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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 36


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



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Adam Sternbergh (2014)

The Blinds
Ecco, August 1, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 36
[Description not yet available. See the Author's announcement of The Blinds here.]





Jillian Stone (2012)

Eat Slay Lutz
Jillian Stone, October 28, 2016
eBook, 200 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 36
Survival tip #1: When you’re caught in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, get a badass partner.

The zombie apocalypse is on, and Lizzy Davis is determined to survive any way she can. As a surgeon, she’s used to saving lives; not cutting into the basal ganglia to make sure the patient stays dead. When the refugee camp is overrun by zombie hordes, Lizzy manages to escape only to run into Black Hawk pilot Chris Oakley in the middle of the Syrian Desert.

Lizzy and Chris fight off zombie attacks as they make their way toward a joint military air base northeast of Kirkuk. Just one problem, they’ll have to pass through the drone-patrolled DMZ— Dead Meat Zone. To get there, they form uneasy alliances with French-Arab commandos and a CIA black ops interrogator who is slowly rotting before their eyes.

Along the way, Lizzy and Chris manage to find time for each other—the sizzling red-hot lovemaking kind of time. And who knows? They might have a chance at love if they live long enough.

Warning: Features red hot to erotic love scenes





Fred Strydom (2016)

The Raft
Talos, May 2, 2017
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 4, 2016

[cover image not yet revealed]
“The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event. . . and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero.”

On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. . .

Kayle finally escapes, only to find a broken world being put back together in strange ways. As more memories from his past life begin returning, the people he meets wandering the face of a scorched earth—some reluctant allies, others dangerous enemies—begin to paint a terrifying picture. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero—a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.





Patrick Swenson (2013)

The Ultra Big Sleep
A Union of Worlds 2
Fairwood Press, August 9, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 316 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 36
Dave Crowell is a hero of the eight worlds of the Union, but he doesn’t want fame or fortune. These days he just wants to run his private detective business with his partner and forget about the Ultras, the insidious aliens that attacked the Union, then vanished. But a client turns up dead under mysterious circumstances, and Crowell knows the Ultras have not gone away. With the help of a beautiful alien, he uncovers fragments of memory that might lead to his missing father. When it becomes clear that Crowell’s past also contains the information he needs to save the Union, he is caught up in a conspiracy beyond his understanding and pulled into an underworld drug war on a hostile planet. With the crisis deepening, Crowell must learn the answer to the biggest question of all: Where are the Ultras?


Slightly Ruby
A Union of Worlds Story
Fairwood Press, August 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 96 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 36
A man is found murdered and brutally impaled near the Seattle waterfront, and during the investigation, private detectives Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos come face to face with an alien drug known as RuBy. It's a dangerous prototype that's bound to cause problems for the eight worlds of the Union. The murder case itself would be easy enough to solve-that is, if the suspects weren't already dead, and the Seattle Authority cop sharing the case wasn't Crowell's disgruntled ex-partner.

A prequel to The Ultra Thin Man, "Slightly Ruby" features Crowell and Brindos before their Network Intelligence Organization contract, scraping out a living in a city-and on a world-the Union is quickly forgetting.

The View From Monday - August 8, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week.

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton;

Froelich's Ladder by Jamie Duclos-Yourdon;

Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville;

and

The Book of Ralph by Christopher Steinsvold.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Nevernight (Nevernight 1) by Jay Kristoff;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Ultra Big Sleep (The Union of Worlds 2) by Patrick Swenson.

The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
The View From Monday - August 8, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 8, 2016


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



August 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SpecFic - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction
Endgame (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 4
Infernal Sky (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 3
Knee-Deep in the Dead (e)(ri) Dafydd ab Hugh
Brad Linaweaver
SF - Doom 1
Dancing in Dreamtime Scott Russell Sanders SF - Collection



August 9, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Betrayals Kelley Armstrong F/Th - The Cainsville Series 4
The Heart Goes Last (h2tp) Margaret Atwood LF/Dys/Satire
Good Morning, Midnight (D) Lily Brooks-Dalton LF/SF
Diadem from the Stars (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 1
Skeen's Leap (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 1
Lamarchos (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 2
Moongather (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 1
Moonscatter (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 2
Star Hunters (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 5
Skeen's Return (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 2
Irsud (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 3
A Bait of Dreams (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF
Changer's Moon (e)(ri) Jo Clayton F - Duel of Sorcery Trilogy 3
Maeve (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Diadem Saga 4
Skeen's Search (e)(ri) Jo Clayton SF - Skeen Trilogy 3
Froelich's Ladder (D) Jamie Duclos-Yourdon FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF/LF
Killfile Christopher Farnsworth Th
Gleam Tom Fletcher F - The Factory Trilogy 1
The End of the End: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Simon Guerrier
Paul Kane
Cavan Scott
SF/AP/PA
Kinslayer David Guymer F - Gotrek & Felix 17
No Good Deed (e2mm) Auston Habershaw F - Saga of the Redeemed 2
Lord of the Darkwood Lian Hearn LF/F - The Tale of Shikanoko 3
Eterna and Omega Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
The Guild Conspiracy (e) Brooke Johnson SP - A Chroniker City Story 2
Nevernight Jay Kristoff F
Welcome to Deadland (D) Zachary Tyler Linville SF/AP/PA/H/Dys/Z
The Grace of Kings (ri) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Bell Weather (h2tp) Dennis Mahoney HistF
I Am Providence Nick Mamatas H
The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville F/SF/LF
The Book of Ralph (D) Christopher Steinsvold SF/AC
Not So Much, Said the Cat (e2tp) Michael Swanwick SF - Collection
The Ultra Big Sleep Patrick Swenson SF/M - The Union of Worlds 2
Mr. Eternity Aaron Thier LF
Pathfinder Tales: Starspawn Wendy N. Wagner F - Pathfinder Tales 34
Rig Jon Wallace SF - Kenstibec 3
The Guns of Empire Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 4



August 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Totem Poles: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce Sterling
Rudy Rucker
SF



August 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival Game (e) Gary Gibson AH - The Apocalypse Duology 2
Eclipse the Flame (e) Ingrid Seymour SH/Dys
Grim Tidings (e) Nancy K. Wallace F - Wolves of Llisé 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2mm - eBook to Mass Market Paperback
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
Ed - Editor
Ke - Kindle only eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult
Z - Zombies

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

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts


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


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 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 seethe 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 August 24, 2014.


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Cover Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Cover Illustration by Michael Koelsch




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Jacket Art by Victor Mosquera



Interview with Patrick Swenson, author of The Ultra Thin Man - August 14, 2014


Please welcome Patrick Swenson to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.  The Ultra Thin Man was published on August 12, 2014 by Tor Books.



Interview with Patrick Swenson, author of The Ultra Thin Man - August 14, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Patrick:  I appreciate being here on the site! Thank you.

If you don’t count “Mr. Mooney Goes to the Moon,” written when I was a nine-year-old, I started scribbling stories in notebooks in high school. But it wasn’t until a few years after college that I started sending stories out with any regularity.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Patrick:  I’m a total pantser. The Ultra Thin Man started with the title, an “ah-ha” moment, and two detectives who had to work the case. From then on, I told them to figure it out for me, and I just went along for the ride, finding out the mystery as the reader might. Naturally, I had to go back and tweak this and move that, to make everything fit together. Without any kind of deadline looming, I’ve approached book two the same way. I’m well into it, and I still don’t know exactly how it’ll end.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? Where do you write?

Patrick:  It really is that old excuse about finding the time to write consistently. I’m a full time teacher, a newspaper adviser, the publisher, editor, art director, and everything else for my own small press, and a father to a son with some special needs. Once I’m in front of my story, butt in chair, the words usually flow well.

I wrote most of this novel at the high school where I teach in 30-45 minute increments every day. This schedule hasn’t solidified as much for book two. I find it’s difficult to write at home, so I often grab my tablet computer and hole out somewhere. I have my “writer crawl” days, when I might visit two or three different establishments, order a drink, a little bit of food, and sit and write in one spot until I feel like I’ve worn out my welcome, then slip out and find another place. Sometimes it’s a coffee shop like Starbucks (although I don’t drink coffee), sometimes a fast food restaurant, sometimes a quiet bar.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Patrick:  I was brought up with science fiction from an early age. I discovered Dune by Frank Herbert in junior high, and have never been the same since. I loved many of the Golden Age science fiction writers as well as fantasy writers, including Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Leguin, Robert Silverberg, Patricia McKillip, Samuel R. Delany, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I also love mystery, and my favorites there include Robert B. Parker, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke, and James W. Hall, as well as noir writers Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Then I can point to more recent writers I love, including Robert Charles Wilson, Connie Willis, Nancy Kress, James Van Pelt, and so many others. One of my favorite writers is Steve Erickson, author of Tours of the Black Clock. (Not Steven Erikson the fantasy writer.) His work does have some SF/Fantasy sensibilities, but he’s a literary writer. Cormac McCarthy is another favorite, as is Jeanette Winterson.



TQ:  You are the publisher and proprietor of a small press specializing in speculative fiction. How does this influence your own writing?

Patrick:  I’ve learned a lot about writing by running the press. I also had a small press magazine, Talebones, that ran for fourteen years. Read a slush pile for any length of time, and before long you understand what makes a story work and what doesn’t. I’ve also met many influential people in the field that may have cultivated a wider audience for my writing. Running the press can be frustrating at times, particularly when I’m up against deadlines for books, and I have to take so much attention away from my own writing. Much juggling ensues.



TQ:  Describe The Ultra Thin Man in 140 characters or less.

Patrick:  Two detectives, standing in the way of a terrorist network intent on threatening the galaxy, discover a larger, more insidious conspiracy.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Ultra Thin Man that is not in the book description.

Patrick:  The aliens known as Helks have Four Clans. The First Clan Helks are the largest, and dwarf humans by quite a lot. They’ve got height and breadth over us, and they have sharp teeth. In the older days they didn’t mind chowing down on other intelligent species. There’s an uneasy coexistence between them and humans now, but the leader of the terrorist movement is one of these aliens, which doesn’t help matters much.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Ultra Thin Man? What appealed to you about writing a genre blending Science Fiction (near-future) Thriller? Do you want to write in any other genres or sub-genres?

Patrick:  As mentioned above, most of my genre reading included science fiction and mystery (and thrillers). The title obviously has a noir feel, a nod to Hammett’s The Thin Man, but from the start, the book was going to blend the two genres I had fallen in love with.

I’d like to try my luck writing a fantasy series, or at least a standalone. There’s a published short story I’d like to try expanding. Also, some dark fantasy. I have eight chapters of a ghost murder mystery set in the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest that I had to put aside so I could finish The Ultra Thin Man.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Ultra Thin Man?

Patrick:  The research I did centered on weather control technology, as well as the best way to crash a moon into its planet, and the implications of what would happen because of it. There are other important details I had to research, including information about x-rays, antimatter, nanomachines, and superaccelerators. Revealing anything more about all that would be spoilerish!



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite character in The Ultra Thin Man?

Patrick:  David Crowell, one of the two detectives, was easy for me, as he’s somewhat an extension of who I am. Not completely of course, but he has my voice, so to speak. Alan Brindos was the hardest because he had a difficult past, his motivations are hard to understand, and he goes through a lot in the novel (to say the least). In that respect, Brindos might be my favorite character. I’m also pretty enamored with Tem Forno, one of the Helks who has to work with Crowell when they are on the run and trying to figure out the mystery.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite lines from The Ultra Thin Man.

Patrick:

A see-through cube on the front edge of the desk contained a blue and gold fluidic mass that budded, twisted, and elongated through the nano-slurry inside that controlled it.

They could put a man on a ship to the stars but they still couldn’t make an umbrella that would last.



TQ:  What's next?

Patrick:  I’m 85,000 words into a sequel to The Ultra Thin Man called [insert super sekrit title here]. I’m guessing I’ll hit the ending around 100,000 words. After that, if the publishing gods are kind, there’s a third book in the series, but I won’t know what it’s about until I finish this one and figure out the new title.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Patrick:  Thanks for letting me be a part of it!





The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Patrick Swenson, author of The Ultra Thin Man - August 14, 2014
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?





About Patrick

Interview with Patrick Swenson, author of The Ultra Thin Man - August 14, 2014
© 2012 Bobbie Climer
Patrick Swenson’s first novel The Ultra Thin Man is forthcoming from  Tor in 2014. He edited the small press magazine Talebones magazine  for 14 years, and still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, he has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 28 years, has a Masters Degree in Education, teaches in Auburn, Washington, and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his twelve-year-old son Orion.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~   Twitter @patrick_swenson


The View From Monday - August 11, 2014


Happy Monday! Hope everyone is enjoying summer. Thoughts now turn to school supply shopping. Thankfully the list is short this year. I'm presently reading The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson and enjoying it immensely.



The View From Monday - August 11, 2014



This is a fairly light release week with 3 debuts:

The Supernatural Enhancements (D - English) by Edgar Cantero;

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech;

and

The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Engraved (The St. Croix Chronicles 5) by Karina Cooper.



August 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Engraved (e) Karina Cooper UF - The St. Croix Chronicles 5
John Golden: The Heroes of Mazaroth (e) Django Wexler SF/F - John Golden 2



August 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
MaddAddam (h2tp) Margaret Atwood PA - MaddAddam Trilogy 3
MaddAddam Trilogy Box: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam Margaret Atwood PA - MaddAddam Trilogy Omnibus
The Supernatural Enhancements (D - English) Edgar Cantero SupAd/H/Go
The Sleeping Dead (K e) Richard Farren Barber H
Soda Pop Soldier Nick Cole SF
Season of the Dragonflies (D) Sarah Creech Su/O
Riftwar Legacy (e) Raymond E. Feist F - Riftwar: Legacy Omnibus
We Are All Completely Fine Daryl Gregory UF
Journal of the Plague Year: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Tales C.B. Harvey
Malcolm Cross
Adrian Tchaikovsky
SF/Ap/PA - Afterblight
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: The Novelization (ri) Jim Henson Folk Tales - Collection
Hellhole Inferno Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Hellhole Trilogy 3
Fool's Assassin Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 1
Black Ice Susan Krinard UF - Midgard 2
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 3: The Sleeping Beauty \ Beauty and the Werewolf (e) Mercedes Lackey F - Tale of Five Hundred Kingdoms Omnibus
Dirty Little Misery (e) Tracey Martin UF - Miss Misery 2
The Dystopia Chronicles Matthew Mather Dys/Ap/PA - Atopia 2
Vengeful Spirit (ri) Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 29
Fortune's Favors Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 3
The Queen of the Damned (ri) Anne Rice F/H - Vampire Chronicles 3
The 6th Extinction James Rollins AA/SF - Sigma Force 10
This Changes Everything (K e) Denise Grover Swank UF - Curse Keepers Secret 2
The Ultra Thin Man (D) Patrick Swenson SF
Star Wars: The Jedi Path and Book of Sith Deluxe Box Set Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars
Sleeper: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jo Walton SF
Cursed Moon Jaye Wells UF - Prospero's War 2
The Ace of Skulls Chris Wooding F - Tale of the Ketty Jay 4



August 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
La Signora: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce McAllister DF



August 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Return to Armageddon Malcolm Shaw
Jesus Redondo
SF
The Age of Scorpio Gavin G. Smith SF


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - hardcover to Trade Paperpack
K e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint

AA - Action Adventure
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
O - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
SupAd - Supernatural Adventure
UF - Urban Fantasy


2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


There are 6 debuts for August. 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 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 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). 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 July.



Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enhancements
Doubleday, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
(Debut Novel - English Language)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A mesmerizing novel...what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze – and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.




Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.




Jacopo della Quercia

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.




Kate Horsley

The Monster's Wife
Barbican Press, August 2014
Trade Paperback (8/28) and eBook (North America - 8/21),

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
To a tiny island in Orkney, peopled by a devout community of thirty, comes Victor Frankenstein, driven there by a Devil’s bargain: to make a wife for the Creature who is stalking him across Europe. In this darkly-wrought answer to Frankenstein, we hear the untold tale of the monster’s wife through the perspective of the doctor’s housemaid. Oona works below stairs with her best friend May, washing the doctor’s linens and keeping the fires lit at the Big House. An orphan whose only legacy is the illness that killed her mother, Oona knows she is doomed.But she is also thirsty for knowledge, determined to know life fully before it slips away. As tensions heighten between Victor and the islanders, Oona becomes the doctor’s trusted accomplice, aiding in secret experiments and seeing horrors she sometimes wishes to forget. When May disappears, Oona must face up to growing suspicions about the enigmatic employer to whom she has grown close – but the truth is darker than anything she could imagine.





David Shafer

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Mulholland Books, August 5, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.




Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.


Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?


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