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The View From Monday - April 17, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are three debuts this week:

The Seventh Sun by Kent Lester;

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci, translation by David Hackston;

and

The Dragon's Legacy (The Dragon's Legacy 1) by Deborah A. Wolf.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Veiled Menace (Veiled Magic 2) by Deborah Blake;

The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (An Electric Empire Novel 3) by Viola Carr;

Legend Has It (Pax Arcana 5) by Elliott James;

Magnolia Mystic: Sentinels of Savannah (Magnolias and Moonshine Novella 10) by Lisa Kessler;

and

Stiletto (The Rook Files 2) by Daniel O'Malley is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - April 17, 2017



April 18, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies John Joseph Adams (Ed) SF - Anthology
Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine David Annandale SF - Adeptus Titanicus 1
Ghost Writer in the Sky Piers Anthony HU/F - The Xanth Novels 41
Veiled Menace (e) Deborah Blake PNR - Veiled Magic 2
The Dastardly Miss Lizzie Viola Carr SP - An Electric Empire Novel 3
Dreams Before the Start of Time Anne Charnock SF/GenEng
Forgotten Worlds D. Nolan Clark SF/SO - The Silence 2
Hell's Gate Laurent Gaudé
Jane Aitken (Tr)
Emily Boyce (Tr)
LF/Th/F/P
Ararat Christopher Golden SupTh/H
Dark Alpha's Lover (e) Donna Grant PNR - Reapers 4
Legend Has It Elliott James CF - Pax Arcana 5
Entropy in Bloom: Stories Jeremy Robert Johnson H/Occ/Sup/F - Collection
The Seventh Sun (D) Kent Lester TechTh/PolTh
Aliens: Bug Hunt Jonathan Maberry (Ed) SF/H - Aliens / Anthology
Dawn of War III Robbie MacNiven SF
Magnus the Red: Master of Prospero Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 3
Moriah Daniel Mills H
The Plains Gerald Murnane LF/VisMeta
Stiletto (h2tp) Daniel O'Malley UF/Occ/Sup - The Rook Files 2
Live Echoes Henry V. O'Neil SF - Sim War 5
Off Rock Kieran Shea SF/SO
My Cat Yugoslavia (D) Pajtim Statovci
David Hackston (Tr)
LF
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven Jonathan Strahan (Ed) Best SF & Fantasy of the Year 11
Change Agent Daniel Suarez TechTh/GenEng
Tainted Blood (ri) James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 4
The Dragon's Legacy (D) Deborah A. Wolf F
The Book of Joan Lidia Yuknavitch Dys



April 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Mummy!: A Victorian Tale of the 22nd Century (ri) Jane Webb Loudon HU/Dys/PA
The Wood Beyond the World (ri) William Morris F
Aftermath (e) Ian Tregillis HistF/Espionage - Witch Who Came In From The Cold Season 2 #9
A Burden Shared: A Tor.com Original Jo Walton SF



April 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magnolia Mystic: Sentinels of Savannah (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Magnolias and Moonshine Novella 10
Shadowless (e) Hasan Ali Toptas
Maureen Freely (Tr)
John Angliss (Tr)
MR/LF



April 21, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Fiddle Is the Devil's Instrument: And Other Forbidden Knowledge Brett J. Talley H - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RP - Role Playing
RSus - Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
WM - War and Military

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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30


This is the thirtieth 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 herePart 11 herePart 21 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 here
Part 6 herePart 16 herePart 26 here
Part 7 herePart 17 herePart 27 here
Part 8 herePart 18 herePart 28 here
Part 9 herePart 19 herePart 29 here
Part 10 herePart 20 here



Dave Bara (2015)

Impulse
The Lightship Chronicles 1
DAW, December 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback,
Hardcover and eBook, February 3, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
Lieutenant Peter Cochrane of the Quantar Royal Navy believes he has his future clearly mapped out. It begins with his new assignment as an officer on Her Majesty’s Spaceship Starbound, a Lightship bound for deep space voyages of exploration.

But everything changes when Peter is summoned to the office of his father, Grand Admiral Nathan Cochrane, and given devastating news: the death of a loved one. In a distant solar system, a mysterious and unprovoked attack upon Lightship Impulse resulted in the deaths of Peter’s former girlfriend and many of her shipmates.

Now Peter's plans are torn asunder as he is transferred to a Unified Space Navy ship under foreign command, en route to an unexpected destination, and surrounded almost entirely by strangers. To top it off, his superiors have given him secret orders that might force him to become a mutineer.

The crisis at hand becomes a gateway to something much more when the ship’s Historian leads Peter and his shipmates into a galaxy of the unknown -- of ancient technologies, age-old rivalries, new cultures, and unexpected romance. It’s an overwhelming responsibility for Peter, and one false step could plunge humanity into an apocalyptic interstellar war….


Starbound
The Lightship Chronicles 2
DAW, January 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
THE FIRST EMPIRE HAS RETURNED.

THE NEW GALACTIC UNION HANGS IN THE BALANCE…

The Lightship H.M.S. IMPULSE is gone, sacrificed while defeating First Empire ships the fragile new galactic alliance had hoped it would never see again...

For Peter Cochrane, serving as third officer aboard his world's flagship, H.M.S STARBOUND is a dream that's finally come true. Tasked with investigating a mysterious space station in a newly re-discovered star system, Peter and STARBOUND face a terrible attack. The wounds of that battle may heal with time, but the war is far from over as the First Empire returns, aided by new traitors from within the Union itself!




W. C. Bauers (2015)

Indomitable
Chronicles of Promise Paen 2
Tor Books, July 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
Promise Paen, commander of Victor Company's mechanized armored infantry, is back for another adventure protecting the Republic of Aligned Worlds.

Lieutenant Paen barely survived her last encounter with the Lusitanian Empire. She's returned home to heal. But the nightmares won't stop. And she's got a newly reconstituted unit of green marines to whip into shape before they deploy. If the enemies of the RAW don't kill them first, she just might do the job herself.

Light-years away, on the edge of the Verge, a massive vein of rare ore is discovered on the mining planet of Sheol, which ignites an arms race and a proxy war between the Republic and the Lusitanians. Paen and Victor Company are ordered to Sheol, to help hold the planet at all costs.

On the eve of their deployment, a friendly fire incident occurs, putting Paen's career in jeopardy and stripping her of her command. When the Lusitanians send mercenaries to raid Sheol and destabilize its mining operations, matters reach crisis levels. Disgraced and angry, Promise is offered one shot to get back into her mechsuit. But she'll have to jump across the galaxy and possibly storm the gates of hell itself.
[description from author's website]




Ishbelle Bee (2015)

The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl
From the Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq., Volume 2
Angry Robot Books, August 4, 2015 (North America Print and eBook)
        August 6, 2015 (UK Print)
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
A dark and twisted Victorian melodrama, like Alice in Wonderland goes to Hell, from the author of The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath.
 
Two orphans, Pedrock and Boo Boo, are sent to live in the sinister village of Darkwound. There they meet and befriend the magical and dangerous Mr Loveheart and his neighbour, Professor Hummingbird, a recluse who collects rare butterflies. Little do they know that Professor Hummingbird has attracted the wrath of a demon named Mr Angelcakes.

One night, Mr Angelcakes visits Boo Boo and carves a butterfly onto her back. Boo Boo starts to metamorphose into a butterfly/human hybrid, and is kidnapped by Professor Hummingbird. When Mr Loveheart attempts to rescue her with the aid of Detective White and Constable Walnut, they too are turned into butterflies.

Caught between Professor Hummingbird and the demon Angelcakes, Loveheart finds himself entangled in a web much wider and darker than he could have imagined, and a plot that leads him right to the Prime Minister and even Queen Victoria herself …

File Under: Fantasy [ Closing the Net / Heads in the Trees / The Angel-Eater / Prime Minister’s Questions ]




Rob Boffard (2015)

Tracer
Outer Earth 1
Redhook, June 28, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
eBook, July 16, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
"FAST, EXHILARATING, AND UNFORGETTABLE." - Sarah Lotz, author of The Three

A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It's broken, rusted, falling apart. We've wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that's dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.

What's more, there's a madman hiding on the station. He's about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there'll be nowhere left to run.

Tracer
is perfect for fans of Hugh Howey, Preston & Child, James Rollins, Matthew Riley, and Andy Weir.


Zero-G
Outer Earth 2
Redhook, January 19, 2016
eBook, 368 pages
Redhook, July 26, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
The clock is ticking down again for Riley Hale.

She may be the newest member of Outer Earth's law enforcement team, but she feels less in control than ever. A twisted doctor bent on revenge is blackmailing her with a deadly threat. If Riley's to survive, she must follow his orders, and break a dangerous prisoner out of jail. To save her own skin, Riley must go against all her beliefs, and break every law that she's just sworn to protect. Riley's mission will get even tougher when all sectors are thrown into lock-down. A lethal virus has begun to spread through Outer Earth, and it seems little can stop it. If Riley doesn't live long enough to help to find a cure, then the last members of the human race will perish along with her.

The future of humanity hangs in the balance. And time is running out.

ZERO-G is the nonstop sequel to Rob Boffard's Tracer, a brutal, gripping thrill-ride, where the hero moves like lightning and the consequences for failure are deadly.


Impact
Outer Earth 3
Redhook, July 26, 2016
eBook, 368 pages
Redhook, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

[cover not yet available]
Following Tracer and Zero-G comes Impact, the explosive conclusion to the Outer Earth trilogy - a heart-pounding thriller set in space where the hero moves like lightning and the consequences for failure are deadly.

A signal has been picked up from Earth.

The planet was supposed to be uninhabitable. But it seems there are survivors down there - with supplies, shelter and running water. Perhaps there could be a future for humanity on Earth after all.

Riley Hale will find out soon enough. She's stuck on a spaceship with the group of terrorists that is planning to brave the planet's atmosphere and crash-land on the surface.

But when the re-entry goes wrong, Riley ends up hundreds of miles from her companions Prakesh and Carver, alone in a barren wilderness. She'll have to use everything she knows to survive.

And all of them are about to find out that nothing on Earth is what it seems . .




Viola Carr (2015)

The Devious Dr. Jekyll
Electric Empire 2
Harper Voyager, October 27, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 30
Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.

Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.

It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.

As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February 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 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on February 24, 2015.


Vote for your favorite February 2015 Debut Cover
 
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts


Interview with Viola Carr, author of The Diabolical Miss Hyde - February 12, 2015


Please welcome Viola Carr to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Diabolical Miss Hyde was published on February 10th by Harper Voyager.



Interview with Viola Carr, author of The Diabolical Miss Hyde - February 12, 2015




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

Viola:  Ages ago, and just because :) I'm not sure there's truly an answer to 'why write?' Some say you should only be a writer if you can't not be one. As if writing needs to be some awe-inspiring, tragic, agonising birthing process that tears my soul apart, or something… I don't believe that. I write because it's challenging and interesting and satisfying. If I wasn't allowed to do it any more, I'd be sad, and probably bored.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Viola:  I'm a plotter. Totally. Pantsing works for some people, but I find it an utter waste of time. Writing is a craft for me, not a head-explosion of primordial creative goo, or whatever. Crafting plots and characters in advance is its own reward, and only makes the actual writing more fun!

As for people who claim they 'get bored' if they have to think about their story more than once… {boggle} I have no words for you. You are aliens. Seriously. I've got nothing :)



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

Viola:  Discarding ideas that don't fit. I always want to include *everything* in every book… maybe that's why I love steampunk! It's an unapologetic mish-mash of genre elements.



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

Every writer wants to be Stephen King when they grow up, right? He has this uncanny ability to draw you into his characters' souls with only a few words. Likewise, the late Richard Laymon (also a horror author, though more pulpy than King) had an amazing facility with first-line hooks. He will get you with page one, line one, every single time.

If I can't be Stephen King, I'll be Neil Gaiman, who seems to possess not only unlimited imagination, but an indefatigable sense of wonder. Or I’ll be Nora Roberts, for her unfailing energy.



TQ:  Describe The Diabolical Miss Hyde in 140 characters or less.

CSI: Jekyll & Hyde meets Frankenstein, splashed with the guts of Sweeney Todd. An edgy, dark, romantic steampunk murder mystery. Awesome :)



TQ:  Tell us something about The Diabolical Miss Hyde that is not in the book description.

Viola:  The butler did it! Oh, wait, there isn't a butler. Um… no clockwork dogs were harmed in the making of this book? Seriously, there's a whole lot going on that isn't mentioned in the cover copy. Eliza has this strange relationship, for instance, with a serial killer whom she helped catch and lock up in a frightful asylum – a charming yet creepy red-headed fellow named Mr. Todd, who's a walking ulterior motive – but is it revenge he wants, or something even more sinister?

There's also the mystery of Eliza and Lizzie's past to be uncovered – why won't anyone talk about her famous father, who died when she was a child?



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Diabolical Miss Hyde? What appealed to you about writing a genre and gender bending steampunk retelling of the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

Viola:  Everything! This idea blew my head apart. High concept, great fun, dark, creepy, sexy, romantic, action-packed – it's everything I love about historical fantasy. And, y'know. Steampunk. What's not to love?

And I found the idea of a female Dr. Jekyll endlessly interesting. Henry was an old white guy. He had it easy! A middle-class Victorian woman, on the other hand, had a strictly defined role, and keeping her reputation spotless was everything. Having her evil inner self popping out all over the place would be more than inconvenient.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Diabolical Miss Hyde?

Viola:  Oh, loads. I read dozens of books, trawled the internet for interesting historical tidbits, visited locations and took a zillion photos. I was living in England while I was writing it, which was an awesome excuse to pop down to London and wander about, dazed. That place is oozing with history. You can practically taste it. There's just so much going on there.



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

Viola:  Lizzie Hyde was one of the easiest, because she says and does exactly what she's thinking, where Eliza is all about subtext and rarely speaks her mind – she covers her true motives with wit. That's hard for a writer, because you want the reader to understand the subtext without slowing the pace down with too much introspection.



TQ:  Which question about The Diabolical Miss Hyde do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Viola:

Q: Why hasn't anyone made this awesome book into a movie? A: Good question! I'm so pleased you asked. Get onto that immediately.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Diabolical Miss Hyde.

Viola:  Oh, I love this entire book :) but I'm biased like that, ha ha! I'll go with the very first line:

"In London, we've got murderers by the dozen."

I hope it sets the scene perfectly: yes, the book's about solving a serial murder, but the line has a sinister undertone, as if there's a darker side to the story and we're about to find out what it is. Yes. Yes, we are.

And without giving away any spoilers, here's the last line of the book proper:

"And for once in her life, Eliza couldn't find a single thing to say."

Yes, it takes the whole book for witty Dr. Jekyll to be rendered speechless. Hmm. I wonder what could bring that on?



TQ:  What's next?

Viola:  Book 2 in the series is called Tenfold More Wicked, and it comes out in October. Meanwhile, I'm working on book 3, and luxuriating in a proper Australian summer!



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Viola:  Thanks for having me!





The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Electric Empire 1
Harper Voyager, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Interview with Viola Carr, author of The Diabolical Miss Hyde - February 12, 2015
Forensic science, magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy steampunk fantasy—a retelling of the horror classic, in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Henry Jekyll—pursues a dangerous murderer in an alternate Victorian London.

In an electrified Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with newfangled technological gadgets. She will need every advantage available to catch a terrifying new psychopath splattering London with blood. Hidden in the grimy shadows, the fiendish murderer preys on beautiful women, drugging them before slicing off their limbs. Finding the “Slicer” can make Eliza’s career . . . or unmask her darkest secret. Like her father, she has a hidden second self that emerges when she drinks his forbidden magical elixir. Just a few sips, and a seductive and impulsive Lizzie Hyde is unleashed.

The members of the Royal Society do not trust Eliza, and they send their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a dangerous sorceress. The careful doctor knows that one wrong step can make her prey to the clever Lafayette, a man who harbors an evil curse of his own. No matter how much she craves the elixir, she must resist.

But as the Slicer case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need the potion’s power to help her . . . even if it might attract the attentions of Lafayette. .

Even if it means setting the wild Lizzie free. . . .





About Viola

Interview with Viola Carr, author of The Diabolical Miss Hyde - February 12, 2015
Viola Carr was born in a strange and distant land, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.






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The View From Monday - February 9, 2015


Happy Monday or Happy Snow Day (if you are dealing with yet another winter storm).  There is yet again no school here today. It's Winter; snow happens. I have been catching up on TV since I've been under the weather for a while. I don't like reading when I am feeling really blah so I've watched Midsomer Murders, The Fall and am now re-watching The Invaders. The Invaders was one of my favorites when I was a kid and it's still really good. What's not to like about a show dealing with a slow invasion of Earth by aliens from a dying world?  (I really have been reading too, but you'll just have to wait for the reviews.)


The View From Monday - February 9, 2015


There are 6 Debuts out on February 10th:

She Weeps Each Time You're Born by Quan Barry;

The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire 1) by Viola Carr;

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson;

The Glittering World by Robert Levy;

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno- Garcia;

and

Black Dog Summer by Miranda Sherry.


From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

The Lost Chalice (Relic Seekers 3) by Anita Clenney;

The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy 3) by Brian McClellan;

and

An Unwelcome Quest (Magic 2.0 # 3) by Scott Meyer.



February 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood for Blood Darcy Abriel PNR - Zytarri 1
Cannonbridge Jonathan Barnes HistF
She Weeps Each Time You're Born (D) Quan Barry LF/MR
The Demon Cycle 3-Book Bundle: The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War (e) Peter V. Brett F - Demon Cycle
Phantoms: Collected Writings Jack Cady F/H - Collection
The Diabolical Miss Hyde (D) Viola Carr SP - Electric Empire 1
The Lost Chalice Anita Clenney PNR - Relic Seekers 3
The Hallow (K e) Keith Deininger H
The Queen's Necklace (e) Teresa Edgerton F
The Very Best of Kate Elliott Kate Elliott F - Collection
The Pilgrims (h2tp) Will Elliott F - The Pendulum Trilogy 1
Dead Spots (e) Rhiannon Frater H
The Iron Ring (e) Auston Habershaw F - Saga of the Redeemed 1
Finn Fancy Necromancy (D) Randy Henderson F
The Eterna Files Leanna Renee Hieber HistF
The Glittering World (D) Robert Levy Th/Su
Bird Box (h2tp) Josh Malerman H/Sus
The Autumn Republic Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 3
An Unwelcome Quest Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0 # 3
Signal to Noise (D) Silvia Moreno-Garcia UF
The Damned Andrew Pyper Th/Su
Blood Infernal James Rollins
Rebecca Cantrell
Su/M - Order of the Sanguines 3
The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (h2tp) M. J. Rose Sus/Hist
Black Dog Summer (D) Miranda Sherry LF
Deadly Spells Jaye Wells UF - Prospero's War 3
Deathblade: A Tale of Malus Darkblade CL Werner F - Warhammer: Malus Darkblade



February 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Acrobatic Duality: A Tor.Com Original Tamara Vardomskaya SF



February 12, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 2 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K e - Kindle eBook only

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


There are 12 debuts for February. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The February 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 February cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at "DAC . TheQwillery  @  gmail . com" (remove the spaces and quotation marks). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2015 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for February. The list is correct as of the day posted.




Dave Bara

Impulse
The Lightship Chronicles 1
DAW, February 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Lieutenant Peter Cochrane of the Quantar Royal Navy believes he has his future clearly mapped out. It begins with his new assignment as an officer on Her Majesty’s Spaceship Starbound, a Lightship bound for deep space voyages of exploration.

But everything changes when Peter is summoned to the office of his father, Grand Admiral Nathan Cochrane, and given devastating news: the death of a loved one. In a distant solar system, a mysterious and unprovoked attack upon Lightship Impulse resulted in the deaths of Peter’s former girlfriend and many of her shipmates.

Now Peter’s plans are torn asunder as he is transferred to a Unified Space Navy ship under foreign command, en route to an unexpected destination, and surrounded almost entirely by strangers. To top it off, his superiors have given him secret orders that might force him to become a mutineer.

The crisis at hand becomes a gateway to something much more when the ship’s Historian leads Peter and his shipmates into a galaxy of the unknown — of ancient technologies, age-old rivalries, new cultures, and unexpected romance. It’s an overwhelming responsibility for Peter, and one false step could plunge humanity into an apocalyptic interstellar war….




Quan Barry

She Weeps Each Time You're Born
Pantheon, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Quan Barry’s luminous fiction debut brings us the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification, a child gifted with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead.

At the peak of the war in Vietnam, a baby girl is born along the Song Ma River on the night of the full moon. This is Rabbit, who will journey away from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. Here is a Vietnam we’ve never encountered before: through Rabbit’s inexplicable but radiant intuition, we are privy to an intimate version of history, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations through the chaos of postwar reunification. With its use of magical realism—Rabbit’s ability to “hear” the dead—the novel reconstructs a turbulent historical period through a painterly human lens. This is the moving story of one woman’s struggle to unearth the true history of Vietnam while simultaneously carving out a place for herself within it.




Laura van den Berg

Find Me
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
After two acclaimed story collections, Laura van den Berg brings us Find Me, her highly anticipated debut novel—a gripping, imaginative, darkly funny tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world.

Joy has no one. She spends her days working the graveyard shift at a grocery store outside Boston and nursing an addiction to cough syrup, an attempt to suppress her troubled past. But when a sickness that begins with memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy, for the first time in her life, seems to have an advantage: she is immune. When Joy’s immunity gains her admittance to a hospital in rural Kansas, she sees a chance to escape her bleak existence. There she submits to peculiar treatments and follows seemingly arbitrary rules, forming cautious bonds with other patients—including her roommate, whom she turns to in the night for comfort, and twin boys who are digging a secret tunnel.

As winter descends, the hospital’s fragile order breaks down and Joy breaks free, embarking on a journey from Kansas to Florida, where she believes she can find her birth mother, the woman who abandoned her as a child. On the road in a devastated America, she encounters mysterious companions, cities turned strange, and one very eerie house. As Joy closes in on Florida, she must confront her own damaged memory and the secrets she has been keeping from herself.




Viola Carr

The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Electric Empire 1
Harper Voyager, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Forensic science, magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy steampunk fantasy—a retelling of the horror classic, in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Henry Jekyll—pursues a dangerous murderer in an alternate Victorian London.

In an electrified Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with newfangled technological gadgets. She will need every advantage available to catch a terrifying new psychopath splattering London with blood. Hidden in the grimy shadows, the fiendish murderer preys on beautiful women, drugging them before slicing off their limbs. Finding the “Slicer” can make Eliza’s career . . . or unmask her darkest secret. Like her father, she has a hidden second self that emerges when she drinks his forbidden magical elixir. Just a few sips, and a seductive and impulsive Lizzie Hyde is unleashed.

The members of the Royal Society do not trust Eliza, and they send their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a dangerous sorceress. The careful doctor knows that one wrong step can make her prey to the clever Lafayette, a man who harbors an evil curse of his own. No matter how much she craves the elixir, she must resist.

But as the Slicer case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need the potion’s power to help her . . . even if it might attract the attentions of Lafayette. .

Even if it means setting the wild Lizzie free. . . .




Randy Henderson

Finn Fancy Necromancy
Tor Books, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,  368 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Writers of the Future grand prize winner Randy Henderson presents a dark and quirky debut in Finn Fancy Necromancy.

Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. But now that he’s free, someone—probably the same someone—is trying to get him sent back. Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find evidence to prove it to the Arcane Enforcers. They are going to be very hard to convince, since he’s already been convicted of trying to kill someone with dark magic.

But Finn has his family: His brother Mort who is running the family necrotorium business now, his brother Pete who believes he’s a werewolf, though he is not, and his sister Samantha who is, unfortunately, allergic to magic. And he’s got Zeke, a fellow exile and former enforcer, who doesn’t really believe in Finn’s innocence but is willing to follow along in hopes of getting his old job back.




Lee Kelly

City of Savages
Saga Press, February 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.




Robert Levy

The Glittering World
Gallery Books, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.

When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy, Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.

But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring coworker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind...




Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Thorn of Dentonhill
Maradaine 1
DAW, February 3, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a struggling magic student at the University of Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down.

With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two magical artifacts meant for Fenmere’s clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle. Using these power-filled objects in his fight, he quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere’s side.

So much so that soon not only Fenmere, but powerful mages, assassins, and street gangs all want a piece of “The Thorn.” And with professors and prefects on the verge of discovering his secrets, Veranix’s double life might just fall apart. Unless, of course, Fenmere puts an end to it first.




Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Signal to Noise
Solaris, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...
Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?




Katie Schickel

Housewitch
Forge, February 17, 2015
Hardcover and ebook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, Allison Darling desperately wants to fit in with the latte drinking and hundred-dollar-yoga-pants wearing moms that run Monrovia, her charming seaside town. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children.

When Allison’s estranged mother passes away, her previously dormant special talents emerge. Soon she is reunited with the family that abandoned her and learns of their heartbreaking legacy.

At the same time, the Glamour Girls, a soap-selling company run by the most popular women in Monrovia, recruits Allison to join them. They have a monopoly on everything in town, from bake sales to businesses deals. But once you’re a Glamour Girl, there’s no going back.

Suddenly caught between the rag-tag, hippie relatives she once so desperately wanted and the rich, charismatic Glamour Girls—Allison is unsure where she fits in. Could she come to trust the strange outcast family that abandoned her, or really hang with the most powerful, glamorous women in town?

For Allison, it’s like high school all over again, except this time, the mean girls have more than killer manicures and the nobodies aren’t sulking in the band hall. They’re adults. They’ve got husbands, children, and livelihoods on the line. And they also happen to be witches.

Allison’s decision to lend her powerful magical talents to either group will change Monrovia—and Allison—forever.




Miranda Sherry

Black Dog Summer
Atria Books, February 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In this extraordinary debut novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bones and Little Bee, a mother watches from the afterlife as her teenage daughter recovers amidst the startling dysfunction of her extended family.

A small, bright thread of a story weaves out from the moment of my passing and seems to tether me to this place. Perhaps this is why I have not left yet. Perhaps I have no choice but to follow the story to its end.

Compulsively readable and stylistically stunning, Black Dog Summer begins with a murder, a farmstead massacre, in the South African bush. Thirty-eight-year-old Sally is but one of the victims. Her life brutally cut short, she narrates from her vantage point in the afterlife and watches as her sister, Adele, her brother-in-law and unrequited love Liam, her niece Bryony, and her teenage daughter, Gigi, begin to make sense of the tragedy.

A suspenseful drama focusing on marriage and fidelity, sisterhood, and the fractious bond between mothers and daughters, Black Dog Summer asks: In the wake of tragedy, where does all that dark energy linger? The youngest characters, Bryony and Gigi, cousins who are now brought together after Sally’s murder, are forced into sharing a bedroom. Bryony becomes confused and frightened by the violent energy stirred up and awakened by the massacre, while Gigi is unable to see beyond her deep grief and guilt. But they are not the only ones aware of the lurking darkness. Next door lives Lesedi, a reluctant witchdoctor who hides her mystical connection with the dead behind the façade of their affluent Johannesburg suburb.

As Gigi finally begins to emerge from her grief, the fragile healing process is derailed when she receives some shattering news, and in a mistaken effort to protect her cousin, puts Bryony’s life in imminent danger. Now Sally must find a way to prevent her daughter from making a mistake that could destroy the lives of all who are left behind.

Gorgeously written, with a pace that will leave readers breathless, Black Dog Summer introduces a brilliant new voice in fiction.




Judd Trichter

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Thomas Dunne Books, February 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android—but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.

Bad luck for Eliot Lazar, he fell in love with an android, a beautiful C-900 named Iris Matsuo. That’s the kind of thing that can get you killed in late 21th century Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter – anywhere except the man-made island of Avernus, far out in the Pacific, which is where Eliot and Iris are headed once they get their hands on a boat. But then one night Eliot knocks on Iris’s door only to find she was kidnapped, chopped up, sold for parts.

Unable to move on and unwilling to settle for a woman with a heartbeat, Eliot vows to find the parts to put Iris back together again—and to find the sonofabitch who did this to her and get his revenge.

With a determined LAPD detective on his trail and time running out in a city where machines and men battle for control, Eliot Lazar embarks on a bloody journey that will take him to the edge of a moral precipice from which he can never return, from which mankind can never return.

Judd Trichter's Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a science fiction love story that asks the question, how far will you go to save someone you love?

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr


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


Viola Carr

The Diabolical Miss Hyde
Electric Empire 1
Harper Voyager, February 10, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
Forensic science, magic, mystery, and romance mix in this edgy steampunk fantasy—a retelling of the horror classic, in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Henry Jekyll—pursues a dangerous murderer in an alternate Victorian London.

In an electrified Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with newfangled technological gadgets. She will need every advantage available to catch a terrifying new psychopath splattering London with blood. Hidden in the grimy shadows, the fiendish murderer preys on beautiful women, drugging them before slicing off their limbs. Finding the “Slicer” can make Eliza’s career . . . or unmask her darkest secret. Like her father, she has a hidden second self that emerges when she drinks his forbidden magical elixir. Just a few sips, and a seductive and impulsive Lizzie Hyde is unleashed.

The members of the Royal Society do not trust Eliza, and they send their enforcer, the mercurial Captain Lafayette, to prove she’s a dangerous sorceress. The careful doctor knows that one wrong step can make her prey to the clever Lafayette, a man who harbors an evil curse of his own. No matter how much she craves the elixir, she must resist.

But as the Slicer case draws her into London’s luminous magical underworld, Eliza will need the potion’s power to help her . . . even if it might attract the attentions of Lafayette. .

Even if it means setting the wild Lizzie free. . . .

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