Monday, July 23, 2012

My Picks of the Week! (July 24th)

Good Monday, Muses!

July is coming quickly to an end and unfortunately there are not many titles coming out this week. BUT, that is quite alright since August is right around the corner and their are many exciting releases to come. So this is a great week to kind of sit back and save a little money. Of course there are still a few releases this week worth mentioning!

In Adult books, Seduced by Blood, the 4th novel in Laurie Landon's Sweetblood vampire series will be hitting shelves on Tuesday. For those who like erotica, the e-book Ink Lust by Jayne Kingston sounds yummy. In Young Adult, fans of Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series will be excited for the release of book 3 called Endlessly. I personally am looking forward to checking out the much talked about Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein.

In movies, Silent House might be worth checking out if you need a horror fix. Also, it is the only movie this week that comes in a Blu-ray-DVD combo pack. And lastly, in TV Series, the STARZ originally series, Boss Season 1 comes to blu-ray and dvd. I am not a huge Kelsey Grammer fan, but I've been hearing that he is absolutely amazing in this show.

BOOKS (July 24th)


Dragon Justice (Paranormal Scene Investigations, #4)
by: Justice Anne Gilman

In my time with PUPI, formally known as Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations, I've seen a lot. Learned a lot. And not all of it's been good. But what we do-make people accountable for crimes committed  with magic-is important work. Still. Even I need to take a break every now and again.  Or so I've just been told (ordered). So hey, vacation. Maybe I'll finally figure out what's going on with the "special bond" between me and the bossman, Benjamin Venec. Venec seems to like that idea-he's invited me down to join him on a jaunt to Philly. But no sooner  do I arrive in the City of Brotherly Love than we're called in  to look at a dead body. And that's when life gets really complicated..

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Ink Lust
by: Jayne Kingston

Leni Brewster should have been disappointed when her twin sister had to bail on holding her hand during her first tattoo, but going to her appointment solo means time alone with the sexy-as-hell tattoo artist who falls into the Do Not Touch category two-fold.

Only Jamie Rodriguez isn’t as off-limits as Leni thinks. Privately single for months, Jamie finds himself more than looking forward to having the hot little librarian in his chair. And when she accidentally reveals a naughty secret about herself, he can’t get his hands on her fast enough—he has to know what else she’s hiding under that buttoned-up exterior of hers.

What he discovers sets his blood to boiling, igniting a burning determination to test every single one of the boundaries, both personal and physical, that she’s set for herself.

Release Date: 25 July 2012

No Surrender, No Retreat (Archangel Chronicles, #2)
by: L.J. LaBarthe

Seventy years after it began, the war between angels and demons is over. Archangels Gabriel and Michael reunite at last, but a dangerous new challenge stands in the way of their happiness: someone is kidnapping angels and selling them as trophies on the black market. When Raphael, Archangel of Healing, goes missing, his tearful lover joins with the Brotherhood of Archangels and their lieutenants to rescue him.

Without Raphael’s healing touch, disease spreads quickly through the world’s human population. The situation only worsens when the angel Agrat is kidnapped: the number of sex crimes begins to rise and her husband, Gabriel’s lieutenant, loses himself to his grief. As they mount a rescue mission, Gabriel and Michael’s relationship will be put to the test. With the threat of the world dying around them and tragedy looming overhead, can Gabriel and Michael keep love and hope alive?

Release Date: 25 July 2012

Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood, #4)
by: Laurie London

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors... Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories. Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both...

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Technomancer (Unspeakable Things, #1)
by: B.V. Larson
A new kind of alien invasion…

When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash?

After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: he is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural—which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute. It seems he is one of a special breed, a person with unusual powers. He’s also the prime suspect in a string of murders linked by a series of seemingly mundane objects. The deeper he digs and the harder he works to clear his name, the more Quentin realizes that some truths are better off staying buried…

Release Date: 24 July 2012


Cold Fury (Cold Fury, #1)
by: T.M. Goeglein

Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Drain You
by: M. Beth  Bloom

Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences.

Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off.

Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.

But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).

There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)
by: Kiersten White

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Guitar Notes
by: Mary Amato

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect—she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heart­breaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Red Heart Tattoo
by: Lurlene  McDaniel

At 7:45 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving break, a bomb goes off at Edison High. Nine people die instantly. Fifteen are critically injured. Twenty-two suffer less severe injuries. And one is blinded. Those who survive, struggle to cope with the loss and destruction. All must find new meaning for their lives as a result of something they may never understand.

Lurlene McDaniel's signature expertise and finesse in dealing with issues of violence, death, and physical as well as emotional trauma in the lives of teens is immediate and heartrending.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Something Strange and Deadly
by: Susan Dennard

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

MOVIES & TV SERIES (July 24th)


Directed by: Gabe Torres

Starring: Stephen Dorff

Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up trapped in the dark, cramped trunk of a moving car with no recollection of how or why he's there. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head that signify one thing..he's running out of time. As the captors reveal themselves and their motives while torturing their hostage mentally and physically, Jeremy realizes he is a pawn in their potentially catastrophic plot. He will not be set free until he gives up information about the President he's been trained not to reveal.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Joint Body
Directed by: Brian Jun

Starring: Mark Pellgrino, Alicia Witt

Joint Body is a gritty noir crime drama about Nick, a recent parolee, (Pellgrino) who is abandoned by his ex-wife and barred from seeing his young daughter. Trying to move on in his new life, Nick develops a relationship with a lonely, yet troubled stripper (Witt). When someone from her past shows up unexpectedly, Nick saves her life, but once again puts him on the wrong side of the law. 

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Port City
Directed by: Andy Brown

Starring: Matt Lutz, Jodie Sweetin

David (Matt Lutz) is a recent college dropout. Nancy (Jodie Sweetin) is his romantically challenged sister. Jason (Micah Shane Ballinger) is his very talkative, very gay new neighbor. And Jeanne (Natalie Canerday) is the co-worker whose husband is about to make her snap. When the temperature rises, so does the trouble for David and everyone around him. Secrets, lies, infidelity, betrayal and one very unwanted's not just another summer for this sleepy southern town. And when a trailer park hitman sets his sights on a new target, will all their lives change forever? Set in the Cape Fear riverside city of Wilmington, N.C., this sly, surprising comedy also stars Barbara Alyn Woods and John Wesley Shipp.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Silent House
Directed by: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese

From the directors of the hit film Open Water, Silent House is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

The Deep Blue Sea
Directed by: Terence Davies

Starring: Tom Hiddleton, Rachel Weisz

Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre.

Release Date: 24 July 2012


Boss: Season 1

Starring: Kelsey Grammer

Mayor Tom Kane (Golden Globe® winner Kelsey Grammer) is King of Chicago, and he rules his domain with an iron fist. Deception, scandal, and betrayal go hand in hand with Kane’s form of politics. As long as he gets the job done, the people of Chicago look the other way. Despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, Kane is hiding a dark secret. A degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him, and he can’t trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself. Watch as Kane viciously fights battles on all fronts in "Boss" Season 1.

Release Date: 24 July 2012

Children's Hospital: Season 3

Starring: Rob Corddry, Malin Akerman

The courageous doctors of Childrens Hospital - brilliant, egotistical, nymphomaniacal - do whatever it takes to save sick kids' lives whether they deserve it or not. The CH team will disrobe, do Ecstasy, donate organs (except for the important one), or shoot adult films in the OR - all for the greater good. Show creator Rob Corddry stars with series regulars Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler and a slew of celebrity drop-ins. Get your hands on all 14 Season Three episodes of this outlandishly incorrect, medically dope and seriously short series that'll literally get you high. Not really.

Release Date: 24 July 2012


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  2. Great choices!
    I can't wait to read Something Strange and Deadly it sounds amazing!



    1. Hi Ruty! Thanks for stopping by! Something Strange and Deadly does sound interesting! You will probably read it before me so let me know what you think!