I’m going to have some awesome editors guest blogging on Wednesday and Thursday about great summer reads (Esi Sogah from Avon and Rose Hilliard from St. Martin’s Press). Someone posed the question recently on Facebook “Where and when would you go if you could time travel?” My answer was that I didn’t so much want to travel in time as stop it so that I could catch up on all my work. I realized later that I was wrong. If I had the means to stop time, I’d probably use it to read some of the wonderful books on my TBR stack that I never seem to have the time to get to. So, what’s on my TBR pile? Well, it seems largely, though not entirely, one paranormal summer:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
From the back cover: "Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature. Seth Grahame-Smith once took a class in English Literature."
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
A 2008 YALSA Teen Top Pick. Vampires...need I say more?
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
"Night of the Living Dead meets Michael Crichton" - Joseph Finder, NYT bestselling author of Power Play
Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
See, I promised I'd buy a copy....or five. I'm looking forward to this! Especially because I think your protag here and mine from Vamped would get along famously.
Red Fire by Deidre Knight
"Deidre Knight has created a fascinating world of gods, demons, and immortal warriors. I can't wait for more!" - Angela Knight, NYT bestselling author
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
I seem to be on a Jane kick!
Finger-Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Huge fan of the series. Haven't missed one yet.
Let’s see, who am I missing? There are other books on my list I haven’t yet acquired but fully intend to: Bite Me by Melissa Francis, Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby, The Downhome Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair, Blue Diablo by Anne Aguirre. Really, the list goes on and on. In fact, if you check back later today, I may have added to it as things occur to me. What are y'all reading this summer? Any suggestions to add to my toppling stacks?
Of course, I can't forget the awesome summer releases from my authors! June titles are posted here. July and August are behind the cut, since LJ keeps telling me my post is too long. What, me, run off at the mouth about books?( Collapse )
Strange Brew edited by P.N. Elrod
Today’s hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!
In Charlaine Harris’ “Bacon,” a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In “Seeing Eye” by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher’s “Last Call,” wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.
For anyone who’s ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who’s imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!
The Calling by David Mack
HEAR THE CALLING.
No one would guess by looking at Tom Nash that he's extraordinary, and that's just fine with him. A tall, broad-shouldered jack-of-all-trades from Sawyer, Pennsylvania, Tom has a knack for fixing things. He also hides a secret talent: he hears people's prayers. Stranger still, he answers them. Maybe it's because he's a handyman, but Tom feels compelled to fix people's problems. Which is all well and good -- until the soul-shattering plea of a terrified girl sends him on the darkest journey of his life....
SEEK THE TRUTH.
Heeding the call and leaving his home for New York City, Tom discovers a secret world beyond the range of mortal perception -- a world of angels and demons and those who serve them. With the guidance of a knowing stranger named Erin, Tom learns that he himself is one of The Called, born with a divine purpose and a daunting task: to help the powers of Heaven in the war against the agents of Hell, an army of fallen angels known as the Scorned. Thrust into an epic battle of the sacred and the profane, Tom Nash must find the girl who prayed for his help -- because her fate will determine whether humanity deserves to be saved, or damned for all eternity....
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Start to an awesome new fantasy series! Want to learn more? Exclusive interview with the author is up today at Bitten By Books. There will be prizes!
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu
“Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton [and] Charlaine Harris…should try Liu now and catch a rising star.”
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Demon hunter Maxine Kiss, inked with living tattoos, is on a mission to rescue the man she loves from a bloodthirsty army. To save him, Maxine has only one choice: to lose control—and release her own powers of darkness.
Southern Peril by T. Lynn Ocean
Why is it so hard for Jersey Barnes to retire? When a state supreme judge calls in a favor, she tells herself (again) that this is her last case. She must investigate the judge’s brother, Morgan, and his newly-inherited business. When Jersey realizes the DEA is checking on Morgan, too, she finds herself in the middle of a twenty-year-old mystery and a drug ring investigation. Still checking up on her geriatric father and his trouble-making friends, negotiating the steamy friendship/relationship with her bartender Ox, and dodging the flirtacious sparks flying back and forth with the cute DEA agent, Jersey begins to wonder if retirement is ever in her future. On the heels of the lauded Southern Poison, readers will welcome another hilarious, suspenseful, and sun-soaked adventure from the unforgettable Jersey Barnes.
The Edge of Dawn by Patti O’Shea
According to Sherrilyn Kenyon,"Patti O'Shea is a voice and talent to be reckoned with." Her multiple award nominations and wins bear this out. THE EDGE OF DAWN follows IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR and IN TWILIGHT'S SHADOW in her Light Warriors series.
Wild Wolf by Karen Whiddon
The latest installment of Karen's immensely popular Pack series for Nocturne.
Cape Storm by Rachel Caine
Check the forecast for the series that’s “an addictive force of nature that will suck you in .” (News and Sentinel)
Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it—nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it...
Lion Heart by Doranna Durgin
Wonderful new addition to her Sentinels series for Nocturne.
The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu
Newest novel in Marjorie M. Liu's bestselling Dirk & Steele series of suspenseful paranormal romance.
A Most Lamentable Comedy by Janet Mullany
If you haven't already read THE RULES OF GENTILITY by Janet Mullany, you don't have to in order to read A MOST LAMENTABLE COMEDY. But seriously, why wouldn't you? To give you a taste, it opens "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman of fortune and passable good looks amuses herself in London with fashion, philanthropic works, and flirtation, until a suitable gentleman makes an offer. I consider the pursuit of the bonnets and a husband fairly alike - I do not want to acquire an item that will wear out, or bore me after a brief acquaintance, and we must suit each other very well."
Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain
This is the first in a wonderful new mystery series involving new mom and burgeoning detective Kate Connolly, who must battle diaper blowouts, breastfeeding mishaps and a murder in which her brother-in-law is either suspect or villain. Publishers Weekly calls this, “a charming debut thriller.”