Enjoy the dog days of summer with any of these new and and exciting July releases.
Mackenzie (Ace, July 2011, $7.99, Shades of Fury) When the bodies of cat
shape-shifters start piling up in Boston’s magical underbelly, Chief Magical
Investigator Marissa Holloway finds one common thread that ties the victims
together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Marissa’s
lover Scott Murphy once enjoyed a one-night stand with Harper, the Fury has
twice the incentive to crack the case wide open before the killer’s green-eyed
gaze turns in Scott’s direction.
THE WOODS, Chris Marie
Green (Ace, July 2011, $7.99, Vampire Babylon, Book Six) Dawn Madison has
captured the master of the London Underground, but now must face her followers-
a vicious pack of undead teenage girls who put the vamps in Los Angeles to shame.
MOON, Lee Roland
(Signet, July 2011, $6.99, Dark Huntress) A dark, sexy debut set in a small
Missouri town where evil waits at the end of every alley. Cassandra Archer is
the huntress. She has faithfully served the earth Mother for years, rescuing
kidnapped children from monsters- both human and supernatural- dwelling in the
ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar
circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Now
Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the
Price (ROC, July 2011, $7.99, Alex Craft) After a month of down time, Grave
Witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead.
With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But
when her new case forces her to overuse her magic, it might be the last mystery
the Grave Witch ever gets to solve.
Holmes (Bantam, July 2011, $7.99, Alexandra Sabian) Alex allowed a case
involving murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal
Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but
has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik
Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a
missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex, and his
mysterious past is on a collision course with his present. When Alex and Varik
discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see
how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made
Alex the object of his horrific desire.
BY THE OTHERS, Jess
Haines (Zebra, July 2011, $6.99) Jess Haines’ acclaimed H&W Investigations
urban fantasy series featuring P.I. Shiarra Waynest continues when a vacation
with a werewolf pack turns into a hellish nightmare for the entire group in the
remote Catskill Mountains. Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz is
somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is ready to get serious.
That means meeting family- or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack
along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills. Soon after they
arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then, their cabin is
ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of teenaged
werewolves or something more sinister. As rumors about her vampire connections
arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other, potentially fatal
AN URBAN PANTHER, Amanda Arista (Avon, July
2011 in ebook $3.99/ August $7.99) By now you may know that Violet Jordan is
hardly a normal girl. Last night she woke up naked in an alley after fighting
off some werewolves. All in a day's work. Violet thought she was dealing pretty
well with the whole were-panther thing: the training, the apocalyptic
prophecies. And the hot guy following her around, protecting her at every turn,
is definitely a bonus. Violet is even starting to become accustomed to the
bloodshed and the violence- and that's what scares her. What will tomorrow bring.
HEART LOA, Adrian
Phoenix (Pocket, July 2011, $7.99) Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice
with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo
bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for
her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that
someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become
as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the
Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous
vulnerable. Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing
randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself.
To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie
steps into the jaws of danger.
THE MOON, Jenn
Bennett (Pocket, July 2011, $7.99, Arcadia Bell) Meet Arcadia Bell:
bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. Being the spawn of two
infamous occultists isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell
knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven
years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the
demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge. But she receives an ultimatum when
unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove
their innocence or surrender herself. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic
demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of
priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of
conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a
ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside
the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice
her own life.
BIG TROUBLE, Carrie
Vaughn (TOR, July 2011, $7.99) In this ninth installment in the New York
Times bestselling urban fantasy series, Kitty Norville is back and in more
trouble than ever. Her recent run- in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors
of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been
covertly using werewolves in combat. She’s got her suspicions and an interview
with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter. Her
investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the
ysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia. That, plus a call
for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and
her friends on the supernatural chessboard, and turns them into pieces in
dangerously active play.
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