Friday, December 9, 2011

Taking the 2012 Debut Author Challenge

As promised, here's my list of books that I'm picking for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

This list is not binding. As the year progresses, I will switch out titles based on availability and mood. 

My completely unscientific criteria for picking a title is simple:
  • Early buzz
  • Availability from Netgalley
  • Intriguing title
  • I met the author at the SCBWI conference this summer
January: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Early buzz! Available from Netgalley!)

February: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (Available from Netgalley!)

March: Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (I met the author at the SCBWI conference this summer! Available from Netgalley!)

April: A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont (Intriguing title! Available from Netgalley!)

After April, I don't know yet what's available from Netgalley, so I'm going with title alone.

May: What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen (sounds like it might be a ghost story)

June: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (sounds like YA contemp)

July: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (possibly a dystopia)

August: The Wheel by Lisa Stasse (I'm thinking maybe a fantasy)

September: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (could be YA contemp)

October: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (oooh, I hope it's a time travel book)

November: Through to You by Emily Hainsworth (yet another YA contemp?)

December: Pivot Point by Kasie West (bet it's ballerinas ... or dystopia. I personally would love to see a post-apocalypse Nutcracker)

Here's to a new year with new books!


  1. Hi Monica. So cool to see my book on here, and the rest of your list is fab. Hope you're well!

  2. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Elisa! You probably don't remember me, but I sat next to you during one of the keynotes at the SCBWI conference. You told me about the Apocalypsies and your book. So excited to read it!

  3. Thanks for including me on your list! :) It is neither about ballerinas nor is it dystopian. Nor is it a ballerina trying to save the world from a flu epidemic. LOL But the thought made me smile. Maybe someone should do a Post Apoc Nutcracker. You? I'd read it! :)

  4. Hi Kasie! No ballerinas in tattered tutus piroutting through a scarred landscape? (I think the post-apocalyptic Nutcracker is writing itself :)
    Can't wait to read your REAL book!

  5. So excited to see A Breath of Eyre on your list! I haven't heard that it's going to be available on NetGalley, but I've been hopeful. Have you heard differently? (sometimes we authors are the last to know...) Thanks for the post!

  6. You know, A Breath of Eyre was on Netgalley when I checked a few weeks ago, but now I can't find it :( Hopefully it'll show up again, but I'll get a hold of your book one way or another!

  7. Hey Monica, I'm thrilled to see Through To You on your list, though it's not a contemp novel...kind of romantic sci-fi with a parallel dimension. Hope you enjoy it and all the other 2012 debuts! I can't wait to read a bunch of these myself. :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Emily! Always love a good romantic sci-fi!



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