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2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts

There are 4 debuts in May.  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 May cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The May 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.

I, Crimsonstreak
Author:  Matt Adams
Format:  Trade Paperback
Publisher:  Candlemark & Gleam
Price:  $19.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy/Superhero
ISBN:  9781936460267

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
Framed by his father, “reformed” supervillain Colonel Chaos, super-speedster Chris Fairborne, AKA Crimsonstreak, is sent to the Clermont Institution for the Criminally Insane. A hero surrounded by dastardly inmates and heartless guards, Chris struggles to keep his wits about him, until the arrival of some unexpected new “guests” at the facility provides him with a means for escape. Once out, though, he discovers that the world he knew is gone, replaced by a fascist, supposedly utopian state run by none other than Colonel Chaos himself.

With the heroes of the world locked away or fighting in a disorganized resistance, Crimsonstreak teams up with a snarky British butler and a teenage superhero-to-be. Together, the unlikely (and bickering) allies must take down Crimsonstreak’s dad and set the world right. Not easy when your only powers are super-speed and looking good in spandex. But hey, someone’s got to save the world.

I, Crimsonstreak is a first-person superhero novel brimming with parallel universes, stuffy British butlers, crafty supervillains, cloning, gadgets, a fascist police state disguised as a utopian society, and enough geeky pop culture references to stun a Wookie.

The Croning
Author:  Laird Barron 
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books, May 1, 2012
Price: $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Horror
ISBN:  978-1-59780-230-7

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us...

Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret...

...of The Croning.

From Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation, comes The Croning, a debut novel of cosmic horror.

Scourge of the Betrayer
Author:  Jeff Salyards
Series:  Bloodsounder's Arc
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books, May 1, 2012
Price: $24.99
Language: English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-59780-406-6

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
A gritty new fantasy saga begins . . .

Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies--or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself.

Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe . . . and Arki might be next.

Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience!

A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire--and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul.

Author:  Cassie Alexander
Series:  Nightshifted / Edie Spence
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 22, 2012
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780312553395

2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts
From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

May Book Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of books being published in May 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 May 2012 releases by clicking HERE. Click the printer image to print.

May 1, 2012
Man-Kzin Wars XIII Larry Niven (creator) SF - Anthology
Magic Lantern Alex Archer F - Rogue Angel 36
Demon's Bride Zoe Archer PNR - Hellraisers 2
The Croning (d) Laird Barron H
Embrace of the Damned Anya Bast PNR - Brotherhood of the Damned 1
The Land that Time Forgot (ri) Edgar Rice Burroughs SF
Terry Pratchett: The Spirit of Fantasy Craig Cabell Biography
Invincible Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Fleet : Beyond the Frontier 2
Naamah's Blessing (h2mm) Jacqueline Carey F - Kushiel's Legacy 9
Brownies and Broomsticks Bailey Cates PCM - Magical Bakery Mystery 1
A Thief of Nightshade J. S. Chancellor F
The Rose of Sarifal Paulina Claiborne F - Forgotten Realms : Moonshae Isles
The Waiting Room (h2tp) F. G. Cottam H
Heart of Brass Kate Cross FR/SP - Clockwork Agents 1
Captivated Lauren Dane PER/SF - Phantom Corps 3
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 4 Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Bad Blood Lucienne Diver PER - Latter-Day Olympians 1
Warrior Enchanted Addison Fox PNR - Sons of the Zodiac 4
The Black Opera Mary Gentle HF
Sound of the Heart Genevieve Graham PHR
The Minority Council Kate Griffin UF - Matthew Swift 4
The Impossible Cube Steven Harper F/SP - Clockwork Empire 2
Deadlocked (Signed Edition): A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 12
Deadlocked Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse 12
Queen of Kings: A Novel of Cleopatra, the Vampire (h2tp) Maria Dahvana Headley HF
In the Company of Witches Joey W. Hill PNR - Arcane Shot 2
Kiss of the Goblin Prince Shona Husk PNR - Shadowlands 2
Under Suspicion Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detection Agency 3
The Killing Moon N. K. Jemisin F - Dreamblood 1
Life Guards in the Hamptons Celia Jerome UF - Willow Tate 4
The Shifter Jean Johnson PNR - Shifting Plains 2
The Danger That Is Damion Lisa Renee Jones PNR - Zodius 3
The Uninvited Guests Sadie Jones HistFiction/Ghosts
Where There's Smoke Karen Kelley PER - Good Girl 1
Copycat Killing Sofie Kelly PCM - A Magical Cats Mystery 3
Born of Silence Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - League 5
Sparks Fly Katie MacAlister PNR - Light Dragons 3
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Short Story Collection
The Ninth Nightmare Graham Masterton H - Night Warriors 5
A Blight of Mages Karen Miller F - Kingmaker, Kingbreaker 3
Wizard Undercover K.E. Mills F - Rogue Agent 4
By the Blood of Heroes Joseph Nassise AH/Z - The Great Undead War 1
The Claimed Caridad Piñeiro PNR - Sin Hunters 4
This Flawless Place Between Bruno Portier F
Chicory Up Irene Radford F - The Pixie Chronicles 2
The Seven Year Witch Jodi Redford PER - That Old Black Magic 2
Earth Ship Protectress John Ricks SF - Freddy Anderson Chronicles 2
Journey Beyond 2012 Piero Rivolta Metaphysical
Scourge of the Betrayer (d) Jeff Salyards F - Bloodsounder's Arc 1
Water Mark Kathleen Scott PER
Bloodthirst in Babylon David Searls H
Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley Robert Sheckley SF
Lord Valentine's Castle Robert Silverberg SF/F - Majipoor Cycle 1
Nightmare City Maynard Sims H
Shadowborn Alison Sinclair HF - Darkborn Trilogy
R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Volume II: Extinction, Annihilation, Resurrection Lisa Smedman F
The Council of Shadows (h2mm) S. M. Stirling F - Shadowspawn 2
Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia Zeke Teflon SF
Amateur Angel Kari Thompson F
Aurorarama (h2tp) Jean-Christophe Valta SF - Mysteries of New Venice 1
The Second Book of Grimm Shiloh Walker PNR - Grimm
Shadow Raiders (h2mm) Margaret Weis F - Dragon Brigade 1
Land of Hope and Glory (h2tp) Geoffrey Wilson F
Bereft: A Novel Chris Womersley G

May 2, 2012
Powers James A. Burton UF
War and Space: Recent Combat Sean Wallace (ed) SF

May 8, 2012
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (ri) Philip Jose Farmer SF - Wold Newton
Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake (e) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake
The Eye of the World (ri) Robert Jordan F - Wheel of Time 1
V Wars Jonathan Maberry H - Short Stories
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion Walter Mosley UF
Rollback (h2tp) Robert J. Sawyer SF
The Sunless Countries (h2tp) Karl Schroeder SF
The Slab Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War 5
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (eds) F - Anthology

May 10, 2012
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination Edogawa Rampo H - Collection
Overseas Beatriz Williams TTR

May 15, 2012
I, Crimsonstreak Matt Adams F
The Future is Japanese: Stories From and About the Land of the Rising Sun Haikasoru (ed) F - Anthology
Endlight Dawning 2012: The Maya Knew John P. Cater SF - Endlight Event
Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance Sylvia Day FTER - Anthology
Eye in the Sky (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
The Man Who Japed (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
The Zap Gun (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
What I Didn't See Karen Joy Fowler SF
The UnTied Kingdom Kate Johnson F
Diablo III: The Order Nate Kenyon F
Night Walker Lisa Kessler PNR - Night 1
The Bone House (h2tp) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 2
The Skin Map (tp2mm) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 1
The Scarlet Plague (Anniversary Edition) Jack London SF
Bright's Passage (h2tp) Josh Ritter Metaphysical
The Testament of Jessie Lamb Jane Rogers UF
The Shadowmage Trilogy Matthew Sprange F -Twilight of Kerberos Omnibus
Reamde: A Novel (h2tp) Neal Stephenson SF

May 16, 2012
Georgia through Earth, Fire, Air and Water Michael Berman F
Fear of the Fathers Dominic C. James O/S - The Reiki Man Trilogy

May 20, 2012
Talisman Of El Alecia Stone F

May 22, 2012
The King's Blood Daniel Abraham F - Dagger and Coin 2
Nightshifted (d) Cassie Alexander UF - Nightshifted/Edie Spence 1
Dark Jenny (tp2mm) Alex Bledsoe F/M - Eddie Lactrosse Mystery 3
The Paths of the Dead (h2tp) Steven Brust F - Viscount of Adrilankha 1
Destroyer of Worlds Mark Chadbourn F - Kingdom of the Serpent 3
Out of the Waters (h2mm) David Drake F - Books of the Elements 2
Orb Sceptre Throne (tp and h) Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire 4
A Tree of Bones Gemma Files F - Hexslinger 3
The Vampire Dimitri (tp2mm) Colleen Gleason PNR - Recency Draculia 2
Legacy (h2mm) David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 6
Midnight's Master Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 1
Zombie Island Lori Handeland F - Shakespeare Undead 2
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 James Patrick Kelly
John Kessel
SF - Anthology
Princeps L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 5
Beauty and the Werewolf (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey GR - Five Hundred Kingdoms 6
The Walls of the Universe (h2mm) Paul Melko SF - Walls of the Universe 1
The Enemy's Kiss Zandria Munson PNR
Honeyed Words (h2mm) J. A. Pitts F - Sarah Beauhall 2
Further: Beyond the Threshold Chris Roberson SF
2312 Kim Stanley Robinson SF
Dark Magic James Swain ST/O
Guardian of the Night Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR - Vampire Moons
Shadow Bound Rachel Vincent UF - Unbound 2
Dog Days Elsa Watson FR
Nightworld (ri) F. Paul Wilson H - Adversary Cycle 6

May 23, 2012
Ultramarines: The Second Omnibus Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Ultramarines

May 25, 2012
House of Doors (h2tp) Chez Brenchley H - Keys to D'Esperance 2

May 28, 2012
Closed Horizon Peter Lantos SF

May 29, 2012
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste Kevin J. Anderson (ed) H - Anthology
Flandry's Legacy Poul Anderson SF - The Technic Civilization Omnibus
The White-Luck Warrior (h2tp) R. Scott Bakker F - Aspect-Emperor 2
The Janus Affair Pip Ballantine F/SP - Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 2
Bleeding Out Jes Battis UF - OSI 5
The Science of Avatar Stephen Baxter Science/SF
When Passion Lies J.K. Beck PNR - Shadow Keepers 4
Harmony Keith Brooke SF
The Devil's Nebula Eric Brown SF - Weird Space 1
Charmed By His Love Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 2
Year's Best SF 17 David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer
SF - Anthology
The Emperor's Gift Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000 : Grey Knights
The Primarchs Christian Dunn SF - Warhammer : Horus Heresy 20
Casket of Souls Lynn Flewelling F - Nightrunner 6
The Scottish Prisoner (h2tp) Diana Gabaldon HF - Lord John Grey 3
Seeker of Shadows Nancy Gideon PNR - Moonlight 6
The Magician King (h2tp) Lev Grossman F - Magician 2
Hit List (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
The Nano Flower (h2tp) Peter F. Hamilton SF/M - The Mandel Files. Vol. 2
Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Cursed Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 2
Night's Engines Trent Jamieson F - Nightbound Land 2
Deceived (h2mm) Paul S. Kemp SF - Star Wars: The Old Republic 2
Wolfheart (h2mm) Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
By the Light of the Moon (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
The Darkest Evening of the Year (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
From the Corner of His Eye (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Life Expectancy (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
One Door Away from Heaven (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Bloodsworn Nathan Long F - Ulrika the Vampire 3
Devilishly Sexy Kathy Love PNR - Devilishly 2
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies James Marshall H
Dragon's Time (h2mm) Anne McCaffrey and Tom McCaffrey F - Dragonriders of Pern
Going Interstellar Les Johnson
Jack McDevitt
SF - Anthology
A Blood Seduction Pamela Palmer PNR - Vamp City 1
Toxicity Andy Remic SF - Books of the Anarchy 2
A Brief Guide to Star Trek Brian J. Robb
Darkness Becomes Her Jaime Rush PNR - Offspring 6
All Spell Breaks Loose Lisa Shearin F - Raine Benares 6
The Road to Bedlam (ri) Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 2
Sixty-One Nails (ri) Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 1
Strangeness and Charm Mike Shevdon UF - The Courts of the Feyre 3
Tangle of Need Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changelings 11
Threshold (h2mm) Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 2
The Watchers Jon Steele ST
No Going Back Mark L. Van Name SF - Jon and Lobo 5

May 31, 2012
Damnation for Beginners Alan Campbell F
Magic, Myth and Monsters: Music, Sound and Fantasy Cinema Janet K. Halfyard
Crawling Chaos Volume One: Selected Weird Fiction 1917-1927 H.P. Lovecraft H
The Providence Rider Robert McCammon ST - Matthew Corbett 4
The Dragon Griaule Lucius Shepard F -Short Stories

d - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Roamnce
FTER - Fairy Tale Erotic Romance
G - Gothic
GR - Gothic Romance
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
O - Occult
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
S - Supernatural
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
ST - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies
2012 Debut Author Challange - May 2012 Debuts

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