Friday, February 22, 2019

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors

Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.

Stephen Aryan (2015)

The Age of Dread 3
Orbit, June 25, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

When magic is feared, the mages must learn to fight for themselves in this powerful sequel to the standout epic fantasy Mageborn by Stephen Aryan.

A plague rages in the streets of Perizzi. City guards rally to deal with riots while the young magicians of the Tower pool their healing powers to find a cure.

Elsewhere, new alliances are formed to stem the rising darkness strengthening a deity who feeds on pestilence and decay. Gods, Sorcerers and Battlemages must set aside the past and their vendettas to work together or risk unleashing greater suffering than they can possibly imagine…

For more from Stephen Aryan, check out:

The Age of Dread

Age of Darkness

Book 1
Book 2

Benedict Jacka (2012)

Alex Verus 10
Ace, September 24, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

For Mage Alex Verus, everything is on the line in the tenth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Marked.

Once Alex Verus was a diviner trying to live quietly under the radar.  Now he’s a member of the Light Council who’s found success, friends…and love. But it’s come with a price—the Council is investigating him, and if they find out the truth, he’ll lose everything.

Meanwhile, Alex’s old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Council, and he’s preparing a move that will bring Alex and the life mage, Anne, under his control.  Caught between Richard and the Council, Alex’s time is running out.  To protect those he cares for, Alex will have to become something different. Something darker…

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 6
Book 7
Book 8
Book 9

Rowenna Miller (2018)

The Unraveled Kingdom 2
Orbit, June 4, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 496 pages

In this epic sequel to Torn, the magical seamstress Sophie Balstrade navigates a royal court and foreign alliances fraught with danger — and may well have to risk everything for love and for country.

Open revolt has been thwarted — for now — but unrest still simmers in the kingdom of Galitha. Sophie, despite having built a thriving business on her skill at both dressmaking and magic, has not escaped unscathed from her misadventures in the workers’ rebellion. Her dangerous foray into curse casting has rendered her powers unpredictable, and her increasingly visible romantic entanglement with the Crown Prince makes her a convenient target for threatened nobles and malcontented commoners alike.

With domestic political reform and international alliances — and her own life — at stake, Sophie must discern friend from foe… before her magic grows too dark for her to wield.

Rowenna Miller’s enchanting fantasy series, the Unraveled Kingdom, is perfect for fans of The Queen of the Tearling and Red Queen.

The Unraveled Kingdom

Book 1

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nintendo Download, February 21, 2019: Try Pokémon Before You Buy!

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Demo Version – The demo version of the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! games is available now in Nintendo eShop. Have you visited the vibrant Kanto region on your Nintendo Switch system yet? Then play the free demo version and come see what the excitement is all about! (Note: The content of the demo version differs from the full versions of these games.)
    • Trials Rising Standard Edition – Explore over-the-top action and physics-bending motorcycle racing in the latest entry in the Trials franchise. With more than 125 new tracks, the Trials Rising Standard Edition game is easy to pick up and play, yet challenging to master. Test your friendships with the new Tandem mode that allows two players to control one bike, or create and share unique levels in Track Central with more than 8,000 items available. Trials Rising Standard Edition is available Feb. 26.
    • The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame – The alien monster invaders have left Bricksburg in ruins and taken Emmet’s friends. It is now up to Emmet and a host of heroic characters to go beyond their world and save their friends from the strange inhabitants of the Systar System. Journey into outer space, discover new worlds and test your Master Building skills. The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is available Feb. 26.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn – Demo Version – One ticked-off sorcerer just banished Kirby, warping the poor puffball to a yarn world in need of saving. The twist? Having a yarn body is epic! Kirby can transform into knitted wonders like tanks and flying saucers. Plus, his new ravel abilities mimic his classic copy abilities, adding something new to every stage of this action-adventure game! Full game available March 8.

Reggie Fils-Aime to Retire

Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime to Retire: Doug Bowser Named New President

Transition will Occur in April

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 21, 2019 – After more than 15 notable years at Nintendo of America, and nearly 13 as its President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime will retire. His last day with Nintendo will be April 15. Doug Bowser, NOA’s current Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will then succeed Reggie as President of Nintendo of America.

“I really appreciate everything Reggie has done for Nintendo,” said Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “Inside and outside our company, Reggie is known as an exceptional leader. We are grateful that he is leaving the business in good shape with strong momentum. While we will miss him and we wish him the very best in his retirement, we are also pleased to have such an able successor ready to step into that role. Doug Bowser and the rest of the team will ensure a seamless transition and continued momentum for Nintendo.”

“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”

“It has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America,” Bowser said. “And rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendo’s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come.”

Fils-Aime started at Nintendo of America in 2003 as its Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and became its President and COO in May 2006. His time with Nintendo began during the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance era. His leadership of Nintendo’s largest territory expanded the audience for Nintendo products as phenomena like Nintendogs, Brain Age, Wii Sports and Wii Fit brought millions of new players to the world of video games. Fils-Aime’s management led to record-breaking sales for products like the Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch systems. At the same time, he communicated innovative new product features to a mass audience via his strong and affable personality, making him a favorite of media, members of the video game industry and Nintendo fans alike.

During his tenure, Nintendo of America has expanded its physical presence in the U.S., having established a key sales and marketing office in Redwood City, California, and built a new NOA headquarters in Redmond, Washington, that has received awards for its environmentally friendly design.

Bowser is an industry veteran who joined NOA in May 2015 as the Vice President of Sales before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing the next year. During his time at NOA, Bowser led the sales and marketing efforts for Nintendo Switch, which became the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group. Previously, Bowser was an executive with industry powerhouse Electronic Arts, most recently as the company’s Vice President of Global Business Planning. He also worked at Procter & Gamble in various sales leadership roles in Asia, Latin America and the U.S.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.7 billion video games and more than 740 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2018 Nebula Awards Finalists Announced

The 2018 Nebula Award Finalists have been announced. The Awards will be presented during the SFWA Nebula Conference, May 16 - 19, 2019, in Los Angelese, California.
The Nebula Awards, presented annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award, the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. - from the announcement.

2018 Nebula Award Finalists

  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk ( Publishing)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

  • Fire Ant, Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
  • The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark ( Publishing)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
  • Alice Payne Arrives, Kate Heartfield ( Publishing)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson ( Publishing)
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells ( Publishing)

  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)
  • “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections”, Tina Connolly ( 7/11/18)
  • “An Agent of Utopia”, Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
  • “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births”, José Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed 1/18)
  • “The Rule of Three”, Lawrence M. Schoen (Future Science Fiction Digest 12/18)
  • “Messenger”, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi (Expanding Universe, Volume 4)

Short Story
  • “Interview for the End of the World”, Rhett C. Bruno (Bridge Across the Stars)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
  • “Going Dark”, Richard Fox (Backblast Area Clear)
  • “And Yet”, A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 3-4/18)
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies”, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
  • “The Court Magician”, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)

Game Writing
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)
  • The Road to Canterbury, Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
  • God of War, Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin (Santa Monica Studio/Sony/Interactive Entertainment)
  • Rent-A-Vice, Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games)
  • The Martian Job, M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy”, Written by: Megan Amram
  • Black Panther, Written by: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
  • A Quiet Place, Screenplay by: John Krasinski and Bryan Woods & Scott Beck
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Screenplay by: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
  • Dirty Computer, Written by: Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
  • Sorry to Bother You, Written by: Boots Riley

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time, Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
  • A Light in the Dark, A.K. DuBoff (BDL)
  • Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, Henry Lien (Henry Holt)

2018 Aurealis Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2018 Aurealis Awards have been announced by the Continuum Foundation.

Winners of the 2018 Aurealis Awards, Sara Douglass Book Series Award, and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced on Sunday, May 4, 2019, at the Aurealis Awards ceremony.

The Sara Douglass Book Series Award finalists will be announced at a later date.

2018 Aurealis Awards – Finalists

  • The Relic of the Blue Dragon, Rebecca Lim (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Slightly Alarming Tales of the Whispering Wars, Jaclyn Moriarty (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Endsister, Penni Russon (Allen & Unwin)
  • Secret Guardians, Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)
  • Ting Ting the Ghosthunter, Gabrielle Wang (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt, Rhiannon Williams (Hardie Grant Egmont)

  • Deathship Jenny, Rob O’Connor (self-published)
  • Cicada, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
  • Tales from The Inner City, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

  • “A Robot Like Me”, Lee Cope (Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “The Moon Collector”, D K Mok (Under the Full Moon’s Light, Owl Hollow Press)
  • “The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone #277, TTA Press)
  • “Eight-Step Koan”, Anya Ow (Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear)
  • “For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights”, Deborah Sheldon (Breach #08)

  • “The Offering”, Michael Gardner (Aurealis #112)
  • “Slither”, Jason Nahrung (Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • “By Kindle Light”, Jessica Nelson-Tyers (Antipodean SF #235)
  • “Hit and Rot”, Jessica Nelson-Tyers (Breach #08)
  • “Sub-Urban”, Alfie Simpson (Breach #07)
  • “The Further Shore”, J Ashley Smith (Bourbon Penn #15)

  • “Andromeda Ascends”, Matthew R Davis (Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, Things In The Well)
  • “Kopura Rising”, David Kuraria (Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • “The Black Sea”, Chris Mason (Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, Things In The Well)
  • Triquetra, Kirstyn McDermott (
  • “With This Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Crisis Apparition, Kaaron Warren (Dark Moon Books)

  • “Crying Demon”, Alan Baxter (Suspended in Dusk 2, Grey Matter Press)
  • “Army Men”, Juliet Marillier (Of Gods and Globes, Lancelot Schaubert)
  • “The Further Shore”, J Ashley Smith (Bourbon Penn #15)
  • “Child of the Emptyness”, Amanda J Spedding (Grimdark Magazine #17)
  • “A Moment’s Peace”, Dave Versace (A Hand of Knaves, CSFG Publishing)
  • “Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring”, Suzanne J Willis (Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear)

  • “This Side of the Wall”, Michael Gardner (Metaphorosis Magazine, January 2018)
  • “Beautiful”, Juliet Marillier (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • “The Staff in the Stone”, Garth Nix (The Book of Magic, Penguin Random House)
  • Merry Happy Valkyrie, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “The Dressmaker and the Colonel’s Coat”, David Versace (Mnemo’s Memory and Other Fantastic Tales, self-published)
  • The Dragon’s Child, Janeen Webb (PS Publishing)

  • “The Sixes, The Wisdom and the Wasp”, E J Delaney (Escape Pod)
  • “The Fallen”, Pamela Jeffs (Red Hour, Four Ink Press)
  • “On the Consequences of Clinically-Inhibited Maturation in the Common Sydney Octopus”, Simon Petrie & Edwina Harvey (A Hand of Knaves, CSFG)
  • “A Fair Wind off Baracoa”, Robert Porteous (Hand of Knaves, CSFG)
  • “The Astronaut”, Jen White (Aurealis)

  • “I Almost Went To The Library Last Night”, Joanne Anderton (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • The Starling Requiem, Jodi Cleghorn (eMergent Publishing)
  • Icefall, Stephanie Gunn (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • “Singles’ Day”, Samantha Murray (Interzone #277, TTA Press)
  • Static Ruin, Corey J White (

  • Not Quite the End of the World Just Yet, Peter M Ball (Brain Jar Press)
  • Phantom Limbs, Margo Lanagan (PS Publishing)
  • Tales from The Inner City, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren, Kaaron Warren (Dark Moon Books)

  • Sword and Sonnet, Aiden Doyle, Rachael K Jones & E Catherine Tobler (Ate Bit Bear)
  • Aurum, Russell B Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Infinity’s End, Jonathan Strahan (Solaris)
  • The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Jonathan Strahan (Solaris)

  • Small Spaces, Sarah Epstein (Walker Books Australia)
  • Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Catching Teller Crow, Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin)
  • His Name was Walter, Emily Rodda (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • A Curse of Ash and Embers, Jo Spurrier (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Impostors, Scott Westerfeld (Allen & Unwin)

  • The Bus on Thursday, Shirley Barrett (Allen & Unwin)
  • Years of the Wolf, Craig Cormick (IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

  • Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter Press)
  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Penguin Random House)
  • Lightning Tracks, Alethea Kinsela (Plainspeak Publishing)
  • The Witch Who Courted Death, Maria Lewis (Hachette Australia)
  • We Ride the Storm, Devin Madson (self-published)

  • Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador Australia)
  • A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura Press)
  • The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Interview with Micah Dean Hicks, author of Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones

Please welcome Micah Dean Hicks to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones was published on February 5, 2019 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece that you remember writing?

Micah:  As far back as I can remember, I’ve been writing stories. I’m not sure if this is the first, but when I was in middle school, I wrote a story about a group of thieves who lived in a forest, and each of them played a different musical instrument. There was the flute thief, the drum thief, the horn thief. And all of their instruments were magical somehow. It was sort of a cross between Robin Hood and The Legend of Zelda. Maybe I should do something with that idea...

TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Micah:  Definitely a plotter. I don’t always stick to the plan once I’m writing, but having an outline makes everything much easier for me.

TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Micah:  Like a lot of people, making time is always a battle. There are chores to do, meals to make, dishes to clean, and clothes to fold. I work full time teaching at a university, which is really rewarding but also busy. Every day, I have to fight to make writing a priority, or writing won’t happen.

TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Micah:  Too many books, songs, games, movies, and paintings to name them all, but my biggest influence is probably fairy tales. Something about the danger of the forest, the odd things you might find there, really resonated with me as someone who grew up right at the edge of the woods.

TQDescribe Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones using only 5 words.

Micah:  Everything—even you—is haunted.

TQTell us something about Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones that is not found in the book description.

Micah:  In addition to ghosts haunting pretty much everything, the book also has a lovesick robot, a girl who has never lost at anything, and a pig boy named Dennis who just wants to dance.

TQWhat inspired you to write Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones? What appeals to you about writing Contemporary Fantasy?

Micah:  Several things kind of converged in my mind. I’ve always liked how wild and energetic the anime FLCL is, how playful it is with genre. When I came across Jason Chan’s series of illustrations The Neighbors—featuring a boy inventor, an alien father figure, a girl whose drawings come to life, and a house that seems built out of a spaceship—I knew I wanted to do something big and ambitious and genre-bending like that.

I like how contemporary fantasy injects strangeness and wonder into the world. That more than anything else is probably what draws me to this genre.

TQWhat sort of research did you do for Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones?

Micah:  The book deals a lot with racism and economic decline. Growing up in rural southwest Arkansas, I was surrounded by both my entire life. A lot of the other research that went into the novel ended up coming to me. As a millennial, our generation is partly defined by economic uncertainty. And during the six years that I worked on this story, social media was on fire with cell cam footage of police killing innocent black people. I can’t imagine having written this book without those things being a part of it.

I also wanted to be careful with how I portrayed characters from very different backgrounds than mine. I did a lot of reading to see how to write about others ethically, but the best resource I came across was Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward’s book Writing the Other. Every fiction writer should read it.

TQPlease tell us about the cover for Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones.

Micah:  Chris Thornley did a killer job on the cover art. The cover shows my main character Jane looking off toward the haunted and abandoned downtown of Swine Hill, a place swarming with ghosts.

TQIn Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Micah:  Jane and Henry were probably equally hard to write but in different ways.

Jane is most different from me. She’s in this really difficult position where she’s the only thing holding her family together. She’s intensely loyal, even to people who hurt her, even to her father who has forgotten everything and become a shadow of a person. Jane is the only one who refuses to give up on him. I’m a lot more selfish than she is.

Henry is more similar to me, but in all the worst ways. He has the same obsession towards his work and desire to be great. But Henry is willing to put his ambitions ahead of the well-being of others. Slipping into his character was maybe easier, but it also made me think about all the ways in which I’m not a perfect person.

TQDoes Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones touch on any social issues?

Micah:  The novel deals with racism, sexism, police brutality, hatred towards immigrants, economic decline, worker exploitation, corporate abuses, and pollution.

TQWhich question about Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Micah:  Why pig people?

Because chicken people would be horrifying!

TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones.


“The wind from its fall rippled Bethany’s hair and shirt. The alien spark was basketball-sized, the sound of it shattering, like lightning sliding across lightning. Bethany stared up as it fell. While Henry called to her from the window, waiting for the impact that would surely annihilate them in a tidal wave of heat and light, Bethany did what she had always done when a ball fell within reach of her hands. She raised her arms and caught it.”

TQWhat's next?

Micah:  I’m finishing a collection of short stories, many of which have already been published in various magazines. They’re dark, sad stories that borrow a lot from fairy tale motifs. Birds who get turned into boys and regret it. A woman with beautiful clockwork hands who has to live alone so that people won’t steal them. Two sisters who find an old oven than can bring the dead back to life.

TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Micah:  Thank you for the great questions!

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

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

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

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

About Micah

Photo by Scot Lerner 2018
MICAH DEAN HICKS is the author of the story collection Electricity and Other Dreams, a book of dark fairy tales and bizarre fables that won the 2012 New American Fiction Prize. He is also the winner of the 2014 Calvino Prize judged by Robert Coover, the 2016 Arts and Letter Prize judged by Kate Christensen, and the 2015 Wabash Prize judged by Kelly Link. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines, ranging from the New York Times Magazine to Lightspeed to the Kenyon Review. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Website  ~  Twitter @MicahDeanHicks

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works By DAC Authors

Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured Debut Author Challenge (DAC) Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.

Stephen Blackmoore (2012)

Fire Season
Eric Carter 4
DAW, April 16, 2019
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The fourth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Los Angeles is burning.

During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages with fires that burn when they shouldn’t, that don’t stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people.

To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him, after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren’t adding up, and Carter knows there’s more going on.

If he doesn’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it fast, Quetzalcoatl won’t just kill him, he’ll burn the whole damn city down with him.

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3

Kameron Hurley (2011)

Meet Me in the Future: Stories
Tachyon Publications, August 20, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

“Kameron Hurley’s writing is the most exciting thing I’ve seen on the genre page.” —Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

When renegade author Kameron Hurley (The Light BrigadeThe Stars Are Legion) takes you to the future—be prepared for the unexpected. Yes, it will be dangerous, frequently brutal, and often devastating. But it’s also savagely funny, deliriously strange, and absolutely brimming with adventure.

In these edgy, unexpected tales, a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, and an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship. Fighters ally to power a reality-bending engine, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.

So come meet Kameron Hurley in the future. The version she’s created here is weirder—and far more hopeful—than you could ever imagine.

Joe Zieja (2016)

System Failure
Epic Failure Trilogy 3
Saga Press, August 27, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

War is spreading through the galaxy—and it’s becoming abundantly clear that there’s an outside force at play in this explosive and hilarious new installment of the Epic Failure series that reads like Catch-22 meets David Weber.

With the galaxy thrown into chaos by mutual breaches of the Two Hundred Years’ peace, what seemed like an isolated incident on the Thelicosa/Merida border has become an epidemic. In the midst of this chaos, the Thelicosan and Meridan fleets on their respective borders have come to a sort of tense peace after the events in Book II but now it’s clear: somebody wants war. And it’s not the Free Systems of the galaxy.

No. It’s a mom-and-pop convenience store gone galactic. It’s the purveyors of balloons and nachos and supplies for bowling lanes. It’s the company that made the droids and a large part of the technology that all of the Free Systems are using in their militaries.

It’s Snaggardirs. And they want to snag it all.

Book 1
Book 2

Monday, February 18, 2019

The View From Monday - February 18, 2019

Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

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

From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim 1) by T. Frohock;


The Philosopher's Flight (Philosopher 1) by Tom Miller is out in Trade Paperback;

Dreams of the Dark Sky (The Legacy of Heavens 2) by Tina LeCount Myers.

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.

February 19, 2019
The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series Anthony M. Bean (Ed) Psy
Collision: Stories J.S. Breukelaar F/H - Collection
Alita: Battle Angel - The Official Movie Novelization Pat Cadigan SF/CyP/MTI
Seraphina's Lament Sarah Chorn DF - The Bloodlands 1
Haunting of Tram Car 015 P. Djèlí Clark HistF/SP
Rain: And Other Stories Mia Couto
Eric M.B. Becker (Tr)
MR/LF - Collection
Tallarn John French SF - The Horus Heresy
Where Oblivion Lives T. Frohock HistF - Los Nefilim 1
HALO: Renegades Kelly Gay SF - HALO 25
The Rising: The Newsflesh Trilogy Mira Grant H/Dys/SF - Newsflesh Trilogy
Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home: Author's Expanded Edition Ursula K. Le Guin SF/AP/PA/VisM/LF - Library of America - Ursula K. Le Guin Edition 4
Corax Lord of Shadows Guy Haley SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 10
The Familiars (D) Stacey Halls Hist/Occ/Sup/LF
The Testament of Loki (h2tp) Joanne M. Harris FairyT/FolkT/LM - Gospel of Loki 2
Happy Death Day & Happy Death Day 2U Aaron Hartzler H/HU/TT
For the Killing of Kings Howard Andrew Jones F - The Ring-Sworn Trilogy 1
The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories: Twisted Tales Not to Be Read at Night! Stephen Jones (Ed) H - Anthology
The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan Caitlín R. Kiernan F/DF/SF/H - Collection
Gotrek & Felix: Vol.2 William King F - Gotrek & Felix Omnibus 2
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Ken Liu (Tr) SF/HSF - Anthology
Gates of Stone Angus Macallan F - Lord of the Islands 1
The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, Nocilla Lab Agustín Fernández Mallo
Thomas Bunstead (Tr)
The Philosopher's Flight (h2tp) Tom Miller HistF - Philosophers 1
The Outcast Hours Mahvesh Murad (Ed)
Jared Shurin (Ed)
Fiction - Anthology
Dreams of the Dark Sky Tina LeCount Myers F - The Legacy of the Heavens 2
Fleet of Knives Gareth L. Powell SF - Embers of War 2
Blood Echo Christopher Rice Th - The Burning Girl 2
The Tainted Heart Clint Werner F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Firstborn Michelle West F/RF - House War 7

February 20, 2019
Caught in the Aftermath (e) Jami Gray SFR - Fate's Vultures 3
Old Media: A Original (e) Annalee Newitz SF

Cr - Creator
D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator

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

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts

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

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 3, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite February 2019 Debut Cover! free polls

Cover art by Lisa Perrin
Cover design by Katie Anderson

Cover art by Chris Thornley

Cover art by by Kate Forrester

Cover illustration by Tony Mauro
Cover design by Lex Maudlin

Cover art by Lars Grant-West

Cover design by Peter Mendelsund

Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner

The winner of the January 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan from Orbit with 63% of the votes. The cover art is by Richard Anderson.

The Gutter Prayer
The Black Iron Legacy 1
Orbit, January 22, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost, and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy.

The Results

The January 2019 Debuts