Flavor of the week : Orange Penguin Delight
Pubsicle is a weekly meme that combines our two favorite things – ice cream and books. We hand the reigns over to some of our awesome publishers as they highlight what upcoming releases they’re excited about.
Bite Club (The Morganville Vampires, Book 10) by Rachel Caine
Morganville, Texas is a quiet college town where humans and vampires live in relative peace. But lately a great deal of blood is being spilled. Not in a feeding frenzy, but for someone’s twisted idea of entertainment.
After discovering that vampires populate Morganville – and surviving a number of adventures – Claire Danvers has come to realise that for the most part, the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else has other ideas. There’s a new extreme sport being broadcast over the Internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against one another – or, worse, against humans. Tracking the signal leads Claire and her friends to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville. And if they want to survive, they’ll have to do a lot more than fight…
Release Date: May 3rd, 2011
Rachel Caine is the author of more than fifteen novels. She was born in White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Pop-eye and Darwin, a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley, and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet of course).
What Happened to Goodbye? By Sarah Dessen
Mclean never lets herself get too attached . . .
After the scandal of her mother’s affair, Mclean and her dad chose life on the road. But since losing her family and home, Mclean has lost herself too; she’s been Eliza, then Lizbet, then Beth – changing her name as often as she changes towns. Until now. Her new neighbour, Dave, is like no one she’s met before. Is it finally time to stop reinventing? Or will Mclean turn her back on the new life she loves, without even saying goodbye?
Release date: May 10, 2011
Sarah Dessen is one of America’s most successful writers of teenage fiction. Her books have won various awards, with Lock and Key reaching #1 in The New York Times bestseller list. Sarah lives in the countryside in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs.
Comet Box by Adrian Stirling
It’s 1986 and Halley’s Comet is hurtling towards Earth. Everyone is talking about what the comet will bring – wishes could be granted, people might go mad, great disasters could happen…
When Andrew is asked to write down his greatest wish for the Comet Box, he can think of only one thing – that his runaway sister Amelia will finally come home. As the comet draws nearer he begins to learn the reasons why she left in the first place and the more he learns, the more he wants to forget.
When Amelia is captured and brought home she reveals a shocking secret that makes Andrew’s once safe world begin to unravel. As the comet arrives, Andrew must choose whether to be blind to the mistakes of the people around him or to side with his sister as she tears his family apart.
Release date: June 2011
Born in 1977, Adrian Stirling grew up in and around the Geelong area. He studied Literature and Journalism at university and began writing while working as a secondary school teacher in Colac. He has written several short stories. Broken Glass was his first novel.
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