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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts

Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 7, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by Lisa Perrin
Cover design by Katie Anderson

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by Chris Thornley

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by by Kate Forrester

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover illustration by Tony Mauro
Cover design by Lex Maudlin

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by Lars Grant-West

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover design by Peter Mendelsund

The View From Monday - February 4, 2019

Happy Monday! February is top heavy with debuts; that is, most of the month's debuts are out tomorrow. Since February always seems like the longest month of the year to me I'm glad to have so many debuts to read.

There are 5 debuts this week:

Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones by Micah Dean Hicks;

The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons 1) by Jenn Lyons;

Same Same by Peter Mendelsund;

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion 1) by Jessie Mihalik;


10,000 Bones by Joe Ollinger.

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

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Strife's Bane (The Shattered Kingdoms 3) by Evie Manieri;


Thirty-Seven by Peter Stenson 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 - February 4, 2019

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

February 5, 2019
Gaunt's Ghosts: The Anarch Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghost 15
Sea Monsters Chloe Aridjis LF/CoA/MR
Line War (ri) Neal Asher SF/AP/PA - Agent Cormac 5
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The first official Stranger Things novel Gwenda Bond SupTh/SF/H
Sealskin (ri) Su Bristow MR/FairyT/FolkT/LM/F
Titanborn Rhett C. Bruno SF - Children of Titan 1
Competence (h2tp) Gail Carriger F/HistF/FR/P - Custard Protocol 3
House of Assassins Larry Correia F - Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 2
Witch Hunter & Kindling the Darkness Shannon Curtis
Jane Kindred
More Deadly than the Male: Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror Graeme Davis (Ed) H - Anthology
Three Eves: The Marked Series (Eve of Darkness, Eve of Destruction, Eve of Chaos) Sylvia Day UF/P/PNR - Marked
Outpost (h2mm) W. Michael Gear HSF/SF/SO - Donovan 1
Wild Life (ri) Molly Gloss CF
Snow White Learns Witchcraft: Stories and Poems Theodora Goss F
Dark Alpha's Awakening Donna Grant PNR - Reaper 7
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations Ursula K. Le Guin
David Streitfeld (Ed)
Bio/SF/VisM - The Last Interview Series
Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones (D) Micah Dean Hicks CF
The Ingenious Darius Hinks F/UF
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Marlon James HistF/HistAA/F - The Dark Star Trilogy 1
Pale Blue: A Thriller Mike Jenne TechTh - Blue Gemini 3
Endgames L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 12
Detonation Event John Andrew Karr SF/SO/PA - Mars War 1
A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers Victor LaValle (Ed)
John Joseph Adams (Ed)
SF/AP/PA/LF - Anthology
The Ruin of Kings (D) Jenn Lyons F - A Chorus of Dragons 1
Blood of Iax Robbie MacNiven SF- Warhammer 40,000
Unbury Carol (h2tp) Josh Malerman H
Strife's Bane Evie Manieri F - The Shattered Kingdoms 3
Stray Moon (ri) Kelly Meding UF/P/PNR -  Strays Novel 2
Same Same (D) Peter Mendelsund SF/Dys/Satire
Polaris Rising (D) Jessie Mihalik SF/SO - Consortium Rebellion 1
Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies Sandy Mitchell SF - Ciaphas Cain 10
Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You Scotto Moore H/SupTh/AC
Man-Kzin Wars XV Larry Niven (Cr) SF - Man-Kzin Wars Anthology
Binti: The Complete Trilogy Nnedi Okorafor SF - Binti
10,000 Bones (D) Joe Ollinger SF/HSF/Cr/Dys
Fog Season Patrice Sarath HistF/M - Tales of Port Saint Frey 2
The Beast of Nightfall Lodge S. A. Sidor Occ/Sup/HistF - The Institute for Singular Antiquities 2
Thirty-Seven (h2tp) Peter Stenson H/Noir/LF
The Gone World (h2tp) Tom Sweterlitsch SF/AP/PA/PP
The Black Wolf & Enticing the Dragon: An Anthology Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Jane Godman
War of Honor (Limited Leatherbound Collector's Edition) David Weber SF/SO - Honor Harrington 1
Sisters of the Fire Kim Wilkins F - Daughters of the Storm 2
The Lords of Silence Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000

February 6, 2019
Articulated Restraint: A Original (e) Mary Robinette Kowal SF

February 7, 2019
Earthlight (ri) Sir Arthur C. Clarke SF - Golden Age Masterworks
The Best of R. A. Lafferty R. A. Lafferty SF - Collection

Cr - Creator
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
Bio - Biographical
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PI - Private Investigators
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PP - Police Procedural
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
RF - Romantic Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
VisM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts

There are 8 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 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on February 14, 2019.

Stacey Halls

The Familiars
MIRA, February 19, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
To save her unborn child, she will trust a stranger.

To protect her secret, she must risk her life.

1612 Pendle Hill, England

Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth is with child again. As the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is anxious to provide her husband with an heir. But none of her previous pregnancies have come to term. Then she discovers a hidden letter from her physician that warns her husband that she will not survive another pregnancy.

Distraught over the frightening revelation, Fleetwood wanders the woods of Pendle Hill, where she comes across a young local woman named Alice Gray who is gathering herbs. A midwife, Alice promises Fleetwood she can help her deliver a healthy baby. But soon Alice is drawn into the frenzied accusations of witchcraft sweeping the countryside. Even the woodland creatures, the “familiars,” are suspected of practicing the dark arts. Can Fleetwood trust that Alice is really who she says she is?

As the two women’s lives become intertwined, Fleetwood must risk everything to prove Alice’s innocence in order to save her own unborn child. The hunt for witches reaches fever pitch. Time is running out. The trials are about to begin. Both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Set against the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612, this rich and compelling novel draws its characters from historical figures as it explores the lives and rights of seventeenth-century women, ultimately raising the question: Is witch-hunting really just women-hunting?

Micah Dean Hicks

Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 5, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Swine Hill was full of the dead. Their ghosts were thickest near the abandoned downtown, where so many of the town’s hopes had died generation by generation. They lingered in the places that mattered to them, and people avoided those streets, locked those doors, stopped going into those rooms…They could hurt you. Worse, they could change you.

Jane is haunted. Since she was a child, she has carried a ghost girl that feeds on the secrets and fears of everyone around her, whispering to Jane what they are thinking and feeling, even when she doesn’t want to know. Henry, Jane’s brother, is ridden by a genius ghost that forces him to build strange and dangerous machines. Their mother is possessed by a lonely spirit that burns anyone she touches. In Swine Hill, a place of defeat and depletion, there are more dead than living.

When new arrivals begin scoring precious jobs at the last factory in town, both the living and the dead are furious. This insult on the end of a long economic decline sparks a conflagration. Buffeted by rage on all sides, Jane must find a way to save her haunted family and escape the town before it kills them

Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of Kings
A Chorus of Dragons 1
Tor Books, February 5, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
"Everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it."—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

When destiny calls, there's no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel's son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family's ruthless power plays and political ambitions.

Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he isn't the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.

He's destined to destroy it.

Jenn Lyons begins the Chorus of Dragons series with The Ruin of Kings, an epic fantasy novel about a man who discovers his fate is tied to the future of an empire.

Kate Mascarenhas

The Psychology of Time Travel
Crooked Lane Books, February 12, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike.

Peter Mendelsund

Same Same
Vintage, February 5, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook 496 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
In the shifting sands of the desert, near an unnamed metropolis, there is an institute where various fellows come to undertake projects of great significance. But when our sort-of hero, Percy Frobisher, arrives, surrounded by the simulated environment of the glass-enclosed dome of the Institute, his mind goes completely blank. When he spills something on his uniform—a major faux pas—he learns about a mysterious shop where you can take something, utter the command “same same,” and receive a replica even better than the original. Imagining a world in which simulacra have as much value as the real—so much so that any distinction between the two vanishes, and even language seeks to reproduce meaning through ever more degraded copies of itself—Peter Mendelsund has crafted a deeply unsettling novel about what it means to exist and to create . . . and a future that may not be far off.

Jessie Mihalik

Polaris Rising
The Consortium Rebellion 1
Harper Voyager, February 5, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Polaris Rising is space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is  an author to watch.”--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .

Joe Ollinger

10,000 Bones
Diversion Books, February 5, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook,

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
Fast-paced and thought-provoking, Joe Ollinger has written a debut science fiction novel that reads like a thriller and will be loved by fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Richard Morgan.

On the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element’s scarcity led the world’s government to declare it the official currency. In the decades since, the governments of other colonized worlds have suppressed shipments of calcium in order to maintain favorable exchange rates, while Brink’s Commerce Board has struggled to negotiate importation quotas to keep the population alive and growing.

Taryn Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with finding black market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation that may threaten her life, and the very fabric of her society.

Leife Shallcross

The Beast's Heart
Ace, February 12, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge - February Debuts
A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .
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