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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Swag: Penguin Publishing Urban Fantasy

Doing something a little different! I've got some great Urban Fantasy books from Penguin (Ace, Roc) that I just can't get to. So I am giving them away! I only ask that you promise to review any book(s) you win somewhere online. If you don't have a blog, then maybe you can do a guest review for us! See your name in lights... or sheep. Same difference <G>

Don't forget to check out the 4 blogs at the end of this post who are giving away some great author swag!
Today's feature Publisher: Penguin Group

The Shadow of the Soul: The Forgotten Gods: Book Two (The Forgotten Gods Trilogy)
Sarah Pinborough
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Ace Trade (August 6, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0425258483
ISBN-13: 978-0425258484

The author of the “diabolically clever”* A Matter of Blood returns with another gritty supernatural thriller featuring hard-boiled homicide detective Cass Jones…

A devastating terrorist attack has crippled London. To find a perpetrator who is more than human, Special Branch turns to Detective Inspector Cass Jones.

Cass is already investigating a series of student suicides, but saying no to Special Branch isn’t an option—even when he’s hit with a much more personal and deeply disturbing mystery: a message left for him by his murdered brother revealing that Cass’s nephew was stolen at birth.

Cass’s investigations and his search for the boy lead him down a dark labyrinth to the shadowy Mr. Bright and his otherworldly allies—and into the middle of an ancient and deadly feud, with no less than the fate of humanity hanging in the balance.

Undead and Unsure (Undead Series #12)
by MaryJanice Davidson
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Berkley Hardcover
ISBN 0425263436 (ISBN13: 9780425263433)

It’s no surprise to Betsy that her trip to Hell with her sister Laura landed them in hot water. Betsy isn’t exactly sorry she killed the Devil but it’s put Laura in a damnable position: assuming the role of Satan (she may not have the training but she looks great in red)—and in charge of billions of souls as she moves up in the world. Or is that down?

But Betsy herself is in an odd new position as well—that of being a responsible monarch suddenly in charge of all things more earth-bound: like her vampire husband Sinclair who has gone from relieved to ecstatic to downright reckless now that he can tolerate sunlight. And if Sinclair isn’t enough to contend with, Betsy’s best friend Jessica is in her sixth (and hopefully last) trimester. Considering she’s been pregnant for eighteen months, she’s become a veritable encyclopedia of what not to expect when you’re expecting. Oh, the horror…

And speaking of growing pains, Betsy and Sinclair’s adopted little BabyJon is finally starting to walk. And if the increasingly unpredictable toddler is anything like his extended family, precisely where he’s headed is anyone’s guess.

Shadows of Falling Night (Shadowspawn #3)
by S.M. Stirling
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Roc Hardcover
ISBN 0451464516 (ISBN13: 9780451464514)

At last, S. M. Stirling, the New York Times bestselling author of the Novels of the Change, presents the stunning climax to his Shadowspawn trilogy—the ultimate confrontation, in which the fate of all humanity hangs in the balance....

She’s back....

Near-purebred home nocturnus Adrian Brézé and his human mate, Ellen, thought they had dealt with his twin sister, Adrienne. In fact, they thought she was dead.

But she survived and now leads a faction of the Shadowspawn—the ancient, shape-shifting, blood-drinking breed who secretly control the world—that wants to leave just enough of the human race alive to satisfy their hunger and serve their needs. She has nothing but hatred and contempt for her brother, who remains on the side of humanity, fighting with the Brotherhood against the Shadowspawn.

To defeat him, she has suborned his mentor—the greatest warrior of the Brotherhood. The man thinks he’s bringing a weapon to the Council of Shadows that will wipe out the Shadowspawn’s leaders. In truth, his actions will make Adrienne demon-goddess of the world...unless Adrian and Ellen can turn him back in time.

Slashback (Cal Leandros #8)
by Rob Thurman
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Roc
ISBN 0451465024 (ISBN13: 9780451465023)

I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.


Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer.


Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent—the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him.

And now they are going to pay… and pay… and pay.

Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops #2)
by Myke Cole
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Ace
ISBN 0425256367 (ISBN13: 9780425256367)

The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Across the country and in every nation, people began to develop terrifying powers—summoning storms, raising the dead, and setting everything they touch ablaze. Overnight the rules changed…but not for everyone.

Colonel Alan Bookbinder is an army bureaucrat whose worst war wound is a paper-cut. But after he develops magical powers, he is torn from everything he knows and thrown onto the front-lines.

Drafted into the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder finds himself in command of Forward Operating Base Frontier—cut off, surrounded by monsters, and on the brink of being overrun.

Now, he must find the will to lead the people of FOB Frontier out of hell, even if the one hope of salvation lies in teaming up with the man whose own magical powers put the base in such grave danger in the first place—Oscar Britton, public enemy number one.

Casino Infernale (Secret Histories #7)
by Simon R. Green
384 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Roc (first published June 1st 2013)

Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, and his true love Molly Metcalf — who also happens to be a powerful witch — are attending Casino Infernale, an annual event held by the Shadow Bank, financiers of all global supernatural crime. Their mission: rig the game and bring down the Shadow Bank. But at Casino Infernale, the stakes are high. Winner takes all — and losers give up their souls.

Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx #1)
by Jill Archer
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ace
ISBN 0425257150 (ISBN13: 9780425257159)

Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, and the world from slipping back into chaos.

Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, the daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret: She was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of, and some would consider her an abomination.

Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or to attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.

Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx #2)
by Jill Archer
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Ace
ISBN 0425257169 (ISBN13: 9780425257166)

Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.
When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined.

Generation V (American Vampire #1)
by M.L. Brennan
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Roc
ISBN 0451418409 (ISBN13: 9780451418401)

Reality Bites

Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.

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  1. arf sadly it's Us only because i would have loved to get and review the noon onyx series

    i hope everybody will find something they enjoy!

  2. What superb swag! Thanks for the grand giveaway.

  3. Love the Betsy series... I hope I can win a copy for myself.

  4. Great selection of books, if I win I'd probably pick Undead and Unsure because I really love that series and I haven't read this book yet.

  5. Definitely some intriguing titles here. I have had my eye on Dark Light of Day, looks like a fun beginning to a new series. Thank you for sharing the Sunday Swag treats with us :)

  6. Wow, What a great selection of books, I have most of these on my TBR. It will be a hard choice, but I'll manage.evamillien at gmail dot com

  7. Wow, it looks like a great bunch of books. Thanks!