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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2016 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 information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on November 30, 2016.


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2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover art © Alejandro Colucci




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Tal Goretsky
Cover Art, Face; Alexandre Cappellari/Arcangel;
Cityscape © The Francis Frith Collection




2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Debuts
Cover design by Lauren Panepinto
Illustration by Dominick Saponaro

Interview with Will Panzo, author of The Burning Isle


Please welcome Will Panzo to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Burning Isle was published on November 1st by Ace.



Interview with Will Panzo, author of The Burning Isle




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Will:  I started writing as a teenager. Before then, I often made up stories and characters and worlds, but I didn't put them to paper. I just, sort of, walked around with these people and these strange ideas in my head, sometimes for months. In my early teens I started writing, mostly as a way of getting those thoughts out of my head. I quickly realized I didn't know how to write, but it seemed the only way to learn was to do it. So I did a good amount of writing and an equal amount of throwing away.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Will:  I'm more of a pantser. I need to know the ending of a story before I can start. I have to be writing towards something. But the writing itself is a discovery. Sometimes whole chunks of story come to me, and I'll plot those sections out. But then during the act of writing, I'll inevitably stray from the path I set myself.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Will:  Feeling like I'm getting at something honest and raw. I don't like to feel as though I'm treading water in a story, or walking a reader through the beats they've come to expect. It's a challenge to stay present and open while writing. You've got to trust that the thing which excites you, but which you're worried might be too much for an audience, is the only thing worth pursuing.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing? How does being a former editor at Marvel affect (or not) your novel writing?

Will:  I'm a huge fantasy fan, but also a fan of literary fiction, poetry, comics. Pulling from influences outside your genre is a great way to explore new ground. The mantra I learned at Marvel was a good editor helps a writer or artist tell the best version of their story. I try to put myself in that mindset when I write. I ask myself what story am I trying to tell, and what is the best version of that story.



TQDescribe The Burning Isle in 140 characters or less.

Will:  A dark, violent story set in a fantasy ancient Rome with lots of magic and revenge.



TQTell us something about The Burning Isle that is not found in the book description.

Will:  Our protagonist, Cassius, is a young man who is very powerful and very naive. Obsessed with myths and legends, he fancies himself an avenging hero come to clean up a lawless town. But when confronted with the harsh reality of his work, he realizes that the cost of vengeance is innocence, and the cost of power is your humanity



TQWhat inspired you to write The Burning Isle? What appeals to you about writing Grimdark Fantasy?

Will:  I've always liked stories where a mysterious hero plays two sides of a corrupt town against each other. We've seen this story told in feudal Japan (Kurosawa's Yojimbo), in the Old West (Leone's A Fistful of Dollars), and in Depression-era America (Hammet's Red Harvest). I thought it would be interesting to set this kind of story in a fantasy world. I also wanted to write a revenge story. Lastly, I wanted to show a protagonist really struggle, psychologically and morally, with the violence and upheaval he causes.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Burning Isle?

Will:  A lot of Roman names. Hundreds of them. Military equipment and civilian tools from roughly the first century AD. Accounts of people driven mad by jungles. I'm very eager to sacrifice authenticity for a more satisfying story though, so I make no claims to authenticity.



TQIn The Burning Isle who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Will:  Sulla was by far the easiest. She had her own agenda, and no qualms about pursuing it. Cassius was more difficult. I had a handle on what he wanted. But his quest troubled him. He's a very conflicted character.



TQWhich question about The Burning Isle do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Will:  Do you think Cassius is a hero? That's the central question of the story itself. I honestly don't have an answer though. I don't think there is a clear answer. It's this uncertainty that plagues Cassius.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Burning Isle.

Will:  "That thing gnawing inside you, I know it well. It has a tremendous appetite, and it can only be sated with blood and fire. A man of your skills is liable to leave a great trail of ruin trying to feed it."



TQWhat's next?

Will:  I'm working on another novel set in the same world as The Burning Isle, with some returning characters. I'm very happy with how it's shaping up so far.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Will:  Thanks for having me!





The Burning Isle
Ace, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Interview with Will Panzo, author of The Burning Isle
A powerful and gripping debut grimdark fantasy novel, set in a world of criminals, pirates, assassins, and magic…

“A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.”

Cassius is not lost…

The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit…

But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This is a treacherous island where the native gods are restless and anything can happen…





About Will

After working in publishing and as an editor for Marvel Comics, Will Panzo found his true calling as a physician assistant for an emergency department. The Burning Isle is his first novel. He lives and works in New York City.


Website ~ Twitter @WillPanzo

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts


There are 5 debut novels for November.

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

The November debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite November cover for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on November 15, 2016.

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 2016 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for November 2016 The list is correct as of the day posted.



Chandler J. Birch

The Facefaker's Game
Simon & Schuster/ Simon451, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
For fans of Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch, a fantasy about a clever young beggar who bargains his way into an apprenticeship with a company of thieving magicians and uses his newfound skills in a vendetta against a ruthless crime lord.

Ashes lives in Burroughside—the dirtiest, most crime-ridden district in the huge city of Teranis. His neighbors are gangs of fellow orphans, homeless madmen, and monsters that swarm the streets at nightfall. Determined to escape Burroughside, Ashes spends his days begging, picking pockets, and cheating at cards. When he draws the wrath of Mr. Ragged, Burroughside’s brutal governor, he is forced to flee for his life, only to be rescued by an enigmatic man named Candlestick Jack.

Jack leads a group of Artificers, professional magicians who can manipulate light with their bare hands to create stunningly convincing illusions. Changing a face is as simple as changing a hat. Ashes seizes an opportunity to study magic under Jack and quickly befriends the rest of the company: Juliana, Jack’s aristocratic wife; William, his exacting business partner; and Synder, his genius apprentice. But all is not as it seems: Jack and his company lead a double life as thieves, and they want Ashes to join their next heist. Between lessons on light and illusion, Ashes begins preparing to help with Jack’s most audacious caper yet: robbing the richest and most ruthless nobleman in the city.

A dramatic adventure story full of wit, charm, and scheming rogues, The Facefaker’s Game introduces an unforgettable world you won’t soon want to leave.





Lena Gregory

Death at First Sight
A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 1
Berkley, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
FIRST IN A VISIONARY NEW MYSTERY SERIES.

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that something’s not right on Bay Island…

Since she left her psychiatric practice in New York City to open up a psychic shop in her hometown on Bay Island, Cass Donovan has given her fair share of readings to conflicted customers. But what she sees in Ellie Callahan’s future doesn’t bode well.

When Ellie’s mother, Marge, publicly confronts Cass about the reading, the embarrassment makes her want to curl up and die. And when she later stumbles across Marge’s body—and is a suspect in her murder—Cass is suddenly the star of Bay Island’s rumor mill.

Cass is determined to prove her innocence and save Ellie from meeting the fate in her unfortunate vision. But even with the help of her friends Bee and Stephanie, Cass will have to channel some serious sleuthing instincts to find the real killer…





James Islington

The Shadow of What Was Lost
The Licanius Trilogy 1
Orbit, November 8, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

"Islington has built a world with all the right genre elements: complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Ingeniously plotted...Islington's natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace...A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer." - Kirkus

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.





Will Panzo

The Burning Isle
Ace, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
A powerful and gripping debut grimdark fantasy novel, set in a world of criminals, pirates, assassins, and magic…

“A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.”

Cassius is not lost…

The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit…

But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This is a treacherous island where the native gods are restless and anything can happen…





Abigail R. Shaffer

Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 290 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November Debuts
A debut coming of age story set in Southern woods filled with drugs, sex and violence--and a hidden tradition of voodoo-like magic. In a hard-scrabble town where family history defines destinies, a handful of teenagers bear witness to old traumas that still haunt adults working to keep food on the table. Modern pressures deepen old ruts, and in a circle of friends, each looks for their own path. A local drug ring offers high-speed comforts, and while some fall for easy choices, others find the strength to make their own place in the woods.

The View From Monday - October 31, 2016


The View From Monday - October 31, 2016
Happy Monday and Happy Halloween!!




There are 3 debuts this week:

The Facefaker's Game by Chandler Birch;

Death at First Sight (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 1) by Lena Gregory;

and

The Burning Isle by Will Panzo.


The View From Monday - October 31, 2016


And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler;

The Operative (San Angeles 2) by Gerald Brandt;

Reports on the Internet Apocalypse (Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 3) by Wayne Gladstone

The Weaver by Emmi Itäranta;

Invisible Planets edited by Ken Liu;

An Import of Intrigue (Maradaine Constabulary 2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca;

and

Dominion (Burned Man 2) by Peter McLean.


Of the Abyss by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Courier (San Angeles 1) by Gerald Brandt is out in Trade Paperback;

How to Save the World (Superheroes Anonymous 3) by Lexie Dunne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles 8) by Kevin Hearne is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga 2) by Kameron Hurley is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Arena (Arena 1) by Holly Jennings is out in Trade Paperback.



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



The View From Monday - October 31, 2016



October 31, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Long December Richard Chizmar H - Collection
Six Scary Stories Stephen King (Selected by) H - Anthology
The Madness of Dr. Caligari Joseph S. Pulver (Ed) H - Anthology



November 1, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre John Joseph Adams (Ed) F - Anthology
Of the Abyss (mm) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes F - Mancer Trilogy Series 1
The Burning Light Bradley P. Beaulieu
Rob Ziegler
SF/AP/PA
The Facefaker's Game (D) Chandler J. Birch F
Twice Told Tail Ali Brandon CM - A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery 6
The Courier (h2mm) Gerald Brandt SF/CyberP/AP/PA - San Angeles 1
The Operative Gerald Brandt SF/CyberP/AP/PA - San Angeles 2
Decoherence Liana Brooks TechTh - Time & Shadows Mystery 3
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (h2tp) Lois McMaster Bujold SF/SO - Vorkosigan Saga 17
The Vor Game (ri) Lois McMaster Bujold SF/SO - Vorkosigan Saga 6
Congress of Secrets Stephanie Burgis HistF/AH
Shadowed Souls Jim Butcher (Ed)
Kerrie L. Hughes (Ed)
UF/CF - Anthology
Octavia E. Butler Gerry Canavan HC/SF -Modern Masters of Science Fiction Series
The Shattered Vigil Patrick W. Carr F - Darkwater Saga Series 2
Illicit Cathy Clamp P - Luna Lake 2
The Severed Streets (h2mm) Paul Cornell CF - Shadow Police 2
The Lost Child of Lychford Paul Cornell CF - Witches of Lychford 2
Beholder's Eye (ri) Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Web Shifters 1
Hidden in Sight (ri) Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Web Shifters 3
Changing Vision (ri) Julie E. Czerneda SF/SO - Web Shifters 2
Nightmares Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Empires: The First Battle Gavin Deas SF - Empires
The Right to Arm Bears (ri) Gordon R Dickson SF
How to Save the World (mm) Lexie Dunne UF - Superheroes Anonymous 3
Willful Child: Wrath of Betty Steven Erikson SF/SO - Willful Child 2
Pillar to the Sky (tp2mm) William R. Forstchen Th/SF
A Hunter Under the Mistletoe: All Is Bright \ Heat of a Helios (e) Addison Fox
Karen Whiddon
SFR/PNR
Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days Neil Gaiman F/GN
Survival Game Gary Gibson SF/AP/PA - Apocalypse Duology 2
Reports on the Internet Apocalypse Wayne Gladstone LF/TechTh/Dys/HU/AP/PA/SF - Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 3
Immortal Billionaire (e) Jane Godman PNR
Warheart (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 4
Death at First Sight (D) Lena Gregory CM - A Bay Island Psychic Mystery 1
Ghal Maraz Guy Haley
Josh Reynolds
F - The Realmgate Wars 2
Christmas Magic David G. Hartwell (Ed) F - Anthology
Staked (h2mm) Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 8
The Dark Lord Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/LM/HU
Binary Storm Christopher Hinz SF/SO - Liege-Killer
Faithful Alice Hoffman CW
Curse on the Land Faith Hunter UF/CF/P - A Soulwood Novel 2
Empire Ascendant (h2mm) Kameron Hurley F - Worldbreaker Saga 2
The Weaver Emmi Itäranta Dys
Arena (h2tp) Holly Jennings SF - Arena 1
Saga of Recluce: Year 1-415 (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Recluce Omnibus
Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka Franz Kafka LFSF - Collection
Illidan: World of Warcraft William King F - World of Warcraft
Death's Master (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF - Flat Earth 2
The Hidden People Alison Littlewood HistM
Invisible Planets Ken Liu (Ed) SF - Anthology
Old Man's Ghosts Tom Lloyd F - Empire of a Hundred Houses 2
Cosmonaut Keep: The Opening Novel in An Astonishing New Future History Ken MacLeod SF/AC - Engines of Light 1
An Import of Intrigue Marshall Ryan Maresca F/UF/DF - Maradaine Constabulary 2
Den of Wolves Juliet Marillier HistF - Blackthorn & Grim 3
Venom and Vanilla Shannon Mayer UF - Venom Trilogy 1
Dominion Peter McLean UF - Burned Man 2
The Burning Isle (D) Will Panzo F
Invisible Planets Hannu Rajaniemi F - Collection
The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance (ri) Kim Stanley Robinson SF
DemonWars: The First King: The Dame and The Bear (e)(ri) R. A. Salvatore F - Saga of the First King
Children of the Country (D) Abigail R. Shaffer LF/CoA/Occ/Sup
The Child to Come: Life after the Human Catastrophe Rebekah Sheldon LC/SF/F
Unquiet Land Sharon Shinn FR/F - Elemental Blessings 4
Archangel's Heart Nalini Singh PNR/F/UF - Guild Hunter 9
The Death of Dulgath Michael J. Sullivan F - Riyria Chronicles 3
The Beast (h2mm) J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 14
Shadow of Victory David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 19
Angeleyes Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold Series 7
Once a Gypsy Danica Winters PNR - The Irish Traveller 1
The Path of Heaven Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy
Burn Suzanne Wright FR - Dark in You 1
Living Spectres Chelsea Quinn Yarbro CM - A Chesterton Holte, Gentleman Haunt Mystery  2



November 2, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Loud Table: A Tor.com Original (e) Jonathan Carroll SF
Dune: Red Plague (e) Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF



November 3, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Jo Fletcher Books Anthology (e) Various SF/F - Anthology


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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F _ Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November DebutsInterview with Will Panzo, author of The Burning Isle2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - November DebutsThe View From Monday - October 31, 2016

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