Release Day: HAUNTED; DEVIL SAID BANG and more!

DEATH WARMED OVER
Kevin J. Anderson
Cover Copy: Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.
Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?
For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does ***everybody*** [delete: the media] have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance.
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SEVEN WONDERS
Adam Christopher
Cover Copy: Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura — a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.

When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…
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GHOST OF A DREAM
Simon R. Green
Cover Copy: Meet the Carnacki Institute’s operatives—JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses…

The Ghost Finders are investigating a haunting at the long-abandoned Haybarn Theater, which is being renovated. But work has been thrown off-schedule by the some peculiar and unnatural activities. And after the potentially world-altering recent events of their previous assignment, the team thinks that a haunted theater (aren’t they all?) will be a walk in the park.

Until they encounter the Phantom of the Haybarn—an ancient evil whose ability to alter reality itself will test the skills, science, and blind luck of the Ghost Finders to the limit.
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DEVIL SAID BANG
Richard Kadrey
Cover Copy: Getting out of hell is just the beginning

What do you do after you’ve escaped Hell, gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?

Well, if you’re James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it . . . again. Plus there’s the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.

And it’s not like being in L.A. is any better–a serial-killer ghost is running wild and Stark’s angelic alter ego is hiding among the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality. Starting to care for people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer.
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SOUL TRADE
Caitlin Kittridge
Cover CopyThe crow-mage Jack Winter returns —to crash a secret gathering of ghost hunters, soul stealers, and other uninvited guests, both dead and alive… Normally, Pete Caldecott stays far away from magical secret societies. But ever since her partner and boyfriend Jack Winter stopped a primordial demon from ripping into our world, every ghost, demon, and mage in London has been wide awake—and hungry.  And the magical society in question needs their help putting things right.

It all begins with an invitation.  Five pale figures surround Pete in the cemetery to “cordially” invite her to a gathering of the Prometheus Club. Pete’s never heard of them, but Jack has—and he’s not thrilled about it. Especially the part that says, “Attend or die.” The Prometheans wouldn’t come to London unless something big’s about to go down. So Pete and Jack decide to play it safe and make nice with the club—even if that means facing down an army of demons in the process.  But now that they’ve joined the group, they’re about to discover that membership comes at a cost…and has apocalyptic consequences.
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HAUNTED
Jeanne Stein
Cover Copy: Anna Strong—kick-ass bounty hunter and vampire—has made some enemies in her time. But it’s not just her old foes she should be worried about… 

Anna’s shape-shifting friend Culebra finally opens up to her about his life before he owned Beso de la Muerte, a bar catering to supernatural clientele. As if summoned by the conversation, Culebra’s past stumbles into his bar in the form of an old buddy cashing in a favor.

Soon Anna, Culebra and her ex, DEA agent Max, find themselves deep in Mexico, dealing with drug cartel infighting, old vendettas and missing girls. Mexico just may prove to be Anna’s best match yet…
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New Releases for August

2 – STEPHENIE MEYER – Breaking Dawn (hardcover) (YA)
Breaking Dawn, the final book in the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away. [Amazon link]

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5 – RACHEL CAINE – Gale Force (Weather Warden, book 7) (pb)
Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is on vacation when her Djinn lover, David, asks Joanne to marry him. She’s thrilled to say yes, even if some others may be less than happy about it.

Unfortunately, Joanne’s pre-marital bliss is ended by a devastating earthquake in Florida. And she can’t ask David and his kind for assistance. Because the cause of the quake is unlike anything Joanne has ever encountered—and a power even the Djinn cannot perceive. [Amazon link]

5 – JACKIE KESSLER – Hotter Than Hell (Hell on Earth series, book 3)
The incubus Daunuan loves his job: seduce a lot of mortals, bring their souls to Hell, party at the best interdimensional pub this side of the Astral Plane. But when the King of Lust makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Daun has to give up all the tricks of his trade to properly befriend—and bed—Virginia Reed, a woman who’s meant for Heaven.

If he can get her to love him for the incubus he really is, and if he can avoid the rogue demons that are hell-bent on destroying him for reasons unknown, Daun will become the First Principal of Lust, second in line to the King. But Daun learns that love is more than a four-letter word, and that maybe, just maybe, demons really do have feelings after all… [Amazon link]

5 – RICHELLE MEAD – Storm Born (Dark Swan, book 1) (pb)
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy–one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her… [Amazon link]

5 – KAT RICHARDSON – Underground (Greywalker, book 3) (hardcover)
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker—walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.

Pioneer Square’s homeless are turning up dead and mutilated, and zombies have been seen roaming the underground—the city buried beneath modern Seattle. When Harper’s friend Quinton believes he may be implicated in the deaths, he persuades her to investigate. But the killer is no mere murderer—it is a creature of ancient legend. And Harper must deal with both the living and the dead to stop the monster and its master…unless they stop her first. [Amazon link]

5 – Anthology – SUSAN SIZEMORE, ERIN McCARTHY, CHRIS MARIE GREEN, MELJEAN BROOK – First Blood (pb) (PR)
You never forget your first blood…Susan Sizemore returns to the universe of her Laws of the Blood novels with a sizzling story of the relationship between a vampire enforcer and a werewolf.

Erin McCarthy’s Sasha Checkikov flees the bright lights and dangerous slayers of Vegas for New Orleans, where she is saved by a vampire haunted by his past—and hungry for passion.

Set in the Vampire Babylon world, Chris Marie Green’s story puts the bond between twin female vampires to the test when one of them falls for her prey.

Meljean Brook’s vampire Annie Gallagher needs help to save a young human girl, but she doesn’t expect the help to come from the FBI agent she loved—and had to give up— when she was transformed.
[Amazon link]

12 – JENNIFER RARDIN – Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks, book 4) (pb)
Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking up its splendor, I’m here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust. Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward “The Raptor”Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA’s number one assassin who also happens to be my boss.

The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl’s former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust’s new leader has her own plans.

This job is going to be the death of me. [Amazon link]

26 – ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE – Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Good vs Evil) (hardcover) (YA)
MAGGIE QUINN IS determined to make her mark as a journalist. The only problem? The Ranger Report does not take freshmen on staff.

Rules are rules. But when has that ever stopped Maggie?

After facing hellfire, infiltrating sorority rush should be easy. It’s no Woodward and Bernstein, but going undercover as the Phantom Pledge will allow her to write her exposé. Then she can make a stealth exit before initiation. But when she finds a group of girls who are after way more than “sisterhood,” all her instincts say there’s something rotten on Greek Row. And when Hell Week rolls around, there may be no turning back.

If there is such a thing as a sorority from hell, you can bet that Maggie Quinn will be the one to stumble into it. [Amazon link]

26 – CAITLIN KITTREDGE – Pure Blood (Nocturne City series, book 2) (mmpb)
In the shadows of Nocturne City, witches lurk and demons prowl, and homicide detective Luna Wilder must keep the peace—while living life as a werewolf. Now bodies are turning up all over town, the brutal murders linked by a cryptic message: We see with empty eyes…

To make matters worse for Luna, she can’t get wolfishly handsome Dmitri Sandovsky out of her mind. The last time he helped her with a case, Dmitri suffered a demon bite that infected him with a mysterious illness…and now his pack elders have forbidden him from associating with Luna. But she’ll need his help when high-level witches start turning up slaughtered. Because a war is brewing between rival clans of blood witches and caster witches—a magical gang war with the power to burn Nocturne City to the ground. [Amazon link]

26 – LILITH SAINTCROW – Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, book 2) (mmpb)
Another night on the Nightside…An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead–again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you’re Jill Kismet, you don’t have a prayer… [Amazon link]

HBO’s True Blood Series Casting News and More!

BOOK REVIEWS
Kimberly reviews the Weddings from Hell Anthology with stories by

  • Maggie Shayne
  • Jeaniene Frost
  • Terri Garey
  • Kathryn Smith

Kimberly also reviews Spectre by Phaedra Weldon and Night Child by Jes Battis.
Literary Escapism reviews The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur.
Sacred Monsters reviews Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, The Anna Strong Vampire Series by Jeanne Stein, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo, Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge, The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson and Dog Days by John Levitt.
Antick Musings reviews Small Favor by Jim Butcher.
The Book Girl reviews Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Dear Author and Thrifty Reader review From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.
Love Vampires reviews Embrace the Night by Karen Chance.
CheriPie’s Books reviews The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo.

INTERVIEWS
Darque Reviews interviews Jeri Smith-Ready.
Jeri Smith-Ready and Wyrdsmiths interview Tate Hallway.
Jackie Kessler as Jezebel interviews Charlaine Harris as Sookie Stackhouse over at Cat and Muse.

TELEVISION NEWS
From Literary Escapism:

Nothing is officially confirmed, but according to one of my groups, Kristin Bauer has been cast to play Pam in the HBO series True Blood. Bauer has been around for awhile, guest starring in a number of television shows such as: Crossing Jordan, Bones, CSI, and Boston Legal to name a few.

Again, nothing confirmed, but my source is saying True Blood will air on HBO September 6th.

CONTESTS
The League of Reluctant Adults is having a contest to celebrate their new additions! They are giving away lots of books and swag. All you have to do is identify whose picture is missing from their new header! Contest runs through Monday, May 12.

Rachel Vincent is giving away a signed copy of Jeri Smith-Ready’s Wicked Game along with some Godiva Chocolate to one lucky commenter. The giveaway ends on Thursday, May 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Wednesday Briefs

Shaunie is giving away a copy of the anthology On the Prowl.
Michael Brotherton interviews Tate Hallaway (and reveals her other name).
MediaBlvd interviews Caitlin Kittridge (and all but dissects her writing process).
Ekaterina Sedia talks to SciFi.com about the anthology Paper Cities.
Karen Chance blogs at the Penguin blog about cross-genre writing.
Heather Graham guest blogs at Romantic Times Book Reviews.