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The View From Monday - October 23, 2017


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire 1) by Melissa Caruso.

The View From Monday - October 23, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Danger's Vice (Holly Danger 2) by Amanda Carlson;

Magic of Wind and Mist: The Wizard's Promise; The Nobleman's Revenge by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

Path of Gods (The Valhalla Saga 3) bu Snorri Kristjansson is out in Trade Paperback;

The Gates of Hell (The Shards of Heaven 2) by Michael Livingston is out in Trade Paperback;

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Morena-Garcia;

and

Switchback (Nightshades 2) by Melissa F. Olson.

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



The View From Monday - October 23, 2017



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

October 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Vice (e) Amanda Carlson SF/Dys/PA - Holly Danger 2



October 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Something Wicked This Way Comes (ri) Ray Bradbury H
The Tethered Mage (D) Melissa Caruso F - Swords and Fire 1
Wrath of the Ancients Catherine Cavendish H/Occ
Magic of Wind and Mist: The Wizard's Promise; The Nobleman's Revenge Cassandra Rose Clarke F
Ready Player One (ri) Ernest Cline SF/Dys/Th
Babylon's Ashes (h2tp) James S. A. Corey SF/SO - The Expanse 6
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr John Crowley MR/F
Hunter's Moon David Devereux F/DF
Leopard's Blood Christine Feehan PNR - A Leopard Novel 10
Halloween Carnival Volume 4 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
Dragonfly in Amber (25th Anniversary Edition) Diana Gabaldon Hist/HistF/R/TT - Outlander 2
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels Joe Hill H
Nightblade's Vengeance Ryan Kirk HistF - Blades of the Fallen 1
Path of Gods (h2tp) Snorri Kristjansson HistF - The Valhalla Saga 3
Blade of Empire Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - The Dragon Prophecy Trilogy 2
The Gates of Hell (h2tp) Michael Livingston HistF/AH - The Shards of Heaven 2
Tales from a Talking Board Ross E. Lockhart (Ed) H - Anthology
Tangled in Time Barbara Longley TTR
Above the Timberline Gregory Manchess SF
Doctor Who: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe George Mann
Justin Richards
TV - Doctor Who
Blood of the Lost Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson 10
The Beautiful Ones Silvia Moreno-Garcia HistF/FR
Anno Dracula - One Thousand Monsters Kim Newman HistF/H/DF - Anno Dracula
Switchback Melissa F. Olson UF - Nightshades 2
Firewalk (h2tp) Chris Roberson UF/SupTh/CF/P
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale A. M. Robinson
Willow Rosenberg
MTI
The Infinite Now Mindy Tarquini HistF/CoA/MR
The Apothecary's Shop: Venice 1118 A.D. Roberto Tiraboschi
Katherine Gregor (Tr)
Occ/Sup/R
Blue Plague: Sacrifice Thomas A. Watson F/DF - Blue Plague 3



October 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: A British Alien? Danny Nicol PerfArts



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 25


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



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



Rajan Khanna (2014)

Rising Tide
Falling Sky 2
Pyr, October 6, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 260 pages
Cover Artist: Chris McGrath

Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.

Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that's not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements. To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he's ever known, is stolen. Ben must try to survive on the ground while trying to get his ship back.

This brings him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters-whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own.




Marko Kloos (2014)

Chains of Command
Frontlines 4
47North, April 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 384 pages

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens’ seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers—all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

Knowing Earth’s uneasy respite won’t last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades’ stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat—and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity’s future.




Snorri Kristjansson (2014)

Blood Will Follow
The Valhalla Saga 2
Jo Fletcher Books, December 1, 2015
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 6, 2015

Starburst magazine called Snorri Kristjansson's Swords of Good Men--the first volume in the Valhalla Saga--"A cracking yarn (one that would make a great movie), filled with enough to satisfy any fan of Vikings and their mythology." Now this raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway continues with Blood Will Follow, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.

Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson are battered, having barely survived the battle for Stenvik, waged between King Olav and the followers of the White Christ, and those whose allegiance remains to the gods of the Norse pantheon. Alas, the two Vikings' encounter with a mysterious witch just before escaping the town over the city's walls have left them without the one thing that made them human: their mortality.

While Ulfar heads home to Sweden, hoping to find a safe haven where he can come to grips with his newfound inability to die, Audun travels by foot to the south, searching for answers on the open road. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run from their destiny. King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following the advice of the scheming healer Valgard, to hunt for the source of the Vikings' power.

Soon, Ulfar and Audun will realize they have important roles to play in the battle for supremacy between those seeking to spread the gospel of the White Christ and those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki.


Path of Gods
The Valhalla Saga 3
Jo Fletcher Books, January 5, 2016
9781623656720, 1623656729
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

In this raucous fantasy epic set at during the era when the Vikings fearlessly sailed the world's seas, mead flowed freely, and Gods walked the earth, companions Audun Arngrimsson and Ulfar Thormodsson are reunited after separate journeys of self-discovery.

In Trondheim, King Olav, self-appointed champion of the White Christ, grows restless in the wake of a significant victory and finds his faith tested further as he struggles to maintain the peace. With his garrison decimated and his forces surrounded by deceitful, grasping local chieftains, the King contemplates how best and where to spread the word of his God.

Reunited after their quests to discover the contours of their newfound immortality, Audun and Ulfar have a new sense of purpose: to ensure that the North remains in the hands of those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki. To do so, they must take on a powerful adversary who will stop at nothing to put an end to age-old traditions in the name of the White Christ. Audun and Ulfar are about to do battle with the most powerful enemy they have ever faced, and if they are to have any chance of victory, they must find equally powerful allies.

Meanwhile in the North, touched by the trickster god, something old, malevolent, and very, very angry stirs . . .




Jessica Leake (2014)

Arcana : A Historical Fantasy
Talos, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 268 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 11, 2014

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?


The Order of the Eternal Sun
A Novel of the Sylvani
Talos, August 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

[cover not yet available]
Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.




Peter Liney (2014)

In Constant Fear
Detainee 3
Jo Fletcher Books, December 22, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Over a year has passed since "Big Guy" Clancy and the ragged band of survivors managed to escape from the hellish reality of the City. Pursued by the ruthless leader of Infinity-the corporation behind the systematic extermination of thousands of "lower class" citizens-they've been on the run ever since, constantly looking over their shoulders.

Despite this, they have forged a new life working the land on an abandoned smallholding on the other side of the mountains. Hidden there, they are as close to happy as they can be.

But peace is short-lived. Strange things start to happen in the valley: too many unlucky coincidences convince them that another power is rising against them, and there are many questions to be answered: what is the shadow maker? And who-or what-has begun to howl in the night?


Into The Fire
Detainee 2
Jo Fletcher Books, February 9, 2016
Mass Market Paperback
Hardcover and eBook, March 17, 2015

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

The View From Monday - January 3, 2016


Happy first Monday in 2016! Many books are out this month including 12 debuts as well as reissues of many Stephen King books.


There are 5 debuts to start the year:

A Paper Son by Jason Buchholz;

Drake (Burned Man 1) by Peter McLean;

Terms of Use by Scott Alan Morrison;

Steal the Sky (The Scorched Continent 1) by Megan E. O'Keefe;

and

Unforgettable by Eric James Stone.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Starbound (Lightship Chronicles 2) by Dave Bara;

The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City 4) by Sara Humphreys;

Path of Gods (Valhalla Saga 3) by Snorri Kristjansson;

Arcana: A Historical Fantasy by Jessica Leake is out in Trade Paperback;

The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy 3) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;

Three Promises: An American Faerie Tale Collection by Bishop O'Connell is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Grave Attraction (Grave 4) by Lori Sjoberg.



The View From Monday - January 3, 2016


January 1, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Paper Son (D) Jason Buchholz LF
House of Shadows (e) Jen Christie PNR
Otherworld Protector (e) Jane Godman PNR
Captivating the Witch (e) Michele Hauf PNR
The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria Carlos Hernandez SF - Collection
The Gunslinger (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 1
The Drawing of the Three (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 2
The Waste Lands (e) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 3
Wizard and Glass Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 4
Christine Stephen King H
Cujo (e) Stephen King H
The Dark Half (e) Stephen King H
The Dead Zone (e) Stephen King H
Desperation (e) Stephen King H
Different Seasons (e) Stephen King Various - Collection
Dolores Claiborne (e) Stephen King H
Firestarter (e) Stephen King H
Four Past Midnight (e) Stephen King H - Collection
Gerald's Game (e) Stephen King H
Insomnia (e) Stephen King H
It Stephen King H/Th/Sus
The Long Walk (e) Stephen King H
Misery Stephen King H
Needful Things (e) Stephen King H
The Regulators (e) Stephen King H
Roadwork (e) Stephen King H
Rose Madder (e) Stephen King H
The Running Man (e) Stephen King H
Skeleton Crew (e) Stephen King H - Collection
Thinner (e) Stephen King H
The Tommyknockers (e) Stephen King H
Terms of Use (D) Scott Allan Morrison Th/Tech
Grave of Hummingbirds Jennifer Skutelsky LF
Damnificado JJ Amaworo Wilson MR



January 4, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Thinning the Herd (e) Adrian Phoenix UF
Paranormal Chaos (e) Joshua Roots UF - Shifter Chronicles 3



January 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Light Keri Arthur Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 1
Dark Intelligence (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Transformation 1
Starbound Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 2
The Last Dream Keeper Amber Benson CF - Echo Park Coven 2
Chains and Memory (e) Marie Brennan UF - Wilders 2
Convergence Point Liana Brooks SF - Time & Shadows Mystery 2
Barrayar (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 3
Daisies For Innocence Bailey Cattrell PCM - An Enchanted Garden Mystery 1
Whispering Hearts Cassandra Chandler PNR - Summer Park Psychics 2
House of Shadows Jen Christie PNR
Worst Contact Hank Davis (ed) SF - Anthology
Dark Victory Brendan DuBois SF - Alien Resistance
It Only Comes Out At Night and Other Stories Dennis Etchison H - Collection
Death Do Us Part (e) JG Faherty H
1635: A Parcel of Rogues Eric Flint
Andrew Dennis
AH - The Ring of Fire 20
The Dream Beings (e) Aaron J. French H
Otherworld Protector Jane Godman PNR
Tales from the Nightside: A Nightside Book Simon R. Green CF -  Nightside Short Stories
Captivating the Witch Michele Hauf PNR
Bait Elena Hearty H
The Night Voice Barb Hendee
J.C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 11
First and Last Sorcerer (h2mm) Barb Hendee
J.C. Hendee
F - Noble Dead 10
Finn Fancy Necromancy (h2tp) Randy Henderson F/Hu - The Arcana Familia 1
Unbound (h2mm) Jim C. Hines SF/CF/Hu - Magic Ex Libris 3
The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 4
Mr. Splitfoot Samantha Hunt LF/Gothic
The Buried Giant (h2tp) Kazuo Ishiguro LF/HistF
Shadow Touched Erin Kellison PNR
It (ri) Stephen King H/Th/Sus
Path of Gods Snorri Kristjansson F - Valhalla Saga 3
The Children's Home Charles Lambert LF/FairyT/NeoGo/H
Growl Eve Langlais
Kate Douglas
A.C. Arthur
PNR - Short Stories
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder Victoria Laurie PCM - Ghost Hunter Mystery
10
Arcana: A Historical Fantasy (h2tp) Jessica Leake HistF
Only the Stones Survive Morgan Llywelyn HistF
Merchant of Alyss (h2tp) Thomas Locke F - Legends of the Realm 2
The Last Weekend: A Novel of Zombies, Booze, and Power Tools Nick Mamatas H
Dark and Stormy Knight Nina Mason PNR - Knights of Avalon 2
The Autumn Republic (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
Drake (D) Peter McLean UF - Burned Man 1
Travelers Rest Keith Lee Morris Dys
House Rules (tp2mm) Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 7
Three Promises: An American Faerie Tale Collection Bishop O'Connell UF - An American Faerie Tale
Steal the Sky (D) Megan E. O'Keefe F - The Scorched Continent 1
Midnight Taxi Tango Daniel José Older CF - A Bone Street Rumba Novel 2
Keep Mars Weird Neal Pollack SF
Fields of Wrath (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai 2
Desolation Kristopher Rufty H
Grave Attraction Lori Sjoberg PNR - Grave 4
Unforgettable (D) Eric James Stone SF
The Guard Peter Terrin Dys
Doom of the Dragon Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Pawn's Gambit: And Other Stratagems Timothy Zahn SF - Collection



January 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Glass Galago: A Tor.Com Original (e) A. M. Dellamonica F



January 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bloody Quarrel: Episode 5 (e) Duncan Lay F - Bloody Quarrel



January 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Coral Bones (e) Foz Meadows F - Monstrous Little Voices 1
The Masquerading Magician Gigi Pandian PM - An Accidental Alchemist Mystery 2



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
NeoGo - NeoGothic
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - November 30, 2015


Happy last Monday in November. It's also Cyber Monday so if you are hunting for something today I hope you find it. If not you can always buy a book or two.

This week's debuts:

The Curse of Jacob Tracey by Holly Messinger

Bloodbound (Pathfinder Tales 30) by F. Wesley Schneider

and

Your Brother's Blood by David Towsey


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Impulse (Lightship Chronicles 1) by Dave Bara (in Mass Market Paperback);

Blood Will Follow (Valhalla Saga 2) by Snorri Kristjansson (in Trade Paperback);

and

The Labyrinth of Flame (The Shattered Sigil 3) by Courtney Schafer.



The View From Monday - November 30, 2015



November 28, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea Caitlin R. Kiernan SF/F/H - Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan 2



November 30, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fender Lizards Joe R. Lansdale LF



December 1, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Enemy in the Dark Jay Allan SF - Far Stars Trilogy 2
Magic Gifts: A Kate Daniels Novella (e) Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels
Tales of the Time Scouts Robert Asprin
Linda Evans
SF - Time Scouts Ominibus
Impulse (h2mm) Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles
1
The Warrior Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 2
Ash and Silver Carol Berg F - Sanctuary 2
Nocturnall: A River of Souls Story (Ke) Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls
Give Up the Ghost Juliet Blackwell PM - A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery 6
Assassin's Creed: Underworld Oliver Bowden HistF - Assassin's Creed
8
The Elfstones of Shannara (ri/TV Tie-in) Terry Brooks F - The Shannara Chronicles 1
The Wishsong of Shannara (ri/TV Tie-in) Terry Brooks F - The Shannara Chronicles 2
Wild Wolf Claiming (e) Rhyannon Byrd PNR - Bloodrunners 8
Come the Revolution Frank Chadwick SF - How Dark the World Becomes 2
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind Anne Charnock SF
The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics Louis Chude-Sokei LC
Sweet Ruin Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 16
Ghost in the Wind E.J. Copperman PM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 7
Ark Storm (h2mm) Linda Davies Th
A Daughter of No Nation A. M. Dellamonica F - Stormwrack 2
Not Dark Yet Berit Ellingsen LF
Experimental Film Gemma Files H
A Palazzo in the Stars: Science Fiction Stories Paul Di Filippo SF - Collection
A Painted Goddess (Kindle Serial) Victor Gischler F - A Fire Beneath the Skin 3
Otherworld Protector (e) Jane Godman PNR - Otherworld 1
Pax Britannia: The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus Vol. 2 Jonathan Green SF - Pax Britannia
Blood Storm Steven Harper F - The Books of Blood and Iron 2
Shadow's End Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 9
The Ghost of Mistletoe Mary (e) Sue Ann Jaffarian PM - Ghost of Granny Apples Novella
Seize the Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hunter 7
Alien in Chief Gini Koch SF - Alien 12
Blood Will Follow (h2tp) Snorri Kristjansson F - Valhalla Saga 2
Crucible: All-New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar
Clockwork Samurai Jeannie Lin SP - Gunpowder Chronicles 2
For Love or Magic Lucy March FR - Nodaway Falls 3
Thunderbird Jack McDevitt SF/AC
Dorothy Parker Drank Here (h2tp) Ellen Meister SF - Dorothy Parker 2
The Curse of Jacob Tracy (D) Holly Messinger HistF/H
The Bone Hunters Robert J. Mrazek Th
The Zero Stone (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Murdoc Jern 1
Catseye (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Dipple 1
Uncharted Stars (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Murdoc Jern 2
Wraiths of Time (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Gods and Androids 2
Android at Arms (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Gods and Androids 1
Night of Masks (e)(ri) Andre Norton SF - Dipple 2
Rhythm of the Imperium Jody Lynn Nye SF - Imperium 3
The Prison in Antares Mike Resnick SF - Dead Enders 2
Sword of Destiny Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 1.5
The Labyrinth of Flame (e) Courtney Schafer F - The Shattered Sigil 3
Bloodbound (D) F. Wesley Schneider F - Pathfinder Tales 30
The Goblin Reservation (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
The Fellowship of the Talisman (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Special Deliverance (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Mastodonia (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Project Pope (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Time and Again (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Highway of Eternity (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
A Choice of Gods (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Our Children's Children (e)(ri) Clifford D. Simak SF
Unbound (e) Shawn Speakman (ed) F - Anthology
Nevermore Rob Thurman UF - Cal and Niko Leandros 10
Your Brother's Blood (D - US) David Towsey H/PA - Walkin' Trilogy 1
The Rising Ian Tregillis AH - The Alchemy Wars 2
The Secret of the Nagas Amish Tripathi F - Shiva Trilogy 2
Joe Steele (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH
Slavemakers Joseph Wallace SF/AP/PA/Th - Invasive Species 2
Blood Kiss J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 1
The Seventh Sigil (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - Dragon Brigade 3



December 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Golden Key Legacy: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance (e) AJ Nuest FR



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
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PA - Post-Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 15


This is the fifteenth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their upcoming 2015 books. This update covers some of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge authors. What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors in 2015? - Part 16 will cover additional 2014 DAC authors.

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




Aidan Harte

Irenicon
Wave Trilogy1
Jo Fletcher Books, March 10, 2015
Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, April 2014

"If there were stars for world-building, Irenicon would be a five plus, no question," says SFX.

"The book is a fountain of gorgeous detail, festooned with enriching codices and enlightening, subtly subsumed exposition," raved Sci-Fi Now.

The river Irenicon is a feat of ancient Concordian engineering. Blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, using Wave technology, it divided the only city strong enough to defeat the Concordian Empire. But no one could have predicted the river would become sentient--and hostile. Sofia Scaligeri, the soon-to-be Contessa of Rasenna, has inherited a city tearing itself apart from the inside. And try as she might, she can see no way of stopping the culture of vendetta that has the city in its grasp. Until a Concordian engineer arrives to build a bridge over the Irenicon, clarifying everything: the feuding factions of Rasenna can either continue to fight each other or they can unite against their shared enemy. And they will surely need to stand together--for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again.



The Warring States
Wave Trilogy 2
Jo Fletcher Books, April 7, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages

Interzone raved that “Harte is a brilliant new voice is historical fantasy.” In The Warring States, Aidan Harte continues his high fantasy adventure began in Irenicon.

After the rout at Rasenna, Concord faces enemies on all fronts, and nobody believes that the last surviving Apprentice is equal to these crises–but Torbidda didn’t become Apprentice by letting himself be manipulated.

While Sofia is struggling to understand her miraculous pregnancy, the City of Towers grows wealthy. But it’s not long before the people of Rasenna start arguing again, and as the city falls apart once more, Sofia realises she must escape Etruria to save her baby. When prophecy leads her to another cesspit of treachery, the decadent Crusader kingdom of Oltremare, Sofia begins to despair, for this time she can see no way out.





Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Lady of Magick
Noctis Magicae 2
Ace, September 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook,

Sylvia Izzo Hunter brought “both rural Brittany and an alternative Regency England to vivid life”* in The Midnight Queen, her debut novel of history, magic, and myth. Now, in her new Noctis Magicae novel, Sophie and Gray Marshall are ensnared in an arcane plot that threatens to undo them both.

In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test.

Sophie returns home one day to find a note from Gray—he’s been summoned urgently to London. But when he doesn’t return, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, she realizes something sinister has befallen him. With the help of her sister, Joanna, she delves into Gray’s disappearance, and soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom.





Stephen Lloyd Jones

The String Diaries
String Diaries 1
Mulholland Books, January 6, 2015
Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, July 2014

A family is hunted by a centuries-old monster: a man with a relentless obsession who can take on any identity.

The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night--her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?

Stephen Lloyd Jones's debut novel is a sweeping thriller that extends from the present day, to Oxford in the 1970s, to Hungary at the turn of the 19th century, all tracing back to a man from an ancient royal family with a consuming passion--a boy who can change his shape, insert himself into the intimate lives of his victims, and destroy them.

If Hannah fails to end the chase now, her daughter is next in line. Only Hannah can decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to finally put a centuries-old curse to rest.



Written in the Blood
String Diaries 2
Mulholland Books, May 26, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages

In the sequel to The String Diaries, a mother and daughter find their place among the descendants of an immortal line of shapeshifters.

Leah Wilde is the last of a line of shapeshifters called the Long Lives. The few who remain are scattered about the globe. Leah and her mother, Hannah, are determined to find them and to save them from extinction.

But Leah and Hannah are not alone in their search. For centuries an ancient monster has thrived by killing members of the Long Lives. Over a hundred years ago in Budapest, a boy named Izsak witnessed unspeakable sacrifices within his orphanage, all to appease this ravenous beast. Today the monster stalks America, preying on the young in its quest for immortality. Written in the Blood is the stunning next chapter in Stephen Lloyd Jones's inventive and exciting saga.





Marko Kloos

Angles of Attack
Frontline 3
47North, April 21, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 350 pages

The alien forces known as the Lankies are gathering on the solar system’s edge, consolidating their conquest of Mars and setting their sights on Earth. The far-off colony of New Svalbard, cut off from the rest of the galaxy by the Lanky blockade, teeters on the verge of starvation and collapse. The forces of the two Earth alliances have won minor skirmishes but are in danger of losing the war. For battle-weary staff sergeant Andrew Grayson and the ragged forces of the North American Commonwealth, the fight for survival is entering a catastrophic new phase.

Forging an uneasy alliance with their Sino-Russian enemies, the NAC launches a hybrid task force on a long shot: a stealth mission to breach the Lanky blockade and reestablish supply lines with Earth. Plunging into combat against a merciless alien species that outguns, outmaneuvers, and outfights them at every turn, Andrew and his fellow troopers could end up cornered on their home turf, with no way out and no hope for reinforcement. And this time, the struggle for humanity’s future can only end in either victory or annihilation.






Snorri Kristjansson

Swords of Good Men
Valhalla Saga 1
Jo Fletcher Books, January 6, 2015
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Previously published in Hardcover and eBook, January 2014

Swords of Good Men--the first volume Snorri Kristjansson's Vhlhalla Saga--in is a raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.

To weary Viking Ulfar Thormodsson, the town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on what has been a long and perilous journey. It has been particularly challenging for Thormodsson, who has been charged with protecting the life of his high-born cousin. Having travelled the world for two years, all he wants is to go home--but Stenvik awaits.

After coming ashore, Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.

As the Vikings learn, King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the east, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword - even as a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman sails from the north. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere - outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.

Swords of Good Men features a memorable cast of original characters and is driven by non-stop action and a clever sense of humor. Kristjansson deftly and elegantly weaves Norse mythology and history with fantasy in a novel that offers not only a good dose of bloody Viking feuding, but intrigue and romance.



Blood Will Follow
Valhalla Saga 2
Jo Fletcher Books, January 6, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Starburst magazine called Snorri Kristjansson's Swords of Good Men--the first volume in the Valhalla Saga--"A cracking yarn (one that would make a great movie), filled with enough to satisfy any fan of Vikings and their mythology." Now this raucous and gripping fantasy adventure set in Viking Norway continues with Blood Will Follow, where plundering and pillaging are a way of life and creature comforts rarely exceed a mug of sour mead.


Ulfar Thormodsson and Audun Arngrimsson are battered, having barely survived the battle for Stenvik, waged between King Olav and the followers of the White Christ, and those whose allegiance remains to the gods of the Norse pantheon. Alas, the two Vikings' encounter with a mysterious witch just before escaping the town over the city's walls have left them without the one thing that made them human: their mortality.

While Ulfar heads home to Sweden, hoping to find a safe haven where he can come to grips with his newfound inability to die, Audun travels by foot to the south, searching for answers on the open road. But both men are about to discover that they cannot run from their destiny. King Olav has left the conquered town of Stenvik in the hands of his lieutenant so he can journey north, following the advice of the scheming healer Valgard, to hunt for the source of the Vikings' power.

Soon, Ulfar and Audun will realize they have important roles to play in the battle for supremacy between those seeking to spread the gospel of the White Christ and those who keep to the old ways of Odin, Thor, and Loki.


Guest Blog by Snorri Kristjansson: You could have written about ninjas! Space giraffes! Sharks with lasers! Why ... Vikings? - February 21, 2014


Please welcome Snorri Kristjansson to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Swords of Good Men was published on January 7, 2014. You may read Snorri's DAC Interview here.



Guest Blog by Snorri Kristjansson: You could have written about ninjas! Space giraffes! Sharks with lasers! Why ... Vikings? - February 21, 2014




You could have written about ninjas! Space giraffes! Sharks with lasers! Why ... Vikings?

       Hello! My name is Snorri Kristjansson, and like ~7.8% of humanity I am a writer. It’s a strange and quite merciless condition that manifests in a constant need for narrative. I can’t help it – my long-suffering wife by now doesn’t even start listening to me until 7 minutes in, when she knows the introduction to whatever anecdote I’m spinning (or, to be fair, squeezing) out of my daily routine might be ending. In short (hah! As if), I have to tell stories. I’ve done this on stage, both as an actor and a comedian, but one fateful day in 2009 I figured that there was something rattling around in my head that needed to be told properly.

       And just like the rest of the writers, of which there is an absolutely terrifying amount, when it was time to choose what to write about I have the whole canvas of humanity – everything we are, everything we do, everything we’ve made up or dreamed up or torn down or thrown away – to play with. And as if that wasn’t enough, I could make things up of my own – I could create a world where monkeys rode dinosaurs and enslaved giant dung beetles who eventually rose up to defeat their oppressors when charismatic (but mysterious) monkey/dinosaur leader Tyrannochimp appeared to lead them in the fight against the master race, only to create a dystopia worse than the world they destroyed. I could totally do that.

       And faced with the enormity of all of this, what did I do?

       I decided to write about Vikings. That’s what I did. Smelly barbarians from the far North, looting and pillaging without even the decency to offer up a musical number to go with it.

       This decision, of course, had something to do with the fact that I am a little bit of a smelly Barbarian myself. My discrete one-man invasion of Great Britain from the cold and salty shores of Iceland has lasted for nearly a decade now. It is a great success – I have neither been decapitated nor converted yet (although I have acquired a taste for tea, which is alarming – mine’s an Earl Grey, no milk, squeeze of lemon). So that covers the Cultural Heritage bit, sort of.

       Another part of the decision was that Vikings are just cool. There is no way around it. As I mentioned in my guest blog for SFX Magazine, they had technology, crazy mythology, battling badasses and generally quite a lot of Awesome going on.

       They’re also under-represented in the bookshops. You could quite happily build your own house with books set in Ancient Rome. Take all the Viking books ever published into the living room of your (to be honest, slightly odd) Rome Book House and you might be able to build yourself a table. I owe it to my ancestors to add at least 3 more to the Viking pile.

       But ultimately?

       Something about the Vikings calls to me somewhere deep, somewhere that is less of a gentle, lumbering schoolteacher and more of a man who feels really comfortable holding a hand axe. The wisps of cloud at dawn over Nordic waters. The soft kiss of the oar breaking the surface as a longship glides silently upriver. The hard eyes and cold smiles of raiders waiting for the sweet smell of thatch on fire, the sounds of raw, throaty screaming and the feel of steel splitting skin and breaking bone.

       That’s what they say, isn’t it?

       Write what you know.





The Valhalla Saga

Swords of Good Men
The Valhalla Saga 1
Jo Fletcher Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
US Debut

Guest Blog by Snorri Kristjansson: You could have written about ninjas! Space giraffes! Sharks with lasers! Why ... Vikings? - February 21, 2014
Swords of Good Men, Snorri Kristjansson’s debut novel, incorporates the myths that fascinated him as a child with his passion for epic fantasy. Ulfar Thormodsson has spent two years travelling as envoy and bodyguard to his high-born cousin. They have one last stop – the walled port town of Stenvik – before they can finally go home.

Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.

The factions within Stenvik are about to come to blows, but a far bigger battle is approaching: a young King Olav is bringing the White Christ at point of sword and edge of blade. And on the horizon are the sails of another, more mysterious enemy. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere—outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.





About Snorri

Guest Blog by Snorri Kristjansson: You could have written about ninjas! Space giraffes! Sharks with lasers! Why ... Vikings? - February 21, 2014
Snorri Kristjansson is an Icelander, a writer and a teacher, with a background in acting, music and stand-up comedy. He lives in South London with his fiancé. SWORDS OF GOOD MEN is his first novel. Follow him on Twitter at @SnorriKristjans.

SWORDS OF GOOD MEN published in January 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books (an imprint of Quercus) and is the first book in his new series titled The Valhalla Saga. Three books are planned for the series.


Website  ~  Twitter @SnorriKristjans  ~  Facebook

Interview with Snorri Kristjansson, author of Swords of Good Men - January 26, 2014


Please welcome Snorri Kristjansson to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Swords of Good Men was published on January 7, 2014.



Interview with Snorri Kristjansson, author of Swords of Good Men - January 26, 2014




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

Snorri:  Hello, keepers of the Qwill! According to my parents I started writing when I was 5. My first book was, I assume, a romantic comedy. It was 5 pages long, and it starts with the sentence "The wheels of fortune of boys and girls turn in many ways." I was a fairly precocious child. Since then I've written various things of varying length and quality, but I didn't seriously Start Writing until 2008. Since then I've done a fair bit.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Snorri:  Plotter all the way - until it doesn't suit my purposes. Then I may pants my way into another plot.



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

Snorri:  At the moment, not getting better faster. My ability to recognize my own flaws is growing faster than my ability to not have them. It's frustrating - but a key part of doing the writing is finding the courage to look yourself in the eye, say "This is not very good at all - and that's okay" and then get going on fixing it.



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

Snorri:  Literary influences. Oh my.

David Gemmell is as great at getting to the point as Terry Pratchett is great at not doing it. You can smell the blood on Joe Abercrombie's pages as his characters bound through their lives like human pin balls. You can smell my blood on George R R Martin's pages as he blows my mind with the sheer bloody scale of it all. Neil Gaiman gives me all the feels; I hope I can put some of them in my books. Tom Pollock is a mad genius who neither blinks nor sleeps and cannot be harmed by conventional weapons. Mark Lawrence's books, if left alone on a bookshelf, will bully all the other books into a pile at the bottom with the muscular sneer of their prose, but it is okay because when the stories of Jorg then leave to find a tank to punch, the words in Patrick Rothfuss' books will sing to them and make it all better.

Saying that, there are things of worth and influence in any writer's work. If you stick too rigidly to a list, you risk missing out on some seriously good stuff.



TQ:  Describe Swords of Good Men (The Valhalla Saga 1) in 140 characters or less.

Snorri:  SGM is a rollicking tale of Vikings fighting for their way of life in a changing world. It has some inspired swearing and my Mum likes it.



TQ:  Tell us something about Swords of Good Men that is not in the book description.

Snorri:  There are berserkers.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Swords of Good Men? Why did you choose to write Epic Fantasy? Are there any other genres or sub-genres in which you'd like to write?

Snorri:  I chose to write Fantasy because of Tolkien, Feist, Canavan, Hobb, Martin, Abercrombie and all the others. Those, more than others, were my stories. I don't quite know if Swords can be classified as Epic Fantasy (apart from the fact that it is EPICALLY AWESOME *high-fives self*) and there are no doubt others that have Opinions on this - you might call it an Epic caper straddling the fence between Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy. You could also call it an action book with Vikings.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Swords of Good Men?

Snorri:  To begin with - little. I thought I knew it all (I usually do). I found out and admitted I was wrong (I usually do this too), and started sourcing books. I went to the Jorvik Centre in York, Great Britain. I read most, if not all of the Internet - in particular www.vikinganswerlady.com. I asked my Dad, who was alive back then. Generally I just started gathering bits and pieces. Some answered my questions; others were too cool not to include. Yet others were put to the side to be used later.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why? Who is your favorite good guy, bad guy or ethically ambiguous character?

Snorri:  The character that came most naturally was probably Sven, the second-in-command of chieftain Sigurd Aegisson. He somehow had a voice from the very start, and may be the sort of sneaky old rogue I hope I'll grow up to be. The hardest must be Lilia, for a whole host of reasons that I cannot divulge for fear of spoiling stuff.

I don't know that I have a favourite good/bad/ambiguous guy/gal in my story. I tried to refrain from judging them for as long as I could. That being said, I have quite a soft spot for Audun. He's got issues, bless' im.



TQ:  Give us one of your favorite lines from Swords of Good Men.

Snorri:  "We are brothers of the edge." - Sigurd Aegisson

"Row, you stinking, dribbling shit babies!" - Thora



TQ:  What's next?

Snorri:  Gah. Making sure the second book - Blood Will Follow, out in June (See what I did there? I'm a proper self-promotion Ninja, I am) is as awesome as possible. At the moment it is only at 98.3%. Continuing and severely picking up speed on the third book. Dabbling in various other projects, rolling the dice here and there, and eating cake. I am a firm believer in the cake.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Snorri:  Thank you for having me!





The Valhalla Saga

Swords of Good Men
The Valhalla Saga 1
Jo Fletcher Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
US Debut

Interview with Snorri Kristjansson, author of Swords of Good Men - January 26, 2014
Swords of Good Men, Snorri Kristjansson’s debut novel, incorporates the myths that fascinated him as a child with his passion for epic fantasy. Ulfar Thormodsson has spent two years travelling as envoy and bodyguard to his high-born cousin. They have one last stop – the walled port town of Stenvik – before they can finally go home.

Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.

The factions within Stenvik are about to come to blows, but a far bigger battle is approaching: a young King Olav is bringing the White Christ at point of sword and edge of blade. And on the horizon are the sails of another, more mysterious enemy. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere—outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.





About Snorri

Interview with Snorri Kristjansson, author of Swords of Good Men - January 26, 2014
Snorri Kristjansson is an Icelander, a writer and a teacher, with a background in acting, music and stand-up comedy. He lives in South London with his fiancé. SWORDS OF GOOD MEN is his first novel. Follow him on Twitter at @SnorriKristjans.

SWORDS OF GOOD MEN published in January 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books (an imprint of Quercus) and is the first book in his new series titled The Valhalla Saga. Three books are planned for the series.


Website  ~  Twitter @SnorriKristjans  ~  Facebook






2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts


There are  debuts 10 debuts for January. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The January 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 January cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

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).




Pierce Brown

Red Rising
Red Rising Trilogy 1
Del Rey, January 28, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.



James L. Cambias

A Darkling Sea
Tor Books, January 28, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don’t disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they’re free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.



Rachel Cantor

A Highly Unlikely Scenario or, a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World
Melville House, January 14, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 256 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
In the not-too-distant future, competing giant fast food factions rule the world. Leonard works for Neetsa Pizza, the Pythagorean pizza chain, in a lonely but highly surveilled home office, answering calls on his complaints hotline. It’s a boring job, but he likes it—there’s a set answer for every scenario, and he never has to leave the house. Except then he starts getting calls from Marco, who claims to be a thirteenth-century explorer just returned from Cathay. And what do you say to a caller like that? Plus, Neetsa Pizza doesn’t like it when you go off script.

Meanwhile, Leonard’s sister keeps disappearing on secret missions with her “book club,” leaving him to take care of his nephew, which means Leonard has to go outside. And outside is where the trouble starts.

A dazzling debut novel wherein medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians skirmish for control over secret mystical knowledge, and one Neetsa Pizza employee discovers that you can’t save the world with pizza coupons.



John Dixon

Phoenix Island
Gallery Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
The judge told Carl that one day he’d have to decide exactly what kind of person he would become. But on Phoenix Island, the choice will be ma de for him.

A champion boxer with a sharp hook and a short temper, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman has been shuffled from foster home to foster home. He can’t seem to stay out of trouble—using his fists to defend weaker classmates from bullies. His latest incident sends his opponent to the emergency room, and now the court is sending Carl to the worst place on earth: Phoenix Island.

Classified as a “terminal facility,” it’s the end of the line for delinquents who have no home, no family, and no future. Located somewhere far off the coast of the United States—and immune to its laws—the island is a grueling Spartan-style boot camp run by sadistic drill sergeants who show no mercy to their young, orphan trainees. Sentenced to stay until his eighteenth birthday, Carl plans to play by the rules, so he makes friends with his wisecracking bunkmate, Ross, and a mysterious gray-eyed girl named Octavia. But he makes enemies, too, and after a few rough scrapes, he earns himself the nickname “Hollywood” as well as a string of punishments, including a brutal night in the “sweatbox.” But that’s nothing compared to what awaits him in the “Chop Shop”—a secret government lab where Carl is given something he never dreamed of.

A new life. . . .

A new body. A new brain.

Gifts from the fatherly Old Man, who wants to transform Carl into something he’s not sure he wants to become.

For this is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence.

And for Carl, it’s just the beginning. . . .



Elisabeth Elo

North of Boston
Pamela Dorman Books, January 23, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow: a big discovery in the world of female suspense, about an edgy young woman with the rare ability to withstand extreme conditions

Elisabeth Elo’s debut novel introduces Pirio Kasparov, a Boston-bred tough-talking girl with an acerbic wit and a moral compass that points due north.

When the fishing boat Pirio is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky.

Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking—and Ned’s death—was no accident. It’s a suspicion seconded by her deeply cynical, autocratic Russian father, who tells her that nothing is ever what it seems. Then the navy reaches out to her to participate in research on human survival in dangerously cold temperatures.

With the help of a curious journalist named Russell Parnell, Pirio begins unraveling a lethal plot involving the glacial whaling grounds off Baffin Island. In a narrow inlet in the arctic tundra, Pirio confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself.

A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead.



Marko Kloos

Terms of Enlistment
47North, January 28, 2013
Trade Paperback, 346 pages
Previously published in Kindle eBook format, May 8, 2013

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you're restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day:
You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.

With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.

The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.



Snorri Kristjansson

Swords of Good Men
The Valhalla Saga 1
Jo Fletcher Books, January 7, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
US Debut

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
Swords of Good Men, Snorri Kristjansson’s debut novel, incorporates the myths that fascinated him as a child with his passion for epic fantasy. Ulfar Thormodsson has spent two years travelling as envoy and bodyguard to his high-born cousin. They have one last stop – the walled port town of Stenvik – before they can finally go home.

Thormodsson meets the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures his heart. Stenvik is also home to solitary blacksmith Audun Arngrimsson, whose past hides many dark secrets. Soon, the conflict brewing between two factions of dangerous and determined men of the town threatens to sweep all of them, natives and visitors alike, into the jaws of war.

The factions within Stenvik are about to come to blows, but a far bigger battle is approaching: a young King Olav is bringing the White Christ at point of sword and edge of blade. And on the horizon are the sails of another, more mysterious enemy. Thormodsson and his companions will soon learn that in this conflict between the Old Gods and the new, there are enemies everywhere—outside the walls of Stenvik as well as within.



Brian Staveley

The Emperor's Blades
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1
Tor Books, January 14, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it's too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor's final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.



Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready
Crown, January 14, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire.

Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self.

Now he’s a hitman.

In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His new job is not that different from his old one: waste disposal is waste disposal. He doesn’t ask questions, he works quickly, and he’s handy with a box cutter. But when his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, his unadorned life is upended: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has a sordid agenda far beyond a simple kill. Spademan must navigate between these two worlds—the wasteland reality and the slick fantasy—to finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.

Adam Sternbergh has written a dynamite debut: gritty, violent, funny, riveting, tender, and brilliant.



T. R. Williams

Journey into the Flame
Rising World Trilogy 1
Atria Books, January 7, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - January 2014 Debuts
In 2027, the Great Disruption shook the world. An unexplained solar storm struck the earth, shifting it four degrees south on its axis. Everything went dark. Humanity was on the verge of despair. Then a man named Camden Ford discovered a set of ancient books called the Chronicles of Satraya.

Thirty years later, the world is a different place. Thanks to the teachings of the Chronicles, hope has been restored, cities rebuilt, technology advanced. The books also have a different owner: Logan Cutler, who inherited them when Camden mysteriously disappeared. But when Logan auctions off the books to pay his debts, they fall into the wrong hands. The Reges Hominum, a clandestine group that once ruled history from the shadows, is launching a worldwide conspiracy to regain control.

Soon Logan realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. With the help of special agent Valerie Perrot and the wisdom of the Chronicles as his guide, he embarks on an epic quest to get the books back before it’s too late.

Abounding with questions about humanity’s secret past and its unknown future, Journey into the Flame will not only take you to the start of an incredible new world, it will also take you deep into the greater mysteries of the self.


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