Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner


The winner of the November 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor from Rescue Press with 47% of the votes.


Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl
Rescue Press, November 1, 2017
Trade Paperback, 240 pages

It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women’s Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco—a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.

Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel offers a speculative history of early ’90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.





The Results






The November 2017 Debuts


The View From Monday - December 11, 2017


Happy Monday! We had snow this weekend! It was not much snow, but we did get to take the snow blower out for a spin.

There is one debut this week:

The Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Pretty Vicious by K.S. Merbeth;

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






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

December 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies Félicien Champsaur
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/H
Windhome Kristen Landon SF



December 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warmaster Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 14
The Founding Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus
The Art of Ferdinand Titan Books Art
The Art of Destiny, Volume 2 Bungie SF
The Mannequin Makers (D-US) Craig Cliff LF
Odysseus Awakening Evan Currie SF/SP - Odyssey One 6
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Ellen Datlow (Ed) F - Anthology
A Sword of Truth Set: Richard and Kahlan (The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, Severed Souls, Warheart) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan
Seven Deadly Ghosts C.L. Hernandez F/DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 3
The Corean Chronicles, Volume Two: Alector's Choice, Cadmian's Choice, Soarer's Choice, The Lord-Protector's Daughter, Lady-Protector (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles
Pretty Vicious (e) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA - Wastelanders
The White City Simon Morden SF
The Two of Swords: Volume Three K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 3
Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Fyre Sean Schubert SF/AP/PA
The Complete Dragonships of Vindras Series (Bones of the Dragon, Secret of the Dragon, Rage of the Dragon, Doom of the Dragon) (e) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras



December 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Man's Best Friend (e) Amy Rose Capetta SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 5
A Blur of Bright Water (e) Tessa Gratton HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 10
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Collection



December 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Firestorm (e) Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 3



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



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

'Twice Upon A Time' Official Trailer | Doctor Who Christmas | Christmas Night @ 9/8c on BBC America


A short trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special - 'Twice Upon A Time'. I'll be sad to see Peter Capaldi leave the role as he's been one of my favorite Doctors. I am, however, excited to see Jodie Whittaker take over the TARDIS. It's the end of the Moffat era too as there is a new showrunner - Chris Chibnall.


The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley - Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity's darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.

'Twice Upon A Time' premieres Christmas Night at 9/8c on BBC America.


Saturday, December 09, 2017

SOULCALIBUR VI Announced for PS4, Xbox One, and Steam



The Soul Still Burns - SOULCALIBUR™VI is Announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and STEAM

The Premier 3D Weapons-Based Fighting Game Returns in 2018

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--December 8, 2017--BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. returns to the stage of history with SOULCALIBUR™VI for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM® for PC. Enter into a new chapter of weapons-based 1 vs 1 fighting with returning fan-favorite characters and all-new gameplay systems.

The SOULCALIBUR franchise has been the premier 3D weapon-based fighting series since the original SOUL BLADE released in arcades in 1995. SOULCALIBUR VI retains the series’ signature 8-Way Run movement system, providing super smooth 3D movement, while integrating new gameplay systems such as the exciting Reversal Edge. Reversal Edge enables characters to clash against each other and follow-up with powerful counterattacks based on their opponent’s actions. Challenge the computer AI, compete against friends, or challenge fighters from around the world in high-speed dynamic battles with jaw-dropping visual effects.

Taking place in the 16th century, revisit the events of the original SOULCALIBUR to uncover hidden truths with a diverse lineup of new and returning characters with their unique fighting styles including series mainstays; Mitsurugi and Sophitia.

Kot and Žeželj DAYS OF HATE coming in January


KOT AND ŽEŽELJ’S DAYS OF HATE ATTACKS WITH SHARP AND RELEVANT GENRE THRILLS

PORTLAND, OR, 12/08/2017 — Bestselling writer Aleš Kot (ZERO, GENERATION GONE) teams up with artist Danijel Žeželj (STARVE) and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (REDLANDS, PRETTY DEADLY) for an all new maxi-series in the gritty American thriller tragedy DAYS OF HATE.

DAYS OF HATE is set in The United States of America in 2022. The loss that ripped two of its main protagonists apart drove one into the arms of the police state and the other towards a guerrilla war against the white supremacy. Now they meet again, on the opposing sides—and all hell has broken loose.

Bayonetta 3, The Legend of Zelda DLC News Revealed During The Game Awards


Bayonetta 3, The Legend of Zelda DLC News Revealed During The Game Awards

Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and the New Bayonetta 3 are Coming to Nintendo Switch; The Champions’ Ballad DLC is Now Available

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 7, 2017 – Nintendo received a number of honors at The Game Awards in Los Angeles, winning the awards for Game of the Year for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Best Family Game for Super Mario Odyssey and Best Handheld Game for Metroid: Samus Returns. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also won the awards for Best Game Direction and Best Action/Adventure Game.

But that’s not the only Nintendo news from the annual awards show. During the event, Nintendo revealed a trailer announcing that the Bayonetta 3 game is currently in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system. In addition, the critically acclaimed Bayonetta 2 game, originally a Wii U exclusive, will be launching for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16. Players who purchase the game in stores at a suggested retail price of $59.99 will receive a free download code for the original Bayonetta game. Consumers looking to purchase the digital versions of the games for Nintendo Switch can do so via Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com.* Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta 3 are developed by PlatinumGames.

Kobolds & Catacombs Now Open to All Hearthstone Treasure Seekers



Kobolds & Catacombs(TM) Now Open to All Hearthstone(R) Treasure Seekers

Unearth 135 new cards from Azeroth's deepest dungeons in the latest expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's internationally acclaimed digital card game

Brave adventurers can now embark on single-player Dungeon Runs for an endlessly replayable, escalating challenge that's completely free to all players—no prebuilt decks required

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Eager adventurers can now set out in search of Legendary Weapons, mysterious treasures, and 135 alluring new cards hidden deep underground in Kobolds & Catacombs—the latest expansion for Hearthstone®, Blizzard Entertainment's smash-hit digital card game.

Kobolds & Catacombs takes Hearthstone players into the bowels of Azeroth, where the dastardly kobolds have been boring tunnels for thousands of years and hiding away scores of ancient treasures. Hearthstone players will discover powerful new cards among these riches, including a Legendary Weapon for each class—one of which everyone who logs in to Hearthstone starting today will receive free. Rumors also speak of mighty Spellstones, magical jewels for each class whose effects grow in power throughout a match. Ever-wary of greedy adventurers' plots to liberate their hoards, the kobolds have lured terrible monsters and laid deadly traps to help protect them. Luckily, adventurers don't have to go it alone. By playing cards with the new Recruit keyword, players can summon random minions directly from their decks, opening the door for entirely new approaches to deckbuilding.

Friday, December 08, 2017

World War Z Game in Development by Saber Interactive



SABER INTERACTIVE REVEALS NEW GAME BASED ON PARAMOUNT PICTURES’ WORLD WAR Z, IN DEVELOPMENT FOR 
PLAYSTATION®4, XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS PC

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. December 7, 2017 – Independent developer Saber Interactive has announced World War Z, a new four-player cooperative game inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film franchise.  Featuring massive swarms of zombies who rush their living prey, World War Z is in production for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Official Trailer


Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The trailer has a bunch of little surprises and one of my favorite lines from the movies.



Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom In Theaters June 22, 2018

https://www.jurassicworld.com

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

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

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.







Emma Newman (2013)

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

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.







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

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.