New Releases June 5-9 and Reader’s Choice Contest


It’s a big week for new releases, so I’m going to shorten the descriptions a bit this time around. Take a deep breath (a really, really big deep breath) and dig in! Here are the June 5-9 releases in spec fiction―science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and YA paranormal. See what strikes your fancy…and win your choice of all the new releases. Details at the end. As always, open internationally!

Blood Red Road, by Moira Young
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. When a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on a quest to get him back. First in the Dustlands series.
Chicks Kick Butt, anthology edited by Rachel Caine
and Kerrie L. Hughes
Chicks are awesome, and never more so than when they are kicking some serious vampire/werewolf/demon/monster butt. This anthology features strong, independent heroines capable of slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be). Features L.A. Banks, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Jeanne Stein, Jenna Black, Elizabeth Vaughan, Carole Nelson Douglas, P.N. Elrod and Nancy Holder.
Dragon Castle, by Joseph Bruchac
Prince Rashko is frustrated with his family. The kingdom and castle seem to be in the hands of fools. So when the evil Baron Temny parks his army outside the castle walls, it is up to the young prince to save the day. Rashko will have to embrace his ancestry, harness a dragon, and use his sword-fighting skills to stop the baron and save the kingdom. YA
Everdark, by Elle Jasper
When Savannah tattoo artists Riley Poe is ambushed by an undead enemy, she inherits some of the traits of her attackers, and a telepathic link with a rampaging vampire. Now, she’s experiencing murder after murder through the victims’ eyes. And her new powers will not be enough to stop the slaughter. Second in the Dark Ink Chronicles series.
Everlasting, by Allyson Noel
Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic Immortals love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears, all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach. Will they be united, or torn apart forever?
Fairy Bad Day, by Amanda Ashby
My life seriously couldn’t get any worse. First, my designation of dragon slayer is stolen from me by Curtis Green. I am assigned to slay fairies. But the thing that tops my list of stuff to ruin my day? That would be the giant killer fairy I have to hunt. There is someone who can help me. Unfortunately, it’s Curtis.
Flying Blind, by Deborah Cooke
Zoë’s the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind, but she’s at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she’s sent to a Pyr boot camp. Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap.
For Heaven’s Eyes Only, by Simon R. Green
After the murder of the Drood Matriarch, the family finds itself vulnerable to evil. This time, it’s a Satanic Conspiracy that could throw humanity directly into the clutches of the Biggest of the Bads. Fifth in the Eddie Drood/Secret Histories series.
Forgotten, by Cat Patrick
Each night when 16 year-old London Lane goes to sleep, her world disappears. In the morning, all that’s left is a note telling her about a day she can’t remember. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can’t make sense of, she realizes it’s time to learn a little more about the past she keeps forgetting, before it destroys her future.
Forgotten Sea, by Virginia Kantra
Fallen angel Lara Rho is desperate to prove herself a seeker by rescuing the restless sailor Justin Miller. He’s no angel, but she is irresistibly drawn to him, and is soon drawn into an adventure of danger and discovery. Fifth in the Children of the Sea series.
Frostbound, by Sharon Ashwood
As a snowstorm locks down the city, someone beheads the wrong girl. Vampire-on-the-lam Talia Rostova thinks it was meant to be her. And now she’s the prime suspect in her own botched murder and the prisoner of her smoking-hot-neighbor: a hellhound. Fourth in the Dark Forgotten series.
Hereafter, by Tara Hudson
Can there truly be love after death? Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead, trapped in a nightmarish existence until she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning. Amelia and Joshua grow closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive.
Hex, by Allen Steele (June 7, Ace)
The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy’s finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life. But when the Federation’s recon mission goes terribly wrong, the humans realize how little they know about their new partners. Sixth in the Coyote series. SF
Hexed, by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, Jeanne C. Stein
Four new novellas from urban fantasy’s favorite authors. Includes “Ice Shards” by Yasmine Galenorn, “Double Hexed” by Allyson James, “Blood Debt,” by Jeanne C. Stein, and “Magic Dream,” by Ilona Andrews.
Hexes and Hemlines, by Juliet Blackwell
Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch’s take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited. Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily’s determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer before everyone’s luck runs out.
Hit List, by Laurell K. Hamilton
Word has leaked to Anita Blake that hit men are headed for St. Louis, and that she, Jean-Claude and Richard are the targets. Twentieth title in the Anita Blake series.
Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, anthology edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg
From the co-editor of Steampunk’d comes an all-new collection of adventure and romance amid Victorian steampunk settings. Sparks fly in these original stories of a steam-driven airship searching for a lost city, a crazy inventor in a powered wheelchair with a plot to take over the world, and a love story set in an alternate history version of America.
Hunt the Moon, by Karen Chance
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia, the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea. Fifth in the Cassie Palmer series.
Hunter’s Fall, by Shiloh Walker
Nessa lost her memory following a near-death experience. Dominic is a Hunter dealing with his own problems with memory and sanity. When the two are put together to battle the forces of darkness (while trying to restore what they’ve lost) their all-consuming passion becomes an even greater unknown. Thirteenth in the Hunters series.
The King’s Witch, by Cecelia Holland
During the Third Crusade, deaths from fever and starvation are common, but King Richard the Lion-Hearted has a secret ally against these impassable enemies—a mysterious healer by the name of Edythe. Richard first assumes that Edythe is a spy. But when her medical knowledge saves his life, she becomes an indispensable member of his camp, even as his loyal soldiers call her a witch.
Nightfall, by Ellen Connor
Growing up with an unstable father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan to save her, one that includes a strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. To fight for their future, Jenna and the ex-Marine named Mason must learn to trust the passion that will see them through the bitter winter and the violence of a new Dark Age. First in a new Dark Age Dawning series.
The Pack, by Jason Starr
The Pack is different. At its vortex is Simon Burns, a young man thrust by joblessness into a role that he clearly dreads: stay-at-home dad. As family tensions rise, Simon is drawn deeper into a circle of other playground dads. The companionship that first provides him with much needed comfort takes a dangerous leap into the unknown. Before long, the discomforted dad realizes that he himself is changing in most disturbing ways.
Possession, by Elana Johnson
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn. And since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself. But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them by brainwashing Zenn.
The Quicksilver Faire, by Gillian Summers
Keelie Heartwood believes her mission in Canada is to resolve a conflict between the elves and the fae. But at the dazzling Fairy High Court, she learns otherwise. An imbalance in magic has created a rift that can destroy the world. Keelie’s mixed blood (elf, human and fae) makes her powerful, but this 16-year-old L.A. girl can’t fix things alone. Second in the Scions of Shadow series.
Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies. Now they’re coming for you. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. When the Robot War ignites, humankind will be both decimated and, possibly for the first time in history, united.
Shadowborn, by Alison Sinclair
Magic dies with the mage, or so the Darkborn believe. That’s why Lady Telmaine Hearne has been condemned to death for sorcery. She’s escaped but is now bound with her mageborn allies for the Borders and war. Meanwhile, her husband, Balthasar, has learned of his family connection to the Shadowborn and is fighting for survival and sanity as magic turns him against everything he holds dear. Third in the Darkborn trilogy.
Shadow Walker, by Allyson James
Stormwalker Janet Begay returns home only to have the ground collapse beneath her. Literally. After tumbling two hundred feet underground, Janet is rescued by her dragon boyfriend, Mick. But something dark touches Mick while in the sinkhole, and Janet might lose him forever unless she recruits the most unlikely of allies to stop the growing shadow. Third in the Stormwalker series.
Sirenz, by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when they find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes, with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, the god of the underworld. To make them atone for what they’ve done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld any individual whose unholy contract is up.
Storm Kissed, by Jessica Andersen
When sexy Nightkeeper Dez goes rogue, the bounty hunter enlisted to catch him is Reese, his former lover. The sexual energy between them is hotter than ever, but the life-and-death stakes attached to the chase may pull them apart for good. Sixth in the Final Prophecy series.
Thistle Down, by Irene Radford
Dusty Carrick lived in the small town of Skene Falls, Ore., her entire life. And, like many of the local children, she played with “imaginary” Pixie friends in Ten Acre Woods. But the Pixies are not imaginary, and Ten Acre Woods is their home. Now, the woods are in danger, and if it falls, the Pixies too will die. Only Thistle Down, exiled from her tribe and trapped inside a mortal woman’s body, can save her people.
Unnatural Issue, by Mercedes Lackey
Richard Whitestone is an Elemental Earth Master. Blaming himself for the death of his beloved wife in childbirth, he has sworn never to set eyes on his daughter, Suzanne. But when he finally sees her, a dark plan takes shape in his twisted mind: To use his daughter’s body to bring back the spirit of his long-dead wife. Seventh in the Elemental Masters series.
Vampire in Atlantis, by Alyssa Day
The most unexpected of all allies to Poseidon’s warriors has proven to be the fiercest: Daniel, a vampire and Night Guild mage. But even the strongest alliance can be destroyed when a vampire’s oath crosses paths with a maiden’s quest, and an 11,000-year-old desire is reborn. Seventh in the Warriors of Poseidon series.
See anything you want? I’m wanting Chicks Kick Butt enough to kick some butt! So…Reader’s choice―you tell me A) if you’ve read any of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series and B) If so, are you still reading them? I am still buying them but have to admit I’m about three books behind now. 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 and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

67 thoughts on “New Releases June 5-9 and Reader’s Choice Contest

  1. I have read EVERY single one of Anita’s books. AND I still read them, yes! Which is why, I’d love Hit List, by Laurell K. Hamilton. *-* But there are some serious competitors up there! I’m waiting for Robopocalypse, Possession…

    thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  2. Gah! So many good books!
    I still read Anita, not behind on any books, and hopelessly wait for her to return to the good old trigger happy gal she was.
    And of course I want Hit List because considering how unsatisfying
    her books are now I refuse to pay that riduculously huge price they are requesting for the paperback. I’d rather wait until it’s in the library…
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  3. A) I haven’t read any Anita Black books, but I definitely want to get into them at some point.

    Ack! Too many choices. My head is spinning. I think I’m going to choose Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke. I love me some dragons.

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  4. There are a lot that sound good. I’ll try for Thistle Down. I stopped reading the Anita Blake series a while ago.

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  5. WOW – what a lot of wonderful titles!! I’ve put 7 on my wishlist, including all three anthologies – and I don’t usually read anthologies! I think the one I’m most looking forward to is Hexed.

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  6. Weeee, now I’m hopping in pleasure because Nighfall is finally here. I’ve been looking forward to get my hands on it for so long I can’t even remember. So if I won, I would certainly choose Nightfall by Ellen Connor 🙂 Many-many thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

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  7. I have not read any of her books yet, but I have heard great things. It is on my wish list.

    sheriemd12 at yahoo dot com

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  8. There are a lot of great books to choose from. It would be hard for me to choose between Everlasting & Possession, but I would probably go w/Possession.
    Thanks!
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  9. I rec’d an Anita Blake, just haven’t read it yet. This is a busy week, Hereafter has caught my eye.

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  10. Blood Red Road sounds really interesting!

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  11. My pick of this plethora 😉 of books would be Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson because I’ve read some great reviews on it and would like to see for myself if they’re true.

    As for Anita Blake…yes I’ve read some of the series but frankly it was a bit too much for me…I’m really not a prude but this just wasn’t my style 😛

    thanks 🙂

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  12. I want Nightfall.
    That was a huge list of awesome!

    GFC
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  13. OH I want Posession! I have heard great things about it.

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  14. I want to believe Anita will clean up a bit so Hit List is my highly anticipated read.

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  15. This week I would love to win Shadowborn. So many choice!!!!

    Yes I read the Anita Blake serie…but I’m 2 book behind. I used to love them…then Narcissus in chains happen….and afther that I feel like they are to much sex and not enough action!!! But since the Harlequin, they’re getting better.

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  16. Loads this week ! I’d love to have Nightfall-Ellen Connor
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  17. So many great choices! I’d love Possession or Robopocalypse.
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  18. I would love to win Night Fall. Thanks for the giveaway!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  19. I would love to have a copy of either Hunt the Moon or Night Fall. In answer to your question, I used to love reading Anita Blake until about Nar in Chains. After that the plots became thinner and thinner. I really enjoyed them at the beginning. ** Sigh ** I really would love to have the early Anita Blake character back. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 comment, +1 Follower

  20. What a great selection this week. Yes, I’ve read the Anita Blake series and like you I’m still buying but about 3 or 4 behind. So I think I’ll request her newest one.

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  21. either Forgotten or Hereafter 🙂

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  22. I’d like to play for FORGOTTEN please.

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  23. Thanks again for the giveaway.

    I have read and enjoyed some of Simon Green’s Nightside series but none of this series so I would like to try one. For Heaven’s Eyes Only sounds like a good place to start.

    Thanks.

    Carol T

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  24. I havn’t yet read any Anita Blake though I have recently bought the first in the series so I should be starting it soon.

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  25. I just started reading the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series this past year so, like you, I’m behind. But I will read them all!

    I would like to win Chicks Kick Butt.

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    Thank you for the chance to win!
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  26. I read roughly the first dozen Anita Blake novels but quit around then. Also read the first two Meredith Gentry books. It just seemed, then, that the books became more about the sex and didn’t much care for the plot. In my mind that’s when they slipped from Urban Fantasy to Paranormal Romance. (I’m male, and that’s where I make the distinction.)

    And as much as I’d like to read Robopocalypse, should I win I’ll choose Hit List because I have a dear fan that loves the Anita Blake novels and I’d give it to her. Heck, maybe I’d read it myself, too.

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    Thanks for the giveaway and chance at winning!

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  27. Oh my, so many to choose from, can I have three?

    Haha, ok I chose Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson. I read the first chapter online yesterday and it sounds brilliant!

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    Thank you Suzanne! 🙂

  28. Ok..I’ve already entered but the blog post today said to enter again with the comment Nightfall. There is a second chance of winning? Well I’d love to win that book as well…lol It sounds great so please count me in that contest. Thanks
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  29. Nightfall! I’m singing a little song in my head this morning, it sounds like this: I love books, I love them so much, I love books.

    jennhutson3128 at yahoo dot com

  30. You have a great selection to choose from this week! (again) Chick kicks butt would be awesome to have.
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  31. I stopped reading the Anita Blake series after slogging my way through Incubus Dreams. I had enough of the Ardeur feeding and Anita’s guilt trips after that one.

    Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance is my choice. Though it was hard to pick just one.

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  32. I’d love the Chicks Kick Butt anthology…

    I have read the Anita Blake series. – I really enjoyed them until Obsidian Butterfly & stopped reading about Blood Noir. I got turned off by the trend of less plot & more sex scenes (sorry Anita fans, it’s just not my thing).

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  33. So many great books: Hit List by LKH I LOVE this series. 🙂

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  34. So many great books this week, makes me wish I had an actual book store instead of relying on Walmart. GRRR I really want Nightfall, Hereafter and Possession, but If I win, my gut is saying Nightfall. Thanks for the chance

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  35. I hope I’m not too late. What an amazing group of books. So many to choose from…

    I hope to win Shadowborn, Alison Sinclair.

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