March 2010 Releases

Done with February 2010 Releases? Here are the March 2010 Releases. To look further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Sean Cummings
Shade Fright (Valerie Stevens, Book 1)
Snowbooks (UK: 1st March 2010)
Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

There’s a malevolent force in town, and it’s quite literally Valerie Stevens’ job to determine who’s behind it and why they want to destroy the world, starting with Calgary. She’ll have help, in the form of her best friend (now more or less a zombie, unfortunately), a powerful dwarf troll, and the ghost of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (but he goes by ‘Bill’ these days). But that’s not all – Valerie has some tricks up her sleeve and, she hopes, luck on her side. Oh, and her boyfriend, Dave. He drives a dump truck.

Stacey Jay
My So-Called Death
Flux (US: 1st March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

One second, freshman Karen Vera’s on top of the most fabulous cheer pyramid ever. The next, she’s lying on the pavement with seriously unflattering cranial damage. Freakishly alive without a pulse, Karen learns that she’s a genetically undead zombie. Suddenly, Karen’s non-life is an epic disaster. She’s forced to attend a boarding school for the “death-challenged,” her roommate is a hateful wannabe-Goth weirdo, and she’s chowing down on animal brains every day to prevent rot (um, ew?). Even worse, someone is attacking students and harvesting their brains for a forbidden dark ritual. And it might be the hottest guy at DEAD High, the one who makes Karen’s non-beating heart flutter! Armed with a perky smile and killer fashion sense, it’s up to Karen to track down the brain snatcher and save her fellow students from certain zombie death.

Yolanda Sfetsos
Careless (Alyce Kerr, Book 2)
Damnation Books (US: 1st March 2010)
Buy

Alyce Kerr used to be a celebrity Faith Healer. Now all she wants to do is to stay out of the limelight. Her short career of healing the sick publicly has left her with a gaping hole in her soul and a binding to a demon that makes her vulnerable. With Ross by her side and the help of a recluse demonologist, Alyce may be able to reclaim her soul…but at what price? Can the demonologist be trusted with Alyce’s life, or will her curiosity with all-that-is-demonic work against them?

Rachel Vincent
Shift (Shifters, Book 5)
Harlequin Mira (US & UK: 1st March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When vicious half-human, half-bird creatures kill two of her Pride and kidnap young tabby Kaci, sassy werecat Faythe is ready to wage war. Yet with an injury preventing her from shifting into cat form, Faythe has to rely on her intelligence – and the help of hot-headed enforcers Marc and Jace, who are both ready to do battle for her heart. With only forty-eight hours to save Kaci, Faythe faces impossible choices in the biggest test of her Alpha potential yet…

Erica Hayes
Shadowglass (Shadowfae Chronicles, Book 2)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 2nd March 2010)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ice is a thief and a scammer – a troubled fairy trying her best to eke out a meagre living in the squalid underworld of the Shadowfae. When she spends a hot night with a demon lord, she discovers a powerful magic mirror in his lair – and pilfers it, knowing it’s the key to escaping her bleak life as a two-bit con artist. But Ice soon discovers that its power comes with a price…madness, which is slowly overtaking her. Indigo oozes darkness, danger and tempting sensuality. He’s been sent to destroy Ice and bring the mirror back to its rightful owner. A mission that, if he fails, will cost him his life. But when he meets Ice, he faces an even greater challenge: an insatiable sexual hunger that neither of them can deny, and dark passions that threaten to claim them both forever. The trouble is, the longer he stays within the mirror’s reach, the greater its hold on his sanity – and his determination to save Ice…

Gemma Malley
The Returners (The Declaration, Book 3)
Bloomsbury (US & AU: 2nd March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

London teenager Will Hodge is miserable. His mother is dead, his father’s political leanings have grown radical, and his friends barely talk to him. To top it off, he’s having nightmares about things like concentration camps. Then Will notices he’s being followed by a group of people who claim to know him from another time in history. It turns out they are Returners, reincarnated people who carry with them the memory of atrocities they have witnessed in the past. Will realises that he, too, is a Returner. But something about his memories is different, and with dawning horror, Will suspects that he wasn’t just a witness to the events, he was instrumental in making them happen. Set in the near future, with the world on the verge of a new wave of ethnic cleansing, Will must choose to confront the cruelty he’s known in his past lives, or be doomed to repeat it…

Skyler White
and Falling, Fly
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 2nd March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless…and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O’Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L’Otel Mathillide – a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams – rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both.

Teri Hall
The Line
Penguin Dial (US: 4th March 2010; CA: 9th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line. Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help. Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?

Kit Whitfield
In Great Waters
Random House Vintage (UK: 4th March 2010; AU: 15th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In a tense, divided court, a young princess watches her mother struggle to hold the throne. On a remote coastal estate, a scholar finds a child washed up on the shore. Anne. Henry. A Christian princess of the royal blood. A pagan bastard, groomed all his hidden, lonely life to make a grab for the crown. Since the ninth century, when the deepsmen invaded Venice, an uneasy alliance has held between the people of the land and the sea. That alliance was brokered by the warrior queen, Angelica, half landsman, half deepsman, the mother of the royal houses of Europe. Now, centuries later, no navy can cross the seas without allies in the ocean – and without deepsmen guarding its shores, no nation can withstand invasion. The hybrid kings keep the treaty between both sides, protecting their people from the threat of war. The royal blood is the key to peace, and ferociously protected. The penalties for any landsman who tries to breed with a deepsman are severe; the fate of any ‘bastard’ child, born of such an illegitimate union, is terrible. But the royal house of England is staggering, collapsing under the weight of centuries of inbreeding. Anne prays for guidance, a way into the future without hatred or bloodshed. Henry holds with fierce certainty that only the strong survive. But if either of them is to outlive the coming conflict, they may need more than faith alone…

Mario Acevedo
Werewolf Smackdown (Felix Gomez, Book 5)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 9th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A sure-to-be-bloody civil war is brewing between rival werewolf factions, and P.I. Felix Gomez will do anything he can to make sure it doesn’t explode into a vicious battle that engulfs all creatures, living and dead. Between that, the sudden reappearance of an ex-girlfriend, and a gang of other vampires trying to take off his head, this is one rumble even a fanged detective extraordinaire may not be able to handle.

Eric Garcia
Repo Men (previously published as The Repossession Mambo)
HarperCollins (US: 9th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (Worldwide)

Thanks to the technological miracle of artiforgs, now you can live virtually forever. Nearly indestructible artificial organs, these wonders of metal and plastic are far more reliable and efficient than the cancer-prone lungs and fallible kidneys you were born with – and the Credit Union will be delighted to work out an equitable payment plan. But, of course, if you fall delinquent, one of their dedicated professionals will be dispatched to track you down and take their product back. This is the story of the making – and unmaking – of the best Bio-Repo Man in the extraction business, who finds his soul when he loses his heart…and then he has to run.

Carrie Ryan
The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2)
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 9th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

Joss Ware
Abandon the Night (Envy Chronicles, Book 3)
HarperCollins Avon (US: 9th March 2010)
Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilisation is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new “gift,” he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty…Zoë Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoë and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night…

Richelle Mead
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, Book 5)
Random House Bantam (UK: 18th March 2010); Kensington (US: 30th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals – all child’s play to a succubus like her. Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend’s wedding is a different story. Georgina isn’t sure which is worse – that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina’s roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there’s Simone, the new succubus in town, who’s intent on corrupting Seth. But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that’s visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she’ll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she’ll discover who she can trust, who she can’t – and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity…

Carolyn Crane
Mind Games (Justine Jones, Book 1)
Random House Spectra (US & CA: 23rd March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponise her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem. Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness – only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

Jeanne DuPrau
The Diamond of Darkhold (Ember, Book 4)
Random House Yearling (US & CA: 23rd March 2010
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.

Laura Bickle
Embers (Lantern, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US & CA: 30th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya – who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern – suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya – with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team – can stop it. Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.

Caragh O’Brien
Birthmarked
Macmillan Roaring Brook (US: 30th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia’s mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty.

Gayle Ann Williams
Tsunami Blue
Dorchester Leisure (US: 30th March 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

With her badass rain boots, her faithful dog, and the ability to predict the monster tsunamis that have reduced the US to a series of islands, Kathryn O’Malley isn’t afraid of much. Cut off from all society, she takes to the airwaves as Tsunami Blue, hoping to save something of humanity as the world around her crumbles. But Blue should be afraid – because her message reaches the wrong ears. Now she’s the target of ruthless pirates known as Runners who want to use her special talents for their own profiteering – as soon as they can find her. Blue’s only shot at survival lies with the naked stranger who washes up on her rocky beach. A man who might just be working for Runners himself. Torn between suspicion and attraction, the two will have to navigate a surging tide of danger and deceit if they hope to stay alive.

8 responses to “March 2010 Releases

  1. Thanks for the shout-out on EMBERS!

  2. Thanks for the blurb on Shade Fright – not sure when it will be available down under though…

  3. Hi Tez,

    Thanks so much for listing TSUNAMI BLUE. . . it’s getting close now. 🙂

  4. What a great collection you have here, Tez, as usual! 🙂

    There’s a lot here new to me, so I’ll be working my way thru this list.

  5. Goody! more PNR and UF author to consider.
    So many books so little time..sigh!
    thanks! 🙂

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