New Releases for October 30th to November 1st, 2012

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Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Experience the
afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart
soaring.

When Elliot finds herself dead for the third
time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she
landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get
things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she
will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d
rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and
people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and
mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the
person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she
loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red) by Kerstin Gier

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since
she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling
Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other
time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying
to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle
really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best
friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost
teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the
gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon
in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there
is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s
freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much
destined to find out.

 

Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price

As their hardscrabble
lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway,
JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover
the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their
knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt
officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves
and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder
investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives.

The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams

McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen,
and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a
shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements
between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called
insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now
plunged her into a brutal civil war between the fae.

With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to
live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the
rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige,
disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the
only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions
could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.

 Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell

Earth has been
conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is
gone, having succumbed to the Tone – a powerful, telekinetic super-signal
broadcast across the planet, which has reduced them to a state of complete
subservience. But the tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the
population once they reach twenty-one or twenty-two years old. This means that
there is one group left to fight. Teens. Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and
his current target is Mira Toombs, a treasure seeker who has escaped from
Midnight City after being sentenced to death. It’s not long before Holt bags
his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something for which Holt
bargained. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly
after he captures Mira. Venturing inside the ship, despite the tied-up Mira’s
objections, Holt finds a young girl who can’t remember anything except her
name: Zoey. The three soon begin an adventure through alien-conquered North
America, encountering young freedom fighters, powerful artefacts of strange
science that seem like magic, pirates and brigands, and frightening mutated
creatures of the night, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the
Assembly. Zoey, in the meantime, starts to exhibit amazing powers while Holt
and Mira begin to realize that this young girl just may be the key to stopping
the alien invaders.

Death’s Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel by KW Jeter

Death’s
seventeen-year-old apprentice must learn to stand on his own as he leads an
uprising against the Devil

Forget about Once Upon a Time . . .

Built on top of the gates of Hell, Grimm City is the Devil’s capital on earth.
A place where every coffee shop, nightclub and shopping mall is the potential
hunting ground for a ghost, a demon, or any of the other supernatural entities
that inhabit the Grimm City world.

Death’s seventeen-year-old apprentice, Nathaniel, comes into his own as he
leads an uprising against the Devil with the help of a half-dead wraith and a
giant hit-man. What results is a bloody, brutal revolt that calls upon the
loyalties of both the living and the dead.

Based not only upon the Brothers Grimm well-known fairy tales, but also upon
their “unknown” sagas and essays, K. W. Jeter & Gareth Jefferson Jones’s Death’s
Apprentice
is the first novel to be based upon the entire Grimm canon. Such
a comprehensive, in-depth adaptation of the works of the Brothers Grimm has
never been published before!

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones

The fourth in this fun and sexy New York
Times
bestselling paranormal series: “If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie
Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson!” —Suspense Magazine

In Darynda Jones’s Fourth Grave Beneath My
Feet
, sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since
Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow
in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep
convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise
above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when
everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s
story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of
Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and
out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death
threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there
are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has
been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying
away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was
returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime,
punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.

 A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

Drinking from the
waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . .
these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.

Abby’s pact with a daemon—whether or not she
remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in
the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But
her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may
be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her
incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven
prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she’s lost the
Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power
to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only
one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her
trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for
all.

Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when
she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is
tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she
never expected she’d struggle with the requirement to shun these
“ghosts.” She never expected to be so attracted to the charming
Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to
discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her
supervisor, Murphy—creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to
acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone—oppressed by her ghost
status and tormented by forbidden love—Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of
her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war
between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle
for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the
man that she loves.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Nothing is certain
and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy,
which MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog called “better than The Hunger Games.”

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton,
rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s
world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family
travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But
the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a
formidable new enemy is on the rise.

What is the truth about Jack? And how far
will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the
riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the
crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

Black Lament by Christina Henry

As an Agent of
Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her
own life, Maddy will have to find the strength within to carry on…

Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that
she is pregnant. But Maddy’s joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that
he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his
bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child,
but she’s not sure what she can do to stop him.

Being pregnant is stressful enough, but Maddy suddenly finds herself at odds
with the Agency—forbidden from meddling in the affairs of the supernatural courts.
When a few of her soul collections go awry, Maddy begins to suspect that the
Agency wants to terminate her employment. They should know by now that she
isn’t the sort to give up without a fight…

 Out For Blood by Kristen Painter

After nearly dying at
the hands of the Aurelian, Chrysabelle finds new determination to move beyond
life as a comarré. That is until the Kubai Mata bring a new task to her
doorstep: rescue the child Tatiana has kidnapped, or Mal becomes enemy number
one.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

 #1 New York
Times
bestselling author Karen Marie Moning picks up where Shadowfever
leaves off with Iced, the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban
paranormal trilogy set in the world of the blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us.
It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the
chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by
Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare
talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the
task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against
the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned
into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie
princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the
police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s
more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased
on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds
herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs
her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and
humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her
compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and
make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and
everyone in it gets iced.

 Kris Longknife: Furious by Mike Shepherd

Having used unorthodox methods to save a
world—and every sentient being on it—Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is
wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s
been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces
immigration control and smuggler interdiction.

But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop
her from getting back to the center of things—not when all hell is breaking
loose. Now she’s on the run, hunted by both military and civilian
authorities—and since the civilian authorities happen to be her immediate
family, Kris soon finds herself homeless, broke, and on trial for her life on
an alien world…

 The Clone Sedition by Steven L. Kent

Earth, A.D. 2519. Less
than a year has passed since the clone military of the Enlisted Man’s Empire
toppled the government of the Unified Authority. Now the clones rule Earth, but
a new enemy has emerged—and set off civil war…

Formerly trained to fight for the U.A., clone Marine Wayson Harris had led the
Enlisted Man’s Empire invasion of Earth and wrested control away from the old
regime. He’s now ready to do what it takes to ensure the new balance of power
isn’t jeopardized.

When a trio of religious fanatics from Mars attempts to attack Harris, he fears
there is more unrest among the colony’s residents. Hoping to stave off an
uprising, he leads a troop of Marines to Mars. But once there, they learn the
situation is much graver than they first feared.

The red planet’s refugees have decided the clones are their number one enemy,
and measures to eradicate them are underway. And when Harris is kidnapped and
drugged, he discovers something disturbing about himself.

He can be reprogrammed…

I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus by SG Browne

“One of America’s
best satiric novelists” (Kirkus Reviews), S. G. Browne seamlessly gift
wraps this horrific and hilarious sequel to his “extremely strong” (Publishers
Weekly,
starred review) zombie novel Breathers.

He sees you when you’re sleeping . . . he
knows when you’re undead.

How does the leader of a failed zombie civil
rights movement from California rescue a group of his undead brethren and help
a lonely Breather girl as he hides from a band of medical researchers while
disguised as Santa Claus?

If you’ve never
believed in Christmas miracles, then you wouldn’t understand.

Andy Warner has just escaped from a zombie
research facility in Portland, Oregon, where he’s been subjected to
experimental testing for the past year. With Christmas just days away, Andy
figures that donning a jolly old St. Nick costume to throw off his would-be
captors is just the ticket. But he never expects to encounter a sweet, lonesome
nine-year-old girl who not only reminds Andy of the family he’s lost but who
thinks he’s the real Santa. He also doesn’t count on being recognized as
last year’s national quasi-celebrity by a clandestine group of decaying
supporters who look to him for leadership. For the living and the undead, this
unforgettable holiday tale will truly put on display just who is gnawing and
who is nice. . . .

Beluga by Rick Gavin

A few months ago in Ranchero,
Rick Gavin’s much-acclaimed Delta noir novel, Nick Reid and his compadre
Desmond liberated some money from a nasty meth dealer, and now they need to
launder it. After lending out a couple thousand dollars here and there, with
hopes of getting a small return, all kinds of “investment opportunities” are
coming out of the woodwork, and one of them has trouble written all over it.

The brother of Desmond’s ex-wife wants a small sum to set up a scheme involving
a trailer full of stolen tires. Which sets off all kinds of alarm bells for
Nick, but Shawnica insists that Nick and Desmond help her brother out. In the
next few days, they’re set upon by a ninja schoolgirl assassin and a couple of
Delta gangsters, and soon all thoughts of recouping their investment go out the
window. They’ll settle for just staying alive.

The twists and turns and the dry wit that made Ranchero a delight are
all on full display once again in Beluga, Rick Gavin’s latest.

The Tangled Bridge by Rhodi Hawk

Psychologist Madeleine
LeBlanc is desperate to escape the madness that has followed her family for a
century. She’s struggling to adjust to her new-found power and to stick to the
pact that protects her sanity.

But an innocent little boy is being hunted—by Madeleine’s half brother and her
great-grandmother, Chloe, and by the demons they control. The boy is a threat
to their bloodline, to their very nature, but Madeleine cannot let his young
life be callously destroyed.

Thrust into an age-old battle of dark versus light, Madeleine dives deep into
the history of her family and into the vast paranormal underworld of New
Orleans, a world seemingly controlled by her great-grandmother.

The only way to stop Chloe lies past the tangled bridge that could lead to
great power…or total destruction.

Home by Matthew Costello

Besieged and
attacked, a mother and her children must escape a post-apocalyptic nightmare
world of cannibals and betrayal

Jack Murphy thought he’d found the perfect
escape for his family from a world gone horribly mad. He thought wrong. Matthew
Costello’s Home begins mere minutes after the terrible sacrifice made by
Jack to save his family at Paterville Camp. Barely escaping, Jack’s wife,
Christie, and two children, Kate and Simon, must accept that their lives and
their future have changed forever.

In this intimate and human survivalist horror story, the three of them will
face even greater dangers, as well as yet-unknown horrors, to simply stay alive
as together they search for a road “home” in this intense and original
postapocalyptic thriller.

 Dead Asleep by Jamie Freveletti

The devil is awake in paradise . . .

Biochemist Emma Caldridge comes to a remote tropical
island in the Caribbean in search of minerals believed to reverse the aging
process. What she finds instead are the bloody remnants of a bizarre religious
ritual. And here, where the local people speak in whispers about sea monsters,
ancient voodoo curses, and rampaging evil, she discovers something far more
real . . . and more terrifying.

One by one, the island’s innocent inhabitants are
descending into a paralyzing sleep of the dead—victims of a long-dormant,
terrifying, and incurable pandemic that could once again wreak unimaginable
havoc if it escapes from the island to spread like wildfire across the globe.
Trapped by a global quarantine, Emma must break through the fear and
superstition to get to the truth and stop the real evil, before she herself
succumbs to the death sleep . . . along with millions of others.

Because the evil here has an all-too-human face . . . and
the deadly ingredients of the apocalypse are suddenly for sale to the highest
bidder.

Pandaemonium by Ben Macallan

Desdaemona has
done a thing so so terrible that she has to run away from the consequences.
Again. Where better to look for shelter than with the boy she was running from
before?

But trouble follows. And if it’s not Jacey’s
parents who sent the deadly crow-men, the Twa Corbies, in chase of her, then
who is it? Deep under London, among the lost and rejected of two worlds,
answers begin to emerge from Desi’s hidden past. Answers that send her north in
a flight that turns to a hunt, with strange companions and stranger prey.
Dangers lie ahead and behind; inconvenient passion lays traps for her just when
she needs a clear head; at the last even Desi has to beg for help. From one who
has more cause than most to want her dead…

Death of a
Kleptomaniac by Kristen Tracy

At sixteen, Molly is a girl who’s just
started living—at last she’s popular. But for a girl who has everything, Molly
feels like she never has enough. So she steals. At least there’s plenty of time
to fix this last little problem.

Except Fate has other plans for Molly. Like
death.

Suddenly dead and in denial, how can Molly
move on when life was just looking up? Can she abandon her earthly ties or will
she jeopardize her soul to stay close to her loved ones?

From critically acclaimed author Kristen
Tracy, Death of a Kleptomaniac is the heartfelt story of one girl’s
search for redemption, a family’s encounter with grief, and love’s power to
rise above even the most final of boundaries.

 Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose) by Fiona
Paul

Love, lust, murder, mayhem and high society converge in
one thrilling debut

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl
could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties,
and a handsome, wealthy fiancé—yet she longs for something more. Ever since her
parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the
dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.


When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman—with a bloody X carved
across her heart—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies,
courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a poor
artist with a mischievous grin . . . and a habit of getting into trouble. Will
Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her
fiancé or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?


Beauty, romance, and mystery weave together in a novel that’s as seductive and
stunning as the city of Venice itself.

 The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins (Released November 1st,
2012)

Cora and her husband
hunt things – things that shouldn’t exist. When the marshal of Leadville,
Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find
the creature responsible, but if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide
threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic
past as well as her present.

The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn  (Released November 1st, 2012)

The third book in the
Bar Code series, in which one girl struggles to escape the conformity of a
dystopian world.

Just as in the original Bar Code Tattoo, the year is 2025 and the mysterious,
ubiquitous, and seemingly omnipotent multi-national corporation, Global 1, is
in power through their agent President Loudon Waters. But now this ominous
situation is experienced through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Grace Morrow.
When Grace finds out that she’s adopted, her biological father, who’s the head
of the Global 1 nano-bot injection project, urges her against getting the bar
code tattoo when she turns seventeen. Stunned by the revelations, she goes home
to find her adoptive family vanished, and she’s determined to find them,
turning to the anti-bar-code group Decode. As they uncover more information
about tracking, Grace must hide deep underground and under cover, trying to
discover information that will allow Decode to figure out what Global 1 is up
to, and trying desperately to shut the organization down for good.

 Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse ( Released November
1st, 2012)

She’s got it bad, and
he ain’t good — he’s in her garage?

Gonna have to face it: Jody’s addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The
Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she’s front and center
at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit, loses her
precious moon rock, and bodysurfs backstage, she ends up with more than a mild
concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is
coming down in her garage. Jody — oops — kind of kidnapped him. By accident.
And now he doesn’t want to leave.

It’s a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series . . . but who got
punk’d?!

 Rootless by Chris Howard (Released November 1st,
2012)

17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using
salvaged scrap metal, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve
from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan’s never seen a real tree–they
were destroyed more than a century ago–his missing father used to tell him
stories about the Old World.

Everything changes when Banyan meets a mysterious woman with a strange
tattoo–a map to the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a
wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and
poachers can’t escape the locusts . . . the locusts that now feed on human
flesh.

But Banyan isn’t the only one looking for the trees, and he’s running out of
time. Unsure of whom to trust, he’s forced to make an alliance with Alpha, an
alluring, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a
promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries
about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.

 

 

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