August 2013 Books On My Radar…

A list of books I’m interested in this month…some I will definitely buy…others will wait awhile or I won’t buy them at all since I already have a huge TBR pile of books (on my shelf and on my e-reader)!


July 15

I’ve been waiting for this book for several months and then when it was published I missed that fact for a few days and certainly didn’t have the book on my July list! I’ve very much liked everything Ms. Milan has written.

heiress effectThe Heiress Effect

by Courtney Milan

Series: Brothers Sinister series

Published by Courtney Milan

Genre: Historical Romance

281 pages

Synopsis: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.

And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.

Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances—and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her. But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.


July 30

I just heard about this book yesterday and it sounds good so I’m adding it to my list! This is by a debut author! It’s a trilogy and the next two books come out in August and September. I don’t know if I will get it and read it right away, but the reviews are good so I may try to read it before the next book comes out!

Note: Tor posted a short story in July which serves as a prequel to the first book so you can read that and see if you like the author’s voice and book concept before buying the book.

darwin-elevatorThe Darwin Elevator

by Jason M. Hough

Series: The Dire Earth Cycle, book 1

Published by Del Rey

Genre: Science Fiction

497 pages

Synopsis: In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

August 6

Jo Beverley‘s books are auto-buys for me. I especially like her Malloren world books which are set in the Georgian period in England.

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by Jo Beverley

Series: Malloren World Book

Published by Signet

Genre: Historical Romance

432 pages

Synopsis: A curse, a bachelor, and a spinster with a gun.

Perry Perriam has no time for marriage, but when he’s named heir to Perriam Manor he must marry a stranger or his family will lose the ancient estate. There’s a strange curse in the mix as well.

Claris Mallow has survived her parents’ tormented marriage and even though she’s living in a cottage on a very small income she has no intention of marrying anyone. She’s even willing to make her point with a pistol!


This is a fun mystery series set in the 1930’s. I’ve fallen behind in the series (as I have with several of the series I enjoy), but I’m hoping to catch up.


Heirs and Graces

by Rhys Bowen

Series: Her Royal Spyness, #7

Published by Berkley

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn’t landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham—the Duke’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society.

The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England’s most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward.

And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack’s hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke’s back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn’t enough of a handful, now he’s suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I’d bet the crown jewels it wasn’t he who killed the Duke…


I bought Libriomancer, the first book in this series, but haven’t read it yet. I’ll wait to read the first one before I buy the second!

Codex BornCodex-Born

by Jim C. Hines

Series: Magic Ex Libris, #2

Published by Daw

Genre: Fantasy

335 pages

Synopsis: Five hundred years ago, Johannes Gutenberg discovered the art of libriomancy, allowing him to reach into books to create things from their pages. Gutenberg’s power brought him many enemies, and some of those enemies have waited centuries for revenge. Revenge which begins with the brutal slaughter of a wendigo in the northern Michigan town of Tamarack, a long-established werewolf territory. Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is part of Die Zwelf Portenære, better known as the Porters, the organization founded by Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Isaac is called in to investigate the killing, along with Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and their dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood. Born decades ago from the pages of a pulp fantasy novel, Lena was created to be the ultimate fantasy woman, strong and deadly, but shaped by the needs and desires of her companions. Her powers are unique, and Gutenberg’s enemies hope to use those powers for themselves. But their plan could unleash a far darker evil…


I read the first few books in this series, but have fallen behind so I won’t buy this book and since the other books have remained expensive this series won’t make it to my “buy at any price” list since I have so many other books and series to read already!

BitingBad_sm1Biting Bad

by Chloe Neill

Series: Chicagoland Vampires Novel

Published by NAL

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.


The Anne McCaffrey Pern books were among my favorites as a young adult and I hoped these were short stories set in the Pern world by these authors. The authors are among my favorites so that would be fun and awesome. I don’t know if I want to read about their memories of Anne McCaffrey or how they were influenced by her (however interesting it might be). I will probably pass on this even though I was excited about it at first.

dragonwriterDragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

by Todd McCaffrey, David Brin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mercedes Lackey

Series: none

Published by Smart Pop

208 pages

Synopsis: In Dragonwriter, Anne’s son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern’s Lessa (and from Lessa’s creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne’s steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more.

Join Anne’s co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it.


August 13

I’ve liked Sharon Abe’s books and read some of her Drakon series so I’m interested in this. The time period is interesting (a number of books just happen to be set in this period since the success of Downton Abbey!) and it’s near the beginning of the series so I’m interested, but again the books are more expensive so I will wait to read some reviews.

The Deepest thedeepestnightNight

by Shana Abe

Series: Sweetest Dark #2

Published by Bantam

Genre: Historical Fantasy

321 pages

Synopsis: It’s 1915, and Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, the eerie, elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.

As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora near—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.


August 20

This sounds like it might be the beginning of a good series. I will wait to read a few reviews before I decide whether to start another new series…plus this is published in hardcover so both the digital edition and hardcover are expensive.


by Kelley Armstrong

Series: Cainesville, book 1

Published by Dutton

Genre: Fantasy

496 pages

Synopsis: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.


August 27

One of my very favorite authors…I like pretty much everything she writes!


The Arrangement

by Mary Balogh

Series: Survivor’s Club, book 2

Published by Dell

Genre: Historical Romance

400 pages

Synopsis: Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.

At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?


Mary Jo Putney is another favorite author and sounds like a good book.

Sometimsometesarogue150es a Rogue

by Mary Jo Putney

Series: Lost lords #5

Published by Zebra Books

Genre: Historical Romance

433 pages

Synopsis: Sometimes. . .Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they’ve abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. . .

A Rogue. . .Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn.


This is book 2 in this trilogy. The first book came out July 30 and it’s listed above.

exodus-towersThe Exodus Towers

by Jason M. Hough

Series: The Dire Earth Cycle, book 2

Published by Del Rey

Genre: Science Fiction

544 pages

Synopsis: Synopsis is not listed yet.


What books are you looking forward to this month? What books have I missed?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

7 thoughts on “August 2013 Books On My Radar…”

  1. Yes yes yes: Codex Born, Dragonwriter, The Deepest Night, The Arrangement (I read an advance copy, and loved it), Sometimes a Scoundrel. Oh, and Heirs and Graces; those are always fun. I’ll have to check out the others, as it seems we’re on the same page with these six!


  2. Yes to the Jo Beverley! She’s one of the very few historical romance authors who are still auto-buys for me. I haven’t loved MJP’s recent books, so I’m on the fence on that – will keep an eye out for reviews.

    And I’m curious about the new Kelley Armstrong – really pleased she’s back to adult books as I didn’t get on with her YA books.



    1. I agree with with you, Li…I have very few auto-buy historical romance authors anymore either, but Jo Beverley is still one of them! I’m also interested in knowing more abut the Kelley Armstrong before I buy it, but I’m hoping it will be a new series I like. Have a good reading month!


  3. Interesting list, Jan 🙂 I might check out the Jason M. Hough’s trilogy depending on reviews 🙂

    The Rhys Bowen series is one that I’ve been meaning to try. I forgot about it, but I think I should get back to it, especially since I’ve been looking for mysteries to read.

    How is the Chloe Neill series? Is it coming to an end soon? That’s another series I’ve been meaning to read, but i don’t know. I block. Perhaps I should skip the first book… Hmmm.

    Apparently, my copy of Omens has shipped!! I’ll try to read and review it soon 🙂 The American cover of Omens fits very well with Ms Armstrong’s previous books… I don’t know, it’s in the shininess LOL. But I have to say, I prefer the Canadian cover… Looks more ominous LOL.


    1. I’m behind in the Rhys Bowen series, but I did enjoy the ones I read. She also has several other mystery series. I’ve read a number of her Molly Murphy mysteries about a young Irish immigrant to NYC around 1900. I enjoy those, too.

      I have to tell you I’m behind in the Chloe Neill series, too, nath! Sounds pretty lame…but I’m not sure if it’s getting ready to wrap up or not…lol

      I will look forward to hearing how you like Omens and I’m waiting for more reviews on the Hough trilogy, too. I have so many books to read right now…


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