Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Upcoming Releases - July 12 - 18

Damaged (Maggie O'Dell, Book 8)
by Alex Kava
Release Date: July 13, 2010

On Pensacola Beach, the coast guard prepares for a Category 5 hurricane that has entered the Gulf of Mexico.  When the air crew patrols the waterways, they spot a huge fishing cooler about a mile offshore.  Drug traffickers have been known to dump coolers with smuggled product to avoid detection and pay fishermen to retrieve them.  But when the crew open this cooler, they're shocked by what they find; body parts tightly wrapped in plastic.

Though she is putting herself in the projected path of a hurricane, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell is sent to investigate.  Eventually, she's able to trace the body in the cooler back to a man who mysteriously disappeared weeks earliers after a hurricane hit Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Only Port St. Lucie is on the Atlantic side.  How did his body end up six hundred miles away in the Gulf of Mexico?

The Prophecy (Payne and Jones, Book 5)
by Chris Kuzneski
Release Date: July 13, 2010
(trade paperback edition)

When the prophetic writings of sixteenth-century visionary Nostradamus begin to ring alarmingly true, Payne and Jones find themselves in a life-or-death race across the world to stop those who would use the seer's predictions for their own purposes.

by Tricia Rayburn
Release Date: July 13, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything, but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through everything.  That is until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

After discovering that Justine never applied to colleges, and that she was in a secret relationship with Caleb Carmichael, who has also been missing since Justine's death, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor to seek some answers.

by Cyn Balog
Release Date: July 13, 2010

The delightful story of a Sandman who falls in love with his human charge.

by Steve Augarde
Release Date: July 13, 2010

Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, an island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what's left of the mainland.  Only young boys are in with a chance, the smaller and lighter the better.  Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry from paradise.  Ruled by Kido, a dangerous, religious fanatic, it's a violent, unpredictable place where terrible things can happen at any moment.  Beaten, bullied and in constant fear of Kido's explosive temper, the boys dream of life on the island without their captors.  Together with Gene, the island's genius mechanic, Baz and Ray come up with an ambitious plan.  A plan that will blow Kido and his men right out of the water. 

The Grimm Legacy
by Polly Shulman
Release Date: July 13, 2010

Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library - a lending library of objects, not books.  In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection.  That's where librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White's stepmother's sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime - or captured by the thief. 

To Defy a King
by Elizabeth Chadwick
Release Date: July 14, 2010

The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal's life changes dramatically when her father is suspected by King John.  Her brothers become hostages and she is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk.  Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak.  When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heartbreaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome...

A Better Quality of Murder (Lizzie Martin, Book 3)
by Ann Granger
Release Date: July 14, 2010

As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks home one Saturday night, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast.  By the time it has lifted the next morning, a woman lies murdered in Green Park.  Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer in Piccadilly.  But what had she been doing in London that afternoon, and why had she been selling her brooch in the Burlington Arcade just hours before her death?  As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie - with the help of their maid Bessie - looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...

By Midnight: A Ravenwood Novel
by Mia James
Release Date: July 15, 2010

April Dunne is not impressed.  She's had to move to London, start a new school, and live in a creepy old house.  Revenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted students.  It's intimidating and isolating, even when she manages to find a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps find something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift.  But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye.  Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from...something...in the Highgate Cemetary, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on...and whether or not she's going to live through it...

Shadow's Son (Shadow, Book 1)
by Jon Sprunk
Release Date: July 15, 2010

Caim makes his living on the edge of a blade, but when a routine job goes south, he is thrust in the middle of an insidious plot.  Pitted against crooked lawmen, rival killers, and sorcery from the Other side, his only allies are Josephine, the socialite daughter of his last victim, and Kit, a guardian spirit no one else can see.  But in this fight for his life, Caim only trusts his knives and his instincts, but they won't be enough when his quest for justice leads him from Othir's hazardous back alleys to its shining corridors of power.  To unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the empire, he must claim his birthright as Shadow's Son...


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