New Releases Feb. 21-28 Part 1 (w/ Reader’s Choice Giveaway)

It’s Monday, so it must be time to look at the new releases in sci fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and Young Adult paranormal for the week! It’s a monster week, so I’m going to divided it up over three days–with three giveaways–reader’s choice. Details at the end of the list! As almost-always, open internationally and, remember, all prize drawings take place on the following Saturday.

Releases 1-9 of 27…

American Vampire, by Jennifer Armintrout (Feb. 22, Mira)
Sometimes, the vampires are the good guys. Buried in the Heartland is a town that no one enters or leaves. Graf McDonald somehow becomes its first visitor in more than five yearsand he was only looking for a good party. Unfortunately, Penance, Ohio, is not that place. And after having been isolated for so long, they do not like strangers at all…Jessa’s the only one to even remotely trust him, and she’s desperate for the kind of protection that only a vampire like Graf can provide. Supplies are low, the locals are ornery for a sacrifice and there’s a monster more powerful than Graf lurking in the woods. New men are hard to come by in this lonesome town, and this handsome stranger might be Jessa’s only hope for salvation…Even if she has to die first.
Center of GravityStar Carrier, Book Two, by Ian Douglas (Feb. 22, Eos)
In the evolution of every sentient race, there is a turning point when the species achieves transcendence through technology. The warlike Sh’daar are determined that this monumental milestone will never be achieved by the creatures known as human.  On the far side of known human space, the Marines are under siege, battling the relentless servant races of the Sh’daar aggressor. With a task force stripped to the bone and the Terran Confederation of States racked by dissent, rogue Admiral Alexander Koenig must make the momentous decision that will seal his fate and the fate of humankind. A strong defensive posture is futile, so Koenig will seize the initiative and turn the gargantuan Star Carrier America toward the unknown. For the element of surprise is the only hope of stalling the Sh’daar assault on Earth’s solar system—and the war for humankind’s survival must be taken directly to the enemy.
Cloneworld, by Andy Remic (Feb. 22, Solaris)
Junks, an evil alien scourge, are flooding Quad-Gal with terror and Combat K are sent on a mission to find an elusive alien retrovirus which can be used against the enemy. SLAM-dropped to Cloneworld – a planet ravaged by violent civil war – not only are Combat K hunted by elite junk assassins, but they get caught in a global conflict between augmented mechanised war machines and genetically modified humans who have the ability to clone themselves. Combat K must fight their way to victory to save the Four Galaxies. But how can they possibly succeed, when their main foe are their own elite and deadly clones?
Darkest Mercy, by Melissa Marr (Feb. 22, HarperCollins)
The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey. Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life. Fifth in the Wicked Lovely series.
Darkness Becomes Her, by Kelly Keaton (Feb. 22, Simon Pulse)
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.  Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. First in a new Gods and Monsters series.
Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (Feb. 22, Atheneum)
A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York. Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist?  If Prudence Galewski is ever going to get out of Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls, she must demonstrate her refinement and charm by securing a job appropriate for a young lady. But Prudence is fascinated by how the human body works and why it fails. She lands a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of the fever bound to change medical history. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, she explores every potential cause of the disease. But there’s no answer in sight—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. Strangely, though, she hasn’t been sick a day in her life.
Dead Streets, by Tim Waggoner (Feb. 22, Angry Robot)
Matt  Richter’s going to pieces—literally. You’ve got to keep your head to survive in the teeming undead city known as Nekropolis. It’s a pity crazed genius Victor Baron couldn’t manage that. Now everyone wants a piece of him. Zombie detective Matt Richter and his glamorous she-vampire companion Devona are back on the case, with another wild and wonderful investigation. Second in the Nekropolis series.
Dead Waters, by Anton Strout (Feb. 22, Ace)
Simon Canderous, of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, is used to fighting vampires and zombies. But the strange murder of a professor has everyone stumped. And it’s making some people crazy. Seriously crazy. Fourth in the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series.
Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect, by James Swallow (Feb. 22, Del Rey)
In the near future, with physical augmentation gaining ground and nano-cybernetics only years away, the dawn of limitless human evolution is just beyond the horizon, and a secret corporate cabal of ruthless men intends to make sure that humankind stays under its control. But two people on opposite sides of the world are starting to ask questions that could get them killed.  Secret Service agent Anna Kelso has been suspended for investigating the shooting that claimed her partner’s life. Anna suspects that the head of a bio-augmentation firm was the real target, and against orders she’s turned up a few leads concerning a covert paramilitary force and a cadre of underground hackers. But the cover-up runs deep, and now there’s a target on her back. 
Which one of these do you most want to read—and would you most like to win? As always, to enter: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet/Retweet. Stay tuned tomorrow and Wednesday for 18 more releasesand two more giveaways!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

46 thoughts on “New Releases Feb. 21-28 Part 1 (w/ Reader’s Choice Giveaway)

  1. This is the best week of 2011! Tomorrow, This Side of the Grave will be released, and as I see, there’s more great book 😉
    Thank you for the giveaway, again! I would like to win American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout =)

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  2. I most want to read the Darkness Becomes Her, by Kelly Keaton and I would like to win it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    I am a follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  3. Couple in here catching my eye. I’ll put in a bid for Dead Streets.

    Thank you!

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  4. Darkest Mercy by Mellissa Marr looks good. I’ve never read her stuff but this sounds like a good one to start with.
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  5. I’m having a hard time choosing between Darkness Becomes Her and Deadly, but I think I’ll go with Darkness Becomes Her.

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  6. American Vampire sounds good, but so do the rest. That’s the one for today though.

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  7. I would like American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout.

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    thanks for the giveaway
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  8. I’d pick Darkness becomes her by Kelly Keaton!

    thanks for the giveaway

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  9. We I first started reading extensively many years ago, one of the type of books that I enjoyed was SciFi which in those days of the pulp magazines was mostly what is now called Spave Opera.

    I confess to still having a weakness for books of that type so I would love to get a copy of Center of Gravity—Star Carrier, Book Two, by Ian Douglas.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

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  10. i want to read Darkness Becomes Her, by Kelly Keaton 🙂

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  11. I would like to read/win Darkest Mercy the most! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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    Thanks for the giveaways. I love your site! Great contests.

    The book I’d most like to read/win is: Darkness becomes her.

    jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

  13. I’d love to read Darkness becomes her, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book 🙂
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