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June 2013 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in June 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 in the US.

June 2013 Releases

June 1, 2013
The J.R.R. Tolkien Miscellany Robert S. Blackham LC
Doors (Kindle e) Daniel Brako H
His Vampyrrhic Bride (h2tp) Simon Clark H - Vampyrrhic 4
Hidden Fire (e) Alexis Fleming PNR
The Destroyer's Creed Tom Flynn SF - The Messiah Game: A Comedy of Terrors - Part Three
Hunting the Jackal (e) Seressia Glass PNR
The Darkest Embrace (e) Megan Hart PNR
A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil Jeffrey A. Hite (ed)
Michell Plested (ed)
SF/Hu - Anthology
Zombies!: Tales of the Walking Dead Stephen Jones (ed) H/Z - Anthology
Blood Sacrifice (ri) Maria Lima UF - Blood Line 5
Cradle Lake Ronald Malfi H
A Planet Called Happiness R M Robinson SF - Science Fiction by Scientists 3

June 3, 2013
Paladins of Shannara: The Black Irix (e) Terry Brooks F - Shannara - Short Story
Suddenly Beautiful (e) Boone Brux PNR
Seducing the Demon Huntress (e) Victoria Davies PNR
Family Pride (e) Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blood of the Pride 3
Secrets of the Jaguar (e) Jaye Shields PNR

June 4, 2013
Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables Stephen L. Antczak (ed)
James C. Bassett (ed)
SP - Anthology
Shapeshifted Cassie Alexander UF - Edie Spence 3
Darkness Unmasked Keri Arthur UF - Dark Angels 5
Tiger Magic Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound 5
The Beautiful Land (D) Alan Averill SF/H
Wicked Memories Nina Bangs PNR - Castle of Dark Dreams 7
The Too-Clever Fox: A Tor.Com Original (e) Leigh Bardugo Folk Tale - Grisha Trilogy
Queen's Hunt (h2mm) Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 2
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes SF
Orion and King Arthur (h2mm) Ben Bova SF/F - Orion 6
The Cryptos Conundrum (h2mm) Chase Brandon SF/Th/M
Darkest Desire of the Vampire: Wicked in Moonlight\Vampire Island Rhyannon Byrd
Lauren Hawkeye
Earth Afire Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF - First Formic War 2
His Clockwork Canary Beth Ciotta SP - The Glorious Victorious Darcys 2
Abaddon's Gate James S.A. Corey SF - The Expanse 3
Redemption Ben Counter F - Warhammer 40,000: The Soul Drinkers Omnibus
Keeping Secret Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 4
Sleeping With The Entity Cat Devon PNR - Entity 1
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection (h2tp) David F. Dufty S/Robotics
The Center of the World (D) Thomas Van Essen AH
The Magic of "I Do" Tammy Falkner PHR - Faerie 2
Captive (D) K.M. Fawcett SFR - Survival Race 1
The City (Solo D) Stella Gemmell F
Silken Shadows Jennifer St. Giles PHR/Go - Killdaren 3
Midnight's Kiss Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 5
Midnight's Kiss: Part 4 (e - serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Diabolist Layton Green SuTh - Dominic Grey 3
The Egyptian Layton Green SuTh - Dominic Grey 2
The Summoner Layton Green SuTh - Dominic Grey 1
Casino Infernale Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 7
Live and Let Drood (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 6
In a Fix (tp2mm) Linda Grimes UF - In a Fix 1
Breath of Fire (e) Liliana Hart FR - Rena Drake 1
Blood of the Emperor (h2mm) Tracy Hickman F - Annals of Drakis 3
Soul Bound Anne Hope PNR - Dark Souls 2
Blood Price (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood / Victoria Nelson 1
Night Terrors (e Serial) Jonathan Janz H - Savage Species Pt 1
Devil Said Bang (h2tp) Richard Kadrey UF - Sandman Slim 4
The Firebird Susanna Kearsley F
Smoking Hot Karen Kelley PNR - Good Girls 3
Joyland Stephen King M/Th/H
The Angel of Fire (h2tp) William King F - Warhammer 40,000: Macharian Crusade 1
Trouble Vision Allison Kingsley PCM - Raven's Nest Bookstore 3
The Road to Woodbury (h2tp) Robert Kirkman Z/H - The Walking Dead:
Burdens of the Dead Mercedes Lackey
Eric Flint
Dave Freer
Home From the Sea (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 8
Steadfast Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 9
Lethal Outlook (h2mm) Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye 10
The Midnight Man (h2tp) Stephen Laws H - Collection
The Lucifer Glass (e) Frazer Lee H
The Year of the Storm (D) John Mantooth H/Th/Ghosts
Iron Kingdoms Chronicles: In Thunder Forged Ari Marmell F - The Fall of Llael 1
Gameboard of the Gods Richelle Mead SF/M - Age of X 1
Dead Iron (tp2mm) Devon Monk SP - The Age of Steam 1
Man-Kzin Wars 25th Anniversary Edition Larry Niven SF - Man-Kzin Wars 1
The Double Human (h2mm) James O'Neal SF/Dys/M/Th
Trail of Dead Melissa F. Olson UF - Scarlett Bernard 2
The Seven-Petaled Shield Deborah J. Ross
Bled & Breakfast Michelle Rowen PCM - Immortality Bites Mystery 2
Dragon Mine (e) Jaime Rush PNR - Hidden eNovella
Yellow Moon (ri) David Searls H
The Seventh Day (Kindle serial) (e) Scott Shepherd SP
Heart of Obsidian Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling 12
Eight Million Gods Wen Spencer F
Angel City Jon Steele UF - Angelus Trilogy 2
Phantom Wolf Bonnie Vanak PNR - Phoenix Force 2
Miss Garnet's Angel Salley Vickers Meta
Charred Kate Watterson Th/Psy - Detective Ellie MacIntosh 3
Long Fall from Heaven George Wier
Hilton T. Burton
A Captain and a Corset Mary Wine SPR - Steam Guardians 2
Cobra Slave Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra Rebellion 1

June 5, 2013
A Window or a Small Box: A Tor.Com Original (e) Jedediah Berry MR
Definitely Dead A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Charlaine Harris UF - TV Tie-In

June 10, 2013
Destiny (e) Vivi Anna SFR - League of Illusion Trilogy 3
Throne of Oak (e) Dana Marie Bell PNR - Maggie's Grove 2

June 11, 2013
Makes You Stronger Guy Adams UF/H - Deadbeat 1
The Burning: A Tale of The Dark Apostle (e) E.C. Ambrose HistF
Seekers of the Chalice (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 1
The Valley of Shadows (e)(ri) Brian Cullen F - Seekers 2
The Mad Goblin Philip Jose Farmer SF - Secrets of the Nine 3 - Wold Newton Parallel Universe
Midnight's Captive: Part 1 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Uninvited (h2tp) Liz Jensen Th/Dys
Exodus Paul Antony Jones SF - Extinction Point 2
The Immortal Circus: Act Two (Kindle e serial) A. R. Kahler UF - Immortal Circus
A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill: A Tor.Com Original (e) Elizabeth Knox F
Retrieval (e) Jeanie London PNR
A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel: Volume 2 George R.R. Martin
Daniel Abraham
GN - A Game of Thrones
Kafka's Hat Patrice Martin Meta/Th
Love Minus Eighty Will McIntosh SF
Limits of Power Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 4
The Map of the Sky (h2tp) Felix J. Palma SF - Map of Time 1
Doctor Who: Who-ology Cavan Scott SF - Doctor Who - Official Miscellany
A Private Little War (D) Jason Sheehan SF
The Registry Shannon Stoker Dys
Shadow People James Swain SuTh - Peter Warlock 2
Ecko Rising (US D) Danie Ware SF/F - Ecko 1
The Stonehenge Gate (e)(ri) Jack Williamson SF
The Last Policeman (ri) Ben Winters M/Pre-Ap - Last Policeman 1

June 12, 2013
Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom: A Tor.Com Original (e) Morrisette Micaela SF

June 13, 2013
Stoker's Manuscript (D) Royce Prouty SuSus

June 17, 2013
The Reluctant Reaper Gina X. Grant UF - Reluctant Reaper 1
Dawn of the Aspects: Part V (e) Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
Undying Destiny (e) Jessica Lee PNR - Enclave 1
Apocalyptic Organ Grinder: A Hydra Dystopian Novella (e) William Todd Rose PA/Z

June 18, 2013
The Shuddering Ania Ahlborn H
The Stranger: A Tor.Com Original (e) Anna Banks SF
Lexicon Max Barry Th/Dys
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (D) Matt Bell Fa/Meta
Wisp of a Thing Alex Bledsoe FT/Myth - Tufa 2
Annihilation Ben Counter F - Warhammer 40,000: Soul Drinkers Omnibus 2
Man of Steel: The Official Movie Novelization Greg Cox SF - Movie Tie-in
Time Weaver (e) Kate Donovan PNR
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman F
Rapture's Edge J.T. Geissinger PNR - Night Prowler 3
Midnight's Captive: Part 2 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Children (e serial) Jonathan Janz H - Savage Species Pt 2
A Crown of Swords (ri) Robert Jordan F - The Wheel of Time 7
The Fist of Demetrius William King F - Warhammer 40,000: Macharian Crusade 2
Before the Fall Francis Knight F - Rojan Dizon 2
The Broken Universe (h2tp) Paul Melko SF
Something Red: A Novel (h2tp) Douglas Nicholas F
The 'Geisters David Nickle UF/H
Reviver: A Novel (D) Seth Patrick SuTh
The Long War Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - The Long Earth 2
The Mona Lisa Sacrifice Peter Roman UF/Noir - The Book of Cross Book 1
Requiem Ken Scholes F - Psalms of Isaak 4
On Pins and Needles Yolanda Sfetsos PNR - Sierra Fox 3
Storm Force Susannah Sandlin PNR - Omega Force 1
Beyond Dinocalypse Chuck Wendig AH - Dinocalypse Trilogy 2
Sea Change (D) S.M. Wheeler F
Rogue Touch Christine Woodward SF

June 19, 2013
Burning Girls: A Tor.Com Original (e) Veronica Schanoes DF

June 21, 2013
Cryonic: A Zombie Novel Travis Bradberry SF/Z

June 22, 2013
Writers of the Future Volume 29 Dave Wolverton (ed) SF/F - Anthology

June 24, 2013
Bite Me (e) PJ Schnyder PNR - London Undead 1
Witch Bound (e) Eleri Stone PNR - Twilight of the Gods 2

June 25, 2013
Mercy Kill: Star Wars (h2mm) Aaron Allston SF - Star Wars
iD Madeline Ashby SF - The Machine Dynasty 2
Deeper Than the Night (Kindle e) (ri) Amanda Ashley PNR - Divine Series 2
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures Christopher L. Bennett SF - Star Trek
Monster Hunter Legion (h2mm) Larry Correia UF - Monster Hunter 4
Heart of the Witch (Kindle e) (ri) Alice Dean PNR
Lost Souls Delilah Devlin PNR/Th - Caitlyn O'Connell 2
The Shore (Kindle e) (ri) Robert Dunbar H
Cold Steel Kate Elliott F - Spiritwalker 3
Covenant (Kindle e) (ri) John Everson H
The World of the End Ofir Touché Gafla SF/M/R
Heaven's War (h2mm) David S. Goyer
Michael Cassutt
SF - Heaven's Shadow 2
Midnight's Captive: Part 3 (e serial) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Crash Guy Haley SF
Hunted Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 6
Divine Madness (Kindle e) (ri) Melanie Jackson PNR - Divine 2
Divine Night (Kindle e) (ri) Melanie Jackson PNR - Divine 3
Hangsaman Shirley Jackson H
River Road (h2tp) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 2
The Reach (Kindle e) (ri) Nate Kenyon H
Peaceable Kingdom (Kindle e) (ri) Jack Ketchum H
The Armies of Heaven Jane Kindred F - House of Arkhangel'sk 2
Beware (Kindle e) (ri) Richard Laymon H
Come Out Tonight (Kindle e) (ri) Richard Laymon H
The Lake (Kindle e) (ri) Richard Laymon H
Savage (Kindle e) (ri) Richard Laymon H
Below Ryan Lockwood H/Th
Aliens: Recent Encounters Alex Dally MacFarlane (Ed) SF - Anthology
Demon Eyes (Kindle e) (ri) L.H Maynard H
Black Cathedral (Kindle e) ( ri) L.H. Maynard H
Night Souls (Kindle e) (ri) L.H. Maynard H
Blade Reforged Kelly McCullough F - Fallen Blade 4
The Deluge (Kindle e) (ri) Mark Morris H
The 'Geisters David Nickle H
The Goliath Stone Larry Niven
Mathew Joseph Harrington
Daughter of Egypt (Kindle e) (ri) Constance O'Banyon PHR - Tausrat 3
The Morcai Battalion (h2mm) Diana Palmer SF - Morcai Battalion 1
A Kiss of Blood Pamela Palmer UF - Vamp City 2
Caged Warrior Lindsey Piper PNR - Dragon Kings 1
The Haunting (Kindle e) (ri) Robin T. Popp PNR - Immortals 7
The Long Earth (h2mm) Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 1
Copper Girl Jennifer Allis Provost UF
Damn Him to Hell Jamie Quaid UF - Saturn's Daughters 2
Phantom (Kindle e) (ri) Lindsay Randall PNR
2312 (h2mm) Kim Stanley Robinson SF
The Mona Lisa Sacrifice Peter Roman F - The Book of the Cross 1
After Dark: The Darkest Angel \ Shadow Hunter Gena Showalter
Kait Ballenger
PNR - Lords of the Underworld / Execution Underground
Jake's Wake (Kindle e) (ri) John Skipp
Cody Goodfellow
The Long Last Call (Kindle e) (ri) John Skipp H
Sea of Sorrows Ree Soesbee
Steven Savile
F - Guild Wars 3
The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter Jillian Stone SP/M - Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 3
The Apocalypse Codex (h2mm) Charles Stross UF/SF - Laundry Files 4
Slow Apocalypse (h2mm) John Varley SF
When Diplomacy Fails (h2mm) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold / Ripple Creek 3
Alif the Unseen (h2tp) G. Willow Wilson F

June 26, 2013
Jake and the Other Girl: A Tor.Com Original (e) Emmy Laybourne SF

June 28, 2013
Dragonstone (ri) Dennis L. McKiernan F - Mithgar
The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz Dan Simmons F

June 30, 2013
The Last Full Measure Jack Campbell SF

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

AH - Alternate History
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
HistF - Historical Fantasy
H - Horror
Hu - Humor
F - Fantasy
Fa - Fabulist
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
GN - Graphic Novel
GH - Ghosts
Go - Gothic
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pre-Ap - Pre-Apocalyptic
Psy - Psychological
R - Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SFR -  Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts

There are 10 debuts for June.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The Beautiful Land
AuthorAlan Averill
Publisher:  Ace, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780425265277 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
Takahiro O’Leary has a very special job…

…working for the Axon Corporation as an explorer of parallel timelines—as many and as varied as anyone could imagine. A great gig—until information he brought back gave Axon the means to maximize profits by changing the past, present, and future of this world.

If Axon succeeds, Tak will lose Samira Moheb, the woman he has loved since high school—because her future will cease to exist. A veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Samira can barely function in her everyday life, much less deal with Tak’s ravings of multiple realities. The only way to save her is for Tak to use the time travel device he “borrowed” to transport them both to an alternate timeline.

But what neither Tak nor Axon knows is that the actual inventor of the device is searching for a timeline called the Beautiful Land—and he intends to destroy every other possible present and future to find it.

The switch is thrown, and reality begins to warp—horribly. And Tak realizes that to save Sam, he must save the entire world…

In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
AuthorMatt Bell
Publisher:  Soho Press, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 312 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN978-1-61695-253-2 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In this epic, mythical debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wife's beautiful singing voice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts of the woods, the second moon weighing down the fabric of their starless sky, and the labyrinth of memory dug into the earth beneath their house.

This novel, from one of our most exciting young writers, is a powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage—and of what happens when a marriage’s success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.

AuthorK.M. Fawcett
Series:  The Survival Race
Publisher:  Forever Yours, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $17.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781455546480 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
"Fawcett delivers a suspenseful and captivating science fiction romance. A must read for all, but especially for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES." --Caridad Pineiro, NY Times & USA Today bestselling author


The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows-- and to her horror-- a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.


An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture-or worse-yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they're together, there's nothing in the universe that can stop them.

The Year of the Storm
AuthorJohn Mantooth
Publisher:  Berkley, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780425265741 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.

When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead. Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.

Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.

But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe…

AuthorSeth Patrick
Series:  Reviver Trilogy
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250021700 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
CSI meets The Sixth Sense in this compelling horror/thriller that has already been optioned by the producers of The Dark Knight Returns!

Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarily revive the dead so they can say goodbye to their loved ones—or tell the police who killed them.

Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he’s the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it’s Jonah’s job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it's only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah isn't so certain.

Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered. Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a sinister force that threatens us all.

Putting the paranormal in the police department, first-time author Seth Patrick blends genre lines with this edgy crime thriller. The first novel in the Reviver trilogy, Reviver is sure to appeal to fans of Dean Koontz and Justin Cronin.

Stoker's Manuscript
AuthorRoyce Prouty
Publisher:  Putnam Adult, June 13, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780399158551 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker's Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania.

After delivering the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle in Romania, Barkeley—a Romanian orphan himself—realizes to his horror that he's become a prisoner to the son of Vlad Dracul. To earn his freedom, Barkeley must decipher cryptic messages hidden in the text of the original Dracula that reveal the burial sites of certain Dracul family members. Barkeley's only hope is to ensure that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he’s able to escape. Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In this knowledge may lie Barkeley's salvation—or his doom. For now he must choose between a coward's flight and a mortal conflict against an ancient foe.

Building on actual international events surrounding the publication of Bram Stoker's original novel, Royce Prouty has written a spellbinding debut novel that ranges from 1890s Chicago, London, and Transylvania to the perilous present.

A Private Little War
AuthorJason Sheehan
Publisher:  47North, June 11, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1611098945

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
He felt something in his belly twist up like cold fingers curling into a fist. This is it, he’d thought. This is when it all goes bad…

Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….

The debut novel from acclaimed, James Beard Award–winning food critic Jason Sheehan, A Private Little War is the dark tale of a deadly war being waged in secrecy—and the struggle to stay sane in a world that makes no sense. A Catch-22 for a new generation, A Private Little War is sure to become a science fiction classic.

The Center of the World
AuthorThomas Van Essen
Publisher:  Other Press, June 4, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-59051-549-5

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
Alternating between nineteenth-century England and present-day New York, this is the story of renowned British painter J. M. W. Turner and his circle of patrons and lovers. It is also the story of Henry Leiden, a middle-aged family man with a troubled marriage and a dead-end job, who finds his life transformed by his discovery of Turner’s The Center of the World, a mesmerizing and unsettling painting of Helen of Troy that was thought to have been lost forever.

This painting has such devastating erotic power that it was kept hidden for almost two centuries, and was even said to have been destroyed...until Henry stumbles upon it in a secret compartment at his summer home in the Adirondacks. Though he knows it is an object of immense value, the thought of parting with it is unbearable: Henry is transfixed by its revelation of a whole other world, one of transcendent light, joy, and possibility.

Back in the nineteenth century, Turner struggles to create The Center of the World, his greatest painting, but a painting unlike anything he (or anyone else) has ever attempted. We meet his patron, Lord Egremont, an aristocrat in whose palatial home Turner talks freely about his art and his beliefs. We also meet Elizabeth Spencer, Egremont’s mistress and Turner’s muse, the model for his Helen. Meanwhile, in the present, Henry is relentlessly trailed by an unscrupulous art dealer determined to get his hands on the painting at any cost. Filled with sex, beauty, and love (of all kinds), this richly textured novel explores the intersection between art and eroticism.

Ecko Rising
AuthorDanie Ware
Series:  Ecko 1
Publisher:  Titan Books June 11, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780857687623

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane.

When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.

A thrilling debut, Ecko Rising explores the massive range of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and the possible implications of pitting them against one another. Author Danie Ware creates an immersive and richly imagined world that readers will be eager to explore in the first book in this exciting new trilogy.

Sea Change
AuthorS.M. Wheeler
Publisher:  Tor Books, June 18, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-7653-3314-8 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - June 2013 Debuts
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

A powerfully written debut from a young fantasy author, Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.

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