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What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29


This is the twenty-ninth 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
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Pete Rawlik (2013)

Reanimatrix
Night Shade Books, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 364 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
An obsessed detective on the trail on a murdered young woman finds more than he bargained for in this tale of hard-boiled cosmic horror, an inventive mash-up of the pulp detective story and Lovecraftian terror.

Some say the war drove Robert Peaslee mad. Others suggest that given what happened to his father, madness was inevitable. He’s spent years trying to forget the monsters that haunt his dreams, but now has returned to witch-haunted Arkham to do the only job that he’s qualified for, handling the crimes other cops would prefer to never talk about. He’s the hero Arkham doesn’t even know it has.

Megan Halsey is dead, her body missing. She might have been one of the richest young women in Arkham, but all that money couldn’t make her happy. Word on the street is that her mother split a long time ago, and Megan had spent a lot of her money trying to find her.

Peaslee soon becomes obsessed with the murdered Megan. Retracing the steps of her own investigation, traveling from Arkham to Dunwich, and even to the outskirts of Innsmouth, he will learn more about Megan and Arkham than he should, and discover things about himself that he’d tried to bury.

It’s 1928, and in the Miskatonic River Valley, women give birth to monsters and gods walk the hills. Robert Peaslee will soon learn the hard way that some things are better left undead.





Sarah Remy (2014)

The Bone Cave
Bone Magic 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 22, 2016
     eBook, 368 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 27, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
Past Stonehill Downs, beyond unforgiving scrubland and perilous mountain peaks, militant tribes gather on white sand . . .

With the Red Worm plague vanquished, and Malachi and Liam safely returned from Roue, Avani expects life in Wilhaiim to return to normal. But Mal has been changed by his journey across the long sea, and now walks dangerously close to the edge of madness, while the horrors of war in a foreign land have transformed Liam from a naïve lad to a young man seeking his place as sidhe among mortals.

And the plague has left chaos in its wake: Wilhaiim’s priests are rising against King Renault, a serial killer is taking vengeance on His Majesty's unwary subjects, and someone is using forbidden bone magic to kindle the Automata—mechanized monsters born of ancient necromancy.

As Avani works to contain unrest and expose a murderer, she is unaware that a far greater threat is rolling in from the east: a bloodthirsty desert army intent on destruction.

Magic will be tested and friendship tried as Avani and Mal battle new peril and old temptation in this stunning follow up to Across the Long Sea.





Robert Repino (2015)

Culdesac
War with No Name
Soho Press, November 15, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
The war with no name rages on, setting the world on fire. Humanity faces extinction at the hands of the Colony, a race of intelligent ants seeking to overthrow the humans and establish a new order.

The bobcat Culdesac is among the fiercest warriors fighting for the Colony. Driven by revenge and notorious for his ability to hunt humans in the wild, Culdesac is the perfect leader of the Red Sphinx, an elite unit of feline assassins. With the humans in retreat, the Red Sphinx seizes control of the remote village of Milton. But holding the town soon becomes a bitter struggle of wills. As the humans threaten a massive counterattack, the townsfolk protect a dark secret that could tip the balance of the war. For the brutal Culdesac, violence is the answer to everything. But this time, he’ll need more than his claws and his guns, for what he discovers in Milton will upend everything he believes, everything he fought for, and everything he left behind.

Relentless, bloody, and unforgiving, Culdesac is the story of an antihero with no soul to lose, carving a path of destruction that consumes the innocent and the guilty alike.


D'Arc
War with No Name 2
Soho Press, May 9, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
The startling saga of Mort(e) continues . . .

In the aftermath of the War With No Name, the Colony has been defeated, its queen lies dead, and the world left behind will never be the same. In her madness, the queen used a strange technology to uplift the surface animals, turning dogs and cats, bats and bears, pigs and wolves into intelligent, highly evolved creatures who rise up and kill their oppressors. And now, after years of bloodshed, these sentient beasts must learn to live alongside their sworn enemies—humans.

Far removed from this newly emerging civilization, a housecat turned war hero named Mort(e) lives a quiet life with the love he thought he had lost, a dog named Sheba. But before long, the chaos that they escaped comes crashing in around them. An unstoppable monster terrorizes a nearby settlement of beavers. A serial killer runs amok in the holy city of Hosanna. An apocalyptic cult threatens the fragile peace. And a mysterious race of amphibious creatures rises from the seas, intent on fulfilling the Colony’s destiny and ridding the earth of all humans. No longer able to run away, Sheba and Mort(e) rush headlong into the conflict, ready to fight but unprepared for a world that seems hell-bent on tearing them apart. In the twilight of all life on earth, love survives, but at a cost that only the desperate and the reckless are willing to pay.





Tarn Richardson (2016)

The Hunted
The Darkest Hand Prequel
The Overlook Press, February 1, 2016
eBook, 45 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
The Hunted, the short prequel to The Damned, is a gripping introduction to inquisitor Tacit Poldek and the dark world of the Darkest Hand Trilogy.


The Damned
The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
The Overlook Press, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
A gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative World War I where unspeakable creatures roam and a ruthless Inquisition still holds sway

In this "sublime work of dark fiction" (Intravenous Magazine), set in an alternative World War I, unspeakable creatures roam the grisly trenches, and a ruthless Catholic Inquisition holds sway — still powerful, but working in the shadows.

When a Father is brutally murdered int he French city of Arras, Poldeck Tacit—a determined and unhinged Inquisitor—arrives on the scene to investigate the crime. His mission: to protect the Church from those who would seek to destroy it, no matter what the cost.

As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British solider Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields—an enemy that answers to no human force and wreaks its havoc by the light of the moon.

Faced with impossible odds and struggling with his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil—and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims—to reach the heart of dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it even deeper into conflict.


The Fallen
The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2
The Overlook Press, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
The eerie second installment in the Darkest Hand trilogy, where war wages on in a shadowy world and between demons and werewolves

In Tarn Richardson’s follow-up to his gripping work The Damned, the ongoing battle of a paranormal World War I threatens to engulf the Inquisition as dark forces assemble amongst the most fanatical servants of the Catholic Church.

Before his murder, a desperate priest sends a secret letter to his brother serving in the Italian Army. Now this young soldier carries with him a letter which holds the key as to why terrible satanic rituals are being committed in the heart of the Vatican—and by whom. Drawn into this conspiracy and hunted by agents of The Darkest Hand, old rivals must unite to discover the contents of the letter before it’s too late.

Only Poldek Tacit, the most determined and unhinged Inquisitor, can hope to push back the forces of evil and unite those for good. But what happens when Tacit finds that his mission threatens the very future of a world already on the edge of the abyss?





Cecy Robson (2012)

Let Me
An O'Brien Family Novel 2
Cecy Robson, April 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 278 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
Once he was broken beyond repair. Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man--for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O'Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson "has the hottest brothers ever!" And in Let Me, it is Finn's turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O'Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he's buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn's not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he'll give it a shot.

Sol is working toward her masters degree in psychology, and already she feels like she's in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it's his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.

Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there's no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges--not in the ring, but in their hearts.


Inseverable
A Carolina Beach Novel 1
Cecy Robson, June 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 290 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
How can you imagine forever with someone who's leaving everything behind?

Callahan, a former army sniper, wants to make an escape from his past and everything he experienced at war, but most of all, just not feel. Feeling leads to pain and he’s suffered enough. When he inherits a house on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, he packs his bags, lured by the peace and seclusion he thinks it will bring. But, Callahan never counted on meeting anyone like Trinity . . .

Trinity has always been the cute, and funny one, who most guys overlook in pursuit of her "hot" friends. She became used to being everyone’s pal, until the day the young man she was attracted to, was drawn to her in return. He became her first great love, and first crushing heartbreak when she found him in bed with one of her closest friends.

To move forward, and to carry out her commitment to helping those in need, Trinity enlists in the Peace Corps, but not before returning to Kiawah for one last memorable summer. She just never imagined it would be so unforgettable.

Callahan doesn’t want to get close to anyone—let alone Trinity. He finds her perkiness insufferable and her attempts to entice a smile distracting. After all, he’s in Kiawah to leave all feelings behind. But when it comes to Trinity, who feels everything, it's hard not to feel something.

Neither expected to fall in love. And no one could have predicted how inseverable they’d become.


Of Flame and Light
Weird Girls 7
Cecy Robson, October 16, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 346 pages

What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29
Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart.

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .

Review: Reanimatrix by Pete Rawlik


Reanimatrix
Author:  Pete Rawlik
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, October 18, 2016
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 364 pages
List Price:  US$15.99 (print); US$11.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781597808804 (print); 9781597806015 (eBook)

Review: Reanimatrix by Pete Rawlik
An obsessed detective on the trail on a murdered young woman finds more than he bargained for in this tale of hard-boiled cosmic horror, an inventive mash-up of the pulp detective story and Lovecraftian terror.

Some say the war drove Robert Peaslee mad. Others suggest that given what happened to his father, madness was inevitable. He’s spent years trying to forget the monsters that haunt his dreams, but now has returned to witch-haunted Arkham to do the only job that he’s qualified for, handling the crimes other cops would prefer to never talk about. He’s the hero Arkham doesn’t even know it has.

Megan Halsey is dead, her body missing. She might have been one of the richest young women in Arkham, but all that money couldn’t make her happy. Word on the street is that her mother split a long time ago, and Megan had spent a lot of her money trying to find her.

Peaslee soon becomes obsessed with the murdered Megan. Retracing the steps of her own investigation, traveling from Arkham to Dunwich, and even to the outskirts of Innsmouth, he will learn more about Megan and Arkham than he should, and discover things about himself that he’d tried to bury.

It’s 1928, and in the Miskatonic River Valley, women give birth to monsters and gods walk the hills. Robert Peaslee will soon learn the hard way that some things are better left undead.



Brannigan's Review

Reanimatrix is a genre-blending thrill ride. Pete Rawlik mixed Lovecraft with pulp fiction detective mystery with romance. It's post World War I and the two main characters are Robert Peaslee and Megan Halsey. They both grew up in Arkham, Mass. Robert was in the war, where he saw his first signs of otherworldly power. After the war he spent time as an agent traveling Europe. It's here he hears about Megan's murder and decides to make his way back home to solve her murder, only to find true madness and evil.

Rawlik does a wonderful job of grabbing you and immersing you into his world. It's a true pleasure to read. For those of you familiar with Lovecraft, you'll be rewarded as well as other literary characters that pop in and out of the storyline. I won't ruin the surprise of who makes appearances, but I'm confident even I missed some of them. One major aspect of the story revolves around the reanimated dead. I have to say I really like the way Rawlik handles this as it felt like a truly fresh take.

Rawlik chose to write his story in the format of letters written by Robert and Megan, giving the reader immediate understanding of the two main characters and their inner workings. The only downfall is you can't completely trust the representation of other characters as they are filtered through the eyes of Robert and Megan.

My only real complaint is the writing style and narrative choice. It's a lot harder for me to get truly sucked into First Person Narratives and then the added choice of Letters to convey the story slows things down for me.

Reanimatrix is a unique take on genre blending that worked out better than I could have hoped for. Rawlik brought a fresh perspective on some familiar tropes. I can say you'll be glad you picked up this book. There is violence and minor adult themes. I'd recommend it to teens and adults. There are so many different genres covered in this book with other fun literary easter eggs, anyone that likes to read will find something to enjoy.

The View From Monday - October 17, 2016


Happy Monday! Only 15 days until Halloween!

There are 3 debuts this week (don't forget to vote in the October Cover Wars here):

The Next by Stephanie Gangi;

Carrier by Timothy Johnson;

and

Only the Dead Know Burbank by Bradford Tatum.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Hammer and the Goat by Peter Newman;

Reanimatrix by Pete Rawlik;

and

Of Flame and Light (Weird Girls 7 / Taran's Book 2) by Cecy Robson.

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



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



The View From Monday - October 17, 2016



October 17, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Chemical Wedding: by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version (e) John Crowley Meta
Pirate Utopia (e) Bruce Sterling SF



October 18, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Isis Orb Piers Anthony F/Hu - The Xanth Novels 40
The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons One & Two Tara Bennett TV/HistF - Outlander
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy Jay Bonansinga H - The Walking Dead Series 7
A Closed and Common Orbit (e) Becky Chambers SF/SO - Wayfarers 2
The Watcher of Dead Time Edward Cox F - Relic Guild 3
The Man in the High Castle (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
The Tourist Robert Dickinson LF
The Secret History of Twin Peaks Mark Frost SupTh
The Next (D) Stephanie Gangi CW/GH
Little Sister Death (h2tp) William Gay LF/H/FairyT/FolkT/Gothic
Sun Born Kathleen O'Neal Gear W. Michael Gear Hist - North America's Forgotten Past
The Supernaturals David Golemon ParaTh
Immortal Defender (e) Lisa Hendrix PNR - Immortal Brotherhood 3
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (ri) Shirley Jackson LF/H/Gothic - Penguin Orange Collection
Carrier (D) Timothy Johnson SF/AP/PA
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories (h2mm) Stephen King F - Collection
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer's Week Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin F - Collection
The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin F - Collection
A Gambler's Anatomy Jonathan Lethem LF/Hu/Th
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (ri) H. P. Lovecraft
S. T. Joshi (ed)
H - Penguin Orange Collection
Tankbread 4: Black Snow Paul Mannering SF/AP/PA - Tankbread 4
A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One George R. R. Martin F - A Song of Ice and Fire 1
Exploded View Sam McPheeters CyberP
The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Reference Guide to the Future Michael Okuda
Denise Okuda
TV/SF - Star Trek
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales Dominik Parisien (Ed)
Navah Wolfe (Ed)
FairyT - Anthology
Everything Belongs to the Future Laurie Penny CyberP
Discworld Diary 2017 Terry Pratchett & Friends
Discworld Emporium
F
Reanimatrix Pete Rawlik P
Firewalk Chris Roberson UF/SupTh
Of Flame and Light Cecy Robson PNR - Weird Girls 7 / Taran's Book 2
Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives Sam Sykes F - Pathfinder Tales 40
Only the Dead Know Burbank (D) Bradford Tatum H
Radiance (h2tp) Catherynne M. Valente SF/SO



October 19, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Reflections (ri) Samuel R. Delany LF
Everything That Isn't Winter: A Tor.Com Original (e) Margaret Killjoy SF
Homefront Horrors: Frights Away From the Front Lines, 1914-1918 Jess Nevins (Ed) H



October 20, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Honour Under Moonlight: A Tale of The God Fragments (e) Tom Lloyd F
The Hammer and the Goat (e) Peter Newman DF - Vagrant Short Story
Bridging Infinity (e) Jonathan Strahan (Ed) SF - The Infinity Project Anthology



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
ParaTh - Paranormal Thriller
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy


Note: Not all of these genres and formats are represented in the books above.

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