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The View From Monday - October 30, 2017


Happy last Monday in October and Happy Halloween Eve! We had a very windy and wet storm yesterday into this morning. It's still raining but the wind has died down some. School was cancelled here due to power outages and impassible roads. We've had some terrible storms around Halloween including an early Nor'easter that left the area without power for a week. I'm thankful for just a one day wind/rain event and hope everyone's power is back on soon. Obviously this nothing like what our friends in the Caribbean and other areas are going through. If you are so inclined you can head over to Charity Navigator and check out ways to donate to Relief for Puerto Rico and Areas Impacted by Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Harvey Relief, and Hurricane Irma Relief.


Please note that I am not including November titles in this post. A full list of November books, etc. will be posted on November 1st.


There are two debuts this week:

Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns;

and

The Astonishing Thing by Sandi Ward.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Malice of Crows (The Shadow 3) by Lila Bowen;

Siege Line (Shadow Ops: Gemini Cell 3) by Myke Cole;

New Pompeii (New Pompeii 1) by Daniel Godfrey is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Trouble With The Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson 12) by Darynda Jones;

A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition (Shades of Magic 1) by V. E. Schwab;

and

Eagle and Empire (The Clash of Eagles Trilogy 3) by Alan Smale is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - October 30, 2017



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

October 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Time After Time Karl Alexander SF/TT/SP/Th
Shattered Memories V.C. Andrews Gothic - The Mirror Sisters Series 3
How Fear Departed the Long Gallery: A Ghost Story for Christmas E. F. Benson GH/LF/SupTh - Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
The Empty House: A Ghost Story for Christmas Algernon Blackwood GH/LF/SupTh - Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
Malice of Crows Lila Bowen F - The Shadow 3
The Golden Gate (h2mm) Robert Buettner SF
The Fall of Dragons Miles Cameron F - The Traitor Son Cycle 5
Dawn in Damnation Clark Casey H
Siege Line Myke Cole MF - Shadow Ops: Gemini Cell 3
Vacation Matthew Costello H
The Official Supernatural Coloring Book: Monsters, Demons, and Spirits Insight Editions CB
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (h2mm) Eric Flint AH - Ring of Fire 21
The Final Day (h2mm) William R. Forstchen Th/SF/AP/PA - John Matherson 3
The Rift Frequency Amy S. Foster SF - The Rift Uprising Trilogy 2
Halloween Carnival Volume 5 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
Dark Screams: Volume Eight Brian James Freeman (Ed)
Richard Chizmar (Ed)
H - Dark Screams 8
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier Mark Frost SupTh/MTI - Twin Peaks
New Pompeii (tp2mm) Daniel Godfrey SF - New Pompeii 1
The Silent War (tp2mm) Laurie Goulding (Ed) SF - The Horus Heresy 37
Shadows in the Night & Never Sleep with Strangers Heather Graham R/Gothic/PsyTh
Dead Man Walking: A country house murder mystery with a supernatural twist (h2tp) Simon Green SupM/Occ - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 2
Extinction Biome: Dispersal Addison Gunn SF
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - The Hollows
The Toll House: A Ghost Story for Christmas W. W. Jacobs GH/LF/SupTh - Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 12
The Mongrel Mage L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 19
The Parafaith War L. E. Modesitt Jr. SF
Gwendy's Button Box: A Novella Stephen King
Richard Chizmar
SupTh
Nightmares & Dreamscapes Stephen King H - Collection
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers Joe R. Lansdale H
Dispatch Bentley Little H
The Association Bentley Little H
The Burning Bentley Little H
Joe Ledger: Unstoppable Jonathan Maberry (Ed)
Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed)
Th/H - Anthology
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Gregory Maguire LF
Subhuman Michael McBride SupTh/SF/AC/H - A Unit 51 Novel 1
Tales from Greystone Bay Robert McCammon H
Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors Adam L. G. Nevill SpecFic/Sup/H - Collection
When Parallel Lines Meet Mike Resnick
Lezli Robyn
Larry Hodges
SF
Cold Spectrum Craig Schaefer DF - Harmony Black 4
A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition V. E. Schwab HistF - Shades of Magic 1
Heroes and Villains Lewis Shiner SF - Collection
First-Person Singularities: Stories Robert Silverberg SF - Collection
Eagle and Empire (h2mm) Alan Smale F/HistF/AH - The Clash of Eagles Trilogy 3
Extinction Aftermath Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 6
Barbary Station (D) R. E. Stearns SF
Kill Creek Scott Thomas GH/SupTh/H
The Astonishing Thing (D) Sandi Ward FL/CW/LF
Hard Breaker: A Beauty and Beast Novel Christine Warren PNR - Gargoyles Series 6
At the Sign of Triumph (h2mm) David Weber SF - Safehold 9
Booke of the Hidden Jeri Westerson UF/F/PNR - Booke of the Hidden 1
The Sea King C. L. Wilson FR - Mystral 2
Last Year (h2tp) Robert Charles Wilson SF/TT/AH



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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.


Myke Cole (2012)

The Armored Saint
The Sacred Throne 1
Tor.com, February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
"Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts the Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy with The Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-machines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.





Ian Doescher (2013)

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken
Star Wars Part the Seventh
Quirk Books, October 3, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama—in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard.





Betsy Dornbusch (2013)

Enemy
The Seven Eyes 3
Night Shade Books, November 7, 2017
Trade Paperback,308 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 21, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The Thrilling Conclusion to a Prince’s Quest for Revenge and Honor.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

In the thrilling conclusion to Dornbush’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, follow Draken as he tries to find peace solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those that stand in his way? Enemy covers all this and more in this epic fantasy series.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


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


Myke Cole (2012)

Siege Line
Shadow Ops: Gemini Cell 3
Ace, October 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In Myke Cole’s latest high-octane, action-packed military fantasy, the fate of undead Navy SEAL James Schweitzer will be decided—one way or another…

The Gemini Cell took everything from Jim Schweitzer: his family, his career as a Navy SEAL, even his life. Hounded across the country, Schweitzer knows the only way he can ever stop running, the only way his son can ever be safe, is to take the fight to the enemy and annihilate the Cell once and for all.

But the Cell won’t be easily destroyed. Out of control and fighting a secret war with the government it once served, it has dispatched its shadowy Director to the far reaches of the subarctic in search of a secret magic that could tip the balance of power in its favor. Schweitzer must join with the elite warriors of both America and Canada in a desperate bid to get there first—and avert a disaster that could put the Cell in control.


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The Armored Saint
The Sacred Throne 1
Tor.com, February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 192 Pages

[cover not yet revealed]
"Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts a new epic fantasy trilogy with The Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-marchines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.





Marshall Ryan Maresca (2015)

The Imposters of Aventil
A Novel of Maradaine 3
DAW, October 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Blending vigilante justice with epic fantasy, this third Maradaine novel finds student Veranix Calbert returning to fight crime • “Veranix is Batman, if Batman were a teenager and magically talented.” —Library Journal

Summer and the Grand Tournament of High Colleges have come to the University of Maradaine. If the heat and the crowds weren’t enough to bring the campus and the neighborhood of Aventil to a boiling point, rumors that The Thorn is on the warpath—killing the last of the Red Rabbits—is enough to tip all of Maradaine into the fire.

Except Veranix Calbert, magic student at the University, is The Thorn, and he’s not the one viciously hunting the Red Rabbits. Veranix has his hands full with his share of responsibilities for the Tournament, and as The Thorn he’s been trying to find the source of the mind-destroying effitte being sold on campus. He’s as confused as anyone about the rumors.

When The Thorn imposter publicly attacks the local Aventil constables, the Constabulary bring in their own special investigators: Inspectors Minox Welling and Satrine Rainey from the Maradaine Grand Inspectors Unit. Can Veranix find out who the imposter is and stop him before Welling and Rainey arrest him for the imposter’s crimes?


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Andy Weir (2014)

Artemis
Crown, November 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller–a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Review: Javelin Rain by Myke Cole


Javelin Rain
Author:  Myke Cole
Publisher:  Ace, March 29, 2016
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print and digital)
ISBN:  9780425269657 (print); 9781101636763 (digital)

Review: Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
The fast-paced, adrenaline-filled sequel to Gemini Cell, set in the same magical and militaristic world of the acclaimed Shadow Ops series.

Javelin: A code denoting the loss of a national security asset with strategic impact.

Rain: A code indicating a crisis of existential proportions.

Javelin Rain incidents must be resolved immediately, by any and all means necessary, no matter what the cost…

Being a US Navy SEAL was Jim Schweitzer’s life right up until the day he was killed. Now, his escape from the government who raised him from the dead has been coded “Javelin Rain.” Schweitzer and his family are on the run from his former unit, the Gemini Cell, and while he may be immortal, his wife and son are not.

Jim must use all of his strength to keep his family safe, while convincing his wife he’s still the same man she once loved. But what his former allies have planned to bring him down could mean disaster not only for Jim and his family, but for the entire nation…



Qwill's Thoughts

Javelin Rain by Myke Cole picks up immediately after Gemini Cell, the first novel in the precursor series to Cole's Shadow-Ops Trilogy - Control Point, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone. The Great Reawakening (the return of magic to the world) has not yet happened. However, magic is being used and probed and the Gemini Cell has created 'zombies' - dead animated by the souls of powerful and evil jinn pulled from the soul storm by a sorcerer. Jim Schweitzer (now an immortal undead ex-Navy SEAL) is on the run from Gemini Cell with his wife, Sarah, and their young son, Patrick. Gemini Cell wants Jim back or dead. Jim wants to protect his family.

In Javelin Rain plot nearly takes a back seat to the characters. For me this was really a story about a man's love for his family (Jim 's love for Sarah and Patrick) and the lengths he will go to protect them. Jim realizes, but somehow does not really get, that he can't be with his family anymore. His love for his wife is magical and drives him to behave in ways not at all consistent with his training as a SEAL. He's at the point where he has nothing to lose - he's already dead. - and nothing and no one will stop him from protecting his family.

Jawid Rahimi and Dadou Alva are sorcerers and are able to pull jinns/souls from the soul storm into a dead body. Jawid is quickly unraveling. Events from the Gemini Cell seemingly have unhinged him in ways that don't appear to be completely recognized by the people he's working with. He's always been quiet and loner. He's portrayed as a simple person in many ways, but he is constantly fighting against his very strict Muslim upbringing. What he does for the Gemini Cell can't be more antithetical to his religious upbringing and he is constantly at war within himself.

Dadou Alva is a horrible person. She is brought in to work with Jawid. She has no redeeming qualities. She's manipulative, murderous and mean. Her background is explained but it is not enough to elicit any sympathy for the psychological / emotional wreck that she is. I honestly kept hoping she would meet an unpretty demise. However, while I despised her she is incredibly memorable.

Jim is becoming more and more the immortal 'zombie' than in Gemini Cell - a thinking 'zombie' but still losing more and more of his humanity. He's constantly fighting his new self. He deeply loves his family and it is heartrending to watch him realize that he can not be with them anymore. He knows he can't, yet he yearns and hopes. There are times when his love for his wife overwhelms his training as a Navy SEAL, but he is always determined to protect his family no matter what.

Javelin Rain is a transitional novel between Gemini Cell and the next novel in the series. This is not a bad thing. Nothing is really resolved, but Jim knows what he must do. Bad things happen. Frightening things are revealed, but the novel left me with more questions than answers.

As always Cole's writing is taut and the pacing intense. This is Cole's most deeply emotional work. Having a window seat on Schweitzer's emotions and thoughts is devastating. Cole has deepened the history of the Gemini Cell program and there is still more to be revealed and more uncovered.





Previously

Gemini Cell
Ace, January 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Review: Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
Myke Cole continues to blow the military fantasy genre wide open with an all-new epic adventure in his highly acclaimed Shadow Ops universe—set in the early days of the Great Reawakening, when magic first returns to the world and order begins to unravel…

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…


See Qwill's Review here.





The Shadow-Ops Trilogy


Control Point
Shadow Ops 1
Ace, January 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Review: Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar's government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.

















Fortress Frontier
Shadow Ops 2
Ace, January 29, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Review: Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed…but not for everyone.

Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier—cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun.

Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place—Oscar Britton, public enemy number one…




Breach Zone
Shadow Ops 3
Ace, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Review: Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…


The View From Monday - March 28, 2016


Happy last Monday in March. I hope that those celebrating had a wonderful Easter and everyone else enjoyed the weekend!

Davila LeBlanc's Dark Transmissions is the only debut out this week. It was published in digital format earlier this month. The cover also won March's Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars.


There are four books out for a few formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code (Star Trek: Enterprise) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Javelin Rain (Shadow Ops) by Myke Cole;

The Second Death (Los Nefilim Part 3) by T. Frohock;

and

Aftermath: Star Wars  by Chuck Wendig is out in Trade Paperback.



The View From Monday - March 28, 2016



March 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Heroes Reborn: Collection One David Bishop
Timothy Zahn
Stephen Blackmoore
SF/SH - Heroes Reborn
His Father's Eyes (h2mm) David B. Coe CF - Case Files of Justis Fearsson 2
Javelin Rain Myke Cole CF/MF - Shaodow Ops
The Doll Collection (h2tp) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Angel of Darkness (ri) Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 1
Grantville Gazette VII (h2mm) Eric Flint (Ed) AH - The Ring of Fire 7
The Second Death (e) T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 3
Smoke and Fire: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Day Shift (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF - A Novel of Midnight, Texas 2
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma (h2tp) Brian Herbert Dys
Rose Madder Stephen King H/Sus
Battlestorm Susan Krinard CF - Midgard 3
The Undoing Shelly Laurenston PNR - Call Of Crows 2
Dark Transmissions (D) (mm) Davila LeBlanc SF - Jinxed Thirteenth 1
The World Forgot (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 3
World of Water (print) James Lovegrove SF - Dev Harmer 2
Dragon Soul Katie MacAlister PNR - Dragon Fall 3
The Complete Independence Day Omnibus Stephen Molstad SF - Media Tie-In
The Stopped Heart Julie Myerson Th
Supernatural - Cold Fire John Passarella DF/P/Sup - Supernatual
She Who Watches Anthony Pryor H - The Shepherd 1
The Blood Red City Justin Richards SF
The Witch of Painted Sorrows (h2tp) M. J. Rose Hist/GO - The Daughters of La Lune 1
The Visitor Amanda Stevens Sus - The Graveyard Queen 5
The Mortal Tally Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 2
Trail of Evil (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 4
Lightbreaker (ri) Mark Teppo UF - Codex of Souls 1
Crazy Love You (tp2mm) Lisa Unger Sus
Aftermath: Star Wars (h2tp) Chuck Wendig SF - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 1



March 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Human Chord / The Centaur Algernon Blackwood DF
Downfall of the Gods K. J. Parker F
DJSturbia David J. Schow H - Collection



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
MF - Military Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9


This is the ninth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.



Deborah Coates (2012)

Strange Country
Hallie Michaels 3
Tor Books, May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 27, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie Michaels had hoped things would finally settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, and that the ghosts she attracts would stay in the cemeteries where they belong.

But on a wintry night in mid-December, a woman is murdered with a high-powered rifle. Not long after, another of West Prairie City's citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of state investigators. But the connection between the victims is not easily uncovered.

Meanwhile, Hallie finds a note tied to post outside her home. "What do you fear most?" it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. Over the next few days she receives an anonymous phone call, and a letter left for Hallie at the local ag supply. All pose the same question and offer the same set of coordinates. The mystery deepens, and Hallie must solve it before the body count rises again, in Strange Country by Deborah Coates.




Myke Cole (2012)

Javelin Rain
A Shadow Ops Novel
Ace,  March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
The fast-paced, adrenaline-filled sequel to Gemini Cell, set in the same magical and militaristic world of the acclaimed Shadow Ops series.

Javelin: A code denoting the loss of a national security asset with strategic impact.

Rain: A code indicating a crisis of existential proportions.

Javelin Rain incidents must be resolved immediately, by any and all means necessary, no matter what the cost…

Being a US Navy SEAL was Jim Schweitzer’s life right up until the day he was killed. Now, his escape from the government who raised him from the dead has been coded “Javelin Rain.” Schweitzer and his family are on the run from his former unit, the Gemini Cell, and while he may be immortal, his wife and son are not.

Jim must use all of his strength to keep his family safe, while convincing his wife he’s still the same man she once loved. But what his former allies have planned to bring him down could mean disaster not only for Jim and his family, but for the entire nation…




Delilah S. Dawson (2012)

Three Slices
  with Kevin Hearne and Chuck Wendig
May 5, 2015
eBook, 166 pages
Illustrated by Galen Dara

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Three Slices presents three novellas by modern fantasy writers:

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne
After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile, Granuaile MacTiernan starts a private war of her own against Loki, the lord of lies, and if it brings Ragnarok early—so be it.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys by Delilah S. Dawson
The number one rule of the circus? Don't kill your volunteers, even accidentally. That's how young magician Criminy Stain ends up on the run in a forest, where he meets a beautiful woman holding a bucket of blood. But is Merissa the answer to his prayers-- or the orchestrator of his ruin?

Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig
Miriam Black is back. Miriam is tired of her curse and finally believes she knows how to be rid of her ability to see when and how other people die. She follows a lead to the mountains of Colorado, where she believes she sees signs of a serial killer she thought she already killed. (Set between THE CORMORANT and THUNDERBIRD.)




Wicked Ever After
Blud 7
Pocket Star, October 5, 2015
eBook, 177 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Delilah S. Dawson’s award-winning Blud series comes full circle as Tish and Criminy, stars of Wicked as They Come, embark on a sexy and harrowing final adventure in a world RT Book Reviews calls “delightfully edgy with hidden charms.”

Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after?



The Perfect Weapon
Star Wars Short Story
Del Rey, November 24, 2015
eBook, 57 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mercenary who takes big risks for bigger rewards—and now faces the challenge that will take her to the edge.

There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise—and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed—she learned from the best. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher—even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it’s the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.

An anonymous client has hired Bazine to track down an ex-stormtrooper and recover the mysterious package he’s safeguarding. Payment for the mission promises to be astronomical, but the obstacles facing Bazine will prove to be formidable. And though her eager new sidekick has cyber skills crucial to the mission, only Bazine’s razor-sharp talents will mean the difference between success or failure—and life or death.



Hit
Hit 1
Simon Pulse, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 14, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling “movie ready” (Kirkus Reviews) dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that it was bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

An absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality that is eerily just steps away from ours—Hit is a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.



Strike
Hit 2
Simon Pulse, April 12, 2016
Hardcover, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
From the author of the “gritty near-future dystopian tale,” (Booklist) Hit comes the thrilling sequel about an indentured assassin fighting to survive in a world of anarchy.

The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that’s never going to happen—not as long as Valor’s out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy’s only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she’ll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they’ve done to her—and for everything they’ve made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they’ll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who’s standing in their way. Even if it’s Patsy herself.

Delilah S. Dawson brings anarchy and high-octane drama to the next explosive level in this sequel to the “practically movie-ready” (Kirkus Reviews) novel, Hit.



As Lila Bowen

Wake of Vultures
Shadow 1
Orbit, October 27, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound ability is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.




Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales
Loveswept (July 5, 2016)
eBook, 216 pages

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Max Gladstone (2012)

Bookburners
      Written by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery
Note: Episodes should be read in order from 1 to 16!

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Badge, Book, and Candle: Episode 1
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, September 11, 2015
eBook, 44 pages

Detective Sally Brooks investigates an unusual robbery, and discovers that magic is real—and hungry!

NYPD Detective Sal Brooks is no rookie—but even the most hardened cop would think twice when they see their brother open a book and become…well…something entirely not their brother. When her attempts to solve the case cross paths with a mysterious team led by a priest, she starts to realize that the world is far more than what is seems, and, just maybe, magic is real—and hungry.

This episode is the first in a 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Now and Then: Episode 7
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, October 8, 2015
eBook, 43 pages

Grace's adventures in Shanghai come to light. While all the members of Team Three have their secrets, only Grace seems willing to guard hers with fists of fury. Finally fed up with being kept in the dark, Sal takes matters into her own hands and engages in a friendly stalking operation to learn just what Grace's deal is. A lit candle and flashbacks to 1930s China help illuminate matters--but things are never simple when magic is in play.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone and reveals the backstory of one of most mysterious cast members while skipping through time, place, and emotion.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Codex Umbra: Episode 11
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, November 18, 2015
eBook, 43 pages

An epic smackdown ensues as Sal and Team Three match wits and magic with Mr. Norse in the latest thrilling adventure in everyone's favorite online urban fantasy episodic series. The stage is set for the Mr. Norse’s grand move in possessing "The Norton Anthology of Evil͟" aka the Codex Umbra. The team’s plans include infiltrating a yacht-party, sneaking into a secret compound, and generally trying to stop an evil billionaire from gaining control of a compendium of demons. But, as usual, even the best plans go awry and the team must be quick on their feet as Mr. Norse jumps through the looking glass and they having nothing left but to follow. This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone who shows us that no matter how the battle is won or lost; the war wages on.

Codex Umbra continues the 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments. Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth. To learn more about Bookburners and find out how you can read the whole serial, check out SerialBox.com.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Siege: Episode 16
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, December 30, 2015
eBook, 39 pages

Questions are answered and new mysteries introduced as Season One of Bookburners, the urban fantasy episodic series from Serial Box, comes to its thrilling conclusion.

With The Book of the Hand in their possession at last, Team Three can finally kick the Hand out of Sal's body. The only problem is, if she wants to save Perry, too, she'll have to bring him back from the Hand's dark dimension. That's a tall order, even with the help of Aaron—whatever he is. And meanwhile, Thuvani Shah and Team One are getting ready to move in on the renegades with guns blazing.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone and is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat, if not flat on the floor.

Battleground continues the 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life-changing lesson: some books have teeth. To learn more about Bookburners and find out how you can read the whole serial, check out SerialBox.com.



Last First Snow
Craft Sequence 4
Tor Books, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 14, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Last First Snow: the fourth novel set in Max Gladstone's compellingly modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence
 
Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation—especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods' decaying edicts. As long as the gods' wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill's people have their own ideas. A protest rises against Elayne's work, led by Temoc, a warrior-priest turned community organizer who wants to build a peaceful future for his city, his wife, and his young son.

As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny, and profiteers circle in the desert sky. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace—or failing that, to save as many people as they can.



Four Roads Cross
Craft Sequence 5
Tor Books, July 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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The View From Monday - January 26, 2015


Happy last Monday in January! We're going to be have a bit of snow over the next couple of days - actually a blizzard with up to 30" of snow so I'll be staying in and getting some reading done... in between bouts of shoveling. If you are in the storm's path, please take care! If you are having lovely weather in the 70s, for example, enjoy! Now on to books:

There are 2 debuts this week:

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback;

and

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Transmuted (St. Croix Chronicles 6) by Karina Cooper

Gemini Cell by Myke Cole;

The Mime Order (Scion 2) by Samantha Shannon;

and

Blind Faith (Sin Brothers 3) by Rebecca Zanetti.



January 26, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Transmuted (e) Karina Cooper HistF - St. Croix Chronicles 6
The Second Lie Anna Richland UFR - Immortal Vikings 2



January 27, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wastelands - Stories of the Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (ed) Ap/PA - Anthology
Hunger's Mate Part 3 A. C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 5
Mercy Snow (h2tp) Tiffany Baker Gothic
Shattered Pillars (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - The Eternal Sky 2
Night Broken (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 8
Queen of the Dark Things (h2tp) C. Robert Cargill UF - Dreams and Shadows 2
Gemini Cell Myke Cole F/Mil - Shadow Ops
Forged in Fire (e) Juliette Cross PNR - Vessel Trilogy 1
Deadeye William C. Dietz SF - Mutant Files 1
The Sea Without a Shore (h2mm) David Drake SF - RCN 10
Pacific Fire Greg van Eekhout UF - Daniel Blackland 2
Wolf Winter (D) Cecilia Ekback Hist/Su
Viper Game Christine Feehan PNR - Ghostwalker 11
Pillar to the Sky (h2tp) William R. Forstchen Th/Ap
Bound by Flames Jeaniene Frost PNR - Night Prince 3
Panther Prowling Yasmine Galenorn UF -  Otherworld 17
Waking the Dead (h2mm) Heather Graham M/Su/R - Cafferty & Quinn 2
The Orphan Choir (h2tp) Sophie Hannah H
The Salt Roads (e)(ri) Nalo Hopkinson TT/R
Skin Folk: Stories (e)(ri) Nalo Hopkinson F/SF - Collection
Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth Stephen Jones (ed) H
Come and Take Them (h2mm) Tom Kratman SF - Carerra 5
The Man Who Made Models R.A. Lafferty SF - Collection
Season of Strangers (ri) Kat Martin PNR
Misery Loves Company (e) Tracey Martin UF - Miss Misery 3
Vengeful Spirit Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy2 9
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Inside a Silver Box Walter Mosley SF
Master Sergeant Mel Odom SF - The Makaum War 1
The Originals: The Rise Julie Plec UF - The Originals 1
The Long Mars (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 3
The Three Fates of Ryan Love Erin Quinn PNR - Beyond 2
Ourselves S.G. Redling UF - Nahan1
The Great Zoo of China Matthew Reilly Th
The Silent Girls Eric Rickstad Th
Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown (h2mm) Joe Schreiber SF - Star Wars: Maul
The Mime Order Samantha Shannon F - Scion 2
The Dragon Conspiracy Lisa Shearin UF - SPI Files 2
The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac (D) Sharma Shields LF/F
The Revolution Trade: A Merchant Princes Omnibus Charles Stross F - Merchant Princes
The City Stained Red Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 1
The Girl in 6E (h2tp) A R. Torre Th - Deanna Madden 1
Guardian (e) Erik Williams F/Mil
Blind Faith Rebecca Zanetti RSus - Sin Brothers 3



January 29, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Alien Imaginations: Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism Ulrike Kuchler (ed)
Silja Maehl (ed)
Graeme Stout (ed)
SF - Anthology
A Wizard Rises: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance (A Serial Novella) (e) AJ Nuest FR - The Golden Key Legacy 3
The Boy Who Wept Blood (e) Den Patrick F



January 30, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wolf's Song (K e) Taryn Kincaid PNR - Black Hill Wolves 4



January 31, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Forsaken Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld Stories 13.3
The Way into Magic Harry Connolly F - The Great Way 2
Jacaranda Cherie Priest SP - Clockwork Century Novella
Ashes and Arsenic (e) SM Reine PM - Preternatural Affairs 6


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint


Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Mil - Military
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5


This is the fifth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6  will cover additional 2012 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5



Myke Cole

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Gemini Cell
Ace, January 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Myke Cole continues to blow the military fantasy genre wide open with an all-new epic adventure in his highly acclaimed Shadow Ops universe—set in the early days of the Great Reawakening, when magic first returns to the world and order begins to unravel…

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…





Tina Connolly

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Seriously Wicked
Tor Teen, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Suddenly Cam’s got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?





Delilah S. Dawson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Hit
Simon Pluse, April 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Servants of the Storm
Simon Pulse, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, August 2014

“An urban fantasy that could rival some of Holly Black’s most imaginative and creepy fare” (BCCB).

A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.





Leigh Evans

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
The Danger of Destiny
Mystwalker 4
St. Martin's Paperbacks, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

WHY WHISTLE IN THE DARK…
There are very few days off when you’re on an epic quest. Believe me, I know. I’m Hedi Peacock—one half Fae, the other were—and if being a half-breed with one foot in each world isn’t tough enough to manage, there are the four chambers of my heart to consider. The one who holds the strings? Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore. If I had my way, he and I would be locked in a bedroom, for eternity, but a pressing family matter needs my attention. It’s true what they say: A woman’s work is never done. 

WHEN YOU CAN HOWL AT THE MOON?
My twin brother is being held captive by the Old Mage in another realm. Lo and behold, as soon as Trowbridge and I arrive in Merenwyn, we’re separated in spectacular, dramatic fashion—and I’m left to figure out how to maintain the fragile balance between my Fae magic and my wolf’s blood in a realm that cries to both. Not easy, particularly when I'm keeping an iron-grip on my temper so as not to dispatch with extreme prejudice the odd wizard or smart-mouthed mutt servant who crosses my path. My mama never told me there’d be days like these, but I’m not going down without a fight…or my mate.  





Sharon Lynn Fisher

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Echo 8
Tor Books, February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Echo 8: a thrilling new science fiction romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, the author of Ghost Planet and The Ophelia Prophecy.

Three lives.
Two worlds.
Once chance to save it all.

Tess is a parapsychologist, devoting her life to studying paranormal and psychic phenomenon. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world, all her training couldn’t prepare her for what is to come.

Jake appeared from another Earth, shocked and angry, and restrained by government investigators for study. But when he unwittingly steals energy from Tess, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds.

Ross is an FBI agent, ordered to protect Tess as she conducts her research into this dangerous phenomenon. His assignment was not random—he and Tess have a history. And when those feelings resurface, Ross will have to choose between his love for Tess, and his duty to protect his world.





Max Gladstone

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Last First Snow
Craft Sequence 4
Tor Books, July 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages



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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor Book, April x, 2015
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, July 2014

On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai tries to save a dying idol, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.


Qwill's Best Books of 2014


The 4 books that top my list of Best Books of 2014 share similar attributes (as one would expect): 1) fascinating main characters that I cared about and wanted to linger with; 2) exceptional world-building; and 3) stories that kept me engaged and immersed. Without further ado:



Best Fantasy - Tie

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Qwill's Best Books of 2014
I am pretty much assured that I am going to really like a Robert Jackson Bennett novel. Bennett's writing and worldbuilding in City of Stairs is exceptional. There are mysteries, thrills, action and a city so askew and marvelous that it is often breathtaking. To cap it off, the main and secondary characters are captivating and interesting. Bennett mixes these wonderful characters with a fantastic mythology and a riveting story to create one of the best fantasies of 2014. I'm really looking forward to the sequel, City of Blades. (See Qwill's review here.)






Qwill's Best Books of 2014
Breach Zone by Myke Cole

Cole hit every note correctly with the third novel in his military fantasy Shadow Ops Trilogy. He's gone from strength to strength with this series. The magic system and magical world is wildly inventive and Cole puts you deep into the action as NYC is turned into a battle ground. Breach Zone also deals with issues of haves and have-nots (magical vs. non-magical). And while the novel deals with grand issues, it delves deep into the persona of the characters and is ultimately very moving. As I said in my review (here) "Breach Zone is a stunning novel." Fortunately I don't have long to wait for Cole's next novel - Gemini Cell, which is out on January 27, 2015.





Best Thriller

Qwill's Best Books of 2014
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

I utterly adore this novel. This is the best thriller I've read in ages and ages. Pilgrim is one of those characters that stays with you well after you've finished the novel. The plot is scarily believable but what really makes I Am Pilgrim shine are the characters. The story moves back and forth from Pilgrim to Saracen who are on a collision course throughout the book. After 600 pages I really was disappointed, not in the story, but that I wasn't going to be able to read about Pilgrim any more. This is a fabulous novel all around. Fortunately Hayes is penning a second novel in the series - The Year of the Locust (Sept. 2015). (See Qwill's review here.)





Best Science Fiction/Debut

Qwill's Best Books of 2014
The Martian by Andy Weir

It's not often that I want to peek at the end of a book, but The Martian almost made me look. Weir sublimely ratchets up the tension throughout the novel - will Mark Watney survive? Watney is an incredible character which is really good since he practically carries the entire book. He's intelligent (as you would expect of an astronaut) and funny and sarcastic. I loved listening to him think as he tries to figure out how to possibly survive being left behind on Mars. It's really hard to believe that this is a debut novel - it's so assuredly and beautifully written. The science is clearly explained without bogging down the story at all and that helps makes this novel so believable. Add this to a character that you just have to root for and you have a superb nail-biter of an SF novel.

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