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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35


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



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Alex Gordon (2015)

Jericho
Harper Voyager, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.

In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho—of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp’s dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren’s darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life . . . even if it costs her soul.




Ken Liu (2015)

The Grace of Kings
The Dandelion Dynasty 1
Saga Press, August 9, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 656 pages
Trade Paperback, August 9, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, April 7, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. “A magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR).

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and fast-paced action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.


The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Saga Press, March 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Trade Paperback, August 23, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
A publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).

A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savor.


Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
Edited and Translated by Ken Liu
Tor Books, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35

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Note:  The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty 2) will be published in Fall 2016.




Michael Livingston (2015)

The Shards of Heaven
The Shards of Heaven 1
Tor Books, October 25, 2016
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, November 24, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar's ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar's legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history.

Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods-or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.

Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves . . . and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself.

Michael Livingston's The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.
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The Gates of Hell
The Shards of Heaven 2
Tor Books, November 15, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35

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Marshall Ryan Maresca (2015)

A Murder of Mages
The Maradaine Constabulary 1
DAW, July 7, 2015 Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
A Murder of Mages marks the debut of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s novels of The Maradaine Constabulary, his second series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. A Murder of Mages introduces us to this spellbinding port city as seen through the eyes of the people who strive to maintain law and order, the hardworking men and women of the Maradaine Constabulary.

Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two, and wife to a Constabulary Inspector who lies on the edge of death, injured in the line of duty—has been forced to fake her way into the post of Constabulary Inspector to support her family.

Minox Welling is a brilliant, unorthodox Inspector and an Uncircled mage—almost a crime in itself. Nicknamed “the jinx” because of the misfortunes that seem to befall anyone around him, Minox has been partnered with Satrine because no one else will work with either of them.

Their first case together—the ritual murder of a Circled mage— sends Satrine back to the streets she grew up on and brings Minox face-to-face with mage politics he’s desperate to avoid. As the body count rises, Satrine and Minox must race to catch the killer before their own secrets are exposed and they, too, become targets.


The Alchemy of Chaos
A Novel of Maradaine 2
DAW, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
Veranix Calbert is The Thorn—the street vigilante-turned-legend—and a danger to Willem Fenmere, the drug kingpin of Dentonhill. Veranix is determined to stop Fenmere and the effitte drug trade, especially when he discovers that Fenmere is planning on using the Red Rabbits gang in his neighborhood. But Veranix is also a magic student at the University of Maradaine, and it’s exam week. With his academic career riding on his performance, there’s no time to go after Fenmere or the Red Rabbits. But when a series of pranks on campus grow deadly, it’s clear that someone has a vendetta against the university, and Veranix may be the only one who can stop them…




Susan Murray (2015)

Waterborne Exile
Waterborne 2
Angry Robot Books, August 4, 2015
       (North America Print and eBook)
  August 6, 2015 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 35
A nameless priestess will stop at nothing to get revenge on the killers of her lover.

In a world of turmoil, following the king’s death, the traitor Vasic is struggling to secure his rule over the combined Peninsular Kingdoms whilst the exiled queen, Alwenna, has taken refuge with a freemerchant community whose elders fear her dark power.

Mistrust rules the day with bribery, drugs, trafficking of children, and murder rife throughout the kingdom.

As the priestess’ plot for revenge continues, Alwenna leaves to seek the outcast group of loyal kinsman. Marten attempts to restore Alwenna to the throne but as the priestess closes in, will he succeed?

File Under: Fantasy [ Unholy Office / Blood Ties / Dark Visions / Betrayals & Betrothals ]


The View From Monday - August 3, 2015


Happy first Monday in August. It's a very full release week with 4 debuts:

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt;

The Norma Gene by M.E. Roufa;

The Casualties by Nick Holdstock;

and

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks.

You can read more about these debuts here: 2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - August 2015 Debuts.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl (The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. 2) by Ishbelle Bee;

Dark Ascension (Generation V #4) by M.L. Brennan;

Devil's Pocket (Phoenix Island 2) by John Dixon;

Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous 2) by Lexie Dunne;

Veiled (Alex Verus 6) by Benedict Jacka;

Waterborne Exile (Waterborne Blade 2) by Susan Murray;

and

Dawnbreaker (Legends of the Duskwalker 3) by Jay Posey.



The View From Monday - August 3, 2015



August 3, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Daughters (D) Adrienne Celt LF
A Better Way to Die: The Collected Short Stories (Ke) Paul Cornell SF - Collection
The Returned, Part II (e) Peter David SF - Star Trek: New Frontier
The Law of Chaos: The Multiverse of Michael Moorcock Jeff Gardiner SF/H&C
The Norma Gene (D) M.E. Roufa SF/AH/Hu
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany Nisi Shawl (ed)
Bill Campbell (ed)
SF - Anthology
Legends 2: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (Ke) Ian Whates (ed) F/DF - Anthology



August 4, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Necropolis Dan Abnett SF - Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts 3
Murder in the Paperback Parlor Ellery Adams PM - A Book Retreat Mystery 2
The Barter (h2tp) Siobhan Adcock Psy/Th
Finches of Mars Brian W. Aldiss SF
Frozen in Amber Phyllis Ames UF/PNR
Magic Shifts Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 8
Primal Heat: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance A. C. Arthur PNR - The Shadow Shifters 6
Primal Heat Part 4: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance (e) A. C. Arthur PNR - The SHadow Shifters
Angel of Doom James Axler SF - Outlanders 74
Dark Screams: Volume Four (e) Brian James Freeman (ed)
Richard Chizmar (ed)
H
Ultima Stephen Baxter SF - Proxima 2
Proxima (h2mm) Stephen Baxter SF - Proxima 1
Crossways Jacey Bedford SF/SO - Psi-Tech 2
The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl Ishbelle Bee HistF - The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. 2
Energized Mary Behre PRS - Tidewater 3
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey Paula Brackston HistF
Dark Ascension M.L. Brennan UF - Generation V #4
Skin of the Wolf Sam Cabot AA -A Novel of Secrets 2
Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday Italo Calvino (ed) F - Anthology
Sweetness #9 (h2tp) Stephan Eirik Clark Dys
His Father's Eyes David B. Coe CF - Case Files of Justis Fearsson 2
Love, Lattes and Danger (e) Sarah Cox UF - Mutants 2
Devil's Pocket John Dixon AA/Th/SF - Phoenix Island 2
The Song of Synth Seb Doubinsky Dys
Supervillains Anonymous Lexie Dunne CF - Superheroes Anonymous 2
Fire in the Blood (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F - Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter: Brimstone Angels 3
The Eternal World Christopher Farnsworth Th/P
Edge of Darkness Christine Feehan
Maggie Shayne
Lori Herter
PNR - Anthology
The Mountain David L. Golemon AA - Event Group Thrillers 10
Exo (h2mm) Steven Gould SF - Jumper 4
Smoke on the Water Lori Handeland FR - Sisters of the Craft 3
Alice Christina Henry DF
Fable: Blood of Heroes Jim C. Hines F - Fable Tie-In
The Casualties (D) Nick Holdstock LF/PA
Sing the Four Quarters (e) (ri) Tanya Huff F - Quarters 1
The Storm Lord (e) M. K. Hume F - Twilight of the Celts 2
Veiled Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 6
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings Shirley Jackson
Laurence Hyman (ed)
Sarah Hyman DeWitt (ed)
Collection
Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court Marci Jefferson HistF
The Fifth Season N. K. Jemisin F - The Broken Earth 1
Dragonbane Sherrilyn Kenyon CF - Dark-Hunter Novels 19
The Complete Arrows Trilogy Mercedes Lackey F - The Arrows Trilogy
After the Saucers Landed Douglas Lain SF - Short Stories
Liaden Universe Constellation Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe Constellation 3
The Dragon Factory (ri) Jonathan Maberry Th/H - Joe Ledger 2
Starry Knight Nina Mason PNR - Knights of Avalon 1
The Twice and Future Caesar R. M. Meluch SF - Tour of the Merrimack 6
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories China Miéville LF/F/CF - Collection
The Aftermath Michela Montgomery SF/AP/PA - Wind Cave 2
The Bull and the Spear Michael Moorcock F - Corum / The Eternal Champion 4
Creatures of the Storm (e) Brad Munson PA/SF - Rain Triptych 1
Wind/Pinball: Two novels Haruki Murakami MR
Waterborne Exile Susan Murray F - Waterborne Blade 2
The Veil Chloe Neill UF - Devil's Isle 2
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd (ri) Patrick Ness F/FairyT/FolkT/L&M
Dawnbreaker Jay Posey SF/AP/PA - Legends of the Duskwalker 3
Revenant (h2mm) Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 9
Your Face in Mine (h2tp) Jess Row LF/Dys
Blood Call Lilith Saintcrow Th/Sup
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex III
The Madagaskar Plan Guy Saville Th/AH
Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future (h2mm) John Scalzi SF
Twilight Vendetta (e)(ri) Maggie Shayne PNR - Wings in the Night: Reborn 2
If Onions Could Spring Leeks Paige Shelton PM - Country Cooking School Mystery 5
Rage Ken Shufeldt Th
Mother of Demons Maynard Sims H - Department 18 #5
The Raven's Child Thomas E. Sniegoski GN/SF
The Edge of Dawn Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 3
The Doorway Alan Spencer H
The Way of Sorrows Jon Steele Sus/ Oc/Sup/Th - The Angelus Trilogy 3
The Moreau Quartet: Volume One S. Andrew Swann SF/CyP/R - The Moreau Quartet 1
Robin Hood - Mark of the Black Arrow Debbie Viguie
James R. Tuck
HistF/DF - Robin Hood: Demon Bane 1
Chase the Darkness J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 7
Wolf Trouble Paige Tyler PRS - SWAT 2
Kitty Saves the World Carrie Vaughn CF - Kitty Norville 14
The Sword of the South David Weber F - Sword of the South 1
Undying Hope Emma Weylin PNR - Undying Chronicles 1
Soldiers Out of Time Steve White SF/TT - Temporal Regulatory Authority 5
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster (D) Scott Wilbanks HistF




August 5, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Night of the Salamander: A Tor.com Original (e) Michael Swanwick F




August 6, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015 Paula Guran (ed) SF/F - Anthology
A City Called Smoke Justin Woolley Dys - The Territory 2


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


AA - Action Adventure
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CyP - Cyber Punk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT -Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
H&C - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
L&M - Legends and Myth
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
Oc - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Review: The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray


The Waterborne Blade
AuthorSusan Murray
Series:  Waterborne 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, May 5, 2015
       (North America Print and eBook)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857664365 (print)
Review Copy: Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

File Under: Fantasy



Trinitytwo's Point of View

As The Waterborne Blade opens, Queen Alwenna learns she must flee her home at Highkell, ahead of the imminent attack on her husband’s realm by her cousin, Vasic. King Tresilian believes that if Alwenna can reach the protection of the island sanctuary of Vorrahan she will escape the machinations of war. He entrusts Alwenna to Ranald Weaver, whose position of “King’s Man”, makes him the ideal candidate to deliver the Queen to safety. She is loath to go but once at Vorrahan meets with the seer, Brother Gwydion, who bestows upon her a powerful gift. This gift, combined with Vasic’s malevolent plans, will propel Alwenna on a journey full of treachery, danger, and unexpected discovery.

The Waterborne Blade is an enjoyable read. Susan Murray uses alternating POV’s to keep the story moving and its pacing is terrific. The use of dreams to fill in Alwenna’s past blends in seamlessly with the unfolding action of the story. Murray’s strong female protagonist begins as a pampered queen and shows excellent growth as she deals with the hardships being presented to her. The supporting cast is also well written, with the exception of, in my opinion, Weaver. Ranald Weaver is a bundle of contradictions. He professes his loyalty often to his king and queen yet I feel his actions do not always follow suit. I also didn’t like his treatment of Alwenna. Weaver’s many character flaws can be forgiven once his past is taken into account but not all. For example, Weaver lies to Alwenna, omits essential information, and is secretly captivated by his queen so what are his true motivations? For her part, Alwenna is an intelligent woman yet even after she finds out she has been deceived, she is still inexplicably drawn to him.

I like the fact that just when I thought I knew where the author was going with the story, something unexpected happened and the book went in a different direction. The Waterborne Blade is an exciting medieval adventure and I would definitely recommend this book to people who like fantasy and enjoy intrigue, magic, romance, and an interesting female lead.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts

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Interview with Susan Murray, author of The Waterborne Blade - May 7, 2015


Please welcome Susan Murray to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Waterborne Blade was published by Angry Robot Books on May 5th in North America and in digital format and is published today in print format in the UK.



Interview with Susan Murray, author of The Waterborne Blade - May 7, 2015




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

Susan:  Thank you! I’m not sure exactly when I started writing, although I remember scribbling pony stories at home when I was eight or so. I’ve been writing with publication as an unacknowledged goal for the past twenty years, but only started submitting work in 2010, when I’d almost finished my Open University degree.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Susan:  Pantser. Definitely pantser. I keep trying to outline, as it seems to be the sensible, grown-up thing to do, but new elements tend to crop up while I’m drafting and they’re invariably better than whatever I’d originally planned. I find brainstorming possibilities useful in the early stages, using mind maps to keep track of ideas, but I only plan scenes in the loosest terms, and not too far ahead.



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

Susan:  Finishing work. Or, more precisely, keeping the self-doubt in check long enough to create that first draft. Once that’s on the page the overall shape of the story becomes apparent and revision becomes meaningful. I used to tinker with early chapters of things so much the later chapters simply never got written – it’s been a hard habit to break.



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

Susan:  John Wyndham has to be one of the earliest influences. Philip K Dick, Michael G. Coney. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen. Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy has long been a favourite. Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Trudi Canavan, Kristen Britain, Kelley Armstrong, Mary Gentle, George R. R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, Mervyn Peake. These are all writers whose work has stuck with me for one reason or another.



TQ:  Describe The Waterborne Blade in 140 characters or less.

Susan:  A pampered queen’s life is thrown into chaos by civil war as she struggles to deal with dark powers she cannot control.



TQ:  Tell us something about The Waterborne Blade that is not in the book description.

Susan:  The freemerchants have an important role to play in the story: they are itinerant traders who do not have the right to own land in the peninsular kingdoms. Rumoured to have the second sight, they have an uncanny knack for finding out what’s going on and knowing all the latest gossip.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Waterborne Blade? What appealed to you about writing in Epic Fantasy?

SusanThe Waterborne Blade stemmed from a short writing exercise drafted as part of one of my Open University courses – something to do with rhetoric and weather. That gave me the character Alwenna, on a boat, crossing a choppy stretch of water. Once the course was finished I wanted to find out what had brought her to that point, and what happened next. Epic fantasy lets the writer work on a broad canvas. The stakes are high and characters’ actions – however slight – can have huge implications, particularly with fantastical elements at play.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Waterborne Blade?

Susan:  Without giving away any spoilers, here’s a random selection from the research folder for the project: articles about Ouroboros, Jörmungandr, the caduceus, a picture of a narrow track leading off between trees, a snippet from a Shakespeare play, cookware and bakeware, merchants, pedlars, yin and yang, the endless knot, swords, Petra, troglodyte dwellings… Not all of these lines of thought made the final cut. My husband’s historical fencing group helped block out a fight scene – necessary to portray the scene from the point of view of someone who was proficient with a sword.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Susan:  The easiest character was without a doubt the freemerchant, Marten. He muscled his way in on the action in a scene that was meant to feature someone else entirely. See earlier comments about outlining! The hardest was probably Alwenna – I envisaged her as a very self-controlled person at the outset who’s learned a lot about doing her duty but rather less about life. Portraying that character faithfully has proved quite a challenge.



TQ:  Which question about The Waterborne Blade do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Susan:  What, anything? Is it true one of the settings is inspired by a certain, less than epic video game? Erm, yes. It really is. But no, I’m not saying which one.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Waterborne Blade.

Susan:  That’s a difficult one. How about a typical piece of Weaver dialogue, when Alwenna asks him if he’s seen many men die:

“Yes, my lady. I told you – I’m a soldier.”
His indifference was almost as irksome as his silence. “How many, Weaver? Do you even know?”
“I don’t, my lady. Counting’s for clerics. If you’re ready, we’ll ride on.”



TQ:  What's next?

Susan:  The sequel, Waterborne Exile, is with my editor now, awaiting his verdict. I have a third book in mind to complete the trilogy, while there’s a new and shiny idea demanding attention at all the most inconvenient times. I would also like to write some more short fiction this year.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Susan:  Thank you! It’s been a pleasure.





The Waterborne Blade
Waterborne 1
Angry Robot Books, May 5, 2015
   (North America Print and eBook)
   May 7, 2015 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
Cover: Paul Young at Artist Partners

Interview with Susan Murray, author of The Waterborne Blade - May 7, 2015
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

File Under: Fantasy





About Susan

Interview with Susan Murray, author of The Waterborne Blade - May 7, 2015
Susan Murray is a graduate of the Open University, and describes herself as a “serial house renovator”.

She was recently longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize.

Susan can be found online at her blog, trackingthechanges.wordpress.com and @pulpthorn on Twitter.






The View From Monday - May 4, 2015


Happy Monday! May the 4th be with you!


There are 6 debuts this week:
  • Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley
  • The Brass Giant (Chroniker City 1) by Brooke Johnson
  • Unexpected Rain by Jason LaPier
  • The Waterborne Blade (Waterborne 1) by Susan Murray
  • Revision by Andrea Phillips
  • Cash Crash Jubilee (Jubilee Cycle 1) by Eli K. P. William


And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:
  • Corsair: A Science Fiction Novel by James L. Cambias
  • Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
  • Three Slices by Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne and Chuck Wendig  (Blud, Iron Druid, Miriam Black novellas)
  • Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson 7) Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback
  • The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 3) by Michael J. Martinez
  • Sword of the North (The Grim Company 2) by Luke Scull
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch is out in Trade Paperback
  • Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1), Mockingbird (Miriam Black 2) and The Cormorant (Miriam Black 3) by Chuck Wendig are re-released by their new publisher in digital format with new covers. Print editions will be available later this year.



The View From Monday - May 4, 2015



May 5, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The New World Chris Adrian LF
The Dark Between the Stars (h2mm) Kevin J. Anderson SF/SO- Saga of Shadows 1
Straits of Hell Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 10
Deadly Shores (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 9
Immunity Taylor Antrim LF/NF/Dys
Day of Atonement Alex Archer FairyT/FolkT/ L&M - Rogue Angel 54
Forbidden Trespass James Axler Dys - Deathlands 122
Hell's Maw James Axler SF - Outlanders 73
The Windup Girl (2nd Edition) Paolo Bacigalupi SF
The Boost (h2mm) Stephen Baker TechnoTh/NF
Grave Phantoms Jenn Bennett PNR - Roaring Twenties 3
Shadows (h2mm) E. C. Blake F - The Masks of Aygrima 2
Some Like It Witchy Heather Blake PM - Wishcraft Mystery 5
If There Were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty's Own Story of the Exorcist (e) William Peter Blatty Film
Mirror Sight (h2tp) Kristen Britain F - Green Rider 5
Corsair: A Science Fiction Novel James L. Cambias SF
Thief's Magic (h2tp) Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 1
Earth Awakens (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - The First Formic War 3
Gateway to Never A Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes 6
Seriously Wicked Tina Connolly F/YA
1882: Custer in Chains Robert Conroy AH
Cibola Burn (h2tp) James S.A. Corey SF - Expanse 4
Within (e) Keith Deininger H
Three Slices (Ke) Delilah Dawson
Kevin Hearne
Chuck Wendig
F - Novellas (Blud, Iron Druid, Miriam, Black)
Releasing the Shifter Summer Devon PNR - Solitary Shifters 3
Unseemly Science Rod Duncan HistF - The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire 2
The Waking Engine (h2mm) David Edison F
The Mystwalker Series, The Complete Collection (e) Leigh Evans PNR - Mystwalker
Winterwood (e) JG Faherty H - Childhood Fears
Hugo & Rose (D) Bridget Foley LF
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women Paula Guran (ed) F/P - Anthology
Day Shift Charlaine Harris UF - Midnight, Texas 2
The Gospel of Loki Joanne M. Harris F
Midnight's Kiss Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 8
The Merchant Emperor (h2mm) Elizabeth Haydon F - Symphony of Ages 7
Scarecrows Christine Hayton H - Childhood Fears
Witches with the Enemy Barb Hendee F - Mist-Torn Witches 3
Alias Hook (h2tp) Lisa Jensen HistF
The Brass Giant (D) (e) Brooke Johnson SP - Chroniker City 1
Seventh Grave and No Body (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 7
Revival (ri) Stephen King H/Sus
Alien Separation Gini Koch SF - Alien 11
Black Ice (tp2mm) Susan Krinard CF - Midgard 2
The Dhulyn and Parno Novels: Volume Two Violette Malan F - Dhulyn and Parno Omnibus
The Venusian Gambit Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 3
Ultimatum (e) Annmarie McKenna PNR - Graham Pack Mates 3
The Mirror (e)(ri) Marlys Millhiser M/TT
The Threshold (e)(ri) Marlys Millhiser M/TT
The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave J.H. Moncrieff H - Childhood Fears
Corum - The Knight of Swords: The Eternal Champion Michael Moorcock F - Eternal Champion
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami MR
The Waterborne Blade (D) Susan Murray F - Waterborne 1
The Book of Phoenix Nnedi Okorafor SF/Ap/PA - Who Fears Death prequel
Chasers of the Wind (h2mm) Alexey Pehov F - Cycle of Wind and Sparks 1
Revision (D) Andrea Phillips SF
The Guardians of Ascension Series, Books 1-3 (e) Caris Roane PNR - Guardians of Ascension
Gifts of Darkover (Ke) Deborah J. Ross F - Darkover 15
Binary Stephanie Saulter SF - Revolution 2
Gemsigns (h2tp) Stephanie Saulter SF - Revolution 1
Sword of the North Luke Scull F - The Grim Company 2
Nightmare in Greasepaint L.L. Soares H - Childhood Fears
Phoenix in Shadow Ryk E Spoor F - Balanced Sword 2
Tomorrow and Tomorrow (h2tp) Thomas Sweterlitsch NF/Th/Ap/PA
Her Wild Hero Paige Tyler PNR - X-Ops 3
Blackbirds (e)(ri) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 1
The Cormorant (e)(ri) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 3
Mockingbird (e)(ri) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 2
Oracle Michelle West F - House War 6
Cash Crash Jubilee (D) Eli K. P. William SF/Ap/PA - Jubilee Cycle 1
A Long Time Until Now Michael Z Williamson SF/TT - Temporal Displacement 1



May 6, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt: A Tor.Com Original (e) Alex Bledsoe F
At the End of Babel: A Tor.Com Original (e) Michael Livingston F
Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: The Father of Science Fiction on Screen Brian Taves HC



May 7, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Fae (e) Pippa DaCosta UF/NA
Lord of Ashes (e) Richard Ford F - Steelhaven 3
Unexpected Rain (D) (e) Jason LaPier SF



May 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mermen Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Mermen Trilogy 1
MerMadmen Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Mermen Trilogy 2


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


AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
L&M - Legend and Myth
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
NA - New Adult
NF - Near Future
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TechnoTh - Technological Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

May 2015 Debuts


May 2015 Debuts


There are 16 debuts for May. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The May 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 May cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 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 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 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for May. The list is correct as of the day posted.




Catherine Chanter

The Well
Atria Books, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

May 2015 Debuts
From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at The Well—the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to suspicion, chaos, and ultimately a shocking act of violence.

Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, The Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to The Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.

Ruth and her husband Mark had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died, and The Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child—all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.

Now back at The Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream. For she believes her grandson’s death was no accident, and that the murderer is among the people she trusted most. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of The Well.

A tour de force about ordinary people caught in the tide of an extraordinary situation, Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting, beautifully written, and utterly believable novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.




Rachelle Dekker

The Choosing
Seer 1
Tyndale House, May 19, 2015
Trade Paperback, 448 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.




Bridget Foley

Hugo & Rose
St. Martin's Press, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Rose is disappointed with her life, though she has no reason to be - she has a beautiful family and a perfectly nice house in the suburbs. But to Rose, this ordinary life feels overshadowed by her other life - the one she leads every night in her dreams.

After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man.

But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows. Is she willing to let go of everything she holds dear to understand their extraordinary connection? And will it lead her to discover who she truly wants to be?




Nathan Garrison

Veiled Empire
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 26, 2015
eBook

May 2015 Debuts
The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.

But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor's reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own.

Nathan Garrison's Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered. Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.




Sophie Jaff

Love is Red
The Night Song Trilogy 1
Harper, May 12, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Redefining the thriller's tale of the hunter and the hunted, This electrifying, hypnotically beautiful debut spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of survival.

Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she doesn't know it yet. However, one man does: a killer stalking the women of New York City, a monster the media dubs the "Sickle Man" because of the weapon he uses to turn his victims' bodies into canvases for his twisted art. People think he's the next Son of Sam, but we know how he thinks and how he feels . . . and discover that he is driven by darker, much more dangerous desires than we can bear to imagine. He takes more than just his victims' lives, and each death brings him closer to the one woman he must possess at any cost.

Amid the city's escalating hysteria, Katherine is trying to unknot her tangled heart. Two very different men have entered her previously uneventful world—handsome and personable David, alluring yet aloof Sael—and turned it upside down. She finds herself involved in a complicated triangle . . . but how well does she really know either of them?

Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Sophie Jaff's intoxicating narrative will pull you in and hold you close. As the body count rises, Katherine is haunted by harrowing visions that force her to question her sanity. All she wants is to find love. He just wants to find her.

Ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility, Love Is Red is the first book in the Night Song trilogy. With this unforgettable novel—one that combines the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present—Katherine's moment of awakening is here. And her story is only just beginning.




Brooke Johnson

The Brass Giant
A Chroniker City Story
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 5, 2015
eBook

May 2015 Debuts
Sometimes, even the most unlikely person can change the world

Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up and tinkers with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.

When Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she's been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate will await Petra.

Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council…and their automaton is just the beginning.




Aer-ki Jyr

Apex
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 12, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

May 2015 Debuts
A new dawn is coming.

It's been eons since Humans controlled the universe, after their defeat by a mysterious enemy. With their downfall came a virtual dark age in which culture and technology stagnated. But now trade is once again flourishing as Human artifacts resurface throughout the galaxy, resurrecting long-forgotten advancements.

And one such discovery may very well alter the course of the future forever.

An epic space adventure, Aer-ki Jyr's Apex is a breathless race to the ultimate prize, with the very fate of the stars hanging in the balance.




Renée Knight

Disclaimer
Harper, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

May 2015 Debuts
A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller— already an international sensation—about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day she became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.




Jason LaPier

Unexpected Rain
Harper Voyager (UK), May 7, 2015
eBook, 400 pages

May 2015 Debuts
In a domed city on a planet orbiting Barnard's Star, a recently hired maintenance man named Kane has just committed murder.

Minutes later, the airlocks on the neighbourhood block are opened and the murderer is asphyxiated along with thirty-one innocent residents.

Jax, the lowly dome operator on duty at the time, is accused of mass homicide and faced with a mound of impossible evidence against him.

His only ally is Runstom, the rogue police officer charged with transporting him to a secure off-world facility. The pair must risk everything to prove Jax didn’t commit the atrocity and uncover the truth before they both wind up dead.




Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers
Crown, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

May 2015 Debuts
For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by water

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.




K.M. McKinley

The Iron Ship
The Gates of the World 1
Solaris, May 26, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 672 pages

May 2015 Debuts
An incredible epic fantasy begins!

The order of the world is in turmoil. An age of industry is beginning, an age of machines fuelled by magic. Sprawling cities rise, strange devices stalk the land. New money brings new power. The balance between the Hundred Kingdoms is upset. For the first time in generations the threat of war looms.

In these turbulent days, fortunes can be won. Magic runs strong in the Kressind family. Six siblings strive – one to triumph in a world of men, one to survive murderous intrigue, one to master forbidden sorcery, one to wash away his sins, one to contain the terrible energies of his soul.

And one will do the impossible, by marrying the might of magic and iron in the heart of a great ship, to cross an ocean that cannot be crossed.




Susan Murray

The Waterborne Blade
Waterborne 1
Angry Robot Books, May 5, 2015
       (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Cover: Paul Young at Artist Partners

May 2015 Debuts
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

File Under: Fantasy




Andrea Phillips

Revision
Fireside Fiction Company, May 5, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 230 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he shows up at her place with an engagement ring. Chalk it up to coincidence, right?

Soon after, Benji’s long-vanished co-founder Chandra shows up asking for Mira’s help. She claims Verity can nudge unlikely events into really happening — even change someone’s mind. And Chandra insists that Verity — and Mira’s newly minted fiance — can’t be trusted.

Amazon print edition, Barnes and Noble ebook, and iTunes ebook will be available May 5th




Marguerite Reed

Archangel
Archangel 1Arche Press, May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 298 pages

May 2015 Debuts
Earth is dying, and we have begun the search for a new home. Our hopes are pinned on Ubastis, an untamed paradise at the edge of colonized space. But such an influx of people threatens the planet’s unstudied ecosystem–before these settlers arrive, a tenuous research colony must complete its essential and desperate analysis, lest humanity abandon one planet only to die on another.

The Ubasti colonists barely get by on their own. To acquire the tools and supplies they truly need, the colonists are relegated to selling whatever they can to outside investors. For xenobiologist Vashti Loren, this means bringing Offworlders on safari to hunt the specimens she and her fellow biologists so desperately need to study.

Haunted by the violent death of her husband, the heroic and celebrated Lasse Undset, Vashti must balance the needs of Ubastis against the swelling crush of would-be settlers. As she negotiates her grief, Vashti struggles in her role as one of the few colonists licensed to carry deadly weapons, just as she struggles with her history of using them. And when she discovers a genetically engineered soldier smuggled onto the surface, Vashti must face the nightmare of her husband’s murder all over again. Vashti must protect herself, her daughter, and all of Ubastis as she is forced to draw alliances with old enemies, re-evaluate old friends, and take planet-wide action against those who threaten her world. Vashti stands at the threshold of humanity’s greatest hope, and she alone understands the darkness of guarding paradise.




Marc Turner

When the Heavens Fall
The Chronicles of the Exile 1
Tor Books, May 19, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

May 2015 Debuts
If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.

The first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series, Marc Turner's When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.




Eli K. P. William

Cash Crash Jubilee
Jubilee Cycle 1
Talos Press, May 5, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 392 pages

May 2015 Debuts
A cyber-dystopian world unlike any other

In a near future Tokyo, every action from blinking to sexual intercourse is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of the metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.

Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. His job is to capture bankrupt citizens, remove their BodyBank, and banish them to BankDeath Camps where they are forever cut off from the action-transaction economy. Amon always plays by the rules and is steadily climbing the Liquidation Ministry ladder.

With his savings accumulating and another promotion just around the corner, everything seems to be going well, until he is asked to cash crash a charismatic politician and model citizen, and soon after is charged for an incredibly expensive action called "jubilee" that he is sure he never performed. To restore balance to his account, Amon must unravel the secret of jubilee, but quickly finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he's devoted his life, and the costly investigation only drags him closer and closer to the pit of bankruptcy.

In book one of the Jubilee Cycle, Cash Crash Jubilee, debut novelist Eli K. P. William wields the incisive power of speculative fiction to show how, in a world of corporate finance run amok, one man will do everything for the sake of truth and justice.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.



Susan Murray

The Waterborne Blade
Waterborne 1
Angry Robot Books, May 5, 2015
       (North America Print and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Cover: Paul Young at Artist Partners

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
The citadel has long been the stronghold of Highkell. All that is about to change because the traitor, Vasic, is marching on the capital. Against her better judgement, Queen Alwenna allows herself to be spirited away by one of the Crown’s most trusted servants, safe from the clutches of the throne’s would-be usurper.

Fleeing across country, she quickly comes to learn that her pampered existence has ill-equipped her for survival away from the comforts of the court. Alwenna must toughen up, and fast, if she is even to make it to a place of safety. But she has an even loftier aim – for after dreaming of her husband’s impending death, Alwenna knows she must turn around and head back to Highkell to save the land she loves, and the husband who adores her, or die in the attempt.

But Vasic the traitor is waiting. And this was all just as he planned.

File Under: Fantasy


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