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2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2018 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on November 30, 2018, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite November 2018 Debut Cover! free polls

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Pete Garceau

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Lauren Panepinto
Cover images by Shutterstock

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover artwork by Amir Zand,
Cover design by Mona Lin

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 13, 2018

Happy Tuesday! 

There are 3 debuts out this week:

The First Protectors by Victor Godinez;

We Can Save Us All by Adam Nemett


Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha 1) by Tasha Suri.

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 13, 2018The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 13, 2018
The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 13, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Winter Road by Adrian Selby.

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 13, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.

The View From Monday... On Tuesday - November 13, 2018

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

November 12, 2018
The Widow Next Door (e) L.A. Detwiler H
The Séance (e)(ri) Heather Graham SupTh/GH - Harrison Investigation 4

November 13, 2018
The Long Price Quartet: The Complete Quartet Daniel Abraham F - Long Price Quartet
Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast Zack Akers
Skip Bronkie
Cote Smith
The Tale of Cho Ung: A Classic of Vengeance, Loyalty, and Romance Sookja Cho LM - Translations from the Asian Classics
Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth Neil Clarke (ed) SF/AC/HSF - Anthology
Vita Nostra Sergey and Marina Dyachenko DF
Future Home of the Living God (h2tp) Louise Erdrich CW
Death and Daisies Amanda Flower PCM - Magic Garden Mystery Series 2
In/Half Jasmin B. Frelih
Jason Blake (Tr)
Death of the Planet of the Apes Andrew E. C. Gaska MTI/F - Collection
The First Protectors (D) Victor Godinez SF/AC/SO/TechTh/Sus
A Choice of Secrets Barb Hendee HistF - A Dark Glass Novel 4
The Lovecraft Squad: Waiting (h2tp) Stephen Jones Occ/Sup
Pride and Prometheus (h2tp) John Kessel HistF
Terran Tomorrow Nancy Kress SF/HSF/GenEng/AC - Yesterday's Kin Trilogy 3
A Rising Moon Stephen Leigh HistF/F - Sunpath 2
House of Ashes Loretta Marion SupTh/Sus - A Haunted Bluffs Mystery 1
We Can Save Us All (D) Adam Nemett LF/CoA/Dys/SH
None of This Is Normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer Benjamin Robertson LC/SF/F/PopCul
Star Trek Shipyards Star Trek Starships: 2294 to the Future The Encyclopedia of Starfleet Ships Ben Robinson
Marcus Reily
The Winter Road Adrian Selby F
Bedfellow Jeremy C. Shipp DF/H
The Crown Lord William Sirls AH/Pol/CulH/Cr
The Sky-Blue Wolves S.M. Stirling SF/AP/PA/AH/F -A Novel of the Change 15
Empire of Sand (D) Tasha Suri F/HistF.FR/CoA - The Books of Ambha 1
Creatures of Want and Ruin Molly Tanzer HistF
The Night Angel Trilogy: 10th Anniversary Edition Brent Weeks F - Night Angel
Iron Garland Jeff Wheeler F - Harbinger 3

November 15, 2018
Think Yourself Lucky (e) Ramsey Campbell H - Fiction Without Frontiers

November 16, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay J.K. Rowling F

November 17, 2018
Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art John Fleskes Illustration/SF/F/PopCul

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

AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SocHist - Social History
SocSc - Social Science
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts

There are 5 debut novels for November.

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

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

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery @ gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for November 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted. (Updated on 11/1/2018 to add The First Protectors by Victor Godinez.)

Mirah Bolender

City of Broken Magic
Chronicles of Amicae 1
Tor Book, November 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
Mirah Bolender's fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut, City of Broken Magic, features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons.

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Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn’t control. An infestation that ate magic—and anything else it came into contact with. Enemies and allies were equally filling.

Only an elite team of non-magical humans, known as sweepers, can defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. Most die before they finish training.

Laura, a new team member, has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she’s the last—and only—sweeper standing between the city and a massive infestation.

Victor Godinez

The First Protectors
Talos Press, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
The last thing Ben Shepherd wanted was another war. But sometimes the universe won’t take no for an answer.

His body and spirit mangled by a lifetime of combat, Shepherd, a retired Navy SEAL, has retreated to the desolate desert of New Mexico to heal his wounds and dodge his demons. All he wants now is peace and quiet.

Both are shattered one starry night, when an alien ship crashes nearby. Out of the ship crawls the last, dying member of a conquered civilization. It’s been shot down by an extraterrestrial enemy, the vanguard of a ravenous force hunting for a new homeland. With its last gasp, the wounded alien injects Shepherd with a high-tech serum that gives him near superhuman powers.

Now, with a new body but a soul as fractured as ever, Shepherd becomes the reluctant leader of the human resistance against the coming invasion. With enemies on all sides, the man who couldn’t bear the guilt of seeing one more friend die in battle now finds himself charged with protecting the entire planet.

W. L. Goodwater

A Cold War Magic Novel 1
Ace, November 6, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
The first novel in a new Cold War fantasy series, where the Berlin Wall is made entirely of magic. When a breach unexpectedly appears in the wall, spies from both sides swarm to the city as World War III threatens to spark.


When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sake of peace. Now, after ten years of fighting with spies instead of spells, the CIA has discovered the unthinkable…


While refugees and soldiers mass along the border, operatives from East and West converge on the most dangerous city in the world to either stop the crisis, or take advantage of it.

Karen, a young magician with the American Office of Magical Research and Deployment, is sent to investigate the breach in the Wall and determine if it can be fixed. Instead, she discovers that the truth is elusive in this divided city–and that even magic itself has its own agenda.


Adam Nemett

We Can Save Us All
The Unnamed Press, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts
"Nemett's wondrously fresh novel positively bursts with charm, heart, and invention." ―Booklist, Starred Review

Welcome to The Egg, an off-campus geodesic dome where David Fuffman and his crew of alienated Princeton students train for what might be the end of days: America is in a perpetual state of war, climate disasters create a global state of emergency, and scientists believe time itself may be collapsing.

Funded by the charismatic Mathias Blue and fueled by performance enhancers and psychedelic drugs, a student revolution incubates at The Egg, inspired by the superheroes that dominate American culture. The arrival of Haley Roth―an impassioned heroine with a dark secret―propels David and Mathias to expand their movement across college campuses nationwide, inspiring a cult-like following. As the final superstorm arrives, they toe the line between good and evil, deliverance and demagogues, the damned and the saved.

In this sprawling, ambitious debut, Adam Nemett delves into contemporary life in all of its chaos and unknowing. We Can Save Us All is a brave, ribald, and multi-layered examination of what may be the fundamental question of our time: just who is responsible for fixing all of this?

Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand
The Books of Ambha 1
Orbit, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - November Debuts

A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.

Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…

Empire of Sand is a lush, dazzling fantasy novel perfect for readers of City of Brass and The Wrath & the Dawn.
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