Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Releases: August 2012

Here are a few releases scheduled for early August. The first two releases highlighted have been on my "to be read" list for a while. Green Thumb is a gay speculative fiction (post-apocalyptic) novella from favorite writer Tom Cardamone. And, Wild Texas Rose, the 6th installment in the Whispering Mountain western romance series is from another favorite writer, Jodi Thomas. So, these two books are not only definite reads, but expect reviews soon!

Title: Green Thumb: A Novella by Tom Cardamone
Release Date: August 2, 2012 (Brazenhead)

Mutability blooms in the Florida Keys after the Red War and the genie boxes. King Pelicans with the brains of scientists and a single human hand in place of one webbed foot rule the ruins of half-drowned Miami. Slavers roam the deep waters offshore, taking captives to feed the voracious Kudzu Army and the human aqueduct bearing fresh water from Lake Okeechobee. On the last stretch of the Overseas Highway still standing, an albino seeress slowly becomes her name: White Flamingo. ''You,'' she says. ''You will reach for the sun while staying rooted to the ground. But I fear your shadow will be much too long.''

Transformed by his father's genie box in the late days of the Red War, Leaf has lived for decades or centuries alone in a collapsing Victorian house on a desolate sandy key, misunderstanding time, feeding on sunlight and dew. When at last he meets a boy like--but so unlike!--himself, Leaf understands he has met destiny and sets out on a long, strange journey. A post-apocalyptic, psychoactive, polymorphous-perverse pastorale, Green Thumb will startle you with its utter strangeness and break your heart with its fragile beauty.

Title: Wild Texas Rose (Whispering Mountain #6) by Jodi Thomas
Release Date: August 7, 2012 (Berkeley)
Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her family's ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she's backed away from marriage three times without giving anyone reasons. Everyone thinks she is a coward, afraid of any adventure, including falling in love. She's never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now.

Duncan McMurray, like Rose, was adopted into the family. As a Texas Ranger, he swears he'll never settle down and marry. He's been Rose's guardian angel since they were kids but for the first time in their lives he's the one who has caused her to be in danger. Somehow, he has to protect her from an outlaw gang determined to kill her without letting Rose know of the danger she's in. He's convinced that her heart can't take the stress if she knows...the only question is can his heart take the nearness of her.

When opposites collide the adventure begins...

And from Kensington Books the following three books releasing on August 1st all look good to me. I'm going with Naked Games, a hot erotic romance from Anne Rainey; Demon Hunting in the Deep South, what looks to be a funny, Southern paranormal romance by Lexi George, and Don't Say a Word, a romance suspense from Beverly Barton, a well-known writer who passed away on April 2011 but who left behind a legacy in books.

Title: Naked Games (Hard to Get #3) by Anne Rainey (Aphrodesia)
Dean enjoys women of all varieties, but unless they’re naked and in his bed he doesn’t have much use for them. He trusted his heart and soul to a woman before and he won’t let it happen again.

Then Dean meets curvy Catherine Michaels, the mouthy woman claiming to be Gracie Baron’s long lost baby sister. He’s immediately suspicious of the pretty redhead, but he can’t seem to keep his distance.

He aches to strip her bare so he can sip at her satiny skin. But once Dean’s had a taste of her succulent body, he wants more. In fact, he wants her for his own.

Title: Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George (Brava)
Shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass tries to stay under the radar, especially when petite socialite Meredith Starr Peterson, aka The Death Starr, is anywhere around. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends have tormented Evie about her size since seventh grade. Unfortunately, it's hard for a plus-sized gal to stay invisible in a small town like Hannah, Alabama. And then Evie finds Meredith brutally murdered. Suddenly, she's the number one suspect in a sensational murder case. Worse, Hannah is infested with demons, and the only thing standing between them and Evie is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar.

Evie could swear, though, that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. She could swear that he's interested in her...

Title: Don't Say a Word by Beverly Barton (Zebra)
Cross Your Heart…

One by one, they will die. He has waited patiently, planning their final moments. Their tortured screams, their pleas for mercy—all will be in vain...

And Hope…

Homicide detective Julia Cass has witnessed plenty of crime scenes. But the murder of a Chattanooga judge is shocking in its brutality. Teamed with FBI agent Will Brannock, Julia delves into an investigation that soon unearths more bodies—all mutilated in the same way, all left with a gruesome souvenir of a killer’s ruthless rage…

To Die…

The only way to stop the slaughter is to predict the next victim. But when you’re dealing with vengeance at its most ruthless, one wrong move can make you a target…and the next word you utter could be your last…

For a change of pace, these are ALL early releases. Any books you're looking forward to reading in August?


  1. That sounds like a very eclectic group of books and they sound awesome!
    I've been meaning to try Jodi Thomas myself but I don't know where to start.

    1. Alex, with Jodi Thomas you have the option of reading contemporaries or western historical romances. Either way, she has a wonderful style. If you want to begin with a contemporary, I suggest Twisted Creek. :D

  2. Ditto what Alex said, that's a mix bag of books you have there! Lol.

    The Barton book sounds good. I think I've read one book by her in the past but didn't enjoy. You have to let me know how you like this one. :)

    Garwood also has a new release for early Aug, Sweet Talk. It's rom suspense so I'm hoping it's good!

    1. Hey Tabitha! I will definitely let you know about the Barton. This one will be my first. :) Oh, and I haven't read a Garwood RS in years! The two I read by her didn't do much for me at the time, maybe I should give her another try?

  3. Her recent RS books are not so enjoyable for me. I enjoyed the earlier ones more so. Do you recall which two you read?

    1. I have a whole bunch of Garwood's RS books at home that Mariana gave to me a while back. I need to read some of those to see if I like her style first. But the ones I'm talking about are about music? Shadow Music? and something else about music or dance... I didn't really enjoy those. I don't remember now why I didn't like them (it was a long time ago). *g* But I loved Garwood's romances from before that time! Loved them!

  4. Shadow Music and Shadow Dance are two of JG books. SM is historical though. SD is RS and I'm not surprised you didn't enjoy it. I didn't either. Jordan and Noah, two great characters from previous books, were a huge disappointment in their own stories.

    I recommend Murder List if you have it. I've re-read it a number of times and each time I still enjoy it. Another one I can think of is Slow Burn. Hopefully, you have one of them to check out!

  5. Those are the books, Tabitha! The contemporary is the one I'm talking about. I didn't like it. :(

    I DO have Murder List and Slow Burn!! I waited until I came home to check my books, so I'll place those two books at the top of my Garwood TBR read. :D Thanks for the recommendations. :)

    1. Awesome. I hope you enjoy them as well. :)

  6. August is a pretty good month right? :P I got Wild Texas Rose already :P Hopefully, I'll read it soon. Seems to me there's a reason Rose has backed up from three weddings :P

    Let me know how Demon Hunting in the Deep South is. I've been meaning to read Lexi Georges for a while, but didn't know whether I should give it a try or not.

    In August, so far, the books I really want is A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake and Widow's Web by Jennifer Estep. Those are the two I'll be hunting for :P Of course, there's a couple more I want to read... :P

    1. I'm getting Wild Texas Rose today! I will definitely let you know about Lexi George's book, that book just looks like fun, right?

      I think August is a really great month, I'm looking forward to reading other books that I didn't highlight here. I just chose some early releases for a change. :D


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