Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Interview with John Appel, author of Assassin's Orbit

Please welcome John Appel to The Qwillery as part of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Assassin's Orbit was published on July 20, 2021 by Solaris.





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

John:  Thinking back, I was about nine or ten when I started writing a story based on a book about kid spelunkers that I really enjoyed. But that story, like many others for years, never got finished. It took me quite a long time to find my writing discipline.

The first fiction I actually wrote all the way through to the end was a series of short pieces based on my World of Warcraft character, sometime in about 2006 or 2007. I was in my early 40s at the time, so you can see I had quite a long period of starting but not finishing.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

John:  The plotter vs. pantser concept is, to me, a false binary. In my experience, there’s really a number of factors which different people plan ahead of time vs. discover, and you’d need a radar plot to see where any given writer falls. In my case, though, I usually have a strong sense of the overall plot arc, and I tend to be a solid world builder before I start drafting. I also know a good bit about the characters, but not as much as other writers I know. In all of these cases, though, I frequently discover things while I’m writing, and this may lead to changes in plot events, some aspect of the world, or in an extreme case, a whole new POV character.

In ASSASSIN’S ORBIT, for example, Noo came into being because another character needed a mentor, and the character I’d intended to fill that role was otherwise occupied at that moment in the story. She started as a secondary character but her personality was so strong that she displaced the original POV character and took her spot in the roster. This didn’t change the overall arc of the book, just the perspective through which the reader sees it.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

John:  Sherwood Smith introduced me to the concept of “visual writers”, i.e. people who see the story playing out in their heads like a movie. I’m one of those, and one challenge I face is unpacking the visuals and sensations the characters are experiencing and getting that onto the page. I’ve found myself leaning hard on CL Polk’s “54321” technique, where you jot down five things the characters see, four they hear, three they feel, two they smell, and one they might taste in a scene. This gives me the sensory detail I need to help connect the reader to the action – when I remember to do it!



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

John:  So, so many writers! I grew up reading adventure thrillers by Alastair McClean (THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, WHERE EAGLES DARE, etc.) and I think my love for action-filled stories comes from there. Lois McMaster Bujold is a big source of inspiration for characters, and how to come up with challenges that are more than simple life and death. Current influences include Martha Wells’ Murderbot stories, Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London/Peter Grant series, and most importantly, the members of my local writing/critique group, the Maryland Space Opera Collective (MD SPOC).



TQDescribe Assassin's Orbit using only 5 words.

John:  Old women space competence porn.



TQTell us something about Assassin's Orbit that is not found in the book description.

John:  This is kind of hinted at, but one important aspect is that while the protagonists are key players in the action, they don’t solve the problems they’re faced with by themselves. In the real world, problems get solved by people working together, and portraying that is a theme that keeps showing up in my work.



TQWhat inspired you to write Assassin's Orbit? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

John:  I started ASSASSIN’S ORBIT in late 2016, though it got put aside for a while to work on a different project which didn’t pan out. There was no single point of inspiration for it, but I definitely drew from certain aspects of then-current events and where I thought they might go. Hard to say much more about that without giving away spoilers.

I’ve been a science fiction fan nearly my entire life, beginning with the Danny Dunn series of children’s books back in elementary school and going on from there. I think it’s the speculative element that appeals to me: “What if the world changed in these ways? What would that look like? How would people behave differently, or the same? What would a more just society look like?” But since I’m also hooked on the escapist aspect, I tend to approach it through the lens of action and adventure.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Assassin's Orbit?

John:  I’ve done a lot of reading over the years about space stations and mostly-realistic space combat. I also read a lot of work by West African writers, since many of the characters have origins from that part of Earth, both fiction and non-fiction, along with research into both Ife and Islam.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for Assassin's Orbit.

John:  The cover does loosely depict one of the space battles that occurs in the book, or part of it anyway.



TQIn Assassin's Orbit who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

John:  Of the three main protagonists, Noo’s voice was the loudest in my head, which hopefully comes through in the reading! As I mentioned earlier, she actually displaced another character to become a principal POV.

Toiwa began as someone easy to write but became more challenging as the book progressed. I know a lot of very competent professional women from my past career in corporate life, and it was easy to borrow aspects of those people and fold them into her character. Her journey, though was the one that most surprised me while writing; she has to face a number of tough choices, and making sure the way she acts when faced with those aligned with the moral code I’d built for her required some work.



TQDoes Assassin's Orbit touch on any social issues?

John:  It does, but not necessarily by conscious intent. I think any writer with a degree of empathy couldn’t help but be affected by the deliberate cruelty and kleptocratic government of the Trump administration, and there’s a certain faction in the book that I didn’t realize matched that crowd and their followers until one of my beta readers pointed it out to me. (And let’s be clear, they’re some of the bad guys.)

Buried within is also something I mentioned up above: that it’s not people acting alone who make change, but rather people acting together. I don’t think it’s ever explicitly called out in the book, but it’s a message I definitely want people to get.



TQWhich question about Assassin's Orbit do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

John

Q. “How many people has Noo slept with, anyway?”
A. She’d have to check her djinn, she’s lost count.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Assassin's Orbit.

John:  “Noo shot him anyway, just to be sure.”



TQWhat's next?

John:  We’ll see! My agent and I are pitching a sequel to Rebellion, and if ASSASSIN’S ORBIT does well I hope to be writing that. I have another project that I’ve been working on in the meantime which we hope to be pitching later this year.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

John:  Thank you for having me!





Assassin's Orbit
Solaris, July 20, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
Murder makes unlikely allies.

On the eve of the planet Ileri’s historic vote to join the Commonwealth, the assassination of a government minister threatens to shatter everything. Private investigator Noo Okereke and spy Meiko Ogawa join forces with police chief Toiwa to investigate – and discover clues that point disturbingly toward a threat humanity thought they had escaped.
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About John


John Appel volunteered to jump out of planes before he’d ever been in a plane; his friends and family say this sums up his approach to life pretty well. He writes science fiction and fantasy and the occasional tabletop RPG adventure. A lifelong Marylander, he lives in the Baltimore suburbs with his wife and children. He masquerades as a technology risk manager to pay the bills after two decades as an information security pro. When not writing, rolling dice, or keeping the bad guys at bay, he enjoys rum and swords, but not both at the same time. John is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop.

Website  ~  Twitter @oldscout

Monday, August 02, 2021

The View From Monday - August 2, 2021

Happy 1st Monday in August!

There are 6 debuts this week:

The Hand of the Sun King (Pact and Pattern 1) by J.T. Greathouse;

Monkey Around by Jadie Jang;

Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost by David Hoon Kim;

Shallow Waters by Anita Kopacz;

The Hunter and the Old Woman by Pamela Korgemagi;

and

Tidepool by Nicole Willson.

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



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

We Cry For Blood (Reborn Empire 3) by Devin Madson.

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.

August 3, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
World Breakers Tony Daniel (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Winds of Wrath (h2mm)
Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 15
All's Well Mona Awad LF
The Desert Prince Peter V. Brett F
The Baron of Magister Valley (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Dragaera 2
The King in Yellow Robert Chambers
Leslie Klinger (Ed)
H - Haunted Library of Horror Classics
Monster Hunter Bloodlines Larry Correia UF
Tales of Pannithor: Nature's Knight Marc DeSantis
Brandon Rospond (Ed)
F - Kings of War
Shattermoon (ri)
Dominic Dulley SF/SO - The Long Game 1
Whether Change: The Revoluion Will Be Weird Scott Gable (Ed)
C. Dombrowki (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Waking That Kills (ri)
Stephen Gregory H
Wakening the Crow (ri)
Stephen Gregory H
Angel's Inferno William Hjortsberg Cr/Occ/Sup/Sus/VisM - The Falling Angel Novels  2
Monkey Around (D) Jadie Jang UF
Fate of the Fallen Kel Kade F - The Shroud of Prophecy 1
Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost (D) David Hoon Kim LF/Asian American/CL/AB/Psy
Something New Under the Sun Alexandra Kleeman LF
Holdout Jeffrey Kluger TechTh/SF/SE
Shallow Waters (D) Anita Kopacz CW/HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Hunter and the Old Woman (D)
Pamela Korgemagi LF/NE/STR
The Store (ri)
Bentley Little H/Sus/STR
We Cry for Blood Devin Madson F/DF - Reborn Empire 3
The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman: The Arabic Epic of Dhat al-Himma Melanie Magidow FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Godstone Violette Malan F
The Soulless Kate Martin F/Dys - The Myst and Labrynths Saga 1
Starlight Enclave R. A. Salvatore F - Way of the Drow 1
Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color Joy Sanchez-Taylor LC - New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Warcry Catacombs: Blood of the Everchosen Richard Strachan F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Nolyn Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - The Rise and Fall
Saving Proxima Travis S. Taylor
Les Johnson
SF/HSF
Shards of Earth Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/SE/SO - Final Architecture 1
Indomitus (h2tp)
Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000
Chilling Cocktails: Classic Cocktails With A Horrifying Twist Jason Ward Cocktails
Tidepool (D) Nicole Willson Gothic/Occ
This Is Our Undoing Lorraine Wilson GH/Th
See You When the World Ends Simon Paul Wilson GH/H



August 4, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aptitude: A Tor.com Original (e) Cooper Shrivastava SF



August 5, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hand of the Sun King (D) J.T. Greathouse F - Pact & Pattern 1
The House of Whispers (e) Anna Kent GH/Th
Children of Demeter EV Knight Occ/Sup
Long Shadows (e) Jodi Taylor SupTh - Elizabeth Cage 3



August 8, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SpecFic - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CrM - Crime and Mystery
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

Sunday, August 01, 2021

2021 Debut Author Challenge - August 2021 Debuts



There are 10 debuts for August 2021.

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

The August 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 August cover for the 2021 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting in the latter half of August.



Sarah Adlakha

She Wouldn't Change a Thing
Forge Books, August 10, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Sliding Doors meets Life After Life in Sarah Adlakha's story about a wife and mother who is given the chance to start over at the risk of losing everything she loves.

A second chance is the last thing she wants.

When thirty-nine year old Maria Forssmann wakes up in her seventeen-year-old body, she doesn’t know how she got there. All she does know is she has to get back: to her home in Bienville, Mississippi, to her job as a successful psychiatrist and, most importantly, to her husband, daughters, and unborn son.

But she also knows that, in only a few weeks, a devastating tragedy will strike her husband, a tragedy that will lead to their meeting each other.

Can she change time and still keep what it’s given her?

Exploring the responsibilities love lays on us, the complicated burdens of motherhood, and the rippling impact of our choices, She Wouldn't Change a Thing is a dazzling debut from a bright new voice.
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A. K. Blakemore

The Manningtree Witches
Catapault, August 10, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Wolf Hall meets The Favourite in this beguiling debut novel that brilliantly brings to life the residents of a small English town in the grip of the seventeenth-century witch trials and the young woman tasked with saving them all from themselves.

England, 1643. Puritanical fervor has gripped the nation. And in Manningtree, a town depleted of men since the wars began, the hot terror of damnation burns in the hearts of women left to their own devices.

Rebecca West, fatherless and husbandless, chafes against the drudgery of her days, livened only occasionally by her infatuation with the handsome young clerk John Edes. But then a newcomer, Matthew Hopkins, arrives. A mysterious, pious figure dressed from head to toe in black, he takes over the Thorn Inn and begins to ask questions about what the women on the margins of this diminished community are up to. Dangerous rumors of covens, pacts, and bodily wants have begun to hang over women like Rebecca—and the future is as frightening as it is thrilling.

Brimming with contemporary energy and resonance, The Manningtree Witches plunges its readers into the fever and menace of the English witch trials, where suspicion, mistrust, and betrayal run amok as a nation's arrogant male institutions start to realize that the very people they've suppressed for so long may be about to rise up and claim their freedom.
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J.T. Greathouse

The Hand of the Sun King
Pact & Pattern 1
JAB Books, August 5, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 370 pages
Wen Alder was born into two worlds.

On his father’s side, a legacy of proud loyalty and service to the god-like Sienese Emperor spanning generations. And it is expected that Alder, too, will follow this tradition by passing the Imperial exams, learning the accepted ways of magic and, if he serves with honor, enhancing his family's prominence by rising to take a most powerful position in Sien—the Hand of the Emperor.

But from his mother he has inherited defiance from the Empire, a history of wild gods and magic unlike anything the Imperial sorcerers could yet control. It began when his spirited, rebellious grandmother took Alder into the woods and introduced him to her ways—ways he has never been able to forget.

Now, on the verge of taking the steps that will forge the path of his life, Alder discovers that the conflict between the Empire and the resistance is only the beginning of a war that will engulf both heaven and earth, gods and man—and he may be the key to final victory for whichever side can claim him as their own…
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Jadie Jang

Monkey Around
Solaris, August 3, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 405 pages
The debut novel from Jadie Jang is an action-packed urban fantasy delivering a bold new take on the Monkey King in San Francisco - complete with murder and mayhem!

San Francisco has a Monkey King — and she's freaking out.

Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.

But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.

Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.

But who says the solutions have to be neat? Because Monkey is always out for mischief.
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David Hoon Kim

Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Agust 3, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 256 pages
In a strangely distorted Paris, a Japanese adoptee is haunted by the woman he once loved

When Fumiko emerges after one month locked in her dorm room, she’s already dead, leaving a half-smoked Marlboro Light and a cupboard of petrified food in her wake. For her boyfriend, Henrik Blatand, an aspiring translator, these remnants are like clues, propelling him forward in a search for meaning. Meanwhile, Fumiko, or perhaps her doppelgänger, reappears: in line at the Louvre, on street corners and subway platforms, and on the dissection table of a group of medical students.

Henrik’s inquiry expands beyond Fumiko’s seclusion and death, across the absurd, entropic streets of Paris and the figures that wander them, from a jaded group of Korean expats, to an eccentric French widow, to the indelible woman whom Henrik finds sitting in his place on a train. It drives him into the shadowy corners of his past, where his adoptive Danish parents raised him in a house without mirrors. And it mounts to a charged intimacy shared with his best friend’s precocious daughter, who may be haunted herself.

David Hoon Kim’s debut is a transgressive, darkly comic novel of becoming lost and found in translation. With each successive, echoic chapter, Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost plunges us more deeply beneath the surface of things, to the displacement, exile, grief, and desire that hide in plain sight.
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Anita Kopacz

Shallow Waters
Atria/Black Privilege Publishing, August 3, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 224 pages
“Spellbinding...A captivating debut.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“Part history, part fantasy, this novel crosses genre as easily as it does time.” —BuzzFeed

In this stirring and lyrical debut novel—perfect for fans of The Water Dancer and the Legacy of Orïsha series—the Yoruba deity of the sea, Yemaya, is brought to vivid life as she discovers the power of Black resilience, love, and feminine strength in antebellum America.

Shallow Waters imagines Yemaya, an Orïsha—a deity in the religion of Africa’s Yoruba people—cast into mid-1800s America. We meet Yemaya as a young woman, still in the care of her mother and not yet fully aware of the spectacular power she possesses to protect herself and those she holds dear.

The journey laid out in Shallow Waters sees Yemaya confront the greatest evils of this era; transcend time and place in search of Obatala, a man who sacrifices his own freedom for the chance at hers; and grow into the powerful woman she was destined to become. We travel alongside Yemaya from her native Africa and on to the “New World,” with vivid pictures of life for those left on the outskirts of power in the nascent Americas.

Yemaya realizes the fighter within, travels the Underground Railroad in search of the mysterious stranger Obatala, and crosses paths with icons of our history on the road to freedom. Shallow Waters is a nourishing work of ritual storytelling from promising debut author Anita Kopacz.
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Pamela Korgemagi

The Hunter and the Old Woman
House of Anansi Press, August 3, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 440 pages
The intertwined story of a cougar and a man that portrays the strength, vulnerability, and consciousness of two top predators. Not since Life of Pi have we encountered such transcendence or walked so fully in the footsteps of a big cat.

The “Old Woman” lives in the wild, searching for food, raising her cubs, and avoiding the two-legged creatures who come into her territory. But she is more than an animal — she is a mythic creature who haunts the lives and the dreams of men. Joseph Brandt has been captivated by the mountain lion’s legend since childhood, and one day he steps into the forest to seek her out. A classic in the making, The Hunter and the Old Woman is a mesmerizing portrait of two animals united by a shared destiny.
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Elijah Menchaca

They Met in a Tavern
CamCat Publishing, August 10, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
The Starbreakers went their separate ways after they failed a whole city. Seven years later, when a hefty bounty is placed on their heads, they must choose between hanging onto their past grudges or working together to save the day.

They used to be heroes . . . and it was all downhill from there.

The Starbreakers were your classic teenage heroes. Using their combined powers and skills, they were the most successful group of glintchasers in Corsar. But that all changed the day the city of Relgen died. The group went their separate ways, placing the blame on each other.

Brass carried on as a solo act. Snow found work as a notorious assassin. Church became a town’s spiritual leader. Angel was the owner of a bar and inn. And after overcoming his own guilt, Phoenix started a new life as a family man.

Seven years after their falling out, a hefty bounty is placed on their heads. Phoenix tries to reunite the Starbreakers before everything they have left is taken from them. But a lot can change in seven years. And if mending old wounds was easy, they would have done it a long time ago.
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Meredith Westgate

The Shimmering State
Atria Books, August 10, 2021
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Named Vogue’s “Best Books to Read This Summer” ∙ The Millions “Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2021 Book Preview”

“A shimmering, dreamlike experience of multiple lives that collide and repel through fate and coincidence.” —Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

A luminous literary debut following two patients in recovery after an experimental memory drug warps their lives.

Lucien moves to Los Angeles to be with his grandmother as she undergoes an experimental memory treatment for Alzheimer’s using the new drug, Memoroxin. An emerging photographer, he’s also running from the sudden death of his mother, a well-known artist whose legacy haunts Lucien.

Sophie has just landed the lead in the upcoming performance of La Sylphide with the Los Angeles Ballet Company. She still waitresses at the Chateau Marmont during her off hours, witnessing the recreational use of Memoroxin—or Mem—among the Hollywood elite.

When Lucien and Sophie meet at The Center, founded by the ambitious yet conflicted Dr. Angelica Sloane to treat patients who’ve abused Mem, they have no memory of how they got there—or why they feel so inexplicably drawn to each other. Is it attraction, or something they cannot remember from “before”?

Set in a city that seems to have no identity of its own, The Shimmering State is a graceful meditation on the power of story and its creation. It masterfully explores memory and how it can elude us, trap us, or set us free.
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Nicole Willson

Tidepool
Parliament House, August 3, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 322 pages
"Wilson's plot hits all the right beats...Devotees of cosmic horror will enjoy this woman-centered take on familiar tropes."
-Publisher's Weekly

If ye give not willingly, the Lords will rise…

In 1913, Henry Hamilton disappeared while on a business trip, and his sister, Sorrow, won’t rest until she finds out what happened to him. Defying her father’s orders to remain at home, she travels to Tidepool, the last place Henry is known to have visited. Residents of the small, shabby oceanside town can’t quite meet Sorrow’s eyes when she asks about her brother.

When corpses wash up on shore looking as if they’ve been torn apart by something not quite human, Sorrow is ready to return to Baltimore and let her father send in the professional detectives.

However, after meeting Ada Oliver, a widow whose black silk dresses and elegant manners set her apart from other Tidepool residents, Sorrow discovers Tidepool’s dark, deadly secret.

With this discovery, some denizens of Tidepool—human and otherwise—are hell-bent on making sure Sorrow never leaves their forsaken town.

Lovecraftian dark fantasy gets a modern treatment in this terrifying debut novel.
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August 2021 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in August 2021. 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.

August 3, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
World Breakers Tony Daniel (Ed)
Christopher Ruocchio (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Winds of Wrath (h2mm)
Taylor Anderson SF/AH - Destroyermen 15
All's Well Mona Awad LF
The Desert Prince Peter V. Brett F
The Baron of Magister Valley (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Dragaera 2
The King in Yellow Robert Chambers
Leslie Klinger (Ed)
H - Haunted Library of Horror Classics
Monster Hunter Bloodlines Larry Correia UF
Tales of Pannithor: Nature's Knight Marc DeSantis
Brandon Rospond (Ed)
F - Kings of War
Shattermoon (ri)
Dominic Dulley SF/SO - The Long Game 1
Whether Change: The Revoluion Will Be Weird Scott Gable (Ed)
C. Dombrowki (Ed)
SF - Anthology
The Waking That Kills (ri)
Stephen Gregory H
Wakening the Crow (ri)
Stephen Gregory H
Angel's Inferno William Hjortsberg Cr/Occ/Sup/Sus/VisM - The Falling Angel Novels  2
Monkey Around (D) Jadie Jang UF
Fate of the Fallen Kel Kade F - The Shroud of Prophecy 1
Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost (D) David Hoon Kim LF/Asian American/CL/AB/Psy
Something New Under the Sun Alexandra Kleeman LF
Holdout Jeffrey Kluger TechTh/SF/SE
Shallow Waters (D) Anita Kopacz CW/HistF/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Hunter and the Old Woman (D)
Pamela Korgemagi LF/NE/STR
The Store (ri)
Bentley Little H/Sus/STR
We Cry for Blood Devin Madson F/DF - Reborn Empire 3
The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman: The Arabic Epic of Dhat al-Himma Melanie Magidow FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Godstone Violette Malan F
The Soulless Kate Martin F/Dys - The Myst and Labrynths Saga 1
Starlight Enclave R. A. Salvatore F - Way of the Drow 1
Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color Joy Sanchez-Taylor LC - New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Warcry Catacombs: Blood of the Everchosen Richard Strachan F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Nolyn Michael J. Sullivan F/HistF - The Rise and Fall
Saving Proxima Travis S. Taylor
Les Johnson
SF/HSF
Shards of Earth Adrian Tchaikovsky SF/SE/SO - Final Architecture 1
Indomitus (h2tp)
Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000
Chilling Cocktails: Classic Cocktails With A Horrifying Twist Jason Ward Cocktails
Tidepool (D) Nicole Willson Gothic/Occ
This Is Our Undoing Lorraine Wilson GH/Th
See You When the World Ends Simon Paul Wilson GH/H



August 4, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aptitude: A Tor.com Original (e) Cooper Shrivastava SF



August 5, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hand of the Sun King (D) J.T. Greathouse F - Pact & Pattern 1
The House of Whispers (e) Anna Kent GH/Th
Children of Demeter EV Knight Occ/Sup
Long Shadows (e) Jodi Taylor SupTh - Elizabeth Cage 3



August 8, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories Susan Forest (Ed)
Lucas K. Law (Ed)
SpecFic - Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction



August 10, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
She Wouldn't Change a Thing (D) Sarah Adlakha W/SF/TT
World Engines: Destroyer Stephen Baxter SF/HSF/SO
Afterland (h2tp)
Lauren Beukes Sus/Dys
The Manningtree Witches (D) A. K. Blakemore Occ/Sup/Medieval/Feminist
Spirits Abroad: Stories Zen Cho F/SF/LF/GH - Collection
Quiet Village Eden Darry H
Daughter from the Dark (h2tp)
Marina & Sergey Dyachenko DF
Axiom's End (h2tp)
Lindsay Ellis SF/SC/Th - Noumena 1
The King of Infinite Space Lyndsay Faye LF/MR
Paper & Blood Kevin Hearne CF/P - Ink & Sigil 2
The Rookery Deborah Hewitt CF/P - The Nightjar Duology 2
The Other Me Sarah Zachrich Jeng Sus/W/SF/TT
Trouble the Saints (h2tp)
Alaya Dawn Johnson HistF/LF
The Loop (h2tp)
Jeremy Robert Johnson SupTh
The Maleficent Seven Cameron Johnston F/DF
Citadel Marko Kloos SF/SO - Palladium Wars 3
Madame Cruller's Couch and Other Dark and Bizarre Tales Elizabeth Massie Occ - Collection
War of the Maps Paul McAuley SF
They Met in a Tavern (D)
Elijah Menchaca F
The Ankh-Morpork Archives: Volume One Terry Pratchett F
Jenny Villiers J. B. Priestley GH
From the Caves Thea Prieto Dys/CoA/SF/AP/PA
Plan for the Worst Jodi Taylor SF/TT/HistF/Hist/SF - Chronicles of St. Mary's 11
The Echoed Realm A. J. Vrana DF
The Shimmering State (D) Meredith Westgate LF
Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe Science Fantasy - The Book of the New Sun 2



August 15, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Stranger Times C. K. McDonnell UF



August 16, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Noise James Patterson
J. D. Baker
PsyTh/Sus/H



August 17, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Never Say You Can't Survive Charlie Jane Anders Fiction Writing/Personal Memoirs
Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Margaret Jull Costa (Tr)
LF
Neptune Ben Bova SF/HSF/AC - Outer Planets Trilogy 2
Midnight Brenden Carlson SF/CR/M - Walking Shadows 2
Chasing the Boogeyman Richard Chizmar Th/Cr
The Family Plot Megan Collins PsyTh
Faeries of the Faultlines: Expanded, Edited Edition Iris Compiet
F/FairyT/FolkT/LM
The Exiled Fleet J. S. Dewes SF/SO - The Divide 2
Paperclip Seb Doubinsky Dys/Noir - The City-States Cycle
Darkness in the Blood Guy Haley SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
A Terrible Fall of Angels Laurell K. Hamilton P/UF/PP - A Zaniel Havelock Novel 1
Crosshairs Catherine Hernandez Dys
King Bullet Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 12
Phoenix Extravagant (h2tp)
Yoon Ha Lee F
Star Trek: Picard: Rogue Elements John Jackson Miller SF - Star Trek: Picard 3
The Boundless Peter Newman F/DF - The Deathless Trilogy 3
The Scavenger Door Suzanne Palmer SF/SO/AC - The Finder Chronicles 3
Deathwatch: The Long Vigil Steve Parker
Ben Counter et al.
SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
Requiem of Silence L. Penelope HistF/FR - Earthsinger Chronicles 4
Bloodless Douglas Preston
Lincoln Child
PP/Occ/Sup/Sus - Special Agent Pendergast 20
The Infinite and The Divine Robert Rath SF/SE - Warhammer 40,000
Wildwood Whispers Willa Reece Occ/Sup/Southern/R/STR
August's Eyes Glenn Rolfe SupTh - Fiction Without Frontiers
Barnabas, Quentin and the Witch's Curse Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 20
Barnabas, Quentin and the Crystal Coffin Marilyn Ross Occ/Gothic - Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 19
Reclaimed Madeleine Roux SF/AC/Sus
Getaway Zoje Stage Sus/H/W/PsyTh
The Mother Code (h2tp) Carole Stivers SF/AP/PA/Sus/LF
The First Wall Gav Thorpe SF/SO - Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra 3
Broken City Various SF/Cr/M - Warhammer 40,000
Legacy of Light Matthew Ward F/DF - Legacy Trilogy 3



August 18, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Requiem for an Astronaut Daniel Bennett SF
The Future Library: A Tor.com Original Peng Shepherd Dys/SF



August 20, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
On Arcturus VII Eric Brown SFR
Mr. Cannyharme: A Novel of Lovecraftian Terror Michael Shea H



August 23, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2020 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF/F - Anthology



August 24, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Knight Watch (tp2mm)
Tim Akers F
World Engines: Creator Stephen Baxter SF/SO/HSF
Adulthood Rites (ri)
Octavia E. Butler SF/SC/AP/PA/Dys/GenEng - Lilith's Brood 2
Feral Creatures Kira Jane Buxton Animals/F/HU/SF/AP/PA
The Ender Saga #1 Orson Scott Card SF/SO - The Ender Saga
The Last Uncharted Sky (h2tp)
Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 3
Dark Song (h2mm)
Christine Feehan PNR - Carpathian 34
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (ri)
Neil Gaiman SS
Twenty-Five to Life R.W.W. Greene SF/AP/PA/Dys
Light Chaser Peter F. Hamilton
Gareth L. Powell
SF/SO
When the Goddess Wakes Howard Andrew Jones F - The Ring-Sworn Trilogy 3
Sidewise in Time Murray Leinster SF/HSF/SS - Golden Age Masterworks
The Second Rebel Linden A. Lewis SF/SO - First Sister Trilogy 2
Something Wonderful: Stories Jo Lloyd SS
Fire & Blood (h2mm)
George R. R. Martin F - A Song of Ice and Fire
Kingdom of Shadow and Light (h2mm)
Karen Marie Moning PNR - Fever 11
Nightfall Den Patrick F/CoA/STR/FairyT/FolT/LM - Ashen Torment 3
The Pariah Anthony Ryan F/DF - Covenant of Steel 1
Interdependency Boxed Set: The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire, The Last Emperor
John Scalzi SF/SO - The Interdependency
The Forest Kingdom (e)
Jamie Thomas Gothic - Asperfell Trilogy 2
The Valkyrie Protocol (h2mm)
David Weber
Jacob Holo
SF/TT - Gordian Division 2
Hail Mary (h2tp) Andy Weir >SF
A Heart Divided: The Definitive Edition Jin Yong
Gigi Chang (Tr)
Shelly Bryant (Tr)
F/HistF - Legends of the Condor Heroes 4



August 26, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Language of Beasts (h2tp)
Jonathan Oliver SS - Collection



August 27, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Deer Kings Wendy Wagner H



August 31, 2021
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Chronicles of Malus Darkblade: Volume One Dan Abnett F - Warhammer Chronicles
Foundation Isaac Asimov MTI/SF - Foundation 1
Everything in All the Wrong Order: The Best of Chaz Brenchley Chaz Brenchley SF- Collection
Alien - Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay by William Gibson Pat Cadigan
William Gibson
MTI/SF/AC
The House of Untold Stories: 50 Unexpected Tales Peter Chiykowski AB/Dys/SS
Triumph of the Wizard King Chad Corrie F
Red X David Demchuk H
Alice Isn't Dead (ri) Joseph Fink H
Revelator Daryl Gregory H/Gothic/HistF
Master of Poisons (h2tp)
Andrea Hairston F
American Midnight: Tales of the Dark Laird Hunt (Ed)
H - Anthology
Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons Thea James
Isabel Minunni
MTI/Cooking
My Heart Is a Chainsaw Stephen Graham Jones SupTh
The First Law of Thermodynamics James Patrick Kelly SS/SF/CyP - Outspoken Authors
Red Pill (h2tp)
Hari Kunzru LF/Dys/Pol
In the Watchful City S. Qiouyi Lu SF/CyP
Little Girls Ronald Malfi H/GH/Sus
Fury of a Demon Brian Naslund F - Dragons of Terra 3
Malefactor Robert Repino F/Dys/SF/AP/PA - War with No Name 3
The Devil You Know (h2tp)
Kit Rocha SF/SFR - Mercenary Librarians 2
Home Before Dark (h2tp)
Riley Sager Sus/PsyTh/H
Covens of Blood Anna Stephens
Liane Merciel
Jamie Crisalli
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Thunderstrike & Other Stories Richard Strachan
Eric Gregory
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
The Quake Cities (h2tp)
Mark Wheaton GenEng/SF/PA



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



AB - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternative History
AP - Apocalyptic
BHU - Black Humor
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Crime & Mystery
CoA - Coming of Age
CrM - Crime and Mystery
CW - Contemporary Women
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
GothicR - Gothic Romance
GW&CC - Global Warming and Climate Change
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistR - Historical Romance
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
HU - Humorous
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
Med - Medical
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - Mash-Up
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PF - Paranormal Fantasy
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
PP - Police Porcedural
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
RF - Romantic Fantasy
ScF - Science Fantasy
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFTh - Science Fiction Thriller
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
STR - Small Town and Rural
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical
WS - Women Sleuths

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Two Moons - New Arc for Halloween

HORROR SERIES TWO MOONS KICKS OFF A NEW STORY ARC JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN
PORTLAND, Ore. 07/13/2021 — Bestselling writer John Arcudi (Rumble, B.P.R.D.) and fan-favorite artist Valerio Giangiordano’s popular historical horror series Two Moons will kick off a new story arc this October. Two Moons #6 will begin the next chapter in the hit series and will land on shelves from Image Comics just in time for Halloween and provide the perfect entry point for new readers to jump onto the series.

“The so-called 'Indian Wars' devastated the Indigenous Peoples of the American Plains, so this had to be a part of Two Moons’s story: the aftermath of those wars. How do the Plains People endure? What is their path forward after all this? That’s where this arc takes us," said Arcudi.

After years apart, Frances Shaw (now a medical doctor) and Virgil Two Moons (now a Pawnee shaman) are once again drawn to each other on the eve of an impending crisis in Two Moons #6.

Giangiordano added: "This new story arc allows me to discover and study more and more of the fascinating culture of Native Americans that I did not know. For me it is a fantastic experience to bring this 'world' to life."

Two Moons #6 Cover A by Giangiordano & Crabtree (Diamond Code AUG210043) and Two Moons #6 Cover B by Sook (Diamond Code AUG210044) will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 27. 

Two Moons #6 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Two Moons, Vol. 1: The Iron Noose (ISBN: 978-1534319110) collects issues #1-5 of the series and will be available on Wednesday, August 18 and in bookstores on Tuesday, August 24. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore via Bookshop or IndieBound, or it can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo

Select praise for Two Moons:

“A seamless meld between bombastic war story and supernatural terror.” —Comic Book Resources

“A gritty and nuanced addition to the historical fiction horror genre.” —Multiversity Comics

“Filled with hooks and compelling characters.” —AiPT! Comics

“Will sneak up on you with its dark intricacies.” —Graphic Policy
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