2013 DAC

This is the third year of The Qwillery's Debut Author Challenge (DAC or Challenge). Again this year many of the 2013 Debut Authors will be writing guest blogs either before or after publication.  Near the publication date, each of the 2013 Debut Authors will be interviewed. Debut Authors' novels will be listed in a post on the first of each month. Please check each month's list to let me know if I've missed any debut authors. You can also let everyone participating know which book or books you will be reading in the comments to the post if you'd like.

What is a Debut for purposes of the Challenge?
  • The novel must be a full length adult fiction novel. For the purpose of determining a debut, the United States publication date is used. The copyright date or non-US publication date will not be used.
  • If the author has written YA or MG fiction, her or his first full length adult fiction novel will be a debut for the purposes of the Challenge. 
  • If the author has written non-fiction and this is the first full length adult fiction novel, it will be a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • If a full length adult fiction novel previously has been published outside of the United States, but it is being published for the first time in the United States, it will qualify as a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • If the author has only written novels that are part of an established series or canon, his or her first original full length adult fiction novel will qualify as a debut for purposes of the Challenge.
  • A point of clarification - at this time and for the foreseeable future, self-published novels are not eligible to be featured in the Challenge.

The genres and subgenres covered by the challenge are Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction, SciFi Romance, Steampunk, Steampunk Mystery, Steampunk Romance, Supernatural Noir and all their permutations. The debuts are not YA/MG.

The object of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge is for participants to read at least 12 debut novels published during 2013 - one from each month of the year though you may read them anytime between January 1, 2013 and January 15, 2014.

Everyone who reads at least 12 novels (1 from each month) will have her/his name thrown into a drawing for a US$100 gift certificate to an online bookstore to be determined by The Qwillery. If you are going to participate you can leave a comment below, at the 2013 Debut Author Challenge post here or by emailing 2013DAC @ gmail.com.

Happy Reading!

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See the January Debut Author list at this post.

See the February Debut Author list at this post.

See the March Debut Author list at this post.

See the April Debut Author list at this post.

See the May Debut Author list at this post.

See the June Debut Author list at this post.

See the July Debut Author list at this post.

See the August Debut Author list at this post.

See the September Debut Author list at this post.

See the October Debut Author list at this post.

See the November Debut Author list at this post.

See the December Debut Author list at this post.

2013 Debut Author Visits as of December 10, 2013:

The following Debut Authors will be visiting The Qwillery during late 2012 and during 2013. Please note that they are listed in author alphabetical order, not guest post, interview or release date order.

(release month)
Guest Blog Date
Interview Date
Brooklyn Ann
Bite Me, Your Grace

April 17, 2013
Alan Averill
The Beautiful Land

May 10, 2013
June 5, 2013
Kait Ballenger
(Adult Debut)

Twilight Hunter

Execution Underground
July 29, 2013
Emily Croy Barker
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

August 4, 2013
Mark T. Barnes
The Garden of Stones

Echoes of Empire
May 22, 2013 
June 7, 2013
Clifford Beal
Gideon's Angel

March 15, 2013

R.S. Belcher
The Six-Gun Tarot

January 21, 2013
Matt Bell
In the House upon the 
Dirt Between the Lake 
and the Woods

June 18, 2013
Amanda Brooke
(US Debut)

Yesterday's Sun

February 11, 2013
M. L. Brennan
Generation V

April 9, 2013
May 8, 2013
J. Kathleen Cheney
The Golden City

November 5, 2013
December 5, 2013
Yangsze Choo
The Ghost Bride

August 8, 2013
Wesley Chu
The Lives of Tao

April 1, 2013
May 3, 2013
Cassandra Rose Clarke
(Adult Debut)

The Mad Scientist's Daughter

December 28, 2012
January 28, 2013
Sonja Condit
Starter House

December 13, 2013
Jan DeLima
Celtic Moon

Celtic Wolves
September 26, 2013
Ariel Djanikian
The Office of Mercy

February 23, 2013
Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare's
Star Wars

June 28, 2013
Betsy Dornbusch

Seven Eyes
February 5, 2013
K.M. Fawcett

The Survival Race
June 8, 2013
Geoffrey Girard
Cain's Blood

August 5, 2013
Geoffrey Gudgion
Saxon's Bane

July 26, 2013
September 2, 2013
Debbie Herbert
Siren's Secret

November 4, 2013
Peter Higgins
Wolfhound Century

February 26, 2013
March 26, 2013
Jason M. Hough
The Darwin Elevator

The Dire Earth Cycle
June 24, 2013
July 23, 2013
E.B. Hudspeth
The Resurrectionist

May 21, 2013
Elliott James

Pax Arcana
August 24, 2013 
September 24, 2013
Zachary Jernigan
No Return

February 9, 2013
March 9, 2013
Stephen P. Kiernan
(Fiction Debut)

The Curiosity

June 14, 2013
July 8, 2013
Francis Knight
Fade to Black

Rojan Dizon
January 30, 2013
February 25, 2013
Mur Lafferty
The Shambling Guide to New York City

The Shambling Guides
May 2, 2013 
May 30, 2013
K.B. Laugheed
The Spirit Keeper

September 20, 2013
October 21, 2013
Ann Leckie
Ancillary Justice

Imperial Radch
September 6, 2013 
October 1, 2013
Rita Leganski
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

February 20, 2013
Eric Lundgren
The Facades

September 27, 2013
Evie Manieri
(US Debut)

Blood's Pride

Shattered Kingdoms
January 29, 2013
February 21, 2013
John Mantooth
The Year of the Storm

May 7, 2013
June 3, 2013
Michael Martinez
The Daedulus Incident

July 14, 2013
August 15, 2013
Brian McClellan
Promise of Blood

The Powder Mage
March 18, 2013 
May 16, 2013
Libby McGugan
The Eidolon
(October 2013)

October 4, 2013
October 28, 2013
Laura Morrigan
Woof at the Door

A Call of the Wilde
July 25, 2013
Jason Mott
The Returned

July 26, 2013
August 29, 2013
Jaime Lee Moyer
Delia's Shadow

August 14, 2013
September 17, 2013
Emma Newman
(Adult Debut)

Between Two Thorns

Split Worlds
May 4, 2013
Suzanne Palmieri
The Witch of Little Italy

February 27, 2013
March 27, 2013
Joshua Alan Parry
Virus Thirteen

February 22, 2013
March 20, 2013
Gillian Philip
(US Debut)

Winner Feb. Cover Wars
Rebel Angels
January 23, 2013
February 19, 2013
Sean Pidgeon
Finding Camlann

December 12, 2012
January 15, 2013
M.C. Planck
The Kassa Gambit

December 10, 2012
January 7, 2013
Jay Posey

July 1, 2013
August 1, 2013
Richard Ellis 
Preston, Jr.

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders

The Chronicles of the
Pneumatic Zeppelin
June 6, 2013
July 6, 2013
Amy Raby
Assassin's Gambit

Hearts and Thrones
March 4, 2013
April 2, 2013
Peter Rawlik
The Reanimators

August 7, 2013
September 10, 2013
Bee Ridgway
The River of No Return

March 21, 2013
April 24, 2013
Rhonda Riley
The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

April 23, 2013
Robin Riopelle
Dead Roads

March 12, 2013
Anthony Ryan
Blood Song

Raven's Shadow
July 2, 2013
Sofia Samatar
A Stranger in Olondria

April 16, 2013
Kerry Schafer

The Books of the
February 4, 2013
V.E. Schwab
(Adult Debut)


September 25, 2013
Liesel Schwarz
A Conspiracy of Alchemists

Chronicles of Light
and Shadow
March 8, 2013
Luke Scull
The Grim Company

Grim Company
September 3, 2013
Jason Sheehan
A Private Little War

July 9, 2013
Lori Sjoberg
Grave Intentions
Winner January Cover Wars
January 3, 2013
February 7, 2013
Chandler Klang Smith
Goldenland Past Dark

March 29, 2013
April 11, 2013
Peter Stenson

June 10, 2013
E.L. Tettensor

Nicolas Lenoir
December 9, 2013
Thomas Van Essen
The Center of the World

June 4, 2013
July 10, 2013
Menna van Praag
The House at the End of Hope Street

March 19, 2013
April 10, 2013
Danie Ware
Ecko Rising

May 14, 2013
June 11, 2013
Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni

March 23, 2013
Mark H. Williams
Sleepless Knights

November 15, 2013
December 12, 2013
Chris Willrich
The Scroll of Years

Gaunt and Bone
 August 21, 2013
September 11, 2013


  1. Signing up. It'll be the perfect compliment to the YA/MG debut author challenge I signed up for. Now I'll be able to keep up with the adult fiction titles coming out next year.

    My sign-up is here: http://overflowingbookshelves.com/2013-reading-challenges/

    1. Welcome! Thank you for participating. :-)

  2. I will also be participating :) Here's my post: http://doingdeweydecimal.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/decision-time/

    1. Thank you for including us in your reading challenges! And welcome.

  3. Hey there! Last year I had the best intentions but never got started this year I am writing it down for all to see- I plan on reading at least one of the debut authors , if not more, a month- thanks for providing such a fun challenge and all the details- you make it so easy ;)

    1. Welcome! I'm very excited for the 2013 Challenge!

  4. I would love to join, but is international entries welcome? And since I mostly write my blog in my own languange (I'm from Indonesia, btw), ist it okay to write the review on Goodreads instead of blog?

    1. Yes, it's international! You can just let me know via email what you've read and Goodreads is fine if you'd like to post a review!

    2. Thank you! I had made the sign up post here (with list of book I plan to read) : http://renslittlecorner.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-qwillerys-debut-author-challenge.html

      Please count me in :)