New Releases July 26-31 & Reader’s Choice Contest, Part 2

Welcome to week two of our bazillion-release July 26-31 listing and Reader’s Choice contest. Harry Dresden was the hands-down most-requested new book in last week’s list. What rocks your world from this one? I’d probably have to go with Andrea Creamer’s Wolfsbane.

Monster Hunter Alpha, by Larry Correia
(July 26, Baen)
Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he’s also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger’s stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead. Third in the Monster Hunter International series. UF
Mortality Bridge, by Steven R. Boyett
(July 31, Subterranean)
Decades ago a young rock and blues guitarist and junkie named Niko signed in blood on the dotted line and in return became the stuff of music legend. But when the love of his damned life grows mortally and mysteriously ill he realizes he’s lost more than he bargained for. Niko sets out on a harrowing journey from the streets of Los Angeles through the downtown subway tunnels and across the red-lit plain of Hell to play the gig of his mortgaged life and win back the purloined soul of his lost love. Limited edition release. UF
Out of the Waters, by David Drake
(July 19, Tor)
The wealthy Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, has generously subsidized a theatrical/religious event. During this elaborate staging of Hercules founding a city on the shores of Lusitania, dark magic turns the panoply into a chilling event as a great creature rises from the sea. It devastates the city, much to the delight of the crowd. A few in the audience, although not Saxa, understand that this was not mere stagecraft, but something much more dangerous. Second in the series The Books of the Elements. F
Restoration, by Guy Adams
(July 26, Angry Robot)
None who enter The World House leave it unchanged. In some rooms, forests grow; animals roam and objects come to life. Great secrets and treasures await the brave or foolhardy. And at the very top of the house, the prisoner it was all built to contain sat behind a locked door waiting for the key to turn. The day that happened, the world ended. Second in the World House series. UF
Return to Daemon Hall: Evil Roots, by Andrew Nance
(July 19, Henry Holt)
A year has passed since that fateful night in Daemon Hall’s house of horrors. Bestselling macabre author Ian Tremblin decides to hold another writer’s contest but this time in the safety of his own home. Tremblin is excited to share with contestants a very old book he has recently acquired that once belonged to Rudolph Daemon, the millionaire builder of Daemon Hall who later went mad and killed his family. But the book, like the mansion, is powerfully evil and soon transports the group to the burned out shell of the haunted mansion. Flesh eaters, voodoo, a proficient sociopath, and the root of the house’s malevolence are all part of the mix. Who will get out alive? YA
Ripple, by Mandy Hubbard
(July 21, Razorbill)
Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night, as a siren, she must swim or the pain will be unbearable. After a tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi’s curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she’s always longed for, or the love she can’t live without. YA
The Robot, by Paul E. Watson
(July 21, Razorbill)
Science-loving Gabe and girl-crazy Dover are best friends. In fact, they’re practically each other’s only friends. So when Gabe’s parents leave town for the weekend, he lets Dover convince him to break into his father’s basement laboratory, even though he knows it’s off-limits. Once inside, the boys make a shocking discovery, one that will turn a boring weekend into a hilarious madcap adventure: a smoking hot robot. YA
Shadow Fall, by Seressia Glass
(July 26, Pocket)
As a Shadowchaser, Kira Solomon has been trained to serve the Light, dispatch the Fallen, and prevent the spread of chaos. It’s a deadly job, and Kira knows the horror of spilling innocent blood. But now she has a new role, as the Hand of Ma’at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Order, and an assignment that might just redeem her. A fellow Shadowchaser has gone missing, and so has a unique artifact imbued with astonishing magic. Unless the Vessel of Nun is returned, it will cause destruction beyond anything the modern world has seen. Third in the Shadowchasers series. UF
Shadowflame, by Dianne Sylvan
(July 26, Ace)
It’s been three months since musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married David Solomon, Prime of the South. As Queen, Miranda must quickly come to terms with her new role and learn how to negotiate the treacherous waters of Signet politics, inevitably making dangerous enemies along the way. As if complicated vampire politics and a rising music career weren’t enough, an enigmatic but powerful force from David’s past appears, leaving a wake of chaos and uncertainty for the pair’s fledgling relationship. Second in the Shadow World series. UF
Spell Bound, by Kelley Armstrong
(July 26, Dutton)
Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise. Now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. Twelfth in the Women of the Otherworld series. UF
Supernaturally, by Kiersten White
(July 26, HarperTeen)
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be kind of boring. Just when she starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees. But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. Second in the Paranormalcy series. YA
Sympathy for the Devil, by Justin Gustainis
(July 26, Solaris)
Senator Howard Stark wants to be president of the United States. So does the demon inside him. With the competing candidates dropping out due to scandal, blackmail, and ‘accidental’ death, Stark looks like a good bet to go all the way to the White House. Occult investigator Quincey Morris and white witch Libby Chastain are determined to stop him. But between them and Stark stand the dedicated agents of the U.S. Secret Service— and the very forces of Hell itself. Third in the Quincey Morris series. UF
Tattoo, by Kirsten Imani Kasai
(July 26, Del Rey)
In an environmentally fragile world where human and animal genes combine, the rarest mutation of all, the Trader, can instantly switch genders. One such Trader—female Sorykah—is battling her male alter, Soryk, for dominance and the right to live a full life. Sorykah has rescued her infant twins from mad Matuk the Collector. Her children are safe. Her journey, she believes, is over, but Matuk’s death has unleashed darker, more evil forces. Bitter enemies trapped within a single skin, Sorykah and Soryk are soon drawn into a sinister web of death and deceit. SF
Theirs Not to Reason Why: A Soldier’s Duty,
by Jean Johnson (July 26, Ace)
Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years—a soldier history will call Bloody Mary. SF
This Shared Dream, by Kathleen Ann Goonan
(July 19, Tor)
Kathleen Ann Goonan introduced Sam Dance and his wife, Bette, and their quest to alter our present reality for the better in her novel In War Times (winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and ALA’s Best Science Fiction Novel of 2008). Now, in This Shared Dream, she tells the story of the next generation. The three Dance kids, seemingly abandoned by both parents when they were younger, are now adults disturbed by memories of a reality that existed in place of their world. SF
Troika, by Alastair Reynolds
(July 31, Subterranean)
A new novella from the author of such intergalactic epics as Chasm City and Revelation Space. Troika tells the story of men and women confronting an enigma known as the Matryoshka, a vast alien construct whose periodic appearances have generated terror, wonder, and endless debate. During its third apparition in a remote corner of the galaxy, a trio of Russian cosmonauts approach this enigma and attempt to penetrate its mysteries. What they discover—and what they endure in the process—gives a new meaning to “first contact.” SF
The War That Came Early: The Big Switch,
by Harry Turtledove (July 19, Del Rey)
In this World War II alternate history, Harry Turtledove begins with a big switch: what if Neville Chamberlain, instead of appeasing Hitler, had stood up to him in 1938? Enraged, Hitler reacts by lashing out at the West, promising his soldiers that they will reach Paris by the new year. They don’t. Three years later, his genocidal apparatus not fully in place, Hitler has barely survived a coup, while Jews cling to survival. But England and France wonder whether the war is still worthwhile. Then the stalemate is shattered. In England, Winston Churchill dies in an apparent accident, and the gray men who walk behind his funeral cortege wonder who their real enemy is. The USSR, fighting for its life, makes peace with Japan—and Japan’s war with America is about to begin. Third in the War That Came Early series. SF
When the Great Days Come,
by Gardner R. Dozois (July 26, Prime)
Millions of tiny robots dismantle Atlantic City. A Luddite encounters time travelers near the moment of Singularity. A young boy may have just destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard. By turns haunting and humorous, Gardner Dozois’s short fiction is collected in a definitive edition of his work. Includes Nebula Award winners such as “Morning Child” and nominees “Disciples” and “A Dream at Noonday.” SF
Wolfsbane, by Andrea Cremer
(July 26, Philomel)
This sequel begins just where Nightshade ended. Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack, not to mention the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? Second in the Nightshade series. YA
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!

54 thoughts on “New Releases July 26-31 & Reader’s Choice Contest, Part 2

  1. I’d definitely want Wolfsbane!! Thanks so much as usual =]

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follow as Cait
    +1 twitter follow as @CaitLomas


  2. Thanks for the giveaway! Hmm…When the Great Days Come or Restoration? I think Restoration looks the best, even though I haven’t read the first book.

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 Twitter follower

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  3. I love Kelley Armstrong, so I *really* want Spellbound. I’m sad there will be only 1 more title in this series, though… 🙁

    (+4: comment, follower, follower, retweet)

  4. Ripple sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower


  5. Oh Wolfsbane without a second thought! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    +1 comment
    +1 twitter follow
    +1 blog follow
    +1 retweet


  6. Trying my luck!!! lol

    +1 comment
    +1 twitter follower
    +1 blog follower
    +1 retweted

    Wolfsbane omgggg!!! It would be an awesome birthday present 😛

  7. I want Supernaturally 🙂
    +1 for comment
    +1 for blog follow – Julie S.
    +1 for Twitter follow @juliecookies
    +1 for a RT about the contest

  8. I love alternate history so The War That Came Early: The Big Switch by Harry Turtledove for me 🙂 (plus turtle doves are really nice birds ;))

    +1 comment
    +1 follower

    Best regards!


  9. Ohh SpellBound by Armstrong is my main to read this week of releases. Wow that was a lot!
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC Teril
    +1 Twitter Teri Crusley

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  10. Yup SpellBound gotta love the otherworld.

    +1 comment

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  11. Playing for Supernaturally please.

    +1 comment
    +1 twitter follow
    +1 blog follow
    +1 retweet


  12. Hmmm…. Tough choice…. I’m gonna go with Wolfsbane, please.

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower (@lyssad87)
    +1 retweet



  13. As always so many choices, but I would love to read Supernaturally, by Kiersten White please.

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follow

  14. I’d love to win wolfsbane!

    GFC follower – Taz +1
    twitter follower – @star_light91 +1
    comment +1


  15. A small struggle this week. TROIKA sounds interesting, but since I’ve never gotten around to reading any of Turtledove’s alternate histories, I’d ask for the first in the The War That Came Early series.

    Thanks for yet another fantastic giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower Spaz
    +1 Twitter follower SPAZinOL
    +1 reTweet

  16. Return to Daemon Hall: Evil Roots, by Andrew Nance sounds awesome!


  17. The one book that stands out for me is When the Great Days Come,
    by Gardner R. Dozois .

    I know the author as a master editor of “Best of” anthologies. I have always found his comments on the various stories as very insightful and his choices to be really great.
    However I have never read a complete novel he has written and would really like to.

    Thanks for the giveaway as usual.

    +1 for Comment
    +1 I Folow via GFC – buddyt

  18. I would love to win Supernaturally by Kiersten White

    +1 comment
    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  19. As a huge fan of Harry Turtledove my choice would go to

    “The War That Came Early: The Big Switch”

    Greetings from Germany


  20. Cool 🙂 well if it works I would love Diane Sylvan, but book 1 Queen of Shadows, I hate to jump in a series

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  21. I’m really intrigued by Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan. A new author for me, but I always love something new.


    +1 comment
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 twitter follower @heatwave316