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Giveaway time! I’m at the What I’m Talking About blog with Jen, aka Twimom, today as part of the Summer Reading Celebration, with how the Sentinels universe will be expanded in Elysian Fields, so hop on over when you finish here and leave a comment and enter the giveaway. If you already have one of the books, never fear–there’s a swag bag at stake that will have some surprises!
Also, I’m at Tynga’s Reviews today as Susannah, talking about things like my greatest temptation and my most treasured keepsake. Oh yeah, and how Storm Force came to be.
Thanks to Sharon Drane, a terrific writer herself, for her review of the Sentinels series! Hop over and show some love if you get a chance.
And finally, thanks to Faerie Tale Books for the awesome Storm Force review today! I hope you’ll go over and comment if you have a chance.
Now…After last week with two “New Releases” posts, we, and our book budget, could probably use a break. Only thirteen on the list this week, but still some interesting titles. I keep hearing great things about the Lou Morgan Blood and Feathers series–anyone read the first one? I also need to read Darynda Jones’ series but haven’t found the time yet.
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.
Blood and Feathers: Rebellion (Blood and Feathers #2), by Lou Morgan, (July 9, Solaris)
“This is a war. The war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You’re in this, just like the rest of us, to the end.” Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets. And they’re winning. As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice, barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over, once again finds herself in the eye of the storm. But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high. And what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it? The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell breaks loose.
Fiend: A Novel, by Peter Stenson, (July 9, Crown)
When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he’s not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived. Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves. Maybe the end of the world is an opportunity.
Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins. But is salvation just another pipe dream?
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5), by Darynda Jones, (July 9, St. Martin’s Press)
Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. When dead women start appearing in her apartment, lost, confused and terrified beyond reason, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help, especially when it becomes apparent that her sister Gemma is the serial killer’s next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who’s responsible. He is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. He wants something in return: Charley. To keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.
Half Lives, by Sara Grant, (July 9, Little, Brown Books)
Seventeen-year-old Icie’s parents have given her $10,000 in cash, a map of a top-secret bunker, and instructions to get there by any means necessary. They have news of an imminent viral attack and know that the bunker is Icie’s only hope for survival. Along with three other teens, she lives locked away for months, not knowing what’s happening in the outside world or who has survived. And are they safe in the bunker after all? Generations in the future, a mysterious cult worships the very mountain where Icie’s secret bunker was built. They never leave the mountain, they’re ruled by a teenager, and they have surprising ties to Icie.
Rules for Ghosting, by A.J. Paquette, (July 9, Walker Children’s)
Twelve-year-old Dahlia has always lived at Silverton Manor, having spent fifty years as its resident ghost. When Oliver Day and his family show up as house-sitters the day Mrs. Tibbs, a Liberator sent by the Spectral Investigative Council, arrives to teach Dahlia the proper rules for ghosting, Dahlia can’t wait to make new friends. But the unscrupulous ghost hunter, Rank Wiley, and the crooked town councilman, Jock Rutabartle, plan to rid Silverton Manor of its ghosts and sell it to the highest bidder. With her home and friendships at stake Dahlia may have to break the rules of ghosting as quickly as she learns them to solve the mystery of her death and save the manor.
Shadow of the Mark (Carrier #2), by Leigh Fallon, (July 9, Harper Teen)
A captivating love story set against the lush backdrop of Ireland. Megan knew she was destined to be with Adam from the first moment she saw him and now they are determined to be together. But Megan and Adam are Marked Ones, and a romance between two Marked Ones is strictly forbidden, and could cause worldwide devastation.
The Best of Connie Willis: Award Winning Stories, by Connie Willis, (July 9, Del Rey)
From a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson; from a madcap convention of bumbling quantum physicists in Hollywood to a London whose Underground has become a storehouse of intangible memories both foul and fair, here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story, plus a special look at three of Willis’s unique public speeches, this is the collection of the season, a book that every Connie Willis fan will treasure, and, to those unfamiliar with her work, the perfect introduction to one of the most accomplished and best-loved writers of our time.
The Executioner’s Heart (Newbury and Hobbes #4), by George Mann, (July 9, Tor)
It’s normal for Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, to be called to the scene of a crime, but this is the third murder in quick succession where the victim’s chest has been cracked open and their heart torn out. Bainbridge suspects there’s a symbolic reason for the stolen hearts, so he sends for supernatural specialist Sir Maurice Newbury and his determined assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes. Veronica has been hunting for some way to alleviate the mysterious forces that have been hounding her family of late, and Newbury has been retained by a private client. However, the two detectives pull together long enough to determine that the killings may be the work of a mercenary known as the Executioner.
The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous #2), by Kate Griffin, (July 9, Orbit)
Sharon Li: apprentice shaman and community support officer for the magically inclined.
It wasn’t the career Sharon had in mind, but she’s getting used to running Magicals Anonymous and learning how to Be One With The City. When the Midnight Mayor goes missing, leaving only a suspiciously innocent-looking umbrella behind him, Sharon finds herself promoted. Her first task: find the Midnight Mayor. The only clues she has are a city dryad’s cryptic message of doom and several pairs of abandoned shoes. Suddenly, Sharon’s job feels a whole lot harder.
Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men, including Kingdom Brunel,has received guidance from the Afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. On the eve of an alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted-including Brunel. The government turns to the Afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly-knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton. Appointed the king’s agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of Abdu El Yezdi’s silence. But the Beast has been summoned.
The Sentinel, by Jeremy Bishop, (July 9, 47North)
In the frigid waters off the Arctic Ocean, the anti-whaling ship, The Sentinel, and her crew face off against a harpoon ship in search of Humpback whales. When the two ships collide and a suspicious explosion sends both ships to the bottom, the crews take refuge on what they think is a peninsula attached to the mainland, but is actually an island recently freed from a glacial ice bridge. The two opposing crews scour the island. They find a stone totem warning of horrible creatures buried in the island’s caves. Facing violent, frigid storms, a hungry polar bear and the possibility that they are stranded, Jane Harper leads the two crews, who must work together to defend themselves against an ancient evil upon which the modern stories of both zombies and vampires are based.
Zom-B Angels (Zom-B #4), by Darren Shan, (July 9, Little, Brown Books)
After spending the last few months wandering around London, a city filled with the dead, B Smith has given up hope for any sign of normal human existence. But then B finds strange signs all over the city, a “Z” plus red arrows. Following them, B finds The Angels, a group gathered in the hopes of combating the evil dead and the forces that introduced them. But all is not as it seems and it’s up to B to find out: what battle are they truly waging?
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 follow. 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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