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August 2012 Book Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of books being published in August 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.

August 1, 2012
The First Last Unicorn and Other Beginnings Peter S. Beagle F - Collection
Paradox Resolution K. A. Bedford SF - Spider Webb 2
Wildcatter Dave Duncan SF
Mortal Fire C. F. Dunn GM - The Secret of the Journal 1
Forbidden Leanna Ellis PNR- Plain Fear 2
Magic Gone Wild Judi Fennell PNR - Bottled Magic 3
The Frazetta Sketchbook Frank Frazetta Art
Enchanting the Lady Kathryne Kennedy PHR - Relics of Merlin
Promises Broken (ri) David Mack SF - 4400 4
Bedina's War Evelyn Rainey SF
Steampunk: A Complete Guide to Victorian Techno-Fetishism Vienna Von Schwarz SP - Guide
A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious Mary Wine SPR
Yesterday's Hero (e) Jonathan Wood UF - No Hero 2

August 2, 2012
Monster Dave Zeltserman H

August 7, 2012
Mercy Kill Aaron Allston SF - Star Wars X-Wing 10
Black Gold Vivian Arend PNR - Tahkini Wolves 1
Blades of the Moonsea Richard Baker F - Omnibus
I Ate the Sheriff K. Bennett UF - Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law 3
A Witch Before Dying Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 2
Hearts of Darkness Kira Brady PNR - Deadglass Trilogy 1
Ghost Story (h2emm) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 13
Two Weeks' Notice Rachel Caine UF - Revivalist 2
Containment Christian Cantrell SF
Desire After Dark Jo Carlisle PER - Lords of Pleasure 2
Dying Echo Judy Clemens PM - Grim Reaper Mystery 4
Dying For You MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Short Stories
A Bloody Good Secret Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 2
SS-GB (ri) Len Deighton AH
Wilder Christina Dodd PNR - Chosen Ones 5
The Clockwork Rocket (h2tp) Greg Egan SPF - Orthogonal 1
Wolf's Trap (ri) W. D. Gagliani H - Nick Lupo 1
My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the Von Trapp Family Vampires Alan Goldsher MU
Precinct 13 Tate Hallaway UF
The Fate of the Dwarves Markus Heitz F - Dwarves 4
Libriomancer Jim C. Hines F - Magic ex Libris 1
Kept by Seduction Jaymie Holland PER
The Broken Ones Stephen M. Irwin Su Crime
Time Untime Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark Hunter 22
Love on the Run Katharine Kerr SF - Nola O’Grady 4
Night Shift (ri) Stephen King H - Collection
Master of Darkness Angela Knight PNR - Mageverse
The Vision (ri) Dean Koontz H
King of Thorns Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 2
Stygian's Honor Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 27
Shadowlands Violette Malan F - Mirror Prince 2
Girl Blue Alan Nayes H
Biting Cold Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 6
Ice and Shadow Andre Norton SF - Omnibus
Heart Secret Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta 11
Haunted Las Vegas: Famous Phantoms, Creepy Casinos, and Gambling Ghosts Paul W. Papa H
The Constantine Affliction (d) T. Aaron Payton SPF
Low Town (h2tp) Daniel Polansky F
The Diviner (h2mm) Melanie Rawn F - Golden Key Universe
Seawitch Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 7
Queen of Wands John Ringo SF - Special Circumstances 2
Cipher Moira Rogers PNR - Southern Arcana 4
Blood Bath & Beyond Michelle Rowen PCM - An Immortality Bites Mystery 1
The Iron Wyrm Affair Lilith Saintcrow SPF - Bannon and Clare 1
Charon's Claw R.A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 3
Downward to the Earth Robert Silverberg SF
In the House of the Wicked Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler
The Grass King's Concubine Kari Sperring F
Bruja Brouhaha Rochelle Staab PCM - A Mind for Murder Mystery 2
A Wolf at the Door K. A. Stewart UF - Jesse James Dawson 3
Haunted New Orleans: Southern Spirits, Garden District Ghosts, and Vampire Venues Bonnye E. Stuart H
The Black Isle Sandi Tan F
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance Trisha Telep (ed) Anthology
Blood and Silver James R. Tuck UF - Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 2
When Diplomacy Fails Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold: Ripple Creek 3
Eternal Beast Laura Wright PNR - Mark of the Vampire 4

August 10, 2012
Today's Promise Danielle Ackley-McPhail F - Eternal Cycle 3

August 14, 2012
Ambrose Bierce: Masters of the Weird Tale Ambrose Bierce H - Collection
The Traitor Queen Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 3
Break Out Nina Croft SF - Blood Hunter 1
Solar Lottery (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
We Can Build You (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
The World Jones Made (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
The Poison Belt: Being an account of another adventure of Prof. George E. Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Prof. Summerlee, and Mr. E.D. Malone, the discoverers of "The Lost World" Arthur Conan Doyle SF
The Midnight Court Jane Kindred F - House of Arkhangel'sk 2
Death Has Come Up into Our Windows Stant Litore H - Zombie Bible 1
What Our Eyes Have Witnessed Stant Litore H - Zombie Bible 2
Arthur Machen: Masters of the Weird Tale Arthur Machen H - Anthology
The Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Karen Miller F - Omnibus
Romeo Spikes (d) Joanne Reay F/Th - Lo'Life Trilogy 1
The Lord of the Rings (ri) J.R.R. Tolkien F - Omnibus including The Hobbit
Swallowing a Donkey's Eye Paul Tremblay F

August 16, 2012
A Sacred Storm Dominic C. James H - Reiki Man Trilogy 3

August 21, 2012
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (h2tp) Margaret Atwood Literary Criticism
The Immortality Factor (ri) Ben Bova SF/Th
The Memory Thief (d) Emily Colin Ghost Story
Vacation Matthew J. Costello H
Widow's Web Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 7
Fable: Edge of the World Christie Golden F - Xbox 360 Fable: The Journey prequel
In War Times (h2tp) Kathleen Ann Goonan SF
Black Bottle Anthony Huso F
Genocidal Organ Project Itoh SF
The Unincorporated Future Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated Man 4
Endurance (h2tp) Jay Lake F - Green Universe 2
Shifter's Destiny Anna Leonard PNR
Ghost Key Trish J. MacGregor F/Ghost Story
Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, and Spectral Indians Matthew P. Mayo Ghost Stories/Supernatural
Savage Redemption Alexis Morgan PNR
Fate of Worlds Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Ringworld 5
Haunted Greenwich Village: Bohemian Banshees, Spooky Sites, and Gonzo Ghost Walks Tom Ogden H
The Shadow Queen (ri) Bertrice Small PHR - World of Hetar 5
Hidden Things (d) Doyce Testerman F

August 24, 2012
A Guile of Dragons James Enge F - Tournament of Shadows

August 28, 2012
Endgame Ann Aguirre SF - Sirantha Jax 6
Conviction Aaron Allston SF - Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi 7
Blades of Winter (d) G. T. Almasi SF/Th - Shadowstorm 1
Well-Tempered Clavicle (h2mm) Piers Anthony F - Xanth 35
Wrayth Philippa Ballantine F - Book of the Order 3
The Eternal Tide Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
Undercurrents (tp2mm) Robert Buettner SF - Orphan's Legacy 2
Black Swan Rising (ri) Lee Carroll UF - Black Swan Rising 1
Spellbound (h2mm) Blake Charlton F - Spellwright 2
The Demoness of Waking Dreams Stephanie Chong PNR - Company of Angels 2
Seven Wonders Adam Christopher SF/Superheroes
Sanctuary Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles 3
How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR
Star Corpsman Ian Douglas SF - Bloodstar 1
Cold Fire Kate Elliott F - Spiritwalker Trilogy 2
Ring of Fire III (h2mm) Eric Flint SF/AH - Ring of Fire
Immortally Yours Angie Fox PNR - Monster Mash 1
The Shattered Vine (h2emm) Laura Anne Gilman F - Vineart War 3
Chosen Sable Grace UF - Dark Breed 3
Ghost of a Dream Simon R. Green UF - Ghost Finders 3
Breakdown Katherine Amt Hanna SF/PA
The Secret of Crickley Hall (ri) James Herbert H
Orion: The Vaults of Winter Darius Hinks F - Warhammer
Born to Bite Hannah Howell
Diana Cosby
Erica Ridley
Fear The Darkness Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 9
Taken Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 3
Devil Said Bang Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 4
Fair Game Taylor Keating PNR - Guardian 3
Soul Trade Catilin Kittredge UF - Black London 5
77 Shadow Street (ri) Dean Koontz H
Howl For It Shelly Laurenston
Cynthia Eden
The Glass Butterfly Louise Marley F/HFiction
Beyond Here Lies Nothing Gary McMahon H - Concrete Grove 3
The Highest Frontier (h2mm) Joan Slonczewski SF
When the People Fell (ri) Cordwainer Smith
Hank Davis (compiler)
Haunted Jeanne C. Stein UF - Anna Strong, Vampire 8
Sinner: A Prequel to the Mongoliad (e) Mark Teppo F
Path of the Outcast Gav Thorpe SF - Warhammer 40,000: Eldar Path 3
Mockingbird Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 2

August 31, 2012
Goblin Precinct Keith R. A. DeCandido UF - Precinct 3
No Sharks in the Med and Other Stories Brian Lumley H - Anthology
Legion Brandon Sanderson F - novella

d - Debut
h2emm - Hardcover to Enhanced Mass Market Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp -Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
GM - Gothic Mystery
H - Horror
MU - Mash-up
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPF - Steampunk Fantasy
SPR - Steampunk Romance
SU - Supernatural
Th - Thriller

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

There are 8 debuts for August.  Please note that I 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). 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.

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

Blades of Winter
Author:  G.T. Almasi
Series:  Shadowstomr
Publisher:  Del Rey,  August 28, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Price:  $9.99
Genre:  Science Fiction/Thriller
ISBN:  978-0-440-42354-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.


The Corpse-Rat King
Author:  Lee Battersby
Series:  The Corpse-Rat King
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, August 28, 2012 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-85766-287-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.

Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King — after all, the King is God’s representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are.

And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do.

Just as soon as he stops running away.

File Under: Fantasy


Hearts of Darkness
Author:   Kira Brady
Series:  Deadglass
Publisher:  Zebra, August 7, 2012
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1-4201-2456-9

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war—and an irresistible passion…

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.


The Dog Stars
Author:   Peter Heller
Publisher:  Knopf, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Price:  $24.95
Genre:  Post-Apocalyptic 
ISBN:  978-0-307-95994-2
(fiction debut)

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.


The Constantine Affliction
Author:  T. Aaron Payton

Has been removed.  T. Aaron Payton is author Tim Pratt.  This was revealed on August 9th. You can read the reveal post at The Night Bazaar.


Romeo Spikes
Author:  Joanne Reay
Series:  Lo'Life Trilogy
Publisher:  Gallery Books, August 14, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 416 pages
Price:  $25.00
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Thriller
ISBN:  978-1-4516-7444-6

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Working the Homicide squad, Alexis Bianco believes she’s seen every way a life can be taken. Then she meets the mysterious Lola and finds out she’s wrong. More weapon than woman, Lola pursues a predator with a method of murder like no other.

The Tormenta.

If you think you’ve never encountered Tormenta, think again. You’re friends with one. Have worked for one. Maybe even fallen in love with one.

They walk amongst us—looking like us, talking like us. Coercing our subconscious with their actions. Like the long-legged beauty who seduces the goofy geek only to break his heart, causing him to break his own neck in a noose. Or the rock star whose every song celebrates self-harm, inspiring his devoted fans to press knives to their own throats. The pusher who urges the addict toward one more hit, bringing him a high from which he’ll never come down. The tyrannical boss, crushing an assistant’s spirit until a bridge jump brings her low.

We call it a suicide. Tormenta call it a score, their demonic powers allowing them to siphon off the unspent life span of those who harm themselves.

To Bianco, being a cop is about right and wrong. Working with Lola is about this world and the next . . . and maybe the one after that. Because everything is about to change. The coming of a mighty Tormenta is prophesied, a dark messiah known as the Mosca.

To stop him, Bianco and Lola must fight their way through a cryptic web of secret societies and powerful legends and crack an ancient code that holds the only answer to the Mosca’s defeat. If this miscreant rises before they can unmask him, darkness will reign and mankind will fall in a storm of suicides. Nobody’s safe. Everyone’s a threat.


The Black Isles
Author:   Sandi Tan 
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing, August 7, 2012
Format:  Hardcover, 480 pages
Price:  $24.99
Genre:  Ghost Story
ISBN:  978-0-446-56392-5

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.


Hidden Things
Author:  Doyce Testerman
Publisher:  Harper Voyager, August 21, 2012
Format:  Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Price:  $14.99
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-06-210811-1

2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts
Watch out for the hidden things . . . That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins's best friend says to her before ending a two a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's working a case she knows little about. Seven hours later, she gets a visit from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially since Josh left a message on her phone an hour after his body was found. Spurred by grief and suspicion, Calli heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can— maybe—help her get him back. But the road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined . . .
2012 Debut Author Challenge - August 2012 Debuts

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