New Releases July 20—July 26 and Readers Ch*ice Contest

She’s baaaack. Half asleep and astounded by the mass of work piled on her day-job desk, but back nonetheless.

Seems it’s always feast or famine with new releases each week. This week, it’s kind of famine-like, but there are some good ones, including a new short from Jennifer Estep in her Elemental Assassins series. The Carniepunk anthology’s also getting a lot of buzz, and while carnivals are not particularly interesting to me, the authors in the anthology are enough to get me to try it. 

Now…what do you want to read this week? As always, leave a comment telling me the book you’d most like to win, and maybe will make your wishes come true. Your choice of print or digital unless otherwise stated. International? Of course! As long as Book Depository delivers to your country, please enter. If you’d prefer the first book in a series listed here, that’s okay, too. 
Kiss of Venom (Elemental Assassin #8.5), by Jennifer Estep, (July 22, Pocket Star)
The Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella, from the hero’s point of view. Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back, if her enemies don’t get her first. When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. When Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. It could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life, if Owen can survive.  (ebook only) 
Carniepunk(Hell on Earth), by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep and more, (July 23, Gallery Books)
A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals. Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic. 
Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission, by David Wellington, (July 23, William Morrow)
A circle of unlikely heroes must uncover a nefarious cabal and prevent it from unleashing a diabolical threat that could destroy the world. 7 fugitives escape from a secret military facility in upstate New York, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. 7 super-soldiers gone rogue. 7 innocent citizens targeted for death. Disabled Army Vet James Chase is drafted for a desperate mission to stop this lethal force. Aided by a mysterious woman named Angel and a courageous, beautiful veterinarian, Chase sets off on a hair-raising cross-country hunt. But are the killers really rogue soldiers, or are they only the tip of a sinister conspiracy, the first piece of a shocking nightmarish plan that will lead to ultimate destruction? 
A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge from the fertile and febrile imagination of master storyteller David Lubar, his first story collection for the teen audience. 
Interrupt, by Jeff Carlson, (July 23, 47North)
In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind. Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens. Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China, but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man. This thriller takes readers to an all-too-plausible tomorrow that’s as scientifically rigorous as it is wildly imaginative. 
Starglass(Starglass #1), by Phoebe North, (July 23, Simon & Schuster)
Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn’t interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he’s yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she’s got. When she inadvertently witnesses the captain’s guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship’s surface. Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. Before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime, one that will determine the fate of her people. 
The Age of Ice: A Novel, by J.M. Sidorova, (July 23, Scribner)
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her latest eccentric order: construct a palace out of ice blocks. Inside its walls her slaves build a wedding chamber, a canopy bed on a dais, heavy drapes, all made of ice. Sealed inside are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed female jester. For the empress’s entertainment, these two are to be married, the relationship consummated inside this frozen prison. Nine months later, two boys are born. Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his twin brother, Andrei, have an idyllic childhood on the family’s large country estate. Andrei is daring and ambitious; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One winter night on the road between St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his army post, Alexander comes to a revelation: his body is immune to cold. 
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (The Year’s Best Science Fiction #30), edited by Gardner Dozois, (July 23, St. Martin’s Griffin)
What secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. The very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. With an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre. 
Two Fronts (The War That Came Early #5), by Harry Turtledove, (July 23, Del Rey)
The civil war in Spain drags on, even after General Franco’s death. The United States fights the Japanese in the Pacific. Russia and Germany go toe-to-toe in Eastern Europe. Hitler stares east, not everything behind him is going as well as he would like. The Germans wheel out new tanks and planes, Japan deploys weapons of a very different sort against China, and the United States, England, and France do what they can to strengthen themselves against imminent danger. Seen through the eyes of ordinary citizens, this is a you-are-there chronicle of battle on land and sea and in the air. Here are bombing raids that shatter homes, businesses, and the rule of law. Here are commanders issuing orders that cannot be taken back. Here are the seeds of rebellion sown in blood-soaked soil. 
Undercurrent, by Paul Blackwell, (July 23, Harper Teen)
Sixteen-year-old Callum Harris survives a plummet over a waterfall, but wakes to find himself in a life that’s totally different from the one he knew. His parents were separated. Now they’re together. His brother Cole was a sports star. Now he’s paralyzed. And Callum, who used to be quiet and sort of unpopular, is suddenly a jock with two hot girls after him. But there’s one difference that matters more than all the others combined: His former best friend wants Callum dead. And he isn’t the only one.

The small print: Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook like. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into a general giveaway pile.

Now….go forth and comment!

33 thoughts on “New Releases July 20—July 26 and Readers Ch*ice Contest

  1. Oh, THE AGE OF ICE sounds interesting!

    (And CARNIEPUNK totally rocks! I finished it Friday and loved it!)

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  2. i wouldn’t mind an earlier book in the elemental assin i have gaps to fill^^
    starglass soon good too

    +1 blog follow ( gfc/ bloglovin)

    thank you and i do hope the huge pile on your desk isn’t too depressing ^^

    • arf i didn’t see that seanan mc guire was in carnipunk so i must definitively add it to my possibility

  3. Sorry I forgot to add the extra points
    I follow your blog at vampireroyal at yahoo dot com and I Have liked your Facebook page

    Total 3 points

  4. Kiss of Venom (Elemental Assassin #8.5), by Jennifer Estep, would be my choice today. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I can’t wait to read Carniepunk. I love Kevin Hearne’s series! Thanks for the contest.
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  6. Indeed, not much to tempt me this week, and I am glad about that! I’d like one of the Jennifer Estep books if I win.

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  7. Hello hello. I would love Kiss of Venom to get Owen’s POV. Thank you!
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  8. Definitely it’s got to be Carniepunk since I already bought Kiss of Venom. 😀

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  9. Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge, by David Lubar sounds very interesting 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I’d like the Age of Ice please!

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    +1 GFC(Faith)
    +1 FB follow (Faith Williams)
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    On another note, it appears your “twitter follow” link was mistyped (it comes up as “www dot twtter dot com/Suzanne_Johnson) and it redirects to a sketchy site that appears to be trying to install malware. Just FYI…