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17th September 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, & Jonathan Maberry
Four Summoner’s Tales (Anthology)
Simon & Schuster Gallery (US & CA: 17th September 2013)
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What if the dead could be summoned from their graves – for a price? What if a quartet of storytellers took a stab at this deceptively simple idea – on a date? The answers lie here, as these writers accept the challenge and rise to the occasion – in four ways. It’s all in the execution…

Sean Cummings
Student Bodies (Poltergeeks, Book 2)
Strange Chemistry (US: 17th September 2013)
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Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity. After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über-genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates. If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

Tracey Garvis Graves
Covet
Penguin Dutton (US: 17th September 2013)
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Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely. Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together. Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

Kelly Keaton
The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 17th September 2013)
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Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus – and Athena always gets what she wants. Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian – her life – depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumours an ancient power is on the rise that may not be her only concern…

Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle, Book 2)
Scholastic (US: 17th September 2013)
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Kat Zhang
Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles, Book 2)
HarperCollins (US: 17th September 2013)
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Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away. Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion. Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

September 2013 Releases

Done with August 2013 Releases? Here are September 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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[GUEST BLOG] Sean Cummings on Writing STUDENT BODIES

This is a stop of the official Student Bodies tour schedule. Here you will find a guest post by Sean Cummings, and information on his books.

When I set off to write the sequel to Poltergeeks I had a very clear idea of what I intended because there has always been three books in my head and the second one needed to be the big jump into dark and terrifying waters. Where Poltergeek was light and cheery and quite funny, I’d always intended for Student Bodies to make readers of book one go “holy #@*! this is intense!” That was probably the biggest challenge, too, because I’m generally not a very “dark and terrible” kind of guy – ask my wife, she’ll tell you!

There is some seriously bleak stuff in Student Bodies and I wanted to do something that dealt with enthrallment from the get-go. At the same time I wanted to really ramp things up in terms of the tension between teenage daughter and her mother, so this book has a significant amount of that. Where Julie’s mother was in a coma for most of book one, in book two, she’s front and center and you get to really see the nature of their relationship.

You know, writing YA is a challenge because at least this author sometimes struggles with making the voice sound unique and genuine. At the same time, I’m mindful of the fact that 55% of YA readers aren’t teens at all – they’re grown ups. The challenge for an author, I think, is to keep in mind the age group you are supposed to be writing for – it does beg the question, though: if the majority of your readers aren’t the demographic that’s supposed to be reading it – is it really YA at all?

I struggle with that sometimes – I know I did when writing Student Bodies because there’s some seriously sad and hopeless stuff going on in the book. I’m tackling bullying head-on in this one – a bullied kid is central to the entire plot. Without the bullied teen there wouldn’t be a book at all, frankly. And as I wrote it, I kept thinking: is this genuine? Am I going to get skewered by the adults who are reading this because of what Marcus says about adults “not getting bullying at all”?

It’s a challenge to an author – I finally decided to say “the heck with it” and focus on the plot. I’m mindful there are always people who aren’t going to fall in love with the book – that’s cool. I’ve decided to remain true to my characters and true to the outline – what we have in the way of a finished product is a far more thrilling book than the first, some wild new characters, more hints about Julie’s past and an ending I guarantee that nobody is going to see coming.

So – do give Student Bodies a read, won’t you? It’s kick-ass Canadian urban fantasy with a twist!

Sean Cummings
Poltergeeks (Poltergeeks, Book 1)
Angry Robot Strange Chemistry (US & CA: 2nd October 2012; UK: 4th 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, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it’s pretty obvious to Julie there’s a supernatural connection. In fact, 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 the spell Endless Night. 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.

Sean Cummings
Student Bodies (Poltergeeks, Book 2)
Angry Robot Strange Chemistry (US & CA: 3rd September 2013; UK: 5th September 2013)
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For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity. After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über-genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice; the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates. If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

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Happy Canada Day!

It’s July 1st, and you know what that means…Happy Canada Day! Here are some books by Canadian authors on my wishlist – perhaps they’re on yours, too:

R. J. ANDERSON Quicksilver
KELLEY ARMSTRONG Thirteen/13 Forbidden Omens Wild Justice Sea of Shadows
JES BATTIS Bleeding Out
MEGAN CREWE The Lives We Lost The Worlds We Make
SEAN CUMMINGS Poltergeeks Student Bodies
KATHLEEN PEACOCK Thornhill
CHERYL RAINFIELD Parallel Visions Stained
MICHELLE ROWEN Bloodlust Countdown
EVE SILVER Rush
AMANDA SUN Ink