Monday, October 16, 2017

The View From Monday - October 16, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 2 debuts this week:

Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith;

and

Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders;

Breach of Containment (Central Corps 3) by Elizabeth Bonesteel;

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne;

In Constant Fear by Peter Liney is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Weaver's Lament (Industrial Magic 2) by Emma Newman.

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.

October 15, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn Book One Christie Golden SF/F - Blizzard Legends
Editing the Soul: Science and Fiction in the Genome Age Everett Hamner HC/SF/ - AnthropoScene 2
Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive Ethan Siegel Sc - Star Trek



October 16, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dragon Justice (e) Laura Anne Gilman UF - Paranormal Scene Investigations 4
Forever Vampire (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Forever 1
I Burn Paris Bruno Jasieński
Soren Gauger (Tr)
F
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 1 (e) Mercedes Lackey F
Storm Glass: A Fantasy Novel with Murder and Magic (e) Maria V. Snyder F - Chronicles of Ixia



October 17, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Six Months, Three Days, Five Others Charlie Jane Anders SF/F - Collection
Halloween Carnival Volume 3 (e) Brian James Freeman (Ed) H - Anthology
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury Jay Bonansinga H/Th/SupTh/MTI - The Walking Dead 8
Breach of Containment Elizabeth Bonesteel SF - Central Corps 3
Vallista Steven Brust F - Vlad Taltos 15
Ender's Game (Mini Book Edition) Orson Scott Card SF/SO - The Ender Quintet 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book-Continuing Missions CBS CB - Star Trek
Forbidden Suns D. Nolan Clark SF/SO - The Silence 3
House of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery Nicola Cornick Hist/Gothic/R
It Devours! Joseph Fink
Jeffrey Cranor
F/HU - A Welcome to Night Vale Novel 2
In the Still of the Night David L. Golemon SupTh/H - The Supernaturals 2
The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard David A. Goodman MTI/SF - Star Trek
Court of Twilight (D) Mareth Griffith CF
Shadowsword (h2tp) Guy Haley SF - Imperial Battle Tanks 2
Baneblade Guy Haley SF - Imperial Battle Tanks 1
A Plague of Giants Kevin Hearne F
From The Two Rivers (Mini Book Edition) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 1
A Scandal in Battersea Mercedes Lackey HistF/F/FairyT/FolkT/LM - Elemental Masters 12
In Constant Fear (h2tp) Peter Liney SF - The Detainee 3
Infinite Ground (D - US) Martin MacInnes Psy/LF/M
Wild Cards I: Volume One (Mini Book Edition) George R. R. Martin (Ed)
Wild Cards Trust
SH/SF- Anthology
Deadlands: Boneyard Seanan McGuire SF - Deadlands 3
Feversong (h2mm) Karen Marie Moning PNR/FR - Fever 9
Weaver's Lament Emma Newman HistF/DF - Industrial Magic 2
The Two of Swords: Volume One K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords
Edgedancer (Mini Book Edition) Brandon Sanderson F - The Stormlight Archive 2.5
Old Man's War (Mini Book Edition) John Scalzi SF - Old Man's War 1
Infinite Stars Brian Thomas Schmidt (Ed) SF - Anthology
Predator: If It Bleeds Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Ed) MTI/SF - Anthology
Autumn (h2tp) Ali Smith LF/VM/CW
Shadowless Hasan Ali Toptas
Maureen Freely (Tr)
John Angliss (Tr)
LF/MR
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (h2tp) Dominik Parisien (Ed)
Navah Wolfe (Ed)
FairyT - Anthology



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



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fem - Feminist
FL - Family Life
Folklore - Folklore
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PerfArts - Performing Arts
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Phil - Philosophy
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SocHis - Social History
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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

Vote for your favorite October 2017 Debut Cover!
 
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Jacket illustration - Martin Deschambault
Jacket design - Greg Stadnyk





Cover design - Adam Auerbach
Cover art - photograph of cloaked figure &copy: Malgorzata Maj/
Arcangel Images; photograph of raven courtesy of 
Shutterstock Images





Cover illustration - Steve Stone
Cover design - Lex Maudlin

























Cover illustrations - Crystal Ben, Arcangel
Cover design - Lisa Marie Pompilio





Cover art - Jaime Jones
Cover design - Jaime Stafford-Hill





Cover art and design - John Coulthart






Melanie's Week in Review - October 15, 2017




Hello again. I hope you are having a crisp and colourful autumn.  I have been hearing how beautiful the autumn trees are this year and looking forward to seeing them. In fact by the time you are reading this I will be in Canada on holiday and enjoying the leaves in all their glory.  As I mentioned last week I have a tiny backlog of books I have to tell you about so while this post is called my week in review it isn't specific about which week!  Cheeky!  Anyway, here I go....this is what I have been reading.


I follow Ilona Andrews' blog and occasionally Ilona tells you about a book she has been reading.  This time she had read and enjoyed Cassandra Gannon's The Kingpin of Camelot which is the third book in her A Kinda Fairytale series. Andrews thought the book was really funny and I was in need in of funny and decided to give it a go.

The Kingpin of Camelot is a mishmash of every fairy tale you have ever heard. The books of the series focus on different fairytale characters and in this instalment Lady Guinevere is on the run with her daughter Avalon. She has been charged with killing her husband King Arthur and The Scarecrow is determined to marry her to become the next King. Gwen escapes and runs straight into the home (and later arms) of the most unlikely alley - the ultimate mobster - the Kingpin Midas. Everything Midas touches is gold and he has everything money, or gold could ever buy except for class. When he comes face to face with Gwen he releases that she can give him the class he desperately wants but more importantly he realizes she is his 'true love'. In Gannon's version of fairy tales everything is topsy-turvy - the good are actually quite bad and the bad are kind of good. The Bad, as they are called, can recognise their true love at first sight. Midas isn't sure whether it is going to be easier to rescue Gwen from The Scarecrow or convince her she is his true love but he is up for the challenge. Can Midas turn his relationship with Gwen into gold like he has with everything else he has ever touched?

The Kingpin of Camelot was just what I needed at the time. I wanted something lighthearted and while I don't normally enjoy a lot of PNR it usually means an uncomplicated read. I am not convinced I would have enjoyed this book had I been reading other more enjoyable or compelling books but it filled a book shaped gap. Gannon gave both Gwen and Midas some very amusing lines and situations. I did think that Avalon (Gwen's daughter) was a bit too cutsey and the chapters where she was the focal point were sugary sweet. If you like fairytales and want to read something a bit different with a strong PNR plot then give it a go. I did read other books in this series and will let you know what I thought in future posts.


If you read my WIR last week you will know that I have been reading Kate Griffin's Kitty Peck series. Onto book 2 - Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune - which finds Kitty in a much different situation to when we left her. She has inherited Lady Ginger's business including the musical halls where she found the depths of human suffering and the bonds of friendship. With her inheritance she discovers the yoke that had been around Lady Ginger's neck and why she was so fierce, seemingly cruel and always surrounded in a fugue of opium. Kitty also learns that her brother is very much alive and living in Paris and determined to be reunited. Unfortunately, a joyous family reunion isn't in the cards but instead this leads Kitty onto yet another path of cruelty and death.

Another gripping tale from Kate Griffin from start to finish...perhaps not quite as much as with book 1 but pretty close. Poor Kitty! I kept thinking all the way through.  Just when she makes one small step to uncover the truth the farther and farther she moves away from it. Kitty's reunion with her brother is bittersweet and Kitty's longing for the way things used to be is palatable even though it becomes clear that reality and her recollections are not one and the same. There are a couple of tragic events in store for Kitty in this instalment and a very sad ending. Reader beware!


That is it for me for another week. I hope you have had a couple of good books to enjoy this week. Be sure to check out my review of the next Kitty Peck book. Until then Happy Reading.





The Kingpin of Camelot
A Kinda Fairytale 3
Star Turtle Publishing, July 31, 2017
     Kindle eBook

The Queen: Guinevere must save Camelot. Ever since Arthur died, the evil Scarecrow has been trying to marry her and gain the crown. If she and her daughter are going to survive his mad schemes, Gwen needs to find Merlyn’s wand. Fast. Unfortunately, the only man strong enough to help her on her quest is Kingpin Midas, a flashy, uneducated mobster dealing with a curse. Gwen is a logical, rational woman, though, and she can draft one hell of a contract. She’s pretty sure she can come up with an offer not even the kingdom’s greatest villain can refuse.

The Kingpin: Anything Midas touches turns to gold. Literally. The curse has helped him to rule Camelot’s underworld with an iron fist. He has more money and more power than anyone else in the kingdom. He’s convinced there’s nothing he can’t buy. One look at Gwen and Midas knows that he’s about to make his most brilliant purchase, yet. He’s about to own the one woman in the world he would give anything to possess. All he has to do to claim her is somehow win a war against the smartest man in Camelot, hide his growing feelings from Gwen, deal with his overprotective bodyguard’s paranoia about the queen’s hidden motivations, and adjust to a five year old demanding bedtime stories from a gangster. Simple, right?

The Contract: Gwen’s deal is simple: If Midas marries her, she’ll make him King of Camelot. It’s a fair bargain. Midas will keep her enemies away and she’ll give him the respectability that money can’t buy. She never expects Midas to agree so quickly. Or for their practical business arrangement to feel so… complicated. Midas isn’t the tawdry, feral animal that Arthur railed against. He’s a kind and gentle man, who clearly needs Gwen’s help just as much as she needs his. In fact, the longer she’s around Midas the more Gwen realizes that their “fake marriage” might be more real than she ever imagined.





Kitty Peck and The Child of Ill Fortune
Faber & Faber, June 30, 2015
     eBook, 416 pages
Faber & Faber, July 2, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Kitty Peck is taking on the underworld of London's East End.

The Music Hall Murders:
It's 1880 and dancing girls are going missing from 'Paradise' - the criminal manor run with ruthless efficiency by the ferocious Lady Ginger. The Lady devises a singular scheme to discover the secret to the mystery, and suddenly seventeen-year-old music hall seamstress Kitty Peck is drawn into a web of blackmail, depravity and murder. Bold, impetuous and blessed with more brains than she cares to admit, Kitty, with the help of her stagehand friend, Lucca, is left to unravel the truth and ensure that more girls do not meet with a similar fate.

The Child of Ill-Fortune:
A year later, and Kitty Peck is the reluctant heiress to 'Paradise'. Far from the colour and camaraderie of the music hall where Kitty had been working, this new position brings with it isolation and uncertainty. Desperate to reconnect with Joey, her estranged brother, Kitty travels to Paris, but the joy of the reunion is overshadowed by his request for her to take a child back to London. Within days of her return it's clear that someone has followed them - and that this someone is determined to kill the child, along with anyone who stands in their way...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Sean Danker (2016)

The Glory of the Empress
Admiral 3
Ace, May 1, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

From the author of Admiral and Free Space comes an exciting military science fiction novel about an eclectic mix of Evagardian soldiers on a mission to test a new weapon, but instead find something much more dangerous.

The war between Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth is at its peak.

The Evagardians have developed a weapon that could change everything, but they can’t use it until it’s been fully tested. Targeting unsuspecting pirates in a newly annexed system, far from the worst of the fighting, is supposed to be a safe way to determine if the weapon is ready for live combat.

Everything about the mission is unconventional; the crew of twelve has been pulled from every corner of the Imperial Service, but it should still be an easy tour. After all, a few pirates can’t possibly threaten Evagard’s elite, especially when they’re armed with the most powerful technology in the Imperium.

But it’s an unproven system aboard an experimental ship, and there are worse things than pirates waiting in the Demenis System. Far from the front lines, the crew of the Lydia Bennett is about to start a war of their own, and they’re a long way from home.



Previously





Jennifer David Hesse (2016)

Yuletide Homicide
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery 3
Kensington, September 26, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

It’s Christmas in Edindale, Illinois, and family law attorney Keli Milanni is preparing to celebrate the Wiccan holiday Yuletide, a celebration of rebirth. But this Yuletide someone else is focused on dying . . .
After years of practicing in secret, Keli has come out as a Wiccan to her boyfriend, and she feels like this Yuletide she’s the one who’s being reborn. But the Solstice is the longest night of the year, and Keli is about to stumble on a mystery so dangerous, she’ll be lucky to make it to morning.

Paired with her unbearably stuffy colleague Crenshaw Davenport III, Keli goes undercover at a real estate company owned by mayoral candidate Edgar Harrison. An old friend of Keli’s boss, Harrison, is being blackmailed, and it’s up to her to find the culprit. But the morning after the company holiday party, Harrison is found dead underneath the hotel Christmas tree. The police rule the death an accident, but Keli knows better—and she’ll risk her own rebirth to nab a missing killer.

“Enjoyable . . . A wintry, woodsy setting.” —Kirkus Reviews on Bell, Book and Candlemas



Previously





Alex Wells (2017)

Blood Binds the Pack
Angry Robot, February 6, 2018
Mass Market Paperback and eBook
Cover by Ignacio Lazcan

Join the fight for the people and power of Tanegawa’s world in this thrilling sequel to Hunger Makes the Wolf

War is coming to Hob Ravani’s world. The company that holds it in monopoly, TransRift Inc, has at last found what they’re looking for–the source of the power that enables their Weathermen to rip holes in space and time, allowing the interstellar travel all of human society now takes for granted. And they will mine every last grain of it from Tanegawa’s World no matter the cost.

Since Hob Ravani used her witchy powers to pull a massive train job and destroy TransRift Inc’s control on this part of the planet, the Ghost Wolves aren’t just outlaws, they’re the resistance. Mag’s miner collective grows restless as TransRift pushes them ever harder to strip the world of its strange, blue mineral. Now Shige Rollins has returned with a new charge–Mr Yellow, the most advanced model of Weatherman, infused with the recovered mineral samples and made into something stranger, stronger, and deadlier than before. And Mr Yellow is very, very hungry.

File Under: Science Fiction



Previously

Friday, October 13, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


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


Dianne Duvall (2011)

Blade of Darkness
Immortal Guardians 7
Dianne Duvall, September 19, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 392 pages

Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians.

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception... and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan's arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O'Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don't trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan's brethren turning against him, so he can't help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?


Previously





Spencer Ellsworth (2017)

Shadow Sun Seven
The Starfire Trilogy 2
Tor.com, November 28, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Shadow Sun Seven continues Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, an action-packed space opera in which the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity.

Jaqi, Araskar and Z are on the run from everyone - the Resistance, the remnants of the Empire, the cyborg Suits, and right now from the Matakas - and the Matakas are the most pressing concern because the insectoid aliens have the drop on them. The Resistance has a big reward out for Araskar and the human children he and Jaqi are protecting. But Araskar has something to offer the mercenary aliens. He knows how to get to a huge supply of pure oxygen cells, something in short supply in the formerly human Empire, and that might be enough to buy their freedom. Araskar knows where it is, and Jaqi can take them there. With the Matakas as troops, they break into Shadow Sun Seven, on the edge of the Dark Zone.



Memory's Blade
The Starfire Trilogy 3
Tor.com, February 27, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages

Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire space opera trilogy, a gritty, adult science-fiction adventure, concludes with Starfire: Memory's Blade

At the heart of the Dark Zone, a duel for the universe rages.

In an ancient Jorian temple, Jaqi faces John Starfire, the new ruler of the Empire. He has set all the worlds aflame in his quest to destroy humankind. Jaqi has sworn to stop him. Problem is, Jaqi isn't much of a fighter.

Meanwhile, the sun-eating cosmic spiders, the Shir, have moved out of the Dark Zone and are consuming the galaxy. Araskar knows that he must hold them back, but to do that, he has to give himself over to the Resistance, under the command of John Starfire's wife. And she wants him dead more than she wants the stars to live.

If Jaqi and Araskar can fight their way out, they can use a secret at the heart of the Dark Zone to free the galaxy, and end John Starfire's new tyranny. They lose, and every star in the sky will go dark.


Previously





Marko Kloos (2014)

Points of Impact
Frontlines 6
47North, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 300 pages

Humankind may have won the battle, but a new threat looms larger than ever before…

Earth’s armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

Earth’s game changer? New advanced ships and weapons, designed to hunt and kill Lankies and place humanity’s militaries on equal footing with their formidable foes. Andrew and his wife, Halley, both now burdened with command responsibilities and in charge of more lives than just their own, are once again in humanity’s vanguard as they prepare for this new phase in the war. But the Lankies have their own agenda…and in war, the enemy doesn’t usually wait until you are prepared. As Andrew is once again plunged into the chaos and violence of war with an unyielding species, he is forced to confront the toll this endless conflict is taking on them all, and the high price of survival…at any cost.


Previously