June 2010 Releases

Done with May 2010 Releases? Here are June 2010 Releases. To look further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

Keri Arthur
Moon Sworn (Riley Jenson, Book 9)
Hachette Piatkus (AU: June 2010)
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A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson works for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organisation created to police the supernatural races – and protect humans from their depredations. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming. But that’s the least of her worries. Evil is on the rampage in Melbourne and it’s up to her to stop it…

Jeaniene Frost
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of those deadbeats is her father – the guy responsible for ruining her mother’s life. But when she’s captured by Bones, a bounty hunter and a vampire, she finds herself forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for his help in finding her father and still astonished she hasn’t ended up as his dinner, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. But that’s not all Bones has to show her – Cat’s starting to believe maybe vampires aren’t all evil after all, especially ones as cute as Bones. She’s half-convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as confident kick-ass demon hunter, Cat finds herself and Bones hotly pursued by a band of killers. She’s going to have to pick a side – and fast…

Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)
Hachette Gollancz (AU: June 2010
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind. Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps together, side by side, to the reckless passion that consumed them. But having a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again.

Carrie Jones
Captivate (Need Pixies, Book 2)
Allen & Unwin Bloomsbury (AU: June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Zara and her friends knew they hadn’t solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king’s needs grow deeper every day he’s stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It’s made him vulnerable. And now there’s a new king in town. A turf war is imminent. The new pixie king is moving in quickly. He swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he’s one of the good guys. Zara isn’t so sure – despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But there’s a lot more than her relationship with boyfriend Nick at stake. There’s her life – and his.

Jeff Somers
The Eternal Prison (Avery Cates, Book 3)
Hachette Orbit (AU: June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Avery Cates is a wanted man. After surviving the worst bioengineered disaster in history, Cates finds himself incarcerated – in Chengara Penitentiary. As Chengara has a survival rate of exactly zero, the System’s most famous gunner must do some serious plotting. And a betrayal or so later, he achieves his goal. At a price. All he has to do next is defeat some new personal demons, forge some unlikely alliances, and figure out why the people he’s killed lately just won’t stay dead. Plus pull off the biggest assassination of his career…

Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, Book 3)
Harlequin Teen (AU: June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies. And Kaylee is about to scream her head off…Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does. Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends – one of whom is already hooked. But so is someone else. Nash.

Lexxie Couper
Death, the Vamp and His Brother
Samhain (US: 1st June 2010)
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Death exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to sever the life-threads of the living. She does her job with pride and an unwavering commitment. Nothing ruffles her. Until she encounters Patrick Watkins. The Australian lifeguard pushes all her buttons – and makes her tailbone itch like crazy. And when her tailbone itches, it means trouble is brewing. Big trouble. Ven’s gut tells him that Death is taking aim at his kid brother. He should know – he died and was turned vampire while trying to prevent another failed murder-attempt eighteen years ago. Patrick is meant to do something important in the world, and Ven will do anything to keep him safe. Even take on Death herself. In more ways than one. As far as Patrick’s concerned, the whole thing is a load of bull. But what if everything Death tells him turns out to be true? How is he expected to save mankind from the worst fate of all – the Apocalypse? Especially when all he can think about is how quickly he’s falling in love with the most feared Horseman of them all…

Stacia Kane
Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, Book 1)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen and constantly attack the living. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling Debunker and ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing the human liars or banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot and dangerous water. Chess owes a murderous drug lord named Bump a lot of money. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust with a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

Yolanda Sfetsos
Boundless (Alyce Kerr, Book 3)
Damnation (US: 1st June 2010)

Alyce remains estranged from her celebrity status as a Faith Healer and is holed up inside a motel room with the mysterious Sebastian. Her soul might no longer belong to Buer, but the fight is far from over. The price for her freedom was devastating. Ross made a deal with a demonologist in order to save Alyce, and is now at the mercy of the crazy woman and the demon Buer. There is no escape from the basement in which the three are trapped in, and he has to bear the torture. When Sebastian finds a way to save Ross, Alyce must engage in an ancient, carnal ritual that complicates her life further. But for Ross, she’s willing to put both her heart and soul on the line…even if it means losing him.

Mira Grant
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
Hachette Orbit (UK & AU: 3rd June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Jackson Pearce
Sisters Red
Hachette (UK: 3rd June 2010; US: 7th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Scarlet March lives to hunt the Fenris – the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend – but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

Stephenie Meyer
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Eclipse, Novella)
Hachette Little, Brown (US & UK: 5th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Bree Tanner and the newborn vampire army prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens.

Megan Hart
Exit Light
Carina (US: 7th June 2010)

Tovah Connelly would rather be asleep than awake. Since her accident, she’s become a shaper in the dream world, the Ephemeros, where she can manipulate places and people with just a thought. Tovah’s friends there, Ben and Spider, encourage Tovah to develop her skills, but the one ability she doesn’t want is to control the dreams of others – it’s a power she’s wary of, and a responsibility she’s not ready for. Nobody can sleep all the time, though – not if they want a waking life that bears a semblance of normalcy. And Tovah’s waking life is vastly different from her dream life: she’s rebuilding and regaining her sanity after nearly losing it in the accident’s aftermath. But when nightmares begin rocking the Ephemeros, Tovah’s two worlds begin to collide. As those she cares about are threatened, Tovah may discover that the one responsibility she doesn’t want is the only defence she has.

Katherine Allred
Close Contact (Alien Affairs, Book 2)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 8th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

A Genetically Engineered Person and self-proclaimed “party girl,” Echo Adams loves her diplomatic job entertaining alien bigwigs for the Galactic Federation. But the Bureau of Alien Affairs has discovered she’s much more than she thinks – that a rogue scientist endowed her with skills and psi abilities dwarfing those of common GEPs. And suddenly Echo’s luxury life is over, replaced with a far more dangerous one: a special agent expected to not only chase bad guys but eliminate them. Echo hates being stuck on Madrea – a planet of technophobes off limits to Federation visitors – hunting for a stolen quartz crystal with a powerful alien life form embedded inside. She despises the Bureau’s restrictive rules – especially the one warning her away from the dangerously seductive commander of the king’s army. And if she doesn’t learn how to use her alleged super-psi powers soon, her partying days – in fact all of her days – will be over for good.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Raised by Wolves
Egmont (US & CA: 8th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn’t mean that she’s averse to breaking a rule or two. But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian’s basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents’ murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs. But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she’s shaped?

Ann Aguirre
Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, Book 2)
Hachette Gollancz (UK: 10th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It’s too bad she can’t seem to forget her own. With her ex-boyfriend Chance in tow – lending his particularly supernatural brand of luck – Corine journeys back home to Kilmer, Georgia, in order to discover the truth behind her mother’s death and the origins of her gift. But while trying to uncover the secrets in her past, Corine and Chance find that something is rotten in the state of Georgia. Just a few miles away, no one seems to know Kilmer exists. And inside the town borders there are signs of a dark curse affecting the town and all its residents – and it can only be satisfied with death…

Jeaniene Frost
At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
Hachette Gollancz (UK & AU: 10th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover has finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. And if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’ past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learnt as a special agent won’t help her here. She’s going to have to fully embrace her vampire instincts if she’s going to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave. Some things won’t stay buried…

Caitlin Kittredge
Night Life (Nocturne City, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (UK: 10th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Nocturne City could be any big city in the US. Poor areas, rampant drugs and violent crime, witches, demons and were creatures. Homicide detective Luna Wilder is investigating the death of a drug addict and comes across a drug that is more a spell than a chemical. A drug that leads her to the centre of a vicious war being fought between witches, a war that threatens to unleash hell on Nocturne City. Homicide detective (and werewolf) Luna Wilder is bringing the law to Nocturne City.

Heidi R. Kling
Sea
Penguin Putnam (US: 10th June 2010; CA: 15th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder – something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward. But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumour that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicentre of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

Holly Black
White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)
Hachette Gollancz (UK & AU: 17th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Cassel is cursed. Cursed by the memory of the fourteen-year-old girl he murdered. Life at school is a constant trial. Life at home even worse. No-one at home is ever going to forget that Cassel is a killer. No-one at home is ever going to forget that he isn’t a magic worker. Cassel’s family are one of the big five crime families in America. Ever since magic was prohibited in 1929 magic workers have been driven underground and into crime. And while people still need their touch, their curses, their magical killings, their transformations, times have been hard. His granddad has been driven to drink, his mother is in prison and his brothers detest him as the only one of their family who can’t do magic. But there is a secret at the centre of Cassel’s family and he’s about to inherit it. It’s terrifying and that’s the truth.

Maggie Shayne
Killing Me Softly (Secrets of Shadow Falls, Book 1)
Harlequin Mira (US: 29th June 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

First you drink, then you die. The Nightcap Strangler, who terrorised the town of Shadow Falls fifteen years ago, has finally been executed. Case closed. Until Bryan Kendall’s lover is murdered in the notorious killer’s unique style and the rookie cop stands accused. Has someone committed the perfect copy-cat crime…or was the wrong man put to death? A continent away, Dawn Jones hears that her first love has been accused of murder and knows that only she can help him. But to do so, she’ll have to face the very fears that drove them apart. Together, they’ll work to uncover secrets someone’s willing to kill to keep, and renew a love as dangerous as it is inevitable. And their best lead is the girl found dead in Bryan’s bed, reeking of the whiskey poured down her throat before her killer squeezed it shut. A killer who thinks that Dawn, too, could use one last drink…

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