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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 37


This is the thirty-seventh 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.



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Jason Arnopp (2016)

The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Orbit, April 4, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 13, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 37
"Ingenious and funny . . . Magnificent." -- Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed -- until now.

"Wow. Seriously hard to put down." -- M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts





Christopher L. Bennett (2012)

The Face of the Unknown
Star Trek: The Original Series
Pocket Books/Star Trek, December 27, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 page

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 37
Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—a brand-new novel of The Original Series featuring James T. Kirk, Spock, and the crew of the USS Enterprise!

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization. If Kirk and Spock cannot convince the First Federation's leaders to overcome their fears, the resulting catastrophe could doom them all!





Sarah Creech (2014)

The Whole Way Home
William Morrow, June 6, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 37
A radiant talent on the brink of making it big in Nashville must confront her small-town past and an old love she’s never forgotten in this engaging novel—a soulful ballad filled with romance, heartbreak, secrets, and scandal from the author of Season of the Dragonflies.

Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to become a one-name Nashville star like her idols, Loretta, Reba, and Dolly. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.

But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records, bringing Nashville heartthrob JD Gunn—her first love—back into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. But they parted ways, and took their own crooked roads to stardom. Now Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.

When the label reunites them for a show, the old sparks fly, the duet they sing goes viral, and fans begin clamoring for more—igniting the media’s interest in the compelling singer. Why is a small-town girl like Jo so quiet about her past? When did she and JD first meet? What split them apart? All too soon, the painful secret she’s been hiding is uncovered, a shocking revelation that threatens to destroy her reputation and her dreams. To salvage her life and her career, Jo must finally face the past—and her feelings for JD—to become the true Nashville diva she was meant to be.





Indra Das (2016)

The Devourers
Del Rey, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 12, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 37
For readers of Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and David Mitchell comes a striking debut novel by a storyteller of keen insight and captivating imagination.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man’s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger’s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.

From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok’s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent.

Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts


It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2014!


2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 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 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Cover Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Cover Illustration by Michael Koelsch




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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts




2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Jacket Art by Victor Mosquera



Interview with Sarah Creech, author of Season of the Dragonflies - August 13, 2014


Please welcome Sarah Creech to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Season of the Dragonflies was published on August 12th by William Morrow.



Interview with Sarah Creech, author of Season of the Dragonflies - August 13, 2014




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

Sarah:  I began writing poetry in the fourth grade and started my first novel in the sixth grade. It was titled Lisa’s Halloween. My sixth grade teacher helped me type the chapters during her lunch break. Bless her! I started writing because my mother loved reading novels so much and I wanted to impress her and make her proud. Twenty+ years later, I managed to do it. Season of the Dragonflies is dedicated to her.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sarah:  Panster. Super intuitive writer. I have a sense of the scope but I don’t know the details of the plot until I write the first draft in full. Being a plotter seems much more productive.



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

Sarah:  Doubting my choices. But the best part of writing is the affirmation of said choices. Our strengths are often are weaknesses, right?



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

Sarah:  Influences: Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Colette, Tolstoy, Henry James. Favorite contemporary authors: Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Haruki Murakami, Alice Hoffman.



TQ:  Describe Season of the Dragonflies in 140 characters or less.

Sarah:  It’s about a family-owned perfumery, passed down by generations of women, who manufacture a perfume that guarantees the success of any woman who wears it. But the company is in trouble.



TQSeason of the Dragonflies is describe by the publisher as "... a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love..." What is "practical magic"?

Sarah:  This phrase calls to mind Alice Hoffman’s bestselling novel. Beyond that connection, I consider practical magic to be the kind of power that’s useful, like a perfume that will guarantee extreme success in a career. A potion to make your hair change colors? Not as much.



TQ:  Tell us something about Season of the Dragonflies that is not in the book description.

Sarah:  The book has a darker side than what the description suggests. The novel explores the consequences of decisions made out of greed, anger, and impulse.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Season of the Dragonflies? Why did you set the novel in the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Sarah:  I became obsessed with the work of Birute Galdikas and her work with orangutans in Borneo. Birute traveled alone to Borneo in the South China Sea to study the most elusive of the primates. I admired her ability to pursue her work despite the isolation. Before I began writing Season of the Dragonflies, I studied as much of her work as I could find. I was most moved by her memoir titled Reflections of Eden. I’m inspired by the adventurous spirit of women like her, and Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, to name but a few powerful female scientists. I wanted a character to go to that mysterious and beautiful place like Birute did and find self-affirmation. What my character Serena finds is the magical flower at the base of the Lenore family perfume. And that’s how my writing process began, with Serena Lenore traveling to the South China Sea at the turn of the twentieth century. From there, the novel is a story about Serena’s heirs and what they do with the power she discovered.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Season of the Dragonflies?

Sarah:  I studied Birute Galdikas and work by Fossey and Goodall. I also researched the life and work of Coco Chanel, especially the development of Chanel 5. I researched the history of perfume and distillation. Traveling to Paris turned out to be very informative. The Creed family of Paris is the world’s only dynastic perfume business passed down to male heirs. I studied this company and felt inspired to make an American dynasty of women.



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

Sarah:  Willow was the easiest character to write, which surprised me. She is sixty-one year old with far more life experience than me. What connects us is motherhood. I’ve discovered that motherhood defies boundaries that age can sometimes create. I had a harder time writing Lucia and Mya, even though they are in their thirties, simply because they’ve had the luxury to postpone different elements of adulthood. And I did not.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Season of the Dragonflies.

Sarah:  This one captures the sisters’ tense relationship at the beginning of the novel: “Lucia inched the smooth cotton covers down from her face just enough to see Mya had sauntered into her room completely naked except for a pair of fuzzy purple socks.”

Lucia’s yearning to go home: “She couldn’t suppress the smells of wild honeysuckle vining on fencerows and split trunks of cedar and tulip poplars and oaks ushering forth from her memory; the smell of wet leaf mulch on the forest floor and peeled peat moss along creek banks; the smells of girlhood, of her mother and her older sister and the Blue Ridge Mountains; acres upon acres of her family’s flower planted on the hills above the cabin, blanketing the town of Quartz Hollow with a smell richer than jasmine.”



TQ:  What's next?

Sarah:  I’m working on a new novel of a completely different subject matter. Here’s to hoping for magic in the writing process!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Sarah Creech, author of Season of the Dragonflies - August 13, 2014
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.





About Sarah
Interview with Sarah Creech, author of Season of the Dragonflies - August 13, 2014
Photo by Magen Portanova
Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah Creech grew up in a house full of women who told stories about black cloud visions and other premonitions. Her work has appeared in storySouth, Literary Mama, Aroostook Review, Glass, and Glimmer Train. She received an MFA in 2008 and now teaches English and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in North Carolina with her two children and her husband, a poet. This is her first novel.



Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @SarahECreech



The View From Monday - August 11, 2014


Happy Monday! Hope everyone is enjoying summer. Thoughts now turn to school supply shopping. Thankfully the list is short this year. I'm presently reading The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson and enjoying it immensely.



The View From Monday - August 11, 2014



This is a fairly light release week with 3 debuts:

The Supernatural Enhancements (D - English) by Edgar Cantero;

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech;

and

The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Engraved (The St. Croix Chronicles 5) by Karina Cooper.



August 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Engraved (e) Karina Cooper UF - The St. Croix Chronicles 5
John Golden: The Heroes of Mazaroth (e) Django Wexler SF/F - John Golden 2



August 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
MaddAddam (h2tp) Margaret Atwood PA - MaddAddam Trilogy 3
MaddAddam Trilogy Box: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam Margaret Atwood PA - MaddAddam Trilogy Omnibus
The Supernatural Enhancements (D - English) Edgar Cantero SupAd/H/Go
The Sleeping Dead (K e) Richard Farren Barber H
Soda Pop Soldier Nick Cole SF
Season of the Dragonflies (D) Sarah Creech Su/O
Riftwar Legacy (e) Raymond E. Feist F - Riftwar: Legacy Omnibus
We Are All Completely Fine Daryl Gregory UF
Journal of the Plague Year: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Tales C.B. Harvey
Malcolm Cross
Adrian Tchaikovsky
SF/Ap/PA - Afterblight
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: The Novelization (ri) Jim Henson Folk Tales - Collection
Hellhole Inferno Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Hellhole Trilogy 3
Fool's Assassin Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 1
Black Ice Susan Krinard UF - Midgard 2
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 3: The Sleeping Beauty \ Beauty and the Werewolf (e) Mercedes Lackey F - Tale of Five Hundred Kingdoms Omnibus
Dirty Little Misery (e) Tracey Martin UF - Miss Misery 2
The Dystopia Chronicles Matthew Mather Dys/Ap/PA - Atopia 2
Vengeful Spirit (ri) Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 29
Fortune's Favors Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 3
The Queen of the Damned (ri) Anne Rice F/H - Vampire Chronicles 3
The 6th Extinction James Rollins AA/SF - Sigma Force 10
This Changes Everything (K e) Denise Grover Swank UF - Curse Keepers Secret 2
The Ultra Thin Man (D) Patrick Swenson SF
Star Wars: The Jedi Path and Book of Sith Deluxe Box Set Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars
Sleeper: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jo Walton SF
Cursed Moon Jaye Wells UF - Prospero's War 2
The Ace of Skulls Chris Wooding F - Tale of the Ketty Jay 4



August 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
La Signora: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bruce McAllister DF



August 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Return to Armageddon Malcolm Shaw
Jesus Redondo
SF
The Age of Scorpio Gavin G. Smith SF


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - hardcover to Trade Paperpack
K e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint

AA - Action Adventure
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
O - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
SF - Science Fiction
Su - Supernatural
SupAd - Supernatural Adventure
UF - Urban Fantasy


2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts


There are 6 debuts for August. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The August 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 August cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15th.

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). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2014 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for July.



Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enhancements
Doubleday, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
(Debut Novel - English Language)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A mesmerizing novel...what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze – and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.




Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.




Jacopo della Quercia

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.




Kate Horsley

The Monster's Wife
Barbican Press, August 2014
Trade Paperback (8/28) and eBook (North America - 8/21),

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
To a tiny island in Orkney, peopled by a devout community of thirty, comes Victor Frankenstein, driven there by a Devil’s bargain: to make a wife for the Creature who is stalking him across Europe. In this darkly-wrought answer to Frankenstein, we hear the untold tale of the monster’s wife through the perspective of the doctor’s housemaid. Oona works below stairs with her best friend May, washing the doctor’s linens and keeping the fires lit at the Big House. An orphan whose only legacy is the illness that killed her mother, Oona knows she is doomed.But she is also thirsty for knowledge, determined to know life fully before it slips away. As tensions heighten between Victor and the islanders, Oona becomes the doctor’s trusted accomplice, aiding in secret experiments and seeing horrors she sometimes wishes to forget. When May disappears, Oona must face up to growing suspicions about the enigmatic employer to whom she has grown close – but the truth is darker than anything she could imagine.





David Shafer

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Mulholland Books, August 5, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.




Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.


Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 372014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 DebutsInterview with Sarah Creech, author of Season of the Dragonflies - August 13, 2014The View From Monday - August 11, 20142014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech

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