Sunday, August 20, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Nisi Shawl (2016)

Everfair
Tor Books, September 26, 2017
Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 6, 2016

From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier?

Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.





Tom Sweterlitsch (2014)

The Gone World
G.P. Putnam's Sons, February 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his teenage daughter, who has disappeared. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence or insight that will crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.





K. B. Wagers (2016)

Beyond the Empire
The Indranan War 3
Orbit, November 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

The adrenaline-fueled, explosive conclusion to the Indranan War trilogy by K. B. Wagers.

Gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place in the palace. Her sisters and parents have been murdered, and the Indranan Empire is reeling from both treasonous plots and foreign invasion.

Now, on the run from enemies on all fronts, Hail prepares to fight a full-scale war for her throne and her people, even as she struggles with the immense weight of the legacy thrust upon her. With the aid of a motley crew of allies old and new, she must return home to face off with the same powerful enemies who killed her family and aim to destroy everything and everyone she loves. Untangling a legacy of lies and restoring peace to Indrana will require an empress's wrath and a gunrunner's justice.


The Indranan War
Behind the Throne
After the Crown
Beyond the Empire

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Myke Cole (2012)

The Armored Saint
The Sacred Throne 1
Tor.com, February 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages

"Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts the Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy with The Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-machines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.





Ian Doescher (2013)

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken
Star Wars Part the Seventh
Quirk Books, October 3, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama—in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you’ll be convinced it was written by the Bard.





Betsy Dornbusch (2013)

Enemy
The Seven Eyes 3
Night Shade Books, November 7, 2017
Trade Paperback,308 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 21, 2017

The Thrilling Conclusion to a Prince’s Quest for Revenge and Honor.

Everything Draken thinks he knows is wrong.

The last time Draken traveled Akrasia, he was the highest lord in the land. His journey before that was eased by royal favor and the grace of the gods. This time is different. His adopted country buckling under attack from religious fanatics and his Queen presumed dead, Draken must flee a deadly coup by an upstart lord. Bitter from fighting an insurmountable war and losing the life he’s built, he lets the ghosts of past mistakes drive him into vigilante revenge. But Draken is about to learn gods and wars have a way of catching up to a man.

In the thrilling conclusion to Dornbush’s Book of the Seven Eyes trilogy, follow Draken as he tries to find peace solace in a life that has been surrounded by bloodshed. Will he avenge those he cares about, while striking down those that stand in his way? Enemy covers all this and more in this epic fantasy series.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Amanda Carlson (2012)

Danger's Halo
Holly Danger Book 1
ACI Books, September 18, 2017
eBook, 196 pages

153 years in the future, Earth doesn’t look much like it used to.

Holly Danger’s current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is to pick up a street kid who’s about to terminate himself off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn’t turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn’t saying much.

The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won’t take much time, even if he’s located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.

But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy’s guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don’t include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it’s a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It’s almost as deadly as she is…



Danger's Vice (Holly Danger 2) coming October 23, 2017
Danger's Race (Holly Danger 3) coming December 4, 2017





Gerrard Cowan (2015)

The Strategist
The Machinery Trilogy 2
Harper Voyager, August 25, 2017
eBook, 400 pages

Ruin is coming.

For ten millennia, the Machinery Selected the greatest leaders of humanity, bringing glory to the Overland. But the Machinery came with a Prophecy: in the 10,000th year, it will break, and Ruin will come.

Now, the Prophecy is being fulfilled. The Machinery has Selected a terrible being to rule the Overland, an immortal who cares little for the humans she governs. Some call her the Strategist. Others call her the One. Everyone knows her as Mother.

Mother will do anything to find the Machinery and finally bring Ruin. But only one creature knows where the Machinery is – her ancient enemy, the Dust Queen.

And if Mother wants the Dust Queen’s help, she must ready herself for a game. A game from older times. A game of memory. A game in which mortals are nothing more than pawns.





Eric Scott Fischl (2017)

The Trials of Solomon Parker
Angry Robot, October 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

The author of Dr Potter’s Medicine Show conjures up another marvellous mixture of fantasy and the spirits of the Old West

1916, Butte, Montana: City of the Copper Kings. Solomon Parker is old, broken and in debt to very bad people. He’s always managed to stay one step ahead of his last bad decision, but more than anything, he wishes life had turned out differently. Little does he know that for him and his young protégé, Billy Morgan, that wish is about to come true.

The Above Ones, the gods of the People, are bored. Their servant, Marked Face is coming, and he’s bringing his dice…

File Under: Fantasy [ Under the Headstocks | Meet Marked Face | Roll the Bones | Put Your Hands Up ]

Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition Bundle Coming to Walmart


Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Edition Bundle Heads Exclusively to Walmart Stores

New Splatfest Topic Announced: Flight vs. Invisibility

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2017 – Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for a new Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a download code for the Splatoon 2 game, a fresh carrying case and colorful new Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green. The bundle will be available starting Sept. 8 at a suggested retail price of $379.99 and offers fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con color combination.

Nintendo Download, August 17, 2017: Once Upon a Block…


Nintendo Download, Aug. 17, 2017: Once Upon a Block…

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure – Embark on a perilous quest across the Overworld, to the End and beyond. With a team of friends at your side, and a troubled land in need of heroes, your decisions – what you say and do – drive the story around you, so choose wisely! The Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure game includes all five episodes of Season One and all three episodes of the Adventure Pass. The game will be available on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Aug. 22.
Nintendo eShop sales:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming novels by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Stephen Aryan (2015)

Mageborn
The Age of Dread 1
Orbit, October 3, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages

Fear of magic is intensifying across the west. Morgan, a former Guardian of the Peace, believes the eradication of magic will lead to stability and lasting world peace. He will do anything to achieve his goal, even if it means murdering every child born with magical ability.

The Red Tower is their last hope. Sheltered from a world that fears them, the students there are taught to control their wild and powerful gifts. But unrest is stirring both outside the walls of the Red Tower and within.  





Bradley P. Beaulieu (2011)

In the Village Where Brightwine Flows
A Shattered Sands Novella
Quillings Literary, August 11, 2017
eBook, 65 pages

Street urchins have been turning up missing in the great desert city of Sharakhai. Few care until the son of one of the city’s richest patrons goes missing as well.

The apothecary named Dardzada wants nothing to do with it, but his shrewd mind and skills as an apothecary make him indispensable to his cruel half-brother Layth, the captain of the guard tasked with solving the mystery.

When Layth insists he look deeper into the kidnappings, Dardzada is drawn into a struggle much larger than he ever anticipated, and he soon realizes it will take all his wits to save the victims and himself.
Quillings (Paperback)



Of Sand and Malice Made
A Shattered Sands Novel
DAW, September 19, 2017
Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Hardcover and eBook, September 6, 2016

This standalone companion novel returns to Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Song of Shattered Sands epic fantasy universe

Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She’s made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos.

The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rümayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human “jewels” that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks.

Çeda flees the ehrekh’s attentions, but that only makes Rümayesh covet her more. Rümayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Çeda as the White Wolf—but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Çeda’s friends.

As Çeda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rümayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the struggle becomes a battle for Çeda’s very soul.



With Blood Upon the Sand
The Song of Shattered Sands 2
DAW, February 6, 2018
Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Hardcover and eBook, February 7, 2017

The second book in The Song of Shattered Sands series–an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find their chains unbreakable.

Çeda could become the champion they’ve been waiting for, but the need to tread carefully has never been greater. After their recent defeat at the hands of the rebel Moonless Host, the kings are hungry for blood, scouring the city in their ruthless quest for revenge. Çeda’s friend Emre and his new allies in the Moonless Host hope to take advantage of the unrest in Sharakhai, despite the danger of opposing the kings and their god-given powers, and the Maidens and their deadly ebon blades.

When Çeda and Emre are drawn into a plot of the blood mage Hamzakiir, they learn a devastating secret that may very well shatter the power of the hated kings. But it may all be undone if Çeda cannot learn to navigate the shifting tides of power in Sharakhai and control the growing anger of the asirim that threatens to overwhelm her…



A Veil of Spears
The Song of Shattered Sands 3
DAW, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 672 pages

The third book in The Song of Shattered Sands series–an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

Since the Night of Endless Swords, a bloody battle the Kings of Sharakhai narrowly won, the kings have been hounding the rebels known as the Moonless Host. Many have been forced to flee the city, including Çeda, who discovers that the King of Sloth is raising his army to challenge the other kings’ rule.

When Çeda finds the remaining members of the Moonless Host, now known as the thirteenth tribe, she sees a tenuous existence. Çeda hatches a plan to return to Sharakhai and free the asirim, the kings’ powerful, immortal slaves. The kings, however, have sent their greatest tactician, the King of Swords, to bring Çeda to justice for her crimes.

But the once-unified front of the kings is crumbling. The surviving kings vie quietly against one another, maneuvering for control over Sharakhai. Çeda hopes to use that to her advantage, but whom to trust? Any of them might betray her.

As Çeda works to lift the shackles from the asirim and save the thirteenth tribe, the kings of Sharakhai, the scheming queen of Qaimir, the ruthless blood mage, Hamzakiir, and King of Swords all prepare for a grand clash that may decide the fate of all.



Also in this series:

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
The Song of the Shattered Sands 1
DAW, July 12, 2016
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Hardcover and eBook,September 1, 2015

Best Book of 2015 by Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BuzzFeed • “Promises to be breathtaking.” —Robin Hobb

The Song of the Shattered Sands: Book One

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.






Kevin Hearne (2011)

Scourged
The Iron Druid Chronicles 9
Del Rey, April 3, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages

New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try and prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder Coming Very Soon!



Rock and Roll When Rock of Ages 2: Bigger &
Boulder™ Drops Worldwide on STEAM®,
PlayStation®4, and Xbox One™ End of August!


IRVINE, Calif - Aug. 15, 2017 - Aesthetes, petrologists, and art historians rejoice! They say that the past is etched in stone, but it's time to smash those preconceived notions into oblivion because Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder will be coming digitally to Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One end of August! Release dates for each platform below:
  • Steam - Americas and Europe on Aug. 28
  • PlayStation 4 - Americas on Aug. 28 and Europe on Aug. 29
  • Xbox One - Americas and Europe on Aug. 29
This part Tower Defense, part Racing, part Art History lesson, and all-smashing game from ACE Team is the rocks to the wall -- or should I say rocks to the wall, am I right? -- sequel to 2011's deliciously off-beat Rock of Ages. In the game, players navigate artistic worlds, taking turns in defensive and offensive roles in an attempt to bash open the enemy's castle and stomp them into a historical footnote.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 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 2017 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 August 31, 2017.


Vote for your favorite August 2017 Debut Cover!
 
pollcode.com free polls





Cover by Tom Sanderson





Cover art by Thom Tenery





Cover illustration by Gene Mollica and Shutterstock
Design by Lauren Panepinto





Cover design by Olga Grlic
Cover photograph: plainpicture / alt6 / Roger Proulx





Cover illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith















Cover design by Sandra Chui
Cover photo of the boy by Sean Gladwell/ Getty Images
Photo of the dog by Maya Karkalicheva/Getty Images










Cover art by Steven Messing
Overall design by Owen Corrigan





Cover art by Sparth
Cover design by Christine Foltzer










Cover art and design by Design by Committee











The Gravediggers Union Launches in November


WILD HORROR ABOUNDS IN
THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION

PORTLAND, OR, 08/14/2017 — DEADLY CLASS co-creator Wes Craig launches an all-new series with artist Toby Cypress (Omega Men) in THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION, a horror series—chock-full of steroid zombies, monster gods, swamp vampires, ghost storms, and space monkeys—set to launch this November.

“With The Gravediggers Union, I tried to create an environmental horror story that mixes E.C Comics, H.P. Lovecraft’s horror, and a lot of dark humour,” said Craig. “I’m so proud of what we’re creating, and what Toby, Niko, and Jared are doing together is some of the most original looking comics I’ve ever seen.”

The Ghost Fleet Collection in November

THE GHOST FLEET: THE WHOLE GODDAMNED THING MINISERIES TO BE COLLECTED

PORTLAND, OR, 08/14/2017 — All eight issues of the critically acclaimed miniseries THE GHOST FLEET—from writer Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY, REDNECK) with artists Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY), Lauren Affe, and John J. Hill—will be collected for the first time into a deluxe, over-the-top volume and available this November from Image Comics.

“I am so incredibly proud to be able to finally bring this insane story to one deluxe volume. The Ghost Fleet is one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of, and it makes me so happy to expose it to an entirely new set of readers,” said Cates. “For fans of Daniel Warren Johnson's beautifully insane and frenetic art, it's a chance to see where it all began. Featuring never-before-seen extras and behind-the-scenes features including the alternate ending that never was! This is the collection I've been dreaming of for a very long time. Come and join us on this crazy, over-the-top adventure one final time.”