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The View From Monday - January 20, 2020


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

A Queen in Hiding (The Nine Realms 1) by Sarah Kozloff;

The Seep by Chana Porter;

and

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Stars Beyond (Stars Uncharted 2) by S.K. Dunstall.

The View From Monday - January 20, 2020
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - January 20, 2020



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.
January 21, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lord of the Dark Millennium: The Dan Abnett Collection Dan Abnett SF/SO - Warhammer 40,000
Anarch Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000
Gwendy's Magic Feather (ri) Richard Chizmar SupTh - Gwendy's Button Box Trilogy 2
Celestine Andy Clark SF - Warhammer 40,000
Tiamat's Wrath (h2tp) James S. A. Corey SF/SO/SE/AC - The Expanse 8
Sanctuary Luca D'Andrea H
Stars Beyond S. K. Dunstall SF/SO/AC - Stars Uncharted 2
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (h2tp) C. A. Fletcher SF/AP/PA/Dys/CoA/LF
Agency William Gibson TechTh/SF/LF
Heart of Black Ice Terry Goodkind F - Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles 4
Warcry Josh Reynolds
Peter McLean
Sarah Cawkwell
David Guymer
David Annandale
Ben Counter
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Will and the Wilds Charlie N. Holmberg RF/F
Wolves Simon Ings SF/LF
Rogue Planet John Andrew Karr SF - Mars Wars 2
A Queen in Hiding (D) Sarah Kozloff F - The Nine Realms 1
Knights of Macragge Nick Kyme SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes James Lovegrove HistM/HistF/H
The Wagers Sean Michaels FL
Not So Stories David Thomas Moore (Ed) Fiction - Anthology
Riot Baby Tochi Onyebuchi SF/CF/African American/CoA
The Seep (D) Chana Porter LGBT Fiction/AB/SF/AP/PA
Follow Me to Ground (D) Sue Rainsford LF
Universal Love: Stories Alexander Weinstein SS/AB
The Serpent Sea (ri) Martha Wells F - Books of Raksura 2
The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction (ri) Gene Wolfe SF - Collection



January 23, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust Glyn Morgan LC/Dys/AH



January 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction and the Dismal Science: Essays on Economics in and of the Genre Gary Westfahl (Ed)
Gregory Benford (Ed)
Howard V. Hendrix (Ed)
Jonathan Alexander (Ed)
SF/HC/LC



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CL - City Life
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR- Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
RS - Romantic Suspense
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
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.

The View From Monday - August 13, 2018


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

Severence by Ling Ma.

The View From Monday - August 13, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Olympus Bound (Olympus Bound 3) by Jordanna Max Brodsky is out in Trade Paperback;

Sip by Brian Allen Carr is out in Trade Paperback;

Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall;

The Sea Queen (The Golden Wolf Saga 2) by Linnea Hartsuker;

Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil is out in Trade Paperback;

Bad Faith (Dragon Lords 3) by Jon Hollinsk'

Noumenon Infinity (Noumenon 2) by Marian J. Lostetter;

and

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh is out in Trade Paperback.

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The View From Monday - August 13, 2018 The View From Monday - August 13, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - August 13, 2018



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

August 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Selected Stories: Science Fiction, Volume 1 Kevin J. Anderson SF - Collection
Rituals (h2tp) Kelley Armstrong F/SupTh - Cainsville 5
Olympus Bound (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF/UF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/Occ/Sup - Olympus Bound 3
Moderan David R. Bunch SF/AP/PA - Collections
Successor's Promise (h2tp) Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 3
Sip (h2tp) Brian Allen Carr SF/AP/PA/LF
Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir Matt Carter
Fiona J. R. Titchenell
SH/PI/Occ/Sup/Noir
Denied: A Novel of the Sazi Cathy Clamp PNR/UF - Luna Lake 3
Annals of the Black Company: The Black Company, Shadows Linger, The White Rose, Shadow Games, Dreams of Steel, The Silver Spike, Bleak Seasons, She Is ... Live (e) Glen Cook F - Chronicles of The Black Company
A Spy in Time Imraan Coovadia SF/TT
Stars Uncharted S. K. Dunstall SF/SO/GenEng
Relic Alan Dean Foster SF/AC/AP/PA
Connect Julian Gough TechTh
The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses Lois H. Gresh H - Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu 2
The Sea Queen Linnea Hartsuyker Sagas - The Golden Wolf Saga 2
Graveyard Shift (h2tp) Michael F. Haspil UF/SupTh/PP
Bad Faith Jon Hollins F/HU -  The Dragon Lords 3
Mutilation Song Jason Hrivnak H/Occ/Sup/VisM
Every River Runs to Salt Rachel K. Jones F
Ball Lightning Cixin Liu
Joel Martinsen (Tr)
SF/HSF
Princess of Blood (h2tp) Tom Lloyd F/CF - God Fragments 2
Noumenon Infinity Marina J. Lostetter SF/SO - Noumenon 2
Severance (D) Ling Ma LF/SF/AP/PA
Wild Hunger Chloe Neill P/PNR/UF - Heirs of Chicagoland 1
Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories Abbey Mei Otis SF/AC/F
The Super Ladies Susan Petrone CW/FL/CF/UF/SH
The Complete Clockwork Century: Boneshaker, Dreadnought, Ganymede, Inexplicables, Fiddlehead (e) Cherie Priest SF/SP/AH - Clockwork Century
Black Lotus Kiss Jason Ridler F/UF/HU - The Brimstone Files 2
Laura: A Journey into the Crystal (ri) George Sand
Sue Dyson (Tr)
F/Occ/Sup - Pushkin Blues
The Moons of Barsk Lawrence M. Schoen SF/SO - Barsk 2
The Million Karl Schroeder SF/HSF/SO
The Blinds (h2tp) Adam Sternbergh Sus
Flights Olga Tokarczuk
Jennifer Croft (Tr)
LF/MR - Collection



August 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bookburners: The Complete Season 4 (e) Max Gladstone
Margaret Dunlap
Brian Francis Slattery
Mur Lafferty
Andrea Phillips
UF - Bookburners



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
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
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash Up
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PI - Private Investigator
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PP - Police Procedural
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
Sagas - Sagas
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
TV - Television
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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 DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


S. K. Dunstall (2015)

Stars Uncharted
Stars Uncharted 1
Ace, August 14, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
A ragtag band of explorers are looking to make the biggest score in the galaxy in the brand-new science fiction adventure novel from the national bestselling author of Linesman.

Three people who are not who they claim to be:

Nika Rik Terri, body modder extraordinaire, has devoted her life to redesigning people’s bodies right down to the molecular level. Give her a living body and a genemod machine, and she will turn out a work of art.

Josune Arriola is crew on the famous explorer ship the Hassim, whose memory banks contain records of unexplored worlds worth a fortune. But Josune and the rest of the crew are united in their single-minded pursuit of the most famous lost planet of all.

Hammond Roystan, the captain of the rival explorer ship, The Road, has many secrets. Some believe one of them is the key to finding the lost world.

Josune’s captain sends her to infiltrate Roystan’s ship, promising to follow. But when the Hassim exits nullspace close to Roystan’s ship, it’s out of control, the crew are dead, and unknown Company operatives are trying to take over. Narrowly escaping and wounded, Roystan and Josune come to Nika for treatment–and with problems of her own, she flees with them after the next Company attack.

Now they’re in a race to find the lost world…and stay alive long enough to claim the biggest prize in the galaxy.





David Mealing (2017)

Blood of the Gods
The Ascension Cycle 1
Orbit, August 21, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 640 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
The battle is over, but war lies ahead in the second book of the epic fantasy trilogy that pits humans against gods in a contest for the fate of the world.

The battle for the city is over, but the aftermath of a revolution is never simple…

Sarine begins to experience visions, ones which make her dragon familiar sicker every day. Erris pushes toward conquest and the need to expand her territory and restore her power. And, exiled from his tribe, Arak’Jur apprentices himself to a deadly master.

Faced with the threat of a return to the days of darkness, the heroes begin to understand the depth of the sacrifices required from them. To protect their world, they’ll have to stand and fight once more.

Read this second book in this gripping, vibrant, and imaginative addition to the epic fantasy canon for readers of Brandon Sanderson, Brian McClellan, and Miles Cameron.


The Ascension Cycle
Soul of the World
Blood of the Gods





Chuck Wendig (2012)

Unclean Spirits
Abaddon, February 13, 2018
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, May 2013
(Reissue)

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Life begins when your boss is killed.

For five years, Cason Cole has been a chew toy for a god. He walked away from his wife and son and devoted his life to a predator who holds nothing and no-one dear. Now, as the man he loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free.

For centuries, the swarming gods of the Earth were content to lounge in Heaven, forgetting the mortals they left behind; but thirty years ago, the all-powerful “Usurper” ejected them all, to a man and woman. Now it’s back to the bad old days: cults and sycophants, and the terrible retribution the gods visit on those who defy them.

None of which is going to stop Cason from getting back what’s his...

The View From Monday - November 28, 2016


Happy last Monday in November.

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

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson is out in Trade Paperback;

Confluence (A Linesman Novel 3) by S. K. Dunstall;

and

Scorpius Rising (Scorpius Syndrome .5) by Rebecca Zanetti.


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The View From Monday - November 28, 2016

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 - November 28, 2016



November 28, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Assassin's Awakening (e) N.J. Walters SFR/GenEng - Project Alpha 3



November 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing Lauren Beukes M/SF/F/Th - Collection
Hawk: A New Novel Vlad Taltos (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Vlad 14
Styx (h2tp) Bavo Dhooge Th/Crime
The Traitor Baru Cormorant (h2tp) Seth Dickinson F
Confluence S. K. Dunstall SF - A Linesman Novel 3
1635: A Parcel of Rogues (h2mm) Eric Flint
Andrew Dennis
AH - Ring of Fire 20
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Neil Gaiman CF
Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen Susan Griffith
Clay Griffith
SF/Media Tie-In
The Magician King (ri) Lev Grossman F/TV Tie-In - Magicians Trilogy 2
Good Vampires Go to Heaven Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 8
Kill Baxter (tp2mm) Charlie Human DF
The Fate of the Tearling Erika Johansen LF/F - The Queen of the Tearling 3
The Blockade Jean Johnson SF - First Salik War 3
Sins of the Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon FR/P/CF - Dark-Hunter Novels 7
It (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus
The Dead Zone (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus
Her Brother's Keeper (tp2mm) Mike Kupari SF/SO
The Corporation Wars: Dissidence Ken MacLeod SF - The Corporation Wars 1
Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box Katy Manning Psychology
The High Mountains of Portugal (h2tp) Yann Martel Meta
Star Trek: The Hall of Heroes John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek: Prey 3
Feverborn (h2mm) Karen Marie Moning PNR - Fever 8
Gloriana;: Or, The Unfulfill'd Queen (ri) Michael Moorcock HistF
League of Dragons (h2mm) Naomi Novik HistF - Temeraire 9
CHOP Line (e) Henry V. O'Neil SF - Sim War 4
The Phoenixes of the Nest S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 4
The Dead Lands (tp2mm) Benjamin Percy LF/PA/Th
Aliens vs Predator Omnibus Steve Perry
Stephani Danelle Perry
David Bischoff
SF/H/Media Tie-In
Haunted Is Always in Fashion Rose Pressey CM - A Haunted Vintage Mystery 4
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis Anne Rice Occ/Sup/P/Th - Vampire Chronicles 12
Seven Crow Stories Robert J. Wiersema DF - Collection
The Ace of Skulls Chris Wooding SP - A Tale of the Ketty Jay 4
Scorpius Rising (e) Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Scorpius Syndrome .5



November 30, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred Greg Egan SF
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire Joe R Lansdale F - Collection
Street Magick: Tales of Urban Fantasy Charles P Zaglanis (Ed) UF - Anthology



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


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


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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10


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



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



Seth Dickinson (2015)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Tor Books, November 29, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 15, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They will conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, join the Masquerade, and claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

To test her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant is the critically-acclaimed debut novel from Seth Dickinson, one of the rising new stars in fantasy.





Betsy Dornbusch (2013)

Enemy
The Seven Eyes 3
Night Shade Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
The Thrilling Conclusion to a Prince’s Quest for Revenge and Honor.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

In the thrilling conclusion to Dornbush’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, follow Draken as he tries to find peace solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those that stand in his way? Enemy covers all this and more in this epic fantasy series.





Lexie Dunne (2014)

How to Save the World
Superheroes Anonymous 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, October 4, 2016
     eBook, 336 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 1, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
“Packed to the brim with charming characters, zippy action, and a refreshing can-do spirit, the Superheroes Anonymous series never fails to delight.”

—Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex

Gail Godwin—once so famous for being kidnapped by supervillains, the media still calls her Hostage Girl—is done with superheroes and their shadowy schemes. She’s got a cute boyfriend, a great roommate, and she’s even returned to her old job. For the first time in years, life is exactly what she wants it to be.

But when a figure from her past resurfaces, he brings with him a plague that changes the game for every superhero and villain out there. Now Gail must team up with both friend and foe to help save the world she thought she had left behind.

It won’t be easy, but for Gail Godwin, nothing ever is.





S. K. Dunstall (2015)

Confluence
A Linesman Novel 3
Ace, November 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
From the national bestselling author of Alliance, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself caught in a dangerous fight for political power…

The lines. Mysterious yet familiar: the key to controlling every ship in the galaxy. Once they were thought of as tools, but since linesman Ean Lambert discovered strange new lines in an alien vessel, they have become so much more—symbols of a power too great to ignore.

While the Crown Princess of Lancia seeks to share the new technology, her father, the Emperor, has other plans. His latest political maneuverings seem to be tilting the balance of control to Lancia’s favor—a move that not all members of the New Alliance are looking upon favorably.

As tensions mount, Ean and his former shipmates must unite to avert a disastrous conflict: the princess working within the tumultuous Alliance, Ean seeking the help of the impatient alien ships, and Ean’s close friend and bodyguard, Radko, embarking on a mysterious and perilous mission.

But the biggest threat comes from an unexpected source. Someone is trying to take down the New Alliance from within—and will use anything, even the lines themselves, to ensure its destruction…





Dianne Duvall (2011)

Phantom Embrace
An Immortal Guardians Novella
Zebra, June 28, 2016
eBook, 118 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Across dimensions . . .

A gifted one, Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, but he knows better than to make contact with them. Yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Originally published in the On the Hunt anthology


Rendezvous With Yesterday
The Gifted Ones 2
Dianne Duvall (October 17, 2016)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 406 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 10
Modern-day bounty hunter Bethany Bennett helps her brother track two fugitives to a forest outside of Houston, Texas. But what should have been a routine apprehension of two bail skippers spirals out of control and ends in violence. After Beth and her brother are both seriously injured, a mysterious figure suddenly looms over her. And, when the smoke clears, Beth finds herself not only in another place, but in another time.

As Lord Robert, Earl of Fosterly, attempts to identify and track down the nameless enemy who has been plaguing his lands and people with violence, the most peculiar woman stumbles into his path. Small, vulnerable, yet possessed of a bold, fiery spirit and wicked sense of humor, she persists in dubbing Robert and his men members of something called a medieval reenactment group . . . until she sees his castle and labels herself mad. It seems bounty hunter Bethany Bennett has come to him from the future, bringing with her laughter and chaos, swiftly winning the hearts of his people and inspiring within him a love he thought he would never experience again. But when Robert discovers a way for her to return to her time, will the love they share be enough to keep them together?

The View From Monday - February 22, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Artefact (The Lazarus War 1) by Jamie Sawyer;

and

The Anthrax Protocol by James Thompson.


From formerly featured DAC authors:

Alliance (Linesman 2) by S. K. Dunstall;

Unclear Skies (Dome Trilogy 2) by Jason LaPier;

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty 1) by Ken Liu is out in Mass Market Paperback;

A Gathering of Shadows (Darker Shade of Magic 2) bu V. E. Schwab;

The Absconded Ambassador (Genrenauts Episode 2) by Michael R. Underwood;

and

The Cormorant (Miriam Black 3) by Chuck Wendig.



The View From Monday - February 22, 2016



February 22, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Miasma (e) Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series Novella



February 23, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic Shifts (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 8
The Power Jennifer L. Armentrout PNR - Titan 2
Vengeance Oscar Balderrama Lauren Certo CF - Arrow
She Weeps Each Time You're Born (h2tp) Quan Barry MR
Mars, Inc. (tp2mm) Ben Bova SF
Jani and the Great Pursuit Eric Brown SP - Jani 2
Chance on Love (e) Nancy Corrigan PNR - Kagan Wolves 0.5
Alliance S. K. Dunstall SF - A Linesman Novel 2
A Hold on Me Pat Esden PNR/UF - Dark Heart 1
Bitter Bite Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 14
Mr. Adam (ri) Pat Frank SF
Good Girls Glen Hirshberg H - Motherless Children Trilogy 2
The Unleashing (tp2mm) Shelly Laurenston FR - Call Of Crows 1
A Stranger Thing (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 2
The Grace of Kings (h2mm) Ken Liu F - The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Version Control Dexter Palmer SF/TT
The Dead Lands (h2tp) Benjamin Percy LF/Th/PA
Runaway Vampire Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau Vampire 22
Artefact (D - US) Jamie Sawyer SF - The Lazarus War 1
A Gathering of Shadows V. E. Schwab HistF - Darker Shade of Magic 2
Doctor Who Coloring Book Price Stern Sloan SF
By Tooth and Claw (tp2mm) S.M. Stirling
Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
Jody Lynn Nye
F - Change
The Latter Fire James Swallow SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Anthrax Protocol (D) James Thompson Th/SF/AP/PA/H
The Absconded Ambassador Michael R. Underwood SF - Genrenauts Episode 2
The Cormorant Chuck Wendig Th/Sup - Miriam Black 3



February 24, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Recalled to Service: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alter S. Reiss F
"The Golem" (e) Ian Tregillis F - The Witch Who Came in From the Cold - Episode 5



February 25, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Devotion (e) Lauren Dawes PNR - Dark 3
Unclear Skies Jason LaPier SF - Dome Trilogy 2
Blood and Frost (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) (e) Scott Nicholson
Joshua Simcox
PA - Zapheads 3



February 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Hell's Bounty Joe R. Lansdale
John L Lansdale
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D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32


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



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
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Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
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S.K. Dunstall (2015)

Alliance
A Linesman Novel 2
Ace, February 23, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn’t understand—and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight…

The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space—before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean’s ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool—or weapon—to command.

Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything—her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.

Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover—and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them…




Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Back Bay Books, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 24, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
"Mesmerizing and dazzlingly original--a breakout novel."--Wally Lamb

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

Henry decides to run away. He leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.




Margaret Fortune

Nova
DAW, June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

[cover not yet available]
*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
[description from Hardcover]




Kelley Grant (2015)

The Obsidian Temple
Desert Rising 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
eBook, July 21, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.

Returning to Illian, Sulis's twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah's side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste's uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy's stunning conclusion.


The World Weavers
Desert Rising 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 19, 2016
eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.

But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis’s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.

In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind’s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged. In this spellbinding denouement to Desert Rising and The Obsidian Temple, Kelley Grant brings her epic trilogy to a thunderous and powerful conclusion.
[description provided by the Author]




Camille Griep (2015)

New Charity Blues
47North, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost.

But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt.

Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.

Guest Blog by S.K. Dunstall: Writing a Book Together - July 17, 2015


Please welcome S.K. Dunstall to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Linesman was published on June 30th by Ace. You may read an interview with Sherylyn and Karen here.



Guest Blog by S.K. Dunstall: Writing a Book Together - July 17, 2015




Writing a book together

The most common question we get as writers isn’t about our books at all. It’s “How do you write a book together?”

Some co-writers ‘share’ the writing equally. The story might have two protagonists, and each writes one protagonist’s story. We do that sometimes too, but it’s not our main method of writing. For us, sharing the workload doesn’t mean we each do half of everything. We have our own strengths.

We didn’t always write together. We began by critiquing each other’s stories. We were harsh critics—because we wanted the other’s stories to be good. Somewhere along the way we started editing each other’s work. After a while we realised that the stories we worked on together like this were better than the ones we worked on alone.

So we started experimenting with different ways of writing together. We’re still experimenting, but we’ve settled into the following method for our most successful stories. This is what we used for Linesman, and it’s what we’ll use for other stories in the Linesman universe.

For us, it is important we keep the same voice throughout the story. This means one main writer for the first draft. For the Linesman series, it is Karen.

We discuss the story as Karen writes it. Over breakfast, over dinner, in the car. It absorbs our life. Most of this talking is backstory, not plot. If we over-talk the plot before we write it, it stops us dead.

First drafts are ugly. Stories aren’t written, they’re rewritten. If a writer—even a published writer—shows you their first draft, your reaction is unlikely to be, “Wow, this is a great story.” It’s more likely to be, “Hmm, how do I tell them this story needs work?”

When the first draft is done, the second writer starts fixing things. We still talk all the time about what works and what doesn’t.

Once that’s done, we have a working story.

Then we start the rewrites.

This involves multiple rereads, multiple rewrites and a lot more discussion. Whole sections of the book are rewritten, story lines added, or even taken out. If we can’t agree, we talk until we get something we both agree on. Everything has to blend together as seamlessly as possible.

Usually one writer follows along behind the other, editing the other’s rewrite.

Finally, we have a story we’re happy with.

But it doesn’t finish there. That’s just the story. Next job is to clean up the writing.

The second writer takes over the bulk of the work. For the Linesman series, this is Sherylyn. Cleaning up the prose, getting rid of pet phrases, eliminating unnecessary words. Reading and rereading the text until she can almost quote paragraphs in bulk.

Once we think the book is clean we read the whole thing aloud. We pick up lots more errors doing this.

It’s intense, even claustrophobic sometimes, and we could only do it with each other.

We’re sisters, but we’re also good friends, and we’ve been sharing stories all our life.

More, if one of us doesn’t like something we know to talk it out because we trust the other’s instincts. Eventually we’ll arrive at a solution that suits us both.

We’re honest about what works and what doesn’t.

We like the same type of writing. If we didn’t both love science fiction and fantasy we wouldn’t be writing together. If we didn’t both like the same types of characters in a story we wouldn’t be writing together. You have to be able to read the other person’s writing and think it’s not just good, but great. You have to be able to reread it dozens of times and still think that.

You still get book fatigue, where you’ve been working on a book so long you get tired of it, and then you think ‘this story stinks’. Most writers do, but that’s part of writing. You get over that.

So given it sounds like a lot of work, why do we do it?

It’s fun.

Writing is something most people do on their own. You work on your novel for months, sometimes years. If you’re lucky, you have someone close who understands and supports you, but for many you’re doing it alone. When you’re co-writing you have someone as enthusiastic about the novel as you.

It doesn’t halve the work, but it helps cut the stress. You can’t control life. You can’t control deadlines. Work and family get in the way of writing. You will get stressed. Luckily for us we have our meltdowns at different times. Karen usually stresses early in the book, when the whole thing looks huge and undoable. Sherylyn stresses as the deadline looms. We support each other and help the other through.

Most of all, we enjoy writing together. We wouldn’t have it any other way.





Linesman
Linesman 1
Ace, June 30, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by S.K. Dunstall: Writing a Book Together - July 17, 2015
First in a brand new thought-provoking science fiction series.

The lines. No ship can traverse the void without them. Only linesmen can work with them. But only Ean Lambert hears their song. And everyone thinks he’s crazy…

Most slum kids never go far, certainly not becoming a level-ten linesman like Ean. Even if he’s part of a small, and unethical, cartel, and the other linesmen disdain his self-taught methods, he’s certified and working.

Then a mysterious alien ship is discovered at the edges of the galaxy. Each of the major galactic powers is desperate to be the first to uncover the ship’s secrets, but all they’ve learned is that it has the familiar lines of energy—and a defense system that, once triggered, annihilates everything in a 200 kilometer radius.

The vessel threatens any linesman who dares to approach it, except Ean. His unique talents may be the key to understanding this alarming new force—and reconfiguring the relationship between humans and the ships that serve them, forever.





About S.K. Dunstall

Guest Blog by S.K. Dunstall: Writing a Book Together - July 17, 2015
Andrew Kopp ©2015
Karen (left) and Sherylyn (right) Dunstall
S. K. Dunstall is the pen name for Sherylyn and Karen Dunstall, sisters who have been telling stories—and sharing them with each other—all their lives. Around five years ago, they realised the stories they worked on together were much better than the stories they worked on alone. A co-writing partnership was born.


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Interview with S. K. Dunstall, authors of Linesman - July 3, 2015


Please welcome S.K. Dunstall to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Linesman was published on June 30th by Ace.



Interview with S. K. Dunstall, authors of Linesman - July 3, 2015




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

Hi. We are so happy to be here.

Sherylyn:  I have never known a time when I didn’t write or tell stories. Even in primary school, Karen and I wrote stories for each other. I used to tell stories at night to my younger sisters to send them to sleep – or until I fell asleep. During the day, I would tell stories to other kids at primary school. I just loved telling stories.

Karen:  Being one of those younger sisters, I was obviously indoctrinated at an early age. Like Sherylyn, I’ve been telling stories ever since. I can’t think of a time when I haven’t been writing.



TQAre you a plotters, pantsers or hybrids?

S. K.:  Pantsers, without a doubt. Although we came across George R. R. Martin’s ‘gardeners and architects’ (via a You Tube lecture by Brandon Sanderson) and think gardener suits us better. We’re constantly rearranging the garden and trying out new plants. Rewriting parts of the book, moving things around. And weeding. My goodness, weeding words.

We plot by talking ideas. We don’t actually write these down, just get the ideas and let them percolate.

We have found that we can over-talk things and when that happens we don’t write it. So we have to balance the talking and the writing.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you both about writing? What is your co-writing process like?

S. K.:  The most challenging thing? Time. We like to leave our writing sit for as long as possible and come back to it fresh. Ideally, we like to write one book, put it aside and write another. Then go back to the first book and rework the whole thing. Having a contract—as wonderful and fantastic as that is—means you can’t do this. We are not fast writers, and both of us work full time.

Co-writing is so much fun. We spend hours talking stories and ideas. We’ll try different ways of co-writing, too. Sometimes we each write a different character, sometimes we write the same chapter and pick out what we want to keep. Other times one writes the first draft while the other edits.

We always talk about a story as it progresses and if one of us doesn’t like something, we talk and come up with new ideas until we can both agree.

For Linesman, we wanted to keep the voice the same across all three books, so we wrote/are writing all of them the same way, as the person who writes the first draft sets the tone for the whole book.

Every day we’ll discuss what has happened so far, and what we think might happen next. Then Karen writes a rough first draft, with Sherylyn following behind, adding comments and rewriting sections.

Once the first draft is written Sherylyn takes over the bulk of the edits, while Karen comes along behind and works on what Sherylyn has edited.

As we fine-tune the story, Sherylyn takes over more of the work. In the end, for every one time Karen reads the book and makes changes, Sherylyn re-reads it at least five times.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Sherylyn: I read anything I could get my hands on; school adventure stories, Australian stories, science fiction, westerns. Anything except horror. Some of my favorite authors today are Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Diana Wynne-Jones, Robin Hobb, Anne Bishop, to name a few. There are so many writers I love. The list would fill the page.

Karen: Likewise, anything. We’d both read out the library at our primary school years before we moved on to secondary school, and ditto there. As a child I remember reading my way through every one of those yellow covered Gollancz science fiction books I could get my hands on. Some of my favourite current authors today are Diana Wynne Jones, Robin Hobb, Vernor Vinge, Connie Willis. We both read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. We also read mysteries and thrillers. And anything else that takes our fancy.



TQDescribe Linesman in 140 characters or less.

S. K.:  A guy who repairs ships gets caught up in the discovery of an alien spaceship and the fight between two warring factions who want possession of it.



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

S. K.:  Is it cheating if we say ‘sentient spaceships’? It’s not part of the description, but one of the blurbs mentions it.



TQWhat inspired you to write Linesman? What appealed to you about writing Science Fiction, especially Space Opera? What is a 'Space Opera'?

S. K.:  Space opera is science fiction action adventure in space. There’s usually a war, or fighting, and it’s not too heavily scientific, although it can be. Most importantly, it is based around the characters. Star Wars (the original) is the classic space opera. Guardians of the Galaxy is also space opera.

We love both science fiction and fantasy. There’s something about creating worlds, and making everything fit, that’s so much fun. Plus, it allows us to write things we can’t if we’re restricted to our own world. Equality, for example. A world where anyone can be an admiral and no-one cares whether they’re male or female, or white or black or purple or green.

And to explore ideas. Linesman, for example, started as a “what if” dinner-table conversation. What if humans found alien technology in space? Would they know what to do with it? What if they worked out how to use part of it, but not all of it? It’s a bit like using a Swiss army knife. Suppose you learned to use the corkscrew to open bottles of wine, but didn’t even realise anything else on the knife existed? Then, as time passed, how would what they learned about the original technology diverge into something else?



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Linesman?

S. K.:  The brain is a fascinating part of the body and there’s so much we don’t know about it. For Linesman we looked at how the brain worked—particularly how it interpreted music. Plus a bit about synaesthesia, and handedness.

We also looked at spaceship design, and realised that provided a ship didn’t need to land on a planet it isn’t constrained aerodynamically. The limitations are air and power. Thus we came up with the idea that the ships in our universe will be large, any shape, with lots of levels, and modules that can be attached as required. And anyone who’s been following Commander Chris Hadfield (excellent source of research, by the way), would know that null-g in space is undesirable if you’re going to be on a ship for long periods of time, so we had to have gravity too.



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

S. K.:  Jordan Rossi was easy to write because he could be unpleasant and it didn’t matter.

Hardest character? That’s difficult. Each character had a life of their own and wanted to be written.

Ean was fun to write because he is such an unreliable narrator (and because he’s great), but he was probably the hardest to write too, because he could be such a wimp. He isn’t helpless, but he lets things happen to him. We had to be careful because that’s very frustrating for the reader, who just wants him to do something. It was a hard balance. We hope we got it right.



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

Karen:

Q. Will Rossi have his own book?

A. I’d like to think so. I would love people to want a Rossi story.

Sherylyn: You wish. I might let him take part in another book, but he will not have a book to himself. You will have to work hard to sell me on this one.

Karen: Jordan Rossi is an unpleasant man. Confident, arrogant, always putting other people down, but I love him. Most people hate him.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Linesman.

Sherylyn: “The lines were crying out to be heard and no-one was listening.” Karen wrote that line and when I read it, I went cold. It held so much emotion for me.

Karen: I love the clever lines. The ones they say you should get rid of, because they’re not in the book to further the story but simply because you think they’re good. For example, after Michelle tells Ean that Abram likes him, and Ean thinks, ‘yes, and everyone sang to the lines too’. Which is a lie, because no-one except Ean sings to the lines.



TQWhat's next?

S. K.:  We’re contracted for three books in the Linesman series.

We just got the editor’s feedback on book two (Alliance), so we’re about to start working on those. Before that we were in middle of the first draft of book three. The next six weeks we’ll concentrate on Alliance, then it’s back to book three.

After we finish book three? Who knows?

There are so many books to write, so many ideas. We have a couple of science fiction stories we would love work on. One set in the Linesman world, the other a separate series. We also have an Australian fantasy we would love to finish, but that is for a distant future.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

S. K.:  Thank you for having us. It was a pleasure to take part.





Linesman
Linesman 1
Ace, June 30, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with S. K. Dunstall, authors of Linesman - July 3, 2015
First in a brand new thought-provoking science fiction series.

The lines. No ship can traverse the void without them. Only linesmen can work with them. But only Ean Lambert hears their song. And everyone thinks he’s crazy…

Most slum kids never go far, certainly not becoming a level-ten linesman like Ean. Even if he’s part of a small, and unethical, cartel, and the other linesmen disdain his self-taught methods, he’s certified and working.

Then a mysterious alien ship is discovered at the edges of the galaxy. Each of the major galactic powers is desperate to be the first to uncover the ship’s secrets, but all they’ve learned is that it has the familiar lines of energy—and a defense system that, once triggered, annihilates everything in a 200 kilometer radius.

The vessel threatens any linesman who dares to approach it, except Ean. His unique talents may be the key to understanding this alarming new force—and reconfiguring the relationship between humans and the ships that serve them, forever.





About S.K. Dunstall

Interview with S. K. Dunstall, authors of Linesman - July 3, 2015
Andrew Kopp ©2015
Karen (left) and Sherylyn (right) Dunstall
S. K. Dunstall is the pen name for Sherylyn and Karen Dunstall, sisters who have been telling stories—and sharing them with each other—all their lives. Around five years ago, they realised the stories they worked on together were much better than the stories they worked on alone. A co-writing partnership was born.


Website


Twitter @SKDunstall


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