New Releases August 3—August 9 and Readers Choice C*ntest

A busy week for new releases as new titles for the first part of August hit big-time with 40 titles…and not a one of them is mine (next week, that will change!). Some really good titles this week, though! (So…what do you guys think of the Chicagoland Vampire series? I’ve been eyeing it for a while.)
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. 
Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8), by Chloe Neill, (August 6, NAL)
Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back. Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water. Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time. 
Box Office Poison (Linnet Ellery #2), by Phillipa Bornikova, (August 6, Tor)
What happens when exquisitely beautiful elves start getting all the roles in Hollywood? Human actors sue, that’s what. In a desperate attempt to keep the squabbling inside the Screen Actors Guild from going public, the president of SAG forces the two sides into arbitration. Enter Linnet Ellery, a human lawyer working for a vampire law firm, to serve as arbitrator. Linnet discovers that there are sinister forces at work in Tinsel Town. Someone has been coercing famous elven actors into committing sudden and terrible acts of violence against humans in a series of tragedies that could turn the tide of public opinion against all the supernatural Powers. Linnet realizes that a puzzling secret surrounds her, and that a strange power has been affecting the very course of her life. 
Breath of Iron (Clockwork Agents #3), by Kate Cross, (August 6, Signet)
As chief surgeon for the Wardens, Evelyn Stone fears her own life is on the line when she is kidnapped by a band of pirates, only to discover that the airship captain is Gavin “Mac” MacRae, her former lover. The man whose life she once saved. The man she abandoned. Mac made his mark as both a pirate and a pilot. But his true allegiance isn’t known. So when he asks Evie for help with a wounded woman onboard, he tells Evie that the woman is his wife, even if his feelings for Evie have never waned. As the days pass, however, the unease between Evie and Mac gives way to the old comfort they used to have. Yet, their newly ignited romance is complicated by conflicting loyalties and desires, and a betrayal that may cost them both their love and their lives. 
The Las Vegas gang goes on a science-fictional roller-coaster ride, as Midnight Louie, feline PI, and company encounter UFO enthusiasts, conspiracy nuts who are too bizarre even for tin foil hat therapy. An Area 51 attraction on the Strip threatens to bring more than starry-eyed enthusiasts to town. Once again it is up to that furballed PI Midnight Louie to keep his crew in line and save them from the attack of the creatures from the beyond, or common criminals that prey on the innocent. 
Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris #2), by Jim C. Hines, (August 6, DAW)
Five hundred years ago, Johannes Gutenberg discovered the art of libriomancy, allowing him to reach into books to create things from their pages. Gutenberg’s power brought him many enemies. Revenge which begins with the brutal slaughter of a wendigo in the northern Michigan town of Tamarack, an established werewolf territory. Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is part of Die Zwelf Portenære, better known as the Porters, the organization founded by Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Isaac is called in to investigate the killing, along with Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and their dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood. Her powers are unique, and Gutenberg’s enemies hope to use those powers for themselves. But their plan could unleash a far darker evil… 
Control(Shift #2), by Kim Curran, (August 6, Strange Chemistry)
Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same. That’s why he’s so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters. They’ve sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids, as if the ability to change your every decision wasn’t unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover. As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realizes if he can’t control his choices, they’ll control him. 
Elegy(Watersong #4), by Amanda Hocking, (August 6, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Now that Gemma holds the key to breaking the siren curse, the stakes have never been higher. At last, a future with those she loves, and a romance with Alex, is close enough to touch. But not if Penn has anything to say about it. Penn is more determined than ever to have Daniel for her own and to destroy Gemma and Harper along the way, and Penn always gets what she wants. Now a final explosive battle is about to begin, and the winner will take everything Gemma holds dear. 
Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire #3), by Mark Lawrence, (August 6, Ace)
King Jorg Ancrath is twenty now and king of seven nations. His goal, revenge against his father, has not yet been realized, and the demons that haunt him have only grown stronger. He intends to take the next step in his upward climb. Jorg would be emperor. It is a position not to be gained by the sword but rather by vote. Never in living memory has anyone secured a majority of the vote, leaving the Broken Empire long without a leader. Jorg has plans to change that. He’s uncovered even more of the lost technology of the land, and he won’t hesitate to use it. But he soon finds an adversary standing in his way, a necromancer unlike any he has ever faced, a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King. The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match. 
Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4), by Kalayna Price, (August 6, Roc)
If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a Grave Witch, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. She’s the one fighting to keep her own secret. She’s not human, and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. Her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds. This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real, at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep she loses her freedom. 
Guardian Demon (The Guardians #8), by Meljean Brook, (August 6, Berkley)
After a terrifying encounter in Hell destroys her trust in Michael, the Guardian’s powerful leader, former detective Andromeda Taylor is ready to call it quits as one of the angelic warriors and resume her human life again. But when demonic forces threaten her closest friends and she uncovers a terrifying plot devised by Lucifer, Taylor is thrown straight into Michael’s path again. To defeat Lucifer, Michael needs every Guardian by his side, and he needs Taylor more than any other. The detective is the key to keeping his own demonic side at bay, and Michael will do anything to protect her and keep her close. And when Taylor manifests a deadly power, her Gift might tip the scales in the endless war between Heaven and Hell, or it might destroy them both with a single touch. 
Heart Fortune (Celta’s Heartmates #12), by Robin D. Owens, (August 6, Berkley Trade)
Jace Bayrum has always been a loner. Jace cares little for family ties or matters of the heart. On the other hand Glyssa Licorice, Jace’s former fling and true mate, is both loving and loyal. She is determined to track down her HeartMate and have him claim her. After hearing that Jace has been involved in an accident, Glyssa sets out to find him, departing for the excavation site of the lost starship Lugh’s Spear. Though her goal is to help Jace and finesse him into recognizing her as his mate, the excavation itself draws her in. Working side-by-side, Jace and Glyssa’s electric connection from years before sparks once more. She intrigues him, and Jace begins to realize that a HeartMate can make a difference. One as magnetic as Glyssa could be exactly what he has been searching for. 
Heaven’s Fall (Heaven’s Shadow #3), by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt, (August 6, Ace)
Twenty years have passed since the Near-Earth Object nicknamed Keanu appeared in the night sky and transported an assortment of humans into its interior. There they discovered that Keanu was a long-range spaceship. They joined forces with the aliens called the Architects, who had come from a distant galaxy to seek help in fighting the Reivers. Keanu has reestablished contact with Earth, and discovered that the Reivers have taken over the planet. Rachel Stewart, who grew up in Keanu, leads a small band of human survivors in an attempt to infiltrate the massive Reiver fortress in the American West. Their only hope for victory may be somewhere inside the NEO. If the men and women still in Keanu cannot find it, humanity will be finished. And the galaxy will be next. 
Illicit Desire (Outlawed Realm #2), by Tina Donahue, (August 6, Samhain)
Once a sex slave marked for termination, Lukan was miraculously liberated from E4’s Pleasure Palace, where E2’s fine, upstanding rulers secretly indulge their cravings for every imaginable vice. He left his heart behind with Arez. Desperate to have her back in his arms, he embarks on a dangerous mission to deliver his untamed temptress from the certain death she does not know awaits her. Within her velvet cage Arez knew only carnal submission and loneliness, until Lukan. But he has disappeared, and she senses something different in the way the supreme ruler is using her. Then he is there to sweep her from this twilight dimension to another. To reach the last portal Lukan and Arez must first outwit an army of predators that hunt them. Human, subhuman and monsters. 
Impulse(Southern Arcana #5), by Moira Rogers, (August 6, Samhain)
Sera Sinclaire is a New Orleans rarity: a submissive coyote trapped in a town overrun by dominant shapeshifters. She lacks the willpower to deny the alphas-in-shining-armor who need her soothing presence. The only shifter she doesn’t want to push away is Julio Mendoza, a wolf so dominant he’s earned a place on the Southeast council. When an obsessive ex endangers Sera, instinct drives him to get her out of town. Watching her come to life outside the city makes him feel like he’s finally done something right. Lighthearted flirting becomes a dangerous game of seduction. Sera’s ex isn’t the only one who’d disapprove of their relationship. There are wolves who would kill to get Sera out of Julio’s life, starting with his own blood kin. 
Jaguar Fever (Heart of the Jaguar #2), by Terry Spear, (August 6, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Jaguar shifter Maya Anderson learns about a secret jaguar society through undergournd social networking sites. She wanted to discover others like her, but now she’s got more trouble than she bargained for, including one hot jaguar shifter who’s set his sights on her. Wade Patterson has learned that Maya is a shifter, and available. But how does he get to know her when he left such a bad first impression? When he learns Maya has gone to a watering hole for jaguar shifters to meet up, he quickly follows after, hoping she is wily enough to hold her own. 
Kindred and Wings (Shifted World #2), by Philippa Ballantine, (August 6, Pyr)
On the back of the dragon Wahirangi, Finn the Fox flees the world he has known. As he sets out to find the brother he never knew of, he still holds in his heart the memory of the Hunter. He has denied his love for her, but he cannot deny it forever. In the halls of the Last Believers, Talyn begins to uncover her own mysteries, but her lust for the death of the Caisah is still strong and clouds her vision. She must choose her path, as the Seer of her people or as the assassin of the overlord. Meanwhile, Byre, Talyn’s brother, must venture into the fiery world of the Kindred, to rebuild the pact that his ancestors made. He will risk everything he is as he forms a new pact that will change his people forever. Dragons and myths will be reborn, as the Hunter and her Fox face each other once more. 
Memory’s Door, by James L. Rubart, (August 6, Thomas Nelson)
With a victory against the Evil One, the four of the Prophecy have managed to bring even greater adversity their way. In Soul’s Gate, Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus, the four of the Prophecy, were set free from some of their deepest wounds. Now the four must try to determine how to prevail against the dark manifestation of The Wolf mentioned in the Prophecy. Three enigmatic men appear and none of the four can get a true sense of whether these men are intimate allies, or diabolical enemies. The Enemy has begun torturing them with visions of what their lives would be like if they could reverse their greatest regrets. These four have seen amazing things in the spiritual realm. But faith can become even more difficult when it’s influenced by sight. 
Orion Rising (Orion #1 & 2), by Cathryn Cade, (August 6, Samhain)
Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght—Tryon, an alpha male tyger, unexpectedly undergoes his mating shift on board ship instead of his home planet. With an eco-saboteur somewhere aboard, there couldn’t be a worse time for him to lose his mind. For the sake of duty, novice interpreter Calla enters Jag’s lair. And finds herself a woman born to enchant a powerful beast.  Her Commander—As commander of the Orion’s second voyage, self-control is Steve Craig’s mantra. Women are off limits, especially the ones among Serpentian Guard. Tessa’s training didn’t prepare her innocent heart for the likes of the iron-willed captain. A future for any of them becomes iffy when they discover there’s a saboteur on board. One that could be lurking within the ranks of the Serpentian Guard.  
Pirates of the Timestream (Blood of the Heroes #3), by Steve White, (August 6, Baen)
Special operations officer Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority must once again plunge into Old Earth’s blood-drenched past to combat the plots of the Transhumanist underground to subvert that past and create a secret history leading up to the fulfillment of their mad dream. Jason and his companions travel to the seventeenth century to encounter the realpirates of the Caribbean, including a beautiful she-pirate. To Jason’s horror, he also learns that the Teloi aliens he believed he’d successfully destroyed, are still active, and aiding the Transhumanists. Jason must somehow thwart the plans of the sinister allies and prevent reality itself from falling into chaos. He finds himself venturing into space with a totally unexpected ally: Henry Morgan. 
Possession(Greywalker #8), by Kat Richardson, (August 6, Roc)
When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she’s never witnessed, with a skill she’s never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, even her doctors start to wonder if the woman may be possessed. Frustrated and frightened, the patient’s sister reluctantly turns to Greywalker Harper Blaine to discover who, or what, is occupying her sister’s body. As Harper digs into the case of apparent possession, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome stories in Washington’s history. 
It was by no means a fair and easy road for this indomitable fighter. As a young man he saw the English king Edward I award the vacant Crown of Scotland to John Balliol. The nation quickly splintered into factions and this spurred Robert and his father to at first side with Edward and then against John, whom many of the nobles did not feel was the correct person to guide the nation. Thus began a decades-long path for Scottish freedom. Robert sometimes had to delicately balance the power of the nobles against the might of the English. He was a tireless campaigner and after a full life of battle and diplomacy, in May 1328, King Edward III signed the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton, which recognized Scotland as an independent kingdom and Bruce as its king.  (U.S. Release) 
Shadow of the Wolf (Heart’s Desire #1), by Dana Marie Bell, (August 6, Samhain)
Christopher Beckett is from an ancient line of wizards, but with one aspect that sets him apart. His wolf. That wolf is howling for a mate. Chris casts the spell all the Becketts have used to call their mates to them. His wish list is short: She must be of a lineage as old as his own. And she must accept his wolf. When his mate appears, he realizes his list should have been one item longer. Alannah Evans, a powerful witch of the Evans Coven, has no problem with Chris’s wolf. It’s the wizard part that sticks in her magical craw. Witches and wizards have always been at odds. Chris will not be denied, and gradually she finds herself trusting him. When it becomes clear an old enemy has targeted them both for death, Chris charges into a duel that could cost him his life. Or worse: Lana.  
Shadow Rising (The Shadow Slayers #2), by Cassi Carver, (August 6, Samhain)
When Kara Reed learns her bondmate, Julian, is truly dead, and that Gavin has skipped town, she figures things have hit rock bottom. A string of bizarre accidents has her doubting those closest to her. The demon-king’s brand carved into her best friend Abbey’s stomach is deteriorating by the day. A powerful coven of witches issues Kara an ultimatum: Bring them the blood of a true fallen angel, the only thing that will heal Abbey, or die. The only fallen angel she’s seen lately is the disoriented black-wing who attacked her scouts. One who looks suspiciously like Julian. Caught between a coven of vengeful witches and a murderous dead lover, Kara may need the help of the one man she swore never to trust again: Gavin. 
Silver Mine (Takhini Wolves #2), by Vivian Arend, (August 6, Samhain)
Life in isolation is the safest place for Chase Johnson, a crossbreed who doesn’t know which form he’ll assume next, cougar or wolf. Once a year, his unelected position as spokesman for the Yukon outcasts forces him to visit civilization. This time he runs across someone unexpected. It’s taken years for Shelley Bradley to gather the courage to return to her home pack. She’s determined to make a place for herself as the Whitehorse locals’ new vet/doctor. There’s definite electricity between her and Chase. Ignoring him seems best. When he shows up at her office with a wound that won’t heal, she’s stuck, yet drawn to solve this medical mystery. Time is of the essence. If a cure can’t be found before his human and cougar succumb to his injury, he, and others like him, will die. 
Stone of Ascension (Energen #2), by Lynda Aicher, (August 6, Samhain)
Amber Morningstar ventures to New York City to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon, but the night ends in devastation, leaving her the unwilling owner of a mysterious stone. Her mystical heritage has put her on a collision course with a new reality: shape-shifting dragons, energy-wielding Races, and a sexy protector. Exiled among the humans for a crime he didn’t commit, Damianos Aeros has waited a thousand years for his chance to return to his people. Amber is that chance. She is the Marked One, his one opportunity for redemption. As the battle over Earth’s energy intensifies, Amber and Damian struggle to resist the power drawing them together. Trust the energy, and each other, or let the world plummet into ruin.  
Tall, Dark and Vampire (Dead in the City #1), by Sara Humphreys, (August 6, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton, whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she’d rather die than lose him again. Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia’s night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence, even if it costs him his life. 
Terminated(Revivalist #3), by Rachel Caine, (August 6, Roc)
Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin, who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick, is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way. And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side, and her own lover, will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity.  
The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicles #1), by Michael J. Sullivan, (August 6, Orbit)
Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making. A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.  
The Omega Project, by Steve Alten, (August 6, Forge)
On the brink of a disaster that could end all human life on earth, tech genius Robert Eisenbraun joins a team of scientists in Antarctica on a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. As he and the rest of the team train under the ice shelf, trouble erupts, and before they embark Eisenbraun is the odd man out, put into cold sleep against his will. When Robert wakes, he finds the ship deserted and not functional. He escapes to the surface of an Earth terribly changed. He realizes that there is still a way to accomplish what his mission had set out to achieve. He also discovers that he faces a new adversary of the most unlikely sort. A foe that knows him almost as well as he knows himself. The game has changed, and Earth’s future depends on him and him alone. 
The Sensory Deception, by Ransom Stephens, (August 6, 47North)
Moments after venture capitalist Gloria Baradaran experiences what it’s like to be a polar bear, really be a polar bear, she knows she’s found something revolutionary. Farley Rutherford and his team, migraine-tortured neurologist Chopper Vittori and uber-geek engineer Ringo Hayes, have created sensory saturation, a virtual reality system that drops users into the psyches of endangered animals as they fight for survival. They believe the profound experience could turn the indifferent masses into avid environmentalists. The money-men want more bang for their buck, and that includes bigger, more dangerous animals, and the ability to turn the machines into profitable games. But to Farley and his team, this is anything but a game. To some, in fact, this is a cause they’d kill for. 
The Shadow of the Soul: The Forgotten Gods: Book Two (The Dog-Faced Gods #2), by Sarah Pinborough, (August 6, Ace)
A devastating terrorist attack has crippled London. To find a perpetrator who is more than human, Special Branch turns to Detective Inspector Cass Jones. Cass is already investigating a series of student suicides, but saying no to Special Branch isn’t an option, even when he’s hit with a much more personal and deeply disturbing mystery: a message left for him by his murdered brother revealing that Cass’s nephew was stolen at birth. Cass’s investigations and his search for the boy lead him down a dark labyrinth to the shadowy Mr. Bright and his otherworldly allies, and into the middle of an ancient and deadly feud, with no less than the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. 
The Uprising (The Forsaken #2), by Lisa M. Stasse, (August 6, Simon & Schuster)
Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA, the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative. In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive. 
The Weight of Souls, by Bryony Pearce, (August 6, Strange Chemistry)
16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them, letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real. Then Justin is murdered. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret-society at her school where no one is allowed to leave. Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him? 
A hard-hitting collection of the best fiction of Michael Z. Williamson, creator of the popular Freehold military SF saga, along with a helping of truth-telling nonfiction by a guy who has been there and done that. Duty in the face of danger on a planetary scale. Pride and competence in the face of idiotic clients who hate that that they need your services, and an enemy who wants to make your bad day even worse. These are stories of the warriors and civilians who get things done in extreme situations, whether it’s rescue from a ship broken in space and leaking air and radiation, hard choices by a brigade of mercenary swords in a world of blood and magic, or scramble and response by troops in the Sandbox doing what it takes to make it through another scorching, rocket-filled day.  
Undead and Unsure (Undead Series #12), by MaryJanice Davidson, (August 6, Berkley)
It’s no surprise to Betsy that her trip to Hell with her sister Laura landed them in hot water. Betsy isn’t exactly sorry she killed the Devil but it’s put Laura in a damnable position: assuming the role of Satan and in charge of billions of souls as she moves up in the world. Betsy herself is in an odd new position as well, that of being a responsible monarch suddenly in charge of all things more earth-bound: like her vampire husband Sinclair who has gone from relieved to ecstatic to downright reckless now that he can tolerate sunlight. Betsy’s best friend Jessica is in her sixth trimester. Considering she’s been pregnant for eighteen months. Betsy and Sinclair’s adopted little BabyJon is finally starting to walk. Precisely where he’s headed is anyone’s guess. 
Under a Spell (Underworld Detection Agency #5), by Hannah Jayne, (August 6 Kensington)
Sophie Lawson was seriously hoping life at the UDA would get back to relative normal now that her boss Pete Sampson has been reinstated. Unfortunately, her new assignment is sending her undercover into a realm where even the most powerful paranormals fear to tread…her old high school. Being a human immune to magic is no defense against soulless picture-perfect mean girls, or a secret witch coven about to sacrifice a missing female student. And Sophie’s Guardian, uber-proper Englishman Will, is determined to convince Sophie he’s the kind of temptation she should indulge in permanently. Now, as the clock ticks down to apocalypse, he and Sophie will have to summon every trick in the book to battle devilish illusion, lethal sorcery, and betrayals they’ll never see coming. 
Walking in the Midst of Fire (Remy Chandler #6), by Thomas E. Sniegoski, (August 6, Roc)
Remy Chandler, angel private investigator, is trying his damnedest to lead a normal life in a world on the verge of supernatural change. He’s found a new love, a woman his dog, Marlowe, approves of, and his best human friend is reluctantly coming to grips with how unusual Remy’s actions can be. Heaven and the Legions of the Fallen still stand on the brink of war. One of Heaven’s greatest generals is murdered, and it falls to Remy to discover who might be responsible for the death. The deeper he digs, the further he goes into a dark world of demonic assassins, secret brothels, and things that are unsettling even to a being who has lived since time began. But it is not in his nature to stop until he has found the killer, no matter the personal price. 
Warbound(Grimnoir Chronicles #3), by Larry Correia, (August 6, Baen)
Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind’s magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power’s hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye, Jake Sullivan, knows the score. The problem is hardly anyone believes him. The world’s most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from the forces that think she is too dangerous to let live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late.  
Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages, edited by Steve Berman, (August 7, Prime Books)
It’s a wonder humanity ever survived into the twenty-first century. Even Neanderthals knew to bury the dead beneath stones to prevent corpses from rising. Ancient civilizations feared slain warriors would return from battlefields, medieval physicians worried that bodies would rise from plague pits, many cultures buried the dead at crossroads to prevent the dead from walking. In Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages, editor Steve Berman has collected stories that reveal the threat of revenants and the living dead is far from recent. From the Bronze Age to World War II, this anthology guides us through millennia of thrills, chills, kills, carnage, horror, and havoc wreaked throughout history by the walking dead.  
Charmed Vengeance (The Aether Chronicles #2), by Suzanne Lazear, (August 8, Flux)
In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock’s relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V’s mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother’s air-pirate ship, the Vixen’s Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact, one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.
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48 thoughts on “New Releases August 3—August 9 and Readers Choice C*ntest

  1. some good books out this week. hard to pick just one but I’ll go w/ Guardian Demon (The Guardians #8), by Meljean Brook
    thanks 🙂

  2. OMG! So many great choices! I’d like to read the new release from Terry Spears: Jaguar Fever. I’ve already read Tall, Dark & Vampire by Sara Humphries and it was very good…
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  3. Ooh! I’m also a Twitter follower and I just tweeted… please add these to my other 3 entries. TU!

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  4. so many good discovering this week!it get hard to choose ( when some week nothing is for me)

    so i will pick if i won between Kindred and wings ( to go with hunter and fox from last time) or shadowof teh wolf ( can’t resist worlf shiftyer)but then heart of teh jaguar, tall dark and vampire as well as under a spell are tempting too

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  5. Ooo, so many choices! I think I’d go for the the Sarah Pinbourogh Dog Faced Gods book!

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  6. You have so many really good titles listed, it’s hard to choose. If I had to choose 1, it would be Possession by Kat Richardson. To me, her series is like your Sentinels series – it just grabs you, and they’re awesome. There are a few more on the list I would love to have; Biting Bad, Grave Visions, Undead and Unsure, Shadow of the Wolf and Shadow Rising are all on my TBR list. 🙂 Thanks for the chance. IDK about all the extra entry stuff others are posting, but I follow you everywhere except Twitter, even your other author blog.

  7. OOoo I’m a HUGE fan of Kalayna Price so Grave Visions is my choice please.
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  8. If I win can I choose Libriomancer over Codex Born?

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  9. Willing, I meant to write willing. My body and mind was so shocked at the mere thought of sharing chocolate that my already tenuous grasp of grammar became even slimmer. *sigh*

  10. The Crown Tower is a prequel to a series I’ve read and enjoyed. I would love to read it too.
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  11. Hmmm…I think I most want the Jim Hines book.
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  12. Wow! What a great choice of books! I have to go with Chloe Neill’s Biting Bad. Thanks for sharing. vampireroyal at

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  13. So many great books, as usual, but I usually go for anything steampunk, so I’d choose Breath of Iron by Kate Cross.

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  14. Wow, that’s quite a release list – so many I waaaaaant! But I’m gonna hope the gods of random like me & want me to win MJD’s Undead and Unsure, or I’m going to have to wait ’til my library gets it… 😉

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    P.S. As always, thanks for the giveaway chance!

  15. So many choices…
    I think I’ll go with Possession, by Kat Richardson. I’m a couple books behind in that series, but story looks cool.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  16. Ooh, so many great books to choose from. Tough choice between Biting Bad, Terminated and Grave Visions but I have to Go with Grave Visions. Love the series.
    Thanks for the great contest.

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  17. Hard choice to make. I think I would choose Tall, Dark, and Vampire.
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