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The View From Monday - February 6, 2017


Happy first Monday in February!

There are 6 debuts this week:

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly;

Dr. Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl;

Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek;

The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgia De Maria;

All Our Wrongs Today by Elan Mastai;

and

Zodiac by Sam Wilson.

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


And from formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn;

With Blood Upon the Sand (Song of Shattered Sands 2) ny Bradley P. Beaulieu;

Hungry Ghosts (Eric Carter 3) by Stephen Blackmoore;

Magic of Blood and Sea: The Assassin's Curse; The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke;

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley;

Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic 1) by Melissa F. Olson;

and

The Damned (The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1) by Tarn Richardson is out in Trade Paperback.


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



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


February 7, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Devil Crept In Ania Ahlborn H
Elisha Mancer E.C. Ambrose HistF/DF/F - Dark Apostle Series 4
With Blood Upon the Sand Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF/SF - Song of Shattered Sands 2
Marked In Flesh (h2mm) Anne Bishop DF/CF/R/FR -A Novel of the Others 4
Hungry Ghosts Stephen Blackmoore UF/DF/P - Eric Carter 3
Crown of Doom and Light (e) Jayde Brooks CF - Daughter of Gods and Shadows 3
The Clairvoyants Karen Brown Gothic/Th/SupTh/Psy/LF
The Stolen Child Lisa Carey LF
Lucidity David Carnoy Th/Cr
Imprudence (h2tp) Gail Carriger SP - Custard Protocol 2
Magic of Blood and Sea: The Assassin's Curse; The Pirate's Wish Cassandra Rose Clarke F - Omnibus
Space Wolves Ben Counter
Rob Sanders
Steve Lyons
C L Werner
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 5
The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades Mark Z. Danielewski LF/SF/F/UF - Familiar 4
Universal Harvester John Darnielle LF/H
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology Ellen Datlow GB - Anthology
Super City Cops - Secret Identities (e) Keith R. A. DeCandido F/SH - S.C.P.D. 3
The Seer Collection: The Choosing / The Calling / The Returning (e) Rachelle Dekker Dys/SFR - Seer
In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969 Samuel R. Delany Kenneth R. James (Ed) L - The Journals of Samuel R. Delany
Amberlough (D) Lara Elena Donnelly HistF
The Pilgrims (tp2mm) Will Elliott CF - The Pendulum Trilogy 1
Sudden Death (h2tp) Alvaro Enrigue
Natasha Wimmer
LF/Hist/AH
Retribution Shana Figueroa PNR - Valentine Shepherd 2
Dr. Potter's Medicine Show (D) Eric Scott Fischl F/HistF/SF/SP
The Nightwalker (D- America) Sebastian Fitzek PsyTh
Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman FairyT/FolkT/LM
Caine's Mutiny Charles E. Gannon SF - Caine Riordan 4
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death Kim Harrison UF - The Hollows Prequel
Revisionary (h2mm) Jim C. Hines UF/P/HU - Magic Ex Libris 4
The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley SF/SO
Celestial Empire: The Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction Nathaniel Isaacson LC/SF/F - Early Classics of Science Fiction Series
Infernal Devices (ri) K.W. Jeter SP
The Perdition Score (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 8
Calgar's Siege Paul Kearney SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
Born of Vengeance Sherrilyn Kenyon SFR/F/CF/SF - The League: Nemesis Rising 10
Born of Legend (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon SFR/F/CF/SF - The League: Nemesis Rising 9
The Macharian Crusade Omnibus William King SF - The Macharian Crusade
King of the Grey Richard A. Knaak SF/AP/PA - City of Shadows 1
Twilight Crossing Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 7
The Execution Channel Ken MacLeod SF/AP/PA/Th
The Twenty Days of Turin (D - English Language) Giorgio De Maria
Ramon Glazov (Tr)
LF
The Burning World Isaac Marion LF/Z - Warm Bodies 2
All Our Wrong Todays (D) Elan Mastai SF/TT/LF/FL
Fleet Renegade Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 2
Rebecca (ri) Daphne Du Maurier LF/Gothic/R - Everyman's Library
The Lonely Hearts Hotel Heather O'Neill HistF/MR/LF
Midnight Curse Melissa F. Olson UF - Disrupted Magic 1
The Damned (h2tp) Tarn Richardson DF - The Darkest Hand Trilogy 1
Grave Michelle Sagara UF/DF/P - Queen of the Dead 3
Archmage (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming 1
Saturn Run (h2mm) John Sandford
Ctein
SF/Sus/Th
A Perfect Machine Brett Savory SF
Frankenstein Mary Shelley SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 115
The One Inside (D) Sam Shepard LF/VisMeta
Autumn Ali Smith LF.VisMeta/CW
The Beauty of Destruction Gavin G. Smith SF
Desperation Road Michael Farris Smith Gothic
Lotus Blue (e) Cat Sparks SF/AP/PA/GenEng
The Black Wolves of Boston Wen Spencer CF
The People's Police Norman Spinrad CF/Occ/Sup
Winter Be My Shield Jo Spurrier F - Children of the Black Sun 1
Kill Before Dying Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 5
NK3 Michael Tolkin LF.SF/AP/PA/Satire
Infinite Chaos (e) William Vitka Occ/Sup/M - Madness Reports 2
Idle Ingredients Matt Wallace UF/HU - A Sin du Jour Affair 4
Hard to Handle: A Beauty and Beast Novel Christine Warren PNR/P/Gothic - Gargoyles Series 5
The Great Martian War: Breakthrough Scott Washburn SP - Great Martian Invasion 2
Zodiac (D) Sam Wilson Th



February 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Old Dispensation: A Tor.com Original Lavie Tidhar SF/SO



February 9, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Bear and the Serpent (e) Adrian Tchaikovsky F - Echoes of the Fall 2



February 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire. Elizabeth Hand Outspoken Authors - Collection



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


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

Interview with Lara Elena Donnelly, author of Amberlough


Please welcome Lara Elena Donnelly to The Qwillery as part of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Amberlough will be published on February 7th by Tor Books.



Interview with Lara Elena Donnelly, author of Amberlough




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

LD:  I started writing in Ms. Pettiford’s 5th/6th grade classroom. To kickstart our imaginations, she used pages from Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as prompts. For a very long time I was convinced Harris Burdick was a real person. I don’t think I was disillusioned until college.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

LD:  I’m so totally a plotter. I used to be a pantser, but when I attended the Clarion writers’ workshop I got the same critique over and over again: my characters were passive. Things happened to them, but they never did anything. Once I started outlining, and asking myself why I was making my narrative decisions, and what the consequences of those decisions would be, my passivity problem mostly went away. Also the long-form projects I’ve been working on, Amberlough included, have seriously convoluted plots. Now I shudder at the thought of pantsing.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

LD:  Often, the “ass to chair” aspect. I’m an extrovert, and I like to be social. Voluntarily shutting myself up inside, alone, to put words on a page, can be very difficult sometimes.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

LD:  Often my writing is a kind of wish-fulfillment—a way to create an aesthetic or experience I want to see in the world. The first novel I ever wrote, I wrote because I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read at the library that day. So I guess the major influences on my writing recently have been real life experiences and interests: swing dance, vintage parties, menswear, working in the service industry, dating disasters, and a host of other tangible things.

Media-consumption-wise, I’ve been reading a lot of pop histories and salacious biographies. This is partly a function of research, but also usually relevant to my interests. Pop histories and salacious biographies tend to involve vintage parties and menswear, and usually some pretty scandalous dating disasters.



TQDescribe Amberlough in 140 characters or less.

LDAmberlough is a queer and glittering cabaret of love, lust, friendship & betrayal set in a country teetering on the brink of a fascist coup.



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

LD:  This book includes so many cigarettes that it should come with a surgeon general’s warning.



TQWhat inspired you to write Amberlough?

LD:  My mental construct of writing is a stew pot that I’m constantly adding ingredients to, always simmering on the backburner of my brain, which I eventually empty out into a bowl/novel/story. Amberlough was a really, really long time cooking, and there were a lot of ingredients that went into the pot to make it.

But there are two big things. One, I first watched Cabaret in the summer of 2008. Two, I studied abroad in Ireland in 2010 and went on a road trip that took me through the Sheffrey Pass, one of the most beautiful and desolate places I’ve ever been. On the face of it, Sheffrey and Weimar Berlin don’t have a lot in common. But when I was driving through that rainy, cloudy, windy place, covered in blooming gorse, a scene and a name dropped into my head. Aristide Makricosta, waiting for someone on a hillside. I didn’t know who he was, or what had happened, or who he was waiting for. I only knew he was a glamorous person from a lush, doomed place (Cabaret, creeping in), and that he familiar with this rural setting, though he clearly didn’t belong.

From there, it was just a matter of figuring out the how and why.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Amberlough?

LD:  A LOT. And I still feel like it wasn’t enough. I read so much Isherwood. Mr. Norris Changes Trains, The Berlin Stories, Christopher and His Kind. Also, obviously, le Carré: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. Ben Macintyre’s Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies. D.J. Taylor’s Bright Young People.

Then there’s the incidentals: when were cigarette lighters invented? When did the wristwatch replace the pocket watch? How many studs on a proper white tie dress shirt? How much cyanide do you need to kill a grown man, and how fast will he die? Does the poison react in any way with alcohol? Assuming medical technology consistent with the early 1930s, what were your odds of surviving surgery on a perforated gut gone septic? The more context-specific the questions, the harder they were to answer.



TQPlease tell us about Amberlough's cover.

LD:  Victo Ngai is a genius. Everything she’s done is gorgeous. If you don’t believe me, open a new tab and google her right now.

The cover came about when my editor (Diana Pho) and I had a phone call to compare secret cover inspiration Pinterest boards. Hers was very much a black-and-white photo aesthetic, reminiscent of Brassaï’s Paris. Mine was all art deco advertising art. She showed me some art Victo had done for a Tor.com story and I was like “yes. YES.”

The great thing about the cover is that it depicts a scene that wasn’t in the original draft. When I got my first edit letter from Diana, she asked if we could see Aristide and Cordelia onstage. They both perform in the Bumble Bee Cabaret, but in the first version of the book, we only ever saw them backstage or mingling with the crowd. I guess I hadn’t felt like their acts were plot-relevant. But I’m so glad Diana asked me to show them, because the sizzling strip tease in chapter fifteen became the most beautiful cover in the world.



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

LD:  I found it equally easy to write from Cyril and Aristide’s points of view—they’re different in some superficial ways, but similarly calculating. They’re both running constant analysis on every interaction they have. They approach their lives very much like I write: questioning every decision they make, mapping consequences, weighing the merits of every relationship. It felt very natural to write them living like I write, if that makes sense.

Cordelia was much harder. She’s less esoteric than the boys, less intensely analytical. Her actions are more instinctual, her relationships more genuine. Also she speaks in an entirely different register, and I had to constantly police my word choice. My first instinct is elevated vocabulary and lyrical description, but Cordelia doesn’t go there, so much. I had to ask, every time: would she say it this way?

But for all the struggle—maybe because of that struggle, and the extra attention she required—nine out of ten readers agree: Cordelia is their favorite character.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Amberlough?

LD:  From its earliest drafts, Amberlough has been a queer romance. It wasn’t a choice, per se. It was just how the story arrived.

But Amberlough is also a book about the forcible homogenization of a diverse society, and that’s impossible to write without including diversity. As I drafted, though, I noticed that whenever I introduced a new character, my default was white and male. So I started to be more deliberate in choosing identities, and eventually those choices played into the narrative.

As Cyril explains it: “[The Ospies’] aim was unification: the loose federation into one tightly controlled entity. The manifold diversity of Gedda’s people into one homogenous culture.” But you can’t homogenize something that isn’t diverse in the first place.

In the beginning of the book, there are women and people of color in positions of power. Cyril’s boss, Ada Culpepper, is a dapper, masculine-of-center black woman, the child of refugees, who’s having an affair with her younger white male secretary. She up-ends a lot of contemporary, real-world assumptions and stereotypes.

As the book goes on and the Ospies gain power and influence, I deliberately started bringing in more old white men and putting them in charge. Women are placed in subordinate positions, belittled. Queer people, immigrants, and people of color face violence and prejudice. It becomes, sadly, a lot more like our world. I hope the juxtaposition highlights that the power dynamics we often take for granted don’t have to be the norm.



TQWhich question about Amberlough do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

LD:  I honestly wish someone would ask me to explain the organization of the government, and the system of border tariffs that’s causing so much political tension. I feel like there wasn’t a way to include the nitty gritty details of taxation and election conventions in the book that wasn’t staggeringly boring.

That said, I feel like explaining it here might be staggeringly boring too.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Amberlough.

LD:  The paragraph has been in the story since its very first iteration. It’s a description of that drive through the Irish mountains, transposed to my invented world:

            “[Dusk] came quickly in the Currin Pass, especially at the waning end of summer. As soon as the sun slipped behind the peaks of the Culthams, the temperature dropped and the air turned heavy with dew. Gentian light softened the edges of the crags and made the streams run black and spangled. A distant herd of sheep—pale smears in the gloom—trotted home over the tussocks of tangled grass that grew up the steep hillsides.”



TQWhat's next?

LD:  I’m working on several short stories, and co-writing a novella. I’m also working on an exciting long-form project I think I’d better keep hush-hush for now. The only thing I’ve got coming up publishing-wise is a reprint of my story “The Dirty American” in Lethe Press’s anthology The Midas Clutch (summer 2017).



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

LD:  Thanks for having me! This was fun!





Amberlough
Tor Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Lara Elena Donnelly, author of Amberlough
From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup

Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.

Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.

Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.

Combining the espionage thrills of le Carré with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

"James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde." —Holly Black

"Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world." —Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

"An astonishing first novel!" —World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner





About the Author

Interview with Lara Elena Donnelly, author of Amberlough
Photo by Debra Wilburn
LARA ELENA DONNELLY is a graduate of the Alpha and Clarion writing workshops. Her fiction won the Dell Magazine Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy; she has been published in Icarus, Strange Horizons, Grim Corps, and Mythic Delirium. Donnelly has worked as professional fire performer, belly dancer, and is knowledgeable in aerial acrobatics and burlesque. Amberlough is her debut novel. You can visit her online at: http://laradonnelly.com/ and on Twitter under @larazontally.





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2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts


There are 14 debut novels for February.

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

The February 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 February cover for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 15, 2017.

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 2017 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for February 2017 The list is correct as of the day posted.



E. O. Chirovici

The Book of Mirrors
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, February 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
An elegant, page-turning thriller in the vein of Night Film and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, this tautly crafted novel is about stories: the ones we tell, the ones we keep hidden, and the ones that we’ll do anything to ensure they stay buried.

When literary agent Peter Katz receives a partial book submission entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued by its promise and original voice. The author, Richard Flynn, has written a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with the protégée of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night just before Christmas 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home. The case was never solved. Now, twenty-five years later, Katz suspects that Richard Flynn is either using his book to confess to the murder, or to finally reveal who committed the violent crime.

But the manuscript ends abruptly—and its author is dying in the hospital with the missing pages nowhere to be found. Hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the story, Katz hires investigative journalist John Keller to research the murder and reconstruct the events for a true crime version of the memoir. Keller tracks down several of the mysterious key players, including retired police detective Roy Freeman, one of the original investigators assigned to the murder case, but he has just been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Inspired by John Keller’s investigation, he decides to try and solve the case once and for all, before he starts losing control of his mind. A trip to the Potosi Correctional Centre in Missouri, several interviews, and some ingenious police work finally lead him to a truth that has been buried for over two decades...or has it?

Stylishly plotted, elegantly written, and packed with thrilling suspense until the final page, The Book of Mirrors is a book within a book like you’ve never read before.




Giorgio De Maria

The Twenty Days of Turin
Ramon Glazov (Translator)
Liveright, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages
Literary Fiction
(English Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Written during the height of the 1970s Italian domestic terror, a cult novel, with distinct echoes of Lovecraft and Borges, makes its English-language debut.

In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citizenry of Turin fear to mention. Inevitably drawn into the city’s occult netherworld, he unearths the stuff of modern nightmares: what’s shared can never be unshared.

An allegory inspired by the grisly neo-fascist campaigns of its day, The Twenty Days of Turin has enjoyed a fervent cult following in Italy for forty years. Now, in a fretful new age of "lone-wolf" terrorism fueled by social media, we can find uncanny resonances in Giorgio De Maria’s vision of mass fear: a mute, palpitating dread that seeps into every moment of daily existence. With its stunning anticipation of the Internet—and the apocalyptic repercussions of oversharing—this bleak, prescient story is more disturbingly pertinent than ever.

Brilliantly translated into English for the first time by Ramon Glazov, The Twenty Days of Turin establishes De Maria’s place among the literary ranks of Italo Calvino and beside classic horror masters such as Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. Hauntingly imaginative, with visceral prose that chills to the marrow, the novel is an eerily clairvoyant magnum opus, long overdue but ever timely.




Lara Elena Donnelly

Amberlough
Tor Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Historical Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup

Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.

Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.

Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.

Combining the espionage thrills of le Carré with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

"James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde." —Holly Black

"Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world." —Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

"An astonishing first novel!" —World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner




Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld
The Band 1
Orbit, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
GLORY NEVER GETS OLD.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help--the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together.




Eric Scott Fischl

Dr. Potter's Medicine Show
Angry Robot, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Dr. Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now huckster and seller of snake-oil, travels the wet roads of the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, illusionists, fortunetellers, and musical whores. Under the quiet command of the mysterious, merciless, and murderous Lyman Rhoades, they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual… although, for a few unfortunate customers, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.

For drunken dentist Josiah McDaniel, the Sagwa has taken everything from him; in the hired company of two accidental outlaws, the bickering brothers Solomon Parker and Agamemnon Rideout, he looks to revenge himself on the Elixir’s creator: Dr. Morrison Hedwith, businessman, body-thief, and secret alchemist, a man who is running out of time.

File Under: Fantasy [ The Secret Tradition | Chemical Imbalance | Hustlers Hustled | The Carnival is Over ]




Sebastian Fitzek

The Nightwalker
Jaime Lee Searle (Translator)
Pegasus Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Psychological Thriller
(American Debut)

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A psychological thrill-ride of a novel that finds an insomniac wondering if his nighttime excursions have turned into something beyond his imagination.

As a young man, Leon Nader suffered from insomnia. As a sleepwalker, he even turned to violence during his nocturnal excursions and had psychiatric treatment for his condition. Eventually, he was convinced he had been cured—but one day, years later, Leon's wife disappears from their apartment under mysterious circumstances. Could it be that his illness has broken out again? In order to find out how he behaves in his sleep, Leon fits a movement activated camera to his forehead—and when he looks at the video the next morning he makes a discovery that bursts the borders of his imagination. His nocturnal personality goes through a door that is totally unknown to him and descends into the darkness . . .

Sebastian Fitzek has been published in twenty-nine languages including Dutch, Italian, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Gree, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Bulgarian, Danish, and Japanese. He is a number one bestselling author in Germany, where he lives. This is his American debut.




Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things
William Morrow, February 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook 288 pages
Literary Fiction

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A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—

Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony's lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor's quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony's last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice's redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.




Vic James

Gilded Cage
Dark Gifts 1
Del Rey, February 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook 368 pages
Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve—for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke

NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?




Erika Lewis

Game of Shadows
Tor Books, February 28, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save the mythological land of Tara from a terrible fate in Erika Lewis's stunning debut, Game of Shadows.

Thousands of years ago in Ireland, an ancient race fought a world-changing battle—and lost. Their land overrun, the Celtic gods and goddesses fled, while the mythical races and magical druids sailed to an uncharted continent, cloaked so mankind could never find it. This new homeland was named Tara.

In modern day Los Angeles, Ethan Makkai struggles with an overprotective mother who never lets him out of her sight, and a terrifying secret: he can see ghosts. Desperate for a taste of freedom, he leaves his apartment by himself for the first time—only to find his life changed forever. After being attacked by dive-bombing birds, he races home to find the place trashed and his mother gone.

With the help of a captain from Tara who has been secretly watching the Makkais for a long time, Ethan sets out to save his mother; a journey that leads him to the hidden lands, and straight into the arms of a vicious sorcerer who will stop at nothing until he controls Tara.With new-found allies including Christian, the cousin he never knew he had, and Lily, the sword-slinging healer who’d rather fight than mend bones, Ethan travels an arduous road—dodging imprisonment, battling beasts he thought only existed in nightmares, and accepting help from the beings he’s always sought to avoid: ghosts. This L.A. teen must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother, the fearless girl he’s fallen for, and all the people of Tara.




Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Dutton, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
Science Fiction, Time Travel, Literary Fiction, Family Life

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity’s future.”—Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian 

“Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop. ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS is a page-turning delight.”—Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed…because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.




Keith Rosson

The Mercy of the Tide
Meerkat Press, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 294 pages
Alternate History, Speculative Fiction, Thriller

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Riptide, Oregon, 1983. A sleepy coastal town, where crime usually consists of underage drinking down at a Wolf Point bonfire. But then strange things start happening—a human skeleton is unearthed in a local park and mutilated animals begin appearing, seemingly sacrificed, on the town’s beaches. The Mercy of the Tide follows four people drawn irrevocably together by a recent tragedy as they do their best to reclaim their lives—leading them all to a discovery that will change them and their town forever. At the heart of the story are Sam Finster, a senior in high school mourning the death of his mother, and his sister Trina, a nine-year-old deaf girl who denies her grief by dreaming of a nuclear apocalypse as Cold War tensions rise. Meanwhile, Sheriff Dave Dobbs and officer Nick Hayslip must try to put their own sorrows aside to figure out who, or what, is wreaking havoc on their once-idyllic town.

Keith Rosson paints outside the typical genre lines with his brilliant debut novel. It is a gorgeously written book that merges the sly wonder of magical realism and alternate history with the depth and characterization of literary fiction.



George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo
Random House, February 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Literary Fiction, Historical, Ghost

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?




Chris Sharp

Cold Counsel
Tor.com, February 21, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 272 pages
Epic Fantasy

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In Chris Sharp's new epic fantasy Cold Counsel, Slud of the Blood Claw Clan, Bringer of Troubles, was born at the heart of the worst storm the mountain had ever seen. Slud’s father, chief of the clan, was changed by his son’s presence. For the first time since the age of the giants, he rallied the remaining trolls under one banner and marched to war taking back the mountain from the goblin clans.

However, the long-lived elves remembered the brutal wars of the last age, and did not welcome the return of these lesser-giants to martial power. Twenty thousand elves marched on the mountain intent on genocide. They eradicated the entire troll species—save two.

Aunt Agnes, an old witch from the Iron Wood, carried Slud away before the elves could find them. Their existence remained hidden for decades, and in that time, Agnes molded Slud to become her instrument of revenge.

For cold is the counsel of women.




Sam Wilson

Zodiac
Pegasus Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 452 pages
Thriller, Science Fiction

2017 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In a volatile society ruled and divided by its citizens' zodiac signs, a serial killer is on the loose: is it a misguided revolution or something more sinister?

A starting new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.

In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs—divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.

Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart . .

Sam Wilson has written, developed, and directed a number of television programs and documentaries. Zodiac is his début novel. He lives in South Africa.

The 2017 Debuts I Am Most Looking Forward To Reading - Part 1


The 7th year of the Debut Author Challenge will commence on January 1, 2017. I already have a list of nearly 140 debut novels the majority of which will be published in 2017. Here are the 11 debuts being published in January, February and March 2017 that I most looking forward to reading.



Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale
Del Rey, January 10, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Fantasy, Magical Realism

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A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.




Elle Katharine White

Heartsone
Voyager, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Historical Fantasy

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A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.




Thoraiya Dyer

Crossroads of Canopy
Titan's Forest 1
Tor Books, January 31, 2017
Hardcover and eBook,336 pages
Epic Fantasy

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The highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer, set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she wishes to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy's slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

“I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer's Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!”—Tamora Pierce




Lara Elena Donnelly

Amberlough
Tor Books, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Historical Fantasy, Thriller

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From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup

Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.

Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.

Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.

Combining the espionage thrills of le Carré with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

"Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world." —Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

"An astonishing first novel!" —World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner




Eric Scott Fischl

Dr. Potter's Medicine Show
Angry Robot Books, February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk

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Dr. Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now huckster and seller of snake-oil, travels the wet roads of the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, illusionists, fortunetellers, and musical whores. Under the quiet command of the mysterious, merciless, and murderous Lyman Rhoades, they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual… although, for a few unfortunate customers, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.

For drunken dentist Josiah McDaniel, the Sagwa has taken everything from him; in the hired company of two accidental outlaws, the bickering brothers Solomon Parker and Agamemnon Rideout, he looks to revenge himself on the Elixir’s creator: Dr. Morrison Hedwith, businessman, body-thief, and secret alchemist, a man who is running out of time.

File Under: Fantasy [ The Secret Tradition / Chemical Imbalance / Hustlers Hustled / The Carnival is Over ]




Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Dutton, February 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages
Science Fiction, Time Travel, Literary Fiction, Family Life

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“A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity’s future.”
—Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian

“Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop. ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS is a page-turning delight.”
—Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette


You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.




Vic James

Gilded Cate
Dark Gifts 1
Del Rey, February 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Contemporary Fantasy, Dystopian

The 2017 Debuts I Am Most Looking Forward To Reading - Part 1
A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve—for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke

NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.

But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?




Erika Lewis

Game of Shadows
Tor Books, February 28, 207
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends and Mythology

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A young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save the mythological land of Tara from a terrible fate in Erika Lewis's stunning debut, Game of Shadows.

Thousands of years ago in Ireland, an ancient race fought a world-changing battle—and lost. Their land overrun, the Celtic gods and goddesses fled, while the mythical races and magical druids sailed to an uncharted continent, cloaked so mankind could never find it. This new homeland was named Tara.

In modern day Los Angeles, Ethan Makkai struggles with an overprotective mother who never lets him out of her sight, and a terrifying secret: he can see ghosts. Desperate for a taste of freedom, he leaves his apartment by himself for the first time—only to find his life changed forever. After being attacked by dive-bombing birds, he races home to find the place trashed and his mother gone.

With the help of a captain from Tara who has been secretly watching the Makkais for a long time, Ethan sets out to save his mother; a journey that leads him to the hidden lands, and straight into the arms of a vicious sorcerer who will stop at nothing until he controls Tara.With new-found allies including Christian, the cousin he never knew he had, and Lily, the sword-slinging healer who’d rather fight than mend bones, Ethan travels an arduous road—dodging imprisonment, battling beasts he thought only existed in nightmares, and accepting help from the beings he’s always sought to avoid: ghosts. This L.A. teen must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother, the fearless girl he’s fallen for, and all the people of Tara.




Jaroslav Kalfar

Spaceman of Bohemia
Little, Brown and Company, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Literary Fiction

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An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.

Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish. Very seldom has a novel this profound taken readers on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.




Han Yujoo

The Impossible Fairy Tale
Graywolf Press, March 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 192 pages
Translated from the Korean by Janet Hong
Literary Fiction

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A chilling, wildly original novel from a major new voice from South Korea

The Impossible Fairy Tale is the story of two unexceptional grade-school girls. Mia is “lucky”—she is spoiled by her mother and, as she explains, her two fathers. She gloats over her exotic imported colored pencils and won’t be denied a coveted sweater. Then there is the Child who, by contrast, is neither lucky nor unlucky. She makes so little impression that she seems not even to merit a name.

At school, their fellow students, whether lucky or luckless or unlucky, seem consumed by an almost murderous rage. Adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by cruelty and soul-crushing hierarchies. Then, one day, the Child sneaks into the classroom after hours and adds ominous sentences to her classmates’ notebooks. This sinister but initially inconsequential act unlocks a series of events that end in horrible violence.

But that is not the end of this eerie, unpredictable novel. A teacher, who is also this book’s author, wakes from an intense dream. When she arrives at her next class, she recognizes a student: the Child, who knows about the events of the novel’s first half, which took place years before. The Impossible Fairy Tale is a fresh and terrifying exploration of the ethics of art making and of the stinging consequences of neglect.




Joseph Helmreich

The Return
Thomas Dunne Books, March 14, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
Science Fiction, Thriller

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During a live television broadcast on the night of a lunar eclipse, renowned astrophysicist Andrew Leland is suddenly lifted into the sky by a giant spacecraft and taken away for all to see. Six years later, he turns up, wandering in a South American desert, denying ever having been abducted and disappearing from the public eye.

Meanwhile, he inspires legions of cultish devotees, including a young physics graduate student named Shawn Ferris who is obsessed with finding out what really happened to him. When Shawn finally tracks Leland down, he discovers that he’s been on the run for years, continuously hunted by a secret organization that has pursued him across multiple continents, determined to force him into revealing what he knows.

Shawn soon joins Leland on the run. Though Leland is at first reluctant to reveal anything, Shawn will soon learn the truth about his abduction, the real reason for his return, and will find himself caught up in a global conspiracy that puts more than just one planet in danger.

Equal parts science-fiction and globe-hopping thriller, Joseph Helmreich's The Return will appeal to fans of both, and to anyone who has ever wondered... what’s out there?

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