2021 DAC

 




This is the eleventh year of The Qwillery's Debut Author Challenge (DAC or Challenge). Debut Authors' novels will be listed in a post on the first of each month. The monthly debut list may include novels/authors not featured in the Challenge.

What is a Debut for purposes of the Challenge?
  • The novel must be a full length adult fiction novel. For the purpose of determining a debut, the United States publication date is used. The copyright date or non-US publication date will not be used.
  • If the author has written YA or MG fiction, her or his first full length adult fiction novel will be a debut for the purposes of the Challenge. 
  • If the author has written non-Speculative Fiction, her or his first full length adult Speculative Fiction novel (see list below) will be a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • If the author has written non-fiction and this is the first full length adult fiction novel, it will be a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • If a full length adult fiction novel previously has been published outside of the United States, but it is being published for the first time in the United States, it will qualify as a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • If the author has only written novels that are part of an established series or canon, his or her first original full length adult fiction novel will qualify as a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • A point of clarification - at this time and for the foreseeable future, self-published novels are not eligible to be featured in the Challenge.
The fiction genres and subgenres covered by the challenge are Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction, SciFi Romance, Steampunk, Steampunk Mystery, Steampunk Romance, Paranormal Romance, Occult and Supernatural, Supernatural Noir, Dystopian, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, CyberTech, CyberPunk, etc. and all their permutations including novels that include elements of these genres and subgenres (collectively "Speculative Fiction"). Please note that this list is not inclusive.

The debuts are not YA unless there is very strong Adult crossover appeal.

The object of the 2021 Debut Author Challenge is for participants to read at least 12 debut novels published during 2021 - one from each month of the year though you may read them anytime between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022.


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See the January Debut Author list at this post.




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2021 Featured Debut Authors
The following Debut Authors will be visiting The Qwillery during 2021. Please note that they are listed in author alphabetical order, not guest post, interview or release date order.

AUTHOR
Guest Blog
Interview
NOVEL
Series
Publisher/Publication Date
H. M. Long Hall of Smoke
Titan Books, January 19, 2021
Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages


Epic fantasy featuring warrior priestesses and fickle gods at war, for readers of Brian Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne.
Hessa is an Eangi: a warrior priestess of the Goddess of War, with the power to turn an enemy’s bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her goddess’s command to murder a traveller, she prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside.

While she is gone, raiders raze her village and obliterate the Eangi priesthood. Grieving and alone, Hessa – the last Eangi – must find the traveller and atone for her weakness and secure her place with her loved ones in the High Halls. As clans from the north and legionaries from the south tear through her homeland, slaughtering everyone in their path Hessa strives to win back her goddess’ favour.

Beset by zealot soldiers, deceitful gods, and newly-awakened demons at every turn, Hessa burns her path towards redemption and revenge. But her journey reveals a harrowing truth: the gods are dying and the High Halls of the afterlife are fading. Soon Hessa’s trust in her goddess weakens with every unheeded prayer.

Thrust into a battle between the gods of the Old World and the New, Hessa realizes there is far more on the line than securing a life beyond her own death. Bigger, older powers slumber beneath the surface of her world. And they’re about to wake up.

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