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The View From Monday - June 16, 2014

Happy Monday! I'm reading Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood and California Bones by Greg van Eekhout. Oddly both books feature bones. In Shield and Crocus, the city of Audec-Hal sits in the bones of a Titan. In California Bones, bones are eaten to provide magic to the person who eats the bones. (I'll explain that in the review.)

The View From Monday - June 16, 2014

There are three debuts this week:

Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus;

The Quick by Lauren Owen;


The Forty First Wink by James Walley;

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles 7) by Kevin Hearne;


Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0, 2) by Scott Meyer.

June 16, 2014
The Line Book One: Carrier (e) Anne Tibbets PNR - The Line 1
The Forty First Wink (D) James Walley F

June 17, 2014
The God Particle Tom Avitabile Sus
Cibola Burn James S.A. Corey SF - The Expanse 4
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds Neil Gaiman F
Head Full of Mountains Brent Hayward H
Shattered Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 7
Orion: The Council of Beasts Darius Hinks F - Warhammer: Orion 3
Alchymist (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 3
Chimaera (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 4
The Curse of the Chosen (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 2
The Destiny of the Dead (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 3
The Fate of the Fallen (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 1
Geomancer (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 1
Tetrarch (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 2
Irregular Verbs and Other Stories Matthew Johnson SF/F - Collection
Flight of the Golden Harpy (D) Susan Klaus F
Dawn Song (ri) Michael Marano DF
Rogues George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
Spell or High Water Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0, 2
The Quick (D) Lauren Owen Go
The Funeral, Ruined: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Octavia E. Butler: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
John Wayne: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
theleeharveyoswaldband: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Johnny Cash: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
There Is Something So Quiet and Empty Inside of You That It Must Be Precious: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Under the Red Sun: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Possession: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
The Dreaming City: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds, Not Little Boys: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Chasers of the Wind Alexey Pehov F - The Cycle of Wind and Sparks 1
Chernobyl (ri) Frederik Pohl Th
The Long Mars Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 3
Heirs of Grace Tim Pratt UF
Copper Ravens Jennifer Allis Provost PNR - Copper Legacy 2
The White Towers Andy Remic F - The Rage of Kings 2
The Wolves of Midwinter (h2tp) Anne Rice F/P - Wolf Gift Chronicles
A Better World Marcus Sakey Th/F - The Brilliance Saga 2
Temptation in Shadows (e) Gena Showalter PNR
Two Fronts (h2tp) Harry Turtledove AH - The War That Came Early 5

June 18, 2014
Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism: Beyond the Golden Rule Elana Gomel HC
All Together Dead (TV Tie-In) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 7
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014 Edition Rich Horton (ed) F/SF - Anthology
Combustion Hour: A Tor.Com Original (e) Yoon Ha Lee SF

D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sur - Surreal
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for June 2014

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 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 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released 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 June 24, 2014.

Vote for your favorite June 2014 Debut Cover free polls 

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

There are 7 debuts (that I know about) for June. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The June 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 June cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).

Katherine Harbour

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.
Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water
Harper Voyager, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
The award-winning speculative debut novel, now in English for the first time!

In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become a tea master like her father. It is a position that holds great responsibility and a dangerous secret. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that once provided water for her whole village. When Noria's father dies, the secret of the spring reaches the new military commander . . . and the power of the army is vast indeed. But the precious water reserve is not the only forbidden knowledge Noria possesses, and resistance is a fine line.

Threatened with imprisonment, and with her life at stake, Noria must make an excruciating, dangerous choice between knowledge and freedom.

Susan Klaus

Flight of the Golden Harpy
Tor Books, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.

The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari’s savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Susan Klaus's Flight of the Golden Harpy is an imaginative and romantic fantasy novel that questions what it means to be human.

Lauren Owen

The Quick
Random House, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
For fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.

Kieran Shea

Koko Takes a Holiday
Titan Books, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, the most challenging part of Koko’s day is deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her.

Auralee Wallace

Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...

James Walley

The Forty First Wink
Ragnarok Publications, June 16, 2014

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Marty is having a bad morning. Roused from slumber by a gang of polo mallet-wielding monkeys and a mysterious voice in his wardrobe, he must quickly come to terms with the fact that the world outside his door is now the world inside his head. Lying in wait amidst bleak, gloomy streets, deserted theme parks, and circus-themed nightclubs, lurks the oppressive shadow of a myriad of giggling, cackling pursuers, hell bent on throwing a custard pie or two into the works.

Assisted by a string of half-cocked schemes, a troupe of tiny unlikely allies, and (literally) the girl of his dreams, Marty sets out on a heroic quest to wake up and get out of bed.

Early reviews have compared it to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Equal parts epic, funny and dark, The Forty First Wink plummets headlong into the realms of askew reality, adding elements of the macabre, and squeezing in an unlikely love story for good measure. It will take you on a journey where not even the sky is the limit, and literally anything could be around the next corner. The question is, do you have the guts (and the sanity) to find out?

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