Saturday, December 03, 2016

2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner

The winner of the November 2016 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Children of the Country by Abigail R. Shaffer from Outpost19 with 65% of all votes.

Children of the Country
Outpost19, November 1, 2016
Trade Paperback, 290 pages

A debut coming of age story set in Southern woods filled with drugs, sex and violence--and a hidden tradition of voodoo-like magic. In a hard-scrabble town where family history defines destinies, a handful of teenagers bear witness to old traumas that still haunt adults working to keep food on the table. Modern pressures deepen old ruts, and in a circle of friends, each looks for their own path. A local drug ring offers high-speed comforts, and while some fall for easy choices, others find the strength to make their own place in the woods.

The Results

The November 2016 Debuts

Friday, December 02, 2016

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

This is the thirty-second in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here

Mishell Baker (2016)

Phantom Pains
The Arcadia Project 2
Saga Press, March 21, 2017
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

In the second book to the “exciting, inventive, and brilliantly plotted” (Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author) Borderline, Millie unwillingly returns to the Arcadia Project when an impossible and deadly situation pulls her back in.

Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner Teo to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, in a final visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss Caryl encounter Teo’s tormented ghost. But there’s one problem: according to Caryl, ghosts don’t exist.

Millie has a new life, a stressful job, and no time to get pulled back into the Project, but she agrees to tell her side of the ghost story to the agents from the Project’s National Headquarters. During her visit though, tragedy strikes when one of the agents is gruesomely murdered in a way only Caryl could have achieved. Millie knows Caryl is innocent, but the only way to save her from the Project’s severe, off-the-books justice is to find the mysterious culprits that can only be seen when they want to be seen. Millie must solve the mystery not only to save Caryl, but also to foil an insidious, arcane terrorist plot that would leave two worlds in ruins.

Adrian Selby (2016)

Orbit, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 15, 2016


Mercenaries who gave no quarter, they shook the pillars of the world through cunning, chemical brews, and cold steel.

Now, their glory days are behind them. Scattered to the wind and their genius leader in hiding, they are being hunted down and eliminated.

One by one.

A groundbreaking debut fantasy of betrayal, mystery, and bloody revenge.

Samantha Shannon (2013)

On the Merits of Unnaturalness
Bloomsbury USA, April 7, 2016
The Bone Season
eBook, 40 pages

Be aware, my good Reader, that this Pamphlet, no matter how controversial its content, must never fall into enemy Hands.

The most important piece of clairvoyant literature written in the twenty-first century, On the Merits of Unnaturalness is a pamphlet first published anonymously in 2031 by Jaxon Hall, the voyant who would later become the mime-lord known as the White Binder.

Hall was the first to index both known and supposed forms of Unnaturalness, resulting in the classification of the Seven Orders. This controversial piece of literature spread across the voyant underworld like a plague, revolutionising the syndicate but also creating discord in the form of brutal gang wars between the newly divided categories, the scars of which can still be seen today.

Revelatory and subversive, On the Merits of Unnaturalness is a must-read for any reader with a desire to further immerse themselves in the incredible world of Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season.

The Pale Dreamer
A Bone Season Novella
Bloomsbury USA, December 6, 2016
eBook, 78 pages

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose - and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

The Bone Season
The Bone Season 1
Bloomsbury USA, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Hardcover and eBook, August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback, May, 6, 2014

The first pick of NBC's Today Book Club

Featured in New York, USA Today, and Forbes, and on

Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

The Mime Order
The Bone Season 2
Bloomsbury USA, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Hardcover and eBook, January 27, 2015
Trade Paperback, January 26, 2016

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

The Song Rising
The Bone Season 3
Bloomsbury USA, March 7, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

The magnificent new book in the New York Times-bestselling series: a fantastic tale of rebellion and courage against enormous odds.

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .

The Song Rising: Collector’s Edition, Signed by the Author
The Bone Season 3
Bloomsbury USA, March 7, 2017
Hardcover, 384 pages

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it . . .

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 2016 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2016. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US.

Novels, etc. by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors are highlighted in green.

December 1, 2016
Maggots (e) Nina Allan H - Five Stories High 1
The Feast of All Souls (e) Simon Bestwick H
Warrior Untamed (e) Shannon Curtis PNR
Pack Enforcer (e) Lauren Dane PNR
Reluctant Mate (e) Lauren Dane PNR
The Adversaries (e) David Hair HistF - The Return of Ravana 2
Secrets of Worry Dolls Amy Impellizzeri MR
Waking the Serpent (e) Jane Kindred PNR
Invoked (e) Dani Kristoff PNR - Spellbound In Sydney 3
The Sleeping Beauty (e)(ri) Mercedes Lackey F - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms 5
Skin Deep (e) Sarah Lotz H - Five Stories High 5
A Christmas Kiss (e) Merline Lovelace PNR
Ocean of Storms Christopher Mari
Jeremy K. Brown
Snake Eyes (e) Hillary Monahan UF - Gods and Monsters 3
Five Stories High (e) Jonathan Oliver (Ed) H - Anthology
Priest's Hole (e) K. J. Parker H - Five Stories High 2
Soulmates (Ke) Mike Resnick
Lezli Robyn
SF - Collection
The Best Story I Can Manage Under the Circumstances (e) Robert Shearman H - Five Stories High 4
The Dark Blood A. J Smith F - The Long War 2
The Sacrifice (Ke) Samantha Sommersby PNR - The Forbidden Series 1
The Temptation (Ke) Samantha Sommersby PNR - The Forbidden Series 4
The Ascension (Ke) Samantha Sommersby PNR - The Forbidden Series 2
The Revolution (Ke) Samantha Sommersby PNR - The Forbidden Series 3
Gnaw (e) Tade Thompson H - Five Stories High 3
White Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy Novella (Ke) Rebecca York PNR/FR

December 2, 2016
Beneath the Skin (Ke) Jonathan Maberry H - The Sam Hunter Case Files
In Her Shadows (e) Michelle M. Pillow PNR - Tribes of the Vampire Novella

December 5, 2016
Legend of Love (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Muse Chronicles 2
San Francisco Wolf Pack Boxed Set (e) Kristin Miller PNR - San Francisco Wolf Pack
Preternatural Affairs, Books 4-7: Shadow Burns, Deadly Wrong, Ashes and Arsenic, and Once Darkness Falls: Urban Fantasy Mystery Novels (e) SM Reine UF/M - Descentverse Collections
Enveloping Shadows (e) Lauren D.M. Smith FR
Drakon's Promise (e) N.J. Walters PNR - Blood of the Drakon

December 6, 2016
The Return Buzz Aldrin
John Barnes
Astra Militarum David Annandale Braden Campbell
Toby Frost
Justin D. Hill
SF - Legends of the Dark Millennium 4
Winter Halo Keri Arthur F/Dys/P - An Outcast Novel 2
The Feast of All Souls Simon Bestwick H
Dear Santa (e) Ray Bradbury F - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
Inherit the Crown (e) Jayde Brooks CF
The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome (h2tp) Serge Brussolo SF/Dys
The Chaos of Luck: A Science Fiction Romance (e) Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Spouse on Haunted Hill E.J. Copperman PCM - A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 8
Babylon's Ashes James S. A. Corey SF - Expanse Series 6
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners Larry Correia
Ringo John
UF - Monster Hunter Memoirs 2
Monster Hunter International (Leatherbound Edition) Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 1
The Resident Evil at Blackthorn Manor (Ke) Catherine Coulter H/Occ - Grayson Sherbrooke's Otherworldly Adventures2
The Chemical Wedding: by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version John Crowley F
Warrior Untamed Shannon Curtis PNR
King Breaker (ri) Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolen's Kin 4
Super City Cops - Avenging Amethyst (e) Keith R.A. DeCandido SH/M - SCC 1
In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969 Samuel R. Delany LC - The Journals of Samuel R. Delany
The Nature of a Pirate A. M. Dellamonica F - Stormwrack 3
The Talon of Horus Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - The Black Legion 1
Speak to the Devil Dave Duncan F - The Brothers Magnus 1
Prose and Cons Amanda Flower PCM - A Magical Bookshop Mystery 2
The Forgotten Tale (e) J.M. Frey F - The Accidental Turn 2
Dreamweaver C.S. Friedman F - Dreamwalker Chronicles 3
The Immortal Throne Stella Gemmell F - The City 2
Dead Ringers Christopher Golden H
The Silent War Laurie Goulding SF - The Horus Heresy 37
Wrath John Gwynne F - The Faithful and the Fallen 4
The Map of Bones (h2tp) Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA -The Fire Sermon 2
Wounded (Ke) (Kindle Single) Laurell K. Hamilton F - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Zombie Island (e) Lori Handeland HistF - Shakespeare Undead Series 2
A Season of Spells Sylvia Izzo Hunter F - A Noctis Magicae Novel 3
Taken by Darkness (e) Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow Sue Ann Jaffarian PCM - Ghost of Granny Apples 6
Jeroun: The Collected Omnibus (e) Zachary Jernigan SF
The Curse of the Tenth Grave (h2mm) Darynda Jones M/P - Charley Davidson 10
Waking the Serpent Jane Kindred PNR
The Dark Tower Boxed Set Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower
Skeleton Crew: Stories Stephen King Sus/H - Collection
The Wind Through the Keyhole (ri) Stephen King SupTh - The Dark Tower 8
Pathfinder Tales: Reaper's Eye Richard A. Knaak F - Pathfinder Tales 36
Alien Nation Gini Koch SF/FR/PNR - Alien Novels 14
Tempest: All New Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Anthology
Mars Crossing Geoffrey A. Landis SF
The Paradise Motel (e)(ri) Eric McCormack GO/H
Jerusalem Fire (ri) R. M. Meluch SF
Affliction (e) Amy Miles SF/PA - The Withered 3
Snake Eyes Hillary Monahan H - Gods and Monsters 3
Five Stories High: One House, Five Hauntings, Five Chilling Stories Jonathan Oliver (Ed) H
1635: The Wars for the Rhine Anette Pedersen SF - Ring of Fire 24
The Altreian Enigma Richard Phillips SF - Rho Agenda Assimilation 2
Judgment at Verdant Court M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 3
A Mate for Christmas Katie Reus PNR - Moon Shifter Series
In the Eyes of Mr Fury Philip Ridley MR
Island of Glass Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 3
The First Swords: The Book of Swords, Volumes I, II, III (ri) Fred Saberhagen F - Swords
The Pale Dreamer (e) Samantha Shannon F - A Bone Season Novella
The Extra Michael Shea Th
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (e) Brian Staveley F - Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 1-3
A Sad Mistake (e) R.L. Stine H - A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
The Liberation Ian Tregillis AH - The Alchemy Wars 3
Secret of the Nagas (h2tp) Amish Tripathi F - The Shiva Trilogy 2
Wolf Unleashed Paige Tyler PNR - SWAT 5
Unveiled (e) Ruth Vincent UF - A Changeling P.I. Novel 2
Blood Vow J. R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Legacy 2
Doom of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 4
Stories of the Raksura: The Dead City (e) Martha Wells F
Stories of the Raksura: The Dark Earth Below (e) Martha Wells F
Hammers of Sigmar C L Werner
Darius Hinks
F - The Realmgate Wars 3
Dragon Spawn Eileen Wilks PNR - A Novel of the Lupi 13
Last Year Robert Charles Wilson SF/TT

December 8, 2016
SNAFU: Black Ops (Ke) Jonathan Maberry Nicholas Sansbury Smith H

December 12, 2016
Nice Guys Bite (e) Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin Novella
Blackout (e) Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
The Werewolf Cowboy (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Werewolves of Montana Mating Mini 6

December 13, 2016
The Longest Night (e) Jennifer Ashley FR - Nvengaria 4
Bound Alan Baxter UF - Alex Caine
The Immortals (h2tp) Jordanna Max Brodsky CF - Olympus Bound 1
Earthfall: The Circuit Rhett C. Bruno SF - The Circuit 3
Prophets of the Ghost Ants Clark Thomas Carlton F - Antasy 1
The Wrath of Angels John Connolly SupTh - Charlie Parker 11
Broken Angel (e) Cynthia Eden PNR - Bad Things 3
Dark Crime (e) Christine Feehan PNR
Torchwood: Almost Perfect James Goss SF - Torchwood 13
Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume--Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; City of Illusions (e) Ursula K. Le Guin SF - Hainish
Moonshadow (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Moonshadow 1
Where Loyalties Lie Rob J. Hayes F - Best Laid Plans 1
The Hammer Vault Marcus Hearn PerfArt/ Film and Video
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling Gates Jaym (Ed)
Monica Valentinelli (Ed)
SpecFic - Anthology
The Wheel of Time: Books 1-4 (e) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time Series
Pamela (e) Shannon Mayer UF - Rylee Adamson Epilogues 3
Addleton Heights George Wright Padgett SP
The Girl on the Liar's Throne Den Patrick F
Medusa's Web (h2tp) Tim Powers F
Bearly in Control Milly Taiden PNR - Shifters Undercover 1
After the Crown K. B. Wagers SF - The Indranan War 2
The Tower & Knife Trilogy (e) Mazarkis Williams F - Tower & Knife Trilogy
Force of Temptation Suzanne Wright PNR - Mercury Pack 2

December 14, 2016
A Modern Utopia H. G. Wells DF/PA/AP - Dover Thrift Editions

December 15, 2016
Pocket Full of Tinder Jill Archer UF - A Noon Onyx Novel 4
Lost Souls (e) Kelley Armstrong UF - Cainsville Novella
Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures Rachel A. Bowser (Ed)
Brian Croxall (Ed)
PopCul/SP - Anthology
Styrbiorn the Strong (ri) E. R. Eddison F
Blood for Ghosts John Perryman H/P - Collection
The Iron Tactician Alastair Reynolds SF
Eclipse the Flame Ingrid Seymour SF - Ignite the Shadows 2
The Long List Anthology Volume 2: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List (e) David Steffen (Ed) F/SF - Anthology
Grim Tidings Nancy K. Wallace F - Wolves of Llise 2

December 16, 2016
Inspector Hobbes and the Bones: Cozy Mystery Comedy Crime Fantasy (e) Wilkie Martin F/CM - unhuman 4
Shift (e)(ri) Rachel Vincent CF - The Shifters 5

December 17, 2016
Dark Oracle (ri) Alayna Williams UF - Dark Oracle 1
The Angel (e) Emma Holly PNR - Tales of the Djinn 3

December 19, 2016
Alpha's Revenge (e) N.J. Walters SFR - Project Alpha 3

December 20, 2016
Take Back the Sky Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 3
Dead Living Glenn Bullion SF/AP/PA
Kushiel's Legacy (e) Jacqueline Carey HistF - Omnibus
Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book CBS PerfArt/TV
Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book CBS PerfArt/TV
Ragnar Blackmane Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Space Marine Legends 1
The Art of Hammer - Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films Marcus Hearn PerfArt/ Film and Video
Bayou Wolf Debbie Herbert PNR - Bayou Magic 3
The Dreamblood Duology N. K. Jemisin F
The Corporation Wars: Insurgence Ken MacLeod SF - Second Law Trilogy 2
The Lady Who Drew Me In Thomasine Rappold PNR
The Iron Tactician (e) Alastair Reynolds SF
Fabius Bile: Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Angels of Caliban Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 38

December 21, 2016
One Fell Sweep (e) Ilona Andrews PNR - Innkeeper Chronicles Series 3
Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization Christie Golden SF - Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization - Special Edition Christie Golden SF - Assassin's Creed

December 22, 2016
Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities: Literary Retrofuturisms, Media Archaeologies, Alternate Histories Roger Whitson SF/SP/HC - Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

December 25, 2016
Soulmates Mike Resnick
Lezli Robyn
SF - Collection

December 27, 2016
Tales from the Vatican Vaults: 28 extraordinary stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Garry Kilworth, Mary Gentle, KJ Parker, Storm Constantine and many more David V. Barrett (Ed) F - Anthology
The Face of the Unknown Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Nine of Stars Laura Bickle CF - Wildlands Novel 1
Avenge the Forgotten Kristina Circelli H - The Five Flames 5
If This Goes Wrong . . . Hank Davis (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Wind's Twelve Quarters (e) Ursula K. Le Guin SpecFic - Collection
Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore Paula Guran (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
Faithful Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 2
The Dark Lord Jack Heckel FairyT/FolkT/HU/LM
Bell, Book & Candlemas Jennifer David Hesse CM - A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 2
A Ghostly Reunion Tonya Kappes PCM - Ghostly Southern Mysteries 5
The Edge of the Blade Jeffe Kennedy FR - The Uncharted Realms 2
The Drawing of the Three (ri) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 2
Wizard and Glass (ri) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 4
The Waste Lands (ri) Stephen King F - The Dark Tower 3
Bad Moon Rising (ri) Jonathan Maberry H - A Pine Deep Novel 3
The City of Ice K.M. McKinley F - Gates of the World 2
Crash and Burn Fern Michaels PNR - Sisterhood 27
CHOP Line Henry V. O'Neil SF - Sim War 4
The Bone Cave Sarah Remy F - Bone Magic 3
Mission: Tomorrow (tp2mm) Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard (h2tp) Lawrence M. Schoen SF
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three Sandy Schofield Stephani Danelle Perry SF - Aliens
Allegiance of Honor Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 15
Dreams of the Eaten Arianne 'Tex' Thompson F - Children of the Drought 3
Pathological Jinkang Wang MedTh

December 28, 2016
The Absolute and Star Trek George A. Gonzalez Philosophy

December 30, 2016
For 100 Nights (e) Lara Adrian PNR - A 100 Series Novel 2
Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space Emelyne Godfrey (Ed) Fiction/Literature

December 31, 2016
Vacation (ri) Matthew Costello H
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi John Scalzi SF - Anthology

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

AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 31

This is the thirty-first in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.

Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here

Katie Schickel (2015)

The Mermaid's Secret
Forge, June 14, 2016
Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and eBook, 288pages

From Katie Schickel, one of Booklist's Top 10 Women's fiction of 2015, comes The Mermaid's Secret, an original, fresh, and absolutely captivating beach read.

Life on land is suffocating for Jess Creary, who wastes her summers flipping burgers for tourists on a fishing boat off her quaint resort island home off the coast of Maine. After all, her older sister Kay died in a boating accident two years ago, her mother has disappeared, and her father isn't exactly dealing with things so well. Surfing and the handsome Captain Matthew are about the only bright spots in her life.

Then, on her twenty-third birthday, Jess catches the perfect wave--a wave that transforms her into a mermaid. Under the sea, a startlingly beautiful, dark place, Jess is reborn into a confident, powerful predator with superhuman strength --finally she is someone to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, back on land, Jess's relationship with Captain Matthew heats up, and so does her search for justice for Kay.

Jess has thirty days to choose between land and sea; legs and fins; her humanity and her freedom. Who could ignore the freedom of the sea? Yet, the ocean is a dark, wild, lonely place. Is this a gift or a curse? Will Jess choose family and love, forgiveness and truth, or will she be seduced by the wild call of the sparkling sea forever?

F. Wesley Schneider (2015)

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Strange Aeons 1 of 6 - In Search of Sanity
     by F. Wesley Schneider
Paizo Publishng Inc., September 20, 2016
Paperback, 96 pages

The adventurers awaken within the walls of the eerie Briarstone Asylum, their minds wracked and memories missing. As they work together to recover their missing time, they soon learn that the cause of their eerie amnesia is but a symptom of a much greater cosmic menace. As they struggle to retain their sanity, the heroes must ally with other asylum residents and fight against the monstrosities that have taken over the asylum and plunged it into nightmare. Can the adventurers defeat the terror that stalks the halls and free themselves from their prison of madness?

“In Search of Sanity” is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for 1st-level characters. The adventure kicks off the Strange Aeons Adventure Path, a twisted delve into madness that pits the heroes against the cosmic horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos. Several new monsters, details on the Mythos, and the first installment of a new Pathfinder’s Journal round out this volume of the Pathfinder Adventure Path!

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

Pathfinder Volume 5: Hollow Mountain
     by Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider, and James L. Sutter
Dynamite Entertainment, September 20, 2016
Hardcover, 192 pages

The iconic heroes of Pathfinder delve deep into an ancient fortress built by the Runelords. Carved in the immense visage of Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath, the Hollow Mountain is home to a honeycomb labyrinth of trap-laden chambers and corridors. The Pathfinder agents must explore the ruins in search of a long-lost mystical artifact... but they're not alone. Competing explorers seek out the mountain's secrets, and it won't be long before open combat erupts! But unbeknownst to the warring factions, Alaznist has not left her former stronghold unprotected. Can the Pathfinder heroes and their bitter rivals put aside their animosity to survive the mountain's fearsome guardians?

written by the collaborative team of Erik Mona (Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer), F. Wesley Schneider (Paizo Editor-in-Chief), and James Sutter (Paizo Senior Editor), and featuring sensational artwork by Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly), the Hollow Mountain saga expands upon the mythos of Paizo's award-winning fantasy world, fiction line, and tabletop RPG. Bonus materials include over thirty-pages of encounters and world detail for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including a poster map.

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Curse of the Crimson Throne
by James Jacobs, Nicolas Logue, F. Wesley Schneider, Richard Pett, Greg A. Vaughan, and Michael  Kortes
Paizo Publishng Inc., November 8, 2016
Hardcover, 480 pages

Return to a classic Pathfinder Adventure Path with Curse of the Crimson Throne, one of Paizo’s most popular campaigns! The city of Korvosa is in chaos, and her new queen may well be the source―can a ragtag group of heroes stand before the might of one of Golarion’s most notorious villains? This immense book collects the six classic Curse of the Crimson Throne adventures, and has everything you need to run an entire, full-length campaign covering months and months of play!
The Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover includes:
• Updates the classic Adventure Path to the Pathfinder RPG rules for the first time!
• Explore expanded adventures, including a brand new mission written by Paizo’s Creative Director, James Jacobs, that sends the heroes into a perilous dungeon run by the queen’s infamous Gray Maidens!
• Features dozens of evocative new illustrations of classic characters!
• New and updated rules for monsters, magic items, and character options

V. E. Schwab (2013)

A Gathering of Shadow
Shades of Magic 2
Tor Books, January 17, 2017
Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 23, 2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must V.E. Schwab's A Gathering of Shadows.

"A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure."—Deborah Harkeness, New York Times bestselling author of the All Souls trilogy

A Conjuring of Light
Shades of Magic 3
Tor Books, February 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 624 pages

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists--and old foes.

Luke Scull (2013)

Dead Man's Steel
The Grim Company 3
Ace, January 3, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

As the “gripping”* epic from the author of Sword of the North continues, the Grim Company must battle a dangerous new enemy that is determined to destroy all of humanity…

In the City of Towers, former rebel Sasha and her comrade Davarus Cole struggle to keep the peace between the warring mages who vie for dominion. But when the White Lady sends Davarus south to the Shattered Realms to seek allies among the fallen kingdoms, he finds that his hardest battle may be one fought within. The godly essence now residing within him offers power that could be used against the Fade—but with every death that feeds It, Cole risks losing a part of himself.

An association with a Fade officer grants the Halfmage Eremul a position of privilege among Dorminia’s new masters. He witnesses firsthand the fate that awaits humanity. But with his magic pitiful in the face of the Fade’s advanced technology, the Halfmage must rely on his wits alone to save whom he can…

And in the frozen north, the legendary warrior Brodar Kayne fights a desperate battle for his people. He is running out of time: an ancient evil sealed beneath the mountains is about to break free, an evil that is older than humanity, older than the Fade, older even than the gods—and it will not stop until the entire world is drowned in blood…

*The Guardian (UK)

Martin Seay (2016)

The Mirror Thief
Melville House, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 10, 2016

A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining literary tour de force in the tradition of Cloud Atlas.

The Mirror Thief is a dazzling combination of a genre-hopping adventure, a fast-paced mystery, and literary verve. Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its serendipitous mix of entertainment and literary mastery.

The core story is set in Venice in the sixteenth century, when the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of glittering yet fearful fascination — was it reflecting simple reality, or something more spiritually revealing? — the Venetian mirrors were state of the art technology, and subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals world-wide. But for any of the development team to leave the island was a crime punishable by death. One man, however — a world-weary war hero with nothing to lose — has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city’s terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten …

Meanwhile, in two other iterations of Venice — Venice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa today — two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret ….

All three stories will weave together into a spell-binding tour-de-force that is impossible to put down — an old-fashioned, stay-up-all-night novel that, in the end, returns the reader to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice … and the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of literary art.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Interview with Peter McLean, author of the Burned Man Novels, and Review of Dominion

Please welcome Peter McLean to The Qwillery. Dominion, the second novel in The Burned Man series, was published on November 1st by Angry Robot.

TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, Dominion (A Burned Man Novel 2), was published on November 1st. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Drake to Dominion?

Peter:  Hi, thank you for having me back. Yes, I think my process has evolved and continues to do so. Drake was my first novel and I wrote it over the space of two years, in which time it evolved from a single line to a short story to a novel as I discovered the setting and the characters for myself along the journey. By the time I started writing Dominion I had the majority of the characters already in place, and a clear idea of how the world works. I outlined Dominion a lot more than I did Drake, and was able to write it a lot quicker as a result. The third book, Damnation, which comes out in May 2017, was written completely from an outline, so as I continue to grow as a writer I’m definitely becoming a plotter rather than a pantser.

TQWhat do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Drake came out that you know now?

Peter:  Oh gosh, everything really! I knew nothing when I started, I didn’t even have an agent (I still haven’t, in fact), and I got my break with Angry Robot through their 2013 Open Door submissions window. It’s been a very steep learning curve but I’ve been lucky enough to have a great deal of support from my editor and the lovely folks at Angry Robot, as well as the Society of Authors here in the UK.

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

Peter:  Papa Armand the Vodou priest gets a much bigger part in this book. I really like him as a character, and he gave me a good excuse to hit the books doing my research on Vodou.

TQYou described Drake in 140 characters or less as "A demon-summoning hitman and a murderous, chain-smoking angel fight Furies and the Devil himself in a search for redemption."

Please describe Dominion in 140 characters or less.

Peter:  Betrayed by the ones they most trust, Don and Trixie’s search for redemption becomes a battle to stay alive – and keep their souls intact.

TQWhich character in the Burned Man series (so far) surprised you the most?

Peter:  Trixie, definitely. She becomes a much more complex character as the series unfolds, going from a task-driven soldier following orders to an independent person in her own right.

TQThe Burned Man is a horrible, nasty archdemon. He's also incredibly funny and oddly (very oddly) endearing. How difficult is it to balance his vileness and his humor?

Peter:  It may say a lot about me, but I find the Burned Man very natural to write. There’s something in the Burned Man that is part of the Old English tradition of the Lord of Misrule, which I think you could also see in earlier versions of Batman’s Joker character. He’s totally amoral but takes nothing seriously, and says whatever comes into his grubby little head. Devoid of any sort of moral conscience or sense of right and wrong, he’s pure human nature with the restraining bolt removed.

TQHow many tunnels are there under London? Did you explore any of them for the novel?

Peter:  I honestly wish I knew, but it’s a lot. I wish I could have gone exploring but apart from the London Underground and the old Cabinet War Rooms nothing is open to the public. There really are disused Tube stations down there that have barely been touched since the Second World War though, and great vaulted Victorian waterworks, not to mention the old River Fleet which was covered over and built on in the 19th century. I did a fair bit of Internet research, mostly on Urban Explorer forums where you can find some amazing photos people have taken in places they really weren’t supposed to be.

TQPlease tell us about the Dominion cover.

Peter:  I’m really pleased with the cover. It’s by Chris Thornley again, the same artist who did the cover for Drake. I love his work, and he’s done another marvellous job of blending the supernatural elements with the urban noir feel of the series. I was even allowed to design a little bit of it myself! You can check out some more of Chris’ awesome work at

TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Dominion.


“No, I’m not in the business of bumping off sweet little old ladies, but murderous devil-worshipers? Yeah, those I’ll kill.”

“I love her, I really do, but she is a bit mental if I’m honest about it.”

TQWhat's next?

Peter:  The third Burned Man book, Damnation, comes out in May 2017. We’re all done with the edits on that now, and although I very much hope to bring you more Burned Man in the future I’m currently working on something new. More on that soon, hopefully!

TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Peter:  Thank you for having me!

A Burned Man Novel 2
Angry Robot, November 1, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.

Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, drunken diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

When Don learns that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. The fiend is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and his ever-annoying patron the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ The Devil You Knew / Deeped & Down / Great Irresponsibility / London’s Burning ]

Qwill's Thoughts

Don Drake, diabolist, is up to his eyeballs in problems in Dominion, the second novel in the Burned Man series by Peter McLean. But Don can tackle anything with the help of Trixie (an angel who nearly fell) and the guidance of the Burned Man, an archdemon stuck on earth in a fetish. Don agrees to help some Earth Elementals that live below London's Underground system. Their underground home is being destroyed by the Rotman who is really another archdemon.

In Dominion McLean gives more background into the early days between Don and The Burned Man. This is fascinating and plays an important roll in Dominion. Don is trying to be a better person since the events in Drake. Being a diabolist makes that very challenging, but there are lines that Don won't cross now... it seems. I don't think we've fully seen the depth of Don yet.

Trixie, who almost fell, is also trying to be better and change, but struggles. She is very straightforward and often does not get the nuances of human speech. She can't stand The Burned Man, but does realize he's a necessary evil in some ways.

Many of the characters from book 1 make appearances in Dominion. I was especially happy to see Papa Armand, who is a Houngan (a Vodou priest of the Haitian tradition). He's charming, fabulous, handsome, and very dangerous if he's not your friend.

The Burned Man is his usual awful self. He has no filter whatsoever. I adore him even though he's frightening, very clever and evil.

I thought I had figured out what was going on several times but McLean kept moving the end game in surprising and wonderful (for the reader; not the characters) ways. Dominion is deeply layered and intricate much like the tunnels under London and has huge consequences for both Don and Trixie. Things happen that change both of them.

There is a lot of expected snark and humor in the novel. There is plenty of action, battles and danger. McLean delves into several different mythologies and magic systems giving depth to the story. Dominion is wonderfully crafted and full of terrific characters. This is a marvelously complex story. There will be repercussions from what has happened in Dominion. I can't wait to see where McLean takes Don, Trixie and The Burned Man next.


A Burned Man Novel 1
Angry Robot Books, January 5, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Cover Art: Raid71

Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice the Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ One Last Hit / Both Ends Burning / Going Underground / London’s Finest ]


A Burned Man Novel 3
Angry Robot, May 2, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Cover Art: Raid71

Don Drake is living rough in a sink estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh, doing cheap spells for even cheaper customers while fending off the local lowlifes. Six months ago, Don fled from London to Glasgow to track down his old girlfriend Debbie the alchemist.

With the Burned Man gradually driving him mad, Don meets with an ancient and mysterious tramp-slash-magician, with disastrous consequences. Now his old accomplices must step in to save Don from himself, before he damns himself for good this time.

File Under: Urban Fantasy

About Peter

Peter McLean was born near London in 1972, the son of a bank manager and an English teacher. He went to school in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral where he spent most of his time making up stories. By the time he left school this was probably the thing he was best at, alongside the Taoist kung fu he had begun studying since the age of 13.

He grew up in the Norwich alternative scene, alternating dingy nightclubs with studying martial arts and practical magic.

He has since grown up a bit, if not a lot, and now works in corporate datacentre outsourcing for a major American multinational company. He is married to Diane and is still making up stories.

You can find Peter online at his website, on Twitter @petemc666 and on Facebook.