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The View From Monday - July 27, 2015

Happy last Monday in July. This week we have one debut:

The Drowning God by James Kendley;

and one novel from a formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Author:

Master of Formalities by Scott Meyer.

The View From Monday - July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015
Saint's Testimony (e) Frank O'Connor SF - Halo

July 28, 2015
Half a War Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea 3
Half the World (h2tp) Joe Abercrombie F - Shattered Sea 2
Visions (h2tp) Kelley Armstrong CF - Cainsville 2
Primal Heat Part 3: A Paranormal Shapeshifter Werejaguar Romance A. C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 6
Zombies vs. Unicorns Holly Black (e)
Justine Larbalestier (ed)
F - Anthology
Siren's Call Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 4
Excalibur Michael Clary CF - Camelot Wars 1
Treasure Planet (tp2mm) Hal Colebatch
Jessica Q. Fox
SF - Man-Kzin Wars 16
Liberty: 1784 (h2mm) Robert Conroy AH
The Deep (h2mm) Nick Cutter H
Redzone William C. Dietz SF - Mutant Files 2
The Primarchs Christian Dunn (ed) SF - The Horus Heresy 20
Spider's Trap Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 13
The Land of the Silver Apples Nancy Farmer F - Sea of Trolls Trilogy 2
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Neil Gaiman CF
The Forgotten (h2mm) Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters 16
To Mate an Assassin Ceri Grenelle PNR - Lost Alphars 1
The Conquering Dark Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
HistF - Crown & Key 3
Crooked Austin Grossman AH
Fool's Assassin (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy 1
The Good, The Bad and The Smug Tom Holt F/Hu
Biogenesis Tatsuaki Ishiguro SF - Collection
Shades in Shadow (e) N. K. Jemisin F - An Inheritance Triptych - Short Stories
Vampyr (e)(ri) Jan Jennings H
The Terrans Jean Johnson SF - First Salik War 1
Killing Pretty Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 7
The Golem of Hollywood (h2mm) Jonathan Kellerman
Jesse Kellerman
The Drowning God (D) James Kendley Th/Sup
Dragon Fall Katie MacAlister PNR - Dragon Fall 1
Seekers: Long Shot David Mack SF - Star Trek 3
Master of Formalities Scott Meyer SF
The Dinosaur Lords Victor Milán F
The Remaining: Extinction D.J. Molles Dys - The Remaining 6
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed Joseph Nassise (ed)
Del Howison (ed)
H - Anthology
Grunt Traitor Weston Ochse SF - Task Force Ombra 2
The Map of Time Collection: Map of Time, Map of the Sky, and Map of Chaos (e) Félix J. Palma Hist/GB
The Fall R. J. Pineiro SF/Th
Clink or Cooler? Jutta Profijt PM - Morgue Drawer 5
A Stellar Affair Laurel Richards PNR
Tortures of the Damned Hunter Shea H/Th
Koko Takes a Holiday (tp2mm) Kieran Shea SF - Koko 1
The Chalice of Death: Three Novels of Mystery in Space  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF - Omnibus
Hunt the Space-Witch!: Seven Adventures in Time and Space  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF - Collection
The Man in the Maze (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
The Planet Killers: Three Novels of the Spaceways  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
Tom O'Bedlam (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
To the Land of the Living  (e)(ri) Robert Silverberg SF
The Edge of Ruin Melinda Snodgrass CF - Edge 2
Magnificent Vibration (h2tp) Rick Springfield F
The Ultra Thin Man: A Science Fiction Novel (h2tp) Patrick Swenson SF
Fish Tails (h2tp) Sheri S. Tepper SF
The Fifth House of the Heart Ben Tripp H
The Final Descent (ri) Rick Yancey H - The Monstrumologist 4
The Domino Pattern (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 4
Judgment at Proteus (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 5
Night Train to Rigel (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 1
Odd Girl Out (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 3
The Third Lynx (e)(ri) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 2

July 30, 2015
Stealing Into Winter (e) Graeme K. Talboys F - Shadow in the Storm 1

July 31, 2015
The Best of Gregory Benford David G. Hartwell (ed) SF - Collection
Teaching the Dog to Read Jonathan Carroll Meta/F
Savages K. J. Parker F

August 1, 2015
Leopard Enchanted (e) Doranna Durgin PNR - Sentinels 8
The Einstein Prophecy Robert Masello SF/Sup/Th
Plague of the Manitou Graham Masterton H - Harry Erksine 7
Community (ri) Graham Masterton H
Water (e) K J Taylor F - Drachengott 4
Seduced by the Moon (e) Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR

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

AH - Alternate History
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
Meta - Metaphysical
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

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

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover Artist - David Palumbo

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July Debuts
Cover Design by Jason Gurley

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts

There are 10 debuts for July. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The July 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 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on July 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 July. The list is correct as of the day posted.

Rob Boffard

Redhook (Orbit), July 16, 2015
eBook, 368 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts

Our planet is in ruins. Three hundred miles above its scarred surface orbits Outer Earth: a space station with a million souls on board. They are all that remain of the human race.

Darnell is the head of the station's biotech lab. He's also a man with dark secrets. And he has ambitions for Outer Earth that no one will see coming.

Prakesh is a scientist, and he has no idea what his boss Darnell is capable of. He'll have to move fast if he doesn't want to end up dead.

And then there's Riley. She's a tracer - a courier. For her, speed is everything. But with her latest cargo, she's taken on more than she bargained for.

A chilling conspiracy connects them all.

The countdown has begun for Outer Earth - and for mankind.

Camille Griep

Letters to Zell
47North, July 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty)—until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates—and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?

In this hilarious modern interpretation of the fairy-tale stories we all know and love, Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn’t write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams.

Logan J. Hunder

Witches Be Crazy
A Tale That Happened Once Upon a Time in the Middle of Nowhere
Night Shade Books, July 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Real heroes never die. But they do get grouchy in middle age.

The beloved King Ik is dead, and there was barely time to check his pulse before the royal throne was supporting the suspiciously shapely backside of an impostor pretending to be Ik’s beautiful long-lost daughter. With the land’s heroic hunks busy drooling all over themselves, there’s only one man left who can save the kingdom of Jenair. His name is Dungar Loloth, a rural blacksmith turned innkeeper, a surly hermit and an all-around nobody oozing toward middle age, compensating for a lack of height, looks, charm, and tact with guts and an attitude.

Normally politics are the least of his concerns, but after everyone in the neighboring kingdom of Farrawee comes down with a severe case of being dead, Dungar learns that the masquerading princess not only is behind the carnage but also has similar plans for his own hometown. Together with an eccentric and arguably insane hobo named Jimminy, he journeys out into the world he’s so pointedly tried to avoid as the only hope of defeating the most powerful person in it. That is, if he can survive the pirates, cultists, radical Amazonians, and assorted other dangers lying in wait along the way.

Logan J. Hunder’s hilarious debut blows up the fantasy genre with its wry juxtaposition of the fantastic and the mundane, proving that the best and brightest heroes aren’t always the best for the job.

J. Dalton Jennings

Solomon's Arrow
Talos Press, July 14, 2014
Trade Papeback and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
It’s the mid-twenty-first century. The oceans are rising, the world’s population is growing, terrorist organizations are running rampant, and it has become readily apparent that humanity’s destructive nature is at the heart of the matter.

When all faith in humanity seems lost, a startling proposal is announced: Solomon Chavez, the mysterious son of the world’s first trillionaire, announces that he, backed by a consortium of governments and wealthy donors, will build an interstellar starshipone that will convey a select group of six thousand individuals, all under the age of fifty, with no living relatives, to a recently discovered planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system. His goal is lofty: to build a colony that will ensure the survival of the human race. However, Solomon Chavez has a secret that he doesn’t dare share with the rest of the world.

With the launch date rapidly approaching, great odds must be overcome so that the starship Solomon’s Arrow can fulfill what the human race has dreamed of for millennia: reaching for the stars. The goal is noble, but looming on the horizon are threats nobody could have imaginedones that may spell the end of all human life and end the universe as we know it.

Filled with action, suspense, and characters that will live on in the imagination, Solomon’s Arrow will leave readers breathless, while at the same time questioning what humanity’s true goals should be: reaching for the stars, or exploring the limits of the human mind?

James Kendley

The Drowning God
Harper Voyager Impulse, July 28, 2015
eBook, 240 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
To uncover modern Japan's darkest, deadliest secret, one man must face a living nightmare from his childhood

Few villagers are happy when Detective Tohru Takuda returns to his hometown to investigate a string of suspicious disappearances. Even the local police chief tries to shut him out from the case. For behind the conspiracy lurks a monstrous living relic of Japan's pagan history: the Kappa. Protected long ago by a horrible pact with local farmers—and now by coldly calculating corporate interests—the Kappa drains the valley's lifeblood, one villager at a time.

As the body count rises, Takuda must try to end the Drowning God's centuries-long reign of terror, and failure means death…or worse.

Brian Kirk

We Are Monsters
Samhain Publishing, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 312 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum. 

He’s the hospital’s newest, and most notorious, patient—a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side.

Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

Rhonda Mason

The Empress Game
The Empress Game Trilogy 1
Titan Books, July 14, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire’s supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn’t won by votes or marriage. It’s won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the women of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. Kayla Reunimon, a supreme fighter, is called to battle it out in the arena.

The battle for political power isn’t contained by the tournament’s ring, however. The empire’s elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top.

Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Bloomsbury USA, July 14, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.
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A.F.E. Smith

Harper Voyager (UK), July 2, 2015
eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren – true heir to the throne – hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place.

When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line?

Now on the run, Ayla must fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown she never wanted and be allowed to return to the home she has always loved.

Gary Whitta

Inkshares, July 29, 2015
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - July Debuts
He is England's greatest knight, the man who saved the life of Alfred the Great and an entire kingdom from a Viking invasion. But when he is called back into service to combat a plague of monstrous beasts known as abominations, he meets a fate worse than death and is condemned to a life of anguish, solitude, and remorse.

She is a fierce young warrior, raised among an elite order of knights. Driven by a dark secret from her past, she defies her controlling father and sets out on a dangerous quest to do what none before her ever have―hunt down and kill an abomination, alone.

When a chance encounter sets these two against one another, an incredible twist of fate will lead them toward a salvation they never thought possible―and prove that the power of love, mercy, and forgiveness can shine a hopeful light even in history’s darkest age.

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