Tuesday, February 01, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge - February Debut Authors

There are four debuts this month for you to choose from. Let me know in the comments what book you read for January and what you plan on reading for February.

Midnight RiotBen AaronovtichUF - Rivers of London 1
Darkness DawnsDianne DuvallPNR - Immortal Guardians 1
First Grave on the RightDarynda JonesPRS - Charley Davidson 1
FatedRebecca ZanettiPNR - Dark Protectors 1

Please note the Laurie London's novel Bonded By Blood was initially listed as a February release. It was released in January. You can still read it as a January read. Details are below.

Midnight Riot
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Series: Rivers of London 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (February 1, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-345-52425-6
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

You can read my review of Midnight Riot here.

Darkness Dawns
Author: Dianne Duval
Series: Immortal Guardians 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra (February 1, 2011)
Price: $6.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1861-2
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect…

First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson 1
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 1, 2011)
Price: $22.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-0-312-66275-2
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors 1
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Brava (February 22, 2011)
Price: $14.00
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7582-5923-3
Marry Me

Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem…

Or Else

Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice…

 From January:
Bonded by Blood
Author: Laurie London
Series: Sweetblood 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (January 18, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0373775446
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her….


  1. To combat that little problem I had (i.e. Not being able to get Allison Pang's A Brush of Darkness at my local bookstores & still hasn't come & it better get here today & I'm so mad at Borders, I could spit & & &...), I've decided to pick one of these early-in-the-month releases for Feb's DAC. I think I'll go with First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones. Though a close 2nd is Midnight Riot, by Ben Aaronvitch, so maybe I'll just wait and see which one I can actually get IN MY HANDS today. :p
    (And just 'cuz I get one of these today doesn't mean I won't read more debut authors this month...just means I'm not gonna mess up on the challenge! So there! LOL!)

  2. I am soon to be reading Dianne Duvall's Darkness Dawns it happens to be in the pile already.

    @rissatoo A Brush of Darkness is worth the wait.