New Releases July 16-30 & Reader’s Choice Contest (Part One)

We have an odd week in that there are no new releases on my lists! Yikes. But next week, on the 26th, there are a bazillion. Jeez, publishers, spread the love how ‘bout it? Anyway, so I’m dividing the ginormous July 26 release list into two parts—one today and one next Monday, so you’ll get two batches of books to choose from instead of just one. What rocks your world? I’m in a Dresdenlike frenzy, because I do love Harry.

Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead,
by Jason Henderson (July 26, HarperTeen)
Now that Alex is in the know about the deadly vampires that live—and hunt—clustered around his boarding school, everything is different. Putting his talents to use, Alex is training with the Polidorium to become a vampire hunter, just like his Van Helsing ancestors. Sure, he’s only fourteen, but c’mon, this runs in his blood. Meanwhile, Alex’s arch-nemesis Elle, a vampire whose youthful appearance and blond hair disguise a vengeful rage, is out to get him before a powerful leader called “Ultravox” arrives on the scene. YA
Another Kind of Dead, by Kelly Meding
(July 26, Bantam)
Evy Stone is a former Dreg Bounty Hunter who died and came back to life with some extraordinary powers. Now all but five people think she is dead. Evy and Wyatt, her partner/lover/friend, can no longer trust their former allies, or even the highest echelons of the Triads—the army of fighters holding back from an unsuspecting public a tide of quarreling, otherworldly creatures. Because when the Triads raided a macabre lab of science experiments, they failed to capture their creator: a brilliant scientist with a wealth of powerful, anti-Dreg weaponry. Third in the Dreg City series. UF
The Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
(July 26, Spectra)
In the first Ketty Jay novel, Retribution Falls, Frey and his crew were framed for murder, and had to use all their criminal talents to try to clear their names—and turn a profit! Here, in the second novel in this series of standalone adventures, they’re asked to help retrieve a mysterious lost ship full of treasure, which turns out to be slightly more complicated than expected. Second in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series. First U.S. release.  SF
Bloodlands, by Christine Cody
(July 26, Ace)
It was called the New Badlands, home to the survivors of a cataclysm that altered the entire nation. Then the vampires arrived, and it was rechristened the Bloodlands. Not because of the vampire, but because of the gun-for-hire who’d decided to slay every monster in the country by any and every means necessary. Author Cody writes the Vampire Babylon series under the name Chris Marie Green. First in a new series. UF
Bound by Moonlight, by Nancy Gideon
(July 26, Pocket Star)
Detective Charlotte Caissie is suddenly sharing drawer space and making media news with her shape-shifter lover Max Savoie. Knowing the reformed mobster is determined to be accepted by her peers, how can she ask him to return to his criminal roots to help her solve a complex case? In calling on Max to use his preternatural talents to aide a hated enemy, she crosses a line that strains their relationship to its limits. Book four in the Moonlight series. PNR
Black Night, by Christina Henry
(July 26, Ace)
Madeline Black is an Agent of death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. But deaths are occurring contrary to the natural order, Maddy’s being stalked by foes inside and outside of her family, and her two loves—her bodyguard, Gabriel, and her doughnut-loving gargoyle, Beezle—have disappeared. But because Maddy is Lucifer’s granddaughter, things are expected of her, things like delicate diplomatic missions to other realms. Second in the Madeline Black series. UF
Dangerous Waters, by Juliet E. McKenna
(July 26, Solaris)
The Archmage rules the island of wizards. From here he enforces the Edicts of the Council of Wizardry. Foremost is the ban on magecraft in warfare. But there is a rumour of rogue wizardry in Lescar’s recent civil war. There’s the rise of Artifice, its adepts not subject to the Archmage’s edicts. Now the Emperor of Tormalin is offering them his protection. There are corsairs raiding the Caladhrian Coast, enslaving villagers and devastating trade. And Lady Zurenne, whose husband has been murdered by corsairs, is being guarded by a man she doesn’t know. First in a new series. F
Den of Thieves, by David Chandler
(July 26, Harper Voyager)
Born and raised in the squalid depths of the Free City of Ness, Malden became a thief by necessity. Now he must pay a fortune to join the criminal operation of Cutbill, lord of the underworld. The coronet of the Burgrave would fulfill Malden’s obligations, though it is guarded by hungry demons. And the desperate endeavor leads to a more terrible destinyas Malden, an outlaw knight, and an ensorcelled lady must face a terrifying evil. First in a new Ancient Blades trilogy. F
The Devil’s Diadem, by Sara Douglass
(July 26, Harper Voyager)
Sara Douglass delivers a standalone novel of alternate history, set in a 12th-century England similar to our own time, in which a virulent plague threatens to annihilate a kingdom—and one unwitting young noblewoman holds the key to salvation. F
Germline, by T.C. McCarthy
(July 26, Orbit)
War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for The Stars and Stripes, he has the only one-way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan. But war is nothing like he expected. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn’t find the war, the war finds him. First in the Subterrene War trilogy. SF
Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher
(July 26, Roc)
*SPOILER ALERT* If you haven’t read the last book, No. 12, don’t read this publisher’s blurb, as it contains a major spoiler! You have been warned.
            When we last left wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic, to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends—and his own soul—Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic. Thirteenth in the Dresden Files series. UF
Ghosts of War, by George Mann
(July 26, Pyr)
New York City is being plagued by a pack of ferocious brass raptors, strange, skeletonlike creations that swoop out of the sky, attacking people and carrying them away into the night. The Ghost has been tracking these bizarre machines, and is close to finding their origin: a deranged military scientist who is slowly rebuilding himself as a machine. However, this scientist is not working alone, and his scheme involves more than a handful of abductions. He is part of a plot to escalate the cold war with Britain into a full-blown conflict, and he is building a weapon—a weapon that will fracture dimensional space and allow the monstrous creatures that live on the other side to spill through. Second in The Ghost series. SF
The Goblin Corps, by Ari Marmell
(July 26, Pyr)
Morthul, the Charnel King, has failed. Centuries of plotting—all for naught. Now, as winter solidifies its icy grip on the passes of the Brimstone Mountains, disturbing news has reached him. King Dororam, enraged by the murder of his only child and accompanied by a group of delusional upstart “heroes,” is assembling all the Allied Kingdoms, fielding an army unlike any seen before. But the Charnel King has a few tricks up his tattered sleeves, and the only thing that can defeat him may be the inhuman soldiers on whom he’s pinned his last hopes. Welcome to the Goblin Corps. May the best man lose. F
Heart of Iron, by Ekaterina Sedia
(July 26, Prime)
Sasha’s only friends at university start disappearing, and she realizes her British companion, Jack, has a lot of secrets. Sasha and Jack try to stop a war brewing between the three empires, but end up pursued by the terrifying Dame Florence Nightingale of the British Secret Service. They escape to China, where Sasha discovers Jack is not quite the person she thought he was—but then again, neither is she. UF
His Darkest Salvation, by Juliana Stone
(July 26, Avon)
After six months in hell, Julian Castille has returned to the world a changed man—no longer the calm, powerful CEO, but a shifter fully embraced by the blood of his clan. Julian has one goal: find the key to the portal that stands between the human realm and unprecedented darkness, in order to win back the pieces of his soul. The last thing he needs is a distraction like the beautiful, enigmatic Jaden DaCosta. And as they fight for their immortal souls, their insatiable desire for each other may prove their fatal undoing. Third in the Jaguar Warriors series. PNR
Heroes at Odds, by Moira J. Moore
(July 26, Ace)
Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish are steadfast in their commitment to protect Westsea no matter what disaster, natural or man-made, may befall it. But before our heroes can discern why so many people are suddenly interested in gaining control of Westsea, Lee’s family arrives with some startling news. Long before she was trained as a Shield, she was betrothed as part of an alliance with another merchant clan—and her “fiancé” is determined to see Lee fulfill her contract. Sixth in the Hero series. F
The Key to Creation, by Kevin J. Anderson
(July 20, Orbit)
Brave explorers and mortal enemies across the world clash at a mysterious lost continent. After long voyages, encountering hurricanes and sea monsters, Criston Vora and Saan race to Terravitae, the legendary promised land, while, back home, two opposing continents and religions clash for the remnants of a sacred city. Meanwhile, the secretive Saedrans. manipulating both sides, come ever closer to their ultimate goal: to complete the Map of All Things and bring about the return of God. Third in the Terra Incognita series. F
See anything you want? So…International Reader’s Choice―you tell me. Just a note: if you like a title but it isn’t the first in a series, you can always request the first in that series instead. (That’s for Reader’s Choice contests only.) As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. Now….go!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

38 thoughts on “New Releases July 16-30 & Reader’s Choice Contest (Part One)

  1. I am hearing really good things about Ekaterina Sedia’s book and would love to give her a try.


    I’m a blog follower

  2. Would love to read Bloodlands, sounds good!

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  3. Wow, so much UF and fantazy 😛 It’s just Monday, but I already love this week! 😛 If I won, I would love to get Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding 🙂 I haven’t read the first two books but the description sounds interesting 😛

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    Thanks for the giveaway,

  4. I would love to win Bound by Moonlight. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Hi Suzanne!
    I have my eye on His Darkest Salvation, by Juliana Stone and would love to win it.

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  6. I’d like Black Night by Christina Henry. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Ghost Story!! Or otherwise Mister might get upset and we don’t want that 😉

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  8. OMG! OMG!! It’s almost Harry time!

    I want Ghost Story in my hands RIGHT NOW! No! 5 minutes ago! No! Earlier than that! I can hardly wait! Aaaargh!

    Heh heh heh… I may have gone a little overboard, but hello?? It’s Dresden! 🙂

    Is it July 26 yet???


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  9. I would be very interested in The Devil’s Diadem, by Sara Douglass.

    I have read and enjoyed many of her books but as far as I can remember they have all been series and never a stand alone.

    I would love to see how she handles this.


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  10. There are a few good choices here, but as I just finished reading RETRIBUTION FALLS, I would have to go with THE BLACK LUNG CAPTAIN.

    Thanks for another great contest!

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  11. I would love to win the first book in the Alex Van Helsing series, Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson.

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  12. I’d love to play for Van Helsing please.

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  13. I adore the Dresden Files! Ghost Story please 🙂

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