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The View From Monday - February 24, 2020


Happy last Monday in February!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Last Smile in Sunder City (The Fetch Phillips Archives 1) by Luke Arnold;

Master of Sorrows (Silent Gods 1) by Justin T. Call;

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore;

and

Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies; translated by Lucy Van Cleef.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

False Value (Rivers of London 6) by Ben Aaronovitch;

If You Take My Meaning: A Tor.Com Original by Charlies Jane Anders;

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (An Official Stranger Things Novel) by Adam Christopher is out in Trade Paperback;

Carved From Stone and Dream (Los Nefilim 2) by T. Frohock;

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor 3) by Mark Lawrence is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu;

The Fenmere Job (Streets of Maradaine) 3 by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

and

St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid: A Tor.com Original by C.L. Polk.

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



The View From Monday - February 24, 2020



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

February 24, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire & Water (e) Alexis Hall UF - Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator 3



February 25, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
False Value Ben Aaronovitch UF/CF - Rivers of London 8
The Last Smile in Sunder City (D) Luke Arnold F - The Fetch Phillips Archives 1
Master of Sorrows (D) Justin Travis Call F - Silent Gods 1
Norma Jeane Baker of Troy Anne Carson Poetry
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (h2tp) Adam Christopher SupTh - Stranger Things
Finna Nino Cipri SF
Tor.com Publishing 2020 Debut Sampler (e) Nino Cipri
Kathleen Jennings
K. M. Sparza
Nghi Vo
F/SF
House of Assassins (h2mm) Larry Correia F - Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 2
Blood Ink (tp2mm) Dana Fredsti DF - Lilith 2
Carved from Stone and Dream T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 2
Wheel of Time Premium Boxed Set III Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time
Winter's Heart (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 9
The Path of Daggers (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 8
A Crown of Swords (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 7
Holy Sister (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 3
The Edge (tp2mm) Tim Lebbon DF - Relics 3
Jade War (h2tp) Fonda Lee F - The Green Bone Saga 2
Carpe Diem (ri) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF/SO - Liaden Universe 10
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Ken Liu SF - Collection
Surrender Ray Loriga
Carolina De Robertis (Tr)
Dys
The Fenmere Job Marshall Ryan Maresca F/UF - Streets of Maradaine 3
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (ri) George R. R. Martin SS - A Song of Ice and Fire
A Memory Called Empire (h2tp) Arkady Martine SF/SO - Teixcalaan 1
Imaginary Numbers Seanan McGuire UF - InCryptid 9
Oona Out of Order (D) Margarita Montimore CW
The Brink (h2mm) James S Murray
Darren Wearmouth
SupTh - Awakened 2
Man-Kzin Wars XV (tp2mm) Larry Niven (Creator) SF - Man-Kzin Wars Anthology
Black Leviathan (D - English) Bernd Perplies
Lucy Van Cleef (Tr)
F
Aliens: Phalanx Scott Sigler SF/MTI
Wolf Rain (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changling Trinity 3
How to Love Your Elf Kerrelyn Sparks FR - Embraced by Magic 1
Soot Dan Vyleta HistF - Smoke 2
Blood Truth (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 4
Firstborn (h2mm) Michelle West F - House War 7
Knight (h2tp) Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Sibyl's War 2



February 26, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
If You Take My Meaning: A Tor.com Original (e) Charlies Jane Anders SF
St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid: A Tor.com Original (e) C. L. Polk F



February 27, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Death Unleashed Steve McHugh UF - The Rebellion Chronicles 2



February 29, 2020
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Knife Children Lois McMaster Bujold F - Sharing Knife 5
Science Fiction and Psychology Gavin Miller LC - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies LUP 62



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR- Fantasy Romance
GothicM - Gothic Mystery
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western

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

The View From Monday - February 18, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

The View From Monday - February 18, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim 1) by T. Frohock;

and

The Philosopher's Flight (Philosopher 1) by Tom Miller is out in Trade Paperback;

Dreams of the Dark Sky (The Legacy of Heavens 2) by Tina LeCount Myers.

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



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

February 19, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series Anthony M. Bean (Ed) Psy
Collision: Stories J.S. Breukelaar F/H - Collection
Alita: Battle Angel - The Official Movie Novelization Pat Cadigan SF/CyP/MTI
Seraphina's Lament Sarah Chorn DF - The Bloodlands 1
Haunting of Tram Car 015 P. Djèlí Clark HistF/SP
Rain: And Other Stories Mia Couto
Eric M.B. Becker (Tr)
MR/LF - Collection
Tallarn John French SF - The Horus Heresy
Where Oblivion Lives T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 1
HALO: Renegades Kelly Gay SF - HALO 25
The Rising: The Newsflesh Trilogy Mira Grant H/Dys/SF - Newsflesh Trilogy
Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author's Expanded Edition Ursula K. Le Guin SF/AP/PA/VisM/LF - Library of America - Ursula K. Le Guin Edition 4
Corax Lord of Shadows Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 10
The Familiars (D) Stacey Halls Hist/Occ/Sup/LF
The Testament of Loki (h2tp) Joanne M. Harris FairyT/FolkT/LM - Gospel of Loki 2
Happy Death Day & Happy Death Day 2U Aaron Hartzler H/HU/TT
For the Killing of Kings Howard Andrew Jones F - The Ring-Sworn Trilogy 1
The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories: Twisted Tales Not to Be Read at Night! Stephen Jones (Ed) H - Anthology
The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Caitlín R. Kiernan F/DF/SF/H - Collection
Gotrek & Felix: Vol.2 William King F - Gotrek & Felix Omnibus 2
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Ken Liu (Tr) SF/HSF - Anthology
Gates of Stone Angus Macallan F - Lord of the Islands 1
The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, Nocilla Lab Agustín Fernández Mallo
Thomas Bunstead (Tr)
LF/VisM/Epistolary
The Philosopher's Flight (h2tp) Tom Miller HistF - Philosophers 1
The Outcast Hours Mahvesh Murad (Ed)
Jared Shurin (Ed)
Fiction - Anthology
Dreams of the Dark Sky Tina LeCount Myers F - The Legacy of the Heavens 2
Fleet of Knives Gareth L. Powell SF - Embers of War 2
Blood Echo Christopher Rice Th - The Burning Girl 2
The Tainted Heart Clint Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Firstborn Michelle West F/RF - House War 7



February 20, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Caught in the Aftermath (e) Jami Gray SFR - Fate's Vultures 3
Old Media: A Tor.com Original (e) Annalee Newitz SF



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biographical
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
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
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PI - Private Investigators
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11


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



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



K. Eason (2016)

Outlaw
On the Bones of Gods 2
47North, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
Snowdenaelikk never planned to return to the city of Illharek, but that was before the siege in Cardik, before the violent and once-forgotten goddess Tal’Shik came looking for revenge at the head of a Taliri army.

The only people who can save the Republic are Snow, her partner Veiko, and the highborn scout Dekklis. Together they mean to muster the power of the Senate and leverage the arcane knowledge of the Academy’s Archives.

Once in the city, however, they discover the situation is already dire. A rash of disappearances among highborn men and the resurgence of old heresies suggest that Tal’Shik’s godsworn have already infiltrated the city.

When Veiko is added to the ranks of the missing, Snow is done waiting. She brokers a deal with a rival god to get the power she needs to stop Tal’Shik. But Snow has never been good at making bargains, and this deal is going to cost her…





Patricia Eimer (2011)

Out of this World
Out of this World 1
Select Otherworld, July 25, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 268 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
She was just trying to blend in, not fall in love…

Engaged to a murderous, intergalactic warlord, Capridocian Princess Corripraxis is running for her life and crash lands on Earth, where large creatures moo at her, threatening to expose her as an alien. If she can just get some help—in the form of the very attractive Earth male who just pulled up in a tow truck—she can hunker down in the Martian colony until she figures out her next move, right?

One hunky Marine. One sexy alien. One deranged intergalactic warlord. What could go wrong?

At the scene of an accident, a sexy woman asks ex-Marine Mattias Cadiz to take her to Roswell NM. He really should be getting on with living a nice, sane—quiet—life, but the very pretty Corri is probably on her way to the annual Convention with the other alien-crazy wackos. Still, no way he can refuse such a gorgeous, if confused, violet-eyed beauty.





Sharon Lynn Fisher (2012)

Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales
Loveswept , July 5, 2016
eBook, 216 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
You’ve never read bedtime stories like these. RITA Award finalist Sharon Lynn Fisher blends dark erotic romance, fantasy, and science fiction in these bold tales of seduction and sensual awakening. . . .

THE GARDEN RULES
After swallowing an acorn sweetmeat, Sylva is transported to a fantastical forest and begins training as a nymph at the behest of her faun master. But before she earns the right to please him, she must complete three tantalizing trials.

THE DRAGONMAID’S SECRET
On the king’s orders, a mercenary has come to ransack the village of Roussillon. But when he confronts the town’s defender, the dragonmaid Isabeau, he is overwhelmed by the most fiery passions—for this rogue is, in fact, a dragon-shifter.

RAVEN TAKES A PEARL
Pearl is a captive of Master Raven—part man, part crow, part machine. And as she submits to the curious probing of the dark-winged inventor, Pearl discovers that her body responds with an all-too-human demand: desire.

THE KELPIE’S PRIZE
Dragged beneath a fairy pool by a mechanical horse, Vivi finds herself held prisoner by an alchemist claiming to be Merlin himself. Now, to escape an ancient curse, she must play the wanton seductress—and use her body to secure the release she craves.

WILLA AND THE WISP
In the bayou that covers the long-ago flooded city of New Orleans, Willa uses light to keep her safe from the creepers. She never expected that light to take the form of a brightly glowing man—an enigmatic lover who ignites the flame within.

THE DRAGONFLY PRINCE
In post-apocalyptic Ireland, a virgin gives her hand in marriage to broker peace with a genetically modified race. But when a human rival challenges the dark prince’s claim, so begins a duel that will push the fair maiden to the limits of pleasure.

Before She Wakes is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


The Ophelia Prophecy
Crescent Lake Press, July 17, 2016
Kindle eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new sci-fi romance from the author of 2013 RWA RITA finalist Ghost Planet...

Asha and Pax -- strangers and enemies -- find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity's most valuable resource -- information -- viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.


Ghost Planet
Crescent Lake Press, September 12, 2016
Kindle eBook, 354 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
2013 RWA RITA finalist for Best First Book . . .

A world in peril. A bond deeper than love.
Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world--a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

Reincarnated as a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy--creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone--oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love--Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet...a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.





T. Frohock (2011)

Los Nefilim
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 26, 2016
     eBook, 464 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 14, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas--In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death--brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.





Nathan Garrison (2015)

Shadow of the Void
Sundered World Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, May 24, 2016
      eBook, 624 pages
Harper Voyager Impulse, July 12, 2016
      Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 11
With comparisons to N.K. Jemison, Michael J. Sullivan, and Joe Abercrombie, readers have fallen in love with The Veiled Empire, the first book in The Sundered Worlds trilogy. Now, Nathan Garrison takes the story to the next level Shadow of the Void.

The Veil has fallen . . . and the gods have been woken.

For many, a new dawn has risen, as freedom from the tyrannical Emperor Rekaj has created a land replete with opportunities. But for those who had lived outside the Veil for generations, the sudden appearance of a new nation is not cause for celebration--it is the cause for war.

Yet, even as the political machinations of men and mierothi and valynkar start to manifest on a global scale, there are a few playing their own games. Whether it's the powerful combination of Vashodia and Jasside trying to carve out a country for those freed from the Veil, or the warrior Mevon and assassin Draevenus forming an unlikely alliance in search of the dark god Ruul, the world is in chaos...which might be exactly what some are counting on.

Continuing where Veiled Empire left off, Shadow of the Void shows us how individuals can shape their own destinies, but not necessarily control them.

The View From Monday - June 13, 2016


Happy Monday!

There are 6 debuts this week:

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel 1) by Genevieve Cogman;

Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy by Claire Humphrey;

False Hearts by Laura Lam;

Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire 1) by Yoon Ha Lee;

Escapology by Ren Warom;

and

Mechanical Failure (Epic Failure 1) by Joe Zieja.


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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Insides by Jeremy P. Bushnell;

Los Nefelim by T. Frohock is out in a Mass Market Paperback Omnibus Edition;

Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Stiletto (The Rook Files 2) by Daniel O'Malley.


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


Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



June 13, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cheetah Wild (e) Doranna Durgin PNR
Night of the Tiger (e) Doranna Durgin PNR



June 14, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
MEG: Nightstalkers Steve Alten SupTh - MEG 5
Blood in the Water Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 11
A Cure for Suicide Jesse Ball LF/Psy/Dys
The Book of Esther Emily Barton LF/AH
The Insides Jeremy P. Bushnell F/CF
Stories of Your Life and Others (ri) Ted Chiang SF - Collection
The Invisible Library (D) Genevieve Cogman SF/TT/CF/P - The Invisible Library Novel 1
Exit Zero Neil Cohen H/Z
The Familiar: Honeysuckle & Pain Mark Z. Danielewski LF/H/F/UF - The Familiar 3
Midshipman's Hope (ri) David Feintuch SF - The Seafort Saga 1
The Memory of Lemon Judith Fertig MR/R
Reliquary Sarah Fine UF - Reliquary Series 1
Los Nefilim T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim
Steeplejack A. J. Hartley F/YA - Alternate Detective 1
Battlefield Earth Special Edition L. Ron Hubbard SF
Spells of Blood and Kin: A Dark Fantasy (D) Claire Humphrey DF
Damnos Nick Kyme SF - Space Marine Battles
False Hearts (D) Laura Lam SF
Alarums (ri) Richard Laymon H
Ninefox Gambit (D) Yoon Ha Lee SF/SO - The Machineries of Empire 1
The James Lovegrove Collection Vol. 2 James Lovegrove SF/F - Collection
Woodwalker Emily B. Martin F
The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection Gail Z. Martin F - Collection
The Harper Hall Collection: Dragonsong; Dragonsinger; Dragondrums Anne McCaffrey F - Collection
Dreams of Distant Shores Patricia A. McKillip F - Collection
League of Dragons Naomi Novik HistF - Temeraire 9
Stiletto Daniel O'Malley F/Occ/Sup - The Rook Files 2
Doctor Who: The Essential Guide Revised 12th Doctor Edition Penguin UK SF - Doctor Who
Return of Souls Andy Remic HistF - A Song for No Man's Land 2
The Mermaid's Secret Katie Schickel CW/MR
Allegiance of Honor Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 15
Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/Th/AC - Orbs 1
Before the Feast Saša Stanišic FairyT/FolkT/LM
Escapology (D) Ren Warom SF/CyberP
Mechanical Failure (D) Joe Zieja SF - Epic Failure 1



June 15, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nothing Lasting Glen Krisch H
Typecasting: A Tor.Com Original (e) Harry Turtledove SF



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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

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

Review: The Second Death by T. Frohock


The Second Death
Author:  T. Frohock
Series:  Los Nefilim: Part Three
Publisher:  Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
Format:  eBook, 128 pages
List Price:  $0.99
ISBN:  9780062428943

Review: The Second Death by T. Frohock
Save the world, or save his family…

For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable:

Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.

And while Diago grows more comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo’s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.

In a frantic race to save the future of humanity, Diago is forced to rely on his daimonic nature to deceive an angel. In doing so, he discovers the birth of a modern god—one that will bring about a new world order from which no one can escape.

The Second Death is the final chapter in T. Frohock’s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim trilogy, which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called “a joy to read.”



Qwill's Thoughts

The Second Death is the third and final novella in the Los Nefilim by T. Frohock. In The Second Death both Diago and Rafael are kidnapped, with Rafael being used to ensure Diago's compliance. Diago must figure out how to save the world and his son. He has had such a hard time throughout the prior two novellas that you really feel for him. Pledging himself to Los Nefilim does not seem to have helped him.

I love Los Nefilim. The background setting to the story is beautifully done. This setting -1930s Spain - is well researched. What is at stake is made clear - both for Diago, Los Nefilim and humanity.

Standing out even more than the terrific plot and place are the characters. Frohock imbues her characters with a deep humanity though they are not even human. They have lived more than one life and they have learned... hopefully.  Like humans some Nefilim are good and some are not quite as good. The angels plot and the Nefilim take sides.

I adore the relationship between Diago, Miquel and Diago's son, Rafael. Diago is half angel and half daimon. He struggles with this conflict in his nature and the way others perceive him. Miquel is loving and understanding. He is a wonderful partner for Diago. Rafael is a delight. The characters surrounding them are well drawn giving even more heft to the story.

It is fascinating to watch Diago, the Nefilim and the angels perform their magic. Frohock has created an arresting and interesting magic system and mythology in the Los Nefilim novellas. There are extant stories and myths of the Nephilim but Frohock makes them her own.

The Second Death is a wonderful concluding novella to Los Nefilim with a fabulous climax that brings together the overarching plot of the 3 novellas. While the main story arc is concluded, Frohock leaves a couple of threads that could be explored in future stories which I hope we get to read. If you are a fan of beautifully written historical fantasy that is dark and intricate you should not miss In Midnight's Silence, Without Light or Guide and The Second Death.





Previously

Review: The Second Death by T. Frohock
In Midnight’s Silence
Los Nefilim: Part One
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 23, 2015
eBook, 128 pages

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can't get to him directly, they do the one thing he's always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover's life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world's next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock's In Midnight's Silence shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he'll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.




Review: The Second Death by T. Frohock
Without Light or Guide
Los Nefilim: Part Two
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 3, 2015
eBook, 128 pages

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons…and a half-breed caught in-between.

For although Diago Alvarez has pledged his loyalty to Los Nefilim, there are many who don't trust his daimonic blood. And with the re-emergence of his father—a Nefil who sold his soul to a daimon—the fear is Diago will soon follow the same path.

Yet even as Diago tries to prove his allegiance, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim's suspicions—including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.

The second novella in T. Frohock's Los Nefilim series, Without Light or Guide continues Diago's journey through a world he was born into, yet doesn't quite understand.






Upcoming

Los Nefilim
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 26, 2016
ebook, 400 pages

Review: The Second Death by T. Frohock
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The View From Monday - March 28, 2016


Happy last Monday in March. I hope that those celebrating had a wonderful Easter and everyone else enjoyed the weekend!

Davila LeBlanc's Dark Transmissions is the only debut out this week. It was published in digital format earlier this month. The cover also won March's Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars.


There are four books out for a few formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors:

Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code (Star Trek: Enterprise) by Christopher L. Bennett;

Javelin Rain (Shadow Ops) by Myke Cole;

The Second Death (Los Nefilim Part 3) by T. Frohock;

and

Aftermath: Star Wars  by Chuck Wendig is out in Trade Paperback.



The View From Monday - March 28, 2016



March 29, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: Enterprise
Heroes Reborn: Collection One David Bishop
Timothy Zahn
Stephen Blackmoore
SF/SH - Heroes Reborn
His Father's Eyes (h2mm) David B. Coe CF - Case Files of Justis Fearsson 2
Javelin Rain Myke Cole CF/MF - Shaodow Ops
The Doll Collection (h2tp) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Angel of Darkness (ri) Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 1
Grantville Gazette VII (h2mm) Eric Flint (Ed) AH - The Ring of Fire 7
The Second Death (e) T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 3
Smoke and Fire: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Day Shift (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF - A Novel of Midnight, Texas 2
The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma (h2tp) Brian Herbert Dys
Rose Madder Stephen King H/Sus
Battlestorm Susan Krinard CF - Midgard 3
The Undoing Shelly Laurenston PNR - Call Of Crows 2
Dark Transmissions (D) (mm) Davila LeBlanc SF - Jinxed Thirteenth 1
The World Forgot (h2mm) Martin Leicht
Isla Neal
SF - The Ever-Expanding Universe 3
World of Water (print) James Lovegrove SF - Dev Harmer 2
Dragon Soul Katie MacAlister PNR - Dragon Fall 3
The Complete Independence Day Omnibus Stephen Molstad SF - Media Tie-In
The Stopped Heart Julie Myerson Th
Supernatural - Cold Fire John Passarella DF/P/Sup - Supernatual
She Who Watches Anthony Pryor H - The Shepherd 1
The Blood Red City Justin Richards SF
The Witch of Painted Sorrows (h2tp) M. J. Rose Hist/GO - The Daughters of La Lune 1
The Visitor Amanda Stevens Sus - The Graveyard Queen 5
The Mortal Tally Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 2
Trail of Evil (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 4
Lightbreaker (ri) Mark Teppo UF - Codex of Souls 1
Crazy Love You (tp2mm) Lisa Unger Sus
Aftermath: Star Wars (h2tp) Chuck Wendig SF - Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy 1



March 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Human Chord / The Centaur Algernon Blackwood DF
Downfall of the Gods K. J. Parker F
DJSturbia David J. Schow H - Collection



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


AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
MF - Military Fantasy
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40


This is the fortieth 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.

This Update includes covers that have recently been revealed (by the author or publisher) for books already mentioned in a previous update and/or new books.



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Stephen Blackmoore (2012)

Dirty Deeds
Heroes Reborn - Book 3
Bastei Entertainment, November 20, 2015
eBook, 76 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
When a veteran Federal agent begins investigating the involvement of a ruthless Los Angeles Police Department detective in the death of an Evolved Human, she gets close to uncovering a dangerous truth that could cost him everything: his job, his freedom, maybe even his life.

The third in the "Heroes Reborn" event series of six short thrillers based on the fascinating characters and rich mythology of NBC's world-wide hit TV series "Heroes", and the highly anticipated "Heroes Reborn". The new season picks up five years after the finale of the original series and finds those with special powers in a precarious and dangerous world where they are feared, persecuted and attacked.

Stephen Blackmoore is the author of the urban fantasy thriller, "City of The Lost," as well as the Eric Carter "Necromancer" series. He is also the author of a "Wasteland" video game tie-in novella, a "Gods & Monsters" tie-in novel, and "Khan of Mars."


Heroes Reborn: Collection One
David Bishop, Timothy Zahn, Stephen Blackmoore
Titan Books, March 29, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
“BRAVE NEW WORLD” BY DAVID BISHOP

A year after the fateful events of the Odessa Summit, the world is a very different place. It’s certainly no longer friendly for Evolved Humans—or “Evos”—who are held responsible for what happened. If the government doesn’t find you, there are some tenacious and merciless Evo-hunters out there who will.

Based on Tim Kring’s original drafts of the script for the season premiere of Heroes Reborn and includes content not seen in the TV show.

“A MATTER OF TRUST” BY TIMOTHY ZAHN

As the number of Evolved Humans increases, so does the pressure from the governments and people of the world. Father Mauricio begins searching for a way to help all Evos after befriending a troubled teenager who possesses a devastating secret. As a priest, it is Father Mauricio’s calling to protect the innocent and this includes the Evos who, by no fault of their own, find their lives and freedom being threatened.

“DIRTY DEEDS” BY STEPHEN BLACKMOORE

A veteran Federal agent begins investigating the involvement of ruthless Los Angeles Police Department detective James Dearing in the death of an Evolved Human. But when she gets close to uncovering a dangerous truth, it could cost him everything: his job, his freedom, maybe even his life.

THREE BRAND-NEW NOVELLAS BASED ON NBC’S WORLD-WIDE HIT TV SERIES HEROES, AND THE EPIC EVENT SERIES HEROES REBORN.




Deborah Blake (2014)

Dangerously Charming
A Broken Riders Novel 1
Berkley, October 4, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas…

The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning…

Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts…




Tina Connolly (2012)

Seriously Shifted
Tor Teen, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
A sparkling new adventure about teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, introduced to readers in Seriously Wicked

Teenage witch Cam isn’t crazy about the idea of learning magic. She’d rather be no witch than a bad one. But when a trio of her mother’s wicked witch friends decide to wreak havoc in her high school, Cam has no choice but to try to stop them.

Now Cam’s learning invisibility spells, dodging exploding cars, and pondering the ethics of love potions. All while trying to keep her grades up and go on a first date with her crush. If the witches don’t get him first, that is.

Can’t a good witch ever catch a break?




T. Frohock (2011)

The Second Death
Los Nefilim: Part Three
Harper Voyager Impulse, March 29, 2016
eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
Save the world, or save his family…

For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable:

Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.

And while Diago grows more comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo’s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.

In a frantic race to save the future of humanity, Diago is forced to rely on his daimonic nature to deceive an angel. In doing so, he discovers the birth of a modern god—one that will bring about a new world order from which no one can escape.

The Second Death is the final chapter in T. Frohock’s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim trilogy, which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called “a joy to read.”




Emmi Itäranta (2014)

The Weaver
Harper Voyager, May 24, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 40
The author of the critically acclaimed Memory of Water returns with this literary ecological tale in the vein of Ursula K. Le Guin and Sheri S. Tepper, in which an innocent young woman becomes entangled in a web of ancient secrets and deadly lies that lie at the dark center of her prosperous island world.

Eliana is a model citizen of the island, a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs. She also harbors a dangerous secret—she can dream, an ability forbidden by the island’s elusive council of elders. No one talks about the dreamers, the undesirables ostracized from society.

But the web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house. Robbed of speech by her attackers, the only clue to her identity is one word tattooed in invisible ink across her palm: Eliana. Why does this mysterious girl bear her name? What links her to the weaver—and could she hold Eliana’s fate in her hand?

As Eliana finds herself growing closer to this injured girl she is bound to in ways she doesn’t understand, the enchanting lies of the island begin to crumble, revealing a deep and ancient corruption. Joining a band of brave rebels determined to expose the island’s dark secrets, Eliana becomes a target of ruthless forces determined to destroy her. To save herself and those she loves, she must call on the power within her she thought was her greatest weakness: her dreams.

Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015


Here are my top 5 favorite/best books of 2015 (in no particular order). Each of these novels deserves a place on your reading list!



Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman

Silver on the Road is one of my favorite books of 2015 because of the wonderful characters and the gorgeous worldbuilding. The novel is at moments like the soft brush of gently swaying prairie grass and at times like the thunder of a herd of buffalo stampeding. There is magic. There are monsters and a 16 year old girl - Isobel - learning her place in the world. The mythology and lore underpinning Silver on the Road are terrific. Isobel is a great character and watching her learn and grow into magic and her new life is captivating. Silver on the Road is a fabulous coming of age story set in a deeply memorable alternative American West.



Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig is a technological thriller surrounding issues of government surveillance and overstepping. The Zer0es of the title are 5 hackers on the hook for one year of servitude to the government instead of multiple years in prison. Wendig quickly introduces us to this disparate group as they are rounded up. The novel starts off as hackerpunk and gently slides into cyberpunk and then into what-the-hell-is-that? I absolutely loved it. Wendig has a talent for writing fabulous characters and I always enjoy his offbeat ones immensely. Zer0es surprised me, occasionally frightened me, and totally delighted me.



Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Los Nefilim, Part One and Part Two by T. Frohock

I can't tell you how much I adore this series so far - In Midnight’s Silence (Part One) and Without Light or Guide (Part Two). T. Frohock has written engaging characters with an extremely well thought out mythology while at the same time making them confront deeply human emotions and conditions. Diago Alvarez who is half angel and half daimon struggles with this conflict in his nature and the way others perceive him. The relationship between Diago and Miquel (his lover) is gentle and loving and rings with veracity. The writing and pace are gorgeous. The machinations of humans, Nefilim and others create a great backdrop for Diago's story. I can't wait to see what happens in the Part 3 of this series.



Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Planetfall by Emma Newman

I am a big 3D printing fan with 2 printers running most of the time at home. Newman takes 3D to new levels in Planetfall - where most everything that the settlers use on a new world is 3D printed. While this part of the novel charmed me, it's not what kept me reading. This story of betrayal, lies, religion, science, and extraordinarily flawed characters is fantastic. Newman pulls off the neat trick of making me empathize with characters that I often did not like, in particular Renata Ghali. Things really go sideways for Ren during the 22 years she and the rest of the settlers have been living on a planet far from earth. Newman slowly peels back the layers of lies and mysteries that surround planetfall and the colony giving readers a fascinating look at human behavior.



Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
The Killing Kind by Chris Holm

Hands down this is the best thriller I read in 2015. Holm bends the hired killer trope to give us a fascinating look at hit man who kills hit men. Getting inside the mind of our 'hero', Michael Hendricks, was a blast if often somewhat disturbing. The cat and mouse game between Hendricks and the hitman hired to take him out is nerve wracking and exciting,  The action scenes are often breathtaking. The writing is top notch. The Killing Kind kept me on the edge of my seat. Hendricks is the morally challenged good guy that you'll come to really like.







Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Silver on the Road
The Devil's West 1
Saga Press, October 6, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

A heroic fantasy by an award-winning author about a young woman who is trained in the art of the sinister hand of magic, but at what price?

Isobel, upon her sixteenth birthday, makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense—but not unlimited—power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that’s where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through the territory. As we all know, where there is magic there is chaos…and death.





Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Zer0es
Harper Voyager, August 18, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

An exhilarating thrill-ride through the underbelly of cyber espionage in the vein of David Ignatius’s The Director and the television series Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows five iconoclastic hackers who are coerced into serving the U.S. government.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposed—and their lives erased like lines of bad code?

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the widespread acclaim he deserves.





Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
In Midnight’s Silence
Los Nefilim: Part One
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 23, 2015
eBook, 128 pages

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can't get to him directly, they do the one thing he's always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover's life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world's next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock's In Midnight's Silence shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he'll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.



Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Without Light or Guide
Los Nefilim: Part Two
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 3, 2015
eBook, 128 pages

The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons…and a half-breed caught in-between.

For although Diago Alvarez has pledged his loyalty to Los Nefilim, there are many who don't trust his daimonic blood. And with the re-emergence of his father—a Nefil who sold his soul to a daimon—the fear is Diago will soon follow the same path.

Yet even as Diago tries to prove his allegiance, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim's suspicions—including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.

The second novella in T. Frohock's Los Nefilim series, Without Light or Guide continues Diago's journey through a world he was born into, yet doesn't quite understand.





Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
Planetfall
Roc, November 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thornscomes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…





Qwill's Favorite/Best Books of 2015
The Killing Kind
Mulholland Books, September 15, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback to be published September 1, 2016

A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life--and beloved fiancée--and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts--he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living--but a great way to make himself a target.


What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3


This is the third 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.


Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.


Dianne Duvall (2011)

A Sorceress of His Own
The Gifted Ones 1
Dianne Duvall, May 31, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 374 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
A USA Today Bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed--or cursed--with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything--even the wrath of his king--to be with her.



On the Hunt
   with Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti and Hannah Jayne
Zebra, August 25, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...

On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti

With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ​But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...

Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Stake Out by Hannah Jayne

Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.



Shadows Strike
Immortal Guardians 6
Zebra, August 25, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can't guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she's awake, she isn't sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn't trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that's coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...


Note:  Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians) is scheduled for publication on June 18, 2016 from Zebra.





T. Frohock (2011)

In Midnight’s Silence
Los Nefilim: Part One
Harper Voyager Impulse, June 23, 2015
eBook, 128 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 3
The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can't get to him directly, they do the one thing he's always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover's life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world's next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock's In Midnight's Silence shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he'll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.



Without Light or Guide
Los Nefilim: Part Two
Harper Voyager Impulse, November 3, 2015
eBook, 128 pages

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The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…

Always holding themselves aloft from the affairs of mortals, Los Nefilim have thrived for eons. But with the Spanish Civil War looming, their fragile independence is shaken by the machinations of angels and daimons…and a half-breed caught in-between.

For although Diago Alvarez has pledged his loyalty to Los Nefilim, there are many who don't trust his daimonic blood. And with the re-emergence of his father—a Nefil who sold his soul to a daimon—the fear is Diago will soon follow the same path.

Yet even as Diago tries to prove his allegiance, events conspire that only fuel the other Nefilim's suspicions—including the fact that every mortal Diago has known in Barcelona is being brutally murdered.

The second novella in T. Frohock's Los Nefilim series, Without Light or Guide continues Diago's journey through a world he was born into, yet doesn't quite understand.


Note:  The Second Death (Los Nefilim, Part Three) will be published by Harper Voyager Impluse on March 29, 2016.





Lexi George (2011)

Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb
Demon Hunter 4
Lyrical Press, May 24, 2016
eBook

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Deep South legends. Deep fried curses. Deep dish revenge . . .

This Debutante Is Having A Ball!

Way down south in the land of cotton, one belle's plans are soon forgotten--when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer's ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi! But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That's just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he's a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down? Most importantly, what's a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim . . .





Dani Harper (2011)

The Holiday Spirit
Dani Harper, September 29, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 229 pages

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A woman who talks to ghosts.
A man mistaken for dead.
An ancient evil that stalks them both.


Writer Kerri Tollbrook spends her free time counseling the newly departed, but the tall, dark and handsome spirit she meets at the shopping mall claims he's not dead. Is he just in denial? Or is something more sinister at work?

Firefighter Galen McAllister has felt like The Invisible Man ever since a malicious spell separated him from his still-living body. Kerri is the first person he's met who can actually see him. Now if only he can get her to listen ... because the nightmare creature that trapped him between two worlds is far from finished!

Dani Harper's Christmas ghost story returns as a full-length novel! The characters from this popular paranormal romance have haunted their author into making it bigger, better...and BADDER!





Kevin Hearne (2011)

Three Slices
  with Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig
May 5, 2015
eBook, 166 pages
Illustrated by Galen Dara

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Three Slices presents three novellas by modern fantasy writers:

A Prelude to War by Kevin Hearne
After an old friend is murdered in retaliation for his mercenary strikes against the oldest vampires in the world, Atticus O'Sullivan must solicit the aid of another old friend in Ethiopia if he's going to have a chance of finishing a war he never wanted. Meanwhile, Granuaile MacTiernan starts a private war of her own against Loki, the lord of lies, and if it brings Ragnarok early—so be it.

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys by Delilah S. Dawson
The number one rule of the circus? Don't kill your volunteers, even accidentally. That's how young magician Criminy Stain ends up on the run in a forest, where he meets a beautiful woman holding a bucket of blood. But is Merissa the answer to his prayers-- or the orchestrator of his ruin?

Interlude: Swallow by Chuck Wendig
Miriam Black is back. Miriam is tired of her curse and finally believes she knows how to be rid of her ability to see when and how other people die. She follows a lead to the mountains of Colorado, where she believes she sees signs of a serial killer she thought she already killed. (Set between THE CORMORANT and THUNDERBIRD.)



Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles
May 18, 2015
eBook, 39 pages
Cover illustration Copyright © 2015 by Galen Dara

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Two Iron Druid short stories, previously available only in limited release, have now been revised and made available worldwide!

"Kaibab Unbound" occurs just a couple of weeks before the events of HOUNDED, book one of the series. Before Atticus gets drawn into the battles of gods and monsters, he has to protect one of the earth's elementals from an accomplished coven that wants to steal its power for their own.



Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars
LucasBooks, November 24, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 3, 2015

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.

Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s  willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.



A Fantasy Medley 3
Fantasy Medley
  with Jacqueline Carey, Laura Bickle and Aliette de Bodard
Subterranean, December 31, 2015
Hardcover, 153 pages
Dust jacket by J. K. Drummond

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In each of the first two volumes of the acclaimed A Fantasy Medley series—both of which earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly—editor Yanni Kuznia brought together stories from a quartet of fantasy's most exciting authors. Now Kuznia returns with A Fantasy Medley 3, offering riveting new tales of the fantastic from four more of the field's brightest stars:

In "Goddess at the Crossroads," Kevin Hearne shares a thrillingly memorable episode from the past of his popular Iron Druid Chronicles hero Atticus O'Sullivan, revealing how one night's dark encounter with the cult of Hecate served as inspiration for Shakespeare's witches in the Scottish play.

With "Ashes," Laura Bickle revisits Detroit arson investigator and powerful spirit medium Anya Kalinczyk as she, her five-foot-long salamander familiar Sparky, and Hades' Charon pursue a destructive fire elemental named the Nain Rouge through the city's festival in his dubious honor.

"The Death of Aiguillon" finds Aliette de Bodard exploring an episode sixty years prior to the start of her latest novel, The House of Shattered Wings, in which the survivors of an ongoing magical conflict in Paris eke out a grim existence, and one woman's wish for a better life is granted at a terrible price.

And in "One Hundred Ablutions," Jacqueline Carey, author of the much-beloved Kushiel's Legacy series, tells the tale of Dala—a young woman chosen by her people's overlords to be an exalted slave among slaves—and of the twining in her life of ritual, rebellion, and redemption.



Staked
The Iron Druid Chronicles 8
Del Rey, January 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 224 page

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Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make—and then drive into a vampire’s heart.

When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It’s time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

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