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July Releases

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

July Releases

July 1, 2013
Threshold of Pleasure (e) Vivi Anna PNR
Hindsight (e) Sarah Belle TTR
The Guardian's Witch (e) Ruth A. Casie PHR
Broken Gates D. T. Dyllin SFR - P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy 2
Feeling Death D. T. Dyllin H - Death Trilogy
Empire of Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 3
Nova War (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 2
Stealing Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 1
Keeper of the Dawn Heather Graham PNR - The Keepers L.A. 3
Beautiful Danger Michele Hauf PNR
Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler Rebecca Holden (ed)
Nisi Shawl (ed)
The Human Condition (ri) David Moody H/Z - Autumn 4
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz NF
Explosion (e) Berinn Rae SFR - Colliding Worlds 3
Mated by Moonlight (e) Jessa Slade PNR
The End of the Dream (ri) Philip Wylie SF
Desperate Magic (e) Rebecca York PHR - The Chronicles of Arandal 3

July 2, 2013
The D'neeran Factor Terry A. Adams SF - Omnibus
Elisha Barber E.C. Ambrose HistF - Dark Apostle 1
Iron Gray Sea (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyerman 7
Storm Surge Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyerman 8
Emerald Isle Barbra Annino PM - Stacy Justice Mystery 4
The Mammoth Book of Black Magic Mike Ashley (ed) F - Anthology
The Wasp Factory: A Novel (e 1st) Iain Banks H
Tarnished and Torn Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 5
Tulle Death Do Us Part Annette Blair PCM - Vintage Magic Mystery 6
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (h2mm) Phillipa Bornikova UF - Linnet Ellery 1
A Custom-Fit Crime Melissa Bourbon PCM - Magical Dressmaking Mystery 4
MacRieve Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
Nightfall (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PNR - Dark Age Dawning 1
Wicked Bronze Ambition Glen Cook F - A Garrett, P.I. 14
A Spy to Die For Kris DeLake SFR - Assassin's Guild
The Emperor's Gift (h2tp) Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights
The Entity Within Cat Devon PNR - Entity 2
Crazy in the Blood Lucienne Diver PNR - Latter-Day Olympians 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars (D) Ian Doescher SF/MashUp - Star Wars
Cat in a White Tie and Tails Carole Nelson Douglas PCM - Midnight Louie Mystery 22
Underland (e 1st) Mick Farren H - Renquest Quartet 4
On the Razor's Edge Michael Flynn SF - Spiral Arm 4
Ahriman: Exile John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Night Vision Yasmine Galenorn UF - Indigo Court 4
Under the Same Sky (tp2mm) Genevieve Graham HR w/ PE
Deep Midnight (ri) Heather Graham PNR - Vampires 3
Midnight's Captive Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 6
The Wizard's Mask Ed Greenwood F - Pathfinder Tales:
The Humans Matt Haig SF
Forsaken By the Others Jess Haines UF - H & W Investigations 5
Affliction Laurell K. Hamilton UF- Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 22
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (h2tp) Kim Harrison UF - Hollows Collection
The Wicked (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella 5
Noah's Boy Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifters 3
Biting Oz Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 5
The Outcast Prince Shona Husk PNR - Annwyn 1
Thieftaker (h2mm) D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles  1
Thieves' Quarry D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 2
Some Kind of Fairy Tale (h2tp) Graham Joyce F/FT
Wolf in Shadow John Lambshead UF
Deadly Forecast Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye Mystery
Do You Believe? (e 1st) Ann Lawrence PNR
A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume I Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe Collection
Enthralled Lora Leigh
Alyssa Day
Meljean Brook
Lucy Monroe
Dyeing Wishes Molly MacRae PCM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
The Arrivals Melissa Marr UF/SF
Fangs for Nothing Erin McCarthy
Kathy Love
Of Grave Concern Max McCoy PCM - Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery 1
King of Morning, Queen of Day (Kindle e) Ian McDonald F
Beloved Stranger Janet Miller SFR- Gaian
Cold Copper Devon Monk SP - The Age of Steam 3
Warrior's Moon Lucy Monroe PNR - Children of the the Moon 5
The Girl from the Blood Coven (e) Brian Moreland H - Witching House Prequel
Woof at the Door (D) Laura Morrigan PCM - Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
Fate of Worlds (h2mm) Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Known Space / Ringworld 5
Guardian Nancy Northcott PNR - Protector 3
Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (D) Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. SP - Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Seawitch (h2mm) Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 7
The Skates (e) Mark Rigney H
The Master of All Desires (ri) Judith Merkle Riley F
A Cursed Embrace Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls 2
Vicious Moon Lee Roland PNR - Earth Witches 3
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse Diana Rowland UF - White Trash Zombie 3
The Initiate Brother Duology Sean Russell F
Blood Song (US D) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 1
Degrees of Wrong Anna Scarlett SF
Split at the Seams Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 2
Stronghold Maynard Sims H
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde Michael A. Stackpole F - World of Warcraft
Inked Magic Jory Strong PNR - Inked Magic 2
Neptune's Brood Charles Stross SF
Werewolf in Alaska Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 5
Dire Desires Stephanie Tyler PNR - Eternal Wolf Clan 5
Lover Revealed (Hardcover) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 4
Hungry Like a Wolf Christine Warren PNR - Others 8
Beginnings David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 6
The Thousand Names Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 1
The Dirty Streets of Heaven Tad Williams UF - Bobby Dollar 1

July 3, 2013
The Ministry of Changes: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marissa K. Lingen SF

July 4, 2013
Rustblind and Silverbright - A Slipstream Anthology of Railway Stories David Rix (ed) Slipstream - Anthology

July 9, 2013
Women on War: Zombies v. Robots (Kindle e) Jeff Conner (ed) Anthology
Turbulence Samit Basu SF/Superheroes
The Sentinel Jeremy Bishop H - Jane Harper Horror 1
Serpent's Kiss Melissa de la Cruz PNR - Beauchamp Family 2
Crucible Troy Denning SF - Star Wars
True Love Jude Deveraux R w/ PE - Nantucket Brides 1
This River Awakens Steven Erikson F w/ PE
The Glass God Kate Griffin UF - Magicals Anonymous 2
The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi Mark Hodder SP - Burton & Swinburne 4
SkinnerCharlie HustonTechnoTh/SF
Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization Alexander Irvine SF - Movie Tie-In
Fifth Grave Past the Light Darynda Jones PM/UF - Charley Davidson 5
The Curiosity (D) Stephen P. Kiernan F
A Once Crowded Sky (h2tp) Tom King SF/Superheroes
The Executioner's Heart George Mann SP/M - Newbury & Hobbes Investigations 4
Blood and Feathers: Rebellion Lou Morgan UF - Blood and Feathers 2
Haunted Wolves (e) Moira Rogers PNR - Green Pines 2
Fiend (D) Peter Stenson H/Z
The Coldest War (h2tp) Ian Tregillis UF - Milkwood 2
The New Essential Guide to Droids (e 1st) Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars
The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories Connie Willis SF/F - Collection

July 10, 2013
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny Steve Berman (ed) H - Anthology
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013 Edition Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Homecoming: A Tor.Com Original (e) Susan Palwick DF

July 12, 2013
C. S. Lewis's Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos Judith Wolfe LC

July 13, 2013
Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh Jay Lake SF

July 15, 2013
Parabolas of Science Fiction Brian Attebery (ed)
Veronica Hollinger (ed)
SF - Anthology
Scythe Does Matter (e) Gina X. Grant PNR - Reluctant Reaper 2
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea (e) Mira Grant H/Z - Newsflesh Novella
Moonlight (e) Lisa Kessler PNR - Moon 1
Celebromancy (e) Michael R. Underwood SF/F - Ree Reyes 2

July 16, 2013
The Best of Hammer and Bolter: Volume Two Christian Dunn (ed) F - Warhammer
This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death Ryan North (ed)
Matthew Bennardo (ed)
David Malki I (ed)
North American Lake Monsters: Stories Nathan Ballingrud F - Collection
New Earth Ben Bova SF - Grand Tour
Witch Wraith Terry Brooks F - The Dark Legacy of Shannara 3
The Summer Is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved Joey Comeau H
Skarsnik Guy Haley F - Warhammer
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing Tanya Huff (ed) F/SF/H/MR/etc. - Anthology
Blackwater Lights (e) Michael M. Hughes H
The Arena (e serial) Jonathan Janz H - Savage Species Part 4
Mist Susan Krinard UF - Midgard 1
Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest A. Lee Martinez F
Dancing with Paris Juliette Sobanet TTR
The Homecoming Carsten Stroud SuTh - Niceville 2
The Melancholy of Mechagirl Catherynne M. Valente SF/F - Collection
Storm Riders Margaret Weis
Robert Krammes
F - Dragon Brigade 2
Countdown City Ben Winters PreAp/M - The Last Policeman 2

July 22, 2013
Never Deal with Dragons (e) Lorenda Christensen PNR
Kiss of Venom (e) Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin Novella

July 23, 2013
Agenda 21 Glenn Beck
Harriet Parke
Carniepunk Rachel Caine
Jennifer Estep
Kevin Hearne
Seanan McGuire
Rob Thurman and more
UF - Anthology
Interrupt Jeff Carlson SF/Th
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection  Gardner Dozois (ed) SF - Anthology
Three Parts Dead (h2tp) Max Gladstone F - Craft Sequence 1
The Beast House (Kindle e) (ri) Richard Laymon H - Beast House Chronicles 2
King Arthur Daniel Mersey Myths and Legends
Forged in Fire (h2tp) J. A. Pitts UF - Sarah Jane Beauhall 3
The Other Place, and Other Stories of the Same Sort (ri) J. B. Priestley Su/Weird - Collection
The Age of Ice (D) J. M. Sidorova F
The Waterlord (ri / Kindle e) Dawn Thompson PHR
Coup d'Etat (h2tp) Harry Turtledove AH - War That Came Early 4
Two Fronts Harry Turtledove AH - War That Came Early 5
The Black Prism (ri) Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 1
Chimera David Wellington SF/Th - Jim Chapel Mission 1
Dead Winter (mm2tp) Clint Werner F - Time of Legends: Black Plague Trilogy 1
Blighted Empire Clint Lee Werner F - Time of Legends: Black Plague Trilogy 2

July 29, 2013
The Monsters in Your Neighborhood (e) Jesse Petersen UF - Monstrosity 2

July 30, 2013
Magic Rises Ilona Andrews UF - Kate Daniels 6
Dancing With the Devil (ri) Keri Arthur UF - Nikki and Michael Book 1
Night's Mistress Amanda Ashley PNR - Children of the Night 5
Harbinger Philippa Ballantine F - The Order 4
The Hunger and Other Stories (ri) Charles Beaumont Su/Weird - Collection
Satan's Reach Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 2
The Traitor Queen (h2mm) Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 3
The Great White Space (ri) Basil Copper H
The Twelve (h2mm) Justin Cronin Ap/Th - Passage Trilogy 2
Pile of Bones Bailey Cunningham UF - Parallel Parks 1
Fallen Masters (h2mm) John Edward Meta/Su
The Thing About Weres Leigh Evans UF - Mystwalker 2
The Burning Man Christa Faust SF - Fringe 2
The Scarletti Curse (ri) Christine Feehan PNR - Scarletti Dynasty 1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Deluxe Signed Edition: A Novel Neil Gaiman F
Heart of Briar Laura Anne Gilman PNR - Portals 1
Carpathian David L. Golemon Th/Su - Event Group 8
The Night Is Alive (h2mm) Heather Graham M/PNR - Krewe of Hunters 10
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons Paula Guran (ed) F/UF - Anthology
Assignment in Eternity (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF - Collection
The Big Reap Chris F. Holm UF - The Collector 3
The Darwin Elevator (D) Jason M. Hough SF - Dire Earth 1
The Old One (e serial) Jonathan Janz H - Savage Species Part 5
Phoenicia's Worlds Ben Jeapes SF
Hellfire Jean Johnson SF - Theirs Not to Reason Why 3
Kill City Blues Richard Kadrey UF/H - Sandman Slim
Rise of the Gryphon Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dianna Love
F - Belador 4
King of Thorns (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 2
Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish Morgan Llywelyn Myth/Hist
The Book of Truths Bob Mayer SF - Area 51: The Nightstalkers 2
Angel Exterminatus Graham McNeill F - Horus Heresy 23
Scent of Salvation Annie Nicholas PNR - Chronicles of Eorthe 1
Ice and Shadow (tp2mm) Andre Norton SF - Ice Crown and Brother to Shadows
Last Blood Kristen Painter UF - House of Comarre 5
Blood Warrior Lindsey Piper PNR - Dragon Kings 2
Three (D) Jay Posey SF - Legends of the Duskwalker 1
Eric (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 9
Moving Pictures (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 10
Reaper Man (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 11
Witches Abroad (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 12
Queen of Wands (h2mm) John Ringo UF/Th - Special Circmstances 2
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (h2mm) Liesel Schwarz SP - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 1
The Darkest Craving Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 10
Storm Glass (ri) Maria V. Snyder PNR - Opal Cowan 1
Blood Red Dawn (ri) Karen E. Taylor UF - Vampire Legacy 7
The Master of the Macabre (ri) Russell Thorndike H - Collection
Kitty in the Underworld Carrie Vaughn UF - Kitty Norville 12
From History's Shadow Dayton Ward SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Sorcerer's Widow Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Legend of Ethshar 12
Midst Toil and Tribulation (h2mm) David Weber SF - Safehold 5
I Don't Want to Kill You (h2mm) Dan Wells H/M - John Cleaver 3
Night Pilgrims Chelsea Quinn Yarbro HistF - Saint-Germain 26

July 31, 2013
The Dark Domain Stefan Grabinski H
Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Garth Nix F - Short Stories

D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
mm2tp - Mass Market to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint

DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HR - Historical Romance
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Myth - Mythology
NF - Non Fiction
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PreAp - PreApocalyptic
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts

There are 9 debuts for July. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

William Shakespeare's Star Wars®
AuthorIan Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  MashUp / Science Fiction (print)
ISBN:  9781594746376

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

The Darwin Elevator
Author:  Jason Hough
Series:  The Dire Earth Cycle 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, July 30, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 496 pages
Price:  $9.99 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.

The Curiosity
AuthorStephen P. Kiernan
Publisher:  William Morrow, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-06-222106-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
A powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . .

The Curiosity

Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage, Kate has brought small creatures—plankton, krill, shrimp—back to life for short periods of time. But the team's methods have never been attempted on larger life-forms.

Heedless of the potential consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named "The Lazarus Project." As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was—is—a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.

Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. With Carthage planning to exploit Jeremiah while he can, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, Stephen P. Kiernan's provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.

Woof at the Door
Series:  A Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
AuthorLaura Morrigan
Publisher:  Berkley, July 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425257197 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.

AuthorJay Posey
Series:  Legends of the Duskwalker 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, July 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
     August 1, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663634

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The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Three For All | Apocalyptic Wasteland | A Journey Home | Fear the Weir ]

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
Author Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
Series:  The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Publisher:  47North, July 2, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:   9781611099188

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.

Blood Song
AuthorAnthony Ryan
Series:  Raven's Shadow Trilogy 1
Publisher:   Ace, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425267691 (print)
(US Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
From “a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

The Age of Ice
AuthorJ. M. Sidorova
Publisher:  Scribner, July 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451692716 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her latest eccentric order: construct a palace out of ice blocks. Inside its walls her slaves build a wedding chamber, a canopy bed on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made of ice. Sealed inside are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed female jester. On the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these two are to be married, the relationship consummated inside this frozen prison. In the morning, guards enter to find them half-dead. Nine months later, two boys are born.

Surrounded by servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his twin brother, Andrei, have an idyllic childhood on the family’s large country estate. But as they approach manhood, stark differences coalesce. Andrei is daring and ambitious; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid winter night on the road between St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his army post, Alexander comes to a horrifying revelation: his body is immune to cold.

J. M. Sidorova’s boldly original and genrebending novel takes readers from the grisly fields of the Napoleonic Wars to the blazing heat of Afghanistan, from the outer reaches of Siberia to the cacophonous streets of nineteenth-century Paris. The adventures of its protagonist, Prince Alexander Velitzyn—on a lifelong quest for the truth behind his strange physiology—will span three continents and two centuries and bring him into contact with an incredible range of real historical figures, from Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.

The Age of Ice is one of the most enchanting and inventive debut novels of the year.

AuthorPeter Stenson
Publisher:  Crown, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $22.00 (print)
ISBN:   9780770436315 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
There’s more than one kind of monster.

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
    But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
    The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
    And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.
    But is salvation just another pipe dream?
    Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion—not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.

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