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The View From Monday - April 30, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Pisces by Melissa Broder;

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang;

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan;

and

Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Baby's Bones by Rebecca Alexander;

Talon of Scorpio (Shadowstorm 3) by G.T. Almasi;

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter;

Tyrant's Throne (The Greatcoats 4) by Sebastien de Castell is out in Trade Paperback;

The Amiestrin Gambit (King's Daughter 1) by J. Kathleen Cheney;

The Glory of the Empress (Admiral 3) by Sean Danker;

The Summer Dragon (Evertide 1) by Todd Lockwood is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Only Human (The Themis Files 3) by Sylvain Neuvel;

and

D'Arc (War with No Name 2) by Robert Repino 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 - April 30, 2018



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

April 30, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
At Blade's Edge (e)(ri) Lauren Dane PNR - Goddess with a Blade 4
Goddess with a Blade Collection Volume 1: Goddess with a Blade\Blade to the Keep\Blade on the Hunt\At Blade's Edge (e) Lauren Dane PNR - Goddess with a Blade
April in Atlantis (e) Alyssa Day PNR
Phoresis Greg Egan HSF
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
H
Ghost Night (e)(ri) Heather Graham Th/GH - Bone Island Trilogy 3
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Åke Lilja (Ed) H - Anthology
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land Connie Willis VisM/SF



May 1, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
S.T.A.R. Labs: Cisco Ramon's Journal Nick Aires MTI/CF
A Baby's Bones Rebecca Alexander Cr - Sage Westfield 1
Talon of Scorpio (e) G. T. Almasi SF/GenEng/Th - Shadowstorm 3
Uncharted Kevin J. Anderson
Sarah A. Hoyt
AH/HistF - Arcane America 1
The Military Science of Star Wars George Beahm SF/Performing Arts
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury SF/Dys
Dragon Road Joseph Brassey SciFan/SO - Drifting Lands
The Pisces (D) Melissa Broder LF/Psy/HU
Tiassa Steven Brust F - Vlad 13
Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction Bill Campbell (Ed)
Francesco Verso (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Every Single Secret Emily Carpenter Th/Sus
Tyrant's Throne (h2tp) Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats 4
The Amiestrin Gambit (e) J. Kathleen Cheney F - King's Daughter 1
Diary of a Drug Fiend and Other Works by Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley Occ/Sup
Wolf Undaunted (e) Shannon Curtis PNR
Harlequin Nocturne May 2018 Box Set: Wolf Undaunted\Witch's Fury (e) Shannon Curtis
Deborah LeBlanc
PNR
The Glory of the Empress (e) Sean Danker SF/SO - Admiral 3
Medusa Uploaded Emily Devenport SF/GenEng/Th - The Medusa Cycle 1
Miss Subways David Duchovny LF/UF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Reborn Lance Erlick SF - Android Chronicles 1
Shotguns & Sorcery Omnibus Matt Forbeck F
The Story Peddler Lindsay A. Franklin F - The Weaver Trilogy 1
Dead But Once Auston Habershaw DF - Saga of the Redeemed 3
Pale Guardian: A Vampire Mystery (h2tp) Barbara Hambly H/M - A James Asher Vampire Novel 7
Dark Queen Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 12
Worlds Apart (e) Tracy St. John SF - Warriors of Risnar 2
Black Helicopters Caitlin R. Kiernan DF
The Poppy War (D) R. F Kuang HistF
Witch's Fury (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The Summer Dragon (tp2mm) Todd Lockwood F - Evertide 1
The Classic Horror Collection H.P. Lovecraft H
Science Fiction: A Literary History Roger Luckhurst (Ed) LC/SF/F
King Rat (ri) China Mieville UF/H
Civil War (ri) Stuart Moore MTI/SH - Marvel Universe 2
A Secret History of Witches (h2tp) Louisa Morgan MR
Men Without Women: Stories (h2tp) Haruki Murakami
Ted Goossen (Tr)
MR/LF - Collections
Only Human Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh - The Themis Files 3
Kim Newman's Video Dungeon (e) Kim Newman Performing Arts
The Dead House (D) Billy O'Callaghan SupTh
Reaping the Aurora (h2mm) Joshua Palmatier F - Ley 3
Song of Blood & Stone L. Penelope HistF/FR - Earthsinger 1
Bandwidth Eliot Peper TechTh - An Analog Novel 1
Exit Strategy (D) Charlton Pettus TechTh/Cr/LF
D'Arc (h2tp) Robert Repino F/SF/AP/PA - War with No Name 2
Wired Douglas E. Richards SFTh/NF - Wired 1
A Hymn Before Battle (mm2tp) John Ringo SF - Legacy of Aldenata 1
Moontide and Magic Rise Sean Russell F/DF - Moontide and Magic Rise Omnibus
Infinite Stars (h2tp) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF/SO - Anthology
All the Fabulous Beasts Priya Sharma Gothic - Collection
Kris Longknife: Commanding (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife
Fury From the Tomb SA Sidor F/Occ/Sup/HistF - Institute for Singular Antiquities 1
All's Fair in Love and Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 8
Avengers of the Moon (h2tp) Allen Steele SF/SO - Captain Future
A.L.F.A. Instincts Milly Taiden PNR - An A.L.F.A. Novel
An Argumentation of Historians Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF - The Chronicles of St. Mary's 9
Echoes of Honor Limited Leatherbound Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 8
Oblivion Steve White
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 8
The Witchwood Crown (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 1
Pawn (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF/AC - A Chronicle of  the Sibyl's War 1



May 2, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Baby Shower (e) Cassandra Khaw F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 3
Crossroads of Darkover (e) Deborah J. Ross (Ed) F - Darkover Anthology 18
The Flight of Morpho Girl: A Tor.com Original (e) Caroline Spector
Bradley Denton
SF/SH - Wild Cards



May 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Midnight Gods Greg F. Gifune H



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


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


Robert Repino (2015)

D'Arc
War with No Name 3
Soho Press, May 1, 2018
Trade Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, May 9, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Housecat turned assassin, Mort(e), and canine heroine, Sheba, must battle a horde of amphibious creatures intent on exterminating mankind in Repino’s strange, moving sci-fi epic.

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

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


Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 2





James R. Tuck (2012)

Arrow: Fatal Legacies
Titan Books, January 30, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
   Based on a story by Marc Guggenheim

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Set in the devastating aftermath of Season Five and leading into the thrilling events of Season Six...

ARROW: FATAL LEGACIES

...reveals for the first time what occurred as Team Arrow resumed its mission to protect Star City. Those who survived Prometheus’s trap on Lian Yu discover that Chase’s revenge continues far beyond his death. Sara Lance returns, Dinah Drake accepts the mantle of Black Canary, and the entire team hits the streets again. There can be no rest in this collaboration between Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim and author James R. Tuck, for if Chase’s deadly legacies can’t be stopped, countless more will die.

ARROW and all related characters and elements © & TM DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. DC LOGO : TM & © DC Comics. WB SHIELD: TM & © WBEI. (s15)





Angus Watson (2014)

The Land You Never Leave
West of West 2
Orbit, September 11, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Welcome to the Badlands…

Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfill a prophecy and take Ottar the Moaner west of west, to save mankind.

In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen.

The David Gemmell Award-shortlisted author of Age of Iron returns with the second book in his epic fantasy West of West trilogy, in which a mismatched group of refugees must battle animals and monsters, an unforgiving land and each other as they cross a continent to fulfill a prophecy.

West of West
You Die When You Die
The Land You Never Leave

For more from Angus Watson, check out:

Iron Age
Age of Iron
Clash of Iron
Reign of Iron

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Book 1

The View From Monday - May 8, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza.

The View From Monday - May 8, 2017

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series 3) by Kristi Charish

The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy 1) by James Islington is out in Trade Paperback;

D'Arc (War With No Name 2) by Robert Repino;

and

Tangled: A Dark Protectors Novella by Rebecca Zanetti.

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



The View From Monday - May 8, 2017



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

May 9, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ravenor Dan Abnett SF - Ravenor Trilogy  1
Lives of the Monster Dogs (ri) Kirsten Bakis LF/SF/GenEng/Gothic
Take Back the Sky (h2tp) Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 3
The Berlin Project Gregory Benford AH
Owl and the Electric Samurai Kristi Charish CF - The Owl Series 3
How to Be Human (D) Paula Cocozza LF
Ahriman: The Omnibus John French SF - Ahriman
Blaze: Volume 1: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Argus Deceit Chuck Grossart SF
Taming the Hunter Michele Hauf PNR - Decadent Dames 1
Assassin's Fate Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 3
Brave New World (ri) Aldous Huxley Dys
The Shadow of What Was Lost (h2tp) James Islington F - The Licanius Trilogy 1
Deadmen Walking Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/PNR - Deadman's Cross Trilogy 1
Food of the Gods Cassandra Khaw UF - Rupert Wong
Bewitching the Dragon Jane Kindred PNR
The Last Iota Robert Kroese SF/Dys
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D David Kushner GN
Nemesis Alex Lamb SF
James Lovegrove Collection Vol. 2 James Lovegrove SF
MECH: Age of Steel Tim Marquitz (Ed)
N.X. Sharps (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Tracker Shannon Mayer UF/FR/P - Rylee Adamson 6
The Creepypasta Collection, Volume 2: 20 Stories. No Sleep. MrCreepyPasta H
Men Without Women: Stories Haruki Murakami
Ted Goossen (Tr)
MR/LF - Short Stories
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
D'Arc Robert Repino F/Dys/SF/AP/AP - War with No Name 2
The Black Rift Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Jovienne Linda Robertson UF - Immanence 1
Lies, Damned Lies, and History Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St Mary's 7
The Wayward Astronomer Geoffrey Thomas SF
House of Names Colm Toibin LF
Killing Gravity Corey J. White SF - The Voidwitch Saga 1
A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane: Stories Barry Yourgrau LF/MR/VisMeta - Short Stories
Tangled: A Dark Protectors Novella Rebecca Zanetti PNR



May 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hexagrammaton: A Tor.com Original (e) Hanuš Seiner
Julie Nováková (Tr)
SF
Zügzwang (e) Lindsay Smith HistF - Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #12



May 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sacculina Philip Fracassi H



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LC - Literary Criticism
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
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
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 Challenge Authors, Part 29


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



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



Pete Rawlik (2013)

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

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

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

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

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

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





Sarah Remy (2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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





Robert Repino (2015)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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





Tarn Richardson (2016)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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





Cecy Robson (2012)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The View From Monday - November 14, 2016


It's Monday. Yay?

There are no debuts this week. From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Faithful (Birth of Saints 2) by Michelle Hauck;

The Gates of Hell (The Shards of Heaven 2) by Michael Livingston;

and

Culdesac (War with No Name 2) by Robert Repino


The View From Monday - November 14, 2016The View From Monday - November 14, 2016
The View From Monday - November 14, 2016
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



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



The View From Monday - November 14, 2016



November 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The First Law Trilogy Joe Abercrombie F - The First Law Trilogy
The Man Who Could Make Things Vanish Jack Cady SupTh
Dark Horizons: An Anthology of Dark Science Fiction Charles P. Zaglanis (Ed) SF - Anthology
An Empire Asunder Evan Currie SF - The Scourwind Legacy 2
The Usurper (ri) Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 3
Mosaic Sarah Fine UF - Reliquary Series 3
Assassin's Creed: Heresy Christie Golden SF - Assassin's Creed
The Selected Short Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal and the Real Ursula K. Le Guin Fict - Short Stories
Faithful (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 2
Demons of the Flame Sea (e) Jean Johnson F - Flame Sea 2
The Gates of Hell Michael Livingston F - The Shards of Heaven 2
New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean Karen Lord (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
The Cthulhu Casebooks - Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows James Lovegrove F/P/M
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel James Luceno SF - Star Wars
For the Bear's Eyes Only Kathy Lyons PNR - Grizzlies Gone Wild 3
Priceless Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 1
Immune Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 2
The Oxford Inheritance (h2tp) Ann A. McDonald Sus/Magic
Wraith Knight C.T. Phipps F - Three Worlds 1
Culdesac Robert Repino F/Dys/SF/AP/PA - War with No Name 2
The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets Khairy Shalaby
Michael Cooperson (Translator)
SF
Treasure and Treason Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 8
Pirate Utopia Bruce Sterling SF/HistF/Th
Rosewater Tade Thompson SF
Star Trek Beyond - The Collector's Edition Titan SF (Movie Tie-In)
Extreme Makeover Dan Wells Sus
Penguin Galaxy Series 6-Book Deluxe Boxed Set T.H. White
Robert Heinlein
Frank Herbert
Arthur C. Clarke
Ursula K. Le Guin
William Gibson
F/SF
Jeffrey's Latest Thirteen: More Alabama Ghosts, Commemorative Edition Kathryn Tucker Windham Sup/GH - Collection
Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets Charles Wohlforth
Amanda R. Hendrix, Ph.D.
NF - Astrophysics / Physics / Astronomy / Space Science



November 16, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sign of the Labrys Margaret St. Clair SF /AP/PA - Dover Doomsday Classics



November 18, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Ian Nathan F/Movie Tie-In
The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Dermot Power F/Movie Tie-In
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay J.K. Rowling F/Movie Tie-In
The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Mark Salisbury F/Movie Tie-In




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
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
Meta - Metaphysical
NF - Non-Fiction
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36


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



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 herePart 32 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 herePart 33 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 herePart 34 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 herePart 35 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 herePart 30 here



Peter Newman (2015)

The Vagrant
The Vagrant 1
Harper Voyager, May 10, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36
The Vagrant is his name. He has no other.

Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.

Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.

As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.

His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.

But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.




Robert Repino (2015

Morte
Soho Press, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 20, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36
The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that will forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony’s watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans’ penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. As a final step in the war effort, the Colony uses its strange technology to transform the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters.

Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth’s creatures.
[description from Hardcover edition]




Katie Schickel (2015)

The Mermaid's Secret
Forge, June 14, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and eBook, 288pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36

[description not yet available]





Alan Smale (2015)

Clash of Eagles
The Clash of Eagles Trilogy Book I
Del Rey, September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 17, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36
Perfect for fans of action-adventure and historical fiction—including novels by such authors as Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove—this stunning work of alternate history imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has not fallen and the North American continent has just been discovered. In the year 1218 AD, transported by Norse longboats, a Roman legion crosses the great ocean, enters an endless wilderness, and faces a cataclysmic clash of worlds, cultures, and warriors.

Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined.

Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.


Eagle in Exile
The Clash of Eagles Trilogy Book II
Del Rey, March 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36
Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove, Alan Smale’s gripping alternate history series imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has survived long enough to invade North America in 1218. Now the stunning story carries hero Gaius Marcellinus deeper into the culture of an extraordinary people—whose humanity, bravery, love, and ingenuity forever change his life and destiny.

In A.D. 1218, Praetor Gaius Marcellinus is ordered to conquer North America and turning it into a Roman province. But outside the walls of the great city of Cahokia, his legion is destroyed outright; Marcellinus is the only one spared. In the months and years that follow, Marcellinus comes to see North America as his home and the Cahokians as his kin. He vows to defend these proud people from any threat, Roman or native.

After successfully repelling an invasion by the fearsome Iroqua tribes, Marcellinus realizes that a weak and fractured North America won’t stand a chance against the returning Roman army. Worse, rival factions from within threaten to tear Cahokia apart just when it needs to be most united and strong. Marcellinus is determined to save the civilization that has come to mean more to him than the empire he once served. But to survive the swords of Roma, he first must avert another Iroqua attack and bring the Cahokia together. Only with the hearts and souls of a nation at his back can Marcellinus hope to know triumph.




A.F.E. Smith (2015)

Goldenfire
The Darkhaven Novels 2
Harper Voyager UK, January 14, 2016
eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36
In Darkhaven, peace doesn’t last long.

Ayla Nightshade has ruled Darkhaven for three years since the tragedy that tore her family apart. She has left her father’s cruel legacy behind and become a leader her people can believe in – or so she hopes.

Tomas Caraway is no longer a disgraced drunk; he’s Captain of the Helm and the partner of the most powerful woman in Darkhaven. He will do everything to protect Ayla and their adopted son against all possible threats.

But a discovery has been made that could have profound consequences for the Nightshade family. There is a weapon so deadly, it can kill even the powerful creatures they turn into. And now, that weapon has fallen into the wrong hands.

An assassin is coming for Ayla, and will stop at nothing to see her dead.


Interview with Robert Repino, author of Mort(e) - January 20, 2015


Please welcome Robert Repino to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Mort(e) is published by Soho Press on January 20, 2015. Please join The Qwillery in wishing Robert a Happy Publication Day.



Interview with Robert Repino, author of Mort(e) - January 20, 2015




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

Robert:  I started writing for fun in grade school. Often I would take English class assignments and expand on them. Some of the plotlines included a superhero in the Middle Ages, a turkey uprising on the eve of Thanksgiving (I was mad when South Park did the same thing), a UFO abduction, a kid transforming into an ape, and a smuggling ring on a lunar colony. I also kept a journal, chronicling every day for over four years at one point. But then I stopped both the journaling and the fiction writing, and I really have no idea why. I genuinely liked writing, but perhaps I thought it was one of many uncool things I had to give up on the road to adulthood.

About halfway through college, I got the idea for a novel, and in the summer of 1998 I began plodding through it. I don’t recommend using the novel as a means of teaching yourself to write. Short stories are better for that, as evidenced by the fact that I made it 50,000 words into my novel and quit. I estimated I had completed only part one of a five-part book! But from then on, I knew I could write a novel if I planned it better and stuck to it. When I was in the Peace Corps, I finished a book that eventually became my MFA thesis. I wrote two more before Mort(e), and they both went through the literary agent runaround before I shelved them. Still, after all of that, I had learned the basics of the craft.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Robert:  A plotter, and even more so after revising Mort(e) for several years. At the very least, I always have a list of the forthcoming chapters along with what needs to happen in each. That’s usually enough, and it makes it so that I at least know what I have to accomplish in a sitting, even if I don’t yet know how I’ll do it.



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

Robert:  It’s always character development, especially since I write stories that have a plot. I thus have to make some hard choices and compromises in order to keep things moving, and I get very paranoid about leaving something out. And really, it’s finding the right balance between exposition versus action, and staying in a person’s head versus letting the plot unfold. I always feel I’m summarizing when I should be exploring, or that I’m giving backstory when it’s time to get on with the main story. I never feel I’m getting it right.



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

Robert:  I wish I had a more exciting and less predictable answer, but Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, and Cormac McCarthy all come to mind. Orwell is especially important to me, not simply because he wrote about talking animals, but also because I identify with his philosophy of writing, which emphasized clarity over all else. There are other authors I encountered at just the right time in my life. I came across The Dark Tower during a terrible blizzard and spent the next few days in near total isolation reading it. I read Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as part of a history class on European imperialism. I read The Plague by Camus in college, and I find its discussion of the problem of evil to be among the most profound I have ever encountered.



TQ:  Describe Mort(e) in 140 characters or less.

Robert:  After the war between animals and humans, a sentient warrior cat searches for a lost friend, with the future of all life in the balance.



TQ:  Tell us something about Mort(e) that is not in the book description.

Robert:  There’s a giant, solar-powered zeppelin that looks a little like that metallic bean sculpture in Chicago.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Mort(e)? What appealed to you about writing a post-apocalyptic novel?

Robert:  The idea came to me in a dream, in which I saw animals walking on two feet and hunting humans. Over the next few months, I refined the idea, putting a vengeful ant queen in charge of the uprising. Eventually, I added other themes that had been brewing in my mind for years, from the long-term effects of war to interspecies relations to the births and deaths of religions.

Really, I’ve always wanted to write a post-apocalyptic story. I realize they are having a moment in both literature and film. For me, that moment has been going on for the last thirty years. All stories involve some change to the status quo that sets the events in motion; with this genre, the status quo gets completely overturned, and peoples lives are overturned with it.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Mort(e)?

Robert:  I just wrote an extended essay for Necessary Fiction (http://necessaryfiction.com/blog/?c=researchnotes) that discusses this in far more detail than I can go into here. The short version is that I had to learn quickly about ant colony behavior, dog fighting techniques, and military lingo. I also read a lot of fiction and watched movies that had sympathetic monsters in them. In my story, even the rebellious ant queen is worthy of our respect.



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

Robert:  Culdesac, a bobcat who fights for the Queen, was perhaps the easiest to write because he is the most driven and focused. His motivation is clear, and he does not waver. In a way, Culdesac is the most admirable character in the book, someone who stands by his principles no matter what. And because of that, the few times he breaks character and shows tenderness or mercy were fun to write. They provide a convincing way to reveal Culdesac as a person who has suffered a great deal, and who believes that the war is the only way to right the wrongs of the past. He is a victim of the war even as he revels in it.

The most difficult character to write was the pit bull Wawa, Culdesac’s second in command. Wawa also has a traumatic past, having grown up in a dog-fighting ring before the animal uprising. Unlike Culdesac, Wawa transforms a great deal in the story. She not only shifts her allegiance, but also lets her guard down. The challenge was to construct a coherent arc for her, so that she was not simply a means to help the main character to continue on the journey. In other words, I needed to give Wawa a throughline that could be lifted out of the book and given its own novella of sorts. Wawa’s sections were among the last to be written and revised, but the effort turned out to be worth it. To develop her more fully, I gave her some hard choices to make, and then forced her to act on them.



TQ:  Which question about Mort(e) do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Robert:  I like it when people ask me something along the lines of: “What are you trying to say about religious belief with this book?”

Answer: A lot of stuff. I am fascinated by religious belief and practices, as well as their impact on culture and politics. In Mort(e), the animals believe that the human understanding of the gods, the afterlife, and their place in the universe makes them evil. And certainly, from the animals’ perspective, finding out that most humans regard themselves as the chosen species would breed fierce resentment. In that sense, both the protagonist Mort(e) and the Queen can be called atheists, although that word is never used in the book. But even though Mort(e) cannot share the beliefs of the humans he encounters, he recognizes the power of belief to unite people, and to help them make sense of tragedy. Right or wrong, Mort(e)’s rejection of the supernatural comes with a cost.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Mort(e).

Robert:

“You will avenge our people,
by the light of your wisdom
and the darkness of your heart.”



TQ:  What's next?

Robert:  Things are up in the air, but I am in the early stages of a sequel to Mort(e). In addition, I have a novella coming out with Amazon Kindle Singles in the spring titled Leap High Yahoo. I’m calling it an Occupy Wall Street science fiction story, and it centers around a guy hunting a runaway horse in an abandoned city.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Morte
Soho Press, January 20, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Robert Repino, author of Mort(e) - January 20, 2015
The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters.

Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth's creatures.





About Robert

Interview with Robert Repino, author of Mort(e) - January 20, 2015
Robert Repino grew up in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. After serving in the Peace Corps (Grenada 2000–2002), he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Emerson College. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize among other awards, and has appeared in The Literary Review, Night Train, Hobart, Juked, Word Riot, The Furnace Review, The Coachella Review, JMWW, and the anthology Brevity and Echo (Rose Metal Press). Repino is the pitcher for the Oxford University Press softball team and quarterback for the flag football team, but his business card says that he’s an Editor. His debut novel Mort(e), a science fiction story about a war between animals and humans, is forthcoming from Soho Press in 2015.

Website  ~   Facebook  ~  Twitter @Repino1

The View From Monday - January 19, 2015


Happy Monday! This is a relatively light release week with 3 debuts:

Mort(e) by Robert Repino;

Perdita by Hilary Scharper;

and

Fatal Feast by Jay Ruud.


And from formerly featured DAC Authors - there are 4 books out in Trade Paperback this week:

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun;

The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy 1) by Brian McClellan;

Viscious by V.E. Schwab;

and

Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler.



The View From Monday - January 19, 2015



January 19, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Color of Vengeance Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 2
The Lost Level (e) Briane Keene AA/SF
Broken Shadows AJ Larrieu UF - Shadowminds 3



January 20, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Half a King (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea / Half a King 1
Hunger's Mate Part 2 (e) A. C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 5
Crystal Rain (ri) Tobias S. Buckell SF
Black Moon (h2tp) Kenneth Calhoun PA
That Old Black Magic (h2tp) Mary Jane Clark PM - Piper Donovan 4
Making Magic (e) Donna June Cooper PNR - Books of the Kindling 3
Ahriman: Sorcerer John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Through the Static Jeanette Grey PNR
A Fold in the Tent of the Sky (ri) Michael Hale Th/SF/TT
Tides of Maritinia Warren Hammond SF
The Rabbit Back Literature Society Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen F/M
The Crimson Campaign (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 1
White Knight (e) Kelly Meade PNR - Cornerstone Rune Trilogy 3
The Knights of the Round Table Daniel Mersey F - Myths and Legends 13
Angels & Exiles Yves Meynard SF/F - Collection
Burned Karen Marie Moning PNR - Fever 7
Labyrinthian (e) Sunny Moraine PNR - Line and Orbit
King of the Cracksmen: A Steampunk Entertainment Dennis O'Flaherty SP
The Globe (ri) Terry Pratchett
Ian Stewart
Jack Cohen
F - Science of Discworld 2
Mort(e) (D) Robert Repino F
The Path Peter Riva SF
Perdita (D) Hilary Scharper HistF
Vicious (h2tp) V. E. Schwab F
Inked Eric Smith F/YA
Well in Time Suzan Still F/TT
This Is Your Destiny (K e) Denise Grover Swank UF - A Curse Keepers Secret Book 3
The Yellow Wood Melanie Tem F
Three Princes (h2tp) Ramona Wheeler F



January 21, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Damage: A Tor.Com Original (e) David D. Levine SF
Fatal Feast (D) Jay Ruud HistF - A Merlin Mystery 1



January 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 1 Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel



January 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Black Hills Desperado (K e) D.L. Jackson PNR - Black Hill Wolves3



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover 2 Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook only
ri - reissue or reprint


AA - Action Adventure
F - Fantasy
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 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 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Mort(e) by Robert Repino



2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Mort(e) by Robert Repino



The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.



Robert Repino

Mort(e)
Soho Press, January 20, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Mort(e) by Robert Repino
The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters.

Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend—a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth's creatures.

The View From Monday - April 30, 2018Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works By DAC AuthorsThe View From Monday - May 8, 2017What's Up for the Debut Challenge Authors, Part 29The View From Monday - November 14, 2016What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 36Interview with Robert Repino, author of Mort(e) - January 20, 2015The View From Monday - January 19, 20152015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - Mort(e) by Robert Repino

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