First, our shameless daily self promotion! I have an interview and review up at Mother.Gamer.Writer today, where I admit to having the attention span of a toddler in certain areas, and enter to win the iPad or other big prize.
Finally, a spotlight and giveaway went up late on Friday at Faerie Tale Books, so it didn’t make the blog. But it’s a Tier 3 prize site, so you can enter for the iPad.
Now, ready for a big old pile of new releases? It’s the last week of the month, which means LOTS of books. Heads-up, Jennifer Estep and Ann Aguirre fans! Although there are also several new-to-me authors with interesting-sounding books this week as well.
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.
James Lovegrove presents three novellas with three different ‘gods’ and their appearance in the worlds of man. Age of Anansi, Age of Satan, and a third novella Age of Gaia appearing both in print and ebook for the first time with the release of this exciting omnibus.
Billy Moon was Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne, the world-famous author. Being the son of a famous author meant being ignored and even mistreated by famous parents; he had to make his own way in the world, define himself, and reconcile his self-image with the image of him known to millions of children. A veteran of World War II, a husband and father, he is jolted out of midlife ennui when a French college student revolutionary asks him to come to the chaos of Paris in revolt. Against a backdrop of the apocalyptic student protests and general strike that forced France to a standstill that spring, Milne’s new French friend is a wild card, able to experience alternate realities of the past and present. Through him, Milne’s life is illuminated and transformed.
Anna’s relationship with shape-shifter Daniel Frey has given her hope for a future with him and his son, especially when Frey proposes. But just when Anna starts to think her life couldn’t be better, she must fly to France to be at the side of her dying mother. There she learns that not every vampire accepts her Chosen One status. And one such vamp is about to go rogue, by leading his followers in a fight to usurp humanity.
Children of Fire (The Chaos Born #1), by Drew Karpyshyn, (August 27, Del Rey)
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. The awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. He dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a battle against the Immortals. Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy, a magical barrier the gods created. Now the Legacy is fading. The banished Daemron stirs. Four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself, wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
Chosen (Alex Verus #4), by Benedict Jacka, (August 27, Ace)
I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn’t proud of. As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he’s afraid of what his friends, including his apprentice, Luna, will think of his past. If they’re going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they’re fighting for.
Consume (The Clann #3), by Melissa Darnell, (August 27, Harlequin Teen)
Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy, and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape. As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat, a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love, and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2), by Sarah J. Maas, (August 27, Bloomsbury USA Children’s)
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown, a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. Keeping up the deadly charade, while pretending to do the king’s bidding, will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon, forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
Crux (Nexus #2), by Ramez Naam, (August 27, Angry Robot)
Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. In the United States, the terrorists, or freedom fighters, use Nexus to turn men and women into time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. In Washington DC, a government scientist, addicted to Nexus, uncovers more than he wants to know about the forces behind the assassinations. In Thailand, Samantha Cataranes has found peace with a group of children born with Nexus in their brains. In Vietnam, Kade and Feng are on the run from bounty hunters, from the CIA, and from forces that want to use the back door Kade has built into Nexus 5. In Shanghai, a posthuman child named Ling Shu will go to dangerous and explosive lengths to free her uploaded mother. The world will never be the same.
Deception (Defiance #2), by C.J. Redwine, (August 27, Balzer + Bray)
Continues the story of warrior Rachel Adams and her love, Logan McEntire. With their city-state ravaged, their lives under constant threat from rival armies, and a band of survivors looking to them for leadership, Rachel and Logan must work to forge a new future for them all. Abandoning the ruins of their home to take their chances in the Wasteland, the group soon realizes their problems have only begun: an unknown killer, possibly inside their ranks, has begun picking off the survivors one by one. And Rachel and Logan must question whether the price of freedom may be too great, and whether they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
Deception Cove (Rainshadown #2, Harmony #10), by Jayne Castle, (August 27, Jove)
In the world of Harmony, Rainshadow Island is home to a mysterious preserve, secrets that have been kept for centuries, and a treasure worth killing for.
As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself, a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini. Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind. He’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears. On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a Marriage of Convenience. Alice’s honeymoon on Rainshadow is guaranteed to be memorable, as the island, and the passion is about to explode.
For the Love of Magic (Spellbound Falls #5), by Janet Chapman, (August 27, Jove)
After forty years of marriage, Rana Oceanus has done the unthinkable and run away from her mighty, magical husband. She purchased a house in Spellbound Falls right on the shore of the Bottomless Sea, where she intends to prepare for the scariest battle of her life. The only flaw in her plan is that she is still very much in love with Titus. Shocked and deeply shaken that his wife really has left him, Titus sets out to win her back. When grand gestures of his esteem don’t seem to further his cause, he conjures up some of his original courtship magic to capture the heart of the beautiful young maiden all over again. Then his plan takes a dangerous turn when Titus discovers that dealing with demons is far less threatening than the little secret his very mortal wife has been keeping from him.
Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin #9), by Jennifer Estep, (August 27, Pocket Books)
The ninth novel in the Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.
When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point, can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out.
Heavy Metal (Goddesses Rising #2), by Natalie J. Damschroder, (August 27, Entangled Select)
The world is not what Riley Kordek imagined. On the run from those who’ve targeted her, all Riley wants is a chance to figure out her new ability to bend metal’s energy. When a guy who knows more than he should helps her escape her attackers, she thinks she might’ve found someone who can lead her to the answers she needs. Three years ago, Sam Remington walked away from his employer and the woman he loved. When Sam takes Riley to the Society for Goddess Education and Defense, the stakes rise beyond what either of them could have imagined. Falling for Sam would be far too easy for Riley, and far too painful. Riley uncovers a plot with disastrous ramifications not only for her, but for Sam, and the people he loves, and potentially every goddess in the country.
Immortally Ever After (Monster M*A*S*H #3), by Angie Fox, (August 27, St. Martin’s)
The cease-fire between the battling immortals doesn’t last long. In the blink of an eye, human surgeon Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on the frontlines, and starring in yet another of the oracle’s prophesies. As the only healer who can talk to the dead, Petra doesn’t have much choice about her role, even when her breathtaking ex-lover shows up at exactly the wrong time. Petra may have moved on when Commander Galen left her, but she never forgot him, and the passionate moments they shared. Seeing him again is a distraction she really doesn’t need with both armies honing new weapons, and wounded all over her M*A*S*H unit. It’s now or never for the demi-god Galen to become Petra’s mate, but with the fate of humanity at stake, will their desire be worth the cost?
Love in the Time of Global Warming, by Francesca Lia Block, (August 27, Henry Holt & Co.)
Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything: her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy. In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.
Must Love Fangs (Midnight Liaisons #3), by Jessica Sims (August 27, Pocket Books)
Marie Bellavance has known for years that she’s going to die of the same incurable disease her mother did. That’s why she never dated and doesn’t allow anyone to get close to her. As an employee of the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons, she has a chance: if she can find someone to turn her into a supernatural creature, she’ll be cured. Were-cougar Joshua Russell has wanted standoffish Marie for his own, but she’s been off limits as a human. When he catches her sneaking away from a vampire date gone wrong, he steps in and offers his own services. As a vampire bodyguard, he’s able to tell her which men will be the perfect ones to date. He’s secretly got a better plan in mind: if she wants to date the supernatural, a handsome were-cougar would be the best choice of all.
No Rules, By Jenna McCormick, (August 27, Aphrodisia)
Games of chance, worlds of desire… Nowhere To Run. Light years from home in a world where everything is unfamiliar, Alison Cartwright barely recognizes her own self. But dressing and acting as a pleasure companion is the only way she can stay ahead of the assassin marking her every move. And with seduction the name of the game, she’ll do whatever it takes to survive. Del Fenton has enough troubles without getting aroused by the sexy siren across from him at the gaming table. He’s determined to keep a promise to his sister and can’t allow lust to get in the way. But temptation is strong and his body is hungry. Just one touch, that’s all he needs.
Perdition (Dred Chronicles #1), by Ann Aguirre, (August 27, Ace)
The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits. Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first. That’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death.
Saxon’s Bane, by Geoffrey Gudgion, (August 27, Solaris)
Fergus Sheppard’s world changes forever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. He returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love, and be targeted for human sacrifice. Clare Harvey’s life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist’s dream find, the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior, is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered. Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare’s investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple’s bloody fate.
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe, edited by Bill Fawcett, (August 27, Tor)
Perhaps no living author of imaginative fiction has earned the awards, accolades, respect, and literary reputation of Gene Wolfe. His prose has been called subtle and brilliant, inspiring not just lovers of fantasy and science fiction, but readers of every stripe. A select group of Wolfe’s fellow authors pay tribute to the award-winning creator of The Book of the New Sun, The Fifth Head of Cerberus
, Soldier of the Mist
, The Wizard Knight and many others, with entirely new stories written specifically to honor the writer hailed by The Washington Post
as “one of America’s finest.” Shadows of the New Sun
features contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and many others, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.
Sidequest Adventures, by Mark Teppo, Angus Trim, Michael Tinker Pearce and Linda Pearce, (August 27, 47North)
Three exciting SideQuest adventures set in the alternate history world of the Foreworld Saga. The Beast of Calatrava
, by Mark Teppo, is an intriguing alternate history tale in which both a battle-scarred former knight with a blood-soaked history and a monk with a mysterious past face the encroaching Templar crusade and the war coming to Iberia. In The Shield Maiden
, by Michael “Tinker” Pearce and Linda Pearce, a headstrong and skilled young Viking woman struggles through the stigmas of her time to claim her spot among the fiercest of fighters. The Lion in Chains
, by Angus Trim and Mark Teppo, is a visionary adventure in which the legendary Robin Hood joins forces with a clandestine order of warrior monks to rescue the kidnapped King Richard the Lionheart.
Spirits From Beyond (Ghostfinders #4), by Simon R. Green, (August 27, Ace)
Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute: JC Chance: the team leader, Melody Chambers: the science geek; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Their latest assignment takes JC and the team to a small country village. JC thinks that the spirits in the King’s Arms are more the stuff of urban legend than anything that needs the Ghost Finders’ expertise. One story rings true: the tale of a traveler trapped by an unusual thunderstorm who retired to her room for the night, and vanished. Like the one that begins raging outside shortly after they arrive. As the team investigates, they are forced, one by one, to face some hard truths about themselves, truths that may push Happy Jack over the edge into madness.
The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3), by Rae Carson, (August 27, Greenwillow)
The epic and deeply satisfying conclusion to the Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.
The Exodus Towers (Dire Earth Cycle #2), by Jason M. Hough, (August 27, Del Rey)
The Exodus Towers features all the high-octane action and richly imagined characters of The Darwin Elevator—only the stakes have never been higher.
The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love, by Erin Quinn, (August 27, Pocket Books)
All Roxanne Love has ever wanted is to be normal. She tries to fit in but can’t conceal her ability to defy death, not from the world, not from the darkest creatures of the Beyond and not from the Reaper determined to destroy her. Now Roxanne is on the run, her only ally a detective with secrets of his own. Incognito as guilt-ridden cop, Santo Castillo, the Reaper’s plan is simple: get close to Roxanne, uncover the secret of her immortality and cut it at the source. Yet with this borrowed body come emotions the Reaper hadn’t expected. Nothing is clear but his conflicted desire to protect the woman he came to kill. As destiny forces them to face an enemy hell-bent on using Roxanne to wipe out all of mankind, she and Santo must choose between love and salvation.
The Time of Contempt (Saga o Wiedzminie #4), by Andrzej Sapkowski, (August 27, Orbit)
Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill, but only if she lives to use it. A coup threatens the Wizard’s Guild. War breaks out across the lands. A serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life, and Ciri, in whose hands the world’s fate rests, has vanished.
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake #14), by Kerrelyn Sparks, (August 27, Avon)
Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he’s ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself, because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things. Vampires? Vampires?!
As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There’s even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal’s gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him, and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?
Transcendental, by James Edwin Gunn, (August 27, Tor)
Riley, a veteran of interstellar war, is not journeying to achieve transcendence, a vague mystical concept that has drawn everyone else on the ship to this journey into the unknown at the far edge of the galaxy. His mission is to find and kill the prophet who is reputed to help others transcend. As the ship speeds through space, the voyage is marred by violence and betrayal. Riley realizes that the ship’s journey is like a harrowing, deadly voyage on a ship of fools. He becomes friendly with a passenger named Asha, who is more than she appears. She professes to be just another pilgrim, he comes to realize that she is keeping secrets, could be the key to his assignment, or might make him question everything he thought he knew about Transcendentalism and his mission to stop it.
Hot Times in Magma City, by Robert Silverberg, (August 28, Subterranean)
A volcano has erupted near Los Angeles. Now, the only thing that stands between downtown Hollywood and certain destruction by molten lava is a tight-knit band of recovering drug addicts. One of Silverberg’s most talked-about novellas, it offers gritty character portrayals and nonstop action. A highly unusual “disaster” story.
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