New Releases: June 18 – 24, 2012

Filed in New Releases , The Needy Lover Posted on June 19, 2012 @ 7:00 am 7 comments

Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2) by Janet Evanovich

Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.

When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.

. . .

A Bad Day for Mercy (Stella Hardesty, #4) by Sophie Littlefield
A Few Good Men by Cat Johnson
An Introduction to Pleasure (Mistress Matchmaker, #1) by Jess Michaels

Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles, #5) by Alyxandra Harvey
Burn Mark by Laura Powell
Cynful (Halle Shifters, #2) by Dana Marie Bell

Dragon’s Curse by Denise Lynn
Existence by David Brin
Forged in Fire (Sarah Beauhall, #3) by J.A. Pitts

His Heart’s Obsession by Alex Beecroft
Just Flirt by Laura Bowers
Great-Aunt Sophia’s Lessons for Bombshells by Lisa Cach

The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
Running Wild (Northern Shifters, #4) by Joely Skye
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (YA)

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
The Pirate’s Lady by Julia Knight
The Reckoning (The Taker, #2) by Alma Katsu

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Vacation with a Vampire by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle, Lisa Childs
The Wrangler by Lindsay McKenna

. . .

Well, now. I love it when there’s a nice spread of notable new releases. This week, though the book release calendar is once again relatively clear, there’s a range of stories to look forward to. Some are from established authors, like with Janet Evanovich’s latest mystery series or the new sci-fi novel from Terry Pratchett(!!!). Others are from newer voices, as with Mia March (anything involving Meryl Streep, even tangentially, has gotta be gold!) and Trish Dollar.

I must say, I didn’t have a wish list for this week, but I ended up finding some really unique stuff. The synopsis of Existence (a high-concept sci-fi tale about a space garbage collector) looks simply phenomenal. And This is Not a Test sounds like superb YA horror. (I must admit; I don’t believe I’ve yet read anything that could qualify as both YA and horror. Thank goodness there’s a first time for everything!) In both cases, it’s going to “buy first, ask questions later.” ^_^ Sometimes, it’s immediately clear that a book is gonna be a fun time.


Find a new book that speaks to you? When you find a must-read title, do you buy it immediately, or do you wait until you plan to actually read it to make the purchase?

About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • LSUReader June 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I’ll read both Wicked Business and A Bad Day for Mercy. Both will be from the library for me.

    • draconismoi June 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Hmm. I feel like I should be spending more time in the library. It’s just not as fun when you don’t work there and get first dibs on all the new books, have no late fees, have unlimited renewals…..

      • Alisha June 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        Indeed. That was the biggest bummer of moving on from working at a library for several years. I actually had to waitlist? Pshhht.

        Does your local library system have a decent online collection?

        • draconismoi June 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah. Ebooks? Here? On the tundra? I keep drawing court proceedings to a halt when I whip out the iPad. I don’t think I’ve even seen an ereader since I left Washington.

    • Alisha June 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I take it you’ve read Wicked Appetite, then? What’d you think of it?

  • Susan June 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    “When you find a must-read title, do you buy it immediately, or do you wait until you plan to actually read it to make the purchase?”

    Hahaha. Trick question, right?

    I will say, tho, that a lot more things are going on the wish list due to cost these days. JA Pitts, I’m not paying $13 for your ebook. No way. And, as much as I love zombies, I’m not spending $10 on a gamble with a new author (Courtney Summers) for me. Sophie Littlefield, your book gets wish listed, too. David Brin, I wanted to try your book, but I’ll wait ’til the price drops from the $15 level. . . if I still remember it later.

    That probably sounded way harsh, but you know that I read a lot and I can’t afford to routinely put out that kind of cash for something that I don’t know will be a sure thing. I’ll occasionally pay big bucks for a favorite author/book in series, but I can’t do it very often.

    OTH, I had pre-ordered the Carina Press books on your list. I periodically check out their upcoming releases and order like a fiend. The prices are great (there’s not a set price; they vary according to the length of the books), they cover many romance sub-genres (sci fi, fantasy, steampunk, m/m, contemporary, historical, etc), and the writing/editing/production quality is generally high. I’ve had some fails, but most have been in the ok to great range. (And,no, I don’t work for them.)

    • Alisha June 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Heheh yep, totally knew the answer already in your case. ^_^

      But you’re absolutely right regarding the Pitts/Brin books. When you’re looking at a $15 ebook, ya wanna know that it’ll at least be an “okay” reading experience. Because there are so many potential TKO-amazing reads coming out every week.

      That Summers book looks nuts, though. In the best possible way. ^_^

      Totally agree re: Carina. Really dig the price/length relationship, when all things are equal (i.e. when quality level is consistent and content is roughly similar). Buying one of their books with little peripheral knowledge (reviews, friend recs) is easier than with many other pubs.

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