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May 2014 Releases


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



May 2014 Releases





May 1, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Half Past Human T. J. Bass SF/Dys - SF Masterworks
The Summoning: A Supernatural Tale of Dark Fantasy F.G. Cottam DF/Su
The Black Mausoleum (h2tp) Stephen Deas F- Memory of Flames 4
Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas Bradley Denton SF/F/H - Collection
Watch Your Step (e) Jessica L. Jackson PNR - Look Behind You  2
The Witch's Desire (e) Elle James PNR
Garry Kilworth SF Gateway Omnibus Garry Kilworth SF - Navigator Kings Trilogy Omnibus
Wolf Moon Rising (ri) Lara Parker H - Dark Shadows
The Highlander's Haunted Kiss (e) Joanne Rock PNR - Secrets of the Darroch Clan 1
John Sladek SF Gateway Omnibus John Sladek SF - The Reproductive System, The Muller-Fokker Effect, and Tik-Tok
E.E. 'Doc' Smith SF Gateway Omnibus E.E 'Doc' Smith SF - Skylark Sequence novels
Elemental Desire (e) Denise Tompkins PNR
E.C. Tubb SF Gateway Omnibus E.C. Tubb SF - The Extra Man, The Space-Born, Fires of Satan
Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1976-1985 Kurt Vonnegut Collection
The Legion of Shadow Michael J. Ward F - DestinyQuest 1
The Place of Dead Kings (h2tp) Geoffrey Wilson F



May 2, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Steampunk Coloring Book Luis Ortiz SP - Coloring Book



May 5, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Path of the Dead (D) Timothy Baker DF - Hungry Ghosts 1



May 6, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Deadly Shores Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 9
Storm Surge (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyermen 8
Grendel's Curse Alex Archer UF - Rogue Angel 48
Jupiter War (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Owner Trilogy 3
Polity Agent (h2tp) Neal Asher SF - Agent Cormac 4
End Program James Axler (Rik Hoskin) SF - Deathlands 116
Necropolis James Axler (Douglas P. Wojtowicz) SF - Outlanders 69
Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice (h2tp) Stephen Baxter SF - Doctor Who
The Goodbye Witch Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 4
Mirror Sight Kristen Britain F - Green Rider 5
Steadfast Jack Campbell SF - The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 4
The Kraken King Part IV: The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Omega Days John L. Campbell PA/Dys/Z
Treasure Planet Hal Colebatch
Jessica Q. Fox
SF - Man-Kzin Wars
Sung in Blood (ri) Glen Cook F
The Unforgiven (e) Alyssa Day PNR - League of the Black Swan 2
Klingon Art of War Keith R. A. DeCandido SF - Star Trek
The Three Emperors William Dietrich HistTh/F - Ethan Gage 7
American Craftsmen (D) Tom Doyle UF
The Sea Without a Shore David Drake SF - RCN / Lt. Leary 10
The Adversary (h2mm) Erin M. Evans F - Forgotten Realms: Sundering 3
The Oversight Charlie Fletcher UF - Oversight Trilogy 1
Slightly Spellbound Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 4
Vampire's Thirst Cynthia Garner SFR - Awakening 2
People of the Morning Star W. Michael Gear
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
HistF - North America’s Forgotten Past 21
End of Days (h2tp) Robert Gleason Th/P
War Crimes Christie Golden F - World of Warcraft
Midnight Crossroad Charlene Harris UF - Midnight, Texas 1
Witches in Red Barb Hendee F - Mist-Torn Witches 2
Writers of the Future Volume 30
SF/F - Anthology
Mammals James Robert Herndon F
The Secret Woman (ri) Victoria Holt Go
SynBio Leslie Horvitz MedTh
Sworn in Steel Douglas Hulick F - Tale of the Kin 2
The Guild Jean Johnson FR - Guardians of Destiny 3
Children of Fire (h2tp) Drew Karpyshyn F - Chaos Born Trilogy 1
Zombie, Indiana: A Novel Scott Kenemore H/Z - Zombie 3
Alien Collective Gini Koch UF/SF - Katherine “Kitty” Katt 9
Starship Grifters Robert Kroese SF
Crucible of Fire, The Dark Need, The Rising Dead Mel Odom
Stant Litore
Stella Green
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - The Dead Man 7
The Wrath of the Just Manel Loureiro Dys - Apocalypse Z 3
The Enceladus Crisis Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 2
The Crimson Campaign Brian McClellan F - Powder Mage Trilogy 2
Sparrow Hill Road Seanan McGuire UF - Ghost Stories 1
Close Reach (e) Jonathan Moore Th/H
A Tiger's Tale Laura Morrigan PCM -Call of the Wilde Mystery 2
The Time Traveler's Wife (ri) Audrey Niffenegger TT/R
Secret of the Stars Andre Norton SF - Omnibus
The Bees (D - US) Laline Paull F/Dys
The Mothers of Voorhisville: A Tor.Com Original (e) Mary Rickert F
Gemsigns (D - US) Stephanie Saulter SF - Revolution 1
Fire Kin M. J. Scott F - Half-Life City 4
The Bone Season (h2tp) Samantha Shannon F - Bone Season 1
Science Fiction: 101: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction Robert K. Silverberg SF - History and Criticism
The Whispering Muse (h2tp) Sjón F
Magnificent Vibration (D -Fiction) Rick Springfield UF
Dragon Princess S. Andrew Swann F
Her Perfect Mate Paige Tyler PNR/Th - X-Ops 1
Indistinguishable from Magic Catherynne Valente F
Authority Jeff VanderMeer SF/Th - Southern Reach Trilogy 2
Possession (h2mm) J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 5
Freehold (Signed Limited Edition) Michael Z. Williamson SF - Freehold 1
The Silk Map Chris Willrich F - Gaunt and Bone 2
Scars (h2tp) Chris Wraight F - Horus Heresy
Blind Faith (e) Rebecca Zanetti SFR - Sins Brothers 3



May 7, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Magic City: Recent Spells Paula Guran (ed) F - Anthology
The Madonna of the Abattoir: A Tor.Com Original (e) Anne M. Pillsworth F
Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome: A Tor.Com Original (e) John Scalzi SF



May 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Myth of Persephone in Girls' Fantasy Literature (h2tp) Holly Blackford History and Criticism
Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed Sherryl Vint SF - History and Criticism



May 12, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
In the Black (e) Sheryl Nantus SFR - Tales from the Edge 1
Sphinx: The Second Coming (e) James Thorton SF
Salvation (e) Stephanie Tyler PA/SFR - Defiance 3



May 13, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dead Man's Hand (e) John Joseph Adams WW - Anthology
Clockwork Angels (ri) Kevin J. Anderson SP
Resurrection, Inc. Kevin J. Anderson SF - 25th Anniversary Edition
Obsidian Curse Barbra Annino PM - Stacey Justice Mystery 5
Part of Me (e) A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts
The Kraken King Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Wonderfully Wicked (e) C. J. Burright PNR - Wicked 1
Queen of the Dark Things C. Robert Cargill UF - Dreams and Shadows 2
Honour Imperialis Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Rob Sanders
Steve Lyons
F - Warhammer 40,000: Omnibus
Fire Rising: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Assassin King (tp) Elizabeth Haydon F - Symphony of Ages 6
Journey into Nyx: Godsend, Part II (e) Jenna Helland F - Magic The Gathering
Motherless Child Glen Hirshberg H
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 Kij Johnson (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Elysian Fields (h2tp) Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology Stephen Graham Jones (ed) Neo-Noir - Anthology
The Goddess Chronicle (h2tp) Natsuo Kirino Myth
The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel Norman Lock F/TT/Mu
Defenders Will McIntosh SF
The Remaining: Faith: A Novella (e) D.J. Molles H - The Remaining
House of the Rising Sun Kristen Painter UF - Crescent City 1
The Kraken Project Douglas Preston Th/SF
The Kill Switch James Rollins
Grant Blackwood
Th/SF - Tucker Wayne 1
The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words from Across Space and Time Cavan Scott
Mark wright
SF - Doctor Who
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Antitype: A Penguin Special from Dutton (e) M. D. Waters SF
The Wizard Lord Lawrence Watt-Evans F - Annals of the Chosen 1
Point of Direction (D) Rachel Weaver Th
The Very Best of Tad Williams Tad Williams F - Collection



May 14, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Litany of Earth: A Tor.com Original Ruthanna Emrys DF



May 15, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces Susan M. Bernardo (ed) LC - Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy



May 16, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues Jason Barr (ed)
Camille D. G. Mustachio (ed)
SF - Science Fiction Television



May 19, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Goddess Born (e) Kari Edgren PNR
Dragons & Dirigibles (e) Cindy Spencer Pape SPR - Gaslight Chronicles 7



May 20, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Island in a Sea of Stars: A Tor.Com Original Kevin J. Anderson SF - Saga of Shadow
Possessed by a Warrior and Possessed by an Immortal Sharon Ashwood PNR
The Boost Stephen Baker Th/Techno
The Pillars of Sand Mark T. Barnes F - Echoes of Empire 3
The Kraken King Part VI: The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
The Girl in the Road (D) Monica Byrne SF
Thief's Magic Trudi Canavan F - Millennium’s Rule 1
The Severed Streets Paul Cornell UF - London Falling 2
Godzilla - The Official Movie Novelization Greg Cox SF - Godzilla
A Dance of Shadows David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 4
Suffer the Children Craig DiLouie H
The Chronicle of Secret Riven Ronlyn Domingue F - Keeper of Tales Trilogy 2
Temporary Hauntings (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 2
Fire Rising: Part 2 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Commissar Andy Hoare F - Warhammer 40,000
Haxan Kenneth Mark Hoover TT
Highfell Grimoires Langley Hyde SP/Th
Double Hexed (e) Allyson James
(Jennifer Ashley)
PNR - Stormwalker Novella
Irregular Verbs and Other Stories Matthew Johnson SF/F - Collection
Untamed Wolf and Immortal Cowboy Linda O. Johnston
Alexis Morgan
PNR
Sixth Grave on the Edge Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 6
The Three Sarah Lotz Su/Th
Ghouls Rush In H.P. Mallory PNR - Peyton Clark 1
Wizards: From Merlin to Faust David McIntee Myths and Legends
Among the Unseen Jodi McIsaac F - Thin Veil 3
Reaping the Dark (e) Gary McMahon H
The Man with the Compound Eyes (D - US) Wu Ming-Yi
Cyador's Heirs L. E. Modesitt, Jr. F - Sage of Recluce 17
Delia's Shadow Jaime Lee Moyer F
Troll Mountain: Omnibus Edition (e) Matthew Reilly F/Sus/Su
The Wolf Siren and Demon Wolf Karen Whiddon
Bonnie Vanak
PNR
My Real Children Jo Walton SF



May 22, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Scorched (e) Erica Hayes UF



May 26, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Court of Conspiracy (e) April Taylor AH - The Tudor Enigma 1
Crucible (e) T.D. Wilson SF - Epherium Chronicles 2



May 27, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Demon Creed (e) Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 3
White Heart of Justice Jill Archer F - Noon Onyx 3
The Last President (h2mm) John Barnes PA/SF - Daybreak 3
Banishing the Dark Jenn Bennett UF - Arcadia Bell 4
The Kraken King Part VII: The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Iron Seas
Skin Game Jim Butcher UF - The Dresden Files 15
Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising Sarah Cawkwell AH/F
Strange Country Deborah Coates UF - Wide Open 3
Warbound (h2mm) Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Deadlock (e) Tim Curran H
Undead and Unsure (h2mm) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 12
True Love (h2mm) Jude Deveraux PNR - Nantucket Brides 1
Dark Matter Ian Douglas SF - Star Carrier 5
The Lost Sarah Beth Durst UF - The Lost 1
Air Bound (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Sea Haven 3
Alien 3: The Official Movie Novelization Alan Dean Foster SF - Alien
The Cursed Heather Graham Sus/P - Krewe of Hunters 12
Fire Rising: Part 3 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
The Orpheus Descent Tom Harper Th/Hist
The Asylum (h2tp) John Harwood Go/H
Kiss of Wrath Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 4
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel G. Michael Hopf Dys - New World 3
Noah's Boy (tp2mm) Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifters 3
Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Hunt the Darkness Alexandra Ivy PNR - Guardians of Eternity 11
The Immortal Circus: Final Act A. R. Kahler UF - Cirque des Immortels 3
Hunt at World's End Nicholas Kaufmann Th - Gabriel Hunt
The Way to Babylon Paul Kearney F
The Mark of the Tala Jeffe Kennedy F - Twelve Kingdoms 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm Greg Keyes SF - Movie Prequel
Deeply Odd (h2mm) Dean Koontz H - Odd Thomas 6
Vulkan Lives Nick Kyme F - Horus Heresy
Emperor of Thorns (h2mm) Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 3
Artemis Awakening Jane Lindskold SF
Unforgiven Cat Miller PNR - Forbidden Bond 2
The Remaining D.J. Molles H - The Remaining 1
Crown of Renewal Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 5
Friends 'Til the End: A Tor.Com Original (e) Bethany Neal F
The Given Vicki Pettersson Su/Noir - Celestial Blues 3
The Kassa Gambit (h2tp) M.C. Planck SF
Captured (e) Caris Roane PNR - Savage Chains 1
Queen of Swords (e) Katee Robert SFR - Sanctify 1
Innocent Blood James Rollins
Rebecca Cantrell
Th/H - Order of the Sanguines 2
Reach for Infinity Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF - Anthology
Night Terrors Tim Waggoner UF - Shadow Watch 1
Sea Change (h2tp) S.M. Wheeler F
Pirates of the Timestream (tp2mm) Steve White SF - Jason Thanou 3




May 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay H



May 29, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Immortal Crown Richelle Mead F - Age of X 2



May 30, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Milkman: A Freeworld Novel Michael J. Martineck SF - Freeworld


May 31, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The River of Souls Robert McCammon HistM - Matthew Corbett 5


D - Debut
e - eBook
ed - Editor
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
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
MedTh - Medical Thriller
Mu - Mash-Up
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western
Z - Zombie


2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts


2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts


There are 8 debuts for May. Please note that we 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). Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite May cover for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place starting on May 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).



Timothy Baker

Path of the Dead
Hungry Ghosts 1
Ragnarok Publications, May 5, 2014

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts

Nestled on the foot of Tibet’s sacred Seche La Mountain is the village of Dagzê. The normally quiet streets are bustling with the steady stream of arrivals and preparations for the coming Festival of the Medicine King; a time of celebration, healing, and renewal. But a shadow is sweeping the world, a plague of apocalyptic proportions—the dead are rising and devouring the living, and no place is safe where humanity thrives.

As Dagzê burns, overtaken by the hungry undead, five people come together: Lama Tenzin, an elder monk; Gu-lang, the silent warrior nun and Tenzin’s protector; Cheung, a private in The People’s Army, driver and escort of the Lama; ten-year-old Chodren Dawa, witness to his sister’s death and rising; and Dorje Cetan, a Shaolin-trained hermit monk of Seche La and a dreamer of a dark portent. Together they must fight their way out of Dagzê to an abandoned Buddhist hermitage clinging to the mist-shrouded cliffs of Seche La.

With the undead following and gathering at Eagle’s Nest gate, they barricade themselves inside their dead-end haven, and are soon forced to battle the beasts without, as well as the ones within.



Monica Byrne

The Girl in the Road
Crown, May 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Stunningly original and wildly inventive, The Girl in the Road melds the influences of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Erin Morgenstern for a dazzling debut.

In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation. Slipping out in the cover of night, with a knapsack full of supplies including a pozit GPS system, a scroll reader, and a sealable waterproof pod, she sets off for Ethiopia, the place of her birth.

Meanwhile, Mariama, a young girl in Africa, is forced to flee her home. She joins up with a caravan of misfits heading across the Sahara. She is taken in by Yemaya, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who becomes her protector and confidante. They are trying to reach Addis Abba, Ethiopia, a metropolis swirling with radical politics and rich culture. But Mariama will find a city far different than she ever expected—romantic, turbulent, and dangerous.

As one heads east and the other west, Meena and Mariama’s fates are linked in ways that are mysterious and shocking to the core.

Written with stunning clarity, deep emotion, and a futuristic flair, The Girl in the Road is an artistic feat of the first order: vividly imagined, artfully told, and profoundly moving.



Tom Doyle

American Craftsmen
Tor Books, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first.

US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a “craftsman.” After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.

Dale uncovers treason in the Pentagon’s highest covert ranks. He hunts for his enemies before they can murder him and Scherie, a new friend who knows nothing of his magic.

Endicott pursues Dale, divided between his duty to capture a rogue soldier and his desire to protect Dale from his would-be assassins. They will discover that the demonic horrors that have corrupted American magic are not bound by family or even death itself.

In Tom Doyle's thrilling debut, American Craftsmen, Seal Team Six meets ancient magic--with the fate of the United States hanging in the balance . . .



Wu Ming-Yi

The Man with the Compound Eyes
Pantheon, May 20, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
(US English-language debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
When a tsunami sends a massive island made entirely of trash crashing into the Taiwanese coast, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical island and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. Here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan, who has written an “astonishing” novel (The Independent) that is at once fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga.

Fifteen-year-old Atile’i—a native of Wayo Wayo, an island somewhere in the Pacific—has come of age. Following the custom of his people, he is set adrift as a sacrifice to the Sea God but, unlike those who have gone before him, Atile’i is determined to defy precedent and survive. His chances seem slim, but just as it appears that hope is lost, Atile’i comes across a sprawling trash vortex floating in the ocean and climbs onto it.

Meanwhile, on the east coast of Taiwan, Alice, a college professor, is overcome with grief. Her husband and son are missing, having disappeared while hiking in the mountains near their home. Alice is so distraught that she decides to end her own life. But her plans are interrupted by a violent storm that causes the trash vortex to collide with the Taiwanese coast, bringing Atile’i along with it. Alice and Atile’i subsequently form an unlikely friendship that helps each of them come to terms with what they have lost. Together they set out to uncover the mystery of Alice’s lost family, following their footsteps into the mountains. Intertwined with Alice and Atile’i’s story are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples—and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes.

A work of lyrical beauty that combines magical realism and environmental fable, The Man with the Compound Eyes is an incredible story about the bonds of family, the meaning of love, and the lasting effects of human destruction.



Laline Paull

The Bees
Ecco, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death.

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.

But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.

Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.



Stephanie Saulter

Gemsigns
®EVOLUTION 1
Jo Fletcher Books, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
(US Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Starburst magazine raved that Gemsigns, the first novel in a series, is “a fascinating and compelling read, exploring the boundaries of human behavior, religious influences, and the morality of the everyday person. It comes highly recommended.”

For years the human race was under attack from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, Gems—the line between survival and ethics was radically altered. Now the Gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves. And a conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the Gems is the key to that freedom. But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.



Rick Springfield

Magnificent Vibration
Touchstone, May 6, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 288 pages
(Fiction Debut)

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Why are we here? What is love? Is there a loch ness monster? Does God send text messages?

These are the kinds of questions Horatio Cotton, aka Bobby, asks in New York Times bestseller Rick Springfield’s debut novel, Magnificent Vibration.

After stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore, Bobby calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God. This launches Bobby on an unlikely quest, serendipitously accompanied by a breathtakingly sexy and exceedingly sharp travel companion named Alice. Together the pair sets out to find some combination of spiritual and carnal salvation—and possibly save the planet.

By turns hilarious, poignant, over-the-top, and deeply meaningful, Magnificent Vibration is a highly original novel about the biggest questions one man—or mankind—has ever asked.



Rachel Weaver

Point of Direction
Ig Publishing, May 13, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 232 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge - May 2014 Debuts
Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for each other, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of a deep channel—a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago. What seems the perfect adventure for these two quickly unravels, as closely-held secrets pull them apart, and the surrounding waters threaten uncertain danger. A psychological thriller set against the rugged landscape of coastal Alaska, Point of Direction is an exquisite literary debut.



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