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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for October 2014!


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on October 24, 2014.

You can see the previous months' winners on the 2014 DAC page - here.



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Cover art and design: Scott Biel; (boy’s face) Masterfile




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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts
Cover Art by Chris McGrath



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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - October Debuts


October Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in October 2014. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. The most accurate lists usually can be found for each week in The View From Monday posts... on Mondays. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. An expanded list of October's debuts may be found here.



October Releases



October 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Once Walked with Gods (h2tp) James Barclay F - Elves 1
Daughter of Necessity: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marie Brennan FT
Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s (h2tp) Andrew M. Butler SF - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Time Travel: Recent Trips Paula Guran (ed) TT - Anthology
The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction Rob Latham (ed) SF - Oxford Handbooks
Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction Isiah Lavender III (ed) SF
Locating Science Fiction (h2tp) Andrew Milner SF - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
The Chickens of Atlantis and Other Foul and Filthy Fiends (h2tp) Robert Rankin F
The Blood of Angels Johanna Sinisalo SF
Heirs of the Blade Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Shadows of the Apt 7
Seal of the Worm Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Shadows of the Apt 10
A Night in the Lonesome October (ri) Roger Zelazny F - Rediscovered Classics



October 3, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wizards: The Myths, Legends, and Lore Aubrey Sherman FT/Myth



October 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mine Tomorrow (e) Jackie Braun PNR
Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television Pauline Greenhill
Jill Terry Rudy
LC/F
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q are Cordially Uninvited... (e) Rudy Josephs SF - Star Trek
Reap & Redeem (e) Lisa Medley UF - Reaper 3
In the Void (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 2
Helmut Goes Abroad (e) Matt Sheehan UF/AH - Helmut Haase 2



October 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (ri) Douglas Adams SF
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (ri) Douglas Adams SF
Heraclix and Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey (D) Forrest Aguirre HistF
The Secrets of Life and Death (D - US) Rebecca Alexander HistF
The Night Garden: A Novel Lisa Van Allen R/Magic
Unseaming Mike Allen Collection
A Vision of Fire Gillian Anderson
Jeff Rovin
SF
The Shotgun Arcana R. S. Belcher WW
One Potion in the Grave Heather Blake PM - A Magic Potion Mystery 2
Hawk Steven Brust F - Vlad Taltos14
The Lesser Dead Christopher Buehlman H
The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Stars 3
Ship of the Dead John L. Campbell H - Omega Days 2
Autumn Bones (h2mm) Jacqueline Carey UF - Agent of Hel 2
Poison Fruit Jacqueline Carey UF - Agent of Hel 3
Silverblind Tina Connolly HistF - Ironskin 3
Nightmare Carnival Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Undead and Unwary MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Undead/Queen Betsy 13
The Baen Big Book of Monsters Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
The Sentinel (h2tp) Troy Denning F - D&D: The Sundering
The Protectors (e) Trey Dowell SH
Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug (h2tp) Raymond E. Feist
Stephen Abrams
F - Art
Liesmith (D) Alis Franklin UF - Wyrd 1
The Tess Noncoiré Chronicles: Volume I P. R. Frost F - Omnibus
Parasite (h2tp) Mira Grant SF - Parasitology 1
Gotrek & Felix: Kinslayer David Guymer F - Gotrek & Felix 16
Scarlet Tides David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 2
Reckoning S.J. Harper UF - Fallen Siren 2
Ghost Gone Wild (h2mm) Carolyn Hart PM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 4
Ghost Wanted Carolyn Hart PM - A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel 5
Spark: A Novel John Twelve Hawks Th
Beyond This Horizon (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Blood Debt (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood Books 5
Witch Lights (e) Michael M. Hughes H - Blackwater Lights Trilogy 2
Broken Soul Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 8
To Love a King Shona Husk PNR - Court of Annwyn 3
The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology S.T. Joshi (ed) H - Anthology
A Midwinter's Tail Sofie Kelly PM - Magical Cats 6
Falling Sky (D) Rajan Khanna SF/Ap/PA
Bastion (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Collegium Chronicles 5 / Valdemar
Closer to Home Mercedes Lackey F - Herald Spy 1
Ghost Phoenix (e) Corrina Lawson PNR - The Phoenix Institute 3
Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie SF - Imperial Radch 2
The Last Man Standing (h2tp) Davide Longo Dys
Princess Mononoke: The First Story Hayao Miyazaki F - Princess Mononoke
Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets : An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space David Thomas Moore (ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Dark Defiles Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 3
Above (h2tp) Isla Morley Sus/H
The Wolves of London: The Obsidian Heart Mark Morris F - Obsidian Heart 1
Citadel (h2tp) Kate Mosse Th - Languedoc Trilogy 3
Valhalla Robert J. Mrazek Th
Brood Chase Novak Gothic
Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones David J. Peterson F - Game of Thrones
The Undying (D) Ethan Reid Ap/Th
Orbs II: Stranded: A Science Fiction Thriller Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th - Orbs 2
White Sands: An Orbs Prequel Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF - Orbs
We Are Not Good People Jeff Somers F - Ustari Cycle 2
Fearsome Magics: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy Jonathan Strahan (ed) F - Anthology
The Chaplain's War Brad R Torgersen SF - Chaplain's War 1
The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams Jeff VanderMeer
Desirina Boskovich
SP
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures Sean Wallace (ed) SP
Immorta1 J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 6
A Call to Duty David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF - Honorverse: Manticore Ascendant 1
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel Brent Weeks
Ivan Brandon
Andy MacDonald
F/GN - Night Angel Trilogy 1
Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural Rick Wilber F - Anthology
Unbinding Eileen Wilks UF - World of the Lupi 11
Knife Sworn (h2tp) Mazarkis Williams F - Tower and Knife Trilogy 2



October 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lemongrass Hope (D) Amy Impellizzeri R/TT/MR
Lost Under a Ladder Linda O. Johnston PCM - A Superstition Mystery 1



October 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Timebomb (e) Scott K. Andrews TT - Timebomb Trilogy 1



October 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Of Shadows and Ash (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Maggie's Grove 3
The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft Leslie S. Klinger (ed) H
The Younger Gods (e) Michael R. Underwood P/Th - Younger Gods 1



October 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Horus Heresy Box Set Volumes 1-12 Dan Abnett
Graham McNeill
Ben Counter
SF - The Horus Heresy
Touch of Evil C.T. Adams
Cathy Clamp
PNR - Thrall 1
Does Not Love (D) James Tadd Adcox LF/AH
Cover Him With Darkness: A Romance Janine Ashbless PNR - Book of Watchers 1
War Dogs Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 1
The Time Roads Beth Bernobich F - Eireann 2
Surrogate (K e) David Bernstein Chiller/H
Hello Devilfish! Ron Dakron Absurdist/Kaiju
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen Ellen Datlow (ed) F - Anthology
Demon's Fury: Part 1 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
Alpha Divided (e) Aileen Erin DF - Alpha Girls 3
Cipher (e) Aileen Erin SF/R - Shadow Ravens 1
Of Bone and Thunder: A Novel Chris Evans F
Fire in the Blood Erin M. Evans F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: Brimstone and Angels
The Long Spoon: A Tor.com Original Jonathan L. Howard H - Johannes Cabal
Knife of Dreams (h2tp) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 11
Dead Set (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF
The Grand Hotel: A Novel Scott Kenemore H
The Walking Dead: Descent Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H/Z - Governor 5
Fat Man and Little Boy (D) Mike Meginnis LF/MR
Tales from High Hallack, Volume Three: The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton Andre Norton SF - Tales from High Hallack 3
Reign of Evil: A SEAL Team 666 Novel Weston Ochse AA/Su - SEAL Team 666 #3
The Free Brian Ruckley F
A Stitch on Time Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 5
Shovel Ready: A Spademan Novel (h2tp) Adam Sternbergh M/PA - Spademan 1
Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of Romance Mitzi Szereto (ed) R/Go/Erotica
The Doom of Dragonback Gav Thorpe F - Time of Legends
The Dark Blood of Poppies (ri) Freda Warrington F/P - Blood 3



October 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza: A Wild Cards Story: A Tor.Com Original Carrie Vaughn SF



October 16, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Musings Firouzeh Razavi P/F - Collection



October 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark City (h2mm) F. Paul Wilson Th - Repairman Jack: Early Years Trilogy 2


October 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Demons in My Driveway (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 5
Star Wars: Imperial Handbook Deluxe Edition Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars



October 21, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Five Portraits Piers Anthony F - Xanth 39
Doctor Who Diary 2015 BBC SF- Doctor Who
The Curious Case of Miss Amelia Vernet (K e) Dana Cameron UF - Fangborn Story
Bathing the Lion Jonathan Carroll SF/Ap
Angels of Death Ben Counter
SP Cawkwell
John French
Darius Hinks
CL Werner
F - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines
Blood of Gods David Dalglish
Robert J. Duperre
F - Breaking World 3
Demon's Vow: Part 2 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
Into Darkness J.T. Geissinger A Night Prowler Novel
The Abyss Beyond Dreams Peter F. Hamilton SF - Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers 1
Seventh Grave and No Body Darynda Jones UF/PM - Charley Davidson 7
Heart of Stone Debra Mullins PNR - Truth Seers 2
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (h2tp) Claire North Th/TT
Beautiful You: A Novel Chuck Palahniuk Fiction/Satire
Elfquest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition Wendy Pini
Richard Pini
F/Comics
Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse James Wesley Rawles AA/Ap
The Vines Christopher Rice H
Fish Tails: A Novel Sheri S. Tepper SF - Plague of Angels 3
The Last Mile (K e) Tim Waggoner Ap/F
The Ninth Talisman Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 2



October 23, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor (K e) Holly Black SF - Doctor Who
The Last Rite (e) Jasper Kent H - Danilov Quintet 5



October 24, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Limbus, Inc. - Book II Brett J. Talley (ed) H/Noir



October 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
'Til Dragons Do Us Part (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Never Deal with Dragons
Taste of Treason April Taylor HistF - Tudor Enigma 2



October 28, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Arrow - Heroes and Villains Nick Aires F
Burn for Me Ilona Andrews PNR - Hidden Legacy 1
Esrever Doom (h2mm) Piers Anthony F - Xanth 37
Otherworld Nights: An Anthology Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld
Penumbra Keri Arthur PNR - Spook Squad 3
Red Rising (h2tp) Pierce Brown SF - Red Rising Trilogy 1
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man W. Bruce Cameron Hu/F
The Wolf in Winter John Connolly Th - Charlie Parker 12
Deadly Pursuit Nina Croft PNR - Dark Desires 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Box Set: Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and poster Ian Doescher MU - Star Wars / Shakespeare
Inner Demon: Part 3 of the Final Asylum Tales (e) Jocelynn Drake UF - Final Asylum Tales
The Book of Strange New Things Michel Faber SF
The Peripheral William Gibson SF
Black Spring Christina Henry UF - Black Wings 7
Blood of Dragons (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 4
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three (Wheel of Time Other) Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Other 3
Riding the Unicorn Paul Kearney F
Black Dog Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 1
Revolution (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey SF - Secret World Chronicle 3
Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed David Mack SF - Star Trek
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Slipcased Edition) Gabriel Garcia Marquez MR
Dangerous Women 2 George R. R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Elio Garcia
Linda Antonsson
F - Games of Thrones
An Exchange of Gifts (r) Anne McCaffrey F
Drawn Blades Kelly McCullough F - Fallen Blade 5
Starhawk (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Priscilla Hutchins 7
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul (tp2mm) Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
The Compleat Ankh-Morpork Terry Pratchett F - Discworld
Going Postal (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 33
Making Money (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 36
Raising Steam (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Thud! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 34
Unseen Academicals (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 37
Prince Lestat Anne Rice H - The Vampire Chronicles 11
Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel (D) Martin Rose H
The Slow Regard of Silent Things Patrick Rothfuss F - Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5
Infection and Containment: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse Books 1 and 2 Sean Schubert H/Ap
Sky Pirates Liesel Schwarz HistF - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 3
Kris Longknife: Tenacious Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife 12
The Darkest Passion (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 6
Archangel's Shadows Nalini Singh PNR - Guild Hunter 7
Razor's Edge: Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion) (h2mm) Martha Wells SF - Star Wars - Legends
Scars (tp2mm) Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy 28



October 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set Deborah Harkness F - All Souls Trilogy
The Mailman (ri) Bentley Little H



October 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Heroes (K e) Jonathan Maberry
Weston Ochse
James A Moore
Joseph Nassise
MilitaryH - Anthology
They Thirst (ri) Robert McCammon H
The Drawing of the Dark (ri) Tim Powers F
Fangoria Cover To Cover Anthony Timpone (ed) H



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


AA - Action Adventure
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MU - Mashup
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts


There are 10 debuts (so far) for October. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The October 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 October cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on October 15th.

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 2014 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for September. The list is correct as of the day posted.

Note:  Updated to include The Protectors by Trey Dowell.



James Tadd Adcox

Does Not Love
Curbside Splendor Publishing, October 14, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 200 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Set in an archly comedic, alternate-reality Indianapolis that is completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox's debut novel chronicles Robert and Viola's attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. Their marriage crumbling after a series of miscarriages, Viola finds herself in an affair with the FBI agent who has recently appeared at her workplace, while her husband Robert becomes enmeshed in an elaborate conspiracy designed to look like a drug study.




Forrest Aguirre

Heraclix and Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey
Underland Press, October 7, 20114
Hardcover and eBook, 280 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Heraclix and Pomp, Aguirre’s first full-length novel, explores the ideas of identity and immortality through the eyes of a man-like golem and a time-bending fairy who can barely grasp the idea of now, much less the dangers of what’s to come.

Before being sewn-together, Heraclix was dead—merely a pile of mismatched pieces, collected from the corpses of many troubled men. And Pomp was immortal—at least, so she thought. That was before her impossible near-murder at the hands of the necromancer, Heraclix’s creator. But when playing God, even the smallest error is a gargantuan weakness. When the necromancer makes his, Heraclix and Pomp begin their epic flight.

As they travel from Vienna to Prague to Istanbul and, even, to Hell itself, they struggle to understand who and what they are: who was Heraclix before his death and rebirth? What is mortality, and why does it suddenly concern Pomp? As they journey through an unruly eighteenth century, they discover that the necromancer they thought dead might not be quite so after all. In fact, he may have sealed his immortality at the expense of everyone alive . . .

Heraclix and Pomp is a richly textured and decadent read, filled with Baroque ideology and Byzantine political intrigue. Fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike will revel in Aguirre’s layered prose and vivid characterizations. Heraclix and Pomp brings the surreal and the macabre to one of history’s most violent eras, and it does so in a voice sure to resonate among this season’s best new releases.




Rebecca Alexander

The Secrets of Life and Death
Broadway Books, October 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
(US Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
In modern day England, Professor Felix Guichard is called in to identify occult symbols found on the corpse of a young girl. His investigation brings him in contact with a mysterious woman, Jackdaw Hammond, who guards a monumental secret--She's Dead. Or she would be, were it not for magic which has artificially extended her life. But someone else knows her secret. Someone very old and very powerful, who won't rest until they've taken the magic that keeps her alive....

In Krakow in 1585, Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. But they soon realize that the only thing worse than the Countess' malady, is the magic that might be able to save her...

As Jackdaw and Felix race to uncover the truth about the person hunting her, it becomes clear that the answers they seek can only be found in the ancient diary of John Dee's assistant, Edward Kelley. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying.




Trey Dowell

The Protectors
Simon 451, October 7, 2014
eBook, 240 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
An enthralling debut, The Protectors offers a dark twist on the classic superhero story as fallen hero Scott McAlister embarks on a globe-hopping chase to stop his former teammate—and ex-lover—gone rogue.

Don’t call him a superhero.

Heroes change the world. Scott McAlister? On a good day, he manages to change out of sweatpants.

It wasn’t always like this. Scott used to be leader of the Protectors, the world’s one and only squad of superheroes. It was a decent gig, but far from the shiny force for good the UN advertised. He could abide the publicity stunts, the lies, the ham-fisted government handlers—but when one of the Protectors died under his command, it was too much. Wracked with guilt, Scott stepped down and into an early retirement.

Now, five years later, a desperate CIA chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite request and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts. His ex-teammate and ex-lover, Lyla Ravzi, has gone rogue. The former Protector has the ability to control minds, and she’s no longer interested in “protecting.” She wants world domination.

Scott’s mission is simple: Find Lyla and stop her. The messy little details are up to him. It’s the last thing Scott needs after five years spent trying to forget the Protectors and to get over Lyla, but the alternative is worse.

As he closes in on his target, Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality: Can he save the world and the woman he once loved? Or will he have to choose?




Alis Franklin

Liesmith
Wyrd 1
Hydra, October 7, 2014
eBook, 308 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
At the intersection of the magical and the mundane, Alis Franklin’s thrilling debut novel reimagines mythology for a modern world—where gods and mortals walk side by side.

Working in low-level IT support for a company that’s the toast of the tech world, Sigmund Sussman finds himself content, if not particularly inspired. As compensation for telling people to restart their computer a few times a day, Sigmund earns enough disposable income to gorge on comics and has plenty of free time to devote to his gaming group.

Then in walks the new guy with the unpronounceable last name who immediately becomes IT’s most popular team member. Lain Laufeyjarson is charming and good-looking, with a story for any occasion; shy, awkward Sigmund is none of those things, which is why he finds it odd when Lain flirts with him. But Lain seems cool, even if he’s a little different—though Sigmund never suspects just how different he could be. After all, who would expect a Norse god to be doing server reboots?

As Sigmund gets to know his mysterious new boyfriend, fate—in the form of an ancient force known as the Wyrd—begins to reveal the threads that weave their lives together. Sigmund doesn’t have the first clue where this adventure will take him, but as Lain says, only fools mess with the Wyrd. Why? Because the Wyrd messes back.




Amy Impellizzeri

Lemongrass Hope
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, October 8, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 302 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Set in the past, and present, Lemongrass Hope is a captivating and unpredictable love story, with a dose of magical realism and time travel.

Lemongrass Hope weaves together ordinary lives and events to tell an extraordinary tale of connection, loss, renewal, and of course, hope.

As Kate Sutton’s decade-long marriage to Rob erodes and unravels, Kate fears that the secrets she guards from the world, including Rob’s emergency room proposal, and a whirlwind love affair from her past, have always doomed her fate. When she unwittingly receives a glimpse at what her life could have been like had she made different choices all those years ago, it is indeed all she could have ever wanted. A confirmation of her greatest hope, and her greatest fears.

Lemongrass Hope will draw you in with characters so relatable and real, you will cheer for them one moment and flinch the next. A tale that invites you to suspend disbelief—or perhaps decide to believe once and for all—in the potent power of love and connection over time and choice.

Oh, and the dress. There’s this lemongrass dress . . .




Rajan Khanna

Falling Sky
Pyr, October 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.

Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that's not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements. To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he's ever known, is stolen. Ben must try to survive on the ground while trying to get his ship back.

This brings him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters-whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own.




Mike Meginnis

Fat Man and Little Boy
Black Balloon Publishing, October 14, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
Two bombs over Japan. Two shells.

One called Little Boy, one called Fat Man. Three days apart. The one implicit in the other.

Brothers.

The winner of the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, Fat Man and Little Boy pulses with magical realism in an unprecedented approach to its tragic subject matter.

In this powerful debut novel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified, born on impact as human beings—as a Fat Man and a Little Boy. Their small measure of humanity is a cruelty the brother bombs must suffer. Given life from death, they travel west from Japan to France and later to America. Their journey is one of surreal and unsettling discovery, and author Mike Meginnis transforms these symbols of mass destruction into beacons of longing and hope.




Ethan Reid

The Undying: An Apocalyptic Thriller
Simon451, October 7, 2014
eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - October Debuts
THEY HAVE COME FROM THE STARS…
In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city.

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. They eat and drink and carry on until suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. Everywhere they look, buildings and streets are dark, as though the legendary Parisian revelry has somehow short circuited the entire city.

By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Fireballs rain down from the sky, the temperatures are rising, and people run screaming through the streets. Whatever has happened in Paris—rumors are of a comet striking the earth—Jeanie and Ben have no way of knowing how far it has spread, or how much worse it will get. As they attempt to flee the burning Latin Quarter—a harrowing journey that takes them across the city, descending deep into the catacombs, and eventually to a makeshift barracks at the Louvre Museum—Jeanie knows the worst is yet to come. So far, only she has witnessed pale, vampiric survivors who seem to exert a powerful hold on her whenever she catches them in her sights.

These cunning, ravenous beings will come to be known as les moribund—the undying—and their numbers increase by the hour. When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris—even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben—and any hope of rescue—behind.




Martin Rose

Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell: A Horror Novel
Talos, October 28, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages

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Vitus Adamson is falling apart. As a pre-deceased private investigator, he takes the prescription Atroxipine hourly to keep his undead body upright and functioning. Whenever he is injured, he seeks Niko, a bombshell mortician with bedroom eyes and a way with corpses, to piece him back together. Decomposition, however, is the least of his worries when two clients posing his most dangerous job yet appear at his door looking for their lost son.

Vitus is horrified to discover the photo of the couple's missing son is a picture-perfect reproduction of his long dead son. This leads him to question the events of his tormented past; he must face the possibility that the wife and child he believed he murdered ten years ago in a zombie-fugue have somehow survived . . . or is it just wishful thinking designed to pull him into an elaborate trap?

Unfolding like a classic film noir mixed with elements of a B-movie, Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell is an imaginative spin on the hard-boiled detective genre and a new twist on the zombie novel. In Vitus Adamson, you will find a protagonist you can care about and invest in as he takes you through his emotional journey of betrayal and quest for redemption.


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