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The View From Monday - June 12, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are six debuts this week:

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett;

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Draydon;

Soleri by Michael Johnston;

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis by Bradley W. Schenck;

Aberrant by Marek Šindelka, Nathan Fields (Translator);

and

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan;

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire 2) by Yoon Ha Lee;

The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power is out in Trade Paperback;

The Devil's Evidence by Simon Kurt Unsworth is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Virology by Ren Warom.

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



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June 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Soul of Fire (e)(ri) Laura Anne Gilman FR - Portals 2



June 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devil's Due Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 12
The Sacred Era (e) Aramaki Yoshio
Baryon Tensor Posadas (Tr)
SF/AP/PA
The Killing Lessons (ri) Saul Black PsyTh
Fata Morgana Steven R. Boyett
Ken Mitchroney
Hist/SF/TT
The Black Elfstone Terry Brooks F - The Fall of Shannara 1
The Mither Mages Trilogy (e) Orson Scott Card CF - Mither Mages
Wilders Brenda Cooper SF/AP/PA - Project Earth 1
The Space Between the Stars (D) Anne Corlett LF/Dys/SF/AP/PA
The Tourist (h2tp) Robert Dickinson LF/TT
The Prey of Gods (D) Nicky Drayden CF
A God in the Shed J-F. Dubeau Occ/Sup/H/P
A Green and Ancient Light (h2tp) Frederic S. Durbin HistF
The John Matherson Series: One Second After, One Year After, The Final Day (e) William R. Forstchen Th/SF/PA - John Matherson
The Halloween Children (e) Brian James Freeman Norman Prentiss GH/DF
Beyond the Sea David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Thrillers 12
Soleri (D - Solo) Michael Johnston F/HistF
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (tp)(ri) Stephen King DF/MTI - The Dark Tower 1
The Changeling Victor LaValle LF/CF
Raven Stratagem Yoon Ha Lee SF - Machineries of Empire 2
Hell's Detective: A Mystery Michael Logan SupTh
Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand George R. R. Martin Jon Jos. Miller SF/SH - Wild Cards 7
Down Among the Sticks and Bones Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children 2
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror (h2tp) Joyce Carol Oates Th/Psy - Collecttion
Supreme Villainy: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Most (In)Famous Supervillain Memoir King Oblivion
Matt D. Wilson (Ed)
SH/Parody/HU
The Dragon Round (h2tp) Stephen S. Power F
Cormorant Run Lilith Saintcrow SF/PA - Bannon & Clare 4
Brandon Sanderson's Fantasy Firsts (The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire, Rithmatist, Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians) (e) Brandon Sanderson F
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (D) Bradley W. Schenck SF/HU - A Novel of Retropolis 1
Zero-G: Book 1 (h2tp) William Shatner
Jeff Rovin
SF - The Samuel Lord Series 1
Just Add Water (e) Hunter Shea H - Mail Order Massacres 1
The Darkest Promise Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 13
Silver Silence Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 1
The Witch Who Came in from the Cold Lindsay Smith
Max Gladstone
Cassandra Rose Clarke
Ian Tregillis
Michael Swanwick
HistF
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Neal Stephenson
Nicole Galland
SF/TT/Th
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (D) Matthew Sullivan Psy
The Devil's Evidence (h2tp) Simon Kurt Unsworth Cr/H
Virology Ren Warom SF/CyP
The Hollow Crown Jeff Wheeler HistF - The Kingfountain 4
Judge Anderson: Year One Alec Worley SF
The Forgotten Girl: A Thriller Rio Youers SupTh



June 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Bourbon, Sugar, Grace: A Tor.com Priginal Jessica Reisman SF



June 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Timekeeper: A Steampunk Time-Travel Adventure Heather Albano SP/TT - Keeping Time 2
The Impossible Has Happened: The Life and Work of Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek (h2tp) Lance Parkin HC
The Eternal Kingdom (e) Ben Peek F - Children Trilogy 3
Aberrant (D) Marek Šindelka
Nathan Fields (Tr)
GB



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 43


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



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Michael R. Underwood (2012)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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





Simon Kurt Unsworth (2015)

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

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

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





Ruth Vincent (2016)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38


This is the thirty-eighth 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.



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Simon Kurt Unsworth (2015)

The Devil's Detective
Anchor, February 9, 2016
Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 3, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38
Something is changing in Hell. 

A man is found dead, murdered in a horrific manner–even by Hell’s standards–and he is merely the first of many. Unfortunately, these deaths coincide with a political visit from a Heavenly delegation, so the pressure is on Thomas Fool, an Information Man, to track down and identify the murderer. It’s critical that Fool solves these crimes, but how can he find a killer in a place where murder is common currency?

With no memory of his past but an irresistible drive to discover the truth, Fool will follow the trail of clues straight into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.


The Devil's Evidence
Doubleday, July 05, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 Pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38
A new case of unsolvable murders brings Hell to Heaven in the explosive sequel to The Devil’s Detective.

Hell is burning out of control. Thomas Fool, Hell’s first Information Man tasked with investigating the endless stream of violence in Hell, has been promoted to the head of the newly expanded Information Office. Now in command of a legion of Information Men, his new position finds him hated by demons and almost revered by humans. He alone has survived the wrath of demon and angel alike, but he stands alone and at the center of a brewing crisis. New on the scene is the Evidence, a shadowy department whose officers do not investigate; they punish and spread fear. And its leader, Mr. Tap, is gunning for Fool.

Fool is ordered to accompany a political delegation to Heaven, and his arrival coincides with an impossible—and sinister—discovery. A dead body. Murder in Heaven. Violence, corruption, and fear are the currency of Hell, and how does one investigate a crime where these concepts are paradoxes? As the bodies pile up, Fool sees disturbing connections between Heaven and Hell. He must follow clues in a strange land where nothing is as it seems and danger can present itself in any form.

What follows is a phantasmagoric, mind-bending thriller as exciting and unsettling as anything in recent fiction. The Devil’s Evidence is an electrifying, provocative novel filled with stunning set pieces and characters who will live on in your deepest nightmares.




Fran Wilde (2015)

The Jewel and Her Lapidary
Tor.com, May 3, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 80 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38
The kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, and warp minds. That power has kept the peace and tranquility, and the kingdom has flourished.

Jewel Lin and her Lapidary Sima may be the last to enjoy that peace.
The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and

Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. If she can assume her royal dignity, and if Sima can master the most dangerous gemstone in the land, they may be able to survive.



Updraft will be published in Trade Paperback by Tor Books in September 2016 (Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound : Google Play : iBooks : Kobo).


Cloudbound is slated for publication in September 2016 by Tor Books (Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository : Books-A-Million : IndieBound).




Eli K. P. William (2015)

Cash Crash Jubilee 
Book One of the Jubilee Cycle
Talos Press, May 3, 2016
Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 5, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38
In a near future Tokyo, every action—from blinking to sexual intercourse—is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of this cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.

Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. His job is to capture bankrupt citizens, remove their BodyBank, and banish them to BankDeath Camps where they are forever cut off from the action-transaction economy. Amon always plays by the rules and is steadily climbing the Liquidation Ministry ladder.

With his savings accumulating and another promotion coming, everything seems to be going well, until he is asked to cash crash a charismatic politician and model citizen, and soon after is charged for an incredibly expensive action called “jubilee” that he is sure he never performed. To restore balance to his account, Amon must unravel the secret of jubilee, but quickly finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he’s devoted his life, and the costly investigation only drags him closer and closer to the pit of bankruptcy.

In book one of the Jubilee Cycle, Cash Crash Jubilee, debut novelist Eli K. P. William wields the incisive power of speculative fiction to show how, in a world of corporate finance run amok, one man will do everything for the sake of truth and justice.




Minerva Zimmerman (2015)

Cruel Summer
The Shattered Ones Book 2
Fireside Fiction Company, December 15, 2015
eBook, 225 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38
Atlanta was supposed to be a new start. A place for Hannah to regroup and recover from her brother Zachariah’s betrayal. Alex would start his hematology fellowship and settle into his new role as Hannah’s — guardian? friend? roommate? But trouble has followed them down to Georgia, and from “retired” spies to strong-willed grandmothers, it seems Hannah and Alex have a lot more shared history than either of them knew. And far to the north, Zachariah is trying to survive the rage of a vampire he can’t kill and the affection of one who wants to be with him — forever.



Running Down A Dream (The Shattered Ones Book 3) will be published on March 15, 2016 (Amazon : iBooks : Kobo)




Krassi Zourkova (2015)

Wildalone
William Morrow Paperbacks, October 13, 2015
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 6, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 38
In this enchanting and darkly imaginative debut novel full of myth, magic, romance, and mystery, a Princeton freshman is drawn into a love triangle with two enigmatic brothers, and discovers terrifying secrets about her family and herself—a bewitching blend of Twilight, The Secret History, Jane Eyre, and A Discovery of Witches.

Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone, a stranger in a strange land. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life—including an enigmatic young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Falling into a romantic entanglement with Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, soon draws Thea into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.

In this shadow world that seems to mimic Greek mythology and the Bulgarian legends of the Samodivi or “wildalones”—forest witches who beguile and entrap men—she will discover a shocking secret that threatens everything she holds dear. And when the terrifying truth about her own family is revealed, it will transform her forever . . . if she falls under its spell.

Mesmerizing and addictive, The Wildalone is a thrilling blend of the modern and the fantastic. Krassi Zourkova creates an atmospheric world filled with rich characters as fascinating and compelling as those of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness, and Stephenie Meyer.

Interview with Simon Kurt Unsworth and Review of The Devil's Detective - March 16, 2015


Please welcome Simon Kurt Unsworth to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Devil's Detective was published on March 3rd by Doubleday.



Interview with Simon Kurt Unsworth and Review of The Devil's Detective - March 16, 2015




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

Simon:  Thanks for the invite, Qwillery!

As for the ‘when’, I can pinpoint that pretty accurately – in school, at 13, I wrote a story for an English class and the teacher gave it a high mark. It was a Stephen King rip-off, but the teacher’s praise made me think I could write and from then on I was hooked. I’d loved writing the story, so for someone to like something I’d loved doing was hugely pleasing, and that’s pretty much when I decided I wanted to be a writer. I’d always written stories, but that was the first time I’d had them responded to so well (it was especially pleasing that doing this thing I loved, basically making stuff up, got me good marks at school – I mean, this was homework but it felt like something I’d do to avoid homework!). As for the ‘why’, that’s both more complicated and easier to answer: the complicated bit is to say, I had to write because of teachers and lessons and exams and I enjoyed it and started to think I was pretty good at it and I enjoyed it and I practiced and I got better at it, but the easier answer is this: I never really had a choice. The stories are in my head and I have to get them out.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Simon:  Pantser, absolutely! I start, and then somewhere in the middle I tend to have to stop and work out where I am and where I’m going. At the beginning of any given project I usually have one or two images in my head, different scenes from different points in the plot, and my initial job is to try to connect them and fill in all the gaps that appear whilst creating the connections.



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

Simon:  Being strict enough with myself to do it. Working from home, it’s too easy to wander off and make a coffee and then watch an episode of Bones or The Blacklist and eat biscuits, or go out for a walk - I live in the Lake District, in the UK, which is one of the most beautiful places on earth, in my experience anyway, so a walk for me is to be exposed to beautiful, dramatic scenery that makes me feel good about myself and my space in the world. Sometimes, I can lose hours just wandering around the hills, time I should be using to write.

When it comes to writing, there are sometimes scenes that are tough or plotlines that I struggle to sort out, but mostly it comes fairly easily; it’s my concentration and attention-span that cause me trouble. I start a sentence and then….oh shiny things….



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

Simon:  Well, obviously Stephen King – I can't think of anyone that writes horror who isn't influenced by the King. Even if you write stuff that’s entirely unlike him, I still think you’re reacting to the influence he has over everyone in the field and over the field itself. Personally, I think King’s earlier stuff (‘Salem’s Lot in particular) is untouchably magnificent and I’m happy to wear his influence on my sleeves! M.R. James is a major influence on the kind of ghost stories I write, as is T.E.D. Klein, and Junji Ito’s Graphic novels (especially Uzumaki) are key shapers on how I think good, intricate bleak fiction should look and feel. Outside of horror, I’m influenced (especially in my worldview) by comedy, so Spike Milligan, Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall, Bill Hicks, Billy Connolly and Robin Williams have definitely moulded by my approach to things and this gets reflected in the kind of fictions I create. Music is important to me, so groups like The Sisters of Mercy, Jane’s Addiction, The Bad Shepherds and Bellowhead all add their moods and tones to my writing, and I can often tell what I’ve been listening to when I read my stuff back later.



TQ:  Describe The Devil's Detective in 140 characters or less.

Simon:  The detective novel goes to Hell…



TQ:  Tell us something about The Devil's Detective that is not in the book description.

Simon:  Male human prostitutes that get bought and used by demons are called “Genevieves”. Demons feed by chewing the flesh of humans to release the dark emotions it contains, so the more fear and pain and unease they cause, the more they have to eat. Feathers are important.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Devil's Detective? What appealed to you about writing a genre blending novel - thriller, noir, horror?

Simon:  The basic idea for The Devil’s Detective (including the main character’s name and the ending but very little else of the plot, curiously) has been kicking around my head for around twenty years, but the actual inspiration came from my best friend, Steve. I rang him one day and asked him which novel I should start as I could couldn’t decide – the haunted children’s home one, or the weird one about the policeman in Hell? He said he liked the idea of the one in Hell, so that’s what I did… As for writing a genre-blending novel, I didn't set out to do that – I thought I was writing a horror novel that happened to use some of the narrative tricks and wear some of the clothes of noir and detective novels. It was only when I’d finished it that other people told me that they thought I’d written a thriller that used the narrative tricks and wore the clothes of a horror novel! For me, it was just about writing the story I wanted to write, it wasn’t supposed to be anything…



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Devil's Detective?

Simon:  Honestly, very little. Because the Hell I created is fairly idiosyncratic, I had lots of freedom and wasn’t too bothered about any kind of accuracy towards existing depictions of the afterlife. The majority of the background work I did was so trawl through various dictionaries of demons and superstitions and witchcraft and pick the names and descriptions of creatures and myths and obscurities that I like, all of which I then cheerfully corrupted to my own ends and stuck into the story.



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

The Man of Plants and Flowers was the easiest. He appeared on the page fairly fully-formed, and his voice was always very clear in my head as I wrote him. I like creating grotesques so most of the demons came out easily and felt relatively simple to flesh out, and I think (I think!) I managed to give them separate personalities. As for the hardest, probably Fool as he’s the character that changes the most and has the most complex role in the story (from my perspective, at least). There’s another character involved in the novel’s end (who I won’t name for fear of giving something away) who I had to be careful with – not because they were hard to write but because I had to use a very light touch to make sure I didn't make their role in the end of the story too obvious early on. Whether I managed it remains to be seen…



TQ:  Which question about The Devil's Detective do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Simon:  Would you like us to pay you a million dollars to make a film of your book? Yes please!

And more seriously: is the Devil’s Detective actually a commentary on some element of the society? And the answer is, not intentionally, no - but I think it does contain a commentary on how I see things going at the moment, and that it reflects a certain disgust I feel about the direction of travel that the UK’s politics (at the very least) is taking and the kind of society it risks creating.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Devil's Detective.

Simon:  “The house was blind but not mute, and it screamed at them” is one of my favourite lines from the novel. “Even demons have souls, Fool, and can become prey to those further the hierarchy” is probably the other line I like most that doesn’t give anything away about the story. See? It’s all about pain and being a victim…



TQ:  What's next?

Simon:  Generally: spending time with my wife Rosie and stepchildren Mily and Lottie, playing zombie board games with my son Ben, walking the hills above Sedbergh, wine, good food and horror movies. In writing terms, next is the sequel to The Devil’s Detective, which has the working title of The Devil’s Evidence. After that, I really don’t know – a lot will depend on how these two books do and whether anyone wants to read any more novels by me! At some point, I’d like to write a full-blown haunted house novel and bring back the main character from my portmanteau of ghost stories, Richard Nakata, and there may be another Fool novel bubbling somewhere in my head. I’m writing a horror movie script with the actor Ian Brooker (go and watch The Casebook of Eddie Brewer), which I hope to have finished in the next few months, and I owe a couple of short stories so I should probably do them at some point soon. I don’t really plan, not anything more complicated than ‘tomorrow I eat pizza’ anyway, so the best I can say is, watch this space and time will tell.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Simon:  My pleasure, and thanks for having me!





The Devil's Detective
Doubleday, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

Interview with Simon Kurt Unsworth and Review of The Devil's Detective - March 16, 2015
Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell's standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.



Qwill's Thoughts

The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth presents a different view of Hell. This is not Dante's Hell but a very desperate Hell, where people have jobs to do and, as the book description points out, having hope is what makes this Hell so hellish.

Thomas Fool is a bureaucrat in Hell, an Information Man, who barely has a job to do until he's asked to investigate a ruthless killing. Normally he'd not investigate a murder but his boss wants him to find out what is going on. The demons too want him to find out what is going on. There is an important delegation visiting Hell and they often tag along to see how Fool will find the killer. Fool has no idea what he is doing really, but learns how to investigate as the story progresses. He's the everyman (if the everyman was dead and had no idea who he was) caught in a situation not of his making. His journey and transformation over the course of the novel is riveting and unexpected.

The murder mystery is well done. Unsworth writes a suitable series of red herrings into the narrative to keep you guessing. The murders are monstrous even by Hell's standards. While Fool is clearly the lead, the supporting cast is equally intriguing. Unsworth creates some very memorable characters from the grotesque to the fanciful.

Unsworth's descriptive powers are exceptional - whether he's describing a particularly gruesome murder, or the way Hell looks, how information is retrieved from a dead body, or Hell's bureaucracy. Unsworth brings his version of Hell alive in extremely dark tones. He does not shy away from the horrific elements of the story.

I really love how Unsworth writes. It's lyrical and carries you along what is really a very, very bleak story. The ending of the novel surprised me, but also made perfect sense in the Hell Unsworth created. The Devil's Detective is grim, often gruesome and a genuinely terrific debut.





About Simon

Interview with Simon Kurt Unsworth and Review of The Devil's Detective - March 16, 2015
Photo by Irena Vettese
Simon Kurt Unsworth was born in Manchester in 1972 and is beginning to despair of ever finding proof that the world was awash with mysterious signs and portents that night. He lives in an old farmhouse miles from anywhere in the Lake District with his wife, the writer Rosie Seymour, and assorted children and dogs. His neighbours are mostly sheep and his office is an old cheese store in which he writes horror fiction (for which pursuit he was nominated for a 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story). He is irritatingly tall but after years of frowning is no longer grouchy, owns a wide selection of garish shirts, several pairs of cowboy boots, six bolo ties and a magnificent leather waistcoat. His beard is growing truly wild and he spends most of his life in need of a haircut.

His latest collection, Strange Gateways, is out now from PS Publishing, following 2011’s critically acclaimed Quiet Houses (from Dark Continents Publishing) and 2010’s Lost Places (from Ash Tree Press). His stories have been published in a large number of anthologies including the World Fantasy Award-winning Exotic Gothic 4, the Gray Friar Press’s Terror Tales of the Cotswolds, Terror Tales of the Seaside and Where the Heart Is, the Ash Tree Press’s At Ease with the Dead, Shades of Darkness and Exotic Gothic 3, Stephen Jones’ Haunts: Reliquaries of the Dead, Ellen Datlow’s Hauntings and Lovecraft Unbound, and Salt Publishing’s Year’s Best Fantasy 2013. He has been in six of Stephen Jones’ The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and he was also in The Very Best of Best New Horror. He has a further collection due, the as-yet-unnamed collection that will launch the Spectral Press Spectral Signature Editions imprint. The Devil’s Detective is his first novel.

Website  ~  Twitter @skunsworth

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


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The View From Monday - March 2, 2015


Another snowstorm, another school delay, etc. I am really looking forward to Spring! The full March release list went up yesterday but here are this week's new releases, Debuts, etc.


There are 5 debuts this week:

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel;

The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards (this is his first adult own world novel);

Dead Boys by Gabriel Squailia;

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz;

and

The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson is out in Mass Market Paperaback;

The Danger of Destiny by Leigh Evans;

Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars by Kevin Hearne;

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys;

and

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster.



The View From Monday - March 2, 2015



March 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cursed (e) Lisa Childs PNR
Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction Jason Haslam LC- Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Raintree: Oracle (e) Linda Winstead Jones PNR - Raintree 4
Harlequin Nocturne March 2015 Box Set: Raintree: Oracle\Cursed (e) Linda Winstead Jones
Lisa Childs
PNR



March 2, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Chaos Station (e) Jenn Burke
Kelly Jensen
SFR - Chaos Station 1
Phoenix in My Fortune (e) R.L. Naquin UF - A Monster Haven Story 6



March 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Operation Arcana John Joseph Adams (ed) F - Anthology
The Goblin Emperor (h2mm) Katherine Addison F
Elisha Magus (h2mm) E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 2
Magic Breaks (h2mm) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 7
Bathed in Blood Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 53
Shifter Mates Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound Novellas
End Day James Axler SF - Deathlands 121
Shipstar (h2mm) Gregory Benford
Larry Niven
SF - Bowl of Heaven 2
Vision In Silver Anne Bishop CF - Others 3
Doctor Who: Amorality Tale: The History Collection David Bishop SF - Doctor Who
Wisp of a Thing (h2tp) Alex Bledsoe CF - Tufa 2
Mars, Inc. (h2tp) Ben Bova SF - Billionaire's Club 1
Transhuman (h2mm) Ben Bova SF
Dead Heat (h2mm) Patricia Briggs CF - Alpha and Omega 4
Rising Fire Terri Brisbin FR - Stone Circles 1
Skin Game (h2mm) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 15
Binding Ties Shannon K. Butcher PNR - The Sentinel Wars 9
The Burning Dark (h2tp) Adam Christopher SF - Spider Wars 1
Probably Monsters Ray Cluley H - Collection
A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark (Ke) Harry Connolly UF
Edge of Dark Brenda Cooper SF - Glittering Edge 1
Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection Paul Cornell SF - Doctor Who
Unwrapped Sky (h2mm) Rjurik Davidson SF - Caeli-Amur 1
Into the Maelstrom David Drake
John Lambshead
SF - Citizen 2
The Danger of Destiny Leigh Evans PNR - Mystwalker 4
Murder Ties the Knot Christy Fifield PM - Haunted Souvenir Shop 4
Dark Screams: Volume 2 (e) Brian James Freeman (ed)
Richard Chizmar (ed)
H - Anthology
Doctor Who: The Roundheads: The History Collection Mark Gatiss SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: The History Collection James Goss SF - Doctor Who
Wild Wood Posie Graeme-Evans Hist/FairyT
Apocalypse Happens (e) Lori Handeland UF - Phoenix Chronicles 3
:Dead Ever After (h2tp) Charlaine Harris CF - Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood 13
Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars Kevin Hearne SF - Star Wars
Vampires Never Cry Wolf Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 3
Jack Cloudie (h2tp) (ri) Stephen Hunt SP - Jackelian World 5
The Fall of the Governor: Part Two (tp2mm) Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H - The Walking Dead 4
The Buried Giant Kazuo Ishiguro LF
Phoenix Inheritance (e) Corrina Lawson PNR - Phoenix Institute 4
The Crow of Connemara Stephen Leigh CF
Immortal Muse (h2mm) Stephen Leigh HistF
Wicked Dark Dragon (e) Lolita Lopez PNR - Dragon Heat 3
Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection Steve Lyons SF - Doctor Who
The Joe Ledger Series, Books 1-3 (e) Jonathan Maberry Th/Z - Joe Ledger
Old Venus George R.R. Martin (ed)
Garner Dozois (ed)
SF - Anthology
Pocket Apocalypse Seanan McGuire F - InCryptid 4
Stolen Crown (h2mm) Dennis L. McKiernan F - Mithgar
Of Silk and Steam Bec McMaster SPR - London Steampunk 5
The Man with the Compound Eyes (h2tp) Wu Ming-Yi SF
Madness in Solidar L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - The Imager Portfolio 9
Infinity Bell Devon Monk UF - House Immortal 2
The Wicked City (e) Megan Morgan UF - Siren Song 1
Horse of a Different Killer Laura Morrigan PM - A Call of the Wilde Mystery 3
WolfCop Brad Munson UF
Nexus (tp2mm) Ramez Naam SF - Nexus 1
Dark Debt Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 11
The Usurper John Norman SF- Telnarian Histories 4
The Buried Life (D) Carrie Patel SF/A - The Buried Life 1
Doctor Who: The Stone Rose: The History Collection Jac Rayner SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Shadow In The Glass: The History Collection Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The Suicide Exhibition (D) Justin Richards SF - Never War 1
Doctor Who: The English Way of Death: The History Collection Gareth Roberts SF - Doctor Who
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex 3
Veil of the Deserters (h2tp) Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounders Arc 2
Archaon: Everchosen Rob Sanders F - Warhammer
Words of Radiance (h2mm) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 2
Dead Boys (D) Gabriel Squailia F/P
Flex (D) Ferrett Steinmetz UF - Flex 1
Night Things (ri) Michael Talbot H
Cat Out of Hell Lynne Truss Hu/Go
The Devil's Detective (D) Simon Kurt Unsworth M/H
Doctor Who: Time Trips Various SF - Doctor Who Collection
Immortal (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 6
Any Witch Way She Can (e) Christine Warren PNR
The Fall of Altdorf Chris Wraight F - Warhammer: The End Times 2
Above Us Only Sky Michele Young-Stone LF



March 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Shape of My Name: A Tor.Com Original (e) Nino Cipri TT



March 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Jesse James Omnibus Craig Gallant
C.L. Werner
AH


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

A - Adventure
AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
TT - Time Travel
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 11 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 2015 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 and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Little, Brown And Company, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY HIS FUTURE SELVES.

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

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

In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.

The Lost Boys Symphony is a beautiful reminder of what it's like to be young, lost, and in and out of love for the very first time. By turns heartfelt and heartbreaking, Ferguson's debut novel boldly announces the arrival of a spellbinding new talent on the literary stage, in a master feat of empathy and multilayered storytelling that takes adventurous literary fiction to dizzying new heights.




Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon
The Fire Sermon 1
Gallery Books, March 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.




Ellie O'Neill

Reluctantly Charmed
Touchstone, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate.

And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend’s website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin’s rock-and-roll sweetheart—and Kate’s onetime fling—writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps—or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.




Carrie Patel

The Buried Life
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
        (North American and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]




Cat Rambo

Beasts of Tabat
The Tabat Quartet 1
Wordfire Press, March 27, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 325 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.

When his fate becomes woven with that of Tabat’s most famous gladiator, Bella Kanto, his existence becomes even more imperiled. Kanto’s magical battle determines the weather each year, and the wealthy merchants are tired of the long winters she’s brought. Can Teo and Bella save each other from the plots that are closing in on them from all sides?




Justin Richards

The Suicide Exhibition
The Never War 1
Thomas Dunne Books, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(1st own world adult novel)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The threat is not new. The aliens have been here before.

The German war machine has woken an ancient threat - the alien Vril and their Ubermensch have returned. With this new power, ultimate Victory in the war for Europe is now within the Nazis' grasp.Obsessed with the Occult, Hitler and other senior Nazis believed they were destined to inherit the Earth. To this end, they are determined to recover 'their' ancient artifacts -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Destiny. When Dunkirk veteran and Foreign Office trouble-shooter Major Guy Pentecross stumbles across a seemingly unbelievable conspiracy, he, together with pilot and American spy Sarah Diamond and SOE operative Leo Davenport, enter the shadow world of Section Z. All three have major roles to play as they uncover the Nazis' insidious plot to use the Vril's technology to win the war... at any cost.

Justin Richards has an extremely credible grasp of WWII history and has transformed it into a groundbreaking alternate reality thriller in The Suicide Exhibition.




Alan Smale

Clash of Eagles
Clash of Eagles Trilogy 1
Del Rey, March 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Perfect for fans of action-adventure and historical fiction—including novels by such authors as Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove—this stunning work of alternate history imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has not fallen and the North American continent has just been discovered. In the year 1218 AD, transported by Norse longboats, a Roman legion crosses the great ocean, enters an endless wilderness, and faces a cataclysmic clash of worlds, cultures, and warriors.  

Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined.

Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.




Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys
Talos, March 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A decade dead, Jacob Campbell is a preservationist, providing a kind of taxidermy to keep his clients looking lifelike for as long as the forces of entropy will allow. But in the Land of the Dead, where the currency is time itself and there is little for corpses to do but drink, thieve, and gamble eternity away, Jacob abandons his home and his fortune for an opportunity to meet the man who cheated the rules of life and death entirely.

According to legend, the Living Man is the only adventurer to ever cross into the underworld without dying first. It’s rumored he met his end somewhere in the labyrinth of pubs beneath Dead City’s streets, disappearing without a trace. Now Jacob’s vow to find the Living Man and follow him back to the land of the living sends him on a perilous journey through an underworld where the only certainty is decay.

Accompanying him are the boy Remington, an innocent with mysterious powers over the bones of the dead, and the hanged man Leopold l’Eclair, a flamboyant rogue whose criminal ambitions spark the undesired attention of the shadowy ruler known as the Magnate.

An ambitious debut that mingles the fantastic with the philosophical, Dead Boys twists the well-worn epic quest into a compelling, one-of-a-kind work of weird fiction that transcends genre, recalling the novels of China Miéville and Neil Gaiman.




Ferrett Steinmetz

Flex
Flex 1
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback (US/Canada) and eBook,
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill • Firestarter • Bureaucramancy • The Flex & the Flux ]




Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective
Doubleday, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell's standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.




T.A. Wardrope

Arcadian Gates
Blastgun Books, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 424 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Only ten years ago the entire nation was struck by a chemical weapon which destroyed most people’s memories. Akiry, a young woman who makes her way smuggling amongst the lower caste of the rebuilt country, is haunted by dreams of a daughter she otherwise does not remember.

As civil war erupts in the city around her, she takes the last chance she has to find the truth about her daughter and her past.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.


Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective
Doubleday, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell's standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.

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