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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 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 2017 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

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2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts

2017 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts

There are 4 debut novels for December.

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

The December 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 December cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on December 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for December 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.

Craig Cliff

The Mannequin Makers
Milkweed Editions, December 12, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
     Literary Fiction, Historical, Magical Realism

2017 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts
Playfully literate and strikingly original, an unforgettable debut novel about art, imitation, and obsession.

Excitement is rare in the small town of Marumaru, New Zealand. So when a young Maori man arrives on the morning train one day in 1903—announcing the imminent visit of a famous strongman—the entire town turns out to greet him, save one. Colton Kemp, a department store window-dresser, is at home, watching his beloved wife die in premature childbirth. Tormented by grief, he hatches a plan to make his name and thwart his rival, the silent and gifted Carpenter: over the next sixteen years he will raise his newborn twins in secrecy and isolation, to become human mannequins in the world’s most lifelike window display.

From this moment of calamity emerges a work of masterful storytelling, at once wildly entertaining and formally ambitious. The novel leaps fearlessly from the epistolary to the castaway narrative to the picaresque, as Kemp’s plot goes awry and as he, his children, and the Carpenter converge in the New Zealand hinterland.

The Mannequin Makers is an adventure-filled and thoroughly delightful yarn, introducing one of international literature’s most promising young talents to American audiences.

Richard Jeffries

Lyrical Underground, December 26, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 238 pages
     Horror / Thriller

2017 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts
Desert Swarm

After his superior officers are killed in action, Corporal Josiah Key assumes command of the 3rd Battalion, Marine Raiders. In the tiny village of Shabhut, Yemen, while trying to put the blast on ISIS forces, an even deadlier enemy emerges: ancient, unreasoning creatures who tear into both U.S. troops and terrorists without mercy, leaving brutally dismembered corpses in their wake.

They are known as the Idmonarchne Brasieri, giant prehistoric spiders roused from millennia-long slumber by power-mad terrorists. These aptly-named ‘Arachnosaurs’ are hungry. They’re angry. And they have declared war against all of humanity . . . whose days might just be numbered unless Key and his unit can stop them.


Pamela Kopfler

Better Dead
A B&B Spirits Mystery 1
Kensington, December 26, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
    Paranormal Cozy Mystery

2017 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts
As the owner of a charming Louisiana bed and breakfast, Holly Davis believes in South-ern hospitality—but she draws the line at welcoming the ghost of her cheating husband . . .

Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected—before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bank-rupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for gen-erations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief.

Until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly’s human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he’ll make a show of haunt-ing the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly’s former love, Jake McCann, mysteriously resur-faces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her hus-band and the very real physical presence of her old flame . . .

Steven Savile

Glass Town
St. Martin's Press, December 5, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
     Contemporary Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - December Debuts
Steven Savile is an international sensation, selling over half a million copies of his novels worldwide and writing for cult favorite television shows including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Stargate. Now, he is finally making his US debut with Glass Town, a brilliantly composed novel revolving around the magic and mystery lurking in London.

There's always been magic in our worldWe just needed to know where to look for it

In 1924, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. She disappeared during the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s debut, Number 13, which itself is now lost. It was the crime of the age, capturing the imagination of the city: the beautiful actress never seen again, and the gangster who disappeared the same day.

Generations have passed. Everyone involved is long dead. But even now their dark, twisted secret threatens to tear the city apart.

Joshua Raines is about to enter a world of macabre beauty, of glittering celluloid and the silver screen, of illusion and deception, of impossibly old gangsters and the fiendish creatures they command, and most frighteningly of all, of genuine magic.

He is about to enter Glass Town.

The generations-old obsession with Eleanor Raines’s unsolved case is about to become his obsession, handed down father-to-son through his bloodline like some unwanted inheritance. But first he needs to bury his grandfather and absorb the implications of the confession in his hand, a letter from one of the brothers, Isaiah, claiming to have seen the missing actress. The woman in the red dress hadn’t aged a day, no matter that it was 1994 and she’d been gone seventy years.

Long buried secrets cannot stay secrets forever. Hidden places cannot stay hidden forever.

The magic that destroyed one of the most brutal families in London’s dark history is finally failing, and Joshua Raines is about to discover that everything he dared dream of, everything he has ever feared, is waiting for him in Glass Town.

December 2017 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2017. 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. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.

December 2017 Releases

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

December 1, 2017
Fallen (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Of Angels and Demons 3
Heartland Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 2
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 3: The Sleeping Beauty\Beauty and the Werewolf (e) Mercedes Lackey F - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Witch's Thirst (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
Third Flatiron Best of 2017 Juliana Rew (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
The Unyielding Gary J. Shipley H
Spy Glass (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - Chronicles of Ixia

December 4, 2017
Danger's Race (e) Amanda Carlson SF/PA/Dys - Holly Danger 3
Chosen One (e) Scarlett Dawn FR - Forever Evermore 6

December 5, 2017
Canto Bight Saladin Ahmed
Rae Carson
Mira Grant
John Jackson Miller
SF - Star Wars
The Girl in the Tower Katherine Arden F - Winternight Trilogy 2
The Black Tide (e) Keri Arthur SF/GenEng/PA - Outcast Novel 3
Defiant Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 3
The Wicked Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 6
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story Stanley Bing LF/TechnoTh/SF
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Lawrence Block (Ed) LF - Anthology
The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline Jeff Bond Art/SF - Star Trek
The Chaos of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey SF/SO -The Expanse 7
The Outcast Chronicles Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles Omnibus
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 1
The Rising (h2mm) Heather Graham
Jon Land
The Macedonian Nicholas Guild HistTh
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Forever Ship Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA - The Fire Sermon 3
Steadfast (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
The Dosadi Experiment and The Eyes of Heisenberg (ri) Frank Herbert SF/SO
The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel Tracy Hickman
Richard Garriott
F - Blade of the Avatar 1
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter UF - A Soulwood Novel 3
The Order War (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 4
The Wrong Dead Guy (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 2
Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami Psy - Japanese Novellas
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Cut from the Same Shadow and Other Tales Richard A. Knaak F - Dragonrealm Novellas
The Dreamer's Song Lynn Kurland FR - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 11
Pathways Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar Anthology 11
The Witch's Thirst Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The White Serpent Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 3
A War in Crimson Embers Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 3
Mississippi Roll George R. R. Martin Wild Cards Trust SH - Wild Cards 15
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson H - Collection
Fleet Insurgent Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 8
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 44
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning David Moody Dys - Hater 4
The Last Sacrifice James A. Moore F - Tides of War 1
Heart Sight Robin Owens PNR - A Celta Novel 14
Plague Garden Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 1
Year One Nora Roberts F/P - Chronicles of the One 1
The Demon Crown James Rollins Th - Sigma Force 13
Glass Town (D) Steven Savile CF
Hymn Ken Scholes SF - The Psalms of Isaak 5
Princess Holy Aura Ryk E. Spoor CF
Winterglass Benjanun Sriduangkaew ScF
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe Charles Stross SF - Empire Games 1
God's Last Breath Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 3
Rosewater (e) Tade Thompson SF

December 6, 2017
Sword and Spirt (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 9
Save Point (e) E. C. Myers
Amy Rose Capetta
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 4

December 11, 2017
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies Félicien Champsaur
Brian Stableford (Tr)
Windhome Kristen Landon SF

December 12, 2017
The Warmaster Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 14
The Founding Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus
The Art of Ferdinand Titan Books Art
The Art of Destiny, Volume 2 Bungie SF
The Mannequin Makers (D-US) Craig Cliff LF
Odysseus Awakening Evan Currie SF/SP - Odyssey One 6
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Ellen Datlow (Ed) F - Anthology
A Sword of Truth Set: Richard and Kahlan (The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, Severed Souls, Warheart) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan
Seven Deadly Ghosts C.L. Hernandez F/DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 3
The Corean Chronicles, Volume Two: Alector's Choice, Cadmian's Choice, Soarer's Choice, The Lord-Protector's Daughter, Lady-Protector (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles
Pretty Vicious (e) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA - Wastelanders
The White City Simon Morden SF
The Two of Swords: Volume Three K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 3
Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Fyre Sean Schubert SF/AP/PA
The Complete Dragonships of Vindras Series (Bones of the Dragon, Secret of the Dragon, Rage of the Dragon, Doom of the Dragon) (e) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras

December 13, 2017
Man's Best Friend (e) Amy Rose Capetta
Gwenda Bond
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 5
A Blur of Bright Water (e) Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 10
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Collection

December 14, 2017
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
Firestorm (e) Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 3

December 19, 2017
The Martian Job Jaine Fenn SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3 Book 1
The Simi's ABCs: Adventures with Dark-Hunters Sherrilyn Kenyon Alethea Kontis F
Roadwork (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus/H
When The Skies Fall Adam Korenman SF - The Gray Wars 2
Scorched Shadows Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 7
The Will to Battle Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
S Koji Suzuki Occ/Sup - Ring 5
The More Known World Tiffany Tsao CF - The Oddfits 2

December 20, 2017
Daredevil (e) Gwenda Bond
Matthew Cody
SFTh - ReMade Season 2 6
Dragon Rampant (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 11

December 26, 2017
Survival Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 3
Kill All Angels Robert Brockway H - The Vicious Circuit 3
1636: Mission to the Mughals (h2mm) Eric Flint Griffin Barber AH - Ring of Fire 23
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Five Michael Jan Friedman SF/MTI
Assassin's Fate (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool 3
Arachnosaur (D) Richard Jeffries H
Nemo Rising C. Courtney Joyner SF/SP
Better Dead (D) Pamela Kopfler PCM - A B&B Spirits Mystery 1
The Night Parade (tp2mm) Ronald Malfi H
The Man From the Diogenes Club Kim Newman F - Collection
Silver Silence (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 1
Kill Before Dying (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 5
Angels of Caliban (tp2mm) Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 38
World's End Joan D. Vinge SF - Snow Queen 2
Count to Infinity John C. Wright SF - The Eschaton Sequence 6

December 30, 2017
We're All in This Together Owen King H - Collection

December 31, 2017
Reading Stephen King Brian James Freeman (Ed) Essays
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Ake Lilja H - Anthology
The Ignored Bentley Little H
Dominion Bentley Little H
The Walking Bentley Little H
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel SF/PA
The Weight of Words Dave McKean F - Anthology
Don't Live For Your Obituary John Scalzi Essays
Ironclads (e) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF

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

AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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