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June 2014 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in June 2014. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We 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 we use the publisher's publication date in the US.

June 2014 Releases

June 1, 2014
Threshold of Passion (e) Vivi Anna PNR
The Godwhale (ri) T. J. Bass SF - SF Masterworks
Barrington J. Bayley (ri) Barrington J. Bayley SF - SF Gateway Omnibus
Literaria Carolyn Boehlke F
The Curse (e) Jennifer Brassel PNR
Craven (e) Melanie Casey PM - Cass Lehman 2
Edmund Cooper SF Gateway Omnibus Edmund Cooper SF Gateway Omnibuses
The Haunted Book Jeremy Dyson H
The Ward S.L. Grey H - Downside 2
Cold Redemption Nathan Hawke F - Gallow2
Wolves in Winter Lisa Hilton HistF
The Sandman (ri) E.T.A. Hoffmann Go
The Disestablishment of Paradise (ri) Phillip Mann SF/Th
Games of Desire (e) Patti O'Shea PNR
Black Chaos: Tales of the Zombie Bill Olver (ed) Z - Anthology
The Silence (h2tp) Sarah Rayne NeoGo/M
The Demi-Monde: Summer Rod Rees Dys - The Demi-Monde Saga 3
The Highlander's Dark Seduction (e) Joanne Rock PNR - Secrets of the Darroch Clan 2
Lords of the Underworld Collection 2: The Darkest Whisper\The Darkest Passion\The Darkest Lie (e) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld
Demon Wolf (e) Bonnie Vanak PNR - Phoenix Force 3
Sidekick (D) (e) Auralee Wallace Superhero
The White Mountain (ri) David Wingrove SF - Chung Kuo 8
Sekabo Richard Woolley SF/Th

June 2, 2014
Her Wild Protector (e) Naomi Bellina PNR
Reap & Repent (e) Lisa Medley PNR
Witch's Awakening (e) Neely Powell PNR
Tempt Me Eternally (e) Gena Showalter PNR
Wicked Ink (e) Misty Simon PNR

June 3, 2014
One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling (h2tp) Hanan al-Shaykh FT
Elisha Barber (h2mm) E.C. Ambrose F - Dark Apostle 1
The Dark Between the Stars Kevin J. Anderson SF - Saga of Shadows Trilogy 1
The Voyage of the Sable Keech Neal Asher SF - Spatterjay 2
Grim Shadows Jenn Bennett PNR - Roaring Twenties 2
Night of the Living Thread Janet Bolin PCM - Threadville Mystery 4
Rescue Mode Ben Bova
Les Johnson
The Kraken King Part VIII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure (e) Meljean Brook SPR - The Kraken King
The Golden City (tp2mm) J. Kathleen Cheney F - The Golden City 1
Heart of a Highland Warrior Anita Clenney PNR - Highland Warrior 3
Dark Father James Cooper H
Zero Hour (h2mm) Clive Cussler Th - Numa Files 9
The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six Ellen Datlow H - Anthology
A Partial and Conjectural History of Dr. Meuller's Panoptical Cartoon Engine: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Argus Blinked: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Bombs Away!: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Cockroach Love: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Fjaerland: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
iCity: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Life in the Anthropocene: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Murder in Geektopia: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Professor Fluvius's Palace of Many Waters: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Providence: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Return to the 20th Century: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The End of the Great Continuity: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The HPL Commonplace Book: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The New Cyberiad: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
The Omniplus Ultra: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
To See Infinity Bare: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Waves and Smart Magma: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Wikiworld: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo SF
Yes We Have No Bananas: Short Story (e) Paul Di Filippo AH
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
AH - The Ring of Fire 14
Fire Rising Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings 2
Fire Rising: Part 4 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Casino Infernale (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 7
Property of a Lady Faire Simon R. Green UF - Secret Histories 8
Death's Redemption Marie Hall PNR - Eternal Lovers 2
Affliction (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 22
A Shiver of Light Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Merry Gentry 9
The Merchant Emperor Elizabeth Haydon F - The Symphony of Ages 7
The Sea of Time P. C. Hodgell F - Kencyrath1
The Source J.D. Horn UF - Witching Savannah 2
Night Shifters Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifter Omnibus
Blood Pact (ri) Tanya Huff UF - Blood Books 4
Justice Ian Irvine F - The Tainted Realm 3
Thieves' Quarry D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 2
Crossroads of Twilight (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 10
Born of Fire (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 2
Born of Ice Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 3
Born of Night (ri) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 1
Mr. Mercedes Stephen King Sus
The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (e) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
Blood Red Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 9
Steadfast (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters 8
Deadly Forecast Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye Mystery 11
The Shadow Lamp (h2tp) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 4
Prince of Fools Mark Lawrence F - The Red Queen's War 1
The Facades (h2tp) Eric Lundgren M
Gameboard of the Gods (h2mm) Richelle Mead UF - Age of X 1
Tin Swift (tp2mm) Devon Monk SP - Age of Steam 2
A Barricade in Hell Jaime Lee Moyer HistF - Delia Martin 2
The Goliath Stone (h2mm) Larry Niven
Matthew Joseph Harrington
Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 2: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better William H. Patterson SF
Bloodstone (h2mm) Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angel 2
The Science of Discworld (ri) Terry Pratchett
Ian Stewart
Jack Cohen
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 2
The Heir of Khored Deborah J. Ross F - Seven-Petaled Shield Trilogy 3
Veil of the Deserters Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounder's Arc 2
On Pins and Needles Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 3
The Montauk Monster Hunter Shea H
Rebellion Ken Shufeldt Th/Ap
Shield of Winter Nalini Singh PNR - Psy/Changelings 13
Jaguar Hunt Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Jaguar 3
Hunter by Night Elisabeth Staab PNR - Chronicles of Yavn3
Singapore Noir Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (ed) Noir - Anthology
The Dig: A Taskforce Story, featuring an exclusive excerpt from DAYSOF RAGE (e) Brad Taylor Th - Pike Logan 5.5
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club Genevieve Valentine FT
Ecko Burning Danie Ware SF - Ecko 2
On Her Watch Rie Warren PNR - Don't Tell 2
Honor of the Queen (Signed Leatherbound Edition) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 2

June 4, 2014
Fantasy and the Real World in British Children's Literature: The Power of Story Caroline Webb Children's Literature and Culture

June 7, 2014
Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #2: Fusion (ri) Kirsten Beyer SF - Star Trek: Voyager
Ain't Myth-behaving: Two Novellas (ri) Katie MacAlister PNR - Otherworld
Redeemed in Darkness (ri) Alexis Morgan PNR - Paladin 5

June 9, 2014
Stone Song (e) D.L. McDermott PNR - Cold Iron 3

June 10, 2014
Hunger for You (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts 3
Earth Awakens Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF - First Formic War 3
The Girl With All the Gifts M.R. Carey Dys
Night Lords Aaron Dembski-Bowden F - Warhammer 40,000: Night Lords Omnibus
California Bones Greg van Eekhout UF - California Bones 1
Written in My Own Heart's Blood Diana Gabaldon TT/R - Outlander 8
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: The Novelization Jim Henson F
Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company Homer Hickam SF - Helium 3
Memory of Water (D) Emmi Itäranta Ap
The Leopard K. V. Johansen F - Marakand 1
Doctor Sleep (h2tp) Stephen King H
The Windmere: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
The Suburbanight: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
The Audit: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Night Beach: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Reclamation on the Forest Floor: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
I Heart Dogs: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
The Human Society: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Petty Zoo: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Domestic Happiness: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
TruckDriver: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Wife: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
The Last Living Summer: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
The Neighbourhood, or, To the Devil With You: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Poor David, or, The Possibility of Coincidence in Situations of Multiple Occurre: Short Story (e) Susie Moloney H
Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (h2tp) Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Known Space
Scarred (e) Caris Roane PNR - Savage Chains 2
Shaman (h2tp) Kim Stanley Robinson SF
Allegiance Susannah Sandlin PNR - Penton Vampire Legacy4
Bellman & Black (h2tp) Diane Setterfield Go
Koko Takes a Holiday (D) Kieran Shea SF
Julia (ri) Peter Straub H
The Walking-stick Forest: A Tor.Com Original (e) Anna Tambour DF
Shield and Crocus Michael R. Underwood F
The Insects of Love: A Tor.Com Original (e) Genevieve Valentine SF/F
Robogenesis: A Novel Daniel H. Wilson SF - Robocalypse 2
Doomed City Jonas Winner Th - Berlin Gothic 2

June 11, 2014
Vintage Visions: Essays on Early Science Fiction Arthur B. Evans SF - Early Classics of Science Fiction
Chapter Six: A Tor.Com Original (e) Stephen Graham Jones Z

June 12, 2014
Headlong Simon Ings SF
Declan (e) Rae Rivers PNR - The Keepers 2

June 14, 2014
Her Klingon Soul: Star Trek Voyager (ri) Michael Jan Friedman SF - Star Trek: Voyager: Day of Honor 3

June 15, 2014
Bliss House Laura Benedict Gh
If England Were Invaded William Le Queux SF/AH

June 16, 2014
The Line Book One: Carrier (e) Anne Tibbets PNR - The Line 1
The Forty First Wink (D) James Walley F

June 17, 2014
The God Particle Tom Avitabile Sus
Cibola Burn James S.A. Corey SF - The Expanse 4
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By (ri) John Farris H
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds Neil Gaiman F
Head Full of Mountains Brent Hayward H
Shattered Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles 7
Orion: The Council of Beasts Darius Hinks F - Warhammer: Orion 3
Alchymist (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 3
Chimaera (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 4
The Curse of the Chosen (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 2
The Destiny of the Dead (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 3
The Fate of the Fallen (e) Ian Irvine F - Song of the Tears Trilogy 1
Geomancer (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 1
Tetrarch (e) Ian Irvine F - Well of Echoes Quartet 2
Irregular Verbs and Other Stories Matthew Johnson SF/F - Collection
Flight of the Golden Harpy (D) Susan Klaus F
Dawn Song (ri) Michael Marano DF
Rogues George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F - Anthology
Spell or High Water Scott Meyer F - Magic 2.0, 2
The Quick: A Novel (D) Lauren Owen Go
The Funeral, Ruined: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Octavia E. Butler: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
John Wayne: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
theleeharveyoswaldband: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Johnny Cash: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
There Is Something So Quiet and Empty Inside of You That It Must Be Precious: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Under the Red Sun: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Possession: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
The Dreaming City: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
The Souls of Dead Soldiers are for Blackbirds, Not Little Boys: Short Story (e) Ben Peek Sur
Chasers of the Wind Alexey Pehov F - The Cycle of Wind and Sparks 1
Chernobyl (ri) Frederik Pohl Th
The Long Mars Terry Pratchett
Stephen Baxter
SF - Long Earth 3
Heirs of Grace Tim Pratt UF
Copper Ravens Jennifer Allis Provost PNR - Copper Legacy 2
The White Towers Andy Remic F - The Rage of Kings 2
The Wolves of Midwinter (h2tp) Anne Rice F/P - Wolf Gift Chronicles
A Better World Marcus Sakey Th/F - The Brilliance Saga 2
Temptation in Shadows (e) Gena Showalter PNR
Two Fronts Harry Turtledove AH - The War That Came Early 5

June 18, 2014
Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism: Beyond the Golden Rule Elana Gomel HC
All Together Dead (TV Tie-In) Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 7
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014 Edition Rich Horton (ed) F/SF - Anthology
Combustion Hour: A Tor.Com Original Yoon Ha Lee SF

June 23, 2014
Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change (e) Scott Pearson SF - Star Trek

June 24, 2014
Forsaking Home A. American PA - Survivalist4
Omens Kelley Armstrong UF - Cainsville 1
Dragons Deal (ri) Robert Asprin
Jody Lynn Nye
F - Griffin McCandless 3
Little Knife: A Tor.Com Original (e) Leigh Bardugo F- Grisha Trilogy Folk Tale 3
Relic of Death (Kindle e) David Bernstein H
Unexpected Stories (e) Octavia E. Butler SF - Collection
The Shadow Master Craig Cormick F
The Fall (TV Tie-in Edition) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - The Strain Trilogy 2
The Night Eternal (TV Tie-in Edition) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - The Strain Trilogy 3
The Strain (TV Tie-in Edition) Guillermo Del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - The Strain Trilogy 1
Child of a Hidden Sea A.M. Dellamonica F
The 400lb. Gorilla D C Farmer UF -  Hypposync Archives 1
Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire Christa Faust AA - Gabriel Hunt 4
The World of the End (h2tp) Ofir Touché Gafla F
Darkness Bound J.T. Geissinger PNR -  Night Prowler Novel 5
Thorn Jack (D) Katherine Harbour F
Better Homes and Hauntings Molly Harper PNR
Alien Shores Vaughn Heppner SF - Fenris 2
The Last Page (h2tp) Anthony Huso F - Last Page 1
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Light Fantastic Jeffrey Lang SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Summit (ri) Kat Martin PNR
The Remaining: Aftermath D.J. Molles PA/Z - The Remaining 2
The Blasted Lands James A. Moore F - Seven Forges 2
The Madonna and the Starship James K. Morrow SF
Shaman Rises C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 10
Acolytes of Cthulhu (ri) Robert M. Price (ed) H - Anthology
Under a Graveyard Sky (h2mm) John Ringo SF/H/Z - Black Tide Rising 1
Shattered (e) Caris Roane PNR - Men in Chains 3
Queen of Wands Katee Robert PNR - Sanctify 2
Blood Song (h2mm) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 1
DemonWars Saga Volume 1: The Demon Awakens - The Demon Spirit - The Demon Apostle (e) R.A. Salvatore F - DemonWars Saga
DemonWars Saga Volume 2: Mortalis - Ascendance - Transcendence - Immortalis (e) R.A. Salvatore F - DemonWars Saga
Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski F - The Witcher 5
Target Mike Shepherd SF - Vicky Peterwald 1
Neptune's Brood (h2mm) Charles Stross SF - Freyaverse 2
Cobra Slave (tp2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra 7;
Cobra Rebellion Trilogy 1
Sweet Revenge Rebecca Zanetti PRS - Sin Brothers 2

June 25, 2014
The Color of Paradox: A Tor.Com Original (e) A.M. Dellamonica SF
Deadly Curiosities Gail Z. Martin UF

June 30, 2014
Marked by Midnight Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed 11.5
The Adventure of the Ring of Stones James P. Blaylock SP/M
Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti Matt Cardin (ed)
Witchlight (e) Sonya Clark PNR - Magic Born 2
The Spectral Link Thomas Ligotti H - Stories

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

AA - Action/Adventure
AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
Gh - Ghost
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Sur - Surreal
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts

There are 7 debuts (that I know about) for June. Please note that we 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). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite June cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on June 15th.

If you are participating as a reader in the Challenge, please let us know in the comments what you are thinking of reading or email us at DAC.TheQwillery  @  gmail . com (remove the spaces).

Katherine Harbour

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel
Thorn Jack Trilogy 1
Harper Voyager, June 24, 2014
Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
A spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth vividly imagined and steeped in gothic atmosphere.

Their creed is "Mischief, Malevolence, and Mayhem."

Serafina Sullivan, named for angels and a brave Irish prince, is haunted by dreams of her older sister, Lily Rose, a sprite, ethereal beauty who unexpectedly took her own life. A year has passed since Lily's death, and now eighteen-year-old Finn and her college-professor father have moved back to Fair Hollow, her father's pretty little hometown alongside the Hudson River. Populated with socialites, hippies, and famous dramatic artists, every corner of this quaint, bohemian community holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the alluring Jack Fata, scion of the town's most powerful family.

Jack's smoldering looks and air of secrecy draw Finn into a dangerous romance . . . and plunge her into an eerie world of shadow and light ruled by the beautiful and fearsome Reiko Fata. Exciting and monstrous, the Fata family and its circle of strange, aristocratic denizens wield irresistible charm and glamorous power— a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds perilous consequences for a curious girl like Finn.

As she becomes more deeply entwined with Jack, Finn discovers that their lives and those of the ones she loves, including her best friends Christie Hart and Sylvie Whitethorn, are in peril. But an unexpected ally may help her protect them: her beloved sister, Lily Rose. Within the pages of the journal that Lily left behind are clues Finn must decipher to unlock the secret of the Fatas.
Yet the wrathful and deadly Reiko has diabolical plans of her own for Finn, as well as powerful allies. To save herself and to free her beloved Jack from the Fatas, Finn must stand up against the head of the family and her clever minions, including the vicious, frightening Caliban—a battle that will reveal shocking secrets about Lily Rose's death and about Finn herself . . .

Evocative and spellbinding, rich with legend, myth, and folklore, filled with heroes and villains, ghosts and selkies, changelings and fairies, witches and demons, Thorn Jack is a modern fairy tale and a story of true love, set in a familiar world, where nothing is as it seems.

Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water
Harper Voyager, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook,  272 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
The award-winning speculative debut novel, now in English for the first time!

In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become a tea master like her father. It is a position that holds great responsibility and a dangerous secret. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that once provided water for her whole village. When Noria's father dies, the secret of the spring reaches the new military commander . . . and the power of the army is vast indeed. But the precious water reserve is not the only forbidden knowledge Noria possesses, and resistance is a fine line.

Threatened with imprisonment, and with her life at stake, Noria must make an excruciating, dangerous choice between knowledge and freedom.

Susan Klaus

Flight of the Golden Harpy
Tor Books, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.

The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari’s savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Susan Klaus's Flight of the Golden Harpy is an imaginative and romantic fantasy novel that questions what it means to be human.

Lauren Owen

The Quick
Random House, June 17, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
For fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. The Quick will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.

Kieran Shea

Koko Takes a Holiday
Titan Books, June 10, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, the most challenging part of Koko’s day is deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her.

Auralee Wallace

Escape Publishing, June 1, 2014
eBook, 249 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...

Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...

James Walley

The Forty First Wink
Ragnarok Publications, June 16, 2014

2014 Debut Author Challenge - June 2014 Debuts
Marty is having a bad morning. Roused from slumber by a gang of polo mallet-wielding monkeys and a mysterious voice in his wardrobe, he must quickly come to terms with the fact that the world outside his door is now the world inside his head. Lying in wait amidst bleak, gloomy streets, deserted theme parks, and circus-themed nightclubs, lurks the oppressive shadow of a myriad of giggling, cackling pursuers, hell bent on throwing a custard pie or two into the works.

Assisted by a string of half-cocked schemes, a troupe of tiny unlikely allies, and (literally) the girl of his dreams, Marty sets out on a heroic quest to wake up and get out of bed.

Early reviews have compared it to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Equal parts epic, funny and dark, The Forty First Wink plummets headlong into the realms of askew reality, adding elements of the macabre, and squeezing in an unlikely love story for good measure. It will take you on a journey where not even the sky is the limit, and literally anything could be around the next corner. The question is, do you have the guts (and the sanity) to find out?

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