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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2013 Winner

The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for January is Lori Sjoberg's Grave Intentions  with 41% of the votes cast. Grave Intentions was published by eKensington on January 1, 2013. 


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2013 Winner




The final results:







The January Debut Covers
2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January 2013 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the February 2013 Debut covers.

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for January.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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





The Six-Gun Tarot
AuthorR.S. Belcher
Publisher:  Tor Books. January 22, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price: $25.99 (Hardcover)
Genre:  Fantasy / Weird West
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2932-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.





The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher:   Angry Robot, January 29, 2013 (US/Can)
                     February 7, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook
Price: $14.99 (Trade Paperback)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-85766-265-1
(Adult Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Constant Companion | Finn X | Sentient Rights | Hot Tin Roof ]





Finding Camlann: A Novel 
AuthorSean Pidgeon Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company, January 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price: $26.95 (Hardcover)
Genre: Historical/Mythology/Romance
ISBN:  978-0-393-07329-4

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Not since A. S. Byatt’s Possession has there been a novel so perfectly attuned to readers who love the history and mythology of the British Isles.

A dramatic find at Stonehenge and another, quieter discovery in the Bodleian Library set in motion a riveting scholarly detective story and a romance, unfolding across a rich historical landscape evoked by the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside.

Archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that King Arthur ever existed. And yet medieval tales of this legendary warrior must have found their inspiration somewhere, and Donald is determined to discover their true source. A chance encounter with the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a gifted linguist working at the Oxford English Dictionary, sets them both on the trail of elusive clues embedded in an old Welsh battle poem. Their quest will intersect in unforeseen ways with their own troubled lives and will lead them at last to a deeper understanding of the origins of Arthur.





The Kassa Gambit
AuthorM.C. Planck

Publisher:  Tor Books, January 8, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price: $24.99 (Hardcover)
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3092-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Centuries after the ecological collapse of Earth, humanity has spread among the stars. Under the governance of the League, our endless need for resources has driven us to colonize hundreds of planets, all of them devoid of other sentient life. Humanity is apparently alone in the universe.

Then comes the sudden, brutal decimation of Kassa, a small farming planet, by a mysterious attacker. The few survivors send out a desperate plea for aid, which is answered by two unlikely rescuers. Prudence Falling is the young captain of a tramp freighter. She and her ragtag crew have been on the run and living job to job for years, eking out a living by making cargo runs that aren’t always entirely legal. Lt. Kyle Daspar is a police officer from the wealthy planet of Altair Prime, working undercover as a double agent against the League. He’s been undercover so long he can't be trusted by anyone—even himself.

While flying rescue missions to extract survivors from the surface of devastated Kassa, they discover what could be the most important artifact in the history of man: an alien spaceship, crashed and abandoned during the attack.

But something tells them there is more to the story. Together, they discover the cruel truth about the destruction of Kassa, and that an imminent alien invasion is the least of humanity’s concerns.





Between
AuthorKerry Schafer
Series:  The Books of the Between
Publisher:  Ace, January 29, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price: $7.99 (MMP)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.

All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.

And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…





Grave Intentions
AuthorLori Sjoberg
Publisher:  eKensington, January 3, 2013
Format:  eBook, 96,100 words
Price: $5.99
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0-425-26114-9

2013 Debut Author Challenge - January 2013 Debuts
He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.


January 2013 Releases

January 2013 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in January 2013. 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. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date.




January 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Called to Darkness Richard Lee Byers F - Pathfinder Tales
Video Night Adam Cesare H
Shivers VII Richard Chizmar (ed) H - Anthology
Timeline (ri) Michael Crichton SF
Beneath the Skin Lauren Dane PNR - De La Vega Cats 3
Evermine Hailey Edwards SFR - Daughters of Askara 2
American Psycho
(signed by author) (ri)
Bret Easton Ellis H
Peace (e) Robert Greenberger SF - After Earth: Ghost Stories
Great North Road Peter F. Hamilton SF/Th/M
Battle of Kings M. K. Hume F - The Merlin Prophecy 1
For the Love of a Goblin Warrior Shona Husk PNR - Shadowlands 3
The Witch's Seduction (e) Elle James PNR
Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure Dean Koontz H - Odd Thomas
Blessed By a Demon's Mark E.S. Moore UF -Kat Redding 3
The Iron Breed Andre Norton SF - Breed Omnibus
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women Marie O'Regan (ed) GS - Anthology
The Sin Eater (h2tp) Sarah Rayne H
Tiger by the Tail John Ringo
Ryan Sear
MSF - Paladin of Shadows 6
A Dark Autumn (e) Kristopher Rufty H
A Little Night Muse (e) Jessa Slade PNR
Jin Village Vincent Stoia H
The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance Trisha Telep (ed) SFR - Anthology
Ravenwing Gav Thorpe F - Warhammer 40,000
Sunset of the Gods Steve White TT/Th - T.R.A. 2
The Middle Kingdom David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 3



January 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Death's Head Legion: The Spear of Destiny (e) Trey Garrison AH - Far Ranger Adventure Part2
The Explorer James Smythe SF



January 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity Anindita Banerjee Literary Criticism
Grave Intentions (e) Lori Sjoberg
PNR



January 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Asher's Dilemma (e) Coleen Kwan SPR
Finding Camlann (D) Sean Pidgeon F/Hist/Myth



January 8, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blind God's Bluff Richard Lee Byers UF - Billy Fox 1
The Fat Years (h2tp) Koonchung Chan SF
Eve of Darkness (ri) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 1
Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings Stefan Ekman F - Criticism
The Uninvited Guests Sadie Jones Gh/Hist/M
A Memory of Light Robert Jordan
Brandon Sanderson
F - Wheel of Time 14
The Vanishers (h2tp) Heidi Julavits H
Dream Eyes Jayne Ann Krentz PNR - Dark Legacy 2
Gods Without Men (h2tp) Hari Kunzru Metaphysical
Ice Forged Gail Z. Martin F - Ascendant Kingdoms Saga 1
Power Under Pressure Andrew P. Mayer SP - The Society of Steam  3
The Host (ri) Stephenie Meyer SF - Movie Tie-In
The Book of Why Nicholas Montemarano Metaphysical
The Kassa Gambit (D) M.C. Planck SF
The Hedgewitch Queen (e2tp) Lilith Saintcrow F - Romance of the Arquitaine 1
The Bandit King (e2tp) Lilith Saintcrow F - Romance of the Arquitaine 2
Scourge of the Betrayer (h2tp) Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounder's Arc 1
Nocturnal (h2tp) Scott Sigler P/Th
Prince of Power Elisabeth Staab PNR - Chronicles of Yavn 2
Earth Thirst Mark Teppo F - Arcadian Conflict 1
Doctor Who: Companion Compendium
SF - Doctor Who



January 9, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Uninnocent: Stories (h2tp) Bradford Morrow F - Short Story Collection



January 10, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Best Served Cold (ri) Joe Abercrombie F



January 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in Memorium Mary Salu Collection/Essays


January 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Birthright (e) Peter David SF - After Earth: Ghost Stories
The Impetuous Amazon (e) Sandy James FR - Alliance of the Amazons 2



January 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Aylesford Skull James P. Blaylock SP - Langdon St. Ives
A Trip to the Stars Nicholas Christopher F/M
Wide Open (h2tp) Deborah Coates UF
Hadon of Ancient Opar (ri) Philip Jose Farmer F - Khokarsa Series 1 - Wold Newton Prehistory
Seven Kings John R. Fultz F - Shaper 2
Impulse Steven Gould SF - Jumper 3
Glamour in Glass (h2tp) Mary Robinette Kowal HistF - Shades of Milk and Honey 2
The Warlord of the Air (ri) Micheal Moorcock AH - Nomad of the Time Streams 1
The B-Team (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 1
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (h2tp) John Scalzi SF
The Beast of Calatrava: A Foreworld SideQuest Mark Teppo F - Foreworld Saga
The Age of Miracles Karen Thompson Walker SF/Dys
The Blight of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 2
The Scourge of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 3
The Wretched of Muirwood (ri) Jeff Wheeler F - Muirwood 1



January 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Mad Gods and Englishmen: A Fantasy Ian Armer F
Future Games Paula Guran (ed) SF - Anthology



January 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Number 87 (ri) Harrington Hext SF
Lud-in-the-Mist (ri) Hope Mirrlees F



January 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Nobody's Angel (e) Stacy Gail PNR - Earth Angels 1
Claws Bared (e) Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blood of the Pride 2
Threads of Desire Eleri Stone PNR - Spellcraft 1



January 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Six-Gun Tarot (D) R. S. Belcher F/WW
The Red Knight Miles Cameron F - Traitor Son Cycle 1
The Old Man and the Wasteland: Updated Edition (e) Nick Cole PA
Moonlight Masquerade Jude Deveraux PNR - Moonlight 3
Seconds David Ely SF
Shadows Will Fall: The Spear of Destiny (e) Trey Garrison AH - Far Ranger Adventures 3
Ever After Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 11
Fresh Meat Alice Henderson SF - Supernatural
The Khitomer Accords Saga (e) David R. George III
Una McCormack
SF - Star Trek: Typhon Pact
The Reckoning (h2tp) Alma Katsu SuTh - The Taker Trilogy 2
Imager's Battalion L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 6
Zero Hour (ri) S.D. Perry SF - Resident Evil
The Lost Soul Gabriella Pierce F/Th - 666 Park Avenue 3
Haunted Sanctuary (e) Moira Rogers PNR - Green Pines 1
Jill Kismet: The Complete Series Lilith Saintcrow UF - Jill Kismet
Walk the Plank (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 2
Blood of the Sorceress Maggie Shayne PNR - Portal 3
The Sixth Station Linda Stasi Th/GB
The Dark Hunger Joelle Sterling H - Eternal Dead 2



January 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Caught in Amber (e) Cathy Pegau SFR



January 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Eldritch Conspiracy Cat Adams UF - Blood Song 5
Range of Ghosts (h2tp) Elizabeth Bear F - Range of Ghosts 1
Scent of Darkness Margot Berwin H
The Winter Witch Paula Brackston PHR
Fair Game (ri) Patricia Briggs UF - Alpha & Omega 3
Shadows in Flight (h2mm) Orson Scott Card SF - Shadow 5
Immortal Craving Kendra Leigh Castle PNR - Dark Dynasties 3
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (D) Cassandra Rose Clarke SF
Fortress Frontier Myke Cole MF - Shadow Ops 2
She Returns From War Lee Collins F - Cora Oglesby 2
Songs of the Earth (h2mm) Elspeth Cooper F -The Wild Hunt 1
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Continuing Missions, Volume I (e) Greg Cox
Dayton Ward
Christopher L. Bennett
SF - Star Trek
Eve of Destruction (mm2tp)) Sylvia Day UF - Marked 2
Apocalypse Troy Denning SF - Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi
Shattered Souls Delilah Devlin PRS - Caitlyn O'Connell 1
Fighting to Survive (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater H/PA- As the World Dies 2
Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Haunted Moon Yasmine Galenorn PNR - Otherworld 13
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar Lexi George PNR - Demon Hunter 3
Out in Blue (ri) Sarah Gilman PNR - Return to Sanctuary
The Vision (ri) Heather Graham PTh
Sixth Column (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
Frankly, My Dear (ri) Sandra Hill PNR
City of Dragons (ri) Robin Hobb F - Rain Wilds Chronicles 3
Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance in Exile David R. George III SF - Star Trek
'Til The World Ends:
Dawn of Eden
Thistle & Thorne
Sun Storm
Julie Kagawa
Ann Aguirre
Karen Duvall
DysR
Born of Silence (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon F - League 5
The Games (h2mm) Ted Kosmatka SF/H
Kalimpura Jay Lake F - Green 3
Tuf Voyaging (ri) George R.R. Martin SF
No Mercy Jenna McCormick SFR
Angel Exterminatus Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 23
The Last Ditch (h2mm)
Sandy Mitchell SF - Warhammer 40,000: Ciaphas Cain
Man-Kzin Wars XIII (tp2mm) Larry Niven SF - Stories
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Yoko Ogawa
H - Collection
The Color of Magic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 1
Equal Rites (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 3
The Light Fantastic (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 2
Mort (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 4
Road of Skulls Josh Reynolds F - Warhammer: Gotrek & Felix
The Wolf Gift (h2tp) Anne Rice H
Shattered Circle Linda Robertson UF - Persephone Alcmedi 6
We Only Need the Heads (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 3
Between (D) Kerry Schafer UF - Between 1
Dangerous Gifts Gaie Sebold F - Babylon Steel 2
The Shape of Desire Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Colder than Hell (Kindle eBook) Anthony Neil Smith
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 16



January 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
John Brunner Jad Smith SF - Modern Masters of Science Fiction



January 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Crawling Chaos Volume 2: Selected Weird Fiction 1928-1935 H. P. Lovecraft H - Collection
Dead Brides: Vampiric Tales By Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe H - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
e2tp - eBook to Trade Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
Gh - Ghosts
GS - Ghost Stories
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
MF - Military Fantasy
MSF - Military Science Fiction
P - Paranormal
PA - PostApocalyptic
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW- Weird Western





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