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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner

And the winner of the September Debut Author Challenge Cover wars is.....  Celtic Moon (Celtic Wolves 1) by Jan DeLima with 26% of the votes.

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner

The final results

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner

The September Debut Covers

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September 2013 Winner

Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the October 2013 Debut covers.

September 2013 Releases

Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in September 2013. 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.

September 2013 Releases

September 1, 2013
The Bridge (ri) Iain Banks F
Synners (ri) Pat Cadigan CyP - SF Materworks
Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood, Revised Edition: Patterns & Instructions for Dragons, Wizards & Other Creatures of Myth Shawn Cipa Crafts
Dangerous Visions (ri) Harlan Ellison (ed) SF - Anthology SF Masterworks
Some Like It Wicked (e) Lauren Hawkeye PNR
Tales of the Ghost Sword Hideyuki Kikuchi Gh - Anthology
Her Alpha Protector (e) Gwen Knight PNR
This Strange Way of Dying: Stories of Magic, Desire & the Fantastic Silvia Moreno-Garcia F/H/SF - Short Stories
Candlenight (ri) Phil Rickman SuTh
Frankenstein Mary Shelley SF - SF Masterworks
Crysis: Escalation Gavin Smith SF - Crysis (Game Tie-In)
She Walks in Darkness Evangeline Walton H/M
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells SF - SF Masterworks
Crystal Venom (e) Steve Wheeler SF - Fury of Aces 2
The Art of War David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 5
Ice and Fire (ri) David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 4

September 2, 2013
Unleash the Curse (e) Alexa Egan PHR - Imnada Brotherhood Novella
Fairies in My Fireplace (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 3

September 3, 2013
Releasing the Hunter Vivi Anna PNR
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF Mike Ashley (ed) SF - Anthology
MaddAddam Margaret Atwood Dys - MaddAddam 3
The Last President John Barnes Pa/SF/Th - Daybreak 3
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H - Collection
Daughter of the Sword (tp2mm) Steve Bein HistF/UF - Fated Blades 1
Damaged Souls David Bernstein H
Between Two Fires (h2tp) Christopher Buehlman H
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (h2tp) Lois McMaster Bujold SF - Vorkosigan Saga 14
Cold Days (h2mm) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files 14
The Nameless (ri) Ramsey Campbell H
How to Date a Dragon Ashlyn Chase PNR - Flirting with Fangs 2
Daybreak (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PNR/PaR - Dark Age Dawning 3
Maiden Flight Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 1
The Angel Stone: A Novel Juliet Dark UF - Fairwick Chronivles 3
Sex and the Single Princess Bonnie Dee
Marie Treanor
PNR - Fairytale Fantasies 4
Monsters of the Earth David Drake F
Have Monster, Will Travel Lila DuBois PNR - Monsters in Hollywood 4
Dark Lycan Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 24
Voracious (tp2mm) V.K. Forrest PNR - Clare Point 5
Would-Be Witch (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 1
The Shadow of Mist (e) Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld Novella
Cain's Blood: A Novel (D) Geoffrey Girard SF
Stories of Terror and the Supernatural Herman Graf H/Su - Anthology
Realm of Shadows (ri) Heather Graham PNR - Alliance Vampires 4
Ghouls, Ghosts, and Ninja Rats: Paranormal Crime Stories That Just Might Kill You Martin H. Greenberg (ed) PC/H - Anthology
Mage's Blood (D - Adult) David Hair F - Moontide Quartet 1
The Death of Integrity Guy Haley Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles 13
Death's Lover Marie Hall PNR - Grim Reaper 1
Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein SF
Born to Bite (tp2mm) Hannah Howell
Diana Cosby
Erica Ridley
PNR - Anthology
Heaven Made SaraLynn Hoyt PNR
Mira Corpora (D) Jeff Jackson GB
Savage Species Jonathan Janz H
Soul Kissed Erin Kellison PNR - Shadow Kissed 2
Styxx Sherrilyn Kenyon UF - Dark Hunter 23
The Servants of Twilight (ri) Dean Koontz H/Th
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes Gina Lamm PNR - Geek Girls 2
Dark in the Woods Rosemary Laurey PNR
The Shadow Lamp Stephen R. Lawhead F - Bright Empires 4
The Art of Stealing Time Katie MacAlister FR - Time Thief 2
Chimes at Midnight Seanan McGuire UF - October Daye 7
The Savage Dead Joe McKinney SF/Z
Priests of Mars (h2tp) Graham McNeill SF - Warhammer 40,000
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul Jon F. Merz F - Shadow Warrior 1
Heroes Lost and Found Sheryl Nantus PNR - Blaze of Glory 3
McFall (Kindle e-serial) Scott Nicholson H
The Clockwork Man Edwin Vincent Odle SF - Radium Age SF
Vampires Need Not...Apply? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 4
A Skeleton in the Family Leigh Perry PCM - Family Skeleton Mystery 1
Half Blind Christine Price PNR - Freelance Magic 1
Reanimators (D) Peter Rawlik H
Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey Mickey Zucker Reichert SF
The Fabric of Sin (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins  9
The Remains of an Altar (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins 8
To Dream of the Dead (e 1st) Phil Rickman PM - Merrily Watkins 10
Under a Graveyard Sky John Ringo Pa
Shaman Kim Stanley Robinson F
The Last Threshold (h2mm) R. A. Salvatore F - Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter Saga 4
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book I R. A. Salvatore F - Forgotten Realms: Legend of Drizzt Omnibus
The Eternal Highlander (ri) Lynsay Sands
Hannah Howell
The Grim Company (D - US) Luke Scull F - Grim Company 1
23 Years on Fire Joel Shepherd SF - : Cassandra Kresnov 4
Revenant Eve (h2mm) Sherwood Smith F - Dobrenica 3
The Given Sacrifice S. M. Stirling F - Change / Emberverse 10
Lord of Mountains (h2mm) S. M. Stirling F - Change / Emberverse 9
Bad Things (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Eternity (ri) Tamara Thorne H
The Forgotten (ri) Tamara Thorne H
Hunter's Heart J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 4
The Protected Shiloh Walker UF - FBI Psychics 4
Damek's Redemption N.J. Walters PNR - Legacy 6
Half a Crown (h2tp) Jo Walton AH/Noir - Small Change Trilogy 3
The Lost Wolf's Destiny Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack
Ritual Magic Eileen Wilks UF - World of the Lupi 10
Happy Hour In Hell Tad Williams UF/Noir - Bobby Dollar 2

September 4, 2013
Business As Usual: A Tor.Com Original (e) David Barnett SP

September 5, 2013
Come Closer Jessica L. Jackson PNR - Look Behind You 1

September 10, 2013
The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who: Series 1 & 2 Tat Wood
Dorothy Ail
SF - About Time 7
The Hydrogen Sonata (h2tp) Iain M. Banks SF - Culture 9
Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett SP
UFO Hunters William J. Birnes UFO Hunters 1 / TV Tie-In
Spirit of the Century Presents: Khan of Mars Stephen Blackmoore F - Spirit of the Century
The Serpent's Tale (Kindle e) Dana Cameron HistF - Fangborn Story
Fountain of Secrets Anita Clenney PNR - Relic Seekers 2
Homeworld Evan Currie SF - Odyssey One 3
Gods of Earth Craig DeLancey SF/F
Space Marine Omnibus Christian Dunn F - Warhammer 40,000
The Arrows of Time Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 3
Midnight's Temptation: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Enon Paul Harding Meta
Orion: The Tears of Isha Darius Hinks F- Warhammer
The Devil in Silver (h2tp) Victor LaValle H
Heart of Constantine Barbara Monajem PNR
Breed (h2tp) Chase Novak H
Rivers: A Novel (D) Michael Farris Smith Ap
The Scroll of Years (D) Chris Willrich F - Gaunt and Bone 1

September 11, 2013
A Rumor of Angels: A Tor.Com Original Dale Bailey UF
Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War Steve Berman (ed) Su - Anthology
Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre Paula Guran (ed) Su - Anthology
Mythic Thinking in Twentieth-Century Britain: Meaning for Modernity Matthew Sterenberg History

September 12, 2013
The Facades: A Novel (D) Eric Lundgren M

September 13, 2013
The Demon's Wife Rick Hautala PNR/H

September 15, 2013
Tombstone Blues Chadwick Ginther UF

September 16, 2013
Tropic of Darkness (e) Tony Richards Su/Th
Warrior of the Nile (e) Veronica Scott PHR - Gods of Egypt 2

September 17, 2013
Four Summoner's Tales Kelley Armstrong
Christopher Golden
David Liss
Jonathan Maberry
H - Anthology
Thor: The Viking God of Thunder Graeme Davis Myth and Legend
King of Swords Dave Duncan F/SF - Starfolk 1
WikiWorld Paul Di Filippo SF- Collection
Midnight's Temptation: Part 2 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana
Shadows Over Innsmouth Stephen Jones (ed) H - Anthology
Rise of the Governor (tp2mm) Robert Kirkman H/Z - The Walking Dead:
Kinslayer Jay Kristoff F - Lotus War 2
Unchained (e) J. Lynn PNR - Nephilim Rising 1
TIME The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived Editors of Time Magazine F/SF/ History and Criticism
The Delphi Room Melia McClure UF/H
Zombies: A Hunter's Guide Deluxe Edition Joseph McCullough Z
Born of Hatred Steve McHugh UF - Hellequin Chronicles 2
Crimes Against Magic Steve McHugh UF - Hellequin Chronicles 1
The Heist (e) Will McIntosh SF
Lords of Mars Graham McNeill F - Warhammer 40,000
The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, With Winds and Accompaniment L. E. Modesitt SF
Delia's Shadow (D) Jaime Lee Moyer PM
Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard Kim Newman AH - Anno Dracula 4
The Cure Douglas E. Richards SF/Th
The Rose and the Thorn Michael J. Sullivan F - The Riyria Chronicles 2
Anarchy: A Novel James Treadwell F - Advent 2
Doctor Who: Official Annual 2014
SF - Doctor Who
Fatal Tide Lis Wiehl
Peter Nelson
Su/M - East Salem 3
The Demon and the City (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 2
The Iron Khan (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 5
The Poison Master (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen
Precious Dragon (ri) Liz Williams Su/M- Detective Inspector Chen 3
The Shadow Pavilion (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 4
Snake Agent (ri) Liz Williams Su/M - Detective Inspector Chen 1

September 18, 2013
Dragons: The Myths, Legends, and Lore Doug Niles F

September 23, 2013
Corroded: Karina Cooper SP/HistF - St. Croix Chronicles 3

September 24, 2013
Doctor Who: Cyberman Bust and Illustrated Book
SF - Doctor Who
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches Kevin J. Anderson (ed) SF - Anthology
Torchwood: Another Life (h2tp) Peter Anghelides SF - Torchwood
Chasing the Shadows (ri) Keri Arthur UF - Nikki and Michael 3
Torchwood: Exodus Code John Barrowman
Carole E. Barrowman
SF - Torchwood
The Daylight War (h2mm) Peter V. Brett F - The Demon Cycle 3
The Incrementalists Steven Brust
Skyler White
The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Stars 1
A Calculated Life Anne Charnock SF
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons (ri) Stephen Cole SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Krillitane Storm (ri) Christopher Cooper SF - Doctor Who
King Breaker Rowena Cory Daniells F - King Rolan's Kin 4
Celtic Moon (D) Jan DeLima UF - Celtic Wolves 1
Betrayer (tp2mm) Aaron Dembski-Bowden F - Warmhammer: Horus Heresy
Shadow's Curse Alexa Egan PHR - Imnada Brotherhood 2
Doctor Who: Hunter's Moon (h2mm) Paul Finch SF - Doctor Who
Autumn Whispers Yasmine Galenorn UF - Otherworld 14
Soul of Fire Laura Anne Gilman UF - Portals 2
Deep in Crimson Sarah Gilman PNR - Return to Sanctuary 2
Let the Dead Sleep (h2tp) Heather Graham Su/M - Cafferty & Quinn 1
The Night Is Forever Heather Graham PNR - Krewe of Hunters 11
Midnight's Temptation: Part 3 Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors
Doctor Who: The Slitheen Excursion (ri) Simon Guerrier SF - Doctor Who
Peaches for Monsieur le Cure: A Novel Joanne Harris F - Chocolat Trilogy 3
The Small Hand and Dolly Susan Hill
A Study in Silks Emma Jane Holloway SP/M - Baskerville Affair 1
The Plague Forge Jason M. Hough SF - The Dire Earth Cycle 3
Bound by Night Larissa Ione PNR - MoonBound Clan Vampire 1
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson Gh
Charming (D) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana 1
Pirates of the Outrigger Rift
(Kindle e serial)
Gary Jonas
Bill D. Allen
Carrie (ri) Stephen King H
Doctor Sleep Stephen King H - Salem's Lot 2
'Salem's Lot (ri) Stephen King H - Salem's Lot 1
The Spirit Keeper: A Novel (D) K. B. Laugheed R/Mystical
The Dark Need (Kindle e) Stant Litore
Lee Goldberg
Williams Rabkin
H - Dead Man 20
A Cold Season (D - US) Alison Littlewood H
Torchwood: Trace Memory (ri) David Llewellyn SF - Torchwood
The Dead Run: A Novel Adam Mansbach UF
Harrowgate (D) Kate Maruyama H
Freedom's Challenge (e 1st) Anne McCaffrey SF - Catteni 3
Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow Una McCormack SF - Star Trek
Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella (h2tp) Mike Mignola
Christopher Golden
Seven Forges James A. Moore F
All is Fair Emma Newman F - Split Worlds 3
On Midnight Wings Adrian Phoenix UF - Maker's Song 5
Torchwood: Into The Silence (ri) Sarah Pinborough SF - Torchwood
Doctor Who: Winner Takes All (ri) Jacqueline Rayner SF - Doctor Who
Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain (ri) Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Mirror, Mirror J.D. Robb
Mary Blayney
Elaine Fox
Mary Kay McComas
R.C. Ryan
FT/R - Short Stories
The Hungry Dead: Midnight and Escape from the Living Dead John Russo H
One Lucky Vampire Lynsay Sands PNR - Argeneau 19
Vicious (D - Adult) V. E. Schwab Superheroes
Still Life with Shape-Shifter (h2mm) Sharon Shinn PNR - Shifting Circle 2
A SEAL Wolf Christmas Terry Spear PNR - Heart of the Wolf 12
Phoenix Rising (tp2mm) Ryk E. Spoor F
Stonecast Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicles 2
Prince Thief: David Tallerman F - Tales of Easie Damasco 3
Empire of the Blood: Omnibus Gav Thorpe F - Empire of Blood Trilogy
Hunter of Sherwood: Knight of Shadows Tony Venables F - Hunter of Sherwood 1
Kiss of Death: A Novel Debbie Viguie PHR - Kiss Trilogy 3
Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge Martha Wells SF - Star Wares
Sleepless Knights (D) Mark Williams F

September 25, 2013
The Windsor Faction: A Novel D. J. Taylor AH

September 28, 2013
Swarm Lauren Carter Ap
Voyage of the Fox Rider (ri) Dennis L. McKiernan F - Mithgar
The Mallet of Loving Correction John Scalzi Collection from Whatever (blog)

September 30, 2013
Book of Iron Elizabeth Bear F
Jewels in the Dust Peter Crowther UF - Collection
The Volatile Amazon (e) Sandy James FR - Alliance of the Amazons 4
Heavy Metal Heart (e) Nico Rosso PNR
Tales of Majipoor Robert Silverberg SF
How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future Rachel Swirsky F
Ice Red (e) Jael Wye SFR - Once Upon a Red World

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
Ap - Apocalyptic
CyP - CyberPunk
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
FT - Fairy Tale
GB - Genre Bender
Gh - Ghosts
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PaR - Post Apocalyptic Romance
PC - Paranormal Crime
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts

There are 16 debuts for September. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The September 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 September cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

Jan DeLima, Geoffrey Girard, Elliott James, K. B. Laugheed, Jaime Lee Moyer, Peter Rawlik, V. E. Schwab, Luke Scull, and Chris Willrich are 2013 Debut Author Challenge Featured Authors.

Updated to include the US Debut of Sleepless Knights by Mark H. Williams.

Jan DeLima

Celtic Moon
Series:  Celtic Wolves 1
Publisher:  Ace, September 24, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425266205 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Like father, like son…

Sophie Thibodeau has been on the run from the father of her son for more than fifteen years. Now her son, Joshua, is changing, and her greatest fears are about to be realized. He’s going to end up being just like his father—a man who can change into a wolf.

Dylan Black has been hunting for Sophie since the night she ran from him—an obsession he cannot afford in the midst of an impending war. Dylan controls Rhuddin Village, an isolated town in Maine where he lives with an ancient Celtic tribe. One of the few of his clan who can still shift into a wolf, he must protect his people from the Guardians, vicious warriors who seek to destroy them.

When Sophie and Dylan come together for the sake of their son, their reunion reignites the fierce passion they once shared. For the first time in years, Dylan’s lost family is within his grasp. But will he lose them all over again? Are Joshua and Sophie strong enough to fight alongside Dylan in battle? Nothing less than the fate of his tribe depends on it…

Geoffrey Girard

Cain's Blood
Publisher:  Touchstone, September 3, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781476704043 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.

The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.

David Hair

Mage's Blood
Series:  The Moontide Quartet 1
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 704 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-014-8 (print)
Adult Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade.

The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest."

Now the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight…but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

Jeff Jackson

Mira Corpora
Publisher:  Two Dollar Radio, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback, 182 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781937512132 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an inspired, dreamlike adventure by a distinctive new talent.

Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the journey of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar.

With astounding precision, Jackson weaves a moving tale of discovery and self-preservation across a startling, vibrant landscape.

Elliott James

Series:  Pax Arcana 1
Publisher:  Orbit, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $15.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780316253390 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is-- until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?

K.B. Laugheed

The Spirit Keeper
Publisher:  Plume, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $16.00 (print)
ISBN:  9780142180334 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
This is the account of Katie O Toole, late of Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, removed from her family by savages on March the 2nd in the year of our Lord 1747

The thirteenth child conceived of miserable Irish exiles, Katie O Toole dreams of a different life. Little does she know that someone far away is dreaming of her.

In 1747, savages raid her family home, and seventeen-year-old Katie is taken captive. Syawa and Hector have been searching for her, guided by Syawa s dreams. A young Holyman, Syawa believes Katie is the subject of his Vision: the Creature of Fire and Ice, destined to bring a great gift to his people. Despite her flaming hair and ice-blue eyes, Katie is certain he is mistaken, but faced with returning to her family, she agrees to join them. She soon discovers that in order to fulfill Syawa s Vision, she must first become his Spirit Keeper, embarking on an epic journey that will change her life and heart forever.

Alison Littlewood

A Cold Season
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books, September 24, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $24.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-62365-022-3 (print)
US Debut

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing: After the battlefront death of her husband, a soldier, in the sands of the Middle East, a distraught Cass decides to move to the bucolic, picture-perfect village of Darnshaw with her teenaged son. Since Cass’s website design business can be run from anywhere with an internet connection and Ben could benefit from a change of scenery, a move to the highlands village seems like just the thing.

But the locals aren’t as friendly as she had hoped and the internet connection isn’t as reliable as her business requires. And when Ben begins to display a hostility that is completely unlike his usual gentle nature, Cass begins to despair. Finally, the blizzards thunder through and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow.

When things look their blackest, she finds one sympathetic ear in the person of her son’s substitute teacher. But his attentions can’t put to rest her growing anxiety about her son and her business. And soon, she finds herself pitted against dark forces she can barely comprehend. The cold season has begun.

Eric Lundgren

The Facades
Publisher:  Overlook, September 12, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 272 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781468306873 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Along the streets of the once-great Midwestern city of Trude, the ornate old buildings lie in ruin. Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia, Trude has become a place to "lose yourself," as one tourist brochure puts it: a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homes.

One night at Trude's opera house, the theater's most celebrated mezzo-soprano vanishes during rehearsal. When police come up empty-handed, the star's husband, a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, must take up the quest on his own. But to discover the secret of his wife's disappearance, Norberg must descend into Trude's underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown: rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called the Oracle, and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg's teenage son. Faced with the loss of everything he loves, Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard, whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelation.

Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.

Kate Maruyama

Publisher:  47North, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 286 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781477807651 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Michael should be overjoyed by the birth of his son, but his wife, Sarah, won?t let him touch the baby or allow anyone to visit.

Greta, an intrusive, sinister doula has wormed her way into their lives, driving a wedge between Michael and his family. Every time he leaves the Harrowgate, he returns to find his beloved wife and baby altered. He feels his family slipping away, and as a malevolent force begins to creep in, Michael does what any new father would do?he fights to keep his family together.

Kate Maruyama?s debut novel, Harrowgate, is a chilling, richly detailed story of love, loss, and the haunted place that lies between.

Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's Shadow
Publisher:  Tor, September 17, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765331823 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.

Peter Rawlik

Publisher:  Night Shade Books, September 3, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages
Price:  $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597804783 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
Two Men. A Bitter Rivalry. And a Quarter-Century of Unspeakable Horrors.

Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now.

Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead.

For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.

V. E. Schwab

Publisher:  Tor, September 24, 2013
Format:   Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765335340 (print)
Adult Debut

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A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Luke Scull

The Grim Company
Series:  Grim Company 1
Publisher:  Roc, September 3, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $26.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425264843 (print)

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The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands.

The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.

Michael Farris Smith

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster, September 10, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451699425 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border—has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down—and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind.

Mark H. Williams

Sleepless Knights
Publisher:  Atomic Fez Publishing, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 418 pages
Price:  $15.00
ISBN:  978-1927609019
US Debut

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It’s not easy being the man behind the myth.

Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table — the person who managed every quest from behind the scenes. He’s a man whose average working day involved defeating witches and banishing werewolves, while ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating ‘brewed’ from ‘stewed.’ What’s more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he’s still doing it — here in the modern world, right under our noses.

When King Arthur and six of his knights are exposed as living among us, Merlin is unleashed and a grim apocalypse unfolds, uncovering secrets from the past that King Arthur would rather stay buried. When Lucas is forced to confront his own peculiar destiny, will he choose to sacrifice his true love and lay down his life in the service of his master?

Sleepless Knights is a tale of high adventure and warm humour, with a spring in its step, a twinkle in its eye and, at its heart, the ultimate butler.

Chris Willrich

The Scroll of Years
Series:  Gaunt and Bone
Publisher:  Pyr, September 24, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 270 pages
Price:  $15.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1-61614-813-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - September Debuts
It's Brent Weeks meets China Mieville in this wildly imaginative fantasy debut featuring high action, elegant writing, and sword and sorcery with a Chinese flare.

Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are a romantic couple and partners in crime. Persimmon is a poet from a well-to-do family, who found herself looking for adventure, while Imago is a thief in his ninth decade who is double-cursed, and his body has not aged in nearly seventy years. Together, their services and wanderlust have taken them into places better left unseen, and against odds best not spoken about. Now, they find themselves looking to get away, to the edge of the world, with Persimmon pregnant with their child, and the most feared duo of assassins hot on their trail. However, all is never what it seems, and a sordid adventure-complete with magic scrolls, gangs of thieves, and dragons both eastern and western-is at hand.

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