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2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts


2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2020 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 31 , 2020, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

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2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Cover art by James Paul Jones





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2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Cover and cover text design by Marina Drukman





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Cover art by Armando Veve
Cover design by Christine Foltzer





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Jacket art by Yulia Bas
courtesy of Dr. Paul Banwell, private collection
Jacket design by Stephen Brayda





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Cover art by Adam Tredowski





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Jacket photograph of hallway © Dunaa / Trevillion Images
Jacket design by Katie Anderson





2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Cover design by Rodrigo Corral
Shark image drawn by Matt Buck
Lettering by Na Kim




2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2020 Debuts
Cover art and design by Sarah Evenson

Interview with Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising


Please welcome Premee Mohamed to The Qwillery as part of the 2020 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Beneath the Rising is published on March 3, 2020 by Solaris.

Please join all of us at The Qwillery in wishing Premee a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Premee:  I believe it was an illustrated picture book when I was seven or eight... it was about a cat who runs away from home and becomes a pirate (someone also steals his tail at some point if I recall correctly?). A coworker of my dad's gave me these alcohol-based drafting markers to colour it in with and I'm pretty sure I killed a whole bunch of brain cells.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Premee:  I used to be a pure pantser, but I think I would now say I'm a hybrid on my way to being a plotter, at least for novels. It's easy to put in about three signposts for a short story and then write whatever you want between them as long as those three things get hit, but I'm terrible for just having 'and then this happened, and then this happened' in a novel. I have so many novels from the last 20 years or so that just don't end! Now, I write landmarks in an outline document, and pants between them, which gives me the flexibility I like.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Premee:  So far, I'd say dealing with all the non-writing stuff... I had been writing for years but never wanted to get published, but I wish before I had decided that, I had researched taxes and receipts and organization and time management and contract language. There's a lot to learn on the fly and it all takes so much time away from the actual writing unless you keep on top of it!



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Premee:  I read a lot, so definitely whatever fiction I'm reading at the time. And I read a lot of nonfiction as well, there's so much interesting writing out there. I probably have 5000 bookmarks, saved articles, tagged posts, and so on with 'Interesting for book!' (Of course, this means a lot gets missed, but I do intend to catch up one day!) Not so much movies or TV, which I don't watch much of, and I am not very current with what's out right now. My job, which is in environmental policy, is a constant source of ideas and conflict. And music for sure; I have dozens of short stories and at least one novella so far based on favourite songs or albums. 'Beneath the Rising' was definitely influenced by the science degree I was taking at the time, too, and how frustrating but exciting I found it. I miss those days of realizing just how much we didn't know we didn't know.



TQDescribe Beneath the Rising using only 5 words.

Premee:  "OK, I definitely fixed it."



TQTell us something about Beneath the Rising that is not found in the book description.

Premee:  The book description focuses on their friendship, which I think was my goal, but it doesn't talk much about everything trying to drive them apart as the events start to unravel: family responsibilities, ancient monsters, possessed thralls, international police, a worried assistant, bounty hunters, and a mysterious secret society. Even the weather, even the geography. Odds are way lower than they seem that everybody is going to make it out of this in one piece.



TQWhat inspired you to write Beneath the Rising?

Premee:  Definitely my experience in university, I think. Coming to grips with everything we wanted to know about science and the ways we were limited by funding, time, labour, intelligence, memory, luck, but also the limitations of measuring techniques and available reagents. I think at least at first both Johnny Chambers herself, and the book, were purely wish-fulfillment: What would you do if you had most limitations removed from the research you were doing? And after that: But what if those gates and those gatekeepers are there for a reason? How could you get around them, and why would you think it was justifiable for you and only you to do that? What might happen as a result of all that power and disregard for risk? Do you have the right to risk things that aren't yours (say: the fate of the entire world) just because you want to?



TQHow does being a scientist affect (or not) your fiction writing?

Premee:  Abstractly, I think it continues to affect everything I write about and how I write. Not just in the ability to research and synthesize huge amounts of data from a wide variety of sources, including many that I would not have known about before studying science, but the ability to make logical jumps from ideas or facts and connect things, I think those are tremendously useful. Keeping correlation and causation appropriately apart is essential in my job, but pushing them together in interesting ways is essential in speculative fiction. Deriving the unexpected from the known, and helping people connect ideas in a new light, is always the goal.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Beneath the Rising?

Premee:  Well, I absolutely whiffed on the actual science; I read about three things related to clean-energy reactors and particle physics and made up the rest. (I hope no physicists read this novel. They will be very irritated with me.) But I spent a long time researching the places they were going. Encyclopedias, travel memoirs, the arts library at my university, National Geographics, and just asking around in the old days (the internet wasn't a lot of help in 2002). When I polished it up for querying in 2016, I also used a lot of blogs, city websites, Google Earth, and Twitter. It's so fantastic now to be able to be informed directly and without filters by the people who live there and take photos of their everyday life. I really hope I was able to use my research accurately and respectfully, while working with the limitation that it's in a universe in which Johnny Chambers and her science and her corporations have changed the whole world.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Beneath the Rising.

Premee:  I love the cover! They asked me for input about it very early on in the process and I said I would love to see something graphic, and I didn't like the painterly style of covers which depicted the faces of the characters. Then that was the last I heard of it till it went live for pre-orders. The artist is James Paul Jones (@jamespauljones). I didn't realize, when I first looked at it, that there were silhouettes around the ring, and when I did I think I screamed out loud at my desk. It's so well-done. I've seen people comparing it to the language from the 'Arrival' movie, which I haven't seen. I think it looks more like the aftermath of a specific event in the book... readers will figure it out at about the same time I did, I think.



TQIn Beneath the Rising who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Premee:  This is such an interesting question! I think Nick was the easiest to write at the time. I constantly felt like him. I almost could have just transcribed my journals at the time: full of hope and expectations, having difficulty distinguishing between romantic and platonic love, feeling completely responsible for the safety and health of my younger sibling, severe anxiety, always wanting to do the right thing, loyal to a fault. Johnny was the hardest: not just that she was supposed to be more intelligent than me, but more intelligent than, supposedly, anyone; and that she had this awful, blatant disregard for other people's feelings and worries. It was fun to write someone so confident and have it often tip over into arrogance, but it was also tiring. I kept fretting that she was, somehow, secretly, me, just because she was the scientist character.



TQDoes Beneath the Rising touch on any social issues?

Premee:  I didn't think so at the time, seeing it as a basic adventure/fantasy story; but when I reviewed it in preparation for querying, I do think it touches on some fairly heavy stuff. Not merely classism, not merely the idea of assimilation after immigration (which Nick, like me, didn't think about much as a teenager), but also colonialism in general: what's the end result of empire? What do you get as a world, as a mindset, after centuries and centuries of people transporting, enslaving, mutilating, killing, suppressing, torturing, and erasing black and brown cultures and peoples for profit? Johnny doesn't think about it, clearly. But maybe she should.



TQWhich question about Beneath the Rising do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Premee:  No one's asking whether anything from the novel appears in any of my short stories! The answer is, yes, and you'll see it right away when you start looking for it!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Beneath the Rising.

Premee:  "I cannot believe that you have all this money and you don't have a secret getaway blimp for when monsters are watching the house," I said. "What's even the point?"



TQWhat's next?

Premee:  I am working diligently on the sequel, which will be a very, very different book from the first one. After that I guess we'll see!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Premee:  Thank you for having me here! :)





Beneath the Rising
Solaris, March 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Interview with Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising
All the Birds in the Sky meets Lovecraft Country in this whimsical coming-of-age story about two kids in the middle of a war of eldritch horrors from outside spacetime…

Nick Prasad and Joanna “Johnny” Chambers have been friends since childhood. She’s rich, white, and a genius; he’s poor, brown, and secretly in love with her.

But when Johnny invents a clean reactor that could eliminate fossil fuels and change the world, she awakens the primal, evil Ancient ones set on subjugating humanity.

From the oldest library in the world to the ruins of Nineveh, hunted at every turn, they need to trust each other completely to survive…





About Premee

Interview with Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising
Premee Mohamed is a scientist and writer based out of Alberta, Canada. She has degrees in molecular genetics and environmental science, but hopes that readers of her fiction will not hold that against her. Her short speculative fiction has been published in a variety of venues, which can be found on her website.
Website ~ Twitter @premeesaurus

The View From Monday - March 2, 2020


Happy first Monday in March! Only 17 days until Spring!


There are 6 debuts this week:

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn;

Otaku by Chris Kluwe;

Temporary by Hilary Leichter;

Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed;

Docile by K.M. Szpara;

and

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG 1) by K.B. Wagers.

The View From Monday - March 2, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - March 2, 2020



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

March 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Promethean Horrors: Classic Stories of Mad Science Xavier Aldana Reyes (Ed) H - Tales of the Weird Anthology
Arcamira Hannah M. Sandoval P/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
The Killing Fog Jeff Wheeler F - The Grave Kingdom 1



March 3, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Anathemas David Annandale H - Warhammer Horror
We Ride Upon Sticks Quan Barry CoA/Sports/Occ/Sup
Ship of Destiny Frank Chadwick SF/SO
The Haunting of Ashburn House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Craven Manor Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The Haunting of Blackwood House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The Carrow Haunt Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The House Next Door Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
The Haunting of Rookward House Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Our Child of the Stars Stephen Cox HistF/FL/SF/AC/CF
Beautiful Massimo Cuomo
Will Schutt (Tr)
LF/CoA/MR
Radicalized (h2tp) Cory Doctorow SF - Collection
Lethal Game Christine Feehan PNR - GhostWalker 16
Castaway Resolution Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF/SO - Boundary 6
The Companions (D) Katie M. Flynn Dys
Sons of the Emperor: An Anthology John French
Nick Kyme
L J Goulding
Guy Haley
Graham McNeill
Gav Thorpe
Dan Abnett
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs
Made in Saturn Rita Indiana
Sydney Hutchinson (Tr)
LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR/Political
The Nightmare Feast Andrew Klavan F - Another Kingdom 2
Another Kingdom (h2tp) Andrew Klavan F - Another Kingdom 1
Otaku (D) Chris Kluwe SF
Sepulturum Nick Kyme H - Warhammer Horror
Temporary (D) Hilary Leichter LF/CW/AB/MR - Emily Books
House of Earth and Blood Sarah J. Maas UF/RF/PNR/F/AP/PA - Crescent City 1
Machines Like Me (h2tp) Ian McEwan LF/Psy/AH
Beneath The Rising (D) Premee Mohamed Occ/Sup
Re-Coil J.T. Nicholas SF/GenEng
Beowulf's Children (ri) Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
SF - Heorot 2
Cursed: An Anthology Marie O'Regan (Ed)
Paul Kane (Ed)
F/DF - Anthology
Gingerbread (h2tp) Helen Oyeyemi LF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/MR
Forced Perspectives Tim Powers F - Vickery and Castine 2
Blackwood Michael Farris Smith LF/SmT/Rural/Southern
This Town Sleeps Dennis E. Staples LF/Gay/MR/NativeAm/Aborigional
Docile (D) K.M. Szpara SF/HSF/Gay
Cyber Shogun Revolution Peter Tieryas SF/AH - A United States of Japan Novel 3
Alpha and Omega (h2tp) Harry Turtledove AH/Sus
A Pale Light in the Black K. B Wagers SF - NeoG 1
Among Others Jo Walton CF/MR - Essential Edition
Sharks in the Time of Saviors (D) Kawai Strong Washburn LF/FL/MR



March 4, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Three Bill Williamson Stories: A Tor.com Original (e) Harry Turtledove F
Sinew and Steel and What They Told: A Tor.com Original (e) Carrie Vaughn SF



March 5, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel Julian K Jarboe SF - Collection



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humour
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyperpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
NativeAm - Native American
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SmT - Small Town
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TerrTh - Terrorism Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts


2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts


There are 12 debut novels for March 2020.

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 2020 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15, 2020.




Katie M. Flynn

The Companions
Gallery/Scout Press, March 3, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go in this debut novel set in an unsettling near future where the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service by the living.

In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can’t go out, but the dead can come in—and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the “companionship” program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people—a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will.

Sixteen-year-old Lilac is one of the less fortunate, leased to a family of strangers. But when she realizes she’s able to defy commands, she throws off the shackles of servitude and runs away, searching for the woman who killed her.

Lilac’s act of rebellion sets off a chain of events that sweeps from San Francisco to Siberia to the very tip of South America. While the novel traces Lilac’s journey through an exquisitely imagined Northern California, the story is told from eight different points of view—some human, some companion—that explore the complex shapes love, revenge, and loneliness take when the dead linger on.





Megan Giddings

Lakewood
Amistad, March 24, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
A startling debut about class and race, Lakewood evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation—part The Handmaid’s Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Reads (The Great First Half 2020 Books)
When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan.

On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away.

The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world—but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family.

Provocative and thrilling, Lakewood is a breathtaking novel that takes an unflinching look at the moral dilemmas many working-class families face, and the horror that has been forced on black bodies in the name of science.





Rachel Harrison

The Return
Berkley, March 24, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?





S.A. Jones

The Fortress
Erewhon, March 17, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
(US Debut)

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
Jonathon Bridge has a corner office in a top-tier law firm, tailored suits and an impeccable pedigree. He has a fascinating wife, Adalia, a child on the way, and a string of pretty young interns as lovers on the side. He’s a man who’s going places. His world is our world: the same chaos and sprawl, haves and have-nots, men and women, skyscrapers and billboards. But it also exists alongside a vast, self-sustaining city-state called The Fortress where the indigenous inhabitants—the Vaik, a society run and populated exclusively by women—live in isolation.

When Adalia discovers his indiscretions and the ugly sexual violence pervading his firm, she agrees to continue their fractured marriage only on the condition that Jonathan voluntarily offers himself to the Fortress as a supplicant and stay there for a year.

Jonathon’s arrival at the Fortress begins with a recitation of the conditions of his stay: He is forbidden to ask questions, to raise his hand in anger, and to refuse sex. Jonathon is utterly unprepared for what will happen to him over the course of the year—not only to his body, but to his mind and his heart.

This absorbing, confronting and moving novel asks questions about consent, power, love and fulfillment. It asks what it takes for a man to change, and whether change is possible without a radical reversal of the conditions that seem normal.





Zack Jordan

The Last Human
Del Rey, March 24, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
The last human in the universe must battle unfathomable alien intelligences—and confront the truth about humanity—in this ambitious, galaxy-spanning debut

“A good old-fashioned space opera in a thoroughly fresh package.”—Andy Weir, author of The Martian

“Big ideas and believable science amid a roller-coaster ride of aliens, AI, superintelligence, and the future of humanity.”—Dennis E. Taylor, author of We Are Legion

Most days, Sarya doesn’t feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. Most days, she’s got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn’t casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.

And most days, she can almost accept that she’ll never know the truth—that she’ll never know why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist. Or whether she really is—impossibly—the lone survivor of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter and a miles-long kinetic projectile leaves her life and her perspective shattered.

Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship—with the dubious assistance of a rebellious spacesuit, an android death enthusiast on his sixtieth lifetime, and a ball of fluff with an IQ in the thousands—Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. What if humanity’s death and her own existence are simply two moves in a demented cosmic game, one played out by vast alien intellects? Stranger still, what if these mad gods are offering Sarya a seat at their table—and a second chance for humanity?

The Last Human is a sneakily brilliant, gleefully oddball space-opera debut—a masterful play on perspective, intelligence, and free will, wrapped in a rollicking journey through a strange and crowded galaxy.





Chris Kluwe

Otaku
Tor Books, March 3, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
Otaku is the debut novel from former NFL player and tech enthusiast Chris Kluwe, with a story reminiscent of Ready Player One and Ender's Game.

Ditchtown.

A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents.

Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who's slipping away, a mother who's already gone, and angry young men who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits.

Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital—and the Sunjewel Warriors' feats are legendary.

However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once…





EeLeen Lee

Liquid Crystal Nightingale
Abbadon, March 17, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
A bold and clever political thriller science fiction debut

Go deeper, they said. Look closer.

Pleo Tanza is a survivor. Her father was broken by tragedy, her twin sister is dead—chewed up and spat out by the corruption and injustice of Chatoyance—but she’s going to make it, whatever it takes. She’s going to get off this rock.

But escape is for the rich or lucky. Pleo’s framed for the murder of a rival student—the daughter of one of the colony’s wealthy, squabbling clans—and goes on the run, setting off a chain events that could destroy the fragile balance of the old colony forever…
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Hilary Leichter

Temporary
Coffee House Press, March 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
Eighteen boyfriends, twenty-three jobs, and one ghost who occasionally pops in to give advice: Temporary casts a hilarious and tender eye toward the struggle for happiness under late capitalism.

In Temporary, a young woman’s workplace is the size of the world. She fills increasingly bizarre placements in search of steadiness, connection, and something, at last, to call her own. Whether it’s shining an endless closet of shoes, swabbing the deck of a pirate ship, assisting an assassin, or filling in for the Chairman of the Board, for the mythical Temporary, “there is nothing more personal than doing your job.”

This riveting quest, at once hilarious and profound, will resonate with anyone who has ever done their best at work, even when the work is only temporary.





Premee Mohamed

Beneath the Rising
Solaris, March 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
All the Birds in the Sky meets Lovecraft Country in this whimsical coming-of-age story about two kids in the middle of a war of eldritch horrors from outside spacetime…

Nick Prasad and Joanna “Johnny” Chambers have been friends since childhood. She’s rich, white, and a genius; he’s poor, brown, and secretly in love with her.

But when Johnny invents a clean reactor that could eliminate fossil fuels and change the world, she awakens the primal, evil Ancient ones set on subjugating humanity.

From the oldest library in the world to the ruins of Nineveh, hunted at every turn, they need to trust each other completely to survive…





Eddie Robson

Hearts of Oak
Tor.com, March 17, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
Hearts of Oak is a delightful science fiction adventure from Eddie Robson, the creator of the acclaimed Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully.

The buildings grow.
And the city expands.
And the people of the land are starting to behave abnormally.

Or perhaps they’ve always behaved that way, and it’s normality that’s at fault.
And the king of the land confers with his best friend, who happens to be his closest advisor, who also happens to be a talking cat. But that’s all perfectly natural and not at all weird.

Iona, close to retirement, finds that the world she has always known is nothing like she always believed it to be. There dark forces . . . not dark. There are uncanny forces . . . no, not uncanny. There are forces, anyway, mostly slightly odd ones, and they appear to be acting in mysterious ways. It’s about town planning, it’s about cats and it’s about the nature of reality.





K. M. Szpara

Docile
Tor.com, March 3, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

2020 Debut Author Challenge - March 2020 Debuts
K. M. Szpara's Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

There is no consent under capitalism.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents' debts and buy your children's future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him.

Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

Content warning: Docile contains forthright depictions and discussions of rape and sexual abuse.





Kawai Strong Washburn

Sharks in the Time of Saviors
MCD, March 3, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

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Sharks in the Time of Saviors is a groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawai’ian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation from Kawai Strong Washburn.

“Old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious debut.” —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

So good it hurts and hurts to where it heals. It is revelatory and unputdownable. Washburn is an extraordinarily brilliant new talent.” —Tommy Orange, author of There There

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods—a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawai’i—with tragic consequences—they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.
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