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The View From Monday - November 11, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm 1) by Kacen Callender (Adult Debut);

The View From Monday - November 11, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Killing Light (Sacred Throne 3) by Myke Cole;

The Impossible Contract (Chronicles of Ghadid 2) by K. A. Doore;

Revolution (A Cold War Magic Novel 2) by W. L. Goodwater;

Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times 3) by Mark Lawrence (Kindle eBook);

Talk Like a Man (Outspoken Authors ) by Nisi Shawl;

and

Flamebringer (Heartstone 3) by Elle Katharine White.

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



The View From Monday - November 11, 2019



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

November 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Zen of R2-D2: Ancient Wisdom from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Matthew Bortolin Philosophy/Buddhist
The World's Favorite Ghost Stories: 13 Creepy Tales from Around the Globe Tony Brueski GH/P/SupTh
Queen of the Conquered (D-Adult) Kacen Callender F/CoA/HistF - Islands of Blood and Storm 1
Alliance Rising C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher
SF/HSF/SO - The Hinder Stars 1
The Killing Light Myke Cole F - Sacred Throne 3
The Best of Glen Cook Glen Cook F/DF
The Andromeda Evolution Michael Crichton Daniel H. Wilson SF
The Impossible Contract K. A. Doore F - Chronicles of Ghadid 2
X-Men: The Mutant Empire Omnibus Christopher Golden MTI/SH
Revolution W.L. Goodwater HistF/AH/Espionage - A Cold War Magic Novel 2
The Reckoning Kris Greene CF - Dark Storm 3
A Sanctuary of Spirits Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/GH - A Spectral City Novel 2
Starship Alchemon Christopher Hinz SF/SO/SE
To The Blight: The Eye of the World, Part II Robert Jordan Wheel of Time
1922 Stephen King H
The Langoliers Stephen King H
Told Again: Old Tales Told Again (ri) Walter de la Mare FairyT/FolkT/LM - Oddly Modern Fairy Tales 8
Dangerous Women 1 (ri) George R. R. Martin  (Ed)
Gardner Dozois (Ed)
F - Anthology
I Am Legend (ri) Richard Matheson H/SF/AP/PA
The Menace from Farside Ian McDonald SF/SE/HSF/SO
The Pursuit of William Abbey Claire North SupTh/Occ/Sup/Sus
Dead Sky Weston Ochse SF
The Last Wish (ri) Andrzej Sapkowski F - Witcher
Realm of Ash Tasha Suri F/FR/HistF - Books of Ambha 2
Earth and Ember (e) John F.D. Taff SupTh/PSus/H - The Fearing 4
Tooth and Claw (ri) Jo Walton F
Into Bones like Oil Kaaron Warren H/GH
Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays Peter Watts SF - Collection
War of the Spark: Forsaken Greg Weisman F - Magic: The Gathering 2
Castle of Blood C L Werner H - Warhammer Horror
Flamebringer Elle Katharine White F - Heartstone 3
Queen of All the Nightbirds Craig Wolf H/P/DF/GH



November 13, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Butterfly Kid Chester Anderson SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy 1
The Unicorn Girl Michael Kurland SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy2
The New Voices of Science Fiction Hannu Rajaniemi (Ed)
Jacon Weisman (Ed)
SF/HSF/GenEng/AP/PA - Anthology
Carlucci's Heart Richard Paul Russo CyP/SF - : The Carlucci Trilogy 3
The Probability Pad T.A. Waters SF/AC/HU - The Greenwich Village Trilogy3



November 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dispel Illusion (Ke) Mark Lawrence SF/TT - Impossible Times 3
Mistletoe Alison Littlewood UF/GH
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed Toby Widdicombe SF/HC - Guides for the Perplexed



November 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Talk Like a Man Nisi Shawl SF/AH - Outspoken Authors



November 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise Kim Lakin-Smith Dys/SF



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



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

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

The 2018 Nebula Award Winners


The 2018 Nebula Award Winners

The 2018 Nebula Award Winners have been announced. The Awards were presented during the SFWA Nebula Conference, May 16 - 19, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.

Winners in green.



2018 Nebula Award Winners


Best Novel
  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)


Best Novella
  • Fire Ant, Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
  • The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
  • Alice Payne Arrives, Kate Heartfield (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)


Best Novelette
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections”, Tina Connolly (Tor.com 7/11/18)
  • “An Agent of Utopia”, Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
  • “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births”, José Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed 1/18)
  • “The Rule of Three”, Lawrence M. Schoen (Future Science Fiction Digest 12/18)
  • “Messenger”, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi (Expanding Universe, Volume 4)


Best Short Story
  • “Interview for the End of the World”, Rhett C. Bruno (Bridge Across the Stars)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”, P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
  • “Going Dark”, Richard Fox (Backblast Area Clear)
  • “And Yet”, A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 3-4/18)
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies”, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
  • “The Court Magician”, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)


Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy”, Written by: Megan Amram
  • Black Panther, Written by: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
  • A Quiet Place, Screenplay by: John Krasinski and Bryan Woods & Scott Beck
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Screenplay by: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
  • Dirty Computer, Written by: Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
  • Sorry to Bother You, Written by: Boots Riley


Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time, Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
  • A Light in the Dark, A.K. DuBoff (BDL)
  • Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, Henry Lien (Henry Holt)


Best Game Writing
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)
  • The Road to Canterbury, Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
  • God of War, Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin (Santa Monica Studio/Sony/Interactive Entertainment)
  • Rent-A-Vice, Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games)
  • The Martian Job, M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)



Solstice Award

Neil Clarke and Nisi Shawl



Kevin J. O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award

Lee Martindale



Damon Knight Grand Master

William Gibson

The View From Monday - March 11, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

If, Then by Kate Hope Day;

The Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston;

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage;

and

Titanshade (The Carter Archives 1) by Dan Stout.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

The Golgotha Series: The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, The Queen of Swords by R. S. Belcher is out in eBook Bundle;

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology 1) by Sue Burke is out in Trade Paperback;

The True Queen (A Sorcerer to the Crown 2) by Zen Cho;

Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd is out in Trade Paperback;

Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk;

The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab;

A Gathering of Shadows Collector's Edition (Shade of Magic 2) by V. E. Schwab;

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl;

and

The Forbidden City (Dragon's Legacy 2) by Deborah A. Wolf.

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



The View From Monday - March 11, 2019



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

March 11, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightwalker (e)(ri) Heather Graham GH/Sus
Harrison Investigation Series Volume 3: An Anthology (e) Heather Graham H - Harrison Investigation



March 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mars: Stories Asja Bakić
Jennifer Zoble (Tr)
SF/HU/SF/AP/PA/AB/SS - Collection
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories (h2tp) Kelly Barnhill F/SS - Collection
A Veil of Spears (h2tp) Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - Song of Shattered Sands 3
The Golgotha Series: The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, The Queen of Swords (e) R. S. Belcher HistF/DF/SP - Golgotha
Semiosis (h2tp) Sue Burke SF/AC/HSF - Semiosis Duology 1
The True Queen Zen Cho HistF/F - A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel 2
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #3: A Selection of Novellas (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) SpecFic
If, Then (D) Kate Hope Day LF/VisM/SF/AP/PA
Ruin's Wake Patrick Edwards CF/SF
The Willful Child Series: Willful Child, Wrath of Betty, The Search for Spark (e) Steven Erikson SF - Willful Child
Winter's Web (e) Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin Novella
Toxic Game Christine Feehan PNR/GenEng - GhostWalker 15
The Dazzle of Day Molly Gloss SF/HSF
Blood of the Four (h2tp) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
F
Dawn of the Exile Mitchell Hogan F - Infernal Guardian 2
If Cats Disappeared from the World Genki Kawamura
Eric Selland (Tr)
LF/MR
Mr. Flood's Last Resort (h2tp) Jess Kidd LF
AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe (Fourth Edition Vol. 3) Lars Pearson
Lance Parkin
PerfArts/TV/HC
White Light (ri) Rudy Rucker SF
Saucer Wisdom (ri) Rudy Rucker SF/AC
The Woman in the Dark (D) Vanessa Savage PsyTh/H/Sus
The Near Witch (ri) V. E. Schwab RF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF
A Gathering of Shadows Collector's Edition V. E. Schwab HistF/Gaslamp - Shades of Magic 2
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color Nisi Shawl (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
Titanshade (D) Dan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 1
The Rosewater Insurrection Tade Thompson SF/AC/AP/PA - Wormwood Trilogy  2
The Spirit Photographer (h2tp) JonMichael Varese HistF/GH/Occ/Sup
A Pathfinder Tales Collection: Lord of Runes, Liar's Island, Beyond the Pool of Stars, Bloodbound, Pirate's Prophecy, Hellknight, Liar's Bargain, Starspawn, ... Through the Gate in the Sea, Gears of Faith (e) Various F - Pathfinder Tales
The Bird King G. Willow Wilson HistF
The Forbidden City (h2tp) Deborah A. Wolf F - Dragon's Legacy 2



March 13, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
To Catch a Witch (h2tp) Heather Blake PCM - A Wishcraft Mystery 8



March 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wolf Land Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Widening Gyre  (D) Michael R. Johnston SF/SO - Fiction Without Frontiers
Will Haunt You Brian Kirk H/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Child Of Thunder (e)(ri) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai Chronicles 3
Beyond Ragnarok (e)(ri) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai Chronicles 4



March 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sins of the Lost (e) Lydia M. Hawke SupTh - The Grigori Legacy 3



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The View From Monday - September 25, 2017

Happy Last Monday in September!

There are 2 debuts this week:

The Visitors by Catherine Burns;

and

Leech Girl Lives by Rick Claypool.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

War and Craft (America Craft 3) by Tom Doyle;

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard;

Provenance by Ann Leckie;

Of Flame and Fate (A Weird Girls Novel 8) by Cecy Robson;

The Eternity War: Pariah (The Eternity War 1) by Jamie Sawyer;

Everfair by Nisi Shawl is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Horizon (Bone Universe 3) by Fran Wilde.

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



The View From Monday - September 25, 2017



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

September 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warlord Wants Forever (e)(ri) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals after Dark
Forsaken by Night (e) Larissa Ione PNR - Moonbound Clan Vampires 3
Lazy Son Eve Langlais PNR - Hell's Son 1
Dark Swan (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Alien Huntress 3



September 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Sound of Seas (h2tp) Gillian Anderson
Jeff Rovin
SF - The EarthEnd Saga 3
Lost Gods (h2tp) Brom DF
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 17
The Visitors (D) Catherine Burns PsyTh
Ender's Game Gift Edition Orson Scott Card SF - The Ender Quintet
Leech Girl Lives (D) Rick Claypool SF/HU
Paradox Bound Peter Clines SF/H/TT
Wolf Unbound (ri) Lauren Dane PNR - Cascadia Wolves 4
Blade Runner (ri) Philip K. Dick MTI/SF
War and Craft Tom Doyle CF/SF - American Craft 3
Planet of the Apes Omnibus 3 George Alec Effinger MTI/SF - Planet of the Apes
Castaway Odyssey (h2mm) Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 5
Alien: Covenant Origins - The Official Prequel to the Blockbuster Film Alan Dean Foster MTI/SF - Alien
Kane (e)(ri) Jacquelyn Frank PNR - Nightwalkers 1.5
Neverwhere Illustrated Edition Neil Gaiman SF
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse James Goss TV/SF
An Angel's Touch (h2mm) Heather Graham R/F/FR
Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Buffy & Angel Edward Gross
Mark A. Altman
TV/HC
The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy: A Universe of Unique Cocktails from the Celebrated Doctor Who Bar Andy Heidel Beverages/SF
An Unkindness of Magicians Kat Howard DF
Original Sin David R. George III SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Sleeping Beauties Stephen King
Owen King
Th/Sus
Provenance Ann Leckie SF
Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours David Mack SF - Star Trek: Discovery 1
The Corporation Wars: Emergence Ken MacLeod SF/SO - Second Law Trilogy 3
When the Floods Came Clare Morrall LF
The Hunt Chloe Neill UF/PA - A Devil's Isle Novel 3
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School (tp2mm) Kim Newman F/P/H/AH
The Two of Swords: Part Nineteen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
Death (e) Madhuri Pavamani FR - Keeper Series 3
Of Flame and Fate (e) Cecy Robson PNR - A Weird Girls Novel 8
Immortally Yours Lynsay Sands PNR - An Argeneau Novel 23
Savage Woods Mary SanGiovanni H
The Eternity War: Pariah Jamie Sawyer SF - The Eternity War 1
Everfair (h2tp) Nisi Shawl SP/HistF/AH
Archangel's Viper Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 10
Oceans: The Anthology (e) David Smith (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
Extinction End Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/PA/AP - The Extinction Cycle 5
Ghost in the Shell: The Official Movie Novelization James Swallow MTI/SF
The Lilitu, Primordial, The Cain Prophecy Toby Tate SF - The Lilitu Trilogy
Your Brother's Blood (h2tp) David Towsey SF - The Walkin' Trilogy 1
The Chosen (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 15
Horizon Fran Wilde F - Bone Universe 3
The Emperor's Legion Chris Wraight SF - Watchers of the Throne 1
The Black Tides of Heaven JY Yang F - The Tensorate Series Novella
The Red Threads of Fortune JY Yang F - The Tensorate Series Novella



September 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Crossing Over (e) Margaret Dunlap UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #11



September 28, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Belador Cosaint (e) Dianna Love PNR - Belador 9
The Wind Jay Caselberg Sus/H - NewCon Press Novellas Set 2 4



September 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Visionary Tongue Storm Constatine (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology



September 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
River's Edge James P. Blaylock SupTh
University Bentley Little H
The Collection Bentley Little H
The Policy Bentley Little H
The Summoning Bentley Little H
The Emperor and the Maula Robert Silverberg SF/AC



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
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
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.


Nisi Shawl (2016)

Everfair
Tor Books, September 26, 2017
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 6, 2016

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier?

Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.





Tom Sweterlitsch (2014)

The Gone World
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.





K. B. Wagers (2016)

Beyond the Empire
The Indranan War 3
Orbit, November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.

Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.

Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.


The Indranan War
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
Beyond the Empire

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2


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



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
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Saladin Ahmed (2012)
Madeline Ashby (2012)
Matthew Kressel (2015)
Cat Rambo (2015)
Nisi Shawl (2016)

Cyber World – Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow
Jason Heller (2012) and Joshua Viola, Editors
Hex Publishers, November 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages

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

Edited by Hugo Award winner Jason Heller and Joshua Viola.

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





Brooklyn Ann (2013)

His Ruthless Bite
Scandals With Bite 4
Broken Angels, April 15, 2016
eBook and Trade Paperback, 272 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
The Lord Vampire of Rochester doesn’t do a favor without a price. And now it’s time to collect.

Gavin Drake, Baron of Darkwood is being pestered by nosy neighbors and matchmaking mothers of the mortal nobility. To escape their scrutiny, he concludes that it’s time to take a wife. After witnessing the young vampire Lenore’s loyalty to the Lord of London, he decides she is sufficient for the role.

After surviving kidnapping and abuse from rogue vampires, Lenore Graves wants to help other women recover from their inner wounds. She befriends physician John Elliotson and uses her vampire powers to aid him in using mesmerism on his patients. When the Lord Vampire of London declares that Lenore is the price the Lord Vampire of Rochester demands for aiding him in battle the previous year, she is terrified. Will all of her healing and hard work be destroyed by Ruthless Rochester? And yet, she can’t suppress stirrings of desire at the memory of their potent encounter.

After Gavin assures her that the marriage will be in name only, Lenore reluctantly accepts Gavin’s proposal rather than face potential animosity from her new lord. Determined to continue her work, she invites John Elliotson to Rochester. As they help women recover from traumas, Lenore explores her own inner turmoil and examines her attraction to her husband.

Gavin quickly realizes his marriage is a mistake. His new baroness’s involvement with the mesmerist is damaging his reputation among mortals and vampires alike. He knows he should put a stop to Lenore’s antics— yet her tender heart is warming his own and tempting him to make her his bride in truth.

As Lenore and Gavin’s relationship blossoms, the leader of a gang of rogue vampires embarks on a quest for vengeance against Gavin… using Lenore as his key.


With Vengeance
Hearts of Metal 2
Boroughs Publishing Group, May 18, 2016
eBook and Trade Paperback, 194 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Katana James is about to become the studio guitarist for her favorite heavy metal band ever—and meet the musicians, music, and man of her dreams.

SHE MEANS BUSINESS

Twenty-three year old Katana James can shred on the guitar. Not that anyone would know, as she’s spent most of her time working on a popular news and gossip website for Heavy Metal fans since her own band broke up. But her dreams are in reach when she gets an audition to play with her favorite band, Bleeding Vengeance. Kat won’t let her gender, her anxiety disorder, or even the pranks of a malicious stalker stand in her way. The only thing to threaten her focus? A growing fascination with the group’s brilliant, mysterious bass player.

HE OFFERS PLEASURE

Klement Burke has always been the heart, soul and brain of Bleeding Vengeance. He’s the kind of rock star who stays in the shadows, a perfectionist more interested in satisfying his brain than other parts of his body. Until he auditions Katana James. At first it seemed a perfect idea, as he’s been aware of her talent for some time. But meeting her in the flesh ignites thoughts far from professional. Despite the conflict of work, the odds against her falling for a geek like him, and a secret he’s been hiding, his heart, body and soul now belong to Kat.


Unleashing Desire
Brides of Prophecy 4
Broken Angels, August 16, 2016
eBook and Trade Paperback, 308 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
A setup so perfect… it might just be fate.

Radu Nicolae has spent centuries in a guilt-induced hibernation beneath the ruins of his family castle. The only time he awakens is to feast on the occasional vampire hunter. When Lillian Holmes invades his lair, trying to kill him for a crime he did not commit, he decides it is time to rejoin the world. As he feeds on the inept, but delectable hunter and sees her memories, he realizes that he is being used as a weapon to murder her. Radu does not like being used.

Agent Lillian Holmes, of the Abnormal Investigation Unit, is sent on a mission to kill the vampire who murdered her father. But when she tries to stake Radu, he awakens. When his fangs sink into her throat, she thinks she’s a goner. To her surprise, she wakes up a prisoner. Furthermore, Radu did not kill her father. The AIU killed Joe Holmes and sent Lillian to Radu to die.

Together, they strike a bargain: Lillian will help Radu travel to the United States to reunite with his long lost twin brother. In return, he will help her take down the men who killed her father. As their relationship deepens on their journey, so does the danger. Not only must they keep government agents from finding out that Lillian is alive, but she also has a secret that will rock the foundations of the vampire world. 





Jill Archer (2012)

Pocket Full of Tinder
Noon Onyx 4
Black Willow
Word Count: ~ 85,000
Cover Artist: Rebecca Frank

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Noon Onyx is back! In this long-awaited fourth installment, Jill Archer returns readers to the dangerous world of Halja, where demons, angels, and humans coexist in an uneasy state of détente.

Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…

Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heartbreaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.

When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.





Stephen Aryan (2015)

Bloodmage
Age of Darkness 2
Orbit, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

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The people of Perizzi have survived the battlemage war, but their future is looking darker than ever.

BYRNE is a member of the Watch, investigating a series of murders in which the corpse was drained entirely of life.

FRAY's expertise with magic is needed to catch the killer, but working with the Watch destroyed his father, years before.

CHOSS is a champion fighter, trying to diffuse a war in the underworld that threatens to turn the streets red with rivers of blood.

KATJA is a spy from a foreign land, attempting to prevent a massacre that will topple two dynasties and destroy the fragile peace in the city for ever.

Watchmen and spies, assassins and criminals will clash on the streets in this magic-fuelled adventure from the author of Battlemage.


Chaosmage
Age of Darkness 3
Orbit, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

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The final book in the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Battlemage - expect fireball-filled battles, otherworldy enemies, and heroically powerful mages

Voechenka is a city under siege. Decimated by the Battlemage War, its dead now walk the city at night, attacking survivors, calling their names and begging the living to join them beyond the grave.

Tammy is a watchman sent to the city to investigate, so the ruling powers can decide whether to help Voechenka or leave it to its grisly fate.

Zannah is a pariah in Voechenka - making up for her people's war crimes by protecting refugees who fear her far more than they fear their unearthly attackers.

Balfruss is a scholar, a traveler . . . and the infamous mage who single-handedly ended the war.

No one else may enter or leave the city - so if this ragtag group of survivors can't figure out what is going on, they'll live out their last few, short days within its walls.
And night is coming on fast . . .





Madeline Asbhy (2012)

Company Town
Tor Books, July 18, 2017
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 17,2016

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Edward Ashton (2015)

Midnight in Absheron: Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Digital Science Fiction, August 18, 2016
Kindle eBook, 25 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 2
Midnight in Absheron
By Edward Ashton
Digital Science Fiction Short Story
Presented by DigitalFictionPub.com

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


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Interview with Nisi Shawl


Please welcome Nisi Shawl to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Everfair, a thought-provoking debut, was published on September 6th by Tor Books.



Interview with Nisi Shawl




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

Nisi:  I’ve been writing since I could read. And I wanted to read long before I learned how. I wrote poetry in second grade which rather puzzled my teachers. Here’s one I memorized:

It’s Spring:
The crows are singing
And the old ladies are wearing new hats.

I’ve been getting paid for what I wrote since 1993. And I’ve made my living primarily as a writer--if you count teaching about writing--since 2001.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Nisi:  I can pretend to be a plotter when the need arises. But I pretty much write things and then act like a cat about them. You know, like, “I meant to do that.”

Cory Doctorow talks about “backshadowing,” that is, revising a story so the elements that you realize you need when you’ve reached the end are present for the reader all along. I do a fair bit of backshadowing.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Nisi:  So much. Everything. I’ve talked elsewhere about literary influences: Delany, Chandler, Colette, and so on. Music, though, is also an incredibly huge influence on my work. Music is so powerful, especially at an emotional level. I listen to all kinds of music. Really all kinds: even opera, country, and hip hop, the kinds usually excluded when people only *say* they listen to all kinds. Part of my writing process is figuring out what background music I need for a particular piece I’m working on; part of reading a story publicly is picking out the song I’ll sing to accompany it. A story I just sold, “Luisah’s Church,” is a tribute to a song Laura Nyro wrote.

Shall I name more names? I’m completely pwned by the Blue Note jazz recordings of Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, and many other geniuses; I’m an ardent fan of Michael Jackson’s work, both early and late; Julian Bream, Andre Segovia, Pepe Romero and a whole host of classical guitarists have made my writing life more easeful; and I’ve been on a huge Steely Dan kick for the last year. I yearn to edit a Dan-themed anthology. I’d call it Any World that We’re Welcome To, and the intro’s title would be “Only a Fool Would Say That.” They’re such an sfnal band. Other inspirational bands and solo artists in my collection: Royksopp, Orbital, David Bowie, Ray Charles, The Yoshida Brothers, Miriam Makeba, The Clash, The Ventures (I hear CJ Cherryh sometimes listens to them while writing), Angelique Kidjo, Erykah Badu, Sandy Denny, Karen Carpenter….OK, I’ll stop, but you get the idea. My tastes are eclectic.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing in general? Does being a journalist affect or not your fiction writing?

Nisi:  For me, the most challenging thing about writing is collecting the money I’m owed. I once waited two years for a check from a major SF market. That check was payment for a story I was supposed to have been paid for on acceptance. Not on publication. Which had happened long before I finally received my check. That’s an extreme example, but there are far too many others.

Yes, I do think being a journalist has affected my fiction writing, in that I’ve learned to pay close attention to wordcounts and deadlines. Journalism has taught me to cut embellishments, as well, and how to tell embellishments from essence, though they may resemble each other on their surfaces.



TQEverfair is your first published novel. What are the challenges in writing in the short form as opposed to the novel length and vice versa?

Nisi:  I know this is counterintuitive, and it’s not the common way of looking at these things, but I think that the plots of short stories tend to be quite complicated, and the plots of novels to be quite simple. I say that because novel plots are the armature for all sorts of other literary elements and excursions, themes and subplots and such. Novels are simple skeletons to which many other structures are attached. Short story plots, on the other hand, are designed to be freestanding. They need to support themselves in at least three dimensions. They need to do it all on their own. So they must necessarily be more multiplex.

In my opinion, the challenge of writing is one of continuity. I’ve written dozens of short stories. Everfair is only the fourth novel I’ve written, and I didn’t start writing novels till I was 45 years old. I began with poetry, expanded to short story length in my thirties, and then, when I felt I was the same person long enough to write at book length in the same voice, included novel-writing in my literary practice.



TQDescribe Everfair in 140 characters or less.

Nisi:  #Everfair premise: 19th century Britons and African American missionaries buy land in King Leopold II's Congo to create a socialist Utopia.



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

Nisi:  Many of the characters are based on literary figures such as George Bernard Shaw, Zora Neale Hurston, and J.M. Barrie. Why? Because I love them.



TQWhat inspired you to write Everfair? What appealed to you about writing a Steampunk, Neo-Victorian and Alternate History novel?

Nisi:  I was inspired to write Everfair by my dislike of a genre I should have been completely crushed out on.



TQWhat is Neo-Victorian?

Nisi:  Well, it’s not what I call Everfair. My term for what I’ve done is “AfroRetroFuturist,” a portmanteau of Afrofutrism and Retrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a movement focused on African contributions to, perspectives on, and presence in the future. Retrofuturism is what most steampunks call what they’re interested in: a re-visioning of the past including elements of its future and sometimes elements of our own future as well. AfroRetroFuturism is a combination of these attitudes and concerns.

The term “neo-Victorian,” to me, is a much more limited one in that it’s apparently just about alternate versions of the Victorian empire.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Everfair?

Nisi:  Tons. But probably not enough. I talked to people, I looked at photographs, I read books, I surfed the net. I pored over maps and tried out recipes. I listened to music. I sang. I prayed.



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

Nisi:  The easiest, no doubt at all, was Lisette Toutournier. That’s probably because I’ve long adored the writer I modeled her on, Colette. I’d already practiced emulating her literary style, and I had learned much of her fascinating history before I ever dreamed of writing her into Everfair.

The hardest? So many of the characters belonged to demographic groups whose histories have vanished. Alla them were hard: Fwendi, Mkoi, and other native Central Africans for sure. Tink was most likely the most difficult, because he differed from me in so many ways: his age at the time he appears in this book, his gender, his sexuality, his race, his career. Plus he was, as I discovered, so proud and so reticent. I hope my representation of him didn’t suffer because of these differences and how I dealt with them.



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

Nisi:  Oh, that’s so hard! All the questions I’m thinking of are ones I’m glad no one has thought of.

Maybe I wish someone would ask me about the Peter Pan references. “What are the Easter Eggs you’ve included in Everfair that relate to Peter Pan?” this hypothetical interviewer would wonder. And I would say, “Chiefly they’re names. ‘Fwendi’ is a tribute to a little girl who played with J.M. Barrie in Kensington Gardens and called him her ‘fwendy’ or friend. ‘Tink’ is a nod to Tinkerbell’s engineering roots. ‘Wendi-la’ is the play that would have been written rather than Peter Pan had the timeline I created been substituted for the real one, and as the title indicates, it focuses on a female protagonist. Everfair itself is named, in part, as a response to Neverland.

“Apart from the names there’s the fact that Matty Jamison was to a large extent inspired by J.M. Barrie.”

As for *why* I put in those Easter Eggs? That’s a second question, and it’s even less likely to be asked than the first.



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

Nisi:

“Not far off a redwing sang, cold water trickling uphill.”

“Cats and moonlight poured into the abandoned office.”

“Rima pressed herself against those fat thighs and darling buttocks, that dimpled, curving back. She ran her nose down from Lisette’s kitchen along her neck to where her spine sunk to dip between mounds of flesh firm as living bread. Lifted the cloth of her lover’s shirt and licked the salt gathering there.”



TQWhat's next?

Nisi:  I’ve still been writing lots of short stories. Some of them are in series with one another, and I want to gather those into books, a separate book for each series. Making Amends is my interstellar penal colony series, for instance: I project an eight-story arc for that one, and I’ve finished five so far: “Deep End,” “In Colors Everywhere,” “The Mighty Phin,” “Like the Deadly Hands,” and “The Best Friend We Never Had.” There are three other series in similar states of incompletion.

And I want to write a book called The Five Petals of Thought, a faux pop-psych text based on an imaginary activist movement. And I want to put out a collection of nonfiction. And I want to publish the three other novels I’ve written. And I want to write a sequel to Everfair--I’ve just finished one short story that I’m hoping will serve as a sort of pilot for the project, and I’ll finish another in about six weeks that may do the same thing.

Not to mention all the anthologies I’m itching to edit. I better get back to work.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Everfair
Tor Books, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Nisi Shawl
Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.





About Nisi

Interview with Nisi Shawl
Photo by Caren Corley
Nisi Shawl is a writer of science fiction and fantasy short stories and a journalist. She is the co-author (with Cynthia Ward) of Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's SF Magazine, Strange Horizons, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. Her story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 and her stories have been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award. To learn more about Nisi Shawl, visit www.nisishawl.com




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2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts


There are 8 debut novels for September.

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

The August debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite August cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on September 15, 2016.

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

Update: Added Of the Abyss by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. This is her first adult fantasy novel.


Jason Arnopp

The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, September 13, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
"Ingenious and funny . . . Magnificent." -- Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed -- until now.




Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Of the Abyss
Mancer Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 27, 2016
eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
After decades of strife, peace has finally been achieved in Kavet—but at a dark cost.  Sorcery is outlawed, and anyone convicted of consorting with the beings of the other realms—the Abyssi and the Numini—is put to death. The only people who can even discuss such topics legally are the scholars of the Order of the Napthol, who give counsel when questions regarding the supernatural planes arise.

Hansa Viridian, a captain in the elite guard unit tasked with protecting Kavet from sorcery, has always led a respectable life. But when he is implicated in a sorcerer’s crimes, the only way to avoid execution is to turn to the Abyss for help—specifically, to a half-Abyssi man he’s sworn he hates, but whose physical attraction he cannot deny.     

Hansa is only the first victim in a plot that eventually drags him, a sorcerer named Xaz, and a Sister of the Napthol named Cadmia into the depths of the Abyss, where their only hope of escape is to complete an infernal task that might cost them their lives.




James Bennett

Chasing Embers
A Ben Garston Novel 1
Orbit, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Behind every myth, there's a spark of truth...

There's nothing special about Ben Garston. He's just a guy with an attitude in a beat-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows in a downtown bar. Or so he'd have you believe.

What Ben Garston can't let you know is that he was once known as Red Ben. That the world of myth and legend isn't just a fantasy, as we've been led to believe. And he certainly can't let you know the secret of what's hiding just beneath his skin...

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. A centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.




J. Patrick Black

Ninth City Burning
Ace, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth in this gripping, epic science fiction debut...

We never saw them coming.

Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.

Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.

But the enemy's tactics are changing, and Earth's defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.




Susan Bishop Crispell

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes
Thomas Dunne Books, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good.

Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.

As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.




Colin Gigl

The Ferryman Institute
Gallery Books, September 27, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
In this stunning, fantastical debut novel from a bold new voice in the bestselling traditions of Christopher Moore and Jasper Fforde, a ferryman for the dead finds his existence unraveling after making either the best decision or the biggest mistake of his immortal life.

Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people—somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that’s as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. Deemed too valuable by the Ferryman Institute to be let go and too stubborn to just give up in his own right, Charlie’s pretty much abandoned all hope of escaping his grim existence. Or he had, anyway, until he saved Alice Spiegel. To be fair, Charlie never planned on stopping Alice from taking her own life—that sort of thing is strictly forbidden by the Institute—but he never planned on the President secretly giving him the choice to, either. Charlie’s not quite sure what to make of it, but Alice is alive, and it’s the first time he’s felt right in more than two hundred years.

When word of the incident reaches Inspector Javrouche, the Ferryman Institute's resident internal affairs liaison, Charlie finds he's in a world of trouble. But Charlie’s not about to lose the only living, breathing person he’s ever saved without a fight. He’s ready to protect her from Javrouche and save Alice from herself, and he’s willing to put the entire continued existence of mankind at risk to do it.

Written in the same vein as bestselling modern classics such as The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, The Ferryman Institute is a thrilling supernatural adventure packed with wit and humor.




Nisi Shawl

Everfair
Tor Books, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.




Kea Wilson

We Eat Our Own
Scribner, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon.

When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. He’s replacing another actor who quit after seeing the script—a script the director now claims doesn’t exist. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates.

But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. Entrepreneurial Americans, international drug traffickers, and M-19 guerillas are all fighting for South America’s future—and the groups aren’t as distinct as you might think. The actor thought this would be a role that would change his life. Now he’s worried if he’ll survive it.

Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Everfair by Nisi Shawl


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Everfair by Nisi Shawl


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


Nisi Shawl

Everfair
Tor Books, September 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Everfair by Nisi Shawl
Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Nisi Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.

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