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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2013! And hopefully the poll will work this time. No, really it will.


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.


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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by Stephan Martiniere





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by E.B. Hudspeth





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013
Cover Art by Jamie McKelvie





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - May 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts


2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for May.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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.

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





The Garden of Stones
Author Mark T. Barnes
Series:  Echoes of Empire
Publisher:   47North, May 21, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 506 pages
Price:  $14.95
ISBN:   978-1611098938

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shrīan into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.

Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.





Generation V
Author M. L. Brennan
Publisher:  Roc, May 7, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN9780451418401 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…





The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
AuthorE.B. Hudspeth
Publisher:  Quirk Books, May 21, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 208 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781594746161  (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
Philadelphia. The late 1870s. A city of cobblestone sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages. Home to the famous anatomist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a “resurrectionist” (aka grave robber), Dr. Black studied at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from his humble beginnings to the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.





The Shambling Guide to New York City
AuthorMur Lafferty
Series:  The Shambling Guides
Publisher:  Orbit Books, May 28, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN: 9780316221177 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city - for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.

Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.





Apocalypse Cow
AuthorMichael Logan
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin, May 21, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781250032867 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts

If you think you've seen it all -- WORLD WAR Z, THE WALKING DEAD-- you haven't seen anything like this. From the twisted brain of Michael Logan comes Apocalypse Cow, a story about three unlikely heroes who must save Britain . . . from a rampaging horde of ZOMBIE COWS!

Forget the cud. They want blood.

It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn't recognize a scoop if she tripped over one.

As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?

Three losers.
Overwhelming odds.
One outcome . . .

Yup, we're screwed.





Montaro Caine
Author:  Sidney Poitier
Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau, May 7, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-385-53111-5 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - May 2013 Debuts

A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.

Montaro Caine, CEO of the Fitzer Corporation, is losing control of the company he built just as his teenage daughter is experiencing her own difficulties. At this moment of crisis, a man and woman appear at his office with a coin of unknown provenance, composed of a metal unknown on Earth. Montaro immediately recognizes it as the companion of a coin he analyzed as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT, which was later returned to its unidentified owner. The coin’s appearance draws the attention of scientists, collectors, financiers, and thieves, all of whom vie to get their hands on it, and Montaro himself hopes that the discovery of the coin will save his company. But the value of the coin lies not in its monetary worth but in its hold on the people who come into contact with it. These include the young woman who is not aware of the object that was found in her hand at birth; an old man who, as a boy, crafted a wooden compact as a gift for a young Montaro Caine; and the elusive healer Matthew Perch, who, from his hut on a small Caribbean island, knows precisely why these people have been brought together and what wisdom the coin imparts.

In his first novel, the beloved actor and director Sidney Poitier takes us on a wild and unexpected adventure—from New York to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. The novel offers Poitier’s heartfelt message about the potential each of us has within ourselves, and about being open to the possibility that there are mysteries in the universe, and here on Earth, far greater than we can imagine. An enthralling journey into the magic of existence, Montaro Caine is a radiant debut from an American legend.




May 2013 Releases



Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in May 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.


May 2013 Releases



May 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Her Wicked Wolf Kendra Leigh Castle PNR
Zombie Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos James Marshall H - How to End Human Suffering 2
The Silence Sarah Rayne SuSus
Heart of the Jaguar (e) Katie Reus PNR
Jack of Coins: A Tor.Com Original (e) Christopher Rowe F
The Middle Kingdom David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 3



May 6, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Brazen Amazon (e) Sandy James UFR - Alliance of the Amazons 3



May 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Alteration (ri) Kingsley Amis AH
The Green Man (ri) Kingsley Amis Gh
Zero Point [NSB] Neal Asher SF - The Owner 2
Hearts of Shadow Kira Brady PNR - Deadglass Trilogy 2
Generation V (D) M.L. Brennan UF -An American Vampire 1
Guardian Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier3
The Influence Ramsey Campbell H
His Broken Angel (e) Beth Ciotta SPR - The Glorious Victorious Darcys Novella
The Cursed Alyssa Day PNR - League of the Black Swan 1
Community Service (e) Vaughn R. Demont UF - Broken Mirrors 3
Dead Man's Deal Jocelynn Drake UF - Asylum Tales 2
Taming the Demon Doranna Durgin PNR
Eversworn Hailey Edwards PNR - Daughters of Askara 3
The Fictional Man Al Ewing SF
Portal Eric Flint
Ryk E. Spoor
SF - Boundary 3
Goodbye for Now (h2tp) Laurie Frankel SF/R
Into the Shadows Greg F. Gifune H
Elminster Enraged (h2mm) Ed Greenwood F - D&D: Forgotten Realms: The Sage of Shadowdale 3
Baneblade Guy Haley F - Warhammer 40,000 : Imperial Guard
The Havoc Machine Steven Harper SP - Clockwork Empire
Dead Ever After Charlaine Harris UF - Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire 13
The Mist-Torn Witches Barb Hendee F - Mist-Torn Witches 1
Taken by a Vampire Joey W. Hill PNR - Vampire Queen 9
Shield of Sea and Space Erin Hoffman F - Chaos Knight 3
Undone Sara Humphreys PNR - Amoveo Legend 4
Predatory Alexandra Ivy
Nina Bangs
Dianne Duvall
Hannah Jayne
PNR
Black Magic Russell James H
The Tower Jean Johnson PNR - Guardians of Destiny 1
Alien in the House Gini Koch SF - Katherine 'Kitty' Katt 7
Assassins' Dawn Stephen Leigh SF
The Reason is You (tp2mm) Sharla Lovelace R w/ PE
Time Thief Katie MacAlister PNR - Time Thief 1
Broken Branch (e) John Mantooth UF
Heart of Iron Bec McMaster SPR - London Steampunk 2
Tunnel Out of Death Jamil Nasir SF
Children of the Gates Andre Norton SF
The Belly of the Bow (ri/e) K. J. Parker F - Fencer Trilogy 2
Colours in the Steel (ri/e) K. J. Parker F - Fencer Trilogy 1
Memory K. J. Parker F - Scavenger Trilogy 3
Pattern (ri/e) K. J. Parker F - Scavenger Trilogy Series 2
The Proof House (ri/e) K. J. Parker F - Fencer Trilogy 3
Shadow (ri/e) K. J. Parker F - Scavenger Trilogy 1
Deathwatch Steve Parker F - Warhammer 40,000
Red Moon Benjamin Percy Su/Th
The Summer Man (D - 1st original novel) S.D. Perry H
Oberon's Dreams Aaron Pogue F
Montaro Caine (D) Sidney Poitier Metaphysical
Seduction: A Novel of Suspense M. J. Rose Sus/Gh
Tales of Majipoor Robert Silverberg SF - Short Stories
Keeper of the Shadows Alexandra Sokoloff PNR - The Keepers: L.A.
Shadows of Falling Night S. M. Stirling UF - Shadowspawn 3
The Finno-Ugrian Vampire (US D) Noemi Szecsi Satire
Nightbound Lynn Viehl PNR - Lords of the Darkyn 3
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion David Weber SF
Unclean Spirits Chuck Wendig UF - Gods and Monsters 1
Eternal Demon Laura Wright PNR - Mark of the Vampire 5
Sorry Please Thank You: Stories Charles Yu SF - Collection



May 8, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fire Above, Fire Below: A Tor.Com Original Garth Nix F



May 13, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
How Beauty Loved the Beast (e) Jax Garren PNR - Tales of the Underlight 3



May 14, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gilead's Curse Dan Abnett
Nik VIncent
F - Warhammer
The Tyrant's Law Daniel Abraham F - The Dagger and the Coin 3
Albert of Adelaide (h2tp) Howard Anderson F
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 Catherine Asaro (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Shall We Gather: A Tor.Com Original Alex Bledsoe F
World War Z Max Brooks H - Movie Tie-In
The Zodiac Paradox Christa Faust SF - Fringe
Magician's End Raymond E. Feist F - Chaoswar Saga 3
Midnight's Kiss: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Ruby's Ghost (e) Shona Husk PNR
Love Among the Particles Norman Lock F/SF/Fable
Hearts of Iron (Kindle e) Scott James Magner F - A Foreworld SideQuest
Elves: The Omnibus Graham McNeill F - Warhammer
Jewelweed: A Novel David Rhodes MR
The Human Division John Scalzi SF
The Healer Antti Tuomainen Th/Dys
Ha'penny (ri) Jo Walton M/AH



May 15, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol. 2 Carol Emshwiller MR/SF/Fab
Conservation of Shadows Yoon Ha Lee SF/F - Short Stories



May 16, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Stranger's Shadow Max Frei UF - The Labyrinths of Echo 4
Paratexts: Introductions to Science Fiction and Fantasy James Gunn SF/F - Essays
Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors Robert H. Waugh (ed) Studies in Supernatural Literature



May 20, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Drowned World (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
Hello America (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
The Unlimited Dream Company (ri) J. G. Ballard SF
Journey of Dominion Shawna Thomas SF - Triune Stones 2



May 21, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Garden of Stones (D) Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 1
The Secretist, Part Three (e) Doug Beyer F - Dragon's Maze
Dark Flight Cassi Carver SFR - Shadow Slayers 3
Blood and Bone Ian C. Esslemont F - Malazan Empire 5
Wicked Business (h2tp) Janet Evanovich M w/ PE - Lizzy and Diesel 2
Star Trek Into Darkness Alan Dean Foster SF - Star Trek
Midnight's Kiss: Part 2 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
The Asylum John Harwood Go/Th
Tarnished Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 2
The Clandestine Circle  (e) Mary H. Herbert F - Dragonlance: Crossroads
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black (D) E. B. Hudspeth F
Noble V: Greylancer Hideyuki Kikuchi H
Apocalypse Cow (US D) Michael Logan H
The War of Horus and Set David McIntee F - Myths and Legends
Samantha Moon Rising J.R. Rain UF - Vampire for Hire (Books 5, 6 and 7)
Drop Dead Beauty (e) Wendy Roberts PCM - Ghost Dusters Mystery 5
The Red Plague Affair Lilith Saintcrow SPM - Bannon and Claire Case 2
The Black Isle (h2tp) Sandi Tan F



May 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Super Bass: A Tor.Com Original Kai Ashante Wilson F



May 27, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wounded Angel Stacy Gail PNR - The Earth Angels 3
Prince of Shadows Nancy Gideon PNR - Shadows 4
Die on Your Feet S.G. Wong AH/M/Noir



May 28, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fiery Edge of Steel Jill Archer F - Noon Onyx 2
Binding the Shadows Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 3
Moxyland (ri) Lauren Beukes SF
Darkness Bred Stella Cameron PNR - Chimney Rock 2
Ride the Star Winds A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Sage 4
After Earth Peter David SF
Undead and Unstable (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Betsy Taylor 11
Dalek Collectible Figurine and Illustrated Book Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
 Light-Up Tardis Kit Richard Dinnick SF - Doctor Who
Avenging Angel Cynthia Eden PNR/AH - Fallen 4
Leopard's Prey Christine Feehan PNR - Leopard People 6
Forever Jacquelyn Frank PNR - World of Nightwalkers 2
Flashpoint (h2mm) Christie Golden SF - Starcraft II
Midnight's Kiss: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Darkest Warriors
Kiss the Dead (h2mm) Laurell K. Hamilton UF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 21
Shadow of Night (h2tp) Deborah Harkness F - All Souls Trilogy 2
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses Molly Harper PNR - Half Moon Hollow 3
Darkness Avenged Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 11
South of Surrender Laura Kaye PNR - Hearts of the Anemoi 3
Deeply Odd Dean Koontz H - Odd Thomas 6
The Shambling Guide to New York City (D) Mur Lafferty UF - Shambling Guides 1
The Spirit Well (h2tp) Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 3
The Shocks of Adversity William Leisner SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Horizon (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield Dys - Aftertime 3
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting John Lohman SF - Crafts
Sky Dragons Anne McCaffrey
Todd McCaffrey
F - Dragonriders of Pern: New Adventures
Antiagon Fire L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Imager Portfolio 7
Ghost Spin Chris Moriarty SF - Spin Trilogy 3
The Price of Peace Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 2
Any Other Name Emma Newman F - Split World 2
Tempest Reborn Nicole Peeler UF - Jane True 6
Damocles S. G. Redling SF
Blue Remembered Earth (h2mm) Alastair Reynolds SF - Poseidon's Children 1
Lady of the Forest (ri) Jennifer Roberson F - Robin Hood
The Eighth Court Mike Shevdon UF - Courts of the Feyre 4
Life on the Preservation Jack Skillingstead SF
Elfhome (h2mm) Wen Spencer F - Elfhome 3
Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy Jonathan Strahan (ed) F - Anthology
The Craving (tp2mm) Jason Starr UF - The Pack 2
Doctor Who: Who-ology Cavan Scott
Mark Wright
SF - Official Miscellany
Tangible (e) Jody Wallace UF - Dreamwalker 1
War Maid's Choice (h2mm) David Weber F - War God 4
The Blue Blazes Chuck Wendig UF - Mookie Pearl 1



May 29, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Elephant in the Room: A Tor.Com Original Paul Cornell SF



May 30, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Demon's Door (ri) Graham Masterton H



May 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Vyrkarion: The Heart of Fire J A Cullum F - Chronicles of the Karionin 3
Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction: A Thematic Survey (ri) Allen A. Debus F/SF
Warriors Barbara Galler-Smith
Josh Langston
F- Druids Trilogy 3
I Travel by Night Robert McCammon H
The Gist Michael Marshall Smith F
War over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction Richard Toronto SF/Literary Criticism



Please note that the following novels from Night Shade Books were supposed to published on May 7th. We will keep you posted regarding release dates for these novels.

May 7, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Daedalus Incident (D) Michael J Martinez SF/Historical
Prepare to Die! (h2tp) Paul Tobin SF/Superheroes
Zero Point Neal Asher SF - The Owner 2




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



AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
Gh - Ghost
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
N - Noir
PE - Paranormal Elements
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPM - Steampunk Mystery
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy






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