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The View From Monday (on Tuesday) - August 11, 2020

Happy Belated Monday! We have power and internet again after the tropical storm. I have friends who still don't have power after 1 week and a heat wave started yesterday! What a mess!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Bystander 27 by Rik Hoskin


We Are the Dead by Mike Shackle.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Machine Dynasty Omnibus by Madeline Ashby;

Failed State (Dystopian Lawyer 2) by Christopher Brown;

The Last Uncharted Sky (The Risen Kingdoms 3) by Curtis Craddock;

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade 3) by Seth Dickinson;


Dragon Heart by Peter Higgins.

The View From Monday (on Tuesday) - August 11, 2020

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

August 10, 2020
Magic Study (e) Maria V. Snyder RF - The Chronicles of Ixia 2

August 11, 2020
Neverland's Library: A Library Anthology Alana Joli Abbott (Ed) F - Anthology
Triumff (ri) Dan Abnett HistF/HU
A Chorus of Fire Brian D. Anderson F/EF - The Sorcerer's Song 2
Jest Right Piers Anthony F/HU - Magic of Xanth 43
The Machine Dynasty Omnibus (e) Madeline Ashby SF/HSF
Tijaran Tales: The Complete Series Francesca T. Barbini SF
Stage Fright (ri) Garrett Boatman H - Paperbacks from Hell
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom John Boyne Hist/Sagas/LF
CTRL S Andy Briggs SF/AP/PA
Failed State Christopher Brown Dys - Dystopian Lawyer 2
Legacy of Vale (Ke) Rhett C. Bruno SF - The Circuit Saga 2
A Private Cathedral James Lee Burke Sus - Dave Robicheaux 23
Fantasy from Asia and the Asian Diaspora: A Tordotcom Novella Sampler (e) Zen Cho
Saad Z. Hossain
S. L. Huang
Nghi Vo
JY Neon Yang
F - Sampler Collection
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (ri) Susanna Clarke F
The Last Uncharted Sky Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 3
Mirage Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO/HSF/AC - Web Shifter's Library 2
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant Seth Dickinson EF - The Masquerade 3
The Invisible Seb Doubinsky Dys/Noir - City-States Cycle
Mums and Mayhem Amanda Flower PCM - Magic Garden Mystery 3
Flights of Marigold Susan Forest F - Addicted to Heaven 2
After Siege (e) Rhiannon Frater H/AP/PA - As The World Dies 4
Twenty After Midnight Daniel Galera
Julia Sanches (Tr)
Dragon Heart Peter Higgins F/LF/AP/PA
Stoker's Wilde West Steven Hopstaken
Melissa Prusi
HistF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Bystander 27 (D) Rik Hoskin F/DF
The Eye of the World (ri) Robert Jordan EF - Wheel of Time 1
This Little Light: A Novel Lori Lansens F/Dys/CoA/Political
Knight of Stars Tom Lloyd EF - God Fragments
More Beautiful Than Death David Mack SF - Star Trek
The Shadow Commission David Mack HistF/Occ/Sup/DF - Dark Arts 3
Son of the Shadows (ri) Juliet Marillier HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Sevenwaters Trilogy 2
Luna: Moon Rising (h2tp) Ian McDonald SF/SE/HSF/SO - Luna 3
Sorcery of a Queen  Brian Naslund F/EF - Dragons of Terra 2
Debt of Loyalty Christopher G. Nuttall SF/M/SO - Embers of War 2
The Apocalypse Strain Jason Parent SF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Cry of Metal & Bone L. Penelope HistF/RF - Earthsinger Chronicles 3
From Divergent Suns Sam Peters SF/CrM - From Darkest Skies 3
Episodes Christopher Priest SF/LF
The Secret of Barnabas Collins Marylin Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 7
The Demon of Barnabas Collins Marylin Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Volume 8
Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear Matthew Salesses LF/AB
We Are The Dead (D) Mike Shackle EF - Last War 1
Island Johanna Skibsrud VM/LF/Political
By Force Alone Lavie Tidhar F/Arthurian
The Burning White (h2tp) Brent Weeks EF/HistF - Lightbringer 5
The Wizard Knight (Tor Essentials) Gene Wolfe EF - The Wizard Knight

August 12, 2020
Exile's End: A Original (e) Carolyn Ives Gilman SF

August 14, 2020
Driftwood Marie Brennan F - Driftwood 1

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

AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
LMF - Legends, Myths, Fables
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors

Here are some of the upcoming June 2020 works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.

Zen Cho (2015)

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, June 23, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 160 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
“Fantastic, defiant, utterly brilliant.” —Ken Liu

Zen Cho returns with The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, a found family wuxia fantasy that combines the vibrancy of old school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of history.

A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.

K. A. Doore (2019)

The Unconquered City
Chronicles of Ghadid 3
Tor Books, June 16, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The final volume in K. A. Doore's critically-acclaimed assassin fantasy series, praised by Publishers Weekly as “a hit with fans of Sarah J. Maas and George R.R. Martin” (starred review)

Seven years have passed since the Siege—a time when the hungry dead had risen—but the memories still haunt Illi Basbowen. Though she was trained to be an elite assassin, now the Basbowen clan act as Ghadid's militia force protecting the resurrected city against a growing tide of monstrous guul that travel across the dunes.

Illi's worst fears are confirmed when General Barca arrives, bearing news that her fledgling nation, Hathage, also faces this mounting danger. In her search for the source of the guul, the general exposes a catastrophic secret hidden on the outskirts of Ghadid.

To protect her city and the realm, Illi must travel to Hathage and confront her inner demons in order to defeat a greater one—but how much can she sacrifice to protect everything she knows from devastation?

The Chronicles of Ghadid
#1: The Perfect Assassin
#2: The Impossible Contract
#3: The Unconquered City

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Chronicles of Ghadid 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Chronicles of Ghadid 2

Peter Higgins (2013)

Dragon Heart
Waldenau 1
Gollancz, June 2, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
For readers of Cormac McCarthy and Justin Cronin, this is the story of one family's battle for survival in a world where evil has already won.

As they fight their way across a dying land, Shay and Cass will do anything to keep their daughter, Hope, alive. The family faces unimaginable dangers as they try to stay together, and stay alive, long enough to reach safety. But when the heart of a dragon starts to beat in Hope's chest, they fear they'll lose her to a battle they can't possibly help her win . . .

Critically acclaimed author Peter Higgins has written a richly evocative post-apocalyptic fantasy novel about how, even in the darkest of times, we have so much to lose.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 14

This is the fourteenth 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

Randy Henderson (2015)

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free
The Arcana Familia 2
Tor Books, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 16, 2016

Randy Henderson continues his dark and quirky urban fantasy series with Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free, set in a world of arcane beings hidden among the mundane townies of Port Townsend, Washington. In this sequel to Randy Henderson's acclaimed debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, Finn Gramaraye is settling back into the real world after his twenty-five-year-long imprisonment in the otherworld of the Fey. He's fallen in love with a woman from his past, though he worries she may love a version of him that no longer exists. He's proven his innocence of the crime of Dark Necromancy, and he's finding a place in the family business—operating a mortuary for the Arcane, managing the magical energies left behind when an Arcane being dies to prevent it from harming the mundane world.

But Finn wants more. Or different. Or something. He's figured out how to use the Kinfinder device created by his half-mad father to find people's True Love, and he'd like to convert that into an Arcane Dating Service. It's a great idea. Everyone wants True Love! Unfortunately, trouble always seems to find Finn, and when he agrees to help his friend, the Bigfoot named Sal, they walk right into a Feyblood rebellion against the Arcane Ruling Council, a rebellion being fomented by unknown forces and fueled by the drug created by Finn's own grandfather.

Smells Like Finn Spirit
The Arcana Familia 3
Tor Books, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Finn Graymare is back in the final installment of Randy Henderson's Familia Arcana series, Smells Like Finn Spirit.

Finn's re-adaptation to the human world is not going so well. He's got a great girlfriend, and is figuring out how things like the internet work, but he is still carrying the disembodied personality of Alynon, Prince of the Silver Demesne, the fae who had occupied his body during his imprisonment. And he's not getting along at all with his older brother. And oh, by the way, his dead grandfather is still trying to possess him in order to bring about Armageddon.

Debbie Herbert (2013)

Bayou Shadow Protector
Bayou Magic 2
Harlequin Nocturne, September 1, 2016
     eBook, 304 pages
Harlequin Nocturne, October 4, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Native American legends and the fairy world combine in a bayou filled with danger, deception and deadly secrets…

As a shadow hunter of ancient, evil spirits, Chulah Rivers is used to strange creatures and happenings in the bayou. But when April Meadows appears out of nowhere to enlist the Native American's help in a battle that threatens the balance of the Fae and human worlds, Chulah is plunged into a deadly battle—and confronted with an all-consuming desire for this mysterious stranger who knows far too much about his past…

Bayou Wolf
Bayou Magic 3
Harlequin Nocturne, January 1, 2017
     eBook, 304 pages
Harlequin Nocturne, December 20, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

The taming of the shrew… 

Tallulah Silver is tough. She has to be—because she's the Choctaw tribe's only female shadow hunter, and because she doesn't know how else to survive the loss that almost destroyed her. Payton Rodgers has devoted his life to protecting his pack. But when mauled bodies start to pile up in the bayou, Payton begins to wonder if Tallulah might be right about werewolves deserving the blame. As darkness gathers around them, Tallulah will have to decide if she can risk opening herself up to love again. And Payton will have to determine where his true loyalties lie.

Ellen Herrick (2015)

The Forbidden Garden
William Morrow, April 4, 2017
     Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
William Morrow Paperbacks, April 4, 2017
     Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Sarah Jio, comes a lush imaginative novel that takes readers into the heart of a mysterious English country garden, waiting to spring to life.

Every garden is a story, waiting to be told…

At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity: reviving a long-dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate.

Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife Stella, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden. Generations have tried—and failed—to bring it back to glory. Sorrel senses heartbreak and betrayal here, perhaps even enchantment. Intrigued by the house’s history—especially the haunting tapestries that grace its walls—and increasingly drawn to Stella’s enigmatic brother, Sorrel sets to work. And though she knows her true home is across the sea with her sisters, instinct tells her that the English garden’s destiny is entwined with her own, if she can only unravel its secrets…

Jennifer David Hesse (2016)

Bell, Book & Candlemas
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2
Kensington, December 27, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

A new year has barely begun and Edindale, Illinois, family law attorney Keli Milanni already has her hands full at work. But her private practice—as a Wiccan—may cause her worlds to collide…

The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is right around the corner, but when vandals target New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures, the mood is far from festive. Frightening threats and accusations of witchcraft aimed at the owner have some Wiccan patrons calling it a hate crime. And when things escalate to murder, the community turns to Keli…

As a friend and customer, Keli wants to help. But there’s one problem: she’s fiercely private about her religion. How can she stop the harassment, not to mention catch a killer, while keeping her faith hidden from her colleagues, clients, and her promising—and long awaited—new boyfriend? At a time meant to banish darkness, will Keli have to choose between risking the spotlight and keeping her beliefs locked in the proverbial broom closet? Or will she call on her deepest convictions to conjure the perfect path?...

Peter Higgins (2013)

Wolfhound Empire
The Wolfhound Century Omnibus
Orbit, September 6, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 992 pages

A spectre is haunting the empire--the specter of war.

Huge stone creatures have fallen from the sky, their bodies littering the countryside. Blood-hungry golems are used to fight a never-ending war for political power. Secret police crush insurgency wherever it's found.

Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to Mirrored to quell a new rebellion within the city limits. He's been called because he's an outsider. Because he isn't enmeshed in the city's politics. And because of the piece of stone embedded in his forehead.

The View From Monday - May 18, 2015

Happy Monday! There are 5 debuts this week:

The Well by Catherine Chanter;

The Choosing (Seer 1) by Rachelle Dekker;

Disclaimer by Renée Knight;

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan;


When the Heavens Fall (The Chronicles of the Exile 1) by Marc Turner.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne;

Radiant State (The Wolfhound Century 3) by Peter Higgins;

Talking Dirty (Pax Arcana) by Elliott James;


Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson 8) by Darynda Jones.

The View From Monday - May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015
Phantom Quartz (Ke) Barbra Annino PM - Stacy Justice Witch Mystery 6
Krewe of Hunters Series Volume 3: The Night Is Watching\The Night Is Alive\The Night Is Forever (e) Heather Graham PNR - Krewe of Hunters
Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles (Ke) Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid

May 19, 2015
Hothouse (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
Enemies of the System (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
An Island Called Moreau (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
Report on Probability A (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
Dracula Unbound (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
The Malacia Tapestry (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF - Collection
Super-State: A Novel of a Future Europe (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
White Mars; or, The Mind Set Free: A 21st-Century Utopia (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss
Roger Penrose
Frankenstein Unbound (e)(ri) Brian W. Aldiss SF
Unbearable Desire (e) Vivi Andrews PNR - Lone Pine Pride 4
The Scarlet Gospels Clive Barker H
Sly Mongoose (ri) Tobias S. Buckell SF/SO
The King in Yellow Robert W. Chambers GN/SF
The Well (D) Catherine Chanter Sus/Ap
Against a Darkening Sky Lauren B. Davis HistF
The Choosing (D) Rachelle Dekker Dys/PA - Seer 1
The Hanged Man P. N. Elrod SP/M - On Her Majesty's Psychic Service 1
Radiant State Peter Higgins F - The Wolfhound Century 3
Talking Dirty (e) Elliott James CF - Pax Arcana
Eighth Grave After Dark Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 8
Witches Be Burned (e) Stacey Kennedy PNR - Magic & Mayhem 1
Disclaimer (D) Renée Knight PsyTh
Devil in the Wires (e) Tim Lees CF - Field Ops 2
The Gracekeepers (D) Kirsty Logan LF/Myth/FL
Odin: The Viking Allfather Steven Long F - Myths and Legends 14
Revive Tracey Martin PNR - RedZone 1
Uprooted Naomi Novik F
The Coldest Sea (e) Marian Perera PNR - Eden 5
Dead Shift Richard Phillips SF - The Rho Agenda Inception 3
Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction Hannu Rajaniemi SF/Ap/PA - Collection
The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods - Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, and more Cassandra Reeder F - Cookbook
Protective Instinct (e) Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter 5.5
Crossfades: A Dystopian Novella (e) William Todd Rose Dys/H
Snatched David Saperstein SF/Ad
Sword of Destiny (e) Andrzej Sapkowski F - Tales of the Witcher Collection
Behind the Eyes of Dreamers: and Other Short Novels (e)(ri) Pamela Sargent SF - Collection
Eye of Flame: Fantasies (e)(ri) Pamela Sargent SF - Collection
The Golden Space (e)(ri) Pamela Sargent SF
The Mountain Cage: and Other Stories (e)(ri) Pamela Sargent SF - Collection
Ever Night (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Novella
Wings of Flame (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F
The Hex Witch of Seldom (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F
Apocalypse (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F
Chains of Gold (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F
Chance: and Other Gestures of the Hand of Fate (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F - Collection
Fair Peril (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F
Plumage (e)(ri) Nancy Springer F
Oceanspace (e)(ri) Allen Steele SF
Clarke County, Space (e)(ri) Allen Steele SF - Near-Space 2
Lunar Descent (e)(ri) Allen Steele SF - Near-Space 3
Time Loves a Hero (e)(ri) Allen Steele SF
Seveneves Neal Stephenson SF/Ap/PA
If You Could See Me Now Peter Straub H
When the Heavens Fall (D) Marc Turner F - The Chronicles of the Exile 1
My Real Children (h2tp) Jo Walton SF
The Shadow of Elysium (e) Django Wexler F - Shadow Campaigns Novella
Use Once, Then Destroy: Stories Conrad Williams H - Collection
In the Distance, and Ahead in Time (e)(ri) George Zebrowski SF - Collection

May 20, 2015
Metropolis (ri) Thea von Harbou SF
Ginga: A Tor.Com Original (e) Daniel José Older UF - Bone Street Rumba

D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint

Ap - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FL - Folk Lore
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - March 23, 2015

Happy Monday! It's 18F here. I don't think Spring got the memo about higher temperatures. We may even get more snow!

There are two debuts this week:

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson;


Beasts of Tabat (The Tabat Quartet 1) by Cat Rambo.

Don't forget to vote in the March Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars here. The poll closes tomorrow.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. Bennett;

Truth and Fear (The Wolfhound Century 2) by Peter Higgins is out in Trade Paperback;

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez is out in Trade Paperback;


Medicine for the Dead (Children of the Drought 2) by Arianne 'Tex' Thompson.

The View From Monday - March 23, 2015

March 24, 2015
Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Dark Alchemy (e) Laura Bickle CF
The Midnight Witch (h2tp) Paula Brackston Hist/Su
Balance Point (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 3
1920: America's Great War (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH/Th
Werewolves: A Hunter's Guide Graeme Davis H
Angel (e) Lola Dodge PNR - Manhattan Ten 4
The Lost Boys Symphony (D) Mark Andrew Ferguson GB
Claimed Sarah Fine CF - Servants of Fate 2
Mother of Demons (Special Leather Bound Edition) Eric Flint SF
Night's Blaze: Part 3: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 5
Harrison Squared Daryl Gregory CF
Afterparty (h2tp) Daryl Gregory SF
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire Molly Harper PNR - Half Moon Hollow 3
Truth and Fear (h2tp) Peter Higgins AH/M - The Wolfhound Century 2
Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who Paul Kirkley SF - Space Helmet for a Cow 1
Nightbringer Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ultramarines 1
Icefall Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels 4
Repeat Neal Pollack Hu/SF
The Forever Watch (h2tp) David Ramirez SF
The Fifth Heart Dan Simmons Hist/M
Orbs III: Redemption: A Science Fiction Thriller (e) Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th - Orbs 3
Medicine for the Dead Arianne 'Tex' Thompson F/WW - Children of the Drought 2
The Summer Palace Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 3
The Moon Tells Secrets Savanna Welles PNR/Go

March 25, 2015
Dog: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce McAllister H

March 26, 2015
The Last Quarrel: Episode 5 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel

March 27, 2015
Beasts of Tabat (D) Cat Rambo F - The Tabat Quartet 1

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
Hu - Humor
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
WW - Weird Western

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 8

This is the eighth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 9 will cover 2013 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here

Brooklyn Ann

Bite at First Site
Scandels with Bite 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Her interest is purely scientific
Cassandra Burton wants to study medicine, surgery, healing, and everything related to the human body and its mysteries-and she's willing to rob graves to do it! But a lady can meet dark and dangerous characters lurking around the cemetery. And who could be more fascinating than Rafael Villar, Lord Vampire of London? If she could study his physiology, she could learn so much that would help humans. After all, he's immortal-and Cassandra is now his prisoner...

Until she gets close enough to touch
As if Rafael didn't have enough to worry about, with a rebellion brewing and his allies out of reach, now he's confronted by a beautiful, fearless lady who wants to heal the scars he's born for centuries. He can't keep her, and he can't let her go, and worst of all, he's every bit as intrigued by her as she is by him.

Clifford Beal

Not Final Cover
The Guns of Ivrea
Valdur 1
Solaris, July 28, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

An incredible new sea-faring fantasy series begins! A gritty, thrilling epic that reads like a cross between Patrick O'Brian and George R.R. Martin, bringing together the tang of the sea and the taste of cold steel.

Acquel Galenus, former thief and now a reluctant monk in the Great Temple at Livorna, uncovers a terrible secret, one that could topple the Holy Church. A secret that could get him killed.
Pirate princeling Nico Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk who inhabit the waters of Valdur, finds herself drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but threaten their very existence.

Their fates will intertwine as they journey across the island kingdom, through duchies and republics riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...

R. S. Belcher

Tor Books, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

[no description available yet]

The Trade Paperback of the The Shotgun Arcana will be published by Tor Books in October 2015. It was previously published in Hardcover and eBook in October 2014.

M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension
Generation V #4
Roc, August 4, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As the “wickedly clever” (Publishers Weekly) series continues, reluctant, slacker vampire Fortitude Scott learns that nothing is more important than family—or more deadly….

After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His newfound career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up.

Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts failing, throwing Fort into the middle of an uncomfortable and dangerous battle for succession. His older sister, Prudence, is determined to take over the territory. But Fort isn’t the only one wary of her sociopathic tendencies, and allies, old and new, are turning to him to keep Prudence from gaining power.

Now, as Fort fights against his impending transition into vampire adulthood, he must also battle to keep Prudence from destroying their mother’s kingdom—before she takes him down with it….

J. Kathleen Cheney

The Shores of Spain
Novel of the Golden City 3
Roc Trade, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

A brilliant new chapter in the Novels of the Golden City.

Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power.

Newlywed siren Oriana Paredes has been appointed Ambassador to her home islands now that communication between Northern Portugual and the magical races has been restored. But convincing her people that the new Portuguese Prince’s intentions are honorable after years of persecution is difficult. And her husband, Duilio, faces his own obstacles among the sirens where males are a rare and valuable commodity with few rights.

In addition to their diplomatic mission, the two hope to uncover the truth behind Oriana’s mother’s death. Evidence suggests that Spain—a country that has been known to enslave magical beings—may have infiltrated the siren authority. Unable to leave their post, Oriana and Duilio must call on Inspector Joaquim Tavares to root out the truth.

But even his seer’s gift cannot prepare him for what he will discover.

The Seat of Magic
Novel of the Golden City 2
Roc, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Trade Paperback and eBook, July 2014

The Golden City series continues, and humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill…

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic

Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
Tor Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets an intriguing woman from a previous century, scientist Elise Kim, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, James brings her back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, and discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.

The Rebirths of Tao
Tao 3
Angry Robot Books, April 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Five years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War.

A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.

With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.

And you thought you were having a stressful day…

File Under: Science Fiction

Ian Doescher
[covers not yet available]

William Shakespeare's Forsooth, the Phantom Menace : Star Wars Part the First
Quirk Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages


Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians:
 The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!

William Shakespeare's Alack! Of the Clones : Star Wars Part the Second
Quirk Books, July 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

In time so long ago begins our play,

In clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

To Shmi or not to Shmi?

Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. But the path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day!

A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.

William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge : Star Wars Part the Third
Quirk Books, September 8, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 168 pages


Lend us your ears and comlinks, good folk, as we share a tale of tragedy, hubris, and doomed romance. Within this Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars: Episode 3, galactic treachery abounds. A once-heroic knight is transformed into the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.


Don’t miss this final chapter in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, presented Shakespeare-style with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. It’s a perfect melding of classic literature and epic pop culture!

Betsy Dornbusch

Seven Eyes 2
Night Shade Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover, 360 pages
eBook available April 7, 2015

Once an exile. Now a king returning to the land that cast him out.

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and thekingdomofAkrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.

Factions both known and unknown to Draken vie to undermine his efforts and throw the kingdom into civil war. Forces from his days in the Black Guard prove to be the most enigmatic, and a bloody tide threatens to engulf Draken’s every step.

Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 24, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?

Radiant State
Wolfhound Century 3
Orbit, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

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The View From Monday - March 24, 2014

Happy penultimate Monday in March!  Spring is here finally, but the weather still thinks it's Winter.

The View From Monday - March 24, 2014

There are quite a few books out by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett;

The Burning Dark (Spider Wars 1) by Adam Christopher;

Truth and Fear (Wolfhound Century 2) by Peter Higgins;

The Wicked (Something Red 2) by Douglas Nicholas;

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway is out in Trade Paperback;


The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag is out in Trade Paperback.

March 24, 2014
Sex and the Single Vamp (e) Robin Covington PNR
Love and Other Cosmic Nonsense (e) A.D. Marrow PNR - Cosmic Nonsense 1
Granny Yaga Vitali Vitaliev FT/F

March 25, 2014
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince (h2tp) Nancy Atherton PCM - Aunt Dimity 18
Dawn's Early Light Philippa Ballantine
Tee Morris
SP/M - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 3
The Six-Gun Tarot (h2mm) R. S. Belcher HistF/WW
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Last God Standing Michael Boatman UF
The Midnight Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Path of the Archon Andy Chambers SF - Warhammer 40,000: Dark Eldar Path 3
The Burning Dark Adam Christopher SF - Spider Wars 1
Wrath of Lions David Dalglish
Robert J. Duperre
F - Breaking World 2
Sovereign (tp2mm) Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
F - Books of Mortals 3
The Heretic (h2mm) Tony Daniel
David Drake
SF - The General / Raj Whitehall 9
Talus and the Frozen King Graham Edwards F
The Dead Don't Dance John Enright Th/P - Jungle Beat 3
Dark Lycan (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 23
Carpathian (h2mm) David L. Golemon Th/P - Event Group Thriller 8
Waking the Dead Heather Graham Sus/P - Caffery and Quinn
Dead Ever After (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF/M - Sookie Stackhouse 13
Truth and Fear Peter Higgins F/M - Wolfhound Century 2
Winter's Heart (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 9
Styxx (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 23
Under the Dome: Part 2 (h2mm) Stephen King H
Call of the Siren Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum
Bite Me Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 9
Age of Shiva James Lovegrove SF - Age Of... / Pantheon Triptych 6
Code Zero Jonathan Maberry Th/H - Joe Ledger 6
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure - Episode 2
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure - Episode 3
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure Omnibus
Antiagon Fire (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Image Portfolio 7
The Remaining: Trust: A Novella (e) D.J. Molles UF - The Remaining
The Wicked Douglas Nicholas HistF/H/Myth - Something Red 2
The Barsoom Project (tp2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 2
Children of the Gates Andre Norton SF - Omnibus
Vampires Need Not...Apply? (tp2mm) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 4
The House at the End of Hope Street (h2tp) Menna van Praag F
The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth Terry Pratchett
Jacqueline Simpson
F - Discworld
The River of No Return (h2tp) Bee Ridgway TT/R
Sunstone Freya Robertson F - Elemental Wars 2
Red Planet Blues (h2mm) Robert J. Sawyer SF/Noir
Lockstep Karl Schroeder SF
The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies Clark Ashton Smith Su - Collection
DarkFuse #1 (Kindle e) Shane Staley (ed) H - Anthology
Shadow People (h2mm) James Swain Th/P - Peter Warlock
Shadowbound Dianne Sylvan UF - Shadow World 5

March 26, 2014
Anyway: Angie: A Original (e) Daniel Jose OlderUF

March 27, 2014
Copper Falcon (e) W. Michael Gear
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
F - A Tale of North America's Forgotten Past

March 30, 2014
The Wanderer's Tale (ri) David Bilsborough F - Annals of Lindormyn 1

e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H- Horror
HisfF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
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
WW - Weird Western

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6

This is the sixth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 7, covering more 2013 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.

Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 4 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.
Part 5 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6

Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter
The Execution Underground 2
Harelquin HQN, April 1, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he’s a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he’s ever loved,

David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her. The piece of her heart Allsún O’Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they’re swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún’s life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

Mark T. Barnes

The Pillars of Sand
Echoes of Empire 3
47North, May 20, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 

The epic conclusion of the Echoes of Empire trilogy.

Prophecy declared that corrupt politician Corajidin would rule the Shrīanese Federation, even become its new Emperor—and sinister magic has helped him defy death in order to do it. But his victory is not assured, thanks to clashing rival factions that hinder any attempts to unify the nation. Though he has taken increasingly brutal measures to eliminate all obstacles in his path, the dark forces supporting him grow dangerously impatient. And the harder they press, the more drastic Corajidin’s actions become.

Soon, only his most powerful adversaries will stand in his way: Indris, the peerless swordsman and sorcerer who has long fought to end the Federation’s bloody turmoil; and the warrior-poet Mari, Corajidin’s own daughter and the woman Indris loves. Fate has torn them apart, forcing them into terrifying personal trials. But if Indris can bring to bear the devastating knowledge of the Pillars of Sand, and Mari can rise up as a rebel leader, Corajidin’s enemies will rally—and the decisive battle for the soul and future of the Shrīanese will begin.

This epic tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal, painted in the blood of allies and enemies by Mark T. Barnes, concludes the Echo of Empire trilogy that began with The Garden of Stones and The Obsidian Heart.

M. L. Brennan

Iron Night
Generation V 2
Roc, January 7, (2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Underemployed by day. Undead by night.

Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He's learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead body.

The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril.

Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks.

Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Wizard's Promise
Strange Chemistry, May 6, 2014 (US)
May 1, 2014 (UK)
Trade Paperback and eBook

Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.

In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy, and learns that Kolur has a deadly past, she soon realises that wishing for adventures is a dangerous game - because those wishes might come true.

Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's the Empire Striketh Back
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
Quirk Books, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The William Shakespeare Trilogy 3
Quirk Books, July 1, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Ariel Djanikian

The Office of Mercy
Penguin, January 28, 2014
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, February 21 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
“A cool and compelling” (Flavorwire) debut of a new postapocalyptic world for fans of The Hunger Games

On the screen and on the page, dystopian fantasies have captivated the public imagination. In The Office of Mercy, debut novelist Ariel Djanikian has conceived a chilling, post-apocalyptic page-turner that has earned her glowing comparisons to George Orwell and Suzanne Collins.

In America-Five, there is no suffering, hunger, or inequality. Its citizens inhabit a high-tech Utopia established after a global catastrophe known as the Storm radically altered the planet. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Wiley works in the Office of Mercy, tasked with humanely terminating—or “sweeping”—the nomadic Storm survivors who live Outside. But after she joins a select team and ventures Outside for the first time, Natasha slowly unravels the mysteries surrounding the Storm—and the secretive elders who run America-Five.

K. M. Fawcett

The  Survival Race 2
Forever Yours, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6

Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader's heart and stop a brewing war. Myia's mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty . . . until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.


Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman's touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed . . . and aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can't seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia's love.

Peter Higgins

Wolfhound Century
Wolfhound Century 1
Orbit, February 4, 2014
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 26, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.

A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.

Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.

Truth and Fear
Wolfhound Century 2
Orbit, March 25, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 6
Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city.

But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city.

But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?

Interview with Peter Higgins, author of Wolfhound Century - March 26, 2013

Please welcome Peter Higgins to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.  Wolfhound Century is out today! Happy Publication Day to Peter.  You may read Peter's Guest Blog - Russian-ness - here.

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thank you for having me! It’s fantastic to be here.

TQ:  When and why did you start writing?

Peter:  I was a slow starter. I was always a reader though. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by books. All kinds of books. Anything I could find. Thrillers, fantasy, SF, Victorian novels, the Greek and Roman classics, folktales, comic books, history, biography, science. Absolutely everything. I’ve never felt anything was off limits. It’s all part of one big wonderful book.

I used to make attempts at writing from time to time, but I always gave up. I couldn’t get beyond the initial idea and the first few pages. Looking back now, I realize that I wanted to write, but technically I just didn’t know how to do it. Eventually, I found myself stopping off in cafés on the way to and from work, scribbling in note books, and I decided I really did need to try and do it seriously.

About that time – I’m really not sure now whether this came before or after I’d made that decision to commit to writing seriously – I was poking about in a carton outside a junk shop and I found this old book. It was by Joan Aiken, whose stories I loved when I was nine or ten, and it was about how to write. I mean, not what makes a good book – plots, themes, characters – but what the actual processes of making a story are. It was like someone had taken me into a workshop full of tools and shown me how to use them.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Peter:  Well I’m not sure how to answer that. Every reader has their own internal compass … But there are a couple of things I find really interesting when I’m actually doing the writing (sorry, I’m being greedy – having two).

I love trying to capture the atmosphere of places and periods. A crowded café in a northern European city a hundred years ago, in the rain. A path in the forest when the wind is blowing hard. An immense bureaucratic office building. It’s not really about accurate description, because every reader has their own places like that, which they visit inside their heads. I guess I’m trying to find the thing, or sound, or smell, that will trigger those imaginative memories, and make spaces in the story where a reader can bring their own imagination with them.

Also, I ask myself the most wild and off-the-wall question I can think of: such as, what would be it be like if the rain knew you were there and didn’t like you? And then follow it through with absolute care and seriousness.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Peter:  Plotter. Definitely. I like stories that are tense and move fast and have lots of mystery and surprises. I work all that out first, so there’s a good strong spine to the book, because when the actual writing starts I get absorbed in the moment and the characters, and if I didn’t have a good idea of where it was going I’d be lost in the woods. Of course I don’t always stick to the plan. Sometimes a new character just walks in, or something unexpected happens, and I go with it. Change the plan.

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

Peter:  Mixing genres. I love thrillers and I love fantasy and SF, and in Wolfhound Century I wanted to write a book that would work as both, at the same time. I didn’t want to choose. So Wolfhound Century is a thriller, and it’s set in a world that’s different from ours in some important ways. It’s a lot like Soviet Russia, but there are giants there, and every few decades a monstrous inhuman creature falls from the sky, and usually they’re dead. The people call them angels, but they’re not.

There’s no reason why you can’t mix genres – books and movies and TV do it all the time – but I learned that it’s a kind of balancing act. There are times when the different genres pull against each other. For example, SF and fantasy books often take their time over world building. If you introduce something new and strange, you can expand a bit about what it is and give it some context. But thrillers don’t work like that: you have to start with a bang, in the middle of the action, and the pace can’t let up for too long or the book starts to sag and the sense of urgency and threat gets lost. That was certainly a challenge: finding ways of slipping the world-building in naturally along the way.

TQ:  Describe Wolfhound Century in 140 characters or less.

Peter:  A city of artists and revolutionaries and secret police, a monstrous alien presence in the forest, a woman sewing uniforms in a factory who wants to change the world …

TQ:  What inspired you to write Wolfhound Century?

Peter: I found the basic idea almost by accident. A long, slow accident. It was really an exciting moment when I finally got there. I jumped out of my skin.

I was reading a lot of fantasy at the time. Robin Hobb. I was obsessed by Robin Hobb. I wanted to write a big, wild fantasy. But I just couldn’t find a way in. Every time one of my characters picked up a sword, or did some magic, or heard about a dragon, I felt someone else in another book was already doing that better.

So, quite slowly, I started shifting my story deeper into central Europe, and north to the Baltic shores in winter, and I was moving forwards in time. Revolvers not swords. Trucks and trains not carts. Suddenly I found myself in St Petersburg in the early twentieth century. The idea just exploded into life. Suddenly I had marching crowds and modernist painters and propaganda cinema and noisy railway stations, and all the darkness and emotion of that historical period, and I had giants and golems and an endless forest. And I could make the story a thriller, an investigation, a race against time, a struggle against the overwhelming power of the state.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Wolfhound Century?

Peter:  A lot more than found its way into the finished story. I spent a lot of time, not only with history books, but also with artists and cinema and novels of the time. Old photographs. Travel books and guide books. Wildlife documentaries. Menus and recipes. I wanted to know what it felt like to be there, what it smelled like and tasted like, what they were afraid of, and what kind of things could happen. Where Stalin came from and how he took power.

I was always very aware that the events I was researching were real, and caused the deaths of millions of people and ruined the lives of millions more. I’ve tried to let that awareness come through in the book, as a kind of quiet undercurrent, so that Wolfhound Century doesn’t trivialize or exploit its background.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Peter:  The bad guys were the easiest, for sure. Josef Kantor, master terrorist with his eye on the main prize, and Lavrentina Chazia, head of the Secret Police. As they develop, they just get crueler and crueler, more and more powerful. Each has their own plans, and they pursue them ruthlessly. They spot their enemies’ weakest, most sensitive points, and they stick their fingers in and they push. If you have any kind of a malicious streak in you, writing villains is great fun.

The heroes were the hardest – Vissarion Lom, the police investigator whose refusal to toe the line starts the story rolling, and Maroussia Shaumian, the woman he meets, who wants to change the world – because they grow and deepen as people. You have to think about that really carefully: they’re thrown out of their familiar lives and experience terrible things, and they have to respond, emotionally, but not to the point where they become ineffective and they can’t push back. You don’t want them to come over as callous or unaware either: what happens affects not just them, but their families and friends and other people. They have to make hard decisions, knowing there’s a price to pay either way. And of course they respond to each other, too.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Wolfhound Century?

Peter:  When I think about Wolfhound Century now, it’s often the quieter moments that come back most vividly. The pauses after the action. For example, there’s a scene where the heroine, Maroussia, has just had to run and fight for her life, and she knows she’s going to have to leave her apartment for ever, but she has a moment where she goes back home and washes the dirt off her cuts and bruises, changes her clothes and packs a bag. It doesn’t take long. She doesn’t own much. The passage only takes a paragraph or two, and I wrote it quickly, but I felt I’d got close to who she really was. What it was like to be her.

TQ:  What's next?

Peter:  Well, Wolfhound Century is definitely not the end of the story. It’s the first in a series of three. The second is already written, and I’m working on the third at the moment.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thank you for inviting me. I’ve enjoyed it a lot.

 About Wolfhound Century

Wolfhound Century
Vissarion Lom 1
Orbit Books, March 26, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 380 pages

Inspector Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown terrorism with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists. Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.

And the recently revealed cover for Truth and Fear (Vissarion Lom 2):

I love the Russian included on the seal on this cover (and yes, I know what it means).


About Peter

Peter Higgins read English at Oxford University and Queen's, Ontario. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and worked in the British civil service. His short stories have appeared in Fantasy: Best of the Year 2007, Best New Fantasy 2, Asimov's Science Fiction, Fantasy Magazine, Zahir and Revelation, and in Russian translation in the St Petersburg magazine Esli. He lives with his family in South Wales.


The View From Monday - March 25, 2013

Happy Monday!  It's the last Monday in March. Spring has arrived astronomically but not meteorologically - in other words, supposed to be Spring, still snowing.  If I've missed thanking anyone please accept my thank you for the birthday messages yesterday!

The View From Monday - March 25, 2013

The 2013 Debut Author Challenge featured authors with novels out this week:

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. You may read Peter's Guest Blog - Russian-ness - here.

The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri. You may read Suzanne's Guest Blog - Finding Magic..... - here.


Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry. You may read Joshua's Guest Blog - Pink Girl in a Cruel World - here and the Interview here.

Two former Debut Author Challenge featured authors have new novels out this week:

The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby, which is the second novel in Lee's Marius dos Hellespont series.

The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher.  The Age Atomic is the sequel to Empire State.

Don't forget to vote in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for March!

And here are the releases for this week:

March 25, 2013
Pooka in My Pantry (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 2

March 26, 2013
The Good, the Bad and the Infernal Guy Adams SP/WW
Demon's Daughter Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 1
Passion's Prey A.C. Arthur UF - The Shadow Shifters 3
Immortal Trust Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 3
The Marching Dead Lee Battersby F - Marius dos Hellespont 2
Galactic Courier (tp2mm) A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 3
The Age Atomic Adam Christopher SF - Empire State 2
The Weight of Worlds Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Rebel Kristina Douglas PNR - The Fallen 4
Deadly Sting Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 8
Fire Caste Peter Fehervari SF - Warhammer: 40,0000
1636: The Kremlin Games (ri) Eric Flint SF - Ring of Fire 14
The Wreck of the River of Stars (ri) Michael Flynn SF - Firestar 5
Dog and Dragon (tp2mm) Dave Freer F - Dragon Ring 2
Twice Tempted Jeaniene Frost PNR - Night Prince 2
Ripper (h2mm) David L. Golemon AH/SF/Th - Event Group Thriller 7
Let the Dead Sleep Heather Graham PM
Play with Fire & Midnight at the Oasis Justin Gustainis UF - Morris and Chastain Investigation
Deadlocked (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF/M - Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire 12
Hellhole Awakening Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Hellhole 2
Wolfhound Century (D) Peter Higgins F
Kiss of Temptation Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 3
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (h2mm) Darynda Jones Su/M - Charley Davidson 4
Time Untime (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hnuter 16
Black Feathers Joseph D'Lacey F - Black Dawn 1
Wolf with Benefits Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 8
Aftertime (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield PA - Aftertime 1
Gotrek & Felix: The Fourth Omnibus Nathan Long F - Warhammer
Extinction Machine Jonathan Maberry SF - Joe Ledger 5
The Scrivener's Tale Fiona McIntosh F
Princeps (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 5
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin (h2mm) Walter Mosley SF - Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion
The Witch of Little Italy (D) Suzanne Palmieri F
Virus Thirteen (D) Joshua Alan Parry SF/Th
Red Planet Blues Robert J. Sawyer SF
Triggers (h2mm) (ri) Robert J. Sawyer SF
A Problem of Proportion John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 11
Of Shadow Born Dianne Sylvan F - Shadow World 4
The Slab (h2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War
Angelopolis Danielle Trussoni UF - Angelology 2
Lover At Last J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 11
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction Ian Whates (ed) SF - Anthology
Kitty Rocks the House Carrie Vaughn UF - Kitty Norville 11
Rage of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 3

March 31, 2013
The Best of Joe Haldeman Joe Haldeman SF
Necroscope: The Mobius Murders Brian Lumley SF - Necroscope
Magic Highways: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Three Jack Vance SF

e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western

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