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The View From Monday - October 26, 2020

Happy Monday. Please note that this list is still being checked for accuracy and may change!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Northern Wrath(The Hanged God Trilogy 1) by Thilde Kold Holdt;

and

The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck.

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



From formerly featured DAC authors:

Interference (Semiosis Duology 2) by Sue Burke is out in Trade Paperback;

and

How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge (The Thorne Chronicles 2) by K. Eason.

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




The View From Monday - October 26, 2020



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


October 27, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Hammer and the Eagle: The Icons of the Warhammer Worlds Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000 0
Gamechanger (h2tp) L. X. Beckett SF/AC/CyP
Interference (h2tp) Sue Burke SF/AC/HSF - Semiosis Duology 2
Madeleine Is Sleeping (ri) Sarah Shun-lien Bynum LF/CoA/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Best of Jerry Pournelle John F. Carr (Ed) SF/SS
The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition Rae Carson SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Five Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Bane's Choice Alyssa Day PNR
How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge K. Eason SF/SO/HU - The Thorne Chronicles 2
48 Hours (tp2mm) William R. Forstchen TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Love in the Time of Cholera (Illustrated Edition) Gabriel García Márquez MR/LF/Classics - Vintage International
Till Sudden Death Do Us Part (h2tp) Simon R. Green SupM/DF - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 7
Lion El'Jonson: Lord of the First David Guymer SF/SO - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs/td>
Dune: House Atreides (ri) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Prelude to Dune 1
Dune: House Harkonnen (ri) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Prelude to Dune Series 2
Dune: House Corrino (ri) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Prelude to Dune Series 3
Northern Wrath (D) Thilde Kold Holdt The Hanged God Trilogy 1
Critical Point (h2mm) S. L. Huang SF/TechTh - Cas Russell 3
Syn & Salvation Beth Kander SF/GenEng/AP/PA/Dys/TechTh - Original Syn Trilogy 3
Sinder Kathleen Kaufman Occ/Sup/Horror - Diabhal 2
Accepting the Lance Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe® 22
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon (h2tp) James Lovegrove Occ/Sup/HistM
People of the City Marshall Ryan Maresca UF/F - Maradaine Elite 3
Antediluvian (h2mm) Wil McCarthy SF/HSF
The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas Syd Moore Cr/SS/H - An Essex Witch Museum Mystery Collection
Nexus & Other Stories Thomas Parrott SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume One Terry Pratchett F
Chicory Up (e)(ri) Irene Radford F - Pixie Chronicles 2
Life and Limb (h2tp) Jennifer Roberson F/UF/DF - Blood and Bone 1
The Peril of Barnabas Collins Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 12
Barnabas Collins and the Mysterious Ghost Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 13
Song of the Risen God: A Tale of the Coven (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F/DF - Coven 3
The Tower of Fools Andrzej Sapkowski
David French (Tr)
F/HistF - Hussite Trilogy 1
The Witch Hunter (D- US) Max Seeck PP/Occ/Sup
Seduced by the Wolf Terry Spear PNR/P - Heart of the Wolf
Dead Before Dark (ri) Wendy Corsi Staub Sus/H/WS
Dead Lies Dreaming Charles Stross CF/DF - Laundry Files 10
Lord of Secrets (ri) Breanna Teintze F/HU/RF - The Empty Gods 1
The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody (ri) Michael Teitelbaum HU
The Very Thirsty Vampire: A Parody (ri) Michael Teitelbaum HU
Sacrosanct & Other Stories C L Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
London Centric: Tales of Future London Ian Whates (Ed) SF - Anthology



October 28, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Little Witch: A Tor.com Original (e) M. Rickert DF



October 31, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
A Stitch in Time Kelley Armstrong Sup/Sus - A Stitch in Time 1
Seven of Infinities Aliette de Bodard SF
Dying With Her Cheer Pants On: Stories of the Fighting Pumpkins Seanan McGuire F - SS



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

The View From Monday - October 21, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are no debuts this week.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Interference (Semiosis Duology 2) by Sue Burke;

and

The Blue Eye (Khorasan Archives 3) by Ausma Zehanat Khan.

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



The View From Monday - October 21, 2019



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

October 22, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghoster Jason Arnopp H/SupTh/Occ/Sup/PsyTh/GH
Secrets of the Chocolate House Paula Brackston Hist/HistF - Found Things 2
Interference Sue Burke SF/AC/HSF - Semiosis Duology 2
Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century (e) Sarah Cole LC
The Trouble with Becoming a Witch Amy Edwards MR/CW/FL
Empress of the Fall David Hair F - Sunsurge Quartet 1
The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History Nathalia Holt History/Film & Video
The April 3rd Incident: Stories (h2tp) Yu Hua
Allan H. Barr (Tr)
SS/LF
The Blue Eye Ausma Zehanat Khan F - Khorasan Archives 3
Supernova Era Cixin Liu
Joel Martinsen (Tr)
SF/HSF
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon James Lovegrove M&D/P
Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju Kim Newman H/AH/SupTh
Dark State (h2tp) Charles Stross SF/TT/AH - Empire Games 2
From Hell to Breakfast Meghan Tifft LF/Gothic
The Burning White Brent Weeks F/HistF - Lightbringer 5



October 24, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Influence (ri) Ramsey Campbell H/DF  Fiction Without Frontiers
Hearthstone Cottage (ri) Frazer Lee H/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Those Who Came Before (ri) J.H. Moncrieff H/SF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Slash (ri) Hunter Shea H/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers



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



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

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

2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists


The Finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel have been announced.

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Finalists for the 2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award
  • Semiosis by Sue Burke (Tor Books)
  • A Spy in Time by Imraan Coovadia (Rare Bird Books)
  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books)
  • Time Was by Ian McDonald (Tor.com)
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (ECW Press)
  • Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions)
  • Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (Gallery / Saga Press)
  • The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts (Tachyon Watts)
  • The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)

The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference Award Banquet on Friday, June 28, 2019.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Nina Allan (2016)

The Dollmaker
Other Press, October 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
A love story of two very real, unusual people, and a novel rich with wonders that shines a radically different light on society’s marginal figures.

Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine.

Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin–potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice–to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.



The Silver Wind
Titan Book, September 10, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 224 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Named as one of '50 Writers You Should Read Now' by The Guardian. From the award-winning author of The Rift, Nina Allan, The Silver Wind is a remarkable narrative exploring the nature of time itself.

Martin Newland is fascinated by time. Watches and clocks are for him metaphorical time machines, a means of coming to terms with the past and voyaging into the future. But was his first timepiece a Smith, given to him on his fourteenth birthday, or the Longines he received four years later? Was it the small brass travelling clock unearthed in the run-down house for which he is to act as estate agent? And who is the maker of these time machines?





Sue Burke (2018)

Interference
Semiosis Duology 2
Tor Books, October 22, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Sue Burke's sweeping SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence.

Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known.

Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

Semiosis duology
Semiosis
Interference

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
Book 1





Erin Morgenstern (2011)

The Starless Sea
Doubleday, November 5, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

The View From Monday - March 11, 2019


Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

If, Then by Kate Hope Day;

The Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston;

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage;

and

Titanshade (The Carter Archives 1) by Dan Stout.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

The Golgotha Series: The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, The Queen of Swords by R. S. Belcher is out in eBook Bundle;

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology 1) by Sue Burke is out in Trade Paperback;

The True Queen (A Sorcerer to the Crown 2) by Zen Cho;

Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd is out in Trade Paperback;

Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk;

The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab;

A Gathering of Shadows Collector's Edition (Shade of Magic 2) by V. E. Schwab;

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl;

and

The Forbidden City (Dragon's Legacy 2) by Deborah A. Wolf.

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



The View From Monday - March 11, 2019



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

March 11, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightwalker (e)(ri) Heather Graham GH/Sus
Harrison Investigation Series Volume 3: An Anthology (e) Heather Graham H - Harrison Investigation



March 12, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mars: Stories Asja Bakić
Jennifer Zoble (Tr)
SF/HU/SF/AP/PA/AB/SS - Collection
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories (h2tp) Kelly Barnhill F/SS - Collection
A Veil of Spears (h2tp) Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - Song of Shattered Sands 3
The Golgotha Series: The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, The Queen of Swords (e) R. S. Belcher HistF/DF/SP - Golgotha
Semiosis (h2tp) Sue Burke SF/AC/HSF - Semiosis Duology 1
The True Queen Zen Cho HistF/F - A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel 2
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #3: A Selection of Novellas (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) SpecFic
If, Then (D) Kate Hope Day LF/VisM/SF/AP/PA
Ruin's Wake Patrick Edwards CF/SF
The Willful Child Series: Willful Child, Wrath of Betty, The Search for Spark (e) Steven Erikson SF - Willful Child
Winter's Web (e) Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin Novella
Toxic Game Christine Feehan PNR/GenEng - GhostWalker 15
The Dazzle of Day Molly Gloss SF/HSF
Blood of the Four (h2tp) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
F
Dawn of the Exile Mitchell Hogan F - Infernal Guardian 2
If Cats Disappeared from the World Genki Kawamura
Eric Selland (Tr)
LF/MR
Mr. Flood's Last Resort (h2tp) Jess Kidd LF
AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe (Fourth Edition Vol. 3) Lars Pearson
Lance Parkin
PerfArts/TV/HC
White Light (ri) Rudy Rucker SF
Saucer Wisdom (ri) Rudy Rucker SF/AC
The Woman in the Dark (D) Vanessa Savage PsyTh/H/Sus
The Near Witch (ri) V. E. Schwab RF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF
A Gathering of Shadows Collector's Edition V. E. Schwab HistF/Gaslamp - Shades of Magic 2
New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color Nisi Shawl (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
Titanshade (D) Dan Stout UF/DF - The Carter Archives 1
The Rosewater Insurrection Tade Thompson SF/AC/AP/PA - Wormwood Trilogy  2
The Spirit Photographer (h2tp) JonMichael Varese HistF/GH/Occ/Sup
A Pathfinder Tales Collection: Lord of Runes, Liar's Island, Beyond the Pool of Stars, Bloodbound, Pirate's Prophecy, Hellknight, Liar's Bargain, Starspawn, ... Through the Gate in the Sea, Gears of Faith (e) Various F - Pathfinder Tales
The Bird King G. Willow Wilson HistF
The Forbidden City (h2tp) Deborah A. Wolf F - Dragon's Legacy 2



March 13, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
To Catch a Witch (h2tp) Heather Blake PCM - A Wishcraft Mystery 8



March 14, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wolf Land Jonathan Janz H - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Widening Gyre  (D) Michael R. Johnston SF/SO - Fiction Without Frontiers
Will Haunt You Brian Kirk H/DF - Fiction Without Frontiers
Child Of Thunder (e)(ri) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai Chronicles 3
Beyond Ragnarok (e)(ri) Mickey Zucker Reichert F - Renshai Chronicles 4



March 15, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sins of the Lost (e) Lydia M. Hawke SupTh - The Grigori Legacy 3



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Spec - Speculative
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
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.

Review: Semiosis by Sue Burke


Semiosis
Author:  Sue Burke
Publisher:  Tor Books, February 6, 2018
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
List Price:  US$25.99 (print); US$13.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780765391353 (print); 9780765391377 (eBook)

Review: Semiosis by Sue Burke
Human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance in Semiosis, a character driven science fiction novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke.

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Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits...

Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.



Melanie's Thoughts:

Its hard to decide whether the first colonists from Earth on a planet far far away were brave or foolish. Only the rich can survive on earth and a group of adventurers decide to take their chances to establish a colony on another planet. Crash landing on a different planet they find landscape that's lush and where the sentient plants produce delicious fruits...until one day they don't. One day they turned and started to poison the colonists. Only a few survive and Burke tells their story. The story of the original colonists and the following generations trying to survive among planets that are beautiful and deadly in equal measure. Things change when the colonists discover they share the planet with another alien species. The fragile balance of the ecosystem is in jeopardy and it's the plants who are really calling the shots.

The story of the colonists on Pax is told through POV chapters which span five generations. Each new generation struggles to survive alongside the sentient plants that hold their very existence amongst their green leaves, twisted roots and razor sharp thorns. The story really starts to take a turn when two things happen. First, the colonists discover they share the planet with another alien species who may or may not be friendly. The second big twist occurs when one of the plants - a colourful bamboo - starts to communicate with them, warning them of dangers and enlisting other plants to help them survive. The bamboo even has its own POV chapters and this is where the story gives us a mini botany lesson. Through these chapters it is clear that the colonists are not the dominate species on the planet.

I think that the concept of Burke's story is very interesting. Sentient plants who treat humans as slaves is new and fresh. However, I found that the story dragged, particularly in the middle. I didn't find the human characters that engaging and therefore, it was a bit difficult to be that invested in their fate. In fact, it was Svetland (the bamboo) who I thought that was most well developed and interesting. As a debut this demonstrates that Burke has an amazing imagination but a little more attention developing engaging characters would have moved this book from the 'ok' category to the 'awesome' category for me.

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 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 2018 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/designer 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 March 7, 2018.

Vote for your favorite February 2018 Debut Cover!
 
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Photo by Nigel Cattlin
Design by Jamie Stafford-Hill





2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover Art by Jeff Chapman
Layout and typography by Shawn King

Interview with Sue Burke, author of Semiosis


Please welcome Sue Burke to The Qwillery as part of the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Semiosis is published on February 6th by Tor Books.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Sue a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Sue Burke, author of Semiosis




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?

Sue:  Thank you for inviting me. When I was in grade school, I decided I would write a novel. I never finished it, and as I recall it was a rather derivative ghost story, but I also never forgot the goal. I wanted to be a writer from the moment I knew what writing was — before I even learned to write. That’s why I eventually became a journalist. I got paid to write every day!



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Sue:  Hybrid. I start a piece knowing how it ends, but not always much more. Then I have to figure out the way to get there, creating the roadmap and landscape as I go along. When I finally arrive, I go back and try to plot the best route.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Sue:  The initial composition. I don’t even start with first drafts. I write “zero” drafts, early versions that are all exploration and experiment to create that roadmap, with a few side trips that go nowhere in the process but that were necessary to take. These zero drafts don’t count, so they don’t merit a number, which encourages me to take chances and relax. Out of that glorious mess, I extract a first draft.



TQWhat did you find (other than length) to be the biggest difference in writing short stories versus writing a novel? How does being an editor impact your own writing?

Sue:  Novels can contain bigger, more complex ideas than short stories, the way the art for a mural can be more complex than the art for a postage stamp. I think that’s one way to evaluate an idea to decide if, say, your short story is really an epic trilogy: what would it look like as a painting? How big would that painting be?

Being an editor has given me more patience because I view writing as a process, not an end. Nothing starts out perfect — and anything can be improved. Again, to think of it as art, the elements of a piece often need to be rearranged and re-imagined before the final work can be completed. I’ve seen how many studies and sketches Pablo Picasso made before he painted Guernica. Even geniuses don’t expect to get it right the first time — and I can learn from how hard they work.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Sue:  I started out as a journalist, which taught me to be aware of the reader and to write to achieve a purpose for the reader. It also gave me a chance to learn a lot about the world because I covered everything from school board meetings to llama ranches (I’ve been kissed on the cheek by a llama!) to murder trials. I discovered that no matter what I expect, reality holds surprises and demands an open mind.

As far as writing style, one sentence made a big difference. It’s from the book Un Pueblecito: Riofrío de Ávila by a Spanish writer named Azorín, considered a master stylist. I read it in Spanish class in college. It says (my translation): “It’s not enough to be understandable; it’s necessary to aspire to be unable to be misunderstood.” He goes on to suggest some ways to do that, such as treating things one after another in simple, logical, often chronological order. Clarity, Azorín thought, was “the only excusable affectation” in writing. I still have that book decades later.



TQDescribe Semiosis in 140 characters or less.

Sue:  Human colonists struggle to survive on an alien world, and they discover an unexpected dominant species anxiously awaiting them.



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

Sue:  The fippokats, a deceptively cute species suitable for pets, are based on my sister-in-law’s imaginary animal from childhood, which she graciously lent me to use and abuse. Thanks, Kathy!



TQWhat inspired you to write Semiosis? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction and in particular a novel about first contact with aliens?

Sue:  A long time ago, two of my houseplants attacked other plants, using them as things to climb on or to sink roots into and suck dry. After some research, I learned that plants are actually fierce: “at war with each other,” as one botanist put it. Science fiction gives me the chance to ask what if: what if plants were fierce — and intelligent? How could we encounter intelligent plants, and what could go wrong? How would it change us?

These kinds of questions illustrate what I see as the big difference between science fiction and “literary” fiction. All stories are about change, but where does the change come from? Literary fiction tends to focus on change arising from within individuals. Science fiction considers how changes in the material world affect individuals and societies, and those are the kinds of questions I’m more interested in. What if we’re not alone? What if we’re not the dominant species?



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Semiosis?

Sue:  A lot. The plants in Semiosis don’t do anything Earth plants can’t — except think, which as far as we know now they don’t do. Botanists, foresters, and other people intimately involved with plants are continuously impressed by the abilities that plants have and how actively they’re involved with their surroundings. I have a shelf of books that I read and consulted.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Semiosis.

Sue:  The cover uses a photo by Nigel Cattlin and a design by Jamie Stafford-Hill. The tendril is of an Earth plant, a sundew, which is carnivorous. And hungry.



TQIn Semiosis who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Sue:  The easiest was Lucille, who was loosely based on someone I know who has boundless energy, determination, and optimism. The hardest was Higgins because I cried when I wrote some of those scenes.



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

Sue:  The colonists must constantly cope with issues of good governance. My years covering government as a journalist convinced me of its importance. Who leads? How do leaders make decisions? Who has a voice in those decisions, and who is affected? How can leaders be held responsible for their decisions? I think what’s happening now in Washington, DC, shows how leadership has social consequences.



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

Sue:  Do I trust Stevland? No. I wish I did, but I don’t. He’s too desperate.



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

Sue:  

“... like the good times you can’t quite recall but surely they happened sometime, maybe tomorrow, you just have to wait and see.”

“We can begin with simple counting: 0, 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22, 100.”



TQWhat's next?

Sue:  I’ve written a sequel, and we’ll see if Tor is interested. In the mean time, I’m writing short stories, and translating Spanish science fiction authors into English. Most recently, Clarkesworld published my short story “Who Won the Battle of Arsia Mons?” in November 2017, and Asimov’s will publish “Life From the Sky” in May/June 2018. My translations include the anthology Spanish Women of Wonder, published by Palabaristas in 2017.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Sue:  Thank you for having me!





Semiosis
Tor Books, February 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Sue Burke, author of Semiosis
Human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance in Semiosis, a character driven science fiction novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke.

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Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits...

Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.





About Sue

Interview with Sue Burke, author of Semiosis
Jerry Finn
SUE BURKE spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is a Clarion workshop alumnus, and she has published more than 30 short stories. Burke also worked extensively as a literary translator, and while living in Madrid, Spain, she headed the long-running Madrid Writer’s Critique Group. Her translations include the fantasy novel Prodigies by Angélica Gorodischer, the bilingual science fiction anthology Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire, and the script for the science fiction movie Mindgate.





Website  ~  Twitter @SueBurkeSpain


The View From Monday - February 5, 2018


Happy 1st Monday in February!

There are 4 debuts this week:

Semiosis by Sue Burke;

Moonshine by Jasmine Gower;

Mission to Methone by Les Johnson (Solo Debut);

and

The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves 1) by Maria Vale.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Of Gods and Men by Stephen Aryan

The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 2) bu Lucy Banks;

With Blood Upon the Sand (Song of Shattered Sands 2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

Outer Earth (Outer Earth Omnibus) by Rob Boffard;

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett is out in Trade Paperback;

Crossroads of Canopy (A Titan's Forest Novel 1) by Thoraiya Dyer is out in Trade Paperback;

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts 2) by Vic James;

The Gone World by Thomas Sweterlitsch;

Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift;

and

Blood Binds the Pack (Hunger Makes the Wolf 2) by Alex Wells.

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

February 6, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Saint: A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 
Elisha Daemon E.C. Ambrose F/DF - Dark Apostle 5
The Complete Psychotechnic League, Vol. 2 Poul Anderson SF
Of Gods and Men (e) Stephen Aryan F
Enchanter Redeemed Sharon Ashwood PNR
The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger Lucy Banks GH - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 2
With Blood Upon the Sand (h2tp) Bradley P. Beaulieu F - Song of Shattered Sands 2
Etched in Bone (h2mm) Anne Bishop F/DF - A Novel of the Others 5
Outer Earth Rob Boffard SF
Fata Morgana (h2tp) Steven R. Boyett
Ken Mitchroney
Hist
Semiosis (D) Sue Burke SF/AC
Lucidity (h2tp) David Carnoy Th
The Space Between the Stars (h2tp) Anne Corlett LF
Universal Harvester (h2tp) John Darnielle LF
Crossroads of Canopy (h2tp) Thoraiya Dyer F - Titan's Forest 1
1637: The Volga Rules Eric Flint
Paula Goodlett
Gorg Huff
SF - Ring of Fire 25
Tallarn John French SF - The Horus Heresy 45
Moonshine Jasmine Gower F/Gaslamp
How to Stop Time Matt Haig Hist
Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Kathryn Harkup Sc/Hist
Wicked Attraction (e) Megan Hart SFR - The Protector 2
A Choice of Crowns Barb Hendee F/P
Captivated by the She-Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
Tarnished City Vic James CF - Dark Gifts 2
Mission to Methone (D - Solo) Les Johnson SF
Into the Void Joshua A. Johnston SF - The Chronicles of Sarco 2
Aliens Abroad Gini Koch SF - Katherine "Kitty" Katt / Aliens16
That Killer Smile Juliet Lyons PNR - Bite Nights 3
The Faultless Blade Ian St. Martin SF - Lucius the Eternal 1
Into the Fire Elizabeth Moon F - Vatta's Peace 2
Time Shadows Deborah D. Moore F
Grave (h2mm) Michelle Sagara UF - Queen of the Dead 3
Child of a Mad God R. A. Salvatore F - The Coven 1
Lincoln in the Bardo (h2tp) George Saunders LF
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1929-1964: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (e) Robert Silverberg SF - Anthology
The Bastard Legion Gavin G. Smith SF/SO - The Bastard Legion 1
The Year of Our War Steph Swainston F - Castle 1
No Present Like Time Steph Swainston F - Castle 2
The Gone World Tom Sweterlitsch SF/AP/PA
Paris Adrift E.J. Swift SF
Bringers of Hell Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 6
Jagannath Karin Tidbeck LF - Collection
The Last Wolf (D) Maria Vale PNR - The Legend of All Wolves 1
Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: Discovery
Blood Binds the Pack Alex Wells SF - Hunger Makes the Wolf 2


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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
LitCol - Literary Collection
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NR - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


There are 12 debut novels for February.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The February 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 February cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 15, 2018.

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 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for February 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.




Robert Ashcroft

The Megarothke
Cinestate, February 27, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Blade Runner meets Westworld via Resident Evil in this shocking, gripping debut sci-fi/horror novel infused with Nietzschean philosophy, exploring humanity's darkest desire for transcendence.

Seven years after the limitless depths of the Hollow War decimated Earth, leaving only 50,000 humans to fight for survival in Los Angeles, Theo Abrams is sent on a mission to destroy the enigmatic being that initiated this apocalypse, confronting the fact that humanity's yearning to transcend reality caused its downfall . . .

Robert Ashcroft, trained as cryptologic linguist, has worked as a State Department contractor and was recently mobilized to serve abroad with the US Army Reserve.





Sue Burke

Semiosis
Tor Books, February 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance in Semiosis, a character driven science fiction novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke.

Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits...

Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.





Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater
Grove Press, February 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief.

But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dangerous direction.

Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.





Jasmine Gower

Moonshine
Angry Robot, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Daisy’s starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vogue image.

In the flourishing metropolis of Soot City (a warped version of 1920s Chicago), progressive ideals reign and the old ways of magic and liquid mana are forbidden. Daisy Dell is a Modern Girl – stylish, educated and independent – keen to establish herself in the city but reluctant to give up the taboo magic inherited from her grandmother.

Her new job takes her to unexpected places, and she gets more attention than she had hoped for. When bounty hunters start combing the city for magicians, Daisy must decide whether to stay with her new employer – even if it means revealing the grim source of her occult powers.

File Under: Fantasy [ A Modern Girl in Soot City | Bootleg Magic | Shady Dealings | Revealing her Powers ]





Les Johnson

Mission to Methone
Baen, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
     (Solo Debut)

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
The year is 2065 and an accidental encounter in space leads to the discovery that we are not alone in the universe—and that our continued existence as a species may be in jeopardy.

Chris Holt, working in his office at the Space Resources Corporation, discovers that one of the asteroids he is surveying for mining is actually not an asteroid at all but a derelict spaceship. The word gets out and soon the world's powers are competing to explore and claim for themselves the secrets that it holds.

What they don't know is that across the galaxy, a war has been underway for millennia. A war between alien civilizations that have very different ideas about what should be done about emerging spacefaring civilizations like our own. The artificial intelligence resident in the derelict Holt discovered has been in our solar system since before the dawn of human civilization, watching, waiting and keeping quiet lest the interstellar war return and wipe out the sentient race that now resides there—humanity.

And that war might soon be again coming to our front door. The truth can only be discovered on Methone, a tiny, egg-shaped moon of the planet Saturn. Who will get there first? And will it be in time?





Tom Miller

The Philosopher's Flight
Simon & Schuster, February 13, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher’s Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art. “Like his characters, Tom Miller casts a spell.” (Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer)

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service—a team of flying medics—Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals.

When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women.

Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle’s activism and Robert’s recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert’s mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert’s place among the next generation of empirical philosophers—and for philosophy’s very survival against the men who would destroy it.

In the tradition of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness, Tom Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher’s Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.





Tina LeCount Myers

The Song of All
The Legacy of the Heavens 1
Night Shade Books, February 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 452 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A former warrior caught between gods and priests must fight for the survival of his family in this dark epic fantasy debut, set in a harsh arctic world inspired by Scandinavian indigenous cultures.

On the forbidding fringes of the tundra, where years are marked by seasons of snow, humans war with immortals in the name of their shared gods. Irjan, a human warrior, is ruthless and lethal, a legend among the Brethren of Hunters. But even legends grow tired and disillusioned.

Scarred and weary of bloodshed, Irjan turns his back on his oath and his calling to hide away and live a peaceful life as a farmer, husband, and father. But his past is not so easily left behind. When an ambitious village priest conspires with the vengeful comrades Irjan has forsaken, the fragile peace in the Northlands of Davvieana is at stake.

His bloody past revealed, Irjan’s present unravels as he faces an ultimatum: return to hunt the immortals or lose his child. But with his son’s life hanging in the balance, as Irjan follows the tracks through the dark and desolate snow-covered forests, it is not death he searches for, but life.





David Pedreira

Gunpowder Moon
Harper Voyager, February 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
“Interesting quirks and divided loyalties flesh out this first novel in which sf and mystery intersect in a well-crafted plot...Pedreira’s science thriller powerfully highlights the human politics and economics from the seemingly desolate expanse of the moon. It will attract readers who enjoyed Andy Weir’s lunar crime caper Artemis.” -- Library Journal, starred review

A realistic and chilling vision of life on the Moon, where dust kills as easily as the vacuum of space…but murder is even quicker—a fast-paced, cinematic science fiction thriller, this debut novel combines the inventiveness of The Martian, the intrigue of The Expanse, and the thrills of Red Rising.

The Moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the U.S. mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind—a reminder of his harrowing days as a Marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth.

It’s 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills one of Dechert’s diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.

But as Dechert races to solve the first murder in the history of the Moon, he gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder-keg, Dechert knows his life and those of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting.

In his desperate attempts to save his crew and prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, the former Marine uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team . . . and perhaps plunge the Earth back into darkness.





Kaethe Schwehn

The Rending and the Nest
Bloomsbury USA, February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story.

When 95 percent of the earth's population disappears for no apparent reason, Mira does what she can to create some semblance of a life: She cobbles together a haphazard community named Zion, scavenges the Piles for supplies they might need, and avoids loving anyone she can't afford to lose. She has everything under control. Almost.

Four years after the Rending, Mira's best friend, Lana, announces her pregnancy, the first since everything changed and a new source of hope for Mira. But when Lana gives birth to an inanimate object--and other women of Zion follow suit--the thin veil of normalcy Mira has thrown over her new life begins to fray. As the Zionites wrestle with the presence of these Babies, a confident outsider named Michael appears, proselytizing about the world beyond Zion. He lures Lana away and when she doesn't return, Mira must decide how much she's willing to let go in order to save her friend, her home, and her own fraught pregnancy.

Like California by Edan Lepucki and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Rending and the Nest uses a fantastical, post-apocalyptic landscape to ask decidedly human questions: How well do we know the people we love? What sustains us in the midst of suffering? How do we forgive the brokenness we find within others--and within ourselves?





Roger Arthur Smith

Echoes
Baobob Press, February 27, 2018
Trade Paperback, 307 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Roger Arthur Smith’s spectacular debut, Echoes, asks, what happens when your fundamental nature is challenged, not by the many evils without, but by an unexpected awakening within?

It’s 1960 in Hawthorne, Nevada, a desert town so secluded that the U.S. Navy stores munitions nearby. While the Cold war lumbers on, the town’s gossip mills and marriage-eligible bachelors and bachelorettes play a game of cat and mouse, a pastime, that if nothing else, manages to while away the hours. Attorney Will Dubykky keeps a watchful eye over Hawthorne, and it comes as no surprise that his interest is piqued by the sudden appearance of a strange boy. Why is this boy disfigured? Why does he have difficulty speaking? Why can’t some people seem to see him? As one of the initiated, Dubykky has an inkling; the boy is evil, an echo sent to rectify the wrongs of an indulgent murderer. The echo’s mission? Tempt, trap and eliminate the human monster that spawned it. If all goes according to evil’s intent, the echo will die fulfilling its destiny. This fatal sequence has persisted as long as evil itself, but before the dark circle can be closed, riddles must be solved. In a town this small, who is capable of committing a string of heinous crimes undetected? And, when the time comes will this echo, more naïve and innocent than any echo Dubykky has ever encountered, fulfill its gruesome destiny? Echoes, is a wildly entertaining, gloriously absorbing exploration of humanity, evil, and the stark environs in which both exist.





Keith Thomas

The Clarity
Atria/Leopoldo & Co., February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
For fans of Black Mirror and True Detective, a visceral high‑concept thriller about a psychologist who must protect the life of an eleven-year-old girl whose ability to remember past lives makes them both targets of a merciless killer.

Dr. Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored when she meets a strange eleven-year-old girl named Ashanique. Ashanique claims to harbor the memories of the last soldier killed in World War I and Matilda is at first very interested but skeptical. However, when Ashanique starts talking about being chased by the Night Doctors—a term also used by an unstable patient who was later found dead—Matilda can’t deny that the girl might be telling the truth.

Matilda learns that Ashanique and her mother have been on the run their whole lives from a monstrous assassin named Rade. Rade is after a secret contained solely in memories and has left a bloody trail throughout the world in search of it. Matilda soon realizes Ashanique is in unimaginable danger and that her unique ability comes with a deadly price.

Fast-paced, suspenseful, and a chilling blend of science and danger, The Clarity is a compelling take on the possibilities of reincarnation and life after death.





Maria Vale

The Last Wolf
The Legend of All Wolves 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca, February 6, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.
But if she stays…


Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…
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