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October 2010 Releases, part 2

These are the books that will be released over the last half of October. There’s a good variety of genres coming out over the next couple of weeks.

October 18, 2010:

Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse series, book 1) by Jackie Morse Kessler

I’ve been looking forward to this book for months. After reading the first lines of the description, how could I not want to read more? 

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Each book in the series will be about a different Horseman. Book 2, Rage will be about the Horseman, War.

Hunger

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October 25, 2010:

Second Chances by Lauren Dane (Reissue) Published by Carina Press

Scroll down linked page for excerpt.
Second Chances
I love Lauren Dane’s writing, and I’ve been working my way through her backlist. Second Chances is revised from an earlier novel.
I like the “small town girl returns and deals with her past” plot, and this one sounds like it has some good twists. 

I also really like this cover. (Woman with curves! Yay!)

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October 26, 2010:

Side Jobs (A Dresden Files anthology) by Jim Butcher

This is a collection of Harry Dresden stories that have been featured in a variety of anthologies over the years, as well as a new novella.Even though I’ve read most of the previously published stories, I can never get enough of Harry, and am really looking forward to finding out what happened to Harry right after the conclusion of Changes, the last Dresden Files book. Side Jobs

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October 26, 2010:

Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires series, book 9) by Rachel Caine

Excerpt on author’s site.
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This YA series is always a fun, quick, and easy read. I’m 3 behind at the moment, but since they are short novels that each end on cliff hangers (usually in 3-book story arcs) I never mind letting a few pile up and then bingeing.At the end of the last book, Claire was in a pretty tight spot with the evil vampire Bishop, so I’m eager to jump back in a catch up!
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October 29, 2010:

Dudleytown by LB Gregg

Excerpt on author’s site.
Dudleytown
I always enjoy LB’s fast, funny, sexy writing, and can’t wait to read Dudleytown

The forced intimacy of a roommates story is one of my favorites — 2 people in necessarily close proximity, sexual tension rising…

Alex and his (straight?) roommate Shannon find themselves in the creepy forest searching for their missing friend. Doesn’t this sound like a great set up for the perfect Halloween-romance?

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October 26, 2010:

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Friday Harbor series, book 1) by Lisa Kleypas

Excerpt on author’s site. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
I love Lisa Kleypas’ contemporaries. Well, for that matter I love her historicals as well.This story of a widow making a fresh start and a man who is raising his niece in the Pacific Northwest, sounds like it’s going to be tugging at the heartstrings.
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(This seems to have come out sometime this past month, and  somehow I totally missed it!)

October 2010:

Blood Heat (Dangerous Ground series, book 3) by Josh Lanyon (LooseID)

Excerpt on author’s site. Blood Heat
Josh Lanyon is an auto-buy author for me, and I like this series about 2 government agents, feeling their way through the beginnings of the relationship.Blood Heat continues their story, and adds new challenges for the personally and professionally. 

I really like how the first book in the series didn’t just end with their happily ever after and subsequent books show them as the perfect couple. Taylor and Will are still learning how to be a couple, both in private and in public. This dynamic makes for as interesting reading as Lanyon’s typical compelling suspense storyline.

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It’s funny because as I look over the above list, I can’t help but really see why I find myself entering a brick and mortar book store so much less often lately. I’ve already requested Butcher and Kleypas from the library and when I catch up with the Morganville Vampire series that will also probably be a library book. The Dane, Gregg and Lanyon books will be ebook purchases. That really only leaves the Kessler book to be purchased (possibly) in print. I used to wait anxiously for Tuesdays to hit the bookstores, but lately…not so much. I’ve been noticing this trend more and more over the last year.

How about you? Have your purchasing habits changed recently?

October 20, 2010 at 5:00 am 12 comments

October 2010 Releases, part 1

I’ve completely flaked out on my new releases posts over the last couple of months, but am trying to jump back in this month. Since I missed the first half of October, today’s books are those that were released over the first two weeks of this month. Later this week, I’ll post the rest of the October releases.

I tried something a little different this time, giving my thoughts on the book instead of the description. Please let me know in the comments which way you prefer, or if you’d like both comments and description.

October 1, 2010:

Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey series, book 4) by Deanna Raybourn

Excerpt on author’s site.
Dark Road to Darjeeling
I love this series, and can’t believe I’ve let myself fall behind! I still have Silent on the Moor on my TBR, and need to catch up with Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane. 

I’m actually unable to comment on the description of Dark Road to Darjeeling, since the tiniest glimpse of it already spoiled some events in Silent on the Moor for me, and I don’t want to ruin anymore surprises!

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October 5, 2010:

Scoundrel (The Blades of the Rose series, book 2) by Zoe Archer

Excerpt on author’s site. Scoundrel
I’m currently reading book 1, Warrior, and enjoying it very much. 

I love that the series is magical-historical-adventure-romance. Also, the covers in this series are really eye-catching, and a nice change from the same old-same old.

Each book in this quartet has a different hero and heroine, and take place in different geographic locations.

Scoundrel takes place in Greece, with a heroine who speaks ancient Greek, and a bad boy hero who wants to stop her father, who’s bent on controlling the world’s magic.

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October 5, 2010:

The Iron Duke (The Iron Seas series, book 1) by Meljean Brook

Scroll down linked page for excerpt. The Iron Duke
I was so excited that I won this at Katidom

This has been the most highly anticipated steampunk romance of the year. I’ve been looking forward to it so much because it sounds like this great blend of all the things I love in fiction: fantasy, romance, technology and adventure.

I think it’s cool how the heroine, Mina is an investigator with a secret of her own. And, Meljean Brook knows how to write romantic chemistry, so I have high hopes for her romance with Rhys, the Iron Duke.

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October 5, 2010:

Haunted Honeymoon (Casa Dracula series, book 4) by Marta Acosta

I’ve posted before about how much I enjoy this series, and have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to Milagro in this final installment of Casa Dracula. 

I always smile when I think of Milagro. I really hope she gets her HEA in Haunted Honeymoon, though the way things have been going with this series, there are no guarantees.

Will it be Ian, or will Oswald be back in the picture? Or someone new? Or, will she boogie off into the sunset all on her own?

Haunted Honeymoon is at the top of my tbr pile, and I can’t wait to read it!

Haunted Honeymoon
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October 5, 2010:

Behemoth (Leviathan trilogy, book 2) by Scott Westerfeld (Young Adult)

I loved the Leviathan (book 1) audiobook, which was narrated by actor Alan Cumming, and can’t wait to listen to Behemoth

This world is so interesting, with Europe on the cusp of WWI. English biologically-based technology (think Charles Darwin) is in direct opposition to the German mechanically-based technology (think steam powered armored walkers ála Star Wars).

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful hero and heroine. Prince Aleksander is catapulted from his sheltered life into adventure. And, Deryn is masquerading as a boy so she be an airman in the British Air Service. I’m really looking forward to their further adventures.

Behemoth
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Wow, steampunk seems to be everywhere, doesn’t it? Adventure, too, really seems to be going strong.

So, what books are you looking forward to?

Don’t forget, I’d really appreciate some feedback on this new format.

October 18, 2010 at 5:00 am 12 comments

July 2010 Book Releases, part 2

Here are the books released the last 2 weeks of July. I think July has been a fantastic month for releases, but looking ahead to August, it looks like the entire summer is pretty awesome!

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July 20, 2010: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Audiobook now available. Full cast audiobook. I already listened to it. It rocked! :-)
Print edition to be released 7/20.

Here is the description:

LingerIn Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past…and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves…and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.

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July 20, 2010: Revelation (de La Vega Cats series, book 2) by Lauren Dane

I won this from Lauren, and read it last week. It also rocked! I will post a review later this week with a giveaway.

Here is the description:

Revelation At long last, Kendra Kellogg has found her sister—but she’s no closer to filling the gaps in her past. The magick that brought them together makes them targets for dark mages intent on finishing what started with their mother’s murder.
As if her life wasn’t chaotic enough, in barrels the one thing she doesn’t expect, Max de La Vega. He’s six-and-a-half-feet of cocoa-brown alpha male. He’s strong, intelligent, sexy and intense. Everything she’d wanted in a man. And he scares the hell out of her. Still healing from a disastrous past relationship, she wonders if she’ll ever have that kind of forever.
The next in line to run his jaguar jamboree, Max is unused to hearing “no”. Once he knows what he wants, he assumes he’ll get it. And he wants Kendra. She deserves happiness and it’s his mission to give it to her.
When dark mages attempt to steal her magickal energy, Max’s cat agrees with the man—Kendra is his to protect and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. She can push him away as hard as she likes, he’s not going anywhere.

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July 27, 2010: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

Here is a book description:

All I Ever WantedOne happily-ever-after rocking chair…
And no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol’ Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company’s new Miss Perfect. If that isn’t bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a 3-0 birthday bash in the family funeral home.
Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a relationship with the town’s most eligible — yet not so warm and fuzzy — veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark’s attention. So Ian’s more comfortable with animals… So he’s formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it’s time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang — if he doesn’t shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont’s unlikeliest eligible bachelor

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July 27, 2010: Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

Last Night's ScandalAfter surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family….and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendent of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him, and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes.
Olivia may be Society’s darling, but she’s aware a respectable future looms menacingly. And so when Lisle is forced to go on a family mission, she sees this as the perfect chance for one last adventure—even if it is with the one man in the world she can’t wrap around her finger: but really, she only wants to help…
Which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by spiteful ghosts and craven murderers…and a shocking secret: the greatest peril of all may be burning within their own stubborn hearts.
  • Loretta Chase’s site.
  • Excerpt for Last Night’s Scandal.

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July 27, 2010: Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann

Here is a book description:

InfamousWhen history professor Alison Carter became a consultant to the film version of the Wild West legend she’d dedicated her career to researching, she couldn’t possibly have known that she would not only get a front-row seat to a full-blown Hollywood circus but would innocently witness something that would put her life in peril. Nor did she expect that a tall stranger in a cowboy hat would turn the movie—and her world—completely upside down.
A. J. Gallagher didn’t crash the set in dusty Arizona to rub elbows with Hollywood’s elite. Unable to ignore ghosts from the past that refuse to stay buried, A. J. came to put an end to the false legend that has tarnished the reputation of his family. But when he confronts Alison, sparks fly. And when Alison is targeted by ruthless criminals, suddenly she and A .J. must face the intense attraction that threatens to consume them—and survive the danger that threatens their very lives.
  • Suzanne Brockmann’s site.

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July 27, 2010: Bring on the Night (WVMP series, book 3) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Here is a book description:

Bring on the NightRecovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all. A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic but eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks as if she might actually finish her bachelor’s degree!
But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps?
Ciara’s suspicions are confirmed when she’s assigned to a special-ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control’s oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers. To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses begin to rise from their graves—Ciara will not only get a crash course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.
  • Jeri Smith-Ready’s site.

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July 27, 2010: Waking the Witch (Otherworld series, book 11) by Kelley Armstrong

Here is a book description:

Waking the WitchThe orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at 21 she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. So she jumps at the chance to fly solo, investigating the mysterious deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town as a favour to one of the agency’s associates. At first glance, the murders look garden-variety human, but on closer inspection signs point to otherworldly stakes.

Soon Savannah is in over her head. She’s run off the road and nearly killed, haunted by a mystery stalker, and freaked out when the brother of one of the dead women is murdered when he tries to investigate the crime. To complicate things, something weird is happening to her powers. Pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-inflected cult and garden-variety goons, Savannah has to fight to ensure her first case isn’t her last. And she also has to ask for help, perhaps the hardest lesson she’s ever had to learn.
  • Kelly Armstrong’s site.
  • Excerpt for Waking the Witch. (PDF)

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July 27, 2010: White Heat (Department 6 Hired Gun series, book 1) by Brenda Novak.

Here is a book description:

White HeatNate Ferrentino and Rachel Jessop are operatives for Department 6, a private security company, and they’re going undercover to expose a new and dangerous cult.

This group has taken up residence in the Arizona desert, in a ghost town called Paradise. Members worship at the feet—and in the bed–of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff. On his orders, they tried to stone a woman to death. And they’re implicated in the disappearance of a teenage girl.
To expose the Church of the Covenant, with its arcane rituals and debauched practices, Nate and Rachel must pretend to be married. That’s the only way they can get in—but being Nate’s “wife” is the last thing Rachel wants. She and Nate have a one-night history that’s just an embarrassment to her now. But they don’t have a choice. Wycliff has to be stopped.

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July 27, 2010: Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane series, book 1) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Here is a book description:

Wicked IntentionsA MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows the area like the back of her hand—she cares for its children at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…
A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST
Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as a cold bargain soon falls prey to a passion neither can control—and may well destroy them both.

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I’ve been lucky enough to already read/listen Linger and Revelation. Infamous, Waking the Witch, and All I Ever Wanted are on request from the library. (Have I said lately how much I LOVE my library?)

I haven’t read anything by Brenda Novak before, but this new series sounds really good! I’m 1 behind on the WVMP series, but hope to catch up soon. The historicals are authors I love. I’m STILL waiting on a couple from the library that are (hopefully!) guaranteed to break my slump: the most recent Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas. But this Hoyt and Chase will be following them closely, I think.

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

For other July releases, check out my July 2010 Releases, part 1.
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.

July 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm 12 comments

July 2010 Book Releases, part 1

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.

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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”.)

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

July 13, 2010 at 11:13 am 18 comments

June 2010 Book Releases, part 2

Here are the book releases for the last half of June. The first 3 were released earlier this week, but the rest will be popping up next week. Not a ton of releases here, but they are pretty spread out genre-wise. YA, m/m, UF, and historical romance: it’s all here! :-)

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June 20, 2010: Sleepwalker by Jordan Castillo Price

Here is a book description:

SleepwalkerDaniel Weber (“Web” to his friends) was a promising young biology student on the fast track to a prestigious grad program. That was a year and a half ago. Now he’s working a dead-end security job and living in his cousin’s two-room flat. Thanks to the mysterious George, he’s got gaps in his memory too big for his pocket notebook to fill.
Jesse Ray Jones is the taxidermist who’s trying to help the Faris Natural Sciences Center secure the MAHPS Grant, a funding that would keep the foundering organization afloat for a few more years. He looks like a skatepunk and talks like a science major, which pushes Web’s every last hot-button.
It’s lust at first sight…but hooking up proves difficult when a supervisor at the Center is found bludgeoned to death in the petroglyph alcove—and Jesse and Web are the primary suspects.
  • Jordan Castillo Price’s site.
  • Excerpt for Sleepwalker. (Scroll down linked page.)

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June 22, 2010: Nomansland by Lesley Hauge

Here is the description from the author’s site:

Nomansland Sometime in the future, after devastating wars and fires, a lonely, windswept island in the north is populated solely by women. Among these women is a group of teenaged Trackers—expert equestrians and archers—whose job is to protect their shores from the enemy. The enemy, they’ve been told, is men.
When these girls come upon a partially buried home from the distant past, they are fascinated by the strange objects—high-heeled shoes, teen magazines, make-up—found there.  What are they to make of these mysterious things, which introduce a world they have never known? And what does it mean for their strict society where friendship is forbidden and rules must be obeyed—at all costs?

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June 22, 2010: Vintage Murder by Josh Lanyon (LooseID)

Here is a book description:

A Vintage AffairMessage in a bottle.
Somewhere in the cobwebbed cellar of the decrepit antebellum mansion known as Ballineen are the legendary Lee bottles — and Austin Gillespie is there to find them. The last thing on his mind is hot and heavy romance with handsome bad boy Jeff Brady. But Jeff has other ideas and, after one intoxicating night, so does Austin.
The only problem is they have different ideas. Jeff doesn’t believe in love at first sight, and even if he did, he is buried more deeply in the closet than those famous missing bottle of vintage Madeira.
Popping a cork or two is one thing. Popping the question? No way. No how.
Unless Austin is ready to give up on another dream, he is going to have to figure out how to make sure the lights go on — and stay on — in Georgia.

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June 29, 2010: Kitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville series, book 8 ) by Carrie Vaughn

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

Kitty Goes to war
Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH’s Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs.  They’re killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people.  Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.
Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart–his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness–on her show.
Very bad weather is on the horizon.
  • Carrie Vaughn’s site.

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June 29, 2010: Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

Here is a book description:

Black Dust Mambo
Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance’s annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching—the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju—a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.
Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer—even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie’s search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated—back home to Bayou Cyprés Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie’s aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.
  • Adrian Phoenix’s site.

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June 29, 2010: Love in the Afternoon (Hathaways series, book 5) by Lisa Kleypas.

Here is a book description:

Love in the Afternoon
Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn’t know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence’s best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher’s experiences in war have changed him. In this scene, Beatrix and Christopher argue over the dog he brought back with him, a regimental mascot named Albert . . .
  • Lisa Kleypas’ site.
  • Excerpt for Love in the Afternoon.

June 29, 2010: Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison

Here is a book description:

Shadow BoundDeath
Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.
Wraiths
Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.
Segue
Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.
Twilight
This is the place between life and what comes after – a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.
  • Erin Kellison’s site.

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June 29, 2010: Tracking the Tempest (Jane True series, book 2) by Nicole Peeler

Here is a book description:

Tracking the Tempest
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and Ryu — Jane’s bloodsucking boyfriend – can’t let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane’s life is thrown off course.
Ryu’s well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane’s surprise…
  • Nicole Peeler’s site.

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This month’s cover award goes to Nicole Peeler’s Tracking the Tempest. I just love how there are small elements in the art that are relevant to the story. When I read book 1, I kept referring to the cover as the images became clear in the book. And, the art itself is just so striking.

I usually have a better handle on the releases, with most already requested from the library or plans made to buy them. This month, however, I’ve been unable to request Love in the Afternoon (in audiobook) from the library due to some glitch, and the rest are still up in the air.

I’ll surely order the JCP and Lanyon in ebook, and get Tracking the Tempest in print, since I love the cover art so much. Beyond that, I’ll hopefully track the others down over the next week.

Oh! And, my review for Kitty Goes to War will be posted. Very soon. Really!

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

To see what other books were released in June, check out my June 2010 Releases, part 1 post.
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.

June 26, 2010 at 5:00 am 9 comments

June 2010 Releases, part 1

Blame it on the holiday, but it didn’t click with me until this evening (Tuesday) that book release day was today! Luckily, this post was mostly done. So, here are the books that are due out today and next week.

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June 1, 2010: Chimera by Rob Thurman

Here is a book description:

Chimera
Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak’s younger brother was kidnapped. No one knew who took Lukas, or why. He was simply gone. But not a day has passed that Stefan hasn’t thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him.
But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth—his brother is no longer his brother. He is a killer. Trained, brainwashed, and genetically transformed into a flesh-and-blood machine with only one purpose—assassination. Now, those who created him…will do anything to reclaim him.
And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him…
  • Rob Thurman’s site.
  • Excerpt for Chimera. (Scroll down linked page.)

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June 1, 2010: Bullet (Anita Blake series, book 19) by Laurell Hamilton.

Here is a book description:

Bullet
Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life—as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here—in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.
The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”
  • Laurell Hamilton’s site.
  • Excerpt from LKH’s site. (Link downloads PDF.)

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June 1, 2010: Demon Hunts (The Walker Papers, book 5) by CE Murphy

Here is the description from the author’s site:

Demon Hunts Seattle police detective Joanne Walker started the year mostly dead, and she’s ending it trying not to be consumed by evil. Literally.
She’s proven she can handle the gods and the walking dead. But a cannibalistic serial killer? That’s more than even she bargained for. What’s worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way. If Joanne is to stop its campaign of terror, she’ll have to hunt it where it lives: the Lower World, a shamanistic plane of magic and spirits.
Trouble is, Joanne’s no match for the dangers she’s about to face–and her on-the-job training could prove fatal to the people she’s sworn to protect…

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June 1, 2010: Skin Tight (Skin series, book 2) by Ava Gray

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

Skin TightUncovering the truth is her specialty
As a forensic accountant, Mia Sauter could usually tell when people had something to hide. She made her living exposing secrets while concealing her own. Then, in Vegas, she met a clever, ruthless man who called himself Addison Foster. One year later, she’s still haunted by his betrayal.
He’s a natural born liar
The truth of him had long ago been buried. Foster was only one name of many; he’d been so many men, he’d lost count. Reinvented as Thomas Strong and hell-bent on revenge, his mission is about to be compromised by the one woman capable of exposing him…
Reunited, they confront the explosive chemistry still crackling between them. But their chance meeting will have consequences, for a ruthless madman has his own deadly agenda. The question is—if they survive the fallout, will he choose love over vengeance?

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June 1, 2010: Lightborn (Darkborn trilogy, book 2) by Alison Sinclair

Here is a book description:

LightbornThe second book in the Regency-flavored fantasy trilogy of magic and manners from the author of Darkborn. The Darkborn aristocracy has rejected magic, viewing the pursuit of science as the only worthy goal. But Lady Telmaine Hearne does not have that luxury. She has kept her own powers secret, fearful of being ruined in society…until her husband Balthasar draws her into a conspiracy to protect the archduke and his brother against a magical enemy.

But who will protect them from her?

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June 8, 2010: Dragonsoul (Havemercy series, book 3) by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett

Here is a book description:

Dragon SoulWhen the war was at its height, there was no fighter on either side who could match Rook for sheer arrogance and skill. Only Rook could ride the great dragon Havemercy, whose savagery and bloodlust matched his own.
Thom could not be more different. Bookish, diffident, reserved, he yearns for his brother’s approval—yet fears he can never earn it.
With the war over, and an uneasy truce holding between Volstov and Ke-Han, it seems the perfect opportunity for the long-lost brothers to forge a bond by taking a trip together. At least, that’s how it seems to Thom. Rook hasn’t given a rat’s ass about anything since the end of the war, his brother included, and he’s not about to start now. Not when the one thing he loved in the world—Havemercy—lies scattered in pieces across Ke-Han.

Then Rook and Thom discover that someone is buying up bits of the fallen dragons, including Havemercy. Though the dragons are dead, the magic that powered them is not—and if that magic and the technology created to harness it should fall into the wrong hands, the fragile peace could shatter. An agent from Ke-Han, a sorceress from Volstov, and a group of desert tribesmen are all in the race, and the future rests on whoever gets there first. But all that matters to Rook is that someone is desecrating his girl, so he vows to leave no stone unturned in laying her to rest—and taking his revenge.

  • Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett’s site.
  • Excerpt on publisher’s site.

June 8, 2010: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Here is a book description:

Raised by WolvesAdopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it.  That doesn’t mean that she’s averse to breaking a rule or two.But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian’s basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents’ murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she’s shaped?

  • Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ site.

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Cover award for the month has to go to the absolutely beautiful Lightborn cover. I also really loved the cover on the first book in the series, Darkborn. (The story was really good, as well. ;-) ) Can’t wait to see the final cover in the trilogy! My library has Lightborn on order, but for some goofy reason, I can’t request it yet.

However, I do have Bullet and Raised by Wolves on request at the library. I’m behind on The Walker Papers, but hope to catch up soon, probably on audio. Chimera, Skin Tight, and Dragon Soul will probably be purchases, unless the library gets them in really soon! Because I’m just impatient like that.

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

To see what other books were released in June, check out my June 2010 Releases, part 2 post.
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.

June 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm 16 comments

May 2010 Releases (Part 2)

This is the second of 2 posts about May’s releases. To see what came out earlier this month, check out this post. This Tuesday, May 25th, has got to be one of the biggest release days this year! SO many good books are coming out.

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May 25, 2010: The White Road (Nightrunners series, book 5) by Lynn Flewelling

Here is a book description:

The White RoadDissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous they’ve ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last.

Having escaped death and slavery in Plenimar, Alec and Seregil want nothing more than to go back to their nightrunning life in Rhíminee. Instead they find themselves saddled with Sebrahn, a strange, alchemically created creature—the prophesied “child of no woman.” Its moon-white skin and frightening powers make Sebrahn a danger to all whom Alec and Seregil come into contact with, leaving them no choice but to learn more about Sebrahn’s true nature.
With the help of trusted friends and Seregil’s clan, the duo set out to discover the truth about this living homunculus—a journey that can lead only to danger or death. For Seregil’s old nemesis Ulan í Sathil of Virèsse and Alec’s own long-lost kin are after them, intent on possessing both Alec and Sebrahn. On the run and hunted, Alec and his comrades must fight against time to accomplish their most personal mission ever.

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May 25, 2010: His at Night by Sherry Thomas

Here is a book description:

His at Night
Elissande Edgerton is a desperate woman, a virtual prisoner in the home of her tyrannical uncle. Only through marriage can she claim the freedom she craves. But how to catch the perfect man?
Lord Vere is used to baiting irresistible traps. As a secret agent for the government, he’s tracked down some of the most devious criminals in London, all the while maintaining his cover as one of Society’s most harmless—and idiotic—bachelors. But nothing can prepare him for the scandal of being ensnared by Elissande.
Forced into a marriage of convenience, Elissande and Vere are each about to discover they’re not the only one with a hidden agenda. With seduction their only weapon against each other—and a dark secret from the past endangering both their lives—can they learn to trust each other even as they surrender to a passion that won’t be denied?

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May 25, 2010: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels series, book 4) by Ilona Andrews

Here is the description from the author’s site:

Magic Bleeds Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

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May 25, 2010: Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

Here is the description from the publisher’s site:

Ten ThingsTen Things You Should Know About This Book
1 Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.
2 Annabel Winslow‘s family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind AND The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.
3 Sebastian’s uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.
4 Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.
5 Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.
6 Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.
7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, 9 is downright wicked, all of which leads the way to
10 Happily. Ever. After.

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May 25, 2010: Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery series, book 2) by Kim Harrison

Here is a book description:

Earlty to DeathSeventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven’s dark angels—all itching to kill someone.
Madison Avery’s dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when she did. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It’s amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn’t think she’s totally nuts.
Now Madison has learned that she’s the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it’s time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don’t adhere to the rules of the heavens.
But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.

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May 25, 2010: Married by Morning (Hathaways series, book 4) by Lisa Kleypas

Here is a book description:

Married by Morning
For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.
Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

May 25, 2010: Glimmer Glass (Faeriewalker Book 1) by Jenna Black

Here is a book description:

GlimmerglassDana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does.  Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

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May 29, 2010: Running with the Pack anthology. With stories by CE Murphy, Marie Brennan, Jesse Bullington, Amanda Downum, Laura Anne Gilman, Maria V. Snyder, and Carrie Vaughn.

Here is a book description:

Running with the PackRemember the werewolves of old stories and films, those bloodthirsty monsters that transformed under the full moon, reminding us of the terrible nature that lives within all of us?
Today’s werewolves are much more suave and even sexy, and they moved from British moors to New York City lofts, shaved, and got jobs. But as the tales of these writers will show you, they remained no less wild and passionate, and they still tug at the part of our being where a wild animal used to be.

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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.

May 24, 2010 at 4:00 am 14 comments

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