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The View From Monday - September 9, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are SIX debuts this week!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow;

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes;

Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton;

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir;

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker;

and

The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan is out in Trade Paperback.

The View From Monday - September 9, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - September 9, 2019



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

September 10, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Silver Wind (h2tp) Nina Allan SF/TT/F
The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Dys/LF/SF
The Divers' Game Jesse Ball LF
Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of shapeshifting women Sharon Blackie SocSci/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy Desirina Boskovich LC/SF/F/PerfArts/HC
Buried in the Stacks Allison Brook PCM - A Haunted Library Mystery 3
Echoes of War Cheryl Campbell SF/AP/PA - Echoes Trilogy 1
The Women's War (h2tp) Jenna Glass F - The Women's War 1
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (h2tp) Imogen Hermes Gowar HistF
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (D) Alix E. Harrow MR/CoA/HistF/RF
The Imaginary Corpse (D) Tyler Hayes UF/Cr
An Orc on the Wild Side Tom Holt CF/HU/UF
At Death's Door Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/RF/PNR - Deadman's Cross 3
The Ruin of Kings (h2tp) Jenn Lyons F - A Chorus of Dragons 1
Tinfoil Butterfly (D) Rachel Eve Moulton LF/H/Sus/PsyTh
Gideon the Ninth (D) Tamsyn Muir SF/SO/F
A Song for a New Day (D) Sarah Pinsker Dys/LF/AP/PA
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling (h2tp) Philip Pullman Essays
Red Moon (h2tp) Kim Stanley Robinson SF/HSF
A Choir of Lies Alexandra Rowland F - Conspiracy of Truths 2
Boundless: A Drizzt Novel R. A. Salvatore F - Generations 2
The Resurrectionist of Caligo (D) Wendy Trimboli
Alicia Zaloga
F/P/HistF
Master of the World Edward Willett F/UF - Worldshapers 2
The Collected Stories of Diane Williams (h2tp) Diane Williams SS/LF/AB



September 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
On the Night Border James Chambers Occ/SS



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biographical
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romane
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History & Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

The View From Monday - June 24, 2019


Happy Last Monday in June!

There is one debut this week:

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer 1) by Maxym Martineau.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Sea Queen (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuykeris out in Trade Paperback;

Hexarchate Stories (Machineries of Empire) by Yoon Ha Lee;

State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle 3) by Malka Older is out in Trade Paperback;

The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files 1) by Michael Rutger is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is out in Trade Paperback.

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



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

June 25, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Rift (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/LF
Harbart (ri) Nabarun Bhattacharya
Sunandini Banerjee (Tr)
GH
Bewitched and Betrothed Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 10
March of War (tp2mm) Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 3
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 3
A Demon in Silver (tp2mm) R.S. Ford F - War of the Archons 1
Salvation (h2mm) Peter F. Hamilton SF/SO/SE - The Salvation Sequence 1
The Sea Queen (h2tp) Linnea Hartsuyker Saga - Golden Wolf Saga 2
We Sold Our Souls (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/Occ/Sup/SupTh
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs Katherine Howe Occ/Sup/CW/LF
The Privilege of Peace (h2mm) Tanya Huff SF/HSF - Peacekeeper 3
Avalanche (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
SF - Secret World Chronicle 5
Hexarchate Stories Yoon Ha Lee SF - Machineries of Empire collection
Ball Lightning (h2tp) Cixin Liu
Joel Martinsen (Tr)
SF/HSF
Kingdom of Exiles (D) Maxym Martineau FR - Beast Charmer 1
Outcasts of Order (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 20
State Tectonics (h2tp) Malka Older SF/CyP/TechTh/PolTh - Centenal Cycle 3
The Store (tp2mm) James Patterson Richard DiLallo Sus/Cr/SF
Soul Wars (h2tp) Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Anomaly (h2mm) Michael Rutger Sus/PsyTh/FairyT/FolkT/LM - The Anomaly Files 1
The Book of M (h2tp) Peng Shepherd LF
Nightwing (ri) Martin Cruz Smith SupTh
A Fistful of Elven Gold (tp2mm) Alex Stewart F
The Iron Dragon's Mother Michael Swanwick F



June 26, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Tsar's Dragons Jane Yolen
Adam Stemple
HistF/F/AH/DF



June 27, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil's Equinox (ri) John Everson H - Fiction Without Frontiers
Dust Devils (ri) Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers



June 30, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Shadow of Spindrift House Mira Grant H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nina Allan (2016)

The Dollmaker
Other Press, October 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A love story of two very real, unusual people, and a novel rich with wonders that shines a radically different light on society’s marginal figures.

Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine.

Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin–potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice–to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.



The Silver Wind
Titan Book, September 10, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Named as one of '50 Writers You Should Read Now' by The Guardian. From the award-winning author of The Rift, Nina Allan, The Silver Wind is a remarkable narrative exploring the nature of time itself.

Martin Newland is fascinated by time. Watches and clocks are for him metaphorical time machines, a means of coming to terms with the past and voyaging into the future. But was his first timepiece a Smith, given to him on his fourteenth birthday, or the Longines he received four years later? Was it the small brass travelling clock unearthed in the run-down house for which he is to act as estate agent? And who is the maker of these time machines?





Sue Burke (2018)

Interference
Semiosis Duology 2
Tor Books, October 22, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Sue Burke's sweeping SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.

Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.

Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

Semiosis duology
Semiosis
Interference

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1





Erin Morgenstern (2011)

The Starless Sea
Doubleday, November 5, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

2017 British Science Fiction Association Awards - Winners


The Winners of the 2017 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced. Winners in green.

Best Novel
  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan Books US; Titan Books UK)
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time, Anne Charnock (47North)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead; Hamish Hamilton)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)


Best Shorter Fiction
  • The Enclave, Anne Charnock, (NewCon Press)
  • These Constellations Will Be Yours”, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Strange Horizons 8/7/17)
  • ‘‘Uncanny Valley’’, Greg Egan (Tor.com 8/9/17)
  • Angular Size”, Geoff Nelder (SFerics 2017)
  • The Murders of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson (Tor.com Publishing)


Best Non-Fiction
  • Iain M. Banks, Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
  • The Myth of Meritocracy and the Reality of the Leaky Pipe and Other Obstacles in Science Fiction & Fantasy”, Juliet E. McKenna (Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction)
  • Wells at the World’s End 2017 blog posts, Adam Roberts (Wells at the World’s End blog)
  • The 2017 Shadow Clarke Award blog, Nina Allan, Megan AM, Vajra Chandrasekera, Victoria Hoyle, Nick Hubble, Paul Kincaid, Jonathan McCalmont, and Maureen Kincaid Speller (Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy).
  • “The Unthinkability of Climate Change: Thoughts on Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement”, Vandana Singh (Strange Horizons Fund Drive Special 2017)


Best Artwork (Tie)
  • Cover for Fiyah #3, “Sundown Towns”, Geneva Benton
  • Cover for The Ion Raider by Ian Whates, Jim Burns (NewCon Press)
  • Illustration for “These Constellations Will Be Yours” by Elaine Cuyegkeng, Galen Dara (Strange Horizons 8/7/17)
  • Cover for The Memoirist by Neil Williamson, Chris Moore (NewCon)
  • Illustration for ‘‘Waiting on a Bright Moon’’ by JY Yang, Victo Ngai (Tor.com 7/12/17)
  • Cover for 2084 edited by George Sandison, Marcin Wolski (Unsung Stories)


The winners were announced at the 69th Eastercon, Follycon, being held March 30-April 2, 2018 at the Majestic Hotel Harrogate, UK.

The View From Monday - July 10, 2017

Happy Monday!

There are 10 debuts out this week! Yes, 10. This may be the week with the most debuts published for the year.

Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown;

The Null Prophecy by Michael Guillen

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson;

Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly;

The Magical World of Madame Métier by Daphne Rose Kingma;

The Fifth Ward: First Watch (The Fifth Ward 1) by Dale Lucas;

The Truants by Lee Markham;

Godblind by Anna Stephens;

When the English Fall by David Williams;

and

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer by Leslie Peter Wulff.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Rift by Nina Allan;

Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound 2) by Jordanna Max Brodsky is out in Trade Paperback;

Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne;

and

Under Shadows (The Dome Trilogy 3) by Jason LaPier is out in eBook.

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



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

July 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
First Fall: The Canoe Thief (e) Zaide Bishop SF/Dys
The Null Prophecy (D) Michael Guillen TechTh
Best of British Science Fiction 2016 Donna Scott (Ed) SF - Anthology



July 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Returned Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor 2
The Rift Nina Allan SF
Journeys Through Time & Space: 5 Classic Novels of Science Fiction and Fantasy (e) Greg Bear (Curator) SF/F
Winter of the Gods (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF - Olympus Bound 2
Dark Sky Mike Brooks SF - Keiko 2
Tropic of Kansas (D) Christopher Brown SF/AP/PA
Fury of Surrender Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 6
Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero Occ/Sup/H/Satire
A Shadow of All Light (h2tp) Fred Chappell F
Little Heaven (h2tp) Nick Cutter H
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
A Handful of Men: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Handful of Men
The Seventh Sword: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - Seventh Sword
A Man of His Word: The Complete Series (e) Dave Duncan F - A Man of His Word
Soultaker Robert J. Duperre F - Knights Eternal
Dichronauts Greg Egan SF/GenEng
The Sunlight Pilgrims (h2tp) Jenni Fagan CoA/Psy/Dys
The Spellsinger Adventures Volume One: Spellsinger, The Hour of the Gate, and The Day of the Dissonance (e) Alan Dean Foster F - Spellsinger Adventures
Tall, Dark, Deadly Alpha Donna Grant PNR/GO - Reapers
The Ghost Line Andrew Neil Gray
J.S. Herbison
SF/AC
Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 4
Besieged: Stories from The Iron Druid Chronicles Kevin Hearne F - The Iron Druid Chronicles
My Best Friend's Exorcism (h2tp) Grady Hendrix H/SupTh/CoA
Sand Hugh Howey SF/PA
Gork, the Teenage Dragon (D) Gabe Hudson LF/F/HU/SF
Like a Fly on the Wall (D) Simone Kelly Sus/M
At the Table of Wolves Kay Kenyon HistF - A Dark Talents Novel 1
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (h2tp)(ri) Stephen King DF - The Dark Tower 1
The Magical World of Madame Métier (D) Daphne Rose Kingma CW/VisMeta/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Dragon Masters Richard A. Knaak F - The Turning War 1
Tomorrow's Kin Nancy Kress SF/AC/GenEng - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 1
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories Naomi Kritzer SF/F - Collection
The Harrows of Spring (h2tp) James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - World Made By Hand 4
House of Windows John Langan H/SupTh/GO
First Watch (D) Dale Lucas F - The Fifth Ward 1
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology Jonathan Maberry (Ed)
George A. Romero (Ed)
H/F - Anthology
A Kiss Before Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton UF - A Dru Jasper Novel 2
The Truants (D) Lee Markham Dys/H
Scourge Gail Z. Martin F - Darkhurst 1
The Witches of New York Ami McKay HistF
Mortarch of Night Josh Reynolds
David Guymer
F - Realmgate Wars 9
Telling the Map: Stories Christopher Rowe SF/F - Collection
The Devil's Colony (e) Bill Schweigart H/DF - Fatal Folklore Trilogy 3
Dark Exodus (e) Thomas E. Sniegoski DF - A Demonists Novel 2
Godblind (D) Anna Stephens F/DF
The Delirium Brief Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 8
Bannerless Carrie Vaughn SF/AP/PA - Bannerless Saga 1
Robur the Conqueror Jules Verne
Arthur B. Evans (Ed)
Alex Kirstukas (Tr)
SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction Series
Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire Dayton Ward SF - Hidden Universe
When the English Fall (D) David Williams SF/PA/AP/Dys
Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer (D) Leslie Peter Wulff DF/CF/UF



July 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Waiting on a Bright Moon: A Tor.com Original (e) JY Yang SF



July 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Under Shadows (e) Jason LaPier SF - The Dome Trilogy 3
Man with the Iron Heart Mat Nastos SF - The Donner Grimm Adventures



July 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Journal of Jeremy Todd (Ke) Jon Quick H
Time Travel Short Stories Flame Tree Studio TT - Anthology



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RPGs - Role Playing Games
Satire - Satire
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superhero(es)
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
Z - Zombies
Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - June 26, 2017

Happy last Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Waking Land by Callie Bates;

Soul of the World by David Mealing;

and

Amatka by Karin Tidbeck.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch;

The Race by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is out in Trade Paperback;

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 3) by R. S. Belcher

The Bones of the Earth (Bound Gods 2) by Rachel Dunne;

Escape Velocity (The Dire Earth Cycle 5) by Jason M. Hough;

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria 2) by Anthony Ryan.

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June 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Race (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/AP/PA
The Bear and the Nightingale (h2tp) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF
Twelve Days Steven Barnes SF/SupTh
The Waking Land (D) Callie Bates F
The Queen of Swords R. S. Belcher HistF/WW - Golgotha 3
A Ghostly Light Juliet Blackwell PM - Haunted Home Renovation 7
HALO: Envoy (tp2mm) Tobias S. Buckell SF - HALO
Blackmail Rick Campbell TechTh
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 1
Mash Up (tp2mm) Gardner Dozois (Ed) MU -Anthology
The Bones of the Earth Rachel Dunne F - Bound Gods 2
Reach for You Pat Esden FR/Gothic - Dark Heart 3
Flashmob Christopher Farnsworth Th- John Smith 2
The Spawn of Lilith Dana Fredsti UF/DF
The Sweetest Burn Jeaniene Frost PNR - Broken Destiny 2
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF - Outlander
Eye of Terra (tp2mm) Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 35
Spoonbenders Daryl Gregory FL/SH/LF
The House of Memory Carolyn Haines PM - Pluto's Snitch 2
The Weaver's Lament (h2mm) Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 9
Eterna and Omega (h2mm) Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
Escape Velocity Jason M. Hough SF/Th - The Dire Earth Cycle 5
The Fatal Gate Ian Irvine F - The Gates of Good and Evil 2
The Fate of the Tearling (ri) Erika Johansen LF/F - Queen of the Tearling 3
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Legacies (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles 1
Unholy Blue Darby Kaye FR - Bannerman Boru 2
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (mm) Stephen King DF/MTI - The Dark Tower 1
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (ri) Stephen King Occ/Sup
Little Girls Ronald Malfi H/GH/Th
Enigma Tales Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Soul of the World (D) David Mealing F - The Ascension Cycle 1
Hunted Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians Novella
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices Yvonne Navarro MTI/DF/P - Supernatural
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Four Yvonne Navarro
S. D. Perry
MTI/SF - Aliens
If the Haunting Fits, Wear It Rose Pressey PM - A Haunted Vintage Mystery 5
The Legion of Flame Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 2
Galactic Games (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Extinction Edge Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 2
The Court of Broken Knives (e) Anna Smith Spark F - Empires of Dust 1
Lawless and the Flowers of Sin (tp2mm) William Sutton HistM/HistTh - Lawless
Amatka (D) Karin Tidbeck LF/SF/VisMeta
Smoke (h2tp) Dan Vyleta LF/AH/HistF
A Dance in Blood Velvet Freda Warrington
The Witchwood Crown Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
StarCraft: Evolution (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/MTI - Starcraft



June 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Myths and Legends (e) Richard Dinnick SF- Doctor Who



June 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Furthest Station Ben Aaronovitch UF - PC Grant Novella
Dancing with the Doctor: Dimensions of Gender in the Doctor Who Universe Lorna Jowett HC
Mightier than the Sword K. J. Parker F



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49


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



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Nina Allan (2016)

The Rift
Titan Books, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
Selena and Julie are sisters. As children they were closest companions, but as they grow towards maturity, a rift develops between them. There are greater rifts, however. Julie goes missing at the age of seventeen. It will be twenty years before Selena sees her again. When Julie reappears, she tells Selena an incredible story about how she has spent time on another planet. Selena has an impossible choice to make: does she dismiss her sister as a damaged person, the victim of delusions, or believe her, and risk her own sanity in the process? Is Julie really who she says she is, and if she isn’t, what does she have to gain by claiming her sister’s identity? The Rift is a novel about the illusion we call reality, the memories shared between people and the places where those memories diverge, a story about what might happen when the assumptions we make about the world and our place in it are called into question.





Emma Geen (2016)

The Many Selves of Katherine North
Bloomsbury Paperbacks, August 15, 2017
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 7, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
A mind-bending literary fantasy about identity and empathy in which readers see the world through animals' eyes.

When we first meet Kit, she's a fox.

Nineteen-year-old Kit works for the research department of Shen Corporation as a phenomenaut. She's been "jumping"--projecting her consciousness, through a neurological interface--into the bodies of lab-grown animals made for the purpose of research for seven years, which is longer than anyone else at ShenCorp, and longer than any of the scientists thought possible. She experiences a multitude of other lives--fighting and fleeing as predator and prey, as mammal, bird, and reptile--in the hope that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them.

Her closest friend is Buckley, her Neuro--the computer engineer who guides a phenomenaut through consciousness projection. His is the voice, therefore, that's always in Kit's head and is the thread of continuity that connects her to the human world when she's an animal. But when ShenCorp's mission takes a more commercial--and ominous--turn, Kit is no longer sure of her safety. Propelling the reader into the bodies of the other creatures that share our world, The Many Selves of Katherine North takes place in the near future but shows us a dazzling world far, far from the realm of our experience.





Rebecca Zanetti (2011)

Shadow Falling
The Scorpius Syndrome 2
Zebra, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her trust in her fellow man had gone from shaky at best to nonexistent. Her mysterious rescuer wants to convince her he’s the exception. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. And the way his arms wrap around her tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .


Tricked
A Dark Protectors Novella
Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated, October 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 132 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
He Might Save Her

Former police psychologist Ronni Alexander had it all before a poison attacked her heart and gave her a death sentence. Now, on her last leg, she has an opportunity to live if she mates a vampire. A real vampire. One night of sex and a good bite, and she’d live forever with no more weaknesses. Well, except for the vampire whose dominance is over the top, and who has no clue how to deal with a modern woman who can take care of herself.

She Might Kill Him

Jared Reese, who has no intention of ever mating for anything other than convenience, agrees to help out his new sister in law by saving her friend’s life with a quick tussle in bed. The plan seems so simple. They’d mate, and he move on with his life and take risks as a modern pirate should. Except after one night with Ronni, one moment of her sighing his name, and he wants more than a mating of convenience. Now all he has to do is convince Ronni she wants the same thing. Good thing he’s up for a good battle.


Scorpius Rising
The Scorpius Syndrome .5
Zebra, November 29, 2016
eBook, 122 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
For Nora Medina it started when she was yanked off a gorgeous Hawaiian beach, still in her bikini top, and onto her ex-husband’s government jet. A microbiologist doesn’t see a lot of emergency extractions, but marriage to Deacan Devlin McDougall taught her plenty about adrenaline. Nora knows it’s more than their unfinished business that has brought the sexy, maddening Scot back into her life. But she’d never have guessed this.

As a soldier of fortune, Deke has seen too much by any standards. But the terrifying bacterium sneaking through the highest halls of power isn’t his kind of battle. All he can do is keep close to his brilliant, fiery Nora and fight like hell to keep her safe. Because if he lets her get sucked down by the horror that’s coming, he’ll never get another chance at her heart . . .


Justice Ascending
The Scorpius Syndrome 3
Zebra, January 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly—and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them…

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.


Deadly Silence
Blood Brothers 1
Forever, April 25, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, October 4, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
The first book in a breathtaking new romantic suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times bestsellers Maya Banks, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson.

**THE PRINT EDITION CONTAINS EXTRA BONUS SCENES NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE!

DON'T LOOK BACK


Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first...

Full of twists and turns you won't see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best.


Lethal Lies
Blood Brothers 2
Forever, May 16, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 49
Print Edition
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti brings us the second book in a thrilling romantic suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times bestsellers Maya Banks, Shannon McKenna, and Lisa Jackson.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1


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



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Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
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Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch
    Ben Aaronovitch (Author), Andrew Cartmel (Author), Lee Sullivan (Illustrator)
Titan Comics, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel conjured forth from the bestselling series of supernatural police procedural crime novels!

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London's only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature - and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!

When the young daughter of a wealthy Russian ogliarch is seemingly kidnapped by mythical monster the Leshy, Peter and Nightingale must delve further into the supernatural than ever before to find the truth, before it's too late for the girl. But there is something off about this case. For one, Leshies don't exist. Two, if they did, they certainly wouldn't be found in Kent, England! The magical special unit must enlist the help of Varvara Sidorovna Tamonina, Night Witch by name and nature! But will they uncover something even more sinister along the way?


The Hanging Tree
Rivers of London 6
DAW, January 31, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA






Ania Ahlborn (2012)

The Devil Crept In
Gallery Books, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen...the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.





Nina Allan (2016)

The Art of Space Travel
    A Tor.Com Original
Tor Books, July 27, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
"The Art of Space Travel" by Nina Allan is a science fiction novelette. In 2047, a first manned mission to Mars ended in tragedy. Thirty years later, a second expedition is preparing to launch. As housekeeper of the hotel where two of the astronauts will give their final press statements, Emily finds the mission intruding upon her thoughts more and more. Emily's mother, Moolie, has a message to give her, but Moolie's memories are fading. As the astronauts' visit draws closer, the unearthing of a more personal history is about to alter Emily's world forever.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Five Stories High
    By K. J. Parker, Sarah Lotz, Robert Shearman, Tade Thompson and Nina Allan
    Edited by: Jonathan Oliver
Solaris, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
One house, five hauntings, five chilling stories.

Five Stories High is a collection of five novellas each set in the same house – Irongrove Lodge. This five storey Georgian mansion, once a grand detached property, has now been split into five apartments.  This is a building with history, the very bricks and grounds imbued with the pasts of those who have walked these corridors, lived in these rooms.

Five extraordinary writers open the doors, revealing ghosts both past and present in a collection that promises to be as intriguing as it is terrifying.

Featuring novellas by Sarah Lotz, JK Parker, Nina Allan, Robert Shearman and Tade Thompson.


Nina Allan (2016)
Charlie Jane Anders (2016)
Ken Liu (2015)

Drowned Worlds
    Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Solaris, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

The brand new anthology from multi-award winning editor Jonathan Strahan, featuring stories set in futures wracked by the deluge, from some the best writers in SF, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Jeffrey Ford, and James Morrow.

We stand at the beginning of one of the greatest ecological disasters in the time on Man. The world is warming and seas are rising.  We may deny it, but we can’t hide when the water comes. Already the streets of Miami flood regularly and Mick Jones looks more and more prescient when he sang that “London is drowning and I, I live by the river!” all those years ago.

And yet water is life. It brings change. Where one thing is wiped away, another rises in its place.  There has always been romance and adventure in the streets of a drowned London or on gorgeous sailing cities spanning a submerged world, sleek ships exploring as land gets ever rarer.

Drowned Worlds looks at the future we might have if the oceans rise, good or bad.  Here you’ll find stories of action, adventure, romance and, yes, warning and apocalypse. Stories inspired by Ballard’s The Drowned World, Sterling’s Islands in the Net, and Ryman’s The Child Garden.  Stories that allow that things may get worse, but remembers that such times also bring out the best in us all.





G.T. Almasi (2012)

Talon of Scorpio
A Novel of the Shadowstorm 3
Hydra, March 21, 2017
eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
Superagent Alix Nico returns in a new Shadowstorm thriller from the author of Blades of Winter, which was hailed as “a hell-bent-for-leather mash-up of spy novel and science fiction” by Jason Bourne novelist Eric Van Lustbader.

Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a one-woman demolition derby. As a top American Level, she’s a cybernetically and biologically enhanced operative fighting a Cold War among the forces of freedom, a Soviet Union that never fell, a China hungry for power, and a Germany that emerged from World War II more powerful than ever.

There’s a mole within ExOps, the covert agency responsible for the security of the United States, who has been working to decapitate the organization’s leadership. And when treason strikes, Scarlet and her partner, Darwin, find themselves matched against a rogue Level known as Talon, a merciless killing machine whose augmentations place her in a league of her own. But behind Talon lurks the real enemy, a traitor whose thirst for control threatens to upset the fragile balance of mutually assured destruction that has kept the four Great Powers from breaking into open warfare—until now.





Charlie Jane Anders (2016)

All the Birds in the Sky
Tor Books, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 26, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1

[Description not yet available for the Trade Paperback Edition]



Charlie Jane Anders (2016)
Ken Liu (2015)

Bridging Infinity
    Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Infinity Project 5
Solaris, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 1
BUILDING TOWARDS TOMORROW

Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction. When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale - metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes re-engineered, starships bigger than worlds - the only response we have is reverence, admiration, and possibly fear at something that is grand, sublime, and extremely powerful.

Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of that experience, as builder, as engineer, as adventurer, reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, the galaxy and possibly the entire universe in some of the best science fiction stories you will experience.

Bridging Infinity continues the award-winning Infinity Project series of anthologies with new stories from Alastair Reynolds, Pat Cadigan, Stephen Baxter, Charlie Jane Anders, Tobias S.Buckell, Karen Lord, Karin Lowachee, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Gregory Benford, Larry Liven, Robert Reed, Pamela Sargent, Allen Steele, Pat Murphy, Paul Doherty, An Owomoyela, Thoraiya Dyer and Ken Liu.

Interview with Nina Allan, author of The Race


Please welcome Nina Allan to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Race will be published on July 19th by Titan Books.



Interview with Nina Allan, author of The Race




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

Nina:  Hi there! I first started writing when I was about six years old – little stories about mermaids and dogs, with pictures drawn in wax crayon to accompany them. I started keeping a rudimentary journal when I was about nine. I honestly can’t remember what led me to do this, and I would say that for me, writing was an interest and a passion that evolved naturally alongside my interest and passion for reading. All I know is that from a young age, writing down my thoughts, feelings and stories seemed like a perfectly normal thing to do, an activity that felt instinctive and that I never questioned.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Nina:  Oh, a pantser, for my sins. If you’ve read Stephen King’s On Writing, you’ll find my own method described right there, pretty much exactly. I fasten upon a character and a situation and start writing, trusting that solutions to problems will present themselves as I go along. Mostly they do, but neither am I a stranger to the feeling of panic King describes, the fear of ‘losing’ a story through not having a clue what comes next. My hard drive contains several 30,000-word-plus segments of novels that just seemed to die on me, and the process of discarding tens of thousands of words, especially in the beginning stages of a book, is something I’ve come to accept as normal-for-me. I am trying to introduce a greater element of planning, simply because the process I have now is so nerve-racking, but I know I’m very unlikely to become the kind of writer who provides themselves with a detailed, chapter-by-chapter summary of their work in progress. For me, a novel or indeed a short story is an organic entity, constantly evolving. That element of surprise, of spontaneity, is essential for me in keeping my interest in a project alive.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Nina:  Bridging the gap between the book that’s in my head and the book that ends up on paper. Finding ideas has never been a problem for me, but transferring the intensity of that original vision to the medium of the written word is a process I’m sure most writers struggle with at some point. Even so, it is a challenge I relish. For me, writing is enjoyable precisely because it is challenging, with each new piece of work, in some sense, as a problem to be solved.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Nina:  At the most basic level, what influences my work most directly is place. Every place I’ve ever lived in (and to a lesser extent visited) presents its own compelling reasons for writing about it. Place is the anchor of memory, and I would say that memory as a subject matter – what we remember, why, and how this affects our lives and actions in the present moment – is at the core of everything I write.

On a more abstract level, it is books that inspire and influence me, on a daily basis. Finding time to read, to expand my knowledge of the work of other writers, is an essential element of my writing life and not just in the realm of fiction. I’m rediscovering a particular interest in essays and memoir at the moment, the idea of the book as a repository of memory, the fundamental clash between biography and autobiography. The narrator of an autobiography will always be an unreliable narrator, to some extent. And that fascinates me. I have always seen the practice of writing fundamentally as a dialogue between the present and the past.



TQDescribe The Race in 140 characters or less.

Nina:  A Mobius strip of actual and imagined realities, featuring telepathic dogs, giant whales, and the search for alien life.



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

NinaThe Race actually started life as a novel about a soldier who becomes a serial killer after becoming traumatised by his experiences in WW1. That material – and that character – eventually came to life in my 2015 novella The Harlequin.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Race? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Nina:  The single biggest influence on The Race was moving to a new town – Hastings, on the south coast of England. With hindsight I can say that what The Race is mainly about is my coming to terms with leaving London, my trying to get to grips with changes in my life in the way I have always done – by writing about them, however indirectly. More specifically, The Race is at least in part a response to news items about fracking and my concerns about the wholesale degradation of natural ecosystems.

I loved science fiction from an early age. When I was younger I think what most appealed to me in SFFH was the weird stuff – aliens and monsters and time travel and clones. I still love all of that – I harbour a secret desire to write a full-on Alien-type novel one day – but what I’ve come to appreciate most about science fiction as a writer is how flexible it is, how radical, how fearless. Science fiction is as personal and as malleable as you need it to be, which is what makes it exciting. Even those stories of mine which edge close to the mainstream end up with some element of weirdness in them. I never seriously considered not writing science fiction – as a writer and as a reader, it’s where my heart lies.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Race?

Nina:  Loads – and at the same time none at all. Everything I write tends to go through several stages of development, and it’s not unusual for the finished work to have only a tangential relationship to the original concept – certainly this is true of The Race. I read constantly about subjects that interest me, with the aim of making these subjects a natural part of my creative repertoire and without that sense you get sometimes in novels of the research intruding too much upon the actual story. I want to write about subjects I care about, and I want my interest and passion for those subjects to communicate themselves directly to the reader. Research is essential and it’s endlessly fascinating, but I like not knowing which parts of it I’ll need when I come to write.



TQIn The Race who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Nina:  The easiest character to write was undoubtedly Christy, I suppose because her voice is closest to my own. I wrote Christy’s narrative first, and although it has been redrafted several times, it is the one section of the novel that has remained essentially unchanged from the beginning.

The most difficult character to write was Christy’s brother Derek. He is unpleasant and abusive, yet his personality is so present I frequently found him taking over the narrative in ways I never intended. It was Derek’s WW1 alter ego – discarded completely from The Race – who eventually became Dennis Beaumont in The Harlequin.



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

Nina:  Much of the social comment in The Race is based around our relationship with the environment, with the casual depletion by humans of the Earth’s resources. This is the central crisis we face as a species right now, bar none – ignore it, and we won’t have a planet to live on. It is often said that SF acts as a kind of barometer for social change – that this is arguably one of its most important functions. It is therefore hardly surprising that environmental issues have begun to permeate the subject matter of science fiction more and more in recent years.



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

Nina:  I’m surprised no one has asked me about the smartdogs! I’m very interested in the way animals think, how they are able to communicate so directly and so intensely with human beings. Anyone who has spent any meaningful time with animals at all will know that there is a very definite thought process going on, something that is much more than simply a series of images, or impulses. The actual nature of that process is currently beyond our ability to understand or quantify it, though we can intuit it, if we choose to, and I wanted to put some of my thoughts about that into writing.

Much of my experience of sight hounds specifically comes from observing and interacting with my mother’s fifteen-year-old brindle whippet, Freya.



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

Nina:

‘I went over and over the night of my fruitless search for Linda, trying to make sense of it, trying to work out what must have happened and trying to convince myself I was mistaken. I confided my fears to no one, not even Peter.’ That’s from Christy’s section. The events she’s talking about here lie at the heart of her story.

‘Terror makes insects of us all, because it reminds us we can be nothing in less than a second.’ That’s from Maree’s narrative, and is directly connected with the episode with the giant whales.



TQWhat's next?

Nina:  Next on the horizon is my novella Maggots, which is due to be published later this year as part of Jonathan Oliver’s Five Stories High anthology for Solaris. This was a great brief – write a long horror story, basically – and one that gave me the chance to dabble in Lovecraftiana, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages.

My second novel The Rift is due from Titan in 2017. This novel also features siblings – two sisters this time – and the search for alien life. I loved writing this novel and I’m hoping readers will enjoy the story. Or should I say stories..? One thing that could be said about my narratives is that they’re never simple.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nina:  And thank you for having me!





The Race
Titan Books, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Nina Allan, author of The Race
A child is kidnapped with consequences that extend across worlds… A writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder… Far away a young woman prepares for her mysterious future…

In a future scarred by fracking and ecological collapse, Jenna Hoolman’s world is dominated by illegal smartdog racing: greyhounds genetically modified with human DNA. When her young niece goes missing that world implodes... Christy’s life is dominated by fear of her brother, a man she knows capable of monstrous acts and suspects of hiding even darker ones. Desperate to learn the truth she contacts Alex, who has his own demons to fight… And Maree, a young woman undertaking a journey that will change her world forever.

The Race weaves together story threads and realities to take us on a gripping and spellbinding journey…





About Nina

Interview with Nina Allan, author of The Race
Nina Allan has won the BSFA Award for Short Fiction, the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, and the Aeon Award. She has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award four times and was a finalist for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award. The Race is her first novel.








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The View From Monday - July 18, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 3 Debuts this week:

The Race by Nina Allan;

The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power;

and

The Monster's Daughter by Michelle Pretorious.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Nightshades: A Paranormal Thriller by Melissa F. Olson;

and

Sacrifices (Arcane Underworld 3) by Jamie Schultz.

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



The View From Monday - July 18, 2016


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



July 18, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Unwanted (e) Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin Novella
Not So Much, Said the Cat (e) Michael Swanwick SF - Collection



July 19, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Race (D) Nina Allan SF
The Hunt for Vulkan David Annandale SF - The Beast Arises 7
Ghost Run J. L. Bourne H/Z/Th/AP - Day by Day Armageddon 4
Imprudence Gail Carriger SP - The Custard Protocol 2
Warrior King Evan Currie SF/SO - Odyssey One 5
The Sunlight Pilgrims Jenni Fagan CoA/Psy/Dys
The Dragon Lords: Fool's Gold Jon Hollins F - The Dragon Lords 1
Nightshades: A Paranormal Thriller Melissa F. Olson PTh/UF
The Dragon Round (D) Stephen S. Power F
The Monster's Daughter (D) Michelle Pretorius HistTh/Pol/M
The Secret Language of Stones M. J. Rose Hist - The Daughters of La Lune 2
Sacrifices (e) Jamie Schultz UF - Arcane Underworld 3
The Plagues of Orath Cavan Scott
Steve Lyons
Graeme Lyon
SF - Space Marine Battles
Orbs II: Stranded Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th/AC - Orbs 2
Hell Divers Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 1
Fallout: The Hot War Harry Turtledove AH/SF - The Hot War 2



July 20, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
By Bizarre Hands (ri) Joe R. Lansdale  H - Dover Horror Classics
Something Happened Here, But We're Not Quite Sure What It Was: A Tor.Com Original (e) Paul McAuley SF



July 22, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Whistling Past the Graveyard Jonathan Maberry H - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
ri - reissue or reprint



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

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

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