakan Chronicles 1
Harper Voyager, January 8, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - January Debuts
A brilliantly written, page-turning, post-dystopian debut from Eyal Kless, about a society hoping to salvage the technology of a lost generation, a mysterious missing boy who can open doors no one else can, and a scribe who must piece together the past to determine humanity’s future.

More than a hundred years have passed since the Catastrophe brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Those who survived are changed. The Wildeners have reverted to the old ways—but with new Gods—while others place their faith in the technology that once powered their lost civilization.

In the mysterious City of Towers, the center of the destroyed Tarakan empire, a lowly scribe of the Guild of Historians is charged with a dangerous assignment. He must venture into the wilds beyond the glass and steel towers to discover the fate of a child who mysteriously disappeared more than a decade before. Born of a rare breed of marked people, the child, Rafik—known as “The Key”—was one of a special few with the power to restore this lost civilization to glory once again.

In a world riven by fear and violence, where tattooed mutants, manic truckers, warring guilds and greedy mercenaries battle for survival, this one boy may have singlehandedly destroyed humanity’s only chance for salvation—unless the scribe can figure out what happened to him.





Sophie Mackintosh

The Water Cure
Doubleday, January 8, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

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“A gripping, sinister fable!”–Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE l The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.

But when their father, the only man they’ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?

A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.





Kevin A. Muñoz

The Post
Diversion Books, January 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 254 pages

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Zone One meets Station Eleven in this chilling, post-apocalyptic debut, perfect for fans of The Walking Dead and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Ten years after the world’s oil went sour and a pandemic killed most of the population, Sam Edison is the chief of police of The Little Five, a walled-in community near Atlanta, Georgia. Those who survived share the world with what are known as hollow-heads: creatures who are no longer fully human.

A man and a pregnant teenager arrive at the gate and are welcomed into the town. They begin to settle in when suddenly both are murdered by an unknown assailant. In the course of investigation, Chief Edison discovers that the girl was fleeing a life of sexual slavery, and that some members of the Atlanta community were complicit in the human trafficking network that had ensnared her.

In retaliation for Edison’s discoveries, agents of the network abduct the stepdaughter of the town’s mayor. Sam Edison and three companions track the kidnappers to Athens, Georgia, where they discover that the entire city is engaged in human trafficking. By the time Edison has recovered the kidnapped girl, the other three rescuers have been killed, leaving Edison alone to bring the mayor’s stepdaughter home. Further complicating their return is Sam’s realization that a prominent member of the community is in truth the ringleader of the slave-trading network. Against such great odds, will Sam ever make it to Little Five alive?
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