Can you believe it’s July already??? How did that happen!?
All right, we’ve got another great list of releases this month and first up, an awesome cover reveal!!
The Obsidian Pebble by Rhys A Jones
Releasing in October from Spencer Hill Press
11-year old Oz Chambers lives in a haunted house. His mother wants to move, but Oz would rather do double algebra (yuck) every day for twelve months than leave. Where others see spooky, Oz sees wonder and mystery and aching reminders of his deceased dad. When he and his friends hear ghostly footsteps in the boarded-up dorm at Halloween, it leads to an exploration of the old place’s eerie reputation. In his Dad’s locked study, Oz finds a parcel addressed to him and posted by his dad the day before he died. Inside is the obsidian pebble, a technology of astonishing scientific power and a clue to Penwurt’s secrets.
Suddenly Oz begins to change; he goes from maths dunce to A student overnight and has to deal with suspicious teachers and jealous pupils. But the footsteps in the locked rooms don’t go away and slowly, Oz begins to knit together the strands of lies and mystery that tie the obsidian pebble, his father and him together. What Oz hasn’t bargained for is that he’s not alone in that search for understanding and that solving Penwurt’s puzzles lead to other, much darker secrets that will test his loyalty and his bravery to the limit.
About the Author: Award winning author (OMG) Rhys A Jones writes fantastic, funny, scary (is this a bit too presumptious? By fantastic I mean fantasy, not brilliant–though I hope they are–brilliant that is), mysteries for ages 10 and up. His job is to take you where anything is possible. When he isn’t writing he walks the dogs and occasionally practises medicine. He lives in an evergreen valley in West Wales with his very understanding wife.
~ The cover was designed by fellow Scene 13er Lisa Amowitz. Isn’t it gorgeous!? Can’t wait for this one to come out. Keep an eye out for it in October!!
And now for our July releases 🙂
Michelle McLean’s A Bandit’s Broken Heart (Blood Blade Sisters #2)
Releasing July 8th from Entangled Publishing’s historical imprint, Scandalous
Widowed mother, Brynne Richardson, gave up her bandit activities when she left California to make a fresh start with her young daughter in Boston. Working for a handsome doctor fulfills her need to be useful and independent, but he creates another yearning she cant deny.
A man with a purpose
Dr. Richard Oliver assumes Brynne is just another debutante hunting for a rich husband, until she intrigues him with her steady hand for stitchesand guns. He cant put her out of his mind, but the young widow has mysteries hes determined to unravel.
A love in danger
When smugglers raid the much-needed supplies from the clinic, Brynne must resurrect her bandit persona for the good of the sick and the poor. Her secret life threatens to destroy everything shes worked so hard to protecther life, her family and her heart.
Lisa Amowitz’s Breaking Glass
Releasing July 9th from Spencer Hill Press
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, hes not sure whether theyre real or if hes losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
Lindsay Eland’s A Summer of Sundays
Releases July 9th from Egmont USA
And when she discovers a silver box in the basement of the library her parents are renovating, she might just have found something to gain her the attention she so craves. Inside is a series of letters addressed to “The Librarian” and a manuscript. But who wrote them? With the help of annoying neighbor-turned-new-friend Jude, Sunday is determined to track down the author. And when she unveils this novel to the world, she’ll be famous!
Lena Goldfinch’s Songstone
Releases July 22nd
Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he’s secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.
Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn’t brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita’s unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He’s come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village–a storyteller who’ll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she’ll risk her life to take it.
Lisa Gail Green has a story in the Journeys of Wonder #3 Anthology
Just released on June 28th from Fuzzbom Publishing
Available now from Amazon
And Christine Fonseca will be re-releasing Lacrimosa and Libera Me (the first two books in her Requiem series) with new covers and interiors this month so be sure to keep an eye out for more info on those releases! You can check out Christine’s website for more info.
We’ve got some great books releasing this month, so I hope you will check them out 🙂
Our theme for this month is Summer Reading. Looking forward to everyone’s recommendations for a good summer read-fest!