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Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming November 2020 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Matthew Ward (2020)

Legacy of Steel
The Legacy Trilogy 2
Orbit, November 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 768 pages
Warfare, myth and magic collide in Legacy of Steel, the spectacular sequel to Matthew Ward's acclaimed fantasy debut Legacy of Ash.

"Outstanding ... a ripping yarn that more than earns its length." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A year has passed since an unlikely alliance saved the Tressian Republic from fire and darkness, at great cost. Thousands perished, and Viktor Akadra -- the Republic's champion -- has disappeared.

While the ruling council struggles to mend old wounds, other factions sense opportunity. The insidious Parliament of Crows schemes in the shadows, while to the east the Hadari Emperor gathers his armies. As turmoil spreads across the Republic, its ripples are felt in the realms of the divine.

War is coming . . . and this time the gods themselves will take sides.

The Legacy Trilogy
Legacy of Ash
Legacy of Steel
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Tyler Whitesides (2018)

The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn
Kingdom of Grit 2
Orbit, November 3, 2020
Trade Paperback and eBook, 704 pages
"The enjoyable blend of intrigue, lighthearted escapades, and thrilling action brilliantly sets the stage for the series' conclusion. Readers will be thrilled." (Publishers Weekly)

The second in an action-packed epic fantasy series: In a world with dragon-fueled magic, master con artist Ardor Benn must infiltrate a centuries-old secret organization to find a missing royal heir.

Ardor Benn saved civilization from imminent destruction, but his efforts brought war to the kingdom. It is believed that the rightful rulers have all been assassinated. However, a young heir might have survived.

An ancient organization known as The Realm is behind the chaos, working from the shadows. Under the anonymity of masks, information is distributed sparingly.

Ard's been hired to infiltrate them, but he's got competition from an old friend. One who's set to prove she's better than the self-proclaimed "Ruse Artist Extraordinaire."

If Ard can't find the heir then his world may again approach ruin. Stopping the complete and utter collapse of civilization is quickly becoming Ard's specialty

Kingdom of Grit:
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn
The Last Lies of Ardor Benn
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Evan Winter (2019)

The Fires of Vengeance
The Burning 2
Orbit, November 10, 2020
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages
In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this"relentlessly gripping, brilliant" epic fantasy series from a breakout author (James Islington).

Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the 'true' Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.

The Burning
The Rage of Dragons
The Fires of Vengeance
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

November 2020 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in November 2020. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.


November 2020 Releases
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 1, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Dungeon Party
John Webster Gastil CF/SupTh
The Haunting of Brynn Wilder Wendy Webb Gothic/CW/MR
 
 
 
November 3, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 John Joseph Adams (Ed)
Diana Gabaldon (Ed)
SF/F - Anthology
The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments Box Set Margaret Atwood Dys
Serpent Daughter D.J. Butler HistF - Witchy War 4
1637: No Peace Beyond the Line Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF/TT - Ring of Fire 29
This Virtual Night C. S. Friedman SF/SO/SE/GenEng - The Outworlds 2
The Alpha Enigma W. Michael Gear SF/Cr/M - Team Psi 1
The Harpy Megan Hunter FL/LF/AB/MR
Boneset & Feathers Gwendolyn Kiste H/DF
Firefly: Generations Tim Lebbon MTI/SF/SO
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon (h2tp)
James Lovegrove Occ/Sup/HistM
A Storm of Swords: The Illustrated Edition George R. R. Martin F - A Song of Ice and Fire Illustrated Edition 3
Agent of the Imperium Marc Miller SF
Debt of War Christopher G. Nuttall SF/SO - Embers of War 3
A Sword in the Sun (e)
Shannon Page CF - Nightcraft Quartet 2
The Fractured Void Tim Pratt SF/SO - Twilight Imperium
The Phantom and Barnabas Collins (ri)
Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 10
The Foe of Barnabas Collins (ri)
Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 9
Busted Synapses Erica L. Satifka SF/CyP
The Novels of Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, The Last Man, and Mathilda (e)
Mary Shelley Gothic/SF/AP/F
The Last Ritual S. A. Sidor DF - Arkham Horror
An Unprivate War TS Snow SF - Star Smuggler 5
The God Game (h2tp) Danny Tobey TechTh/SF/CyP/CoA
Almost Dark (ri)
Letitia Trent Th/GH
Legacy of Steel Matthew Ward F - Legacy Trilogy 2
The Shattered Realm of Ardor Benn Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 2
The Preserve Ariel S. Winter PP/NF
The Women of Weird Tales: Stories by Everil Worrell, Eli Colter, Mary Elizabeth Counselman and Greye La Spina Everil Worrell
Eli Colter
Mary Elizabeth Counselman
Greye La Spina
H - Monster, She Wrote 2
 
 
 
November 4, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Blood of the Sun Dan Rabarts
Lee Murray
M/H - Path of Ra 3
 
 
 
November 5, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Aurora Jo M. Thomas AH
 
 
 
November 6, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Mr. Cables Ronald Malfi H
 
 
 
November 10, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Followers (h2tp) Megan Angelo LF/CW/Dys
Refuge JJ Blacklocke SF/SO - Tradepoint Sage 1
Second Chances P.D. Cacek SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Night Call (D) Brenden Carlson SF/Cr/M/TechTh/AH - Walking Shadows 1
Judge Fear's Big Day Out and Other Stories Michael Carroll (Ed)
SF/AP/AP - Anthology
Star Trek: The Wisdom of Picard Chip Carter PerfA/SF - Star Trek
One Night Two Souls Went Walking Ellen Cooney LF/CW/Med/VisM
A Contest of Principles Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Book of Malachi (D - US) T.C. Farren SF/GenEng/H
Leopard's Rage Christine Feehan PNR - Leopard 13
Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art John Fleskes (Ed)
Art
Toy Soldiers: The Complete Series (Ke) Devon C. Ford SF/Dys - Toy Soldiers
The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction Neil Gaiman SS
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery (h2tp) Christopher Golden (Ed)
Rachel Autumn Deering (Ed)
F/DF/P/H - Anthology
Sudden Traveler: Stories (h2tp)
Sarah Hall SS
A Longer Fall (h2tp)
Charlaine Harris F/P - Gunnie Rose 2
Refraction Christopher Hinz SF/GenEng
XX (D) Rian Hughes SF/AC/SE/Typography
Reconstruction: Stories Alaya Dawn Johnson F/SS
Warrior of the Altaii Robert Jordan F
The Arrest Jonathan Lethem SF/AP/PA
The Men Who Take Eyes Justin Little AH/Dys
Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons James Lovegrove HistM/Occ/Sup
Kraft Jonas Lüscher
Tess Lewis (Tr)
LF/Satire/Dys
Factory Witches of Lowell C. S. Malerich HistF/DF
The Dark Library Cyrille Martinez
Joseph Patrick Stancil (Tr)
AB/MR/LF
Harmada João Gilberto Noll
Edgar Garbelotto (Tr)
LF/Psy/AB
Queen of the North Anne O'Brien Hist/HistR/CoA/AH
At the Lucky Hand: aka The Sixty-Nine Drawers Goran Petrović
Peter Agnone (Tr)
MR/LF
Bloodquest Gordon Rennie SF/AC - Warhammer 40,000
The Auctioneer (ri)
Joan Samson H
The Chimera Code (D) Wayne Santos SF
Secret Santa Andrew Shaffer H/HU/SupTh
The Darkest King: William's Story Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 15
On the Beach (ri)
Nevil Shute AH/Hist
Living Forever and Other Terrible Ideas Emily C Skaftun SF/HU/SS
The Troll Guide Anders Skoglind F/HU/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Rush's Edge (D) Ginger Smith SF/SO
Familiar Spirit Lisa Tuttle H - Paperbacks from Hell
From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back Various MTI/SF/SO - Star Wars
From a Certain Point of View: Star Wars (h2tp) Various MTI/SF/SO - Star Wars
The Fires of Vengeance Evan Winter F - The Burning 2
The Green and the Gray (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF
Manta's Gift (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF
 
 
 
November 11, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law: A Tor.com Original (e)
Lavie Tidhar DF
 
 
 
November 13, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Bite of the Jackal (Ke) Paolo Di Orazio H
Nucleation (D) Kimberly Unger SF/HSF/AC
 
 
 
November 16, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Supernatural and Fantastic in Short Detective Fiction: A Survey, 1841-2000 Laird R. Blackwell M/SF/F
Sacred Evil (e)(ri)
Heather Graham GH/Th - Krewe of Hunters 3
Night Study (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder F - The Chronicles of Ixia
 
 
 
November 17, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Tales from the Folly: A Rivers of London Short Story Collection Ben Aaronovitch F/SS - Rivers of London
They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears (h2tp)
Johannes Anyuru
Saskia Vogel (Tr)
LF/SF/TT/Th/Terrorism/Dys
The Human (h2tp)
Neal Asher SF/SO - Rise of the Jain 3
Foundation and Earth (ri)
Isaac Asimov SF/HSF/Classics/SO - Foundation 5
Foundation's Edge Isaac Asimov SF/HSF/Classics/SO - Foundation 4
I Don't Seem So Bright in a Well-Lit Room Sean Browning SF/HU
Lost Acre Andrew Caldecott HistF/P - Rotherweird 3
The Water Dancer (ri) Ta-Nehisi Coates HistF/MR
The Complete Lychford (e) Paul Cornell CF/UF - Lychford
The Andromeda Evolution (mm2tp)
Michael Crichton
Daniel H. Wilson
SF
Will Destroy the Galaxy for Cash Yahtzee Croshaw Satire/SF/SO - Jacques McKeown 2
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight: A Suspense Magazine Anthology Jeffrey Deaver et al.
M/SupTh - Anthology
The Children of Red Peak Craig DiLouie H/PsyTh/SupTh
Madrenga (e)
Alan Dean Foster F - Madrenga 1
Smoke & Ashes Alexis Hall UF - Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator 4
The Saints of Salvation Peter F. Hamilton SF/SO/SE - Salvation Sequence 3
Nophek Gloss (D) Essa Hansen SF/AC/GenEng/SE - The Graven 1
Stillicide Cynan Jones Dys/LF/Climate
Before the Coffee Gets Cold (D - English) Toshikazu Kawaguchi
MR/F/SF
Daughter of the Serpentine E.E. Knight F - A Dragoneer Academy Novel 2
The Burning God R. F Kuang HistF - The Poppy War 3
The Silver Shooter Erin Lindsey M/GH/P - A Rose Gallagher Mystery 3
Ink Jonathan Maberry SupTh/H
Child of the Prophecy (ri)
Juliet Marillier HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Sevenwaters Trilogy 3
Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children, Volumes 1-3: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire CF/DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Wayward Children
The Bright and Breaking Sea Chloe Neill F/HistF/RF - A Captain Kit Brightling Novel 1
Home Front (e) Rick Partlwo SF - Drop Trooper 5
Eartheater (D) Dolores Reyes
Julia Sanchez (Tr)
LF
Barnabas Collins and Quentin's Demon Marylin Ross Gothic/Occ - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 14
Rhythm of War Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 4
The Round-dance of Water Kuznetsov Sergey
Valeriya Yermishova (Tr)
LF/MR/MU - Russian Literature Series
Age of Death Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - Legends of the First Empire 5
Salamis Harry Turtledove AH/HistF/TT - Hellenic 5
Strange Lands Short Stories: Thrilling Tales Various SF - Anthology
Spin (ri)
Robert Charles Wilson SF/AP/PA/AC/TT - Spin 1
Rubicon Gareth Worthington SF/AH - Children of the Fifth Sun 3
 
 
 
November 18, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera: A Tor.com Original (e) Elizabeth Bear DF
 
 
 
November 23, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Exo-Hunter Jeremy Robinson AC/SF/PA
 
 
 
November 24, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
The Princess Knight G.A. Aiken HistF - The Scarred Earth Saga 2
Walk the Wild With Me (tp2mm)
Rachel Atwood HistF//FairyT/FolkT/LM
Pious Mark Barber F - Kings of War
Call of the Bone Ships RJ Barker F - Tide Child Trilogy 2
1636: Flight of the Nightingale (tp2mm)
David Carrico SF/TT - Ring of Fire 28
A Beginning at the End (h2tp)
Mike Chen SF/AP/PA
Alliance Rising (tp2mm)
C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher
SF/HSF/SO - The Hinder Stars 1
Ready Player Two Ernest Cline SF/Dys/Th - Ready Player One 2
The Best of Glen Cook: 18 Stories from the Author of The Black Company and The Dread Empire Glen Cook F/DF - Collection
Last Stand in Lychford Paul Cornell CF/UF - Witches of Lychford 5
War Lord Bernard Cornwell Hist - Saxon Tales 13
Monster Hunter Guardian (h2mm)
Larry Correia
Sarah A. Hoyt
F - Monster Hunter 8
Infernal Mark de Jager F - Stratus 1
The Science Fiction Puzzle Book: Inspired by the Works of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Robert A Heinlein and Ursula K Le Guin Tim Dedopulos Puzzles/SF
Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology S.B. Divya (Ed)
Mur Lafferty (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Poison Prince S. C. Emmett F/HistF - Hostage of Empire 2
The Solar War John French SF/SO - The Horus Heresy
Forged Benedict Jacka UF/CF - Alex Versus 11
The Broken Girls (tp2mm) Simone St. James SupTh/H/CW
Impolitic Corpses (h2tp)
Paul Johnston M/Dys - Quint Dalrymple Mystery 8
Council Snorri Kristjansson Hist/HistF/HistTh - Helga Finnsdottir Mysteries 2
Passages Mercedes Lackey (Ed)
F - Valdemar Anthology
Beyond Kuiper Matthew Medney
John Connelly
HSF/SF - The Galactic Star Alliance
Rasputin's Bastards (ri)
David Nickle Th/HSF
The 'Geisters (ri)
David Nickle H/GH
Monstrous Affections: Stories (e)(ri) David Nickle H/SS
Knife Fight: And Other Struggles David Nickle H/SS
36 Righteous Men (h2tp)
Steven Pressfield SupTh
Grave War Kalayna Price UF/CF/PF - Alex Craft 7
Gotrek and Felix: The Fifth Omnibus Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer Chronicles
The Awakening Nora Roberts PF/FR - The Dragon Heart Legacy 1
Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration Ben Robinson
Mark Wright
PerfArts/SF
Archangel's Sun Nalini Singh PNR/UF/PF - Guild Hunter13
Wolf Fever (ri)
Terry Spear PNR/FR - Silver Town Wolf 2
Freehold: Resistance (tp2mm)
Michael Z. Williamson (Ed)
SF - Freehold Anthology
 
 
 
November 30, 2020
TITLE AUTHOR SERIES
Found in Translation: New People in Twentieth-Century Chinese Science Fiction Jing Jiang SF/Antholgy
Comes a Pale Rider Caitlín R. Kiernan H
Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories Joe R. Lansdale F - Anthology
Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower Tamsyn Muir F
No Period: A Tor.com Original Harry Turtledove AH
Take a Look at the Five and Ten Connie Willis SF



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



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

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

Interview with Tyler Whitesides, author of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn


Please welcome Tyler Whitesides to The Qwillery as part of the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn was published on May 15th by Orbit.



Interview with Tyler Whitesides, author of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn




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

Tyler:  I recently found a story I wrote when I was about seven years old. It was about a monster who went looking for dinner, but he couldn't find any so he went home only to find out that his monster mother had made dinner for him.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Tyler:  I would consider myself a hybrid, but leaning quite heavily toward being a plotter. I've found that if I don't plot enough, the story will ramble on with no end in sight. I'd say I plot about 70% and leave about 30% up to discovery as I write. Often, that unplanned 30% takes me by surprise and ends up being some of my favorite parts.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Tyler:  For me, I'd say the most challenging thing is dealing with expectations. Not just readers' expectations, but my own. Every time I sit down to write I feel a tremendous pressure to make this paragraph better than the last one I wrote. Make this chapter better than the one before, the next book better than the first one. I've got so many ideas swimming around in my head, I want to make sure I execute them the very best that I can. With that comes a lot of self-imposed pressure that can be crippling if left unchecked.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Tyler:  Books! I've loved fantasy since I was little and the things I read definitely influence my writing. As a young reader, I loved the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, and The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. As a teenager, I devoured the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Lately, I've been loving the works of Brandon Sanderson.

In addition to reading, I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, hiking and exploring the mountains of northern Utah with my friends and family. The grandeur of nature and the mountains always inspired me - when a fog settled in and covered the peaks it was easy to imagine a company of travelers and their wizard guide coming down the slopes.



TQYou are the author of 2 best-selling children's series - Janitors and The Wishmakers. How different for you (or not) is writing for adults?

Tyler:  That's a great question. There are definitely similarities. The more I learn about writing, the more I realize that everything is about characters. Whether writing a children's book or an adult fantasy, the focus should be on crafting interesting characters whose actions are well motivated. In writing The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn, I tried to keep what I loved about writing for children - fast pacing, humor, and plenty of dialogue. But this book also allowed me to do things I'd never done in writing - explore heavier themes, develop more complex magic systems, and take a little more time inside the characters' thoughts. I loved both experiences, and hope to continue writing in both genres.



TQDescribe The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn in 140 characters or less.

Tyler:  Ardor Benn is a master of intricate plans, but he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Hired by a priest to steal the king's crown, Ardor assembles his team and begins an infiltration into high society. But he soon discovers that there is more at stake than getting paid.



TQTell us something about The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn that is not found in the book description.

Tyler:  The magic system is derived from harvesting a biproduct from the dragons and processing it down into powder. This "Grit" can then be ignited to create detonation clouds with varying effects. There are fifteen types, ranging from Grit that creates clouds of Light, or Heat, or even clouds of weightlessness.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Tyler:  There's something appealing about tackling a long story. I love reading them because they last. I like to live in the world and think about the characters and their situations. There is so much imagination in fantasy, allowing the reader to extrapolate what they want to learn from the story, whether that was really the author's intention or not.

I've always wanted to write an epic fantasy. The idea for The Thousands Deaths of Ardor Benn started with the magic system, an idea I had been kicking around in my brain for more than fifteen years. I was between projects for my children's series, and decided I would begin my first fantasy epic. I thought I'd pick away at it whenever I had some down time, and eventually finish in a few years. To my surprise, the characters really took hold of me and I was able to write the entire first draft in about six months.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn?

Tyler:  I spent some time researching geography, elevation, climate, and vegetation. The book takes place on a series of large islands that are rather unique, with a high cliff shoreline (think fjords, or the cliffs of Dover all the way around each island). I also did some research into flintlock guns, although the firearms in the story (while similar to flintlock) are powered by in-world magic. High society in the world centers around symphony concerts. I have a BA in music, so it was fun to remember some of the composition and musical form/analysis terminology.

At the end of the day, I was writing a fantasy book, so I obviously deviated from some of the facts in order to make all the pieces work within the world I was creating. After all, I was worldbuilding, not going for historical accuracy.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn.

Tyler:  Tommy Arnold did a great job with the artwork for the cover (and Lauren Panepinto on design). The character depicted is indeed Ardor Benn, the cunning master of heists, crouched atop the skull of a dragon. Although you can't see it in the artwork, the kingdom's throne is actually mounted atop that skull. I love the way Ardor is poised, ready to spring into action with an expression on his face that seems to say, "I got this."



TQIn The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Tyler:  Writing the chapters from Ardor Benn's point of view was really fun and flowed quite naturally for me. I was able to put a lot of humor into the character, and Ardor is constantly engaging in witty banter. He likes to pretend that nothing bothers him, when in fact he tends to care deeply about what he's doing. Too deeply, sometimes. Ardor moves the story along at a swift pace.

The most difficult character to write was Isle Halavend. He's the priest who hires Ardor to steal the crown. His chapters explore religion, truth, and history of the world, so I had to be very careful to stay consistent and check my own facts. Halavend harbors his true motives, but his chapters unveil a lot of earth-shattering epiphanies for everyone. Needless to say, it was a challenge to keep it all straight and get it right.



TQWhich question about The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Tyler:  Which type of Grit is your favorite, and what does it do? Visitant Grit is by far the most powerful type. It is controlled by the Wayfarist religion, and will only work for those that are worthy to detonate it. The effect is a cloud in which a holy paladin can appear, powerful enough to decimate life with his very presence.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn.

Tyler:

"This was madness and genius, mixed and detonated on the spot."
OR:
"It's our new hideout."
"The Bakery on Humont Street?" she read.
"A dangerous place, to be sure," added Ard. "Enough secret meetings there and none of us will be squeezing through a culvert grate."



TQWhat's next?

TylerThe Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is the first book in the Kingdom of Grit trilogy. The second book should be coming out in 2019. In the meantime, I have another children's book coming out this fall, which is the sequel to the Wishmakers. I love writing and I feel so fortunate to be doing this. Thanks to everyone willing to take a chance and pick up one of my books. I hope you enjoy!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Tyler:  Thank you for having me!





The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Kingdom of Grit 1
Orbit, May 15, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 784 pages
(Adult Debut)

Interview with Tyler Whitesides, author of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is the first in an action-packed epic fantasy series featuring master con artist Ardor Benn.

Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire.

When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he’ll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known.

But it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than fame and glory – Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization.





About Tyler

Interview with Tyler Whitesides, author of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Photo by Jamie Younker
Tyler is the author of bestselling children’s series, Janitors, and The Wishmakers. The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is his adult debut. When he’s not writing, Tyler enjoys playing percussion, hiking, fly fishing, cooking, and theater. He lives in the mountains of northern Utah with his wife and son.











Website  ~  Twitter @twhitesides


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 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.

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Jacket design by Sarah Brody
Jacket illustration © MagdalenaWasiczek / Trevillion Images

The View From Monday - May 14, 2018


Happy Monday! Our last SPFBO review will post this week, which will wrap up the latest SPFBO for us. It's always a learning experience. Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for founding and hosting SPFBO.

Look for the start of May's Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars tomorrow and vote in the poll.


There is one debut this week:

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (Kingdom of Grit 1) by Tyler Whitesides.

The View From Monday - May 14, 2018
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

By Fire Above (Signal Airship 2) by Robyn Bennis;

Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual (Warlock Holmes 3) by G.S. Denning;

Armistice (Amberlough Dossier 2) by Lara Elena Donnelly;

Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held is out in eBook;

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 2) by Brian McClellan;

The Crossing by Jason Mott;

and

The Forbidden City by Deborah A. Wolf.

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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.

May 13, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How To Marry A Werewolf (e) Gail Carriger SP - Claw & Courtship Novella 1



May 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ghost Moon (e) Heather Graham Sus/GH/Sup - Bone Island Trilogy 3
Grayghost Tamara Grantham FR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/P - Fairy World MD 7
Lords of the Underworld Collection Volume 3: The Darkest Secret\The Darkest Surrender\The Darkest Seduction (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld Series 7
The Healer Series Complete Collection: Touch of Power\Scent of Magic\Taste of Darkness (e) Maria V. Snyder F - Healer
Tide of Stone (e) Kaaron Warren PsyTh



May 15, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Soldier Neal Asher SF/SO/AC - Rise of the Jain 1
By Fire Above Robyn Bennis SP - Signal Airship 2
Buying Time E.M. Brown SF
Ascendant Jack Campbell SF - The Genesis Fleet 2
Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual G.S. Denning UF/Cr - Warlock Holmes 3
Armistice Lara Elena Donnelly HistF/Th -  Amberlough Dossier 2
The Queen of Sorrow Sarah Beth Durst F - Queens of Renthia 3
Harvest Song (e) Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 20
Ghost Radio (ri) Leopoldo Gout SupTh
Mirror Bound (e) Rhiannon Held UF
Toroa (Ke) Erik Hofstatter H
The Plastic Magician Charlie N. Holmberg FR - A Paper Magician Novel 4
Meltdown GP James SF/PA
In Our Own Worlds: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas (e) Margaret Killjoy
Ellen Klages
Kai Ashante Wilson
JY Yang
F/SF
Salamanders: The Omnibus Nick Kyme SF - Salamanders
The Big Alpha in Town Eve Langlais
Milly Taiden
Kate Baxter
PNR - Anthology
Bearing His Sins (e) Eve Langlais PNR
In the Region of the Summer Stars Stephen R. Lawhead F/HistF - Eirlandia 1
Wrath of Empire Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 2
The Crossing Jason Mott LF/Dys
The Bedlam Stacks (h2tp) Natasha Pulley HistF
The Immortal Renshai Mickey Zucker Reichert FairyT/FolkT/LM/DF/F - Renshai Saga 3
Hell Divers III: Deliverance Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF/AP/PA - Hell Divers 3
Taste of Darkness (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - The Healer 3
Ghost Warrior Gav Thorpe SF - Rise of the Ynnari 1
Overlords of the Iron Dragon C L Werner F - Kharadron Overlords 1
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn (D) Tyler Whitesides F - Kingdom of Grit 1
The Forbidden City Deborah A. Wolf F



May 16, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Grace's Family: A Tor.com Original (e) James Patrick Kelly SF
Trade Deal (e) Malka Older F - Born to the Blade Season 1, Episode 5
The Best Science Fiction Stories of H. G. Wells H. G. Wells SF



May 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Extinct RR Haywood SF/TT/Dys - Extracted Trilogy 3



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SciFan - Science Fantasy
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts


2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts


There are 12 debut novels 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 April 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 April cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 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 May 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Melissa Broder

The Pisces
Hogarth, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“Bold, virtuosic, addictive, erotic – there is nothing like The Pisces. I have no idea how Broder does it, but I loved every dark and sublime page of it.” —Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter 

Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety — not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection.

Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.





Julia Fine

What Should Be Wild
Harper, May 8, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“Delightful and darkly magical. Julia Fine has written a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death. I loved it.”  —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family’s manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie’s father, an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter, has warned Maisie not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for over a millennium her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge—for she is descended from a long line of cursed women.

But one day Maisie’s father disappears, and Maisie must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, she encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.





Kate Heartfield

Armed in Her Fashion
ChiZine Publications, May 22, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
In 1328, Bruges is under siege by the Chatelaine of Hell and her army of chimeras―humans mixed with animals or armour, forged in the deep fires of the Hellbeast. At night, revenants crawl over the walls and bring plague and grief to this city of widows.

Margriet de Vos learns she’s a widow herself when her good-for-nothing husband comes home dead from the war. He didn’t come back for her. The revenant who was her husband pulls a secret treasure of coins and weapons from under his floorboards and goes back through the mouth of the beast called Hell.

Margriet killed her first soldier when she was 11. She’s buried six of her seven children. She’ll do anything for her daughter, even if it means raiding Hell itself to get her inheritance back.

Margriet’s daughter is haunted by a dead husband of her own, and blessed, or cursed, with an enchanted distaff that allows her to control the revenants and see the future. Together with a transgender man-at-arms who has unfinished business with the Chatelaine, a traumatized widow with a giant waterpowered forgehammer at her disposal, and a wealthy alderman’s wife who escapes Bruges with her children, Margriet and Beatrix forge a raiding party like Hell has never seen.





R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War
Harper Voyager, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
“I have no doubt this will end up being the best fantasy debut of the year [...] I have absolutely no doubt that [Kuang’s] name will be up there with the likes of Robin Hobb and N.K. Jemisin.” -- Booknest

A brilliantly imaginative talent makes her exciting debut with this epic historical military fantasy, inspired by the bloody history of China’s twentieth century and filled with treachery and magic, in the tradition of Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings and N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . .
.
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.





Harriet Alida Lye

The Honey Farm
Liveright, May 29, 2018
Hardcover snd eBook, 336 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.

The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.





Bethany C. Morrow

MEM
The Unnamed Press, May 22, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 192 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete.

The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source — zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept. And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault.

What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership, and how they relate to identity, memory and history, all in the shadows of Montreal’s now forgotten slave trade.





Jen Neale

Land Mammals and Sea Creatures
ECW Press, May 8, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pates

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
A startling, moving magic realist debut

Almost immediately upon Julie Bird’s return to the small port town where she was raised, everyday life is turned upside down. Julie’s Gulf War vet father, Marty, has been on the losing side of a battle with PTSD for too long. A day of boating takes a dramatic turn when a majestic blue whale beaches itself and dies. A blond stranger sets up camp oceanside: she’s an agitator, musician-impersonator, and armchair philosopher named Jennie Lee Lewis — and Julie discovers she’s connected to her father’s mysterious trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. As the blue whale decays on the beach, more wildlife turns up dead — apparently by suicide — echoing Marty’s deepest desire. But Julie isn’t ready for a world without her father.

A stunning exploration of love and grief, Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is magic realism on the seaside, a novel about living life to the fullest and coming to your own terms with its end.





Billy O'Callaghan

The Dead House
Arcade Publishing, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 244 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Sometimes the past endures—and sometimes it never lets go.
 

This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she’s healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go. 

Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O'Callaghan's hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition are bound in an endless knot.





Charlton Pettus

Exit Strategy
Hanover Square Press, May 1, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Sometimes you just need to escape. For crooked politicians, military brass from third-world nations, and white-collar criminals looking to avoid either prison or a deadlier form of payback, there’s Exit Strategy. With just one call, Exit Strategy helps these wealthy-but-wanted types disappear completely. They can fake your death, give you a new name and face, and launder whatever ill-gotten funds you need to establish a new life on the other side of the world.

When Jordan Parrish, the brilliant founder of a medical technology start-up, made the call, he thought he had no other way out. With his marriage in shambles and his company on the brink of financial ruin, it seemed the only way to make things right. But after his exit, he began to wonder about the circumstances that led him to make that momentous decision: was someone, in fact, working against him? To find out, Jordan will have to break the cardinal rule of Exit Strategy: you can never, ever go back.

Charlton Pettus’s Exit Strategy is a cutting-edge, globe-trotting thriller about the type of shadowy organization that most of us have long suspected exists behind the scenes.





Rachel Pudelek

Freyja's Daughter
Wild Women 1
City Owl Press, May 22, 2018
eBook, 328 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Meet Faline. Bounty-Hunter. Huldra. Wild Woman.

Well behaved women seldom make history, but they still end up as the monsters of folklore.

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women--huldras, mermaids, succubae, rusalki and harpies--in check.

All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.

Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer David Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most--exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.





Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters
  The Untold Story of Cinderella's Steppmother
William Morrow, May 22, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s "evil" stepmother.
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after."





Tyler Whitesides

The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Kingdom of Grit 1
Orbit, May 15, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 784 pages
(Adult Debut)

2018 Debut Author Challenge - May Debuts
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is the first in an action-packed epic fantasy series featuring master con artist Ardor Benn.

Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire.

When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he’ll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known.

But it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than fame and glory – Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization.
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