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April 2013 Releases

April 2013 Releases

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

April 1, 2013
Mindlink (e) Kat Cantrell SFR
The First Horseman Clem Chambers SF/Th - Jim Evans 4
The Darkling R B. Chesterton Go/Th
Hauntings Ellen Datlow (ed) DF/H - Anthology
The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance (e) Delilah S. Dawson F - Blud eNovella
Werewolf of Paris (ri) Guy Endore H
Atonement (e) Michael Jan Friedman SF - After Earth: Ghost Stories
Seducing the Jackal (e) Seressia Glass PNR
Creed (ri) James Herbert H
The Dark (ri) James Herbert H
The Piper Lynn Hightower H
Valley of Shields (e) Duncan Lay F - Empire of Bones 2
Demand of the Dragon (e) Kristin Miller PNR
Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia DK Publishing SF - Doctor Who
The Secrets of Pain (h2tp) Phil Rickman Su/M
Jack Glass: The Story of A Murderer Adam Roberts SF/M
Full Circle (Kindle e) Kay Rogal PNR
Rebellion (e) Eleri Stone PNR - Lost City Shifters 3

April 2, 2013
The Sweetest Dark Shana Abe FR
Midnight Justice Vivi Andrews
Kimberly Dean
Jodi Redford
PNR - Anthology
Bite Me, Your Grace (D) Brooklyn Ann PHR
Sinner's Heart Zoe Archer PHR - Hellraisers 3
Life After Life Kate Atkinson AH/F
Only Lycans Need Apply Michele Bardsley PNR - Broken Heart 9
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H - Short Stories
Dogfighters Alex Beecroft PNR - Under the Hill 2
The Good, the Bad and the Witchy Heather Blake PCM - Wishcraft Mystery 3
The Dalek Generation Nicholas Briggs SF - Doctor Who
Tethered: The Further Adventures of Archimedes Fox and Captain Corsair (e) Meljean Brook SPR - Irons Seas
Falling Blind Shannon K. Butcher PNR - Sentinel Wars 7
Final Frontier (e) Diane Carey SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Flirting Under a Full Moon Ashlyn Chase PNR - Flirting with Fangs 1
Protector C. J. Cherryh SF - Foreigner 14
That Old Flame of Mine J.J. Cook PCM - Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade 1
Chihuahua Confidential Waverly Curtis PCM - Barking Detective 2
Betrayer Aaron Dembski-Bowden F - Horus Heresy 24
Shroud of Sorrow Tommy Donbavand SF - Doctor Who
The Heretic David Drake
Tony Daniel
Deal with a Demon (Kindle e) Celeste Easton PNR
Fire with Fire Charles E. Gannon SF
When Darkness Falls (ri) Heather Graham PNR
Allegiance Sworn Kylie Griffin FR - Light Blade 3
Vengeance Born (tp2mm) Kylie Griffin FR - Light Blade 1
The Exiled Blade Jon Courtenay Grimwood F - The Assassini 3
Rising Darkness Thea Harrison PNR - Game of Shadows 1
If He's Tempted Hannah Howell PHR - Wherlocke 5
Sharp Alex Hughes SF - Mindspace Investigations 2
Blood Trade Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock 6
The Darkest Lullaby Jonathan Janz H
River of Stars Guy Gavriel Kay F
Beauty's Beast Jenna Kernan PNR
Appalachian Overthrow E.E. Knight SF - Vampire Earth 10
Prophet of Bones Ted Kosmatka SF
Without a Summer Mary Robinette Kowal F - Glamourist Histories 3
Mark of the Sylph (ri) Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 2
The Forever Knight John Marco F - Bronze Knight 4
Stripper Anitra McLeod PNR - Fringe 4
Overdraft: The Orion Offensive (Kindle e) John Jackson Miller SF
Stepping Stone / Love Machine Walter Mosley SF - Crosstown to Oblivion
A Matter of Blood Sarah Pinborough SuM - The Forgotten Gods 1
Assassin's Gambit (D) Amy Raby FR - Hearts and Thrones 1
This Magic Moment (ri) Patricia Rice PHR - Magic 4
Plague of the Cybermen Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The Blue Prints J. W. Rinzler SF - Star Wars
The Wise Man's Fear (ri) Patrick Rothfuss F - The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two
The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads (e) John Scalzi SF - The Human Division12
Iron Kin M.J. Scott F - Half-Light City 3
A Patch of Darkness Yolanda Sfetsos PNR - Sierra Fox 1
Sinister Entity Hunter Shea H
Banner of the Damned Sherwood Smith F
The Watchers (ri) Jon Steele Meta/Th - Angelus Trilogy 1
Misplaced Legion and Emperor for the Legion (ri) Harry Turtledove AH - Videssos Cycle: Volume One
The Dark Tower Companion: A Guide to Stephen King's Epic Fantasy Bev Vincent F
Dateline: Atlantis Lynn Voedisch F
Finding Chrissten N.J. Walters PNR - Legacy 5
On Basilisk Station, 20th Anniversary Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 1
The Wolf Prince Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack
Overseas (h2tp) Beatriz Williams TTR
Binding Carol Wolf UF - Wolf Moon Saga 2
Eternal Beauty (e) Laura Wright PNR - Mark of the Vampire 4.5

April 3, 2013
Backscatter: A Tor.Com Original (e) Gregory Benford SF
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations  Paula Guran (ed) UF - Anthology

April 4, 2013
The House at the End of Hope Street (D) Menna van Praag F
Bristol House Beverly Swerling P/Th

April 6, 2013
Something Wicked (ri) Catherine Mulvany PNR
Unholy Birth (ri) Andrew Neiderman H

April 8, 2013
By the Light of the Moon (Kindle e) Laila Blake PNR
Soul Sucker (e) Kate Pearce PNR

April 9, 2013
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (h2tp) Stephen L. Carter AH
Wicked Lies Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission Novella
Immobility (h2tp) Brian Evenson SF
The Wreck of the River of Stars (ri) Michael Flynn SF
Plague Nation Dana Fredsti UF/Z - Ashley Parker 2
Blood of Dragons Robin Hobb F - Rain Wild Chronicles 4
Trio of Sorcery (ri) Mercedes Lackey UF - Diane Tregarde Omnibus
The Far Time Incident Neve Maslakovic SF - The Incident 1
League of Somebodies Samuel Sattin SF/SH
Earth Below, Sky Above John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 13
Alif the Unseen (h2tp) G. Willow Wilson SF/F
Blood of Asaheim Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves 1

April 10, 2013
Rag and Bone: A Tor.Com Original (e) Priya Sharma AH

April 11, 2013
Murder on Olympus Robert B. Warren UF - Plato Jones 1

April 15, 2013
Valor of the Healer (e) Angela Highland F - Rebels of Adalonia 1

April 16, 2013
Lone Wolf (e) Jennifer Ashley PNR - Shifters Unbound
The Assassination of Orange (e) Joseph Brassey F - A Foreworld SideQuest
London Falling Paul Cornell UF
A Maze of Death (ri) Philip K. Dick SF/M
Clans of the Alphane Moon (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Deus Irae (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Doctor Futurity (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Our Friends from Frolix 8 (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Galactic Pot-Healer (ri) Philip K. Dick SF
Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick Philip K. Dick SF - Collection
You Austin Grossman H
The Night Land: A Love Tale William Hope Hodgson SF - Radium Age Science Fiction Series 6
A Drop of Scarlet (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 4
Fiend (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 3
Voice of the Blood (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 1
Wounds (ri) Jemiah Jefferson H - Vampire Quartet 2
Suspect Zero: A Short Story (e) Richard Kadrey H
Promise of Blood (D) Brian McClellan F - The Powder Mage Trilogy 1
Hemlock Grove Brian McGreevy F/Go - Movie tie-in edition
Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel (h2tp) Mike Mignola SP
The Land Leviathan (ri) Michael Moorcock SP - Oswald Bastable 2
The Warrior Who Carried Life (ri) Geoff Ryman F
A Stranger in Olondria: a novel (D) Sofia Samatar F
Videssos Cycle: Volume Two: Legion of Videssos and Swords of the Legion (ri) Harry Turtledove AH - Videssos Cycle
Carved in Flesh Tim Waggoner UF - Supernatural
The Book of Sith Daniel Wallace SF - Star Wars
Wicked Cravings Suzanne Wright PNR - Phoenix Pack 2

April 17, 2013
Sing: A Tor.Com Original Karin Tidbeck SF

April 18, 2013
Red Spectres: Russian Gothic Tales from the Twentieth Century Muireann Maguire Go - Anthology
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Seven Jonathan Strahan (ed) SF/F - Anthology

April 22, 2013
Falke's Renegade (e) Anna Leigh Keaton PNR - Puma Nights 3
Tempest (e) Kelly Meding UF - MetaWars 3
Silent Warrior (e) Lindsey Piper PNR - Dragon Kings Prequel

April 23, 2013
Remembrance of the Daleks Ben Aaronovitch SF - Doctor Who
The Silent Stars Go By Dan Abnett SF - Doctor Who
Fear of the Dark Trevor Baxendale SF - Doctor Who
Hot Blooded Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 2
Ten Little Aliens Stephen Cole SF - Doctor Who
Players Terrance Dicks SF - Doctor Who
Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman F - Anthology
Last of the Gaderene Mark Gatiss SF - Doctor Who
The Dead Man Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
H - Dead Man 5
While the Savage Sleeps Andrew E. Kaufman H
Through the Door Jodi McIsaac F - Thin Veil 1
Festival of Death Jonathan Morris SF - Doctor Who
The Mystery Woman Amanda Quick F/Th - Ladies of Lantern Street 2
The Body Departed J.R. Rain F
Who: Earthworld Jacqueline Rayner SF - Doctor Who
Dreams of Empire Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
The River of No Return (D) Bee Ridgway F
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope (D) Rhonda Riley F
Only Human Gareth Roberts SF - Doctor Who
Diana's Hound Moira Rogers PNR - Bloodhounds 4
Beautiful Chaos Gary Russell SF - Doctor Who
Do Not Touch: A Tor.Com Original (e) Prudence Shen SF
The God Patent Ransom Stephens SF
Doctor Who: A History Of The Universe In 100 Objects Steve Tribe SF - Doctor WHo
Grail of the Summer Stars Freda Warrington F - Aetherial Tales 3
The Golem and the Jinni (D) Helene Wecker F
Dinocalypse Now Chuck Wendig F/AH

April 24, 2013
The Ink Readers of Doi Saket: A Tor.Com Original (e) Thomas Olde Heuvelt F

April 29, 2013
Clockwork Mafia (e) Seleste deLaney SP/W/R
Club Monstrosity (e) Jesse Petersen UF

April 30, 2013
Gilead's Blood Dan Abnett F - Warhammer
Bronze Gods A. A. Aguirre SP - Apparatus Infernum 1
Hair Raising Kevin J. Anderson UF - Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. 3
As Twilight Falls Amanda Ashley PNR
Rogue Descendant Jenna Black UF - Nikki Glass 3
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown SF
Invincible (h2mm) Jack Campbell SF - Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier 3
Earth Unaware (h2mm) Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnston
SF - First Formic War 1
We Have Always Lived on Mars: A Tor.Com Original (e) Cecil Castellucci SF
The Lives of Tao (D) Wesley Chu SF
One for the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 5
Wicked as She Wants Delilah S. Dawson F - Blud 2
Deep Space Ian Douglas SF - : Star Carrier 4
Dark Wolf Kate Douglas PNR - Spirit Wild 1
Blackmail Earth (h2mm) Bill Evans Th/SF
Siege (tp2mm) Rhiannon Frater PA/Z - As the World Dies 3
The Stranger's Magic (h2tp) Max Frei UF - Labyrinths of Echo 3
A Perfect Beast Michael Jan Friedman
Robert Greenberger
Peter David
SF - After Earth Prequel
Tides of War (h2mm) Christie Golden F - World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore 2
Graveyard Child M.L.N. Hanover UF - Black Sun's Daughter 5
Silver (tp2mm) Rhiannon Held UF - Silver 1
NOS4A2 Joe Hill SuSuspense
Pirate's Honor Chris A. Jackson F - Pathfinder Tales
Dark Days Caitlin Kittredge UF - Black London 6
Roses in Moonlight Lynn Kurland PNR - De Piaget 15
World Divided Mercedes Lackey
Cody Martin
Dennis Lee
Veronica Giguere
SF - Secret World Chronicle 2
The Bone Triangle B. V. Larson SF/SuM - Unspeakable Things 2
Rebirth (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield PA - Aftertime 2
Etruscans Morgan Llywelyn
Michael Scott
F - Beloved of the Gods 1
The Folded World Jeff Mariotte SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
The Devil's Heart Cathy Maxwell HistR w/ PE - The Chattan Curse
Echoes of Betrayal (h2mm) Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy
Crucible of Gold (h2mm) Naomi Novik F - Temeraire 7
Accidentally...Evil? (e) Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours
The Book of the Sword (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 1
The Book Of The Spear (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 2
The Book Of The Stone (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 4
The Book Of The Cauldron (e) (ri) Diana L. Paxson F - The Hallowed Isle 3
The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! Angie Pedersen SF - Star Trek: Crafts
Guards! Guards! (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 8
Pyramids (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 7
Sourcery (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 5
Wyrd Sisters (ri) Terry Pratchett F - Discworld 6
Year Zero (h2tp) Rob Reid SF
The Last Victim (h2mm) Karen Robards PRS - Charlotte Stone 1
Five Autobiographies and a Fiction Lucius Shepard F - Collection
The Darkest Kiss (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 2
The Darkest Night (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 1
The Darkest Pleasure (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 3
The Darkest Whisper (ri) Gena Showalter PNR - Lords of the Underworld 4
Flashback (tp2mm) Dan Simmons SF
Dark Magic (h2mm) James Swain TH/F
Advent (h2tp) James Treadwell F
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis SF - The Milkweed Triptych 3
Dust (tp2mm) Joan Frances Turner H - Dust 1
Good-bye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories John Varley SF - Collection
Oath Bound Rachel Vincent UF - Unbound 3
Transgalactic A.E. Van Vogt
Eric Flint (ed)
David Drake (ed)
SF - Collection
The White Mare (ri) Jules Watson HistF - Dalriada Trilogy 1
The Touch (ri) F. Paul Wilson SuTh/H - The Adversary Cycle 3
Judgment at Proteus (h2mm) Timothy Zahn SF - Quadrail 1

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
DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
Go - Gothic
H - Horror
HistR - Historical Romance
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE -  Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS -  Paranormal Romantic Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR -  Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF -  Urban Fantasy
W - Western
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts

There are 9 debuts for April.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

Note:  Updated to include A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.
            Updated to include Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann.

Bite Me, Your Grace
Author:  Brooklyn Ann
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781402274442 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
London's Lord Vampire Has Problems

Dr. John Polidori's tale "The Vampyre" burst upon the Regency scene along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein after that notorious weekend spent writing ghost stories with Lord Byron.

A vampire crazy broke out instantly in the haut ton.

Now Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire of London, has to attend tedious balls, linger in front of mirrors, and eat lots of garlic in an attempt to quell the gossip.

If that weren't annoying enough, his neighbor, Angelica Winthrop has literary aspirations of her own and is sneaking into his house at night just to see what she can find.

Hungry, tired, and fed up, Ian is in no mood to humor his beautiful intruder...

The Lives of Tao
Author:  Wesley Chu
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, April 30, 2013 (US/Can)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 464 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663290 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]

Promise of Blood
Series:  The Powder Mage Trilogy
Author:  Brian McClellan
Publisher:  Orbit Books, April 16, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 560 pages
Price:  $23.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780316219037 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved...
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

Assassin's Gambit
Series:   Hearts and Thrones
Author:  Amy Raby
Publisher:  Signet, April 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780451417824 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.…

The River of No Return
Author:  Bee Ridgway
Publisher:  Dutton Adult (Penguin), April 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780525953869 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.

“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life's advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
Author:  Rhonda Riley
Publisher:  Ecco (HarperCollins), April 23, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062099440 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change—first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

Evelyn and Adam fall in love, sharing a connection that reaches to the essence of Evelyn's being. But the small town where they live is not ready to accept the likes of Adam, and his unusual origin becomes the secret at the center of their seemingly normal marriage.

Adam proves gifted with horses, and together he and Evelyn establish a horse-training business. They raise five daughters, each of whom possesses something of Adam's supernatural gifts. Then a tragic accident strikes the family, and Adam, in his grief, reveals his extraordinary character to the local community. Evelyn and Adam must flee to Florida with their daughters to avoid ostracism and prying doctors. Adrift in their new surroundings, they soon realize that the difference between Adam and other men is greater than they ever imagined.

Intensely moving and unforgettable, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope captures the beauty of the natural world, and explores the power of abiding love and otherness in all its guises. It illuminates the magic in ordinary life and makes us believe in the extraordinary. 

A Stranger in Olondria
Author:  Sofia Samatar
Publisher:  Small Beer Press, April 30, 2013
Format:  Hardcover, Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $24.00 (hardcover), $16.00 (trade paperback)
ISBN:  9781618730626 (hardcover), 9781931520768 (trade paperback)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
Jevick, the pepper merchant’s son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home—but which his mother calls the Ghost Country. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick’s life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. Just as he revels in Olondria’s Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl.

In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire’s two most powerful cults. Even as the country simmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of freeing himself by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that most seductive of necromancies, reading.

A Stranger in Olondria was written while the author taught in South Sudan. It is a rich and heady brew which pulls the reader in deeper and still deeper with twists and turns that hearken back to the Gormenghast novels while being as immersive as George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.

The House at the End of Hope Street
Author:  Menna van Praag
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin), April 4, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $25.95 (print)
ISBN9780670784639 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
A magical debut about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need

Distraught that her academic career has stalled, Alba is walking through her hometown of Cambridge, England, when she finds herself in front of a house she’s never seen before, 11 Hope Street. A beautiful older woman named Peggy greets her and invites her to stay, on the house’s usual conditions: she has ninety-nine nights to turn her life around. With nothing left to lose, Alba takes a chance and moves in.

She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Parker, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.

Filled with a colorful and unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a charming, whimsical novel of hope and feminine wisdom that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde and especially Sarah Addison Allen.

The Golem and the Jinni
Author:  Helene Wecker
Publisher:  Harper, April 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 496 pages
Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780062110831 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - April 2013 Debuts
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

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