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Recent and Upcoming Works


The Qwillery keeps up with upcoming and recent works by formerly featured DAC Authors. Here are some of the latest covers we've come across. The year next to the author's name is the year in which they were featured in the DAC.



Adrian Barnes (2015)

Nod
Titan Book, July 25, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, September 1, 2015

Recent and Upcoming Works
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.

After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.




Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

Twelve Kings in Sharkhai
Song of the Shattered Sands 1
DAW, August 1, 2017
Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
Trade Paperback and eBook, July 12, 2016

Recent and Upcoming Works
Best Book of 2015 by Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BuzzFeed • “Promises to be breathtaking.” —Robin Hobb

The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.




Stacey Berg (2016)

Regeneration
An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 14, 2017
     eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 2, 2017
     Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

Recent and Upcoming Works
The world is ready to be reborn…

Protected by the Church for four hundred years, the people of the City are the last of humanity—or so they thought. Echo Hunter 367, made to be faithful to the Church and its Saint at all costs, embarks on what she’s sure is a suicide mission into the harsh desert beyond the City. Then, at the end of all hope, she stumbles on a miracle: another enclave of survivors, a lush, peaceful sanctuary completely opposite of anything Echo has ever known.

But the Preserve has dark secrets of its own, and uncovering them may cost Echo more than just her life. She fears her discoveries will trigger a final, disastrous war. But if Echo can stop the Church and Preservers from destroying each other, she might have a chance to achieve her most impossible dream—saving the woman she loves.




Elizabeth Blackwell (2014)

In the Shadow of Lakecrest
Lake Union Publishing, February 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 282 pages

Recent and Upcoming Works
The year is 1928. Kate Moore is looking for a way out of the poverty and violence of her childhood. When a chance encounter on a transatlantic ocean liner brings her face-to-face with the handsome heir to a Chicago fortune, she thinks she may have found her escape—as long as she can keep her past concealed.

After exchanging wedding vows, Kate quickly discovers that something isn’t quite right with her husband—or her new family. As Mrs. Matthew Lemont, she must contend with her husband’s disturbing past, his domineering mother, and his overly close sister. Isolated at Lakecrest, the sprawling, secluded Lemont estate, she searches desperately for clues to Matthew’s terrors, which she suspects stem from the mysterious disappearance of his aunt years before. As Kate stumbles deeper into a maze of family secrets, she begins to question everyone’s sanity—especially her own. But just how far will she go to break free of this family’s twisted past?

The View From Monday - March 13, 2017


Happy Monday. So it's the middle of March (more or less) and we're going to be hit with a Nor'easter tomorrow. The three main stations in the state are predicting 15"-25", 10"-20" and either 18"-24" and 12"-18" (depending on where you are in the state) - we seem to be on the line between the last 2 according to the last TV station. So I predict we may get a foot of snow at least where I live. I also predict no school tomorrow. Winter is not ready to give up. Now on to books...


There are 5 debuts this week:

The Return by Joseph Helmreich;

Himself by Jess Kidd;

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally;

The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge;

and

The Vine That Ate the South by J.D. Wilkes.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Regeneration (An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 2) by Stacey Berg;

The Craft Sequence Books I-V by Max Gladstone are out in an eBook bundle;

The Last Novelist (Or a Dead Lizard in the Yard) by Matthew Kressel;

Brother's Ruin (Industrial Magic 1) by Emma Newman;

The Fallen (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2) by Tarn Richardson;

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3) by Brian Staveley is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss (A Dahlia Moss Mystery 2) by Max Wirestone.

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



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

March 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vampire Lover (e) Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR - Vampire Moons 1



March 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Collection
Regeneration (e) Stacey Berg SF/AP/PA - An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 2
In the Labyrinth of Drakes (h2tp) Marie Brennan F - The Lady Trent Memoirs 4
A Closed and Common Orbit Becky Chambers SF/SO - Wayfarers 2
The Battles of Tolkien David Day F/DF/Atlas
The Remnant Charlie Fletcher HistF - The Oversight 3
The Craft Sequence: Books I-V (e) Max Gladstone UF - Craft Sequence
The Return (D) Joseph Helmreich SF/Th
The Wanderers Meg Howrey LF/FL/SF
Himself (D) Jess Kidd LF
Black City Demon Richard a. Knaak UF/HistF
The Man with the Speckled Eyes R.A. Lafferty SF - Collected Fiction 4
Eggshells (D) Caitriona Lally CW/HU/LF
Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization Tim Lebbon F
Pilot X Tom Merritt SF/TT/AC
Travelers Rest (h2tp) Keith Lee Morris LF
The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories Mahvesh Murad (Ed)
Jared Shurin (Ed)
FairyT/FolkT/LM
Mama Day (e) Gloria Naylor MR - Vintage Contemporaries Series
Bailey's Cafe (e) Gloria Naylor Hist/MR - Vintage Contemporaries Series
Brother's Ruin Emma Newman HistF/DF - Industrial Magic 1
The Fallen Tarn Richardson DF - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 2
New York 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson SF/SO
The Hour of Daydreams (D) Renee Macalino Rutledge LF/MR
The Lady of the Lake Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 5
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio: Eerie and Fantastic Chinese Stories of the Supernatural Pu Songling
Herbert A. Giles (Tr)
Sup - Collection
The Last Mortal Bond (h2tp) Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3
What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 6
Disappearance at Devil's Rock (h2tp) Paul Tremblay H
The Vine That Ate the South (D) J.D. Wilkes SF/AB/MR
The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss Max Wirestone M - A Dahlia Moss Mystery 2



March 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Exorcist Falls (Ke) Jonathan Janz H
The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard): A Tor.com Original (e) Matthew Kressel SF
People of the Sun (Ke) Jason Parent SF/AC



March 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Zombie Cinema Ian Olney HC - Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture



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
Tr - Translator



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Interview with Stacey Berg, author of Dissension


Please welcome Stacey Berg to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Dissension was published on 3/15 by Harper Voyager Impulse in digital format and will be published in print on April 12, 2016.



Interview with Stacey Berg, author of Dissension




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Stacey:  Thanks, it’s a pleasure to be here! Like most children, I always made up stories, for myself or with my friends. I suppose what turned me into a writer was that I never stopped making them up. At first I was just writing for myself the kinds of stories I wanted to hear, then 6eventually I decided that I wanted to share them with other people too.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Stacey:  Hybrid, but maybe not the way most people think about it. I need to have a strong idea of where the story is going emotionally before I can start writing it. I like to be clear on the major plot points in terms of how the characters feel. I especially need to know the end—not the specific events, but the heart of the main characters’ internal conflict and its resolution. I don’t write that down like a true plotter, but it guides me as I pants my way through the external happenings that I hope are going to make a logical framework for the characters’ emotional progress.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Stacey:  Plotting! I’m envious of writers who seem to be able to put together intricate plotlines with multiple subplots and apparently unrelated threads that all come together seamlessly in the end. I suspect that they work very hard to make it look so effortless though. I really agonize over things that just don’t seem like they should be so hard: “What can the bad guys tell her that would make it logical for her to lose her temper when I need her to?” “Why can’t she just phone home?”



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Stacey:  Mostly reading. I think every book I’ve loved has influenced my writing in some way. One of the things that’s happened since I started writing seriously is that when I love a story, I try to figure out why—what made it work so well for me, and how can I accomplish the same thing in my own writing. By the same token, whenever I’m stuck on something I’m working on, I think about my favorite books and novelists, and try to imagine how they might handle the problem.



TQDescribe Dissension in 140 characters or less. 

Stacey:  A cloned soldier who should only be able to care about duty must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.



TQTell us something about Dissension that is not found in the book description.

Stacey:  There is quite a bit of humor in Dissension. Admittedly, most of it is as dry as the desert the story is set in, and it is definitely on the subtle side as opposed to laugh-out-loud jokes, but there are quite a few places I think the reader will smile.



TQWhat inspired you to write Dissension? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction and in particular dystopian SF?

Stacey:  What inspired me to write Dissension was the desire to create a character who had to face a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between duty and love. That’s a pretty basic conflict in fiction. But the great thing about Science Fiction, or speculative fiction in general, is that you can create circumstances that greatly amplify the themes you want to explore. For example, since Dissension is science fiction, I could take my main character past “she’s not supposed to let feelings get in the way” to “she’s not supposed to be genetically able to let feelings to get in the way.”

I didn’t set out to write dystopian SF at all; that’s just how the story turned out. To be honest, I didn’t even think of it as dystopian until my agent, Mary C. Moore, started to pitch it that way.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Dissension?

Stacey:  Even though this is a science fiction story, most of the research I did wasn’t about technology. I’m a medical researcher by day, so much of the science-y part of the fiction was already familiar to me, and besides, this isn’t the kind of story that spends a lot of time discussing the details of how the clones are made, etc. Instead, to make the setting work, I needed to figure out other kinds of details: what would happen to a skyscraper if no one took care of it for 400 years; where would everyone live if a city say the physical size of Chicago suddenly only held 40,000 people; if the diameter of the city is about 8 miles, how long would it take to walk from point A to point B on the perimeter? The results of this kind of research don’t turn up directly in the book, but they helped me build a convincing world.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Stacey:  The easiest character to write was Lia. I had a very clear idea of what she was like, the things that mattered most to her, and why she would make the choices she makes. The hardest was Loro. It would have been very easy for him to be a stock bad guy, a hot-headed, jealous ex with an “if I can’t have her, nobody will” role in the plot. But I really wanted him to be more complicated, and for the reader to find him sympathetic in the end even though most of the time he’s enormously irritating—or worse—to Hunter and the other characters on “our” side.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Dissension?

StaceyDissension isn’t meant to address any of our social issues directly, but I’m sure that living in our society today influences all of my story choices. A major source of conflict in the plot is disagreement over the role of political authority in people’s day to day lives; at least in the book’s world, there’s no easy solution. Also, the two main characters are women who love each other. In the book, that’s not a social issue at all, which is its own comment on our world.



TQWhich question about Dissension do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Stacey:

Q: Why does Echo Hunter 367 call herself “Hunter” when everyone else calls her “Echo”?

A: Names are very important in Dissension. What people call each other, and especially what Hunter calls herself and others, provides critical insight into the things that do and don’t matter to them, as well as their psychological states at various times.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Dissension.

Stacey:  I really like the way this bit sets the mood of age and decay inside the Church: “She felt the rock ribs pressing close just behind the ancient plastered walls, a bone poking through here and there where repairs had been neglected. Long tubes crossed the ceiling like veins on the back of an old man’s hand.”

And I like this one, because what Hunter observes about another character tells us something about her that she’s not consciously aware of. She’s just given a starving boy some provisions: “He stood, settling the bag on his hip. The slight burden seemed to weigh on him more than the mass of the food accounted for, the drag of responsibility. He seemed awfully young for it.”



TQWhat's next?

Stacey:  A sequel! I’m hard at work right now on the second of the “Echo Hunter 367” novels.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Stacey:  Thank you so much for having me!





Dissension
An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 15, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 12, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

Interview with Stacey Berg, author of Dissension
For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.

When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.





About Stacey

Stacey Berg is a medical researcher who writes speculative fiction. Her work as a physician-scientist provides the inspiration for many of her stories. She lives with her wife in Houston and is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas. When she’s not writing, she practices kung fu and runs half marathons.

Website  ~  Twitter @slbscifi

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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The View From Monday - March 14, 2016


Happy Pi Day and Happy first Monday after Daylight Savings Time starts in the majority of the United States. I'm not a fan of Daylight Savings Time. We spend more months on Daylight Savings Time than Standard Time now. Some of the reasons put forth for this are simply ridiculous and not grounded in reality. I think we should pick a time and just stick to it.  Now back to books.

There are 2 debuts this week:

Snakewood by Adrian Selby;

and

Dissension (An Echo Hunter 367 Novel) by Stacey Berg.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Machine Awakes (Spider War 2) by  Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is out in Trade Paperback;

Cursed: A Collection of Coveted Short Stories by Shawntelle Madison;

The Daedalus Incident (Daedalus 1) by Michael J. Martinez is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3) by Brian Staveley;

and

Running Down A Dream (The Shattered Ones 3) by Minerva Zimmerman.


The View From Monday - March 14, 2016


March 14, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Your Orisons May Be Recorded: A Tor.Com Original (e) Laurie Penny F
The Darkest Whisper (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 4




March 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim Brian Michael Bendis Neil Kleid SH
Dissension (D) Stacey Berg SF/AP/PA - An Echo Hunter 367 Novel
Tomorrow War (h2tp) J. L. Bourne Tech/Th - Chronicles of Max 1
Progeny of Vale Rhett C. Bruno SF - The Circuit 2
The Machine Awakes (h2tp) Adam Christopher SF - Spider War 2
Dark Promises Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian/Dark 29
New Blood Matt Forbeck SF - HALO
Smoke and Fire: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Second Life (h2tp) Paul Griner LF/Th
The Phoenix Descent Chuck Grossart SF
The Library at Mount Char (h2tp) Scott Hawkins CF
Black Wings of Cthulhu (Volume 4) S.T. Joshi (Ed) H - Anthology
Blood Oath (e)(ri) William W. Johnstone H - Satan Influenced 2
Black Creek Gregory Lamberson H
Pieces of Hate Tim Lebbon HistF - The Assassins Series 1
Thirty Hours with a Corpse: and Other Tales of the Grand Guignol Maurice Level
S. T. Joshi (Ed)
H
Cursed: A Collection of Coveted Short Stories (e) Shawntelle Madison PNR - Coveted Collection
The Daedalus Incident (tp2mm) Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 1
Fall of the Dragons: The Dragon's Apprentice; The Dragons of Winter; The First Dragon James A. Owen HistF - The Age of Dragons
The Two of Swords: Part 14 (e) K. J. Parker F
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better (h2tp) William H. Patterson Biography
Snakewood (D) Adrian Selby F
The Last Mortal Bond Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 3
A Man Lies Dreaming Lavie Tidhar HistTh/AH
Running Down A Dream Minerva Zimmerman UF - The Shattered Ones 3



March 17, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Haunted Heist Angie Fox PM - Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries 3
The Stealers' War (e) Stephen Hunt F - Far-Called 3




March 18, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Man with No Name Laird Barron H - A Nanashi Novella
Operation Wild Tarpan (e) Addison Gunn SF/PA - Extinction Biome: Invasion 2



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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LF - Literary Fiction
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
Tech - Technological
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 9 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 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on March 15, 2016.

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 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for March 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Mishell Baker

Borderline
Book 1 of The Arcadia Project
Saga Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.

No pressure.




Stacey Berg

Dissension
An Echo Hunter 367 Novel 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 15, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 12, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn’t care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn’t be able to.

When rebellious citizens challenge the Church’s authority, it is Echo’s duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo’s mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city’s survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.




Elizabeth Bonesteel

The Cold Between
Central Corps 1
Harper Voyager, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 528 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold.

When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

Retracing Danny’s last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets.

With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they’ll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined . . . a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy—and beyond.




Gerald Brandt

The Courier
A San Angeles Novel 1
DAW, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier.  A nobody.  Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border—a land where corporations make all the rules.  A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help. 

But a late day delivery changes everything when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. 

Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets.  Fleeing from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand.

Together Kris and Miller barely manage to stay one step ahead of the corporate killers, but it’s only a matter of time until Miller’s resources and their luck run out….




Davila LeBlanc

Dark Transmissions
Jinxed Thirteenth 1
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 1, 2016
    eBook, 384 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
    Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
It is the late 23rd century. For engineers Jessie Madison and her husband David, a routine maintenance contract on board the orbital mining station Moria 3 has become a nightmare. Upon awakening from cryo-stasis, they learn a horrifying truth: while they were asleep, machines rose up against humanity...and won.

Marooned and at the mercy of the station’s malicious artificial intelligence, OMEX, David and Jessie rig an emergency transmission to broadcast into the darkness, desperately hoping someone is still alive to hear it...

Navigating the fringes of explored space in the Covenant Patrol vessel the Jinxed Thirteenth, Captain Morwyn Soltaine picks up a distress signal from a space station. But it’s broadcasting in Ancient Humanity, a language that has been extinct for several millennia. Even more incredible: there are two survivors on board. Morwyn’s rag-tag crew of reformed criminals mount a rescue op, unaware of the dangerous foe awaiting them. As the past and future collide, a routine mission becomes a deadly game of wits.




Sonia Orin Lyris

The Seer
Baen Books, March 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 656 pages

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ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK! The debut of a stunning new talent. A poor, young woman rises to the heights of a crumbling empire, where she must speak hard truth to power in order to save a world from chaos.

Everybody Wants Answers. No One Wants the Truth.

The Arunkel empire has stood a thousand years, forged by wealth and conquest, but now rebellion is stirring on the borders and treachery brews in the palace halls. Elsewhere, in a remote mountain village, a young mother sells the prophesies of her sister, Amarta, in order to keep them and her infant child from starving. It's a dangerous game when such revelations draw suspicion and mistrust as often as they earn coin.

Yet Amarta's visions are true. And often not at all what the seeker wishes to hear.

Now in a tapestry of loyalty, intrigue, magic, and gold, Amarta has become the key to a ruler's ambitions. But is she nothing beyond a tool? As Amarta comes into her own as a seer, she realizes she must do more than predict the future. She must create it.




Tarn Richardson

The Damned
The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
The Overlook Press, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

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A gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative World War I where unspeakable creatures roam and a ruthless Inquisition still holds sway

In this "sublime work of dark fiction" (Intravenous Magazine), set in an alternative World War I, unspeakable creatures roam the grisly trenches, and a ruthless Catholic Inquisition holds sway ― still powerful, but working in the shadows.

When a Father is brutally murdered int he French city of Arras, Poldeck Tacit―a determined and unhinged Inquisitor―arrives on the scene to investigate the crime. His mission: to protect the Church from those who would seek to destroy it, no matter what the cost.

As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British solider Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields―an enemy that answers to no human force and wreaks its havoc by the light of the moon.

Faced with impossible odds and struggling with his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil―and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims―to reach the heart of dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it even deeper into conflict.





Adrian Selby

Snakewood
Orbit, March 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

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A LIFETIME OF ENEMIES HAS ITS OWN PRICE

Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel.

Whoever met their price won.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated.

One by one.

A groundbreaking debut fantasy of betrayal, mystery, and bloody revenge. 




Mark Tompkins

The Last Days of Magic
Viking, March 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

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What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.

As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.

The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.

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