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The narrative begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth’s history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Shrue the diabolist, learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician. This is the story of that quest, a quest whose outcome will affect the fate of the entire dying planet.
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls, with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird. After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. Fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome. Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. Once weres start turning up dead, with evidence pointing to the vampires, she must face the prospect of losing Aric. An evil known as the Tribe has risen, and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.
After a year of hard work in her Texas hometown, Harlow Jane Cassidy’s dreams are finally within reach, if she can just get it all done in time. Harlow’s designs will be featured in a big magazine spread, but she only has a few days to finalize her collection. Plus she’s busy helping to plan her mother’s upcoming wedding, playing host to her old friend Orphie, and avoiding a competitive Dallas designer set on stealing Harlow’s ideas. Harlow’s making it all work, until someone breaks into Buttons & Bows and the rival designer is found dead. But when a near miss makes it clear that Orphie could be the next victim, Harlow will have to untangle the threads of evidence if she wants to save her friend, her mother’s wedding, and her business from becoming fashion road kill.
Seventeen short tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time. Space opera and romance on a grand scale in a galaxy full of interstellar trading clans.Thirty-three shorter tales of the Liaden Universe® brought together for the first time in two mega-volumes. Seventeen tales to start with in Volume One.
Jack Hunter is a double agent. Skye Jones is a pirate, or is that just a cover? One thing is for sure: neither of them are competent assassins. Thrown together on the Krell space station during an important Assassins Guild meeting, each is determined to get to the truth and prevent catastrophe. But when Jack and Skye are matched against two master killers, they find themselves caught in the crosshairs between their willingness to trust each other and the undeniable attraction coursing through them. Both knows that a long-term relationship is tough in their profession, but the chemistry they’ve got is too good to deny. Now all they have to do is stay alive.
Micah is called back home by his estranged family, because his father, a county sheriff, has been attacked and is terribly injured. Anita and Nathaniel are going with him for moral support and to meet his family. Micah has been estranged from his family for a decade, deliberately turning his back on them to protect them from the sadistic killer who once led his leopard pack. But now Micah’s father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita, who understands zombies better than anyone, knows there’s more to it than that. While zombies have unlovable traits, being one doesn’t cause human beings to rot in agony. She needs to solve that mystery. Micah’s father may have only five days to live.
The hottest military science fiction series of all time continues with a collection of tales by Timothy Zahn, Charles E. Gannon, David Weber and more. Set in Weber’s Honor Harrington Series. The mission: to boldly explore David Weber’s Honorverse; to deliver all the action, courage, derring-do, and pulse-pounding excitement of space naval adventure with tales set in a world touched by the greatness of one epic heroine: Honor Harrington. This sixth volume in the popular Worlds of Honor series includes stories by Charles E. Gannon, Timothy Zahn and Joelle Presby. It’s rounded out with an all-new David-Weber-authored novella featuring a young Manticoran Royal Navy commander who goes by the name Harrington.
Roan Duman is six months from the end of his sentence at Ares Five mining colony, and he doesn’t plan to go home to Gaia empty handed. He’s going with a wife. The only way he can get one? Purchase her from an illegal marriage meet. He ends up in the one thing that landed him here in the first place. A fight over a woman. The one he wins, sight unseen, turns out to be as stunning as she is innocent. Six years ago, Sonja escaped from Ares Five, forced to leave her sisters at the mercy of the slavers who sold them into the marriage meets. Now she’s back to rescue them. She plans to get in and out with her sisters and be well away before Roan figures it out. Her husband’s talent for scheming exceeds her own. His sense of honor is the key that unlocks her heart.
Gunter Marie “Junior” Stieg is stuck selling sausage for her folks in small-town Meiers Corners. Until one day she’s offered a way out, the chance to play pit orchestra for a musical headed for Broadway: Oz, Wonderful Oz. But someone is threatening the show’s young star. To save the production, Junior must join forces with the star’s dark, secretive bodyguard. Fierce as a warrior, enigmatic as a druid, Glynn Rhys-Jenkins has searched eight hundred years for a home. Then a sensuous, insidious evil threatens not only the show, but the very foundations of Meiers Corners. To fight it, Junior and Glynn must face the truth about themselves, and the true meaning of love and home.
Vaelin Al Sorna was a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother. What he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father also has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. Vaelin is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world. (U.S. Release)
Bounty hunter and lycanthrope Cedar Hunt vowed to track down all seven pieces of the Holder, a strange device capable of deadly destruction. Accompanied by witch Mae Lindson and the Madder brothers, he sets out to do just that. The crew is forced to take refuge in the frontier town of Des Moines, Iowa, when a glacial storm stops them in their tracks. The town, under mayor Killian Vosbrough, is ruled with an iron fist, and plagued by the steely Strange, creatures that pour through the streets. Cedar learns that Vosbrough is mining cold copper for the cataclysmic generators he’s manufacturing deep beneath Des Moines. Chipping through ice, snow, and bone-chilling bewitchment to expose a dangerous plot, Cedar must stop Vosbrough and his scheme to rule the land and sky.
Just a few weeks after Tori prevented some rogue gods from blowing L.A. into the ocean, more dead bodies are turning up near the leftover crater. Uncle Christos has disappeared after stumbling onto a deadly cult masquerading as the Back to Earth movement. The connection: Dionysus. He’s resurrected his bloody fertility rite, complete with frenzied female groupies who tear men limb from limb. He’s lured Demeter, goddess of the harvest, over to his side by finding a way to get her daughter away from Hades for good. Hades isn’t about to let her go without a fight. Unless Tori finds a way to bring her back, he’ll abandon the gates of Tartarus. Between saving the world, the cultists and her crazy uncle, Tori’s giving up on getting to the beach before all the good spots are taken.
As her wedding day approaches, Abby Cooper has a disturbing premonition of her fiancé’s murder. Her husband-to-be, FBI agent Dutch Rivers, has been assigned to a suicide bombing case, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar. But on the morning of the ceremony, she finds herself in a dire situation with time running out.
Hosted by the Contessa della Trieste, an opulent Carnevale ball in Venice takes a terrifying turn for American book critic Jordan Riley. As festivity turns into frenzy, Jordan is rescued by a powerful man disguised as a wolf. But was the mayhem she witnessed, the blood, the fangs, the screams, truly just entertainment, or something far more sinister? From a deconsecrated Venetian church to a secret society in New Orleans, Jordan is led on a nightmare journey to the razor’s edge of reality. Her mysterious savior is always a shadow behind her, both tormenting and tantalizing her, as Jordan discovers a world of predators and survivors, a new order of vampires, and an eternal hunger that threatens to consume her.
Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies and limitless resources. Bonus: she gets to live. Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with finesse. Her temper and insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, Nicoli Marek. Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. Elyse must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice, which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.
Jinx is a Dire wolf without a pack. Kicked out of the house by his king, and living with a vampire named Jez, Jinx has been trying to undo the damage he unintentionally caused during the reign of the Dire ghost army, which unleashed some of Purgatory’s worst monsters on the world at large. When he hears that an unshifted Were is being held in a psychiatric hospital, he immediately drops everything to help her. Gillian Black has no idea what’s happening to her, and Jinx discovers that she’s not just any Were, but a Dire wolf from the original Green-land pack. He helps her escape and promises to keep her safe from the men who are hunting her. He must fight his feelings at least until after he defeats the supernatural enemies that threaten all of them.
England in the fourteenth century: a land of poverty and opulence, prayer and plague, witchcraft and necromancy. Where the medieval barber-surgeon Elisha seeks redemption as a medic on the front lines of an unjust war, and is drawn into the perilous world of sorcery by a beautiful young witch. In the crucible of combat, utterly at the mercy of his capricious superiors, Elisha must attempt to unravel conspiracies both magical and mundane, as well as come to terms with his own disturbing new abilities. But the only things more dangerous than the questions he’s asking are the answers he may reveal.
Lora Leigh returns to her sensual world of the Breeds as one stubborn Breed meets her match, and can no longer deny her mate, or the fierce desires of her own heart. Alyssa Day introduces the League of the Black Swan and the dangerous game one woman plays when her family’s curse dooms her to kill the man she loves. Meljean Brook delivers a new story in her steampunk world of the Iron Seas as a man who’s lost everything returns home to find that not only is his marriage in jeopardy, but he must now fight air pirates who intend to steal his one remaining treasure, his wife. Lucy Monroe unleashes the feral passions of a werewolf on the body, mind, and soul of his prey, his lover, his lifemate.
The Better to Eat You With by Lena Matthews: Yvonne’s doing her best to be happy that her best friend, Ezekiel, has won the right to choose a mate from among Monroeville’s human women. Once Ezekiel is married, how long will it be before her other bestie, Daniel, also drifts away? Ezekiel and Daniel have no intention of letting their happy threesome come to an unhappy end. All they have to do is convince their girlfriend to take a walk on the bad side, and stay one step ahead of a jealous lawman. Laid Bearby Eve Vaughn: Zora is on her way to the next phase of her life, until a near-fatal collision with a huge black bear changes everything. Bear-shifter cousins Heath, Gavin, and Logan Lamere had lost faith in finding their mate until Zora comes crashing into their lives.
Attending their bandmate Saxon’s wedding seemed simple enough for Johnny Malone and Drake Hanover. After waking up in a dominatrix’s dungeon, they realize their cash and cell phones have been stolen, along with the bride’s wedding dress and the groom. Johnny is handcuffed to Lizette, an uptight paper pusher. She wants to help save Johnny from the horrible fate in store for him at the hands of the Vampire Alliance. Then there’s Josie, the waifish caterer from the reception, who rescues Drake from a sex swing. Josie may be cute but Drake knows she might also be the thief. Johnny and Lizette need to get out of these handcuffs. Drake and Josie need to find their missing belongings. And Saxon needs to be located before the Vampire Alliance comes down on them hard.
The Others, vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night, don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. For private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem. P.I. Shiarra Waynest is an expert on the Others. Here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head, and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town, namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy. On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. Local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge.
When her father died, Honor Tate inherited the alpha position for a pack of werewolves based in New England. Honor would have rather just lived a “normal” life. Still, Honor was raised to put the welfare of the pack first, and now it’s time to make a formal request that the alpha of the Silverback clan, the pack to which all locals owe fealty, recognize her as alpha of the White Paw. Instead of sending his support, the Silverbacks send Logan Hunter. For years he has been fighting his alpha instincts and the need for his own pack. Logan is sent on a mission to find out whether the new White Paw alpha really has what it takes to carry on her father’s legacy. Has he finally found his alpha mate? Will old enemies, dueling loyalties, and an appetite for destruction stop him dead in his tracks?
The righting of an ancient wrong. A future foretold. The bands tattooed around her wrists are laced with a dragon’s green and more, destiny preordained. Mind Thief. Gift Thief. Feared for an ability to seize another’s thoughts and powers with a touch, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín is such an elf, and the time has come for her to learn it. Etaín once thought intimacy and permanence were impossible. Now she’s bound to Cathal, the son of an Irish mobster. And claimed by Eamon, an Elven lord with powerful gifts of his own. Eamon is determined to keep her safe, from others as well as herself. But a quest for justice is more than it seems, leaving their future to hinge on choice and magic. On promises made and dangerous bargains.
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. When a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink. Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. She’s claimed by him, a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes. With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. Once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe from himself?
Laura Black knows her boss is a man of many secrets, haunted by some unknowable force, driven by some unspeakable destiny, and yet it makes her crave Charon all the more. When she uncovers a betrayal that will send her into a world of magic, she turns to the only one she trusts: Charon. Even when she’s in jeopardy of losing her heart. Charon Bruce endures a relentless yearning to have Laura for his own, an ache he knows will never be fulfilled. After the town he has protected for centuries is targeted by a ruthless Druid, he has no choice but to reveal his secret to Laura. He must fight the deadliest foe he’s ever known if he’s to keep her safe. When Laura is captured by his nemesis, he must choose between winning the battle of good versus evil, or losing the woman he loves.
Luísa Tavares has a list of sins the length of the Antilles. When a pockmarked Frenchman hands her Papa’s ring, still attached to his severed finger, she orders the Coral back to the Caribbean, despite her father’s earlier warning never to return. It’s Luísa’s luckless fate that the only man who can help her is a blasted Inglés pirate hunter. Xander Daltry hadn’t planned on kidnapping this wild woman. He needs Luísa and the moonstone she wears around her neck to rescind a witch’s spell. His sister, long dead, and others have been cursed to remain in the mortal plane for eternity. The only way to convince the reluctant pirate queen to help him is to withhold one small bit of the truth. If she learns who really betrayed her father, the longing in her eyes could turn to murderous wrath.
The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct due to its fragile nature. Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. She’s on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. Her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, Count Rudi, suspects that there’s more to Krina’s search. Krina and Ana each possess half of the fabled Atlantis Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value, capable of bringing down entire civilizations. Krina accepts his offer to get her to Shin-Tethys in exchange for an introduction to Ana. What neither of them suspects is that a body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet, and leave no witnesses alive.
Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a powerful demonic enemy. Even with Myst, the Queen of the Indigo Court, temporarily out of action, the new Queens of the Golden Wood finds themselves facing incredible danger. Destined to become the Fae Queens of Winter and Summer, Wind Witch Cicely and her cousin Rhiannon are eager to assume their roles. While Myst hides in the shadows, regrouping her forces, a closer danger is lurking. Renegade vampires Geoffrey and Leo manage to free the Blood Oracle and set him upon New Forest, Washington. Leo ups the ante by kidnapping Rhiannon. Cicely must lead her forces in a bloody battle to save her cousin before everything they’ve worked for crumbles to dust.
When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate. Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. Old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone close to her again cracks her emotional armor. Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.
Rafiel Trall, one of Goldport’s finest, has been walking the fine line between enforcing human law and protecting the shifters who come his way. A lion shifter himself, he’s found this duty onerous. Lately it’s been lightened by his friendship with Tom Ormson, a dragon shifter, and Kyrie Smith, a panther shifter. This should make it easier for him to find a solution for the crimes of a feral shifter, but not when an as yet unnamed entity takes out the Great Sky Dragon. With his power devolving on Tom Ormson just as Kyrie finds that a mysterious ailment prevents her from shifting, Rafiel must rely only on himself, a seductive dragon girl and more old shifter to solve the crimes, maintain shifters hidden and keep his best friend in the world from becoming a dragon of mass destruction.
The secret war among the Shadows of the Name is escalating. Donovan buigh, half honored guest and half prisoner, is carried deeper into the Confederation, all the way to Holy Terra herself, to help plan the rebel assault on the Secret City. If he does not soon remember the key information locked inside his fractured mind, his rebel friends may resort to torture to pull it from his subconscious. Bridget ban has organized a posse, a pack of Hounds, to go in pursuit of her kidnapped daughter, despite knowing that Ravn Olafsdottr kidnapped the harper precisely to lure Bridget ban in her wake. The Hound, the harper and Donovan wind deeper into a web of deceit and treachery certain of only one thing: nothing, absolutely nothing, is what it seems to be.
Lillian Rosewood leads an ordinary, boring life working as the manager of a psychiatric hospital. Until a late-night emergency is wheeled in. Captain Jack Harper is insane, and just had his abdomen shredded. Despite the fact they’re not an emergency room, Lillian can’t turn him away and risk a death on her hands. Lillian sneaks into the restricted area to check on him. Somehow Jack has managed to heal himself from a near-fatal wound in mere hours. When one of the doctors, Walker, attempts to rape her, things go from bad to worse. In the blink of an eye, Jack is loose and Walker is dead, and Lillian must accept a truth about her rescuer that will change her world forever. What if the patients aren’t insane? What if their stories of secret government experiments and monsters are true?
Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games. Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school. When he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might be turning around. Until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Tyler must figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother, and prevent his own future from going down in flames.
Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders, by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., (July 2, 47North)
Welcome to Snow World, where alien intervention has ruined the land and reduced humanity to warring clans that command steam-powered zeppelins and battlebots. This scarred world once known as Southern California is a frozen wasteland. Romulus Buckle, captain of the warship the Pneumatic Zeppelin, is obsessed with his sister’s death which he blames on the Imperial clan. When several clan leaders, including an Imperial general, are kidnapped during a peace conference, Buckle and his crew launch a rescue mission into an impenetrable prison fortress known as the City of the Founders. Buckle forges an alliance with the Imperials. Secret agendas and hidden loyalties could spark a new war that will plunge the remnants of humanity into another Stone Age.
Split at the Seams (Sierra Fox #2), by Yolanda Sfetsos, (July 2, Samhain)
Spook catcher Sierra Fox has paid her debt to the Spook Catcher Council. Her boyfriend Jonathon is acting like a possessive jerk. She can’t stop drooling over Jason, who turns out to be a werewolf. Something seriously freaky is happening to spooks all over Sydney. Prime, example: a ghost who wants to hire her fades while inside her office, and soon they’re disappearing all over Sydney. When Sierra finds out who’s behind it, it’s more than just her own life at stake. Keeping her head above water is a daily battle. Add a stalking, feral animal who is determined to take a piece out of her hide, literally, and life is anything but a bunch of buttercups. Eventually, she knows, the dust will settle. Only this time, life as she knew it may never be the same.
Storm Surge: Destroyermen (Destroyermen #8), by Taylor Anderson, (July 2, Roc)
Sylo, by D.J. MacHale, (July 2, Razorbill)
In the Pacific, as USS Walker
is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. Time is running out for the Alliance army in Indiaa, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. The struggle continues on other fronts near and far: in the Americas, where the allies are finally learning the terrible truth about the twisted Dominion. The Alliance is on the offensive everywhere, but their enemies have a few surprises, including new weaponry and new tactics, and a stunning geographic advantage that Reddy never suspected. Until now.
Tarnished and Torn (A Witchcraft Mystery #5), by Juliet Blackwell, (July 2, Signet)
As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. But as one of San Francisco’s resident witches, searching for hidden treasures can sometimes lead to dangerous discoveries.
When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off, but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? A sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to a witch hunt. A crime that hits close to home turns into a flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect, Lily’s estranged father. Lily is determined to clear her father’s name and solve a murder that’s anything but crystal clear.
The Arrivals: A Novel, by Melissa Marr, (July 2, William Morrow)
Chloe walks into a bar and blows five years of sobriety. When she wakes, she finds herself in an unfamiliar world, The Wasteland. She discovers people from all times and places have also arrived there: Kitty and Jack, a brother and sister from the Wild West; Edgar, a prohibition bootlegger; Francis, a one-time hippie; Melody, a mentally unbalanced 1950s housewife; and Hector, a former carnival artist. None know why they arrived there, or if there is way out of a world populated by monsters and filled with corruption. The Arrivals is a thoroughly original and wildly imagined tale about making choices in a life where death is unpredictable and often temporary.
The D’neeran Factor, by Terry A. Adams, Sheila Gilbert(editor) (July 2, DAW)
For true-humans, it is common knowledge that the D’neerans, human telepaths who come from the planet D’neera, are considered not quite human, though trustworthy. True-humans are the lords of the universe, which is why the exploratory star ship Endeavor has launched its star search, broadcasting a message of greeting and hope to possible sentient lifeforms throughout the galaxy. Everyone is shocked when their broadcast is answered, and even more so when the message is meant for the single D’neeran aboard Endeavor, Lady Hanna. Hanna must soon shoulder a responsibility bigger than she could have foreseen. The fate of all humankind and the likelihood of an interstellar war rests on her shoulders, as she becomes the ambassador for the human race.
The Entity Within (Entity #2), by Cat Devon, (July 2, St. Martin’s)
Zoe Adams and her grandmother Irma are witches who have been banished from Boston. With nowhere to go, they accept an invitation to come to Chicago, but what they don’t realize is that their new space puts them right in the heart of the most dangerous spot of all: Vamptown. Damon Thornheart is just that, virtually untouchable when it comes to love. As Vamptown’s highest-ranking demon hunter, he sees red flags when he meets Zoe and Irma, who unwittingly unleashed a brutal evil upon the community. The more Damon gets to know Zoe, the less he understands about his own true nature. Vamps and witches have always been archrivals in the entity world. Is their desire worth the risk? Only one thing is for certain: Damon will make it his mission to find out.
The Humans: A Novel, by Matt Haig, (July 2, Simon & Schuster)
The narrator of this tale is no ordinary human, in fact, he’s not human at all. Before he was sent away from the planet he calls home, precision and perfection governed his life. He lived in a utopian society where mathematics transformed a people, creating limitless knowledge and immortality. All of this is threatened when an earthly being opens the doorway to the same technology. Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis. The narrator is sent to Earth to erase all evidence of the solution and kill anyone who has seen the proof. The narrator struggles to pass undetected long enough to gain access to Andrew’s research. The narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the mission that brought him there. (U.S. Release)
The Initiate Brother Duology, by Sean Russell, (July 2, DAW Trade)
Plague and warfare have swept across the ancient kingdom of Wa, devastating the royal line and leaving a new dynasty on the throne, a new Emperor, Akantsu. Among those out of favor with the new liege is the Order of the Botahist Monks. Emperor Akantsu fears none so greatly as he does Lord Shonto. Lord Shonto is the greatest military genius of the age, and he has with him a Spiritual Advisor from the Botahist Order, a young man gifted with extraordinary martial arts skills and magical abilities, Initiate Brother Shuyun. Even Lord Shonto does not realize the true potential of this young monk. Time will reveal that Shuyun’s magical powers have not seen their equal in nearly a thousand years, not since the Perfect Master himself walked the paths of the Empire.
The Outcast Prince (Court of Annwyn #1), by Shona Husk, (July 2, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife’s infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer. While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she’s the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn, a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.
The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns #1), by Django Wexler, (July 2, Roc)
Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a remote outpost. That was before a rebellion upended his life. He was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert. Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping to avoid notice. The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich. Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. They begin to suspect that Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural, a realm with the power to reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path.
Thieves’ Quarry (Thieftaker Chronicles #2), by D.B. Jackson, (July 2, Tor)
Autumn has come to New England, and with it a new threat to the city of Boston. British naval ships have sailed into Boston Harbor bearing over a thousand soldiers. Ethan Kaille, thieftaker and conjurer, is awakened early in the morning by a staggeringly powerful spell. Every man aboard the HMS Graystone has died, though no one knows how or why. Ethan discovers that one soldier, a man who worked with Ethan’s rival, Sephira Pryce, has escaped the fate of his comrades. Ethan, the missing soldier, and Sephira Pryce scour the city in search of a stolen treasure which seems to lie at the root of all that is happening. Men are dying. If he fails to unravel the mystery of what befell the Graystone, every conjurer in Boston will be hanged as a witch. Including him.
This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You #2), by Rachel Carter, (July 2, Harper Teen)
Lydia Bentley has discovered that the conspiracy theories about the Montauk Project, the ones her grandfather had told her about all her life, were true all along. The little town on Long Island really is the Area 51 of the east. Lydia’s hometown has been the site of government time-travel experiments since World War II. Among the “recruits” the Project has used as subjects in these experiments are two members of Lydia’s own family, and Wes, the boy she loves. What is Lydia willing to sacrifice to save them?
Vicious Moon (Earth Witches #3), by Lee Roland, (July 2, Signet)
Ex-soldier and earth witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wants to see: the Sisters of Justice, the mysterious earth witch police force. A Triad of Sisters usually means an execution mission, but the Sisters’ only goal is to capture and escort Nyx across the country. Nyx is badly needed back in Twitch Crossing, Georgia. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s being dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger: Her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can track her down in Duivel, Missouri. But the key to finding her may lie with dark and tempting Etienne, a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic.
Viral Nation, by Shaunta Grimes, (July 2, Berkley)
Brilliant but autistic, Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. She is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future. One of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the Company. They realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. Clover will face a more powerful force than she imagined, and will team up with a band of fellow misfits to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.
Vortex(Insignia #2), by S.J. Kincaid, (July 2, Katherine Tegen Books)
Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. The more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it. Drawn into a dramatic power struggle, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, or so he believes. When he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless.
Warrior’s Moon (Children of the Moon #5), by Lucy Monroe, (July 2, Berkley)
After being rejected by Caelis, the pregnant Shona was forced to marry an English baron. Now, she’s on the run from the deceased baron’s heir. Determined to protect her children, she heads north to the only family she has left on Balmoral Island. On her journey, fate brings her betrayer and the father of her oldest child back into her life. Caelis is destined to usurp the corrupt laird ruling over the Chrechte people, but he refuses to abandon his sacred mate and son once again. The last thing Shona wants is to return to the clan that hurt her or forgive Caelis, but passion and a love that will not die urges her to join him. The fate of his people and her own small family rests on her ability to forgive. But she has to wonder if she truly comes before the pack, or if nothing has changed at all.
Warriors Super Edition: Tallstar’s Revenge (Warriors: Super Edition), by Erin Hunter, (July 2, Harper Collins)
An extra-long, epic Warriors adventure that offers a first look at the inner workings of WindClan. This never-before-told story reveals the truth about Tallstar’s past, before he became the leader of WindClan and was a warrior called Talltail. As a young warrior, a tragedy leaves Talltail filled with bitterness and an all-consuming hunger for vengeance. He sets off on a dangerous quest for revenge, far outside the bounds of the warrior code.
An original ten-page Warriors manga adventure is included.
Warriors: The Untold Stories, by Erin Hunter, (July 2, Harper Collins)
Together in print for the first time, Warriors: The Untold Stories
is a paperback bind-up of the first three novellas in theWarriors series. These short stories about the Warrior cats were previously only available as individual, digital-only titles. This collection includes: Hollyleaf’s Story
: Which cat saved Hollyleaf after she raced away from ThunderClan into the collapsing tunnels? Mistystar’s Omen
: Why did Mistystar threaten to force Mothwing to step down as RiverClan’s medicine cat? Cloudstar’s Journey
: How did Cloudstar try to save SkyClan as Twolegs were encroaching on its territory?
Wastelands II: More Stories of the Apocalypse (Wastelands #2), edited by John Joseph Adams, (July 2, Night Shade)
Since the landmark Wastelands anthology was published, apocalyptic fiction of all types have exploded in the popular consciousness. Wastelands 2 will focus on fiction published subsequent to the first book; It will feature stories by some of the most recent writers of the apocalypse; and it will include several stories original to Wastelands 2.
Werewolf in Alaska (Wild About You #5), by Vicki Lewis Thompson, (July 2, Signet)
In Polecat, Alaska, Rachel Miller and Jake Hunter have a mutual admiration for each other, from across a lake. There’s nothing Rachel likes more than spying on the very fit wilderness guide when he skinny-dips each night. And Jake has always been curious about his reclusive artist neighbor. He even bought Rachel’s first wood carving: a wolf who looks suspiciously like him. Jake is a werewolf, but not just any werewolf. He’s the founder of WARM (Werewolves Against Random Mating). And that means a human like Rachel is off-limits, no matter how attractive he finds her. But when Rachel is threatened by a bear, and Jake shifts to save her, their lives collide with an intense passion, one that could change everything they’ve ever felt about themselves, and each other.
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie #3), by Diana Rowland, (July 2, DAW)
Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that’s rotten. Soon she’s fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets. Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces, and body parts, together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.
Wicked Bronze Ambition (Garrett Files #14), by Glen Cook, (July 2, Roc)
Garrett is set to stow his wandering heart with his fiancée, Strafa Algarda. For Garrett, true love comes with its share of headaches. Strafa’s family needs Garrett’s unique skills in the worst way. Rumors are spreading that someone is organizing a Tournament of Swords, a brutal contest that magically compels the children of sorcerers to battle until only one is left alive. The winner will absorb the power from those he has killed and thus become a demigod. Strafa and her family want to protect her daughter, Kevans, from being forced to take part in the lethal contest, and they’ve asked Garrett to find out who is organizing the tournament and nip it in the bud. The only problem is that finding the culprit is most likely impossible. The Algardas are used to getting what they want.
Wolf in Shadow, by John Lambshead, (July 2, Baen)
Rhian, a girl from the Welsh valleys on the run from tragedy and herself, finds a new home in the modern East End of London. Beneath the digital façade lurks the old East End where the layers of two thousand years of dramatic and violent history slide over one another, spilling out in avalanches that warp the real world. As bodies begin to litter the East End streets, The Commission dispatches its best enforcers to deal with the situation: Karla is not human, and Jameson left his humanity behind in pieces in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Rhian makes new friends, dangerous friends; and where Rhian goes, the wolf is always in her shadow, just a heartbeat away. Among the bankers and traders of the East End walk demons in human form and who is to say which are the monsters?
Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny, edited by Steve Berman, (July 3, Prime Books)
Children are supposed to be all sugar and spice and everything nice, but we know that’s not the truth. Dark tales of wicked tykes and dangerous kids playing vicious games that lead adults, sometimes their own parents, to their demise are a staple of frightening fiction. Beware the schoolyards and playgrounds, even the sanctity of the familial home, especially after dark. And don’t be fooled by a trickle of tears or tiny hands reaching for you. These youngsters do not want to love or comfort, only to inflict pain! Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny offers twenty-seven tales of terrifying offspring by both masters of the genre and imaginative newcomers, including Holly Black, Stephen King, Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Marshall Smith, Peter Straub and more.
This fifth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-three stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and other top venues, The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.
The small print: This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners are 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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