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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - December 2013

It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for December 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.

The View From Monday - December 2, 2013

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy Chanukah to those celebrating as well.  The Qwillery has a new About Us page (here), which I can tell you will expand by 1 shortly.

The View From Monday - December 2, 2013

There are a lot of books out this week including 2 debuts:

The White Lie by Andrea Gillies (a Gothic novel and a US Debut)


Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir  1) by E .L. Tettensor.

And from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper;

Prince of Shadows (Paladin Warriors 3) by Tes Hilaire;

Unclaimed (Amoveo Legend 5 ) by Sara Humpheys;


The Gravity of the Affair by Michael J. Martinez.

December 1, 2013
White Christmas Ros Baxter SFR
World War Z (ri) Max Brooks Z
The Christmas Show: A Tor.Com Original (e) Pat Cadigan F
Bitter Fruits (e) Sarah Daltry PNR
A Game of Battleships Toby Frost SF/Hu - Chronicles of Isambard Smith 4
Snow White and the Vampire Marina Myles PNR
The Chickens of Atlantis and Other Fowl and Filthy Fiends Robert Rankin SF/SP/Hu - Japanese Devil Fish Girl
Immortal Desire (e) Denise Tompkins PNR
Chaos Bound (e) Rebekah Turner PNR - Chaos Born Sequel
Tempted by His Wicked Kiss (e) Zoey Williams PNR

December 2, 2013
Dark Descent Marlene Perez UF - Nyx Fortuna 2

December 3, 2013
Flamebound Tessa Adams PNR -  Lone Star Witch 2
Under an Endless Sky Vivian Arend PNR - Granite Lake Wolves 5 and 6
Real Vampires Know Size Matters Gerry Bartlett PNR - Glory St. Claire 10
The Lost Testament James Becker Th - Chris Bronson 6
Home For the Haunting Juliet Blackwell PCM - Haunted Home Renovation Mystery 4
Mars, Inc. Ben Bova SF - Billionaire's Club 1
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag Oliver Bowden F - Assassin's Creed 6
Dark Wolf Running Rhyannon Byrd PNR - Bloodrunners 5
The Accidental Werewolf 2: Something About Harry Dakota Cassidy PNR - Accidentally Paranormal 8
1920: America's Great War Robert Conroy AH
Legend of the Highland Dragon Isabel Cooper PNR
Witches of East End (h2tp) Melissa de la Cruz UF - Beauchamp Family 1
Prince of Spies (ri) Bianca D'Arc PNR - Dragon Knights 4
Cloak and Spider (e) David Dalglish F - Shadowdance Novella
A Dance of Mirrors David Dalglish F - Shadowdance 3
Spellbound Sylvia Day PNR
Lightning Rod Vaughn R. Demont UF - Broken Mirrors 2
Andromeda's Choice William C. Dietz SF - Legion of the Damned 2
The Gift Dave Donovan SF
The Adversary Erin M. Evans F - Dungeons & Dragons: The Sundering 3
Barely Bewitched (tp2mm) Kimberly Frost PNR - Southern Witch 2
The White Lie (D - US) Andrea Gillies Go
Electra Kerry Greenwood HistF/M - Delphic Women Mystery 3
Malice (h2tp) John Gwynne F - Faithful and Fallen 1
Prince of Shadows Tes Hilaire PNR - Paladin Warriors 3
Unclaimed Sara Humphreys PNR - Amoveo Legend 5
Kicking It Faith Hunter (ed)
Kalayna Price (ed)
UF - Anthology
Darklove Elle Jasper PNR - Dark Ink Chronicles 5
The Grove Jean Johnson FR - Guardians of Destiny 2
Everlasting Enchantment Kathryne Kennedy FR - Relics of Merlin 4
Necromancing Nim Katriena Knights PNR
Alien Research Gini Koch SF - Katherine 'Kitty' Katt 8
Nightmaster Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 2
Princess of the Sword (tp2mm) Lynn Kurland FR - Nine Kingdoms 3
Vulkan Lives Nick Kyme F - Warhammer: Horus Heresy 26
Dragon's Teeth Mercedes Lackey F - Martis 2
Elementary Mercedes Lackey F - Elemental Masters
Hero's Journey (e) J.J. Cook PCM - Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade eNovella
Phoenix Legacy Corrina Lawson PNR - Phoenix Institute 2
Dangerous Women George R.R. Martin (e)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
F/SF - Anthology
The Devil's Woods Brian Moreland H
Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library Larry Nemecek SF - Star Trek
Man-Kzin Wars XIV Larry Niven SF - Man-Kzin 14
The Chosen Seed Sarah Pinborough Th/DF/M - The Forgotten Gods 3
A Cursed Moon (e) Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls Novella
Shannivar Deborah J. Ross F - The Seven-Petaled Shield 2
The Legend of Drizzt 25th Anniversary Edition, Book IV R. A. Salvatore F - Forgotten Realms: Legend of Driztt
Protect All Monsters Alan Spencer H
Darkwalker (D) E .L. Tettensor M/Su - Nicolas Lenoir 1
Something More Than Night Ian Tregillis Su/Noir/M
Supervolcano: All Fall Down (h2mm) Harry Turtledove SF - Supervolcano 2
Supervolcano: Things Fall Apart Harry Turtledove SF - Supervolcano 3
Invasive Species Joseph Wallace Ap/SF
Lover Unbound (Collector's Edition) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 5

December 4, 2013
Ascension Jacqueline Koyanagi SF - Tangled Axon 1
In the Greenwood: A Tor.Com Original (e) Mari Ness F

December 5, 2013
Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Kindle e) A. L. Kennedy SF - Doctor Who

December 6, 2013
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Vol. 2 Carol Emshwiller SF/F - Collection
The Gravity of the Affair (e) Michael J. Martinez HistF/SF/AH - Daedalus Novella

e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp  - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR- Fantasy Romance
Go  - Gothic
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
Hu - Humor
M - Mystery
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP  - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts

There are  debuts 3 debuts for December. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

Sonja Condit

Starter House
William Morrow Paperbacks, December 31, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
Her dream home is about to become a house of nightmares...

From the moment Lacey glimpses the dusty-rose colonial cottage with its angled dormer windows and quaint wooden shutters, she knows she's found her dream house. Walking through its cozy rooms, the expectant mother can see her future children sitting on the round bottom step of the house's beautifully carved staircase, and she imagines them playing beneath the giant maple tree in the warm South Carolina sun. It doesn't matter to Lacey and her husband, Eric, that people had died there years before.

But soon their warm and welcoming house turns cold. There is something malevolent within the walls—a disturbing presence that only Lacey can sense. And there is Drew, a demanding and jealous little boy who mysteriously appears when Lacey is alone. Protective of this enigmatic child who reminds her of the troubled students she used to teach, Lacey bakes cookies and plays games to amuse him. Yet, as she quickly discovers, Drew is unpredictable—and dangerous.

Fearing for her baby's safety, Lacey sets out to uncover the truth about Drew and her dream house—a search for answers that takes her into the past, into the lives of a long-dead family whose tragic secrets could destroy her. To save her loved ones, Lacey must find a way to lay a terrifying evil to rest...before she, Eric, and their child become its next victims.

Andrea Gillies

The White Lie
Mariner Books, December 3, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
(US Fiction Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
“One hot summer day, Michael Salter, nineteen-year-old scion of a posh Highland family, disappears. When his childlike aunt claims she drowned him during a fight, the family close ranks. No police. No memorial service. No titbits for village gossips. A decade of deceit begins.” — Financial Times

The Salter family orbits around Peattie House, their crumbling Scottish highlands estate filled with threadbare furniture, patrician memories, and all their inevitable secrets. While gathered to celebrate grandmother's seventieth birthday, someone breaks the silence. The web begins to unravel. But what is the white lie? How many others are built upon it? How many lives have been shaped by its shadow? Only one person knows the whole truth. From beyond the grave, Michael loops back into the past until we see, beyond perception and memory, how deeply our decisions resound, and just what is the place—and price—of grandeur.

E.L. Tettensor

Nicolas Lenoir 1
Roc, December 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge - December 2013 Debuts
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…

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