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The View From Monday - June 19, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

The View From Monday - June 19, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The End of Ordinary by Edward Ashton;

Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Kangaroo Too (Kangaroo 2) by Curtis C. Chen;

Empire of Time (New Pompeii 2) by Daniel Godfrey;

Dark Immolation (Chaos Queen 2) by Christopher Husberg;

Shattered Minds (Pacifica 2) by Laura Lam;

Run Program by Scott Meyer;

and

You Die When You Die (West of West 1) by Angus Watson.

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



The View From Monday - June 19, 2017



June 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Two Wizard Roulette (e) Joshua Bader UF - Modern Knights 2
Department of Temporal Investigations: Shield of the Gods (e) Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine



June 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legacy of the Wulfen David Annandale
Robbie MacNiven
SF - Space Wolves
Lemartes David Annandale SF - Space Marine Legends 5
The End of Ordinary (e) Edward Ashton SF/GenEng
Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories Michael Bishop SF - Collection
Kangaroo Too Curtis C. Chen SF/Th - Kangaroo 2
The Parthenon Bomber Christos Chrissopoulos
John Cullen (Tr)
AH/LF
Seek and Destroy William C. Dietz SH/SF - America Rising 2
Power Game (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR/SupTh/GenEng - GhostWalkers 13
Calabash (e) Christopher Fowler F
Psychoville (e) Christopher Fowler H
Disturbia (e) Christopher Fowler H/Th
Spanky (e) Christopher Fowler H
Roofworld (e) Christopher Fowler H
Red Gloves, Volumes I & II (e) Christopher Fowler M/H/F - Collection
Empire of Time Daniel Godfrey SF/TT/AH - New Pompeii 2
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (D) Theodora Goss F
Transformation James Gunn SF/SO - The Transcendental Machine 3
Crimson Death (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton P/H - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 25
Perilous Prophecy Leanna Renee Hieber HistF/SP - Strangely Beautiful 2
The Management Style of the Supreme Beings Tom Holt F/HU
Dark Immolation Christopher Husberg F/DF - Chaos Queen 2
Warrior of Fire Shona Husk PNR - Blood and Silver 2
Mapping the Interior Stephen Graham Jones H
The Silent Corner Dean Koontz Sus/Psy
Shattered Minds Laura Lam SF/Th/GenEng/CyberP - Pacifica 2
Veiled Threat Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 7
Run Program Scott Meyer SF/HU
The Asylum of Dr. Caligari James Morrow Absurdist
The Last Good Man (e) Linda Nagata SF
A Gathering of Ravens Scott Oden HistF
Rig Jon Wallace SF/Th - Kenstibec
You Die When You Die Angus Watson DF - West of West 1
Dark Titan Journey: Finally Home Thomas A. Watson SF/AP/PA - Dark Titan 3



June 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The White-Throated Transmigrant: A Tor.Com Original E. Lily Yu DF
The Heresy Within (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 1
The Colour of Vengeance (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 2
The Price of Faith (e)(ri) Rob J. Hayes F - The Ties That Bind 3



June 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come to Dust Bracken MacLeod H



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
tp - Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CoT - Conspiracy Theories
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost(s)
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero(es)
SocSci - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26


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



Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 here
Part 7 herePart 17 here
Part 8 herePart 18 here
Part 9 herePart 19 here
Part 10 herePart 20 here



Peyton Marshall (2014)

Goodhouse
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 6, 2015
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 30, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love.

With soaring literary prose and the tense pacing of a thriller, the first-time novelist Peyton Marshall imagines a grim and startling future. At the end of the twenty-first century—in a transformed America—the sons of convicted felons are tested for a set of genetic markers. Boys who test positive become compulsory wards of the state—removed from their homes and raised on "Goodhouse" campuses, where they learn to reform their darkest thoughts and impulses. Goodhouse is a savage place—part prison, part boarding school—and now a radical religious group, the Holy Redeemer's Church of Purity, is intent on destroying each campus and purifying every child with fire.

We see all this through the eyes of James, a transfer student who watched as the radicals set fire to his old Goodhouse and killed nearly everyone he'd ever known. In addition to adjusting to a new campus with new rules, James now has to contend with Bethany, a brilliant, medically fragile girl who wants to save him, and with her father, the school's sinister director of medical studies. Soon, however, James realizes that the biggest threat might already be there, inside the fortified walls of Goodhouse itself.

Partly based on the true story of the nineteenth-century Preston School of Industry, Goodhouse explores questions of identity and free will—and what it means to test the limits of human endurance.
[description from Hardcover edition]




D. L. McDermott (2014)

Forged: A Cold Iron eBook Set
Pocket Star, June 15, 2015
eBook, 950 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
Fans of Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole will love the first three books in the Cold Iron series—Cold Iron, Silver Skin, and Stone Song—now available in one convenient ebook boxed set! Don’t miss this fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance series set in Boston’s gangland about a fierce race of warriors and the impending fall of the wall between worlds.


Blade Dance
A Cold Iron Novel 4
Pocket Star, September 21, 2015
eBook, 315 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
A Library Journal Best E-Original Book of 2015

For fans of Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole, Blade Dance is the fourth book in D.L. McDermott’s fast-paced and sexy paranormal romance series about the Boston Fae—a full-length novel available exclusively in ebook!

Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.

Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.

Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay…




Scott Meyer (2014)

Master of Formalities
47North, July 28, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 446 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families—the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire—have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler’s only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

Enter Wollard, the impeccably distinguished and impossibly correct Master of Formalities for House Jakabitus. When he suggests that Master Hennik be taken in as a ward of the House, certain complications arise. Wollard believes utterly and devotedly in adhering to rules and good etiquette. But how does one inform the ruler of a planet that you are claiming his son as your own—and still create enough goodwill to deescalate an intergalactic war?


The Authorities
The Authorities 1
Rocket Hat Industries, October 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 328 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not “finer things.” Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect—wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand—becomes an Internet sensation. But the very publicity that has made Rutherford a laughing stock in the department lands him what could be the job opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to work with a team of eccentric experts, at the direction of a demanding but distracted billionaire. Together, they must solve the murder of a psychologist who specialized in the treatment of patients who give people “the creeps.” There is no shortage of suspects.




J.C. Nelson (2014)

Soul Ink
A Grimm Agency Novella
Ace, January 6, 2015
eBook, 97 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
As the right hand woman at the Fairy Godfather’s Grimm Agency, Marissa Locks has a grip on all things magical. If only she could get control of her own not-so-charmed life…

For most people, waking up after a night of partying next to a dragon, sporting a tattoo with a mind of its own, would be a new low. For Marissa, only the tattoo is new—and, unfortunately, it’s not the weirdest part of her day. The Agency has been called in to stop a string of messy murders, a problem that’s turning into a disaster of biblical proportions, and Marissa’s been assigned to the case.

One of the archangels from Paradisia is attempting to switch teams, and he’s willing to use as many souls as it takes to pay his way. With Grimm contractually bound to clean up the chaos, Marissa must find a way to keep the former cherub from completing his rampage. But between fighting an angel gone bad and battling the magical compulsions of her new Fae tattoo, Marissa’s definitely facing the worst hangover in history…

Includes a preview of the Grimm Agency novel, Armageddon Rules.


Armageddon Rules
A Grimm Agency Novel 2
Ace, February 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
Marissa Locks, newly appointed partner of the Grimm Agency, has a reputation for making a mess of magical matters—although causing Armageddon is a new low, even for her…

Marissa is due for a little happily ever after. After all, she did kill the evil Fairy Godmother, end a war, and snag a sweet promotion within the Fairy Godfather’s magical-problem-solving Agency. But between maintaining a relationship with someone whose amorous advances can cause third-degree burns, dealing with a killer-poodle infestation, and helping her best friend, Princess Ari, learn to wield spells more powerful than curing a hangover, she’s not getting as much peace and quiet as she hoped.

When an enemy from her past appears to exact a terrible revenge, Marissa’s life goes from hectic to hell on earth. With Grimm inexplicably gone and Ari trapped by a sleeping spell, Marissa decides to fight fire with hellfire—and accidentally begins a countdown to the apocalypse.

With the end of days extremely nigh, Marissa will have to master royal politics, demonic law, and biblical plagues in a hurry—because even the end of the world can’t keep the Agency from opening for business…


Wish Bound
A Grimm Agency Novel 3
Ace, August 25, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
From the author of Armageddon Rules, the fanciful and fun continuation of the Grimm Agency novels…

As a partner at Grimm’s magical Agency, Marissa Locks is used to working odd jobs. But when an evil queen reappears in Kingdom, life becomes too strange to handle…

Even when she’s not starting it, trouble follows Marissa everywhere. First there was the incident with the homicidal Fairy Godmother. Then there was the time she accidentally started Armageddon. But the problems that always seem to arise on Marissa’s birthday take the cake.

This year, her annual bad-luck presents include an army of invading goblins, the resurrection of two vengeful enemies from hell, and the return of the Black Queen, the evil sorceress whose reign of terror still haunts Kingdom and who happens to have claimed Marissa as her servant.

As Marissa’s friends try to save her from the Black Queen’s clutches, Marissa fights to end a bitter war that started before her birth. But her quest for peace is about to bring up some inconvenient truths about her own past—ones that might cost her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of…


The Reburialists
Ace, March 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
The author of Wish Bound and the Grimm Agency novels returns with an all-new urban fantasy novel!

Burying the dead is easy.  Keeping them down is difficult.

At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich.

The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave.

With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . .




Bishop O'Connell (2014)

Three Promises
An American Faerie Tale Collection
Harper Voyager Impulse, December 8, 2015
     eBook, 160 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, January 5, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 26
Promises bind, but some promises break…

From the author of The Stolen and The Forgotten comes a collection of stories between the stories, a glimpse of the American Faerie Tale series characters in a whole new light.

For more than fifty years, Elaine has lived the life of an outcast elf, stripped of her rank and title in the fae court. Surrounded by her beloved collection of stolen artwork, we may just learn the secret behind her exile, and the one promise too important to break…

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for—Caitlin and Edward are getting married! But few weddings ever go without a hitch. Old promises were broken, and new vows will be made…

In The Stolen, Brendan vowed to help Caitlin rescue her young daughter from the Dusk Court, even if it meant sacrificing himself. Alone and in torment, he has come to accept his fate. Until an unexpected visitor finds her way into his life…

Plus, an exclusive bonus story about the mysterious Legion of Solomon.


The View From Monday - July 27, 2015


Happy last Monday in July. This week we have one debut:

The Drowning God by James Kendley;

and one novel from a formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Author:

Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer.



The View From Monday - July 27, 2015



July 27, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Saint's Testimony (e) Frank O'Connor SF - Halo



July 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Half a War Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea 3
Half the World (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea 2
Visions (h2tp) Kelley Armstrong CF - Cainsville 2
Primal Heat Part 3: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance A. C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 6
Zombies vs. Unicorns Holly Black (e)
Justine Larbalestier (ed)
F - Anthology
Siren's Call Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 4
Excalibur Michael Clary CF - Camelot Wars 1
Treasure Planet (tp2mm) Hal Colebatch
Jessica Q. Fox
SF - Man-Kzin Wars 16
Liberty: 1784 (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH
The Deep (h2mm) Nick Cutter H
Redzone William C. Dietz SF - Mutant Files 2
The Primarchs Christian Dunn (ed) SF - The Horus Heresy 20
Spider's Trap Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 13
The Land of the Silver Apples Nancy Farmer F - Sea of Trolls Trilogy 2
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Neil Gaiman CF
The Forgotten (h2mm) Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters 16
To Mate an Assassin Ceri Grenelle PNR - Lost Alphars 1
The Conquering Dark Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
HistF - Crown & Key 3
Crooked Austin Grossman AH
Fool's Assassin (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 1
The Good, The Bad and The Smug Tom Holt F/Hu
Biogenesis Tatsuaki Ishiguro SF - Collection
Shades in Shadow (e) N. K. Jemisin F - An Inheritance Triptych - Short Stories
Vampyr (e)(ri) Jan Jennings H
The Terrans Jean Johnson SF - First Salik War 1
Killing Pretty Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 7
The Golem of Hollywood (h2mm) Jonathan Kellerman
Jesse Kellerman
Sus/CF/SupM
The Drowning God (D) James Kendley Th/Sup
Dragon Fall Katie MacAlister PNR - Dragon Fall 1
Seekers: Long Shot David Mack SF - Star Trek 3
Master of Formalities Scott Meyer SF
The Dinosaur Lords Victor Milán F
The Remaining: Extinction D.J. Molles Dys - The Remaining 6
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed Joseph Nassise (ed)
Del Howison (ed)
H - Anthology
Grunt Traitor Weston Ochse SF - Task Force Ombra 2
The Map of Time Collection: Map of Time, Map of the Sky, and Map of Chaos (e) Félix J. Palma Hist/GB
The Fall R. J. Pineiro SF/Th
Clink or Cooler? Jutta Profijt PM - Morgue Drawer 5
A Stellar Affair Laurel Richards PNR
Tortures of the Damned Hunter Shea H/Th
Koko Takes a Holiday (tp2mm) Kieran Shea SF - Koko 1
The Chalice of Death: Three Novels of Mystery in Space  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF - Omnibus
Hunt the Space-Witch!: Seven Adventures in Time and Space  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF - Collection
The Man in the Maze (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
The Planet Killers: Three Novels of the Spaceways  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
Tom O'Bedlam (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
To the Land of the Living  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
The Edge of Ruin Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 2
Magnificent Vibration (h2tp) Rick Springfield F
The Ultra Thin Man: A Science Fiction Novel (h2tp) Patrick Swenson SF
Fish Tails (h2tp) Sheri S. Tepper SF
The Fifth House of the Heart Ben Tripp H
The Final Descent (ri) Rick Yancey H - The Monstrumologist 4
The Domino Pattern (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 4
Judgment at Proteus (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 5
Night Train to Rigel (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 1
Odd Girl Out (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 3
The Third Lynx (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 2



July 30, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Stealing Into Winter (e) Graeme K. Talboys F - Shadow in the Storm 1



July 31, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Best of Gregory Benford David G. Hartwell (ed) SF - Collection
Teaching the Dog to Read Jonathan Carroll Meta/F
Savages K. J. Parker F



August 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Leopard Enchanted (e) Doranna Durgin PNR - Sentinels 8
The Einstein Prophecy Robert Masello SF/Sup/Th
Plague of the Manitou Graham Masterton H - Harry Erksine 7
Community (ri) Graham Masterton H
Water (e) K J Taylor F - Drachengott 4
Seduced by the Moon (e) Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
Meta - Metaphysical
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - February 9, 2015


Happy Monday or Happy Snow Day (if you are dealing with yet another winter storm).  There is yet again no school here today. It's Winter; snow happens. I have been catching up on TV since I've been under the weather for a while. I don't like reading when I am feeling really blah so I've watched Midsomer Murders, The Fall and am now re-watching The Invaders. The Invaders was one of my favorites when I was a kid and it's still really good. What's not to like about a show dealing with a slow invasion of Earth by aliens from a dying world?  (I really have been reading too, but you'll just have to wait for the reviews.)


The View From Monday - February 9, 2015


There are 6 Debuts out on February 10th:

She Weeps Each Time You're Born by Quan Barry;

The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire 1) by Viola Carr;

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson;

The Glittering World by Robert Levy;

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno- Garcia;

and

Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Lost Chalice (Relic Seekers 3) by Anita Clenney;

The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy 3) by Brian McClellan;

and

An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 # 3) by Scott Meyer.



February 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood for Blood Darcy Abriel PNR - Zytarri 1
Cannonbridge Jonathan Barnes HistF
She Weeps Each Time You're Born (D) Quan Barry LF/MR
The Demon Cycle 3-Book Bundle: The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War (e) Peter V. Brett F - Demon Cycle
Phantoms: Collected Writings Jack Cady F/H - Collection
The Diabolical Miss Hyde (D) Viola Carr SP - Electric Empire 1
The Lost Chalice Anita Clenney PNR - Relic Seekers 3
The Hallow (K e) Keith Deininger H
The Queen's Necklace (e) Teresa Edgerton F
The Very Best of Kate Elliott Kate Elliott F - Collection
The Pilgrims (h2tp) Will Elliott F - The Pendulum Trilogy 1
Dead Spots (e) Rhiannon Frater H
The Iron Ring (e) Auston Habershaw F - Saga of the Redeemed 1
Finn Fancy Necromancy (D) Randy Henderson F
The Eterna Files Leanna Renee Hieber HistF
The Glittering World (D) Robert Levy Th/Su
Bird Box (h2tp) Josh Malerman H/Sus
The Autumn Republic Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
An Unwelcome Quest Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0 # 3
Signal to Noise (D) Silvia Moreno-Garcia UF
The Damned Andrew Pyper Th/Su
Blood Infernal James Rollins
Rebecca Cantrell
Su/M - Order of the Sanguines 3
The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (h2tp) M. J. Rose Sus/Hist
Black Dog Summer (D) Miranda Sherry LF
Deadly Spells Jaye Wells UF - Prospero's War 3
Deathblade: A Tale of Malus Darkblade CL Werner F - Warhammer: Malus Darkblade



February 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Acrobatic Duality: A Tor.Com Original Tamara Vardomskaya SF



February 12, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 2 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook only

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 16


This is the sixteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 17 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here
See Part 1.5 here
See Part 2 here
See Part 3 here
See Part 4 here
See Part 5 here
See Part 6 here
See Part 7 here
See Part 8 here
See Part 9 here
See Part 10 here
See Part 11 here
See Part 12 here
See Part 13 here
See Part 14 here
See Part 15 here





Daniel Levine

Hyde
Mariner Books, April 7, 2015
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook,

A New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the Washington Post’s 5 Best Thrillers of the Year 

“[A] knockout debut novel . . . As dark and twisted and alluring as the night-cloaked streets of nineteenth-century London, and this book is as much a fascinating psychological query as it is a gripping narrative.” —Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands watching in the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“A pleasure . . . Rich in gloomy, moody atmosphere (Levine’s London has a brutal steampunk quality), and its narrator’s plight is genuinely poignant.” —New York Times Book Review





Peter Liney

The Detainee
Detainee 1
Jo Fletcher Books, February 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, March 2014


Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There's no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime--including escape attempts--and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island's inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope--for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Into The Fire
Detainee 2
Jo Fletcher Books, March 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Having escaped the Island--a wasteland that housed those no longer able to contribute to society--Clancy thought his fight was over. But they have returned to the mainland to find that it is not the haven they anticipated. With the punishment satellites that kept them on the Island gone, hell has been unleashed. Clancy is about to discover that his work is far from over. The fires of hell don't burn much hotter than this.










Scott Meyer

An Unwelcome Quest
Magic 2.0 # 3
47North, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they’ve been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards—and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another’s company if they want to see medieval England—and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS—ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?





J. C. Nelson

Soul Ink
A Grimm Agency Novella
Ace, January 6, 2015
eNovella, 90 pages

As the right hand woman at the Fairy Godfather’s Grimm Agency, Marissa Locks has a grip on all things magical. If only she could get control of her own not-so-charmed life…

For most people, waking up after a night of partying next to a dragon, sporting a tattoo with a mind of its own, would be a new low. For Marissa, only the tattoo is new—and, unfortunately, it’s not the weirdest part of her day. The Agency has been called in to stop a string of messy murders, a problem that’s turning into a disaster of biblical proportions, and Marissa’s been assigned to the case.

One of the archangels from Paradisia is attempting to switch teams, and he’s willing to use as many souls as it takes to pay his way. With Grimm contractually bound to clean up the chaos, Marissa must find a way to keep the former cherub from completing his rampage. But between fighting an angel gone bad and battling the magical compulsions of her new Fae tattoo, Marissa’s definitely facing the worst hangover in history…

Includes a preview of the Grimm Agency novel, Armageddon Rules.



Armageddon Rules
Grimm Agency 2
Ace, February 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Marissa Locks, newly appointed partner of the Grimm Agency, has a reputation for making a mess of magical matters—although causing Armageddon is a new low, even for her…

Marissa is due for a little happily ever after. After all, she did kill the evil Fairy Godmother, end a war, and snag a sweet promotion within the Fairy Godfather’s magical-problem-solving Agency. But between maintaining a relationship with someone whose amorous advances can cause third-degree burns, dealing with a killer-poodle infestation, and helping her best friend, Princess Ari, learn to wield spells more powerful than curing a hangover, she’s not getting as much peace and quiet as she hoped.

When an enemy from her past appears to exact a terrible revenge, Marissa’s life goes from hectic to hell on earth. With Grimm inexplicably gone and Ari trapped by a sleeping spell, Marissa decides to fight fire with hellfire—and accidentally begins a countdown to the apocalypse.

With the end of days extremely nigh, Marissa will have to master royal politics, demonic law, and biblical plagues in a hurry—because even the end of the world can’t keep the Agency from opening for business…



Wish Bound
Grimm Agency 3
Ace, August 25, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

From the author of Armageddon Rules, the fanciful and fun continuation of the Grimm Agency novels…

As a partner at Grimm’s magical Agency, Marissa Locks is used to working odd jobs. But when an evil queen reappears in Kingdom, life becomes too strange to handle…

Even when she’s not starting it, trouble follows Marissa everywhere. First there was the incident with the homicidal Fairy Godmother. Then there was the time she accidentally started Armageddon. But the problems that always seem to arise on Marissa’s birthday take the cake.

This year, her annual bad-luck presents include an army of invading goblins, the resurrection of two vengeful enemies from hell, and the return of the Black Queen, the evil sorceress whose reign of terror still haunts Kingdom and who happens to have claimed Marissa as her servant.

As Marissa’s friends try to save her from the Black Queen’s clutches, Marissa fights to end a bitter war that started before her birth. But her quest for peace is about to bring up some inconvenient truths about her own past—ones that might cost her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of…





Bishop O'Connell

The Forgotten
An American Faerie Tale 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 17, 2015
eBook, 336 pages

Across the United States, children are vanishing. Only this time, faeries may not be to blame …

Dante, Regent of the fae's Rogue Court, has been receiving disturbing reports. Human children are manifesting magical powers in record numbers. Shunned and forgotten, they live on the streets in ragtag groups with the already-booming population of homeless changelings. But the streets aren't a haven; someone, or something, is hunting these children down.

Wraith, a teenage spell slinger, has no home, no family, and no real memories of her past. She and her friends SK, Fritz, and Shadow are constantly on the run, fleeing from a dark and unknown enemy. But when her companions are taken by "the snatchers," Wraith is their only hope. Her journey to find them will test the limits of her magic—and her trust. A dark force is on the rise, and it could spell the end of our world as we know it.



The View From Monday - June 16, 2014


Happy Monday! I'm reading Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood and California Bones by Greg van Eekhout. Oddly both books feature bones. In Shield and Crocus, the city of Audec-Hal sits in the bones of a Titan. In California Bones, bones are eaten to provide magic to the person who eats the bones. (I'll explain that in the review.)


The View From Monday - June 16, 2014


There are three debuts this week:

Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus;

The Quick by Lauren Owen;

and

The Forty First Wink by James Walley;


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles 7) by Kevin Hearne;

and

Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0, 2) by Scott Meyer.




June 16, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Line Book One: Carrier (e) Anne Tibbets PNR - The Line 1
The Forty First Wink (D) James Walley F



June 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The God Particle Tom Avitabile Sus
Cibola Burn James S.A. Corey SF - The Expanse 4
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds Neil Gaiman F
Head Full of Mountains Brent Hayward H
Shattered Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 7
Orion: The Council of Beasts Darius Hinks F - Warhammer: Orion 3
Alchymist (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 3
Chimaera (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 4
The Curse of the Chosen (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 2
The Destiny of the Dead (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 3
The Fate of the Fallen (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 1
Geomancer (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 1
Tetrarch (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 2
Irregular Verbs and Other Stories Matthew Johnson SF/F - Collection
Flight of the Golden Harpy (D) Susan Klaus F
Dawn Song (ri) Michael Marano DF
Rogues George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
Spell or High Water Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0, 2
The Quick (D) Lauren Owen Go
The Funeral, Ruined: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Octavia E. Butler: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
John Wayne: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
theleeharveyoswaldband: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Johnny Cash: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
There Is Something So Quiet and Empty Inside of You That It Must Be Precious: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Under the Red Sun: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Possession: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
The Dreaming City: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds, Not Little Boys: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Chasers of the Wind Alexey Pehov F - The Cycle of Wind and Sparks 1
Chernobyl (ri) Frederik Pohl Th
The Long Mars Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 3
Heirs of Grace Tim Pratt UF
Copper Ravens Jennifer Allis Provost PNR - Copper Legacy 2
The White Towers Andy Remic F - The Rage of Kings 2
The Wolves of Midwinter (h2tp) Anne Rice F/P - Wolf Gift Chronicles
A Better World Marcus Sakey Th/F - The Brilliance Saga 2
Temptation in Shadows (e) Gena Showalter PNR
Two Fronts (h2tp) Harry Turtledove AH - The War That Came Early 5



June 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism: Beyond the Golden Rule Elana Gomel HC
All Together Dead (TV Tie-In) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 7
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014 Edition Rich Horton (ed) F/SF - Anthology
Combustion Hour: A Tor.Com Original (e) Yoon Ha Lee SF


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sur - Surreal
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Interview with Scott Meyer, author of Off to Be the Wizard - March 22, 2014


Please welcome Scott Meyer to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Off to Be the Wizard, Scott's debut, was published by 47North on March 18th.



Interview with Scott Meyer, author of Off to Be the Wizard - March 22, 2014




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

Scott:  Like many people, I first started writing creatively in high school. I knew early on that I wanted to try writing a novel someday, but for many years I channeled my energy into writing projects that were helping me pay the bills – stand-up comedy material and comic strips, mostly.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Scott:  I’m very much a plotter. Off to Be the Wizard is the first novel I’ve completed, but it’s the third I’ve attempted. The first two times I tried to write via the pantser method and I found it impossible. I can’t go for a long drive unless I know the general route in advance, and it seems I can’t manage a large writing project without a good plan. That said, I do allow myself to deviate from that plan if the need arises. It just means I have to reformulate the plan before moving forward again.



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

Scott:  Finding the balancing point between not explaining things enough and over-explaining them. The fact that my books so far have involved computer hacking and time travel has not made this any easier.



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

Scott:  First, I’ll say Patrick F. McManus. He’s a humorist who specializes in hunting and fishing stories. There weren’t a lot of books in my household growing up, but my dad had a subscription to Outdoor Life. The back page always featured a humor piece by Patrick F. McManus, which I would read ASAP. I never picked up any real appreciation for hunting or fishing, but he taught me that writing could be funny.

As for novelists, I’ve read more than my share of Neal Stephenson, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and Hunter S. Thompson.



TQ:  Describe Off to Be the Wizard in 140 characters or less.

Scott:  A hacker proves reality is a computer program which he can control. He gets in trouble and flees to Medieval England to pose as a wizard.



TQ:  Tell us something about Off to Be the Wizard that is not in the book description.

Scott:  This is the long-awaited book in which the Pontiac Fiero finally gets the respect it deserves.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Off to Be the Wizard? How has the novel changed from when it was self-published until this new edition published by 47North?

Scott:  I had the general plot in mind for a while, but I hadn’t really gotten serious about trying to write a novel again. The two earlier failed attempts left me fairly demoralized. Then I got an idea involving time travel where for one character a logical series of events would be spread out over many days but to another character the events would all take place within a space of about five minutes and would be totally inexplicable. It was the challenge of trying to execute that idea that got me excited about trying again.

The 47North edition has many fewer typos. The single biggest mistake I made when I self-published was not hiring a professional editor. That is not a mistake I will make again. Beyond that, a few things are explained better, and I’ve added an action sequence to a part of the book that I felt was dragging slightly.



TQ:  You write an ongoing comic titled Basic Instructions. How does comic writing influence your novel writing or vice versa?

Scott:  I like to think that producing the comic has given me some good practice at writing humorous dialog. Aside from that, working on the comic makes me appreciate the freedom to stretch out that a novel allows. I can’t tell you how much of my time as a cartoonist is spent trying to cut unnecessary words out of a sentence because it’s taking up too much space.

Making the comic also taught me the importance of producing material on a regular basis. For years I thought I was the kind of person who couldn’t create on a set schedule. Turns out I was wrong about that.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Off to Be the Wizard?

Scott:  I read up on Medieval England and decided to deliberately not make my book a realistic depiction of life in that time. I figured I was writing a humorous book about time travel, I didn’t want to get bogged down explaining what a trencher was. I’m pretty happy with that decision, but I should have researched my technical computer details better, and my Esperanto grammar. The self-published edition of the book had some embarrassing errors.



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

Scott:  The easiest character was Phillip, because his thought process is most like mine, which is not necessarily a good thing. The hardest and my favorite are the same character: My villain (who I’m not going to name here). I found it both fun and challenging to try to think like someone who thinks they are doing the right thing, but are actually doing something awful.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from Off to Be the Wizard.

Scott:  “I’m delighted at the prospect of all the marvelous things you’re not going to say in the future! You know, the less you talk, the more people assume that what you're not saying is important.”



TQ:  What's next?

Scott:  I have already completed a second book and am currently working on the third in the trilogy of books that started with Off to Be the Wizard.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Scott:  Thanks for having me!





Off to Be the Wizard

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

Interview with Scott Meyer, author of Off to Be the Wizard - March 22, 2014
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.





About Scott

Scott Meyer grew up in the small town of Sunnyside, Washington. He began his career in humor by working as a stand-up comedian and radio personality, a highlight of which was participating as the opening act in Weird Al Yankovic’s Running with Scissors tour. Following a long stint touring the United States and Canada, Scott settled down in Orlando, Florida, where he works on his ongoing comic strip, Basic Instructions. Off to Be the Wizard is his first novel.

Basic Instructions  ~  Google+  ~  Twitter @binstructions



The View From Monday - March 17, 2014

The View From Monday - March 17, 2014


Happy Monday! Happy St. Patrick's Day to those celebrating.  This is a relatively light release week with 4 debuts:




The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory 1) by Sarah Harian;

Hyde by Daniel Levine;

Off to be the Wizard (Magic 2.0) by Scott Meyer;

and

The Rich and the Dead by Liv Spector.


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back (William Shakespeare Trilogy 2) by Ian Doescher;

and

Storm Bound (Grim 2) by Dani Harper.




March 17, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dancing with Dragons (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR - Dragons Trilogy 2
The Thrust (e) Shoshanna Evers PNR/Dys - Pulse Trilogy 3
Lords of the Underworld Bundle 1: The Darkest Night\The Darkest Kiss\The Darkest Pleasure (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld



March 18, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Feral Heat (e) Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound 5.5
William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back Ian Doescher SF - William Shakespeare Trilogy 2
The Mapmaker's War (h2tp) Ronlyn Domingue F - Keeper of Tales Trilogy 1
The Pilgrims Will Elliott F - Pendulum Trilogy 1
The Wicked We Have Done (D) (e) Sarah Harian SFR - Chaos Theory 1
Storm Bound Dani Harper PNR - Grim 2
Without a Summer (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Glamourist Histories 3
The Lascar's Dagger Glenda Larke F - The Forsaken Lands 1
Hyde (D) Daniel Levine HistF
Get Katja Simon Logan UF
Fury (Kindle e) Charlotte McConaghy SFR/Dys - Cure 2
Off to Be the Wizard (D) Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0 1
Citadel Kate Mosse Th/M/Su - Languedoc 3
Dead Americans and Other Stories Ben Peek F/W - Collection
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 40
Elsewhens (h2tp) Melanie Rawn F - Glass Thorns 2
Troy: Last War of the Heroic Age Si Sheppard F - Myths and Legends
Doppel: A Tor.com Original (e) Lindsay Smith F
The Rich and the Dead (D) Liv Spector TT/M
Red Cells (Kindle e) Jeffrey Thomas SF
The Time Traveler's Almanac Ann VanderMeer (ed.)
Jeff VanderMeer (ed.)
SF/TT - Anthology
The Writers Afterlife Richard Vetere F


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PNR- Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR  - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Weird


2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts



2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 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).



Mary Behre

Spirited
Tidewater 1
Berkley, March 4, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
She’s running from who she is…

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be…



Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Weirdness
Melville House, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
With the literary muscle of Victor LaValle’s Big Machine and the outlandish humor of Kevin Smith’s Dogma, this debut reveals the dark underbelly of the NY literary scene.

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation who has already brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? If you’re Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee.

“This is some kind of make-a-deal-with-the-Devil type shit,” he says. Lucifer explains that Billy must steal the Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, before the most powerful warlock in the eastern United States can upset the balance of the universe. In exchange, Billy’s novel will be published for a five-figure advance.

Traffic may be in the way of Billy’s getaway car, he may lose his job at the Greek deli, his girlfriend may break up with him, and it’s likely he’ll have to battle his greatest literary rival with his fists… but one way or another, he is determined to become a published author and save the universe.

Along the way, Billy learns about courage, friendship, and love, while considering some important questions: Why do people have pets? Who would store seafood in a warehouse in Chelsea? And where do those bananas in bodegas come from, anyway?



Patricia Cori

The Emissary
North Atlantic Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach.

Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet.

As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.

One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary.

The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?



Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted
Harper, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Fiction Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.



Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Hogarth, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
For fans of The Age of Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “Gripping and expertly constructed.”

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.



Lynne Gentry

Healer of Carthage
The Carthage Chronicles 1
Howard Books, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?



Wayne Gladstone

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse
Thomas Dunne Books, March 4, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends---a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work---Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"



Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 



Cleve Lamison

Full-Blood Half-Breed
Hydra, March 11, 2014
eBook, 286 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
In Cleve Lamison’s hard-hitting debut, two young men divided by an intense hatred—yet marked with a common destiny—have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

It’s been two thousand years since the bastard spawn of the god Creador lost their war to enslave humankind, transforming the Thirteen Kingdoms into a violent world where the martial arts are exalted as sacred gifts from the gods—and honor is won through arena blood sport.

Paladin Del Darkdragón, a sixteen-year-old warrior-in-training, is a “half-breed.” His battle against pure-blood bullies like Fox the Runt has forced him to master the four fighting forms. But when he blends them, he is condemned as a heretic by authorities and banished from the training temples. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in the arena games, savage trials that end in death.

This year’s games mask an old plot driven by a new prophet. With a horde of Creador’s Bastards and an army of fanatics led by Fox the Runt at his command, the Prophet will bend the world to his will or burn it to ash.

Paladin faces an impossible choice: redeem his honor in a fight he can’t hope to survive, or abandon his loved ones to perish in the sweeping holy war consuming the Kingdoms.



Daniel Levine

Hyde
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 18, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
What happens when a villain becomes a hero?

Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll’s surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life.

Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of “the body.” When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?

“You may think you know Dr. Jekyll, but this Hyde is a different beast altogether."—Jon Clinch, author of Finn

"Prepare to be seduced by literary devilry! Go back to Victorian times to find a very postmodern whodunit. Visceral prose, atmosphere you could choke on, characters who seem to be at your very shoulder."—Ronald Frame, author of Havisham

"Hyde brings into the light the various horrors still hidden in the dark heart of Stevenson’s classic tale of monstrosity and addiction. Devious and ingenious, it is a blazing triumph of the gothic imagination."—Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum



Peter Liney

The Detainee
Jo Fletcher Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts

Peter Liney honed his strong narrative skills and attention to detail during his long career as a writer of German, Australian, British, and South African television and radio programs. In his debut novel, The Detainee, Liney has crated a dystopian world in which the state has gone bust and can no longer support its weakest members.

The Island is a place of hopelessness. The Island is death. And it is to this place that all the elderly and infirm are shipped, the scapegoats for the collapse of society. There’s no escape, not from the punishment satellites that deliver instant judgment for any crime—including escape attempts—and not from the demons that come on foggy nights, when the satellites are all but blind. But when one of the Island’s inhabitants, the aging "Big Guy" Clancy, finds a network of tunnels beneath the waste, there is suddenly hope—for love, for escape, and for the chance to fight back.



Claire R. McDougall

Veil of Time
Gallery Books, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
A compelling tale of two Scotlands—one modern, one ancient—and the woman who parts the veil between them.

The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart? 



Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.



Mark Smylie

The Barrow
Pyr, March 4, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 700 pages
Cover Illustration © Gene Mollica

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality combine in this DEBUT EPIC FANTASY novel for fans of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set in the world of the Eisner-nominated Artesia comic books.

To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map.

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, brought together by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books, or get them all killed.



Liv Spector

The Rich and the Dead
William Morrow Paperbacks, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
To solve the crime of the century, she'll have to go back in time....

Welcome to Star Island, where Miami's wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It's a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year's Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world were found murdered in the basement of a Star Island mansion.

The massacre shocked the nation and destroyed the life of investigator Lila Day. Her hunt for the Star Island killer consumed her. But the case went unsolved, resulting in her dismissal from the Miami PD.

Now, three years later, life hands Lila an unexpected second chance: reclusive billionaire Teddy Hawkins approaches Lila and asks her to solve the case. But how do you investigate a crime when all the leads have long ago gone cold? The answer, Teddy tells her, is to solve the case before it happens. He's going to send Lila back in time.

With nothing left to lose, an incredulous Lila travels back to 2014, determined to find the Star Island killer once and for all. But as she goes undercover among the members of Miami's high society, she finds herself caring for—and falling for—people who are destined to die that fateful night. Now she must either say good-bye or risk altering the future forever.



Will Storr

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone
Atria Books/Marble Arch Press, March 11, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - March 2014 Debuts
Killian Lone comes from a long line of gifted cooks, stretching back to the seven­teenth century, and yearns to become a famous chef himself. When he starts an apprenticeship under Max Mann, the most famous chef in London, he looks set to continue the family tradition. But the reality of kitchen life is brutal. Even his fellow apprentice, Kathryn, who shows Killian uncharacteristic kindness, can’t stop his being sucked into the vicious, debauched world of 1980s fine dining, and gradually he is forced to surrender his dream.

Then he discovers a dark family secret—the legacy of an ancestor who was burnt as a witch for creating food so delicious it was said to turn all who tasted it mad. Killian knows he can use this secret to achieve his ambitions and maybe, finally, to win Kathryn’s affections. But is he willing to pay the price?

This is Killian’s confession—a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food . . .




2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer


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



Scott Meyer

Off to Be the Wizard
Magic 2.0
47North, March 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 386 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.

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