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The View From Monday - April 2, 2018


Happy Monday!

There are 5 debuts this week.

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky 1) by Leo Carew;

The Waters & the Wild by DeSales Harrison;

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule;

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic;

and

Wonderblood by Julia Whicker.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Night Dahlia (Nightwise 2) by R.S. Belcher;

Archangel (Spectre War 2) by Margaret Fortune is out in Trade Paperback;

Scourge (The Iron Druid Chronicles 9) by Kevin Hearne;

Radiate (The Lightless Trilogy 3) by C.A. Higgins is out in Trade Paperback;

The World Awakening (Gateways to Alissia 2) by Dan Koboldt is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor 2) by Mark Lawrence.

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

April 3, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ruinstorm David Annandale SF - The Horus Heresy 46
Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine David Annandale SF - Adeptus Titanicus 1
School for Psychics K.C. Archer Occ/Sup - School for Psychics 1
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah CulH/MR/LF
Origamy Rachel Armstrong SF
The City Where We Once Lived Eric Barnes Dys/SF/AP/PA/LF
The Night Dahlia R. S. Belcher UF/H - Nightwise 2
A Magical Match Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 9
Box Office Poison Phillipa Bornikova CF/DF/UF - A Linnet Ellery Novel 2
Witchy Winter D.J. Butler HistF
The Wolf (D) Leo Carew F - Under the Northern Sky 1
The Wounded Shadow Patrick W. Carr F - The Darkwater Saga 3
Star Trek: Light-and-Sound Borg Cube Chip Carter PopCul
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Sodom Road Exit Amber Dawn SupTh
Sleepwalker's World Gordon R. Dickson SF/SO
Though Hell Should Bar the Way David Drake SF - RCN 12
Archangel (h2tp) Margaret Fortune SF - Spectre War 2
Bottom of the Sky Rodrigo Fresán
Will Vanderhyden (Tr.)
LF/SF/Future Studies
Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing Ursula K. Le Guin
David Naimon
LC
Ferrus Manus: The Gorgon of Medusa David Guymer SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 7
Legendary Shifter Barbara J. Hancock PNR
The Waters & The Wild (D) DeSales Harrison LF/PsyTh/FL
Scourged Kevin Hearne CF/P - The Iron Druid Chronicles 9
Shattered Roads Alice Henderson SF/PA
Radiate (h2tp) C.A. Higgins SF/SO - The Lightless Trilogy 3
The Barrow Will Send What It May Margaret Killjoy CF/DF/H - Danielle Cain 2
Seducing the Dark Prince Jane Kindred PNR
Dutchman Richard A. Knaak UF
The World Awakening Dan Koboldt SF/TT - Gateways to Alissia 2
Grey Sister Mark Lawrence F - Book of the Ancestor 2
The Beloveds Maureen Lindley PsyTh
The Unforeseen Dorothy Macardle GH
The Body Library Jeff Noon SF/TT/VisM/MR
The Dark Angel Seabury Quinn P/Occ/Sup - The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin 3
The Nightfall Duology Mickey Zucker Reichert F/DF - Nightfall
The Queen of Storm and Shadow Jenna Rhodes DF/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F - Elven Ways 4
Firewalkers Chris Roberson UF/P/SupTh/H - A Recondito Novel 2
The Sisters Mederos Patrice Sarath HistF
River's Child Mark Daniel Seiler SF/F
The Tale of Genji: The Authentic First Translation of the World's Earliest Novel Murasaki Shikibu
Kencho Suematsu (Tr)
F
Earthcore (ri) Scott Sigler TechTh
The Oracle Year (D) Charles Soule Fict/Sup
A Fistful of Elven Gold Alex Stewart F
Change Agent (h2tp) Daniel Suarez TechTh/GenEng/SF
Fair Rebel Steph Swainston F
Resurrection Bay (D-US) Emma Viskic PsyTh/Sus
Wonderblood (D) Julia Whicker SF/AP/PA/Dys



April 5, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time: 12th Doctor Novelisation (e) Paul Cornell SF/MTI
Doctor Who: City of Death (e) James Goss SF/MTI



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Woman
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
Psy Th - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Margaret Fortune (2015)

Archangel
Spectre War 2
Mass Market Paperback, April 3, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, March 7, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Archangel is the second installment of the explosive, pulse-pounding Spectre War science fiction series.

An enemy you can’t kill. A soldier who can’t fight. An interstellar war that can’t be won . . . until now.

As a soldier of the Celestial Expanse, Guardian First Class Michael Sorenson knows better than anyone that when the Spectres invade, there are only two options. Run or die. However, his defensive war takes on a whole new spin when he’s recruited into Division 7, a Research & Development facility with the ultimate mission: to create a large-scale weapon that can kill Spectres en masse.

Here Michael joins a team of military elite who have the daring—and dangerous—task of taking new weapons prototypes out into the field for testing on enemy troops. Yet the closer they come to developing a working WMD, the more it becomes clear: There’s a saboteur in R&D.

With all signs pointing to a massive Spectre attack brewing on the horizon, the creation of a new weapons system yields an opportunity to end the threat once and for all. As the days count down toward its launch, Michael must hunt down the saboteur . . . before the saboteur hunts down him.


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Emma Newman (2013)

Before Mars
A Planetfall Novel 3
Roc, April 17, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a standalone dark tale of a woman stationed on Mars who slowly starts to doubt her own memories and sanity.

After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth–and she’ll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team.

But in her new room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note written in her own handwriting, warning her not to trust the colony psychologist. A note she can’t remember writing. She unpacks her wedding ring, only to find it has been replaced by a fake.

Finding a footprint in a place the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that her assignment isn’t as simple as she was led to believe. Is she caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy, or is she actually losing her mind? Regardless of what horrors she might discover, or what they might do to her sanity, Anna has find the truth before her own mind destroys her.


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Alex White (2016)

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
The Salvagers 1
Orbit, June 26, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook,  432 pages

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors
Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to clearing their name and saving the universe.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she got something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.

Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses Mother murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah has only one lead: the killer also hunts Boots.

On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.

The View From Monday - March 6, 2017


Happy 1st Monday in March. Only 14 days until Spring!


There are 10 Debuts this week:

Taduno's Song by Odafe Atogun;

The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 1) by Lucy Banks;

The Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb;

Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards;

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel;

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar;

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico;

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks;

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells;

and

The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

iD (Machine Dynasty 2) by Madeline Ashby is out in Mass Market Paperback;

The Devil's Bible (Bohemian Gospel 2) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter;

Saint's Blood (The Greatcoats 3) by Sebastien de Castell is out in Trade Paperback;

Standard Hollywood Depravity (A Ray Electromatic Mystery) by Adam Christopher;

Archangel (Spectre War 2) by Margaret Fortune;

Smells Like Finn Spirit (The Familia Arcana 3) by Randy Henderson;

The Holver Alley Crew (Streets of Maradaine 1) by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 1) by Brian McClellan;

The Malice (The Vagrant Trilogy 2) by Peter Newman;

Three Queens in Erin (Something Red 4) by Douglas Nicholas;

Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota 2) by Ada Palmer;

The Song Rising (The Bone Season 3) by Samantha Shannon;

and

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins is out in Trade Paperback.

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



The View From Monday - March 6, 2017



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

March 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nuala: A Fable Kimmy Beach LF/MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM



March 7, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
iD (tp2mm) Madeline Ashby SF - Machine Dynasty 2
Taduno's Song (D) Odafe Atogun LF/Hist/CulH
Little Green Men--Attack! Robin Wayne Bailey (ed)
Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed)
SF
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost (D) Lucy Banks UF - Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural 1
Etched in Bone Anne Bishop F/DF - A Novel of the Others 5
Gather Her Round Alex Bledsoe CF/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Tufa Novels 5
Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs UF - A Mercy Thompson Novel 10
Hekla's Children James Brogden H
Witchy Eye D.J. Butler F
The Devil's Bible Dana Chamblee Carpenter Th - Bohemian Gospel 2
Saint's Blood (h2tp) Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats 3
The Erstwhile Brian Catling F/Hist/LF - Vorrh 2
Standard Hollywood Depravity Adam Christopher SF/Noir/M - A Ray Electromatic Mystery
The Mermaid's Daughter (D) Ann Claycomb CW
Space Tripping (D) Patrick Edwards F/HU/SF/SO
The Roanoke Girls (D - Adult) Amy Engel Sus/Th/Psy/CW
The Night Ocean Paul La Farge LF/Hist/M
Archangel Margaret Fortune SF/SO - Spectre War 2
Souljacker Yasmine Galenorn PNR/UF/P - Lily Bound 1
The Unforgettable Wolf Jane Godman PNR
Firestorm Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 10
Firestorm: Volume 4: A Dragon Romance (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Eleanor Jason Gurley F/LF/VisMeta
Smells Like Finn Spirit Randy Henderson F/HU/UF - The Familia Arcana 3
Rescued by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
Sanctuary Cove Kate James PNR
Spaceman of Bohemia (D) Jaroslav Kalfar LF
Delusion's Master Tanith Lee DF/Dys - Flat Earth 3
The Progeny (h2tp) Tosca Lee Sus - Descendants of the House of Bathory 1
Rosemary's Baby (50th Anniversary Edition) Ira Levin Sus/Sup/H
The Holver Alley Crew Marshall Ryan Maresca UF/M - Streets of Maradaine 1
Hisses and Honey Shannon Mayer UF - The Venom Trilogy 3
Sins of Empire Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 1
Magic For Nothing Seanan McGuire UF - InCryptid 6
Forges of Mars Omnibus Graham McNeill SF - Forges of Mars
The Malice Peter Newman DF  - The Vagrant Trilogy 2
Three Queens in Erin Douglas Nicholas HistF - Something Red 4
Cursed Command Christopher Nuttall SF - Angel in the Whirlwind 3
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (h2tp) Helen Oyeyemi MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Lucky Ones (D) Julianne Pachico MR/LF/CulH
Seven Surrenders Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 2
The Lovecraft Squad John Llewellyn Probert H - All Hallows Horror Trilogy 1
The Song Rising Samantha Shannon F - The Bone Season 3
Lotus Blue (D) Cat Sparks SF/AP/PA
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days Kerrelyn Sparks FR - The Embraced 1
Challenges of the Deeps Ryk E. Spoor SF - Grand Central Arena 3
Warbeast Gav Thorpe F - The Realmgate Wars 6
The Last Days of Magic (h2tp) Mark Tompkins HistF/Hist/Occ/Sup
Her True Match Paige Tyler PRS - X-Ops 6
Deathwatch: Ignition Various SF - Deathwatch
Above His Proper Station Lawrence Watt-Evans F - The Fall of the Sorcerers 2
Hunger Makes the Wolf (D) Alex Wells SF/SO
The Impossible Fairy Tale (D) Han Yujoo LF



March 8, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Come See the Living Dryad: A Tor.com Original (e) Theodora Goss F
Pressed to Death Kirsten Weiss PM - A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery 2



March 10, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Behold the Void Philip Fracassi H



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghosts
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

The Spectre War series by Margaret Fortune


The Spectre War series by Margaret Fortune has a new look. Check out these gorgeous covers bu Chris McGrath.


Archangel
The Spectre War 2
DAW, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages

The Spectre War series by Margaret Fortune
Archangel is the second installment of the explosive, pulse-pounding Spectre War science fiction series.





Nova
Spectre War 1
DAW, June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

The Spectre War series by Margaret Fortune
An explosive, pulse-pounding novel from a visionary new talent in science fiction.

Book One of the Spectre War: Nova

*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next.

Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend. Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up.

If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.

The View From Monday - June 6, 2016


Happy Monday! This is a busy week for debut novels!

Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart;

The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen;

Infomocracy by Malka Older;

Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J. R. Finch;

The Root by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun;

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf;

and

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood.

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


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman;

Saint's Blood (The Greatcoats Quartet 3) by Sebastien de Castell;

The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen's War 3) by Mark Lawrence;

Like a Boss (Windswept 2) by Adam Rakunas;

Nova (Nova 1) by Margaret Fortune is out in Mass Market Paperback;

and

Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow 3) by Anthony Ryan is out in Trade Paperback.

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


Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.



The View From Monday - June 6, 2016



June 7, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015: Volume 2 David Afsharirad (Ed) SF - Anthology
Three Faces of Asprin Robert Asprin SF - Collection
The Medusa Chronicles Stephen Baxter
Alastair Reynolds
SF - Medusa 2
The Suicide Motor Club Christopher Buehlman H/DF
Saint's Blood Sebastien de Castell HistF - The Greatcoats Quartet 3
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One Neil Clarke (Ed) SF - Anthology
Spear of Light Brenda Cooper SF/SO - The Glittering Edge 2
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Lethal Kisses: 18 Tales of Sex, Horror, and Revenge (e) Ellen Datlow (Ed) H - Anthology
Silent Hall (D) N. S. Dolkart F - Silent Hall 1
Mash Up Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Death's Bright Day David Drake SF - RCN 11
A Green and Ancient Light Frederic S. Durbin HistF
Nova (h2mm) Margaret Fortune SF - Nova 1
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text (h2tp) Neil Gaiman CF
The Many Selves of Katherine North (D) Emma Geen LF
Warcraft - Official Movie Novelization Christie Golden F
DR. DOA Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 10
From a Drood to A Kill (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 9
Death Masks Ed Greenwood F - Forgotten Realms
Death of the Old World Guy Haley
Josh Reynolds
F - The End Times 3
The Gospel of Loki (h2tp) Joanne M. Harris F
The Vampire's Protector Michele Hauf PNR
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child Lian Hearn F - The Tale of Shikanoko 2
Devastating Hate Markus Heitz F - The Legends of the Alfar 2
Awakened by the Wolf Kristal Hollis PNR
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
Little Sister Dev Jarrett H
Assassin Queen Anna Kashina F/FR - Majat Code 3
End of Watch Stephen King Sus/H - The Bill Hodges Trilogy 3
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Paul Krueger UF /P
A Study in Sable Mercedes Lackey HistF - Elemental Masters 11
From a High Tower (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey HistF - Elemental Masters 10
Sense of Deception (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PM - Psychic Eye Mystery 13
The Wheel of Osheim Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 3
Allhallow's Eve (e)(ri) Richard Laymon H
Night's Master (ri) Tanith Lee F/DF - Flat Earth 1
Charnel House (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
The Devils of D-Day (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
The Devil in Gray (e)(ri) Graham Masterton H
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories (h2tp) China Miéville F/CF - Collection
Robert Asprin's Myth-Fits Jody Lynn Nye F/HU - Myth-Adventures 20
Infomocracy (D) Malka Older SF/CyberP
Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Bargain Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales 33
Like a Boss Adam Rakunas SF - Windswept 2
Black Tide Rising John Ringo (Ed)
Gary Poole (Ed)
PA/AP - Anthology
Peel Back the Skin: Anthology of Horror Stories Anthony Rivera (Ed)
Sharon Lawson (Ed)
H - Anthology
A Tale of the Free: Exile (e) Brian Ruckley F
Queen of Fire (h2tp) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 3
Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary Bill Schelly LC/PopCul
Galactic Games Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Hell's Gate (D) Bill Schutt
J. R. Finch
HistScTh
An Affinity for Steel Sam Sykes F - The Aeons' Gate Trilogy Omnibus
Just One Damned Thing After Another Jodi Taylor SF/TT - Chronicles of St. Mary's 1
The Bookman (ri) Lavie Tidhar SP - Bookman Histories 1
The Root (D) Na'amen Gobert Tilahun UF - Wrath & Athenaeum 1
The Price of Valor (h2mm) Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 3
Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons (h2tp) Michael Witwer Biography
Security (D) Gina Wohlsdorf Sus
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet (D) H.P. Wood Hist
Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction Lisa Yaszek (Ed)
Patrick B. Sharp (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (h2tp) Philip Zaleski
Carol Zaleski
Biography



June 8, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lullaby for a Lost World: A Tor.Com Original (e) Aliette de Bodard DF



June 9, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Invasion: Extinction Biome Volume 1 (e) Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome
Operation Atlas Lion (e) Addison Gunn SF - Extinction Biome: Invasion 5
The Poisoned Quarrel: Episode 3 (e) Duncan Lay F - Poisoned Quarrel




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


AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CyberP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tale
FolkT - Folk Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistScTh - Historical Science Thriller
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: not all of these genres are represented in the above releases.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46


This is the forty-sixth 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.

This Update includes covers that have recently been revealed (by the author or publisher) for books already mentioned in a previous update and/or new books.


Part 1 herePart 11 herePart 21 herePart 31 here
Part 2 herePart 12 herePart 22 herePart 32 here
Part 3 herePart 13 herePart 23 herePart 33 here
Part 4 herePart 14 herePart 24 herePart 34 here
Part 5 herePart 15 herePart 25 herePart 35 here
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Matt Bell (2013)

A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories
Soho Press, September 13, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46
A Tree or a Person or a Wall gives us Matt Bell at his most inventive and uncanny: parents and children, murderers and monsters, wild renditions of the past, and acute takes on the present, all of which build to a virtuoso reimagining of our world.

A 19th-century minister builds an elaborate motor that will bring about the Second Coming. A man with rough hands locks a boy in a room with an albino ape. An apocalyptic army falls under a veil of forgetfulness. The story of Red Riding Hood is run through a potentially endless series of iterations. A father invents an elaborate, consuming game for his hospitalized son. Indexes, maps, a checkered shirt buried beneath a blanket of snow: they are scattered through these pages as clues to mysteries that may never be solved, lingering evidence of the violence and unknowability of the world.

A Tree or a Person or a Wall brings together Bell’s previously published shorter fiction—the story collection How They Were Found and the acclaimed novella Cataclysm Baby—along with seven dark and disturbing new stories, to create a collection of singular power.



Scrapper
Soho Press, August 23, 2016
Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 15, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46
Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.

The second novel from the acclaimed author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, Scrapper is a devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we’ve committed to protect the people we love?





Rob Boffard (2015)

Impact
Outer Earth 3
Redhook, July 26, 2016
eBook, 368 pages
Redhook, August 30, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46
Following Tracer and Zero-G comes Impact, the explosive conclusion to the Outer Earth trilogy - a heart-pounding thriller set in space where the hero moves like lightning and the consequences for failure are deadly.

A signal has been picked up from Earth.

The planet was supposed to be uninhabitable. But it seems there are survivors down there - with supplies, shelter and running water. Perhaps there could be a future for humanity on Earth after all.

Riley Hale will find out soon enough. She's stuck on a spaceship with the group of terrorists that is planning to brave the planet's atmosphere and crash-land on the surface.

But when the re-entry goes wrong, Riley ends up hundreds of miles from her companions Prakesh and Carver, alone in a barren wilderness. She'll have to use everything she knows to survive.

And all of them are about to find out that nothing on Earth is what it seems . .





Catherine Cerveny (2016)

The Chaos of Luck
A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Redhook, June 21, 2016
eBook, 384 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46
A whirlwind thriller romance in a futuristic setting that will tug at your heartstrings while sending you on high-speed chases alongside a genetically-enhanced (and incredibly handsome...) criminal mastermind.

Felicia Sevigny makes her own luck. So it's no surprise that her new life on the Red Planet is off to a good start. She's making a living reading the fortunes of the fabulously wealthy, and making a home with Alexei, the dangerous, handsome love of her life.

Then Alexei is called off planet expectedly, mines in the astroid belt start collapsing, and an ex-lover walks back into Felicia's life. Felicia's readings predict that there is something bigger going on. Something darker and far more insidious that threatens everything she has come to love.
And as luck would have it, the cards are right for things to go horribly wrong.





Margaret Fortune (2015)

Nova
Nova 1
DAW, June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46
*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.


Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
[description from Hardcover]




Geoffrey Girard (2013)

first communions
Apex Publications, April 12, 2016
     eBook, 210 pages
Apex Publications, April 2017
     Trade Paperback

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 46
Geoffrey Girard first appeared in Writers of the Future and has since written and sold more than sixty short stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Collected here, for the first time, are sixteen of his best, and darkest, tales.

The man who collects chips of bone from his willing victims... A legendary evil is adopted by a small, and thankful, village... The doomed girl invited to take part in a deliberate tragedy... A horrific church choir assembled after the zombie apocalypse... The boy who harvests spiders for a shadowy woman of magic... A fearsome town where the children’s nightmares are all real... The pain, price and beauty of blood and first loves...

From the curse of ancient evils to futuristic retirement homes where the dead still rule, haunted graveyards, planets of torture where all are equal, hockey-playing demon hunters, dark sorcerers battling in Algeria, and even voodoo-cursed pirates. Explore the darkest, and most majestic, extremes of us all in sixteen unique tales that will entertain, horrify and keep you thinking long after the last page is turned.

Let the communion begin…

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Translatio
Collecting James
For Restful Death I Cry
Dark Harvest
Not Fade Away
Unto the Lord a New Song
Release Me
Psychomachia
Universal Adaptor
Misdirection
What You Know
H.E. Double Hockey Sticks
Where the Shadow Ended
Dead in the Water
Crawl
First Communions
Story Notes

Cover art by Anjo Matko

Title design by Matt Davis
Apex (Trade Paperback pre-order)

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32


This is the thirty-second 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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S.K. Dunstall (2015)

Alliance
A Linesman Novel 2
Ace, February 23, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn’t understand—and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight…

The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space—before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean’s ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool—or weapon—to command.

Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything—her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.

Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover—and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them…




Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony
Back Bay Books, March 8, 2016
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 24, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
"Mesmerizing and dazzlingly original--a breakout novel."--Wally Lamb

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.

Henry decides to run away. 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.




Margaret Fortune

Nova
DAW, June 7, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

[cover not yet available]
*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
[description from Hardcover]




Kelley Grant (2015)

The Obsidian Temple
Desert Rising 2
Harper Voyager Impulse, September 1, 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
eBook, July 21, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.

Returning to Illian, Sulis's twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah's side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste's uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy's stunning conclusion.


The World Weavers
Desert Rising 3
Harper Voyager Impulse, April 19, 2016
eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
It has been a year since Sulis Hasifel fled to the desert, narrowly escaping death at the hands of a vengeful god. The time of the final battle, the final confrontation with the deities of her world, is nearing. Lured by the call of their long-trapped powers, the deities will descend upon the Obsidian Temple, where the Chosen await.

But the war between gods and humans has enveloped the entire land. Sulis’s twin, Kadar, joins forces with the nomadic warrior tribes of the desert. Little by little, the desert armies draw the deities away from their stronghold in the north, towards their doom.

In the face of a battle that will reshape mankind’s destiny and the face of the earth itself, old friendships will be tested and new alliances forged. In this spellbinding denouement to Desert Rising and The Obsidian Temple, Kelley Grant brings her epic trilogy to a thunderous and powerful conclusion.
[description provided by the Author]




Camille Griep (2015)

New Charity Blues
47North, April 12, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 32
In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost.

But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt.

Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015


2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 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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Interview with Margaret Fortune, author of Nova - June 3, 2015


Please welcome Margaret Fortune to The Qwillery as part of the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Nova was published on June 2nd by DAW.



Interview with Margaret Fortune, author of Nova - June 3, 2015




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Margaret:  My first story was written in first grade. According to my mom, my older sister came home from school with the assignment to write a story, to which I said, “I could write a story if I wanted to!” So I did. While I did write some as a child, I didn’t seriously start writing until I graduated from college. I needed something to do while looking for a job. And what do you know? I’m still writing.

As far as whether I’m a panster or a plotter, I’m a bit of both. When I start writing a book, I generally know strategy, but not tactics. In other words, I have a rough idea of where it starts, how it ends, and a vague idea of how to get from here to there. But I don’t know most of the specific events that happen from beginning to end. Those I have to discover as I write.



TQYou have a BA in Psychology. How does this affect (or not) your writing?

Margaret:  I once had a professor tell me that I “think like a psychologist,” by which I think she meant that I have an intuitive grasp of human nature, an ability to put myself in others’ shoes and see things from other people’s perspectives. I don’t think it’s my degree so much as this intuition that affects my writing. While I love to work with an exciting plot or concept, building characters and relationships on the page that are authentic and relatable is probably what I love to do most.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Margaret:  Because I know the general plot of the story but not all the events, when I write I’m basically trying to get from one catalyst or inciting event to the next. There will be days when I go to start the next chapter and find myself staring at the blank page going, “I have no idea what’s supposed to be in this chapter.” Those are probably the hardest days.



TQWho are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Margaret:  I don’t consider my writing to be influenced by one author or one small set of authors. Rather, my writing has been influenced by the conglomeration of everything I’ve read over my life, both good and bad, which has intuitively shaped the way I express myself on the page. While I don’t know if I’d consider them a literary influence so to speak, I will say that children’s sci-fi novels by Louise Lawrence, H.M. Hoover, and Monica Hughes were some of the books that first inspired my love of sci-fi literature as a kid.



TQDescribe Nova in 140 characters or less. 

Margaret:  A genetically engineered human bomb, Lia gets a chance at a life when her countdown clock freezes. But even duds can still blow up...



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

MargaretNova combines elements of both a slow-building mystery and a fast-paced thriller. It has many twists and turns, and I’ve heard multiple reports of readers missing their subway stops or staying up past their bedtime to read. So consider yourself warned!



TQWhat inspired you to write Nova? What appealed to you about writing Science Fiction?

MargaretNova started with a random thought along the lines of, “I want to write a story set on a space station!” As I was brainstorming, the line, “My name is Lia, and I’m a genetically engineered human bomb” popped into my head. The rest of the story unfolded from there.

What I really like about writing science fiction, and speculative fiction in general, is the pure freedom it allows you in setting, concept, and plot. As long as you can dream it up, SF will allow you to put it on the page, even if it doesn’t adhere to the rules of life as we know it. This freedom means that you can set up and explore a unique dilemma or contingency that wouldn’t be possible if restricted solely to reality. In the case of Nova: a girl who’s literally a bomb.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Nova?

Margaret:  I actually didn’t do a whole lot of research. I looked up a small assortment of random facts as I wrote, but nothing particularly memorable. In general, the things I probably look up the most while writing are the definitions of words. Not because I don’t know what words mean, but because I like to narrow in on the specific connotations of particular words so that I can choose the best phrasing for a certain line or paragraph. While there are some great SF writers that really put the science in “science fiction,” I tend to concentrate more on the writing craft itself: a smart plot, writing that flows, and characters that feel authentic and relatable to readers.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Margaret:  I don’t know that any of the characters were “easy” or “hard” per se. Rather, some were more planned and some more organic. For instance, Michael and Rowan were planned characters. They were created to fill specific roles, and proceeded to do so as intended without much deviation. In contrast, characters like Shar and Teal were more organic, in that they were each put in to accomplish some small purpose, but over the course of the story grew into characters much greater than intended, each staking out her own important piece of both the book and the series to come. Lia, the protagonist, is a melding of both. She was initially quite planned out, but she evolved a lot over the course of the book.



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

Margaret:

Q: So, Margaret—Will there be any more Nova books?

A: I’m so glad you asked that! Nova is only the first of a five-book series, so expect four more books to be coming in the not-too distant future. Each book features a different setting and MC, so readers can look forward to seeing much more of their favorite side characters like Michael, Teal, and Shar. While each book has its own standalone plot, together they form the pieces of a much larger story that will finally be put together in the fifth book. I hope readers that enjoy Nova will come back and join me for the rest of the series!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Nova.

Margaret:

“Even my name is not my name, but another girl’s treasured possession, now taken and bestowed on me. And like any piece of stolen property, it has been worn in by the original owner and I know it will never fit me quite as well as it did her.”



TQ What's next?

Margaret:  With Nova being my debut novel, I feel like my journey as an author has just begun. My plan is simple: to write the best books I possibly can, take every opportunity I can get, and just hang on and enjoy the ride!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Nova
Nova 1
DAW, June 2, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 Pages

Interview with Margaret Fortune, author of Nova - June 3, 2015
*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.


Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.





About Margaret

Interview with Margaret Fortune, author of Nova - June 3, 2015
Margaret Fortune began writing in the first grade. Her story titled "The Numbers' Birthday Party" got the attention of everyone in her elementary school. She began writing seriously after she graduated college in 2003. Fortune has written numerous short stories that have appeared in Nth Degree, Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Space and Time. Her short story Breaking Bread won the Tillie Olsen Women's Studies Award in 2007. She is an avid reader on YA, science fiction, romance, and historical fiction. Nova is her first novel. You can find more information about Margaret at her website, http://margaretfortune.wordpress.com/about/

Twitter @mara_fortune

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts



2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts


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

The June debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 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 June. The list is correct as of the day posted.

Updated to include Linesman by S.K. Dunstall.




John Ayliff

Belt Three
Harper Voyager (UK), June 18, 2015
eBook, 400 pages
Trade Paperback, December 2, 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
Worldbreakers do not think, do not feel and cannot be stopped.

Captain Gabriel Reinhardt’s latest mining mission has been brought to a halt by the arrival of a Worldbreaker, one of the vast alien machines that destroyed Earth and its solar system long ago. As he and his crew flee they are kidnapped by a pirate to be mind-wiped and sold into slavery, a fate worse than death in this shattered universe.

But Captain Reinhardt is hiding a secret. The real Gabriel Reinhardt died six years ago, and in his place is Jonas, one of the millions of clones produced for menial labour by the last descendants of Earth.

Forced to aid the pirate Keldra’s obsessive campaign against the Worldbreakers in exchange for his life, Jonas discovers that humanity’s last hope might just be found in the very machines that have destroyed it.




Ishbelle Bee

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath
From the Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq., Volume 1
Angry Robot Books, June 30, 2015 (North America and eBook)
     June 4, 2015 (UK Print)
Trade Paperback and eBook

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
1888. A little girl called Mirror and her extraordinary shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

An extraordinary dark fairytale for adults, for fans of Catherine Valente and Neil Gaiman.

File Under: Fantasy




Tamara Dietrich

The Hummingbird's Cage
NAL, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
A dazzling debut novel about taking chances, finding hope, and learning to stand up for your dreams…

Everyone in Wheeler, New Mexico, thinks Joanna leads the perfect life: the quiet, contented housewife of a dashing deputy sheriff, raising a beautiful young daughter, Laurel. But Joanna’s reality is nothing like her facade. Behind closed doors, she lives in constant fear of her husband. She’s been trapped for so long, escape seems impossible—until a stranger offers her the help she needs to flee….

On the run, Joanna and Laurel stumble upon the small town of Morro, a charming and magical village that seems to exist out of time and place. There a farmer and his wife offer her sanctuary, and soon, between the comfort of her new home and blossoming friendships, Joanna’s soul begins to heal, easing the wounds of a decade of abuse.

But her past—and her husband—aren’t so easy to escape. Unwilling to live in fear any longer, Joanna must summon a strength she never knew she had to fight back and forge a new life for her daughter and herself….




S. K. Dunstall

Linesman
Linesman 1
Ace, June 30, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
First in a brand new thought-provoking science fiction series.

The lines. No ship can traverse the void without them. Only linesmen can work with them. But only Ean Lambert hears their song. And everyone thinks he’s crazy…

Most slum kids never go far, certainly not becoming a level-ten linesman like Ean. Even if he’s part of a small, and unethical, cartel, and the other linesmen disdain his self-taught methods, he’s certified and working.

Then a mysterious alien ship is discovered at the edges of the galaxy. Each of the major galactic powers is desperate to be the first to uncover the ship’s secrets, but all they’ve learned is that it has the familiar lines of energy—and a defense system that, once triggered, annihilates everything in a 200 kilometer radius.

The vessel threatens any linesman who dares to approach it, except Ean. His unique talents may be the key to understanding this alarming new force—and reconfiguring the relationship between humans and the ships that serve them, forever.




Judith Fertig

The Cake Therapist
Berkley, June 2, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
(Fiction Debut)

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A fiction debut that will leave you wanting seconds, from an award-winning cookbook author.

Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.

Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of—and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.

Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.




Margaret Fortune

Nova
DAW, June 2, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 320 Pages

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*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.


Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.




Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char
Crown, June 16, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
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.




Alyc Helms

The Dragons of Heaven
Dragons of Heaven 1
Angry Robot Books, June 30, 2015
     (North America Print and eBook)
   June 4, 2015 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
Cover by Amazing15

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
Would you deal with the devil to save the world?

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather – she also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.

Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?

File Under: Fantasy [ Sins of the Grandfather / Missy and Master / Geek Fu / Little Trouble in Big China ]




P J Manney

(R)EVOLUTION
Phoenix Horizon 1
47North, June 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 544 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.

Peter’s company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful people in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.

As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?




Sam Munson

The War Against the Assholes
Saga Press, June 16, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(Debut Fantasy)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
Contemporary fantasy meets true crime when schools of ancient sorcery go up against the art of the long con in this stunningly entertaining debut fantasy novel.

Mike Wood is satisfied just being a guy with broad shoulders at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan. But on the dirty streets of New York City he’s an everyman with a moral code who is unafraid of violence. And when Mike is unwittingly recruited into a secret cell of magicians by a fellow student, Mike’s role as a steadfast soldier begins. These magicians don’t use ritualized rote to work their magic, they use willpower in their clandestine war with the establishment: The Assholes.




Erika Swyler

The Book of Speculation
St. Martin's Press, June 23, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(Includes 13 illustrations throughout)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
"Dazzling...[a] quirky, raucous, and bewitching family saga." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away.

As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola?

In the tradition of Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, The Book of Speculation--with two-color illustrations by the author--is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

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