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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

It's time for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2014!

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 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 2014 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to seethe 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 August 24, 2014.

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2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Cover Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio
Cover Illustration by Michael Koelsch

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2014 Debuts
Jacket Art by Victor Mosquera

The View From Monday - August 4, 2014

A very Happy first Monday in August to all. I hope everyone is finding time to read. It seems that things are more hectic in the summer - at least for me! I did manage to find time to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday. It is an extremely fun movie. We'll be seeing it again soon.

The View From Monday - August 4, 2014

There are 2 debuts this week:

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia. You may read a terrific interview with Jacopo here.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer.

From formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Shadow Hunter (Execution Underground .5) by Kait Ballenger;

Guarded (Tidewater 2) by Mary Behre;

Broken Souls (Eric Carter 2) by Stephen Blackmoore;

The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo is out in Trade Paperback;

Under the Final Moon (Underworld Detection Agency 6) by Hannah Jayne;


The Stolen (An American Fairie Tale 1) by Bishop O'Connell is out in print.

August 4, 2014
Shadow Hunter (e) Kait Ballenger PNR - Execution Underground .5
Rings of Anubis: A Folley & Mallory Adventure E. Catherine Tobler SPR - Rings of Anubis 1 and 2

August 5, 2014
The Widow's House Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 4
Crave the Night Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 12
Hilldiggers Neal Asher SF - Polity
Shadow Born James Axler SF - Outlanders 70
Guarded Mary Behre UF - Tidewater 2
Dust and Light Carol Berg F - Sanctuary 1
Broken Souls Stephen Blackmoore UF - Eric Carter 2
Shadows E. C. Blake F - Masks of Aygrima 2
The Ghost Bride (h2tp) Yangsze Choo HistF/Gh
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade: A Tor.Com Original John Chu SF
Dark Skye Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
The Arrows of Time Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 3
Assail Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire  6
Dark Wolf (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 24
Slow Train to Arcturus
(h2tp) (ri)
Eric Flint
Dave Freer
Trial by Fire Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 2
Kissed by the Wave Serena Gilley PNR - Forbidden Realm 1
Severed Souls Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
Severed Souls - Leather Bound Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 3
The Magician's Land Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy 3
The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set Lev Grossman F - Magicians Trilogy
An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris (ed)
Toni L.P. Kelner (ed)
P - Anthology
Codex Born (h2mm) Jim C. Hines F - Magic Ex Libris 2
Beauty Bites Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 6
The Gist Hunter & Other Stories (ri) Matthew Hughes F - Archonate -  Collection
Under The Final Moon Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detective Agency 6
The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit Graham Joyce Sus/Magic
The Guild of Assassins Anna Kashina F - Majat Code 2
Extra Sensory Deception Allison Kingsley PCM - Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery 4
The House of the Four Winds Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - One Dozen Daughters 1
The God Hunter (e) Tim Lees SF - Field Ops
Blood Games Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 10
The Stolen Bishop O'Connell FT/UF - An American Faerie Tale 1
The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy (D) Jacopo della Quercia HistTh/Hu/SF/SP
The Wandering Dragon Irene Radford F - Children of the Dragon Nimbus Trilogy 3
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey (h2mm) Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
Revenant Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 9
Islands of Rage and Hope John Ringo SF - Black Tide Rising 3
Proud Parents Kristopher Rufty H
The Well of Ascension: A Mistborn Novel Brandon Sanderson UF - Mistborn 2
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (D) David Shafer TechnoTh
If Catfish Had Nine Lives Paige Shelton PCM - Country Cooking School Mystery 4
A Plague of Echoes Maynard Sims H - Department 18 #4
Walking In the Midst of Fire (h2tp) Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 6
Hero of a Highland Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 14
Alien Hunter: Underworld Whitley Strieber SF - Alien Hunter 2
A Beautiful Madness (K-e) Lee Thompson H/Noir
Downfall Rob Thurman UF - Cal Leandros 9
Anarchy (h2tp) James Treadwell F - Advent 2
Dark Lightning John Varley SF - Thunder and Lightning 4
Throne of Stars David Weber
John Ringo
SF - Empire of Man 2

August 6, 2014
In the Sight of Akresa: A Tor.Com Original (e) Ray Wood FR

August 7, 2014
The Night of the Triffids Simon Clark SF

August 9, 2014
The Kingdom of Shadow Richard A. Knaak F - Diablo 3

D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
K-e - Kindle eBook
ri - reissue or reprint

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
Hu - Humor
P - Paranormal
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts

There are 6 debuts for August. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The August 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 August cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on August 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces). Please note that we list all debuts for the month (of which we are aware), but not all of these authors will be 2014 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for July.

Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enhancements
Doubleday, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
(Debut Novel - English Language)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
A mesmerizing novel...what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze – and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.

Sarah Creech

Season of the Dragonflies
William Morrow,  August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani, Aimee Bender, and Sarah Addison Allen, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.

Willow, the coolly elegant Lenore family matriarch, is the brains behind the company. Her gorgeous, golden-haired daughter Mya is its heart. Like her foremothers, she can “read” scents and envision their power. Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch, nor does she want any part of the family business. She left the mountains years ago to make her own way. But trouble is brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is plotting a coup. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the unique flowers used in their perfume are dying.

Whoever can save the company will inherit it. Though Mya is the obvious choice, Lucia has begun showing signs of her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.

Jacopo della Quercia

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy
St. Martin's Griffin, August 5, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
This historical thriller is an equal-parts cocktail of action, adventure, science-fiction and comedy. The book follows a globe-trotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln in a race to solve a mystery stretching back to the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination. Based on true events, readers will find themselves swept into a vast conspiracy spanning four continents and three oceans during the turn of the century. Fascinating technologies will be harnessed, dark secrets revealed, true villains exposed, and some of the most famous figures in history will take the stage. With surprises lurking around every corner, and a vast cast of characters to root for, Jacopo della Quercia's The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy is a heart-pounding adventure that only history could have made possible.

Kate Horsley

The Monster's Wife
Barbican Press, August 2014
Trade Paperback (8/28) and eBook (North America - 8/21),

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
To a tiny island in Orkney, peopled by a devout community of thirty, comes Victor Frankenstein, driven there by a Devil’s bargain: to make a wife for the Creature who is stalking him across Europe. In this darkly-wrought answer to Frankenstein, we hear the untold tale of the monster’s wife through the perspective of the doctor’s housemaid. Oona works below stairs with her best friend May, washing the doctor’s linens and keeping the fires lit at the Big House. An orphan whose only legacy is the illness that killed her mother, Oona knows she is doomed.But she is also thirsty for knowledge, determined to know life fully before it slips away. As tensions heighten between Victor and the islanders, Oona becomes the doctor’s trusted accomplice, aiding in secret experiments and seeing horrors she sometimes wishes to forget. When May disappears, Oona must face up to growing suspicions about the enigmatic employer to whom she has grown close – but the truth is darker than anything she could imagine.

David Shafer

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Mulholland Books, August 5, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.

Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man
Tor Books, August 12, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - August Debuts
In the twenty-second century, a future in which mortaline wire controls the weather on the settled planets and entire refugee camps drowse in drug-induced slumber, no one—alive or dead, human or alien—is quite what they seem. When terrorists manage to crash Coral, the moon, into its home planet of Ribon, forcing evacuation, it’s up to Dave Crowell and Alan Brindos, contract detectives for the Network Intelligence Organization, to solve a case of interplanetary consequences. Crowell’ and Brindos’s investigation plunges them neck-deep into a conspiracy much more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.

The two detectives soon find themselves separated, chasing opposite leads: Brindos has to hunt down the massive Helkunn alien Terl Plenko, shadow leader of the terrorist Movement of Worlds. Crowell, meanwhile, runs into something far more sinister—an elaborate frame job that puts our heroes on the hook for treason.

In this novel from Patrick Swenson, Crowell and Brindos are forced to fight through the intrigue to discover the depths of an interstellar conspiracy. And to answer the all-important question: Who, and what, is the Ultra Thin Man?

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