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The View From Monday - October 16, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith;

and

Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders;

Breach of Containment (Central Corps 3) by Elizabeth Bonesteel;

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne;

In Constant Fear by Peter Liney is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Weaver's Lament (Industrial Magic 2) by Emma Newman.

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The View From Monday - October 16, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - October 16, 2017



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

October 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn Book One Christie Golden SF/F - Blizzard Legends
Editing the Soul: Science and Fiction in the Genome Age Everett Hamner HC/SF/ - AnthropoScene 2
Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive Ethan Siegel Sc - Star Trek



October 16, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dragon Justice (e) Laura Anne Gilman UF - Paranormal Scene Investigations 4
Forever Vampire (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Forever 1
I Burn Paris Bruno Jasieński
Soren Gauger (Tr)
F
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 1 (e) Mercedes Lackey F
Storm Glass: A Fantasy Novel with Murder and Magic (e) Maria V. Snyder F - Chronicles of Ixia



October 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Six Months, Three Days, Five Others Charlie Jane Anders SF/F - Collection
Halloween Carnival Volume 3 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury Jay Bonansinga H/Th/SupTh/MTI - The Walking Dead 8
Breach of Containment Elizabeth Bonesteel SF - Central Corps 3
Vallista Steven Brust F - Vlad Taltos 15
Ender's Game (Mini Book Edition) Orson Scott Card SF/SO - The Ender Quintet 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book-Continuing Missions CBS CB - Star Trek
Forbidden Suns D. Nolan Clark SF/SO - The Silence 3
House of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery Nicola Cornick Hist/Gothic/R
It Devours! Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU - A Welcome to Night Vale Novel 2
In the Still of the Night David L. Golemon SupTh/H - The Supernaturals 2
The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard David A. Goodman MTI/SF - Star Trek
Court of Twilight (D) Mareth Griffith CF
Shadowsword (h2tp) Guy Haley SF - Imperial Battle Tanks 2
Baneblade Guy Haley SF - Imperial Battle Tanks 1
A Plague of Giants Kevin Hearne F
From The Two Rivers (Mini Book Edition) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 1
A Scandal in Battersea Mercedes Lackey HistF/F/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Elemental Masters 12
In Constant Fear (h2tp) Peter Liney SF - The Detainee 3
Infinite Ground (D - US) Martin MacInnes Psy/LF/M
Wild Cards I: Volume One (Mini Book Edition) George R. R. Martin (Ed)
Wild Cards Trust
SH/SF- Anthology
Deadlands: Boneyard Seanan McGuire SF - Deadlands 3
Feversong (h2mm) Karen Marie Moning PNR/FR - Fever 9
Weaver's Lament Emma Newman HistF/DF - Industrial Magic 2
The Two of Swords: Volume One K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords
Edgedancer (Mini Book Edition) Brandon Sanderson F - The Stormlight Archive 2.5
Old Man's War (Mini Book Edition) John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War 1
Infinite Stars Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Predator: If It Bleeds Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) MTI/SF - Anthology
Autumn (h2tp) Ali Smith LF/VM/CW
Shadowless Hasan Ali Toptas
Maureen Freely (Tr)
John Angliss (Tr)
LF/MR
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (h2tp) Dominik Parisien (Ed)
Navah Wolfe (Ed)
FairyT - 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
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent and upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Catherine Cerveny (2016)

The Rule of Luck
A Felicia Sevigny Novel 1
Orbit, November 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
eBook, January 26, 2016

 Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A thrilling new science fiction series -- perfect for fans of character-driven SF adventure. Linnea Sinclair, author of the Dock Five Universe novels calls it "an edge-of-your-seat ride."

Year 2950. Humanity has survived devastating climate shifts and four world wars, coming out stronger and smarter than ever. Incredible technology is available to all, and enhancements to appearance, intelligence, and physical ability are commonplace.

In this future, Felicia Sevigny has built her fame reading the futures of others.

Alexei Petriv, the most dangerous man in the TriSystem, will trust only Felicia to read his cards. But the future she sees is darker than either of them could ever have imagined. A future that pits them against an all-knowing government, almost superhuman criminals, and something from Felicia's past that she could never have predicted, but that could be the key to saving -- or destroying -- them all.

"A compelling and intriguing read built on a fascinating premise. Cerveny's future world is richly drawn, and Felicia's and Alexei's adventure is definitely an edge-of-your-seat ride." -- Linnea Sinclair, award-winning author of the Dock Five Universe series

"A novel with depth... a terrific story." -- The Qwillery

"A fresh heroine pairs with a dangerous hero to confront nuanced and compelling ethical dilemmas... fast-paced, tightly plotted." -- RT Book Reviews



The Chaos of Luck
A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Orbit, December 5, 2017
Trade Paperback. 384 pages
eBook, December 6, 2016

 Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A thrilling new science fiction series -- perfect for fans of character-driven SF adventure. Linnea Sinclair, author of the Dock Five Universe novels calls it "an edge-of-your-seat ride."

Mars, the terraformed jewel of the TriSystem, is the playground for the rich and powerful. A marvel of scientific engineering, the newly colonized world offers every luxury. For the first time in human history, the picture perfect life is possible.

Felicia Sevigny's come to the Red Planet for a fresh start. She's brought the tarot cards that have been her family's trade for generations but is hoping to leave the rest of her troubled past behind.

Felicia wants to believe that Mars will also be a clean slate for her and Alexei Petriv, notorious leader of the Tsarist Consortium, but her cards keep predicting something even darker and more insidious is ahead. Something that could mean the end, not just for her and Alexei, but for the entire TriSystem - and all of humanity.

For more from Catherine Cerveny check out The Rule of Luck.

"A compelling and intriguing read built on a fascinating premise. Cerveny's future world is richly drawn, and Felicia's and Alexei's adventure is definitely an edge-of-your-seat ride." -- Linnea Sinclair, award-winning author of the Dock Five Universe series

"A novel with depth... a terrific story." -- The Qwillery

"A fresh heroine pairs with a dangerous hero to confront nuanced and compelling ethical dilemmas... fast-paced, tightly plotted." -- RT Book Reviews





Cassandra Rose Clarke (2013)

Magic of Wind and Mist: The Wizard's Promise; The Nobleman's Revenge
Saga Press, October 24, 2017
Trade Paperback, Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

 Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Taking place in the world of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s Magic of Blood and Sea, this is the story of a would-be witch who embarks on an adventure filled with intrigue, mystery, mermaids, and magic.

Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji, and dreams to have some adventures of her own.

One day when Hanna is with her apprentice—a taciturn fisherman called Kolur—the boat is swept wildly off course during a day of storms and darkness. 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 realizes that wishing for adventures can be deadly…because those wishes might come true.



Star's End
Saga Press, November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 21, 2017

 Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
A new space opera about a young woman who must face the truth about her father’s past from critically acclaimed author Cassandra Rose Clarke.

Esme Coromina has always known that one day she would run the Four Sisters, the small planet system that her father grew into a corporate empire. Raised as the pampered heir to the company, Esme lived the best years of her life at Star’s End, the estate her father built on the terraformed moon where he began his empire. In the tropical sunlight and lush gardens, Esme helped raise her three motherless half-sisters. But as Esme is groomed to take over the family business of manufacturing weapons for the mercenary groups spread across the galaxy, she slowly uncovers the sinister truth at the heart of her father’s company. And when those secrets are finally revealed, Esme is sure that she’s lost her sisters—and part of her soul—for good.

Now, after a lifetime of following her father’s orders, Esme has a second chance. For the first time, Esme is making her own decisions, and the impact of her decisions will reverberate throughout the Four Sisters. As Esme struggles to assemble her estranged sisters for one last goodbye with their dying father, she has to choose whether she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps—or blaze a daring new path.

Cassandra Rose Clarke proves once again why she is one of science fiction’s most ambitious writers with a gripping family saga that spans years and planets.





Peter Liney (2014)

Beauty
Peter Liney, June 18, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 365 pages

 Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
When cosmetic and transplant surgery get together and beauty becomes a commodity that can be bought and sold, the Rich become more beautiful, the Poor less. But if something can be traded, it can also be stolen – brutally, violently, by the feared face-stealers, and to a point where the rich finally cry ‘Enough! . . . Enough. Make us plain; make us ordinary.’ Now there is no beauty left, not as we once knew it, only photos, videos, exhibitions. And yet . . . you still hear the occasional rumor.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 25


This is the twenty-fifth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 here
Part 5 herePart 15 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 herePart 18 here
Part 9 herePart 19 here
Part 10 herePart 20 here



Rajan Khanna (2014)

Rising Tide
Falling Sky 2
Pyr, October 6, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath

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

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

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




Marko Kloos (2014)

Chains of Command
Frontlines 4
47North, April 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 384 pages

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens’ seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers—all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

Knowing Earth’s uneasy respite won’t last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades’ stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat—and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity’s future.




Snorri Kristjansson (2014)

Blood Will Follow
The Valhalla Saga 2
Jo Fletcher Books, December 1, 2015
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 6, 2015

Starburst magazine called Snorri Kristjansson's Swords of Good Men--the first volume in the Valhalla Saga--"A cracking yarn (one that would make a great movie), filled with enough to satisfy any fan of Vikings and their mythology." Now this raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway continues with Blood Will Follow, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.

Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson are battered, having barely survived the battle for Stenvik, waged between King Olav and the followers of the White Christ, and those whose allegiance remains to the gods of the Norse pantheon. Alas, the two Vikings' encounter with a mysterious witch just before escaping the town over the city's walls have left them without the one thing that made them human: their mortality.

While Ulfar heads home to Sweden, hoping to find a safe haven where he can come to grips with his newfound inability to die, Audun travels by foot to the south, searching for answers on the open road. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run from their destiny. King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following the advice of the scheming healer Valgard, to hunt for the source of the Vikings' power.

Soon, Ulfar and Audun will realize they have important roles to play in the battle for supremacy between those seeking to spread the gospel of the White Christ and those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki.


Path of Gods
The Valhalla Saga 3
Jo Fletcher Books, January 5, 2016
9781623656720, 1623656729
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

In this raucous fantasy epic set at during the era when the Vikings fearlessly sailed the world's seas, mead flowed freely, and Gods walked the earth, companions Audun Arngrimsson and Ulfar Thormodsson are reunited after separate journeys of self-discovery.

In Trondheim, King Olav, self-appointed champion of the White Christ, grows restless in the wake of a significant victory and finds his faith tested further as he struggles to maintain the peace. With his garrison decimated and his forces surrounded by deceitful, grasping local chieftains, the King contemplates how best and where to spread the word of his God.

Reunited after their quests to discover the contours of their newfound immortality, Audun and Ulfar have a new sense of purpose: to ensure that the North remains in the hands of those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki. To do so, they must take on a powerful adversary who will stop at nothing to put an end to age-old traditions in the name of the White Christ. Audun and Ulfar are about to do battle with the most powerful enemy they have ever faced, and if they are to have any chance of victory, they must find equally powerful allies.

Meanwhile in the North, touched by the trickster god, something old, malevolent, and very, very angry stirs . . .




Jessica Leake (2014)

Arcana : A Historical Fantasy
Talos, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 268 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 11, 2014

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?


The Order of the Eternal Sun
A Novel of the Sylvani
Talos, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

[cover not yet available]
Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.




Peter Liney (2014)

In Constant Fear
Detainee 3
Jo Fletcher Books, December 22, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Over a year has passed since "Big Guy" Clancy and the ragged band of survivors managed to escape from the hellish reality of the City. Pursued by the ruthless leader of Infinity-the corporation behind the systematic extermination of thousands of "lower class" citizens-they've been on the run ever since, constantly looking over their shoulders.

Despite this, they have forged a new life working the land on an abandoned smallholding on the other side of the mountains. Hidden there, they are as close to happy as they can be.

But peace is short-lived. Strange things start to happen in the valley: too many unlucky coincidences convince them that another power is rising against them, and there are many questions to be answered: what is the shadow maker? And who-or what-has begun to howl in the night?


Into The Fire
Detainee 2
Jo Fletcher Books, February 9, 2016
Mass Market Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, March 17, 2015

Having escaped the Island--a wasteland that housed those no longer able to contribute to society--Clancy thought his fight was over. But they have returned to the mainland to find that it is not the haven they anticipated. With the punishment satellites that kept them on the Island gone, hell has been unleashed. Clancy is about to discover that his work is far from over. The fires of hell don't burn much hotter than this.

The View From Monday - December 21, 2015


Happy Monday! Today you can start voting on the 2015 Debut Author Challenge COVER OF THE YEAR!

It's an incredibly light release week but there are two novels from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

In Constant Fear (The Detainee 3) by Peter Liney;

and

Romulus Buckle & the Luminiferous Aether (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 3) by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.


The View From Monday - December 21, 2015


December 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Time and Time Again Ben Elton SF/TT/Th
Smoldering Hunger: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
In Constant Fear Peter Liney Dys - The Detainee 3
Judgment Day Terry Pratchett
Ian Stewart
Jack Cohen
AH - Science of Discworld 4
Romulus Buckle and the Luminiferous Aether (Ke) Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. SP- The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 3



December 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Very First Damned Thing (Ke) Jodi Taylor TT - A Chronicles of St Mary Short Story


e - eBook
Ke - Kindle eBook

AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel

The View From Monday - March 16, 2015


Happy Day After the Ides of March - or March 16th. There are 2 debuts this week:

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill

and

Clash of Eagles (Clash of Eagles Trilogy 1) by Alan Smale.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Into The Fire (The Detainee Trilogy 2) by Peter Liney;

and

The Forgotten (An American Faerie Tale 2) by Bishop O'Connell.



The View From Monday - March 16, 2015



March 15, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop Andrew Klavan Oc/Su



March 17, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bite Me (e) Robyn Bachar UF
The Mermaid's Child Jo Baker F/FairyT
The Darkside War Zachary Brown SF - Icarus Corps 1
Less Than Hero S.G. Browne Su/H
Ragamuffin (ri) Tobias S. Buckell SF
Equinox Christian Cantrell SF - Containment 2
Prudence Gail Carriger SP - The Custard Protocol 1
Path of the Dark Eldar (ri) Andy Chambers SF - Warhammer 40,000: Path of the Dark Eldar Omnibus
Teranesia Greg Egan SF
Night's Blaze: Part 2: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 5
Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries Stephen Jones (ed) Su/M/F
Into The Fire Peter Liney SF - The Detainee Trilogy 2
The Forgotten (e) Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale 2
Reluctantly Charmed (D) Ellie O'Neill F/FolkT
A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction Terry Pratchett F - Collection
The Witch of Painted Sorrows M. J. Rose Go/F/Hist
A Quick Bite (ri) Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 1
Lockstep (h2tp) Karl Schroeder SF
Clash of Eagles (D) Alan Smale AH - Clash of Eagles Trilogy 1
The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre Boris and Arkady Strugatsky SF
The Curse Keepers Collection (K e) Denise Grover Swank CF - Curse Keepers
Thirteen: Stories of Transformation Mark Teppo (ed) F - Anthology
Arcadian Gates (D) (Ke) T.A. Wardrope SF/Dys
The Others, The Complete Collection (e) Christine Warren PNR - Others
Guardian Erik Williams Mil/Su
Robogenesis (h2tp) Daniel H. Wilson SF - Robo 2



March 18, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers Mike Ashley (ed) SF
The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France LF/F
The Museum and the Music Box: A Tor.Com Original (e) Noah Keller F



March 19, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Darkling Lord (e) Shona Husk PNR - Court of Annwyn 4
Old Man's Ghosts Tom Lloyd F - Empire of a Hundred Houses 2


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

AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Fairy T - Fairy Tale
Folk T - Folk Tale
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
Mil - Military
Oc - Occult
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 16


This is the sixteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
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See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here
See Part 9 here
See Part 10 here
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See Part 15 here





Daniel Levine

Hyde
Mariner Books, April 7, 2015
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook,

A New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the Washington Post’s 5 Best Thrillers of the Year 

“[A] knockout debut novel . . . As dark and twisted and alluring as the night-cloaked streets of nineteenth-century London, and this book is as much a fascinating psychological query as it is a gripping narrative.” —Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands watching in the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“A pleasure . . . Rich in gloomy, moody atmosphere (Levine’s London has a brutal steampunk quality), and its narrator’s plight is genuinely poignant.” —New York Times Book Review





Peter Liney

The Detainee
Detainee 1
Jo Fletcher Books, February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014


Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There's no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime--including escape attempts--and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island's inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope--for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Into The Fire
Detainee 2
Jo Fletcher Books, March 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Having escaped the Island--a wasteland that housed those no longer able to contribute to society--Clancy thought his fight was over. But they have returned to the mainland to find that it is not the haven they anticipated. With the punishment satellites that kept them on the Island gone, hell has been unleashed. Clancy is about to discover that his work is far from over. The fires of hell don't burn much hotter than this.










Scott Meyer

An Unwelcome Quest
Magic 2.0 # 3
47North, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they’ve been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards—and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another’s company if they want to see medieval England—and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS—ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?





J. C. Nelson

Soul Ink
A Grimm Agency Novella
Ace, January 6, 2015
eNovella, 90 pages

As the right hand woman at the Fairy Godfather’s Grimm Agency, Marissa Locks has a grip on all things magical. If only she could get control of her own not-so-charmed life…

For most people, waking up after a night of partying next to a dragon, sporting a tattoo with a mind of its own, would be a new low. For Marissa, only the tattoo is new—and, unfortunately, it’s not the weirdest part of her day. The Agency has been called in to stop a string of messy murders, a problem that’s turning into a disaster of biblical proportions, and Marissa’s been assigned to the case.

One of the archangels from Paradisia is attempting to switch teams, and he’s willing to use as many souls as it takes to pay his way. With Grimm contractually bound to clean up the chaos, Marissa must find a way to keep the former cherub from completing his rampage. But between fighting an angel gone bad and battling the magical compulsions of her new Fae tattoo, Marissa’s definitely facing the worst hangover in history…

Includes a preview of the Grimm Agency novel, Armageddon Rules.



Armageddon Rules
Grimm Agency 2
Ace, February 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Marissa Locks, newly appointed partner of the Grimm Agency, has a reputation for making a mess of magical matters—although causing Armageddon is a new low, even for her…

Marissa is due for a little happily ever after. After all, she did kill the evil Fairy Godmother, end a war, and snag a sweet promotion within the Fairy Godfather’s magical-problem-solving Agency. But between maintaining a relationship with someone whose amorous advances can cause third-degree burns, dealing with a killer-poodle infestation, and helping her best friend, Princess Ari, learn to wield spells more powerful than curing a hangover, she’s not getting as much peace and quiet as she hoped.

When an enemy from her past appears to exact a terrible revenge, Marissa’s life goes from hectic to hell on earth. With Grimm inexplicably gone and Ari trapped by a sleeping spell, Marissa decides to fight fire with hellfire—and accidentally begins a countdown to the apocalypse.

With the end of days extremely nigh, Marissa will have to master royal politics, demonic law, and biblical plagues in a hurry—because even the end of the world can’t keep the Agency from opening for business…



Wish Bound
Grimm Agency 3
Ace, August 25, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

From the author of Armageddon Rules, the fanciful and fun continuation of the Grimm Agency novels…

As a partner at Grimm’s magical Agency, Marissa Locks is used to working odd jobs. But when an evil queen reappears in Kingdom, life becomes too strange to handle…

Even when she’s not starting it, trouble follows Marissa everywhere. First there was the incident with the homicidal Fairy Godmother. Then there was the time she accidentally started Armageddon. But the problems that always seem to arise on Marissa’s birthday take the cake.

This year, her annual bad-luck presents include an army of invading goblins, the resurrection of two vengeful enemies from hell, and the return of the Black Queen, the evil sorceress whose reign of terror still haunts Kingdom and who happens to have claimed Marissa as her servant.

As Marissa’s friends try to save her from the Black Queen’s clutches, Marissa fights to end a bitter war that started before her birth. But her quest for peace is about to bring up some inconvenient truths about her own past—ones that might cost her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of…





Bishop O'Connell

The Forgotten
An American Faerie Tale 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 17, 2015
eBook, 336 pages

Across the United States, children are vanishing. Only this time, faeries may not be to blame …

Dante, Regent of the fae's Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they live on the streets in ragtag groups with the already-booming population of homeless changelings. But the streets aren't a haven; someone, or something, is hunting these children down.

Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, has no home, no family, and no real memories of her past. She and her friends SK, Fritz, and Shadow are constantly on the run, fleeing from a dark and unknown enemy. But when her companions are taken by "the snatchers," Wraith is their only hope. Her journey to find them will test the limits of her magic—and her trust. A dark force is on the rise, and it could spell the end of our world as we know it.



Review: The Detainee by Peter Liney


The Detainee
Author:  Peter Liney
Series:  The Detainee Trilogy 1
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
List Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781623651084 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher
Other Formats:  Available in Mass Market Paperback, February 3, 2015

Review: The Detainee by Peter Liney
Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Brannigan's Review

The Detainee is an edge of your seat dystopia novel for adults. It's a little odd to read a dystopian novel that doesn't have a young teenage protagonist running for her life while remaining beautiful and having an equally beautiful love interest. I, for one, like the changes Peter Liney has brought to the popular YA genre. All of the main characters are over 30 years old and the 'Big Guy' or Clancy is twice that age. To Liney's credit, he has a diverse cast of characters. And while there's still some running involved, it ain’t pretty, it's real. Liney does a great job of bring some reality to the genre that sucked me into the story.

The world Liney's created isn't too hard to imagine as a near future event. The island is a fascinating location for the story and Liney uses it to great effect. He does a wonderful job of describing the fog that is both a curse and a blessing at times. There were several times in the story I felt like I was running behind Clancy and tripping over loose bricks trying to outrun the fog and the danger it brought.

The Detainee has all four narrative conflicts running through the story, Man vs Society, Man vs Man, Man vs Nature, and Man vs Self. As with any dystopian story, there's an all-powerful big brother watching them through the satellites and dealing out their own brand of justice as they see fit. However, they aren't the focus of the story, so there is no true closure. I'm sure they will be playing a bigger role in the other two books. The antagonist remains off camera for the majority of the story, and is only mentioned by characters with dread. This was effective in building up a mystique for the character, but it also makes it hard to live up to once he arrives. Now for his henchmen, they do a wonderful job of bringing horror and fear to the island. I don't want to say too much as it will lose its impact, but I found it sufficiently creepy. In the end though, I found the struggle Clancy has with himself and the island to be the most rewarding of conflicts. Liney did a wonderful job of getting me inside Clancy's head by using first person narrative.

Some people might think a 63 year-old protagonist is too old. My father is the same age, and I have no trouble imagining him playing the role of Clancy, so it didn't throw me out of the story or make it hard to find a connection to Clancy. There are a few tiny problems with story, but with any speculative fiction you have to allow yourself to let go and enjoy the ride, which I recommend you do. The only other problem I had was that the ending seemed to be a little too abrupt. I would have liked maybe two more pages to settle me down and hook me for book two.

The Detainee is an engaging dystopian novel for adults. There are acts of violence, language, and sexual situations so I would only recommend the book to adults. It's perfect for anyone who loves dystopian fiction and refreshingly realistic characters.


Interview with Peter Liney, author of The Detainee - March 11, 2014


Please welcome Peter Liney to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Detainee is published today in North America by Jo Fletcher Books. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Peter a Happy Publication Day.



Interview with Peter Liney, author of The Detainee - March 11, 2014




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

Peter:  Thank you so much.

That's an easy one. I started when I was at school and never really stopped. I remember my old English teacher reading out my pre-Spielberg epic about an unusually hot summer, a T Rex frozen in an underground pocket of ice, and the village bus - I think you can guess the rest? His verdict was: 'Absolute rubbish, Liney, but very well-written.'



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Peter:  The most challenging thing, I think, is letting go; realising you have to stop preening and polishing and let your child fly the nest - no matter who's waiting to swoop.

I guess I'm a loose plotter. I usually know where I'm going, but not always sure how I'll get there. If I plot too rigidly, I get bored, but if I don't plot at all, there's a danger I'll end up with a novel I love, but nobody else does.



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

Peter:  Not easy. I'm influenced by all manner of people and events, and often don't realise it at the time. Newspapers and the Internet frequently inspire me - weird and whacky real-life tales. Gravestones, believe it or not, often have a story to suggest. It's a bit like those plants that leave burrs on you, given time to mature, there's the seed of something. As for my favourite authors: they veer wildly from such people as Thomas Hardy (Wessex is my part of the world) to Haruki Murakami - to name but two. Probably depends on my mood. Actually, it would easier for me to cite favorite books rather than favourite authors, I tend to work more that way (since you ask, and off the top of my head: Perfume by Patrick Susskind, Dog Boy by Eva Hornung, Blindness by Jose Saramago - I could go on ... and on … and … ).



TQ:  Describe The Detainee in 140 characters or less.

Peter:  Held captive, terrorized and hunted on Garbage Island along with the rest of society’s waste, Clancy discovers someone to help him fight back.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Detainee that is not in the book description.

Peter:  I think it's surprisingly uplifting. It must've been at least the sixth rewrite before I was able to get through the ending without having a tear or two.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Detainee? Why did you choose to write a dystopian novel?

Peter:  A fear of the future in the present - how is a rapidly diminishing working population going to support an even faster growing elderly one? No politician has answered that question to my satisfaction. I was also motivated by the fact that I live in, what I believe is, the most watched country in the world: not North Korea, China, Russia whatever - but good old UK.

A dystopian novel because it lends itself to asking that golden question, 'What if……?'



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Detainee?

Peter:  All manner of things, a lot of it to do with landfills: what they smell like, the gasses that would form, how volatile they'd be. I also spent some time reading about civil wars in Africa - which is as close as I'm going to get to a spoiler in this interview.



TQ:  Have you found that writing for television and radio has influenced how you wrote The Detainee?

Peter:  I think I see things very visually. A friend of mine once said, 'You don't write books, you write films in a book form'. I think she might've had a point, and certainly it's been mentioned many times. Television, a need to keep to that exact time slot, teaches you to 'kill your babies' - terrible expression.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite good guy, bad guy or ethically ambiguous character?

Peter:  The easiest character was Clancy, because he's a twisted version of me, or perhaps the me I could never be. The most difficult was unquestionably Lena; the way she's had to adapt to her circumstances, I didn't want to make her into some kind of super hero, but she does have to have almost unique gifts. 'Ethically ambiguous' - would have to be Dr Simon, though actually, there's someone who makes a fleeting appearance in The Detainee who becomes a main character in the rest of the trilogy - it would be her.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from The Detainee.

Peter:  Mm. The very first line is quite an attention grabber: 'There's a scream inside us all we save for death.' Or what about, 'If you ever want to find out who your real friends are, try coming back from the dead sometime'. I also like, 'I was Vesuvius with muscle to burn'. But if I may say so, there are lots.



TQ:  What's next?

Peter:  I'm just finishing the edit of book 2, Into the Fire, which will be out in the UK in July, and North America next year. I'm also halfway through the first draft of Book 3 (as yet untitled) which will be out in July 2015 (again in the UK). I'm also crossing my fingers there might be a film version of The Detainee - who knows, maybe even the whole series?



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Peter:  Have we finished? … It truly was my pleasure.





The Detainee

The Detainee
The Detainee Trilogy 1
Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
North American Debut

Interview with Peter Liney, author of The Detainee - March 11, 2014

Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.





About Peter

Interview with Peter Liney, author of The Detainee - March 11, 2014
Peter Liney was born in, what Thomas Hardy called, 'Melchester', Wiltshire, UK, though he has spent a good deal of his life travelling, with Australia and Thailand acting as his second home for ten and two years respectively. His list of occupations is embarrassingly long, everything from teaching English to Italian football managers and Japanese pop stars to acting, selling sewing machines in the Australian Outback, and two days as a trainee stuntman (he gave up, thought it was far too dangerous). He loves photography, music - both listening to and playing, and is a great movie lover. Which is possibly why he has been accused of not writing books at all, but 'movies in a book form'.

If he wasn't a writer, he would've loved to have been an opera singer, so we should all be grateful for his writing success.

Twitter @lineypeter  ~  Facebook  ~  Goodreads


The View From Monday - March 10, 2014


Happy first Monday after the start of Daylight Savings Time in most of the US. Oddly we spend more time in DST than Standard Time now.  I envision a future in which DST will be in place for the entire year and become Standard Time. I'm sure there's an SF story in that somewhere. Moving on to real stories, we've another very full release week with 4 debuts.


The View From Monday - March 10, 2014



This week's debuts:

Full-Blood Half-Breed by Cleve Lamison;

The Detainee by Peter Liney;

Veil of Time by Claire R. McDougall;

and

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone by Will Storr.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

The Raven's Shadow (The Wild Hunt 3) by Elspeth Cooper (you can enter to win a copy here).

No Hero (Arthur Wallace 1) by Jonathan Wood is reissued in Mass Market Paperback (a terrific read; you can read my review here).



March 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Slam Dance with the Devil (e) Nico Rosso PNR - Demon Rock 2
Helmut Saves the World (e) Matt Sheehan AH/UF



March 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Doctor Who: Corpse Marker Chris Boucher SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Night Broken Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 8
The Fell Sword Miles Cameron F - Traitor Son Cycle 2
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons Stephen Cole SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Working God's Mischief Glen Cook F - Instrumalities of the Night 4
The Raven's Shadow Elspeth Cooper F - Wild Hunt 3
The Terminal Man (ri) Michael Crichton SF
Marrow's Pit (Kindle e) Keith Deininger SP/SF/H
Doctor Who: Shakedown Terrence Dicks SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Questionable Practices: Stories Eileen Gunn F/SF - Collection
Mentats of Dune Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Dune
For Honor We Stand H. Paul Honsinger SF - Man of War 2
Full-Blood Half-Breed (D) (e) Cleve Lamison F
The Detainee (D) Peter Liney SF
A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
F - Graphic Novel 3
Veil of Time (D) Claire R. McDougall TTR
Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel Jonathan Morris SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
The Demonologist (h2tp) Andrew Pyper H
Doctor Who: The Sands of Time Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Doctor Who: Scales of Injustice Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Night of the Hunter R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeon & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex 1
Blood and Iron Jon Sprunk F - Book of the Black Earth 1
The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone (D) Will Storr GothicH/FT/Sus
Doctor Who: Illegal Alien Mike Tucker SF - Doctor Who: The Monster Collection Edition
Nothing to Fear: A Tor.com Original (e) Eric Walters SF
Thief of the Ancients Mike Wild SF - Twilight of Kerberos Omnibus
No Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 1
The Iron Jackal (h2mm) Chris Wooding F - Tale of Ketty Jay 3
The Empire Omnibus Chris Wraight
Nick Kyme
Darius Hinks
F - Warhammer



March 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
I Can See Right Through You: A Tor.com Original (e) Kelly Link UF




March 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Wicker Man (ri) Robin Hardy H
A Knight Like No Other (e) Michelle Miles FR - Realm of Honor 4



March 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind Dru Pagliassotti SP/SF - Clockwork Heart Trilogy 2
The Braided Path Donna Glee Williams F


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

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fary Tale
GothicH - Gothic Horror
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TTR  - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March 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 March cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 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).



Mary Behre

Spirited
Tidewater 1
Berkley, March 4, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
She’s running from who she is…

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be…



Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Weirdness
Melville House, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
With the literary muscle of Victor LaValle’s Big Machine and the outlandish humor of Kevin Smith’s Dogma, this debut reveals the dark underbelly of the NY literary scene.

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation who has already brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? If you’re Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee.

“This is some kind of make-a-deal-with-the-Devil type shit,” he says. Lucifer explains that Billy must steal the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, before the most powerful warlock in the eastern United States can upset the balance of the universe. In exchange, Billy’s novel will be published for a five-figure advance.

Traffic may be in the way of Billy’s getaway car, he may lose his job at the Greek deli, his girlfriend may break up with him, and it’s likely he’ll have to battle his greatest literary rival with his fists… but one way or another, he is determined to become a published author and save the universe.

Along the way, Billy learns about courage, friendship, and love, while considering some important questions: Why do people have pets? Who would store seafood in a warehouse in Chelsea? And where do those bananas in bodegas come from, anyway?



Patricia Cori

The Emissary
North Atlantic Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.

Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.

As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.

One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.

The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?



Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted
Harper, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Fiction Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.



Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.



Lynne Gentry

Healer of Carthage
The Carthage Chronicles 1
Howard Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?



Wayne Gladstone

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
Thomas Dunne Books, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends---a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work---Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"



Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 



Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.



Daniel Levine

Hyde
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 18, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
What happens when a villain becomes a hero?

Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll’s surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life.

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“You may think you know Dr. Jekyll, but this Hyde is a different beast altogether."—Jon Clinch, author of Finn

"Prepare to be seduced by literary devilry! Go back to Victorian times to find a very postmodern whodunit. Visceral prose, atmosphere you could choke on, characters who seem to be at your very shoulder."—Ronald Frame, author of Havisham

"Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevenson’s classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. Devious and ingenious, it is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination."—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum



Peter Liney

The Detainee
Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts

Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Claire R. McDougall

Veil of Time
Gallery Books, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A compelling tale of two Scotlands—one modern, one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them.

The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart? 



Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.



Mark Smylie

The Barrow
Pyr, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages
Cover Illustration © Gene Mollica

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this DEBUT EPIC FANTASY novel for fans of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set in the world of the Eisner-nominated Artesia comic books.

To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map.

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.



Liv Spector

The Rich and the Dead
William Morrow Paperbacks, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
To solve the crime of the century, she'll have to go back in time....

Welcome to Star Island, where Miami's wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It's a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year's Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world were found murdered in the basement of a Star Island mansion.

The massacre shocked the nation and destroyed the life of investigator Lila Day. Her hunt for the Star Island killer consumed her. But the case went unsolved, resulting in her dismissal from the Miami PD.

Now, three years later, life hands Lila an unexpected second chance: reclusive billionaire Teddy Hawkins approaches Lila and asks her to solve the case. But how do you investigate a crime when all the leads have long ago gone cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to solve the case before it happens. He's going to send Lila back in time.

With nothing left to lose, an incredulous Lila travels back to 2014, determined to find the Star Island killer once and for all. But as she goes undercover among the members of Miami's high society, she finds herself caring for—and falling for—people who are destined to die that fateful night. Now she must either say good-bye or risk altering the future forever.



Will Storr

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Killian Lone comes from a long line of gifted cooks, stretching back to the seven­teenth century, and yearns to become a famous chef himself. When he starts an apprenticeship under Max Mann, the most famous chef in London, he looks set to continue the family tradition. But the reality of kitchen life is brutal. Even his fellow apprentice, Kathryn, who shows Killian uncharacteristic kindness, can’t stop his being sucked into the vicious, debauched world of 1980s fine dining, and gradually he is forced to surrender his dream.

Then he discovers a dark family secret—the legacy of an ancestor who was burnt as a witch for creating food so delicious it was said to turn all who tasted it mad. Killian knows he can use this secret to achieve his ambitions and maybe, finally, to win Kathryn’s affections. But is he willing to pay the price?

This is Killian’s confession—a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food . . .




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