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2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner

The results are in and the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for January is Myke Cole's Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) with 240 votes equaling 46% of the votes cast. The winning cover artist is Michael Komarck

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner

The final results:

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2012 Winner

Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue later this month with voting on the 15 February debut covers.

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January

As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a 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 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year.

But I'm not going to choose the winning covers - you are. Welcome to the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars!

Here are your choices for January 2012:

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts

Here is the first list for 2012. I'm very excited about starting the Challenge again!

The January debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author. 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.

I'm also including the December 27, 2011 Debuts because of how late they were released in 2011. They are listed below the January Debuts.

Happy Reading!

City of the Lost
Author:  Stephen Blackmoore
Series:  Joe Sunday
Format:  Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher:  DAW (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:   Urban Fantasy Noir
ISBN:  9780756407025

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.
You can read Stephen's guest blog - Our Lady of the Shadows - here.

Author:  Kyle Chais
Format:  Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing (January 10, 2012)
Price:  $15.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781439187258

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
In the in between are the Nameless; names are for masters and they have none. They live in the Nameless realm; between being saved and being destroyed. They are Fallen.

One Nameless spends his time watching humans in New York City and, in his endless eternity of boredom, becomes intrigued by a drunk named Aurick Pantera. One day Aurick, a reckless gambler, is about to be killed by a gang over his debts. Nameless feels sorry for him, and possesses his body to save his life. He then decides that he rather likes being in a human body; the chance to taste, smells, and touch. He uses Aurick’s body to fulfill all of his wildest dreams – become a rock star, have a successful psychiatric practice, and pursue star journalist Helena Way.

Until, three years after possessing Aurick, the other Fallen take notice of these random achievements and begin appearing to Aurick. They are tired of waiting in Nameless and are ready to start a war—their only chance to cease this painful eternity of waiting and either be saved or be released. Aurick is stuck in the middle. Join the ranks and finally be released to Null for atrocities against mankind, or can his love for Helena, his budding friendships, and his growing concern for all humans grant him salvation?

Control Point
Author:  Myke Cole
Series:  Shadow Ops
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher:  Ace (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781937007249

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has been trained to hunt down and take out people possessing magical powers. But when he starts manifesting powers of his own, the SOC revokes Oscar's government agent status to declare him public enemy number one.
You can read Myke's guest blog - Why are we so Interested in Military Speculative Fiction? - here.

Seven Princes
Author:  John R. Fultz
Series:  Books of the Shaper
Format:  Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher:  Orbit (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
Genre: Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316187862

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
It is an Age of Legends.

Under the watchful eye of the Giants, the kingdoms of Men rose to power. Now, the Giant-King has slain the last of the Serpents and ushered in an era of untold peace and prosperity. Where a fire-blackened desert once stood, golden cities flourish in verdant fields.

It is an Age of Heroes.

But the realms of Man face a new threat-- an ancient sorcerer slaughters the rightful King of Yaskatha before the unbelieving eyes of his son, young Prince D'zan. With the Giant-King lost to a mysterious doom, it seems that no one has the power to stop the coming storm.

It is an Age of War.

The fugitive Prince seeks allies across the realms of Men and Giants to liberate his father's stolen kingdom. Six foreign Princes are tied to his fate. Only one thing is certain: War is coming.


Some will seek glory.

Some will seek vengeance.

All will be legends.

Taft 2012
Author: Jason Heller
Format  Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher:  Quirk (January 17, 2012)
Price:  $14.95
Language:  English
Genre: Fantasy/Time Travel/Alternate History/Satire
ISBN: 978-1-59474-550-8

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.

There’s just one problem: He is William Howard Taft... and he was already U.S. president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

Jason Heller’s extraordinary debut novel presents the Vonnegut-esque satire of a presidential Rip Van Winkle amid 21st-century media madness. It’s the ultimate what-if scenario for the 2012 election season!
You can read Jason's guest blog - The fine (okay, accidental) art of genre-busting - here.

Author: John Love
Format  Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English
Genre: Space Opera/Military Science Fiction
ISBN:  9781597803908

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Moby Dick meets Duel in John Love's debut novel of Space Opera and Military Science Fiction! Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems like history is about to repeat itself. But this time, something is waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth's ultimate warships. Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned without ceremony. One system away from earth, the Outsider ship Charles Manson makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants and sociopath, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able to do - to destroy Faith!

To Walk the Night
Author:  E.S. Moore
Series:  Kat Redding
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  Kensington (January 3, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-7582-6872-3

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…

Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.

Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
You can read E.S. Moore's guest blog - Judging Covers - here.

The Rook
Author:  Daniel O'Malley
Format  Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher:  Little, Brown  and Company (January 11. 2012)
Price:  $25.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Thriller
ISBN:  9780316098793

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

Giant Thief
Author: David Tallerman
Series: Tales of Easie Damasco
Format  Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (January 31, 2012)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9780857662118

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.

File Under: Fantasy [ Big Trouble | Deception | Saltlick's City | Hang 'im High ]

December 27, 2011

Author:  Sabrina Benulis
Series:  The Books of Raziel
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Voyager (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $22.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780062069405

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
There are some things worse than death . . .

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skin, she is a blood head—a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy. Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in the Academy. Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than them all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel. And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will rule the supernatural universe.

Barely in control of her own life, Angela has no ambition to conquer an entire universe, not when she’s suddenly contending with a dangerous enemy who is determined to destroy her and a magnetic novitiate who wants to save her. But the choice might not be her own . . .

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, the young blood head must soon face the truth about herself and her world. It is she who holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

In Archon, Sabrina Benulis has created a dazzlingly imaginative tale set in a lush, vivid supernatural world filled with gargoyles and candlelight, magic and murder, in which humans, angels, demons, and those in between battle for supremacy—and survival.
You can read the 2011 DAC Interview with Sabrina here.

Empire State
Author:  Adam Christopher 
Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (December 27, 2011)
Price: $12.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction, Noir
ISBN:   9780857661937

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
The stunning superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.

When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

Adam Christopher’s stunning debut novel heralds the arrival of an amazing new talent.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ].
You can read Adam's guest blog - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - here.

Babylon Steel
Author:  Gaie Sebold
Series:  Babylon Steel
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Solaris (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781907992384

2012 Debut Author Challenge - January 2012 Debuts
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.
You can read Gaie's guest blog - Things I Didn't Know - here.

January 2012 Book Releases

As far as books go, 2012 is starting off very well. Here is The Qwillery's list of books being published in January 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.

January 1, 2012
Midnight Reckoning Kendra Leigh Castle PNR - Dark Dynasties 2
The Lure of Song and Magic Patricia Rice PNR
Silver-Tongued Devil Jaye Wells UF - Sabina Kane 4
A Demon Does It Better Linda Wisdom PNR - Demon 2

January 3, 2012
Serengeti Sins Vivi Andrews PNR - Serengeti Shifters 5
Labyrinth Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 34
Immortal Hope Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 1
Wild Cat Jennifer Ashley RUF - Unbound 3
Haven's Blight James Axler SF - Deathlands 102
Whispers in the Dark Maya Banks RS w/PE - KGI 4
Halo: Primordium Greg Bear SF - Forerunner Saga 2
The Daemon Prism Carol Berg F - Collegia Magica 3
The Soul Mirror (tp2mm) Carol Berg F - Collegia Magica 2
City of the Lost (d) Stephen Blackmoore UFN
It Takes a Witch Heather Blake PM - Wishcraft 1
Blueprints of the Afterlife Ryan Boudinot SF
Power Play Ben Bova SF
Dust of the Damned Peter Brandvoid SW
Iron Kissed (mm2h) Patricia Briggs UF -Mercy Thompson 3
The Iron Duke (tp2mm) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas 1
Deep Indigo Cathryn Cade SFR - Orion 4
Ancient Images (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
Dark Companions (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
The Hungry Moon (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
Obsession (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
The Seven Days of Cain (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
Flashfire Deborah Cooke PNR - Dragonfire 7
The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller Cleo CoylePM - Haunted Bookshop Mystery 6
Wild Wild Death Casey Daniels PM - Pepper Martin Mystery 8
Voyage Across the Stars David Drake SF
Grantville Gazette VI Eric Flint (ed) SF- Grantville Gazette 6
All That Bleeds Kimberly Frost PNR - Etherlin 1
Seven Princes (d) John R. Fultz EF - Books of the Shaper 1
Wolf's Edge W. D. Gagliani H - Nick Lupo 4
The Broken Land W. Michael Gear F - People of the Longhouse
Templar One Tony Gonzales SF - EVE 3
The Bride Wore Black Leather Simon R. Green UF - Nightside 12
Sixth Column (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Between Their Worlds Barb Hendee UF - Noble Dead 10
Of Truth and Beasts (h2mm) Barb Hendee UF - Noble Dead 9
Sisterhood of Dune Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Dune
The Brownie of Bodsbeck and Other Tales (ri) James Hogg F
Blood of the Volcano Imogen Howson FR
The Rise of the Iron Moon (h2mm) Stephen Hunt SPF - Jackelian 3
Raven Cursed Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 4
Gift of Magic Lynn Kurland F - Nine Kingdoms: Ruith and Sarah 3
Up Against It (h2mm) M.J. Locke SF
Faith (d) John Love SF
Haunted Warrior Allie Mackay PNR
King of the Isles Debbie Mazzuca PHR - Lord of the Isles 3
The Zero Dog War Keith Melton UF
To Walk the Night (d) E.S. Moore UF -Kat Redding 1
Dead of Winter Brian Moreland H
All the Lives He Led (h2mm) Frederik Pohl SF
Running with the Pack Beverly Rae PER - Cannon Pack 3
Born of Ashes Caris Roane PNR - Guardians of Ascension 4
Hold Me If You Can Stephanie Rowe PNR - Soulfire 3
Sins of the Demon Diana Rowland UF - Kara Gillian 4
Tribulations Ken Shufeldt SF
Sacrament (ri) Susan Squires PNR - Companion Vampires 1
Dancing With Bears Michael Swanwick F - Darger and Surplus 1
Leaves of Flame Benjamin Tate F
The Departed Shiloh Walker PNR
One Thousand Kisses Jody Wallace F - Fey Realm 2
Among Others (h2tp) Jo Walton F
House Name (h2mm) Michelle West F - House War 3
Skirmish Michelle West F - House War 4
Cobra Gamble Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra War 3

January 10, 2012
Nameless (d) Kyle Chais F
The Fat Years Koonchung Chan SF
The Liminal People Ayize Jama-Everett SFT
Tempting the Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee Volume 1 Tanith Lee F
Catacombs Anne McCaffrey,
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
SF - Barque Cats 2
Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind J.-H. Rosny SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction
The Chalice of Death: Three Novels of Mystery in Space Robert Silverberg SF - Collection

January 11, 2012
The Rook (d) Daniel O'Malley UF

January 12, 2012
Come In and Cover Me Gin Phillips F/H

January 16, 2012
The Therapist's Cat Stephanie Sorrell F

January 17, 2012
Shadows in Flight Orson Scott Card SF - Ender's Shadow 5
A Path to Coldness of Heart Glen Cook EF - Dread Empire 8
In the Lion's Mouth Michael Flynn SF
The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story Theodora Goss PNR
Taft 2012 (d) Jason Heller F/TT/AH
The Desert of Souls (h2tp) Howard Andrew Jones F - Dabir and Asim 1
Dark Victory Michele Lang HF - Lady Lazarus 2
Graveminder (h2tp) Melissa Marr DF
Something Wikkid This Way Comes (e) Nicole Peeler UF - Jane True Novella
A Monster's Notes Laurie Sheck H
Everything is Broken John Shirley SF
The Serpent Sea Martha Wells EF - Cloud Roads 2
Home Fires (h2tp) Gene Wolfe SF

January 24, 2012
Darker After Midnight Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 10
Resurrection (ri) Arwen Elys Dayton SF
The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick SF
Against the Light Dave Duncan  EF
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon Mark Hodder SP/F - Burton and Swinburne 3
Claimed by a Vampire Rachel Lee PNR - Claiming 2
Horizon Sophie Littlefield SF - Aftertime 3
Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic Eduardo Jiménez Mayo Chris. N. Brown,
SF/F - Anthology
A Warrior's Desire Pamela Palmer PNR - Esri 3
Boneyards Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Diving Universe 3
Swords & Dark Magic (tp2mm) Jonathan Strahan (ed)
Lou Anders (ed)
F - Anthology

January 28, 2012
Closed Horizon Peter Lantos SF

January 31, 2012
The Faceless Simon Bestwick H
The Witch's Daughter (h2tp) Paula Brackston F
River Marked (h2mm) Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 6
Control Point (d) Myke Cole MSF - Shadow Ops 1
All Things Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 3
Deception William C. Dietz SF - Mass Effect 4
The Sacred Band (h2mm) David Anthony Durham EF - Acacia Trilogy 3
The Plain Man (h2mm) Steve Englehart F - Max August 3
High Bloods John Farris UF
Lair of the Lion (ri) Christine Feehan PNR
The Crucible of Empire Eric Flint SF - Jao 2
Undone Deeds Mark Del Franco UF - Connor Grey 6
A Devil Named Desire Terri Garey PNR - Devil's Bargain 2
Darkest Highlander Donna Grant PNR - Dark Sword 6
Third Grave Dead Ahead Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
Intensity (ri) Dean Koontz H
Shadows West Joe R. Lansdale H - Story Collection
Earthblood & Other Stories Keith Laumer SF
Carousel Tides (ri) Sharon Lee UF
Burned J. F. Lewis UF - Void City 4
A Little Night Magic Lucy March PNR
His Dark Bond Anne Marsh PNR - Fallen Angel 2
Greatshadow James Maxey EF - Dragon Apocalypse 1
The Questing Road (h2mm) Lyn McConchie EF - Questing Road 1
Wrong Side of Dead Kelly Meding UF - Dreg City 4
Embassytown (h2tp) China Mieville SF
Kings of the North (h2mm) Elizabeth Moon EF - Paladin's Legacy 2
The Unremembered (h2mm) Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 1
The Quantum Thief (h2mm) Hannu Rajaniemi SF - Quantum Thief 1
Sadie Walker Is Stranded Madeleine Roux H
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson SF
Heir of Novron Michael J. Sullivan EF - Riyria Revelations
Percepliquis Michael J. Sullivan EF - Riyria Revelations 6
Giant Thief (d) David Tallerman EF - Tales of Easie Damasco 1
The Great Game Lavie Tidhar SPT - Bookman Histories 3
After the Golden Age (h2mm) Carrie Vaughn UF
In Fire Forged David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 5

d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternative History
DF - Dark Fantasy
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HT - Historical Thriller
MSF - Military Science Fiction
PE - Paranormal Elements
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
RS - Romantic Suspense
RUF - Romantic Urban Fantasy
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SFT - Science Fiction Thriller
SPF - Steampunk Fantasy
SPR - Steampunk Romance
SW - Supernatural Western
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFN - Urban Fantasy Noir
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