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The View From Monday - June 29, 2015

Happy last Monday in June. Sadly I've not been doing much reading lately. I've been spending most of my time dealing with a house issue that requires things being ripped out and insurance. The extent of damage keeps getting worse and worse as they remove more floor and walls. Hopefully things will calm down soon and I can refocus on reading and writing and not be so incredibly behind. Apologies to all!

There are 3 debuts this week:

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath (Notebooks of John Loveheart, Esq 1) by Ishbelle Bee;

The Linesman (Linesman 1) by S.K. Dunstall;


The Dragons of Heaven (Dragons of Heaven 1) by Alyc Helms.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

American Craftsmen (American Craftsmen 1) by Tom Doyle is out in Mass Market Paperback;

Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous 2) by Lexie Dunne;

Luck of the Irish (Leprechaun's Gold 1) by Sara Humphreys;


Provoked (Dark Protectors 5) by Rebecca Zanetti.

The View From Monday - June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015
Indelible Ink (e) Matt Betts SP/H/Th
The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire (e) Eleri Stone Dys/PNR - Reapers Novella

June 30, 2015
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath (D) Ishbelle Bee HistF - Notebooks of John Loveheart, Esq 1
Ascendance: Dave vs. the Monsters John Birmingham UF - David Hooper Trilogy 3
Tomorrow War J. L. Bourne TechTh - The Chronicles of Max (Redacted)
New Frontiers: A Collection of Tales About the Past, the Present, and the Future (h2mm) Ben Bova SF - Short Stories
Working for Bigfoot Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Novellas
Terminator Genisys: Resetting the Future David S Cohen SF - Media Tie-In
Virtues of War Bennett R. Coles SF - Virtues of War 1
Prize of Night Bailey Cunningham CF - Parallel Parks 3
Undead and Unwary (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Undead/Queen Betsy 13
American Craftsmen (h2mm) Tom Doyle CF - American Craftsmen 1
Supervillains Anonymous (e) Lexie Dunne UF/SH - Superheroes Anonymous 2
Linesman (D) S. K. Dunstall SF - Linesman 1
Follow You Home Mark Edwards Th/H
Of Bone and Thunder (h2mm) Chris Evans F
The Sea of Trolls (ri) Nancy Farmer F - The Sea of Trolls Trilogy 1
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sacraments of Fire David R. George III SF - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Severed Souls (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 14
The Silenced Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters 15
Soul Scorched Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 6
Soul Scorched: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Undying Legion Clay and Susan Griffith HistF - Crown & Key 2
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who Simon Guerrier
Dr. Marek Kukula
SF - Doctor Who
Heat of the Moment Lori Handeland FR - Sisters of the Craft 2
The Hollow Queen Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 8
The Dragons of Heaven (D) Alyc Helms UF - Dragons of Heaven 1
Brothers in Valor H. Paul Honsinger SF - Man of War 3
Luck of the Irish (e) Sara Humphreys PNR  - Leprechaun's Gold 1
The Rods & The Axe (h2mm) Tom Kratman SF - Carerra 6
The House of the Four Winds (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - One Dozen Daughters 1
Wolf with Benefits Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 8
Artemis Invaded Jane Lindskold SF - Artemis Awakening 2
Little Girls Ronald Malfi H
The Baba Yaga Eric Brown
Una McCormack
SF - Weird Space
The Red: First Light Linda Nagata Th/SF - Red Trilogy 1
The Map of Chaos Félix J. Palma SF - Map of Time 3
Zoo: The Graphic Novel James Patterson
Michael Ledwidge
All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt Rose Pressey PM - A Haunted Vintage Mystery 2
Islands of Rage and Hope (h2mm) John Ringo SF - Black Tide Rising 3
The Ripple Effect J.A. Saare UF - Rhiannon's Law 3
The End of All Things #4: To Stand or Fall: The End of All Things John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War
Alien Hunter: Underworld (h2mm) Whitley Strieber Th/SF - Alien Hunter 2
The Rhesus Chart (h2mm) Charles Stross SF - Laundry Files 5
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club (h2tp) Genevieve Valentine LF/FairyT
The Philosopher Kings Jo Walton F - Thessaly 2
The Isle of Blood (ri) Rick Yancey H/Go - The Monstrumologist 3
Provoked (ri) Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors 5

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

CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT -Fairy Tale
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LF - Literary Fiction
P - Paranormal
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superhero
SP - Steampunk
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015
Cover by John Coulthart

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2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015
Cover by Amazing15

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

2015 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2015

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 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)

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts
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

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

2015 Debut Author Challenge - June Debuts

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

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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