New Releases May 29-31 & Reader’s Choice Contest

It’s a big week for new releases, so we’re going to do Reader’s Choice for two days! Here are the May 29-31 releases in spec fiction―science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and YA paranormal. See what strikes your fancy…and win your choice in the contest. There are some h-o-t covers here! As always, open internationally. Check back on FRIDAY for another Reader’s Choice!

Blood of the Wicked, by Karina Cooper
(May 31, Avon)
As an independent witch living off the grid, Jessie Leigh has spent her life running, trying to blend in among the faceless drudges in the rebuilt city. She thought she was finally safe, but now she’s been found in a New Seattle strip club—by a hard-eyed man on a mission to destroy her kind. A soldier of the Holy Order, Silas Smith believes in the cause: trawling the fringes of society for the murderous witches who threaten what’s left of the world. Forced into a twisting web of half-truths and lies, he has to stay close to the most sensuous and electrifying woman he has ever seen and manipulate her into leading him to the witch he has to kill: her brother. First in the new Dark Mission series.
Concrete Savior, by Yvonne Navarro
(May 31, Pocket)
Once an irresistible, soul-destroying seducer of men and women through the ages, fallen angel Brynna Malak has fled Hell to seek redemption. But is such a thing possible? While dodging the brutal Hunters sent to retrieve her she must also save the life of a teenaged girl fathered by an angel and whose destiny is to complete a preordained task. At her side is a Chicago police officer who fights his undeniable attraction to her. And Brynna has made up her mind: she will die for eternity rather than return to Hell or give up her quest. Second in the Dark Redemption series.
Damned Busters, by Matthew Hughes
(May 31, Angry Robot)
Chesney Arnstruther: by day, mild mannered insurance man; by night, fearless superhero crime fighter. By his side, his wisecracking demonic sidekick, in a somewhat ill-fitting costume. Watch out all you freaks, weirdos, werewolves and assorted furry monsters, the Damned Busters are on your trail! First in the Hell to Pay series. U.S. Release.
The Darkness Beyond, by Alexis Morgan
(May 31, Pocket)
D.J. Clayborne has finally met his match. After weeks of playing cyber tag, a mysterious hacker bests D.J. at his own game. His nemesis downloads a top-secret history of the Paladins, forcing him to go on the hunt. The trail leads D.J. straight to Regina Morrison, a woman who is as sexy as she is talented in the cyber world.Reggie has been working around the clock to stop a legendary computer hacker from accessing her clients’ files, but the last thing she expects is to have D.J. show up at her door. Or that he’s even hotter than his evasive avatar. Newest in the Paladins series..
Dead of Veridon, by Tim Akers
(May 31, Solaris)
Trouble finds Jacob Burn. Kicked out of his house, out of his comfortable life, out of everything that is familiar, even turned away from his circle of criminal friends and interesting enemies. Two years after he saved an ungrateful city from a mad angel, thwarting the plans of every powerful faction in Veridon, Jacob is still trying to pull his life together. And still trouble finds him. A bad job goes worse, and soon old enemies present themselves as allies, and former friends set themselves against Jacob as he tries to put the dead to rest and the living to justice. Everything gets more difficult when he’s appointed by the Council to investigate the rise of the cog-dead, while some hold him personally accountable, and others in the city work to use the chaos to their advantage.
Dead on the Delta, by Stacey Jay
(May 31, Pocket)
Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t.  Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town. First in a new series.
Demon, by Kristina Douglas
(May 31, Pocket)
Azazel should have extinguished the deadly Lilith when he had the chance. Now, faced with a prophecy that will force him to betray the memory of his one true love and wed the Demon Queen, he cannot end her life until she leads him to Lucifer. Finding the First is the Fallen’s only hope for protecting mankind from Uriel’s destruction, but Azazel knows that ignoring his simmering desire for the Lilith will be almost as impossible. Rachel Fitzpatrick wonders how Azazel could confuse her with an evil seductress. She’s never even been interested in sex! At least not before she set eyes on her breathtaking captor. And now she can’t think about anything else—besides escape. Second in The Fallen series.
Desdaemona, by Ben Macallan
(May 31, Solaris)
Jordan helps kids on the run find their way back home. He’s good at that. He should be – he’s a runaway himself. Sometimes he helps the kids in other, stranger ways. He looks like a regular teenager, but he’s not. He acts like he’s not exactly human, but he is. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural, including the awesome Powers That Be. Desdaemona also knows the non-human world far too well. She tracks Jordan down and enlists his aid in searching for her lost sister Fay, who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal. This may be a mistake – for both of them.
Devil without a Cause, by Terri Garey
(May 31, Avon)
Temptation and seduction are the tricks of the Devil’s trade, and when offered the chance to regain his wings by playing guardian angel, Sammy Divine is hell-bent on doing things his way. Faith McFarland is in need of a miracle. So desperate to save her sick child, she’s willing to make a deal with the Devil: steal a ring worn by Finn Payne, the bad boy rock star who long ago sold his soul for rock n’ roll. Temptation and seduction become necessary evils, yet Faith’s salvation means Finn’s damnation—because the ring is all that stands between him and Hell. First in the Devil’s Bargain series.
Infernal Affairs, by Jes Battis
(May 31, Ace)
A dead body on the beach turns out to be a live demon on the run from some of the nastiest bounty hunters in this dimension – or the next. Protecting one demon from another, Tess gets wrapped up in a case that’s as dangerous as it is mind-boggling, especially when it begins to involve her own past. Fourth in the OSI series.
Kiss of Snow, by Nalini Singh
(May 31, Berkley Hardcover)
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.  Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight. A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear. Tenth in the Psy/Changeling series.
Magic Slays, by Ilona Andrews
(May 31, Ace)
Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn’t easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn’t bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt. Fifth in the Kate Daniels series.
The Midnight Palace, by Carlos Ruin Zafon
(May 31, Little, Brown)
Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere’s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat re-enters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. US release.
The Neon Graveyard, by Vicki Pettersson
(May 31, Eos)
Once she was a soldier for the Light, the prophesied savior who would decide the outcome of the eternal conflict raging unseen in the dark corners of her glittering hometown. Now Joanna Archer is just another mortal — still born of an impossible union of Shadow and Light, still hunted by both — and carrying the unborn child of a lover held captive by a depraved demon goddess. Joining forces with a band of rogue Shadow agents, Joanna’s ready to storm the stronghold of her demonic foe, risking everything to enter this ghastly, godforsaken realm where the price of admission is her eternal soul. Sixth in the Signs of the Zodiac series.
The Reluctant Vampire, by Lynsay Sands
(May 31, Avon)
Harper lost his lifemate, Jenny, during her turn and has blamed himself for her death ever since, so he’s rather happy for the distraction when Tiny and Mirabeau arrive with a young immortal in tow. Stephanie McGill is a young, newly turned immortal who is being hunted by a mad no-fanger named Leonius. When Anders and Drina Argenis (Argeneau) arrive to help, Harper finds himself working with the beautiful young Spanish woman. But things get interesting when Stephanie decides to take on the role of cupid and bring Drina and a reluctant Harper together. How much trouble could a newly turned teenage vamp be? Fifteenth in the Argeneau series.
Timecaster, by Joe Kimball
(May 31, Ace)
Chicago, 2064: Talon Avalon is a timecaster, one of a select few peace officers who can operate a TEV, the Tachyon Emission Visualizer, which records events (most specifically, crimes) that have already happened. With crime at an all-time low, Talon has little to do except give lectures to schoolkids and obsess on his wife’s profession as a licensed sex partner. Until one of her clients asks Talon to investigate a possible murder. When Talon uses the TEV to view the crime, the identity of the killer is unmistakable. It’s him, Talon Avalon.
The Vampire Narcise, by Colleen Gleason
(May 31, Harlequin)
Skilled in the seduction of men, both mortal and immortal, Narcise Moldavi is the greatest weapon in her twisted brother’s war among the Dracule. Until she falls for Giordan Cale. Her first searing encounter with Giordan brands them with a passionate love. But Giordan’s vow to help Narcise escape her brother’s rule is followed by a betrayal more agonizing than sunlight. Wounded but determined, Narcise ensnares vampire hunter Chas Woodmore in her quest for revenge and to reclaim her life. He wants her, worships her, will kill for her. And the Dracule never forget a wrong – nor do they forgive. Third in the Regency Draculia series.
See anything you want? I’m drooling over about half of these! So…Reader’s choice―you tell me. As always, four entries possible and please include your e-mail: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for a Tweet or RT about the contest. Now….go!
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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).

45 thoughts on “New Releases May 29-31 & Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. I absolutely adore the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands so for me the only choice is The Reluctant Vampire

  2. I like so many of them it is hard to choose just one, but I’ve narrowed it down to Demon. Thanks for a great giveaway!
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  3. So many! I’d have to go with The Midnight Palace as my top pick this week. I love Zafon.


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  4. The Midnight Palace will be my choice.

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  5. Would love to win Dead on the Delta

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  6. As usual excellent giveaway!
    I really like the look of Dead on the Delta, mainly because I think art is by Dan Dos Santos, ad I’m a huge fan of his work.
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  7. *raises her hand for Damned Busters* Please? I’m a total sucker for superheroes.

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  8. OMG! So many awesome reads to choose from. There are actually 4 or 5 books that I’m really itching to get my hands on. If I have to pick one I guess that I’ll go with The Darkness Beyond because, I love me some Paladins. +1 comment and +1 Blog Follower

  9. I’d like Demon by Kristina Douglas.

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  10. I’d have to go with the Damned Busters (looks strange and interesting) since Magic slays and Dead of Veridon should already be in the post (can’t wait for them to arrive :))

    thanks 🙂

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  11. I love the sound of Dead on the Delta! 🙂 I’ve pre-ordered Magic Slays and CAN’T WAIT for more Kate and Curran, and am also excited about Kiss of Snow, of course – HAWKE!! SIENNA!! HAWKE AND SIENNA!! EEK!! ;D

  12. Enter me for the Blood of the Wicked book please! I’ve heard great things about it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  13. So hard to choose this week! I think I have to go with Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh.

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  14. I found Zafon and The Shadow of the Wind last year and loved it so I would be very interested in The Midnight Palace, by Carlos Ruin Zafon.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. well…you weren’t kidding about drool worthy. I liked so many but I’m going to go with Devil Without a Cause because I love the cover =) Wow…publishers did Terri good with that one. It also had praise from Jeannine Frost and she is a great writer. Thanks Suzanne =)
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    There are a lot of good ones this week! I would like Dead on the Delta if I win.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  17. I’d love to play for Damned Busters please.

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  18. OMG, so many great books, I want them all, but if I win, I would have to choose Dead on The Delta

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