July 2010 Book Releases, part 1

July 13, 2010 at 11:13 am 18 comments

I seem to be chronically behind, lately. We’ll just blame it on summer, and leave it at that! :-P

Here are the books released the first 2 weeks of July.


July 2, 2010: Wings of Equity by Sean Kennedy

Here is a book description:

Wings of EquityThe truth is that those who make a difference usually get martyred. What good are you dead?
Ezra Kneebone is most at home in the skies, piloting his airship with his best friend Jazz, even if it doesn’t quite pay the bills or warm Ezra’s empty bed. Those same skies are also the territory of a man known as Icarus, who uses his metal wings to steal from the rich and feed the poor. Icarus and Ezra could be soul mates but for one thing: Icarus has a bounty on his head, and Ezra is desperate for money.
Against the wishes of Jazz and her partner, the formidable Lady Bart, Ezra is determined to get his man… in more ways than one. But when Icarus saves Ezra’s life, Ezra realizes he would be betraying a hero—and his heart—if he turned Icarus in. Unfortunately, the bounty is tempting more than one hunter, and Ezra will find that loving a fugitive may mean becoming one too.
  • Sean Kennedy’s livejournal.
  • Excerpt for Wings of Equity. (Scroll down linked page and click on “Expand”.)


July 5, 2010: Insatiable (Phantom Corps series, book 1/Federation Chronicles, book 3) by Lauren Dane

Here is the description from the author’s site:

Insatiable With tensions between the Federation and Imperial ‘Verses rising, one woman may hold the key to victory. The dangerous mission to smuggle her out of Imperial Territory falls to Daniel Haws and his team, the ultra secret Phantom Corps. This elite squad of the Federation Military is the only one trusted and skilled enough to remove her from under the watchful eye of her father, the Supreme Commander of the Imperial ‘Verses.
Carina is used to wearing a mask. Her father and his men think her little more than a pretty prize to be won by a man more ruthless than the rest. When he announces his intention to marry her to one of his henchmen, a man known for his cruelty, Carina knows she has to move as soon as possible to get out. But getting secret information to the Federation has served her well for years and she appeals to them for help.
She expected rescue from a man who’d been her enemy. But she wasn’t prepared for just how intense her attraction to Daniel Haws would be. Born as adversaries into different ranks, and on the run for their lives, they now need each other to survive–by holding on to the only thing they have in common: a growing desire that is dangerous, irresistible, and insatiable…


July 6, 2010: Bonds of Justice (PsyChangeling series, book 8) by Nalini Singh.

Here is a book description:

Bonds of JusticeMax Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of a catastrophic mental fracture…
Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max’s liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people’s nightmares, other people’s evil, she’s standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury…and executioner…


July 6, 2010: Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures series, book 2) by Jennifer Ashley

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

Lady Isabella's Scandalous MarriageSix years ago, eighteen-year-old Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized all of London by eloping the night of her come-out ball with the notorious rake, Lord Mac Mackenzie. After three turbulent years of marriage, she scandalized London once again–this time by leaving him.
Now the reformed Mac has returned, and he wants one thing: Isabella back in his life, his house, his bed. He’ll do anything he has to, play any game, as long as he gets her back. Isabella resists, but when she agrees to pose for erotic paintings he’s been working on, she realizes her body has never stopped craving her husband’s very skilled touch. Mac is determined to show Isabella that he’s a changed man, but three years without her has only increased his hunger for her.
When an ingenious forger with designs on Mac’s paintings, and Isabella herself, comes dangerously near, Mac sets himself up as Isabella’s protector and vows to never leave her side, whether his independent and proud lady likes it or not.
  • Jennifer Ashley’s site.
  • Excerpt for Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage.


July 16, 2010: The Cold Kiss of Death (scroll down linked page) (Spellcrackers series, book 1) by Suzanne McLeod
Mass market US release.
Posted release dates vary. Amazon lists 7/16/10.

Here is a book description:

Cold Kiss of DeathBeing haunted by a ghost is the least of Genny’s problems: she’s also trying to deal with the witch neighbour who wants her evicted. Finn, her sort-of-Ex – and now her new boss – can’t quite decide whether he wants their relationship to be business or pleasure. And then there’s the queue of vamps inviting her to paint the town red; how long before they stop taking no for an answer?
Just when it seems things can’t get any worse a human friend is murdered using sidhe magic. Determined to hunt down the killer and needing help, she turns to one of London’s most capricious wylde fae and the seductive vampire Malik al-Khan.
But all too soon she realises she doesn’t know who she can trust – and now Genny’s the one being hunted, not just by the police, but by some of London’s most powerful and dangerous supernaturals.


July 13, 2010: Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire series, book 6) by Naomi Novik.

Here is a book description:

Tongues of SerpentsConvicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon’s invasion of England, Temeraire and Laurence—stripped of rank and standing—have been transported to the prison colony at New South Wales in distant Australia, where, it is hoped, they cannot further corrupt the British Aerial Corps with their dangerous notions of liberty for dragons. Temeraire and Laurence carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony and destined to be handed over to such second-rate, undesirable officers as have been willing to accept so remote an assignment—including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life.
Nor is this the greatest difficulty that confronts the exiled dragon and rider: Instead of leaving behind all the political entanglements and corruptions of the war, Laurence and Temeraire have instead sailed into a hornet’s nest of fresh complications. For the colony at New South Wales has been thrown into turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, one William Bligh—better known as Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. Bligh wastes no time in attempting to enlist Temeraire and Laurence to restore him to office, while the upstart masters of the colony are equally determined that the new arrivals should not upset a balance of power precariously tipped in their favor.
Eager to escape this political quagmire, Laurence and Temeraire take on a mission to find a way through the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the interior of Australia. But when one of the dragon eggs is stolen from Temeraire, the surveying expedition becomes a desperate race to recover it in time—a race that leads to a shocking discovery and a dangerous new obstacle in the global war between Britain and Napoleon.
  • Naomi Novik’s site.
  • Excerpt for Tongues of Serpents.


I’ve already read Insatiable, which was AWESOME. Hopefully, I’ll get my hands on the rest of these lovelies really soon.

Since I am so behind, I will post part 2 of July’s releases within the week.

Did I miss any books coming out this month that you’re looking forward to?

For information on other future releases, check out my Upcoming Releases page.
For information about other previously released books, check out my Released in 2010 page.

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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris  |  July 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Making Promises, the sequel to Keeping Promise Rock, by Amy Lane. Still not up on the Dreamspinner site, though.

    I have Sean’s book and am looking forward to it. And CJ was going to try to get a copy of the Nalini Singh for me at RomCon, signed….

    • 2. Renee  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      Man! Another I have to read! I’ve read a couple by her, but Keep hearing awesome things about KPR. Even better now that I know there’s a sequel. (Me=series ‘ho)

      Oh, lucky girl! Enjoy WoE and BoJ! :-)

      • 3. Chris  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

        I like a series… but I think most of them should stop before they do. Still enjoying the Dresden Files, although, since the latest book is supposed to be a cliffhanger, I’m not going to read it until the next book is out. I’m a bit hateful about cliffhangers. :)

        • 4. Renee  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm

          I hear ya! That’s something I have to admit, I’ve appreciated about a few “trilogy” and “quartet” structured series.

          However, yes! Dresden Files still has the mojo, and Changes was JB’s best yet, imo. I didn’t know it was a cliffhanger going in, but really, the main story itself was resolved. It was more of a Quantum Leap style cliffhanger.

          I’ve been hoarding KMM’s latest Blood series book, Gail Carriger’s Changeless, and Rachel Caine’s last couple of Morganville Vampire books for the exact same reason.

          • 5. Chris  |  July 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

            KMM lost me on a really evil cliffhanger. Done! :)

  • 6. Lea  |  July 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Great list Renee! I’m glad you enjoyed the Phantom Corps book, that cover is so enticing. I also knew about a couple of the other ones but the rest are new to me!


    • 7. Renee  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks! Isn’t it tho? Love. It.

  • 8. orannia  |  July 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I love your new releases posts Renee as I never know when certain books are being released. Am looking forward to Bonds of Justice. And…I loved Sean Kennedy’s Tigers and Devils so am tempted to risk the steampunk genre to read it…

    Making Promises, the sequel to Keeping Promise Rock, by Amy Lane.

    SQUEEEEEEE! Sorry for the yelling but I’m very excited!

    • 9. Chris  |  July 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Making Promises has a release date! July 26. And I have a contest kicking off for it this Thursday. :)

      • 10. Renee  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

        Thanks for the info, Chris! (I’ll be dropping by on Thurs. ;-) )

        • 11. Chris  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm

          See you then! :)

    • 12. Renee  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks! Oh, I still have to read/finish Blaze of Memory. I can’t believe I let myself fall behind.

      Yes, I still have SK’s Dash and Dingo, but will probably get to WoE before it.

      So glad to hear the Amy Lane is that good! :-)

  • 13. orannia  |  July 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Amy Lane is oh so good – I adore KPR! Kris was raving chatting about another of her books that sounds fantastic, but the title eludes me :(

    I’m a bit hateful about cliffhangers.

    Ditto. Don’t get me started. Just watched the final episode of SGU (which has had numerous cliffhangers through the first season) and…well, let’s just say I wasn’t surprised about the cliffhanger, but if people don’t die then I will be surprised…well, maybe not. No one seems to really die in the SG franchise :)

  • 14. Hilcia  |  July 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Renee, I really want to try out Lauren Dane’s series. I see it’s on book 3 already… better get going. :)

    Hope you enjoy Bonds of Justice. I forgot all about the Ashley book… I should get that one too, lol!

    • 15. Renee  |  July 18, 2010 at 12:44 am

      Yes! I think you’ll really like it! Book 2, Relentless is my favorite, I think.

      Gonna catch up with PsyChangeling this week and read Blaze of Memory so I can get to Bonds of Justice.

  • 16. Stumbling Over Chaos :: Pick a peck of peppered linkity  |  July 16, 2010 at 12:02 am

    [...] releases: Lily (m/m romance), Renee (eclectic short listing of June books), Katiebabs (eclectic listing of future releases), and [...]

  • 17. nath  |  July 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Hmmm, Demon Blood by Meljean Brook? Not interested?

    Bonds of Justice was good, but I’m waiting for the next one Play of Passion :D That one is going to rock :)

    Are you getting Tongue of Serpents? I’m not sure…. I love Temeraire and Laurence, but the storylines are getting heavy…

    • 18. Renee  |  July 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      I’ve only read the first Guardian, so it’s sort of off my radar. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

      I’ll probably get Tongues of Serpents in audio from the library, so it might be a while before I get to it. Yeah, the last one was pretty heavy, but I’m sort of thinking maybe this new one is sort of a clean slate/fresh start for Will and Temeraire.


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