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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This Week on the NYT Bestsellers Lists

HARDCOVER FICTION
8. ODD HOURS by Dean R. Koontz.
Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, confronts evil forces in a California coastal town.

12. BLOOD NOIR by Laurell K. Hamilton.
The vampire hunter Anita Blake is involved in a scandal that threatens the master vampire Jean-Claude’s power.

PAPERBACK MASS MARKET
2. LOVER ENSHRINED by J. R. Ward.
A vampire warrior must decide between duty and love; Book 6 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

14. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Christine Warren.
A woman gets in touch with her were-lion side; an Others supernatural romance.

23. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC by Simon R. Green (Roc)

Mutants in NYC and Werewolves in Oregon

Author News
Marjorie M Liu will soon be writing the Marvel Comic series about mutant teens in NYC. NYX, will re-launch in August with a 6-issue story arc that picks up years later from where the original left off.  (via Dear Author)

“Simon Green’s NIGHTSIDE #10, the continuing adventures of John Taylor, the PI with a gift for finding things, in an alternate London full of supernatural weirdness and strange mysteries which only Taylor can solve, to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in January 2010, 2011, 2012, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).” (also from Dear Author)

Gaming News
Geeks in Oregon are getting together to play an interactive game that is neither poker nor Dungeons & Dragons. It’s called Werewolf, and it requires the ability to both read poker faces and suspend disbelief. Players are either werewolves or villagers. It’s figuring out who’s who that will determine the winner. Read more about it in The Oregonian.

Free Reads
Christine has reviewed Stephenie Meyer’s The Host and is giving away a brand-new, hardcover copy. Get your entry in before Sunday.

Romantic Times 2007 Best Urban Fantasy Nominees

Reviewers’ Choice Awards: “Reviewers’ Choice Awards honor the best books of the year. The winners and nominees are selected by our staff of over 50 reviewers representing the readers’ voice in the women’s fiction industry.”

The nominees for Romantic Times 2007 Best Urban Fantasy novel are: (Tell us in the comments who you would vote for.)

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

White Night by Jim Butcher

No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong

Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

The Devil Inside by Jenna Black

Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist:

Rachel Morgan – For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

Kitty Norville – Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn

Sookie Stackhouse – All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

Jaz Parks – Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

Dante Valentine – Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow

Career Achievement Award Nominees:

Keri Arthur

Simon R. Green

Jim Butcher

Charlaine Harris