Sep 2, 2010

New Vampire Releases for August 2010

There are lots of terrific books to choose from this August. Treats for vampire lovers of all ages.

Almost to Die For: A Vampire Princess Novel (Vampire Princess of St. Paul)
by Tate Hallaway
NAL Trade (August 3, 2010)

From the publisher: Twilight meets The Princess Diaries in the new series from the author of Honeymoon of the Dead

On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called  deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her  rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch's  blood running through her veins-from her mother's side.

Too  bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana's parents are  at each other's throats over her future. It's up to Ana to make a  choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a  girl who just wants to get through high school.

Born to Bite: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampires)
by Lynsay Sands
Avon (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher:

Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom . . .

But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely  ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe  d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring  rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood  race red hot.

Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe  roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She  claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something  more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well,  undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange  accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand  realizes he may not have much time to prove he's a lover, not a slayer.

Stop by on Monday for Lynsay Sands Day!  We'll give away a copy of Born To Bite!

Burning Up (Berkley Sensation)
by Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra, Meljean Brook
Berkley (August 3, 2010)

From the publisher: Bring these four authors together and it's sure to ignite a spark...

Angela Knight pairs a vampire warrior and his seductive captor in a battle against demonic predators.

Nalini Singh returns to the world of her Psy-Changeling series as a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector-and lover.

Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in her story of a wounded soldier rescued by an enigmatic young woman.

Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series about a woman who strikes a provocative-and terrifying-bargain for freedom.

Chosen (Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 6)
by Jeanne C. Stein
Ace (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: Anna Strong's primitive vampire instincts are getting harder to control.  And a new enemy wants to take advantage of that fact, for Anna has been  chosen to shape the destiny of all vampires-and all humans.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: 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.

Dark Peril (Carpathian)
by Christine Feehan
Berkley Hardcover (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: A new Carpathian novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Dominic of the Dragonseeker Carpathians is on a desperate mission, in  the very heart of enemy territory. Solange Sangria is one of the last of  the jaguar people. She has long been fighting to save women who are  able to shift from the hands of the man who slaughtered her family and  everyone she loved-her own father. They are two warriors who have lived  their lives alone. Now, a the end of their time, they find each other, a  complication neither saw coming.     

Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker
by Syrle James
Avon,  August 2010


Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective--as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the  deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband,  Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a  charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has  awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before  known, which remake her as a woman.

Although everyone she  knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him  that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full  advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a  man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Soon, they  are connected in a way she never thought humanly possible.

Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her  life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she  must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and unique,  sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this ... Dracula!

Death's Excellent Vacation
Charlaine Harris (Editor)
Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)

From the publisher: The editors of Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns deliver a new collection-including a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story.

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.

Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 8)
by Kresley Cole
Pocket (August 24, 2010)

From the publisher: From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this  scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the  vulnerable young witch he vows to protect—even from himself.

Malkom  Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers,  he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

Carrow  Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or  prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

In  order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon  and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people  feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

Dick and Jane and Vampires
Laura Marchesani (Author), Tommy Hunt (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap (August 26, 2010)

From the publisher: When innocent Dick and Jane meet a creepy, cape-wearing vampire, the unexpected happens: he becomes their friend! Dick and Jane and Vampires  borrows from the classic stories and art we all know and love, but adds  an of-the-moment twist: a vampire, illustrated in the classic Dick and Jane style.       

by Karen Essex
Doubleday; 1st edition (August 10, 2010)

From the publisher: In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen  Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic,  and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From  the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept  Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts  the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the  Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them  through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening  preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale  is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms,  mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets  and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a  mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally  make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 

Bram  Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had  no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for  the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism  itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more  sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could  have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.

Emma and the Vampires (Jane Austen Undead 1)
by Wayne Josephson
Sourcebooks Landmark (August 1, 2010)

From the publisher: What better place than pale England to hide a secret society of gentlemen vampires?

In this hilarious retelling of Jane Austen's Emma,  screenwriter Wayne Josephson casts Mr. Knightley as one of the most  handsome and noble of the gentlemen village vampires. Blithely unaware  of their presence, Emma, who imagines she has a special gift for  matchmaking, attempts to arrange the affairs of her social circle with  delightfully disastrous results. But when her dear friend Harriet Smith  declares her love for Mr. Knightley, Emma realizes she's the one who  wants to stay up all night with him. Fortunately, Mr. Knightley has been  hiding a secret deep within his unbeating heart-his (literal) undying  love for her... A brilliant mash-up of Jane Austen and the undead.

Fangs: The Vampire Archives, Volume 2 (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)by Otto Penzler
(Mass Market Paperback - Aug 31, 2010)

From the publisher: The second immortal volume in this dark and fantastic series, Fangs is a  scintillating and sinister collection of vampire stories and part of  the now legendary Vampire Archives. Including Clive Barker, Anne Rice,  Arthur Conan Doyle, and Many Many More. . .

Featuring: bloody fangs; dark and foreboding crypts; mysterious nighttime apparitions; languid ladies


Infinite Days (Vampire Queen) 
by Rebecca Maizel
St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)

From the publisher: "Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than one."

Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.

Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust. I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode. But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.

I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me..."

Kiss of the Rose: The Tudor Vampire Chronicles
Kate Pearce (Author)
Signet (August 3, 2010)

From the publisher: First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the crown, Henry Tudor  made a pact with the Druids binding him and his heirs to the Druids'  struggle against vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, a vampire-  slaying family, have been in the king's employ. Now Henry VIII reigns,  and his father's bargain has been almost forgotten-until bloodless  corpses turn up in the king's bedchamber. To save the king, Vampire  hunter Rosalind Llewellyn must form an uneasy alliance with Druid slayer  Sir Christopher Ellis. But soon, Rosalind must face an unthinkable  truth: that her sworn enemy may be her soulmate...

Kisses from Hell
by Kristin Cast, Richelle Mead, Kelley Armstrong, and Alyson Noel
HarperTeen (August 24, 2010)

From the publisher:

Truly, Madly, Undead-ly

This irresistible collection features stories of love amid vampires by five of today's hottest authors—Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Alyson Noel (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead)

From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the  group bent on destroying her to the legendary romance of two immortals  whose love compels them to risk everything, this heart-pounding  collection brings new meaning to the words "love you forever." Whether  you're into romances that are dark and moody or light and fun, these  stories will quench that insatiable thirst for enchanting tales of the  beautiful undead.

Love Bites (Vampyres of Hollywood)
by Adrienne Barbeau
Thomas Dunne Books (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: With her customary wit and dead-on satire, Barbeau skewers  Hollywood and vamp lit alike, casting the paparazzi as werewolves and  certain Hollywood “monsters” as the genuine article.

Ovsanna  Moore is a Hollywood siren, horror film legend, and cut throat  producer. She also happens to be a 450-year-old vampyre. In the  follow-up to the much acclaimed Vampyres of Hollywood, Adrienne  Barbeau paints a wonderfully sly portrait of cinematic vampyres, as well  as the nature of celebrity, and the entertainment industry. Her “Scream  Queen” credentials make her the only author who could combine such a  fastpaced, edgy plot with tongue-in-cheek references to the inner  workings and vanity of Hollywood. A whirlwind of action, Love Bites is a clever take on vampyres readers will never forget. 

Romeo and Juliet and Vampires
by William Shakespeare and Claudia Gabel
HarperTeen (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher:

"You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless."

The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try  not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their  blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really quite a problem when Juliet, a  vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall  desperately in love. What they don't realize is how deadly their love  will turn out to be—or what it will mean for their afterlives. . . .

This riotous twist on the ultimate tale of forbidden romance is simply to die for.

Sin Undone (Demonica, Book 5)
Larissa Ione (Author)
Grand Central Publishing (August 24, 2010)

From the publisher:

As the only female Seminus demon ever born,  master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an  outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before  she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill  her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that  sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

Half-werewolf,  half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face  punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by  blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering  for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and  Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving  her life might mean sacrificing his own.     

Tastes of Love and Evil
by Barbara Monajem
Dorchester Publishing Co. (August 24, 2010)

From the author:  Rose Fairburn is on the run. Her vampire nature can’t protect her from everything, especially not herself. Now, when she should be worried about escaping her past, she can only think about one thing. Her kind can’t live without blood or sex. Love they must forego. 

Jack  Tallis can slake her thirst. Tall. Handsome. Trustworthy. And not a man alive can resist a vamp’s allure. But…Jack can. And he has other secrets, like why underworld hit men are on his trail.  How  he can vanish into thin air. Love suddenly seems possible, but the  shadows hide mysteries darker than Rose can even dream, and all will be revealed in the fetish clubs of one strange Louisiana town….

Vampirates 5: Empire of Night
Justin Somper (Author)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)

From the publisher: After the surprising revelation of the Tempest family history, twins  Connor and Grace face a newly-defined future marked by their Vampirate  roots. Meanwhile, Sidorio's evil Vampirate Empire continues its  expansion, making it tragically apparent that no ship is safe. As for  the pirates, they have a new mission: wipe out the vampirates.

There's  a bloody battle brewing in the seas, and each crew will need all hands  on deck.  And, this time, Grace and Connor may find themselves fighting  for their lives-or against each other.

The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon
by Scott M Baker
Shadowfire Press, August 20, 2010

From the publisher: Hunters and vampires seek The Vampyrnomicon, a book that could destroy the vampires...or mankind.

Within the vaults of the Smithsonian Institute lies the key to finding  The Vampyrnomicon, the Book of the Undead that contains the history and secrets of the vampires.  According to legend, whoever possesses the  book can establish a vampire nation on earth - or destroy the undead  once and for all.  With an opportunity to end the war against the undead  so close, Drake Matthews is determined to find the book.
But the vampires also want The Vampyrnomicon.

When Master Chiang Shih  and her coven of the most powerful and dangerous vampires arrive in  Washington to claim the book as their own, the hunters find themselves  facing their most deadly enemy yet.  With the stakes so high, so is the  ferocity of the struggle.

A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner!: 10 Rules to Follow by Pamela Jane and Pedro Rodriguez
Price Stern Sloan; Pop edition (August 12, 2010)
Ages 4-8

From the publisher: Read along as the narrator of this story comes up with some very  practical rules for dealing with a vampire. But rules are meant to be  broken, aren’t they? From feeding the vampire garlic to filling the  house with mirrors, the narrator is doing just that! With ten full-page  gatefolds and a pop at the end of the book, kids will love seeing which  rules are being followed and which aren’t!

A Vampire's Vindication 
by Alexis Morgan
(Kindle Edition - Aug 1, 2010) - Kindle Book
Harlequin Nocturne Bites (August 1, 2010)

From the publisher:  Keelie Bronson and Griff Tyler have been adversaries for years,  locked in legal battles and enmity over Keelie's belief that Griff was  responsible for her father's death. But when Griff's control over his  vampire clan comes under attack, Keelie may be the key to clearing his  name.

When Griff and Keelie finally meet face-to-face, neither of  them are prepared for their fierce attraction. Soon, a moment of  weakness unleashes a passion that cannot be denied. But Keelie still  wonders: is Griff a good man, or is he the monster she always believed  him to be?

Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil

by Janice Gable Bashman and Jonathan Maberry
Citadel (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: Discover the nature of Evil- and how to kick its butt!

These  days you can-t swing an undead lycanthrope without hitting a Minion of  Evil. They-re everywhere-TV, film, the basement-right behind you! It-s  never been more important to know what you can do to keep them at bay.  Garlic? silver bullets? holy water? torch-wielding mob?

From  today's foremost experts on nightmares-come-to-life, this indispensible  guide identifies and describes mankind's enemies-supernatural beasts,  ghosts, vampires, serial killers, etc.-and unearths effective  time-proven responses to each horrific threat.
  • Separate fact from fiction, the deadly from the merely creepy.
  • Learn when to stand your ground and when to run screaming for your life.
  • Determine which monster-specific heroes to call and their likelihood of success.
  • Consider your own potential as a Champion for Good, Conqueror of the Damned.

Whether  were talking ancient vampire hunters or modern-day FBI profilers, it's  good to know someone-s got your back in the eternal struggle between  Good and Evil. And this book, with over fifty illustrations, as well as  commentary from luminaries like filmmaker John Carpenter, author Peter  Straub, and the legendary Stan Lee, provides all the information and  reassurance you need to sleep soundly at night. Just not too soundly.

When Blood Calls
by J. K. Beck
Bantam; Original edition (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: Attorney Sara Constantine is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds  out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first  defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger  with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When  Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s  hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to  kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming  passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see  him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And  that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.     

Wuthering Bites
by Sarah Gray
Kensington (August 31, 2010)

From the publisher: When a young orphan named Heathcliff is brought to Wuthering Heights by  the manor's owner, Mr. Earnshaw, rumors abound. Yet the truth is more  complicated than anyone could guess. Heathcliff's mother was a member of  a gypsy band that roamed the English countryside, slaying vampires to  keep citizens safe. But his father was a vampire. Now, even as  Heathcliff gallantly fights the monsters who roam the moors in order to  protect beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw, he is torn by compassion  for his victims - and by his own dark thirst.

Though Catherine loves  Heathcliff, she fears the vampire in him, and is tempted by the  privileged lifestyle their neighbors, the Lintons, enjoy. Forced to  choose between wealthy, refined Edgar Linton and the brooding,  increasingly dangerous Heathcliff, she makes a fateful decision. And  soon Heathcliff, too, must choose - between his hunger, and the woman he  will love for all eternity...

[This list was originally published on VampChix]


Vickie said...

SCHNIKEEEES!! The hot days of August release of hot books of vamp!

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Vickie

I've been getting the Sept. list together and found a few titles that I missed for August. More hot weather ahead!