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2nd October 2012 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Steve Bein
Daughter of the Sword (Fallen Blades, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US & CA: 2nd October 2012)
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Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect. While she wants to track down a rumoured cocaine shipment, her boss gives her the least promising case possible. But the case – the attempted theft of an old samurai sword – proves more dangerous than anyone could have imagined… The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumoured to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma, one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it – or so says Yamada. And though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced. But Mariko’s scepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield herself could turn against her.

Rachel Caine
Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires, Book 12)
Penguin NAL (US & CA: 2nd October 2012)
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Ever since the draug – mysterious creatures that prey on vampires – took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight. Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie – the town founder – has been infected by the master draug’s bite. Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

Sarah Crossan
Breathe (Breathe, Book 1)
HarperCollins Greenwillow (US: 2nd October 2012)
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The world is dead. The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen–rich air. Alina has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful. Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her. Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl. And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Sean Cummings
Poltergeeks (Poltergeeks, Book 1)
Strange Chemistry (US: 2nd October 2012)
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15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When she and her best friend and uber-geek, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it’s pretty obvious to Julie there’s a supernatural connection. The house is occupied by a poltergeist and in order to reclaim it, Julie’s going to have to exorcise the spirit. Of course, she’ll need her mother’s help and what teenager in their right mind wants that? Surely she can do this on her own – right…? But there’s a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie’s high school, her mother falls victim to Endless Night – a dark spell that rips her mom’s soul from her mortal body. Now it’s a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won’t just lose her mother’s soul, she’ll lose her mother’s life.

Erica Hayes
Revelation (Seven Signs, Book 1)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 2nd October 2012)
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Blind faith is for fools. That’s what Dr. Morgan Sterling believes. And she’s going to prove it by curing the zombie plague ravaging her city’s slums. She’s certain it’s not a sign of the End of Days, but a nasty disease – until an angel appears in her morgue in a flash of glory. Luniel is not just a fallen angel. He’s a powerful warrior sworn to fight evil in hopes of a chance at redemption. He’s after the demon princes who are stealing the seven vials of holy wrath which, when perverted, will unleash eternal hell on earth. To stop the plague, Luniel needs Morgan’s help, and her faith. But Morgan believes science is their salvation. If the zombie plague is a demonic curse – and if Luniel is true – he’ll have to prove it. Even if he loses his heart to true love or his soul to Hell…

Darynda Jones
Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s Griffin (US: 2nd October 2012)
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Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy – terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach – comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

Caragh M. O’Brien
Promised (Birthmarked, Book 3)
Macmillan Roaring Brook (US: 2nd October 2012)
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After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia’s absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what – or whom – she loves most?

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