Sunday, December 09, 2018

SPFBO 4 - Our Final Three Semi-Finalists





The Qwillery's final 3 Semi-Finalists are:



Matt Larkin

Days of Endless Night
Runeblade Saga 1
Incandescent Phoenix Books, October 2017
Kindle eBook and Trade Paperback,  354 pages

Every runeblade holds a curse ...

Hervor's sword cannot be sheathed without taking a life.

She gladly pays the price to destroy the man who murdered her family.

She has tracked him across the land. She has joined his crew when he sailed to the ends of Midgard. And her chance draws near.

But what if her only chance for survival is in his hands?

On an island where horrors stalk the night, can she trust the murderer?

You’ll love this grim fantasy set in the Ragnarok Era because it retells the dark Norse legend of Tyrfing.

Get it now.





Aidan R. Walsh

The Game Bird
Aidan R. Walsh, April 2018
Kindle eBook and Trade Paperback, 402 pages

"...I loved it - The Game Bird is intricately constructed, intelligently written and just a fabulous page-turner."

An evil is growing. The Realm is under attack. A leviathan has risen from the depths and is destroying the fleets that feed Stormhaven.

Stuck ashore and drowning in debt, Captain James Faulkner resolves to hunt the sea monster and claim the enormous bounty on the beast.

Sophia Blake's life looks effortless. But she carries a secret, an occult curse that is capable of destroying both her and her nation. Sophia knows her time is running out.

The Tallowman is a slowly decaying melding of demon and man. This monstrous assassin is desperate to capture Sophia and will let nothing stand between it and its prey.

Since his wife died, the sober lawyer Uriah Blake has wanted nothing more than to live a quiet life and enjoy what time he has left with his daughter, Sophia. When he learns that the Tallowman is pursuing her, he is forced to cast aside his books and his ink and join a shadowy war against a terrible foe.

As these hunts build to their shattering conclusion, Faulkner, Sophia and Uriah will be thrown together and forced to confront malevolent forces beyond their imagining.

The Game Bird is a swashbuckling black powder fantasy, wrapped around a spine of darkness.

This superb debut will appeal to readers who like the idea of a novel that Georgette Heyer, Scott Lynch, Patrick O'Brian and George R R Martin might have come up with - if they were trapped in an open boat together.





David Oliver

The Great Hearts
David Oliver, May 16, 2017
Kindle eBook and Trade Paperback, 322 pages

Hunter. Killer. Monster. Imperator.

"Grimdark Eragon meets military school bromance," Coffee Archives

"Action scenes so well described you would swear you can feel the swish of the blade, the bite of the edge...up there with Kings of the Wyld and Blackwing," The Book Wyrm Speaks

"I know for sure that Mr. Oliver has a bright future as an author. The story he wrote in The Great Hearts is nothing short of fantastic. The story that he tells however was even more impressive...the narration was spot on. As a narrator I would put him in my top 5 favourites alongside Michael Kramer, Kate Redding, Nick Pohdel and Wil Wheaton." Jetpacksndragons

“An unexpected pleasure to read...an excellent adventure,” Two Bald Mages (Steve)

“What Mr Oliver has done with this story and the characters within is nothing short of wonderful...it puts to shame some big name authors,” Two Bald Mages (Keith)


Imperator. A word synonymous with fear, pain, loathing and, for a chosen few, the sharp end of a blade. The voice of the Emperor, an Imperator is the perfect weapon, skilled in combat, politics and strategy and moulded by years of punishing training. They are the hidden assassins, the enforcers of the Emperor’s will.

They are the hunters of the unknown.

Calidan Darkheart is an Imperator, a self-professed killer and an adept hunter of the creatures that most citizens of the Empire do not realise exist.
Together with his hulking companion Cassius, he hunts the beast that slaughtered their home village.

Pity those who find themselves in their path.

Calidan and Cassius were bright young boys, living peaceful, happy lives in a remote mountain village, until the day everything changed. Once the screams have subsided, and with the horrors they have seen embedded in their minds, they embark on a journey of survival, fraught with danger, strange magic and dark deeds. Unbowing and undaunted they push forward, striving for power, making lifelong friendships along the way, and above all else, discovering the truth behind the magnificent, mythical Great Hearts.

Young Calidan is a boy full of hope and courage, driven by the past but not ruled by it.
Old Calidan is a bitter and twisted killer of monsters and men, his past haunting his dreams.

This is his story.

The first instalment of a new series, David Oliver’s debut novel features morally ambiguous heroes, mythical beasts and strange magic in an unputdownable, grimdark, coming-of-age adventure. Following in the footsteps of authors such as Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Brian McClellan, pick up a copy today and be enraptured by The Great Heart's melding of gritty, vivid action with the soft, warm purr of a gigantic panther.



Our finalist will be announced soon and definitely before the end of 2018! Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner


The winner of the November 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The First Protectors by Victor Godinez from Talos Press with 47% of the votes. The Cover artwork is by Amir Zand, with cover design by Mona Lin.

The First Protectors just edged out Breach by W. L. Goodwater!


Victor Godinez

The First Protectors
Talos Press, November 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The last thing Ben Shepherd wanted was another war. But sometimes the universe won’t take no for an answer.

His body and spirit mangled by a lifetime of combat, Shepherd, a retired Navy SEAL, has retreated to the desolate desert of New Mexico to heal his wounds and dodge his demons. All he wants now is peace and quiet.

Both are shattered one starry night, when an alien ship crashes nearby. Out of the ship crawls the last, dying member of a conquered civilization. It’s been shot down by an extraterrestrial enemy, the vanguard of a ravenous force hunting for a new homeland. With its last gasp, the wounded alien injects Shepherd with a high-tech serum that gives him near superhuman powers.

Now, with a new body but a soul as fractured as ever, Shepherd becomes the reluctant leader of the human resistance against the coming invasion. With enemies on all sides, the man who couldn’t bear the guilt of seeing one more friend die in battle now finds himself charged with protecting the entire planet.





The Results






The November 2018 Debuts

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The View From Monday... On Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!

There is one debut this week:

The Frame-Up (Golden Arrow Mysteries 1) by Meghan Scott Molin

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

King of the Road (Brotherhood of the Wheel 2) by R.S. Belcher;

The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone;

Soulbinder (Spellslinger 4) by Sebastien de Castell;

The Shattered Sun (Bound Gods 3) by Rachel Dunne;

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson is out in Trade Paperback;

Blood of Ten Kings (Guardians of Aandor 3) by Edward Lazellari;

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 2) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;

Bigger Than Biggs (Judge Anderson 4) by Danie Ware;

and

Horizon (Bone Universe 3) by Fran Wilde is out in Trade Paperback.

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 1, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shotguns & Sorcery Omnibus Matt Forbeck F
Murder in the Dark: A paranormal mystery Simon R. Green SupM - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 6
AfroSFv3 Ivor W. Hartmann (Ed) SF - AfroSF 3
Ghost Virus Graham Masterton H/MedTh
The Frame-Up (D) Meghan Scott Molin M - Golden Arrow Mysteries Series 1
Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters N.X. Sharps (Ed)
Alana Abbott (Ed)
SF - Kaiju Rising 2



December 3, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (e) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F/H - Anthology
Tell Me Like You Done Before: And Other Stories Written on the Shoulders of Giants Scott Edelman F/H - Collection
Owned by Fate (e) Sean Michael PNR - Dragon Soul 5
Bigger Than Biggs (e) Danie Ware PA/SF - Judge Anderson 4



December 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daughter of the Dragon Tree Susanne Aernecke Occ/Sup
Doctor Who: TARDIS Type Forty Instruction Manual Richard Atkinson
Mike Tucker
SF - Doctor Who
King of the Road R. S. Belcher UF/CF - Brotherhood of the Wheel 2
The Absolved Matthew Binder Dys
Bikes Not Rockets: Intersectional Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories Elly Blue (Ed) SF - Bikes in Space
The Mansion Ezekiel Boone H
Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary Robert Brooks
Matt Burns
F
Soulbinder Sebastien de Castell F - Spellslinger 4
Splintered Suns Michael Cobley SF/HSF/SO
The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis Julie E. Czerneda (Ed) SF/HSF/AC/SO - Trade Pact Universe
The Magnificent Wilf (ri) Gordon R. Dickson SF/SO
The Shattered Sun Rachel Dunne F - Bound Gods 3
Death Knell (e) Hailey Edwards UF - The Foundling 3
All the Plagues of Hell Eric Flint
Dave Freer
HistF - Heirs of Alexandria 6
The Shadow Men (ri) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF - Hidden Cities 4
The Chamber of Ten (ri) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF - Hidden Cities 3
Mind the Gap (ri) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF - Hidden Cities 1
Gnomon (h2tp) Nick Harkaway Dys/Th/SF
The Wolves of Winter (h2tp) Tyrell Johnson Dys
A King in Cobwebs David Keck F - The Tales of Durand 3
Pet Sematary (ri) Stephen King H
The Sun Dog (ri) Stephen King H
Blood of Ten Kings Edward Lazellari F/CF - Guardians of Aandor 3
Wrath of Empire (h2tp) Brian McClellan F/HistF - Gods of Blood and Powder 2
The Three Secret Cities Matthew Reilly Th - Jack West Jr. Series 5
Of Blood and Bone Nora Roberts P/PNR/SupTh/SF/PA/SP/Dys - Chronicles of the One 2
A Star-Wheeled Sky Brad R. Torgersen SF
Horizon (h2tp) Fran Wilde F - Bone Universe 3



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

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

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Melanie’s Month in Review - November 2018




Well hello again.  I can’t believe another month has passed me by and that there are only a few more weeks left in 2018! Does time really fly? Or at least it seems to. Well I won’t delay any further and let you know what I have been reading.

So I am going to start this post with a song...lucky for you that you will be reading it rather than listening to me sing! This was one of my favourite songs from Sesame Street. I am not sure they still sing it but here is the first verse and then by the end let’s see if you can figure out why I have been singing it in my head throughout November!

One of these things is not like the others
One of these things just doesn't belong
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

The first book I am going to tell you about is Cogheart, the first in the Cogheart Adventures by Peter Bunzl. Set in a clockwork England, Lily’s life has been turned upside down when her father - the renowned inventor of automatons and other mechanical inventions - has gone missing. Lily finds herself on the run from the very men that caused her father’s disappearance. Luckily for Lily she is joined on her dangerous adventure by the son of the local clockmaker and her father’s mechanical fox Malkin. Together they take a hair raising trip across the country to find her father and save the day.

This is the perfect book for 8-12 year olds. It has adventure, humour, cool clockwork automatons and a mystery to solve. There is a murder of one of the secondary characters so if the reader is especially sensitive then maybe skip by this one scene. Otherwise, it has the correct pitch for a younger reader and pace. It is however a tad long, even for an alleged grown up reader such as myself! This would be a great gift for a girls as Lily is a strong and brave female lead.


Brandon Sanderson’s new series - Skyward (the first instalment is of the same name) is set in space on a near barren planet where the remainder of humanity have been trapped. They are under constant attack by an alien race called the Krell. The teenager Spensa has spent her young life in the shadow of her father’s life. He was a fighter pilot and a hero until during one battle he fled was killed by his squadron and branded a coward. Spensa and her family suffered with the stigma of father’s cowardice yet she wants nothing more than to follow him into the skies. As luck turns out Spensa is given the opportunity to learn how to be a fighter pilot and prove her father wasn't a coward. When she discovers an abandoned ship buried in a cave she knows that this ship, a sentient ship no less, is her escape and her way to see the stars.

Sanderson’s fantastic imagination is evident in his description of the debris laden planet Detritus. He does borrow from human folklore, history and literature as a frame of reference for the teenage Spensa - she wants to be a warrior like Boudicca or Genghis Khan. She acts in almost every way like typical teenager - impulsive, quick to temper, a bit self-centered. I did have to keep reminding myself that Spensa was a teenager every time she did something impetuous or immature....which was quite often. I found her a bit irritating towards the end. While Skyward is aimed for the younger reader the pace was a bit slow in parts and it was quite long. At a guess 80% of the story sets up the last few chapters and that is why I felt it dragged along. While I am unlikely to continue with this series because of the pace I would still recommend it for young adults.


Diamond Fire, by Ilona Andrews is a novella set in the Hidden Legacy world. Nevada Baylor and Connor Rogan are about to get married and her sisters Catalina and Arabella have taken responsibility for organising the wedding.  No mean feat especially when the extremely valuable diamond tiara, handed down by Connor’s mother, has gone missing and someone has poisoned the wedding cake. Catalina is tasked with not only ensuring the bride makes it down the aisle but also to figure out who has stolen the tiara, get it back and all without Nevada finding out.

I enjoyed this novella and enjoyed the development of Catalina as a character. I even bought the Audible version (preferred the narrator for this one). I don’t want to say too much other than if you enjoy the series then don’t miss out on Diamond Fire.


The final books I am going to tell you about are The Horn trilogy by J. Kathleen Cheney. I have only shown one of the book covers Oathbreaker (all covers below), but in fact I read all three including Original and Overseer. This series is set in the same world as Dreaming Death where families live in underground fortresses and the children grow up and marry into their own age groups. Oathbreaker focuses on Amal Horn who is the leader of the Horn fortress and what happens when her year group - the twenty-sevens -  come across a stranger who is searching for the long ago abandoned Salonen fortress. If the fortress falls into the wrong hands it might have to be destroyed. The stranger Daylan upsets the close knit Horn community not just by being there but what he represents. Book 2 - Original is told more from Daylan's perspective and the Horn's plan to find the Salonen fortress. By this novel Amal and Daylan are a couple and part of the plot centres on their relationship and what it means for the community. It's not until Overseer that the lost fortress even features as a mainstay of the plot. Daylan's 'relatives' turn up at the Horn fortress and it is clear how far the Cince (the enemy) are prepared to go to get their hands on the Salonen fortress.

I enjoyed these novels for the most part but the characters aren't as interesting as those in Cheney's other novels. They are a quick and easy reads and I had the whole series finished in just a few days. The abandoned fortress - according to the description  - doesn't really feature until the end of book 3 which I thought was a bit odd. The series is really more about the love story between Daylan and Amal. If you need something to read then give The Horn trilogy a go, but see my reviews of Cheney's other novels too.


Well that is it for me for November. Have you guess why I have been singing songs from Sesame Street? Can you tell which book is not like the others?  Leave me a comment with your guess. Until December Happy Reading!





Cogheart
Cogheart Trilogy 1
Jolly Fish Press, February 12, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368
  8 - 12 Years
  (Published in the UK by Usborne, Sept. 1, 2016)

Thirteen-year-old Lily Harman always dreamed of adventure. A strong-willed girl, Lily felt trapped in a life of Victorian stuffiness at her prim boarding school. But after her father-a famous inventor-disappears on a routine zeppelin flight, Lily's life gets turned upside down.

Now cared for by her guardian, the heartless Madame Verdigris, Lily is quite certain that she's being watched. Mysterious, silver-eyed men are lurking in the shadows, just waiting for their chance to strike. But what could they possibly want from her?

There are rumors, Lily learns, that her father had invented the most valuable invention ever made-a perpetual motion machine. But if he made such a miraculous discovery, he certainly never told Lily. And all he left behind is a small box-with no key, no hinges.

With the help of a clockmaker's son, Robert, and her mechanimal fox, Malkin, Lily escapes London in search of the one person who might know something about her father's disappearance-and what he left behind.





Skyward
Skyward 1
Delacorte Press, November 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 528 pages
  Young Adult (Ages 12 and Up, Grades 7 and Up)

From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity’s future.

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.





Diamond Fire
A Hidden Legacy Novella
Avon Impulse, November 6, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 160 pages

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.





Oathbreaker
The Horn 1
EQP Books (December 12, 2016)
eBook, 326 pages
  Also available in Trade Paperback

The chief of the Oathbreakers, Amal Horn is one of only a handful of people aware of the true power the abandoned underground Fortress of Salonen holds. The Cince Empire wants its secrets, though, and will do anything to get someone inside. When the Horn find a stranger trespassing on the glacier below it, they realize the Cince have formulated a new plan of attack. Now the Horn Family must decide whether to wake the sleeping Fortress so it can defend itself against the Cince…or kill it forever.



Original
Horn 2
EQP Books, April 27, 2017
eBook, 268
  Also available in Trade Paperback

Amal, Lady Horn, has always been called rash. She makes decisions far too quickly for the elders of the Horn Family. Bringing home a mysterious foreigner—one who has ties to her people’s ancient enemies, the Cince—is bad enough, but now she’s taken him as her lover. She might even want more from him.

Dalyan is an Original, a copy of a man long dead. The elders of the Horn Family thought they could use his singular knowledge to resurrect an ancient Fortress, a sentient underground city long abandoned by its people. But when Dalyan can’t access the memoires of the man from whom he’s copied, the elders begin to ask whether he’s an unfortunate liability instead. For Amal’s sake, Dalyan is determined to prove them wrong.

Together Amal and Dalyan work to build a coalition to raise the hidden Fortress, but they’ll need the help of Amal’s friends, of the Oathbreakers spread across the country, and—if possible—the king himself.



Overseer
The Horn 3
EQP Books, October 19, 2017
eBook, 328 pages
  Also available in Trade Paperback

Those who hold the secrets of the Fortresses can remake the world...

A new player has arrived at Horn Keep, and it’s up to Amal to decide whether he’s the key to keeping her people safe, or the threat they’ve feared the most. Aulis is, like Dalyan, a version of the same long-dead engineer, a Founder of the Salonen Fortress. That alone should make him worth keeping alive.

But he’s served the Cince Empire for almost two decades, the very people who want to steal Salonen Fortress. Now Amal is faced with the task of deciding whether he’s even capable of telling the truth, whether he can lie to Dalyan. The question is…are they the same man or not?

And is buying Aulis’ loyalty worth the risk of giving him the one thing he wants more than life itself? It’s within Amal’s power, but she knows that doing so will forever change her people’s world…

Saturday, December 01, 2018

2018 Debut Author Challenge - December 2018 Debuts






There are 3 debut novels for December.

Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The December 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 December cover for the 2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on December 15, 2018.

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 2018 Debut Author Challenge featured authors. However, any of these novels may be read by Challenge readers to meet the goal for December 2018. The list is correct as of the day posted.



Meghan Scott Molin

The Frame-Up
The Golden Arrow Mysteries 1
47North, December 1, 2018
Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 304 pages

By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.

But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?

When too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.

Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…





Clay Sanger

Endsville
Outlaw Arcana 1
Crossroad Press, December 25, 2018
eBook, 458 pages

Welcome to Los Angeles—where the secret worlds of the criminal and supernatural collide. Crime and black magic pay. In the City of Angels, no one does it better than Gabriel St. John and the House of the Crow…

ENDSVILLE introduces readers to the House of the Crow. Led by their enigmatic street captain Gabriel, the Crows are a secret coven of high-rolling occult gangsters operating out of Los Angeles. A gangland king by the name of Dante Washington enlists their aid to recover 34 million dollars in cash—stolen from him by what appears to be a hostile sorcerer.

The Crows battle through a vicious cycle of betrayal, violence, and black magic while on the hunt for Mr. Washington’s missing money. In the end, allies prove to be enemies, and there are much greater things at stake than covering up a multi-million dollar gangland heist.





David Turton

The Malaise
Cosmic Egg Books, December 14, 2018
Trade Paperback, 304 pages

2038: Rick Razor’s mark is seen all over the world, with his innovative Razor Technology owned by the majority of the population.

Professor Mike Pilkington sees a disturbing video on his RazorVision glasses and the world turns violently upside down. As almost every human being is wiped out through murder and suicide, Mike helps rebuild society, but his hunger for answers drives him on a collision course with the chilling force behind the apocalypse...

'The Malaise will keep you turning page after page, racing to get to the ending, and all the while hoping the technology giants of today don’t throw us into his horror of tomorrow.'
David Beers, Best-selling author

December 2018 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2018. 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. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.






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

December 1, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Shotguns & Sorcery Omnibus Matt Forbeck F
Murder in the Dark: A paranormal mystery Simon R. Green SupM - An Ishmael Jones Mystery 6
AfroSFv3 Ivor W. Hartmann (Ed) SF - AfroSF 3
Ghost Virus Graham Masterton H/MedTh
The Frame-Up (D) Meghan Scott Molin M - Golden Arrow Mysteries Series 1
Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters N.X. Sharps (Ed)
Alana Abbott (Ed)
SF - Kaiju Rising 2



December 3, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sunspot Jungle: The Ever Expanding Universe of Fantasy and Science Fiction (e) Bill Campbell (Ed) SF/F/H - Anthology
Tell Me Like You Done Before: And Other Stories Written on the Shoulders of Giants Scott Edelman F/H - Collection
Owned by Fate (e) Sean Michael PNR - Dragon Soul 5
Bigger Than Biggs (e) Danie Ware PA/SF - Judge Anderson 4



December 4, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daughter of the Dragon Tree Susanne Aernecke Occ/Sup
Doctor Who: TARDIS Type Forty Instruction Manual Richard Atkinson
Mike Tucker
SF - Doctor Who
King of the Road R. S. Belcher UF/CF - Brotherhood of the Wheel 2
The Absolved Matthew Binder Dys
Bikes Not Rockets: Intersectional Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories Elly Blue (Ed) SF - Bikes in Space
The Mansion Ezekiel Boone H
Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary Robert Brooks
Matt Burns
F
Soulbinder Sebastien de Castell F - Spellslinger 4
Splintered Suns Michael Cobley SF/HSF/SO
The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis Julie E. Czerneda (Ed) SF/HSF/AC/SO - Trade Pact Universe
The Magnificent Wilf (ri) Gordon R. Dickson SF/SO
The Shattered Sun Rachel Dunne F - Bound Gods 3
Death Knell (e) Hailey Edwards UF - The Foundling 3
All the Plagues of Hell Eric Flint
Dave Freer
HistF - Heirs of Alexandria 6
The Shadow Men (ri) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF - Hidden Cities 4
The Chamber of Ten (ri) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF - Hidden Cities 3
Mind the Gap (ri) Christopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
DF/UF - Hidden Cities 1
Gnomon (h2tp) Nick Harkaway Dys/Th/SF
The Wolves of Winter (h2tp) Tyrell Johnson Dys
A King in Cobwebs David Keck F - The Tales of Durand 3
Pet Sematary (ri) Stephen King H
The Sun Dog (ri) Stephen King H
Blood of Ten Kings Edward Lazellari F/CF - Guardians of Aandor 3
Wrath of Empire (h2tp) Brian McClellan F/HistF - Gods of Blood and Powder 2
The Three Secret Cities Matthew Reilly Th - Jack West Jr. Series 5
Of Blood and Bone Nora Roberts P/PNR/SupTh/SF/PA/SP/Dys - Chronicles of the One 2
A Star-Wheeled Sky Brad R. Torgersen SF
Horizon (h2tp) Fran Wilde F - Bone Universe 3



December 11, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies Dave Addey PerfArts/SF
Burning Ashes James Bennett CF/UF - A Ben Garston Novel 3
The Hostess With the Ghostess (h2tp) E. J. Copperman PCM - Haunted Guesthouse 9
Green Jay and Crow DJ Daniels SF
The Emperor's Gift Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000
Shattered Lands Alice Henderson SF/PA - Skyfire Saga 2
Firestarter (ri) Stephen King SF/GenEng
Born of Flame Nick Kyme SF - The Horus Heresy
The Corporation Wars Trilogy Ken MacLeod SF/SO - Corporation Wars
Death on the Pitch - A Blood Bowl Anthology Robbie MacNiven
Worley Alec
Guy Haley
F - Blood Bowl
Doctor Who: The Molten Heart Una McCormack SF - Doctor Who
Robotics Through Science Fiction: Artificial Intelligence Explained Through Six Classic Robot Short Stories Robin R. Murphy (Ed) SF - Collection
Rattlesnake Wind Lilith Saintcrow UF
Children of Time Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/AC/GenEng/HSF/SE/SO
A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy Alex White SF/GenEng/SO - The Salvagers 2
Ashes and Entropy Robert S. Wilson (Ed) H



December 14, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Malaise (D) David Turton AP/PA/DF/H



December 17, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Possessed (e)(ri) P.C. Cast FR
The Dead Room (e)(ri) Heather Graham SupTh/GH - Harrison Investigation 4



December 18, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Watership Down (ri) Richard Adams F
The Bronze Skies (tp2mm) Catherine Asaro SF/SO - Major Bhaajan 2
Doctor Who: Combat Magicks Steve Cole SF- Doctor Who
Black City Dragon Richard a. Knaak UF/HistF
A Thunder of War Steve McHugh UF - The Avalon Chronicles 3
Down and Out in Purgatory (h2mm) Tim Powers F - Collection
Space Opera (h2tp) Catherynne M. Valente SF/SO
A Call to Vengeance (h2mm) David Weber
Timothy Zahn
SF/SO - Manticore Ascendant 3



December 24, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Seven B. K. Evenson MTI/SF/AC - Aliens
Dark Fire (ri) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark Series 6
Scourged (h2mm) Kevin Hearne CF - The Iron Druid Chronicles 9
The Feed (h2tp) Nick Clark Windo SF/PA/AP



December 25, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Beast Arises: Volume 3 David Annandale
David Guymer
Rob Sanders
Guy Haley
SF - Warhammer 40,000
Tyrion & Teclis William King F - Warhammer Chronicles
LARP Boris Leist Photography/PopCul
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy
Endsville (D) Clay Sanger H



December 27, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
SNAFU: Resurrection (Ke) Dirk Patton
James A. Moore et al.
H
Once and Future Antiquities in Science Fiction and Fantasy Brett M Rogers (Ed)
Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Ed)
Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception



December 28, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Animal Automata and Living Machines in Literature and Philosophy: Robots, Replicants, and Companion Species Mark Paterson HC - Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture



December 31, 2018
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival (h2mm) Ben Bova SF/HSF/AC - Star Quest Trilogy 3
The Cambridge History of Science Fiction Gerry Canavan (Ed)
Eric Carl Link (Ed)
HC/SF
The Passage (ri) Justin Cronin MTI/LF/F -  Passage Trilogy 1
Eve of Chaos (tp2mm) Sylvia Day
S. J. Day
UF/P/PNR - Marked Series 3
Siege of Stone: Sister of Darkness Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 3
Kingdom of Needle and Bone Mira Grant SF
Final Shadows Kay Hooper Sus/Occ/Sup/CF - Bishop Files 3
The Transition (h2tp) Luke Kennard LF/Satire/Dys
Verses for the Dead Douglas Preston Lincoln Child PolP/Occ/Sup/Sus - Agent Pendergast 18
Child of a Mad God (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F/DF - The Coven 1
Ocean Light (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 2
The Chalk Man (h2tp) C. J. Tudor Sus/PsyTh/Cr
The House on Tradd Street (h2mm) Karen White CW/GH/M - Tradd Street 1



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



AC - Alien Contact
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
Cr - Crime
CW - Contemporary Woman
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy