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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for August 2013!

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 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 - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - August 2013




2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the two newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.




Emily Croy Barker

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
Pamela Dorman Books, August 1, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive

Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.

For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series (The Magicians and The Magician King) and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night).






Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride
William Morrow Books, August 6, 2013
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - July 24, 2013
A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

One evening, my father asked me whether I would like to become a ghost bride. . . .

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, traditional ghost marriages are used to placate restless spirits. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.


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