It’s release week, and Elysian Fields will finally be official! So I’ll get the personal pimpage out of the way first. The virtual tour got started with a flash-fiction short, “Danger Curves Ahead
,” on Saturday. There are several stops on the tour today. Remember the giveaways are different, and you can enter at each site, even for the big tour-wide prizes like the iPad 2 (or Kindle 8.9-in HD, or, for international entrants, a $250 shopping spree at Book Depository).
There are TWO new flash-fiction stories up today, plus a guest post and a couple of reviews. So…here goes. Hope you’ll join me hopping around the web today. I’ll comment on comments…after about midday. As you read this, I’m most likely in dental hell, having a tooth pulled. Ouch! Bring on the painkillers. Hm….Jean Lafitte goes to the dentist. Now that would be an interesting story….
A short-story, “This Masquerade” is with Christal at Badass Book Reviews today. DJ attends a costume party in the Beyond to celebrate Tennessee Williams’ hundredth birthday. What could go wrong? There’s a signed book giveaway at this one, plus you can go to this link to enter for the iPad.
A short-story, “Cat Mon Dieu,” is with Maghon at Happy Tails and Tales today, along with a review. As you might guess, this one’s all Monsieur Lafitte…in a supermarket!
Reviews are up today at: Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path and Parajunkee today (thanks, you guys!) See any other reviews? Send ’em my way and I’ll post the links. Yeah, yeah, even the bad ones 🙂
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.
In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. As Kit investigates, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot. Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Kit uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life, and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive. (ebook only)
As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle, who alone has the power to keep the dark designs of Shadow at bay, Marsh finds himself missing the excitement of his former life as a Warlock. So when Commissioner Willoughby of the London Metropolitan police seeks his help in solving a magical mystery, Marsh is only too happy to oblige. But in doing so, Marsh loses his heart, literally. In place of the flesh-and-blood organ is a clockwork device, a device that makes Marsh a kind of zombie. A plague of clockwork zombies is afflicting London, sowing panic and whispers of revolution. Now Elle must join forces with her husband’s old friend, the Nightwalker Loisa Beladodia, to track down Marsh’s heart and restore it to his chest before time runs out.
A young wife disappears in the night, never to be seen again. There is no evidence of kidnapping, in fact, everything indicates that she left on purpose. Her husband, a brilliant police detective, cannot believe this. Flynn Carroll’s lost love becomes his obsession. He begins amassing a file of similar cases nationwide. His conclusion is unavoidable: somebody is taking people and making it look like they walked out on their own. His work comes to the attention of Special Agent Diana Glass, a member of the most secret police unit on the planet. Without fully understanding what Glass and her team are doing, Flynn steps into a hidden world of extraordinary challenge and lethal danger. The job is the most difficult police assignment ever known to man: find the bad guys. Stop them.
Curtis, Japh, and Jool are film extras who survived being anonymous players in a “live-action” film in which getting killed on-screen meant getting killed for real. Surviving the shoot made them rich enough to escape the post-apocalyptic Hell that L.A. has become. Their survival was not what Panoply Studios’ CEO Val Margolian had in mind. Now he’s taking his revenge. The town of Sunrise, California is subjected to Margolian’s invidious plan to punish the entire town, and make a fortune doing it. Margolian has created toxic, murderous wasp-like mechanical creatures to set upon the people of Sunrise, while his film crew captures the carnage in the bloodiest “live-action” film yet. The former extras, and the townspeople must defeat the creatures and take back the town and their freedom.
Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt. To the west, another, wider conflagration looms. Napoleon has turned on his former ally, the emperor Alexander of Russia. It is there, outside the gates of Moscow, that a reunited Laurence and Temeraire, along with some unexpected allies and old friends, will face their ultimate challenge, and learn whether or not there are stronger ties than memory.
An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series. The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi. New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ. Combatting an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power. Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.
The legendary Merlin faces a moral dilemma when the powerful Uther Pendragon demands that he use his talents for evil. A talented healer, Merlin has traveled extensively, becoming a trusted advisor to rulers and kings the world over. But when Merlin finds his way back to Britain, he comes under the attention of the brutal war leader Uther Pendragon. Uther wants Merlin to use his powers for evil to help him conquer women and kingdoms alike, but when Merlin protests, the insatiable Uther threatens to eliminate anyone close to him, and thousands of lives are at risk. Merlin’s personal morality is challenged and he must decide whether sacrificing his sense of what is right for the good of an entire people is something he can bring himself to do.
With no heart and immunity to cancer, Alexei Drovosek represents the next evolution of human. Alexei was raised by the state and trained to be its most effective killer. Eventually the Russian Federal Security Service’s best assassin did the most dangerous thing of all: he went rogue and disappeared. Alexei has resurfaced in a secret compound on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Nearby is the soaring headquarters of Pearl Knight Industries, an international mega-corporation whose power is beyond the reach of the law. Alexei’s closest companions are his personal AI, Emma, and a group of orphans he has spent years training. As he moves each child into play in the world’s highest-stakes game of chess, Alexei fights for what matters most: democracy and freedom.
Supernaturally gifted Magnolia Kelch seems to have her surging powers under control. She arrives home to find a group of strangers in her beloved farmhouse, and that control is immediately put to the test. Magnolia learns that her “guests” are part of the Network, not from the task force headed by her mentor, Thirteen, but a second group, led by British agent Colin St. Pierre. Theo, a Network agent who shares an intimate connection with Magnolia, doesn’t trust Colin as a new commander. Magnolia finds herself in the middle of Network infighting, asking herself who among those closest to her truly has her best interests at heart. Intent on tracking down the source of Magnolia’s powers, a familiar enemy resurfaces with a plan that is far more sinister than the Network has ever seen.
The Boy Who Could See Demons: A Novel, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke, (August 13, Delacorte Press
I first met my demon the morning that Mum said Dad had gone. Alex Connolly is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen. When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter’s battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex’s mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn’t exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex’s claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons? (U.S. Release)
The Fallen 5: Armageddon (The Fallen #5), by Thomas E. Sniegoski, (August 13, Simon Pulse)
Only Aaron and his fellow Nephilim can protect the world from Satan’s wrath in this riveting finale to The Fallen series.
Satan is determined to create his own Hell on Earth and has unleashed unfathomable chaos into the world. Cut off from Heaven, humanity’s only hope for salvation rests with eighteen-year-old Aaron and the other Nephilim who fight by his side. These angelic warriors will protect civilization and restore God’s favor no matter the cost. But there can be only one champion, and defeat is eternal. The battle lines have been drawn. Armageddon is here.
The Last Kiss Goodbye: A Charlotte Stone Novel (Dr. Charlotte Stone #2), by Karen Robards, (August 13, Ballantine)
Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone has dedicated her career as a psychiatrist to exploring the darkest territory: the hearts and minds of serial killers. It’s a job she’s uniquely suited for. Charlie can see dead people. This gives Charlie the power to hunt down and catch madmen and murderers. Murder comes pounding at Charlie’s door in the form of a terrified young woman fleeing a homicidal maniac. Saving her life places Charlie in the cross-hairs of a sadistic predator nicknamed “the Gingerbread Man,”. Matching wits with this twisted opponent will require all of Charlie’s training and expert skills. With her favorite flesh-and-blood Fed, Tony Bartoli, watching her beautiful back, the Gingerbread Man’s horrifying grin might be the last thing Charlie ever sees.
The Raven, by Jeremy Bishop, (August 13, 47North)
A battle to the death with six-hundred-year-old zombie Vikings in the frozen far North was just the beginning. Undercover activist Jane Harper and father-and-son whalers Jakob and Willem Olavson thought they sent the walking corpses to their graves for good. Jane’s Nordic allies and a motley crew of mates are shoving off on a new monster-killing ship to take the battle to the insidious creatures before they take over the world. Even if Jane and her crew can conquer an army of the swimming dead, murderous and cunning zombie whales, they’ll still face a floating graveyard of ghost ships packed with the next wave of the ravenous undead, who are hungry to settle the score with the last hope of humankind.
Winds of Salem: A Witches of East End Novel (The Beauchamp Family #3), by Melissa de la Cruz, (August 13, Hyperion)
Freya Beauchamp has been kidnapped and sucked into the past, forced to relive the horrors of Salem and return to the witch-burning hysteria. Freya’s family is determined to save her, but the Passages of Time are closed to the Beauchamp family, leaving them stuck in the present, centuries from Freya. Joanna, Freddie, and Ingrid must find another way back to save Freya before it’s too late. When Freya is hanged, she’s not coming back, ever. The Beauchamps are sure that their nemesis, the trickster god Loki, is behind the brewing hatred in Salem and Freya’s kidnapping, but is the witch hunt just a way for the power-seeking Putnam family, whose daughter Ann was one of the first accusers, to settle scores and consolidate their hold on the lands and power in town?
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1), by April Genevieve Tucholke, (August 15, Dial)
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand. Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town, until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery, who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Charmed I’m Sure (Pax Arcana 0.5), by Elliott James, (August 15, Orbit)
This is the first in a series of short stories by debut author Elliott James. The first of his novels, Charming
, will be out in September 2013. When Tom Morris encounters a naked man walking along the interstate with no memory of how he got there, the smart thing to do is drive away. The only problem is, Tom Morris has secrets of his own. Like the fact that he comes from a long line of witch finders, monster slayers, and enchantment breakers, or that his real name is Charming. John Charming.
Demonosity, by Amanda Ashby, (August 15, Speak)
The Black Rose, a powerful ancient force, has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in. She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked
her. She finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy.
Texting the Underworld, by Ellen Booraem, (August 15, Dial)
Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O’Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is a harbinger of death, but she’s new and first she insists on going to middle school. Conor realizes he’s going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.
“Got your cell?”
“Yeah . . . . Don’t see what good it’ll do me.”
“I’ll text you if anything happens that you should know.”
“Text me? Javier, we’ll be in the afterlife.”
“You never know. Maybe they get a signal.”
The small print: Five entries possible: +1 for comment to tell me what book you want, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest, +1 for a Facebook like. This contest is international to any place Book Depository ships. Contests end at midnight CDT U.S. on Saturday, and winners will be announced on Sunday’s blog. It’s the responsibility of the winner to contact me with their mailing info. Books unclaimed after a month will go into a general giveaway pile.
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