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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for December 2013!




Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.




















December 2013 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2013. 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. The most accurate lists usually can be found for each week in The View From Monday posts. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US.



December 2013 Releases




December 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
White Christmas Ros Baxter SFR
World War Z (ri) Max Brooks Z
The Christmas Show: A Tor.Com Original (e) Pat Cadigan F
Bitter Fruits (e) Sarah Daltry PNR
A Game of Battleships Toby Frost SF/Hu - Chronicles of Isambard Smith 4
Snow White and the Vampire Marina Myles PNR
The Chickens of Atlantis and Other Fowl and Filthy Fiends Robert Rankin SF/SP/Hu - Japanese Devil Fish Girl
Immortal Desire (e) Denise Tompkins PNR
Chaos Bound (e) Rebekah Turner PNR - Chaos Born Sequel
Tempted by His Wicked Kiss (e) Zoey Williams PNR



December 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dark Descent Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 2



December 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flamebound Tessa Adams PNR -  Lone Star Witch 2
Under an Endless Sky Vivian Arend PNR - Granite Lake Wolves 5 and 6
Real Vampires Know Size Matters Gerry Bartlett PNR - Glory St. Claire 10
The Lost Testament James Becker Th - Chris Bronson 6
Home For the Haunting Juliet Blackwell PCM - Haunted Home Renovation Mystery 4
Mars, Inc. Ben Bova SF - Billionaire's Club 1
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag Oliver Bowden F - Assassin's Creed 6
Dark Wolf Running Rhyannon Byrd PNR - Bloodrunners 5
The Accidental Werewolf 2: Something About Harry Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentally Paranormal 8
1920: America's Great War Robert Conroy AH
Legend of the Highland Dragon Isabel Cooper PNR
Witches of East End (h2tp) Melissa de la Cruz UF - Beauchamp Family 1
Prince of Spies (ri) Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 4
Cloak and Spider (e) David Dalglish F - Shadowdance Novella
A Dance of Mirrors David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 3
Spellbound Sylvia Day PNR
Lightning Rod Vaughn R. Demont UF - Broken Mirrors 2
Andromeda's Choice William C. Dietz SF - Legion of the Damned 2
The Gift Dave Donovan SF
Daughters of the Nile Stephanie Dray HistF - Cleopatra's Daughter 3
The Adversary Erin M. Evans F - Dungeons & Dragons: The Sundering 3
Barely Bewitched (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 2
The White Lie (D - US) Andrea Gillies Go
Electra Kerry Greenwood HistF/M - Delphic Women Mystery 3
Malice (h2tp) John Gwynne F - Faithful and Fallen 1
Prince of Shadows Tes Hilaire PNR - Paladin Warriors 3
Unclaimed Sara Humphreys PNR - Amoveo Legend 5
Kicking It Faith Hunter (ed)
Kalayna Price (ed)
UF - Anthology
Darklove Elle Jasper PNR - Dark Ink Chronicles 5
The Grove Jean Johnson FR - Guardians of Destiny 2
Everlasting Enchantment Kathryne Kennedy FR - Relics of Merlin 4
Necromancing Nim Katriena Knights PNR
Alien Research Gini Koch SF - Katherine 'Kitty' Katt 8
Nightmaster Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 2
Princess of the Sword (tp2mm) Lynn Kurland FR - Nine Kingdoms 3
Vulkan Lives Nick Kyme F - Warhammer: Horus Heresy 26
Dragon's Teeth Mercedes Lackey F - Martis 2
Elementary Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters
Hero's Journey (e) J.J. Cook PCM - Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade eNovella
Phoenix Legacy Corrina Lawson PNR - Phoenix Institute 2
Dangerous Women George R.R. Martin (e)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
The Devil's Woods Brian Moreland H
Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library Larry Nemecek SF - Star Trek
Man-Kzin Wars XIV Larry Niven (ed) SF - Man-Kzin 14
The Chosen Seed Sarah Pinborough Th/DF/M - The Forgotten Gods 3
A Cursed Moon (e) Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls Novella
Shannivar Deborah J. Ross F - The Seven-Petaled Shield 2
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book IV R. A. Salvatore F - Forgotten Realms: Legend of Driztt
Protect All Monsters Alan Spencer H
Darkwalker (D) E.L. Tettensor M/Su - Nicolas Lenoir 1
Something More Than Night Ian Tregillis Su/Noir/M
Supervolcano: All Fall Down (h2mm) Harry Turtledove SF - Supervolcano 2
Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart Harry Turtledove SF - Supervolcano 3
Invasive Species Joseph Wallace Ap/SF
Lover Unbound (Collector's Edition) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 5



December 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ascension Jacqueline Koyanagi SF - Tangled Axon 1
In the Greenwood: A Tor.Com Original (e) Mari Ness F



December 5, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Kindle e) A. L. Kennedy SF - Doctor Who



December 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol. 2 Carol Emshwiller SF/F - Collection
The Gravity of the Affair (e) Michael J. Martinez HistF/SF/AH - Daedalus Novella



December 9, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blade to the Keep (e) Lauren Dane PNR - Rowan Summerwaite 2
Plague (e) Lisa Hinsley SF/Th



December 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pariah (h2tp) Dan Abnett F - Ravenor vs Eisenhorn
Sin City Goddess Barbra Annino UF - Secret Goddess 1
Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who James Chapman History - Doctor Who
Crescent Moon Delilah Devlin PNR
The Chaos Crystal Jennifer Fallon F - Tide Lords 4
Venus on the Half-Shell (ri) Philip Jose Farmer SF
Seven Sorcerers John R. Fultz F - Books of the Shaper 3
Edge of Darkness J.T. Geissinger PNR - Night Prowler 4
Year's Best SF 18 David G. Hartwell (ed) SF - Anthology
Jane Yellowrock World Companion (e) Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock
Kiss of the Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark Hunter 4
Sword of Caledor (h2tp) William King F - Warhammer: Tyrion & Teclis 2
A Christmas Spirit (e) Cindy Miles PNR
Yuletide Enchantment (e) Sophie Renwick PNR
The Doctor and the Dinosaurs Mike Resnick SP/W - Weird West Tale 4
Innocent Blood James Rollins
Rebecca Cantrell
Su/M/Th - Order of the Sanguines 2
Kaleidocide Dave Swavely TechnoTh - Peacer 2
The Secret Zombie History of the World: Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 3 Toby Venables Z
A Young Man Without Magic (h2tp) Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Fall of the Sorcerers 1



December 11, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Her Husband’s Hands and Other Stories Adam-Troy Castro SF - Anthology
Friedrich the Snow Man: A Tor.Com Original (e) Lewis Shiner F



December 12, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Candra's Freedom: HarperImpulse Fantasy Romance Novella AJ Nuest FR



December 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century Joshua Raulerson LC - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies Series 45



December 17, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Open Graves, Open Minds: Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day Samantha George (ed)
Bill Hughes (ed)
Essays
Board Stiff Piers Anthony F - Xanth 38
Shadowdance Kristen Callihan PHR - Darkest London 4
Turn Down the Lights Richard Chizmar (ed) H - Anthology
The Invisible Code Christopher Fowler PM - Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery 10
Colder than Hell, Evil to Burn, and Streets of Blood Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - The Dead Man 6
When It's A Jar Tom Holt F/Hu
Reaver Larissa Ione PNR - Demonica 10
Bane of Malekith William King F - Warhammer: Tyrion & Teclis 3
Prospero Regained (h2tp) L. Jagi Lamplighter F - Prospero's Daughter 3
Sketcher in the Rye (e) Sharon Pape PCM -  Portrain of Crime Mystery 4
Dragon Awakened Jaime Rush PNR - Hidden 1
Rise Again Below Zero Ben Tripp Z  - Rise Again 2



December 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Lady into Fox (ri) David Garnett FT



December 23, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Furnace (e) Timothy S. Johnston SF - Tanner Sequence 1



December 24, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Winter Witch (h2tp) Paula Brackston FR
The Spider Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assasssin 10
Strykers (h2tp) K. M. Ruiz SF - Strykers Syndicate Omnibus



December 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Brazen Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld Tales 13.5



December 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Ruined (e) Jus Accardo PNR - Eternal Balance 1
Nostrum Roberto Calas F - Scourge 2
Journey of Wisdom (e) Shawna Thomas F - Riune Stone 3



December 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Once Upon a Time in Hell Guy Adams WW/F - Heaven's Gate Trilogy 2
Deadshifted Cassie Alexander UF - Edie Spence 4
Farside Ben Bova SF - Grand Tour
Code White (h2mm) Scott Britz-Cunningham Th/NF
Witch Wraith (h2mm) Terry Brooks F - The Dark Legacy of Shannara 3
The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction Thomas D. Clareson
Joe Sanders
HC - Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Starter House: A Novel (D) Sonja Condit H
Death Defying (e) Nina Croft SFR - Blood Hunter 3
Sunroper Natalie J. Damschroder PNR - Goddesses Rising 3
Love Your Entity Cat Devon PNR - Entity 3
Extraordinary Powers (ri) Joseph Finder Th/M/Su
Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Great North Road (h2mm) Peter F. Hamilton SF
How to Run with a Naked Werewolf Molly Harper PNR - Naked Werewolf 3
Tarnished (h2mm) Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 2
A Study in Ashes Emma Jane Holloway SP/M - The Baskerville Affair 3
Born in Blood Alexandra Ivy PNR - Sentinels 1
Fifth Grave Past the Light (h2mm) Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 5
A Memory of Light (h2mm) Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson
F - Wheel of Time 14
The Night Watch Sergei Lukyanenko UF/Th - Night Watch 1
A Little Night Magic (tp2mm) Lucy March PNR
Scent of Roses (ri) Kat Martin PNR
Things Withered Susie Moloney H
The Iron Breed: The Iron Cage and Breed to Come (tp2mm) Andre Norton SF
The Vastalimi Gambit Steve Perry SF - Cutter's War 2
Hive Monkey Gareth L Powell AH/SF - Ack-Ack Macaque 2
The Iron Wolves Andy Remic F - Rage of Kings 1
Harold Robbins' The Curse (h2mm) Julius Podrug Th - Madison Dupre 4
The Grendel Affair Lisa Shearin UF - SPI Files 1
After Dark (tp2mm) Gena Showalter
Kait Ballenger
PNR - Novellas
Taste of Darkness Maria V. Snyder FR - Healer 3
The Sixth Station (h2mm) Linda Stasi Th
The Shadowed Throne K. J. Taylor F - The Risen Sun 2
Angelopolis (h2tp) Danielle Trussoni F/Th - Angel 2
The Bread We Eat in Dreams Catherynne M. Valente F
Star Trek: The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek
Heart of Stone Christine Warren PNR - Gargoyles 1
A Rising Thunder (tp2mm) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 13
The Golem and the Jinni (h2tp) Helene Wecker HistF
The Cormorant Chuck Wendig UF - Miriam Black 3
Sunset of the Gods (tp2mm) Steve White SF/TT  - T.R.A. 2
The Sharpest Blade Sandy Williams UF - McKenzie Lewis 3
Pathfinder Tales: The Dagger of Trust Chris Willrich F - Pathfinder Tales
Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein (h2tp) Dave Zeltserman H


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reprint or reissue
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
NF - Near Future
PCM _ Paranormal Cozy Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR- Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
WW - Weird Western
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts


There are  debuts 3 debuts for December. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The December 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 November cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.




Sonja Condit

Starter House
William Morrow Paperbacks, December 31, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
Her dream home is about to become a house of nightmares...

From the moment Lacey glimpses the dusty-rose colonial cottage with its angled dormer windows and quaint wooden shutters, she knows she's found her dream house. Walking through its cozy rooms, the expectant mother can see her future children sitting on the round bottom step of the house's beautifully carved staircase, and she imagines them playing beneath the giant maple tree in the warm South Carolina sun. It doesn't matter to Lacey and her husband, Eric, that people had died there years before.

But soon their warm and welcoming house turns cold. There is something malevolent within the walls—a disturbing presence that only Lacey can sense. And there is Drew, a demanding and jealous little boy who mysteriously appears when Lacey is alone. Protective of this enigmatic child who reminds her of the troubled students she used to teach, Lacey bakes cookies and plays games to amuse him. Yet, as she quickly discovers, Drew is unpredictable—and dangerous.

Fearing for her baby's safety, Lacey sets out to uncover the truth about Drew and her dream house—a search for answers that takes her into the past, into the lives of a long-dead family whose tragic secrets could destroy her. To save her loved ones, Lacey must find a way to lay a terrifying evil to rest...before she, Eric, and their child become its next victims.





Andrea Gillies

The White Lie
Mariner Books, December 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
(US Fiction Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
“One hot summer day, Michael Salter, nineteen-year-old scion of a posh Highland family, disappears. When his childlike aunt claims she drowned him during a fight, the family close ranks. No police. No memorial service. No titbits for village gossips. A decade of deceit begins.” — Financial Times

The Salter family orbits around Peattie House, their crumbling Scottish highlands estate filled with threadbare furniture, patrician memories, and all their inevitable secrets. While gathered to celebrate grandmother's seventieth birthday, someone breaks the silence. The web begins to unravel. But what is the white lie? How many others are built upon it? How many lives have been shaped by its shadow? Only one person knows the whole truth. From beyond the grave, Michael loops back into the past until we see, beyond perception and memory, how deeply our decisions resound, and just what is the place—and price—of grandeur.





E.L. Tettensor

Darkwalker
Nicolas Lenoir 1
Roc, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…


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