>News and New Releases in August


Is it possible that July is already over? We only just said hello to Summer! July was such a wonderfully busy month – with giveaways, guest blogs, interviews and some great reviews…and we still have Italy Passport this week! So, what can you expect in August?

First, don’t forget! The Moning Maniac Challenge continues!

Haven’t signed up yet? Find out more Here.

C.S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries will be here for a Q&A and author Cassandra Clare of the young adult urban fantasy ‘Mortal Instruments’ Series and the soon to be released ‘Clockwork Angel’ will be here for a special feature and Paperback Proust!

August’s passport takes us Down Under to Australia!
We will have guest blogs and interviews with authors Kerry Greenwood, Lindy Cameron and Erica Hayes. A guest blog with “Strange Candy Reviews” and more….

Later in the month, we will be counting down to the release of the much anticipated third installment in the “Hunger Games” series – Mockingjay.
The Hunger GamesCatching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

August is a big month for anticipated new releases – with Mockingjay, the new Weather Warden book (Rachel Caine), and an Anthology with new Sookie Stackhouse story to name a few. Here are some of the new releases we’ve ben looking forward to. For more – follow the links at the end of this post!

August 3, 2010
Death’s Excellent Vacation
Edited by Toni L.P. Kelner


New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost-plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and more-send postcards from the edge of the paranormal world to fans who devoured Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns.

With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer-for immortals.

August 3, 2010
What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris
[Sebastian St. Cyr #5]


Fifth in the critically acclaimed mystery series. London 1812. When the controversial reform-minded Bishop of London is found bludgeoned to death in an ancient crypt beside the corpse of an unidentified man murdered decades before, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, reluctantly agrees to investigate. As his search for the killer leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall, Sebastian must confront the well-guarded secrets of his own family’s past-and a devastating truth that could ultimately force him to question who-and what-he really is.

August 3, 2010
Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine
[Weather Warden #9]


Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, her husband, the djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that destroys the magic that keeps the world alive. The poison is destabilizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic upon those who have never had it, and removing it form those who need it. It’s just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos-and doom.

August 3, 2010
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
[Woman of the Otherworld #11]


The orphaned daughter of a sorcerer and a half-demon, Savannah is a terrifyingly powerful young witch who has never been able to resist the chance to throw her magical weight around. But at 21 she knows she needs to grow up and prove to her guardians, Paige and Lucas, that she can be a responsible member of their supernatural detective agency. So she jumps at the chance to fly solo, investigating the mysterious deaths of three young women in a nearby factory town as a favour to one of the agency’s associates. At first glance, the murders look garden-variety human, but on closer inspection signs point to otherworldly stakes.

Soon Savannah is in over her head. She’s run off the road and nearly killed, haunted by a mystery stalker, and freaked out when the brother of one of the dead women is murdered when he tries to investigate the crime. To complicate things, something weird is happening to her powers. Pitted against shamans, demons, a voodoo-inflected cult and garden-variety goons, Savannah has to fight to ensure her first case isn’t her last. And she also has to ask for help, perhaps the hardest lesson she’s ever had to learn.

Read Mona’s review Here.

August 17, 2010
Crossfire by Dick Francis, Felix Francis


Captain Thomas Forsyth’s tour of duty in Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he’s badly wounded by a roadside bomb. His world is torn apart by the injury; the army is his life. Six months of leave to recuperate is a daunting prospect—but not as bleak as the probability of never rejoining his regiment.

Tom returns to his childhood home in Lambourn, where his mother is a racehorse trainer and the “First Lady” of racing. Never having seen eye-to-eye with her, Tom doesn’t expect a hero’s welcome—but even he’s not prepared for the reception that awaits him.

When his mother’s prize horse finishes a vastly disappointing last in a race he should have won, Tom discovers that the training business is on the edge, and facing a threat far more dangerous than a run of bad form. Tom finds himself on a very different, but just as deadly, battlefield, where again his military skills are tested. . . . Kill or be killed?

August 24, 2010
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
[Hunger Games #3]


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

August 24, 2010
The Curse of the Deadman’s Forest by Victoria Laurie
[Oracles of Delphi Keep 2]


The Curse of Deadman’s Forest is the second book in the Oracles of Delphi Keep—a series with all the timeless charm of classics like the Chronicles of Narnia and all the action-packed adventure of a modern middle-grade blockbuster.

Since Ian Wigby and his sister, Theodosia, found the silver treasure box and the prophecy within it, their world has changed. There’s no denying what they discovered in Morocco: a powerful evil is budding, and to defeat it, and save the world from darkness, six uniquely gifted children must be gathered.

According to prophecy, a trip through the magical portal near the castle will bring them to the third Oracle–a child with extraordinary powers to heal. But the very same prophecy foretells Ian’s death should he venture through the portal again.

Everyone agrees: to risk Ian’s life is too great a gamble. But when a terrible curse enters the keep, it becomes clear that there is no other choice.

If Ian and Theo stay in Dover, all will surely be lost, but to follow the prophecy, they will risk their lives and everything they have ever held dear.

According to prophecy, a trip through the magical portal near the castle will bring them to the third Oracle—a child with extraordinary powers to heal. But the very same prophecy foretells Ian’s death should he venture through the portal again.

Everyone agrees: to risk Ian’s life is too great a gamble. But when a terrible curse enters the keep, it becomes clear that there is no other choice.

See full synopsis Here.

August 31, 2010
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
[Infernal Devices #1]


Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

August 31, 2010
Truthseeker by C.E.Murphy
[Worldwalker Duology #1]


Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What’s more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help solve his brother’s murder, of which Dafydd himself is the only suspect.

Acting against her practical nature, Lara agrees to step through a window into another world. Caught between bitterly opposed Seelie forces and Dafydd’s secrets, which are as perilous as he is irresistible, Lara finds that her abilities are increasing in unexpected and uncontrollable ways. With the fate of two worlds at stake and a malevolent entity wielding the darkest of magic, Lara and Dafydd will risk everything on a love that may be their salvation—or the most treacherous illusion of all.

Looking for more August releases? Check out these websites:
Danna at Cozy Mystery
Rachel at Parajunkee’s View has Young Adult and Adult
Mark at Walker of Worlds (SciFi & Fantasy)
(Abagail, Rachel and Mark’s New Releases are posted on the 1st.)

So, what books are you looking forward to in August? Share and comment!

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