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August 2013 Releases

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

August 2013 Releases

August 1, 2013
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (D) Emily Croy Barker F
The First Bird: Episode 3 (Kindle e) Greig Beck H
The First Bird: Episode 3 Greig Beck H
The First Bird: Omnibus Edition Greig Beck H
The Days of the Deer Liliana Bodoc F - Saga of the Borderlands 1
Against Gravity (ri) Gary Gibson SF
Angel Stations (ri) Gary Gibson SF
Empire of Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - Shoal 3
Red Moon (e) M.A. Grant PNR
The Unholy Paul DeBlassie III F
The Language of Fear (ri) Del James H
Taken by the Vampire King (e) Laura Kaye PNR - Vampire Warrior Kings 3
Deadman's Crossing (Kindle e) Joe R. Lansdale W/H
Deadman's Road Joe R. Lansdale W/H
The Red Hotel (h2tp) Graham Masterton M/Su - Sissy Sawyer 3
The Demon's Forbidden Passion (e) Zoey Williams PNR
Ice and Fire David Wingrove F - Chung Kuo 4

August 5, 2013
The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway (e) Karina Cooper SP - St. Croix Chronicles
Cloaked in Fur (e) T.F. Walsh PNR

August 6, 2013
Stone of Ascension Lynda Aicher PNR - Energen 2
The Omega Project Steve Alten SF
Silver Mine Vivian Arend PNR - Takhini Wolves 2
Thirteen Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 13
Kindred and Wings Philippa Ballantine F - Shifted World 2
Shadow of the Wolf Dana Marie Bell PNR - Heart's Desire 1
Box Office Poison Phillipa Bornikova UF - Linnet Ellery 2
Guardian Demon Meljean Brook PNR - Guardian 8
Orion Rising Cathryn Cade SFR - Orion 5
Terminated Rachel Caine UF - Revivalist 3
Journal from Ellipsia (e) (ri) Hortense Calisher SF
Doctor Who: The Complete Guide (ri) Mark Campbell SF - Doctor Who
Shadow Rising Cassi Carver PNR - The Shadow Slayers 2
The Ghost Bride (D) Yangsze Choo F
Midnight (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PaR - Dark Age Dawning 2
Warbound Signed Limited Edition Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Warbound Larry Correia UF - Grimnoir Chronicles 3
Seventh Retribution Ben Counter F - Warhammer 40,000
Breath of Iron Kate Cross SPR - Clockwork Agents 3
Undead and Unsure MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Betsy Taylor 12
Cat in an Alien X-Ray Carole Nelson Douglas PM - Midnight Louie 25
Forgiven Leanna Ellis P/Sus - Plain Fear 3
The Stockholm Octavo (h2tp) Karen Engelmann Th/Su
The Burning Man Christa Faust SF - Fringe
Heaven's Fall David S. Goyer
Michael Cassutt
SF - Heaven's Shadow 3
Gotrek & Felix: Lost Tales Laurie Goulding (ed) F - Warhammer
Storm Warrior Dani Harper PNR - Grim 1
Codex Born Jim C. Hines UF - Magic Ex Libris 2
Libriomancer (h2mm) Jim C. Hines UF - Magic Ex Libris 1
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing Sandra Kasturi (ed)
Samantha Beiko (ed)
Tall, Dark, and Vampire Sara Humphreys PNR - Dead in the City 1
Sleep Tight Jeff Jacobson Th/H
Under A Spell Hannah Jayne UF - Underworld Detection Agency 5
The Unincorporated Future (h2tp) Dani Kollin
Eytan Kollin
SF - Unincorporated 4
Daysider Susan Krinard PNR - Nightsiders 1
Stormdancer (h2tp) Jay Kristoff F - Lotus War 1
Emperor of Thorns Mark Lawrence F - Broken Empire 3
Claimed by the Immortal Rachel Lee PNR - The Claiming
Visions of Evil Nile J. Limbaugh H
Dead Sexy Dragon (e) Lolita Lopez PNR - Dragon Heat 1
Time Crossed (e) Katie MacAlister PNR - Time Thief Novella
Shadowlands (tp2mm) Violette Malan F - Mirror Prince 2
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern Todd McCaffrey (ed) NF - Anthology
The Witching House (e) Brian Moreland H
Biting Bad Chloe Neill UF - Chicagoland Vampires 8
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" Corey Olsen LC
Heart Fortune Robin D. Owens SFR - Celta 12
The Shadow of the Soul Sarah Pinborough UF/SuTh - Forgotten Gods 2
Possession Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 8
The Wild Road (h2mm) Jennifer Roberson F - Karavans 3
Memory's Door James L. Rubart UF - Well Spring 2
Oak Hollow Kristopher Rufty H/Th
The Companions (ri) R. A. Salvatore F - The Sundering 1
If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion Paige Shelton PCM - Country Cooking School Mystery 3
In the House of the Wicked (tp2mm) Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 5
Walking In the Midst of Fire Thomas E. Sniegoski UF - Remy Chandler 6
Jaguar Fever Terry Spear PNR - Shifter 2
The Sensory Deception Ransom Stephens SF
The Crown Tower Michael J. Sullivan F - The Riyria Chronicles 1
Death-Bringer (e) (ri) Patrick Tilley SF - Amtrak Wars 5
Blood River (e) (ri) Patrick Tilley SF - Amtrak Wars 4
Earth-Thunder (e) (ri) Patrick Tilley SF - Amtrak Wars 6
The Fairest of Them All Carolyn Turgeon FT
Kiss of Life (e) Debbie Viguie HistF - Kiss Trilogy Short Story
Pirates of the Timestream Steve White SF
Tour of Duty: Stories and Provocations from Michael Z. Williamson Michael Z. Williamson SF/NF

August 7, 2013
Cayos in the Stream: A Tor.Com Original (e) Harry Turtledove F

August 12, 2013
Midsummer Magick (e) Laura Navarre PHR - Magick Trilogy 2
Time Enough for Love (e) Morgan O'Neill TTR - Italian Time Travel 2
Her Ladyship's Curse (e) Lynn Viehl SP/AH - Disenchanted & Co. Part 1

August 13, 2013
Skies of Gold Zoe Archer SPR -  The Ether Chronicles 5
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Laird Barron H/Weird - Short Stories
The Raven Jeremy Bishop H - Jane Harper Horror 2
Kingmaker Christian Cantrell SF
Dark Horizons J.T. Colgan SF - Doctor Who
Ironskin (h2tp) Tina Connolly F/SPR - Ironskin 1
Winds of Salem Melissa de la Cruz F - Witches of East End 3
The Eternal Flame (h2tp) Greg Egan SF - Orthogonal 2
Flesh (ri) Philip Jose Farmer SF
The Rise of Ransom City (h2tp) Felix Gilman F - Half-Made World 2
The Mark of Calth Laurie Goulding (ed) F - Horus Heresy Stories
Hunting with Gods M. K. Hume F - The Merlin Prophecy 3
The Broken Ones (h2tp) Stephen M. Irwin SuCrime
Elysian Fields Suzanne Johnson UF - Sentinels of New Orleans 3
The Daedalus Incident (D) Michael J Martinez SF/AH
The Steel Tsar (ri) Michael Moorcock SP - Nomad of the Time Streams 3
Blood of Tyrants Naomi Novik AH/F - Temeraire 8
The Constantine Affliction (h2tp) T. Aaron Payton SP
No Love for the Wicked Megan Powell F - Magnolia Kelch 2
The Last Kiss Goodbye Karen Robards UF - Dr. Charlotte Stone 2
A Clockwork Heart Liesel Schwarz SP/M - Chronicles of Light and Shadow 2
Assault on Sunrise Michael Shea UF
Alien Hunter Whitley Strieber SF
Niceville (h2tp) Carsten Stroud H
Osiris (h2tp) E.J. Swift SF/Dys - Osiris Project 1
Celestial Inventories Steve Rasnic Tem Weird - Collection
Prepare to Die! (h2tp) Paul Tobin F/Superhero
Dark Melody of Madness Cornell Woolrich Su - Collection

August 14, 2013
Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure Kathryn Allan (ed) LC
Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages Steve Berman (ed) Z - Anthology

August 15, 2013
Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who Paul Booth (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Batman Liam Burke (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Bruce E. Drushel (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Star Trek Mika Elovaara (ed) History and Criticism
Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks Marisa C. Hayes (ed)
Franck Boulègue (ed)
History and Criticism
Charmed I'm Sure (e) Elliott James UF - Pax Arcana Prequel
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains Claude Lalumière (ed) Anthology
Doctor Who and Race Lindy Orthia (ed) LC
The Treasury of the Fantastic (h2tp) David Sandner (ed)
Jacob Weisman (ed)
The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (ri) Vandana Singh SF - Collection
Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jennifer K. Stuller (ed) History and Criticism

August 16, 2013
The Demon's Wife Rick Hautala H/R
William Gibson Gary Westfahl Biography/LC

August 19, 2013
Esprit de Corpse (e) Gina X. Grant PNR - Reluctant Reaper 3
How to Discipline Your Vampire (e) Mina Vaughn PER

August 20, 2013
Omens Kelley Armstrong UF - Cainsville 1
Spirit of the Century Presents: Khan of Mars Stephen Blackmoore F
Wrath-bearing Tree James Enge F - Tournament of Shadows 2
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It David M. Ewalt History
Resolve Neil Godbout SF - Broken Guardian 3
Tell My Sorrows to the Stones Christopher Golden F - Collection
The Third Kingdom Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan 2
Quick Fix Linda Grimes UF - In a Fix 2
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2013 Edition Paula Guran (ed) F/H - Anthlogy
Jack Cloudie Stephen Hunt SP - Jackelian 5
The Lost Prince Edward Lazellari UF - Guardians of Aandor 2
Wolf Moon Rising Lara Parker F/H - Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch 2
The Bone Season (D) Samantha Shannon UF - Scion 1
Right to Know Edward Willett SF

August 23, 2013
Everything You Need Michael Marshall Smith H - Collection

August 27, 2013
Perdition Ann Aguirre SF - Dred Chronicles 1
Hearts in Darkness Keri Arthur UF - Nikki and Michael 2
Zero Point Neal Asher SF - The Owner 2
Twilight Hunter (D) Kait Ballenger PNR - Execution Underground 1
Only Superhuman (h2mm) Christopher L. Bennett SF
Deception Cove Jayne Castle PNR - Rainshadow 2
For the Love of Magic Janet Chapman PNR - Spellbound Falls 5
Deadly Pursuit Nina Croft SFR - Blood Hunter
Heaven and Hellsbane Paige Cuccaro PNR - Hellsbane 3
Heavy Metal Natalie J. Damschroder PNR - Goddesses Rising 2
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five Ellen Datlow (ed) H - Anthology
Heart of Venom Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 9
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe Bill Fawcett (ed) Anthology
Dark Storm (h2tp) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 23
1635: Papal Stakes (ri) (h2mm) Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
AH - Ring of Fire 15
Immortally Ever After Angie Fox PNR - Monster M*A*S*H 3
Spirits From Beyond Simon R. Green UF - Ghostfinders 4
Saxon's Bane (D) Geoffrey Gudgion UF/H
Transcendental James Gunn SF
The Exodus Towers Jason M. Hough SF - The Dire Earth Cycle 2
Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust David R. George III SF - Star Trek
Chosen Benedict Jacka UF - Alex Verus 4
Children of Fire (D) Drew Karpyshyn F - The Chaos Born 1
A Thousand Perfect Things Kay Kenyon AH
Crown of Vengeance (h2mm) Mercedes Lackey
James Mallory
F - Dragon Prophecy 1
Billy Moon Douglas Lain F/AH
Dragon Ship (h2mm) Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - New Liaden Universe 5
Age of Godpunk: Collecting Age of Anansi, Age of Satan and Age of Gaia James Lovegrove F - Collection
The Gemini Virus (h2mm) Wil Mara S/Th
Songs of the Dying Earth (tp2mm) George R.R. Martin (ed)
Gardner Dozois (ed)
SF - Anthology
Too Many Curses (tp2mm) A. Lee Martinez F
Kenobi John Jackson Miller SF - Star Wars
They Also Serve (e) (ri) Mike Moscoe SF - Jump Universe 3
The Returned (D) Jason Mott F
Crux Ramez Naam SF - Nexus 2
The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love Erin Quinn PNR
Reanimators Peter Rawlik H
Cast in Sorrow Michelle Sagara PNR - Chronicles of Elantra 9
The Time of Contempt Andrzej Sapkowski F - Saga of Wiedzminie 4
Must Love Fangs Jessica Sims PNR - Midnight Liaisons #3
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo Kerrelyn Sparks PNR - Love at Stake 14
Blood Bond Jeanne C. Stein UF - Anna Strong 9
Red Rain (h2mm) R.L. Stine H
SideQuest Adventures Mark Teppo
Angus Trim
Michael Tinker Pearce
Linda Pearce
AH/F - Foreworld Saga
The Sorority Tamara Thorne H
The Thursday War (ri) Karen Traviss SF - HALO
Kiss of Night (tp2mm) Debbie Viguie PNR - Kiss 1
The Blinding Knife (h2tp) Brent Weeks F - Lightbringer 2

August 31, 2013
The Minority Report (Deluxe) Philip K. Dick SF
Hot Times in Magma City (Deluxe) Robert Silverberg SF

e - eBook
D - Debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback

AH - Alternate History
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
LC - Literary Criticism
M - Mystery
NF - Non-Fiction
P - Paranormal
PaR - Post-apocalyptic Romance
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Romance
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
S - Science
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
SPR - Steampunk Romance
Su - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TTR - Time Travel Romance
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
Z - Zombies

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts

There are 8 debuts for August. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

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

Twilight Hunter
Author Kait Ballenger
Series:  Execution Underground 1
Publisher:  Harelquin HQN, August 27, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780373777389 (print)

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Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind--or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
AuthorEmily Croy Barker
Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books, August 1, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 576 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:   9780670023660 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
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).

The Ghost Bride

AuthorYangsze Choo
Publisher:  William Morrow Books, August 6, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages
Price:  $24.99 (print)
ISBN:   9780062227324 (print)

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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.

Saxon's Bane
AuthorGeoffrey Gudgion
Publisher:  Solaris, August 27, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781781081372 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
In a supernatural novel with echoes of Alan Garner and Kate Mosse, Geoffrey Gudgion chills the modern reader as the supernatural past invades the present.

Fergus Sheppard’s world changes for ever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love – and be targeted for human sacrifice.

Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream find – the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior – is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered, and that the partial skeleton lying nearby is that of a young woman. And their tragic story is unfolding in her head every time she goes to sleep.

Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation, and that the smiling and beautiful countryside harbours some very dark secrets. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare’s investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple’s bloody fate.

"Once there was a great classical tradition of rural British horror from MR James to The Wicker Man. Now Geoffrey Gudgion has revived the style and modernised it to great effect, proving there's still nothing as creepy as the countryside." Christopher Fowler

Children of Fire
AuthorDrew Karpyshyn
Series:  The Chaos Born Trilogy 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, August 27, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 512 pages
Price: $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-345-54223-6 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times bestselling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery—a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.

Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.

Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.

Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

The Daedalus Incident
AuthorMichael J. Martinez
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, August 13, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:   9781597804721 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Mars is supposed to be dead…...a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.

Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents…and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that.

With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!

The Returned
AuthorJason Mott
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA, August 27, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Price:   9780778315339
ISBN:  $24.95 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

The Bone Season 
AuthorSamantha Shannon
Series:  Scion 1
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA, August 20, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 480 pages
Price:  $24.00 (print)
ISBN:   9781620401392 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - August 2013 Debuts
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

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