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The View From Monday - December 4, 2017


Happy first Monday in December!

There is one debut this week:

Glass Town by Steven Savile.

The View From Monday - December 4, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy 2) by Katherine Arden;

Defiant (Lightship Chronicles 3) by Dave Bara is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Danger's Race (Holly Danger 3) by Amanda Carlson;

The Chaos of Luck (A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2) by Catherine Cerveny is out in Trade Paperback;

The Forever Ship (The Fire Sermon 3) by Francesca Haig;

and

Steadfast (e) (Birth of Saints 3) by Michelle Hauck.

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



The View From Monday - December 4, 2017



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

December 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Race (e) Amanda Carlson SF/PA/Dys - Holly Danger 3
Chosen One (e) Scarlett Dawn FR - Forever Evermore 6



December 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Canto Bight Saladin Ahmed
Rae Carson
Mira Grant
John Jackson Miller
SF - Journey to Star War: The Last Jedi
The Girl in the Tower Katherine Arden F - Winternight Trilogy 2
The Black Tide (e) Keri Arthur SF/GenEng/PA - Outcast Novel 3
Defiant (h2mm) Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 3
The Wicked Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 6
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story Stanley Bing LF/TechnoTh/SF
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Lawrence Block (Ed) LF - Anthology
The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline Jeff Bond Art/SF - Star Trek
The Chaos of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey SF/SO -The Expanse 7
The Outcast Chronicles Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles Omnibus
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 1
The Rising (h2mm) Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus
The Macedonian Nicholas Guild HistTh
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Forever Ship Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA - The Fire Sermon 3
Steadfast (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
The Dosadi Experiment and The Eyes of Heisenberg (ri) Frank Herbert SF/SO
The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel (h2tp) Tracy Hickman
Richard Garriott
F - Blade of the Avatar 1
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter UF - A Soulwood Novel 3
The Order War (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 4
The Wrong Dead Guy (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 2
Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami Psy - Japanese Novellas
The Moon and the Other (h2tp) John Kessel SF
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Cut from the Same Shadow and Other Tales Richard A. Knaak F - Dragonrealm Novellas
The Dreamer's Song Lynn Kurland FR - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 11
Pathways Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar Anthology 11
The Witch's Thirst Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The White Serpent Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 3
A War in Crimson Embers Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 3
Mississippi Roll George R. R. Martin Wild Cards Trust SH - Wild Cards 15
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson H - Collection
Fleet Insurgent Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 8
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 44
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning David Moody Dys - Hater 4
The Last Sacrifice (tp2mm) James A. Moore F - Tides of War 1
Heart Sight Robin Owens PNR - A Celta Novel 14
Plague Garden Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 1
Year One Nora Roberts F/P - Chronicles of the One 1
The Demon Crown James Rollins Th - Sigma Force 13
Glass Town (D) Steven Savile CF
Hymn Ken Scholes SF - The Psalms of Isaak 5
Princess Holy Aura Ryk E. Spoor CF
Winterglass Benjanun Sriduangkaew ScF
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe (h2tp) Charles Stross SF - Empire Games 1
God's Last Breath Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 3
Rosewater (e) Tade Thompson SF



December 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword and Spirit (e) Karen Lord HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 9
Save Point (e) E. C. Myers SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 4



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

December 2017 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2017. 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.



December 2017 Releases



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

December 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fallen (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Of Angels and Demons 3
Heartland Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 2
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 3: The Sleeping Beauty\Beauty and the Werewolf (e) Mercedes Lackey F - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Witch's Thirst (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
Third Flatiron Best of 2017 Juliana Rew (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
The Unyielding Gary J. Shipley H
Spy Glass (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - Chronicles of Ixia



December 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Race (e) Amanda Carlson SF/PA/Dys - Holly Danger 3
Chosen One (e) Scarlett Dawn FR - Forever Evermore 6



December 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Canto Bight Saladin Ahmed
Rae Carson
Mira Grant
John Jackson Miller
SF - Star Wars
The Girl in the Tower Katherine Arden F - Winternight Trilogy 2
The Black Tide (e) Keri Arthur SF/GenEng/PA - Outcast Novel 3
Defiant Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 3
The Wicked Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 6
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story Stanley Bing LF/TechnoTh/SF
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Lawrence Block (Ed) LF - Anthology
The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline Jeff Bond Art/SF - Star Trek
The Chaos of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey SF/SO -The Expanse 7
The Outcast Chronicles Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles Omnibus
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 1
The Rising (h2mm) Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus
The Macedonian Nicholas Guild HistTh
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Forever Ship Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA - The Fire Sermon 3
Steadfast (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
The Dosadi Experiment and The Eyes of Heisenberg (ri) Frank Herbert SF/SO
The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel Tracy Hickman
Richard Garriott
F - Blade of the Avatar 1
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter UF - A Soulwood Novel 3
The Order War (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 4
The Wrong Dead Guy (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 2
Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami Psy - Japanese Novellas
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Cut from the Same Shadow and Other Tales Richard A. Knaak F - Dragonrealm Novellas
The Dreamer's Song Lynn Kurland FR - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 11
Pathways Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar Anthology 11
The Witch's Thirst Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The White Serpent Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 3
A War in Crimson Embers Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 3
Mississippi Roll George R. R. Martin Wild Cards Trust SH - Wild Cards 15
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson H - Collection
Fleet Insurgent Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 8
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 44
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning David Moody Dys - Hater 4
The Last Sacrifice James A. Moore F - Tides of War 1
Heart Sight Robin Owens PNR - A Celta Novel 14
Plague Garden Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 1
Year One Nora Roberts F/P - Chronicles of the One 1
The Demon Crown James Rollins Th - Sigma Force 13
Glass Town (D) Steven Savile CF
Hymn Ken Scholes SF - The Psalms of Isaak 5
Princess Holy Aura Ryk E. Spoor CF
Winterglass Benjanun Sriduangkaew ScF
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe Charles Stross SF - Empire Games 1
God's Last Breath Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 3
Rosewater (e) Tade Thompson SF



December 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword and Spirt (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 9
Save Point (e) E. C. Myers
Amy Rose Capetta
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 4



December 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies Félicien Champsaur
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/H
Windhome Kristen Landon SF



December 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warmaster Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 14
The Founding Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus
The Art of Ferdinand Titan Books Art
The Art of Destiny, Volume 2 Bungie SF
The Mannequin Makers (D-US) Craig Cliff LF
Odysseus Awakening Evan Currie SF/SP - Odyssey One 6
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Ellen Datlow (Ed) F - Anthology
A Sword of Truth Set: Richard and Kahlan (The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, Severed Souls, Warheart) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan
Seven Deadly Ghosts C.L. Hernandez F/DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 3
The Corean Chronicles, Volume Two: Alector's Choice, Cadmian's Choice, Soarer's Choice, The Lord-Protector's Daughter, Lady-Protector (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles
Pretty Vicious (e) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA - Wastelanders
The White City Simon Morden SF
The Two of Swords: Volume Three K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 3
Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Fyre Sean Schubert SF/AP/PA
The Complete Dragonships of Vindras Series (Bones of the Dragon, Secret of the Dragon, Rage of the Dragon, Doom of the Dragon) (e) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras



December 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Man's Best Friend (e) Amy Rose Capetta
Gwenda Bond
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 5
A Blur of Bright Water (e) Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 10
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Collection



December 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
H
Firestorm (e) Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 3



December 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Martian Job Jaine Fenn SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3 Book 1
The Simi's ABCs: Adventures with Dark-Hunters Sherrilyn Kenyon Alethea Kontis F
Roadwork (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus/H
When The Skies Fall Adam Korenman SF - The Gray Wars 2
Scorched Shadows Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 7
The Will to Battle Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
S Koji Suzuki Occ/Sup - Ring 5
The More Known World Tiffany Tsao CF - The Oddfits 2



December 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daredevil (e) Gwenda Bond
Matthew Cody
SFTh - ReMade Season 2 6
Dragon Rampant (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 11



December 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 3
Kill All Angels Robert Brockway H - The Vicious Circuit 3
1636: Mission to the Mughals (h2mm) Eric Flint Griffin Barber AH - Ring of Fire 23
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Five Michael Jan Friedman SF/MTI
Assassin's Fate (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool 3
Arachnosaur (D) Richard Jeffries H
Nemo Rising C. Courtney Joyner SF/SP
Better Dead (D) Pamela Kopfler PCM - A B&B Spirits Mystery 1
The Night Parade (tp2mm) Ronald Malfi H
The Man From the Diogenes Club Kim Newman F - Collection
Silver Silence (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 1
Kill Before Dying (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 5
Angels of Caliban (tp2mm) Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 38
World's End Joan D. Vinge SF - Snow Queen 2
Count to Infinity John C. Wright SF - The Eschaton Sequence 6



December 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
We're All in This Together Owen King H - Collection



December 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Reading Stephen King Brian James Freeman (Ed) Essays
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Ake Lilja H - Anthology
The Ignored Bentley Little H
Dominion Bentley Little H
The Walking Bentley Little H
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel SF/PA
The Weight of Words Dave McKean F - Anthology
Don't Live For Your Obituary John Scalzi Essays
Ironclads (e) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

The View From Monday - December 5, 2016


Happy Monday! We have our first school delay of the year. Just a bit of snow but it fell at just the right time to delay school. And it's really cold here for the first time. Winter is coming. :-)

There are no debuts in December for the first time in the 6 years that The Qwillery has had a Debut Author Challenge! I keep looking though.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2) by Catherine Cerveny;

The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2) by Francesca Haig is out in Trade Paperback;

A Season of Spells (A Noctic Magicae Novel 3) by Sylvia Izzo Hunter;

The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10) by Darynda Jones is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Legend of Love (Muse Chronicles 2) by Lisa Kessler;

Judgment at Verdant Court (World of Prime 3) by M.C. Planck;

The Pale Dreamer (A Bone Season Novella) by Samantha Shannon;

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3) by Brian Staveley;

and

Unveiled (A Changeling P.I. Novel 2) by Ruth Vincent.



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


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



The View From Monday - December 5, 2016



December 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legend of Love (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 2
San Francisco Wolf Pack Boxed Set (e) Kristin Miller PNR - San Francisco Wolf Pack
Preternatural Affairs, Books 4-7: Shadow Burns, Deadly Wrong, Ashes and Arsenic, and Once Darkness Falls: Urban Fantasy Mystery Novels (e) SM Reine UF/M - Descentverse Collections
Enveloping Shadows (e) Lauren D.M. Smith FR
Drakon's Promise (e) N.J. Walters PNR - Blood of the Drakon



December 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Return Buzz Aldrin
John Barnes
SF
Astra Militarum David Annandale Braden Campbell
Toby Frost
Justin D. Hill
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 4
Winter Halo Keri Arthur F/Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 2
The Feast of All Souls Simon Bestwick H
Dear Santa (e) Ray Bradbury F - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
Inherit the Crown (e) Jayde Brooks CF
The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome (h2tp) Serge Brussolo SF/Dys
The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (e) Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Spouse on Haunted Hill E.J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 8
Babylon's Ashes James S. A. Corey SF - Expanse Series 6
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners Larry Correia
Ringo John
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 2
Monster Hunter International (Leatherbound Edition) Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 1
The Resident Evil at Blackthorn Manor (Ke) Catherine Coulter H/Occ - Grayson Sherbrooke's Otherworldly Adventures2
The Chemical Wedding: by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version John Crowley F
Warrior Untamed Shannon Curtis PNR
King Breaker (ri) Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 4
Super City Cops - Avenging Amethyst (e) Keith R.A. DeCandido SH/M - SCC 1
The Nature of a Pirate A. M. Dellamonica F - Stormwrack 3
The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Black Legion 1
Speak to the Devil Dave Duncan F - The Brothers Magnus 1
Prose and Cons Amanda Flower PCM - A Magical Bookshop Mystery 2
The Forgotten Tale (e) J.M. Frey F - The Accidental Turn 2
Dreamweaver C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker Chronicles 3
The Immortal Throne Stella Gemmell F - The City 2
Dead Ringers (h2mm)
Christopher Golden H
The Silent War Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 37
Wrath John Gwynne F - The Faithful and the Fallen 4
The Map of Bones (h2tp) Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA -The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2
Wounded (Ke) (Kindle Single) Laurell K. Hamilton F - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Zombie Island (e)(ri) Lori Handeland HistF - Shakespeare Undead Series 2
A Season of Spells Sylvia Izzo Hunter F - A Noctis Magicae Novel 3
Taken by Darkness (e) Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples 6
The Curse of the Tenth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones M/P - Charley Davidson 10
Waking the Serpent Jane Kindred PNR
The Dark Tower Boxed Set Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower
Skeleton Crew: Stories Stephen King Sus/H - Collection
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower 8
Pathfinder Tales: Reaper's Eye Richard A. Knaak F - Pathfinder Tales 36
Alien Nation Gini Koch SF/FR/PNR - Alien Novels 14
Tempest: All New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Anthology
Mars Crossing Geoffrey A. Landis SF
The Paradise Motel (e)(ri) Eric McCormack GO/H
Jerusalem Fire (ri) R. M. Meluch SF
Affliction (e) Amy Miles SF/PA - The Withered 3
Snake Eyes Hillary Monahan H - Gods and Monsters 3
Five Stories High: One House, Five Hauntings, Five Chilling Stories Jonathan Oliver (Ed) H
1635: The Wars for the Rhine Anette Pedersen SF - Ring of Fire 24
The Altreian Enigma Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 2
Judgment at Verdant Court M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 3
A Mate for Christmas Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter Series
In the Eyes of Mr Fury Philip Ridley MR
Island of Glass Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 3
The First Swords: The Book of Swords, Volumes I, II, III (ri) Fred Saberhagen F - Swords
The Pale Dreamer (e) Samantha Shannon F - A Bone Season Novella
The Extra Michael Shea Th
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (e) Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3
A Sad Mistake (e) R.L. Stine H - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
The Liberation Ian Tregillis AH - The Alchemy Wars 3
Secret of the Nagas (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - The Shiva Trilogy 2
Wolf Unleashed Paige Tyler PNR - SWAT 5
Unveiled (e) Ruth Vincent UF - A Changeling P.I. Novel 2
Blood Vow J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 2
Doom of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Hammers of Sigmar C L Werner
Darius Hinks
F - The Realmgate Wars 3
Dragon Spawn Eileen Wilks PNR - A Novel of the Lupi 13
Last Year Robert Charles Wilson SF/TT
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days Jeanette Winterson GB - Collection



December 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Black Ops (Ke) Jonathan Maberry Nicholas Sansbury Smith H




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


AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy


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

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12


This is the twelfth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Emma Geen (2016)

The Many Selves of Katherine North
Bloomsbury USA, May 9, 2017
Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 7, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
When we first meet Kit, she's a fox.

Nineteen-year-old Kit works for the research department of Shen Corporation as a phenomenaut. She's been "jumping"--projecting her consciousness, through a neurological interface--into the bodies of lab-grown animals made for the purpose of research for seven years, which is longer than anyone else at ShenCorp, and longer than any of the scientists thought possible. She experiences a multitude of other lives--fighting and fleeing as predator and prey, as mammal, bird, and reptile--in the hope that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them.

Her closest friend is Buckley, her Neuro--the computer engineer who guides a phenomenaut through consciousness projection. His is the voice, therefore, that's always in Kit's head and is the thread of continuity that connects her to the human world when she's an animal. But when ShenCorp's mission takes a more commercial--and ominous--turn, Kit is no longer sure of her safety. Propelling the reader into the bodies of the other creatures that share our world, The Many Selves of Katherine North takes place in the near future but shows us a dazzling world far, far from the realm of our experience.





Lexi George (2011)

So I Married a Demon Slayer
    Kathy Love, Angie Fox, and Lexi George
Zebra, August 30, 2016
     Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Zebra, August 30, 2011
     eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Amid the neon lights of Vegas, and the glitz of high-fashion, demon slayers are the new sexy…

Hot! by Kathy Love

At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mailroom guys are undercover demon slayers, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer, and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth, to fall in love.

What Slays In Vegas by Angie Fox

When a sexy succubus comes up against a demon slayer intent on killing her boss, a truly wild night turns into a quickie wedding. But even in a city where anything goes, their union is strictly forbidden. Which doesn’t mean either is rushing to jump out of the marriage bed.

The Bride Wore Demon Dust by Lexi George

He’s perfection in a tuxedo—more so out of it—and on a mission to protect his Alabama gal from the mysterious mayhem intent on her destruction. But the bride is a steel magnolia with special powers of her own, determined to drop-kick evil forces across the state line.





Max Gladstone (2012)

Bookburners
     Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery
Saga Press, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and Trade Paperback, 800 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
The critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic—previously released serially online by Serial Box, now available in print for the first time!

Magic is real, and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad—Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum—and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in a fast-paced, kickass character driven novel chock-full of magic, mystery, and mayhem, written collaboratively by a team of some of the best writers working in fantasy.





Wayne Gladstone (2014)

Reports on the Internet Apocalypse
The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy 3
Thomas Dunne Books, November 1, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 240 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
In Reports on the Internet Apocalypse, the third and final installment of the Internet Apocalypse Trilogy, Gladstone, the would-be Internet Messiah, finds himself in exile from America, falsely accused of terrorism and murder. Meanwhile, a government Special Agent is hot on his trail and has joined forces with a first-time Hollywood producer bent on optioning Gladstone’s story for film.

When the World Wide Web returns in a highly compromised and commercialized state, possibly due to the efforts of a billionaire presidential candidate, Gladstone and his pursuers must collaborate in an attempt to reclaim a free and open Internet.

Reports on the Internet Apocalypse brings to an end the dystopian trilogy that imagines a world forced to face itself in real life.





Francesca Haig (2015)

The Map of Bones
The Fire Sermon 2
Gallery Books, December 6, 2016
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 3, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 12
Book Two in the critically acclaimed Fire Sermon post-apocalyptic trilogy, “with its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), is an exciting and thought-provoking continuation of this epic social commentary written by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse, all humans are born in pairs: the Alphas, and their deformed Omega twins, who are ruthlessly oppressed. But despite their claims of superiority, the Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Following the events of The Fire Sermon, the Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead or in hiding. The Alpha Council’s plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun. But all is not entirely lost: the Council’s seer, the Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin’s sacrifice.

Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while her brother Zach’s cruelty and obsession push her to the edge and threaten to destroy everything she hopes for. As the country moves closer to all-out civil war, Cass will learn that to change the future she will need to uncover the past. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers: a deeply buried secret that raises the stakes higher than ever before.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33


This is the thirty-third in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



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Francesca Haig (2015)

The Fire Sermon
The Fire Sermon Trilogy 1
Gallery Books, February 2, 2016
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 10, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
Nuclear war, dystopian unrest, a genetic mutation that divides twins in life and unites them in death—the “refreshingly nuanced” (Booklist, starred review) first novel in award-winning poet Francesca Haig’s richly imagined and action-packed post-apocalyptic trilogy “is poised to become the next must-read hit” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

Four hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse, all humans are born in pairs: the deformed Omegas, who are exploited and oppressed, and their Alpha twins, who have inherited the earth—or what’s left of it. But despite their claims of superiority, the Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega whose mutation is psychic foresight—not that she needs it to know that as her powerful twin, Zach, ascends the ranks of the ruling Alpha Council, she’s in grave danger. Zach has a devastating plan for Omega annihilation. Cass has visions of an island where a bloody Omega resistance promises a life of freedom. But her real dream is to discover a middle way, one that would bring together the sundered halves of humanity. And that means both the Council and the resistance have her in their sights.


The Map of Bones
The Fire Sermon Trilogy 2
Gallery Books, May 3, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
Book Two in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic series by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort, Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.




Scott Hawkins (2015)

The Library at Mount Char
Broadway Books, March 15, 2016
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. 

After all, she was a normal American herself once.  

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. 

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.
[Description from the Hardcover edition]




Alyc Helms (2015)

The Conclave of Shadows
Dragons of Heaven / Missy Masters 2
Angry Robot Books, April 5, 2016 (NA Print / eBook )
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
April 7, 2016 (UK Print)
Cover Art by Amazing 15

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
Missy Masters — aka the legendary superhero Mr Mystic — owes a lot of people favours after the events in The Dragons of Heaven. And these aren’t easy favours to pay back. So when one of the Argent Aces, Abby Trent, asks for her help in retrieving a Shadow Realms artefact, she figures this will help her pay down at least one of her debts.

The problem: Abby is just as good at getting into trouble as Missy, and before they can recover the artefact, it’s stolen by Abby’s arch-nemesis (and half-sister), the djinni Asha.

They follow Asha to the Divan of the Djinn, a twilight court of Shadow Realms exiles and freedom fighters on the border between Pakistan and India… and Missy and Abby are not welcome there. Missy has to navigate the arcane network of enmities and raise her own status among the Shadow hierarchy to gain allies against Asha and her masters.

After all, friends don’t let friends fight their arch-nemesis alone.

File Under: Fantasy




Randy Henderson (2015)

Finn Fancy Necromancy
The Arcana Familia 1
Tor Books, January 5, 2016
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 10, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
Writers of the Future grand prize winner Randy Henderson presents a dark and quirky debut in Finn Fancy Necromancy.

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

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


Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free
The Arcana Familia
Tor Books, February 16, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
In this sequel to Randy Henderson's acclaimed debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, Finn Gramaraye is settling back into the real world after his twenty-five-year-long imprisonment in the otherworld of the Fey. He's fallen in love with a woman from his past, though he worries she may love a version of him that no longer exists. He's proved his innocence of the original crime of Dark Necromancy, and he's finding a place in the family business--operating a mortuary for the Arcane, managing the magical energies left behind when an Arcane being dies to prevent it from harming the mundane world.

But Finn wants more. Or different. Or something. He's figured out how to use the Kinfinder device created by his half-mad father to find people's True Love, and he'd like to convert that into an Arcane Dating Service. It's a great idea. Everyone wants True Love! Unfortunately, trouble always seems to find Finn, and when he agrees to help his friend, the Bigfoot named Sal, they walk right into a Feyblood rebellion against the Arcane Ruling Council, a rebellion being fomented by unknown forces and fueled by the drug created by Finn's own grandfather.




C. A. Higgins (2015)

Supernova
Lightless 2
Del Rey, July 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 33
C. A. Higgins’s acclaimed novel Lightless fused suspenseful storytelling, high-caliber scientific speculation, and richly developed characters into a stunning science fiction epic. Now the dazzling Supernova heightens the thrills and deepens the haunting exploration of technology and humanity—and the consequences that await when the two intersect.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2015 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when we have it.

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Cover Art: John Coulthart



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Book Design: Elizabeth A. D. Eno



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Cover Design: Michael J. Windsor



2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March 2015
Cover Art: Andrea Garcia; Cover Design: Jen Cain



Review: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig


The Fire Sermon
Author:  Francesca Haig
Series:  The Fire Sermon 1
Publisher:  Gallery Books, March 10, 2015
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
List Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781476767185 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.


Melanie's Review

The Fire Sermon is set in the future, in a post apocalyptic world where the effects of radiation has resulted in every child born with a twin. However, its not just any twin. Each pair of twins consists of an Alpha who is perfect in every way and an Omega who could suffer from one of a variety of different birth defects such as missing or too many limbs/eyes, dwarfism or in the case of the heroine of this tale - they are seers. Instead of treasured for their uniqueness the Omegas are separated from from their Alpha twin an early age and branded with the omega symbol on their foreheads. They are then sent to to live segregated from the rest of society in impoverished colonies. If they had the chance the civilisation would do away with the Omegas but only one thing is stopping them. Omegas and Alphas are linked not just by birth - if they are hurt their twin hurts. If they get sick so does their twin and if the Omega dies so does their Alpha twin. Cassandra is a seer and her brother (and twin) Zach has become a tyrant and is responsible for the subjugation of hundreds of Omegas. Cassandra is a wanted woman, not just by her brother who wants her imprisoned to secure his own life, but she is also wanted by the growing resistance movement. Who will she side with? Her brother who she can't help but love or the her own kind - the Omegas he wants to destroy.

The Fire Sermon is a great read. The post apocalyptic plot line is credibly explained and Haig has developed a number of multi-faceted characters. Haig doesn't make life easy for her characters, especially Cassandra who is ostracized from both groups in the story - from the Alphas for being an Omega and from the Omegas for being too much like an Alpha - physically perfect but with the ability to see future events. I also thought that Haig was clever to keep the reader guessing on both past and future events. I wanted to know what happened in the past to cause the war that devastated the world and what would happen to Cassandra and the other Omegas with the brutal regime her brother has created to silence her kind. I did have a sense of déjà vu when I was reading this book. The linked twins seemed very familiar to me but I couldn't quite put my finger on why or what book I may have read that was similar. I did think that in parts Cassandra was a bit of a wimp. Her brother Zach was truly horrid to her and all the other Omegas but she still kept sticking up for him. This is a pretty minor criticism for what is overall, a solid, interesting and exciting book. I am already looking forward the second novel in the series.

The View From Monday - March 9, 2015


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon 1) by Francesca Haig.


From a formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Author:

Anti-Hero (Arthur Wallace / No Hero 3) by Jonathan Wood.



The View From Monday - March 9, 2015


March 8, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Chosen Thief Scarlett Dawn F - Forever Evermore 4
Witch Upon a Star Jennifer Harlow Th/R/P - A Midnight Magic Mystery 3
The Peyti Crisis Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Retrieval Artist



March 9, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Star Trek: The Original Series: Shadow of the Machine (e) Scott Harrison SF - Star Trek



March 10, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Exile C. T. Adams F/P - Book of the Fae 1
Defenders of Mankind (The Death of Antagonis; Death of Integrity) David Annandale
Guy Haley
SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines
The Fall of Fair Isle Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle Omnibus
Broken Vows (e) Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle 1
Dark Dreams (e) Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle 2
Desperate Alliances (e) Rowena Cory Daniells F - The Fall of Fair Isle 3
The Doll Collection Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Night's Blaze: Part 1: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 5
The Fire Sermon (D) Francesca Haig SF - The Fire Sermon 1
Thorn Jack (h2tp) Katherine Harbour F/P - Night and Nothing Novels 1
Bones and Heart (e) Katherine Harbour F/P - Night and Nothing Novels Short Tale
No Man's World: Omnibus Pat Kelleher SF - No Man's World
Firesoul Gary Kloster F - Pathfinder Tales
Quicksand (h2tp) Gigi Pandian M - Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery 3
The Mechanical Ian Tregillis SP - The Alchemy Wars 1
Persona Genevieve Valentine SF
Anti-Hero Jonathan Wood SF - Arthur Wallace / No Hero 3



March 11, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Thyme Fiend: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jeffrey Ford DF



March 12, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Last Quarrel: Episode 4 (e) Duncan Lay F - The Last Quarrel



March 15, 2015
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Werewolf Cop Andrew Klavan Oc/Su



D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
Oc - Occult
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller


Interview with Francesca Haig, author of The Fire Sermon - March 7, 20105


Please welcome Francesca Haig to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Fire Sermon will be published on March 10th by Gallery Books.



Interview with Francesca Haig, author of The Fire Sermon - March 7, 20105




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

Francesca:  I’ve been writing since I was a child – I was always a seriously nerdy kid, mad about reading and writing, and I always had a clear idea that I wanted to be a writer. Before I was a novelist I published poetry, and I worked in academia too, which is just a different form of writing – but now that I’m writing full time, it’s nice not to have to worry about the footnotes and bibliographies of academic writing!

As for why I write, I suspect it’s the same answer that most writers would give: I write because not writing has never really an option. I’ve always been a storyteller, and few things make me happier than mucking about with words.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Francesca:  Plot then pants. I’m a plotter at first – I find it really helpful to have an outline laid out. Apart from anything else, it breaks the novel down into manageable chunks. When I sit down at the desk at 8:30 in the morning, I’m never going to feel like “today I’m going to write a novel.” But I can just about face the prospect of: “today I’m going to write the scene where this character goes to X and discovers Y.”

While having a plot outline is helpful at the start, I find that I use it as a kind of scaffolding – it’s necessary when things are getting started, but then it’s often jettisoned once the writing itself takes shape. The main plot points tend not to change, but the way the characters end up getting to those points can often surprise me.



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

Francesca:  I think it’s letting go of the perfectionism of being a poet. When I started writing the novel, it was very hard to let myself off the hook and accept that a novel can have sentences, or even paragraphs, that won’t necessarily zing with the same intensity as a poem. In a poem, every single syllable and comma has to be carefully weighted. But sometimes a passage of a novel just needs to accomplish some necessary work in the service of the overall narrative. Obviously we work hard to get every page as good as it can be - but you simply can’t expect the same word-by-word exactitude in a novel as you demand of poetry. When I first started writing the novel, I’d agonise over every single word, and it could be paralysing.



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

Francesca:  There are so many, both poets and novelists. But of all of them, there are two novels to which I return more than any others. The first is Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces, an incredibly lyrical novel about the aftermath of the Holocaust. Like me, Michaels was a poet before she became a novelist, and when I read Fugitive Pieces I was stunned by how poetic her prose was. I can remember so clearly the sensation of reading it for the first time, and thinking: you’re allowed to do that with language!

The second is Cormac McCarthy’s astounding post-apocalyptic novel, The Road. It couldn’t be more different from Michaels’ novel – instead of lyrical prose, The Road is written in an incredibly stark, stripped-back language. It stuns me each time I re-read it. My writing style is probably much closer to the lyricism of Michaels than the starkness of McCarthy, but the bleak landscape of The Fire Sermon definitely owes a debt to McCarthy.



TQ:  Describe The Fire Sermon in 140 characters or less.

Francesca:  400 years after the blast, we're all twins. When one twin dies, so does the other. Oppression, resistance, adventure, juicy moral dilemmas!



TQ:  Tell us something about The Fire Sermon that is not in the book description.

Francesca:  It has some funny moments! I think when people pick up a post-apocalyptic novel, they’re not always expecting to find moments of humour. But for me, it was so important that there be some moments of levity, as a necessary counterpoint to the starkness of the devastated world. I’m not saying it’s a slapstick comedy, by any means – a lot of it is pretty grim and dark - but there are moments of lightness, particularly in the interplay between Cass and Kip.



TQ:  What inspired you to write The Fire Sermon? What appealed to you about writing a post-apocalyptic novel?

Francesca:  I wasn’t thinking about it as a post-apocalyptic novel when I started to write it. All I had, at the start, was the idea of a world of twins, and when one twin died so would the other. Everything else (the post-apocalyptic setting; the oppressive society; the mutations of the Omega twins) grew out of that core idea. But I think there’s a reason that people keep writing (and reading) post-apocalyptic novels –I think many of us are catastrophists at heart, quick to imagine the worst-case scenario. Literature is one way of tackling those fears.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Fire Sermon?

Francesca:  Not very much. Although the novel has sci-fi elements, I was only interested in the human consequences of these things, rather than the mechanics of how they worked. My main research had nothing to do with nuclear radiation or genetic mutations – it was just the research that all writers do: reading authors I admire and being inspired and challenged by their writing.



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

Francesca:  Kip was the easiest. I really enjoy his wry take on the world, and his little sarcastic asides were great fun to write. I have such a soft spot for him, after all that he’s gone through with his traumatic past (even though it was me who inflicted his traumatic past onto him!).

The hardest was probably Cass. She’s the main character, and she’s so flawed and conflicted. I love her, but for a long time I was nervous that other people wouldn’t, because she’s so complex. It took a while for me to learn to trust my instincts with her, and to allow myself to concentrate on making her authentic, rather than worrying about whether she would be “likeable.”



TQ:  Which question about The Fire Sermon do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Francesca:  I wish people would ask about the editing process! It might not sound sexy, but it’s so crucial to making a novel work. People sometimes cling to a romantic idea that novels are banged out in a hurry, and I’m always keen to disabuse them of that notion by emphasizing all the rewriting and editing that goes on between a first draft and publication. Even though there were times during that long process when I wanted to burn the manuscript, I now recognise how essential that work was. A lot of the things that I’m now proud of in The Fire Sermon didn’t even exist at first draft stage. Novels aren’t written – they’re re-written.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Fire Sermon.

Francesca

“I don’t know when I first realized my own difference, but I was old enough to know that it had to be hidden.”



TQ:  What's next?

Francesca:  I’m hard at work on the two sequels to The Fire Sermon - I’m working with my editors on polishing Book 2, and I’ve recently started writing Book 3. At some point I’d like to finish my next collection of poetry, too. The Fire Sermon series is keeping me so busy that poetry’s had to take a back seat lately. I want to get back to poetry soon. But ever since my time in academia, I’ve also had a hankering to write a crime novel set in the English department of a university…



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Francesca:  Thanks for having me!





The Fire Sermon
The Fire Sermon 1
Gallery Books, March 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Francesca Haig, author of The Fire Sermon - March 7, 20105
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.





About Francesca

Francesca Haig lives in London with her family. She received her PhD at the University of Melbourne, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester, where she is also Programme Leader in Creative Writing. Her poetry and prose have been published in many literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and have won various prizes. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. The Fire Sermon is her first novel.

Twitter @FrancescaHaig

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts


There are 11 debuts for March. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

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



Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Little, Brown And Company, March 24, 2015
Hardcover and eBook,352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY HIS FUTURE SELVES.

After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.

In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.

The Lost Boys Symphony is a beautiful reminder of what it's like to be young, lost, and in and out of love for the very first time. By turns heartfelt and heartbreaking, Ferguson's debut novel boldly announces the arrival of a spellbinding new talent on the literary stage, in a master feat of empathy and multilayered storytelling that takes adventurous literary fiction to dizzying new heights.




Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon
The Fire Sermon 1
Gallery Books, March 10, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.




Ellie O'Neill

Reluctantly Charmed
Touchstone, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate.

And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend’s website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin’s rock-and-roll sweetheart—and Kate’s onetime fling—writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps—or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.




Carrie Patel

The Buried Life
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
        (North American and eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

File Under: Science Fantasy [ Thriller | Society in Ruins | Fully Booked | New and Weird ]




Cat Rambo

Beasts of Tabat
The Tabat Quartet 1
Wordfire Press, March 27, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 325 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
When countryboy Teo arrives in the coastal city of Tabat, he finds it a hostile place, particularly to a boy hiding an enormous secret. It’s also a city in turmoil, thanks to an ancient accord to change governments and the rising demands of Beasts, the Unicorns, Dryads, Minotaurs and other magical creature on whose labor and bodies Tabat depends. And worst of all, it’s a city dedicated to killing Shifters, the race whose blood Teo bears.

When his fate becomes woven with that of Tabat’s most famous gladiator, Bella Kanto, his existence becomes even more imperiled. Kanto’s magical battle determines the weather each year, and the wealthy merchants are tired of the long winters she’s brought. Can Teo and Bella save each other from the plots that are closing in on them from all sides?




Justin Richards

The Suicide Exhibition
The Never War 1
Thomas Dunne Books, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(1st own world adult novel)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
The threat is not new. The aliens have been here before.

The German war machine has woken an ancient threat - the alien Vril and their Ubermensch have returned. With this new power, ultimate Victory in the war for Europe is now within the Nazis' grasp.Obsessed with the Occult, Hitler and other senior Nazis believed they were destined to inherit the Earth. To this end, they are determined to recover 'their' ancient artifacts -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Destiny. When Dunkirk veteran and Foreign Office trouble-shooter Major Guy Pentecross stumbles across a seemingly unbelievable conspiracy, he, together with pilot and American spy Sarah Diamond and SOE operative Leo Davenport, enter the shadow world of Section Z. All three have major roles to play as they uncover the Nazis' insidious plot to use the Vril's technology to win the war... at any cost.

Justin Richards has an extremely credible grasp of WWII history and has transformed it into a groundbreaking alternate reality thriller in The Suicide Exhibition.




Alan Smale

Clash of Eagles
Clash of Eagles Trilogy 1
Del Rey, March 17, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Perfect for fans of action-adventure and historical fiction—including novels by such authors as Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove—this stunning work of alternate history imagines a world in which the Roman Empire has not fallen and the North American continent has just been discovered. In the year 1218 AD, transported by Norse longboats, a Roman legion crosses the great ocean, enters an endless wilderness, and faces a cataclysmic clash of worlds, cultures, and warriors.  

Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined.

Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.




Gabriel Squailia

Dead Boys
Talos, March 3, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A decade dead, Jacob Campbell is a preservationist, providing a kind of taxidermy to keep his clients looking lifelike for as long as the forces of entropy will allow. But in the Land of the Dead, where the currency is time itself and there is little for corpses to do but drink, thieve, and gamble eternity away, Jacob abandons his home and his fortune for an opportunity to meet the man who cheated the rules of life and death entirely.

According to legend, the Living Man is the only adventurer to ever cross into the underworld without dying first. It’s rumored he met his end somewhere in the labyrinth of pubs beneath Dead City’s streets, disappearing without a trace. Now Jacob’s vow to find the Living Man and follow him back to the land of the living sends him on a perilous journey through an underworld where the only certainty is decay.

Accompanying him are the boy Remington, an innocent with mysterious powers over the bones of the dead, and the hanged man Leopold l’Eclair, a flamboyant rogue whose criminal ambitions spark the undesired attention of the shadowy ruler known as the Magnate.

An ambitious debut that mingles the fantastic with the philosophical, Dead Boys twists the well-worn epic quest into a compelling, one-of-a-kind work of weird fiction that transcends genre, recalling the novels of China Miéville and Neil Gaiman.




Ferrett Steinmetz

Flex
Flex 1
Angry Robot Books, March 3, 2015
Mass Market Paperback (US/Canada) and eBook,
Cover Art: Steven Meyer-Rassow

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.

But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic Pill • Firestarter • Bureaucramancy • The Flex & the Flux ]




Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective
Doubleday, March 3, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective, a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell's standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.




T.A. Wardrope

Arcadian Gates
Blastgun Books, March 17, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 424 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - March Debuts
Only ten years ago the entire nation was struck by a chemical weapon which destroyed most people’s memories. Akiry, a young woman who makes her way smuggling amongst the lower caste of the rebuilt country, is haunted by dreams of a daughter she otherwise does not remember.

As civil war erupts in the city around her, she takes the last chance she has to find the truth about her daughter and her past.

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