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The View From Monday - January 23, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Department Zero by Paul Crilley;

Dreadnought (Nemesis 1) by April Daniels;

and

Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking;

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




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones;

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 1) by Sylvain Neuvel is out in Trade Paperback;

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 1) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Unveiled (A Changeling P.I. Novel 2) is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



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



The View From Monday - January 23, 2017



January 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legends of the Age of Sigmar David Annandale
David Guymer
Guy Haley
Robbie MacNiven
Josh Reynolds
Rob Sanders
Gav Thorpe
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar 1
Of Fate and Phantoms (e) C.J. Archer HistF - Ministry of Curiosities 7
The Blue Line (h2tp) Ingrid Betancourt Pol/MR/LF
A Case of Conscience (e) James Blish SF/Meta
The Skill of Our Hands Steven Brust
Skyler White
CF - The Incrementalists 2
Prophets of the Ghost Ants Clark Thomas Carlton F - The Antasy Series 1
The Andromeda Strain (ri) Michael Crichton TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Department Zero (D - Adult) Paul Crilley CF/SF/SP
Dreadnought (D) April Daniels SH/LGBT - Nemesis 1
Power Game Christine Feehan PNR/Th/SF/GenEng - GhostWalker 13
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles Volume 1
Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone Richard Handley (Ed)
Jim Beard (Ed)
SF - Planet of the Apes
Age of Wonders: Exploring the World of Science Fiction David G. Hartwell LC/SF/F
Three Years with the Rat (D) Jay Hosking LF/SF/TT
Mr. Splitfoot (h2tp) Samantha Hunt LF
Complete Ghost Stories M. R. James GH - Macmillan Collector's Library
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Mongrels (h2tp) Stephen Graham Jones CoA
A Conversation in Blood Paul S. Kemp F/DF - Egil & Nix 3
Passing Strange Ellen Klages HistF/R
Who Killed Piet Barol? Richard Mason LF
Sleeping Giants (h2tp) Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh - Themis Files 1
Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories Kim Newman H - Collection
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (h2tp) Claire North PsyTh
Too Like the Lightning (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 1
Night Blood James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 1
The Merman (h2tp) Carl-Johan Vallgren MR
Unveiled Ruth Vincent UF - Changeling P.I. 2
The Time Machine H. G. Wells SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 92
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 93
Leman Russ: The Great Wolf Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 2



January 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Apocalyptic Fiction (ri) Andrew Tate AP/HC - 21st Century Genre Fiction



January 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Call to Arms (Ke) Jay Allan SF - Blood on the Stars 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindly only eBook
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
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43


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



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




Michael R. Underwood (2012)

There Will Always Be a Max
A Genrenauts Story
Tor Books, April 6, 2016
eBook, 32 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
A hero is missing. The post-apocalyptic wasteland is awash with violence and injustice, and the genrenaut's own King must step in and show precisely why There Will Always be a Max.


The Cupid Reconciliation
Genrenauts Episode 3
May 31, 2016
eBook, 101 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
Happily Ever After or Bust!

Wounded Genrenaut Mallery York returns to active duty just in time for the team to be deployed to the Rom-Com region of the Romance world. There, everyone is beautiful, office workers can afford palatial midtown apartments, and hearts are won and broken on every corner.

But before they can fix the broken love story, they have to find it. Mallery takes the lead, bringing her expertise to bear and leading Leah to wonder whether there’s a space for her on the team now that Mallery is back.

The team scours dating sites, cocktail bars, and jogging paths looking for the right pair of lovers to reconnect before time runs out and the ripples from the story breach lay waste to romance back on Earth.

This third episode of Genrenauts is a great jumping-on point for new readers. If you like Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and The A-Team, pick up The Cupid Reconciliation today for an exciting romp through the worlds of story!


The Substitute Sleuth
Genrenauts Episode 4
July 26, 2016
eBook, 101 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
She’s a Wacky Comedian. He’s a Gruff Detective. They Fight Crime!

It was supposed to be a simple training mission in the Police Procedural region of Crime World. But there’s always a twist – when the precinct’s favorite wacky private eye is shot, Leah and King must fill the shoes of Odd Couple Detectives to investigate a pair of nested mysteries.

Leah and King work against the clock to fix the breach before falling too deep into their respective roles and losing themselves to the story. And there's more going on here than a simple crime of passion...

The fourth episode the trope-twisting Genrenauts series. If you like Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and The A-Team, pick up The Substitute Sleuth for an energetic romp through the worlds of story!


The Failed Fellowship
Genrenauts Season 5 & 6
October 4, 2016
eBook, 181 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
We’re Going to Need a New Chosen One…

The team travels to Traditional Fantasy-land where the prophesied hero has died just before his moment of triumph. The Genrenauts take on the roles of Wizard, Paladin, Fighter, Bard, and more to stop the Night-Lord before his arcane power brings about an eternal night of terror.

In Part 1, the heroes arrive in the story world and seek a weapon capable of defeating the Night-lord. In Part 2, they confront the Night-Lord and uncover a secret with implications that will ripple across the multiverse.

If you like Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and The A-Team, you'll love Genrenauts. pick up The Failed Fellowship to continue the adventure!


Genrenauts Season One
October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
When Stories Break, You Send in the Genrenauts!

Struggling stand-up comic Leah Tang is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the Genrenauts, a secret organization of dimensional travelers. Leah learns that our world is just one of many, and every other world is the home of a story genre — Science Fiction or Romance, Fantasy or Western — populated by archetypal characters and constantly playing out familiar stories.

The Genrenauts’ mission: find and fix broken stories. If they fail, the ripples from the story worlds will cause havoc and devastation on their home world. Leah joins the team and dives head-first into the adventure. But the stories are breaking faster and worse than ever before. Will Leah rise to the occasion, or will she end up as just another broken story?

Collects all six episodes from the first season of the exciting science fiction novella series. If you like Leverage, Redshirts, or Quantum Leap, pick up Genrenauts to start a brand-new adventure!





Simon Kurt Unsworth (2015)

The Devil's Evidence
Vintage, June 13, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 05, 2016

[cover not yet revealed]
Thomas Fool is a detective from Hell–literally. Having survived the wrath of both angel and demon, and still without memory of his life on earth, Fool is currently spending his damnation as a bureaucrat heading up the Information Office of Hell. But when mysterious fires begin spooking higher-ups in the Bureaucracy–homicidal arson, it’s believed–and a series of unexplained murders plagues Heaven, Fool is dispatched north to investigate.

But Heaven is not what Fool imagines. In fact, it’s not so different from Hell. And friction between the two afterworlds is only beginning to mount as Fool conducts his investigation. The Devil’s Evidence is a thrilling ride through the spiritual realm, and a welcome return for the dead’s most endearing private eye.





Ruth Vincent (2016)

Elixir
A Changeling P.I. Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 28, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 3, 2016
     eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
Mabily "Mab" Jones is just a twenty-something, over-educated, under-employed New Yorker trying to survive as a private eye's unpaid intern . . . or is she? Once a powerful fairy, but tricked by the Fairy Queen into human form, Mab is forced to face her changeling past when investigating a missing person case at a modern speakeasy.

Obadiah Savage bootlegs fairy Elixir to human customers thirsting for a magical fix. But when Mab and Obadiah become joint suspects in a crime they didn't commit, the only way to prove their innocence is to travel back to the fairy realm. And when Mab confronts the Fairy Queen and learns the depth of her betrayal, she must decide if the fate of the fey world is worth destroying the lives of the humans she's come to love.


Unveiled
A Changeling P.I. Novel 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 6, 2016
     eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 24, 2017
     Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 43
Following the events of Elixir, Mabily “Mab” Jones’ life has returned to normal. Or as normal as life can be for a changeling, who also happens to be a private detective working her first independent case, and dating a half-fey.

But then a summons to return to the fairy world arrives in the form of a knife on her pillow. And in the process of investigating her case, Mab discovers the fairies are stealing joy-producing chemicals directly from the minds of humans in order to manufacture their magic Elixir, the dwindling source of their powers. Worst of all, Mab’s boyfriend Obadiah vows to abstain from Elixir, believing the benefits are not worth the cost in human suffering—even though he knows fairies can’t long survive without their magic.

Mab soon realizes she has no choice but to answer the summons and return to the Vale. But the deeper she is drawn into the machinations of the realm, the more she becomes ensnared by promises she made in the past. And in trying to do the right thing, Mab will face her most devastating betrayal yet, one that threatens everything and everyone she holds most dear.

The View From Monday - December 5, 2016


Happy Monday! We have our first school delay of the year. Just a bit of snow but it fell at just the right time to delay school. And it's really cold here for the first time. Winter is coming. :-)

There are no debuts in December for the first time in the 6 years that The Qwillery has had a Debut Author Challenge! I keep looking though.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2) by Catherine Cerveny;

The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2) by Francesca Haig is out in Trade Paperback;

A Season of Spells (A Noctic Magicae Novel 3) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter;

The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Legend of Love (Muse Chronicles 2) by Lisa Kessler;

Judgment at Verdant Court (World of Prime 3) by M.C. Planck;

The Pale Dreamer (A Bone Season Novella) by Samantha Shannon;

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3) by Brian Staveley;

and

Unveiled (A Changeling P.I. Novel 2) by Ruth Vincent.



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


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



The View From Monday - December 5, 2016



December 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legend of Love (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 2
San Francisco Wolf Pack Boxed Set (e) Kristin Miller PNR - San Francisco Wolf Pack
Preternatural Affairs, Books 4-7: Shadow Burns, Deadly Wrong, Ashes and Arsenic, and Once Darkness Falls: Urban Fantasy Mystery Novels (e) SM Reine UF/M - Descentverse Collections
Enveloping Shadows (e) Lauren D.M. Smith FR
Drakon's Promise (e) N.J. Walters PNR - Blood of the Drakon



December 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Return Buzz Aldrin
John Barnes
SF
Astra Militarum David Annandale Braden Campbell
Toby Frost
Justin D. Hill
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 4
Winter Halo Keri Arthur F/Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 2
The Feast of All Souls Simon Bestwick H
Dear Santa (e) Ray Bradbury F - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
Inherit the Crown (e) Jayde Brooks CF
The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome (h2tp) Serge Brussolo SF/Dys
The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (e) Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Spouse on Haunted Hill E.J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 8
Babylon's Ashes James S. A. Corey SF - Expanse Series 6
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners Larry Correia
Ringo John
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 2
Monster Hunter International (Leatherbound Edition) Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 1
The Resident Evil at Blackthorn Manor (Ke) Catherine Coulter H/Occ - Grayson Sherbrooke's Otherworldly Adventures2
The Chemical Wedding: by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version John Crowley F
Warrior Untamed Shannon Curtis PNR
King Breaker (ri) Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 4
Super City Cops - Avenging Amethyst (e) Keith R.A. DeCandido SH/M - SCC 1
The Nature of a Pirate A. M. Dellamonica F - Stormwrack 3
The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Black Legion 1
Speak to the Devil Dave Duncan F - The Brothers Magnus 1
Prose and Cons Amanda Flower PCM - A Magical Bookshop Mystery 2
The Forgotten Tale (e) J.M. Frey F - The Accidental Turn 2
Dreamweaver C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker Chronicles 3
The Immortal Throne Stella Gemmell F - The City 2
Dead Ringers (h2mm)
Christopher Golden H
The Silent War Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 37
Wrath John Gwynne F - The Faithful and the Fallen 4
The Map of Bones (h2tp) Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA -The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2
Wounded (Ke) (Kindle Single) Laurell K. Hamilton F - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Zombie Island (e)(ri) Lori Handeland HistF - Shakespeare Undead Series 2
A Season of Spells Sylvia Izzo Hunter F - A Noctis Magicae Novel 3
Taken by Darkness (e) Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples 6
The Curse of the Tenth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones M/P - Charley Davidson 10
Waking the Serpent Jane Kindred PNR
The Dark Tower Boxed Set Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower
Skeleton Crew: Stories Stephen King Sus/H - Collection
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower 8
Pathfinder Tales: Reaper's Eye Richard A. Knaak F - Pathfinder Tales 36
Alien Nation Gini Koch SF/FR/PNR - Alien Novels 14
Tempest: All New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Anthology
Mars Crossing Geoffrey A. Landis SF
The Paradise Motel (e)(ri) Eric McCormack GO/H
Jerusalem Fire (ri) R. M. Meluch SF
Affliction (e) Amy Miles SF/PA - The Withered 3
Snake Eyes Hillary Monahan H - Gods and Monsters 3
Five Stories High: One House, Five Hauntings, Five Chilling Stories Jonathan Oliver (Ed) H
1635: The Wars for the Rhine Anette Pedersen SF - Ring of Fire 24
The Altreian Enigma Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 2
Judgment at Verdant Court M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 3
A Mate for Christmas Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter Series
In the Eyes of Mr Fury Philip Ridley MR
Island of Glass Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 3
The First Swords: The Book of Swords, Volumes I, II, III (ri) Fred Saberhagen F - Swords
The Pale Dreamer (e) Samantha Shannon F - A Bone Season Novella
The Extra Michael Shea Th
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (e) Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3
A Sad Mistake (e) R.L. Stine H - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
The Liberation Ian Tregillis AH - The Alchemy Wars 3
Secret of the Nagas (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - The Shiva Trilogy 2
Wolf Unleashed Paige Tyler PNR - SWAT 5
Unveiled (e) Ruth Vincent UF - A Changeling P.I. Novel 2
Blood Vow J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 2
Doom of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Hammers of Sigmar C L Werner
Darius Hinks
F - The Realmgate Wars 3
Dragon Spawn Eileen Wilks PNR - A Novel of the Lupi 13
Last Year Robert Charles Wilson SF/TT
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days Jeanette Winterson GB - Collection



December 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Black Ops (Ke) Jonathan Maberry Nicholas Sansbury Smith H




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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


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

The View From Monday - June 27, 2016


Happy last Monday in June!

There are 2 debuts this week:

A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl;

and

Hope and Red by Jon Skovron.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Tracer (Outer Earth 1) by Rob Boffard is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Traumphysik: A Tor.Com Original by Monica Byrne;

Forevermore (Darkest London 7) by Kristen Callihan;

The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10) by Darynda Jones;

Elixir (Changeling P.I. 1) by Ruth Vincent is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Anti-Hero (Arthur Wallace 3) by Jonathan Wood is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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



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



The View From Monday - June 27, 2016



June 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Straight Silver Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 6
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF - Wastelands
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Two (Genocide, Alien Harvest) David Bischoff
Robert Sheckley
SF - Alien Omnibus
Descendant: The Complete Nikki Glass Series Jenna Black CF - Nikki Glass
Tracer Rob Boffard SF/SO - Outer Earth 1
Forevermore Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 7
Wolf's Empire: Gladiator Claudia Christian Morgan Grant Buchanan SF/SO
Forbidden Cathy Clamp UF - A Novel of the Sazi 1
Doctor Who: In The Blood Jenny T Colgan SF - Doctor Who
Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Angel Betrayed (ri) Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 2
The Devil in Disguise (e) Cynthia Eden PNR - Bad Things 1
The Eternal World (h2mm) Christopher Farnsworth Th
One Year After William R. Forstchen Th - John Matherson 2
Battlefront: Twilight Company (h2mm) Alexander Freed SF - Star Wars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (ri) Neil Gaiman CoA
When We Were Animals (h2tp) Joshua Gaylord CoA
The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Sword of Truth Prequel
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years Edward Gross
Mark A. Altman
TV/SF
Deadly Independents Ted Hill AP/PA - Independents 4
Ghostbusters Nancy Holder HU
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet Charlie N. Holmberg HistF
The Invasion of the Tearling (h2tp) Erika Johansen F - Queen of the Tearling, The 2
The Curse of Tenth Grave Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 10
The Perdition Score Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 8
The Bill Hodges Trilogy Boxed Set: Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch Stephen King Th/Sus - Bill Hodges Trilogy
The Dark Half (ri) Stephen King H
Lisey's Story (ri) Stephen King H
Collecting the Dead Spencer Kope M/PE
The Big Sheep Robert Kroese SF/Dys
Hot Lead, Cold Iron (tp2mm) Ari Marmell UF - Mick Oberon 1
Slade House (h2tp) David Mitchell LF/GH/Th
Haze and The Hammer of Darkness L. E. Modesitt SF
The Seascape Tattoo Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
F - Magic Goes Away
The Dark Side Anthony O'Neill SF/Noir
A Hundred Thousand Worlds (D) Bob Proehl LF/CoA
Elsewhens (tp2mm) Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
Attack on Titan: Lost Girls Hiroshi Sekon DF/Dys - Attack on Tita
Hope and Red (D) Jon Skovron F - The Empire of Storms 1
The Nightmare Stacks Charles Stross CF - A Laundry Files Novel 7
The Annihilation Score (h2mm) Charles Stross CF - A Laundry Files Novel 6
Age of Myth Michael J. Sullivan F - Legends of the First Empire 1
The Unnaturalists (ri) Tiffany Trent AH - Unnaturalists 1
Bombs Away (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH/SF - The Hot War 1
Icon Genevieve Valentine SF - The Persona Sequence 2
Elixir Ruth Vincent UF - Changeling P.I. 1
A Taste of Blood Wine (ri) Freda Warrington HistF/PNR - Blood 1
A Call to Duty (tp2mm) David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF - Manticore Ascendant 1
A Long Time Until Now (h2mm) Michael Z Williamson SF/TT - Temporal Displacement 1
The Binding Nicholas Wolff H
The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood LF/Dys/Psy
Anti-Hero (tp2mm) Jonathan Wood UF/P - Arthur Wallace 3
The Swan Book Alexis Wright LF



June 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Traumphysik: A Tor.Com Original (e) Monica Byrne AH



June 30, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sleeper's Castle Barbara Erskine HistF
Ink in the Blood Stéphanie Hochet F/H - Dedalus Euro Shorts
The Poisoned Quarrel: The Arbalester Trilogy 3 (Complete Edition) (e) Duncan Lay F - The Arbalester Trilogy
Down and Out In Purgatory Tim Powers UF
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds Alastair Reynolds SF - Collection



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies


Note: Not all listed genres are represented in the above releases.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 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 2016 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 information is provided when we have it.

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Cover illustration by Sylvain Sarrailh
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Cover artwork © 2016 by Erik Mohr
Cover and interior design © 2016 by Samantha Beiko




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Jacket Art by Todd Lockwood
Jacket Design by Todd Lockwood and G- Force Design




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Cover Art by Emily B. Martin


Interview with Ruth Vincent, author of Elixir


Please welcome Ruth Vincent to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Elixir was published on May 3rd by Harper Voyager Impulse.



Interview with Ruth Vincent, author of Elixir




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Ruth:  Well, I suppose technically I wrote my first 'book' at the age of 4. It was called "The Birds," and bore no resemblance to the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. (It was about a family of birds, and their adventures.) (I think my parents still have it in the attic somewhere.)

I've been trying to write professionally since college - first as a freelance journalist (since that seemed like a more 'legitimate' career than novelist - though in truth it's just as difficult.) I also tried my hand at literary fiction. In the end, I gave them both up and switched to writing genre fiction - because I found it much more fun!

Fantasy was always my favorite genre to read, and so I wanted to write in the same genre that had brought me so much joy!



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Ruth:  I'm a plotter, if only out of necessity! I started writing as a pantser, and I would write these horrible, completely unreadable drafts that kept devolving into tangents that never went anywhere. I realized I would never finish a book that way. So I learned to plot in self-defense! I 'pantse' individual scenes sometimes, if I'm feeling stuck, but never an entire book. Now that I'm published and have to stick to a deadline schedule, an outline (with coinciding word-count goals) is the only way I know to ensure I meet my due dates!



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Ruth:  Honestly, just finding the time! Day jobs, family obligations, and all the 1001 daily details of adult life can easily hijack one's writing schedule. I try to be hyper vigilante about blocking the time out in my calendar and sticking to it!

Also, I think we all have a little voice in our head that's mean to us - meaner than any critic would be. I do whatever I can to try to shut that voice up - at least for long enough that I can get my word count!



TQWho or what has influenced/influences your writing?

Ruth:  I've always been an avid reader, and I think that sum total of collected knowledge from a lifetime of reading probably provides the foundation for everything I write. For specific influences related to writing urban fantasy, I must say Kim Harrison's "The Hollows" series was a huge inspiration to me. That was the series through which I discovered urban fantasy as a genre, and I've still rarely seen it done better.

I also read a ton of 19th century classic literature and poetry as a young person, and I think that continues to influence me. Even writing commercial fiction, I still care a lot about the beauty of the individual sentence, its musicality, and the richness of the images. I want to write lines that will linger in the reader's mind, as well as great characters and plots of course!



TQDescribe Elixir in 140 characters or less.

Ruth:  Humans drink bootlegged fairy magic Elixir - what could possibly go wrong?



TQPlease tell us something about Elixir that is not found in the book description.

Ruth:  The Fairy Queen is a much more complicated and interesting character than you'd know from the book jacket. I love to write complex, empathetic villains, who - if things had gone a bit differently - could have easily been the hero of the story.



TQWhat inspired you to write Elixir? What appeals to you about writing Urban Fantasy?

Ruth:  The seed inspiration for Elixir came from the bedtime stories my dad told me as a child. These "Super Fairy" stories were a mash-up between the fairy tales I loved and the 1960's era Superman TV show plots my dad remembered from his youth (I was raised without TV - so for years I thought my dad had cleverly made up all these superhero stories!) "Super Fairy" was a changeling of sorts - a fairy who goes to live amongst humans, disguised as a human child. Elixir is a more grown up take on those stories.

I've always loved urban fantasy as a genre, because it's simultaneously the world we know, but also has some weird twist. I find urban fantasy more accessible than a completely invented fantasy world, because it does play upon the familiar. As such, I think good urban fantasy can also offer interesting social commentary, disguised as a rollicking fantasy tale.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Elixir?

Ruth:  I did background research into Celtic fairy folklore (reading such books as Walter Evans-Wentz's "The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries.") However, ultimately I chose to just make up my own vision of the Fey world!



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Ruth:  The easiest character was probably Mab's P.I. boss, Reggie - a native New Yorker, gruff on the surface, but deeply caring beneath. He is somewhat based on people I know and love, and I can hear his thick New York accent in my head as I write!

The hardest was probably Mab's love interest, Obadiah. In the first draft I wrote of this story, I had a completely different character be Mab's love interest. He was noble and brave and tortured...and boring. At that time, Obadiah was a side character - this quirky bootlegger of magic. But he was so much more fun to write, so in the end I made him the romantic lead!



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

Ruth:  Elixir is not an overtly political novel. However, it is about a society (fairies) utterly dependent on a non-renewable resource (Elixir) which powers all their magic and their way of life. It's about the increasingly unethical and exploitive things they do to produce and control that resource, and the innocent children who get caught in the crossfire of a conflict they know nothing of, who pay the ultimate price. I tried to never hit readers over the head with a particular message - it would be easy to read Elixir purely as an adventure story - but the metaphors are rich.



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

Ruth:  I'd like to be asked what makes for a good villain in fiction? I've always thought a story is only as strong as its villain, and I've always found villains the most interesting characters to write. The two dimensional villain has always been my bane - I wanted to write an antagonist that was almost as empathetic as the heroine/hero. When we find out the real reasons behind my villain's evil actions (no spoilers here!) they make so much sense that I think the reader could easily imagine themselves doing the same thing under the circumstances. But they are still some pretty evil deeds! That's what makes it an interesting moral quandary!



TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Elixir.

Ruth:

"Eva fell in love with boys the way moths fall in love with light bulbs."

"Walking through Times Square, I might as well have been back in Fairyland," he said, his voice full of bitterness. "It certainly was no longer home."



TQWhat's next?

Ruth:  I'm hard at work on the sequel to ELIXIR, the second book in the Changeling P.I series, which will be coming out with HarperCollins Voyager Impulse this October!

I'm really excited about it - writing a second book has given me the chance to go deeper, darker, even more morally ambiguous places with my characters, and really force them to grow!

I also have a gaslamp fantasy novel in the works. It's about fairies too, but the Victorian variety. I look forward to seeing where that story goes!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Ruth:  Thank you so much for having me!





Elixir
A Changeling P.I. Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 3, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Ruth Vincent, author of Elixir
Mabily "Mab" Jones is just a twenty-something, over-educated, under-employed New Yorker trying to survive as a private eye's unpaid intern . . . or is she? Once a powerful fairy, but tricked by the Fairy Queen into human form, Mab is forced to face her changeling past when investigating a missing person case at a modern speakeasy.

Obadiah Savage bootlegs fairy Elixir to human customers thirsting for a magical fix. But when Mab and Obadiah become joint suspects in a crime they didn't commit, the only way to prove their innocence is to travel back to the fairy realm. And when Mab confronts the Fairy Queen and learns the depth of her betrayal, she must decide if the fate of the fey world is worth destroying the lives of the humans she's come to love.





About Ruth

Interview with Ruth Vincent, author of Elixir
Ruth Vincent spent a nomadic childhood moving across the USA, culminating in a hop across the pond to attend Oxford. But wherever she wanders, she remains ensconced within the fairy ring of her imagination. Ruth recently traded the gritty urban fantasy of NYC for the pastoral suburbs of Long Island, where she resides with her roguishly clever husband and a cockatoo who thinks she’s a dog.

Ruth Vincent is the author of the CHANGELING P.I series with HarperCollins Voyager Impulse, beginning with her debut novel, ELIXIR.


Ruth loves to hear from readers. Get in touch at www.ruthvincent.com,
Facebook.com/RuthVincentAuthor or Twitter @ByRVincent.



2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts



There are 17 debut novels for May. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The May 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 May cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 15, 2016.

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 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for May 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Basma Abdel Aziz

The Queue
Melville House, May 24, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook,
Translator: Elisabeth Jaquette

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Set against the backdrop of a failed political uprising, The Queue is a chilling debut that evokes Orwellian dystopia, Kafkaesque surrealism, and a very real vision of life after the Arab Spring.

In an unnamed Middle Eastern city, a centralized authority known as the Gate has risen to power in the aftermath of the “Disgraceful Events,” a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate for even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the building never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer and longer.

Citizens from all walks of life wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, the brother of a security officer killed in the clashes with protestors, and a man with injuries The Gate would prefer to keep quiet.

Written with dark, subtle intelligence, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.




Kurt Anderson

Devour
Pinnacle, May 31, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
It Lurks

Deep beneath the ice of the Arctic Circle, something has awakened. A primordial creature frozen in time, it is the oldest, largest, most efficient predator that nature has ever produced. And it is ravenously hungry…

It Hunts

Thirty-five miles off the Massachussetts coast, a small research ship is attacked. All but one of its crew is killed by the massive serpentine horror that rises from the sea. The creature likes this human prey. The chewy outer hide. The tender saltiness within. And it wants more…

It Feeds

Responding to a distress signal, fishing-boat captain Brian Hawkins arrives in time to save the ship’s last survivor. But the nightmare is just beginning. A casino cruise ship carrying high-stakes passengers—and a top-secret cargo—becomes the creature’s bloodsoaked hunting ground. Desperate but determined, Hawkins goes after the biggest catch of the century.




Mike Brooks

Dark Run
Keiko 1
Saga Press, May 24, 2016
Hardcover (352 pp.), Trade Paperback (368 pp.) and eBook (368 pp.)

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
In this debut space epic, a crew of thieves and con artists take on a job that could pay off a lot of debts in a corrupt galaxy where life is cheap and criminals are the best people in it.

The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune, and adventurers travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And they never talk about their past—until now.

Captain Ichabod Drift is being blackmailed. He has to deliver a special cargo to Earth, and no one can know they’re there. It’s what they call a dark run…And it may be their last.




Sean Danker

Admiral
An Evagardian Novel 1
Roc, May 3, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
FIRST IN A NEW MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION SERIES

“I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side.”

He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship’s records confirm he is their superior officer.

Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship’s systems are failing one by one—and they are not alone.




G.S. Denning

Warlock Holmes - A Study in Brimstone
Titan Books, May 17, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius. Warlock Holmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.




Antonia Hayes

Relativity
Gallery Books, May 3, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
A “beautifully written, heartbreaking” (S. J. Watson) debut novel about a gifted boy who discovers the truth about his past, his overprotective single mother who tries desperately to shield him from it, and the father he has never met who has unexpectedly returned.

Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.

Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

Told from the alternating points of view of Ethan and each of his parents, Relativity is a poetic and soul-searing exploration of unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, the limits of science, and the magnitude of love.




Patrick Hemstreet

The God Wave
The God Wave Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, May 17, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
A team of neuroscientists uncover amazing new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous and deadly frontiers in this spectacular debut work of speculative science fiction—Limitless meets James Rollins—that combines spirituality and science in an inventive, mind-blowing fashion.

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now, neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key—the crucial combination of practice and conditioning—to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly “godlike” levels.

These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers are determined to control Brenton’s new superbeings for their own manipulative ends—and their motives may be far from peaceful.




Kat Howard

Rose and Rot
Saga Press, May 17, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Publishers Weekly Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Novel of Summer 2016

Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman).

What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.




Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 10, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
The eerie, suspenseful debut novel — hailed as “an amazing piece of fiction” by Stephen King — that is taking the world by storm.

When the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney, a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mysterious events that occurred forty years earlier when he visited the place as a boy. At that time, his devoutly Catholic mother was determined to find healing for Hanny, his disabled older brother. And so the family, along with members of their parish, embarked on an Easter pilgrimage to an ancient shrine.

But not all of the locals were pleased to see visitors in the area. And when the two brothers found their lives entangling with a glamorous couple staying at a nearby house, they became involved in more troubling rites. Smith feels he is the only one to know the truth, and he must bear the burden of his knowledge, no matter what the cost. Proclaimed a “modern classic” by the Sunday Telegraph (UK), The Loney marks the arrival of an important new voice in fiction.




Todd Lockwood

The Summer Dragon
First Book of the Evertide
DAW, May 3, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator–a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.

Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.

And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors—thralls of the enemy—and a faceless creature drawn from her fears. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself.




Emily B. Martin

Woodwalker
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 17, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14 , 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“What on earth would I gain from that?” I asked him. “Risk my own neck by violating my banishment just to leave you? The sentence placed on me if I return is execution. If I’m entering the mountains again, I’d damn well better get something out of it.”

Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne.

And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker—a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she’s hung from, she not only feels a duty to aide Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more.

A grand quest in the tradition of great epic fantasies, filled with adventure and the sharp wit—and tongue—of a unique hero, Woodwalker is the perfect novel to start your own journey into the realm of magical fiction.




Ada Palmer

Too Like the Lightning
Terra Ignota 1
Tor Books, May 10, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer--a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life...




Martin Seay

The Mirror Thief
Melville House, May 10, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining literary tour de force in the tradition of Cloud Atlas.

The Mirror Thief is a dazzling combination of a genre-hopping adventure, a fast-paced mystery, and literary verve. Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its serendipitous mix of entertainment and literary mastery.

The core story is set in Venice in the sixteenth century, when the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of glittering yet fearful fascination — was it reflecting simple reality, or something more spiritually revealing? — the Venetian mirrors were state of the art technology, and subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals world-wide. But for any of the development team to leave the island was a crime punishable by death. One man, however — a world-weary war hero with nothing to lose — has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city’s terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten …

Meanwhile, in two other iterations of Venice — Venice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa today — two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret …
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All three stories will weave together into a spell-binding tour-de-force that is impossible to put down — an old-fashioned, stay-up-all-night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice … and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of literary art.




Anna Smaill

The Chimes
Quercus, May 3, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
After the end of a brutal civil war, London is divided, with slums standing next to a walled city of elites. Monk-like masters are selected for special schooling and shut away for decades, learning to write beautiful compositions for the chimes, played citywide morning and night, to mute memory and keep the citizens trapped in ignorance.

A young orphan named Simon arrives in London with nothing but the vague sense of a half-forgotten promise, to locate someone. What he finds is a new family--a gang of scavengers that patrols the underbelly of the city looking for valuable metal to sell. Drawn in by an enigmatic and charismatic leader, a blind young man named Lucien with a gift for song, Simon forgets entirely what originally brought him to the place he has now made his home.

In this alternate London, the past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is considered "blasphony." But Simon has a unique gift--the gift of retaining memories--that will lead him to discover a great injustice and take him far beyond the meager life as a member of Lucien's gang. Before long he will be engaged in an epic struggle for justice, love, and freedom.

The Chimes is an impressive work of speculative fiction, an imaginative adventure elegantly told. The Chimes reveals the human capacity to create both beauty and terror, in art and in life.




Fred Strydom

The Raft
Talos, May 3, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event. . . and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero.”

On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son. . .

Kayle finally escapes, only to find a broken world being put back together in strange ways. As more memories from his past life begin returning, the people he meets wandering the face of a scorched earth—some reluctant allies, others dangerous enemies—begin to paint a terrifying picture. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero—a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.




Adrian Van Young

Shadows in Summerland
ChiZine Publications, May 17, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 350 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Boston, 1859. A nation on the brink of war.

Confidence men prowl the streets for fresh marks. Mediums swindle the newly bereaved. Into this world of illusion and intrigue comes William Mumler, a manipulating mastermind and criminal jeweler. Mumler hopes to make his fortune by photographing spirits for Boston’s elite. The key to his venture: a shy girl named Hannah who sees and manifests the dead and washes up on Boston’s harbor along with her strange, intense mother, Claudette.

As Mumler and Hannah’s fame grows throughout Boston, everybody wants a piece: Bill Christian, a brothel tough; Algernon Child, a drunken rival; Fanny A. Conant, a sly suffragette; and William Guay, a religious fanatic. These rogues among a host of others, including the great spirit rapper Kate Fox, form powerful bonds with the spirit photographers, one of which will end in murder. Mumler’s first and last mistake: the dead cannot be made to heel.

Roughly based on the real-life story of William H. Mumler, spirit photographer and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler, Shadows in Summerland immerses the reader in a shifting world of light and shade where nothing is quite what it seems at first glance. A soaring and resplendently Gothic novel spanning three decades, it is as much an homage to the Golden Age ghost stories of Edith Wharton and Henry James as it is a companion to the revisionist historical epics of Peter Carey and Sarah Waters, with a little steampunk all its own.




Ruth Vincent

Elixir
A Changeling P.I. Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 3, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Mabily "Mab" Jones is just a twenty-something, over-educated, under-employed New Yorker trying to survive as a private eye's unpaid intern . . . or is she? Once a powerful fairy, but tricked by the Fairy Queen into human form, Mab is forced to face her changeling past when investigating a missing person case at a modern speakeasy.

Obadiah Savage bootlegs fairy Elixir to human customers thirsting for a magical fix. But when Mab and Obadiah become joint suspects in a crime they didn't commit, the only way to prove their innocence is to travel back to the fairy realm. And when Mab confronts the Fairy Queen and learns the depth of her betrayal, she must decide if the fate of the fey world is worth destroying the lives of the humans she's come to love.


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Elixir by Ruth Vincent


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Elixir by Ruth Vincent


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Ruth Vincent

Elixir
A Changeling P.I. Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 3, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Elixir by Ruth Vincent
Mabily "Mab" Jones is just a twenty-something, over-educated, under-employed New Yorker trying to survive as a private eye's unpaid intern . . . or is she? Once a powerful fairy, but tricked by the Fairy Queen into human form, Mab is forced to face her changeling past when investigating a missing person case at a modern speakeasy.

Obadiah Savage bootlegs fairy Elixir to human customers thirsting for a magical fix. But when Mab and Obadiah become joint suspects in a crime they didn't commit, the only way to prove their innocence is to travel back to the fairy realm. And when Mab confronts the Fairy Queen and learns the depth of her betrayal, she must decide if the fate of the fey world is worth destroying the lives of the humans she's come to love.

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