Did you catch my new video trailer for the Sentinels series? If not you can see it here
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A few spots around the web today if you get a chance to visit. I have several this week, and then will take a break for a week or so before the official Elysian Fields tour begins. THAT one you’ll want to follow because there are some great tour prizes…including an iPad!
I’m over at the Lady Scribes blog, where I will be a once-a-month contributor, talking about Storm Force and human heroes and paranormal heroines. This is an update of a previous post, but I am giving away a $10 gift card (or Book Depo book) and a copy of Storm Force to a commenter.
At Surveillance Report today, I’m talking about giving a Louisiana twist to paranormal characters.
This week, the list of new releases grows a bit with the end of the month new titles. Of course, next week, the new release list will grow even more as the first of the month releases hit for August. I know that I’m looking forward to an August release date in a couple of weeks!
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 random.org 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.
New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since the members of “Club Monstrosity” overcame the most recent spate of anti-monster violence and they’ve reestablished their routine of meeting in a church basement once a week. Still, they also know a war against them is brewing. Natalie and Alec (the werewolf) have begun dating, and the mummies Kai and Rehu are tighter than a bug in a, well, bandage. But when modern means (YouTube, Twitter, bits and bytes) are used to chilp away at the solidarity of these ancient monsters, it’s up to Natalie to save the day. #MonstersInNewYork may be trending on Twitter, but this girl’s trending toward saving the day, somehow. (ebook only)
As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. He seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile. Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. She grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. She witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed.
Rumors of the seemingly magical victory that allowed the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt have resonated through the archaeological world for decades. Now evidence has been discovered that points to a new explanation of how the ancient Hebrews destroyed the unstoppable army of Pharaoh with a tribe of warriors.A treasure of a different kind is unearthed at Jericho: the petrified remains of an animal that could not exist. Enter the Event Group. The Group’s men and women gather to discover the truth behind the magnificent animals that led the defeat of Pharoah’s army. The Event Group will come face-to-face with every myth, legend, and historical truth that has ever unfolded in the Carpathians, or as the area was once known, Transylvania, the land of Vlad the Impaler.
Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there’s nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows, and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. If she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her. Michael Kelly is determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in shadows, gradually learning to control the cravings of a vampire. Will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. The secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat. (U.S. Release)
Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon discover that she’s an Earthbound, someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing, and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.
The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity. After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him. Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding, powers that may prove to be her undoing.
Ia is captain and commander at the helm of Hellfire, where she is finally free to chart the course for the fulfillment of her destiny. As captain, Ia must now assemble a crew that can rise to the ultimate challenge of saving the galaxy. The hardest part will be getting them to believe her, to trust in her prophecies. If they don’t, her own crew will end up being the biggest obstacle in her race against time. The Salik are breaking through the Blockade, plunging the known galaxy into war. Ia cannot stop it this time, nor does she want to. This is the terrible price she has seen all along, that some must pay with their lives so that others might live. Now only time itself can prove whether each member of her crew is merely a soldier or truly one of Ia’s Damned.
Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back. Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room, right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world, a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same. Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one, his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future…and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.
James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in LA. But he’s not out of trouble yet. Somewhere along the way he misplaced the Qomrama Om Ya, a weapon from the banished older gods who are also searching for their lost power. The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall, a multi-story copy of LA-infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of this fake LA. Somewhere in the kill zone of the former mall is a dead man with the answers Stark needs. All Stark has to do is find the dead man, get back out alive, and outrun some angry old gods-and a few killers-on his tail.
As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum. Though skeptical of their power, even Kitty finds herself struggling to resist joining their cause. Whatever she decides, they expect Kitty to join them in their plot, willingly or otherwise.
In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they’ve ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone on the side of light. One of them will change sides. One of them will die. No one will survive unscathed. Can Chrysabelle save those she cares about or will that love get her killed? What price is she willing to pay to draw last blood?
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute, and they’ll pay him in medicine. Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer, but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap.
Saint-Germain is living in a monastery in Egypt when he is hired to guide a group of pilgrims to underground churches in southern Egypt. The vampire finds a companion in a lovely widow who later fears that her dalliance with the Count will prevent her from reaching Heaven. The pilgrims begin to fall prey to the trials of travel in the Holy Lands; some see visions and hear the word of God; others are seduced by desires for riches and power. A visit to the Chapel of the Holy Grail brings many quarrels to a head; Saint-Germain must use all his diplomacy and a good deal of his strength to keep the pilgrims from slaughtering one another.
For centuries, Mara has been a creature of the night. Although she has been pursued throughout her life, by Vampire and mortal alike, she has never allowed love to claim her. When she discovers she’s pregnant, Mara finds herself torn between two men. Kyle Bowden is the mortal father of her unborn child. An artist full of passion and life, Kyle was ready to give his soul to Mara, until he learned her terrible secret. Logan Blackwood is the Vampire she created nine-hundred years ago. Now a Hollywood millionaire with all the dark seductive power of his kind, Logan still longs for the woman who turned him. Mara must decide what is best for the miraculous new life growing inside her. But first she must embrace the feelings in her heart, and choose one lover, for all eternity.
A story of two brothers, two planets, and humankind’s first attempt to colonize another world. La Nueva Temporada is Earth’s only extrasolar colony, an Earth-type planet caught in the grip of a very Earth-type Ice Age. Alex Mateo wants nothing more than to stay and contribute to the terraforming of his homeworld. But tragedy strikes the colony, and to save it from starvation and collapse Alex must reluctantly entrust himself to the only starship in existence to make the long, slower than light journey back to Earth. But it is his brother Quin, who loathes La Nueva Temporada and all the people on it, who must watch his world collapse around him and become its ultimate saviour.
The Cree called the area Oscana, “pile of bones,” a fertile hunting ground where game abounded. The white settlers changed that to Wascana. And centuries later, it became Wascana Park. For a select few, who stay in the park until midnight, the land reverts into a magical kingdom, populated by heroes and monsters. They become warriors, bards, archers, gladiators. In the city called Anfractus, they live out a real-life role playing game. All harmless fun, until they find themselves in the middle of an assassination plot which threatens to upset the balance of everything. The magic of Anfractus is bleeding into the real world, an incursion far more dangerous than the students suspect. Only they know what is happening, and only they can stop it.
June Cryer is a shopaholic suburban housewife trapped in a lousy marriage. After discovering her husband’s infidelity with her flight attendant neighbor, she loses her home, her husband and her credit rating. Then her best pal Lou offers a solution; a mutual friend needs someone reliable to act as caretaker in a spectacular London high-rise apartment. June moves into the penthouse only to find that there’s no electricity and the phones don’t work. When a terrified girl breaks into the flat and June asks the neighbors for help, she finds herself embroiled in an escalating nightmare, trying to prove that a murderer exists. Over the next 24 hours she must survive on the streets without friends or money, solve an impossible crime, and fight off the urge to buy a new wardrobe.
Evalle Kincaid must turn her back on the Beladors to protect those she loves, and the world, from annihilation. Evalle is forced to embrace her destiny. As an Alterant who fights everything from trolls to demons, Evalle has lived as an outcast among the Beladors, but can now change all that, and find answers to her origins as well. Those answers and a traitor hide within the Medb coven, an enemy poised to destroy the mortal world and all that Evalle holds dear. Her best friends Tzader and Quinn want to help. They have their own conflicts and face choices as relationships with the women they love twist in unexpected directions. Evalle turns to Storm and takes a major step that only complicates matters more when the witchdoctor he’s been hunting now stalks Evalle.
Who Collects the Collectors? Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions. However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren, a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell, is he still working on the side of right?
When a real-life truth serum, an unauthorized military cabal, and the nuclear football, which contains the authorization the President needs to launch the nation’s missiles, all converge, the Nightstalkers suit up for another deadly job. Joining forces with the Cellar, the covert world’s police force, the team might be mankind’s last hope. With the President infected by an out-of-control pathogen, the Nightstalkers primary mission becomes finding a hidden stash of nuclear missiles before a secret group can launch a pre-emptive strike against America’s enemies. A rogue general has taken control of the operation center beneath the White House, and all hell’s about to break loose.
In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator, created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders, emits a plague-suppressing aura. Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. When the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped, along with, Dr. Tania Sharma, to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the remnants of humanity.
In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack. I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. Life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down. The wolves of Creemore want my blood, and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. I’m counting the days until Trowbridge returns and comes to my rescue, and becomes my alpha mate. Given all the mess I’ve been through, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.
Three(The Legends of the Duskwalker #1)
, by Jay Posey
, (July 30, Angry Robot)
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.
Telepath Den Harper did the dirty work for the authoritarian Expansion, reading the minds of criminals, spies and undesirables. Unable to take the strain, he stole a starship and headed into the unknown, a sector of lawless space known as Satan’s Reach. For five years he worked as a trader among the stars, then discovered that the Expansion had set a bounty hunter on his trail. But what does the Expansion want with a lowly telepath like Harper? Is there validity in the rumors that human space is being invaded by aliens from another realm? Harper finds out the answer to both these questions when he rescues an orphan girl from certain death, and comes face to face with the dreaded aliens known as the Weird.
Sir Hereward. Knight, artillerist, swordsman. Mercenary for hire. Ill-starred lover.
Mister Fitz. Puppet, sorcerer, loremaster. Practitioner of arcane arts now mostly and thankfully forgotten. Former nursemaid to Hereward. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz. Agents of the Council of the Treaty for the Safety of the World, charged with the location and removal of listed extra-dimensional entities, more commonly known as gods or godlets. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz. Travellers. Adventurers. Godslayers. For the first time, the two award-winning novellas and a short story featuring Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz’s exploits are gathered together in a single volume. (U.S. Release)
The fight for both our worlds must come to an end. Mr. Peregrine has been kidnapped! Now it’s up to Darwen, Rich, and Alexandra to rescue him. They’ll embark upon a journey that will take them deeper into Silbrica than they’ve ever gone before, and there, on the other side of the mirror, they’ll find the strangest sight of all: an exact replica of Hillside Academy. This is only the first of many connections that Darwen and his friends are about to discover between the human world and the world of Silbrica. And as the connections begin piling up, they’ll be forced to confront the most horrifying realization of all: they’ve been lied to this entire time.
Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. She has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. The elegant veneer shatters. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. It will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student, and learning magic herself, to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.
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.
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