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2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts


There are 8 debuts in April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite April cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The April debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


White Horse
AuthorAlex Adams
Series:  White Horse
Format:  Hardcover , 320 pages
Publisher:  Atria/Emily Bestler Books, April, 17, 2012
Price:  $19.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic
ISBN:  9781451642995

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.


Royal Street
AuthorSuzanne Johnson
Series:  Sentinels of New Orleans
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, April 10, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780765327796

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.


The Reason is You
AuthorSharla Lovelace
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Berkley, April 3, 2012
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance w/ Paranormal Elements
ISBN9780425247129

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Anything but Normal…
Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who’s been dead for forty years.
In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived .
As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she’s not telling her daughter yet. Like that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing…


Coveted
AuthorShawntelle Madison
Series:  Coveted
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ballantine Books, April 24, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN978-0-345-52918-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.


Faustus Resurrectus
Author:  Thomas Morrissey
Series:  Donovan Graham
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-405-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Unholy murder is just the beginning of the ritual...

When Donovan Graham, newly-graduated occult scholar, helps the NYPD investigate a man killed by scorpions in a midtown hotel, he learns the world is far stranger and deadlier than his studies ever suggested. Evidence forces his academic skepticism to give way to astonished belief that ancient evil exists, and the more he investigates, the higher it rises to overshadow the normality of his life. Can he save those he loves from its power?

In a Central Park overrun with madness, a suave sociopath seeks to achieve his darkest desires by tearing apart the world. Battling him through death and beyond, Donovan risks his soul to learn reality is flexible, and even the impossible can be had if a high enough price is paid...


Blackbirds
AuthorChuck Wendig
Series:  Miriam Black
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:   Angry Robot,  April 24. 2012 US/CAN, May 3, 2012 UK/RoW
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662309

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]


Summoning
AuthorCarol Wolf
Series:   Moon Wolf Saga
Format:  Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, April 3, 2012
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-398-4

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hopings soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.
From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.


The Return Man
AuthorV.M. Zito
Format: Premium Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Orbit, April 1, 2012
Price:  $9.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Horror/Thriller/Zombies
ISBN:  9780316218283

2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts
The outbreak tore the US in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

April 2012 Book Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of books being published in April 2012. If there is something that I've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are mine. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. I try to keep this as accurate as possible. The most accurate lists can be found for each week in The View From Monday posts.

April 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Twisted Metal Tony Ballantyne SF - Penrose 1
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 Damien Broderick
Paul Di Filippo
Literary Criticism
The Rogue Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 2
Lessons After Dark Isabel Cooper PNR - Englefield 2
Crystalfire Kate Douglas PNR - Demonslayers 4
Siddon Rock Glenda Guest F
The Kingdom of Gods (tp2mm) N. K. Jemisin F - Inheritance Trilogy 3
Mariana (h2tp) Susanna Kearsley F
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall Nancy Kress SF
The Slayer Theresa Meyers PHR - Legend Chronicles 2
Grey Expectations Clea Simon PCM - Dulcie Schwartz 4
Moonblood Anne Elisabeth Stengl F - Tales of Goldstone Wood 3
The Return Man (d) V.M. Zito H/PA/Th/Z



April 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devil's Punch Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomn 4
Home for a Spell (h2mm) Madelyn Alt PCM - Bewitching Mysteries 7
Magic Unchained Jessica Andersen PNR - Nightkeepers 7
Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 8
The Eye of the Chained God Don Bassingthwaite F- Abyssal Plague Trilogy 3
The Straits of Galahesh Bradley P. Beaulieu F - The Lays of Anuskaya 2
R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Volume I: Dissolution, Insurrection, Condemnation Richard Lee Byers F- Forgotten Realms
Ride the Star Winds A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 4
The Wolf Who Loved Me Lydia Dare PHR
Something Secret This Way Comes Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 1
Betrayal Christina Dodd PRS - Bella Terra Deception 3
The Road of Danger David Drake SF - RCN 9
The Lingering Dead J.N. Duncan UF - Deadworld 3
Plague Town Dana Fredsti H - Ashley Parker 1
Dog and Dragon Dave Freer F - Dragon's Ring 2
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith H - Movie Tie-In
Tall, Dark & Dead (tp2mm) Tate Hallaway PNR - Garnet Lacey 1
The Vampire Shrink (ri) Lynda Hilburn UF - Kismet Knight 1
Lost Horizon (ri) James Hilton F
So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel Phil Hornshaw Humour/Science
Untouched Sara Humphreys PNR - The Amoveo Legend 2
Vengeance Ian Irvine EF - Tainted Realm 1
Alien Diplomacy Gini Koch SFR - Katherine "Kitty" Katt 4
The Haunted Bentley Little H
The Reason is You (d) Sharla Lovelace R w/ PE
Magic Without Mercy Devon Monk UF - Allie Beckstrom 8
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art Christopher Moore PM/Humor
Faustus Resurrectus (d) Thomas Morrissey UF - Donovan Graham
Enraptured Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians 4
The Shining City Fiona Patton F - Warriors of Estavia 3
Triggers Robert J. Sawyer SF
The Shape of Desire Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Cats Can't Shoot Clea Simon PCM - Pru Marlowe 2
Banner of the Damned Sherwood Smith F
Caine's Law Matthew Stover SF/F - Act of Atonement 2
Bloodright Karin Tabke PNR - Blood Moon Rising 2
Werewolf in Seattle Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 3
Savage Awakening J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 2
The Thirteenth Sacrifice Debbie Viguie PS - Witch Hunt
Hunter's Rise Shiloh Walker PNR - Hunters 14
The Helix War Edward Willett SF
The Summoning (d) Carol Wolf UF - Wolf Moon Saga
Except the Queen (h2mm) Jane Yolen
Midori Snyder
F
Let Them Eat Steak Sarah Zettel PCM - Vampire Chef 2



April 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword & Blood: The Vampire Musketeers Sarah Marques F
A Song Called Youth John Shirley SF/Cyberpunk Omnibus



April 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Angels of Vengeance John Birmingham SF/Th - Without Warning 3
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America (h2tp) Albert Brooks SF/Humor
Tiassa (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Vlad Taltos 13
Blue Magic A.M. Dellamonica F - Indigo Springs 2
Immobility Brian Evenson SF
Ison of the Isles Carolyn Ives Gilman F - Isles of the Forsaken 2
Unholy Night Seth Grahame-Smith F/AH/H
Wicked City Alaya Johnson HF - Zephyr Hollis 2
Royal Street (d) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 1
Glamour in Glass Mary Robinette Kowal F - Shades of Milk and Honey 2
Assassin's Code Jonathan Maberry S/H/Th - Joe Ledger 4
ENMA the Immortal Fumi Nakamura HF
Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron Kim Newman H - Anno Dracula 2
Inferno Stan Nicholls F - Orcs: Bad Blood 3
Angelique's Descent (ri) Lara Parker F- Dark Shadows
The Salem Branch (ri) Lara Parker F- Dark Shadows
Lost Everything Brian Francis Slattery SF
Westlake Soul Rio Youers F



April 12, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Princess of Mars (ri) Edgar Rice Burroughs SF



April 15, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Maps of Utopia: H. G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture Simon J. James Literary Criticism



April 16, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nightingale Melissa Mickelsen F



April 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
White Horse (d) Alex Adams F/PA
A Wolf's Heart Vivi Anna PNR
The Adventures of Duncan & Mallory #1: The Beginning Robert Asprin F
The Witch Thief Lori Devoti PNR - Unbound 6
Counter-Clock World (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Ubik: The Screenplay (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Acacia (ri) David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 1
The Sacred Band (ri) David Anthony Durham F - Acacia Trilogy 2
Pax Omega Al Ewing SF - Pax Britannia
The Vampire Voss (tp2mm) Colleen Gleason PNR - Regency Draculia 1
The Twilight Lord (ri) Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 3
Deadfall Hotel Steve Rasnic Tem H
Robopocalypse: A Novel (h2tp) Daniel H. Wilson SF



April 23, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural Victoria Nelson Literary Criticism



April 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sevin Elizabeth Amber PNR - Lords of Satyr 7
The High Crusade (ri) Poul Anderson SF
Lies  Omens Lyn Benedict UF - Shadows Inquiries 4
Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek
Summoning the Night Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 2
Passion Play (h2MM) Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 1
Deadly Descendant Jenna Black UF - Nikki Glass 2
Dreadnaught (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 1
Burning Man Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 2
Hard Magic (h2mm) Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 1
Battleship Peter David SF
Undead and Undermined (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 10
Void Stalker Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Night Lords
Warrior Kristina Douglas PNR - Fallen 3
Architect of Fate Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles
The Crippled God (h2mm) Steven Erikson F - Malazan Book of the Fallen 10
Siege Rhiannon Frater H - As the World Dies 3
Scourge Jeff Grubb SF - Star Wars
Evil Dark Justin Gustainis UF - Occult Crime Unit Investigations 2
Champion of Mars Guy Haley SF
Oldsoul Dan Haring OldSoul Trilogy
Tricked Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 4
Kiss of Pride Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 1
Lance of Earth and Sky Erin Hoffman F - The Chaos Knight 2
Second Grave on the Left (tp2mm) Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 2
The Wind Through the Keyhole Stephen King F - Dark Tower 8
All for You Lynn Kurland PNR
Night Sessions Ken MacLeod SF
Coveted (d) Shawntelle Madison UF - Coveted 1
Fevre Dream (ri) George R.R. Martin F
Fort Freak George R.R. Martin SF - Wild Cards 21
Into the Dreaming (ri) Karen Marie Moning PNR/TTR - Highlander
First Strike (tp2mm) Eric Nylund SF - Halo
Shadow Blizzard Alexey Pehov F - Chronicles of Siala 3
The Hot Gate (h2mm) John Ringo SF - Troy Rising 3
Obsidian Flame Caris Roane PNR - World of Ascension 5
Under a Vampire Moon Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 16
The Pack (h2mm) Jason Starr PS - The Pack 1
Hex (h2mm) Allen Steele SF - Coyote 8
The Prophet Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 3
Wishful Thinking Gabi Stevens PNR - Time of Transition Trilogy 3
Wicked Road to Hell Juliana Stone PNR - League of Guardians 1
Coalition's End (h2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War 4
Bitter Seeds (h2mm) Ian Tregillis HistF/AH - Raybould Marsh 1
The Children of the Sky (h2mm) Vernor Vinge SF - Zones of Thought 3
The Nekropolis Archives Tim Waggoner UF - Matt Richter 1-3
On the Prowl Christine Warren UF - The Others 6
Night Angel Brent Weeks F - The Complete Night Angel Trilogy
Rage of the Dragon Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 3
32 Fangs: A Final Vampire Tale David Wellington H - Laura Caxton 4
Blackbirds (d) Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 1
Dead Winter CL Werner F - Time of Legends 11
Extremis (h2mm) Steve White
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 6
Hunted Rebecca Zanetti PNR - Dark Protectors 3



April 26, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch Nancy Atherton PCM - Aunt Dimity 17



April 30, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
A Climbing Stock Hiller Andrew F
The Best of Kage Baker Kage Baker SF - Short Stories
Winter's Dreams Glen Cook F - Short Stories
Gods of Opar Philip Jose Farmer
Christopher Paul Carey
F - Tales of Lost Khokarsa
Bluff City Underground: A Roman Noir of the Deep South Erik Morse Supernatural Mystery - Mondo Memphis 2



d - debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
P - Paranornal Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranoral Elements
PHR - Paranoral Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PS - Paranormal Suspense
R - Romance
S - Supernatural
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
2012 Debut Author Challenge - April 2012 Debuts

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