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Interview with T.L. Huchu, author of The Library of the Dead

Please welcome T.L. Huchu to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Library of the Dead was published on June 1, 2021 by Tor Books.






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

T.L.:  I recall attempting to write a novel during my GCSE holidays (I would have been about 16 at the time). It was called “The Enigma of Alfred”, and was about an alcoholic recluse who secretly ruled the world. Needless to say, I lacked the stamina and the skill to pull it off.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

T.L.:  Definitely a hybrid. I like drafting notes and planning. But when the writing actually starts, a lot of stuff goes out the window. It’s as Mike Tyson said, “Everyone’s got a plan till they get punched in the mouth.” So, when the characters start doing their own thing, the plan’s got to be updated and/or discarded.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

T.L.:  Writing is a joy, a beautiful thing, a playful activity. The art itself is pure. I suspect most challenges are to do with things outside the writing itself; by this I mean, most writer’s hang-ups are to do with publication, reviews, sales, etc, not the actual writing itself. If one is not mindful, those external things can end up adversely affecting one’s writing.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

T.L.:  Books, naturally. I’m a reader first and foremost. TV and pop culture.



TQDescribe The Library of the Dead using only 5 words.

T.L.:  Ghouls, Grimoires, Ghostalkers, Guts & Glory.



TQTell us something about The Library of the Dead that is not found in the book description.

T.L.:  The book is an exploration of Scottish history, in particular, the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Library of the Dead? What appeals to you about writing contemporary fantasy?

T.L.:  Fantasy brings out the inner child in all of us. That sense of wonder about a universe we don’t quite understand. It turns that shadow in the corner of your eye, the one you can’t quite see, into that most primitive form of art, the story.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Library of the Dead?

T.L.:  Most of my research was on history and science, in particular Scotland’s immense contributions to the modern world in this regard. TQ: If I pulled out my modern map of Edinburgh would I be able to follow Ropa through the city? How have you changed Edinburgh for The Library of the Dead?

All the locations described in the book exist, though some have been altered. You have Edinburgh as a third world city. The Edinburgh you find in the text exists as different layers of history superimposed upon one another, so you find the past in the future.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Library of the Dead.

T.L.:  The cover was designed by Leo Nickolls who has an incredible, sort of illustrative style, and he has an amazing track record for doing stunning covers. For my book, you have the towering figure of the Scottish philosopher David Hume on either side and a rendering of the magical library in the book. Nickolls did a great job; it’s a work of art in its own right.



TQ: In The Library of the Dead who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

T.L.:  There is no such thing as easy or hard when it comes to creating your characters. Even the most minor ones with walk-on parts deserve care and attention.



TQDoes The Library of the Dead touch on any social issues?

T.L.:  It contains themes of class and exploitation, but I hope it doesn’t come across as didactic and that the novel never loses a sense of fun. I read to escape, to get away from it all, and you can have that with “The Library of the Dead”, but, if you want to go deeper, then it, hopefully, has something to say about the world we live in, too.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Library of the Dead.

T.L.:  “Eat my vag.”



TQWhat's next?

T.L.:  I’ve just turned in the second book in the series ,“Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, and, hopefully, that should be out next spring.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

T.L.:  Thanks for having me. This was a LOT of fun!!!





The Library of the Dead
Edinburgh Nights 1
Tor Books, June 1, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
"An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked." – Genevieve Cogman, bestselling author of The Invisible Library

Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.


WHEN GHOSTS TALK
SHE WILL LISTEN

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and they sure do love to talk. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to those they left behind. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and strength. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will rock her world.

Ropa will dice with death as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. And although underground Edinburgh hides a wealth of dark secrets, she also discovers an occult library, a magical mentor and some unexpected allies.

Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

"A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written." – Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London
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About T.L. Huchu

T. L. Huchu (he/him) has been published previously (as Tendai Huchu) in the adult market, but The Library of the Dead is his genre fiction debut. His previous books (The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate and the Mathematician) have been translated into multiple languages and his short fiction has won awards. Tendai grew in up Zimbabwe but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life.






Twitter @TendaiHuchu


Interview with Ava Reid, author of The Wolf and the Woodsman

Please welcome Ava Reid to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Wolf and the Woodsman is published on June 8, 2021 by Harper Voyager.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Ava a Happy Book Birthday!






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

Ava:  Definitely fanfiction for the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Honestly a very auspicious start for my fantasy career—grimdark middle grade about feral cats.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Ava:  A pantser, absolutely. None of my books have ever been outlined. I find that when I outline I inevitably get bored with the project. I’m definitely a thematic writer, so everything kind of coalesces around a concept, and the details shake out as I write.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Ava:  Revising. I’m a big picture person and anything that involves getting into the nitty gritty is difficult for me. I’m lucky to have critique partners who treat me very gently when I abandon plot threads halfway through or mix up characters mid-scene!



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Ava:  My academic studies, for one. I majored in political science and worked a lot on topics of religion, ethnic nationalism, and state-building—all of which underpin the fantasy genre but are rarely given a lot of actual page time. I’m also very much into the genre-blending speculative work of writers like Kelly Link, Carmen Maria Machado, and Karen Russell. Anything eerie, strange, and a bit mordant.



TQDescribe The Wolf and the Woodsman using only 5 words.

Ava:  Eating things you shouldn’t eat.



TQTell us something about The Wolf and the Woodsman that is not found in the book description.

Ava:  It has no actual wolves, but it does have a bear.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Wolf and the Woodsman? What appeals to you about writing fantasy?

Ava:  There was one precise moment that I remember which served as the impetus for this book. I was reading about Hungary for a paper I was writing for one of my classes, and I ended up down a Wikipedia rabbit hole about Hungarian history. I stumbled upon a sort of casual, throwaway sentence about how Saint Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, had his nephew and heir apparent’s eyes stabbed out for being a pagan.

The image of that, the symbolic resonance and the brutality, was so visceral that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What sort of zealous devotion would prompt such an act of barbarity? Doing more research, I came to understand that sort of cruelty was necessary to the construction of the state of Hungary as we now know it. I’m hardly the first person to conclude that state-building requires violence; Charles Tilly would agree with me on that one—but it was something I rarely saw directly addressed in fantasy.

The Wolf and the Woodsman drew together a lot of disparate threads of history, politics, and culture, but reading that factoid about Saint Stephen that was the moment when I knew: okay, this is a book I need to write.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Wolf and the Woodsman?

Ava:  Lots and lots of historical research about medieval Hungary and about early Christianity. I read about Finno-Ugric languages and Magyar tribes. I read Hungarian ballads and folktales. I read about Jewish magic and mysticism and about Jewish history in Hungary. I also read political monographs about state-building, religion, ethnonationalism, and identity, particularly the works of Charles Tilly, Benedict Anderson, and Edward Said.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Wolf and the Woodsman.

Ava:  The cover was actually meticulously hand-painted by Russell Cobb, who did a stunning job rendering so many unique details. There are at least three “Easter eggs” from the book hidden inside the design of the cloak—for people who have read it already, try to find them!

When I initially received the design for the cover, the background was green, not blue. I asked my team if they’d be willing to make it blue instead, as blue is a significant color in Judaism. My grandmother is already telling people that she’s responsible for this change, since many, many months ago I asked her what kind of Jewish elements she’d like to see reflected in the cover!



TQIn The Wolf and the Woodsman who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Ava:  The easiest was Gáspár. Even though he’s tormented and has dual loyalties, the core of his character is introspection and compassion. Nándor was much more difficult. Writing villains who are real people and not just avatars for the author’s own opinions is hard. I decided to lean into the glamour and allure that he and his beliefs represent. The concept of a homogeneous, unbroken nation is something that can be very appealing if you don’t think too hard about what it takes to create a country like that.



TQDoes The Wolf and the Woodsman touch on any social issues?

Ava:  It is nearly impossible to write a fantasy book that includes Jews without being political in some way. The fantasy genre relies on the concept of a homogeneous nation state and antisemitism is pretty much one of the foundational blocks of the genre, going back to Tolkien and even further, to medieval myths of blood libel. If you peel back enough layers, most European-set fantasy books are, in some way, tacitly antisemitic.

If you want Jewish people to even exist in your fantasy world, it requires problematizing the notion of a homogeneous nation-state. I wanted to write about a character who doesn’t have the sort of unbending, unconscious patriotism and loyalty to her nation that is usually a given in fantasy books. I wanted to write a character who was typically excluded from narratives, who had to fight for her own inclusion and identity. I was of course inspired by my own cultural heritage, and I think these themes are incredibly resonant in today’s political climate.



TQWhich question about The Wolf and the Woodsman do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Ava:  I wish someone would ask if any of the characters are inspired by real people! In truth, most of them are amalgams of various real historical figures, including Saint Stephen himself, but also Andrew I of Hungary (otherwise known as Andrew the White), Béla I of Hungary, and Vazul of House Árpád. (They’re all fascinating people with bloody histories that I highly recommend reading about!)



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Wolf and the Woodsman.

Ava:  My favorite non-spoilery quote is “Do not concern yourself with the bear.”



TQWhat's next?

Ava:  My next book is another standalone, a horror-fantasy retelling of Grimm’s The Juniper Tree set in Victorian-era Ukraine. A good portion of my family emigrated from Odessa in the early 20th century, so it was fun to research that time period and also repurpose some apocryphal family stories! It has the last three witches in an industrializing city, a gruesome curse, and varenyky with suspicious filling. Look out for it in summer 2022.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery!





The Wolf and the Woodsman
Harper Voyager, June 8, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.
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About Ava

Ava Reid was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, but currently lives in Palo Alto. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism. She has worked for a refugee resettlement organization, for a U.S. senator, and, most recently, for an AI robotics startup. The Wolf and the Woodsman is her first novel.


Website  ~  Twitter @asimonereid

The View From Monday - June 7, 2021

Happy Monday!

There are 4 debuts this week:

The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales by Emily Brewes;

Rabbits by Terry Miles;

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid;

and

The Unraveling by Benjamin Rosenbaum.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Coward (The Quest for Heroes 1) by Stephen Aryan;

Divine Heretic by Jaime Lee Moyer;

The Forgotten Kingdom (The Lost Queen 2) by Signe Pike is out in Trade Paperback;

and

The Hidden Palace (A Novel in the Golem and the Jinni) by Helene Wecker.

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



The View From Monday - June 7,  2021



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

June 8, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The CowardStephen Aryan F - The Quest for Heroes 1
The Butterfly Lampshade (h2tp)
Aimee Bender LF/MR/FL
The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales (D)
Emily Brewes Dys/FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
Child of a Hidden Sea (ri)
A. M. Dellamonica F - Hidden Sea Tales 1
Unconquerable Sun (h2tp)
Kate Elliott The Sun Chronicles 1
Tempus FuryDana Fredsti
David Fitzgerald
SF/TT/Sus
The UnforgivenHeather Graham SupTh/GH/PP - Krewe of Hunters 33
The Wayward MageSara Hanover F/CF - Wayward Mages 3
Vampirology: The Science of Horror's Most Famous FiendKathryn Harkup Science
A Girl Made of Air
Nydia Hetherington HistF/Hist
Ten LowStark Holborn SF/SO/Genetic
Realm-lordsDale Lucas F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Monstrous Heart
Claire McKenna F/Gaslamp/FR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF - The Deepwater Trilogy 1
Rabbits (D)
Terry Miles SF/TechTh/SupTH
Divine Heretic
Jaime Lee Moyer F/HistF
Devil's Intern (e)Jayme Phelps PNR/H
The Forgotten Kingdom (h2tp)
Signe Pike HistF - The Lost Queen 2
The Wolf and the Woodsman (D)Ava Reid F
The Unraveling (D)Benjamin Rosenbaum SF/GenEng/HSF/LF
The Dalliances of Monsieur D'HaricotBarbara Stevenson AH/F/HU
The Jasmine Throne Tasha Suri F/HistF - Burning Kingdoms 1
Long Story Short: A Short Story CollectionJodi Taylor F/SS
The Hidden Palace
Helene Wecker HistF - A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni
Shadow & Claw (ri)
Gene Wolfe F/SF - The Book of the New Sun 1



June 9, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
An Easy Job: A Tor.com OriginalCarrie Vaughn SF



June 11, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Darkest Hours: Expanded EditionMike Thorn H/SS



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Il - Illustrator
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
CrM - Crime and Mystery
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.

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors

Here are some of the June 2021 novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.



Stephen Aryan (2015)

The Coward
Quest for Heroes 1
Angry Robot, June 8, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Who will take up the mantle and slay the evil in the Frozen North, saving all from death and destruction? Not Kell Kressia, he’s done his part…

Kell Kressia is a legend, a celebrity, a hero. Aged just seventeen, he set out on an epic quest with a band of wizened fighters to slay the Ice Lich and save the world. He returned victorious, but alone.

Ten years have passed and Kell lives a quiet life, while stories of his heroism are told in taverns all across the land. But now a new terror has arisen in the north – something has taken up residence in the Lich’s abandoned castle beyond the Frozen Circle, and the ice is beginning to creep south once more.

For the second time, Kell is called upon to take up his famous sword, Slayer, and battle the forces of darkness. But he has a terrible secret. Kell was never a hero – he was just lucky. Everyone puts their faith in Kell the Legend, but he’s just a coward who has no intention of risking his life for anyone…

File Under: Fantasy [ Out for a Hero | When the Going Gets Tough… | Band Together | Till Death ]
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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Sean Grigsby (2018)

Flame Riders
Smoke Eaters 3
Angry Robot, June 22, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The third and final instalment in Sean’s rip-roaring ’firefighters meet dragons’ fantasy series

In the final instalment of the Smoke Eaters series, the New United States Army has taken over and America has devolved into a full-on dragon apocalypse. Smoke eaters are banned and have gone into hiding to avoid being held prisoner by the soldiers.

Guiellermo Contreras is a private in the NUSA, and when he’s accused of potentially being a smoke eater upon pain of death, he escapes and sets out to find the heroes who disappeared years before. But what he discovers is that the NUSA has been working on something unthinkable, and it’s going to take more than a few smoke eaters to stop them.

File Under: Fantasy [ Fly Away Home | Blowing Smoke | Scaly Surprise | Crunch Time ]
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Google Play : iBooks : Kobo
Book One
Book Two





Adam McOmber (2012)

The Ghost Finders
JournalStone, June 4, 2021
Trade Paperback, 238 pages
Henry Coxton, a fledgling occult detective, has taken up recent stewardship of a ghost finding firm, investigating gaslit mysteries in the damp cobblestone streets of Edwardian London. Along with his friends and associates-Violet Asquith, a telekinetic with a mysterious past, and Christopher X, a monster of dubious origins-Henry must work against the clock to solve the agency's most terrifying case, one that threatens to destroy all he holds dear and perhaps even the very fabric of reality itself. Strongly influenced by the weird horror of Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, and William Hope Hodgson, The Ghost Finders explores the darkest corners of London's occult realities.
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Interview with Hannah Whitten, author of For the Wolf

Please welcome Hannah Whitten to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. For the Wolf is published on June 1, 2021 by Orbit.

Please join The Qwillery in wishing Hannah a Happy Book Birthday!






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

Hannah:  I wrote a mystery about a horse thief in a composition notebook when I was ten—I was reading a LOT of The Saddle Club. After that, I attempted an epic that was basically self-insert Lord of the Rings fanfiction.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Hannah:  Mostly hybrid, though the more I write the more I find myself becoming a plotter. Generally, I'll write on an idea until my excitement runs out of steam or I'm not sure what to do next, then go back and plot the whole thing. I don't keep to super-rigid outlines, though, because leaving myself room for discovery is how I come up with a lot of my best stuff!



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Hannah:  Trying to make what ends up on the page look like what I see in my head.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Hannah:  Liminal spaces, nostalgia, autumn, sweeping violin music, and horror movies.



TQDescribe For the Wolf using only 5 words.

Hannah:  Aching, bittersweet, redemptive, cathartic, hopeful.



TQTell us something about For the Wolf that is not found in the book description.

Hannah:  Red's cloak becomes an extremely significant plot point!



TQWhat inspired you to write For the Wolf? What appeals to you about writing Fantasy?

Hannah:  I've always read and written fantasy mostly for an escape, but with WOLF, I knew I wanted to twist around a bunch of fairytales that have ham-fisted messages about "purity" and make them about choice and consent and agency instead.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for For the Wolf?

Hannah:  I read a LOT of fairytale retellings, especially The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter—I returned to that one often just to see how she'd taken the themes of the tales she was retelling and twisted them on their axes.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for For the Wolf.

Hannah:  The cover was designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio, and it's absolutely perfect. We wanted something that was simple but very textured, like an illustration from an old book of fairytales, and she did it wonderfully. The small dagger on the front is very significant, and so are the tree roots encroaching across the bottom of the entire jacket. I loved the art so much that I got the wolf figure from the spine and chapter headers tattooed!



TQIn For the Wolf who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Hannah:  The easiest was probably Eammon. I related to him a lot, and his personality came to me very easily. I also found it pretty simple to understand what he wanted, and how he would react to things. Neve was the hardest, weirdly for similar reasons. She's the character I relate to the most, and also the one who makes arguably the worst decisions throughout the book. Figuring out how to make her follow along with the plot I needed while also making her actions understandable—essentially, figuring out how to write her so she was justified—was difficult, but ultimately really rewarding.



TQDoes For the Wolf touch on any social issues?

Hannah:  Consent plays a huge role in the plot, and also personal agency in general, which I think is a social issue!



TQWhich question about For the Wolf do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Hannah:  Give us some non-book comp titles! What does For the Wolf feel like?

Dashboard Confessional's entire discography, the slant of light through the trees at sunset, the first bite of fall in the air, the little ache you feel driving through a place you used to live.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from For the Wolf.

Hannah:  "Hope, you know? It's like a boot that won't break in. Hurts to walk in it, hurts worse to stand still."



TQWhat's next?

Hannah:  FOR THE THRONE, the sequel to WOLF that follows Neve's story, comes out in June 2022! After that, I hope to have lots more books about angry girls making questionable decisions to share!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Hannah:  Thanks for having me!





For the Wolf
The Wilderwood 1
Orbit, June 1, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

“A masterful debut from a must-read new voice in epic fantasy”—Kirkus (starred review)

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose—to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood—and her world—whole.

"A brilliant dark fantasy debut!" —Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author
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Photo by Caleb Whitten

About Hannah

HANNAH WHITTEN has been writing to amuse herself since she could hold a pen, and sometime in high school, she figured out that what amused her might also amuse others. When she's not writing, she's reading, making music, or attempting to bake. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and children in a house ruled by a temperamental cat.


Website  ~  Twitter @hwhittenwrites

2021 Debut Author Challenge - June 2021 Debuts



There are 12 debuts for June 2021.

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

The June 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 June cover for the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting in the latter half of June.





Emily Brewes

The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales
Dundurn, June 8, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
An astounding tale of a dangerous quest, a talking dog, and fragmented fairy tales in an eerie post-climate collapse future.

A long time ago, the Vanderchucks fled the growing climate disaster and followed their neighbours into the Underground. Jesse Vanderchuck thought it was the end. Of the world. Of life. Eventually, Jesse’s little sister, Olivia, ran away and Jesse started picking through trash heaps in Toronto’s abandoned subway tunnels. Day in, day out.

Now, years later, Jesse meets a talking dog. Fighting illness and the hostile world aboveground, Jesse and Doggo embark on a fool’s errand to find Olivia — or die trying. Along the way, Jesse spins a series of fairy tales from threads of memories, weaving together the past, present, and future into stories of brave girls, of cunning lads, of love in the face of wickedness, and of hope in the midst of despair.
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Kerstin Hall

Star Eater
Tordotcom, June 22, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
From Nommo Award finalist Kerstin Hall comes “a layered and incisive examination of power.”—Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls

All martyrdoms are difficult.

Elfreda Raughn will avoid pregnancy if it kills her, and one way or another, it will kill her. Though she’s able to stomach her gruesome day-to-day duties, the reality of preserving the Sisterhood of Aytrium’s magical bloodline horrifies her. She wants out, whatever the cost.

So when a shadowy faction approaches Elfreda with an offer of escape, she leaps at the opportunity. As their spy, she gains access to the highest reaches of the Sisterhood, and enters a glittering world of opulent parties, subtle deceptions, and unexpected bloodshed.

A phantasmagorical indictment of hereditary power, Star Eater takes readers deep into a perilous and uncanny world where even the most powerful women are forced to choose what sacrifices they will make, so that they might have any choice at all.
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T.L. Huchu

The Library of the Dead
Edinburgh Nights 1
Tor Books, June 1, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
"An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked." – Genevieve Cogman, bestselling author of The Invisible Library

Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.


WHEN GHOSTS TALK
SHE WILL LISTEN

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and they sure do love to talk. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to those they left behind. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and strength. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will rock her world.

Ropa will dice with death as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. And although underground Edinburgh hides a wealth of dark secrets, she also discovers an occult library, a magical mentor and some unexpected allies.

Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

"A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written." – Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London
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Joss Lake

Future Feeling
Soft Skull, June 1, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
An embittered dog walker obsessed with a social media influencer inadvertently puts a curse on a young man–and must adventure into mysterious dimension in order to save him–in this wildly inventive, delightfully subversive, genre-nonconforming debut novel about illusion, magic, technology, kinship, and the emergent future.

The year is 20__, and Penfield R. Henderson is in a rut. When he’s not walking dogs for cash or responding to booty calls from his B-list celebrity hookup, he’s holed up in his dingy Bushwick apartment obsessing over holograms of Aiden Chase, a fellow trans man and influencer documenting his much smoother transition into picture-perfect masculinity on the Gram. After an IRL encounter with Aiden leaves Pen feeling especially resentful, Pen enlists his roommates, the Witch and the Stoner-Hacker, to put their respective talents to use in hexing Aiden. Together, they gain access to Aiden’s social media account and post a picture of Pen’s aloe plant, Alice, tied to a curse:

Whosoever beholds the aloe will be pushed into the Shadowlands.

When the hex accidentally bypasses Aiden, sending another young trans man named Blithe to the Shadowlands (the dreaded emotional landscape through which every trans person must journey to achieve true self-actualization), the Rhiz (the quasi-benevolent big brother agency overseeing all trans matters) orders Pen and Aiden to team up and retrieve him. The two trace Blithe to a dilapidated motel in California and bring him back to New York, where they try to coax Blithe to stop speaking only in code and awkwardly try to pass on what little trans wisdom they possess. As the trio makes its way in a world that includes pitless avocados and subway cars that change color based on occupants’ collective moods but still casts judgment on anyone not perfectly straight, Pen starts to learn that sometimes a family isn’t just the people who birthed you.

Magnificently imagined, linguistically dazzling, and riotously fun, Future Feeling presents an alternate future in which advanced technology still can’t replace human connection but may give the trans community new ways to care for its own.
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Melissa Larsen

Shutter
Berkley, June 15, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
“[A] chilling debut novel.” — The New York Times Book Review

A young woman agrees to star in a filmmaker’s latest project, but soon realizes the movie is not what she expected in this chilling debut novel.

In the wake of her father’s death, Betty Roux doesn’t allow herself to mourn. Instead, she pushes away her mother, breaks up with her boyfriend, and leaves everything behind to move to New York City. She doesn’t know what she wants, except to run.

When she’s offered the chance to play the leading role in mysterious indie filmmaker Anthony Marino’s new project, she jumps at the opportunity. For a month Betty will live in a cabin on a private island off the coast of Maine, with a five-person cast and crew. Her mother warns against it, but Betty is too drawn to the charismatic Anthony to say no.

Anthony gives her a new identity–Lola–and Betty tells herself that this is exactly what she’s been looking for. The chance to reinvent herself. That is, until they begin filming and she meets Sammy, the island’s caretaker, and Betty realizes just how little she knows about the movie and its director.
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Marissa Levien

The World Gives Way
Redhook, June 15, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
“Marissa Levien's debut novel is a thrilling adventure, and in a moment when we're all looking for escape pods, this is a great one.”—Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author

ONE OF LITHUB'S MOST ANTICIPATED TITLES OF 2021

In a near-future world on the brink of collapse, a young woman born into servitude must seize her own freedom in this glittering debut with a brilliant twist.

In fifty years, Myrra will be free.

Until then, she's a contract worker. Ever since she was five, her life and labor have belonged to the highest bidder on her contract—butchers, laundries, and now the powerful, secretive Carlyles.

But when one night finds the Carlyles dead, Myrra is suddenly free a lot sooner than she anticipated—and at a cost she never could have imagined. Burdened with the Carlyles' orphaned daughter and the terrible secret they died to escape, she runs. With time running out, Myrra must come face to face with the truth about her world—and embrace what's left before it's too late.

A sweeping novel with a darkly glimmering heart, The World Gives Way is an unforgettable portrait of a world in freefall, and the fierce drive to live even at the end of it all.
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Terry Miles

Rabbits
Del Rey, June 8, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
A deadly underground game might just be altering reality itself in this all-new adventure set in the world of the hit Rabbits podcast.

“A taut mystery for a time of conspiratorial madness.”—Cory Doctorow

It’s an average work day. You’ve been wrapped up in a task, and you check the clock when you come up for air—4:44 p.m. You check your email, and 44 unread messages have built up. With a shock, you realize the date is April 4—4/4. And when you get in your car to drive home, your odometer reads 44,444.

Coincidence? Or have you just seen the edge of a rabbit hole?

Rabbits is a mysterious alternate reality game so vast it uses the entire world as its canvas.

Since the game started in 1959, ten iterations have appeared and nine winners have been declared. The identities of these winners are unknown.

So is their reward, which is whispered to be NSA or CIA recruitment, vast wealth, immortality, or perhaps even the key to the secrets of the universe itself.

But the deeper you get, the more dangerous the game becomes. Players have died in the past—and the body count is rising.

And now the eleventh round is about to begin.

Enter K—a Rabbits obsessive who has been trying to find a way into the game for years. That path opens when K is approached by billionaire Alan Scarpio, rumored to be the winner of the sixth iteration. Scarpio says that something has gone wrong with the game and that K needs to fix it before Eleven starts, or the whole world will pay the price.

Five days later, Scarpio is declared missing.

Two weeks after that, K blows the deadline: Eleven begins.

And suddenly, the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
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Ava Reid

The Wolf and the Woodsman
Harper Voyager, June 8, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
In the vein of Naomi Novik’s New York Times bestseller Spinning Silver and Katherine Arden’s national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale, this unforgettable debut— inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology—follows a young pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed captain of the Woodsmen as they form an unlikely alliance to thwart a tyrant.

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all.
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Benjamin Rosenbaum

The Unraveling
Erewhon Press, June 8, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
In a society where biotechnology has revolutionized gender, young Fift must decide whether to conform or carve a new path.

In the distant future, somewhere in the galaxy, a world has evolved where each person has multiple bodies, cybernetics has abolished privacy, and individual and family success are reliant upon instantaneous evaluations of how well each member conforms to the rigid social system.

Young Fift is an only child of the Staid gender, struggling to maintain zir position in the system while developing a friendship with the acclaimed bioengineer Shria—a controversial and intriguing friendship, since Shria is Vail-gendered.

Soon Fift and Shria unintentionally wind up at the center of a scandalous art spectacle which turns into a multilayered Unraveling of society. Fift is torn between zir attraction to Shria and the safety of zir family, between staying true to zir feelings and social compliance . . . when zir personal crises suddenly take on global significance. What’s a young Staid to do when the whole world is watching?
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Neil Sharpson

When the Sparrow Falls
Tor Books, June 29, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Life in the Caspian Republic has taught Agent Nikolai South two rules. Trust No One. And work just hard enough not to make enemies.

Here, in the last sanctuary for the dying embers of the human race in a world run by artificial intelligence, if you stray from the path – your life is forfeit. But when a Party propagandist is killed – and is discovered as a “machine” – he’s given a new mission: chaperone the widow, Lily, who has arrived to claim her husband’s remains.

But when South sees that she, the first “machine” ever allowed into the country, bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, he’s thrown into a maelstrom of betrayal, murder, and conspiracy that may bring down the Republic for good.

WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS illuminates authoritarianism, complicity, and identity in the digital age, in a page turning, darkly-funny, frightening and touching story that recalls Philip K. Dick, John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut in equal measure.
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Nghi Vo

The Chosen and the Beautiful
Tordotcom, June 1, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
An Indie Next Pick!

A Most Anticipated in 2021 Pick for Oprah Magazine | USA Today | Buzzfeed | Greatist | BookPage | PopSugar | Bustle | The Nerd Daily | Goodreads | Literary Hub | Ms. Magazine | Library Journal | Culturess | Book Riot | Parade Magazine | Kirkus | The Week

A Best of Summer Pick for TIME Magazine | Book Riot | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Goodreads | Bustle | Veranda Magazine | Bookish | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Gatsby the way it should have been written—dark, dazzling, fantastical.” —R. F. Kuang

“Vo has crafted a retelling that, in many ways, surpasses the original. . . . Astonishingly crafted."—Kirkus Reviews, **starred review**

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

Nghi Vo’s debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.
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Hannah Whitten

For the Wolf
The Wilderwood 1
Orbit, June 1, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

“A masterful debut from a must-read new voice in epic fantasy”—Kirkus (starred review)

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose—to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood—and her world—whole.

"A brilliant dark fantasy debut!" —Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author
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June 2021 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in June 2021. 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.


June 2021 Releases
 
 
 
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

June 1, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The DivorceCésar Aira
Chris Andrews (Tr)
Fiction/SS
The Flicker Against the Light and Writing the Contemporary UncannyJane Alexander SS/Essay
Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampire: 25th Anniversary Revised Edition Steven-Elliot Altman P
Beneath the Twisted Trees (tp2mm)
Bradley P. Beaulieu F - Song of Shattered Sands 4
Parakeet (h2tp)Marie-Helene Bertino LF/W/MR
A Burning Sea (ri)
Theodore Brun HistF/Hist - The Wanderer Chronicles 3
Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours OmnibusJim Butcher
Keith R. A. DeCandido
Christopher L. Bennett
MTS/SH
Infinite Stars: Dark FrontiersBryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed)
SF/SO - Anthology
HollowBrian Catling DF/HistF
Bestiary (h2tp)K-Ming Chang LF/MR/Asian American
The MembranesChi Ta-wei
Ari Larissa Heinrich (Tr)
LGBTQ/SF -Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan
FrontierPatrick Chiles SF
Rise AgainstHailey Edwards UF/FR/P - Foundling 4
AdriftW. Michael Gear SFSO - Donovan 5
Mother of DaemonsDavid Hair F/HistF - Sunsurge Quartet 4
BacchanalVeronica G. Henry CF/HistF/F
The Library of the Dead (D)T. L. Huchu P/GH/CF - Edinburgh Nights 1
The Space Between Worlds (h2tp)Micaiah Johnson SF/LF/CrM
The Shadows of LondonNick Jones SF/TT - Joseph Bridgeman 2
The Liminal Man (Ke)(ri)Todd Keisling SupTh - Monochrome Trilogy 2
Lisey's Story (ri)
Stephen King SupTh
Spy, Spy Again (h2mm)
Mercedes Lackey F - Valdemar: Family Spies 3
Future Feeling (D)Joss Lake LGBTQ+/Dys/SF/HU
The Ming StormYan Leisheng MTI - Assassin's Creed
Girl One (h2tp)
Sara Flannery Murphy F/Arthurian
The Story of SilenceAlex Myers SupTh/CF/W
Walking on Cowrie Shells: StoriesNana Nkweti LF/SS
The Ninth Metal Benjamin Percy SF/AP/PA - Comet Cycle 1
Death's KissJosh Reynolds MTI - Legend of the Five Rings: A Daidoji Shin Mystery
We Shall RiseJohn Ringo (Ed)
Gary Poole (Ed)
SF/SS - Black Tide Rising
Barnabas, Quentin and the Avenging GhostMarylin Ross H - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 17
Chosen Ones (h2tp)
Veronica Roth CF
Water HorseMelissa Scott F
Fantastic Creatures of the Mountains and Seas : A Chinese ClassicJiankun Sun
Siyu Chen (Il)
Howard Goldblatt (Tr)
FairyT/FolkT/LM
Latitudes of Longing (h2tp)Shubhangi Swarup LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
Doing Time (h2tp)
Jodi Taylor SF/TT/F/HistF - The Time Police 1
Empire in Black and Gold (ri)Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Shadows of the Apt 1
Dragonfly Falling (ri)Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Shadows of the Apt 2
The Best of World SF: Volume 1Lavie Tidhar (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Tales from the Perilous Realm (ri)
J.R.R. TolkienF/SS
The Chosen and the Beautiful (D)Nghi Vo HistF/LF/Asian American/LGBTQ+/MR
Governor David Weber
Richard Fox
SF - Ascent to Empire 1
For the Wolf (D)Hannah Whitten F/DF/FR - Wilderwood 1
Alien DayRick Wilber SF/AC
Fate of StormsMeredith Wild
Angel Payne
R - Blood of Zeus 3
Empire of Grass (tp2mm)
Tad Williams F/DF - Last King of Osten Ard 2



June 2, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blood in the Thread: A Tor.com Original (e)Cheri Kamei F



June 3, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of the CreepsErnie Kaltenbrunner Jr. H - Rewind or Die 28



June 4, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ghost FindersAdam McOmber GH/Sup/Occ



June 8, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The CowardStephen Aryan F - The Quest for Heroes 1
The Butterfly Lampshade (h2tp)
Aimee Bender LF/MR/FL
The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales (D)
Emily Brewes Dys/FairyT/FolkT/LM/LF
Child of a Hidden Sea (ri)
A. M. Dellamonica F - Hidden Sea Tales 1
Unconquerable SunKate Elliott The Sun Chronicles 1
Tempus FuryDana Fredsti
David Fitzgerald
SF/TT/Sus
The UnforgivenHeather Graham SupTh/GH/PP - Krewe of Hunters 33
The Wayward MageSara Hanover F/CF - Wayward Mages 3
Vampirology: The Science of Horror's Most Famous FiendKathryn Harkup Science
A Girl Made of Air
Nydia Hetherington HistF/Hist
Ten LowStark Holborn SF/SO/Genetic
Realm-lordsDale Lucas F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Monstrous Heart
Claire McKenna F/Gaslamp/FR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/HistF - The Deepwater Trilogy 1
Rabbits (D)
Terry Miles SF/TechTh/SupTH
Divine Heretic
Jaime Lee Moyer F/HistF
Devil's Intern (e)Jayme Phelps PNR/H
The Forgotten Kingdom (h2tp)
Signe Pike HistF - The Lost Queen 2
The Wolf and the Woodsman (D)Ava Reid F
The Unraveling (D)Benjamin Rosenbaum SF/GenEng/HSF/LF
The Dalliances of Monsieur D'HaricotBarbara Stevenson AH/F/HU
The Jasmine Throne (h2tp)
Tasha Suri F/HistF - Burning Kingdoms 1
Long Story Short: A Short Story CollectionJodi Taylor F/SS
The Hidden Palace
Helene Wecker HistF - A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni
Shadow & Claw (ri)
Gene Wolfe F/SF - The Book of the New Sun 1



June 9, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
An Easy Job: A Tor.com OriginalCarrie Vaughn SF



June 11, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Darkest Hours: Expanded EditionMike Thorn H/SS



June 14, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dreams for the DyingAdam Light
H/SS



June 15, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
When Jackals Storm the Walls (h2tp)
Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - Song of Shattered Sands 5
Living MemoryChristopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: The Original
Power ChallengesBen Bova SF/CrM/HSF - Power 5
The Long Tomorrow (ri)
Leigh BrackettSF/HSF
BoundlessJack Campbell SF - The Lost Fleet: Outlands 1
Mountains Oceans Giants: An Epic of the 27th CenturyAlfred Doblin
Chris Godwin
Dys/PA
MorhelionDominic Dulley SF/SO - The Long Game
Terrifying Ghosts Short StoriesFlame Tree Studio GH - Anthology
Rook SongNaomi Foyle SF/AP/PA/Dys - Gaia Chronicles 2
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and IllusionsNeil Gaiman SS
The Ice LionKathleen O'Neal Gear SF/GenEng/AP/PA/CoA - The Rewilding Reports 1
A Room Made of LeavesKate Grenville AH/LF/Hist
Million Dollar DemonKim Harrison UF/P/PNR - Hollows (Rachel Morgan) 15
The Year of the Witching (h2tp)Alexis Henderson H/Occ/Sup/DF
Velocity BluesClifford Royal Johns SF/GenEng
Path of DestructionDrew Karpyshyn SF/SO - Star Wars: Darth Bane Trilogy - Legends 1
WastelandKristin Keppler
Allisa Bahney
Dys - The Badlands 1
BeyondMercedes Lackey F/DF - The Founding of Valdemar 1
Shutter (D)Melissa Larsen Sus/PsyTh/H
The World Gives Way (D)Marissa Levien LF/Dys/Disaster
The OathA.M. Linden HistF - The Druid Chronicles 1
Tatterdemalion (ri)
Sylvia Linsteadt F/AP/PA
The Tangleroot Palace: StoriesMarjorie Liu UF/P/SF/AP/PA
Mexican Gothic (h2tp)Silvia Moreno-Garcia HistF/Gothic/H
The Hollywood SpiralPaul Neilan Sus
Inside ManK. J. Parker DF
Black Sci-Fi Short StoriesTia Ross (Ed) SF - Anthology
Shatterpoint: Star Wars Legends (ri)
Matthew Stover SF/SO - Star Wars Legends
Heir to the Empire: Star Wars Legends (ri)
Timothy Zahn SF/SO - Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy 1



June 16, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Far Side of the Universe: A Tor.com Original (e)noc SF



June 17, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sense8: Transcending TelevisionDeborah Shaw (Ed) br Rob Stone (Ed)HC/SF



June 18, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Beneath a Pale SkyPhilip FracassiH/SS



June 22, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Witness for the DeadKatherine Addison F
The Devil's BladeMark Alder HistF
World Engines: DestroyerStephen Baxter SF/HSF
The BridgeJ.S. Breukelaar DF/Occ/Sup/H
Brutal KunninMike Brooks Warhammer 40,000
Somebody's VoiceRamsey Campbell Sus/H - Fiction Without Frontiers
The Queen of the CicadasV. Castro H - Fiction Without Frontiers
The New Wilderness (h2tp)Diane Cook LF
The Woman Who Didn't Grow OldGregoire Delacourt
Vineet Lal (Tr)
LF/MR/FL
Flame RidersSean Grigsby CF/F - Smoke Eaters 3
Star Eater (D)
Kerstin Hall F/Gaslamp
Blackstone Fortress: AscensionDarius Hinks SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2020 EditionRich Horton (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Down Days (h2tp)Ilze Hugo SF/AP/PA
The Many Lives of Heloise StarchildJohn Ironmonger MR/AH
Ballistic Kiss (h2tp)
Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 11
Seven Deaths of an EmpireG. R. Matthews F
War of the MapsPaul McAuley SF
The Quiet War (ri)
Paul McAuley SF - Quiet War 1
Tokyo Ueno Station (h2tp)
Yu Miri FL/CL/GH
Death in Her Hands (h2tp)
Ottessa Moshfegh LF/Psy/Occ/Sup
Catalyst GateMegan E. O'Keefe SF/GenEng/SE - Protectorate 3
QuestlandCarrie Vaughn F
To Dust You Shall ReturnFred Venturini SupTh/SF/H
The Fires of Vengeance (h2tp)
Evan Winter F - The Burning 2



June 23, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Red Mother: A Tor.com Original (e)Elizabeth Bear HistF
From the Earth to the Moon and Round the MoonJules Verne
Matt Wright (Ed)
Thomas H. Linklater (Tr)
SF - WordFire Classics



June 24, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The King's SealAmy Kuivalainen F - Magicians of Venice 3
Deepwater King (e)Claire McKenna F/Gaslamp - The Deepwater Trilogy 2
Camp NeverlandLisa Quidley H - Rewind or Die 29
UnfortunatesLeo X. Robertson H/SS



June 29, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ninth House (ri)
Leigh Bardugo SupTh/P/Occ/Sup
Speaker for the Dead (ri)
Orson Scott Card SF/SO - Ender Quintet 2
XenocideOrson Scott Card SF/SO - Ender Quintet 3
The Ghost Ants of GrylladeshClark Thomas Carlton F - Antasy 3
Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow SignJames Chambers (Ed)H - Anthology
The Harbor-Master: Best Weird Stories of Robert W. ChambersRobert W. Chambers H - Collection
Two Hawks from Earth (e)(ri)Philip José Farmer AH
The Unreasoning Mask (e)Philip José Farmer SF
Simulacron-3 (ri)
Daniel F. GalouyeSF/CyP/HSF
Gravity (ri)
Tess Gerritsen Th
The Saints of Salvation (h2mm)
Peter F. Hamilton SF/SO/SE - Salvation Sequence 3
Glimmering (e)(ri)Elizabeth HandSF
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise AgainM. John Harrison LF/Psy/MR/SF/AC
The Institute (ri)
Stephen King Sus
The Sin in the Steel (h2tp)Ryan Van Loan F - The Fall of the Gods 1
Blood World (h2mm)
Chris Mooney TechTh/SF/HSF/Dys
Black Sun (h2tp) Rebecca Roanhorse F - Between Earth and Sky 1
Cast in ConflictMichelle Sagara F - Chronicles of Elantra 16
Survive the NightRiley Sager Sus/PsyTh/H
Star Wars: The Rising Storm Cavan Scott Star Wars High Republic
When the Sparrow Falls (D)Neil Sharpson SF/Dys/PolTh
HeartlessGena Showalter PNR - Immortal Enemies
Star Wars: Light of the Jedi Charles Soule SF/SO/MTI - Star Wars: High Republic 2
Dreaming of the Wolf (ri)
Terry Spear PNR - Silver Town Wolf 3
Double ThreatF. Paul Wilson SupTh



June 30, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Return of the SorceressSilvia Moreno-Garcia F
One Stormy Night: A Story Challenge that Created the Gothic Horror Genre Kelly Adams (ed)
Gothic Horror - WordFire Classics



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Il - Illustrator
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
CrM - Crime and Mystery
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.

The Silver Coin Extended to Ongoing Series

The Silver Coin Extended to Ongoing Series
INTEREST IN THE SILVER COIN SERIES SKYROCKETS, EXTENDED TO ONGOING SERIES

PORTLAND, Ore. 05/24/2021 — Michael Walsh’s new horror anthology The Silver Coin is being extended into an ongoing series this August in response to its breakout success and positive reception among fans.

The bestselling series, which has thus far showcased a murderers’ row of talent—including Chip Zdarsky (Stillwater), Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, and Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls, Sweet Tooth)—will continue to send chills down readers spines with Joshua Williamson, Ram V, Matthew Rosenberg, and Vita Ayala on board to serve up thrilling new stories. 

"I am beyond excited to continue telling stories in the world of The Silver Coin. The response to the first arc has been overwhelming and it's provided me with the opportunity to bring in an all-new group of incredible talent for more tales of terror," said Walsh. "I'm very lucky to be working with people that consistently elevate my own work and push me to grow as an artist and writer. Josh, Ram, Matt, and Vita are all such insightful, creative and unique voices in the world of comics... I can't WAIT to show off the horrors that we are crafting together."

Each issue of The Silver Coin tells a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world. The story starts in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

The Silver Coin #5 Cover A by Michael Walsh (Diamond Code JUN210246) and The Silver Coin #5 Cover B by Maya McKibbin (Diamond Code JUN210247) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 11. 

The Silver Coin is available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Old Head Coming in August

Old Head Coming in August
SPACE JAM MEETS FRIGHT NIGHT IN FORTHCOMING OLD HEAD ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

PORTLAND, Ore. 05/24/2021 — Fan favorite creator Kyle Starks (Assassin Nation, Sexcastle) Old Head Coming in Augustis back with more action-packed laughs in the forthcoming horror/comedy mashup, Old Head. This original graphic novel will hit shelves this August from Image Comics.

Perhaps best described as Space Jam meets Fright Night, this hilarious new story follows a former basketball star when he returns home for his mother’s funeral. What he doesn’t expect is to learn of her mysterious past, his destiny, and to find himself embroiled in a decades-long blood feud with Dracula himself. 

"I'm really excited for folks to finally get to read Old Head—an examination of legacy and toxic masculinity viewed through the lens of a father and daughter fighting sex monsters," said Starks.

Old Head original graphic novel (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2074-1, Diamond Code JUN210152) will be available on Wednesday, August 25 and in bookstores on Tuesday, August 31. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore via Bookshop or IndieBound, or it can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo. 

Old Head will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play

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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Interview with Nicole Jarvis, author of The Lights of Prague

Please welcome Nicole Jarvis to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Lights of Prague was published on May 25, 2021 by Titan Books.







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

Nicole:  I’m happy to be here! I remember writing a short story for fun when I was in elementary school. I was traveling with my childhood crush along the Nile to search for a monstrous giant crocodile. (My crush did not survive to the end of the story. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices for narrative tension!)



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Nicole:  Plotter!



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Nicole:  Even though I carefully plot each draft, I never know if something works until the whole book is written out. I rely heavily on editing once I have everything on paper, but it makes for a lot of deleted and rewritten material!



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Nicole:  I’m influenced by everything around me, but travel often sparks the tone and plot of my work. I hope my books can give people the sense of exploring the world.



TQDescribe The Lights of Prague using only 5 words.

Nicole:  Flames. Lace. Fangs. Cobblestones. Secrets.



TQTell us something about The Lights of Prague that is not found in the book description.

Nicole:  Though the book description focuses on Domek Myska, the monster-hunting lamplighter, half the book is from the point of view of Lady Ora Fischerová, a beautiful widow who is far older than she looks.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Lights of Prague?

Nicole:  I was struck one night with the image of a lamplighter on a misty street jumping into danger—and getting sucked into a much bigger conspiracy—and the rest of the book demanded to be written from there!



TQThe novel is set in gaslight-era Prague. In your opinion what elements are required for a novel to be a Gaslamp fantasy?

Nicole:  Despite literally starring a lamplighter, I didn’t envision The Lights of Prague as a “Gaslamp Fantasy” when I wrote it! I was drawn to the idea of a character who brought not just light but safety to the dark streets, and the era of gaslamps was the perfect fit.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Lights of Prague?

Nicole:  Before I even started writing the first draft, I read several books about the setting to get an idea of the day-to-day life in 1868 Prague. Once I had the frame in place, I went into more detailed research dives on Wikipedia and JSTOR. Later, I visited Prague to envision the book on the ground!



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Lights of Prague.

Nicole:  Julia Lloyd designed the cover and absolutely blew me away. In addition to being gorgeous and evocative, the cover shows two key landmarks that are central to the book’s plot.



TQIn The Lights of Prague who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Nicole:  Ora was the easiest character to write. I found it natural to balance her light, clever voice and her private grief. The hardest was Kája, the will-o’-the-wisp. I ended up rewriting nearly all of his dialogue over the course of my edits to really nail his personality and plotline.



TQDoes The Lights of Prague touch on any social issues?

Nicole:  There are several social issues touched on in the book, but I was especially determined to include LGBTQ representation. As a bisexual woman, it was very important for me to write about queer characters. We have always existed, even when history has tried to erase us.



TQWhich question about The Lights of Prague do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Nicole

Question: Which character from The Lights of Prague would you get along with most in real life?

Answer: I would love to have a fancy dinner and joke around with Cord, Domek’s best friend! A charming nobleman with interesting hobbies, he’d know how to have a fun conversation.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Lights of Prague.

Nicole:  I’m still very partial to the opening line! I wanted to bring people right into the atmosphere of Prague at night—

“Dark water reflected the line of gas lamps along the path, the rippling lights echoing the stars stretching overhead.”



TQWhat's next?

Nicole:  I can’t say much, but I will say that my next project is set in Florence—and involved a lot of research into some fascinating historical figures!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nicole:  Thank you for having me!





The Lights of Prague
Titan Books, May 25, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
In the quiet streets of Prague all manner of mysterious creatures lurk in the shadows. Unbeknownst to its citizens, their only hope against the tide of predators are the dauntless lamplighters – secret elite of monster hunters whose light staves off the darkness each night. Domek Myska leads a life teeming with fraught encounters with the worst kind of evil: pijavice, bloodthirsty and soulless vampiric creatures. Despite this, Domek finds solace in his moments spent in the company of his friend, the clever and beautiful Lady Ora Fischerová - a widow with secrets of her own.

When Domek finds himself stalked by the spirit of the White Lady - a ghost who haunts the baroque halls of Prague castle – he stumbles across the sentient essence of a will-o’-the-wisp captured in a mysterious container. Now, as its bearer, Domek wields its power, but the wisp, known for leading travellers to their deaths, will not be so easily controlled.

After discovering a conspiracy amongst the pijavice that could see them unleash terror on the daylight world, Domek finds himself in a race against those who aim to twist alchemical science for their own dangerous gain.
Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Bookshop : Books-A-Million : IndieBound
Google Play : iBooks : Kobo





Photo by John Adrian
About Nicole

Nicole Jarvis has been writing stories as long as she can remember. After graduating with degrees in English and Italian from Emory University, Nicole moved to New York City and currently works in marketing at Bloomsbury Publishing, and lives in Manhattan with two cats named after children’s book characters. She loves listening to musicals, learning strange histories and thinking about the inner lives of superheroes. The Lights of Prague is her first novel.






Website  ~  Twitter @nicolejarvis



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