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The View From Monday - May 7, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in May! There are 2 debuts this week:

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine;

and

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale.

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From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Owl and the Tiger Thieves (The Owl 4) by Kristi Charish;

God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha 1) by Kameron Hurley;

and

Side Life by Steve Toutonghi.

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The View From Monday - May 7, 2018



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

May 8, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Uncharted Kevin J. Anderson
Sarah Hoyt
HistF - Arcana America 1
The Complete Memoirs of Lady Trent Series: (A Natural History of Dragons, The Tropic of Serpents, The Voyage of the Basilisk, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, ... Sanctuary of Wings) (e) Marie Brennan F - Lady Trent Memoirs
Belly Up Rita Bullwinkle LF - Collection
Victory Disc Andrew Cartmel Cr - The Vinyl Detective 3
Owl and the Tiger Thieves Kristi Charish UF - The Owl 4
Odysseus Ascendant Evan Currie SF/SO - Odyssey One 7
Wolf Undaunted Shannon Curtis PNR
King of Ashes Raymond E. Feist F - The Firemane Saga 1
What Should Be Wild (D) Julia Fine LF
Grief Cottage Gail Godwin LF/Gothic
The Science of Lost Futures Ryan Habermeyer FairyT/FolkT/LM/SF/LF - Collection
The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life Deborah Harkness Occ/Sup/PNR/HistF - All Souls Trilogy
Obscura Joe Hart TechTh
The Ghost Pirates and Other Revenants of the Sea William Hope Hodgson F/P/H/HistF - Collected Fiction of William Hope Hodgson, Vol 3
Who is the Black Panther? Jesse J. Holland MTI/SH - Marvel Universe 3
God's War (ri) Kameron Hurley SF/F/DF - Bel Dame Apocrypha 1
I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture A.D. Jameson PopCul/SF/F/LC
Blue Darker Than Black: A Thriller Mike Jenne TechTh/SF - Blue Gemini 2
Night Beast Ruth Joffre LF - Collection
Death Doesn't Bargain Sherrilyn Kenyon HistF/PNR/FR - Deadman's Cross 2
Witch's Fury Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The Rig Roger Levy SF
Hell's Detective Michael Logan M
Hath No Fury (e) Melanie R. Meadors (Ed) F - Anthology
Land Mammals and Sea Creatures (D) Jen Neale LF/MR
Compulsory Games - Robert Aickman Victoria Nelson (Ed) Occ/Sup/Gothic - Collection
Lost Empress Sergio De La Pava LF/VisMeta/Dys
Haven Lindsay J. Pryor P - Lowtown 1
Blood Orbit K. R. Richardson SF/HSF/PolPro - Gattis File Novel 1
And Chaos Died (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
We Who Are About To . . . (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
Picnic on Paradise (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
The Two of Them (e)(ri) Joanna Russ SF
Afterwar Lilith Saintcrow SF
The Stormlight Archive, Books 1-3: The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer (e) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive
Blood of Elves (ri) Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 1
Doctor Who: Who-ology Regenerated Edition: The Official Miscellany Cavan Scott
Mark Wright
Performing Arts/TV
The Book of Skulls (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
Above the Snowline Steph Swainston CF
Side Life Steve Toutonghi FL/SF/TT/AH
Artificial Condition Martha Wells SF - The Murderbot Diaries 2



May 9, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Gauntlet (e) Michael R. Underwood F - Born to the Blade Season 1. Episode 4



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nicholas Eames (2017)

Bloody Rose
The Band 2
Orbit, July 10, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It's adventure she wants - and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It's time to take a walk on the wyld side.

For more from Nicholas Eames, check out Kings of the Wyld.





Brian McClellan (2013)

Wrath of Empire
Gods of Blood and Powder 2
Orbit, March 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.

Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michel may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they're looking for.

Continue the pistol-packing fantasy series by the author whose debut novel Brandon Sanderson called "just plain awesome!"





Steve Toutonghi (2016)

Side Life
Soho Press, May 8, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur forced out of the software company he started, takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one he finds a woman in a state of suspended animation. There is also a dog-eared notebook filled with circuit diagrams, beautiful and intricate drawings of body parts, and pages of code.

When Vin decides to climb into one of the caskets to see what happens, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that asks fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life.

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017


Happy Monday! Happy Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere)!


There is one debut this week - Christopher Mari's solo debut - The Beachhead.

The View From Monday - March 20, 2017
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There are several books from formerly featured DAC Authors:

Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project 2) by Mishell Baker;

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher is out in Trade Paperback;

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough (former DAC author) and K. C. Alexander;

Ashes to Fire (Creatures of Light 2) by Emily B. Martin is out in Mass Market Paperback

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi is out in Trade Paperback.

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



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March 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Heart of the Dragon (e)(ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Atlantis Series 1
The Memoirist Neil Williamson SF



March 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flames of Rebellion Jay Allan SF - Flames of Rebellion 1
Infinity Engine Neal Asher SF/SO - Transformation 3
Phantom Pains Mishell Baker UF - The Arcadia Project 2
The Brotherhood of the Wheel (h2tp) R. S. Belcher UF/CF
Fellside (h2tp) M. R. Carey SupTh
Star's End Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Chalk Paul Cornell CF/DF
Bound Together Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 6
Orbital Cloud Taiyo Fujii SF - Orbital Cloud 1
Dante Guy Haley SF - Blood Angels
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction David G. Hartwell  (Ed)
Glenn Grant (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Mass Effect - Andromeda: Nexus Uprising Jason M. Hough
K. C. Alexander
SF/SO - Mass Effect: Andromeda
Gods of the Flame Sea (e) Jean Johnson F - Flame Sea 3
Nemesis Alex Lamb SF
Relics Tim Lebbon DF/H
Wake a Sleeping Tiger Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 31
Shrike George Mann SF - Space Marine Legends 3
The Beachhead (D - Solo) Christopher Mari SF/AP/PA
Ashes to Fire Emily B. Martin F - Creatures of Light 2
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (h2tp) Iain Reid LF
The Collapsing Empire John Scalzi SF/SO
Follow Me Down Sherri Smith PsyTh/Sus/CW
Immortal Blood (ri) James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 3
Join (h2tp) Steve Toutonghi SF/F
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 139
Spymaster Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - The Dragon Corsairs 1
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture (h2tp) Glen Weldon PopCul



March 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ecdysis: A Tor.com Original (e) Julianna Baggott F
Excerpts from a Film (1942-1987): A Tor.com Original (e) A.C. Wise H



March 23, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (e)(ri) Jules Verne SF - Macmillan Collector's Library
The Picture of Dorian Gray (e)(ri) Oscar Wilde Occ/Sup - Macmillan Collector's Library



March 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Immortal Progeny (e) Philippa Ballantine F - Fragile Gods 1
The Holocaust Averted: An Alternate History of American Jewry, 1938-1967 (h2tp) Jeffrey S. Gurock AH



March 25, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
There is Darkness in Every Room (Ke) Brian Fatah Steele AF/AC



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.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41


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



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




Tom Toner (2015)

The Promise of the Child
Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum
Night Shade Books, October 11, 2016
Trade Paperback, 484 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 22, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
It is the 147th century.

In the radically advanced post-human worlds of the Amaranthine Firmament, there is a contender to the Immortal throne: Aaron the Long-Life, the Pretender, a man who is not quite a man.

In the barbarous hominid kingdoms of the Prism Investiture, where life is short, cheap, and dangerous, an invention is born that will become the Firmament’s most closely kept secret.

Lycaste, a lovesick recluse outcast for an unspeakable crime, must journey through the Provinces, braving the grotesques of an ancient, decadent world to find his salvation.

Sotiris, grieving the loss of his sister and awaiting the madness of old age, must relive his twelve thousand years of life to stop the man determined to become Emperor.

Ghaldezuel, knight of the stars, must plunder the rarest treasure in the Firmament—the object the Pretender will stop at nothing to obtain.

From medieval Prague to a lonely Mediterranean cove, and eventually far into the strange vastness of distant worlds, The Promise of the Child is a debut novel of gripping action and astounding ambition unfolding over hundreds of thousands of years, marking the arrival of a brilliant new talent in science fiction.


The Weight of the World
Volume Two of the Amaranthine Spectrum
Night Shade Books, January 3, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
The sequel to the critically acclaimed and ambitious literary space opera debut, The Promise of the Child.

It is the 147th century; the turning of the Amaranthine new year.

In the provinces of the Old World, the giant Elatine’s war of liberation has come to an impasse, leaving the wicked monarchy of the First in possession of the throne.

In the Vaulted Lands of the Firmament, acolytes have risen up to execute their immortal masters. The opportunistic races of the Prism, intoxicated with greed, have arrived inside every Solar Satrapy to scavenge what’s left.

In the wild Investiture, on a forgotten water moon, a crew of shipwrecked Privateers come face to face with their greatest terror, and with it the most valuable treasure in all the galaxy.

Jatropha, legendary Immortal, must escort his precious charge through the exotic Westerly Provinces, knowing all the world would steal her if they could.

Sotiris, his mind fading fast, must set out to find his dear, drowned sister in a land previously unglimpsed by anyone but the dead.

Lycaste, now far from home, must journey in strange company to the edge of a tempestuous sea, to the lair of someone so dangerous that even the legendary Amaranthine fear his name.





Steve Toutonghi (2016)

Join
Soho Press, March 21, 2017
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, April 19, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?





Roberta Trahan (2012)

Aftershock
Idyllwynd Publications, March 31, 2016
eBook, 25 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
Deidre Morneau can't remember the last time she didn't have a headache. Chronic migraines have crippled her life and destroyed her dreams, and years of failed therapies have brought her to the brink of despair. But then, the effects of a last-ditch experimental treatment begin to take hold, and Deidre's symptoms get even worse.

Beyond desperate, Deidre agrees to see the research scientist at Extragen Labs who developed the medication she has been taking. But when she arrives at the cold, creepy clinic, Deidre has second thoughts. Just as she decides to opt out, the biggest migraine of her life overwhelms her and Deidre passes out on the waiting room floor.

Deidre suddenly awakens to a bizarre and terrifying new reality. Somehow, she has become the subject of a secret research project, and her body is undergoing a radical change. She is also isolated, restrained, and at the mercy of madmen. Whatever is happening, whatever Deidre is becoming, she isn't waiting around to find out.





James R. Tuck (2012)

The Two Torcs
Robin Hood: Demon Bane 2
  by Debbie Viguie, James R. Tuck
Titan Books, August 2, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
Evil is everywhere. Through terror and dark sorcery, Prince John wields the power of the throne. Lord and peasant alike meet violent ends as the Sheriff’s arcane beasts spread fear and death.

A small group of rebels oppose John, striking from Sherwood Forest...the one place his creatures cannot pursue them. Though their numbers grow, so do the forces of darkness. Unless Robin and Marian fulfill the ancient prophecy of the Two Torcs, the forest will be overrun, and England will fall.


Sovereign's War
Robin Hood: Demon Bane 3
  by Debbie Viguie, James R. Tuck
Titan Books, August 1, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
THE THIRD BOOK IN THE ROBIN HOOD: BLACK ARROW SERIES! A dramatically different telling of the Robin Hood legend, with dark magic, fantasy, and horror woven into the story.


Mama Tried
  Edited by James R. Tuck
Crime Fiction Inspired By Outlaw Country Music
Down & Out Books, August 15, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 285 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
Outlaws.

It’s what makes the best of country music and crime fiction. Sometimes it’s hardened criminals: murders, thieves, and convicts, sometimes it’s just a poor fool driven to the edge by hard times, hard drinking, or a hard lover.

In this collection you will find stories from the best voices in crime fiction inspired by the best voices in outlaw country music. Stories with:

•An off-books mercenary trying to save a trucker’s delivery from a beautiful thief
•An ex-con dealing with small town prejudice...and armed robbery
•Outlaw newlyweds running from a Tri-county druglord
•A young girl seeking solace in the company of dogs bred to fight that she never found in family
•A wife discovering the other woman is not what she thought
•A writer finding out what prison is really like

Stories by J.L. Abramo, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Levi Black, Michael Bunker, Delilah Dawson, Les Edgerton, Christa Faust, Tommy Hancock, Grant Jerkins, Ken Lizzi, Riley Miller, James A. Moore, Bobby Nash, Mel Odom, Eryk Pruitt, Jay Requard, Charles R. Rutledge and Ryan Sayles.





Marc Turner (2015)

Red Tide
The Chronicles of the Exile 3
Tor Books, September 20, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 41
Red Tide, the third volume in Marc Turner's The Chronicles of the Exile, following When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters

The Augerans are coming. And their ships are sailing in on a red tide.

The Rubyholt Isles are a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards of Erin Elal and the Sabian League, a region even dragons fear to trespass.

The Augerans beseech the Warlord of the Isles, seeking passage for their invasion fleet through Rubyholt territory. But they are sailing into troubled waters. Their enemies have sent agents to sabotage the negotiations, and to destroy the Augeran fleet by any means necessary.

The emperor of Erin Elal seeks to forge an alliance with the Storm Lords, hoping to repulse the Augerans with a united front. But the battle lines for the struggle are not as clearly drawn as it first appears, for the Emira of the Storm Isles mistrusts the Erin Elalese as much as she does their common enemy. And the Augerans might just be planning a little sabotage of their own.

But nothing in the realm of mortals escapes the notice of their meddling gods; every step they take is shadowed, and every choice they make ensnared in a web so subtle and vast, its true shape may be fathomed only when it is far, far too late.

A new epic adventure in the fantastic world of When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters!

Interview with Steve Toutonghi, author of Join


Please welcome Steve Toutonghi to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Join is published on April 19th by Soho Press.



Interview with Steve Toutonghi, author of Join




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

Steve:  I started thinking seriously about writing in high school, inspired by two things. First was a love of comic books that started in elementary school. I was the kid in junior high who knew the history of every Marvel character. The second was a couple of books, probably published in the twenties or thirties that I found when I was about eleven in the basement of a relative's house. They were of the "Comprehensive History of Western Civilization" genre--which at that time meant that they had stories of Kings, great battles, and significant advances in arms and occasionally in infrastructure. They also had beautiful maps showing the growth and contraction of the great empires of Europe. The writers sounded very self-assured and wise and those were both qualities that I felt I could use more of in my life. I tried to find the emperors and kings who had reigned for a long time, hoping that since they had survived to a ripe old age, their eras were examples that proved that I might do the same (survive). Poring over those books also taught me that books that appeared to be thick and complex could sometimes be sources of great pleasure. I had a very rich life in fiction for many years after that. In high school, after learning from D&D that I enjoyed spending time building stories, I decided to try writing my own.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Steve:  Probably a hybrid. Right now, my method is to outline stories by writing a full first-draft. That lets the characters make decisions and lets the story surprise me. Then I explore the story, work on character backstory, revise a great deal, and write a more deliberate expression of the story's motivating energy.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Steve:  The freedom. That's also the most enjoyable thing. It can be disconcerting, but also strangely reassuring because it asks a question very similar to what seems to be a fundamental question in life: what is the most important/interesting/valuable thing you can write (or do) right now?



TQWho or what has influenced/influences your writing?

Steve:  The comic books led me toward pulp paperbacks and writers like Michael Moorcock, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, Robert Heinlein, and Robert E Howard. Those history books I found led me to multi-generational sagas by writers like James Michener, and long adventures by writers like James Clavell and Tolkien. War and Peace, Anna Karenina and Douglass Hofstadter’s book—Godel, Escher, Bach—were all very important books for me in high school and have all had a presence in my life since. I read the Gulag Archipelago in the summer after high school and am still traumatized by it. Other writers I think about fairly often are Charles Dickens, Carl Jung, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Cormac McCarthy.

In university I dove into poetry. I still love the work of Denise Levertov and Adrienne Rich who were both very active at Stanford when I attended. Exploring their work and listening to them led me to Charles Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Marianne Moore, Gary Snyder, WH Auden, William Carlos Williams, Robert Lowell and many, many others. Poetry was a detonation in my life that hasn't really stopped exploding.

In the mid 90's, the originality of Jeff Noon's vision in Vurt made a big impression on me. While writing Join, I was also thinking at various times about The Power Broker by Robert Caro, Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, Charles Johnston's work on Cultural Maturity and Creative Systems Theory, the Niccolo series by Dorothy Dunnett, and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. During revisions, I thought about the Borg.



TQDescribe Join in 140 characters or less.

Steve:  When individual minds unite, families, friendships and identity are transformed, and Chance and Leap fight for each other and for the future



TQPlease tell us something about Join that is not found in the book description.

Steve:  I think Join is about the potential for hope -- hope for a fulfilling life and for loving companionship -- to survive in a fragmented world that bristles with fear and danger.



TQWhat inspired you to write Join? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Steve:  I was inspired by what I see as growing pressures on the sense of individual identity, and by a fear that our current understanding of ourselves may not be adequate to meet the challenges we're creating, but that changes in any direction will inevitably provoke a backlash.

As for science fiction, the potential scope of expression is very appealing. Change is the defining sensation of our era, and science fiction is about change. Technology itself is a modern vernacular whose forms reach to the wellsprings of our hopes, fears and desires.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Join?

Steve:  I read a lot about the potential for faster-than-light communication, about patterns of environmental threat resulting from human activity, about the concept of an observer in quantum phenomena, and about the limits and biases of human cognition.



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

Steve:  Leap was the easiest. Leap is wary of the world and fundamentally inclined to appreciate solitude. Those are both characteristics I identify with.

Chance was the most difficult. The way I thought about Chance changed during revisions. I had originally thought Chance was rational and data driven, but came to view it as optimistic and in-love.



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

Steve:  When writing the first draft/outline, I followed the story, so that really determined the relationship of the work to social issues. But I was also originally inspired to begin writing the story--at least in part--by concern over what I was seeing in the world.



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

Steve:  What is the relationship between Hamish Lyons and Forest Whitaker?

I loved Forest Whitaker's performance in The Last King of Scotland. When the character of Hamish Lyons first started talking to me, I saw him as a black man with a Scottish first name, and decided that would be a tribute to Forest Whitaker's performance. Hamish isn't anything like Idi Amin (whom Whitaker played in the movie), but I would sometimes imagine him having the intelligence and grace of Forest Whitaker.



TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Join.

Steve:  Here are three:

1. "You know, for a long time, I thought I could just think of you as a married couple with very eerie telepathy." -- Josette
2. "We're us," says Jackson, slightly affronted, "like I said, the humans."
3. "What you do with technology, nature has done through love since the mind began."
-- Joseph Rex, Poe's Mission, Book I



TQWhat's next?

Steve:  I'm working on new projects that are thematically related to Join but don't happen in the same world. Hoping there'll be enough interest in Join to justify revisiting that world at some time in the future.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Steve:  Thank you! It was a pleasure!





Join
Soho Press, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Steve Toutonghi, author of Join
What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?





About Steve

Interview with Steve Toutonghi, author of Join
Photo by David Hiller
A native of Seattle and Soldotna, Alaska, Steve Toutonghi studied fiction and poetry while completing a BA in Anthropology at Stanford. After pursuing a variety of interests including an acting internship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, work as an IT systems manager, and teaching English in a public school in Japan, he began a career in technology that led him from Silicon Valley back to Seattle. Join is his first novel.








Website  ~   Twitter @SteveToutonghi


The View From Monday - April 18, 2016


Happy Monday! The Qwillery is thrilled and excited to be one of the blogs for the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016 (SPFBO 2016 or SPFBO2)! You can read all about this at Mark Lawrence's site - here. Mark created the SPFBO last year and it was fascinating. Hopefully we'll find some real gems among the self-published novels we will be reading. I know, we don't usually read self-published novels but as part of the SPFBO2 we're willing to dive in!

Now moving along to this week's genre releases. There are 2 debut novels this week:

Hystopia by David Means;

and

Join by Steve Toutonghi.

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From formerly featured DAC authors:

The World Weavers (Desert Rising 3) by Kelley Grant;

Nettle King (Night and Nothing Novels 3) by Katherine Harbour;

and

Chains of Commend (Frontlines 4) by Marko Kloos.

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Note: Clicking on the novel covers will take you to the novel's Amazon page.



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April 19, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Alphas: Origins (e) Ilona Andrews SFR
The Last Wall David Annandale SF - The Beast Arises 4
The Silence of Ghosts (h2tp) Jonathan Aycliffe H
Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel Matt Carter SH
Nazi Moonbase Graeme Davis SF - Dark Osprey 10
Private Eye (e) Alyssa Day PM - A Tiger's Eye Mystery 2
Darkest Judgment Candice Gilmer PNR - Mythical Knights 3
The World Weavers (e) Kelley Grant F - Desert Rising 3
The Emperor's Railroad Guy Haley SF/PA/AP - The Dreaming Cities 1
Nettle King Katherine Harbour F - Night and Nothing Novels 3
The Drafter (h2mm) Kim Harrison Th/F - The Peri Reed Chronicles 1
The Everything Box Richard Kadrey F
Grim Tidings Caitlin Kittredge UF - Hellhound Chronicles 2
Chains of Command Marko Kloos SF - Frontlines 4
The Fall of the Dagger Glenda Larke HistF - The Forsaken Lands 3
Winchester Undead: Winchester Over and Winchester Prey Dave Lund SF/AP/PA - Winchester Undead 1 and 2
Dust Up Jon McGoran TecnoTh - Carrick & Watkins 3
Hystopia (D) David Means LF
The English Assassin Michael Moorcock F - The Cornelius Quartet 3
Fault Line Deborah D. Moore PA - The Journal Series 5
Dune Time: A Tor.com Original (e) Jack Nicholls F
Where (h2tp) Kit Reed SF
Join (D) Steve Toutonghi SF
The House of Daniel: A novel of miracles, magic, and minor league ball Harry Turtledove HistF
In a Dark, Dark Wood (h2tp) Ruth Ware Th



April 20, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Destroyer: A Tor.Com Original Tara Isabella Burton SF
Knight Life (ri) Peter David CF
Angry Candy (ri) Harlan Ellison F/SF - Collection



April 22, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark of Night - Flesh and Fire Jonathan Maberry Rachael Lavin H - Journalstone's Doubledown



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GH - Ghost
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Tech - Technological
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - April 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.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on April 24, 2016.


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Cover design by Danielle Christopher





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Cover by Jakob Vala




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Artist Kelly Martin





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Cover painting by Cynthia Reeser.
Cover design by Matthew Revert.





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2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts


There are 13 debut novels for April. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The April 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 April cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on April 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 April 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Todd R. Baker

Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat
Aqueous Books, April 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 460 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Luke Morrow, a financially struggling young single parent to an 8-year-old boy, comes to believe that he has nothing, until by a magical twist of fate, his improbable internet technology start-up turns him into a Silicon Valley billionaire star. Secrets of Men in a Lifeboat begins with Luke’s harrowing romantic sojourn on the moneyed Westside of Los Angeles. Just when Luke can’t bear life’s pain anymore, he is remade—into a rich but brutal man. As Luke catapults through realms of fame and fortune, he is granted one last chance to seek redemption in a final showdown between honor and his own devastating power.




Dana Cann

Ghosts of Bergen County
Tin House Books, April 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Set in New York City and New Jersey on the cusp of the financial crisis, Ghosts of Bergen County is a literary mystery with supernatural elements.

Gil Ferko is a private-equity lieutenant who commutes to Manhattan from the New Jersey suburbs. His wife, Mary Beth, has become a shut-in since a hit-and-run accident killed their infant daughter. When Ferko reconnects with Jen Yoder, a former high school classmate, Jen introduces him to heroin. As his dependency on the drug grows, his downward spiral puts his life in danger and his career in jeopardy. Mary Beth has also found an escape―first in prescription drugs that numb her senses, then in the companionship of a mysterious girl who heightens them. A ghost? Mary Beth believes so. And Jen is also haunted. Years ago she witnessed a man she had just met fall from a rooftop. She walked away from the accident and has been haunted since by the question of why she did so. As her quest to rectify that mistake starts to collide with the mystery of the hit-and-run driver who killed Ferko and Mary Beth’s daughter, all of the characters are forced to face the fine line between fate and happenstance. Dana Cann’s debut novel is a tautly paced and intricately plotted story in which collective burdens manifest into hauntings.




Emily Carpenter

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Lake Union Publishing, April 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 310 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.




Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.




Manuel Gonzales

The Regional Office is Under Attack!
Riverhead Books, April 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

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In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization—the Regional Office—and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack.

Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah—who may or may not have a mechanical arm—fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother’s sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose’s and Sarah’s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end.

Weaving in a brilliantly conceived mythology, fantastical magical powers, teenage crushes, and kinetic fight scenes, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is a seismically entertaining debut novel about revenge and allegiance and love.




Thomas Olde Heuvelt

HEX
Tor Books, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt--a Hugo and World Fantasy award nominated talent to watch

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.




Holly Jennings

Arena
An Arena Novel 1
Ace, April 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming…

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…




Jadah McCoy

Artificial
The Kepler Chronicles 1
Curiosity Quills Press, April 4, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 226 pages


2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.




Julie McElwain

A Murder in Time
Pegasus, April 11, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.




David Means

Hystopia
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from Vietnam have their battlefield traumas “enfolded”--wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy--while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the Psych Corps and reenacting atrocities on civilians.

This destabilized, alternate version of American history is the vision of the twenty-two-year-old veteran Eugene Allen, who has returned from Vietnam to write the book at the center of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means. The critic James Wood has written that Means's language "offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality." In Hystopia, Means brings his full talent to bear on the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal. Outlandish and tender, funny and violent, timely and historical, Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome. The answers it offers are wildly inventive, deeply rooted in its characters, and wrung from the author’s own heart.




Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants
Del Rey, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?




Steve Toutonghi

Join
Soho Press, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?




Benjamin Warner

Thirst
Bloomsbury USA, April 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge - April 2016 Debuts
On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something is very wrong.

When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors while a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air.

Thirst
takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster--the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Join by Steve Toutonghi


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Join by Steve Toutonghi


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Steve Toutonghi

Join
Soho Press, April 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - Join by Steve Toutonghi
What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?

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