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2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts

There are 5 debuts for June.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

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

The June 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.

Beneath the Shadows
Author:  Sara Foster
Format:  Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher:  Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, June 5, 2012
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre: Gothic Suspense
ISBN:  978-0312643362
US Debut

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.


When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits an isolated North Yorkshire cottage, they leave the bustle of London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam vanishes without a trace, leaving their baby daughter, Millie, in her stroller on the doorstep. The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village on the untamed heath. Everyone—the police, her parents, even her best friend and younger sister—is convinced that Adam left her. But Grace, unable to let go of her memories of their love and life together, cannot accept this explanation. She is desperate for answers, but the slumbering, deeply superstitious hamlet is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace hunts through forgotten corners of the cottage searching for clues, and digs deeper into the lives of the locals, strange dreams begin to haunt her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut her and Millie off from the rest of the world does Grace make a terrible discovery. She has been looking in the wrong place for answers all along, and she and her daughter will be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.

Author:  Rhiannon Held
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, June 5, 2012
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0765330376

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

Green Light Delivery
Author:  Anne E. Johnson
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher:  Candlemark & Gleam, June 19, 2012
Price: $19.95
Language: English
Genre: SciFi - Space Opera/Noir
ISBN:  9781936460281

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.

Green Light Delivery is a fascinating, fresh take on sci-fi that pairs the nonstop action and intrigue of Raymond Chandler’s noir novels with a completely alien setting, spanning worlds and introducing us to creatures with a hundred ears, poisonous bones, or radial symmetry instead of bilateral. It’s full of adventure and humour, and will satisfy anyone looking for a space opera that’s a little out there.

Author:  E.J. Swift
Series:   Osiris Project 1
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, June 5, 2012
Price:  $26.99
Language:  English
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  978-1-59780-417-2

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Nobody leaves Osiris. Osiris is a lost city. She has lost the world and world has lost her . . .

Rising high above the frigid waters, the ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth, while others cling to the idea that life still survives somewhere beyond the merciless seas. But for all its inhabitants, Citizens and refugees alike, Osiris is the entire world--and it is a world divided.

Adelaide is the black-sheep granddaughter of the city's Architect. A jaded socialite and family miscreant, she wants little to do with her powerful relatives--until her troubled twin brother disappears mysteriously. Convinced that he is still alive, she will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means uncovering long-buried secrets.

Vikram, a third-generation storm refugee quarantined with thousands of others in the city's impoverished western sector, sees his own people dying of cold and starvation while the elite of Osiris ignore their plight. Determined to change things, he hopes to use Adelaide to bring about much-needed reforms--but who is using who?

As another brutal winter brings Osiris closer to riot and revolution, two very different people, each with their own agendas, will attempt to bridge the gap dividing the city, only to find a future far more complicated than either of them ever imagined.

Osiris is the beginning of an ambitious new science fiction trilogy exploring a near-future world radically transformed by rising seas and melting poles.

The Age of Miracles 
Author:  Karen Thompson Walker
Format:  Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher:  Random House, June 26, 2012
Price:  $26.00
Language:  English
Genre: SciFi - Dystopia

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

June 2012 Book Releases

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

You can print a PDF of all of the June 2012 releases by clicking HERE. Click the printer image to print.  Please note that list is only accurate as of the day it is posted.

June 1, 2012
The Devil's Graveyard (ri) Anonymous ST - Bourbon Kid 3
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 Damien Broderick Literary Criticism
Lord of the Black Isle Elaine Coffman PNR - Mackinnon-Douglas 3
Blackout Mira Grant SF/H/Z - Newsflesh Trilogy 3
Thoroughly Kissed (ri) Kristine Grayson PNR
Fluke (ri) James Herbert H
Chase Me Tamara Hogan PNR - Underbelly Chronicles 2
Seduced by the Vampire King (e) Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate G.J. Koch SF
The Frenzy War Gregory Lamberson H/M -  Frenzy Cycle 2
The Secret Queen Mark Miller F - Empyrical Tales 3
Night of the Cougar (e) Caridad Pineiro PNR
The Islanders Christopher Priest SF
Must Be Magic (ri) Patricia Rice PNR - Magic 2
The Bandit King (e) Lilith Saintcrow PNR - Romance of the Arquitaine 2
Veteran Gavin Smith SF - Veteran 1
Classic Black Magic from Dennis Wheatley: The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil a Daughter, Gateway to Hell Dennis Wheatley H - Omnibus

June 4, 2012
Postmodern Science Fiction and Temporal Imagination Elana Gomel Literary Criticism
Finding Magic (e) Stacia Kane UF - Downside Novella

June 5, 2012
The Spirit War Rachel Aaron F - Legend of Eli Monpress 4
Spellcrossed Barbara Ashford F - Crossroads Theater 2
His Dark Embrace Amanda Ashley PNR
Mother of Storms (ri) John Barnes SF
When Shadows Call (e) Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin Novellas
Fury of Ice Coreene Callahan PNR - Dragonfury 2
Accidentally Dead, Again Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentals 6
Ready Player One (h2tp) Ernest Cline SF
Chaos Burning Lauren Dane PNR Bound by Magick 2
Blood of Innocence Tami Dane UF - Sloan Skye 2
Undead and Unstable MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Undead / Queen Betsy 11
Fascinated Marissa Day PNR
A Caress of Wings (e) Sylvia Day PNR - Renegade Angels Novella
Mortals Ted Dekker
Tosca Lee
SF/AH - Mortals 2
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection David F. Dufty SF
After Life (ri) Rhian Ellis S/M
Hex Appeal P. N. Elrod (ed) Anthology
1636: The Kremlin Games Eric Flint SF - Ring of Fire 14
Beneath the Shadows (US d) Sara Foster GS
All That Falls Kimberly Frost PNR - Etherlin 2
For Heaven's Eyes Only (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 5
Live and Let Drood Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 6
Bury Elminster Deep (h2mm) Ed Greenwood F - Sage of Shadowdale 3
Kiss the Dead Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 21
KOP Killer Warren Hammond SF - Kop 3
Devil's Gate (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella
Visions of Chains Regan Hastings PNR - Awakening 3
Silver (d) Rhiannon Held UF
The Last Four Things (h2tp) Paul Hoffman F - Left Hand of God 2
Sworn in Steel Douglas Hulick F - Tale of the Kin 2
The Mage (ri) Jean Johnson PNR - Sons of Destiny 8
The Great Hunt (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 2
The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions Paul Kepple Zombies / Tarot Cards
Messenger's Angel Heather Killough-Walden PNR - Lost Angels 2
Rise of The Governor (h2tp) Robert Kirkman
Jay Bonansinga
H/Z - Walking Dead
Cold Fire (ri) Dean Koontz H
Home From the Sea Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 8
Unnatural Issue (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 7
Genesis of Evil Nile J. Limbaugh H
The Girl Who Heard Dragons (ri) Anne McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
The Broken Universe Paul Melko SF - Walls of the Universe 2
Ghost Soldiers Keith Melton UF - The Nightfall Syndicate 2
Who Fears Death Nnedi Okorafor F
Samantha Moon J.R. Rain PNR - Vampire for Hire 1 - 4
Disappearing Nightly (ri) Laura Resnick UF - Esther Diamond 1
Blue Remembered Earth Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 1
Vengeance Moon Lee Roland PNR - Earth Witches 2
Incarnate A. C. Ruttan PNR - Portal Keepers 1
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas John Scalzi SF
Blood Kin M.J. Scott F - Half-Light City 2
B-Movie Reels Alan Spencer H
The Craving Jason Starr UF/H - Pack 2
Osiris (d) E.J. Swift SF - The Osiris Project 1
Prepare to Die! Paul Tobin F
Corpse in the Crystal Ball Kari Lee Townsend PCM - Fortune Teller 2
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Sean Wallace (ed) SP - Anthology
Amped Daniel H. Wilson SF
Moondogs (h2tp) Alexander Yates SF
Judgment at Proteus Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 5

June 6, 2012
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire Paula Guran (ed) F - Anthology
Dead as a Doornail (show tie-in) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire 5
Worldsoul Liz Williams F - Worldsoul Trilogy  1

June 12, 2012
The Third Gate Lincoln Child ST Supernatural Thriller
Serpent's Kiss Melissa de la Cruz F - Witches of East End 2
Time's Last Gift (ri) Philip Jose Farmer SF
The Lies of Solace John French H - Arkham Horror
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel (h2tp) Neil Gaiman F
Shadow's Edge J.T. Geissinger PNR - Night Prowler 1
The Shadowed Sun N. K. Jemisin F - Dreamblood 2
Rising Sun, Falling Shadows Robert Jeschonek SF/AH - Tannhauser
Arthur Machen Arthur Machen H - Masters of the Weird Tale
America Pacifica Anna North SF/AH
The Taken Vicki Pettersson UF - Celestial Blues 1
Queen of Swords Katee Robert SFR - Sanctify 1
Was Geoff Ryman F
City of the Snakes (h2tp) Darren Shan F/Th - City Trilogy  3
Niceville Carsten Stroud H/Th/O

June 15, 2012
The Abolition of Species Dietmar Dath SF
Inkarna Nerine Dorman F/O/H
Green Light Delivery Anne E. Johnson SF

June 17, 2012
Writers of the Future Volume 28 L. Ron Hubbard SF/F - Anthology

June 19, 2012
Existence David Brin SF
Lothaire (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals after Dark 12
The Devil Delivered and Other Tales Steven Erikson F - Novelettes
Wicked Business Janet Evanovich M/PE - Lizzy and Diesel 2
The Vampire Narcise (tp2mm) Colleen Gleason PNR - Regency Draculia 3
Vacation with a Vampire Michele Hauf
Kendra Leigh Castle
Lisa Childs
The Reckoning Alma Katsu ST - Taker Trilogy 2
Midnight (h2tp) Stephen Leather SF - Nightingale 2
Dragon's Curse Denise Lynn PNR
Forged in Fire J. A. Pitts UF - Sarah Beauhall 3
The Long Earth Terry Pratchett
Steven Baxter
Survivors Z.A. Recht H/Z - Morningstar Strain 3
Terminal Point: A Strykers Syndicate Novel K.M. Ruiz SF - Strykers Syndicate 2
The Sorceress of Belmair Bertrice Small FR - World of Hetar 4

June 23, 2012
Beyond Cyberpunk: New Critical Perspectives (h2tp) Graham J. Murphy
Sherryl Vint (eds)
Literary Criticism

June 25, 2012
The Sphinx of the Ice Realm: Newly Translated, With the Complete Text of the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe Jules Verne SF

June 26, 2012
Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons Daniel Abraham Literary Criticism
The Key to Creation (tp2mm) Kevin J. Anderson F - Terra Incognita 3
Suited Jo Anderton SF/A - Veiled Worlds 2
Spell Bound (h2emm) Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 12
Darkness Devours Keri Arthur PNR - Dark Angels 2
Hunter and Fox Philippa Ballantine F - Shifted World 1
When Darkness Hungers J.K. Beck PNR - Shadow Keepers 6
Obsidian and Blood Aliette de Bodard F/M -  Obsidian and Blood Trilogy Omnibus
Valkia the Bloody Sarah Cawkwell F - Warhammer 40,000 : Space Marine Battles
Tarnished Karina Cooper HUF - St. Croix Chronicles 1
Caliban's War James S.A. Corey SF - Expanse 2
Besieged Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles 1
Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet (ri) Gerry Davis SF - Doctor Who
The Night Eternal (h2emm) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - Strain Trilogy 3
Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks (ri) Terrance Dicks SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster (ri) Terrance Dicks SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who and The Three Doctors (ri) Terrance Dicks SF - Doctor Who
Dream Bound Kate Douglas PER - Dream Catchers 1
Talulla Rising Glen Duncan H - Last Werewolf 2
The Best of Hammer and Bolter: Volume I Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer
Angel Betrayed Cynthia Eden PNR - Fallen 2
The Stranger's Woes (h2tp) Max Frei F - Labyrinth of Echo 2
Once Burned Jeaniene Frost PNR - Night Prince 1
Secret of the Wolf Cynthia Garner PNR - Warriors of the Rift 2
7th Sigma (h2mm) Steven Gould SF
Heaven's Shadow (h2emm) David S. Goyer
Michael Cassutt
SF - Heaven's Shadow 1
The Unholy Heather Graham PRS - Krewe of Hunters
Midnight's Lover Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 2
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors (ri) Brian Hayles SF - Doctor Who
Wayne of Gotham Tracy Hickman SF (Comic Book Tie-in)
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn David R. George III SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Waterborne Katherine Irons PNR - Seaborne 3
Steelhands (h2mm) Jaida Jones
Danielle Bennett
F - Havemercy 4
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror Paul Kane
Marie O'Regan (eds)
H - Anthology
Chasing Magic Stacia Kane UF - Downside 5
The Hammer and the Blade Paul S. Kemp F - Egil and Nix 1
The Shining (ri) Stephen King H
Angel of Fire William King SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Macharian Crusade 1
Dark Rivers of the Heart (ri) Dean Koontz H/PS
False Memory (ri) Dean Koontz H/Suspense
The Good Guy (ri) Dean Koontz H/Suspense
The Husband (ri) Dean Koontz H/PS
Velocity (ri) Dean Koontz H/PS
So Cold the River (h2mm) Michael Koryta H
Blackhearted Betrayal Kasey Mackenzie UF - Shades of Fury 3
Doctor Who and the Ark in Space (ri) Ian Marter SF
Wild Cards I George R.R. Martin SF - Wild Cards 1
Hush James Maxey F - Dragon Apocalypse 2
Bared Blade Kelly McCullough F -  Fallen Blade 2
Changeling Kelly Meding UF - MetaWars 2
The Tempering of Men (h2mm) Sarah Monette
Elizabeth Bear
F - Iskryne World 2
The Wild Side (tp2mm) Mark L. Van Name (ed) EUF - Anthology
Eyes to See (h2mm) Joseph Nassise UF - Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle 1
Rasputin's Bastards David Nickle F
The Map of Time (h2mm) Felix J. Palma F - Map of Time 1
Tempest's Fury Nicole Peeler UF - Jane True 5
Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams Gareth Roberts SF - Doctor Who
Rapture (h2mm) John Shirley SF - BioShock
Wicked Nights Gena Showalter PNR - Angels of the Dark 1
Flashback (h2tp) Dan Simmons SF
Exiled S.M. Stirling
Harry Turtledove
Jody Lynn Nye
John Ringo
Michael Z. Williamson
F / AH - Clan of the Claw 1 (linked novellas)
Rule 34 (h2mm) Charles Stross SF
Edge Koji Suzuki H
The Big Switch (h2mm) Harry Turtledove AH - War That Came Early 3
The Age of Miracles (d) Karen Thompson Walker Dystopian
Midsummer Night (h2mm) Freda Warrington F - Aetherial Tales 2
Rogue (h2mm) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold 1
An Evil Guest (h2mm) Gene Wolfe H
Choices of One (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Star Wars

June 27
Wrath of Iron Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battle

June 28, 2012
The Stranger's Magic Max Frei F - Labyrinth of Echo 3

June 29, 2012
Legacy of Blood T. S. Church F - RuneScape 3

June 30, 2012
Kwaidan: Weird Tales from Japan (ri) Lafcadio Hearn H - Collection
Noctuary Thomas Ligotti H
Flesh-Ripping Ghouls of London: Murder, Madness & Gore from the Penny Bloods JM Rymer
Thomas Peckett Prest
and others
A Stark and Wormy Knight Tad Williams F - Collection

d - Debut
e - eBook
h2emm - Hardcover to Enhanced Mass Market Paperback
      (larger than a Mass Market Paperback)
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

A - Adventure
AH - Alternate History
EUF - Erotic Urban Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GS - Gothic Suspense
H - Horror
HUF - Historical Urban Fantasy
M - Mystery
O - Occult
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PER - Paranoraml Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PS - Psychological Suspense
S - Supernatural
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts

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