New Release June 26-30 & Reader’s Choice Contest

 Think this week is heavy-duty–wait until next week! New, to help you out, is a designation at the end: SF for sci-fi, F for traditional/epic fantasy; UF for urban fantasy; PR for paranormal romance; YA for young-adult paranormal. As always, comment at the end and tell me which one you’re most anxious to read. If I pick your name, you’ll win it! Details at the end. Here we go….
Burn the Night, by Jocelynn Drake
(June 28, HarperCollins)
After eons in exile, the naturi have broken their chains and now roam the Earth bent on revenge. It is the sworn duty of Mira, the Fire Starter, to protect the Nightwalker race—though even she may be powerless to withstand the horrific onslaught. As Mira and her brave lover, the vampire slayer Danaus, stand ready to do battle, thousands of winged shapeshifters darken the skies. The war of ultimate extermination has begun, and the battleground is Mira’s home turf. Sixth and final book in the Dark Days series. UF
Crave the Moon, by Lori Handeland
(June 28, St. Martin’s)
Gina O’Neill will do anything to hold onto the ranch that has been in her family for generations. Enter Mateo Mecate, an archeologist who believes the ranch holds an important key to Aztec history. When Gina and Matt delve into the secrets of this ancient place, they awaken something unspeakably evil—an ancient shapeshifter with vengeance on its mind. PNR
Dark War, by Tim Waggoner
(June 28, Angry Robot)
Meet Matt Richter, zombie private investigator. From his arrival at Nekropolis, Matt has found himself embroiled in disputes with the city’s vampire lords, shapeshifters, golems and other monstrosities. But nothing has prepared him for the Dark War. Third in the Nekropolis series. U.S. release. UF
Deeper Than Midnight, by Lara Adrian
(June 28, Dell)
At 18, Corinne Bishop’s world changed when she was stolen and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After years of captivity and torment, Corinne is finally rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors. Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter must decide how far he’ll go to end Drago’s reign of evil, even if it means shattering Corinne’s heart. Ninth in the Midnight Breed series.
Dragon’s Time, by Anne McCaffrey
and Todd McCaffrey (June 28, Del Rey)
Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, there are no longer enough dragons available to fight the fall of deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides that she must take drastic steps. Back at Telgar Weyr, Weyrwoman Fiona, herself pregnant, and the harper Kindan must somehow keep morale from fading in the face of the steadily mounting losses of dragons and riders. But time weighs heavily against them, until Lorana finds a way to use time itself in their favor. Newest in the Dragonriders of Pern series. F
Eternity, by Heather Terrell
(June 28, HarperTeen)
As Ellie comes to grips with her destiny as the Elect One, her relationship with Michael grows tense. When she meets a mysterious boy names Rafe, things get even more complicated. Yet the time has come for the Elect One to stand against the fallen angels bent on destroying the world. As the end days approach, Ellie is faced with an epic decision. Who does her heart really belong to? Second in the Fallen Angel series. YA
Feast: Harvest of Dreams, by Merrie Destefano
(June 28, Harper Voyager)
Madeline MacFaddin spent blissful childhood summers in Ticonderoga Falls. And this is where she wants to be now that her adult life is falling apart. The dense surrounding forest holds many memories, and she’s always believed there was something living in these wooded hills. But Maddie doesn’t remember the dark parts—and knows nothing of the mountain legend that holds the area’s terrified residents captive. UF
Fins are Forever, by Tera Lynn Childs
(June 28, Katherine Tegen)
On Lily Sanderson’s 18th birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing. She’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession. But can she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams? Second in the Fins series. YA
Green-Eyed Envy, by Kasey Mackenzie
(June 28, Ace)
Months have gone by since Marissa, a Fury, discovered some unwelcome truths about her past and managed to stop a supernatural war. Now the bodies of Bastai, shapeshifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston’s magical  underbelly. One common thread ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and Riss’s lover Scott Murphy enjoyed a one-night stand, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case before the killer’s gaze turns in Scott’s direction. Second in the Shades of Fury series. UF
Kindling the Moon, by Jenn Bennett
(June 28, Pocket)
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge. But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. First in a new series. UF
Kitty’s Big Trouble, by Carrie Vaughn
(June 28, Tor)
Kitty Norville’s recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by war has made her wonder how long the government has covertly used werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in history been supernatural? Then an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter, and her investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game. That, plus a call for help from a vampire ally, puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard. And Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn. Ninth in the Kitty Norville series. UF
Lord of Shadows, by Alix Rickloff
(June 28, Pocket)
It has been seven years since Lady Sabrina Douglas cloistered herself with the Sisters of High Danu, but the questions remain. She is Other—a mixture of Fey and mortal—quietly using her powers to heal. Until she saves a half-drowned man, his soldier’s body a roadmap of scars, his fathomless eyes filled with loneliness. A man with no memory, Daigh MacLir seeks his past, even as unknown threats fill him with monstrous rage and inhuman abilities. But as a desperate game of hunter and hunted is played out from ballrooms to bedrooms, what Daigh discovers is more chilling than anyone could possibly imagine. Second in the Heirs of Kilronan trilogy. PNR
Lure of the Wicked, by Karina Cooper
(June 28, Avon)
Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle’s premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She’s an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she’s tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost. Second in the Dark Mission series. PNR
Mystical Warrior, by Janet Chapman
(June 28, Pocket)
Trace Huntsman’s peaceful life has headed to hell in a handbasket since Fiona Gregor moved into the vacant apartment above his house. Kidnapped centuries earlier and transformed into a red-tail hawk, Fiona is human once more and must learn how to be a modern woman. But damned if Trace is going to be the one to teach her. Fiona longs to overcome the painful memories of her tragic past—to let down her guard and become a mother again. But so far her handsome landlord is not exactly thrilled with the stray animals—and suitors—that keep following her home. Third in the Midnight Bay series. PNR
Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory
(June 28, Del Rey)
In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a dead baby. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda—and he begins to move. The family hides Stony and is able to keep his existence secret for years. Until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns he is not the only living dead boy in the world. UF
The Shadow Men, by Christopher Golden
and Tim Lebbon (June 28, Spectra)
Jim is happily married to Jenny, with whom he has a young daughter, Holly. Trix is Jenny’s best friend, practically a member of the family—although she has secretly been in love with Jenny for years. Then Jenny and Holly disappear—and leave behind a Boston in which they never existed. Only Jim and Trix remember them. Only Jim and Trix can bring them back. Fourth in the Hidden Cities series. UF
Spectyr, by Philippa Ballantine
(June 28, Ace)
Though one of the most powerful Deacons, Sorcha Faris has a tarnished reputation to overcome, which is why she jumps at the chance to investigate a string of murders in the exotic city of Orithal. But it is there that her lover, the shapeshifting rival to the throne, is targeted by a cruel and vengeful goddess, unwittingly unleashed by the Emperor’s sister. Second in the Book of the Order series. F
Taken by Fire, by Sydney Croft
(June 28, Bantam)
A product of genetic manipulation, Melanie Milan shares a body with her malevolent sister, Phoebe. A sleek predator, Phoebe puts their body through the wicked underbelly of sex for thrills—when she’s not igniting her pyrokinetic skills for an evil organization bent on taking over the world. Melanie rarely gets out to play—much less fall in love. But that changes when rival ACRO agent Stryker Wills shows up, with a mission to terminate the woman who torched his partner. Sixth in the ACRO series. PNR
Naamah’s Blessing, by Jacqueline Carey
(June 29, Grand Central)
Returning to Terre d’Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. Prince Thierry, leading an expedition to explore the deadly jungles of Terra Nova, is halfway across the world. And three year old Desirée is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely, and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances. Newest in the Kushiel’s Legacy series. PNR
The Ascension, by Michael Carroll
(June 30, Philomel)
They thought him dead. After a battle of that magnitude, how could Krodin have possibly survived? But you can’t underestimate a time-traveling supervillain. Young heroes Roz, Abbey, Paragon, and Lance find this out the hard way when, in the blink of an eye, the world changes. At first it’s not all that noticeable. But something’s not quite right. Maybe it’s the smell of ozone in the air or the people acting strangely, like drones. Or maybe it’s the images of Krodin everywhere that confirms it: This is not their America. Follow-up to Super Human. YA
The Sunday Books, by Michael Moorcock,
Illustrations by Mervyn Peake (June 30, Overlook)
Every Sunday on the Isle of Sark, Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates, shipwrecks, and the Wild West. He illustrated his spontaneous stories with vivid drawings of the characters in his tales, but never set down words to go with them. Now, decades after Peake¹s death, fantasy writer Michael Moorcock has written verses to go with Peake¹s drawings. Overlook is publishing The Sunday Books to mark the centenary of Peake¹s birth, which will be commemorated on July 9, 2011. F
See anything you want? So…Reader’s choice―you tell me. Just a note: if you like a title but it isn’t the first in a series, you can always request the first in that series instead. (That’s for Reader’s Choice contests only.) 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).

55 thoughts on “New Release June 26-30 & Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. You always have awesome contest, Suzanne! Thanks for another great one 🙂 My choice would be Lara Adrian. She’s one of my favorite authors!

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  2. Carrie Vaughn’s, Kitty Norville series is my second favorite UF series [Kim Harrison’s, Rachel Morgan is my favorite]. So Kitty’s Big Trouble is my choice.

  3. I’m also a Kitty fan, Roger. I’ll be featuring a new book of short Kitty pieces on the blog in August called “Kitty’s Greatest Hits.”

  4. I’m in the mood for some dirty sexy time….Taken by Fire would be my choice!

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  5. I would love to read Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper but I haven’t read Blood of the Wicked yet.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  6. That list is so good, I’m cowering at the thought of next week’s list! But thanks for another great giveaway chance! I will keep my fingers crossed.

    Jacquiline Carey’s Naamah’s Blessing is a must-get for me!

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  7. Too much goodness!! But – I HAVE to request the new Pern book. I haven’t been to Pern in WAY too long.

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  8. I would love Fins are Forever, thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I would love to read Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian.


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  10. I like the look of Taken by Fire by Sydney Croft, but I haven’t read the series. So, I would like the first book Riding the Storm. Thanks!

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  11. I’d go for Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine…something about the cover reminds me of the Kate Daniels series (could be the shapeshifting lion ;)) and that’s always good.

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    thanks! 🙂

  12. I would love Lara Adrian – Deeper Than Midnight. I have read all the rest of this series and love them.
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  13. Wow there is a lot of Goodness coming out!
    Mystical Warrior! I love this series!

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  14. Alright I will say it I am a Pern Fanatic. Dragon’s Time is something I have been waiting on. I cannot wait to see what is happening this time.

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  15. oh, noooo i want three books on the list..but i will reduce to either Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory or Fins are Forever, by Tera Lynn Childs 🙂

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  16. I love the Pern series so its a no-brainer that I would like to get my hands on Dragon’s Time, by Anne McCaffrey
    and Todd McCaffrey.


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  17. So many good books and it’s so dificult to choose just one, but I will pick Taken by Fire by Sydney Croft.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I don’t know how you can offer so many books!! I like “Fins Are Forever”

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  19. I’d love Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory please.

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  20. Hard to choose just 1, but I’ll go with Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian

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  21. Oh Wow, I would really like to read Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory. I’ve not heard of this at all, but I’m a sucker for Zombie books, and love the premise of this one.

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    Thank you!