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Guest Blog by R.S. Belcher - The Night at the Edge of the Road: Where the Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel Series Intersect


Please welcome R.S. Belcher to The Qwillery. The Night Dahlia, the 2nd novel in the Nightwise series, will be published on April 3rrd by Tor Books.



Guest Blog by R.S. Belcher -  The Night at the Edge of the Road: Where the Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel Series Intersect




The Night at the Edge of the Road: Where the Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel Series Intersect

R.S. Belcher

When you write multiple series there are always questions popping up about which of them connect and which don't. Authors like Brandon Sanderson and Stephen King have had a lot of fun interconnecting their worlds and their fans love the little cross-over Easter eggs that they drop in their stories. I grew up on Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series which had many crossovers between very different series within the overall cycle as well.

So, when it comes to answering the question of cross-over in my books, here's the straight dope. My Weird Western Golgotha series currently stands alone in its own universe while the Nightwise series (which includes my novel, The Night Dahlia, which is being released in April from Tor Books) and the Brotherhood of the Wheel series are set in the same world, but are very different series. I had a person at a convention this past weekend ask about a character in the Golgotha books and ask if they were members of the Brethren from the Brotherhood series. I had to explain that while that was a great idea, it was two different worlds. My main reason for splitting Golgotha from the other books is the cosmology in the series just developed differently, even though the theme of belief being crucial to the creation and survival of gods is present in all three of my series.

My main protagonists in the Nightwise and Brotherhood series— Laytham Ballard and Jimmie Aussapile— met in the pages of Nightwise back in 2015. Jimmie was a character I had bouncing around in my skull for a long time, he even made an appearance in a World of Darkness RPG I was the storyteller for back in the late 90s. My agent, Lucienne Diver encouraged me to explore Jimmie's world more and from that came the Brotherhood of the Wheel. In Brotherhood I've gone out of my way to mention Laytham Ballard a few time and other denizens of the occult underworld known as “the Life” he rubs elbows with, Like the Anti-matter Buddha, and Jingles the psychic exorcist who happens to be a cat. In The Night Dahlia, I also reciprocated with a few Brotherhood references for the reader to catch related to “the Road,” the as-of-yet not fully explained supernatural aspect of the American highway system that attracts demented personalities and monstrous creatures from other places.

Laytham Ballard's world is noir, filled with criminals, capers, and alternate lifestyles. I've always equated “the lifestyle” of BDSM with magic and secret societies. They have a lot in common. Ballard's world is definitely NC-17.

Jimmie's world, however, is a pretty different place in some very fundamental ways. Brotherhood is “southern fried Urban Fantasy.” I wanted Jimmie to be a very, very different person than Laytham, and I wanted his world, while full of horrific, nightmarish personalities and entities, to carry a ray of hope with it, to show that you don't always have to lose your soul to fight evil in the world.

If I am fortunate enough to continue to have the opportunity to write both series, I have a story arc that I'm planning that would begin in a Nightwise novel but reference a past event in Brotherhood and would bring the two worlds crashing into one another for one hell of an adventure. I also have kicked around the notion of writing books based on characters in the shared universe, including a certain demonic entertainer with a heart of gold and a chap named Synn who works for an agency known as the Horror Show. It's a big old abandoned playground with overgrown weeds and rusty dangerous equipment. I'd love to keep playing in it.

Thank you to all the friendly, devoted readers who have wandered into my worlds and who help grow them, keep them going, and keep them weird. I love you folks and I am very grateful for your support. I also wanted to thank Sally for her kind invitation to come on her site once again and chat. You're the best, Ms. Qwill, thank you.





The Night Dahlia
Nightwise 2
Tor Books, April 3, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by R.S. Belcher -  The Night at the Edge of the Road: Where the Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel Series Intersect
Laytham Ballard once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicated to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay, but that was before a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in—and sent him down a much darker path. One that has already cost him most of his soul, as well as everything he once held dear.

Now a powerful faerie mob boss has hired Ballard to find his lost-lost daughter, who went missing several years ago. The long-cold trail leads him across the globe, from the luxurious playgrounds of the rich and famous to the seedy occult underbelly of Los Angeles, where creatures of myth and legend mingle with street gangs and sex clubs, and where Ballard finds his own guilty past waiting for him around every shadowy corner. To find Caern Ankou, he will have to confront old enemies, former friends and allies, and a grisly cold case that has haunted him for years.

But is Caern still alive? And, perhaps more importantly, does she even want to be found?





Previously

Nightwise
Nightwise 1
Tor Books, January 16, 2018 (New Cover & Additional Content)
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Trade Paperback, September 20, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

Guest Blog by R.S. Belcher -  The Night at the Edge of the Road: Where the Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel Series Intersect
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places-and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul . . . .





Brotherhood of the Wheel

The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Brotherhood of the Wheel 1
Tor Books, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

Guest Blog by R.S. Belcher -  The Night at the Edge of the Road: Where the Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel Series Intersect
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.

The View From Monday - January 15, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 6 debuts this week:

Senlin Ascends (Books of Babel 1) by Josiah Bancroft;

Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse by H. G. Bells;

A Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper;

Palaces by Simon Jacobs;

Heartland by Ana Simo;

and

The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Apart in the Dark: Novellas by Ania Ahlborn;

Nightwise (Nightwise 1) by R.S. Belcher is out in a new Trade Paperback edition;

Iron Gold (Red Rising 4) by Pierce Brown;

Danger's Cure (Holly Danger 4) by Amanda Carlson;

and

Indelible by Adelia Saunders in out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - January 15, 2018



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

January 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Cure (e) Amanda Carlson Dys/PA - Holly Danger 4
A Conspiracy of Whispers (D)(e) Ada Harper SFR
Ornaments in Jade (ri) Arthur Machen H/Sup - Prose Poems



January 16, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Apart in the Dark: Novellas Ania Ahlborn H - Collection
The House of Rumour (ri) Jake Arnott LF/Hist/Occ
Senlin Ascends (D) Josiah Bancroft F - Books of Babel 1
Nightwise (h2tp) R. S. Belcher UF - Nightwise 1
Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse (D) H. G. Bells SF/AP/PA
The World of The Orville Jeff Bond TV/SF
Iron Gold Pierce Brown SF - Red Rising 4
HALO: Smoke and Shadow Kelly Gay SF - HALO
Palaces (D) Simon Jacobs LF/H
Black Wings of Cthulhu 5 S. T. Joshi (Ed) H - Black Wings of Cthulhu 5 - Anthology
Dreamcatcher (ri) Stephen King SF/AC
Iron Will (Ke) James Maxwell SF - The Shifting Tides 4
The Last Days of New Paris (h2tp) China Miéville F
The Night Market Jonathan Moore PsyTh
Binti: The Night Masquerade Nnedi Okorafor SF - Binti 3
Beauty Sarah Pinborough DF - Fairy Tales 3
The Complete Ack-Ack Macaque Trilogy Gareth L. Powell SF - Ack-Ack Macaque Omnibus
City of Endless Night Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
Th/Occ - Agent Pendergast 17
A Treacherous Curse Deanna Raybourn HistM - A Veronica Speedwell Mystery 3
Indelible (h2tp) Adelia Saunders LF/MR
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Mary Shelley Gothic/SF - Penguin Classics
Heartland (D) Ana Simo Dys
NightSun Dan Vining Dys
Blue Plague: Rage Thomas A. Watson SF/AP/PA - Blue Plague 4
The Beauty (D - US) Aliya Whiteley H
The Infinite Future Tim Wirkus LF
The Swan Book (h2tp) Alexis Wright LF
Red Clocks Leni Zumas CW/Dys



January 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ghoul Goes West: A Tor.com Original (e) Dale Bailey F
Power Struggles (e) E. C. Myers SFTh - ReMade Season 2 #9



January 18, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen (e) Douglas Adams
James Goss
SF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FiaryT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
GothicR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM -  Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Myth - Mythology
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Ref - Reference
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

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

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher


R. S. Belcher's most recent novel is The Queen of Swords, which is the 3rd novel in his Golgotha series. The Golgotha series is wonderful steampunky Weird Western. The Queen of Swords is set outside of Golgotha and if you haven't read the first two books in the series, jump in here (then go back and read books 1 and 2).

Nightwise is a gritty noir urban fantasy and has the most imaginative use of fountain pens I've ever read about. It's the 1st novel in the Laytham Ballard / Nightwise series.

Belcher has also written The Brotherhood of the Wheel, the 1st novel in an urban fantasy series that deals with the paranormal along the U.S. Interstate Highway System. The Brotherhood of the Wheel is set in the same world as Nightwise. Television rights to The Brotherhood of the Wheel have been picked up by ITV Studios America with Little Engine producing. Note that this does not mean the series will appear on TV, but one can hope!

I highly recommend all of R. S. Belcher's novels.



Golgotha

The Six-Gun Tarot
Golgotha 1
Tor Fantasy, March 25, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 22, 2013

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.

R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is “an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)



The Shotgun Arcana
Golgotha 2
Tor Books, October 20, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, October 7, 2014

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher
R. S. Belcher's debut novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets.

1870. A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party...and the dawn of humanity.

Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness. But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day's time, the town and its people will be tested as never before-and some of them will never be the same.

The Shotgun Arcana is even more spectacularly ambitious and imaginative than The Six-Gun Tarot, and confirms R. S. Belcher's status as a rising star.



The Queen of Swords
Golgotha 3
Tor Books, June 27, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher
1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate.

Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa—and the Father of All Monsters.

One of the most popular characters from The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana ventures beyond Golgotha on a boldly imaginative, globe-spanning adventure of her own!




Laytham Ballard / Nightwise

Nightwise
Laytham Ballard 1
Tor Books, January 16, 2018 (New Cover & Additional Content)
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Trade Paperback, September 20, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places-and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul . . . .



The Night Dahlia
Laytham Ballard 2
Tor Books, April 3, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher
Laytham Ballard once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicated to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay, but that was before a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in—and sent him down a much darker path. One that has already cost him most of his soul, as well as everything he once held dear.

Now a powerful faerie mob boss has hired Ballard to find his lost-lost daughter, who went missing several years ago. The long-cold trail leads him across the globe, from the luxurious playgrounds of the rich and famous to the seedy occult underbelly of Los Angeles, where creatures of myth and legend mingle with street gangs and sex clubs, and where Ballard finds his own guilty past waiting for him around every shadowy corner. To find Caern Ankou, he will have to confront old enemies, former friends and allies, and a grisly cold case that has haunted him for years.

But is Caern still alive? And, perhaps more importantly, does she even want to be found?





Brotherhood of the Wheel

The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Brotherhood of the Wheel 1
Tor Books, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

Spotlight on R. S. Belcher
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.

The View From Monday - June 26, 2017

Happy last Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Waking Land by Callie Bates;

Soul of the World by David Mealing;

and

Amatka by Karin Tidbeck.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch;

The Race by Nina Allan is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is out in Trade Paperback;

The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 3) by R. S. Belcher

The Bones of the Earth (Bound Gods 2) by Rachel Dunne;

Escape Velocity (The Dire Earth Cycle 5) by Jason M. Hough;

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria 2) by Anthony Ryan.

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June 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Race (tp2mm) Nina Allan SF/AP/PA
The Bear and the Nightingale (h2tp) Katherine Arden F/MR/LF
Twelve Days Steven Barnes SF/SupTh
The Waking Land (D) Callie Bates F
The Queen of Swords R. S. Belcher HistF/WW - Golgotha 3
A Ghostly Light Juliet Blackwell PM - Haunted Home Renovation 7
HALO: Envoy (tp2mm) Tobias S. Buckell SF - HALO
Blackmail Rick Campbell TechTh
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge (h2mm) Larry Correia
John Ringo
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 1
Mash Up (tp2mm) Gardner Dozois (Ed) MU -Anthology
The Bones of the Earth Rachel Dunne F - Bound Gods 2
Reach for You Pat Esden FR/Gothic - Dark Heart 3
Flashmob Christopher Farnsworth Th- John Smith 2
The Spawn of Lilith Dana Fredsti UF/DF
The Sweetest Burn Jeaniene Frost PNR - Broken Destiny 2
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF - Outlander
Eye of Terra (tp2mm) Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 35
Spoonbenders Daryl Gregory FL/SH/LF
The House of Memory Carolyn Haines PM - Pluto's Snitch 2
The Weaver's Lament (h2mm) Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 9
Eterna and Omega (h2mm) Leanna Renee Hieber HistF - The Eterna Files 2
Escape Velocity Jason M. Hough SF/Th - The Dire Earth Cycle 5
The Fatal Gate Ian Irvine F - The Gates of Good and Evil 2
The Fate of the Tearling (ri) Erika Johansen LF/F - Queen of the Tearling 3
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Legacies (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles 1
Unholy Blue Darby Kaye FR - Bannerman Boru 2
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (mm) Stephen King DF/MTI - The Dark Tower 1
The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel (ri) Stephen King Occ/Sup
Little Girls Ronald Malfi H/GH/Th
Enigma Tales Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Soul of the World (D) David Mealing F - The Ascension Cycle 1
Hunted Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians Novella
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices Yvonne Navarro MTI/DF/P - Supernatural
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Four Yvonne Navarro
S. D. Perry
MTI/SF - Aliens
If the Haunting Fits, Wear It Rose Pressey PM - A Haunted Vintage Mystery 5
The Legion of Flame Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 2
Galactic Games (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Extinction Edge Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 2
The Court of Broken Knives (e) Anna Smith Spark F - Empires of Dust 1
Lawless and the Flowers of Sin (tp2mm) William Sutton HistM/HistTh - Lawless
Amatka (D) Karin Tidbeck LF/SF/VisMeta
Smoke (h2tp) Dan Vyleta LF/AH/HistF
A Dance in Blood Velvet Freda Warrington
The Witchwood Crown Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
StarCraft: Evolution (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/MTI - Starcraft



June 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Myths and Legends (e) Richard Dinnick SF- Doctor Who



June 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Furthest Station Ben Aaronovitch UF - PC Grant Novella
Dancing with the Doctor: Dimensions of Gender in the Doctor Who Universe Lorna Jowett HC
Mightier than the Sword K. J. Parker F



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017


Happy Monday! Happy Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere)!


There is one debut this week - Christopher Mari's solo debut - The Beachhead.

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



There are several books from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project 2) by Mishell Baker;

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher is out in Trade Paperback;

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough (former DAC author) and K. C. Alexander;

Ashes to Fire (Creatures of Light 2) by Emily B. Martin is out in Mass Market Paperback

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - March 20, 2017



March 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Heart of the Dragon (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis Series 1
The Memoirist Neil Williamson SF



March 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flames of Rebellion Jay Allan SF - Flames of Rebellion 1
Infinity Engine Neal Asher SF/SO - Transformation 3
Phantom Pains Mishell Baker UF - The Arcadia Project 2
The Brotherhood of the Wheel (h2tp) R. S. Belcher UF/CF
Fellside (h2tp) M. R. Carey SupTh
Star's End Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Chalk Paul Cornell CF/DF
Bound Together Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 6
Orbital Cloud Taiyo Fujii SF - Orbital Cloud 1
Dante Guy Haley SF - Blood Angels
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction David G. Hartwell  (Ed)
Glenn Grant (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising Jason M. Hough
K. C. Alexander
SF/SO - Mass Effect: Andromeda
Gods of the Flame Sea (e) Jean Johnson F - Flame Sea 3
Nemesis Alex Lamb SF
Relics Tim Lebbon DF/H
Wake a Sleeping Tiger Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 31
Shrike George Mann SF - Space Marine Legends 3
The Beachhead (D - Solo) Christopher Mari SF/AP/PA
Ashes to Fire Emily B. Martin F - Creatures of Light 2
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (h2tp) Iain Reid LF
The Collapsing Empire John Scalzi SF/SO
Follow Me Down Sherri Smith PsyTh/Sus/CW
Immortal Blood (ri) James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 3
Join (h2tp) Steve Toutonghi SF/F
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 139
Spymaster Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 1
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture (h2tp) Glen Weldon PopCul



March 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ecdysis: A Tor.com Original (e) Julianna Baggott F
Excerpts from a Film (1942-1987): A Tor.com Original (e) A.C. Wise H



March 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
The Picture of Dorian Gray (e)(ri) Oscar Wilde Occ/Sup - Macmillan Collector's Library



March 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Immortal Progeny (e) Philippa Ballantine F - Fragile Gods 1
The Holocaust Averted: An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967 (h2tp) Jeffrey S. Gurock AH



March 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
There is Darkness in Every Room (Ke) Brian Fatah Steele AF/AC



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40


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



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here




R.S. Belcher (2013)

The Queen of Swords
Golgotha 3
Tor Books, June 27, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate.

Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa—and the Father of All Monsters.

One of the most popular characters from The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana ventures beyond Golgotha on a boldly imaginative, globe-spanning adventure of her own!





Carol J. Perry (2014)

Grave Errors
A Witch City Mystery 5
Kensington, August 29, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 364 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
Whose funeral will be next?

For residents of Salem, Massachusetts, the day after Halloween brings empty candy wrappers, sagging pumpkins, and a community-wide identity crisis. That is, until Lee Barrett’s TV production class suggests extending the spooky season with the traditional Mexican celebration Dia de Los Muertos. But when the students discover not all of Salem’s dead are resting in peace, the post-October blues don’t seem so bad after all . . .

As if a series of haunting graveyard visits isn’t disturbing enough, Lee and her policeman boyfriend connect the crime to an unsolved missing person case. Driven by a series of chilling psychic visions, Lee calls on her cleverest allies—including her shrewd cat, O’Ryan—to go underground and dig up the evidence needed to put a lid on a cold case forever . . . before the latest headstone in town has her name on it!


NoteMurder Go Round (A Witch City Mystery 4) is coming out on January 31, 2017. Read about it here.





Rob Reid (2012)

Forever On
Del Rey, May 2, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, Forever On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author Rob Reid.

Meet Phluttr—a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, or about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers—and they don’t even know the tenth of it.

But what’s the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming “The UberX of Sex”? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?

Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it’s not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.

Forever On achieves the literary singularity—fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp-witted, ferociously believable, IMAX-wide view of our digital age.





Mark Tompkins (2016)

The Last Days of Magic
Penguin Books, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 40
“Fantastic . . . an honest, beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read.”
—DIANA GABALDON, THE WASHINGTON POST

“A fantastical treat.”
PEOPLE

“Simultaneously sweeping and intricate . . . Tompkins’s amazing debut novel conjures an epic battle for the soul of Ireland. Filled with papal machination and royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and queens, angels and goddesses, this is one wild and breathless ride.” 
—KAREN JOY FOWLER

“Plundering the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a fantasy adventure with the shifting perspectives of dreamscape. A novel rich and strange.”
—GERALDINE BROOKS

What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3


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



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Jacob Bacharach (2014)

The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates
Liveright, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The biblical story of Abraham and Isaac is transposed into a modern world even madder than the ancient Middle East in Jacob Bacharach’s hilarious novel.

Does any family better fit the Anna Karenina principle— that happy families are alike but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way—better than the patriarchs of the Book of Genesis? Is there any worse (or crazier) father than Abraham? These are some of the questions The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates asks, replacing the biblical Ur with New York and the land of Canaan with the rugged hills and rusted river valleys of western Pennsylvania. Fleeing a failed relationship, Isabel Giordani leaves New York and moves across the Appalachians to Pittsburgh, where she soon begins to insinuate herself into the lives of Isaac Mayer and his father, Abbie, an architect turned crooked real estate developer. As Isabel learns this family’s weird, often sordid, and occasionally violent history, her own motives for entering their lives are called into question, in Jacob Bacharach’s new novel that considers love, family, God, and, of course, real estate.





Clifford Beal (2013)

The Witch of Torinia
Valdur 2
Solaris, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Divide... and conquer. The thrilling new epic fantasy continues!

Lady Lucinda della Rovera, the renegade canoness of St Dionei, secret sorceress of the “old gods”, has cleverly split the One Faith into bitter factions and with the help of a pliant Duke of Torinia, launches a war to overthrow the king of Valdur and bring back the old ways. Brother Acquel Galenus, now Magister of the High Temple of Livorna, knows he must stop her, but doubts his own faith and ability. With powerful demons seeking to reenter the world through Lucinda, he must find allies, but how?

Julianus Strykar, now a coronel of the mercenary company of the Black Rose, finds himself thrust into the maelstrom of civil war but false pride leads him into a battle he may not be able to win -- or survive.

Captain Nicolo Danamis may have regained his fleet and command but the return of his long-lost father and lord, Valerian, has complicated his love affair with mer princess Citala. When his former lover -- the queen of Valdur -- demands his help, he and a suspicious Citala find themselves at the centre of palace intrigue as they try to avert an “alliance” with the predatory Silk Empire that will turn Valdur into a puppet kingdom. And then he learns that the crown prince may be his bastard son.

Friendships, loves, and the future of Valdur all hang by a thread….





Michelle Belanger (2015)

Harsh Gods
A Novel of the Shadowside 2
Titan Books, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The last thing Zack Westland expects on a frigid night is to be summoned to an exorcism. Demonic possession, however, proves the least of his problems. Father Frank, a veteran turned priest, knows Zack’s deepest secrets, recognizing him as Anakim, an angel belonging to that hidden tribe. And Halley, the girl they’ve come to save, carries a secret that could unlock a centuries-old evil. She chants an eerie rhyme, and she isn’t alone…

“HANDS TO TAKE AND EYES TO SEE.
A MOUTH TO SPEAK. HE COMES FOR ME.”



As Zack’s secrets spill out, far more than his life is at stake, for Halley is linked to an ancient conspiracy. Yet Zack can’t help her unless he’s willing to risk losing his immortality—and reigniting the Blood Wars.


Mortal Sins
A Novella of the Shadowside
Titan Books, October 25, 2016
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Zack Westland is one of the Anakim—an angel belonging to an ancient tribe trapped on Earth by the cataclysmic event known as the Blood Wars. His true name is Zaquiel, and to speak it unleashes a power beyond the ken of mortal men.

Accompanied by his temperamental ally Liliana—the Lady of Beasts—Zack encounters the ghost of an African-American woman murdered decades ago. She cannot speak, but implores him to help her, launching him along a bloody path that leads to the Strega, an Italian family of witches.

The Strega are led by Mama Tuscanetti, an ancient matriarch who brooks no interference. To cross her is to court death.


Note: Mortal Sins will be free on Amazon at launch and is free at Barnes and Noble now.





R.S. Belcher (2013)

Nightwise
Laytham Ballard 1
Tor Books, September 20, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 18, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.

In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago.

Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places-and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul . . . .


The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Tor Books, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, March 1, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.





Jenn Bennett (2011)

The Anatomical Shape of the Heart
Square Fish, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 340 pages
Hardcover and eBook, 11/03/2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Winner of the Romantic Times Best YA Protagonist Award (2015)

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci's footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital's Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is-and tries to uncover what he's hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix's own family's closet tear them apart?

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is an irresistible, deeply romantic story about a girl and boy who help each other heal and grow.


Alex, Approximately
Simon Pulse, April 4, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

The View From Monday - September 19, 2016


Happy Monday!!

There are no debuts this week.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Nightwise by R.S. Blecher is out in Trade Paperback. You may read my review of the Hardcover edition here.

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (Delilah S. Dawson) is out in Trade Paperback.

The View From Monday - September 19, 2016
The View From Monday - September 19, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.


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



The View From Monday - September 19, 2016



September 19, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Scratch (e) Steve Himmer SupTh



September 20, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Binds Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 9
Watchers in Death David Annandale F - The Beast Arises 9
The Apostle Killer Richard Beard HistTh/AH/Hist
Nightwise (h2tp) R. S. Belcher UF - Nightwise 1
Wake of Vultures (h2tp) Lila Bowen HistF - The Shadow 1
Blood Red Kiss Kresley Cole
Larissa Ione
Gene Showalter
PNR
Children of Lovecraft Ellen Datlow (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
The Queen of Blood Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 1
Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter, Heart of Scars, The Lineage Brian P. Easton DF - Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter Omnibus
The Warren Brian Evenson SF/AC
Dead Souls J. Lincoln Fenn H
Warp (ri) Lev Grossman SF
The Haze James Hall M - Bibliomysteries
The Iscariot Sanction Mark Latham UF/HistF - Lazarus Gate 2
Death's End Cixin Liu SF - Remembrance of Earth's Past 3
Thunder Moon Rising Jeffrey Mariotte DF - Deadlands 2
Healers Brad Munson SF/AP/PA - Z.A. Recht's Morningstar Strain 4
The Family Plot Cherie Priest GO
Immortal Nights Lynsay Sands PNR - An Argeneau Novel 24
Zero-G William Shatner
Jeff Rovin
SF - Zero-G 1
The Maze of the Enchanter: The Collected Fantasies, Vol. 4 Clark Ashton Smith F - Collection
Red Tide Marc Turner F - The Chronicles of the Exile 3
Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon Various SF - Anthology



September 21, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny Drew Ford (Ed) SF/AP/PA
Men Like Gods (ri) H. G. Wells Dys



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15


This is the fifteenth 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 here
Part 2 herePart 12 here
Part 3 herePart 13 here
Part 4 herePart 14 here
Part 5 here
Part 6 here
Part 7 here
Part 8 here
Part 9 here
Part 10 here



Brooklyn Ann (2013)

Kissing Vicious
Hearts of Metal Book 1
Boroughs Publishing Group, August 20, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Aspiring guitarist Kinley Black is about to get her first big break—as a roadie for Viciöus, her favorite heavy metal band, and for the rock god she always dreamt might make her a woman.

THE ROADIE

At 15, aspiring guitarist Kinley Black wished she were a boy. At 16, after hearing Quinn Mayne sing, she wanted him to make her a woman. Now, at 22, her dreams have come true. Quinn’s band Viciöus needs someone to lug their amps around the country, to strive and sweat with the guys. She just has to act like one of them.

AND THE ROCK GOD

Quinn had to admit the new chick could pull her weight, but that didn’t mean his road manager made the right choice. Taking a hottie on a heavy metal music tour was like dangling meat in front of a pack of feral hounds—and Quinn could be part dog himself. But more surprising than her beautiful body are Kinley’s sweet licks, so that no man could help but demand a jam session. Quinn will soon do anything to possess her, and to put Kinley in the spotlight where she belongs. And to keep her safe and sound from the wolves.


Conjuring Destiny
Brides of Prophecy 3
Broken Angels, October 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
There’s more than a prophecy holding them together …

Famous rock star, Xochitl Leonine, has dreamt of a world with two moons where a black cloaked man beckons her. One Halloween night, she meets the mysterious stranger of her dreams… literally... and their shared dance becomes a rendezvous in a place of endless night.

Zareth Amotken has no idea how important Xochitl’s heavy metal band is to her. As an immortal sorcerer, he doesn’t care. He has one goal: to find the prophesied savior of his world. Her voice holds the power to bring back his world’s vanished sun.

Xochitl’s compassion urges her to help in any way she can. Yet learning the mysteries of her past causes conflict with her future in music. Her destiny in his world and her obligations to her band pull her in opposite directions. How can she long for one while the other is so dire?

As Zareth introduces her to his people and teaches her to control her powers, she aches for his enchanting kiss. Zareth tries to resist, for their passion will unleash serious consequences, both political and magical.

As the time to fulfill her destiny draws closer, she must choose between her heart, her duty, and her friends. The wrong choice could ruin everything.

But if Zareth’s evil half brother succeeds in taking control of her for his own ends, he will take away her choices… and destroy the world.




Kait Ballenger (2013)

Midnight Hunter
The Execution Underground Book 3
HQN Books, September 1, 2015
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 15
Hunters of the supernatural, THE EXECUTION UNDERGROUND are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but can dark temptation destroy good intentions?

Occult specialist and witch hunter Dr. Shane Grey is called upon to investigate a string of crimes that bear all the hallmarks of black magic. But he can’t take on this daunting assignment for the Execution Underground alone. He’ll need the help of Vera Sanders, a witch with a dark past — and a woman who disturbs him as much as she intrigues him.

Vera is determined to ignore the dangerous chemistry between herself and Shane so she can prove her loyalty to his cause; otherwise she risks the wrath of the Execution Underground once again. If she can’t make Shane trust her, they won’t stand a chance in hell of defeating the evil that’s terrorising their city. No easy task, considering old habits die hard…and Vera may be the very person responsible for luring Shane into a killer’s trap.




Clifford Beal (2013)

The Guns of IvreaTales of Valdur 1
Solaris, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

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Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.
 
Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.

Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence.

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




R.S. Belcher (2013)

The Brotherhood of the Wheel
Tor Books, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

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R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, The Brotherhood of The Wheel.

In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.

Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.




Matt Bell (2013)

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Boss Fight Books, June 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 79 pages

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Upon its release in 2000, BioWare's PC role-playing epic Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn was hailed as a paragon of its genre and named "RPG of the Year" by IGN, Gamespy, and Gamespot. A game like Baldur's Gate II requires not just a master wordsmith but a dungeon master. Enter award-winning novelist Matt Bell, author of the surreal domestic novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods and co-author of the Dungeons & Dragons novel The Last Garrison.

Bell's book explores BG2's immersive narrative and complex mechanics, unpacks how RPG systems enable our emotional investment in characters, investigates the game's non-linear story, and relates his own struggle to reconcile being a "serious" adult with his love of D&D and video games. Dig in, geek out, and go for the eyes, Boo!


Scrapper
Soho Press, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback, August 23, 2016

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Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.

The second novel from the acclaimed author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, Scrapper is a devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we’ve committed to protect the people we love?



A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories is slated for publication in September 2016 by Soho Press.


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