Aug 5, 2011

New Vampire Releases for July 2011

Better late than never. The July list of new vampire releases has finally arrived. There are some terrific titles like Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, Mysteria Nights (a collection by 4 first class authors), Undead and Undermined by Mary Janice Davidson, and the intriguing  A Taste of the Nightlife: A Vampire Chef Mystery  -  to name a very, very few. The titles are listed in alphabetical order (more or less). Enjoy!

Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead
by Jason Henderson
HarperTeen (July 26, 2011)

Now that Alex is in the know about the deadly vampires that live--and hunt--clustered around his boarding school, everything is different. Putting his talents to use, Alex is training with the Polidorium to become a vampire hunter, just like his Van Helsing ancestors. Sure, he's only fourteen, but c'mon, this runs in his blood.Meanwhile, Alex's arch-nemesis Elle, a vampire whose youthful appearance and blond hair disguise a vengeful rage, is out to get him before a powerful leader called "Ultravox" arrives on the scene. Ultravox specializes in assassinations, but who is he targeting? Dodging Elle's attacks, Alex is on a mission to uncover Ultravox's deadly plan before his friends and his school become collateral damage. There's no time to report back; innocent lives hang in the balance, and it's up to Alex to act now--or else.

Bloodlust (Nightshade, Book 2)
by Michelle Rowen
Berkley; Original edition (July 5, 2011)

Jillian Conrad's blood has killed the vampire king. Now an enemy to all vampires, she is targeted for elimination. So is the infant daughter of the dead king. If Jillian doesn't stand in the way of her death, then everyone, living or dead, is in great peril. 

Deceived By The Others
by Jess Haines
Zebra; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)

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 rumours about her vampire connections arouse the pack's hostility, Shia has to contend with other, potentially fatal dangers.

Deep In The Woods (Vampire Babylon) 
by Chris Marie Green
Ace (June 28, 2011)

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. 

Dragon's Oath (House of Night) 
by P.C. Cast (Author), Kristin Cast (Author)
St. Martin's Griffin (July 12, 2011)

The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him.

In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.

Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?

Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)
by Jim Butcher
Roc Hardcover (July 26, 2011)

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles
by Kevin Hearne
Del Rey; Original edition (July 5, 2011)

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

Hard Spell (Occult Crimes Unit Investigation)
by Justin Gustainis
Angry Rocket July 26, 2011

Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD's Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit.

Like the rest of America, Scranton's got an uneasy 'live and let unlive' relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that's when they call Markowski. He carries a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.

Jinn Nation
by Caroline Barnard-Smith (Author)
CreateSpace (July 2, 2011)

Once, the vampire Dylan had feared nothing and no one. He'd rampaged throughout the world on a seemingly never ending quest to fill his eternal years with the finest, most outrageous extravagances; with exquisite, soft-limbed young women and copious amounts of rich, vibrating blood. But life, however full of joy, inevitably changes. Finding himself alone for the first time in his long unlife, Dylan turns to the preternatural race of savage creatures called the jinn - a path that inevitably leads him to Christa, a strangely childlike woman with the power to control minds and read thoughts. Mutually intrigued by each other, they set out on a blood-soaked road trip that crosses the United States and the Atlantic Ocean, finally leading them beyond the world itself to the mysterious fae kingdoms of the Inbetween.


My Love Eternal
by Liz Strange
Lyrical Press, Inc (July 1, 2010)

Blood, sex and eternal life... What more could a girl ask for? Tall, dark, and sexy, as well as fabulously wealthy, Giovanni is everything a girl could ask for in a lover. There's only one catch. He's been undead for more than three hundred years. When Rachel is drawn into Giovanni's world, she learns that the rules of human existence mean nothing in the world of vampires. This, however, is a fair price to pay for a love that will last forever. Hunted by the Desmarais family, who carry a centuries-old vendetta, Rachel and Giovanni travel to the ends of the earth in order to stay one step ahead. Can their love survive, or will their eternity together end? Content Warning: Violence, sexual encounters with the undead.

Mysteria Nights
by MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Grant, Gena Showalter, P.C. Cast
Berkley Trade; Original edition (July 5, 2011)

Welcome to Mysteria, Colorado, home to a vegan vampire, a neighborly werewolf, a pair of sisterly witches, a demon nanny, and more. Passions run high in this hot two-in-one omnibus edition of Mysteria and Mysteria Lane.

Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
Ellen Datlow (Editor)
St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (July 5, 2011)

A collection of original stories some of today’s hottest paranormal authors delight, thrill and captivate readers with otherworldly tales of magic and mischief. In Jim Butcher’s ”Curses” Harry Dresden investigates how to lift a curse laid by the Fair Folk on the Chicago Cubs. In Patricia Briggs’ “Fairy Gifts,” a vampire is called home by magic to save the Fae who freed him from a dark curse. In Melissa Marr’s “Guns for the Dead,” the newly dead Frankie Lee seeks a job in the afterlife on the wrong side of the law. In Holly Black’s “Noble Rot,” a dying rock star discovers that the young woman who brings him food every day has some strange appetites of her own.

Featuring original stories from 20 authors, this dark, captivating, fabulous and fantastical collection is not to be missed!

Sweet Sips of Blood [Kindle Edition]
by Tony Paul De Vissage
Vamptasy Publishing (July 20, 2011)

"Ten Vampire stories for a more traditional vampire lover, where the vampire isn't always the good guy.

Blood will Freeze

Identity Theft

One for Eternity

The Lover in the Lake

Shadow’s Crossing

The Vampire Who Loved Me

Sometimes Love Returns

The Best Dentist in Orange County

Working-class Vampires

Well-met by Moonlight

A must for any vamp fan who loves a bit of horror thrown in."

A Taste of the Nightlife: A Vampire Chef Mystery 
by Sarah Zettel
Signet; Original edition (July 5, 2011)

Charlotte Caine isn't called "the Vampire Chef" because she's a member of New York's undead community-she just cooks for them. Her restaurant, Nightlife, is poised to take the top slot in the world of "haute noir" cuisine.

But when a drunk customer causes a scene, a glowing review from the city's top food critic doesn't seem likely-especially when that customer winds up dead on Nightlife's doorstep. Now, with her brother under suspicion for the murder, Charlotte has to re-open her restaurant and clear her brother's name-before they both become dinner. 

Undead and Undermined (Undead/Queen Betsy)Undead and Undermined (Undead/Queen Betsy)   
by MaryJanice Davidson
Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor thought she couldn't die. So what's she doing in the morgue? It could have something to do with a time- traveling trip she made, and a foe with a wicked agenda that could finally be the real death of Betsy-if she's not careful.

The Vampire Dare! (Daphne's Diary of Daily Disasters)
by Marissa Moss
Paula Wiseman Books (July 12, 2011)

Why is everyone so crazy for Vampires, Daphne wonders. Well, Vampires can’t die or get wrinkly that’s what makes them so magical. And it’s kinda cool to be bitten by a vampire because you’ll live forever. So, when the teachers announce a costume day next Friday, (even though Halloween is long past), Daphne wants to be the best vampire ever! But what is cool and what is nerdy in Vampire Land? Daphne’s about to find out!

V Is for Vampire: An Illustrated Alphabet of the Undead
by Adam-troy Castro and Johnny Atomic
Harper Voyager; Ill edition (June 7, 2011)

A Is for Arterial Spray,

B Is for Bedroom Window,

C Is for Children of the Night . . .

A humorous and wonderfully illustrated A-to-Z guide that takes us inside the world of bloodsuckers. Learn all about that violent nut Van Helsing, the art of undead seduction, the dangerous myth of garlic, the trouble inherent in vampire real estate deals, the downside of eternal youth, as well as where to aim that wooden stake, with a friendly reminder to . . .

Lock the house and protect your neck!

Vacation with a Vampire...and Other Immortals: Vampires in Paradise\Immortal 
by Maggie Shayne and Maureen Child
Harlequin (June 21, 2011)

Let's face it—vacation is great! We could all use a warm summer night on a beach, the sand still hot from the sun, with the moon rising on the horizon. If it could be paired with a handsome, sexy man—an immortal man—wouldn't that be the icing on the cake? Nothing says holiday quite like a walk in paradise with a gorgeous vampire…or spending a twilight eve with a charismatic Highlander. And the best part? While you may get a sexy bite or two, it's guaranteed that you won't get a sunburn!

Don't be afraid to dip your toes into these two seductive and enthralling stories from Maggie Shayne and Maureen Child.

Come on in and leave your cares behind….

The Vampire Hunters 
by Pete Johnson
Corgi (July 25, 2011)

On his thirteenth birthday, Marcus Howlett was faced with a bombshell. His parents told him they were half-vampire. And, although he hated the thought of it, he was about to become one too. Now, slowly getting to grips with his new life, wise-cracking Marcus blogs about the challenges and dangers his vampire status brings with it.

Vampire Instinct (Vampire Queen)
by Joey W. Hill
Berkley Trade; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)

As servant to vampire mistress Lady Daniela, Elisa is unwaveringly devoted-but she recoils at one shocking request: destroy the untamed, undead children entrusted to her care. There is one desperate option: Malachi, a Native American vampire who is a legend for his work with rehabilitating feline predators. And as Malachi struggles to control the young ones' impulses, he opens himself up to those of Elisa-and the passion they share for the night could seal their fates forever. 


booklover0226 said...

Wow, what a great list of books.

I'm drooling and my credit card is running away!

Tracey D

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Tracey

I agree this is quite a terrific list, and my willpower is weak!

But, let us not forget the public library and Interlibrary loan. Your tax dollars at work!

LoriStrongin said...

Ooh, lots of good books listed here! I'll be looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Dragon's Oath and Butcher's Ghost Story especially.


Patricia Altner said...

Hi Lori

Two outstanding titles! Since I already have Ghost Story I'll start with it, but first I have a few others to read.

So many books! So little time!