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The View From Monday - May 18, 2020


Another Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Things You Would Know If You Grew Up Around Here by Nancy Wayson Dinan;

Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson;

and

Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Beyond the Dragon's Gate (A Tor.com Original) by Yoon Ha Lee;

Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion 3) by Jessie Mihalik;

Rule (Unraveled Kingdom 3) By Rowenna Miller;

and

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig 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 - May 18, 2020



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

May 19, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories (h2tp) Raphael Bob-Waksberg SS/LF/SF
Gather the Fortunes (h2tp) Bryan Camp CF - A Crescent City Novel
Maker's Curse Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 4
The Andromeda Evolution (h2mm) Michael Crichton
Daniel H. Wilson
SF
Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here Nancy Wayson Dinan LF/MR/STR
Seeing Darkness Heather Graham Sus/SupTh/GH/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 30
Boys of Alabama (D) Genevieve Hudson Gay/CoA/MR
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo (h2tp) Michael David Lukas Hist/LF/MR
Selkie Summer Ken MacLeod CF
Chaos Reigning Jessie Mihalik SF/SO - Consortium Rebellion 3
Rule Rowenna Miller F/RF - Unraveled Kingdom 3
Debt of Honor Christopher G. Nuttall SF/SO - Embers of War 1
Latitudes of Longing (D) Shubhangi Swarup LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Impurity Larry Tremblay
Sheila Fischman (Tr)
LF/CF/PsyTh
Wanderers (h2tp) Chuck Wendig Sus/SF/AP/PA



May 20, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the Dragon's Gate: A Tor.com Original (e) Yoon Ha Lee SF



May 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The City Among the Stars Francis Carsac
Judith Sullivan (Tr)
M. Schiff (Tr)
SF/SO/SE - Fiction Without Frontiers
Tomb of Gods Brian Moreland HistF/SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Until Summer Comes Around Glenn Rolfe SupTh/Occ/Sup - Fiction Without Frontiers



May 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sea Change Nancy Kress SF/GenEng/Esp/Dys/AP/PA



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
CM - Crime and Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
Phil - Philosophy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

May 2020 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in May 2020. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.



May 2020 Releases



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

May 1, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Girl From Nowhere James Maxwell SF/SE - Firewall Trilogy 1
The Best of Both Worlds S. P. Miskowski H



May 5, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Westside Saints W.M. Akers HistF - A Gilda Carr Tiny Mystery 2
Soul Chasers: The Decomposition Comedy Rachel Armstrong F/HU
The Human Neal Asher SF/SO - Rise of the Jain 3
Penric's Travels Lois McMaster Bujold F
Rotherweird (h2tp) Andrew Caldecott HistF/P/CF - Rotherweird 1
Call It Magic Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls Romance 7
House of Secrets Darcy Coates H/F/Occ/Sup - House of Shadows
House of Shadows Darcy Coates H/Occ/Sup/Gothic - House of Shadows
The Folcroft Ghosts Darcy Coates H/GH/Occ/Sup/Gothic/SupTh
Shadow Flight Christine Feehan PNR - Shadow Riders 5
The Shaman of Karres Eric Flint
Dave Freer
SF - Witches of Karres 4
Magic for Liars (h2tp) Sarah Gailey CF/Sus
An Easy Death (h2tp) Charlaine Harris DF - Gunnie Rose 1
The Down Days (D) Ilze Hugo SF/AP/PA/CF/WS
A Brightness Long Ago (h2tp) Guy Gavriel Kay Hist/LF
Lake of Darkness Scott Kenemore SF
Vanishing Hour: A Novel of a Man, a Girl, and the End of the World Lisa King SF/AP/PA/LF/Dys
The Eleventh Gate Nancy Kress SF/SO
Steel Crow Saga (h2tp) Paul Krueger F
Goldilocks Laura Lam SF/SE/Dys/AP/PA
The Kingdom of Liars (e) Nick Martell F - The Legacy of the Mercenary King 1
Strange Hotel Eimear McBride LF/CW/VisM
Driving the Deep Suzanne Palmer SF/SO/AC - The Finder Chronicles 2
Orange World and Other Stories (h2tp) Karen Russell LF/SS/VisM
Lock Every Door (h2tp) Riley Sager Sus/PsyTh/H
Little Eyes Samanta Schweblin
Megan McDowell (Tr)
Psy/LF/VisM
Light from Other Stars (h2tp) Erika Swyler CoA/FL/LF/SF/SE
A Fire Upon The Deep (ri) Vernor Vinge SF/HSF/SE/AC - Zones of Thought 1
Network Effect Martha Wells SF/HSF - Murderbot Diaries 5



May 6, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Berlin Is Never Berlin: A Tor.com Original (e) Marko Kloos SH/SF - Wild Cards
Dark Angels Rising Ian Whates SO/SF - Dark Angels 3



May 7, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Command Performance: the Amazing Conroy Omnibus Edition Lawrence M. Schoen Satire/SF



May 12, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stealing Thunder (D) Alina Boyden F
Bone Harvest (e) James Brogden H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
Endland Tim Etchells LF/Dys/SS/BlHu
In/Half (h2tp) Jasmin B. Frelih SF
Unreconciled W. Michael Gear SF/HSF/SO - Donovan  4
Queen of the Unwanted Jenna Glass F - The Women's War 2
Armageddon House Michael Griffin Dys/H
The Porpoise (h2tp) Mark Haddon LF/Hist/MR -  Contemporaries
Ten Thousand Doors of January (h2tp) Alix E. Harrow MR/CoA/HistF/RF
Vaults Of Obsidian Darius Hinks SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
T.I.M.E Stories: The Heiden File (e) Christophe Lambert SF/TT/MTI
Even the Dogs Jon McGregor MR/GH/STR/LF
My Mother's House (D) Francesca Momplaisir MR/CH/LF
Shakespeare For Squirrels Christopher Moore F/HU
Aleph Extraction (e) Dan Moren SF/SO/HSF
The Anthill Julianne Pachico LF/H
Firewalkers Adrian Tchaikovsky SF
Catherine House (D) Elisabeth Thomas LF
Sky of Water Stacey L. Tucker F/RF/CW/MR/VisM - Equal Night Trilogy 3
Gastronogeek: 42 Recipes from Your Favorite Imaginary Worlds Thibaud Villanova
Maxime Léonard
Cooking/MTI/SF/F/H
Empire of Grass (h2tp) Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard  2



May 13, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Benjamin 2073: A Tor.com Original (e) Rjurik Davidson SF
Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (ri) P. D. Ouspensky VisM/Occ/Sup/Phil



May 14, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Time of Changes (ri) Robert Silverberg SF



May 15, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gender and Environment in Science Fiction (h2tp) Christy Tidwell (Ed)
Bridgette Barclay (Ed)
PopCul/SF/HC - Ecocritical Theory and Practice
The Cold Last Swim Junior Burke Noir/AH
Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television Brian E. Crim Holocaust/LC/PerfArts/SF/F/H/Sup
In Our Own Worlds #2: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas (e) JY Neon Yang
Kai Ashante Wilson
Margaret Killjoy
Ellen Klages
F



May 19, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People Andrea D. Lobel (Ed)
Mark Shainblum (Ed)
AH/Anthology
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Raphael Bob-Waksberg SS/LF/SF
Gather the Fortunes (h2tp) Bryan Camp CF - A Crescent City Novel
Maker's Curse Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 4
The Andromeda Evolution (h2mm) Michael Crichton
Daniel H. Wilson
SF
Things You Would Know if You Grew Up Around Here Nancy Wayson Dinan LF/MR/STR
Seeing Darkness Heather Graham Sus/SupTh/GH/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 30
The Humours of Grub Street Kate Heartfield HistF/DF
Boys of Alabama (D) Genevieve Hudson Gay/CoA/MR
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo (h2tp) Michael David Lukas Hist/LF/MR
Selkie Summer (e) Ken MacLeod CF
Chaos Reigning Jessie Mihalik SF/SO - Consortium Rebellion 3
Rule Rowenna Miller F/RF - Unraveled Kingdom 3
Debt of Honor Christopher G. Nuttall SF/SO - Embers of War 1
From Divergent Suns Sam Peters SF/CM - From Darkest Skies3
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky Barbara Stevenson SS/F
Latitudes of Longing (D) Shubhangi Swarup LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Impurity Larry Tremblay
Sheila Fischman (Tr)
LF/CF/PsyTh
Wanderers (h2tp) Chuck Wendig Sus/SF/AP/PA



May 20, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beyond the Dragon's Gate: A Tor.com Original (e) Yoon Ha Lee SF



May 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The City Among the Stars Francis Carsac
Judith Sullivan (Tr)
M. Schiff (Tr)
SF/SO/SE - Fiction Without Frontiers
Tomb of Gods Brian Moreland HistF/SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Until Summer Comes Around Glenn Rolfe SupTh/Occ/Sup - Fiction Without Frontiers



May 22, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sea Change Nancy Kress SF/GenEng/Esp/Dys/AP/PA



May 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Weight of the Heart Susana Aikin Sagas/CW/MR
Doctor Who: Scratchman (h2tp) Tom Baker SF
The Order Mark Barber F
Witchy Kingdom (h2mm) D. J. Butler HistF
The Bone Mother (ri) David Demchuk DF
To Clear Away the Shadows (h2mm) David Drake SF/SO - RCN 13
Out of Body Jeffrey Ford DF/H
Marque of Caine (tp2mm) Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 5
Lion El'Jonson: Lord of the First David Guymer SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Primarchs
The Notch Tom Holland H
Feeling Less Wrong Kolin Jordan MR/SS
The Winter Sea (ri) Susanna Kearsley TTR/Hist/MR
The Fiery Crown Jeffe Kennedy FR - Forgotten Empires 2
Ballistic Marko Kloos SF/SO - Palladium Wars 2
Unraveling (h2tp) Karen Lord F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Sunshield Emily B. Martin F
Elves Graham McNeill F - Warhammer Chronicles
Predator: Stalking Shadows James A. Moore MTI/SF/AC
Quichotte (h2tp) Salman Rushdie LF/Sagas/MR
Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution P. W. Singer
August Cole
TechTh
Night of the Billionaire Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 3
Wolf Under Fire Paige Tyler PNR - STAT 1
Age of Empyre Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 6
War (h2mm) Michelle West F/FR - House War 8



May 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Tourist: A Tor.com Original (e) Alex Sherman SF/SE



May 28, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bells (Ke) Lisa Quigley Occ/H - Rewind or Die 8
The Kelping (Ke) Jan Stinchcomb DF/H - Rewind or Die 9



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
BlHu - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CH - Cultural Heritage
CM - Crime and Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
Esp - Espionage
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
Phil - Philosophy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels By DAC Authors


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


Emily B. Martin (2016)

Sunshield
Harper Voyager, May 26, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels By DAC Authors
A lawless wilderness. A polished court. Individual fates, each on a quest to expose a system of corruption.

The desolate canyons of Alcoro—and the people desperate enough to hide there—couldn’t be more different from the opulent glass palace and lush forests of Moquoia. But the harsh desert and gleaming court are linked through their past, present, and future: a history of abductions in the desert to power Moquoia’s quarries and factories, and a bleak, inhumane future built on the sweat and sacrifice of these bond laborers.

But events unfolding in the present could change everything. In the desert, outlaw Lark—known to most as the Sunshield Bandit—has built a name for herself attacking slavers’ wagons and freeing the captives inside. But while she shakes the foundation of Moquoia’s stratified society, she also has to fight to protect her rescuees—and herself—from the unforgiving world around them.

In the Moquoian court, young ambassador Veran hopes to finally make his mark by dismantling the unjust labor system, if he can navigate the strict hierarchy and inexplicable hostility of the prince.

And caught in the middle of it all, Tamsin is trapped within four walls, the epicenter of a secret political coup to overthrow the Moquoian monarchy and perpetuate the age-old system of injustice.

Separated by seas of trees and sand, the outlaw, the diplomat, and the prisoner are more connected than anyone realizes. Their personal fates might just tip the balance of power in the Eastern World—if that very power doesn’t destroy them first.





Jessie Mihalik (2019)

Chaos Reigning
The Consortium Rebellion 3
Harper Voyager, May 19, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels By DAC Authors
Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.

As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.

Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.

But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.

But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried. . . .

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Rowenna Miller (2018)

Rule
The Unraveled Kingdom 3
Orbit, May 19, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels By DAC Authors
In this epic conclusion to the Unraveled Kingdom trilogy that began with Torn and Fray, magical seamstress Sophie Balstrade joins forces with her revolutionary leader brother in a deadly bid to change history.

The civil war that charm caster Sophie and the crown prince, Theodor, have tried so desperately to avert has come to Galitha. While Theodor joins Sophie’s brother and his Reformist comrades in battle hoping to turn the tide against the Royalist army, Sophie leverages the only weapon she has: charm and curse casting. Weaving her magic into uniforms and supplies, she soon discovers that the challenges of a full-scale war are far greater than she could have imagined.

The fractured leadership of the Reformist army must coalesce and the people of Galitha need to unite against enormous odds — all while Sophie creates more than a little magical luck in order to have a chance of victory.

Rowenna Miller’s enchanting fantasy series, the Unraveled Kingdom, is perfect for fans of The Queen of the Tearling and Red Queen.

The Unraveled Kingdom
Torn
Fray
Rule

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The View From Monday - June 3, 2019


Happy first Monday in June!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey;

The Ragged Blade by Christopher Ruz;

and

Oval by Elvia Wilk.

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The View From Monday - June 3, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.




 From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land 3) by Callie Bates;

Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry is out in Trade Paperback;

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller is out in Trade Paperback;

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim is out in Trade Paperback;

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty is out in Trade Paperback;

Fray (Unraveled Kingdom 2) by Rowenna Miller

The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen 1) by Signe Pike is out in Trade Paperback;


Empire of Silence (Sun Eater 1) by Christopher Ruocchio is out in Mass Market Paperback.

and

The Fire Opal Mechanism (Jewel 2) by Fran Wilde.

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



The View From Monday - June 3, 2019



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

June 3, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Give Up the Ghost (e) Jenn Burke PM - Not Dead Yet 2
Craving Supernatural Creatures: German Fairy-Tale Figures in American Pop Culture Claudia Schwabe FairyT/FolkT/LM/ MTI/LF - Fairy-Tale Studies



June 4, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF/AP/PA - Anthology
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Vol. 5 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Year's Best Military & Adventure Science 5
Spine of the Dragon Kevin J. Anderson F - Wake the Dragon 1
The Soul of Power Callie Bates F - The Waking Land 3
The Sound of Echoes Eric Bernt TechTh/Th/SF - Speed of Sound Thrillers 2
The Plague Stones James Brodgen H/SupTh/Occ/Sup
My Enemy's Enemy Robert Buettner SF
Brief Cases (h2tp) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Collection
Sunspot Jungle: Volume Two: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (e) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F/H - Anthology
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us (h2tp) Edgar Cantero Cr/Satire/BH
To Clear Away the Shadows David Drake SF/SO - RCN 13
Abigale Hall (h2tp) Lauren A. Forry PsyTh
Magic for Liars (D) Sarah Gailey CF/M/Sus
Just One Bite Jack Heath Cr/H/PI
Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded (h2tp) Jason Heller PopCul/LC/SF/F
Zero Sum Game (h2tp) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 1
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales Stephen King (Ed)
Bev Vincent (Ed)
Sus/H - Anthology
The Outsider (h2tp) Stephen King Sus
The Hills Have Spies (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F/FR - Valdemar: Family Spies 1
Liaden Universe Constellation IV Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe collection
An Ocean of Minutes (h2tp) Thea Lim LF
Unraveling Karen Lord F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Robots of Gotham (h2tp) Todd McAulty SF
Fray Rowenna Miller F/HistF - Unraveled Kingdom 2
The Beyond Chloe Neill UF/P/PNR - Devil's Isle 4
Burning Sky (tp2mm) Weston Ochse SF/H
From Distant Stars Sam Peters SF/M/Noir/SFR/AC - From Darkest Skies 2
The Lost Queen (h2tp) Signe Pike Hist - Lost Queen 1
By the Pricking of Her Thumb Adam Roberts SF/M/Cr
The Great Eastern Howard Rodman HistF
Empire of Silence (h2mm) Christopher Ruocchio SF/SO/AC - Sun Eater 1
The Ragged Blade (D) Christopher Ruz F - Century of Sand 1
Wolf Rain Nalini Singh PNR/SFR/P - Psy-Changeling Trinity 3
War Criminals Gavin G. Smith SF/Th/HSF/CyP/AC - Bastard Legion 3
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell Neal Stephenson TechTh
At All Costs (Limited Leatherbound Collector's Edition) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 11
The Fire Opal Mechanism Fran Wilde F - Jewel 2
Oval (D) Elvia Wilk LF/BH/TechTh/Dys/SF/Satire
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine: A Decade of Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories, 2005-2015 Sheila Williams (Ed) SF - Anthology



June 7, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Black Madness :: Mad Blackness Therí Alyce Pickens LC/SocSci/SF/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
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BH - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
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
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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



Stephen Aryan (2015)

Magebane
The Age of Dread 3
Orbit, June 25, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
When magic is feared, the mages must learn to fight for themselves in this powerful sequel to the standout epic fantasy Mageborn by Stephen Aryan.

A plague rages in the streets of Perizzi. City guards rally to deal with riots while the young magicians of the Tower pool their healing powers to find a cure.

Elsewhere, new alliances are formed to stem the rising darkness strengthening a deity who feeds on pestilence and decay. Gods, Sorcerers and Battlemages must set aside the past and their vendettas to work together or risk unleashing greater suffering than they can possibly imagine…


For more from Stephen Aryan, check out:

The Age of Dread
Mageborn
Magefall
Magebane

Age of Darkness
Battlemage
Bloodmage
Chaosmage


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2





Benedict Jacka (2012)

Fallen
Alex Verus 10
Ace, September 24, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
For Mage Alex Verus, everything is on the line in the tenth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Marked.

Once Alex Verus was a diviner trying to live quietly under the radar.  Now he’s a member of the Light Council who’s found success, friends…and love. But it’s come with a price—the Council is investigating him, and if they find out the truth, he’ll lose everything.

Meanwhile, Alex’s old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Council, and he’s preparing a move that will bring Alex and the life mage, Anne, under his control.  Caught between Richard and the Council, Alex’s time is running out.  To protect those he cares for, Alex will have to become something different. Something darker…


Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 2
Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
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Rowenna Miller (2018)

Fray
The Unraveled Kingdom 2
Orbit, June 4, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

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In this epic sequel to Torn, the magical seamstress Sophie Balstrade navigates a royal court and foreign alliances fraught with danger — and may well have to risk everything for love and for country.

Open revolt has been thwarted — for now — but unrest still simmers in the kingdom of Galitha. Sophie, despite having built a thriving business on her skill at both dressmaking and magic, has not escaped unscathed from her misadventures in the workers’ rebellion. Her dangerous foray into curse casting has rendered her powers unpredictable, and her increasingly visible romantic entanglement with the Crown Prince makes her a convenient target for threatened nobles and malcontented commoners alike.

With domestic political reform and international alliances — and her own life — at stake, Sophie must discern friend from foe… before her magic grows too dark for her to wield.

Rowenna Miller’s enchanting fantasy series, the Unraveled Kingdom, is perfect for fans of The Queen of the Tearling and Red Queen.


The Unraveled Kingdom
Torn
Fray


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Review: Torn by Rowena Miller


Torn
Author:  Rowenna Miller
Series:  The Unraveled Kingdom 1
Publisher:  Orbit, March 20, 2018
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
List Price:  US$15.99 (print);  US$12.99 (eBook)
ISBN:   9780316478625 (print); 9780316478618 (eBook)

Review: Torn by Rowena Miller
TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

In a time of revolution, everyone must take a side.

Sophie, a dressmaker and charm caster, has lifted her family out of poverty with a hard-won reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly embroidered spells. A commission from the royal family could secure her future — and thrust her into a dangerous new world.

Revolution is brewing. As Sophie’s brother, Kristos, rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement, it is only a matter of time before their fortunes collide.

When the unrest erupts into violence, she and Kristos are drawn into a deadly magical plot. Sophie is torn — between her family and her future.



Doreen’s Thoughts

Rowenna Miller does an excellent job portraying the balancing act that her protagonist, Sophie, performs between the haves and the have-nots. Seemingly based on the French Revolution, Torn focuses on a young dressmaker who also can cast spells into the clothing that she sews. As a shopkeeper, Sophie deals with the upper class and the aristocracy and employs two other shopgirls. However, her brother, Kristos, is one of the leaders of the growing disenfranchised who wish to overthrow a government that fosters such great inequities as currently exist between the rich and the poor.

Viewed as an artist for her charm skills, Sophie is invited by a member of the aristocracy to join an intellectual and artistic salon. Sophie is intrigued by the intelligent discourse and the artistic works they celebrate. She meets Theodor, who happens to be in line as an heir to the throne. She also learns more about the aristocratic world and why/how they happen to think, making her more convinced than ever to remain neutral.

To force Sophie to utilize her spell-casting skills on behalf of the revolution, the group kidnaps and threatens her brother’s life. She is forced to support a cause that she understands but does not embrace, twisting her gift to cast curses rather than positive spells. As revolutionary talk sparks into violence, Sophe is trapped with Theodor and her salon friends as the palace itself is attacked. She is forced once again to choose between continuing to help the revolutionaries or confessing to her new love and endangering her brother’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially the touch of magic added by the spell-casting through sewing. Miller does a terrific job of making each side in the conflict equally compelling and sympathetic, leading the reader to understand Sophie’s reluctance to take a position. The characters were well written, and the twist at the end is perfectly believable. Torn is a strong beginning to The Unraveled Kingdom Trilogy.

Interview with Rowenna Miller, author of Torn


Please welcome Rowenna Miller to The Qwillery as part of the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Torn was published on March 20th by Orbit.



Interview with Rowenna Miller, author of Torn




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

Rowenna:  I was probably about four or five and couldn’t actually write on my own yet, so I dictated a story to my mom and then illustrated it. I think it was about ponies. I’m sorry, Mom.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Rowenna:  Somewhere in between. I know where the story is heading, the basic plot points, and, probably most importantly for me, the major conflicts, themes, and character developments. I usually write a couple of guiding documents for myself—a short summary (like a book jacket blurb) that distills the main arc of the novel (who wants what, what’s in their way, what complicates their plans) and a longer synopsis that hits the major plot points and how the characters intersect and develop. If I can write both of those, I know I have a dynamic and productive enough idea that there’s a book there, but I’m pretty open to surprises.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Rowenna:  Right now, just carving out enough time! I have two small children and, just in case anyone hasn’t told you, kids keep you kinda busy, especially when one is a baby. I don’t say “finding time,” because if you wait to find it, you never will, but scheduling enough time while still staying flexible and able to drop everything for a writing sprint if I do happen to discover a free half hour is a challenge. At the same time, writing is my happy place, so it’s worth it.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Rowenna:  As a kid, I read a ton—the Prydain Chronicles, Tamora Pierce, The Chronicles of Narnia—but I also explored a lot. I was lucky to grow up in the country with trees and hills and permissive parents who didn’t limit my exploration of our little slice of forest…or the neighbors’. I also was (and remain) fascinated by history, and love digging into the history of more ordinary people—women’s history, the lives of marginalized people, military history (not the generals or the campaigns but the average soldier). Between being encouraged to explore and then exploring history with the eye of a bibliophile—there are stories everywhere, and that is probably the strongest guide in my writing.



TQDescribe Torn in 140 characters or less.

Rowenna:  As revolution threatens her city, a magic-wielding seamstress must choose between family and ambition.



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

Rowenna:  Sophie has a lot to lose, as revolution threatens her business just as it’s begun to take off. As the story opens, she develops a professional relationship that grows into friendship with a very influential noble, who (along with giving her business some nice commissions) invites her to take part in her exclusive salon. The concept of a gathering place to discuss ideas was based on the historical practice from the Enlightenment. It’s like book club on steroids meets those late night talks in your college dorm’s common room, and the most interesting part (to me) is that the development of salons in eighteenth century France was heavily influenced by women, who hosted and guided conversation at these gatherings.



TQYou've created an innovative magic system. Please tell us about it.

Rowenna:  The magical system in Torn is not widely practiced in the culture it occupies, and what’s more, isn’t widely respected, partially because, in the nation Sophie lives, it’s a practice imported by immigrants. In it, practitioners can imbue physical items with charms for good fortune (or, as Sophie is adamant about avoiding, curses for bad luck). However, it’s not terribly powerful magic as practiced by most casters, and it’s considered by the majority of the people to be a superstition. (It’s very loosely inspired by ancient Roman curse tablets.)



TQWhat inspired you to write Torn? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Rowenna:  I am a historical costumer and living history nerd, and was researching late eighteenth century jackets called “caraco.” It’s a really interesting time, sartorially speaking, and we have many fashion plates and extant garments that survive to study and learn from. As I was digging into a set of fashion plates, I realized that they were produced in the years leading up to and during the French Revolution—and found myself wondering, if a seamstress could influence the outcome of major world events, how would she? I think that’s what appeals to me about writing fantasy—that “what if?” question, and the ability to think about the “real world” through a different lens.



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

Rowenna:  Sophie and Kristos (sister and brother), especially the two of them together, were probably the easiest to write. Creating their characters and their interpersonal conflict happened in tandem and developed very organically. Quite a few central character traits emerged and were refined by writing their arguments! Oddly, one of the hardest things for me with this project was managing the “background characters”—the other charmcasters Sophie knows, her shop assistants, the nobles she meets. Secondary and tertiary characters are important, and it was important to me that they feel like real people, which is difficult to do when they only appear for short sections of text!



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Torn?

Rowenna:  The major conflict in the novel is a proletariat revolt, so social issues were a given! The system that Kristos and his peers are fighting against is clearly unjust, placing economic and legal power solely in the hands of the nobility. However, it was important to me to write a story with more nuance than the good guys fighting the evil empire. The nobles aren’t entirely blind to their privileged place in the system, but many honestly believe that they are using their wealth and power to benefit everyone. Even Sophie benefits from this system in many ways. The concept of “good” people still benefiting from and contributing to an unjust system felt very relevant to me right now. It’s uncomfortable, but I wanted to write something a little uncomfortable.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Torn.

Rowenna:  I was totally surprised and blown away by the cover! The artists at Orbit created a gorgeous and evocative image—a silhouette in sewing needles that suggests mounting danger. Love it.



TQWhich question about Torn do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Rowenna:  Though “historical accuracy” in sewing arts is central to the book, are there inaccuracies?

YES! There are several small liberties taken, particularly that styles of gowns overlap one anther here in ways they didn’t historically, at least not fashionably so. The biggest deliberate inaccuracy for me was that I didn’t want this world to have a whaling industry. Whalebone (baleen) was widely used to build corsets in the eighteenth century (and whale oil and ambergris were major commodities, too), but hey, it’s my world, I got to create it, and whaling just makes me sad, so nope. So any place whalebone might be used, I imagined a lightweight metal (not accurate) substitute. This barely shows up in the text—a court gown is described as having metal in the foundation garments—but it was important to me.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Torn.

Rowenna:

“There was a feeling, too, that welled within me when the process was working just right. A kind of deep-seated happiness, simple but complete, like the feeling that came with seeing a baby laugh or smelling fresh-baked apple pie or hearing soft rainfall on the roof. And though I was tired—and hungry—after working on a charm for a few hours, I was calmly content.”

“A single crow worries no one, but a flock can strip a field. Revolution must take wing under an entire flock, not one or two voices alone.”



TQWhat's next?

Rowenna:  I’m hard at work on Torn’s sequel! More political intrigue, charmed silk, and difficult decisions on the way!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Rowenna:  Thanks so much for having me!





Torn
The Unraveled Kingdom 1
Orbit, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

Interview with Rowenna Miller, author of Torn
TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

In a time of revolution, everyone must take a side.

Sophie, a dressmaker and charm caster, has lifted her family out of poverty with a hard-won reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly embroidered spells. A commission from the royal family could secure her future — and thrust her into a dangerous new world.

Revolution is brewing. As Sophie’s brother, Kristos, rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement, it is only a matter of time before their fortunes collide.

When the unrest erupts into violence, she and Kristos are drawn into a deadly magical plot. Sophie is torn — between her family and her future.





About Rowenna

Interview with Rowenna Miller, author of Torn
Photo by Heidi Hauck
Rowenna Miller grew up in a log cabin in Indiana and still lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, where she teaches English composition, trespasses while hiking, and spends too much time researching and recreating historical textiles.











Website  ~  Twitter @RowennaM


The View From Monday - March 19, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 5 debuts this week:

The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury;

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben;

Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom 1) by Rowenna Miller;

Sisyphean by Dempow Torishima;

and

Anna Undreaming by Thomas Welsh.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Veil of Spears (Song of Shattered Sands 3) by Bradley P. Beaulieu;

Veiled Enchantments (Veiled Magic 3) by Deborah Blake;

Malice of Crows (The Shadow 3) by Lila Bowen is out in Trade Paperback;

Ally (On the Bones of Gods 3) by K. Eason;

and

Evolution Omnibus by Stephanie Saulter (eBook Bundle).

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

March 20, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stone Mad Elizabeth Bear SF/SP/HistF - A Karen Memory Adventure
A Veil of Spears Bradley P. Beaulieu D/DF - Song of Shattered Sands 3
Veiled Enchantments (e) Deborah Blake PNR - Veiled Magic 3
Malice of Crows (h2tp) Lila Bowen F - The Shadow 3
The Wild Inside (D) Jamey Bradbury LF
The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Tomorrow (D) Damian Dibben Animals/Hist/HistF/MR
Khârn: The Red Path Chris Dows SF - Khârn the Betrayer 2
Ally K. Eason DF - On the Bones of Gods 3
Lie Close To Me (e) Cynthia Eden PNR - Lazarus Rising 5
Fall of Light (h2tp) Steven Erikson F - The Kharkanas Trilogy 2
Covert Game Christine Feehan PNR/SupTh/GenEng - GhostWalker 14
Cult of the Spiral Dawn Peter Fehervari SF - Genestealer Cults 2
Violent Cases - 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Neil Gaiman
Dave McKean
GN/F/M
Dante (h2tp) Guy Haley SF - Blood Angels
Blood Demons Richard Jeffries H
The Folded Land Tim Lebbon DF - Relics 2
The Golden Vial Thomas Locke F - Legends of the Realm 3
The Greatest Story Ever Told Una McCormack F - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3 #4
Torn (D) Rowenna Miller F - The Unraveled Kingdom 1
SINdicate J.T. Nicholas SF/CyP/GenEng - The New Lyons Sequence 2
Talon of God (h2tp) Wesley Snipes
Ray Norman
UF
A Guide for Murdered Children Sarah Sparrow LF/Sus/Occ/Sup
Sisyphean (D- English) Dempow Torishima
Daniel Huddleston (Tr)
SF - Sisyphean
The Past Is Never Tiffany Quay Tyson LF/SoGothic
Anna Undreaming (D) Thomas Welsh DF/UF - The Metiks Fade Trilogy 1



March 22, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Evolution Omnibus (Gemsigns, Binary, and Regeneration) (e) Stephanie Saulter SF/GenEng - Evolution



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



Ab - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
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
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PoliSci - Political Science
Psy - Psychological
Rel - Religious
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocSci - Social Science
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
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.

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 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 2018 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

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Cover design: Alison Forner
Cover art: A Girl with a Basket of Apples
(dummy board), English School, (18th Century) / 
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire, UK / National Trust
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2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 15 debut novels for March.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15, 2018.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Michael David Ares

Dayfall
Tor Books, March 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
FEAR THE DAY

In the near future, patches of the northern hemisphere have been shrouded in years of darkness from a nuclear winter, and the water level has risen in the North Atlantic. The island of Manhattan has lost its outer edges to flooding and is now ringed by a large seawall.

The darkness and isolation have allowed crime and sin to thrive in the never-ending shadows of the once great city, and when the sun finally begins to reappear, everything gets worse. A serial killer cuts a bloody swath across the city during the initial periods of daylight, and a violent panic sweeps through crowds on the streets. The Manhattan police, riddled with corruption and apathy, are at a loss.

That's when the Mayor recruits Jon Phillips, a small-town Pennsylvania cop who had just single-handedly stopped a high-profile serial killer in his own area, and flies him into the insanity of this new New York City. The young detective is partnered with a shady older cop and begins to investigate the crimes amidst the vagaries of a twenty-four hour nightlife he has never experienced before. Soon realizing that he was chosen for reasons other than what he was told, Jon is left with no one to trust and forced to go on the run in the dark streets, and below them in the maze of the underground. Against all odds he still hopes that he can save his own life, the woman of his dreams, and maybe even the whole city before the arrival of the mysterious and dreaded event that has come to be known as…. DAYFALL.





Yoav Blum

The Coincidence Makers
St. Martin's Press, March 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In this genre-bending novel, there is no such thing as chance and every action is carefully executed by highly trained agents. You’ll never look at coincidences the same way again.

What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? What if it’s all part of a bigger plan? What if there’s no such thing as a chance encounter? What if there are people we don’t know determining our destiny? And what if they are even planning the fate of the world?

Enter the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out coincidences. What the rest of the world sees as random occurrences, are, in fact, carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets—scientists on the brink of breakthroughs, struggling artists starved for inspiration, loves to be, or just plain people like you and me…

When an assignment of the highest level is slipped under Guy’s door one night, he knows it will be the most difficult and dangerous coincidence he’s ever had to fulfill. But not even a coincidence maker can see how this assignment is about to change all their lives and teach them the true nature of fate, free will, and the real meaning of love.

Part thriller, part mystery, part love story—Kirkus calls Yoav Blum's The Coincidence Makers “a smart, unpredictable, and heartfelt adventure story.”





Jamey Bradbury

The Wild Inside
William Morrow, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
"The Wild Inside is an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel — think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King." —John Irving

A promising talent makes her electrifying debut with this unforgettable novel, set in the Alaskan wilderness, that is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Chris Bohjalian, and Mary Kubica.

A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed.

But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife similar to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events jumbled, Tracy can’t be sure.

Helping her father cope with her mother’s death and prepare for the approaching Iditarod, she doesn’t have time to think about what she may have done. Then a mysterious wanderer appears, looking for a job. Tracy senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can’t warn her father without explaining about the attack—or why she’s kept it to herself.

It soon becomes clear that something dangerous is going on . . . the way Jesse has wormed his way into the family . . . the threatening face of the stranger in a crowd . . . the boot-prints she finds at the forest’s edge.

Her family is in trouble. Will uncovering the truth protect them—or is the threat closer than Tracy suspects?





Damian Dibben

Tomorrow
Hanover Square Press, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A winter’s night, Venice, 1815. A 217-year-old dog is searching for his lost master.

So begins the journey of Tomorrow, a dog who must travel through the courts and battlefields of Europe—and through the centuries—in search of the man who granted him immortality. His adventures take him to the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles, the golden age of Amsterdam and to nineteenth-century Venice.

His is a story of loyalty and determination, as Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once), marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit. But Tomorrow’s journey is also a race against time. Danger stalks his path, and in the shadows lurks an old enemy. Tomorrow must find his master before their pursuer can reach him and his master disappears forever.

A spellbinding story of hope in the face of despair, Tomorrow draws us into a century-spanning tale of humanity and the unbreakable bond between two souls. After all, what is lost can surely be found…





Clarissa Goenawan

Rainbirds
Soho Press, March 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man’s path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister’s murder.

Ren Ishida has nearly completed his graduate degree at Keio University when he receives news of his sister’s violent death. Keiko was stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, failing to understand why she chose to turn her back on the family and Tokyo for this desolate place years ago.

But then Ren is offered Keiko’s newly vacant teaching position at a prestigious local cram school and her bizarre former arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s ailing wife. He accepts both, abandoning Tokyo and his crumbling relationship there in order to better understand his sister’s life and what took place the night of her death.

As Ren comes to know the eccentric local figures, from the enigmatic politician who’s boarding him to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, captivating young female student, he delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren realizes that Keiko Ishida kept many secrets, even from him.





Tessa Gratton

The Queens of Innis Lear
Tor Books, March 27, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages
(Debut -Adult)

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Dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton's debut adult epic fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear.

Three Queens. One crown. All out war.

Gaela. Ruthless Commander.
I am the rightful heir of Innis Lear. No more will I wait in the shadows and watch my mother’s murderer bleed my island dry.

The King’s hold on the crown must end—willingly or at the edge of my sword.

Regan. Master Manipulator.
To secure my place on the throne, I must produce an heir. Countless times I have fed the island’s forests my blood. Yet, my ambition is cursed.

No matter what or whom Imust destroy, I will wield the magic of Innis Lear.

Elia. Star-blessed Priest.
My sisters hide in the shadows like serpents, waiting to strike our ailing king. I must protect my father, even if it means marrying a stranger.

We all have to make sacrifices. Love and freedom will be mine.

"Amazing. Just Amazing."--Robin McKinley





Sean Grigsby

Smoke Eaters
Angry Robot, March 6, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
When dragons rise from the earth, firefighters are humanity’s last line of defence, in this wild near-future fantasy.

Firefighter Cole Brannigan is on the verge of retirement after 30 years on the job, and a decade fighting dragons. But during his final fire call, he discovers he’s immune to dragon smoke. It’s such a rare power that he’s immediately conscripted into the elite dragon-fighting force known as the Smoke Eaters. Retirement cancelled, Brannigan is re-assigned as a lowly rookie, chafing under his superiors. So when he discovers a plot to take over the city’s government, he takes matters into his own hands. With hundreds of innocent civilians in the crosshairs, it’s up to Brannigan and his fellow Smoke Eaters to repel the dragon menace.

File Under: Fantasy [ Scaly Firestarters | Final Call Out | Wraith of Flames | Enter the Fireman ]





Rowenna Miller

Torn
The Unraveled Kingdom 1
Orbit, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

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TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself -- and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, Kristos rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution's shadow leader takes him hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen's Midwinter costume -- or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie is torn: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she's striven to build.





Tristan Palmgren

Quietus
Angry Robot, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A transdimensional anthropologist can’t keep herself from interfering with Earth’s darkest period of history in this brilliant science fiction debut

Niccolucio, a young Florentine Carthusian monk, leads a devout life until the Black Death kills all of his brothers, leaving him alone and filled with doubt. Habidah, an anthropologist from another universe racked by plague, is overwhelmed by the suffering. Unable to maintain her observer neutrality, she saves Niccolucio from the brink of death.

Habidah discovers that neither her home’s plague nor her assignment on Niccolucio’s world are as she’s been led to believe. Suddenly the pair are drawn into a worlds-spanning conspiracy to topple an empire larger than the human imagination can contain.

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Watcher | Darkness Comes | The Light of Faith | Darkness Beckons ]





Joe Ponepinto

Mr. Neutron
7.13 Books, March 7, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the smallish American city of Grand River, things are not so grand. The river is hopelessly polluted. City officials are in the pockets of oligarchs. And its best hope for meaningful change is a platitude-spouting eight-foot giant named Reason Wilder running for mayor.

Gray Davenport, a veteran political operative, isn t faring much better than his hometown. His wife is about to leave him. He s working for a mayoral candidate who has no chance to win and who can t even pay for Gray s services. When Gray notices that Reason may not be human, Gray embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about Reason s mysterious origins, and the truth promises to change Grand River and Gray forever.

A satirical mashup of Frankenstein and Veep, Mr. Neutron is a hilarious genre-bender that speaks to the unpredictable nature of American politics today.





Laura Purcell

The Silent Companions
Penguin Books, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

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“If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don’t plan on leaving your bed anytime soon.” —Lyndsay Faye, bestselling author of Jane Steele

When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves.

“A perfect read for a winter night . . . An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” —The Guardian





Dempow Torishima
Daniel Huddleston, Translator

Sisyphean
Sisyphean Series
Haikasoru, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
(Debut - English)

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Even after the world and humanity itself have been rendered nearly unrecognizable by genetic engineering, a day in the office can feel…Sisyphean.

The company stands atop a tiny deck supported by huge iron columns a hundred meters high. The boss there is its president—a large creature of unstable, shifting form once called “human.” The world of his dedicated worker contains only the deck and the sea of mud surrounding it, and and the worker’s daily routine is anything but peaceful. A mosaic novel of extreme science and high weirdness, Sisyphean will change the way you see existence itself.

A strange journey into the far future of genetic engineering, and working life. After centuries of tinkering, many human bodies only have a casual similarity to what we now know, but both work and school continue apace. Will the enigmatic sad sack known only as “the worker” survive the day? Will the young student Hanishibe get his questions about the biological future of humanity answered, or will he have to transfer to the department of theology? Will Umari and her master ever comprehend the secrets of nanodust?





Thomas Welsh

Anna Undreaming
Metiks Fade Trilogy 1
Owl Hollow Press, March 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, “Never play their game; their game is always rigged.” For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well.

Especially when Anna becomes lost to the dark heart of the city. She finds herself hunted by Dreamers—artists, both good and evil, who construct new worlds—within a complex community that threatens to undermine reality itself. When Anna learns that she’s an Undreamer with powers she cannot yet comprehend, she must travel through their strange and treacherous creations to discover that there’s as much beauty in life as there is darkness. As her existence spirals into wonder and danger, Anna must look deep within herself and face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Anna Undreaming is the first book in the The Metiks Fade trilogy.





Ryan Wieser

The Glass Blade
Hunters of Infinity Trilogy 1
Rebal Base, March 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 265 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The Hunters of Infinity have been protecting the Daharian galaxy for years, but there has never been a female Hunter—until now.

In a seedy bar in the shadowy corners of Daharia, Jessop comes to the rescue of young Hunter Kohl O’Hanlon. Impressed by her remarkable sword-wielding skills, the Hunters invite her to their training facility, the Glass Blade, though not all are pleased with the intrusion. But they soon discover that Jessop learned to fight from the rogue leader of the Shadow City of Aranthol—and escaped. Now they want to use her intimate knowledge of their enemy to destroy him. As Jessop grows closer to this elite brotherhood, their leader succumbs to a mysterious ailment, and Kohl learns that Jessop is hiding dark secrets, raising suspicions about the enigmatic woman who saved his life. Has the Hunters’ security been breached—or do they have a traitor in their ranks?

Allegiances will be questioned.

Loyalties will be betrayed.

Vengeance will be brutal.





Nick Clark Windo

The Feed
William Morrow, March 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age.

IT MAKES US. IT DESTROYS US. NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT IT.

The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees . . . in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the world.

Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when the Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know it.

The Feed’s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself . . . and maybe even that is no longer true.

Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But then their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology? And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be?
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