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2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors

Welcome to the last listing of debut authors for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.  The December debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author. Please note that the debuts for December 27th will also count for January 2012. 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.

Author:  Sabrina Benulis
Series:  The Books of Raziel
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Harper Voyager (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $22.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9780062069405

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors
There are some things worse than death . . .

For years, Angela Mathers has been plagued by visions of a supernatural being—an angel with beguiling eyes and magnificent wings who haunts her thoughts and seduces her dreams. Newly freed from a mental institution where she had been locked away for two years, Angela hopes that attending Westwood Academy, the Vatican’s exclusive university, will bring her peace and a semblance of normality.

But Angela isn’t normal. With her stain of dark red hair and alabaster skin, she is a blood head—a freak, a monster, and the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy. Blessed with strange, mystical powers, blood heads hold a special place in the Academy. Among them, one special blood head is more powerful than them all: the Archon, the human reincarnation of the dead angel Raziel. And when the Archon arises as foretold, it will rule the supernatural universe.

Barely in control of her own life, Angela has no ambition to conquer an entire universe, not when she’s suddenly contending with a dangerous enemy who is determined to destroy her and a magnetic novitiate who wants to save her. But the choice might not be her own . . .

Torn between mortal love and angelic obsession, the young blood head must soon face the truth about herself and her world. It is she who holds the key to Heaven and Hell—and both will stop at nothing to possess her.

In Archon, Sabrina Benulis has created a dazzlingly imaginative tale set in a lush, vivid supernatural world filled with gargoyles and candlelight, magic and murder, in which humans, angels, demons, and those in between battle for supremacy—and survival.

Shades of Gray
Author:  Amanda Bonilla
Series:  Shaede Assassin
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher:  Signet (December 6, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language: English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...

Shield of Fire
Author:  Boone Brux
Series:  Bringer and Bane
Format:  Trade Paperback, 311 pages
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (December 13, 2011)
Price:  $16.99
Language: English
Genre:  Historical Fantasy Romance
ISBN:  9781937044336

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors
Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.

In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.

When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.

As the Demon King’s desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.

Empire State
Author:  Adam Christopher 
Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (December 27, 2011)
Price: $12.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Science Fiction, Noir
ISBN:   9780857661937

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors
The stunning superhero-noir fantasy thriller set in the other New York.

It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York.

When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist.

Adam Christopher’s stunning debut novel heralds the arrival of an amazing new talent.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Pocket Universe | Heroes or Villains | Speak Easy | Loyalties Divided ].
You can read Adam's guest blog - In Blackest Night: blending science fiction and noir - here.

Babylon Steel
Author:  Gaie Sebold
Series:  Babylon Steel
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Solaris (December 27, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  9781907992384

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.
You can read Gaie's guest blog - Things I Didn't Know - here.

The Emperor's Knife
Author:  Mazarkis Williams
Series:  The Tower and Knife Trilogy
Format:  Hardcover, 300 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books (December 6, 2011)
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Epic Fantasy
ISBN:  9781597803847

2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors
There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that attacks young and old, rich and poor alike. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until you die in agony, or become a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence, the Pattern Master. Anyone showing the tell-tale marks is put to death; that is Emperor Beyon's law...but now the pattern is running over the Emperor's own arms.

His body servants have been executed, he ignores his wives, but he is doomed, for soon the pattern will reach his face. While Beyon's agents scour the land for a cure, Sarmin, the Emperor's only surviving brother, awaits his bride, Mesema, a windreader from the northern plains. Unused to the Imperial Court's stifling protocols and deadly intrigues, Mesema has no one to turn to but an ageing imperial assassin, the Emperor's Knife.

As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the invincible Pattern Master appears from the deep desert. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses - a path that just might save them all.

Keep up to date with the 2011 Debut Author Challenge here and the 2012 Debut Author Challenge here.

December 2011 Book Releases

Here is my list of books being published in December 2011. If there is something that I've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are mine. Leave a comment 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.

December 1, 2011

Demons Like It Hot Sidney Ayers PNR - Demons Unleashed 2
Night of the Tiger (e) Doranna Durgin PNR - Sentinels 5
Playing With Fire (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Of Angels and Demons 3.5
Brass House William Jones SF
How to Worship a Goddess Stephanie Julian PER - Forgotten Goddesses 2
Bad Blood Kristen Painter UF - House of Comarré 3
The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and Other Unnatural Attractions Robert Rankin SF/AH
The Mechanical Messiah and Other Marvels of the Modern Age Robert Rankin SF/AH
The Hedgewitch Queen (e) Lilith Saintcrow FAR
Dreaming of the Wolf Terry Spear PNR - Werewolf 8

December 5, 2011

A Taste of Midnight (e) Lara Adrian PNR - Midnight Breed Novella

December 6, 2011

Devil's Kiss Zoe Archer PNR - Hellraisers 1
Dead Bolt Juliet Blackwell PM - Haunted House Mystery 2
Shaedes of Gray (d) Amanda Bonilla UF - Shaede Assassin 1
Spells & Stiches Barbara Bretton PM - Sugar Maple Chronicles 4
Territory Emma Bull H
Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (h2tp) Jim Butcher UF - Dresden Files Short Stories
Galactic Courier A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 3
Uncross My Heart Jennifer Colgan PNR
Left Hand of Magic Nancy A. Collins UF - Golgotham 2
Daybreak Ellen ConnorPNR - Dark Age Dawning 3
Himmler's War Robert Conroy SF
An Ill Fate Marshalling Glen Cook EF - Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire Vol 2
Head Rush (e) Carolyn Crane UF - Disillusionists Trilogy 3
Hellsbane Paige Cuccaro UF - Hellsbane 1
Blood of Eden Tami Dane UF - Sloan Skye 1
Undead and Unemployed (ri) MaryJanice Davidson PNR - Queen Betsy 2
Night Reigns Dianne Duvall PNR - Immortal Guardians 2
EVE: Templar One Tony Gonzales SF
Human for a Day Martin H. Greenberg (ed)
Jennifer Brozek (ed)
F - Anthology
Earthbound Joe Haldeman SF - Marsbound 3
Bound by the Vampire Queen Joey W. Hill PER - Vampire Queen 8
Honor's Paradox P.C. Hodgell EF - Kencyrath 6
Cat Tales (e) Faith Hunter UF - Jane Yellowrock (4 stories)
The Fallen Queen Jane Kindred F - House of Arkhangel’sk 1
March in Country E.E. Knight SF - Vampire Earth 9
Alien Proliferation Gini Koch SF - Katherine "Kitty" Katt 4
Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey F - Collection
True Shot Joyce Lamb PT - True Trilogy 3
Selected Stories by Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber SF - Collection
Lawe's Justice Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 11
The Cross Sean McCabe H - Vampire Federation 2
Slade Sarah McCarty PNR - Shadow Wranglers 4
The Bards of Bone Plain Patricia A. McKillip F
Eden Tony Monchinski H
Hearts and Swords: Four Original Stories of Celta Robin D. Owens PNR - Celta Novellas
Mecha Corps Brett Patton SF - Armor Wars 1
The Space Merchants (ri) Frederik Pohl SF
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman F - His Dark Materials Omnibus
Deadlock Moira Rogers PNR - Southern Arcana 3
That Old Black Magic Michelle Rowen PNR - Living in Eden 3
Mindscan Robert J. Sawyer SF
The Thirteen Hallows Michael Scott
Colette Freedman
F - Hallows 1
Miscellaneous Writings of Clark Ashton Smith Clark Ashton Smith F - Collection
Oral History Lee Smith F
Of Limited Loyalty Michael A. Stackpole F - Crown Colonies 2
The Black Hills Rod Thompson AH/We
Supervolcano: Eruption Harry Turtledove SF
Feral Sheri Whitefeather PER
The Emperor's Knife (d) Mazarkis Williams EF
Reprisal (ri) F. Paul Wilson H - Adversary Cycle
A Bridge of Years (ri) Robert Charles Wilson SF

December 12, 2011

Artemis Philip Palmer SF

December 13, 2011

Shield of Fire (d) Boone Brux HFR - Bringer and the Bane 1
The Liminal People Ayize Jama-Everett SF
The Wanderers of the Water Realm Alan Lawton F

December 14, 2011

A Clean Sweep with all the Trimmings (e) James Alan Gardner SFN
Rise of Empire Michael J. Sullivan EF - Riyria Revelations 2

December 15, 2011

The Mailman: 20th Anniversary Special Edition Bentley Little H
The Girl with the Granite Heart A.J. Menden PNR
Quick Bites (e) Jennifer Rardin UF - Jaz Parks Short Story Collection

December 20, 2011

Songs of the Dying Earth (h2mm) Gardner Dozois (ed)
George RR Martin (ed)
SF - Anthology
Asunder David Gaider EF - Dragon Age
Second Grave on the Left (h2tp) Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 2
The Doctor and the Kid Mike Resnick SPW - Weird West 2
Touch of Power Maria V. Snyder FR - Avry of Kazan 2
Wolf Whisperer Karen Whiddon PNR - The Pack 9
Count to a Trillion John C. Wright SF

December 27, 2011

Claws and Effect (e) Amanda Arista PNR - Diaries of an Urban Panter
Archon (d) Sabrina Benulis F - The Books of Raziel
Bestial William D Carl H
Empire State (d) Adam Christopher SFN
The Demon Lover Juliet Dark PNR
Spirit Bound (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Sisters of the Heart 2
Hell Train Christopher Fowler H
Shadow City Diana Pharaoh Francis UF - Horngate Witches 3
Bedeviled Sable Grace UF - Dark Breed 2
Ghost Walk Heather Graham H
A Hard Day's Knight (h2mm) Simon R. Green UF - Nightshade 11
A Discovery of Witches (h2tp) Deborah Harkness F
Changeling Dawn Dani Harper PNR - Changeling 3
'Salem's Lot (ri) Stephen King H
77 Shadow Street Dean Koontz H
In Too Deep (h2mm) Jayne Ann Krentz PNR - Arcane Society, The Looking Glass Trilogy 1
Ghoul Interrupted Victoria Laurie PM - Ghost Hunter Mystery 6
Invasion Steve Libby SF - Secret World Chronicle 1
The Mortal Bone Marjorie M. Liu UF - Hunter Kiss 4
The Warlord's Legacy (h2mm) Ari Marmell FA -Corvis Rebaine 2
Warrior's Redemption Melissa Mayhue PHR - Warrior 1
No Limits (e) Jenna McCormick SFER - Dark Breed 2
The Bitter Seed of Magic Suzanne McLeod UF - Spellcrackers 3
Shadow Heir Richelle Mead UF - Dark Swan 4
Winter Rod Rees SF/SP - Demi-Monde 1
Heir of Danger Alix Rickloff PNR - Heirs of Kilronan 3
Wicked Circle Linda Robertson UF - Persephone Alcmedi 5
Illegal Alien Robert J. Sawyer SF
Babylon Steel (d) Gaie Sebold FA - Babylon Steel 1
Switchblade Goddess Lucy A. Snyder UF - Spellbent 3
Back to the Moon Travis S. Taylor
Les Johnson
Deliverance Lost Gav Thorpe SF - Horus Heresy 18
City of Light and Shadow Ian Whates EF - City of a Hundred Rows 3

December 31, 2011

Hidden Kelley Armstrong UF - Otherworld Illustrated Novella
The Naked God Peter F. Hamilton SF - Night's Dawn 3
Zombies 101 Kenneth Hite SF - 101 Guide
Phases of Gravity (ri) Dan Simmons SF
Gothic High-Tech Bruce Sterling SF - Collection
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine Peter Straub H - Novella
All About Emily Connie Willis SF - Novelette

d - Debut
e - ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue

AH - Alternative History
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FA - Fantasy Adventure
FAR - Fantasy Adventure Romance
FR - Fantasy Romance
H - Horror
HFR - Historical Fantasy Romance
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PP - Paranormal Parody
PT - Paranormal Thriller
SF - Science Fiction
SFN _ Science Fiction Noir
SP - Steampunk
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western
2011 Debut Author Challenge - December Debut Authors

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