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The View From Monday - March 12, 208


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Dayfall by Michael David Ares

and

The Feed by Nick Clark Windo.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Imposter Syndrome (The Arcadia Project 3) by Mishell Baker;

The Devil's Bible (The Bohemian Trilogy 3) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is out in Trade Paperback;

Waking Gods (The Themis Files 2) by Sylvain Neuvel is out in Trade Paperback;

Patently Absurd: The Files of the Retropolis Registry of Patents by Bradley W. Schenck;

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) by V.E. Schwab is out in Trade Paperback

and

The Dragon's Legacy (Dragon's Legacy 1) by Deborah A. Wolf is out in Trade Paperback.

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



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March 13, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dayfall (D) Michael David Ares SF/AP/PA/SupTh
Impostor Syndrome Mishell Baker UF - The Arcadia Project 3
Arm of the Sphinx Josiah Bancroft F - The Books of Babel 2
The Hollow Tree James Brodgen SupTh/H
The Devil's Bible (h2tp) Dana Chamblee Carpenter Th - The Bohemian Trilogy 2
Dark Screams: Volume Ten (e) Brian James Freemen (Ed)
Richard Chizmar (Ed)
H - Dark Screams 10
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (h2tp) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The As The World Dies Trilogy (e) Rhiannon Frater H - As the World Dies
American Gods Volume 1: Shadows Neil Gaiman
P. Craig Russell
Scott Hampton
GN/MTI/F - American Gods 1
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo Michael David Lukas Hist/LF/MR
The Flaw in the Stone Cynthea Masson F - The Alchemists' Council 2
Iron Will James Maxwell SF - The Shifting Tides 4
Dracula: Rise Of The Beast David Thomas Moore (Ed) H - Anthology
Waking Gods (h2tp) Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh -The Themis Files 2
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror Mallory Ortberg FairyT/FolkT/LM/F - Collection
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (h2tp)
Stephen W. Potts (Ed)
PoliSci/SF - Anthology
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach Kelly Robson SF/TT/AP/PA
Patently Absurd: The Files of the Retropolis Registry of Patents Bradley W Schenck SF - Retropolis
A Conjuring of Light (h2tp) V. E. Schwab HistF/Gaslamp - Shades of Magic 3
Dearest Ivie (e) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger World Novella
The Succession Duology: The Risen Empire, The Killing of Worlds (e) Scott Westerfeld SF/SO - Succession
Lacking Character Curtis White HU/Ab/LF
Zodiac (h2tp) Sam Wilson Th/Dys
The Feed (D) Nick Clark Windo SF/AP/PA
The Dragon's Legacy (h2tp) Deborah A. Wolf F - Dragon's Legacy 1



March 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wolf Lord (e) Ann Aguirre SFR - Ars Numina 3



March 16, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction Sami Schalk LC/SocSci/SF/F
Tarnished Knight (e) Shiloh Walker PNR - Grimm's Circle 4



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



Ab - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
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
PoliSci - Political Science
Psy - Psychological
Rel - Religious
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
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.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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


Edward Ashton (2015)

The End of Ordinary
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 20, 2017
   eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, August 8, 2017
   Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Drew Bergen is an Engineer. He builds living things, one gene at a time. He’s also kind of a doofus. Six years after the Stupid War—a bloody, inconclusive clash between the Engineered and the UnAltered—that’s a dangerous combination. Hannah is Drew’s greatest project, modified in utero to be just a bit more than human. She’s also his daughter.

Drew’s working on a new project now. He thinks his team is developing a spiffy new strain of corn, but Hannah’s classmate and her mysterious companion disagree. They think he’s cooking up the end of the world. When one of Drew’s team members disappears, he begins to suspect that they might be right. Soon they’re all in far over their heads, with corporate goons and government operatives hunting them, and millions of lives in the balance.

Energetic and bitingly satirical, The End of Ordinary is a riveting near-future thriller that asks an important question: if we can’t get along when our differences are barely skin deep, what happens when they run all the way down to the bone?





Mishell Baker (2016)

Imposter Syndrome
The Arcadia Project 3
Saga Press, March 13, 2018
Trade Paperback, Hardcover, and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In the third book of the Nebula Award–nominated Arcadia Project series, which New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire called “exciting, inventive, and brilliantly plotted,” Millie Roper has to pull off two impossible heists—with the fate of the worlds in the balance.

Three months ago, a rift between agents in London and Los Angeles tore the Arcadia Project apart. With both fey Courts split down the middle—half supporting London, half LA—London is putting the pieces in place to quash the resistance. But due to an alarming backslide in her mental health, new LA agent Mille Roper is in no condition to fight.

When London’s opening shot is to frame Millie’s partner, Tjuan, for attempted homicide, Millie has no choice but to hide him and try to clear his name. Her investigation will take her across the pond to the heart of Arcadia at the mysterious and impenetrable White Rose palace. The key to Tjuan’s freedom—and to the success of the revolution—is locked in a vault under the fey Queen’s watchful eye. It’s up to Millie to plan and lead a heist that will shape the future of two worlds—all while pretending that she knows exactly what she’s doing…
[more links to come]





Kevin Hearne (2011)

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles
Del Rey, July 11, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Irishman from Kevin Hearne’s New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles.

• In ancient Egypt, Atticus agrees to raid a secret chamber underneath the library of Alexandria, dodging deadly traps, only to learn that on-site security includes two members of the Egyptian pantheon.
• At a Kansas carnival, fun and games turns to murder and mayhem, thanks to soul-snatching demons and flesh-craving ghouls luring visitors into an all-too-real house of horrors.
• Verily, in olde England, striking up a friendship with William Shakespeare lands both Atticus and the Bard in boiling hot water with a trio of infamous witches.
• During the Gold Rush, the avatar of greed himself turns the streets of San Francisco red with blood and upsets the elemental Sequoia. Atticus may have to fight fire with fire if he’s going to restore balance.

More, you say? Indeed there is—including bogeymen, vampire hordes, wrathful wraiths, and even a journey to the realm of the dead. Prepare to be besieged with nine tantalizing tales—not to be missed, never to be forgotten.



A Plague of Giants
Del Rey, October 17, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, a thrilling novel that kicks off a fantasy series with an entirely new mythology—complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts

MOTHER AND WARRIOR
Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd’s two sons—all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.

SCHOLAR AND SPY
Dervan is a historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he’s drawn into intrigue when he’s hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light.

REBEL AND HERO
Abhi’s family have always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all—if it doesn’t destroy him first.

Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this novel is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine—and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017


Happy Monday! Happy Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere)!


There is one debut this week - Christopher Mari's solo debut - The Beachhead.

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



There are several books from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project 2) by Mishell Baker;

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher is out in Trade Paperback;

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough (former DAC author) and K. C. Alexander;

Ashes to Fire (Creatures of Light 2) by Emily B. Martin is out in Mass Market Paperback

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi is out in Trade Paperback.

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March 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Heart of the Dragon (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis Series 1
The Memoirist Neil Williamson SF



March 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flames of Rebellion Jay Allan SF - Flames of Rebellion 1
Infinity Engine Neal Asher SF/SO - Transformation 3
Phantom Pains Mishell Baker UF - The Arcadia Project 2
The Brotherhood of the Wheel (h2tp) R. S. Belcher UF/CF
Fellside (h2tp) M. R. Carey SupTh
Star's End Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Chalk Paul Cornell CF/DF
Bound Together Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 6
Orbital Cloud Taiyo Fujii SF - Orbital Cloud 1
Dante Guy Haley SF - Blood Angels
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction David G. Hartwell  (Ed)
Glenn Grant (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising Jason M. Hough
K. C. Alexander
SF/SO - Mass Effect: Andromeda
Gods of the Flame Sea (e) Jean Johnson F - Flame Sea 3
Nemesis Alex Lamb SF
Relics Tim Lebbon DF/H
Wake a Sleeping Tiger Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 31
Shrike George Mann SF - Space Marine Legends 3
The Beachhead (D - Solo) Christopher Mari SF/AP/PA
Ashes to Fire Emily B. Martin F - Creatures of Light 2
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (h2tp) Iain Reid LF
The Collapsing Empire John Scalzi SF/SO
Follow Me Down Sherri Smith PsyTh/Sus/CW
Immortal Blood (ri) James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 3
Join (h2tp) Steve Toutonghi SF/F
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 139
Spymaster Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 1
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture (h2tp) Glen Weldon PopCul



March 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ecdysis: A Tor.com Original (e) Julianna Baggott F
Excerpts from a Film (1942-1987): A Tor.com Original (e) A.C. Wise H



March 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
The Picture of Dorian Gray (e)(ri) Oscar Wilde Occ/Sup - Macmillan Collector's Library



March 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Immortal Progeny (e) Philippa Ballantine F - Fragile Gods 1
The Holocaust Averted: An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967 (h2tp) Jeffrey S. Gurock AH



March 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
There is Darkness in Every Room (Ke) Brian Fatah Steele AF/AC



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



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

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32


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



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



Mishell Baker (2016)

Phantom Pains
The Arcadia Project 2
Saga Press, March 21, 2017
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
In the second book to the “exciting, inventive, and brilliantly plotted” (Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author) Borderline, Millie unwillingly returns to the Arcadia Project when an impossible and deadly situation pulls her back in.

Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner Teo to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, in a final visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss Caryl encounter Teo’s tormented ghost. But there’s one problem: according to Caryl, ghosts don’t exist.

Millie has a new life, a stressful job, and no time to get pulled back into the Project, but she agrees to tell her side of the ghost story to the agents from the Project’s National Headquarters. During her visit though, tragedy strikes when one of the agents is gruesomely murdered in a way only Caryl could have achieved. Millie knows Caryl is innocent, but the only way to save her from the Project’s severe, off-the-books justice is to find the mysterious culprits that can only be seen when they want to be seen. Millie must solve the mystery not only to save Caryl, but also to foil an insidious, arcane terrorist plot that would leave two worlds in ruins.





Adrian Selby (2016)

Snakewood
Orbit, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 15, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
A LIFETIME OF ENEMIES HAS ITS OWN PRICE

Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated.

One by one.

A groundbreaking debut fantasy of betrayal, mystery, and bloody revenge.





Samantha Shannon (2013)

On the Merits of Unnaturalness
Bloomsbury USA, April 7, 2016
The Bone Season
eBook, 40 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
Be aware, my good Reader, that this Pamphlet, no matter how controversial its content, must never fall into enemy Hands.

The most important piece of clairvoyant literature written in the twenty-first century, On the Merits of Unnaturalness is a pamphlet first published anonymously in 2031 by Jaxon Hall, the voyant who would later become the mime-lord known as the White Binder.

Hall was the first to index both known and supposed forms of Unnaturalness, resulting in the classification of the Seven Orders. This controversial piece of literature spread across the voyant underworld like a plague, revolutionising the syndicate but also creating discord in the form of brutal gang wars between the newly divided categories, the scars of which can still be seen today.

Revelatory and subversive, On the Merits of Unnaturalness is a must-read for any reader with a desire to further immerse themselves in the incredible world of Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season.



The Pale Dreamer
A Bone Season Novella
Bloomsbury USA, December 6, 2016
eBook, 78 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose - and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…



The Bone Season
The Bone Season 1
Bloomsbury USA, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback, May, 6, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
The first pick of NBC's Today Book Club

Featured in New York, USA Today, and Forbes, and on CNN.com.

Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.



The Mime Order
The Bone Season 2
Bloomsbury USA, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 27, 2015
Trade Paperback, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.



The Song Rising
The Bone Season 3
Bloomsbury USA, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
The magnificent new book in the New York Times-bestselling series: a fantastic tale of rebellion and courage against enormous odds.

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .



The Song Rising: Collector’s Edition, Signed by the Author
The Bone Season 3
Bloomsbury USA, March 7, 2017
Hardcover, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 32
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 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 2016 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 information is provided when we have it.

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Cover design by Richard L. Aquan
Cover illustration © Chris McGrath




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket art by Cliff Nielsen.
Jacket design by G-Force Design.




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Cover photo illustration: Sean Freeman




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover art by Sam Kenney




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket design by Lauren Panepinto
Jacket illustration by David Palumbo


Interview with Mishell Baker, author of Borderline


Please welcome Mishell Baker to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Borderline was published by Saga Press on March 1st.



Interview with Mishell Baker, author of Borderline



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

MB:  My sister taught me how to make the alphabet when I was four years old, and the very first thing I did was ask for a blank book so I could fill it with stories. At the wise old age of six I announced my intention to become a professional novelist. Thanks to the loving support of my parents and every possible advantage, the process only took me thirty-four more years. I guess you could say I was the exact opposite of a writing prodigy. That leads to the "why" - it's simply been a lifelong obsession, something I couldn't give up no matter how hard I tried. There was no persistence or work ethic involved; I wrote because I couldn't get through life otherwise.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

MB:  I'm a plotter, all the way. I make pretty detailed outlines before I even write word one of the first draft. That's not to say that I don't discover things along the way. There is no outline detailed enough to cover every quip a character might make, or every impulsive thing she might do in trying to achieve her objective in a scene. For example, there's a moment that ends a chapter in a train station in Borderline - heavy spoiler; you'll know it when you get there - and that moment was most definitely NOT in the outline. It didn't change the plot as I'd planned it, but it gave added weight to everything that came after. I can't imagine the book without it now.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

MB:  Outlining. Honestly, by the time I sit down to write the first draft, the hard part is over, and I can breeze right through. I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into my outlines, pacing and talking to myself and making sure every twist in the story works and bears the load I want it to bear. I try to visualize settings, get a feel for characters, and layer subplots in the outline stage so that by the time I sit down to write prose, all I have left to figure out is what words to use to describe the movie that's already playing out vividly in my head.



TQWhat has influenced/influences your writing?

MB:  A whole eclectic mess of things. I'm fascinated by 19th-century Russian literature, the vividness of the people, the intricate observation of human psychology. But I also studied screenwriting, and some of my most profound influences at a certain phase in my development were television writers like Aaron Sorkin and Joss Whedon. This shows in my dialogue, I think. In addition, I play a lot of story-driven video games, such as the great stuff from Bethesda and Bioware. This kind of epic, immersive, emotional fantasy has changed the way I view story, made me very conscious of character choices and the endless ripples of consequence that can fan out from them. In some ways, modern storytelling media have spoiled me, made me impatient, and my writing reflects that. I don't tend to linger lovingly over landscapes; I feel driven to keep moving, to tie everything to conflict and emotion.



TQDescribe Borderline in 140 characters or less.

MB:  A cynical, disabled filmmaker must hunt down a movie star who's gone missing in Los Angeles and who happens to be a noble of the Seelie Court.



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

MB:  One of the things that I enjoy about Borderline is its bizarre approach to sex and romance. Eroticism permeates the book, but an indirect way. Millie is such a passionate person, and yet so long isolated and so uncomfortable with the changed landscape of her body, that she's all but exploding with sexual frustration. Even as she keeps herself at arms' length from everyone, she's still desperate to make a physical and emotional connection, and so she ends up having inappropriate fantasies about just about everyone she meets.



TQWhat inspired you to write Borderline? What appeals to you about writing Urban Fantasy?

MB:  The inspiration for the story really comes from my experiences in Los Angeles, a city I love, but which at times seems so far removed from any other reality that it's almost a fantasy setting in and of itself. I had played around once with writing a thinly-veiled memoir about my experiences in the city, something more mainstream or literary, but it just didn't take. My true love has always been fantasy, and it was only when I made the connection between fairy glamor and Hollywood glamor that I knew I had a story I could actually write. I had not read any urban fantasy at that point -- I'd grown up on traditional fantasy -- and I had to do some research to make sure I didn't reinvent the wheel. I quickly realized that what I was writing was different in some awkward ways from the gold standards of the subgenre, but I didn't let that stop me, and as it turned out the differences ended up being strengths.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Borderline?

MB:  I did some driving around and location scouting, just as though I were planning to shoot it as a film. Because I have weak eyes, I don't have a very strong visual imagination, so it helps me to actually look at the settings I'll be writing and note down details to use later. I also looked into some of the realities of daily life for those with lower limb prosthetics, and I grilled my husband and people he knows in the entertainment industry for little secrets and anecdotes of film production.



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

MB:  Caryl Vallo was the easiest character for me to write, because she was actually repurposed from another story that died very early in the making. She was so vivid to me, and I identified with her so strongly, that I never could quite let go of her; she had to find another home. The hardest character to write was probably Brian Clay. I'm not even sure why, but it took about three drafts before he came to life for me. Even for a minor character, a lack of personality is unacceptable to me, and so I kept beating my head against a mental brick wall until a personality slowly started to emerge for him. Now he's one of my favorites, and -- well, I can't say more without massive spoilers.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Borderline?

MB:  The social issues that Borderline tackles are so deeply interwoven with the narrative that it's hard even to think of them as "included" in any deliberate way. I wrote about mental health because that's what I know. I wrote about disability because that was part of my character's history and so I had to learn about it in order to depict her life accurately. And you can't write about Los Angeles without writing about racial diversity, any more than you can write about Los Angeles without writing about sunshine. You just have to depict what you'd see in a setting, if you want to do your job as a writer. But with the possible exception of mental illness, I didn't go into writing Borderline with any consciousness of putting across a message or trying to make a point. And the only point I really wanted to make about mental illness is, "People who have it are still people." Not exactly revolutionary, or at least I hope it isn't.



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

MB:  "I'm a collector of signed hardcovers! Is there a hardcover edition of Borderline available?" Why, yes there is! I collect signed hardcovers as well, and so to celebrate our shared hobby, if you mail the hardcover of Borderline to me to be signed, I'll mail it back to you on my own dime! You can send your hardcovers to me at PO Box 78760, Los Angeles, CA 90016. If you write me a letter along with it telling me about yourself, I'll sign the book to you nice and personally (and we may even end up pen pals; I'm eccentric that way).



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

MB:  Probably my favorite quotation from Borderline is this one: "Suicide is not a way of ending pain; it's just a way of redistributing it."



TQWhat's next?

MB:  Why, Book 2 of The Arcadia Project, of course: working title Phantom Pains. I'm also simultaneously at work on another fantasy series that I'm keeping mostly under my hat for now. But The Arcadia Project is going to have at least three books, and given the response to the first one so far, I can certainly see writing more after the first trilogy has reached its big finish.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Borderline
Book 1 of The Arcadia Project
Saga Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Mishell Baker, author of Borderline
A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.

No pressure.





About Mishell

Interview with Mishell Baker, author of Borderline
Photo by Vanie Poyey, Headshots LA
Mishell Baker is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and her short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Redstone Science Fiction, and Electric Velocipede. She has a website at MishellBaker.com and frequently Tweets about writing, parenthood, mental health, and assorted geekery at @MishellBaker. When she’s not attending conventions or going on wild research adventures, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. Borderline is her debut novel.






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2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 9 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March 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 March cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15, 2016.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Mishell Baker

Borderline
Book 1 of The Arcadia Project
Saga Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.

No pressure.




Stacey Berg

Dissension
An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 15, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 12, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.

When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.




Elizabeth Bonesteel

The Cold Between
Central Corps 1
Harper Voyager, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold.

When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

Retracing Danny’s last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets.

With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they’ll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined . . . a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy—and beyond.




Gerald Brandt

The Courier
A San Angeles Novel 1
DAW, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier.  A nobody.  Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border—a land where corporations make all the rules.  A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help. 

But a late day delivery changes everything when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. 

Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets.  Fleeing from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand.

Together Kris and Miller barely manage to stay one step ahead of the corporate killers, but it’s only a matter of time until Miller’s resources and their luck run out….




Davila LeBlanc

Dark Transmissions
Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
It is the late 23rd century. For engineers Jessie Madison and her husband David, a routine maintenance contract on board the orbital mining station Moria 3 has become a nightmare. Upon awakening from cryo-stasis, they learn a horrifying truth: while they were asleep, machines rose up against humanity...and won.

Marooned and at the mercy of the station’s malicious artificial intelligence, OMEX, David and Jessie rig an emergency transmission to broadcast into the darkness, desperately hoping someone is still alive to hear it...

Navigating the fringes of explored space in the Covenant Patrol vessel the Jinxed Thirteenth, Captain Morwyn Soltaine picks up a distress signal from a space station. But it’s broadcasting in Ancient Humanity, a language that has been extinct for several millennia. Even more incredible: there are two survivors on board. Morwyn’s rag-tag crew of reformed criminals mount a rescue op, unaware of the dangerous foe awaiting them. As the past and future collide, a routine mission becomes a deadly game of wits.




Sonia Orin Lyris

The Seer
Baen Books, March 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 656 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK! The debut of a stunning new talent. A poor, young woman rises to the heights of a crumbling empire, where she must speak hard truth to power in order to save a world from chaos.

Everybody Wants Answers. No One Wants the Truth.

The Arunkel empire has stood a thousand years, forged by wealth and conquest, but now rebellion is stirring on the borders and treachery brews in the palace halls. Elsewhere, in a remote mountain village, a young mother sells the prophesies of her sister, Amarta, in order to keep them and her infant child from starving. It's a dangerous game when such revelations draw suspicion and mistrust as often as they earn coin.

Yet Amarta's visions are true. And often not at all what the seeker wishes to hear.

Now in a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta has become the key to a ruler's ambitions. But is she nothing beyond a tool? As Amarta comes into her own as a seer, she realizes she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.




Tarn Richardson

The Damned
The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
The Overlook Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative World War I where unspeakable creatures roam and a ruthless Inquisition still holds sway

In this "sublime work of dark fiction" (Intravenous Magazine), set in an alternative World War I, unspeakable creatures roam the grisly trenches, and a ruthless Catholic Inquisition holds sway ― still powerful, but working in the shadows.

When a Father is brutally murdered int he French city of Arras, Poldeck Tacit―a determined and unhinged Inquisitor―arrives on the scene to investigate the crime. His mission: to protect the Church from those who would seek to destroy it, no matter what the cost.

As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British solider Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields―an enemy that answers to no human force and wreaks its havoc by the light of the moon.

Faced with impossible odds and struggling with his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil―and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims―to reach the heart of dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it even deeper into conflict.





Adrian Selby

Snakewood
Orbit, March 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A LIFETIME OF ENEMIES HAS ITS OWN PRICE

Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel.

Whoever met their price won.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated.

One by one.

A groundbreaking debut fantasy of betrayal, mystery, and bloody revenge. 




Mark Tompkins

The Last Days of Magic
Viking, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Borderline by Mishell Baker


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Borderline by Mishell Baker


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.



Mishell Baker

Borderline
Book 1 of The Arcadia Project
Saga Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Borderline by Mishell Baker
A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.

No pressure.

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