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June Book of the Month - June 14, 2011

June Book of the Month - June 14, 2011

Book of the Month is a new feature for The Qwillery. Poll results showed that this is a feature that you would like. So here goes...

I announced my June Book of the Month in a vlog last week, but thought it would be better to put it in a post. This book has a Druid, a Druid trainee, Polish witches, a vampire lawyer (I know, not a stretch), a werewolf lawyer (and a pack of werewolves), gods from various mythologies, and the most awesome ever Irish Wolfhound. There's lots more, but I don't want to give anything away. You'll know all of the above if you read the first book in the series.

Why is it my June Book of the Month? First off, it's a 5 Qwill book that I can highly recommend. It's beautifully written with great wit. I love the characters, except for the malicious ones. I don't like them at all! The story is well-crafted. It moves at a nice clip. And Atticus O'Sullivan is one of the more enjoyable characters I've read in a while. He's a good guy. You can't help but cheer him on. I'm in love with the interplay between Atticus and his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon. I'm impressed with how gods of different pantheons and mythologies are woven into the story. While there are danger and battles, there are also laughs and more than a few pop culture references that had me smiling. If you haven't guessed by now, the June Book of the Month is Hexed, Iron Druid Chronicles 2, by Kevin Hearne.

Hounded, Book 1, was released in May 2011. Hexed, Book 2, was released this month (or it couldn't be the June Book of the Month), and Hammered, Book 3, will be released in July 2011.

I like this series so much that I want to share! One commenter will win Hounded and Hexed. See the Giveaway rules below.

The Iron Druid Chronicles

The Iron Druid Chronicles 1
(May 3, 2011)
June Book of the Month - June 14, 2011
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders

Read the Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Hounded here

The Iron Druid Chronicles 2
(June 7, 2011)
June Book of the Month - June 14, 2011
Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty—when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.
With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.
Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders

The Iron Druid Chronicles 3
(July 5, 2011)
June Book of the Month - June 14, 2011
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.
One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.
Amazon : B&N : Book Depository : Borders

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles 1) and a Mass Market Paperback copy of Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles 2) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is one of you favorite books that you've read recently?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

New Release Tuesday Vlog - June 7, 2011

I have not vlogged about the new releases I've picked up in eons it seems. This vlog covers books from May 31, June 1, and June 7, 2011. I also reveal my pick for Book of the Month as well as who is visiting The Qwillery on Friday. Thanks for watching!

Which books have you gotten recently?

June 2011 Book Releases

Here is my list of books coming out in June 2011. If there is something that I've missed, please leave a comment below. Also note that this list is always under revision. Please note that publication dates change. I try to keep this as accurate as possible. Any genre mistakes are mine. Leave a comment if  the genre is wrong. Anthology covers are below.

June 1, 2011

The Map of All Things**Kevin J. AndersonEF - Terra Incognita 2
Demons Prefers BlondesSidney AyersPNR -Demons Unleashed 1
CascadeLisa T. BergrenYA - River of Time 2
VirginCheryl BrooksSFER - Cat Star Chronicle 7
The Vampire StalkerAllison Van DiepanYA
Stone and ShadowsElizabeth EdmondsonF
Gift of the BoudaRichard FarnsworthH
The Circus of Dr. Lao**Charles G. FinneyF
The Lost HeiressCatherine FisherF - Relic Masters 2
The Eternal SeaAngie FrazierYA - Camille Rowan 2
By Rocket to the Moon**Otto Willi GailSF
DeadlineMira GrantSF - Newsflesh Trilogy 2
The Ghost and Miss DeMure**Melanie JacksonPNR
Embrace the NightCrystal JordanPER - Night 1
Shadow Touch***Erin KellisonPNR - Shadow Novella
Hidden by Blood***Laurie LondonPNR - Sweetblood Novella
Nina in UtopiaMiranda MillerTTR
Degrees of FreedomSimon MordenSF -Metrozone 3
The Song of the SilvercadesK.S. NikakisEF - Kira Chronicles 2
Wish I Might****Coleen Murtagh ParatoreYA - Willa 2
OrderaKirsi SalonenEF
Heart of the Highland WolfTerry SpearPNR - Werewolf 7
Empire of Fear**Brian StablefordH - Epic Vampir
Ashes, AshesJo TreggiariYA
Eternal HeartsJennifer TurnerPNR - Darkness Within 2
Perfect Shadow***Brent WeeksF - Night Angel Novella

June 2, 2011

Moondance of StonewyldeKit BerryYA - Stonewylde 2
Claire DeWitt and the City of the DeadSara GranM - Claire DeWitt 1
The Deadliest BiteJennifer RardinUF - Jaz Parks 8
City of the SnakesDarren ShanUF - City Trilogy 3

June 5, 2011

MigrationJames P. HoganSF
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 Rich Horton (ed)SF/F - Anthology

June 6, 2011

Siren****John EversonH
Sorceress, InterruptedA.J. MendenUF
The UnforgivenJoy NashPNR - Watchers 1

June 7, 2011

Three Sinful WishesR.G. AlexanderPER
Storm KissedJessica AndersenPNR - Nightkeeper 6
HexedIlona Andrews
Yasmine Galenorn
Allyson James
Jeanne C. Stein
PNR - Collection
FrostboundSharon AshwoodPNR - Dark Forgotten 4
Bear NecessitiesDana Marie BellPER - Halle Shifters 1
Hexes and HemlinesJuliet BlackwellPM - Witchcraft Mystery 3
My Name is Memory****Ann BrasharesF/TTR
The Nine Lives of Chloe KingLiz BraswellYA - Collection
Insatiable****Meg CabotPNR - Insatiable 1
The Morganville Vampires, Vol. 4Rachel CaineYA - Collection
Chicks Kick ButtRachel Caine (ed) &
Kerrie L. Hugues (ed)
F - Anthology
Nyx in the House of NightP.C. Cast (ed)YA - Nonfiction Anthology
V Is for Vampire: An Illustrated Alphabet of the UndeadAdam-Troy Castro
Hunt the MoonKaren ChanceUF - Cassandra Palmer 5
NightfallEllen ConnorPNR - Dark Age Dawning 1
Flying BlindDeborah CookeYA - Dragon Diaries 1
Undead and Unwed**MaryJanice DavidsonPNR - Queen Betsy 1
Lanceheim****Tim DavysF - Mollisan Town Quartet 2
Vampire in AtlantisAlyssa DayPNR - Warriors of Poseidon 7
Elixir****Hilary DuffYA - Elixir 1
From Hell With Love****Simon R. GreenUF - Secret Histories 4
For Heaven's Eyes OnlySimon R. GreenUF - Secret Histories 5
Hit ListLaurell K. HamiltonUF - Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 20
Worldshaker****Richard HarlandYA - Worldshaker 1
HexedKevin HearneUF - Iron Druid Chronicles 2
Farnham's Freehold**Robert A. HeinleinSF
Memories of Envy****Barb HendeeUF -Vampire Memories 3
Tiger's QuestColleen HouckYA - Tiger's Curse 2
HereafterTara HudsonYA
Shadow WalkerAllyson JamesPNR - Stormwalker 3
EverdarkElle JasperPNR/UF - Dark Ink Chronicles 2
PossessionElana JohnsonYA
Forgotten SeaVirginia KantraPNR - Children of the Sea 5
Shades of Milk and Honey****Mary Robinette KowalF
Unnatural IssueMercedes LackeyF - Elemental Masters 7
The Osiris Ritual****George MannSPM - Newbury & Hobbes 2
Dragongirl****Todd J. McCaffreyF -Dragonriders of Pern
EverlastingAlyson NoelYA -The Immortals 6
Tongues of Serpents****Naomi NovikF - Temeraire 6
Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk RomanceJean Rabe (ed)
Martin H. Greenberg (ed)
SPR - Anthology
Thistle DownIrene RadfordF
Spirits of the NohRandall ThomasYA - The Waking 2
The Golden KeyMelanie Rawn
Jennifer Roberson
Kate Elliott
F - Collection
Light My FireJodi RedfordPER
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenRansom RiggsYA
Ghost CatsMandy M. Roth
Michelle M Pillow
Jaycee Clark
PER - Collection
AncestorScott SiglerH
Lightborn****Alison SinclairF - Darkborn Trilogy 2
ShadowbornAlison SinclairF - Darkborn Trilogy 3
The PackJason StarrUF
HexAllen SteeleSF - Coyote 8
The Banshee's WalkFrank TuttlePM
Hunter's FallShiloh WalkerPNR - Hunters
Dust of DreamsRenee WildesPNR - Guardians of the Light 4
RobopocalypseDaniel H. WilsonSF

June 8, 2011

SirenzCharlotte Bennardo
Natalie Zaman
What We Keep Is Not Always What Will StayAmanda CockrellYA
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien GirlfriendGary GhislainYA
The Quicksilver FaireGillian SummersYA - Scions of Shadow Trilogy 2

June 9, 2011

Fairy Bad DayAmanda AshbyYA
Dragon CastleJoseph BruhacYA
The Stranger's WoesMax FreiF - Labyrinths of Echo 2

June 13, 2011

The Noble Pirates*Rima L. JeanF/TT

June 14, 2011

From Bad to CursedKatie AlenderYA - Bad Girls Don't Die 2
Trial by FireJennifer Lynn BarnesYA - Raised by Wolves 2
The Good and the GhastlyJames BoiceSF
The Demon's SurrenderSarah Rees BrennanYA - Demon's Lexicon Trilogy 3
Nightshade****Andrea CremerYA - Nightshade 1
Perdition's GatewayTerrance S. DrakeSFT
The RevenantSonia GenslerYA
The Glass DemonHelen GrantSM
The DeadCharlie HigsonYA - Enemy 2
PassionLauren KateYA - Fallen 3
Torment****Lauren KateYA - Fallen 2
HourglassMyra McEntireYA
Still Sucks to be MeKimberly PauleyYA - Mina 2
The Afterblight Chronicles Omnibus: AmericaSimon Spurrier
Rebecca Levene
Al Ewing
SF- Omnibus
The Frozen Rabbi****Steve SternF/HF
Imaginary GirlsNova Ren SumaYA

June 15, 2011

Leviathan WakesJames S.A. CoreySF - Expanse 1
The Uncertain PlacesLisa GoldsteinF
Shambling With The Stars***Jesse PetersenUF - Living with the Dead Short Story

June 16, 2011

The Voodoo Moon TrilogyCheri ScotchH - Voodoo Moon
The God's WifeSuzan StillHF

June 21, 2011

The Book of DragonSteven BrustEF - Vlad Taltos 1-7
ShadowcryJenna BurtenshawYA - Secrets of Wintercraft 1
Witches of East EndMeilissa de la CruzF - The Beauchamp Family 1
The Darkest HeartThea DevineHF
The Cabinet of CuriositiesPaul DowswellYA - HF
The Plain ManSteve EnglehartF - Max August 2
American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary EditionNeil GaimanF
Stories: All New Tales****Neil Gaiman (ed)
Al Sarrantonio (ed)
SF/F - Anthology
NightwalkerConnie HallPNR - Nightwalkers
Haunting VioletAlyxandra HarveyYA
Breath of AngelKaryn HenleyYA - Angelaeon Circle 1
Sword of Fire and SeaErin HoffmanF - The Chaos Knight 1
Pinion****Jay LakeSF - Clockwork Earth 3
Embraced by BloodLaurie LondonPNR - Sweetblood 2
Happily Ever AfterJohn Klima (ed)F - Anthology
Fort FreakGeorge R.R. MartinSF - Wild Cards
The Magic of RecluceL.E. Modesitt, Jr. EF - Recluce1
The Bones of AvalonPhil RickmanSM
Jim and the FlimsRudy RuckerSF
Dead RulesRandy RussellYA
Vacation with a Vampire and Other ImmortalsMaggie Shayne
Maureen Child
SpellboundCara Lynn ShultzYA - Spellbound 1
Shadow's LureJon SprunkF - Shadow 2
The Poison DiariesMaryrose WoodYA - Poison Diaires 1
A Need So BeautifulSuzanne YoungYA

June 22, 2011

The People of the Mist**H. Rider HaggardF

June 23, 2011

Hell's Horizon****Darren ShanUF - City Trilogy 2

June 28, 2011

Deeper Than MidnightLara AdrianPNR - Midnight Breed 9
SpectyrPhilippa BallantineF - Book of the Order 2
Kindling the Moon*Jenn BennettUF - Arcadia Bell 1
Brightly Woven****Alexandra BrackenYA
Mystical WarriorJanet ChapmanPNR - Midnight Bay 3
Fins Are ForeverTera Lynn ChildsYA - Fins 2
Forgive My Fins****Tera Lynn ChildsYA - Fins 1
Lure of the WickedKarina CooperPNR - Dark Mission 2
Taken by FireSydney CroftPNR - ACRO 6
Supernatural NoirEllen Datlow (ed)SN - Anthology
1635: The Tangled WebVirginia DeMarceAH - Ring of Fire 8
Feast: Harvest of DreamsMerrie DestefanoUF
Wolf Tales 12Kate DouglasPER
Burn the NightJocelynn DrakeUF - Dark Days 6
Never Cry WolfCynthia EdenPNR - Night Watch 4
The January Dancer****Michael FlynnSF
Zadayi Red****Caleb FoxSF
The Shadow MenChristopher Golden
Tim Lebbon
F - Hidden Cities 4
PrimevalDavid L. GolemonSF - Event Group 5
Heart of EvilHeather GrahamPM - Krewe of Hunters 2
Deep In The WoodsChris Marie GreenUF - Vampire Babylon 6
Raising Stony MayhallDaryl GregoryF
Crave The MoonLori HandelandPNR - Nightcreatures 11
Changeling DreamDani HarperPNR - Changeling 2
The Mammoth Book of Dracula**Stephen Jones (ed)H - Anthology
The Wild Road**Marjorie M. LiuPNR - Dirk & Steele 8
Esperanza****Trish J. MacGregorST
Green-Eyed EnvyKasey MackenzieUF - Shades of Fury 2
Vampire Academy**Richelle MeadYA - Vampire Academy 1
Imager's IntrigueL.E. Modesitt, Jr.EF - Imager Portfolio 3
Children No More****Mark L Van NameSF - Jon & Lobo 4
City of RuinMark Charan NewtonEF - Legends of the Red Sun 2
TornErica O'RourkeYA
The Map of TimeFélix J. PalmaHF
Black Heart LoaAdrian PhoenixUF - Hoodoo 2
Lord of ShadowsAlix RickloffPHR - Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy 2
The Bear****R.A. SalvatoreEF - Saga of the First King 5
DiabolicalHank SchwaebleH - Jake Hatcher 2
Betrayal****Gillian ShieldsYA - Immortal 2
The Fuller Memorandum****Charles StrossSF -A Laundry Files 3
EternityHeather TerrellYA - Fallen Angel 2
The Fall****Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan
H - Strain Trilogy 2
Kitty's Big TroubleCarrie VaughnUF - Kitty Norville 9
Dark WarTim WaggonerUF - Matt Richter 3
MistificationKaaron WarrenUF
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe****Charles YuSF

June 29, 2011

Naamah's BlessingJacqueline CareyEF - Kushiel's Legacy 9

June 30, 2011

The Affair of the Chalk CliffsJames P. BlaylockF - Langdon St. Ives
LuminousDawn MetcalfYA
The Sunday BooksMichael Moorcock
Mervyn Peake

* 2011 Debut Author Challenge Novel
** Reprint or Reissue
*** E-book
**** Paperback or Mass Market Paperback Release of Hardcover

AH - Alternative History
DF - Dark Fantasy
EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
FM - Fantasy Mystery
FR - Futuristic Romance
GT - Gothic Thriller
H - Horror
HF - Historical Fantasy
HT - Historical Thriller
M - Mystery
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PES - Parnormal Erotic Suspense
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
SF - Science Fiction
SFER - Science Fiction Erotic Romance
SFT - Science Fiction Thriller
SM - Supernatural Mystery
SN - Supernatural Noir
SPR - Steampunk Romance
ST - Supernatural Thriller
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
YA - Young Adult

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