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2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors

Here are the debut authors and their novels for May 2011. Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading.


Awaken the Highland Warrior
AuthorAnita Clenney
Series:  Highland Warrior 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher:  Sourcebooks (May 1, 2011)
Price:  $6.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-1402251238
2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Historian Bree Kirkland has always been in love with the past, but when she accidentally wakes an ancient Scottish warrior who's spent the past 150 years sleeping in her backyard, her present is suddenly fraught with danger. Faelan has awakened from the time vault ravenous--in more ways than one. He grieves for his lost family, wondering who sent the woman to wake him. If she's a demon, Faelan will have to kill her. If she's innocent, she's unleashed the gates of hell in her backyard. Either way they must rely on each other to save their future.









Chosen by Blood
AuthorVirna dePaul
Series:   Para-Ops 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Berkley (May 3, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN:  978-0425241547

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.


















Hounded
AuthorKevin Hearne
Series:  The Iron Druid Chronicles 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Del Rey (May 3, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0-345-52247-4

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.


Mind Storm
Author K.M. Ruiz
Series:  Strykers Syndicate 1
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books  (May 10, 2011)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0-312-67317-8

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors

The first in an exciting new sci-fi series that’s being described as Blade Runner meets X-Men
Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything. 

K.M. Ruiz’s Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a “psion” with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth’s most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.  

Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other “gene-trash” humans, before they’re killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.


America Pacifica
AuthorAnna North
Series: NA
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Reagan Arthur Books (May 18, 2011)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction
ISBN:  978-0316105125

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica--one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. The rich live in "Manhattanville" mansions made from the last pieces of wood and stone, while the poor cower in the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," places built out of heaped up trash that is slowly crumbling into the sea. The island is ruled by a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is plagued by charges of corruption and conspiracy.

But to Darcy, America Pacifica is simply home--the only one she's ever known. In spite of their poverty she lives contentedly with her mother, who works as a pearl diver. It's only when her mother doesn't come home one night that Darcy begins to learn about her past as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's role in the flight from frozen California to America Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to find her mother, navigating the dark underbelly of the island, learning along the way the disturbing truth of Pacifica's early history, the far-reaching influence of its egomaniacal leader, and the possible plot to murder some of the island's first inhabitants--including her mother
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The Failing Machine
AuthorAndrew Mayer
Series:  Society of Steam 1
Format:  Trade Paperback, 305 pages
Publisher:  Pyr (May 24, 2011)
Price:  $16.00
Language:  English
Genre:  Steampunk
ISBN:  978-1-61614-375-6

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime...

But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York’s greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.

The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One) takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.



Blood of the Wicked
AuthorKarina Cooper
Series:  Dark Mission 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher:  Avon (May 31, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN9780062046857

2011 Debut Author Challenge - May Debut Authors
When the world went straight to hell, humanity needed a scapegoat to judge, to blame . . . to burn. 

As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she's been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind. 

A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what's left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. Silas doesn't know that Jessie's his enemy, only that he wants her, needs her, even as he lies to her . . . and must protect her until his final breath.




Look for interviews with Anita Clenney on May, 18, 2011, Virna dePaul on May 11, 2011, Kevin Hearne on May 3, 2011, K.M. Ruiz on May, 12, 2011, and Karina Cooper on May 31, 2011.

For more information on the 2011 Debut Author Challenge visit the 2011 DAC page.

May 2011 Book Releases

Here is my list of books coming out in May 2011. If there is something that I've missed, please leave a comment below. Also note that this list is always under revision. Please note that publication dates change. I try to keep this as accurate as possible. Any genre mistakes are mine. Leave a comment if  the genre is wrong. Anthology covers are below.

May 1, 2011

Enemy GamesMarcella BurnardFR -Enemy 2
Awaken the Highland Warrior*Anita ClenneyPNR - Highland Warrior 1
Vintage Vampire StoriesRobert Eighteen-Bisang
& Richard Dalby (eds.) 
Anthology
The Inside StoryMichael BuckleyYA - Sisters Grimm 8
Zombies Don't CryRusty FischerYA - Living Dead Love Story
Dark Angels RevealedAngela GraceGuide
Behind the GatesEva GrayYA - Tomorrow Girls 1
Wickedly CharmingKristine Grayson PNR - Fates/Charming
Men of PerditionKelly M. Hudson H
Vlad: The Last ConfessionC.C. HumphreysHT
Legend of MichaelLisa Renee JonesPNR - Zodius 1
The Ninth NightmareGraham Masterton H
A Bloody London Sunset Jaz Primo UF - Sunset Vampire 2
Cryptic CravingsEllen SchreiberYA - Vampire Kisses 8
Linger**Maggie StiefvaterYA - Wolves of Mercy Falls 2
CapturedMaggie WoodYA - Divided Realms 1
The DarkeningMaggie WoodYA - Divided Realms 2
The Steampunk BibleJeff VanderMeer SP


May 2, 2011

A Wizard of MarsDiane DuaneYA - Young Wizards 9
The DiscoveryMarley GibsonYA - Ghost Huntress 5
Dead is Not an OptionMarlene PerezYA - Dead Is 5
The CellerA. J. WhittenYA


May 3, 2011

SpellcastBarbara Ashford F - Spellcast 1
Scarlet DreamJames Axler
(Rik Hoskin)
SF - Outlanders 57
Ark**Stephen BaxterSF - Flood 2
The Demon's Covenant**Sarah Rees BrennanYA - Demon's Lexicon Trilogy 2
Bite ClubRachel CaineYA - Morganville Vampires 10
Darkfire KissDeborah Cooke PNR - Dragonfire 6
Hard MagicLarry CorreiaF- Grimnoir Chronicles 1
Chosen By Blood*Virna dePaulPRS Para-Ops 1
Warrior BetrayedAddison FoxPNR - Sons of the Zodiac 3
Always the VampireNancy HaddockUF - Oldest City Vampire 3
Almost Final CurtainTate Hallaway YA - Vampire Princess of St. Paul 2
Dead ReckoningCharlaine HarrisUF - Sookie Stackhouse 11
Dragon BoundThea Harrison PNR - Elder Races 1
Hounded*Kevin HearneUF - Iron Druid Chronicles 1
The Inheritance & Other StoriesRobin Hobb &
Megan Lindholm
F - Collection
Crusade**Nancy Holder &
Debbie Viguie
YA - Crusade Trilogy 1
The Rogue CrewBrian JacquesYA - Tale of Redwall 22
Night Mares in the HamptonsCelia Jerome UF - Willow Tate 2
Under HeavenGuy Gavriel KayF
Dragon Avenger***E.E. Knight F - Age of Fire 2
One Magic MomentLynn KurlandTTR
Rot & Ruin**Jonathan Maberry YA - Rot & Ruin 1
The Unbearable Lightness of DragonsKatie MacAlister PNR - Light Dragons 2
JaceSarah McCarty PNR - Shadow Wranglers 3
Hard Bitten**Chloe NeillUF - Chicagoland Vampires 4
Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible OptimismDavid Nickle H
IllusionsAprilynne PikeYA - Laurel 3
Spells**Aprilynne PikeYA - Laurel 2
The Hot GateJohn Ringo SF - Troy Rising 3
Throne of FireRick RiordanYA - Kane Chronicles 2
The Lone WarriorDenise Rossetti PNR - Four-Sided Pentacle 3
DivergentVeronica RothYA - Divergent Trilogy 1
The CravingL.J. Smith,
Kevin Williamson
& Julie Plec
YA - Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries 3
ShiftJeri Smith-ReadyYA - Shade 2
The Council of ShadowsS.M. Stirling UF - Shadowspawn 2
A Taint in the Blood**S.M. Stirling UF - Shadowspawn 1
Blood LawKarin Tabke PER - Blood Moon Rising 1
Well of Sorrows**Benjamin TateF
WarcryElizabeth Vaughan F - Chronicles of the Warlands 4
Shadow RaidersMargaret WeisSF - Dragon Brigade 1
ExtermisSteve White &
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Starfire 6


May 6, 2011

A Dragon's AwakeningAya KnightYA/EF - The Chornicles of Kale


May 7, 2011

Midnight Flight***V.C. Andrews H - Broken Wings 2
Daughter of Destiny***Tracy Fobes PNR
Forbidden Garden***Tracy Fobes PNR
Heart of the Dove***Tracy FobesPNR
My Enchanted Enemy***Tracy FobesPNR
Touch Not the Cat***Tracy FobesPNR


May 9, 2011

The Forgotten LocketLisa MangumYA - Hourglass Door Trilogy 3
The Golden Spiral**Lisa MangumYA - Hourglass Door Trilogy 2
Geth and the Return of the LithensObert SkyeYA - Beyond Foo 1


May 10, 2011

Raised by Wolves**Jennifer Lynn BarnesYA - Raised by Wolves 1
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America*Albert Brooks SF
Tempted**P.C. Cast &
Kristin Cast
YA - House of Night 6
Time PullersHorton Deakins SF
Tempest RisingTracy DeebsYA
StonewielderIan C. EsslemontEF - Malazan Empire
The White DevilJustin Evans GT
The Chaos CrystalJennifer FallonF - Tide Lords 4
Shadow Hills**Anastasia HopcusYA
Central Park KnightC.J. Henderson UF - Knight 2
MeowmorphosisFranz Kafka &
Cook Coleridge
MU
A Tale of Two CastlesGail Carson LevineYA
Dog BloodDavid Moody H - Hater Trilogy 2
Demons and Druids**James PattersonYA - Daniel X 3
Die for MeAmy PlumYA
The Quantum ThiefHannu Rajaniemi SF - Quantum Thief 1
Siren**Tricia RayburnYA
Mind Storm*K.M. RuizSF - Strykers Syndicate 1
Fuzzy NationJohn Scalzi SF
Museum of ThievesLian TannerYA - Keepers Trilogy 1


May 12, 2011

Surface Detail**Iain M. BanksSF - Culture 9
The Lost Years***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 1
The Mirror of  Fate***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 4
The Ragin Fires***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 3
The Seven Songs***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 2
The Wizard's Wings***T.A. BarronYA - Merlin 5
Super Human**Michael CarrollYA
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to HellHarry HarrisonSF - Stainless Steel Rat 10
Queen of KingsMaria Dahvana HeadleyHF


May 13, 2011

The ImmuneDoc Lucky Meisenheimer SF

May 15, 2011

Vampires at SeaLinda CargillYA
A Rope of ThornsGemma Files H - Hexslinger 2
The Fecund's Melancholy DaughterBrent Hayward DF
The Way of Thorn and ThunderDaniel Heath JusticeF - Kynship Chronicles Omnibus
Promises to Keep**Charles de LintF


May 17, 2011

The Price of FreedomA.C. CrispinHF - Pirates of the Caribbean
The Passage**Justin CroninF
The Dark City Catherine FisherYA/F- - Relic Master 1
Anno FrankensteinJonathan GreenSP - Pax Britannia 6
MercyRebecca LimYA
GraveminderMelissa MarrDF
EmbassytownChina MievilleSF
The Fires Beneath the SeaLydia MilletYA - The Dissenters 1
The Legend of Drizzt Collector's EditionR.A. SalvatoreEF - Forgotten Realms, Book IV
Love Bites**Ellen SchreiberYA - Vampire Kisses 7
Cryptic CravingsEllen SchreiberYA - Vampire Kisses 8
Cursebusters!Julie SmithYA
Dancing With BearsMichael SwanwickF- Darger and Surplus 1


May 18, 2011

America Pacifica*Anna NorthSF


May 19, 2011

The Country of the Blind and Other Science-Fiction StoriesH.G. WellsSF - Collection


May 21, 2011

Wildfire***Sarah MicklemEF - Firethorn 2


May 23, 2011

AwakenKatie KacvinskyYA
The Boneshaker**Kate MilfordYA


May 24, 2011

The Nebula Awards Showcase 2011Kevin J. Anderson (ed.)Anthology
Deja VuLisa ChildsPNR
The Girl in the Steel CorsetKady CrossYA - Steampunk Chronicles 1
Magic Under Glass**Jaclyn DolamoreYA/F
Return of the Crimson GuardIan C. EsslemontEF - Malazan Series
An Echo in the Bone**Diana GabaldonHF - Outlander 7
The Vampire NarciseColleen GleasonPHR - Regency Draculia 3
Blood MagicTessa GrattonYA
Something Deadly This Way ComesKim HarrisonYA -Madison Avery 3
The Summer of Moonlight Secrets**Danette HaworthYA
Dragon Soul**Jaida Jones &
Danielle Bennett
F - Havemercy 3
Mind GamesTaylor KeatingPNR - Guardian 2
Full Dark, No StarsStephen KingH - Collection
The Dead TownDean KoontzH - Frankenstein 5
Welcome to BordertownHolly Black &
Ellen Kushner
YA/F - Anthology
The Sleeping Beauty**Mercedes LackeyF - Five Hundred Kingdoms 5
Lady LazarusMichele LangHF - Lady Lazarus 1
Warriors 2George R.R. Martin
& Gardner Dozios (eds)
Anthology
The Failing Machine*Andrew MayerSP - Society of Steam 1
Zombies Sold SeparatelyCheyenne McCrayUF - Night Tracker 4
Anno Dracula***Kim NewmanH - Anno Dracula 1
Nights of VilljamurMark Charan NewtonEF - Legends of the Red Sun 1
Betrayer of Worlds***Larry NivenSF - Known Space
City of RuinsKristine Kathryn RuschSF - Diving Universe 2
The Way of Kings**Brandon SandersonEF - Stormlight Archive 1
The WarlockMichael ScottYA - Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel 5
West and East**Harry TurtledoveAH - The War that Came Early 2
Angel BurnL.A. WeatherlyYA - Angel 1


May 25, 2011

Dark AngelV.C. AndrewsH - Casteel 2
Chasing the MoonA. Lee MartinezF


May 31, 2011

The Time Weaver**Shana AbeF - Drakon 5
Dead of VeridonTim AkersSF - Burn Cycle 2
Magic SlaysIlona AndrewsUF - Kate Daniels 5
StarcorssedJosephine AngeliniYA -Awakening 1
Infernal AffairsJes BattisUF - OSI Novels 4
X RestoredClaudia Mair BurneyYA - Exorsistah 3
Nightspell Leah CypessYA
Wicked LiesLisa Jackson &
Nancy Bush
ST - Wicked 2
Ambassador's Mission**Trudi CanavanF - Traitor Spy Trilogy1
The RogueTrudi CanavanF - Traitor Spy Trilogy 2
Humpty's BonesSimon ClarkH
Blood of the Wicked*Karina CooperPNR - Dark Mission 1
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 3Ellen Datlow (ed)H - Anthology
Immanuel's Veins***Ted DekkerHF
DemonKristina DouglasPNR - Fallen 2
Devil Without A CauseTerri GareyPNR - Devil's Bargain 1
Come Closer***Sara GranH
Bullet**Laurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake 19
Changeling MoonDani HarperPNR - Changeling 1
Year's Best SF 16David G. Hartwell &
Kathryn Cramer (eds.)
SF - Anthology
The Outlaw Viking***Sandra HillPNR - Viking Series I
MigrationJames P. HoganSF
Damned BustersMatthew HughesF - Hell & Back Trilogy 1
Dead on the DeltaStacey JayUF
My Dangerous PleasureCarolyn JewelPNR - My Immortal 4
Queen of the DeadStacey KadeYA - Ghost & Goth 2
TimecasterJoe KimballSF
The Skin Map**Stephen R. LawheadF - Bright Empires 1
The Sword & The Flame***Stephen R. LawheadYA - Dragon King 2
The Warlords of Nin***Stephen R. LawheadYA - Dragon King 3
In the Hall of the Dragon King***Stephen R. LawheadYA - Dragon King 1
The Sword of DarrowAlex & Hal MalchowYA
The Last Twilight***Marjorie M. LiuUF - Dirk & Steele 7
The Fly-By-NightsBrian LumleyH
Sinful MagicJennifer LyonPNR - Wing Slayer Hunter 4
DesdaemonaBen MacallanUF
The Darkness BeyondAlexis MorganPNR - Paladins of Darkness 8
Concrete SaviourYvonne NavarroUF - Dark Redemption 2
Deadly Dreams***Andre NortonSF
Mr. PyeMervyn PeakeF
The BreakingMarcus PelegrimasUF - Skinners 5
The Neon GraveyardVicki PetterssonUF - Sign of the Zodiac 6
Vampire WarlordsAndy RemicF - Clockwork Vampire 3
Terminal World**Alastair ReynoldsSF
The Reluctant VampireLynsay SandsPNR - Argeneau 15
Kiss of SnowNalini SinghPNR - Psy-Changelings 10
RevenantPhaedra WeldonUF - Zoe Martinique 4
The Midnight PalaceCarlos Ruiz ZafonYA


* 2011 Debut Author Challenge Novel
** Mass Market or Trade Paperback release of prior hardcover
*** Reissue or re-release

AH - Alternative History
DF - Dark Fantasy
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FM - Fantasy Mystery
FR - Futuristic Romance
GT - Gothic Thriller
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
HT - Historical Thriller
MU - Mash Up
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

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