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The View From Monday - October 14, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are two debuts this week:

Pivot by (Jack Harper Trilogy 1) L. C. Barlow

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux (Adult Debut).

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden:

and

The Absinthe Earl (Faery Rehistory 1) by Sharon Lynn Fisher.

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



The View From Monday - October 14, 2019



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

October 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pivot L. C. Barlow F/CoA/DF - Jack Harper Trilogy 1
Homesick: Stories Nino Cipri SF - Collection
Escaping Exodus Nicky Drayden SF/SE
The Throne of the Five Winds S. C. Emmett F/HistF - Hostage of Empire 1
Requiem Infernal Peter Fehervari SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
The Absinthe Earl Sharon Lynn Fisher HistF - Faery Rehistory 1
The Lost and the Damned Guy Haley SF/SO - Horus Heresy: The Siege of Terra 2
Born in Syn Beth Kander SF/AP/PA - Original Syn 2
StarCraft: Ghost - Spectres Nate Kenyon SF - Blizzard Legends
Diablo: The Sin War, Book Two: Scales of the Serpent Richard A. Knaak SF - Blizzard Legends
The Quantum Garden Derek Kunsken SF
Forever and a Doomsday Laurence MacNaughton F/HU - A Dru Jasper Novel 4
Scourge of Fate Robbie MacNiven F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Soon Lois Murphy H/LF/GH
Deathwatch: Shadowbreaker Steve Parker SF - Warhammer 40,000 2
Suicide Woods Benjamin Percy SS
By the Pricking of Her Thumb (h2tp) Adam Roberts SF/HSF/Sus
Salvaged (D - Adult) Madeleine Roux SF/AC/H
Ormeshadow Priya Sharma DF/CoA
The Rosewater Redemption Tade Thompson SF/AC/AP/PA - Wormwood Trilogy 3
A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages J. R. R. Tolkien
Dimitra Fimi (Ed)
Andrew Higgins (Ed)
LC/SF/F
Lords and Tyrants Chris Wraight
Ian St. Martin
et al.
SF - Warhammer 40,000



October 16, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flanders (ri) Patricia Anthony Hist/MR



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M&D - Mystery & Detective
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Delilah S. Dawson (2012)

Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
STAR WARS
Del Rey, August 27, 2019
Hardcover and eBook,368 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Walk the ancient streets, meet the colorful characters, and uncover the secret history of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming expansion to the Disney Parks experience!

After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.

To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.





Delilah S. Dawson (2012)
Kevin Hearne (2011)

The Princess Beard
The Tales of Pell 3
Del Rey, October 8, 2019
Hardcover and eBook 384 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Shave the princess? Inconceivable! The hilarious bestselling authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes are back with a new adventure in the irreverent world of Pell.

Once upon a time, a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses.

When she woke, she found no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails—which was, honestly, better than some creep who acted without consent. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise.

This is not a story about finding true love’s kiss—it’s a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.

But these are no ordinary pirates aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there’s Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes in response to stress. Then there’s Tempest, who’s determined to become the first dryad lawyer—preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They’re joined by Alobartalus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn’archivist who is said to take dictation directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you’ve got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!

In this new escapade set in the magical land of Pell, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly skewer the tropes of fairy tales and create a new kind of fantasy: generous, gently humorous, and inclusive. There might also be otters.


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





Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

The Absinthe Earl
The Faery Rehistory 1
Blackstone Publishing, October 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin’s absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he’s the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada’s area of study, he invites her to accompany him.

Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward’s affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.

Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship—and slowly kindling passion—will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever.





Bob Proehl (2016)

The Nobody People
Del Rey, September 3, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution—or an apocalypse.

Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more—that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever.

Emmeline soon meets others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it’s her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her.

They are the nobody people—ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own—an angry young man seething with self-loathing—has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.

A timely saga of love and hope in the face of bigotry, The Nobody People is a powerful novel that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality. It is a story of family and community. It is a story of continuing to fight for one another, no matter the odds. It is the story of us.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11


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



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



K. Eason (2016)

Outlaw
On the Bones of Gods 2
47North, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
Snowdenaelikk never planned to return to the city of Illharek, but that was before the siege in Cardik, before the violent and once-forgotten goddess Tal’Shik came looking for revenge at the head of a Taliri army.

The only people who can save the Republic are Snow, her partner Veiko, and the highborn scout Dekklis. Together they mean to muster the power of the Senate and leverage the arcane knowledge of the Academy’s Archives.

Once in the city, however, they discover the situation is already dire. A rash of disappearances among highborn men and the resurgence of old heresies suggest that Tal’Shik’s godsworn have already infiltrated the city.

When Veiko is added to the ranks of the missing, Snow is done waiting. She brokers a deal with a rival god to get the power she needs to stop Tal’Shik. But Snow has never been good at making bargains, and this deal is going to cost her…





Patricia Eimer (2011)

Out of this World
Out of this World 1
Select Otherworld, July 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 268 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
She was just trying to blend in, not fall in love…

Engaged to a murderous, intergalactic warlord, Capridocian Princess Corripraxis is running for her life and crash lands on Earth, where large creatures moo at her, threatening to expose her as an alien. If she can just get some help—in the form of the very attractive Earth male who just pulled up in a tow truck—she can hunker down in the Martian colony until she figures out her next move, right?

One hunky Marine. One sexy alien. One deranged intergalactic warlord. What could go wrong?

At the scene of an accident, a sexy woman asks ex-Marine Mattias Cadiz to take her to Roswell NM. He really should be getting on with living a nice, sane—quiet—life, but the very pretty Corri is probably on her way to the annual Convention with the other alien-crazy wackos. Still, no way he can refuse such a gorgeous, if confused, violet-eyed beauty.





Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales
Loveswept , July 5, 2016
eBook, 216 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
You’ve never read bedtime stories like these. RITA Award finalist Sharon Lynn Fisher blends dark erotic romance, fantasy, and science fiction in these bold tales of seduction and sensual awakening. . . .

THE GARDEN RULES
After swallowing an acorn sweetmeat, Sylva is transported to a fantastical forest and begins training as a nymph at the behest of her faun master. But before she earns the right to please him, she must complete three tantalizing trials.

THE DRAGONMAID’S SECRET
On the king’s orders, a mercenary has come to ransack the village of Roussillon. But when he confronts the town’s defender, the dragonmaid Isabeau, he is overwhelmed by the most fiery passions—for this rogue is, in fact, a dragon-shifter.

RAVEN TAKES A PEARL
Pearl is a captive of Master Raven—part man, part crow, part machine. And as she submits to the curious probing of the dark-winged inventor, Pearl discovers that her body responds with an all-too-human demand: desire.

THE KELPIE’S PRIZE
Dragged beneath a fairy pool by a mechanical horse, Vivi finds herself held prisoner by an alchemist claiming to be Merlin himself. Now, to escape an ancient curse, she must play the wanton seductress—and use her body to secure the release she craves.

WILLA AND THE WISP
In the bayou that covers the long-ago flooded city of New Orleans, Willa uses light to keep her safe from the creepers. She never expected that light to take the form of a brightly glowing man—an enigmatic lover who ignites the flame within.

THE DRAGONFLY PRINCE
In post-apocalyptic Ireland, a virgin gives her hand in marriage to broker peace with a genetically modified race. But when a human rival challenges the dark prince’s claim, so begins a duel that will push the fair maiden to the limits of pleasure.

Before She Wakes is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


The Ophelia Prophecy
Crescent Lake Press, July 17, 2016
Kindle eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new sci-fi romance from the author of 2013 RWA RITA finalist Ghost Planet...

Asha and Pax -- strangers and enemies -- find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity's most valuable resource -- information -- viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.


Ghost Planet
Crescent Lake Press, September 12, 2016
Kindle eBook, 354 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
2013 RWA RITA finalist for Best First Book . . .

A world in peril. A bond deeper than love.
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world--a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

Reincarnated as a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy--creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone--oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love--Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet...a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.





T. Frohock (2011)

Los Nefilim
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 26, 2016
     eBook, 464 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas--In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death--brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.





Nathan Garrison (2015)

Shadow of the Void
Sundered World Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 24, 2016
      eBook, 624 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, July 12, 2016
      Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
With comparisons to N.K. Jemison, Michael J. Sullivan, and Joe Abercrombie, readers have fallen in love with The Veiled Empire, the first book in The Sundered Worlds trilogy. Now, Nathan Garrison takes the story to the next level Shadow of the Void.

The Veil has fallen . . . and the gods have been woken.

For many, a new dawn has risen, as freedom from the tyrannical Emperor Rekaj has created a land replete with opportunities. But for those who had lived outside the Veil for generations, the sudden appearance of a new nation is not cause for celebration--it is the cause for war.

Yet, even as the political machinations of men and mierothi and valynkar start to manifest on a global scale, there are a few playing their own games. Whether it's the powerful combination of Vashodia and Jasside trying to carve out a country for those freed from the Veil, or the warrior Mevon and assassin Draevenus forming an unlikely alliance in search of the dark god Ruul, the world is in chaos...which might be exactly what some are counting on.

Continuing where Veiled Empire left off, Shadow of the Void shows us how individuals can shape their own destinies, but not necessarily control them.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9


This is the ninth 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 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.



Deborah Coates (2012)

Strange Country
Hallie Michaels 3
Tor Books, May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 27, 2014

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie Michaels had hoped things would finally settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, and that the ghosts she attracts would stay in the cemeteries where they belong.

But on a wintry night in mid-December, a woman is murdered with a high-powered rifle. Not long after, another of West Prairie City's citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of state investigators. But the connection between the victims is not easily uncovered.

Meanwhile, Hallie finds a note tied to post outside her home. "What do you fear most?" it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. Over the next few days she receives an anonymous phone call, and a letter left for Hallie at the local ag supply. All pose the same question and offer the same set of coordinates. The mystery deepens, and Hallie must solve it before the body count rises again, in Strange Country by Deborah Coates.




Myke Cole (2012)

Javelin Rain
A Shadow Ops Novel
Ace,  March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
The fast-paced, adrenaline-filled sequel to Gemini Cell, set in the same magical and militaristic world of the acclaimed Shadow Ops series.

Javelin: A code denoting the loss of a national security asset with strategic impact.

Rain: A code indicating a crisis of existential proportions.

Javelin Rain incidents must be resolved immediately, by any and all means necessary, no matter what the cost…

Being a US Navy SEAL was Jim Schweitzer’s life right up until the day he was killed. Now, his escape from the government who raised him from the dead has been coded “Javelin Rain.” Schweitzer and his family are on the run from his former unit, the Gemini Cell, and while he may be immortal, his wife and son are not.

Jim must use all of his strength to keep his family safe, while convincing his wife he’s still the same man she once loved. But what his former allies have planned to bring him down could mean disaster not only for Jim and his family, but for the entire nation…




Delilah S. Dawson (2012)

Three Slices
  with Kevin Hearne and Chuck Wendig
May 5, 2015
eBook, 166 pages
Illustrated by Galen Dara

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Three Slices presents three novellas by modern fantasy writers:

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne
After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile, Granuaile MacTiernan starts a private war of her own against Loki, the lord of lies, and if it brings Ragnarok early—so be it.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys by Delilah S. Dawson
The number one rule of the circus? Don't kill your volunteers, even accidentally. That's how young magician Criminy Stain ends up on the run in a forest, where he meets a beautiful woman holding a bucket of blood. But is Merissa the answer to his prayers-- or the orchestrator of his ruin?

Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig
Miriam Black is back. Miriam is tired of her curse and finally believes she knows how to be rid of her ability to see when and how other people die. She follows a lead to the mountains of Colorado, where she believes she sees signs of a serial killer she thought she already killed. (Set between THE CORMORANT and THUNDERBIRD.)




Wicked Ever After
Blud 7
Pocket Star, October 5, 2015
eBook, 177 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Delilah S. Dawson’s award-winning Blud series comes full circle as Tish and Criminy, stars of Wicked as They Come, embark on a sexy and harrowing final adventure in a world RT Book Reviews calls “delightfully edgy with hidden charms.”

Ever since landing in the magical world of Sang and falling in love with dashing ringmaster Criminy Stain, Tish has been waiting for the axe to fall. Until her dying grandmother’s last breath on Earth, Tish can’t bring herself to give up her all-too human frailty and commit to life on Sang as a youthful, long-lived Bludman like her handsome husband. But when a peculiar twist of fate delivers Tish’s grandmother to Sang, an unexpected chain of events forces Tish and Criminy to embark on one last wild adventure. From old friends to new and into the lair of terrifying enemies, the couple’s love and longevity will be pushed to the brink by each harrowing encounter. Is blud thicker than blood, and can Tish and Crim find their wicked ever after?



The Perfect Weapon
Star Wars Short Story
Del Rey, November 24, 2015
eBook, 57 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mercenary who takes big risks for bigger rewards—and now faces the challenge that will take her to the edge.

There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise—and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed—she learned from the best. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher—even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it’s the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.

An anonymous client has hired Bazine to track down an ex-stormtrooper and recover the mysterious package he’s safeguarding. Payment for the mission promises to be astronomical, but the obstacles facing Bazine will prove to be formidable. And though her eager new sidekick has cyber skills crucial to the mission, only Bazine’s razor-sharp talents will mean the difference between success or failure—and life or death.



Hit
Hit 1
Simon Pulse, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 14, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling “movie ready” (Kirkus Reviews) dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that it was bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

An absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality that is eerily just steps away from ours—Hit is a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.



Strike
Hit 2
Simon Pulse, April 12, 2016
Hardcover, 480 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
From the author of the “gritty near-future dystopian tale,” (Booklist) Hit comes the thrilling sequel about an indentured assassin fighting to survive in a world of anarchy.

The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that’s never going to happen—not as long as Valor’s out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy’s only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she’ll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they’ve done to her—and for everything they’ve made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they’ll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who’s standing in their way. Even if it’s Patsy herself.

Delilah S. Dawson brings anarchy and high-octane drama to the next explosive level in this sequel to the “practically movie-ready” (Kirkus Reviews) novel, Hit.



As Lila Bowen

Wake of Vultures
Shadow 1
Orbit, October 27, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound ability is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.




Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales
Loveswept (July 5, 2016)
eBook, 216 pages

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Max Gladstone (2012)

Bookburners
      Written by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery
Note: Episodes should be read in order from 1 to 16!

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Badge, Book, and Candle: Episode 1
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, September 11, 2015
eBook, 44 pages

Detective Sally Brooks investigates an unusual robbery, and discovers that magic is real—and hungry!

NYPD Detective Sal Brooks is no rookie—but even the most hardened cop would think twice when they see their brother open a book and become…well…something entirely not their brother. When her attempts to solve the case cross paths with a mysterious team led by a priest, she starts to realize that the world is far more than what is seems, and, just maybe, magic is real—and hungry.

This episode is the first in a 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth.



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Now and Then: Episode 7
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, October 8, 2015
eBook, 43 pages

Grace's adventures in Shanghai come to light. While all the members of Team Three have their secrets, only Grace seems willing to guard hers with fists of fury. Finally fed up with being kept in the dark, Sal takes matters into her own hands and engages in a friendly stalking operation to learn just what Grace's deal is. A lit candle and flashbacks to 1930s China help illuminate matters--but things are never simple when magic is in play.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone and reveals the backstory of one of most mysterious cast members while skipping through time, place, and emotion.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Codex Umbra: Episode 11
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, November 18, 2015
eBook, 43 pages

An epic smackdown ensues as Sal and Team Three match wits and magic with Mr. Norse in the latest thrilling adventure in everyone's favorite online urban fantasy episodic series. The stage is set for the Mr. Norse’s grand move in possessing "The Norton Anthology of Evil͟" aka the Codex Umbra. The team’s plans include infiltrating a yacht-party, sneaking into a secret compound, and generally trying to stop an evil billionaire from gaining control of a compendium of demons. But, as usual, even the best plans go awry and the team must be quick on their feet as Mr. Norse jumps through the looking glass and they having nothing left but to follow. This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone who shows us that no matter how the battle is won or lost; the war wages on.

Codex Umbra continues the 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments. Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth. To learn more about Bookburners and find out how you can read the whole serial, check out SerialBox.com.



What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Siege: Episode 16
Bookburners Season 1
Serial Box, December 30, 2015
eBook, 39 pages

Questions are answered and new mysteries introduced as Season One of Bookburners, the urban fantasy episodic series from Serial Box, comes to its thrilling conclusion.

With The Book of the Hand in their possession at last, Team Three can finally kick the Hand out of Sal's body. The only problem is, if she wants to save Perry, too, she'll have to bring him back from the Hand's dark dimension. That's a tall order, even with the help of Aaron—whatever he is. And meanwhile, Thuvani Shah and Team One are getting ready to move in on the renegades with guns blazing.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Max Gladstone and is guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat, if not flat on the floor.

Battleground continues the 16-part Serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort unfolds an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life-changing lesson: some books have teeth. To learn more about Bookburners and find out how you can read the whole serial, check out SerialBox.com.



Last First Snow
Craft Sequence 4
Tor Books, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, July 14, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 9
Last First Snow: the fourth novel set in Max Gladstone's compellingly modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence
 
Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation—especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods' decaying edicts. As long as the gods' wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill's people have their own ideas. A protest rises against Elayne's work, led by Temoc, a warrior-priest turned community organizer who wants to build a peaceful future for his city, his wife, and his young son.

As Elayne drags Temoc and the King in Red to the bargaining table, old wounds reopen, old gods stir in their graves, civil blood breaks to new mutiny, and profiteers circle in the desert sky. Elayne and Temoc must fight conspiracy, dark magic, and their own demons to save the peace—or failing that, to save as many people as they can.



Four Roads Cross
Craft Sequence 5
Tor Books, July 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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Review: Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher


Echo 8
Author:  Sharon Lynn Fisher
Publisher:  Tor Book, February 3, 2015
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
List Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765376374 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Echo 8: a thrilling new science fiction romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, the author of Ghost Planet and The Ophelia Prophecy.

Three lives.
Two worlds.
Once chance to save it all.

Tess is a parapsychologist, devoting her life to studying paranormal and psychic phenomenon. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world, all her training couldn’t prepare her for what is to come.

Jake appeared from another Earth, shocked and angry, and restrained by government investigators for study. But when he unwittingly steals energy from Tess, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds.

Ross is an FBI agent, ordered to protect Tess as she conducts her research into this dangerous phenomenon. His assignment was not random—he and Tess have a history. And when those feelings resurface, Ross will have to choose between his love for Tess, and his duty to protect his world.



Stacey's Thoughts

Set in the not-too-distant future, this story gives a new spin on ghosts, teleporting, and love triangles. Something strange has been happening in 2018. All over the world, “Echoes” have been appearing. An Echo is a soul from another Earth that aren’t solid humans anymore and are hungry. The Echoes find a person, “feed” and sometimes take too much energy from their donor…so much that the donor dies.

Our heroine, Tess, is a parapsychologist (she studies paranormal and psychic phenomenon) and is now the only living person that has the training and education to help the Echoes before all their energy dissipates and they die a second time. Ross is a FBI Special Agent assigned to protect Tess from any Echoes and most importantly from Tess risking her own life. The Echoes have been documented and tracked...this story opens up with “Echo 8,” known on his world as Jake Parker. Tess is the first person Jake comes in contact with and somehow, he doesn’t kill her. Could it be possible that Echoes don’t have to be exterminated on site anymore?

This book is a fast-paced adventure that I devoured. Fisher’s writing is suspenseful, hypnotic, and action-packed. Tess, Ross, and Jake all have with their own problems, insecurities, and painful moments that resurface due to the interactions with each other. Each character works through their problems in their own flawed and (sometimes) lovable way. The story hops between Tess and Ross’s more modern world to Jake’s post-apocalyptic world and back again. But not only do Tess and Ross have to worry about keeping Jake “fed”, they have to protect him from the FBI and the private business that Tess works for who are interested in using the Echoes as future assassins. Tess wants to fight for their rights and right to choose their own (after)life.

This was an exciting read, full of science, action, and new love. The relationships the characters form throughout the book explore trust and fear, hope and betrayal, justice and safety. The characters were interesting and unpredictable and I loved the idea of another Earth. I also laughed out loud several times, which endears me to the author immensely. I look forward to Fisher’s next novel.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5


This is the fifth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming books 2015. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 6  will cover additional 2012 DAC authors.

See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5



Myke Cole

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Gemini Cell
Ace, January 27, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Myke Cole continues to blow the military fantasy genre wide open with an all-new epic adventure in his highly acclaimed Shadow Ops universe—set in the early days of the Great Reawakening, when magic first returns to the world and order begins to unravel…

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional, a fierce warrior, and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission gone bad, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is overwhelmed and taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior. As he wrestles with a literal inner demon, Jim realizes his new superiors are determined to use him for their own ends and keep him in the dark—especially about the fates of his wife and son…





Tina Connolly

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Seriously Wicked
Tor Teen, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

The hilarious new YA from acclaimed author Tina Connolly.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Suddenly Cam’s got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?





Delilah S. Dawson

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Hit
Simon Pluse, April 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Servants of the Storm
Simon Pulse, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, August 2014

“An urban fantasy that could rival some of Holly Black’s most imaginative and creepy fare” (BCCB).

A year ago, Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction—and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real…including Carly at their favorite café. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah—where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk—she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.





Leigh Evans

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
The Danger of Destiny
Mystwalker 4
St. Martin's Paperbacks, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

WHY WHISTLE IN THE DARK…
There are very few days off when you’re on an epic quest. Believe me, I know. I’m Hedi Peacock—one half Fae, the other were—and if being a half-breed with one foot in each world isn’t tough enough to manage, there are the four chambers of my heart to consider. The one who holds the strings? Robson Trowbridge, the Alpha of Creemore. If I had my way, he and I would be locked in a bedroom, for eternity, but a pressing family matter needs my attention. It’s true what they say: A woman’s work is never done. 

WHEN YOU CAN HOWL AT THE MOON?
My twin brother is being held captive by the Old Mage in another realm. Lo and behold, as soon as Trowbridge and I arrive in Merenwyn, we’re separated in spectacular, dramatic fashion—and I’m left to figure out how to maintain the fragile balance between my Fae magic and my wolf’s blood in a realm that cries to both. Not easy, particularly when I'm keeping an iron-grip on my temper so as not to dispatch with extreme prejudice the odd wizard or smart-mouthed mutt servant who crosses my path. My mama never told me there’d be days like these, but I’m not going down without a fight…or my mate.  





Sharon Lynn Fisher

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Echo 8
Tor Books, February 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

Echo 8: a thrilling new science fiction romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, the author of Ghost Planet and The Ophelia Prophecy.

Three lives.
Two worlds.
Once chance to save it all.

Tess is a parapsychologist, devoting her life to studying paranormal and psychic phenomenon. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world, all her training couldn’t prepare her for what is to come.

Jake appeared from another Earth, shocked and angry, and restrained by government investigators for study. But when he unwittingly steals energy from Tess, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds.

Ross is an FBI agent, ordered to protect Tess as she conducts her research into this dangerous phenomenon. His assignment was not random—he and Tess have a history. And when those feelings resurface, Ross will have to choose between his love for Tess, and his duty to protect his world.





Max Gladstone

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Last First Snow
Craft Sequence 4
Tor Books, July 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages



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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 5
Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor Book, April x, 2015
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, July 2014

On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order. Her creations aren’t conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods—perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai tries to save a dying idol, she’s grievously injured—then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear—which will crush her, if Kai can’t stop it first.


Interview with Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of The Ophelia Prophecy and Ghost Planet - April 2, 2014


Please welcome Sharon Lynn Fisher to The Qwillery. The Ophelia Prophecy, Sharon's most recent novel, was published on April 1, 2014 by Tor.



Interview with Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of The Ophelia Prophecy and Ghost Planet - April 2, 2014




TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, The Ophelia Prophecy, was published yesterday. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Ghost Planet (2012) to The Ophelia Prophecy?

Sharon:  Oh, that is a cool question! I was just thinking about that the other day. The biggest change is I’m no longer 100% pantser. The first fifty pages or so of GHOST PLANET pretty much wrote themselves, and having written two books since then, I’ve decided that’s the way it works for me. But unlike the first draft of GHOST PLANET, with my more recent novels I’m also writing and revising the story’s synopsis as I go, especially in the first half of the book. I can’t get too detailed because as a pantser, that really takes all the fun out of it for me. And I never fully commit myself to the synopsis, as I may need to change things up as I go. But I need to keep an eye toward structure and pace or I risk getting in a muddle.

One kind of funny thing that has stayed the same is the reverse engineering part of my process. I still come up with titles first, and the whole story somehow unpacks from there. That’s a mystery I don’t try to probe into too much. You can’t mess with that stuff!



TQ:  What do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Ghost Planet came out that you know now?

Sharon:  I’m going to answer a slightly different question, but one that’s in the same spirit. I wish that when I’d written GHOST PLANET there were as many options for writers as there are now. Not because I would have made a different choice — Tor has been great for my brand; my editor GETS my books — but because I think I would have relaxed a little knowing that if no traditional publisher was interested in my book, I could make a go of it myself. I would have felt a little more in control of my destiny, which would have saved me a good deal of nail biting.



TQ:  Both novels are Science Fiction and Romance. What appeals to you about these genres? Does a Romance absolutely have to have an HEA?

Sharon:  Despite the fact that I’ve never really considered myself a romance reader, I can say without hesitation that yes, romance absolutely has to have an HEA. At least for me. As a matter of fact when NONromance books don’t have at least a hopeful ending I tend to get cranky. I can take downer endings in movies because it’s not much of a time commitment. But books are a whole different deal.

Beyond the HEA, in my book (ha!), anything goes. I’ve always loved books that have integral romantic plotlines, but push the boundaries of traditional structure. OUTLANDER, for example. And THE LAST HOUR OF GANN. And I think that gets back to the first part of this question: speculative fiction is particularly conducive to pushing those boundaries. Examining relationships in new dimensions (literally at times!). That’s why I write it.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Ophelia Prophecy that is not in the book description.

Sharon:  One of the important characters in this story is actually the hero’s ship, Banshee. Here’s one of my favorite descriptions of her and her kind:

The Manti, not their creators, had been responsible for merging insect and plant DNA with artificial intelligence. The Scarab fleet had made the Manti masters of the skies. And now this particular serial number had gone sentient over a barely there, sylph of a human woman who’d all but forgotten her own name.



TQ:  What sorts of research did you do for The Ophelia Prophecy?

Sharon:  Lots of science-y stuff — recombinant DNA, and biomimicry. Open science, biohacking, and DIY bio. The event that really jumpstarted my research was a seminar on open science at the University of Washington in Seattle. When they started talking about arguments against open science — the kinds of experimentation some people are afraid it will open the door to — I really sat up and paid attention. Also a book that was released near the end of my first draft — FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT — helped me refine some of my worldbuilding and descriptions.

I also drew on some of my European travels, setting parts of the book in boggy western Ireland and Granada, Spain.



TQ:  Which character in The Ophelia Prophecy surprised you the most?

Sharon:  The hero’s sister, Iris, who is much more exotic than the hero (with praying mantis wings and spiky arms). She starts off the story seeming to want to help and protect the heroine, Asha. I kept writing her that way, but later had to backtrack, because that’s just not Iris. At times she seems to have very human, emotion-based motivations, but then she’ll drop some comment that makes it clear how pragmatic she is. She really kept me guessing about what she’d do next. Even in the end when we begin to better understand her motivations, she remains an enigmatic character. She’s got unfinished business with a human/wolf transgenic ex-priest, and I’ll have to give them their own book eventually. She’ll haunt me if I don’t.



TQ:  What's next?

Sharon:  ECHO 8! Coming out next year, also from Tor. This is my most accessible setting yet — modern-day Seattle. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of geeky sci-fi bits, suspense, adventure, and romance. I don’t have an official blurb yet, but on my web site I describe it like this: Parallel-universe romantic suspense that explores possible connections between quantum physics and psi (also a Bermuda Love Triangle between a parapsychologist, an FBI agent, and an energy vampire).



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Sharon:  Thank you so much for having me!





The Ophelia Prophecy
Tor Books, April 1, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Interview with Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of The Ophelia Prophecy and Ghost Planet - April 2, 2014
Our world is no longer our own.
We engineered a race of superior fighters--the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us.
In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.
Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax—strangers and enemies—find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource—information—viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

But neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new SF romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of Ghost Planet



Ghost Planet
Tor Science Fiction, October 30, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of The Ophelia Prophecy and Ghost Planet - April 2, 2014
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy—creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone—oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love—Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.





About Sharon

Interview with Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of The Ophelia Prophecy and Ghost Planet - April 2, 2014
A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart—sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance—and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2015). You can visit her online at SharonLynnFisher.com.






Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @sharonfisher




What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4


This is the fourth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) authors and their upcoming books for 2014. This update covers some of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge authors. Look for Part 5, covering more 2012 DAC authors, on The Qwillery later this week.


Part 1 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 2 is here - 2011 DAC Authors.
Part 3 is here - 2012 DAC Authors.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4




Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy
Tor Books, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters - the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax - strangers and enemies - find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource - information - viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.




Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.

















Alex Hughes

Marked
Mindspace Investigation 3
Roc, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…




Max Gladstone

Two Serpents Rise
Craft Sequence 2
Tor Books, April 29, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Previously released in Hardcover and eBook, October 29, 2013

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
In Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone, shadow demons plague the city reservoir, and Red King Consolidated has sent in Caleb Altemoc—casual gambler and professional risk manager—to cleanse the water for the sixteen million people of Dresediel Lex. At the scene of the crime, Caleb finds an alluring and clever cliff runner, Crazy Mal, who easily outpaces him.

But Caleb has more than the demon infestation, Mal, or job security to worry about when he discovers that his father—the last priest of the old gods and leader of the True Quechal terrorists—has broken into his home and is wanted in connection to the attacks on the water supply.

From the beginning, Caleb and Mal are bound by lust, Craft, and chance, as both play a dangerous game where gods and people are pawns. They sleep on water, they dance in fire...and all the while the Twin Serpents slumbering beneath the earth are stirring, and they are hungry.



Full Fathom Five
Craft Sequence 3
Tor, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4

The author shared this draft cover here.




Hanna Martine

Drowning in Fire
Elementals 3
Berkley, April 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart…

In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. Instead, he found himself drawn into a forbidden affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended in a storm of fire and ice, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status.

Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. Despite how it ended between them, she wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name.

Despite her good intentions, members of the Senatus want her stopped—and Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?




E.S. Moore

Blood from a Silver Cross
Kat Redding 4
eKensington, February 6, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Trust is a dangerous business.

Some people still call Kat Redding by her hunter name: Lady Death. But she’s not eager to see more violence brought to her doorstep. The neverending tide of hungry supes and vicious humans doesn’t change the math—sooner or later Kat’s one-vamp battle against the nightmares that infest Columbus is going to leave her dead. And she has innocent people—well, a werewolf and a demon-summoner—depending on her now.

But when a rogue werewolf who’s opted out of the bloodbath is found crucified and mutilated with toxic silver, Kat knows she’ll be tangling again with the dangerous Pureblood murderers of the cult of the Left Hand. She already has an undead countess blackmailing her into taking out the city’s garbage and a demon playing with her head. Add to that her serious suspicions about changes at the house of her uneasy ally Jonathan Alucard, werewolf denmaster, and Kat might have finally gotten in danger so deep, not even Lady Death can survive…



Souls of the Damned
Kat Redding
eKensington, June 19, 2014
eBook

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2014? - Part 4
Innocence is relative, and evil is damned hard to kill. . .

Kat Redding would love to take a break from the gruesome, dangerous work of hunting down rogue vampires and werewolves, battling for innocent lives. But there's no peace for Lady Death. Until Kat's young charge, Sienna, appears on her doorstep, escaped from the shadow-paradise of Delai. Sienna is weak, confused, desperate--human in the utmost. If Kat is going to have any hope of breaking the hold of Delai, she'll have to infiltrate the walls around the false sanctuary. And the only way she can do that is to trade in her battle-hardened, bloodthirsty vampire's body--for Sienna's human form.

With no weapons but her wits, Kat has to trust a demon, defeat an angel, and wrestle with her own rebel soul--because with all the fear and death she's conquered, no one has ever offered her another day under a warm yellow sun. . .



2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11


What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to in 2013 and beyond?  This is the eleventh in a series of posts.



See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
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See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 12 here.




Myke Cole

Breach Zone
Shadow Ops 3
Ace, January 28, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began “coming up Latent,” developing terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Those who Manifest must choose: become a sheepdog who protects the flock or a wolf who devours it…

In the wake of a bloody battle at Forward Operating Base Frontier and a scandalous presidential impeachment, Lieutenant Colonel Jan Thorsson, call sign “Harlequin,” becomes a national hero and a pariah to the military that is the only family he’s ever known.

In the fight for Latent equality, Oscar Britton is positioned to lead a rebellion in exile, but a powerful rival beats him to the punch: Scylla, a walking weapon who will stop at nothing to end the human-sanctioned apartheid against her kind.

When Scylla’s inhuman forces invade New York City, the Supernatural Operations Corps are the only soldiers equipped to prevent a massacre. In order to redeem himself with the military, Harlequin will be forced to face off with this havoc-wreaking woman from his past, warped by her power into something evil…





Tina Connolly

Copperhead
Ironskin 2
Tor Books, October 15, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Set in an alternate version of early 1900s England, Copperhead is the sequel to Tina Connolly's stunning historical fantasy debut.

Helen Huntingdon is beautiful—so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask.

Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face—and now has to cover her face with iron so she won’t be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.

Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing—and is implicated in a murder.

Meanwhile, Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead—whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra—is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.

Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband—and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary—she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor...and her heart.





Elspeth Cooper

The Raven's Shadow
The Wild Hunt 3
Tor Books, March 11, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 640 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.

Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.





Alexa Egan

Unleash the Curse
An Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Pocket Star, September 2, 2013
eNovella, 100 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
Only available as an enovella, the prequel to the second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy about shapeshifters in Regency-era England.

Neither actress Sarah Hayes nor London’s most eligible bachelor Sebastian Commin, Earl of Deane, has ever forgotten their one and only scandalous night of white hot passion or the differences in their social positions that make a future together impossible. So when they discover that they’ll be fellow guests at a house party, they vow to keep each other at arm’s length. A vow broken when they find themselves caught up in a mystery involving a brutal attack on an Imnada shape-shifter and an unexplained entity known as the Naxos.

Each clue they uncover reveals more about the ancient Imnada enemy—monstrous soul-feeders with the power to devour worlds. Each fiery encounter between the aristocrat and the entertainer underscores the raw desire that crackles the very air between them until Sebastian is convinced to make Sarah his wife, no matter the cost to his reputation. He just needs to convince Sarah, who cares for him too much to allow his future to be ruined by marrying a low-born actress. It’s only when the sinister Naxos strike again and Sebastian’s life is threatened that Sarah realizes she’s willing to risk a little scandal in order to save the world…and the man she loves.


Look for Vanquish the Curse (An Imnada Brotherhood eNovella) and Warrior's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood 3) in 2014.





Rhiannon Held

Reflected
Silver 3
Tor Books, February 18, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
[cover may not be final]
Falling in love in a werewolf pack leads to some very bad choices in this new novel from the author of Silver

Rhiannon Held continues the secret lives of the werewolf packs that live and hunt alongside human society in Reflected, the third book of the series that began with her debut novel, Silver. Silver and her mate Andrew Dare are pack leaders of the entire North American werewolf population, and that makes the more traditional packs in Europe very nervous indeed. It’s getting hard to hide from human surveillance.





Tes Hilaire

Prince of Shadows
Paladin Warriors 3
Sourcebooks Casablanca, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,  320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 11
It’s forbidden for a warrior of the Light to love a creature of the Dark…

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But maybe he was never all that Light to begin with

When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watches Gabriella’s need for vengeance threaten to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…




On The Qwillery's radar: 


From Delilah S. DawsonThe Damsel and the Daggerman (Blud eNovella) and Wicked After Midnight (Blud 3) both out in 2014.


From Sharon Lynn FisherThe Ophelia Prophecy coming February 18, 2014.



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